OSAT Blog Hop – Dog Days of Summer

One Stamp At a Time Blog Hop

Welcome to August’s Dog Days of Summer One Stamp at a Time Blog Hop.  Don’t forget to click “next” near the bottom of this post to continue on.

Our design challenge this month was to create something with animals — a wink at the dog days.

I decided this was the perfect time to really give my Balloon Builders stamp set a workout.

I came up with a whole slew of ideas for this stamp set.  But, some of them will have to wait for another time.

After seeing the variety that a quick play time produced, I decided the best way to share them was to create a Matching Game.  These are fun to make and of course the game is fun to play.

It can make a perfect gift for a young one now or the holidays — it’s not too soon to begin creating.

Balloon Builders animal creations picture 1 from theartfulinker.com for OSAT Blog Hop

My first thought as I began to play with this stamp set was to think about what your favorite clown would make — you know the balloon animals you get at the fair.

With that in mind, I created a butterfly, poodle and my version of a wiener dog.

Now that my creativity was warmed up,

Balloon Builders animals picture 2 from theartfulinker.com for OSAT blog hop

I was able to see a fish, giraffe and cow in those stamps.

And, I kept going.

Balloon Builders animals picture 3 from theartfulinker.com for OSAT Blog Hop

Next, I found an octopus, an elephant and a teddy bear hiding in the stamps.

And can you believe it? There’s more!

Balloon Builders animals picture 4 from theartfulinker.com for OSAT Blog Hop

My last share for today, is this long legged bird — you can decide what kind it is.

I stamped two of each animal on Whisper White cardstock and added them to some plain 4″ x 4″ coasters I had on hand.  On the opposite side I’ve used a 2″ x 4″ piece of Playful Palette designer paper and a 2″ x 4″ piece of Emerald Envy cardstock.  I thought this created a fun back side to the cards and meant that there was enough of one pattern in the paper stack to cover up to 16 cards with one pattern.  For my 20 cards, I’ve used two patterns that are similar enough to keep the matching game challenging from the back side.

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  • Reply
    Jeanna Bohanon
    August 27, 2016 at 12:20 am

    SO clever!!!

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      August 27, 2016 at 5:25 am

      Thanks Jeanna! The Balloon Builders are a little addictive — once you get started….

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    Renee Ondrajka
    August 16, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Cute project for the little ones. Well and sometimes the big ones too. 😉

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      August 16, 2016 at 11:16 pm

      Thanks Renee. I know this big one could use a memory game from time to time.

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    Penny Hanuszak
    August 12, 2016 at 11:55 am

    What a wonderful and clever project. Loved your balloon ideas and how it morphed into a kids game. Terrific!

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      Sara Levin
      August 12, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      Thank you Penny! I’ve had lots of fun playing with this set once I got started.

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    Melanie Morris
    August 11, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Wonderful! How fun to play – making that with a child! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      August 11, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      Thanks Melanie, I loved this kind of game as a child.

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    Tracy Elsom
    August 11, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Great idea Sara, I love homemade children’s games

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      Sara Levin
      August 11, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks Tracy. I need to come up with a few more kid-centric ideas.

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    melissa davies
    August 11, 2016 at 6:14 am

    what a fun idea for a game! Love the christmas idea, too!

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      Sara Levin
      August 11, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks Melissa. It’s not too early to get started (at least thinking about Christmas).

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