Independence balloons

Independence balloons

For some reason I think I associate balloons with the fourth of July. I don’t really know why. They just seem to go together in my mind. I understand fireworks or hot dogs, or parades, or any number of other things really. Probably just something that I connect for some reason or another.

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Birthday banner

Birthday banner

Ants agh! I have been battling them this morning. I am happy it has finally started to warm up, but I am less than happy that that means the ants have returned. They seem to especially like my desk for some reason. Normally I have a desk spider that helps keep them in check, but right now she doesn’t seem to be doing her job. Now that I think about it I haven’t seen her in a couple of days.

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Penguin birthday balloon

Penguin birthday balloon

One of my nephews is turning five on Thursday, and his party was yesterday. I made this card for him. I was going to just make this a card with the balloons and the banner to be a bit closer match to the sketch, but I really like how the penguin looks holding the balloons. I figure the sketch is really a starting point anyway and that it is always good to go with whatever happens from there, so if a penguin needs to be a part of things so be it.

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Birthday balloons

Birthday balloons

I finally feel like this card really shows off one of the reasons that the oxide inks excite me so much!  It is so little, but the green balloon string that is stamped on top of the pink balloon, the fact that it doesn’t blend into the pink balloon but holds its own.  I could blend them, but they also can hold up on their own, that is just exciting (to me, and possibly only to me). read more

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