And So The Adventure Begins

Hi readers! Guess what day it is??? ;) We’d like to send out a big WELCOME to Amy Kolling as a guest designer on our blog today. She’s been crafting up a storm with some fun products from Taylored Expressions! I love this cheery design! What do you think? Read on for her inspiration and a bit of a how to! Enjoy!

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With mild temperatures, it is not unusual to see hot air balloons flying overhead where I live. They are just fascinating to me and since we’ve moved here, we always attend the annual tradition called Huff ‘n Puff that is held. Now this hot air balloon rally is certainly not like Albuquerque (one day I’ll get to attend) but it is fun nonetheless.

I’ve used the new Sky High-Hot Air Balloons dies and sentiments. I can’t seem to put my Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Inks away. I’ve blended Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, and Shabby Shutters Distress Inks on separate pieces of cardstock to begin building my scene. The inked Shabby Shutters cardstock was diecut with the Build a Scene-Rolling Hills dies. A few strips of Build a Scene-Clouds were cut and layered at the top of my Distress Inked panel.

My sentiment was stamped using the Misti tool onto the Shabby Shutters inked area. I diecut a hot air balloon out of the rainbow pattern paper from Doodlebug Design collection called Sunkissed, and embellished with the little “extras” from the die set. A few clear gems and a tiny diecut sun, from Little Bits Sun & Clouds, were added as last details.

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Thanks for reading today, and thanks to Amy for the fabulous inspiration!


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  1. Fun card. My hubs wants to go on a hot air balloon ride. I think this is a good compromise.

  2. This card is super cute. Love all the colors.I may have to add the hot air balloon dies to my projects list.

  3. I have yet to make a card with a hot air balloon, and I don’t know why! They are so darn cute! Love this one!

  4. I LOVE Taylored Expressions products. Hot air balloons are one of my very FAVE’s. Love your card….so very nicely done!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  5. My sister would LOVE this card … she is the secretary to our local hot air balloon organization and is always looking for fun ways to make cards for their group!

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