Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year 2017!!!!

It's been a while since I posted, but I'm back now -- with some great news!

As of November 18, 2016, I'm now retired.  It was a busy end-of-year with lots of craft sales and stamp camps and grandson-sitting -- not to mention three holidays, but now I'm back and committed to updating and keeping my blog up-to-date.

To start out the year I've chosen this fun and simple-to-make card.  View Marisa E. Gunn's original card at


* Shimmery White card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; 5" x 3-3/4")
* Basic Black card stock (5-1/8" x 3-7/8")
* Gold Foil Sheet (about 6" x 2" for large balloons)
* Silver Glimmer Paper (about 4" x 2" for small balloons)

* Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker

Accessories and Tools:
* Metallics Sequin Assortment
* Balloon Bouquet Punch
* Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine
* Fine-Tip Glue Pen
* Glue Dots
* Multipurpose Liquid Glue
* SNAIL Adhesive
* Stampin' Dimensionals

* Silver Marker**

** Stampin' Up! no longer sells silver markers, but you can find them in any craft store or office supply store.


1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card stock at 4-1/4" to make card base.  Set aside.

2. Use SNAIL Adhesive to adhere 5" x 3-3/4" shimmery white card stock to 5-1/8" x 3-7/8" basic black card stock.

3. Use Balloon Bouquet punch to make three large gold foil balloons and two small silver glimmer balloons.  Trim off left side of one gold balloon and right side of another gold balloon; adhere to card stock as shown with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  Adhere silver balloons with Stampin' Dimensionals.

4. Use Fine-Tip Glue Pen to adhere gold sequin stars as shown.

5. Use silver marker to add dots randomly above balloons.

6. Use Basic Black marker to free-hand strings hanging from balloons.  (I hand-wrote "celebrate" under one of the balloons, but if you're not comfortable doing that, you also could just draw a regular string like the other balloons.)

7. Tie a small bow with the Baker's Twine.  Use a glue dot to adhere to silver shimmer balloon as shown.

8.  Apply Stampin' Dimensionals to back of black card stock and adhere to card front.

That's it!  You're finished!

Hope you have a wonderful 2017!!!  I'm looking forward to sharing lots of new ideas with you over the coming year.

Cathy ;D

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