Well, after taking some time off to focus on creating my entries for the Stampin' Up! Artisan Award Design Team, I'm now back in full swing.  I'm really excited about the 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalog…  If you don't have a copy of the new catalog, contact me promptly and I'll get one out to you as you don't want to miss out on all the wonderful, new products from Stampin' Up!  So, onto this weeks Design Team entry for the Stampin' Queen's Sketch Challenge.

 

Stampin' Queen's Sketch Challenge #42

 

Summer Smooches Birthday Balloon Celebration

 

Summer Smooches Birthday CardThis is a fun card featuring the Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper along with the Delightful Dozen Stamp Set.  The Delightful Dozen Stamp Set is so versatile.  The Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper is bright and creates the perfect foil for this card as a birthday card.  The balloons are created with 6 circles punched using the 1 1/4" Circle Punch from Stampin' Up! then folded in half and glued together to create the balloons.  I used the Circles #2 Die to cut out the circle used on this card with the sentiment.  Baker's Twine was used to create the Balloon strings and anchored with a brights button. 

So, why does this card work?  I focused on the balloons as creating a "triangular" focal point which leads each eye from point to point and a secondary focal is the use of the baker's twine to set linear direction on this card.  Finally, the bright colors work together because they coordinate with the colors in the middle balloon.

Stampin' Queens Sketch ChallengeHere is this weeks sketch for SQSC #42…

For additional inspiration, go to the Stampin' Queen's Sketch Challenge blog to see the other Design Team Member submissions for this weeks sketch.  Sketches are a great way to stretch your creativity or even help you get started when you are having a creative mental block which happens to the best of us.

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Project Supply List:

Ink: Stampin' Write Markers – Pacific Point & Tempting Turquoise (119806)

Card stock: Whisper White (100730)

Designer Series Paper:  Summer Smooches (125409)

Accessories: 1/2" Seam Binding – Daffodil Delight (125583); Bright Designer Buttons (119747); Baker's Twine – Whisper White (124262)

Tools: Big Shot (113439); Circles #2 Originals (114526); 1 1/4" Circle Punch (119861)

Stamp Sets: Delightful Dozen (w: 122650; c:122652)