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AAA Cards Birthday Blog Hop

Hi everyone! Hopefully you have landed here from the wonderful Jill Vickers' blog as part of the AAA Cards Challenge birthday extravaganza blog hop.  Today marks a milestone in the AAA Cards Challenge - our first birthday!  To celebrate, the AAA Cards Design Team have put together a birthday blog hop. This post contains all the links you'll need to join in the fun, and hopefully also win one of the awesome prizes up for grabs from our lovely prize sponsors. Full details on the birthday blog hop can be found just after my card. 

I first die cut the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle from Neenah Solar White card stock. I then used the Simon Says Stamp Falling Hearts stencil (one of my all time favorite stencils) with Dreamweaver embossing paste to create the background.  

The ombre effect was created by coloring the embossing paste with Simon Says Stamp inks in Audrey Blue, MaliblueSurf Blue, and Sea Glass.  You just need a teeny squidge of ink on a craft mat (non porous) and a tiny swipe of embossing paste for this effect, to avoid wasting it.  

The tiny polaroid frame was die cut from the Mama Elephant Polaroid Fun Creative Cuts set in Neenah Solar White, and to make it stand out a little better from the background, I lightly edged it in Simon Says Stamp Fog ink. To give it dimension I used rolled up mini glue dots.  (No way I was going to spend hours cutting tiny pieces of foam tape!!).

The balloon was die cut from the Simon Says Stamp Balloons die set in Neenah Solar White.   I then used sponge daubers to color it (Sea Glass and Audrey Blue round the edge) leaving enough white to look like a highlight.  You can just see in the picture that it sparkles with some clear Wink of Stella. The balloon was popped up on foam tape.

For the sentiment I used Sweet Shoppe Chit Chat stickers I'd previously received in a card kit, and to finish it off, some DMC gold thread tied around the balloon and secured with Multi Medium Matte.  And oh my gosh - THERE IS NO STAMPING ON THIS CARD!  Just realised :)

Now onto the birthday extravaganza blog hop!

As mentioned, this post is part of the AAA Cards 1st Birthday Extravaganza Party Challenge and Blog Hop.  The challenge runs from May 10th to May 23rd and to celebrate, we have lots of wonderful prizes up for grabs, courtesy of our generous blog hop prize sponsors, including a grand prize of a $50 Simon Says Stamp voucher!!!!

I encourage you to pay them all a visit and I'm sure you'll fall in love with their stuff, just like me!

Prize Sponsors:
Simon Says Stamp 
Lawn Fawn 
DigiStamp Boutique
Visible Image
Clearly Besotted
Uniko Studio
And our very own Justine Hovey who is giving away a spot on one of her classes.

The challenge is simple and the possibilities are endless - help us celebrate our first birthday by making a birthday card!

The Design Team hop order is below. If you get lost along the way, just head back here or the main AAA Cards blog.   Next up is the amazing Sarah Platt, and her gorgeous card POPS with birthday CAS color.

Victoria Lavender
Jane Taylor
Linda Beeson
Vicki Dutcher
Stephanie Lanzalotto
Jill Vickers
Jenny Colacicco <--me!
Sarah Platt
Kimberly Wiener
Justine Hovey

Have a wonderful time, be sure to leave lots of comments, and make sure you enter.  Tell all your crafty friends - everyone is invited to join our party!

Jenny x

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