Friday, August 15, 2014


Happy Friday!

I found myself needing a bit of a break, so there was a bit of an unscheduled week there with no sketch. Today however, I am back with a sketch!

Here's my card!

I wanted to make stamp the word "birthday" all over the balloon, so I did the unthinkable! I cut apart the "happy birthday" image. This allowed me to work at a much quicker pace than if I had to mask or selectively ink just the word birthday. After stamping that, I sponged ink all around the edge to give it some depth. I tied on a little bit of baker's twine and then I moved on to the rest.

I really wanted to use this stencil, but it's currently MIA in my craft room. So I decided that I wanted small dots instead. I scoped around my stash for small dots and came across the heart shaped dotty confetti die from PTI's Sprinkles & Shakers set. Perfect, I thought! By positioning the heart die cut carefully, I could control the shape of the sponged dots. It kind of resembled a rectangle and gave the card the extra depth I was seeking!

I attached the balloon over top of my dots, and used a bit of tombow multi to place the string exactly where I wanted!

Next step- I wanted a popped up sentiment banner. Now that I had that birthday word solo, I stamped just that on a small piece of Orange Zest. Next I die cut the word happy and then covered it with clear embossing. I pieced those two elements together and then placed those over the balloon.

It all sounds a touch complicated, but it probably took me just as long to write up the whole process as it did to actually make the card!

Stamps: Birthday Balloons
Paper: White, Orange Zest
Ink: Orange Zest, Summer Sunshine, Spring Rain, Black
Accessories: Balloon Dies, Happy Birthday Die, Sprinkles & Shakers heart confetti die, baker's twine, clear embossing powder

If you play along, please leave a link! I'd love to see what you create!!


  1. I luv this weeks sketch, so cool....sure hope I have time to play! THANKS

    sparkle & shine *~*

  2. Fabulous sketch and love your card!