Balloon Builder Bunny and LiveLoveCards Birthday Celebration!

Balloon Bunny

Hi All!

It has been awhile since I posted here! Glad to be back. Today’s card video uses Stampin’ Up!’s new Balloon Builders set, which releases today as part of the new Occasions Catalog. When I got the set, I spent several hours creating all these cool balloon animals. I seriously had to force myself to stop at 22 – I could have created another 20, at least!

Today is another big day… the birthday of the card-making community site I started exactly one year ago today (hence the birthday card). It has grown to over 1,200 members and over 400 videos. During the year I’ve added challenges, polls, and the ability to bookmark favorites, just to name a few features. This Thursday I am starting a new video series called “One Flower, Eight Ways”. Each video is a real-time coloring session that compares different mediums used on the same flower: Inktense pencils dry and wet, Copics, Distress markers, Zig watercolor pens, Peerless watercolors, Gansai Tambi watercolors, and Gelatos. Not sure you want to join? Learn more and hear from members on why they love it HERE.


I’m giving away 2 one-year memberships to celebrate!! Leave a comment on this post by 11:59pm CT on Monday, January 11th, to enter a chance to win. If you decide to join now and your name is selected as the winner, no worries – you’ll get a FULL REFUND! So don’t wait. 🙂

This month, LiveLoveCards members are also automatically entered into two more giveaways! Gift vouchers to two of my favorite stores.

$50 to Simon Says Stamp! $50 to Ellen Hutson!

Another big event is Sale-a-Bration, which starts today! Get a free product from the Sale-a-Bration catalog for each $50 you spend. AND, the 51-page Occasions Catalog goes live today too! Order from my friend, Michelle’s, store and 25% of your order will be donated to Foster Kids Charity.

Okay, so back to today’s card. Here are my 22 balloon animals (click for a larger version):
Stampin' Up! Balloon Builder

Enjoy the video!


Note: If you are reading this post in an email, go to my blog to view the video.


Copic colors used: YG21, YG25

Balloon Builders
Balloon Builders
It's Wild
It’s Wild
Blushing Bride
Blushing Bride Ink
Rose Red
Rose Red Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Black Ink
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Marker
Black Marker
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Stampin' Up! Whisper White Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! White Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride Cardstock
Blushing Bride Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Fiskars Trimmer
Fiskars Trimmer
Stampin' Up! Craft Scissors
Stampin’ Up! Craft Scissors
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. great idea!!!

  2. Kalinaku Catherine Buckingham says:

    So adorable!!

  3. This card is absolutely adorable! TFS!

  4. Love that card , it is so cute !!!

  5. I just found your blog Darlene. I really enjoyed looking around! Thank you for the chance to win a membership in your stamping community!

  6. Michelle Earnest says:

    I love it. I wasn’t sure about this stamp but you have changed my mind

  7. Linda Towill says:

    I have always enjoyed and learned a lot from your videos. Thank you for the chance to win!

  8. Melodie Fairburn says:

    Love love love

    I want the stamp set

  9. I’ve followed you for years and really miss all the wonderful ideas and cards you shared. Thrilled to hear that your new site is doing so well. I would love to win a free membership to see all the new things you’ve done.

  10. Bernice McGinnes says:

    You are so creative! I would love to win a membership and see more of your videos and wonderful cards.

  11. Lori Raasch says:

    I absolutely love this stamp set and your blog. I also liked the way you used the backround. Would love to win a membership!

  12. Would love to win a membership.

  13. Darlene Donahue says:

    WOW, I wasn’t so sure I liked this set but now, after seeing all your designs and this great card…I may have to get it. Thanks for all your ideas and sharing them with us.

  14. Oh wow, thanks for sharing your ideas on this one! Such a versatile stamp set!

  15. Pick me! Pick me!!!

  16. Tricia Kaplan says:

    Darlene, I love your tutorials, and especially your pop-up cards! You make everything look so adorable, and you have such great tips and suggestion of products! I have gleaned a lot from you! I signed up for LIVE LOVE CARDS a couple days ago and look forward to learning even more from you!

  17. I love all the little guys you made with the balloon stamps!! Great card, and video! ! Thanks so much!!!

  18. Love your balloon animals. Love this set….

  19. Shari Baumler says:

    What an awesome idea to make all these balloon animals! Just discovered your youtube videos and can’t wait to explore more! Thanks for sharing.

  20. Sharie Wilson says:

    Love the bunny. Would love to win a subscription to your community. Thanks for the opportunity and welcome back.

  21. Fairly new to stamping and love to learn different techniques for cards. Using the balloons in different ways looks like fun. Thank you for sharing.

  22. You came up with such a realist looking balloon stamp. Love the little animals you made and hope to be able to do so soon.

  23. Karla Marcotte says:

    This is my favorite give away, Thanks, Darlene for the chance to win a membership to your wonderful card community.

  24. The this balloon stamp set. So cute to being able to create all the animals. You are so creative, love all your video. i would love to win a years membership. Thanks for giving us all a chance.

  25. Jane Crisci says:

    Darlene, I just love your videos and card designs!

  26. Staci Earl says:

    I so look forward to your videos. I have missed you! I love all of your cards and have learned so much from you. I would love to win a membership to Live Love Cards!!!!!

  27. Darlene. This card is so cute! Love how you created the background layer!!! Thanks for the opportunity to participate in your give away drawings. Hugs and blessings Trish

  28. Oh, so very cute! I love how easy your videos are to follow. Several of my friends are members and I would love to win a membership too! Thanks for the opportunity.

  29. Love your card style, thanks for the chance to win a membership!

  30. Betsy Kavander says:

    I really like how you do your videos. Very creative, clear, and to-the-point but always include extra tips! Thank you.

  31. Susanne Netz says:

    Hi Darlene. It was good to see you on YouTube again. You have been missed. I wish I could see more of your amazing tutorials but I simply can’t afford a subscription to your community although I am sure it’s worth every penny. I appreciate that you need to cover your costs and make a living, you deserve it. 🙂 well, here is my comment trying to win a subscription, my luck has never been great with these entries but here’s trying. Happy New Year!

  32. So cute. It’s amazing to see all the different animals you can do with this set! Love your creativity

  33. Karla Marcotte says:

    Love your cards, and would love to win a membership to live live cards. Thanks for the give away.

  34. Laura Capote says:

    I miss your videos at YT!
    You are so creative.
    Love this balloon animal card!

  35. Adorable card! I would love to win a membership. I love watching your videos! You are amazing at providing a great description of how to do things without making the videos long and hard to watch! Happy first anniversary!

  36. Thank you for the fun creative images that you made with this set ..should be fun to make the cards. I hope to win the chance to join your community circle :). Happy First Anniversary.

  37. Joan Christopherson says:

    These balloon stamps are darling. I love how creative you have gotten with the critters.

  38. Love your cards, and would love to win a membership! Crossing my fingers / Asa

  39. Lovely card Darlene!

  40. Heather Arsenault says:

    Love what you have created with this stamp set! TFS.

  41. Diane fuchs says:

    That balloon birthday card was cute, and creative. I have always loved your cards. Looking forward to winning a year membership!


  1. […] Stampin Up has a fun new stamp set of balloon shapes called Balloon Builders that you can turn into all sorts of designs like animals. Darlene Deisgns shares a tutorial for a cute bunny card , perfect for Spring but also ideas for making 22 other balloon animal shapes. Click here to visit her blog. […]

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