Monday, 25 July 2016

Elephant & Balloons

Hello, Crafters.

I hope you had a great weekend. 

We were at home over the weekend because hubby was working. 

Yesterday I was working on the fancy fold card I want to make for Wednesday's video.  If you saw my video where I shared the swaps I received at Convention in April, you may remember me showing you a card that opened with a trianguler fold that came down and formed a "floor".

I don't know what this card is called but I'll probably call it something like corner pop-up box/card.I saw someone make one on YouTube but mine never works out quite right!

I've tried five or six now and I need to do some extra cutting to get the kind of result I expect. Eventually, I gave up trying yesterday, feeling very frustrated.  However, I'll carry on today. 

If I do successfully make a video, I'll show the ones that haven't gone very well. Because my mind was turning the fancy fold over and over, I found it difficult to switch off and think about a card for today. 

I decided to go for some fun and chose the elephant from Love You Lots. I'd been thinking about using balloons for my fancy fold card and still had Balloon Celebration Stamp Set on my desk. So decision was made.

I started today's card with a base of Pool Party Cardstock, followed by a layer of Whisper White and topped with a layer of the Pool Party script design from the Subtles Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack. I adhered them together using Tombow.

I stamped the Elephant onto a piece of Whisper White using our Archival Basic Black and then fussy cut it out leaving a white edge all around.

I stamped one large and one small balloon from the Balloon Celebration Stamp Set onto a piece of Whisper White. I used a sentiment from the Circle of Spring Stamp Set inside the large stamp and a sentiment from the Ready To Pop Stamp Set for inside the small balloon. 

Then I stamped one large and one small balloon onto a piece of Pool Party. I chose the same sentiment for the large balloon and another sentiment from the Ready To Pop Stamp Set for the small balloon. 

For the fifth and final balloon, I stamped the large balloon onto a piece of the Pool Party spotted deisgn from the Subtles DSP Stack. In the centre, I stamped a sentiment and a small decoration from Ready To Pop Stamp Set inside the balloon.

I punched all the balloons out using the Balloon Bouquet Punch.

I arranged the balloons how I thought they looked nice on my card and adhered them with Tombow. As I adhered the lowest four, I slid a short piece of Linen Thread just under the the tip of the balloon. Then I tied and glued very small Linen Thread bows on the ends of the balloons.

I adhered the elephant to the card using Dimensionals and cut a very thin piece of  Dimensional to fit on the trunk. I gathered the four strings together and made sure they were all anchored under the Dimensional. 

Do you think anyone will notice that they're five balloons and four strings?

I think that's about it for today. I hope you have a good day. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. What a delightfully, FUN card! This is great, Jan. I will DEFINITELY be case-ing this one for a kiddies card and I think I know a few adults who would appreciate it too! Good job!

    1. Hi, Geraldine. The elephant is just so cute, isn't he? ☺ Happy crafting. JanB

  2. I just love that little elephant and love your card! No, I did not notice the missing string until you mentioned it. 😉 I look forward to seeing your video on the folding card. 👍

    1. Hi, Joeytipping. I persevered yesterday with the folding card and succeeded! YAY! Barring any problems, the video will be up in the morning. Thanks about the string, too! LOL! ☺ ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.