Monday, July 9, 2018

The Paper Players: Celebration

There's a can't-miss challenge going on right now - the 400th challenge from The Paper Players!!  Four hundred challenges is an amazing milestone.  They have a very talented design team so, whether I play or not, I always check out the challenge for their inspiration.  I'm hoping as my life has settled down recently, I'll have more time to be inspired and to play long.

The theme for this challenge is Celebration.

KIM Bold Balloon Celebration

I stuck very close to their inspiration photo with a bouquet of balloons in the outdoors - only mine are floating to the sky with some subtle clouds stenciled in the background using Clarity Stencil Brushes to be able to stay as soft as possible.  I used the lightest blue on the outer edges of each row of clouds with the medium blue in the middle.  I did a long row along the bottom, making the row smaller as I moved up so that the upper right is still all white.  (The darkest blue in the supply list is actually a darker tone on the bottom left of the blue balloon which you can't even see after I put it all together.  You can see the two oranges on the orange balloon, also the yellow if you look closely!)

KIM Bold Balloon Celebration CLOSE

I wanted to add something slightly unique so I added a stitched frame twining it above and behind the sentiment, balloon strings and the balloon.

Congrats to the Paper Players!  I'm looking forward to the next 400!



  1. This is gorgeous! The cluster of balloons is lovely and the stitched frame you've included really lifts them further. The subtle clouds are a great detail. The sequins and the pop of black really ice the cake on this one for me. Thanks so much for joining in our 400th challenge celebrations at The Paper Players.

  2. Love that you are still doing challenges. Thanks for reminding me of how valuable their inspiration is! Hugs xxx

  3. Oh, I like this! The placement of the balloons is perfect. Fun and festive Kim!

  4. Love this! Pretty colors and a wonderful subtle background!


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