Saturday, January 27, 2018

Hot Air Balloon Hello

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog today.
Can't believe we are already at the last Saturday in January. I am using these winter months to get some organizational projects done around my home. The biggest one will be in my craft room. It's way past time to go through my stuff and get rid of things that I am not using. More on that in future posts.
For today I am showing a card that I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog.   I am using a new Spring Hot Air Balloon die and the new Stitched Sun, Clouds and Umbrella die. I thought I would create a "thinking of you" type card today. So let's get started with some details on how I created it.

Step 1: With the hot air balloon die, I knew I would be creating a sky scene with some clouds and the balloon floating. I found this designer paper in my stash from the Stampin'-Up "serene scenery" collection that worked well for this card.
I used a kraft cardstock as the layering panel for the designer paper and island indigo cardstock for the card base.
Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Kraft panel: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Designer Paper: 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
Step 2: I cut the hot air balloon and the stitched clouds. When I cut my dies, I used different color cardstock as opposed to coloring each piece. I like how colorful the balloon turned out.
For the balloon:
kraft for the balloon basket
berry burst for the balloon
lemon-lime for the chevron and other shapes - I did an inlay technique here
 smoky slate for bunny
powder pink for her outfit
Step 3: Now that the dies are cut and assembled, I started the card assembly. I adhered the base and panels with double sided tape. I did that before I stamped my sentiment. It's not how I usually like to do it but my ideas were running ahead of me this week (lol)!!
Used the stamp-a-ma-jig to get the right placement for the sentiment. I stamped with black ink since it was going right on the patterned paper.
The balloon and one of the clouds was adhered with dimensional adhesive.
I felt like the card still needed something else so I scattered a few sequins. They seem to be my go to embellishment these days. I think they were a good finishing fit for my card.
Well that's it for me for this post. I hope I have given you an idea on a way to use this new die. All the new release dies are currently on sale for 25% off in the online store.
So until next time.........God bless.

Dies I used to create card:

I am also entering:
1.  Crafty Friends has an anything goes challenge.
2.  My Time to Craft has a transport challenge.
3.  Crafty Catz has an anything goes with an optional of something new.



  1. Beautiful card Mary thank you for joining us over on
    Crafty Catz Challenge Blog
    Dianne xx
    DT for CC

  2. An Easter egg hot air balloon?! This is so adorable and I love that little bunny too! Great use of the scenery paper!

  3. Hello… Thanks for joining the ‘Anything Goes’ challenge at Crafty Friends with your lovely card.
    Diane Louise
    [Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

  4. This is such a sweet card, I love your design. Thanks for sharing your artwork with us at My Time To Craft. Caz. DT.



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