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Thursday, August 8, 2013

3D Hot Air Balloon Birthday Card

Happy Thursday, my dear friends! I hope you're having a lovely day. :o)

Tomorrow is my sweet dad's birthday! Given time constraints and such, I wanted to make him a card that is simpler, yet still special. I figured a 3D hot air balloon can stand pretty well on its own. :o)
A closer peek to *try* to better show the pretty flowers in the center panels of the balloon:
This was such fun to create! The hot air ballon is a Lori Whitlock cut file, purchased at the Silhouette Online Store. For it and the background paper, I used gorgeous Susan Winget K & Company papers. I liked the color palette for my dad... plus, he loves nature, so little pops of flowers and leaves was ideal. The script that beautifully scrolls throughout the fluttering leaves is reminiscent of journaled memories we've created together, as well as those to come. Everything is inked with Faded Jeans distress ink. White pearlescent cardstock is my base, as I wanted my card engulfed in a fluffy cloud. :o)

I used Sky twine from My Craft Spot for the balloon and embossed the basket with a single blossom from the Cuttlebug Baby's Breath embossing folder. Tucked inside are precious little hearts, as there's no greater gift than love. :o)

The banner is from a Megan Hardy cut file. The sentiments are mixed from two Whimsical Designs stamps sets: Everyday Sentiments and Snow Much Fun. I created two tiny pearl flourishes on each end to provide the appearance of additional movement. 

Inside, a glittery bouquet awaits his flower-loving self. :o) I hope he loves it.
Thank you for floating on by! I wish you a beautifully blessed day. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ August Linky Party (Anything Goes)
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *My Craft Spot~ Clean and Simple
 *Papertake Weekly~ Anything Goes
 *Silhouette Challenges~ Shaped Card


  1. This is gorgeous Karen. I love the way you have designed the hot air balloon and the papers you have used are so beautiful.
    I am sure you dad will be thrilled to receive his special card made with so much love. I hope he has a wonderful Birthday.
    hugs Sue xx

  2. What a beautiful card. Love the hot air balloon and the wonderful papers. A great masculine card! TFS

  3. Pretty hot air balloon! Happy Birthday to your Dad, and I'm sure he will love it just as much....
    TFS Karen - enjoy your precious moments with your dad in celebrating his birthday.

  4. My sweetest friend, first of all, happy, happy birthday to your dear dad!! I hope his day is filled with much love and happiness (and some yummy cake, too)!! The card you made for him is absolute perfection!! I just adore everything about it!! The papers are gorgeous...I have that stack and completely forgot about it and how pretty it is - thanks for the reminder!! The 3D hot air balloon looks amazing!! It's simply fabulous and I know he will love it!! Enjoy the day with your pop!! Hugest hugs my dear friend :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. My dear Karen! This card is so perfect! I'm sure you dad is going to love it!! Wishing your dad a day full of joy and happiness! It's so nice to hear your stories, your just too sweet!



  6. What a wonderful card ,love the 3d balloon and gorgeous papers
    Thanks for joining us at MIM and good luck
    Tracey x

  7. Fantastic card Karen!!! I LOVE the papers, they are just gorgeous! The 3D dimensional balloon is so fun and I would love to go up in it! This is absolutely stunning and I am sure he is going to love it! Happy Birthday to your sweet Dad!!
    Hugs my friend!
    Sherrie K

  8. GORGEOUS card Karen! That 3D balloon is AMAZING and I love the shape of the card! Thanks for playing at My Craft Spot!

  9. Perfect card for your dad's birthday. Karen! I love the 3D hot air balloon and how you added the pearls look great! I really like the shape of the card and background paper too! I'm sure he loved this card! :)


  10. BEAUTIFUL card! I'm sure your Dad LOVED it! :o) Thanks for playing along with us over at Silhouette Challenge's! :O)

    Theresa (Silhouette DT)

  11. I am a huge fan of shaped cards!!! This is a true BEAUTY!
    The pattern paper is GORGEOUS!!!Such a beautiful and special card for a very special person. Your dad will LOVE it!! I do!!!
    Sending him the BEST birthday wishes in the world!!!
    Sending a HUGE amount of my love, hugs and smiles
    you angelic friend


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