Stampin’ Up! Beautiful Balloons for The Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good Thursday morning my stamping friends welcome to our Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop. If you are starting with me, thank you. I hope you will stop by everyone’s blog to see what they have created this week. If you are hopping over from Akiko’s blog, thank you for stopping by. This week we have Theme Challenge which worked out perfectly for me since I needed a graduation card. Here is my card using this week’s theme.

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Balloons Graduation 1

I used the Stampin’ Up! Beautiful Balloons Bundle along with the Stampin’ Up! Charming Sentiments Photopolymer Stamp Set and Bright & Beautiful 6 X 6 Designer Series Paper for my card today.

Here is out theme for this week.

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Balloons Graduation 2

I started by adhering 2 panels of Bright & Beautiful DSP to 2 Berry Burst mats. On 2 other panels of Berry Burst I stamped the sentiments from the Stampin’ Up! Beautiful Balloons Photopolymer Stamp Set in Versamark Ink. I sprinkled the sentiments with White Embossing Powder and set them using my Heat Tool. I stamped the streamer image from the Beautiful Balloons stamp set in Berry Burst Ink on the longer sentiment panel.

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Balloons Graduation 3

I adhered the 2 DSP layered panels and the rectangle sentiment panel to a Lemon Lolly mat using Stampin’ Seal. I adhered the square sentiment using Stampin’ Dimensionals. I adhered the layered panel to a Lemon Lime Twist card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Balloons Graduation 4

Using the Beautiful Balloons Dies, I cut the streamer from a panel of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock. I adhered the streamer to the square sentiment as a tassel for a cap. I adhered an Iridescent Pearl Basic Jewel to the tassel. I tied a small bow using the 1/8″ Lemon Lime Twist Ribbon from the Ribbon Duo Combo Pack and adhered it to the card front. I added a few Adhesive-Backed Sequins Trios to the card front.

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Balloons Graduation 5

On the inside, I stamped the sentiment from the Charming Sentiments stamp set in Berry Burst Ink on a panel of Basic White. I used the Beautiful Balloons Dies to cut out the stars and confetti along each side of the sentiment. I stamped the streamer image from the Beautiful Balloons stamp set in Lemon Lime Twist Ink on either side of the sentiment. I adhered the Basic White panel to a Lemon Lolly mat then to the inside of the Lemon Lime Twist card base.

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Balloons Graduation 6

To complete my card, I decorated a Basic White Medium Envelope. I stamped the streamer image from the Beautiful Balloons stamp set in Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and Lemon Lolly Ink along the bottom front of the envelope. I stamped the sentiment from the Beautiful Balloons stamp set in Berry Burst Ink. I adhered a panel of the Bright & Beautiful DSP to the envelope flap.

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Balloons Graduation 7

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I hope you liked my card and will give it a try. Now that you’ve seen my card, take a minute to hop through and see everyone’s projects today. If you click on the Next Blog button, you’ll go to Tara’s page. Or you can just click on the names below to go directly to all their blogs! Happy Hopping!

Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Jaimie Babarczy

Karen Finkle

Akiko Sudano

Karen Ksenzakovic You Are Here

Tara Carpenter

Terry Lynn Bright

Carol Buckalew


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Use this host code when placing an order with me. When you order $50 or greater you will receive a free gift from me! If your order is over $150, please do not use this code, but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any 1 item valued up to $10.00 from the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog or the January-April 2023 Mini Catalog!  Unfortunately, packs of cardstock are no longer an option for a free gift. Shipping has become too expensive to ship and it’s costing me as much to ship as the cardstock costs. For any orders $50 or more I will also send you my monthly class tutorials.  Click HERE or go to my Customer Rewards for more details and to see what this month’s tutorials are.

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Happy Stamping, Karen


In response to changing policies at Stampin’ Up – I’m adjusting my Ordering Gift policy as well.  I’m having to get a little more tough on the adding of Host codes when you place your order thru my Online Store.

Not to worry – you’re still going to get that $10 ordering gift for orders of $50 (before shipping & tax) or greater.  And the gift is still any 1 SU! product up to that $10 value – which includes some of our fun Host Sets!

But – if you DO NOT use the Host code for your orders of less than $150 (this is the RETAIL total before Shipping & Handling), then you’ll have two options:

  1. You’ll need to call Stampin’ Up! (1-800-Stamp-Up) and ask them to add it for you. They’re very helpful and will get it done quickly!  OR….
  2. If your order was over the $50 threshold but under $150, then…you’ll forfeit that $10 ordering gift and rewards – this is the Bummer Option – and I REALLY don’t want to do this, SO please remember to add my Current Host Code.


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You can also pair this kit with a coordinating die add-on! (Available while supplies last. Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine sold separately). Keep reading to learn more!

The Welcome Inn Paper Pumpkin Kit perfectly coordinates with the Countryside Inn Suite Collection (item number 161474) from the 2023–2024 Annual Catalog! You can use the stamps and paper from both the suite and kit to create cards that are stylish and refined. You can create these elegant hospitality cards using the suite’s Countryside Inn 12″ x 12″ (30.5 x 30.5 cm) Designer Series Paper and the kit’s beautiful floral cards. There are endless creative possibilities of this kit and suite coordination!

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  • All the supplies you’ll need to create 9 elegant and sophisticated cards—3 each of 3 designs—and 9 coordinating envelopes.
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This month’s kit includes: 

  • Enough supplies to create 9 cards—3 each of 3 designs
  • 9 coordinating envelopes
  • Confetti Birthday photopolymer stamp set
  • One Blueberry Bushel Ink Spot
  • Printed card bases, card fronts, self-adhesive cellophane shaker bags, die-cut pieces, holographic foil labels, adhesive, embellishments, and a clear block
  • Finished card size: 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (14 x 10.8 cm)
  • Coordinating colors: Blueberry Bushel, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Poppy Parade

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Card stock cuts for this project:

  • Basic White Cardstock 4″ X 5 1/4″ (inner liner)
  • Berry Burst Cardstock 1 1/4″ X 3 3/4, 2 1/2″ X 3 3/4″, 1 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ & 1 1/4″ X 1 1/4″ (card front panels)
  • Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock 8 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ (card base scored & folded at 4 1/4″), 1″ X 2″ (tassel)
  • Lemon Lolly Cardstock 4″ X 5 1/4″ (card front mat), 4 1/8″ X 5 3/8″ (inner liner mat)
  • Bright & Beautiful 6 X 6 Designer Series Paper 1″ x 2 1/4″ & 2 1/4″ X 3 1/2″ (card front panels), 2 1/4″ X 6″ (envelope flap)


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