Friday, February 24, 2017

Glitter Balloons!

Last month when I created a design for one of the Spring Fair window displays, I decided to make glitter balloons to complement the new, beautiful — in fact, probably one of my favourite ever Qualatex® birthday Microfoil® balloons — 18" "Birthday Pink & Gold Dots," Who cannot love this balloon!

#49164 18" "Birthday Pink & Gold Dots."
Design by Sue Bowler CBA
Here is the design that I created to show off this fabulous new balloon. I decided to have a go at creating a design using the organic style, which is so very popular at the moment. It was so much fun adding in the balloons, but it's important not to go too wild and still consider elements and principles of design, especially proportion, line, colour, and visual balance.

Pink and Gold is a very trendy colour combination for 2017, and the hint of Gold glitter really gives this balloon that extra sparkle!

We will be looking at 2017 colour trends in a new blog very soon!

Here is a close-up of the base that allows you to see the glitter balloons more clearly. They add a lovely visual texture that really adds something very special to a design.

I have made glitter balloons for a number of different designs in the past, but on this occasion, I chose to make them in a different way which I will share with you in a short video clip later in this blog!

In the past, I have added the glitter to the outside of the balloons using Hi-Float. It's quite a messy technique and it takes a while for the balloons to dry, so you have to prepare them well in advance. If you would like to see how I did this, check out my post A Sparkly Balloon Centrepiece for the Festive Season.

Hi-Float has a great video that shows you how to add confetti to a balloon. This technique can also be used to add soft glitter.


So now it's time to show you how I made the lovely Gold Glitter balloons for my design.


I hope that you have a "sparkling" time making these beautiful balloons!

Happy Ballooning!


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Luc Bertrand, CBA, shares his fabulous "Celebrating 100 Years" design - Step-by-Step.

Last week I published a blog showing the fabulous balloon decor created by Luc Bertrand, CBA, of wAw Balloons in Vichte, Belgium. Luc created a fabulous, unmissable focal point for the Pioneer Europe trade stand at the Nuremberg International Toy Fair that took place a few weeks ago in Germany.

Luc has very kindly offered to share with the readers of The Very Best Balloon Blog how he made his design — "Celebrating 100 Years."

If you own the fabulous AeröPole System®, here is a great alternative way to use it! 

  • Using five of the poles from the AeröPole System, connect these together to form a ring. 
  • Start by covering the ring with a 5" Garland, with the 5" balloons inflated to 4.5".
  • To fill the centre, use 6" Qualatex® Quick Link Balloons™. Luc shows the plan clearly below.
  • Once you have formed your Quick Link frame within the ring, you can add in your 5" duplets, inflated to 4.5".

Here are some additional photographs that should help you.

Step 1. 
Add the clusters to the frame. Luc also added two hooks that enabled him to secure the ring to the stand.

Step 2. 
Fill the centre of the frame using 6" Quick Links.

Step 3. 
The finished design without the final numbers added.

The finished design.

A huge thank you to Luc for sharing this stunning design idea. I am sure that many of us will be able to sell this idea to our customers!

Happy Ballooning!


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Pioneer® Balloon Company celebrates 100 years at Nuremberg International Toy Fair and Spring Fair, NEC, Birmingham.

"Celebrating 100 Years" by Luc Bertrand.

Visitors attending the Nuremberg International Toy Fair in Germany and Spring Fair, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, U.K., would be unable to miss the fact that Pioneer Balloon is celebrating it's 100th anniversary this year! 

Two of our top industry designers, Luc Bertrand, CBA, of wAw Balloons in Vichte, Belgium and Fiona Fisher, CBA, of Worldwide Balloon Decor in Portadown, Ireland, were given the brief to create stand decor "that would show the excitement of this amazing landmark, celebrating 100 years in business. Reflecting the present day modern trends of colourful confetti and the organic look."

"Celebration Cakes" by Fiona Fisher.

Both Luc and Fiona did an incredible job at each of the shows,  creating stand-out decor  everyone is talking about!

Pioneer Europe Trade Stand at Spring Fair, NEC, Birmingham.

Pioneer Europe Trade Stand at Spring Fair, NEC, Birmingham.

Here are a few more photographs showing some of the beautiful new Qualatex® balloons that were exhibited at each of these shows.

"Birthday Rainbow Confetti" - This awesome new range of balloons is vibrant and
fun, with Milestone Birthdays from 18 to 100!
Window display designed and created by Sue Bowler, CBA 

Gender reveal is hot hot hot!
This window display by Sue Bowler shows the fabulous new 24" "Baby Footprints" Deco Bubble Balloons filled with feathers, mini 5" balloons, and if you look closely, a 14" Baby Girl and Baby Boy balloon!
U.S. Patent No. 6,782,675

Pink and Gold are definitely the hot colours for 2017! 
These stunning "Birthday Pink & Gold Dots" and "Happy Birthday To You Pink & Gold" are going to be
top sellers this year!
Window display designed by Sue Bowler. 

Visitors to these shows also had the opportunity to see demonstrations and received top tips from Luc Bertrand, Keith Stirman, CBA, Dominic Cassidy, CBA, and Sue Bowler. With a huge "Thumbs Up" from Luc, Keith, and Dom. I have no idea what I was saying, but it looks like it was about that long!

Celebrating 100 years in business is no mean feat, and the entire Pioneer Team is excited about the future, with new ideas and opportunities.  Owners Ted A. and Betty Vlamis also want us to remember and reflect upon the past and honour those who successfully faced challenges and triumphed. 

Ted A. and Betty Vlamis were presented Champagne and a cake by the 
Spring Fair management.

You, too, can be part of this wonderful year of celebrations. You can join us on the first-ever Qualatex World Tour! Action-packed classes full of valuable designs, techniques, and competitions. To find out where your nearest tour stop will be, click HERE.

I hope that we see you soon at one of the World Tour locations!

Happy Ballooning


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Roses are Red and Valentine's Day is nearly here!

Did you know that Valentine's is now being celebrated across a whole week and not just one day? Here are a few lovely ideas to celebrate the week, starting on Tuesday, 7th February, with Rose Day! 

Rose Day: Tuesday, February 7th, 2017.
"I Love You Red Rose" #24489

We can make beautiful roses by twisting 160Q balloons. I love this twisted rose. It can be used simply as a display in a vase, or as an accent detail in a design!

Twisted Roses in Vase by Sue Bowler, CBA.

Teddy Bear holding Rose by Sue Bowler, CBA.

Here is a design that I made a few years ago of a teddy bear holding a single red rose.

As many of you know, I love to make Fantasy Flowers, and the rose is one of my favourite. To find out how to make a single red rose, watch the video below.

Fantasy Flower Rose by Sue Bowler, CBA.

So if Rose Day is the start of Valentine's week, what are all the other days?

Propose Day: 
Wednesday, February 8th, 2017.

Create your own personalised balloons using
vinyl and a die-cutting machine.

Chocolate Day: 
Thursday, February 9th, 2017.
"I  (Heart) U Donuts" #21829

Teddy Day: 
Friday, February 10th, 2017.

"Teddy Bear Love" #16453

Promise Day: 
Saturday, February 11th, 2017.
"Bee Mine" #21837

Hug Day: 
Sunday, February 12th, 2017.

Disney Mickey & Minnie I Love You #21892
U.S Patent No. 6,782,675

Kiss Day: 
Monday, February 13th, 2017.
"Big Red Kissey Lips" #16451

Valentine’s Day: 
Tuesday, February 14th, 2017.

"Valentine's Arrows & Hearts" #46048

I wonder if this is a tradition that we have not heard of, or simply a marketing tool to make Valentine's an event bigger event? For those of you with shops and stores, I would certainly embrace it and use it as part of your social media campaign!

Wishing you a fantastic and profitable Valentine's!

Happy Ballooning!