Balloon Framelits dies for CAS C&S

It’s Thursday which means it’s time for another challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches. Since it’s the fourth Thursday in the month, it’s time for a sketch challenge which rounds out my sister’s first month as challenge hostess.

Stampin' Up! Balloon framelits dies and endless birthday wishes

Here’s the banner which inspired my card

I decided earlier in the week that I wanted to have a bunch of balloons but the challenge was going to be how to make five sizes! I started with the balloon framelits dies and the orange corrugated paper from this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit. I’m not sure whether using just the paper really counts as a Paper Pumpkin May 2016 alternate though. [Edit: After discussion with my sister, we decided it counts!] I cut out the first balloon and then turned to the circles collection of framelits. I cropped a circle smaller than the balloon in pacific point and then used the balloon framelits dies to cut the neck of the balloon. This made a fairly odd shaped balloon and required a little trimming with my paper snips. I then repeated the process using smaller and smaller circles until I had my five balloons.

I decided to have the balloon strings be gathered at a point off the card, so to ensure that it looked consistent, I used post-it tape to anchor my card a little and placed an X on my grid paper for where the strings would gather. Then I glued the balloons on with their necks pointing towards the X with the smallest one popped up with a dimensional . I then used the string from Balloon Celebration which I stamped in archival basic black.

Stampin' Up! Balloon framelits dies and endless birthday wishes

To finish off the card, I added one of my favourite sentiments from Endless Birthday Wishes in pacific point and then, just as I was about to photograph the card, I added the epoxy star which is one of the embellishments in the Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers pack.

I hope that you’ll head over to the CAS Colours & Sketches blog to have a look at the inspiration from the rest of the design team and to have a go at the challenge yourself. You don’t have to have a blog to take part, you can upload to public galleries and link to your card there.

See you tomorrow,



    1. It’s really fun (even though I know you’re not fond of orange) but I’m hoping that they are just testing out the reaction to other colours of corrugated card. Thanks, Eimear. Liz x

    1. I was half scared that Caro would point out I was back to balloons, but her sketch called for them! Thanks Jane. Liz x

  1. Well since you mention, it balloons?! But you’re right, a perfect use of the sketch. I love your choice of colours and the texture from the corrugated card. I also love how the strings are gathered at a point off the card, it really works and is a clever detail. Great card, Liz! Caro x

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