Saturday, June 15, 2013

Up Up and Away!

OMG I'm so excited about my post today! I wanted to wait, to hold out until Monday but I just can't, I tell ya I just can't! I feel like a balloon over filled and ready to pop! O.k. I'll explain my balloon metaphor and my post title:
A few days ago TGF posted the theme for the retro fresh challenge, Layers. When I saw this my mind began to race because if you craft, you know there's more than one way to interpret the theme of layers. Problem is, I had TOO many ideas and before I could get a sketch down, another 'better' idea popped into my head so I had to start over of course. Well last night after bath time, my girls and I sat down to watch a little Disney Channel. And what were they playing you ask? Up (yes that's the entire title, how creative huh?) Even though the title wasn't all that great, the movie was pretty cute and for those of you who love cartoons or have little ones (I'm guilty of both!) I highly recommend it. Anyway, to get to the point, the cartoon inspired me to get my head in the clouds, so that's where I started. I knew I wanted to do a spinner card with a pinwheel because pinwheels make me think of wind. I also knew I wanted to do something with clouds, so first step, make some dp with clouds since I owned none this is how it came out

Ok so technically these are the leftover scraps. This genius didn't think to take a picture of it till after I played seamstress and snipped clipped and trimmed away at it but you get the idea, right? Came out pretty cute. My white pigment ink was not in a cooperative mood so I ended up using a white embossing powder and opaque white gel pen. I had a late night trying to make this card but it came together and in the end I was not satisfied, it looked so blah, so empty
Anya Lifts
Just looks like something is missing right? Anya Lifts was colored with copic markers and the sentiment inside the pinwheel window came in the same set. The hot air balloons were hand drawn on shrink dink and colored with either prismacolor pencils (center) or copic markers (left and right). I've really been into making my own charms and plan to do a post on that soon so be looking for it! As I said, I wasn't happy with the way it turned out, so I slept on it and in the morning came up with THIS:
Anya Lifts

Anya Lifts Spinner Card


I had to completely disassemble the previous card (I'm embarrassed to admit I just noticed they look pretty similar) largely because I attempted to add a sentiment directly to the blank space on the card with DISASTROUS results. Lesson learned. This time around I added another layer to the base of the card by creating a patchwork quilt looking dp. To make it I combined several leftover scraps in coordinating colors in a random order, glued them to a paper, trimmed it to fit the card base, then placed the last (big) piece of the cloud paper I made on top. For a little more color I also added a banner with the matching sentiment to the Anya Lifts set, and a few clouds on dimensionals for even more layering. Last I re attached my DIY hot air balloon charms on thicker dimensionals so that they would sit slightly higher than everything else for the final layer of my masterpiece! This was my first ever spinner card and I can now proudly show it off in the following challenges:

Splendid Stampin Retro Fresh Challenge- Layers!
Splendid Stamping FFF- Wave Your Banners or Flags!
Splendid Stamping GVT Girly Girl
Oozak Challenge Anything Goes with a Sentiment
Simon Says Stamp and Show Transport!

Hope this wasn't too long!
Happy Stamping,


  1. Your card is super cute. I love how you did the balloons. and I love the movie UP !! lol and Despicable me...are you waiting till part 2 too ?? lol My 5 and 2 year old girls love watching movies.

    1. I absolutely am, I think my husband and I may be more excited than our girls lol!

  2. Absolutely adorable!!! I love the clouds, hot air balloons, and the spinning pinwheel! This totally rocks! Thanks for joining the TGF challenge!!!

  3. Fabulous spinner card. Love all the fun elements! Thanks for playing along with the TRANSPORTATION challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog this week!

  4. I AM SO JEALOUS! Your coloring is beautiful AND you have the windmill dye that i have been DIENG for!! This card is all kinds of fantastic! I think you just made a follower out of me!

    Simple Salutations

    1. Lol thank you i appreciate the complimemts awesome of you to follow my blog as well thank you so much! N i dont own a windmill i actually made it myself but didnt think to do a quick tut on it, I can if you'd like though! Let me know!

  5. wow look at the detail on this card! It is amazing!!! Amazing job, thank you for joining the Oozak Challenge!


  6. Oh this is darling; love the pinwheel! Thanks so much for joining us for the Oozak Challenge!