Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Twofer #35 Challenge

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing two balloon cards for the Twofer #35 Challenge.  This is my first time making slimline cards and I had fun with more room to play on the card, but photographing them is difficult.


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Today I'm using a balloon stencil (Big Balloon Stencil - My Favorite Things).  I created my happy birthday card by sponging six balloons in the colours of the rainbow, overlapping them slightly.  The die-cut Happy Birthday is from Memory Box.

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For my Baby card, I used just one balloon.  Started by sponging a plaid background (Plaid Layering Stencil - Tim Holtz).  I sponged my one balloon first with picked rasberry ink (which was used for the plaid background as well, and then shaded with Seedless Preserves.  These colours work well together - who knew??!! :)  The sentiment is also from AliExpress.

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Since this is the first time inking up the plaid stencil, I'm sending this card over to the NBUS Challenge #23.

I hope you'll come join in this very fun challenge!


Card #1 - Happy Birthday Balloons
Stamps:  Scripty Words (AliExpress)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Broken China, Wilted Violet (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Big Balloon Stencil (My Favorite Things); blending brushes, black fine marker, Happy Birthday die (Memory Box)

Card #2 - New Baby
Stamps:  Scripty Words (AliExpress)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento)
Accessories:  Plaid stencil (Tim Holtz); blending brushes, Big Balloon stencil (My Favorite Things), black fine marker

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26 comments:

Sue N said...

These are both wonderful card, Loll! Balloons work perfectly for a birthday celebration and also for any age! Love the rainbow colors! The plaid and single balloon are wonderful for a baby card and I like the combination of raspberry and seedless preserves!

Liz said...

Two wonderful cards, Loll. I love the rainbow colours on your first card and the plaid stencilling on your second card is beautiful. xx

Barb Ghig said...

Two fabulous cards, Loll! I love that you used a slimline design for both...you did such a great job stenciling the balloons in rainbow order on the first one and I LOVE the plaid background on the new baby card! Thank you so much for inspiring me to play along ~ xx

TK said...

Two wonderful cards, and slimline at that! They are more difficult to photograph, but definitely fun to make and yours are great

Susan said...

Great use of the balloon stencil for two very different cards. Love the rainbow of colours in the first one - great shading to give a sense of dimension. Great plaid background for the second!

Christine Alexander said...

two great cards Loll, I love the dimension you created with your blending on the balloons. Your rainbow one is a fun birthday card and the baby card is adorable :)

nancy littrell said...

Two very creative and beautiful colorful slimline balloon cards, Lolly. I love your rainbow colored balloons for your Happy Birthday card. LOVE your gingham stenciled background for your your balloon baby card and your bright and cheerful colors. Yes, Slimline cards are difficult to photograph, but you cleverly arranged your cards together. I discovered using the white cardboard that comes in SU Designer Paper is the right size for taking photos or 12x12 cardstock works too.

TFS your beauties, my friend. Love and Hugs..Nancy

kiwimeskreations said...

Oh Loll - what wonderful cards, especially the baby card!
Stay safe
Blessings
Maxine

Happy Dance said...

These are, as per your amazing usual, gorgeous!! That birthday card looks stunning! Who wouldn't smile seeing this card on their birthday?!! Perfect shades, and beautiful blending on your rainbow of balloons. Since we're getting a new baby any day now, I've been keeping my eye out for baby card designs, and this one of yours is sweet, and oh so right for a new baby! LOVE those colors together! Awesome cards, Loll! Love 'em!! Stay warm and safe. xo Bev

Nstiz said...

How perfectly you stenciled those balloons allowing for the highlights. What a fun stencil. You always choose such gorgeous colors too. That plaid background looks wonderful behind the single balloon and on the second card I love the way the balloons overlap a bit. These are such fun cards.

Marcia Hill said...

You're right...photographing the slimlines is a bit tricky, but I would've never known as your photos look great Loll! As well as the cards too!! I mean who wouldn't love a rainbow of perfectly blended balloons on their birthday?!! And your baby card is perfection and I love LOVE those two colors together...definitely going to have to try that one out! So glad you play along with us each month Loll...I always love seeing your fabulous creations!! Hugs. :0)

Brenda in IN said...

These are two fun cards and so colorful. I love the rainbow of balloons and that is such a wonderful baby card. That is a pretty plaid background and I like the slim line cards.

marilyn said...

I'm just so impressed with your sponging technique on those balloons! They look fabulous!! Care to share?

HilaryJane said...

Brilliant twofer, your balloons are just stunning they look like they are going to pop out of the page xx

Daffodil Cards said...

These are beautiful cards in beautiful colours Loll.
Faith x

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my! How beautiful and colorful and I absolutely love both cards!

Bonnie said...

What bright and beautiful balloons, Lolly! Love these bright colors and that plaid background is such a perfect background!

Pat said...

Two fantastic cards Loll and love the row of prettily coloured balloons and the added strings look great, also finished with a lovely sentiment, and the bright magenta balloon over that coordinating plaid background makes the perfect new baby card. x

Brenda said...

Love your twofer's Loll! The birthday card is so bright and cheery, just plain happy and sure to brighten anyone's day. Your baby card is fabulous as well, I love the plaid stencil you used, and the lone balloon is perfect with so much depth to it. Love those two colors together! Hugs, Brenda

Anita in France said...

Those vibrant balloons bobbing along on your colourful birthday card are just so fun and happy, Loll ... and how pretty is the plaid behind the beautifully shaded balloon on the baby card ... so sweet! Hugs, Anita :)

Mac Mable said...

What fabulous blending and colours on your rainbow Birthday card and a pretty Baby card. I am also loving the fonts on the sentiments and I love the plaid with that amazing 3d balloon x.

Darnell said...

You can't beat a line-up of beautifully colored rainbow balloons on a slimline card for a festive birthday design, Lolly! And your baby card in that unexpected color just knocks my socks off! The balloon literally looks 3D on that awesome plaid background. (I wouldn't be able to stencil that without smudging!) The loopy string and sediment are just perfect! Thank you so much for playing in TCC #35 and sharing with everyone at NBUS! Keep safe! Love, Dolly

Ros Crawford said...

Gorgeous cards!! I can't get over how stunning that single balloon is and how much definition you got with the blending... Amazing!

oldpunca said...

I like your cards. Both are stunning. Birthday balloons in rainbow colors are perfectly shaded. Baby card is fantastic in raspberry color. You've genious used additional space on the slim line format.
Sonja

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Two amazing slimlines with balloons, Loll - just love them both!! The rainbow row of balloons brought a big smile and I love the single purple one on the plaid too!!

BożenA said...

What a great entrance to the TWOFER challenge. Two amazing cards. I love the look of your balloons, they look so realistic, Loll. And the second baby card is my favorite!
xx