Inspire.Create Stamping Challenges Theme: Birthday

Hello and welcome I am Karen Farquhar from Australia and thank you for joining me today for Inspire.Create Stamping Challenge #048.
July seems to be the Birthday month in our family so Inspire.Create Stamping Challenge #048 with a theme of 'Birthday' was perfect for me.
My card for the challenge was created with the Above the Clouds stamp set and the Hot Air Balloon coordinating punch.
I was fossicking through some boxes in my craft room and found some long forgotten pads of honeycomb paper and thought it would make a great hot air balloon.
I stamped half the stamp image on the back of the honeycomb pad and cut the image out. I then opened up the honeycomb paper and adhered the opened balloon to my card. 

But of course not everyone has honeycomb paper in their stash so I punched out 5 balloon die cuts with the Hot Air Balloon Punch, folded them in half and adhered them together to achieve a similar effect on my little 3" X 3" notecards.
I love punches. They are a quick and easy way to add depth and interest to your projects. Plus Stampin' Up! punches are of high quality, are affordable, simple to use and fold flat for convenient storage.

For another take on the hot air balloons I have stamped the balloons and created an easel card. You will notice that the stamped images have a mottled effect to add some texture and shade to the balloons and clouds. 

Thank you for visiting me today. Please, you are more than welcome to enter your projects for the Inspire.Create Stamping Challenges here. We really would love to see your creations. Please note we need your projects submitted by 10am. (UK time) Sunday. 
Also pop over for a visit to see the projects of other talented stampers.

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