Birthday balloons keep on being blown

Ok I seem to have gone a little balloon crazy.  Almost every birthday card I've made lately seems to have been using the Balloon Celebration set.  Not that that's a bad thing - but maybe I'll try and make this my last balloon card for a little while.

I was making this card in a rush so it's pretty simple.  One layer of whisper white card on which I stamped and embossed some tempting turquoise and gold balloons, with Watermelon Wonder string and bows.  I didn't even glue the layer down.  I just used some gold and white washi tape and ta-da - a quick and easy birthday card.

Not sure this is the most creative card I've made lately - but sometimes you just need to get it done.  And it's still a hand made gift so I'm happy.

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Birthday balloons

Tis the season for birthdays.  I don't know about you but this time of the year seems to be very heavy on birthdays and I never have enough time to custom make cards on the day.  Luckily I had some time to make a few recently.  It's great to have a tin of cards to grab and go for a busy season.

This card I went with a pretty simple birthday balloon vibe.  Lots of colour, lots of layers and lots of dimensionals used.  

I'm really getting into matching envelopes with my cards lately.  It only takes a few minutes more to do, but it really steps up the wow factor significantly.  What can I say - I like to impress people with my talent (LOL - my ability to slightly tweak cards already made in the catalogue more likely... don't tell!).

Anyway give it ago.  Throw a few matching stamped images on the envelope next time you're crafting and see how impressed everyone is.  Trust me - it will go down a treat.

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Birthday boldness

Sometimes I don't get time to craft.... then I get a chunk of time to create but no time to blog.  Life is a little like waves - up and down, back and forth.  It's easier for me to just go with it right now rather than try and swim against it.  But enough random thoughts about why it's taken me so long to blog.  Here's one of the cards I made recently in my creative wave time.

I really struggle to make cards that are not to feminine (not that there's anything wrong with that).  I feel like with this card I've achieved it.  It's striking but could be used for anyone of any age.  I love that you can get dies that cut our such intricate letters - and better yet - you can buy glue with a fine enough tip to adhere them :-)  Crafting is all about making it easy in my house. I'll just let you think I'm a genius - even though this is just 3 die cut shapes and some glue ;-)

I did decide to go the extra mile with this one though and make a matching envelope.  Well ok it's easy.  It was a pre-made envelope that I stick a strip of paper on.  But doesn't it look good?  Just because it's easy doesn't mean I didn't work hard.  I mean this took me at least 2 cups of coffee ;-)

Anyway I'm happy with how this turned out.  I'll let my friends think I'm a creative genius and you'll keep my secret right?

Happy crafting.

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