Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Fancy Folds Shabby Chic Hot Air Balloon Card

Happy Tuesday Friends!!
I had a very productive day playing at my Best Friend Ginny's scrapbook store.
Today I have a Special "Fancy Folds" Card that I created for the Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge. 
I also am playing along this week at The Shabby Tea Room, and
Fashionable Stamping Challenge which both require "embossing" 
(you will see my stamping and embossing on the inside of my card a   little later.  I used the Vintage Stained Seam Binding that I purchased from Debbie at the Shabby Tea Room.  I just LOVE it!
I have used a recent Graphic Fairy image, which I altered just a little.  Used my "Crop A Dile" and grommets on each flap so I could tie it closed (my things are chunky..lol)
The background Paper is from the Gecko Galz "Secret Garden" Pack.  The Sparkly Crystal Pink Flowers, Champagne pearls, Ivory Pearl Sprays and Ivory Mulberry Roses came from 
Here is a photo of the card opened up.
The pink roses are ones I painted in GIMP.  I found a rose coloring page, and just used GIMP to color.  I used Inkscape to make a cutline for the balloon, and all the images, I then welded them all together to create this template.  The bottom part folds up to hold the tag in place.  

Since I am all about "shabby chic", I am sharing this with the "Stamp Man Challenge" and 
"Charimsa Cardz Challenge"  The stamps are ones I drew and carved myself.  I used Rangers Peeled Paint distress ink.  
This week at Simon Says Stamp and Show, we are to use words!  My words are (front)  "Life is an Adventure"  (inside) "With you in it!"  I created the little banner shapes in Inkscape too.  I then used my
 Black Cat Cougar (I call her Kitty Kitty) to cut out all my pieces.  
I just love the flatback pearls and my sparkly pink crystal flower from Pro 31 Designs!  I have two of these, some liquid pearls by Ranger in Peacock and Perfect Pearls in Perfect Gold  to add some sparkle to my card.  So I am sharing it with 
Tuesday Throwdown week 95.  Last week I won TOP 3 there and "Honorable mention cup of tea" from the tea room for my 
The Gorgeous Tag image is from the "Tickets Please" set from 
Gecko Galz.  Leanne is the BEST, she gives such wonderful items for me to play with.  I have been on her DT for almost a year now and I LOVE it!  She gives out lots of FREE ephemera, so check out her blog and join our group (upper left side bar badge will take you to the group).  Free goodies on the GECKO GALZ blog too.  You never know when she will post some freebies, so sign up for the newsletter, and you won't miss them.  
You know, I like the back of my items to look as good or better than the fronts :0).  Here is another ticket, which I again have embossed and used Ranger's Old paper distress ink on.
You also get a good look at the Gecko Galz digital paper I used, and my favorite leaf and flower stamps I made.
Yummy Flowers, flat back pearls and Buttons!  Here is a photo of the card with the tag removed.  I just love making shaped cards.
How about a look at the tag, which of course is an ornament.  I am all about getting use out of my cards for others, so I like to add a tag that doubles as an ornament
 (remember I put up 7-9 Christmas trees..lol)
I just love it!  That image is so cute!  I like to think it is my two boys off on an adventure.  Hence the "Life is an adventure with you in it"...LOL.
Here is the back..not as fancy..but I think I will add to it.
Yeppers..forgot to add the perfect pearls to the flag...LOL.
You can see where I added the little roses I painted to it.
One last look at my card open.
Thank you for putting up with my extremely long post!
I will be sharing for inspiration at Make it Monday next week.

Here you can see it on Youtube :0)

Thank you for visiting!!


  1. Oh the details! I love it! You always put so much into every piece! Love the image of your boys adventure!

  2. What gorgeous projects!!!! You always do such lovely work, Heather!

  3. Wow, really awesome.Such a creative idea. I love it. I like the colors...that blue is very nice and I love the embossing.

  4. Hey Sweetie!!! Well Heather you've out done yourself, this little creations is just awesome!!! I love the balloon and roses and the little line with the pearls. This is another fav! You always amaze!!!!

    Big hugs and I hope you are feeling well,

  5. Oh yes, thanks for playing along at the Tea Room this week!

  6. Love the pinks and blues..pearls are sweet. I especially like the texture of the rose print in the center. SO nice, Heather! Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a fab weekend :)

  7. Oh my heather, this is absolutely stunning. Your attention to detail is amazing. Love how the two pieces come apart. Simply Brillant. take care, gerri

  8. Wow these are so beautiful. It is so nice to see them in such gorgeous detail. Also perusing your other works of art, Love the mini album on the previous post too.
    Keep smiling and creating.

  9. Absolutely Gorgeous! Love all the beautiful and fun details!

  10. This has to be one of the most beautiful cards I have seen in a long time. So many gorgeous details. Colors are amazing. Absolutely beautiful Heather.

  11. WOW just beautiful, thanks for sharing it with us at Charisma Cardz this week.
    Shell xx

  12. wow, a good camera and some great lightly sure does showcase your lovely work heather!!!!!!!!! love it. thanks for sharing where you get everything on your projects, cuz i was jumping thru that computer screen over that seam binding....thanks

  13. WOWZERS! stunning creation, Heather!

  14. Anonymous9:13 AM

    Very pretty. Love the images and bright colors. You know i love the pearls too...a girls gotta have some bling : ) Thanks for coming to the shop to play paper with me and Jane. Huggs and love from your BFF

  15. That's a gorgeous project. Thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight.

  16. This is an incredible story book! I can't believe how unique and truly gorgeous this is.....so glad you joined us at Suar creek hollow - would hated to have missed this!

  17. STUNNING! WOW. A lot of TLC has gone into this.. you are very talented!
    Thanks for playing along with us at TSTR!

  18. A wonderful project - such a lot to look at. I love it.
    xxx Hazel.

  19. stunning project lots os lovely details definitely has the wow factoe, so glad you joined us at Sugar Creek Hollow this week

  20. Hi Heather, I saw where you had stopped by, thanks for visiting. I love your creation, you always inspire me!!! I am in love with this wonderful balloon, so very pretty. What a lucky person that gets this one.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Sugar Creek Hollow.

    Patti SCH/DT

  21. Heather this is one beautifully detailed project! Love all the embossing and details! Thank you for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

  22. Anonymous1:14 PM

    Very fun card! I have never seen anything like it, and am totally intrigued by all the details you added. Thanks for playing along with us at Tuesday Throwdown -- hope you join us again soon! :-)

  23. WOW, a fabulous project! Love all the interesting details, and beautiful embossing.
    Thanks for joining our embossing challenge at FSC

  24. Hey there Heather, thank you for sharing your fabulous piece of art with the DT from Simon Says Stamp and Show, love it. Hugs Terry xxxx

  25. WOW!!!!. This is STUNNING. I saw this beauty on MIM..Loz

  26. OMGosh, it fits in your hand??? I never would have guessed the scale of this card to be that dainty. That just makes it even MORE amazing. Thank you for all the beautiful pictures of your lovely creation! Amazing amounts of detail everywhere. So, so pretty!

    Thank you so much for linking up your talent and creative ideas with us at Make It Monday!
    Lisa xx

  27. Such a STUNNING card Heather. I saw this on Make-it-Monday. Faye

  28. Far out! that is awesome, saw it at MIM and just had to say so :)

  29. Wow, this is amazing!

    The detail is incredible, the more I look the more I see.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

    Michelle :o)

  30. I love the Victorian feel and all the bright colors in your cards and tags. They are so intricate. Blessings!

  31. Hi Heather! I saw this really pretty thumbnail on the "make it Monday" blog and wondered....who could it be? But of course it was YOU!! Hope you have a wonderful Mother's day....


Thanks for Visiting my blog today! Hope you found some inspiration...Have a great day! Hugs....Heather