Monday, August 13, 2012

Up, Up & Away!

Hi, my favorite peeps! I hope you are all surviving this super hot Monday. It's 93 degrees here today, a little better than yesterday's 100 degrees. We are still in the process of fixing our A/C ducting, which the feral cats have completely ripped out. I am a spoiled brat & do not do well without A/C, so this is a very trying time in our house, lol.

Anyway, I made this hot air balloon card as a tribute to our neighboring Napa Valley. On any given day, you can see lots of hot air balloons floating over the valley floor. It's pretty neat!

SIZE:  4.5 x 6"
CRICUTExpression & Gypsy
CARTRIDGES:  "Elegant Edges" & "Baby Shower" (balloon cut at 4.25")
PAPERRecollections white card base & cardstock from my stash (scraps)
INK Hero Arts 
OTHERVersaMark watermark stamp pad, Recollections embossing powder "Snow", Stickles "Star Dust", Sakura pens, Washi tape, EK Success stickers, foam tape

For the sentiment, I used this stamp set from K Andrew Designs.....

Of Mice & Lil Men
K Andrew Designs

To purchase this stamp set, just click on the image above. To view all other stamp sets, click HERE.


Entering in the following challenges:

BBTB2 -  Hot air balloon or airplane, Cricut required
DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday Challenge/Linky Party, Anything goes, 2nd entry
Simply Create Too -  Challenge #19, Anything goes, 2nd entry
Joyful Stamper -  Inspire Me Fridays #71, Anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks -  Challenge #102, "Up, Up & Away"
Dream Valley Challenges -  Challenge #38, die cuts & punches
Go Fish! -  Challenge #22, use circle or triangle
Hiding In My Craft Room -  Challenge #58, "Super Scraps Saturday"


Thank you for visiting me today! I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

-Diana :)


  1. This is a stunning card. Love the black and white and touch of red. Beautiful envelope too. Thanks for joining us at BBTB2. Stephanie

  2. Very elegant and Beautiful card, even though your hot, maybe that is why you thought of HOT air balloon, any way it is gorgeous I hope you get your AC fixed soon. We don't even have AC our temp today is 63 right now on the coast. We don't get hot days too often.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Happy-Birthday-Linky-party-
    DIANA L.

  3. Wow I love the black and white with the touch of red for the banner. Also love the great swirly background cut. Thanks for sharing at BBTB2.

  4. Beautiful card in black and white. That touch of red in the banner is just perfect. I would simply perish without my A/C. Hope your's is back on soon. Thanks for playing at BBTB2.

  5. what a fantastic card

  6. Great Card! I love the black, white and the hint of red. Thanks for sharing and joining us at HIMCR DT AJ!

  7. Absolutely gorgeous and so sophisticated in the black and white. yeah, it's been a scorcher this last week. ' Course we were bitching about the cold, too. Happy summer. LOL I'm thinkin' I need 2 new carts. The cuts you chose are fabulous. Thanks for jining us at BBTB2. xxD

  8. wow, this is fabulous and that envelope is the perfect piece to send this card on its way. Love the black and white. Reached a 106 outside Sac yesterday, OUCH, thanks for joining us at BBTB2. hugs

  9. Cute! Love the colors and the loop-de-loops :-) Thanks for playing at the Go Fish Challenge!

  10. Love the fact that you have made a black and white card. The hot air balloon looks fabulous. We used too see them often where we live but not now. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful creation with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.

  11. Thank you for joining us in our Up Up and away challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks, great job!

  12. so pretty & I love that you decorated an envelope too! I always want to do that, but never think of it at the time! lol
    totally with you on the AC...I melt in the heat, I'm SO looking forward to fall!

  13. Gorgeous card and envelope!! Love the beautiful balloon and the sentiment!! Thank you so much for joining us at Go Fish! Challenges! :D

  14. This is gorgeous, Diana!! I love the swirly border design and the awesome balloon!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  15. OOOO! I love how bold and graphic this is! So lovely. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us at BBTB2!


  16. Pretty card. Love your color combo. Thanks for joining us over at GoFish! Challenge.

  17. Oh I love it! Great card and matching envelope! Thanks for linking up at BBTB2! :)

  18. I so wish I could take a ride over Napa in a beautiful balloon. What a great card! Thanks for playing along with the Anything Goes Challenge at Simply Create Too!
    Jennifer- Simply Create Too DT

  19. This is just wonderful...thanks for joining us at BBTB2 FlyAway I am off to view that wonderful stamp set.

  20. Very pretty! Love the black and white with the touch of red! Thanks for sharing with us at BBTB2!

  21. Oh I love this card! The black and white with a touch of pink is so beautful and striking. I am with you, I don't do well without a/c either unless I stay in the pool all day. lol Thanks for joining us at BBTB2 ;-)

  22. This is such a striking card! Love that fab balloon! Thanks for joining in at Dream Valley!

    love Mags B x

  23. BBB! I love this card! LOVE it ... do you hear me! LOVE IT! Simple, sweet and just darn perfect! HUGS