Sunday, 13 November 2016

Baby Bella turns 1- Celebrating with a sneak peak

My beautiful friends' little girl is turning one and today was her Baptism and big party. In honour of this gorgeous girl I made her a little birthday present. It certainly was a joyful celebration despite the heat. Here is a picture of it all wrapped up. I love how easy it is to coordinate everything!

I was inspired to use the colour combination from Global Design Project #061

and I'm also entering the Stamping Up Only Challenge  #161  this week which is for celebrations!

There's lots of new products in this post including the fabulous new Stitched Shapes Framelits! These are so wonderful- 12 in a set and circles, ovals and squares

I was very excited when my box of new goodies arrived and I have a few sneak peaks here for you. The birthday card is made using the fabulous new framelits for a pop up birthday card. These will be available from January 4 unless you are a demonstrator in which case you can preorder from December 1-  another great benefit of being a demonstrator other than the discount. The balloons are so cute and easy to layer, and the great thing is that they also coordinate with the existing Balloon Builder Punch - There are a few on the front of the card!

I was inspired by two of the presenters at Onstage 2016 who created 2 different types of mobiles using the adorable new Hot Air Balloon Framelits. Of course I discovered I didn't have any decent photos of either to get a better idea so I made up my own dimensions !! but I am very grateful for the inspiration. It was Nicole Wilson who created the long single mobile and showed us some other projects in one of the Product Spotlight presentations. You can find her other projects here.

It is quite difficult to capture in a photograph.

So here's what I did. I tried two different methods so this is the details from the successful attempt!
I cut 3 of each balloon and scored them in half.
For the solid balloon I heat embossed with the Emerald Envy glitter powder, but I discovered this doesn't show up very well on the Emerald Envy cardstock, so I sponged heavily with more Emerald Envy ink which has made them really pop.
In the first attempt I used jewellery wire but this turned out to be too rigid. My second attempt I used some (retired) silver cord. I tied a large loop at the top, then I threaded 3 beads at regular intervals to act as stoppers under the balloons and stop them from sliding down. I looped the cord back through each bead to hold it in place.
I used Tombow to adhere the smaller solid balloons first with the cord running down the centre. For the detailed, larger hot Air Balloon I mixed some water with tombow and used a paint brush to apply the glue to the fine surfaces of the balloon. I worked slowly just adhering one half of each balloon at a time.
For the clouds I cut 4 of each size from white glimmer paper. For each pair I cut one from the front of the glimmer paper and one from the back so that there would be mirror images.
To add some weight and anchor the mobile I tied a Christmas faced crystal decoration at the bottom.

Lastly I packed it all into a white gift box. I stamped randomly on the box with sweet sugarplum ink before tying it up with emerald Envy ribbon ( the narrow ribbon is also a new product coming soon)

Thanks for looking, you are going to love the new catalogue! if you'd like to see it early you can join my team- the CQ Paperlover's Crew.



  1. Glad I could give you a little inspiration Liz thankyou so much for your lovely comments and it was lovely to meet you at Onstage too :-) x

  2. Wow, this combination of projects is gorgeous! Love the use of the colors as well as all of the new occasions items- so fun!! Thanks for sharing with us at SUO Challenges :-)

  3. Totally gorgeous celebration projects and perfect for our challenge. So glad you joined the fun at SUO.

  4. Oh, those balloons are so much fun! Love the mobile and the cut out center of the card. I can't wait to get new stuff to play with! Thanks for playing along with the Celebrations theme this time on SUO Challenges!

  5. How sweet is that???? I love your beautiful birthday card - -such a lovely color combo too!! Thanks for playing along in our SUO challenge!!


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