Welcome to another Pootler’s Blog Hop! Today’s blog hop is all about Spring & Summer, Yay!!! I am so over Winter, I hate the dark nights. So to cheer us up we have a brand new Spring & Summer Catalogue which of course coincides with Sale-a-Bration (for more details scroll to the bottom of the page), so there really is no better time to spend your money! So you may have joined me from our lovely Hannah who is the lovely lady that organises the hops (much love to her!) or you may be working your way backwards and arrived from the lovely Karen’s blog. Either way we will be showcasing some of the gorgeous new products from the new catalogue.
For today’s card I used the gorgeous Balloon Celebration Stamp Set which is available in a bundle, saving 15%, with the Balloon Bouquet Punch. This is such a pretty and delicate stamp set I knew I wanted to keep with more of a subtle colour scheme so I went with Mint Macaron A4 Cardstock for my card base cut at 4 1/8 inches and scored at 5 7/8 inches.
I added a piece of the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack measuring 3 7/8 inches x 5 5/8 inches. To make my background for my cute balloons, I made a mask from some post it notes by stamping the cloud shapes on to them and cutting them out and using the tiniest bit of Snail Adhesive to stick them down temporarily on to a piece of Whisper White A4 Cardstock measuring 3 5/8 inches x 5 3/8 inches. Then taking some Soft Sky Classic Ink (appropriately named for this project) I sponged on some colour over my masks. Then peeling them away leaving some whiter clouds. To add a bit of depth to my clouds, using the cloud images I stamped over my white areas with some Smoky Slate Classic Ink, using the stamping off or second generation stamping technique so the colour was a little more muted.
Now for my favourite bit!! Taking the two solid balloon images I stamped some in Blushing Bride Classic Ink and Mint Macaron Classic Ink on to some Whisper White cardstock. Then taking the shading images for the balloons, I stamped this on to them with some Smoky Slate Ink. I them punched them out using the Balloon Bouquet punch. I stamped the balloon strings on to my background again with some Smoky Slate Ink and popped this up on my card front using some Stampin Dimensionals. I then arranged my balloons, some I stuck down with Tonbow Mono Multi Glue and others I popped up using dimensionals.
For my sentiment, as I wanted this to be a Valentine’s card, I used the Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set. I stamped my sentiment again in Smoky Slate Ink on to some Blushing Bride A4 Cardstock and popped this up on my card front. Using a spare heart that I had embossed many moons ago (I tend to do a few at a time if I am doing one and keep them for a rainy day) I popped this up on to my sentiment.
For the inside of my card I used another sentiment and small heart stamp from the Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set. Well that’s my card for today.
I really enjoyed making this card and I was pleased with how it turned out, I might try and step out of my comfort zone though and try a different colour palette! Don’t forget to hop on to my fellow Pootler’s for more inspiration!
Thanks for hopping by today, Louise xx
Don’t forget Sale-a-Bration runs from January 5th to March 31st 2016, so plenty of time to place lots of orders and get as many of the free products as you can. If you spend £45 on any Stampin Up products, these can be from the Spring & Summer catalogue or the Annual catalogue, you qualify for one of the exclusive Sale-a-Bration products. These are in our Sale-a-Bration brochure. It doesn’t end there! You can earn a free product for every £45 you spend so if you spend £90 you can order 2 free products and if you spend £135 you can order 3 products!! I know it is fab!!!
It is also an AMAZING time to JOIN Stampin Up, if you have been considering becoming a demonstrator or just want to make the most of the joining offer now is the time to do it and I would be honoured to have you on my team, so click HERE and lets have some Stampin fun together and you can choose £160 worth of Stampin Up products for just £99!!! You then have until the end of June to meet the first required minimum of £270 sales/spend (and believe me it is easy to spend that on just the things you want for yourself!), there really is no better time to JOIN!