Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Hello - welcome baby

Recently I spotted THIS card in the Playground made by Helen (it was also one of my weekly picks), and I just had to have the wonderful swirly sentiments stamp set she'd used as stems with the Tim Holtz 'Tattered Florals' die cut flowers. The other day I was browsing through a craft magazine and spotted a similar idea, this time using swirly sentiments as strings hanging from balloons. And this is what I made - one for a baby girl and one for a baby boy:
I used:

- 4" x 5.75" white card blanks

- snippets of matt pale pink and pearlescent baby blue card stock

- cut one layer of the pastel colours for each card as a backing 'frame' - just slightly smaller than the card itself, then glued it to the front of the card blank. I ran a clear Wink of Stella brush around the edge of the matt pink card just to give it a little bit of shimmer beforehand

- cut a further layer of card, this time using Centura Pearl white card stock

- die cut two blue and two pink heart shaped balloons (used a Marianne Creatables 'Heart Balloon' die with their strings snipped off afterwards) then embossed them using a tan mat and also covered the pink balloons with clear Wink of Stella

- then it was just a case of positioning where I wanted things to line up and lightly marking the positions with a soft pencil before first stamping the two Simon Says Stamp 'Handwritten Borders' sentiments using Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink onto the white pearlescent card pieces I'd cut earlier

- next glued the hearts in place

- finally added some iridescent sequins

 Called it a day :) Now I just need some new babies on the scene!

Di
x

29 comments:

Diane said...

Absolutely perfect for baby cards...what a fabulous idea!! I wonder if I have these stamps or some like them...hmmm!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Wonderful combinations Di, don'cha love it when things work so brilliantly like that..
Thanks so much for sharing, Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

scrappymo! said...

These are so sweet! What a great idea. I loved Helen's too...such a lovely stamp set you both used for the stems/stalks...

Was busy this seek with baby cards too! Just popping over tot he workshop to drop one off! lol

Jane said...

What a great card Di, the sentiment works perfectly for the strings. You need to start looking under cabbages for babies now ;0) xx

Donna said...

Lovely idea, Di. CAS too!

Kath said...

Lovely new baby cards - a great idea to use the stamp as balloon strings.
Kath x

aussie aNNie said...

Brilliant, love this, the colours, and design is gorgeous.xx
 {aNNie}

SARN said...

Smart thinking Di! Love this idea and it's always good to have cards for the "rarer" occasions to hand.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Swissie said...

So sweet! Thank you Di for a very good idea!

Hugs, Liv

Cara said...

Such a cool idea, love the way you made one of each, why don't I think to do that! The sequins just accent the design perfectly. Cara x

Sandra H said...

Oooh so cute they both are Di l have another grandchild coming around mid to end of April hope your well take care xx

Sarah said...

How sweet, I love the sentiment too! xx

Pat said...

What a great idea to use the sentiment for the strings of those pretty heart shaped balloons Di. Fabulous! x

Carole said...

Brilliant Di!!...Fantastic cards and idea. Be careful what you wish for though!!!

Barb said...

Lovely cards Di. What a great idea. I NEED sentiment stamps like this. Barbxx

scrAPpamondo said...

Oooohhh.... So clever use these sentiment for the strings of the balloons!! I have some stamps as these! Thanks very much for sharing!! Your cards are very sweet!!

scrAPpamondo said...

I pinned them in my pinterest board chaos :D
https://it.pinterest.com/pin/534802524481972343/

Carol L said...

This pair of baby cards is so cute with those sentiment strings! So cute and simple.............BUT........be careful what you wish for :)

Lesley said...

fabulous idea for a baby card . . . Lesley x

laurie said...

Those swirly sentiments are lots of fun!What a cute idea for baby cards,Di!

KandA said...

What a super design Di and I love the sentiment 'strings' hanging from the balloons xx

Cathy said...

Love this design Di, I'm adding those border stamps to my wish list! Cathy x

Eemeli said...

Lovely <3

Hugs,
Eemeli

Helen said...

Love these Di! Think I might have to *borrow* your balloon string idea!
Helen x

Loll said...

Sweet! The heart balloons are adorable. Sweet baby cards Di!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

How perfect for twins! Really clever, indeed! So sorry about linking up a second card, I had no idea, but I totally understand. I don't know how you can keep up with everything anyhow - you wonder woman!! I won't do it again, but don't worry, it takes a lot more to get rid of me. Your playground is just too much fun to visit!!! I'll be back, for sure!

Pippa said...

A great idea using the sentiments that way.

Janice Rohde said...

Both such cute cards Di!
Janice x

Princess Judy Palmer said...

These are very cute cards. I've always like that look of a scripty greeting for a balloon string. I've never done it though. I'm sure I'd get them all cockeyed if I did!