Monday, June 8, 2009

A daring balloon ride!

This is a birthday card I made for my nephew who has committed to riding in a hot air balloon with me and his cousins this summer. I was afraid it might not be macho enough for him since he's a tough 14 year old farm boy, but he loved it (at least he said he did...polite young man that he is). Love these balloons from this months Verve release Up, Up and Away. They're so versatile like so many of the Verve images. For this tall card, everything is paper pieced with Provence (Memory Box), or Wisteria (Basicgrey). I added a bit of ink distressing to all the images with Frayed Burlap (Ranger Distress Ink) and sewed around the edges. The sentiment is from the set Dare To Be You, and the larger tree is a Plane Jane called Whimsy Tree. Oh, almost forgot, the baskets were stamped onto Simply Smooth (Prism) and were colored with copics, and the sentiment was stamped directly onto the dp with Tuxedo Black (Memento).

Don't forget to check out the project parade going on at the Verve Blog. Those girls *got talent*, and they're not afraid to use it!! Plus, you have an opportunity to win the stamp set of your choice or a $25 gift certificate just by leaving a comment.

Thanks for stopping by!
Hope your week is off to a fabulous start!
Happy Stamping!!
Tosh

Supplies:
Stamps: Up, Up and Away and Dare To Be You, Whimsy Tree
Paper: Provence (Memory Box) and Wisteria (Basicgrey) dp, Neenah Natural White, and Birchtone Dark (Prismatics)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento) and Frayed Burlap (Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories: Sewing Machine, Copics, Dimensional Tape

28 comments:

Connie said...

What a fun card, Tosh! Love the scene you created!!

Christi said...

Oh wow! What a fun and GORGEOUS card!!

Lena Katrine said...

Wow! Great card! Love the thorned papers looking like fields, and the beautiful colours!

Thank you so much for your sweet comment in my blog - I so appreciate it ;o)
I've added you to my blogroll, so I can come visit you again ;)

Hugs, Lena

StampOwl said...

Gorgeous card Tosh

Cindy Haffner said...

Super and fun Tosh.

Denise (peanutbee) said...

LOVE how you worked the Wisteria papers, and I love all the dimensional clouds. What a FUN card!!

Joanne (jojot) said...

how could he NOT love this.....and it is so personal...both in theme and in artist.....tfs, cutie....

Shannan Teubner said...

Ooohh this is just gorgeous, Tosh!

Heariwan said...

Beautiful artwork! is it a card?
It looks like a decoration piece to be mounted on the wall.Superb job.

www.amazingpapergrace.com said...

Gosh I love this card!! It just whispers whimsey!! The whole feel is sweet and dreamy!
--Becca

Linda Beeson said...

Those little trees are adorable and I love the hot air balloons. what a really cute card.

Cook22 said...

This is fantastic. OK, not typical teenager, but totally cool. Sort of escapist - I'd have a picture like that on my wall any day.

Michelle (Lady2cu) said...

This is simply incredible! Beautiful scene, and so many awesome details!!! Fabulous work, Tosh!!!

Silke said...

Oh I love this scenery you've created - what a fun and gorgeous card!!! Perfect use of this VV Set!!! Hugs ~S~

Ida P. Krause said...

Wonderful Card. Love the layering of the papers to resemle hills. This is just a really great card all around.

Charlene Merrick (LilLuvsStampin) said...

What a delightfully fun, cute, and beautiful card, Tosh! I love that you personalized it for your nephew. If your hot air balloon ride makes it all the way to Michigan, give me a call!!!! Hugs, girlie!

Julia Aston said...

I love those hot air balloons - and what a fun time you all will have - DH and I went on one over the Masai Mara in Kenya and it was just breath taking!

leenda said...

"Those" girls don't have anything over you Tosh!!! You do some serious, butt kick artwork!! (Excuse my French!)

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Oh, Tosh! This card just makes me want to jump for joy! It's so happy... and dreamy... and downright GORGEOUS! Just fabulous, my dear!

Sandra MacLean said...

I {heart} this card Tosh!! It is so dreamy that I want to be whisked away on a balloon right this very minute! :) I love how tou created the rolling hills and how the balloons are floating amongst the clours...pure yumminess! :) Very envious that you had been in a balloon! That must have been a fabulous experience!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

THis is just GORGEOUS, Tosh! An awesome card!

dpkennedy said...

I LOVE this!! Oh yes, I really do! What a wonderful scene...the rolling hills, the trees, the BALLOONS! Oh Yes...I think I am in love...

Amy Sheffer said...

One word, Tosh: PHENOMENAL!! I am in love!!!

Gabriela said...

Sen-Sational! Out of this world! I adore this hot air balloon card.

Judy Rozema said...

Wow. I wanna go there. I wanna ride in a balloon. I wanna make a card like this!

SPLENDID!

Joan Ervin said...

I love, love, love this card, Tosh...such wonderful stamps and I love how you created the rolling hills!!! I can't stop looking at this beauty!!!

Rose Ann said...

OMgosh...this card is amazing!! I totally love your hills, and all of your dimension and details really bring this to life!! It looks like so much fun too!!

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

LOVE this card!! The torn paper hills, the colors, those fab balloons... just gorgeous!!

 
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