Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A new Challenge

Hi Stampers!
I loved this challenge sketch this week over at Create with Connie and Mary

CCMC201- Sketch Challenge

 so I was so excited to join in!  Here is what it looked like:

2012 Create Challenges-017
The base of this card measures 41/4" square but with the little banner hanging out the side the actual measurement of the card ends up 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", just the right size for our envelopes.  Did I say I love this sketch?
Here is my card:
I have a confession to make.  I found a stamp set in my cabinet that is retiring that I have NEVER used!  That is so WRONG!  I think I may have received it at a Stampin' Up! event such as convention or something.  It is called Sweet Centers (116521) and it is designed to go with our little treat cups (116802).  Anyway, it is high time I pulled this set out and used it.

Back in the day I worked in Aspen, CO during the summer and one morning I got up early and watched a balloon festival over in the Snowmass Valley.  It was amazing to see all the beautiful balloons floating up in the air with the mountains in the background, breathtaking!  I knew my balloon had to have some Designer Series Paper to capture that effect.

I only have a couple more weeks with the retiring In colors so I used my favorite, Concord Crush, for the base.  I accessorized with Peach Parfait and Pear Pizazz.  I added some texture to the banner with the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder (#115694) and used the square punch (of course) to make the ends.  I added a little Pear Pizazz scallop to decorate the basket, and a bright brad to top it off.

My balloon was just hanging there so I decided to make some clouds.  SU used to sell the cutest cloud stencil but it has been retired for many years and I couldn't find it so I made my own.  This is what it looked like:
Not very pretty but quite effective.  I punch some circles of varying sizes and attached them to a piece of scratch card stock- voila!

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  1. Oh...this is just absolutely FABULOUS!!! Glad you found this set in time for challenge - it is perfect! Thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday challenge!

  2. Super Cute!! I love the ballon and the clouds are just awesome. Thanks for joining us this week over at Create with Connie and Mary.

  3. Very cute card...love the DSP for the "balloon" part! We have a balloon festival that flies over our house every year...SO much fun to wake up to the sound of hundreds of wooshing hot air balloons! Thanks for playing along with the sketch challenge this week on Create with Connie and Mary!

  4. Truly beautiful! I love the idea of using designer paper for the balloon part! Very clever and creative! The colors are perfect. And thanks for showing us how you did the clouds! Love it!! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

  5. I think we all have those stamp sets that have never seen ink, so sad! Beautiful card and I'm glad you joined us at CCMC to ink up that new stamp!

  6. Absolutely darling! I love everything about it! Congratulations on making top 3 over at Create with Connie and Mary's Challenge this week! I love how you did the clouds and how that balloon pops right off the card! Thanks for playing the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge this week!