Thursday, April 30, 2015

Happy Birthday Balloons


Hi everyone.  Time for May's Sketch Challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  I know, it's still April for a lot of us :) ... but it's already May in Australia and that's where HLS is based. :)

Here's May's sketch ...



Isn't this fun??!! :)  I love the image that Kylie has selected for this month.  I thought about doing a bokeh technique card, and I may still do that. :)

But when I saw the fun colours and the floaty-ness (is that a word??) :) of the dots, it made me think of balloons.  At first, I cut out and coloured nine balloons, but it was way too much for a small card, so I took it down to three and it seemed just right.  A smattering of sequins and a large stamped sentiment and my card was finished.  It's hard to see the "b" in "birthday", but it's there. :)

I decided after I finished the card, that I wanted to add some sparkle to the balloons. So I got out my Clear Wink of Stella pen and went over the balloons, twice.  For some reason it removed some of the colour, so I had to sponge in some more.  I managed OK, but it was risky and I almost ruined the card and had to start again.  I usually know that if I miss doing something before a card is put together, it's best to just leave it ... luck was on my side, this time. :)

Here's a close-up so you can see the sparkle ...




I hope you'll come join us for this fun challenge.  Be inspired by the sketch above and play along at HLS May Sketch Challenge.  The challenge is open for the whole month, so there's lots of time to play along.

There's also a Design Team Call for the Sketch Challenge and the upcoming new Christmas Challenge at HLS.  If you're interested in joining us, please add DT after your name on your entry this month. :)









Stamps:  The big, the bold and the Happy (Winnie & Walter)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Distress Inks:  Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Squeezed Lemonade (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Balloon die-cuts made with my Silhouette Cameo, sponges, Scor-Pal, assorted sequins, white baker's twine, clear wink of stella, white gel pen

Challenges:
HLS May Sketch Challenge



21 comments:

  1. Well, this is just sensational fun in every way! Your three shimmery balloons are 'just right' for your card and for sparking inspiration. Love this...and I have some new balloon stamps! Yayyyy...
    Hugs~c

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  2. Love this .... those bright sparkly balloons are so much fun! Linda xx

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  3. Lovely fun and colourful birthday card Loll

    Anne

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  4. This is such a happy card, I love the shimmering of the balloons :)

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  5. Hi Loll,

    Wow, gorgeous card, love your balloons and their floaty-ness, who cares if its not a word it sounds great lol! Beautiful colour combination too.
    How exciting a CAS Christmas Challenge, Oh I shall look forward to this, I may actually get some Christmas cards done lol! As for the DT Mmmmm....

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. Great take on the sketch! Love your sparkly balloons and you got the design perfect! xx

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  7. I am totally loving that inspiration photo and I love your take on it Loll! Your card is so festive and fun. I'm glad that luck was on your side, because this card is fabulous! Hugs, Brenda

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  8. Love those sparkly balloons Loll! Such a bright and cheerful card! Hazel xx

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  9. What a great sketch. Love those balloons and twine and sequins Loll.

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  10. So glad you didn't have to start again, Loll! These sparkly balloons are spectacular. What a happy card! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Using all the sequins took the place of extra balloons and adds to the festivity of the card, Loll. Love the score lines separating the sentiment from the image. I never think to do that.

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  12. I adore those balloons with their fabulous sparkle! Glad to you save this beauty, Loll!

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  13. I love how you interpreted this sketch, Loll! The sparkly balloons and sequins capture it beautifully! What a fun card!

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  14. Beautiful card Loll! I love your balloon interpretation of the photo, and the glittery colours are so vibrant and eye-catching! Love the bit of twine! hugs :)

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  15. Love your CAS take on the sketch and naturally adore the sparkle x

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  16. Love your take on this sketch. Those sparkly balloons are fabulous and fun!

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  17. Awesome balloons and I love how you added sparkle with your WOS pen! Love your choice of sentiment, too...perfect together! I'm really going to try to play along this time :)

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  18. How fun and festive, Loll ... those shimmery, glittery balloons are just awesome! Anita :)

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  19. those shimmering balloons r so cute.

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  20. Super sparkly balloons Loll and love this month's HLS sketch. x

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