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showmestamper 07-31-2006 07:09 AM

TLC75 - Balloon Backgrounds
This week's technique comes directly from May 06 VSN. It was StampinDeedee's challenge, and here are her words:
Fill a deflated latex balloon with about 1/2 cup of small textured objects, such as grains of rice, macaroni, jelly beans, or a mix thereof. Tie off the balloon tightly close to the lump of textured material. Press the balloon into an ink pad, then stamp on cardstock. The texture from whatever you filled the balloon with will create a really interesting background for a card or scrapbook page! So pull out those balloons, and show me where your creativity takes you!
Plenty of inspiration for you all, courtesy of all the stampers that participated in that challenge:

If you don't happen to have a balloon lying around, I imagine a ziploc baggie would work too. Just fill it and put a rubber band around the top to make a balloon shape. :)

I look forward to seeing all your creations!
As always, I am in search of suggestions for techniques for future TLCs! Please PM with suggestions and a link to the directions and/or a sample if you can.

If you have questions, please ask. If you have suggestions, please share!
When you upload, please put TLC75 in the keyword section when you upload, and then post a link to your card here in this thread.
If you need help uploading, click on this link for helpful information:

Have fun! :)

veramats 07-31-2006 07:11 AM

Hey! I don't think I've ever been first to reply! woo hoo! I'll see if I can squeeze in a new technique today!

dawnmercedes 07-31-2006 07:12 AM

You know if I get out balloons, the kids will want them too! Thanks for another great challenge!

Vicky Gould 07-31-2006 07:12 AM

Well, guess I'd best check for balloons at the grocery store - this is gonna be interesting. . . thanks, Beth!

lacyquilter 07-31-2006 07:13 AM

Oh, that was a fun challenge. A note. It helps to have a large balloon. Small ones just don't work. For VSN, I remember I ended up using a plastic bag instead, since my balloon was too small. But the result was awesome. Thanks, Beth.

Pinky 07-31-2006 07:13 AM

Do you think a disposable rubber glove would work? I do not have any balloons???

star 07-31-2006 07:14 AM

OOOOO!!! The kiddos have waterballoons!!! Yippee!!! I get to play again!!!

bensarmom 07-31-2006 07:15 AM

Woohoo it's hot enough for waterballoons here in Ohio! Thanks Beth for the great challenge. I've never tried this one!

ematson 07-31-2006 07:15 AM

This sounds fun! Can't wait to try it! Thanks for the challenge Beth!

Kathyc 07-31-2006 07:16 AM

I used one of the disposable gloves for VSN; it worked just fine!

Jeanne S 07-31-2006 07:19 AM

Hehe......I still have my bag of dried peas!!!

Julia S 07-31-2006 07:22 AM

What a fun idea! I remember seeing some of the samples and wanted to try it out. Thanks for posting Beth!

JusColorado 07-31-2006 07:40 AM

This looks like fun. I hope to play today!

jojot 07-31-2006 07:56 AM

Had errands to run this morning so am late to check out the challenge....everyone must be busy or sleepy today as there are no postings in the gallery yet.......will get to workshop in an hour or so to try this new technique....thanks for the challenge....

Cynthia Wilson 07-31-2006 07:58 AM

I still have my stuffed ballon, wonder if it till works. This was fun the first time, I hope I have time today to play.

Grandmama BoBo 07-31-2006 08:03 AM

I didn't get this one done for VSN, but hope to get time to try it today.

cjf&cjfsmommy 07-31-2006 08:20 AM

What a neat technique, thanks Beth! Busy week but I hope to squeeze in a few minutes to try this. Hope the boys will share their balloons w/ mommy!

valentina9 07-31-2006 08:25 AM

Here's mine, I have another idea for one I am hoping I can complete today too!

Seeded Dragonfly

luvsstampinup 07-31-2006 08:40 AM

I have some time this afternoon. I think I will give this a try. Thanks, Beth.

dawnmercedes 07-31-2006 08:41 AM

Corny Peacock
I used corn in my balloon!

Corny Peacock

reneejul1 07-31-2006 09:08 AM

I hope to get on this today as well. Gotta go to the city first and then I'll see what I come up with! Thanks Beth for another awesome challenge!

Toy 07-31-2006 09:13 AM

Sounds like fun... and a trip to the store for balloons!

stampkinz 07-31-2006 09:20 AM

Cool challenge, Beth! I hope I get a chance to play later! Thanks for posting!

JusColorado 07-31-2006 09:22 AM

Here's mine. It's a little bright, but we all need some brightness to start our Monday, right? Thanks for the new technique, Beth. This was interesting and fun.

TLC75 Pocket o' Fun

SummerH 07-31-2006 09:24 AM

Popcorn friendship card
Well, this is my first-ever post and challenge here. I hope I'm doing this right!!! I did the background with popcorn kernels in a baggie.


On a side note, can someone explain to me how to get the additional details listed on my card: stamps, technique, etc???

dpierstamper 07-31-2006 10:14 AM

I'm glad you revisited this one from VSN. When I tried it before all I had were small balloons that I just couldn't get anything in the neck. This time I went with a vinyl glove. Added a handful of buttons from my sewing room, shifted them to the palm of the glove and stamped with that. You can even see the holes in the center of some of the button images for the thread. This worked so much better and totally no frustration with stuffing a balloon.
Button Balloon Pattern

stampinbird 07-31-2006 10:15 AM

whew, I just uploaded a card for last week's challenge!
Hey, I'm title challenged-how do I change the url thread info into my card title when I'm posting here?

crooked river 07-31-2006 10:21 AM

Fun challenge! Thanks, Beth! No balloons, so I used a sandwich baggie and peppercorns. Might have taken the black pepper thing a little too far with the colors I used :)

Peppercorn Pounce

Vicky Gould 07-31-2006 10:22 AM

Well, no balloon here, so I took saran wrap and put rice in it and pounced my bg - worked just fine. I like the results, but it is messy! Thanks, Beth, for a fun time!

Best Blossoms

jojot 07-31-2006 11:26 AM

here's mine....I really need to go try another......the technique worked great...just not so pleased with the rest of it


loislane125 07-31-2006 11:26 AM

I didn't have a balloon so I used a sandwich bag with some spare change I had lying around the house. TFL

Call Anytime


kerryp 07-31-2006 11:37 AM

Thanks for the fun challenge! Here's mine:

Lynn in St. Louis 07-31-2006 11:57 AM

Latex Fun
Well, I'll have to try this challenge with disposal latex gloves since I don't think I have any balloons, but this sure sounds like fun. I want to run home from work and play...but it will have to wait until after a meeting I have after work....I hate it when commitments get in the way of play time!!! Thanks Beth for a great challenge.
Lynn in St. Louis

mybearybest 07-31-2006 12:03 PM

Very eggciting!
I used pony beads in my balloon.

I just got Best of Cluck because of all the great cards dawnmercedes and lacyquilter make with that set - thanks gals!

My First Chicken Card

newinker 07-31-2006 12:48 PM

OMGosh, what a fun technique! I totally improvised. I used small ziploc bag and alphabet beads. http://splitcoaststampers.com/galler...0&ppuser=35303

Thanks for taking a look. :D

dawnmercedes 07-31-2006 12:49 PM

I couldn't resist doing some more. I love these quick and fun techniques!
Tweet Peep


Runamok 07-31-2006 01:02 PM

I think I need to try this one again. It didn't turn out like I pictured-not bad, but different that I thought. Now that I know what to expect, I'd like to try a different direction. It sure was fun poundng at my cardstock with my little bag of rice!


showmestamper 07-31-2006 01:14 PM


Originally Posted by stampinbird
whew, I just uploaded a card for last week's challenge!
Hey, I'm title challenged-how do I change the url thread info into my card title when I'm posting here?

it has *something* to do with the little globe/link little icon but other than that, I'm clueless! Someone, please, help us out! :)

judylb 07-31-2006 01:35 PM

Glad you revised this technique, Beth. Didn't get to try it during VSN. This card was simple and quick once I got the glove filled with the rice.
Rice Card

bensarmom 07-31-2006 02:32 PM

Here are mine. Following in the theme of those lilacs I'm enjoying doing!
Blue Lilacs

Burgundy Lilacs


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