If you follow my other blog Art,Journal, Feel you may have read about the one for one swap where I was a participant. Click the link to see the wonderful balloon I received from my partner, Twinkletoes (Mo) Allan.
We used a Stampington Tempting Template for our balloon. I made this balloon I to sent to Mo. it is made from recycled cardboard. I used a Dyan Reaveley stencil and embossing paste to make the diamond design. I painted the whole thing yellow and then painted the diamonds with paint pens to add the orange and green.
The basket is also cardboard that I stamped with an old Stampin' Up ticking stamp and archival ink. I added Tim Holtz stickles to give it a bit more texture. The little characters in the basket are The Angel Company images.
I've done many swaps in the last 15 years and I have to say this was more fun than any of the others. There are a few reasons for that: I only had to make one, I was making it for a friend who I knew would love it, and I got to use several different products. If you have never been in an art swap, I recommend it. It's lots of fun!!
Link to: Paint Party Friday, Stampington Tempting Templates