Vintage Balloons

Vintage Balloons

I finally got to the stamp room tonight around 8 p.m. We had an impromptu sleep-over with Amelia. Stephanie has caught the scourge that is also known as a stomach virus, and Wes has to work tomorrow. The options were to keep Amelia overnight, or have Wes drop her off in the morning at 5 a.m. There really was only one option. She opted to skip her nap today, though, so she was out by 7:45 tonight. She was so cute. She kept talking about “night night” as she collected her Little Ponies, cat, and blanket. “Who’s going night-night?” I asked (because we hadn’t even mentioned it yet). She looked at me like I was crazy and said, “Baby.” Like, “Who else, Seesa?” She was so tired, but she was an angel all day. Ok, I know…I’m a grandma. I’d say that even if she tore up my house and set fire to the cat. In case you’re wondering, she didn’t do either of those things.

So – I needed a quick project for today, because I’m really behind in my creating. Hopefully, I can catch up this weekend! I was going to make a 3-D project, but it was going to need a few more brain cells than I had left today. So instead, I decided on the Lift Me Up bundle. I’ve seen – and created – lots of colorful balloons, so I went vintage tonight.
Lift Me Up, Stampin' Up!

I love the way this turned out! I stamped the balloons in Soft Suede on Crumb Cake Cardstock, and the clouds in Smoky Slate. Then I realized it was really flat, so I stamped the large balloon on a Crumb Cake scrap (in Early Espresso this time) and one cloud on another scrap of Crumb Cake and die-cut them with the Up & Away Framelits Dies and popped them up on Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I used the Watercolor Pencils to add a bit of color to the balloons and clouds. I like using Calypso Coral for vintage cards. It’s a good way to add a pop of color, but I think it still keeps the vintage feel.

Of course I had to sponge a little Crumb Cake along the left and bottom edges. And the sentiment – from Balloon Adventures – is stamped in Early Espresso.

I debated about using ribbon, Washi Tape, or other embellishments. I finally opted for my favorite vintage “ribbon,” Linen Thread. I also added a touch of Clear Wink of Stella to the clouds, and some Gold Wink of Stella to the larger balloon, but you really can’t see it unless you have the card in your hands. Stella is very camera shy, but, trust me – it’s there and it looks great! Just enough sparkle to add a little detail but not enough to overglitz the vintage look. (Yes, “overglitz” is a word. At least, spell check didn’t red line it. And even if spell check didn’t like it, it’s a word in my world.)

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day!

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About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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2 Responses to Vintage Balloons

  1. debsmart says:

    Wow – this is just how I thought this set should look, the first time I saw it, Buffy!! It puts me in mind of the ‘old-timey’ movies, with the county fairs….Just amazing – you totally nailed the vintage look! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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