The Sky’s The Limit – Photo Love Friday

Happy Friday, everyone!! I hope your week has been going well. I’m looking forward to the weekend! Are you? I have a super busy weekend planned so I’m going to kick it off with some scrapping this morning while the kiddies are at school. If I don’t squeeze this time in right now, I won’t be able to find it later this weekend!

Now, on to today’s post! Every Father’s Day weekend there is a Hot Air Balloon Festival nearby. We’ve gone and seen the beautiful balloons a couple of times. The balloons fly at dusk and dawn, so to get some photos, you’ve got to be up pretty early! I was lucky enough to get there early in 2010 and I took about a million photos of the balloons as they were being assembled and inflated and as they gracefully floated away. (ok, a million was an exaggeration….but not a big one…) Here is one of the photos from that weekend.

hot air balloons

Aren’t they beautiful?? I have photos with one or two balloons, and then I have some photos that probably have 50 balloons in the air! It’s quite the sight! The festival has challenges for the pilots of the balloons and there are pilots and crews from all over the states that come in to participate in the challenges and fun.

I was reminiscing about seeing those balloons, and used it as inspiration for the card I made. (I borrowed Sam’s stamp set to make this card, and I’m going to be very sad to give it back! I think I might just have to get this set for myself one day!)

Balloon Card 1

Isn’t that fun? I love how it turned out! I used a technique that I’ve seen other crafters do, but had never tried myself. I stamped the image onto several pieces of patterned paper, cut the images apart, and reassembled the parts to make a paper pieced image. It was a perfect technique for this stamp set! So many of the hot air balloons are colorful, bright, and full of pattern! The stamp set I used is Blue Skies by Lawn Fawn. I also used the coordinating dies. All of the patterned papers are from We R Memory Keepers 6×6 pads. I love how the patterns are resized smaller in these pads. It makes them perfect for cards and piecing small images like these.

I used Broken China Distress Stain and a water brush on watercolor paper to make the sky background. I put some of the stain on my craft sheet and then used my water brush to paint the background. I used my heat gun to dry it and added more color to achieve the look here. I did that several times to build up the layers of watercolor.

The hot air balloon was raised on pop dots to give it the feeling of floating in the sky. I allowed the clouds to extend beyond the edges of the sky background for added interest. I embossed the greeting and cut it into a banner shape and used pop dots to adhere it to the bottom of the card. I also rounded the top two corners of the card.

Balloon Card 2

With the exception of the time it took to fussy cut the parts of the hot air balloon, this card was a really quick one to make! I am not really keen on fussy cutting, but the results are worth the effort! I will definitely try this again!

Thanks for visiting today. Tomorrow I’ll have a bonus post! It’ll be a peek at what I’ve made with the Trio Kit from 3 Scrappy Boys! Be sure to stop back in to see what I’m making so far with this fun kit!

Sam’s got some cards up on her blog – be sure to visit with her!

There’s still a few days to join in our Make Something Monday challenge this week. Get all the details and join in the fun! Have a great Valentine’s Day and I’ll see you tomorrow for that bonus post!

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