Sunday, April 18, 2021

Red Birthday Balloon - Stampin' Up! Many Messages - Paper Players 537

   Happy Sunday everyone!  I hope you've been having a relaxing weekend so far.  I've not been stamping much lately as the new puppy keeps me on the go most days with not much time left for sitting down and creating.  He's a very good boy but hasn't yet been approved as a stamp room dog.  Fingers crossed that that happens sooner rather than later!

  I definitely made time to stamp for the new Paper Players challenge this week.  Laurie has given us a fun Clean and Simple Birthday challenge!  As we all know CAS cards can be tricky.  It's a fine line between boring and CAS (but still well designed!).  I can't wait to see your creations in the gallery!

  Stamping confession time:  I actually had a whole other card made and ready to photograph when I decided to double check the challenge 'just in case'.  I was glad I did because my first card was a birthday card but it was not by any means Clean and Simple!  Uh oh!  Back to the drawing board for something completely different!

  This card is a mix of brand new, retiring and carrying over Stampin' Up! products.  I started with the retiring In Color Seaside Spray for the card base.  Next I used the new Basic Borders dies that will be available in the upcoming annual catalog to make the cloud edges.  I used Whisper White and cut 2 layers and popped the smaller layer up with dimensionals.

  Next, I used some more Whisper White and just colored in a spot with my dark Poppy Parade blends marker and punched it out with the retiring Balloon Bouquet punch.  I used the color lifter to make the little highlight then tied some black baker's twine for the string.  The balloon is also popped with dimensionals.

  The sentiment from Many Messages in the Jan.-June mini catalog which is carrying into the new annual catalog was stamped in black and then the end was flagged.  I popped it again with dimensionals and added a Seaside Spray faceted gem to finish off my clean and simple birthday card.

  To see the rest of the Design Team samples head over to The Paper Players or go to their individual blogs:

Anne Marie

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Many Messages

Ink: Memento Black

Blends: Poppy Parade dark, Color Lifter

Paper: Seaside Spray, Whisper White

Accessories: Basic Borders dies, Balloon Bouquet punch, dimensionals, black baker's twine, faceted gem


  1. Amanda this is most certainly not a boring CAS card! I love that pop of colour from your bright red balloon and must confess your card had me revisiting the pre-order list for those stitched clouds dies - I totally missed them but think I might have to add to my next order lol! Love it!

  2. What a fun card! such a cute design.

  3. I can I imagine the little fellow is keeping you on your toes. More pics please when you have the time. What did you name him? As for your card, It is far from boring and is CAS at it's finest. Love the added twine and the red balloon makes a nice pop of color. Have fun with the pup!

  4. Love, love, LOVE this Amanda! I'm totally ordering those border dies today. I missed then the first time around. Lol! I love the dimension on your card and the bright balloon really stands out on the clean layout. So fun!!

  5. Oh, WOW, Amanda! This is the type of CAS card I wish I could make! The stitched clouds are fabulous. The balloon adds a great "pop" of color!

  6. Amanda, this is so fun! I love the white stitched clouds and that pretty red balloon is jut the perfect pop of color! This card will make someone smile!

  7. Love this card, Amanda! Your "clouds" are a perfect backdrop for the red balloon. A perfect CAS and you sold me on those border dies!


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