Up and Away with the Paper Craft Crew

Up and Away with the Paper Craft Crew

It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for a new challenge with the Paper Craft Crew!  This week we have another sketch challenge for you; have a look.

Up and Away with the Paper Craft Crew

Remember, when you’re using the sketch, you don’t have to use the exact shapes as in the sketch.  For instance, I replaced the focal  circle with my die cut balloon.  As long as you stay with the basics of the sketch – this sketch says it’s to be a SQUARE – you do have some play with the elements.

Up and Away

Up and Away with the Paper Craft Crew

For my card I created a large 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ square card.  Thank goodness I have the Envelope Punch Board, so that I can make an envelope to fit it!


I made the large die cut hot air balloon by die cutting some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper with the Big Shot and Up & Away Thinlits Dies.  Because of the ‘coating’ on the back of the glimmer paper, it can be a bit pesky to release all of the little pieces, so make sure to run it through the Big Shot about 3-4 times, and use your Precision Plate.

Each of the clouds were die cut using the same dies, and Whisper White cardstock.  I used a Sponge Dauber and the Island Indigo ink pad to sponge the edges with ink.  To stamp the sentiment, I used the Lift Me Up stamp set, and stamped directly onto one of the large clouds, in Island Indigo ink.

The card base is Island Indigo cardstock, cut at 5 1/2″ x 11″, scored and folded in half.  On the panel of Soft Sky cardstock, I stamped the small cloud image in Soft Sky ink randomly, to add some texture, without adding more layers.

I had been thinking of doing sponging to create the sky background behind the balloon, but then decided that I could make this card more quickly.  So, I cut a piece of the photorealistic sky from the Serene Scenery Designer Paper Stack, and layered that onto the middle of the Soft Sky panel.  Using Mini Glue Dots and Stampin’ Dimensionals made it easy to attach the balloon and the clouds.

Up and Away with the paper craft crew

Before adding the layers to the card base, I wound a length of the Thick Whisper White Baker’s Twine around the top, where the DSP meets the cardstock.

Now It’s Your Turn

I hope you find some inspiration in my card; be sure to check out the cards created by the rest of the Design Team on the Paper Craft Crew blog.  Then of course, link up your own card for the challenge!  Most importantly, have fun 🙂  To purchase any of the supplies used to make this card, click on the images below to go to my online store.




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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

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