Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Yellow birthdays

I seem to have come down with yellow birthday fever! Over at CAS-ual Fridays they're celebrating their first birthday with a birthday theme and at Less is More this week the challenge is to use yellow - put the two together and what do you get? Well how about this:


One of the things I've been wanting to try with my new Up Up and Away set is making a flower with the balloons - well here's one version. Pretty bold huh?! To make it, I stamped the balloon wires image in More Mustard on Daffodil Delight card stock (easy to position using my stamp-a-majig!) and cut it out with paper snips. I threaded a thin piece of card stock through my button before adding it to the flower centre.


In this shot you can see the scoring on one side of the background. The stem lines up with it and the flower overlaps - that's the sort of thing that makes me happy!


I chose the birthday sentiment from the set and stamped it in More Mustard to the right of the stem where it could pretend to be a leaf.

Up Up and Away features hot air balloons but it's easy to turn them into party balloons!


I paper pieced these, sponging the edges with ink for a bit of dimension and adding a 'shine' with glossy card stock.


I thought it would be fun to tie the balloons to the sentiment with a marker. You can just about see the textured card base on this photo (such difficult cards to photograph!) which adds a bit of interest to a very CAS design.

Here's what you'll need to make these cards:
FLOWER CARD
Stamps: Up Up and Away
Ink: More Mustard
Card stock: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
Other: Daffodil Delight button, 1/8" taffeta ribbon in Certainly Celery, Simply Scored, stamp-a-majig, paper snips
BALLOON CARD
Stamps: Up Up and Away, Happiest Birthday Wishes
Ink: More Mustard, Basic Grey
Card stock: Whisper White smooth and textured, scrap of Daffodil Delight
Other: Scrap of Patterns designer paper, corner rounder, stamp-a-majig 
I'd be delighted to order any of these items for you and can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I'm committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to offer help and advice. To place your order, just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593.

I've been helping my daughter revise for her Biology exam over the last week. Has anyone else noticed that a chicken squawking makes the same pattern as an ECG? BeGACK buck buck buck buck, beGACK buck buck buck buck... Oh dear, the revision is doing nothing for our sanity!

Thanks for popping in today. I'll be back tomorrow with another birthday project. Hope to see you then!

Hugs,




43 comments:

  1. Yellow flowers and yellow balloons make such happy themes for cards. Yours are beautiful and pop right out of the clean white space.

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  2. super cards!
    Ilove the idea of the baloon flower

    Anja

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  3. Great yellow cards Vicky....

    Anne

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  4. Wow Vicky just love these yellow creations Luv Sue x

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  5. Hi Vicky

    Bright and beautiful!!!

    Love the flower very much!

    Funnily enough I have never noticed the connection between a squawking chicken and an ECG trace .. .. how unobservant of me LOL!!! I bet Sandra will have done though!!! Tee hee!

    I hope you had a good Bank Holiday weekend.

    Love Jules xx

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  6. As always I'm so inspired when I come here, and yellow is one of my favourite colours. And as for the revision, I can only say, "Get out more!"

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  7. These are gorgeous Vicky... I really must get myself some more SU colours of ink! These yellows are fab!
    I'm particularly fond of the technique of having a slightly 'smaller than the card' sized self coloured layer on which to build the design.
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  8. Now that flower is clever and I love the party balloons. Fab as always. x

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  9. I would never have thought to use the balloons and turn them into flowers, really pretty. Can't say I've ever thought about graphing a chicken squawk, gave me a chuckle though! Helen (Sydney)

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  10. I've never thought to use the balloon to create a flower, very pretty. As for the graph, can't say I've ever thought about doing that either, but certainly gave me a chuckle! Helen (Sydney)

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  11. I love the flower, you are so clever. I also like the balloon attached to the sentiment, very Vicky!
    How do you know about ECG patterns were you a nurse in an earlier life?
    L x

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  12. Beautiful and creative use of the balloon stamps. I'll ask the Girls about the ECG stuff . . . I'm sure they'll be able to help! xxx

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  13. Lovely bright sunny coloured card Vicky, you made me smile again with your chicken comments too....thankyou :) Viv xx

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  14. These are brilliant Vicky - I would never have guessed the flower was a balloon unless you'd said! I thought you graph was blood pressure at first - that's what mine was looking like a few weeks back!
    tara x

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  15. Love both of these, but those balloons just 'pop' at you ( sorry couldn't help it!) and love the way that you have tied them to the sentiment x

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  16. Superb cards. Love the bold flower and the scored lines on the card. And the balloons pops out of the second card. Thanks for playing with us @ CAS-ual friday :)

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  17. Two fabulous cards Vicky, my favourite is the ballon card, I love your shading on them, and the cute little bow tying them together.

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  18. Lovely cards Vicky - great use of the balloon for flower petals - Jacqueline xx

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  19. Love the card! A great CAS beauty---but the chicken imitation is the BEST!

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  20. Great cheerful cards - love the idea of using balloons stamps for petals and tying the other balloons down!!

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  21. Good idea to use one image to make another. Yellow is so nice in the absence of sun!

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  22. These are fabulous Vicky, I'm a yellow lover, I even have it in the house!!!!!!!!!

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  23. fab cards, absolutely perfect CAS
    Cathi from Germany

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  24. Hello Vicky

    Both cards are brilliant, the balloon flower is amazing and so original.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  25. WOW! BOTH of these are outstanding!
    Lynn

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  26. More inspiration! I always look forward to your next post, your creativity never ceases to amaze me!
    Louise x

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  27. I love both of these cards, simply elegant! Love your blog banner too! Mars x

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  28. I love that you made a flower from balloons and I also love your paper pieced balloons too! Both really pop off the white. Great CAS. Thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays this week :)

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  29. Two great cards Vicky. What a fab idea to use balloons to make a flower.
    Sally x

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  30. AMAZING use of the balloons--such a fabulous idea!!! LOVE it, Vicky! :)

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  31. Fabulous cards and as ever clever use of your stamps. The yellow is such a smashing colour. The embossing and the shiny card give those extra little touches that really elevate the card. Thanks for the chicken info , whatever next !!!

    Marie

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  32. Vicky this is a genius way to make a flower, the lines make such interesting detail on the petals! Love the dimension on the balloons too :0)
    Jenny x

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  33. Adore your CAS cards, Vicky! I love both of your yellow cards! You make CAS cards look EASY! (next time--yellow submarine perhaps?LOL)!So glad that you join the birthday celebration with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

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  34. Lovely card- love the big yellow flower especially the button!

    Kate
    Xx

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  35. Dearest Vicky,you are sooo clever! Amazing cards,both,love the over the edge look,and that gorgeous birthday sentiment has to be the prettiest I've seen in a while! Have a great day,Julie x

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  36. How SMART are you!? What a beautiful flower that balloon stamp made! I love it! Thanks for playing along at CAS-ual Fridays! ;)

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  37. Fabulous cards! We're going stir crazy with revision here too... :)xx

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  38. Vicky, you've done it again! I LOVE these cards...especially that balloon card. They have a fab shine...and the string you drew was the perfect touch!

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  39. Both of these are simply beautiful, Vicky!

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  40. Outstanding CAS cards, Vicky! More for my favs file! Thank you!!

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  41. P.S. Forgot to say: Excellent chicken imitation and information; loved it! Next time I want to skip my cardiology exam, I'm sending a chicken!

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  42. Such an innovative flower Vicky
    I LOVE the balloons
    Thank you very much
    mandi
    "Less is More"

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  43. Great cards!
    Love your description of the ECG!!!

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I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x