Friday, June 5, 2009

You raise me up

Have you ever been up in a hot air balloon? I went straight up in one once, but didn't actually go for a ride. It was very noisy, but fun. I think it would be fun to really go for a ride. When we go to visit our son, down in Del Mar, CA, there are lots of hot air balloons out every day. We love to watch them.

This card was made with another stamp from the StampTV Eclectic Summer Kit and the verse is from the Eclectic Summer Verses. This all comes in the fantastic new kit just released - everything is there to make lots of beautiful cards. To give you lots of ideas, be sure to check out Gina's tutorial over on StampTV. You receive two stamp sets, sheets of red, white, and blue cardstock, designer paper, ribbons, brads and a storage case to keep everything in. There is also a free digital paper download on StampTV that works well with these stamps. Get your free download here:

To make this card, I first stamped the hot air balloon on a piece of white cardstock then cut it out with the petite oval nestabilities. I used a piece of the navy blue cardstock for the scalloped background. The sky was first sponged using a large sponge dauber and Bashful Blue ink. I then stamped one of the trees from Gina's "Tree Silhouettes" on the left side and added some grass to the bottom of the frame.

To create the hot air balloon, I stamped it twice -- once on the red/white stripped digi paper and once on the navy with stars digi paper. I did this different than Gina did on her tutorial on StampTV. I cut out the entire balloon part from both pieces. I then cut out the four strips of blue and glued them to the red strip. (You can see I'm working on that Tan Teflon Craft Sheet I talked about in my blog on Monday.) I then stamped the top portion of the balloon, just to get the red band that goes across the top, and cut it out then glued it to the balloon. I then pieced all that onto the hot air balloon stamped on the oval frame. A brown marker was used to color the bottom of the balloon frame and the basket.

For the card background, a piece of white cardstock was embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder then layered on a piece of the red cardstock. A piece of ribbon from the kit was attached to the bottom and the verse attached on it with dimensional glue dots. Red rhinestones were added for a little sparkle.

Our family is going up to Canada early in the morning to spend the weekend, so I will not have any posts until next Monday. Have a fun weekend.


Stampin' Pam said...

Scrumdiddiliumptios Selma - My gosh I am heading over to GKD to buy this set after all - I was hoping to save a few $$ but this hot air balloon is just magnificent - love your paper piecing - thanks for the directions - I'm going to just simply case this one - it's too perfect to change anything :-) Have a great trip - enjoy - I'll also be gone all weekend. C ya on Monday :-)

Stampin' Pam said...

PS I linked up my new blog award today too - thanks so much - passing it on to my Canadian Loonie Friends.

Jane, at Thepaperaffair said...

You aced that Balloon - it is too perfect, bring it over here, I'm mess it up! LOL. The colors in the balloon are perfect. Next time you see your son, get yourself up in one instead of watching.

"Tillymint" said...

Have a good trip Selma !

redwasher1 said...

Beautiful card! I really like the way you did your ballon! I got my new blog award done today. have a great weekend!

Dianna said...


This is such a cute card, and I love all the brillant colors. This is such a cheery card, and I love it.

Wonderful job again.


LindaCCC said...

I love this idea. And would make a great 4th of July card.

NinaB said...

I love how you created a scene in this card. Great job with that and the paper piecing, too!


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