Sunday, September 12, 2010

Up, Up & Away...

Happy Sunday! Guess who ISN'T watching football today? :) Instead, I was inspired to spend a little time creating. My card was inspired by the colors at The Color Throwdown blog along with the sketch over at the Mojo Monday blog.

This color combo rocks! It is so cheerful and happy, I knew immediately that I wanted to use this fun stamp set with it. It reminds me of growing up in upstate NY and going to the Jamesville Balloon Fest. I have always wanted to ride in a hot air balloon, but my fear of heights keeps me enjoying them from the ground. When I started playing with the sketch, all I could think of was bright, sunny skies, so that's how the hot air balloon ended up flying over the little tree tops underneath it. I used the cool shadow Copic to shade in the entire sky. I am NOT an expert with Copics...although I am trying to learn how to use them for that amazing shading that I see other stampers achieve. Ahhh, maybe one day...
I couldn't decide on the sentiment, but I needed a congratulations card and "Your time to shine" seemed to fit so well. Then I kept thinking..."time to shine"..."time to shine"...and what magically appeared on the card? Crystal Effects! (Well, BLING appeared as well, but with me, that is pretty much a given! Ha Ha!) I really like the glassy look the Crystal Effects gives to any project. Just make sure it is dry before you shove your entire hand in it, like I seemed to forget today. The little clouds were just sitting off to the side of my desk drying, when I reached quickly for my paper piercer...Splat! Yay, for cutting the clouds out a total of 4 stinkin' times! Grrr...

Another hazard when using Crystal Effects is when your "uber-fluffy" kitty decides he wants to sit on your desk and "supervise" your project. Thanks, Benny Max!  
Hmmm, I was just informed by my husband that the Cowboys game is on at the same time as the season finale of two of my favorite shows. I just reminded him why we have a dvr...for his game, of course! Nice try, though! I'm thrilled it's football season again, can't you tell? :)

Have a great day!


  1. Cute card... great use of the colors! LOVE your kitty, too! Thanks for joining us for the Throwdown!

  2. Just fabulous! Love your whimsical scene! Thanks for playing Mojo Monday!

  3. Love this. so bright and happy. I think you did great with your Copics, there is a huge learning curve. :)

  4. Great card, it is so bright and cheery, you did a fine job with your copic marker.

  5. Oops I hit the button too fast, love your kitty and I think it is so funny how they love to get in the middle of everything, but Crystal Effects, really Benny, your fur will get icky.

  6. all the sound effects! SPLAT!! did Benjamin get hair on your card again?? LOVE LOVE LOVE this card, the colors are just so cheerful, kind of like a little piece of sunshine on a cloudy day or a piece of...YOU! :) hehe

    the crystal effect ROCKS (and of course the bling) on this card too!

  7. Gorgeous card, bright and fun! I love the crystal effects on this. I don't know much about copics, being the only person around without any :( , but your colouring with them looks fabulous to me!

  8. Oh look at Benny, how cute -- glitter kitty! LOL! This card is drop jaw gorgeous - so bright and vivid and beautiful! You have a terrific creative vision - this is a beauty! I'm smiling at the football season - we are HUGE soccer fans there, shoulda seen my house during The World Cup .... lol!

  9. Such vivid and bold use of the challenge combo. Super cute card.

    Cats are one of the reasons the door to my craft room is always closed :-) They get into everything.

    What a coincidence that we both chose a glossy balloon theme with this color combo. I happened to name my blog post almost the same as yours too. Creative minds think alike.

  10. this is soooo adorable, I am having a Verve stamps giveaway on my blog, check it out and tell your friends!

    enjoy *~*

  11. This is just precious! LOVE the bright cheerful colors too. The Crystal Effects give it the WOW factor for sure. So pretty.
    LOVE that picture of your little kitty! Too cute.

  12. I love how you used the colors on this great card! What a cute scene you've created with the balloon over the treetops!! Thank you for playing along in the Color Throwdown with us!

  13. What a fun, cheery card! It made me smile.


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