Thursday 26 August 2021

Floating up with birthday wishes

Hello, crafting friends!

Happy Thursday and welcome to a large helping of fabulous inspiration courtesy of the latest Tic Tac Toe Challenge! Here's this week's board:

I could have gone with any of the rows OR columns this week but in the end I opted for the left-hand column Stencil//Any Color Ink/Birthdayy. I did borrow the balloon idea as well because I really wanted to give my new Balloon Bash stencil from Uniko a whirl!

I started by stencilling the round balloon on a card panel using pink and green inks and used a grey pencil to doodle in some strings and a white pencil to add some 'shine'. The panel was then trimmed with a stitched rectangle die by Heffy Doodle. 

I added a die cut birthday sentiment from Avery Elle's A Tag For All and embellished with tiny die cut hearts from the Dinky Die House by X Cut. The panel was attached to a grey card base.

I had so much fun making this card and now it's your turn! You'll find lots of gorgeous inspiration from the rest of the X Team at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge site. You'll also find the Linky Tool so that you can link up your own creation. The winner will have the opportunity to guest with us :)

I'm linking this card up with Happy Little Stampers Stencil challenge where Anything Goes; I'm also playing along with Time Out Challenge where they want to see coloured card bases with an optional twist of adding embellishments - I hope my die cut hearts count :)

It just happens to be International Dog Day today *laughs gently*. Of course it is International Dog Day EVERY day in our house and my beautiful girl knows it :)

We have taken a selfie to mark the occasion and we may have a rousing game of 'Hunt the Dried Sprat' in the garden later!

Sending hugs,


  1. Vicky, Adorable... love those big beautiful balloons. Great take on this weeks TTT board.

  2. Brilliant card the combination of stencil and diecut sentiment is perfect

  3. I love this birthday balloons card & the use of white pencil for shine is a great idea.

    Gorgeous photo of you and Eva. Looks like you were both enjoying International Dog’s Day! Xxx

  4. I love your Happy Birthday balloons, the inks you used and the way you placed them. Great die cut sentiment and wonderful touch of the "hearted" i's. Most of all, I love your selfie with Ava. Special girl... Thanks for having me as Guest Designer at Tic Tac Toe.

  5. This strikes me as a super useful stencil Vicky - perfect with the diecut greeting and I love the heart detail! I will have to check out the Happy Stampers gallery for more inspiration too. Fab card!

  6. And I almost forgot - love the selfie!! Hope the treasure hunt was a hit!

  7. Love your stenciled balloon birthday card and your kisses from Eva on International Dog Day:-) TFS my friend. Hugs..Nancy

  8. I love your balloons! the stenciling is amazing. Hope you had a great International dog day! I have three four legged friends and love them dearly :)

  9. Beautiful!! Your balloons look very realistic, your ink blending has worked wonders! The panel pops so nicely from the grey base. And yes those hearts are perfect as embellishments! :) Thank you for joining us at Time Out!


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