Thursday, January 13, 2022

Wish Big

 Hello, sweet blogging peeps, hope everyone is doing well. Honey and I have been feeling "off". I have just about decided that mine is allergies/sinus since December-January is a high pollen month for certain trees I'm allergic to where I live. I seem to have a constant headache and my eyeballs hurt and seem irritated, also drainage and occasional cough. And on days when the barometric pressure is high, it's worse. But no fever. We even got a handheld gun-type thermometer for accuracy and both of us are always normal. Just waiting for it to pass and feel better, all we can do.

Today's card is the product of one of those "what if I..." experiments using supplies on hand. Plus, an interest in making a fun fold, albeit a very simple one. Double D Challenge celebrates 6 years this month with theme being Balloons, so I wanted to play. We have a neighbor who brought us a nice tin of snack mix over the holidays and her birthday is next week so I made her this. 

I started with choosing this Splitcoaststampers sketch because it's for making this type of fun fold. If you know the name of it, please tell me in the comments because I used to know but forgot. It says not to rotate the sketch (they didn't want any "kickstand" cards, lol). Well, I wanted it landscape so I took the liberty of stretching it horizontally (reversing the length and width). That gave me room for the embossed balloons border and the little Starstampz girl digi (called Balloons and Ice Cream). I did think my sentiment square block looked better a little differently placed so I took that liberty as well..
After cutting my A7 base from a sheet of 8.5x14" Office Depot card stock, cutting 1/5" off the front and then matting with SU blue card stock, I added this piece I had stamped in Versamark and heat-embossed in white using an Impression Obsession Cover A Card background stamp of clouds on a scrap of dull light blue card. I then tried sponging on white chalk ink with a finger dauber before trimming to fit and adhering.
I'd wanted to use this Darice embossing folder I had of balloons, so I embossed it and then tried powder chalking the balloons. Didn't get enough color saturation with just chalk, so I added a layer of various Palette inks, finger-daubered on, matching colors as well as I could. That gave the colors more juice but still soft. I like it. The Palette Hybrid "palette' colors are so beautiful, so that ink choice helped. I fussy cut the righthand edge and trimmed off the top and bottom to fit (the folder is an A2 size with the balloons on the left side of the folder). I also used s Sakura Gold Shadow metallic gel pen to outline the strings and to color the little indented "comma" on each balloon.
I matted the inside with more of the SU card. I covered the back of the protruding sentiment block with another die cut scalloped square.
I stamped the Darkroom Door sentiment with Paradise Blue Versafine Clair, making sure to place it behind the shorter card front.
For the matted back, I stamped a Kaiserkraft floral spray and siggie on a scrap of light blue card, then colored in the words with a Promarker. Just trying something different.
The Starstampz digi was colored with Promarkers and then fussy cut and glue-dotted on for just a touch of dimension. 
The sentiment was created using a Spellbinders classic scalloped square as the frame for a Spellbinders classic square, on which I stamped the Stamplorations balloons and sentiment. I used my Ranger Big n Juicy rainbow pad ink for the balloons and Versafine Clair for the sentiment.
Here's a final view. I really like the light white color brightness and also the fact that the balloon folder, digital stamp, clouds stamp and sentiment stamp were all first-time use. That rarely happens with me, the old outnumbers the new usually. 😃😂 Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!

Blues and Greens


Diane said...

Adorably cute and well designed card, love those colors together too! Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D!
Diane DD DT
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Debbie Mageed said...

Aw, I love this sweet birthday card! It's so festive and perfect for our blue challenge. Thank you for playing with us at the Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge and hope you can join in again soon.
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craftytrog said...

Gorgeous card Aimeslee! I love those greens and blues!

ahlers5 said...

This is so dang cute! I love her floating away. I'm glad I asked about the challenges. It would have annoyed the heck out of me to put the cards in the wrong folders. I am working on a really difficult picture right now for my DT. I can't even imagine actually being done with it and liking it. I actually chose it for the DT to choose from. I must have been out of my mind!

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

What a clever and creative lady you are Aimes, this is beauitful and will be received with love I'm sure. I hope you both recover soon, or the the trees behave themselves, if Arthur wasn't enough to deal with!
Keep safe
Faith x

Pamela said...

Great card and I think your 'stretching' really worked.
CD Sunday Plus DT.

Darlene said...

Awwww what a fabulous creation my friend! OMG she's going to LOVE IT!! So unique and fun! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Birthday Balloons’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
P.S. Thanks for also sharing with us on the SISTERHOOD OF CRAFTERS
FEEL BETTER! Even though allergies are horrible ... glad it's not covid!!

Darlene said...

Me again ... are you aware of the new color challenge called COLORFUL OPTIONS CHALLENGE ? January's color is BLUE ... hope you'll share this beauty with us!

Cardsbymaaike said...

Aww how cute. love the colors and the little girl image. Thank you for playin gat AAA Birthday Cards

Helen said...

Great card and I'm sure it will be appreciated.

Thanks for joining us at the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge.

Helen x

Jane said...

The blues and greens certainly work beautifully on your sweet card. Thanks for playing at AAA Birthday, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!

Amelia Breytenbach said...

Such a sweet and adorable card! Love the colours and all the pretty details. Thanks for sharing with us at Double "D" Challenges.
Amelia (DT Double "D" Challenges)

Anonymous said...

Wow Great card. Thanks for joining the challenge. Greetings Helma DT

Twórcze pasje Danki said...

Fantastic mix-media project. Thank you for joining Star Stampz challenge
Danka DT

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Beth Norman-Roberts said...

How nice of you to make a birthday card for your neighbour. She's a very lucky lady. I think it was very clever of you to create a fold with the sketch.

My name is Erika. said...

What a fun birthday card Aimeslee. That little girl with the balloons is adorable. I like the cloud background too. Thanks for hsaring with us at Try It on Tuesday. Hugs-Erika

Carol said...

A great card. I love it. Thank you for joining in with us and
I hope you have a fantastic New Year.
Carol xx
CD Sunday Plus DT

Sorry, my comments are short Aimeslee. Typing is a problem as you know. xxx

Wei said...

Great design with the layout! Thanks for playing along with us at AAA Birthday Card Challenge. Looking forward to seeing your creative projects in the future galleries again.

Seafield Jo said...

This is a great card, so bright and cheery.

I hope you soon feel better.

Thanks for joining us.

CD Sunday Plus DT

Ellibelle said...

This is so very cute with the fun design and loving the cute image! Hope you do feel better soon! It surely sounds like allergies which really can be such a pain and go on throughout the season!
Thank you so much for sharing at my Crafty Wednesday challenge!
Ellibelle's Corner

pearshapedcrafting said...

I do hope you both feel better soon.
I love the card - such lovely colours and the way you used the template. That girl floating to earth with her balloons is so sweet!
Thank you so much for joining us at Try It On Tuesday, Chrisx

Mrs.B said...

A lovely card Aimeslee, super cute image.
Hope you're feeling better now.
Thanks for sharing with us at Try it on Tuesday.
Avril x

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for joining the challenge. Greetings Helma DT

Mia said...

What a beautiful card, Aimeslee! I love how you made the clouds. Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Try it on Tuesday with this lovely creation. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
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