I love, love, LOVE this week’s challenge! I can’t remember if it was Susan’s or Jackie’s idea to do a “Balloon Challenge,” but I had so much fun!
I’ve been posting balloon cards all month, it seems. I posted the card we made at classes this month. I posted the Sale-a-bration chick with the balloons. I posted Jon’s birthday card. You’d think I could have saved one for the challenge, right? But – I had this cool idea, and I wanted to use it for our challenge. I’m sure it’s been done before, but I had never seen anything like it when it popped into my head. Ready?
I mean, we’ve all had one of those days, right? Where you feel like you’re out of control, but you can’t let go? Some days, there’s just so much to do and so many things pulling at you – and it’s very stressful. It’s very hard for women (at least this woman) to say, “You know what? I can’t do all this. Something has to go!” No – we think we’re superwomen and we can be all things to all people and do everything everyone wants. But we can’t. So sometimes, you just have to let go of one or two balloons before it’s too late.
And that’s why I love our little Stamp Off challenges. It’s a fun way to spark creativity, but if one of us says, “I just can’t,” no one gets upset. We simply reschedule. There’s absolutely no pressure – and that’s awesome! I had gotten to the place in my stamping life where it was more work than fun. This is supposed to be a hobby – and it’s supposed to be relaxing and a stress release, not a stressor. So I let go of a couple balloons – and I’m having fun again!
Here are the card deets. First I stamped the evergreens from Lovely as a Tree on the bottom of the Whisper White card stock in Mossy Meadow. Then I stamped the clouds from Balloon Celebrations in the sky. When I embossed them with white powder, I realized they didn’t stamp completely (can you say, “re-ink your Whisper White stamp pad, Buffy!”?), but I kind of like the way they turned out. They look more “cloud-like” since they have some wispy spots.
I sponged a little Pear Pizzazz along the bottom of the card, then filled in the sky with Marina Mist and Soft Sky. Finally I stamped the balloon strings in Basic Gray.
For some reason, I always want to call this woman from Just Kidding “Wanda.” We used to have a stamp set that was “Wanda” something. I keep thinking “Wicked Wanda,” but I don’t think that’s it. Maybe “Witty Wanda?” Anyway – I stamped “Wanda” from Just Kidding in Versamark on Watercolor paper and embossed her with black powder. Then I colored her with Stampin’ Write Markers (Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry, Lost Lagoon, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze) and Aqua Painters. And then I cut her out. Let me just say, she’s a little difficult to fussy cut. So difficult, in fact, that I amputated her right leg. But seriously, if she falls from the sky, she’s going to lose it anyway, right? However – I used the magic of Fast Fuse Adhesive to add it back – and I angled it a bit so she’d look more like she was soaring above the tree line.
The balloons are punched from Pink Pirouette (hey, Susan – not Blushing Bride! Can you believe it??) and Wisteria Wonder. I added a few details from the Balloon Celebrations stamp set to some of them – and just layered them over the strings. And then I popped Wanda on Stampin’ Dimensionals over the trees, stamped the “hang in there” sentiment (also from Just Kidding), and layered it to the Wisteria Wonder card. I almost used Jackie’s “Oh, Hello!” without the “o,” because that seemed to really fit this card. But my mom reads my blog to my dad, and even at my old age, I don’t want to disappoint my parents (or any other readers! – but especially my dad) by using even mild profanity. Although, in this case, it would fit. At least, that’s what I might be thinking if I was hanging onto a bunch of balloons and flying over a forest, knowing at some point one of those balloons was going to pop or lose helium. Or, maybe I’d be thinking, “Oh, Jesus, help!” (Probably the latter.)
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day!