Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Up & Away!

Hello, Crafters.
Today’s card features the beautiful die cut balloon from the Up & Away Thinlits Dies. 

Since I made one to go on my granddaughter's birthday card last week, I’ve really wanted to make another one - it’s just so gorgeous!

I’m quite surprised at how much I’ve taken to this stamp and die set, it's outside my normal comfort zone. 

I think it’s being fuelled by the Carried Away Designer Series Paper (DSP) that’s available in the Sale-a-bration (SAB) catalogue! 

I think that's gorgeous, too! 

I started my card with a base of Mint Macaroon Cardstock (CS), with a layer of Whisper White CS and a top layer of the Mint Macaroon and Whisper White cloud design that’s in the Carried Away DSP. 

Before I adhered the three layers together with Tombow, I stamped the flock of seagulls three or four times on the top layer using Soft Suede Ink. 

The seagulls are from the High Tide Stamp Set.

Once I’d stamped the sentiment, which is from the Lift Me Up Stamp Set, in Soft Suede Ink, I was ready to adhere the three layers together!

I decided to use green and orange as my colour scheme for this card.

I die cut the intricate balloon using Always Artichoke CS. 

For the lining of the balloon, I started with a really dark orange, Cajun Craze, and worked my down to Crumb Cake CS. 

Starting from the top and working my way down to the basket, these are the colours of the CS I’ve used: Cajun Craze, Tangerine Tango, Delightful Dijon, So Saffron, Crumb Cake and Emerald Envy.

When I was writing about how I made the balloon for Molly’s card, I said it’s a lot easier if you paint it with the Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Pen BEFORE you adhere the layers. 

Unfortunately, I forgot my own advice and adhered it all together first! GRRR!

I started painting the framework with Wink of Stella, but became so frustrated because I kept going over the lines, I painted it all – framework and lining! 

I adhered the balloon at an angle, using Dimensionals.

I added a sheet inside and stamped the small balloon using the Ombre Emerald Envy Stamp Pad, which has retired, but you could use the Peekaboo Peach Ombre Ink Pad instead.

Fortunately, I stamped it on a scrap of paper before doing the real thing and on such a small area I really couldn’t see the ombre effect. 

To get around this, I inked the top part of the stamp with the top part of the ink pad and the bottom half of the stamp with the bottom part of the ink pad! 

Brilliant! The result was superb! 

The individual sections of the stamp pad can be removed so you can use each “slice” as an individual ink pad but as I only wanted the lightest and the darkest, that is top and bottom, I left the “slices” in situ! 

That's it for today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting,

Products & Measurements
Mint Macaroon A4 Cardstock: 138344 - 8¼” x 5¾” (21cm x 14.5cm); 3 7/8” x 5½” (10cm x 14cm
Whisper White A4 Cardstock: 106549 - 2 pieces 4” x 5 5/8” (10.25cm x 14.25cm)
Always Artichoke Cardstock: 108610 – for balloon
Cajun Craze A4 Cardstock: 121683 – for balloon lining
Tangerine Tango A4 Cardstock: 116206 - for balloon lining
Delightful Dijon A4 Cardstock: 138345 - for balloon lining
So Saffron A4 Cardstock: 108611 - for balloon lining
Crumb Cake A4 Cardstock: 121685 - for balloon lining
Emerald Envy A4 Cardstock:  141420 – for basket lining
High Tide Photopolymer Stamp Set: 143006
Lift Me Up & Up & Away Wood Mount Bundle: 144711; Clear Mount Bundle: 144712
Lift Me Up Wood Mount Stamp Set: 142893; Clear Mount: 142896
Up & Away Thinlits Dies: 142748
Ombre Stamp Pad - Emerald Envy – retired – use Peekaboo Peach Ombre Ink
Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen: 141897
Tombow Liquid Glue: 110755


  1. This is my next bundle I'm going to order. Love your card.

    1. Hi, Ina. This set is really lovely. I don't think you'll be disappointed at all! ☺ Happy crafting.

  2. Love how the addition of the seagulls gives this card a wonderful sense of depth and dimension Jan. You've really nailed it with this card, the colours are just great too! Really well done!

    1. Hi, Geraldine. I carried on playing with this set today, so I decided to make a video! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.