I loved this challenge sketch this week over at Create with Connie and Mary
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:
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:
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