Celebrate in Clean and Simple

Hello everyone,
Well I think I cracked it!!!
Yep. This time I really feel I have made a Clean and Simple Card for Simply Less is More Card Challenge. Phew.

The Challenge is to interpret the word "round".
The theme for your cards this week is 

I am also entering this into the Just Add Ink Challenge.

What do you think?

(click on photo to enlarge)

When I saw the word "Round" I immediately thought "balloons" and reached for my Sketched Birthday Stamp Set.
I have to tell you - this is such a useful stamp set to own. I use the balloons and party hat, cake and words quite often.

I wanted the balloons flying off the centre piece of card so I stamped them on the edges then onto coordinating card stock and cut out the balloon and stuck it on.

How did I manage to colour the circles on the balloons? Those circles have shading on them so it is a challenge. But what I did was colour over them with my White Chalk Marker first. Let that dry and then coloured them with my markers - Pacific Point, Calypso Coral and Smoky Slate. I think it worked quite well.

Cardstock: Pacific Point, Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Ink: Black
Markers: White Chalk Marker, Pacific Point, Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral (these are used on the balloons spots and the greeting)
Candy Dots: Pacific Point

I have to say that Clean and Simple doesn't really equate to "Quick and Easy" for me and this took a while to pull together. haha. But I did it! Yay. and when I showed it to my 24 year old son he absolutely loved it. Which was definitely encouraging.

Thanks for popping in. If you have some time maybe you can join in one or both of these challenges too? There is still time. Have a great day and I will be back real soon.

Our weather at the moment is really topsy-turvy - one minute blue skies and hot sun - next raining and cold. At least the rain has brought some green grass back to our lawn.


  1. Great CAS card Vicki!
    Thanks so much
    Less is More

  2. I love the paper-pieced balloons, Vicki - and your tip for colouring the 'spots' is genius! Such a great card; love it. Thanks for playing along with us at Just Add Ink this week. :)

  3. I love the whimsy of your balloons flying across the card Vicki and that is a great tip for the chalk marker it may well tempt me to buy one just to try it! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink.

  4. You've managed to create a cool modern card with the colour combo this week!
    Thanks for playing along this week:)

    JAI Design Team

  5. Smart thinking with the chalk marker!!!! I'm going to try it myself! Great CAS card....they are tough for me too! Thanks for your nice comment on my card!

  6. Your chalk marker tip is great one, Vicki. You worked this colour challenge beautifully on this clean and simple card. Thanks for playing at JAI this week ♥

  7. What a fun card you've created this week! I love the balloons floating away into the sky. Thanks for playing along with us at Just Add Ink.

  8. Brilliant card, I love the balloons escaping :D And you're so right CAS cards take time, but are really worth the effort as your son appreciates ! :D x

  9. Hi Vicki! Big Congrats on your Honourable Mention this week!! I love the way the balloons are flying of the page and are so bright and happy - great tip too with the centres! Thank you too for your lovely comments on my card too. I truly was blown away by being picked. There were some really lovely cards especially yours :-) have a great day!

  10. While it isn't simple to do CAS, I agree, you carried this off beautifully. What a cute card and I also appreciate the tip about the chalk marker!


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