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.







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