Friday, March 24, 2017

IIOTR 2017 | My Up & Away Display: A Closer Look

When I created the balloon that I made at Christmas time, I had not yet seen the Occasions catalog, and had no idea what was coming.  Once I saw the catalog though, I knew I was going to have to recreate that balloon using the stamps and papers from the catalog, and Sale-A-Bration.  Inking Idaho on the Road happened to be the perfect "excuse" to do so!

Paper Hot Air Balloon made from Stampin Up papers, dies and stamps

I even got smart this time around, and took a photo to show how tall the balloon ACTUALLY is! 

Paper Hot Air Balloon made from Stampin Up papers, dies and stamps

Once I had the largest piece created, it was a matter of creating additional pieces that suited the display.  Some were planned, while others happened due to a random strike of inspiration while walking through a store.  For instance, when I saw the bottle below, I knew it needed a balloon floating in it. 

Hot Air Balloon in a jar - made using Stampin' Up Lift Me Up Stamps and Up & Away Thinlets

These rosettes were something I had planned, however, they seemed to grow a bit between my mind and the actual item...

Hot Air Balloon themed Paper Rosettes - made using Stampin' Up Lift Me Up Stamps and Up & Away Thinlets

I had known I wanted to try this lip balm card, from the first moment I had my hands on the stamp set.  The largest balloon stamp was a great fit.

Hot Air Balloon Lip Balm EOS gift  - made using Stampin' Up Lift Me Up Stamps and Up & Away Thinlets

As my display last year was mostly edible , I knew I needed to add some yummy elements as well.  However, don't try to eat the cupcake.  It's foam and would be rather chewy.  

Hot Air Balloon Cupcake Topper  - made using Stampin' Up Lift Me Up Stamps and Up & Away Thinlets

The gumballs are fine though!

Hot Air Balloon Gumball Tube  - made using Stampin' Up Lift Me Up Stamps and Up & Away Thinlets

I also knew I wanted a banner in front of my table.  I chose to use the Lots of Labels Framelits, as I thought the rounded edge suited the rounded balloons, and offered a bit more fun to the banner shape.

Hot Air Balloon themed banner  - made using Stampin' Up Lift Me Up Stamps and Up & Away Thinlets

And of course you have to have a few cards in the display!

Hot Air Balloon themed handmade cards  - made using Stampin' Up Lift Me Up Stamps and Up & Away Thinlets

The final piece in the display was the chalkboard that I put together the night before we set up.  I have used this technique before, but I don't think I have shared it.  I colored the stamps (this works best with rubber) with a chalk marker, and then quickly stamped the image onto my chalkboard.  

Hot Air Balloon Themed Chalkboard Chalk Art  - made using Stampin' Up Lift Me Up Stamps

We had fantastic displays this year - there was so much inspiration everywhere you looked.  I was right by the door on Saturday, when the doors were opened, and was able to hear a few people's first reaction when they saw all of the displays.  THAT is the best part of creating - knowing others enjoy, and are inspired by, what you have created.

Thanks for stopping by!


Much love,                                                         
                                              








PS.  
TIME IS RUNNING OUT!  Sale-A-Bration is nearly over - just one more week to shop and earn free products.  Every $50 you spend earns you a free Sale-A-Bration item, so get your order in before it's too late! Ends March 31st.







Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sale-A-Bration is ending soon, BUT New Items Have Been Added!

I'm interrupting my IIOTR posts, for this reminder:

Sale-A-Bration will be ending soon - we're in the final days.  
Don't miss out on any of the fun items!

First, the sad news.  The Glimmer paper was so popular, that it has already sold out.  And the Gold Stripe tins are also out of stock.  However, Stampin' Up has just released a THIRD set of Sale-A-Bration rewards - available now!  


Not that you need suggestions of what to order - there's so many fun products in the annual catalog, as well as the Occasions catalog - but don't forget that the 2015-2017 In Colors are retiring soon, as well.  Now is a perfect time to stock up!*  

Stock up on the ink pads, markers, and a mixed pack of card stock (4 sheet of each color) and earn 1 free Sale-A-Bration item!

Stock up on the ink pads, markers, ink refills, 5 packs of card stock (24 sheets in each color), and the In Color Doilies, and earn 2 free Sale-A-Bration items!

And if you will REALLY miss these colors, and want to be stocked up everything - add the ribbons and twine to the above, and earn 3 Sale-A-Bration rewards AND hostess rewards as well!


*Because so many people are anxious to get their hands on these colors - before they are gone - some items are, or may be, on back order when you place your order.  Stampin' Up is working to get them back in stock quickly.  Please be aware that there may be a delay in shipping your order, due to this.  

I'm seriously going to miss Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe,  and Watermelon Wonder....While I'm excited to see what will come for 2017-2019, I do love these colors.


Be sure to get your Sale-A-Bration orders in by March 31st!  Friday, we will return to the IIOTR posts.

Thanks for stopping by!


Much love,