June 2014

June 2014

Saturday, May 24, 2014

SNS Birthday Bash Challenge with a Fabulous Prize!!!!!

Well hello there fellow crafters!!!!  I hope you have been enjoying the month long Birthday Bash over at Sketch N Scrap!  I stopped by the blogs the other day and let me tell you...  There are some AMAZING projects from some VERY talented designers!!!  If you haven't had a chance to check out the challenges yet (and all the yummy prizes!!), there's still time!!!!  All the challenges are listed on the right hand side of the SNS Blog!

Any who...  I'm here today to share my very own challenge with you!  Since we are celebrating a birthday, I decided to make my challenge all about balloons or pinwheels!!!  Yep...  It's really that easy!! Just add balloons or pinwheels to ANY TYPE OF PROJECT and link it up below! 

One LUCKY participant will win a $20.00 Gift Certificate to the Frosted Designs Store!!!!  WOO HOO!!!!!!!  

I will also provide a small RAK to one person (selected at random) from the comments on this post!!!! (scroll to bottom of post for details!!!!!)

Now...  Here's a couple of Projects I created to get you inspired:

Simple Birthday Card with Crate Paper
First, is a simple card I made using hand-cut balloons and a simple sentiment!  Here's a look:

I used an old Crate paper line I had lying around.  It's one of my go-to paper pads for birthdays!!!! 
I started by layering up some papers and adding white Bazzil cardstock for a non-busy background.  I cut the chevron pattern from a paper in the pad and attached them to the front of the card! 

I fussy cut one of the elements from the collection and stamped a simple sentiment in green ink!  I also wrapped some grey twine around the card!

And of course... Balloons!!!!  I hand cut some balloons out of the pattern papers and used pop-dots to adhere them to the card base!  I added more of the grey twine to serve as the strings!  

I finished the card with a small rhinestone and tiny wood stars!

Exploding Box Birthday Card with Crate Paper
Next up is an exploding box card!!!  I've been seeing these all over the place and finally gave it a shot!  It was actually quite simple and I may post a tutorial on my blog soon!  
Here's a look:

Isn't it just adorable?!?  And it would make the perfect little box for any birthday boy or girl!!!
I started with Neenah Kraft cardstock as my base and made all my score lines.  Then, I cut out my pattern papers in the desired sizes and inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  I attached all the pattern papers and folded up my box!  I added in my inserts and attached tiny strips of acetate (three pieces layered atop each other then cut down to size) to the inside of them.  

I hand cut my balloons and used my Cricut Explore to cut the letters from coordinating paper, then attached all the pieces to the acetate strips with a small amount of super glue!

I fussy cut one of the elements from the paper pad with the Happy Birthday Sentiment already on it and adhered it using pop-dots!

I had to make sure my box worked the way it was supposed to so I folded it up by simple pushing down on the center.  This is how it will look when taken from the envelope!

You could also attach the sides down if you prefer to store it on a shelf, or leave it as is!

I'm certainly glad I gave this a shot and I will certainly be making more of these in my very near future!!!

Now I bet you want to know how to get your hands on that fabulous prize?!?!?  IT'S EASY!!!!  
1.  You must be a follower of my blog AND the Sketch N Scrap blog to be entered to win!
2.   Complete a project (ANY TYPE OF PROJECT!!!!!) with balloons or pinwheels!!!!  You can add embellishments, hand cut some out, use pattern paper with balloons or pinwheels on it, or use ribbon with balloons or pinwheels printed right on it...  GET CREATIVE!!  
3.  Link up your project below by 11:59 p.m. on JUNE 15TH!!!!!!  Your project must be newly created as of May 24th and cannot be combined with any other challenges for Sketch N Scrap!  In order to be eligible for the prize, you MUST link back to my blog or the SNS blog!!!  No exceptions!!!

I will have a random draw of all the participants via Random.org and post the winner of the Frosted Designs Gift Certificate on my blog on June 16th!  I will also choose someone at random from the comments on this post to receive a small RAK!!!  You MUST be a follower of my blog and the SNS blog to be entered!!!!
4.  HAVE FUN!!!!  After all, that's what this is all about :-)

Well gang...  Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)
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  1. Awesome cards Brandi! I love love that exploding box!!! How fun is that, so cool it folds down to be given to some lucky person! Great challenge to, who doesn't love balloons or pinwheels on their birthday????!!!!!

  2. Love your projects, esp. the exploding box! Your challenge looks like fun and a great prize too. I just became a follower and will be working up something with balloon soon!

  3. wonderful cards! I have yet to try one of those box cards. I keep hearing they are not as hard as they look.

  4. They are actually quite easy Paula!!! I plan on making a tutorial and sharing it on my blog soon :-)

  5. What a beautiful card!! Love your challenge too.

  6. I adore balloons and your projects are definitely bright and fun! Pinwheels are so cheery, too! Perfect for summer as well as celebrations! Thanks so much for the inspiration and the challenge!

  7. pinwheels and balloons Fun summery inspiration.
    Great cards.

  8. Totally fantastic Brandi. Love these projects. WTG!!!!

  9. Totally fantastic Brandi. I just love these projects. WTG!!!!

  10. Wow!!! What an amazing card and box card!!! You ROCKED the challenge!! LOVE them both!!!

  11. Awesome cards! You did a wonderful job!

  12. Super cute projects Brandi! I will have to make one of those box cards! Definitely post directions!!

  13. Fantastic projects. I have made several of those cute box cards and they really are FUN!

  14. Lovely projects, as always! super cute

  15. Love your projects! Great challenge. Surama

  16. Two amazing projects!! That card is just too cute. Love your challenge!

  17. beautiful card!
    thanks for the chance to win!

  18. Two wonderful projects! However, the box is my favorite and can't wait to see your tutorial!

  19. Terrific projects Brandi. The box is amazing.

  20. Thank you for the great challenge and the chance to win. I will add my card soon, too.
    I especially like your balloon card, too.

  21. I like how you layered the chevrons on your card and LOVE that birthday box!
    Thanks for the fun challenge

  22. Thank you everyone for all your wonderful comments!!!! You have made some fabulous projects!!

  23. Love your balloons and chevrons on your card. Here is the link up to my card-http://donnabroussard.blogspot.com/.