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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Blue Skies & Happy Days {PP85}

Hey there friends! Coming to you today from sunny south Florida where our family is on Spring Break! Yes, still taking Spring Break after all these years, lol...that's just one benefit of living in a college town!  Today is Paper Players Sunday and Jaydee is our hostess-with-the-mostess for our monthly theme challenge:


My take on "spring" is blue skies, pastel colors and a happy sentiment.  I was totally inspired by this card from my CCMC team mate, Julie Edmonds and her super-clever use of the edgelit die.


Isn't that rolling hill of grass the cutest thing ever?!  I can say that since Julie thought of it so I'm not bragging, lol!  My base is Bashful Blue followed by a layer of a Certainly Celery mat and hill made with the Edgelit die and coordinating Adorning Accent embossing folder.   Thank you for the inspiration, Julie!


The balloons from Up, Up & Away were stamped in Bashful Blue, So Saffron and Pretty in Pink, hand-cut and accented with Dazzling Diamonds.  They are oh so sparkly in real life and oh-so-happy!  The clouds and balloon baskets were stamped in Crumb Cake...


...as was the inside sentiment from Sincere Salutations.  I stamped the Distressed Dots background on the inside as well as the outside along with a Pretty in Pink balloon and So Saffron balloon tail. 

I hope I've inspired you to play along with Jaydee's "Spring has Sprung" theme challenge this week at The Paper Players.  Be sure to check out the rest of the fabulous inspiration from our Design Team.  This week we are so excited to welcome two new team members, Heidi & Jenn, as well as one Guest Designer, Sherry!  Welcome ladies, delighted to be stamping alongside of you!
The Paper Players Design Team

If you decide to play along with us, please link up your craft goodness by Friday, March 9th at Noon (PST).  I can't wait to come visit you!

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Supplies 
Stamps: Up, Up & Away; Friendly Phrases, Distressed Dots; Sincere Salutations
Ink: Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake classic ink
Paper: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Whisper White CS
Xtras: Edgelit dies; Adorning Accents embossing folder; Bashful Blue gingham ribbon (retired); Dazzling Diamonds

19 comments:

Nancy said...

Nance, this is such an adorable card. Love the sparkly hot air balloons (even prettier in person)
and you're right, your fellow team member Julie's use of the edgelit die is dynamite! Never get tired of seeing those little birds, such a small detail, but so effective.

Mitzi Luttrull said...

Very nice springy card. I like its soft colors.

Christina said...

So very cute, Nance! Love these spring colors and the glittered stripes on the balloons!

Diane - oliverdi@att.net said...

Nance what a GREAT use of the edgelit and thanks for passing it along. The balloons are adorable in their bling and I agree with mom about the little birdies.. Too cute and oh so "Springy"... Can't wait for it to Get/Stay here MI. Hugs.

Ann Schach said...

Oh my gosh, Nance! This is absolutely adorable! It is one of the cutest balloon cards ever! I love the sparkle and the use of the edgelit!

jaydee said...

Nance, I was so impressed by the use of the edgelit for the grass... what a stroke of genius - and I love your take on the card you were inspired by. Love the dazzle on the balloons, too. All round - gorgeous spring card.
Hugs
Jaydee

Marisa said...

Love hot air balloons and lovely soft colours. Hope all is well with you (((hugs)))

Sherry Eckblad said...

What a fabulous card, both inside and out!

Lesley said...

This is a terrific idea to use the edge for the ground under the balloons! Love how you blinged them too! A really pretty card Nance!

LeAnne said...

How cute is this...a perfect "hillside" from which to launch those springy balloons!!!

Pam~ said...

Love your mountains and balloons, Nance ... so clever and pretty! You've definitely made me feel like Spring is in the air with this beauty! Enjoy your Spring Break!

Anne Marie Hile said...

Oh Nance, this is just fantastic! I finally used that stamp set for the first time just the other day and this makes me want to ink it up again. Love how you used the edgelit to create the grass. (I just ordered those edgelits tonight!) The pops of sparkle on the balloons are such a sweet touch. Your card just brings a big smile to my face! On a scale of 1 to 10 for cards that make you happy...this one ranks a 20! ;) Big hugs!

Jenn Picard said...

Gosh, I just love everything about this card! The colour combo, the fussy cut hot air balloons, the added sparkle, the layout...like I said everything:) Definately going into my "must CASE" file.

Kim said...

I love the Up Up and Away stamp set. You did a great job with colors and the new edging die.

Heidi said...

Nance, What a GORGEOUS card!! I am in love with all of the details...te hand cut balloons with glitter, the edgelit "rolling hills". It's all so beautiful and I love the soft colors! Thank you so, so much for the warm welcome. I am thrilled to be a part of the team for the next few months! Have a blessed week!

Julie said...

Fabulous card!!!! I LOVE it - thanks for the shout out on the edgelit die :)

Margaret said...

This is beautiful! Love the rolling hills and your glittery balloons!

Margaret Moody said...

Another wonderful card, Nance! Love the rolling hills and the glittery hot air balloons! Great colors, too! Love your style, friend!

Sandie Conner said...

I just love this card! The colors are just perfect, and the sparkly balloons are beautiful! Into my favorites it goes!