Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Balloons for Twofer

Hi there.  I'm so glad you stopped by!


T
his month's challenge is...
 

Balloons always make a fun birthday card so I went traditional on this one.


I've done some monochromatic stamping for the background and made a balloon
bouquet by die cutting and punching balloons from some alcohol inked backgrounds.

I went non-traditional with my Twofer...


By flipping the die cut balloon upside down, I made a Christmas tree ornament.

I know you have at least one balloon stamp, die or stencil in your stash.
Have fun with it and make two different designs for two different occasions and
stretch your card stash!

Check our the awesome inspiration from our Design Team and our
talented Guest Designer, Greta.

I hope to see you in the Twofer gallery!


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge, Timeless Textures (SU), Bitty Birthday Wishes (MFT)
Ink:   Island Indigo
Paper:   Neenah, Island Indigo
Other:  Alcohol Ink, Celebration Time Die (SSS), Die Cut Party Confetti (HA), Twine (FSJ)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Bitty Holiday Wishes (MFT)
Ink:   Cucumber Crush (SU), VersaMark
Paper:   Neenah, Silver Foil, Silver Glimmer
Other:  Heirloom Frames Die & EF (SU), Celebration Time Die (SSS), Small Snowflake die (IO), Pretty Pines Thinlits (SU)


35 comments:

kiwimeskreations said...

What gorgeous balloons Bonnie - love your non-conventional use of the balloon to form an ornament
Stay safe
Blessings
Maxine

Nstiz said...

LOVE these! How clever to turn that balloon into an ornament. I just love the grunge background behind the balloons and the wonderful pine sprig and ornament in that ornate frame. I have a hunch I’ll be shopping again after seeing your fabulous cards.

I Card Everyone said...

I love your balloons, Bonnie - very clever using one for an ornament AND getting another Christmas card in your stash!
I'm blown away by that Card 2 frame! WOW!!
=]

Daffodil Cards said...

WOW! Now! that is clever thinking, Super cards Bonnie.
Faith x

Happy Dance said...

Balloons and birthdays, Bonnie, they are a perfect combo! And your AI balloons are simply gorgeous! This would work so well for a teenaged boy, or anyone for that matter. It's a great card and I love it. Now as to your second card. All I can say is wow, wow, wow! The bulb is gorgeous, and it looks like you've caught just one bough and one bulb from your Christmas tree in a photo. And that frame...what a stunning frame!! Love this one! Awesome cards! Stay safe. Bev

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Fab balloon bouquet, Bonnie - just love the texture behind too!! And I love the balloon turned into a Christmas bauble - so elegant!!

Darnell said...

These are terrific designs, Bon! I love your graphic and festive birthday card which is perfect for any age and any gender! And your balloon masquerading as a Christmas bauble is incredible! It is beyond elegant and so beautifully composed! I need that frame now, darn you! Take care and keep safe! Hugs, Dolly

Rachelle Oltean said...

Hi Bonnie! WOW - what a great idea to use the balloon as the ornament! This is an amazing Two-fer! Take care!
Hugs - Rachelle : )

designbydonna said...

The balloons on that "grunge" background really pop--well not literally or you would have saggy balloons. Love the colors. Turning the balloon into a Christmas ball is genius. It looks very elegant in that pretty frame.

JoAnn said...

Two pretty balloon cards. Love the colorful balloons on that creative background. I really love how you made the ornament on the 2nd card and the pretty frame. TFS

Jeanne H said...

Lovely cards...I especially love the Christmas ornament one.

oldpunca said...

Fantastic Twofer! I like your birthday balloons on the awesome background with smart placed sentiment. To use balloon as a Christmas ornament is just great. Very elegant and super nice card.
Sonja

Heather said...

Clever design with the upside down balloon and lovely designs on the other balloons from your alcohol ink panels.

Colleen said...

So fabulous Bonnie and so clever to turn it upside and make an ornament...LOVE it!!

TK said...

Artsy and elegant -- great cards, Bonnie! I see a theme between you and Anita -- great minds DO think alike :o)

Christine Alexander said...

Two great cards Bonnie, your bouquet of balloons is such a fun happy Birthday card with all the bright colours and your upside down balloon makes a perfect ornament :)

nancy littrell said...

Wow..Two beautiful and very creative balloon cards, Bonnie. I love your die cut balloons using alcohol ink scraps. How clever to flip your balloon and use it as a Christmas tree ornament. TFS my friend. Love and Hugs...Nancy

Barb Ghig said...

Such a great idea to choose alcohol inks for the balloons on your first card, Bonnie! I love the effects and your monochromatic background is fabulous! Your Christmas card is absolutely gorgeous! The embossed frame showcases your focal point beautifully and your upside-down balloon makes a perfect ornament! xx

Anita in France said...

The background on your cool birthday card is wonderfully graphic, Bonnie ... the finish of the alcohol inks gives the balloons so much depth ... and the streamers add a great sense of energy! Love that we both went with balloon baubles for our unconventional Christmas cards ... great minds! All that crisp, texture-y white space is gorgeous ... the green really pops against it ... and how festive is the silver shimmer and shine ... yum! Hugs, Anita :)

Brenda said...

Your twofers are so festive and fun Bonnie! I love your traditional birthday card one, it is really cool with that background. So artsy! I love your balloons, they have so much depth to them with the inky papers you used, love them so much! The party streamers make this card even more festive if that is possible. lol I adore your non traditional Christmas card with the balloon. The frame is just beautiful, love the balloon as a bauble hanging with the pine boughs. Love, love, love it! Hugs, Brenda

Marcia Hill said...

Loving both of your balloon cards Bonnie! Your birthday card is fabulous with the colorful inked balloons against your blue monochromatic background...love it! And smart thinking to turn the balloon upside down to create your balloon ornament...it looks awesome with your little bit of greenery and the beautiful embossed framing! AMAZING cards my friend!! Hugs. :0)

HilaryJane said...

What a brilliant Twofer, I love the background on your first card and that frame on your second xx

Leslie Miller said...

Wow! Two fabulous cards for this challenge! Your birthday card is so much fun! Absolutely a party on a card. Love it! Then you got all clever and made a beautiful Christmas card. The frame is so gorgeous on that one!

Loll said...

Awecome twofer balloon cards, my friend! I LOVE the first one with the grungy looking background. The bright colours of the balloons aer so fun! And what a very creative and fun Christmas ornament. Now that's thinking outside the box! LOVE the framing with the gorgeous embossed center. xx

Pat said...

Two gorgeous cards Bonnie and love the modern looking background to go with your first card and love the sentiment on the little banner, and then the pretty hanging bauble you made by turning it upside down with some super die cut pine branches, and love the glittery snowflake to embellish it, and all within that beautiful ornate frame and perfectly finished with the green stamped sentiment strip. x

Cat Craig said...

Wonderfully fun and festive cards, Bonnie. I love that you turned one balloon into an ornament bauble. Fabulous.

Susan said...

Love the birthday card with the Gorgeous Grunge and Timeless Textures stamps providing a great artsy background. And what a clever idea to use a balloon die to create a Christmas ornament - love the snowflake on it and the way you hung it and framed it. A great entry for the Twofer challenge.

Nance said...

Super twofer, Bonnie! Great idea to use the balloons as ornaments! I do love the background of the birthday card too. Hugs my friend! XX

Vicky Hayes said...

Bonnie you are so brilliant at these twofers! Love the male birthday design and flipping the round balloon to make an ornament is just so clever! Vicky x

Brenda in IN said...

AI balloons are so festive along with the confetti and made a fun birthday card. The balloon ornament looks gorgeous with the sparkly star. The framing really sets it off so well.

Mac Mable said...

What fabulous alcohol ink balloons on your birthday card and I am loving the background stamping x. Fun and creative idea to use the balloon as an ornament on your super CAS Christmas card Bonnie x.

Ros Crawford said...

I love that Christmas card! How clever! Two terrific interpretations Bonnie

AlisonC said...

Two fun cards and clever to use a balloon as a bauble! The layering of the first is gorgeous. x

BożenA said...

A great entry into the NBUS challenge. You've cleverly used one of the balloons to make a Christmas tree bauble. In the latter card, an embossed frame caught my attention. WOW! great decoration for this card!
hugs,
BożenA

Bobby said...

Fabulous card designs with the balloon dies, Bonnie. I love the grid background on the birthday card and the embossed frame on the ornament card.