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Thursday 4 August 2011

Last AIF DT Card

It's my last challenge as a DT member at AI Factory today although I may well be popping back as a Guest DT every now and again. The 6 months has gone so quickly and I have had the opportunity to work with some fabulous images and a very talented DT, some of whom are also going to pastures new.

There are going to be some changes to the blog and the site will be moving in September so in the meantime we are having a month long challenge for August and it's a real easy one so......

We were given a number of fabulous images to work with but in particular I chose this fabulous balloon image as this coming Sunday, as long as the weather holds outs I will have one of my lifelong wishes fulfilled to actually go up in a hot air balloon !!!! (can you imagine me running round soooo excited like a bloody big kid!!) My wonderful hubby surprised the hell out of me on my Birthday last September by handing me an envelope with 2 'flight' tickets in it for a Virgin balloon ride. Therefore, how could I not make this card? I shall be giving it to him to thank him for making one of my dreams come true.

This amazing image is available as a freebie in the store too so head on over if you want to float away with it too :)

For my card I used a scalloped edge card blank and put a mat of sky blue card onto it. The DP is from a Dovecraft First Edition pad called Up Up And Away and I loved the scrolly shapes in the background and though they looked a bit like clouds. I tore the edges of the cardstock (ooh the pain, I'm sure I heard it cry.....LOL) and used 2 different shades of ink to distress the edges.

The balloon image is have decoupaged to high heaven. There are four layers at it's thickest point and plenty of foam squares were used in the construction I can tell you. It is coloured with Promarkers and I thickened the ropes on the balloon with a pen to make it easier to cut out. I have purchased some of the fine nibs for the Promarkers and was able to draw a criss cross pattern on the basket, you would never be able to do that with the normal nibs. A fine nib also came in handy for the red stripe on the sentiment ticket which is a freebie from Netty's Cards.

I would just like to take this moment to thank Mia & Tammy over at AI Factory for giving me the opportunity to be on their DT and to wish my fellow teamies the best of luck with their future endeavours.

So peeps, get your cards into this latest month long challenge over at AI Factory and with such an easy theme I'm sure it will be very popular.

In the meantime, please, Please, PLEASE keep your fingers crossed for me that the weather is nice enough for my balloon flight to go ahead on Sunday morning. However, don't let it stop you crafting OK!!

Card Size - 6" Square scalloped edge
Paper - Up Up & Away First edition pad by Dovecraft
Sentiment - Netty's Cards
Tools - 3D Foam & Scissors, Promarkers, small ink pads
Techniques - Decoupage & Distressing

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order):-


JanR said...

What a great card! Enjoy your ride. I'll cross my fingers for good weather for you!

Petra said...

ooh! fingers crossed and holding thumbs! sounds so exciting!
Love your card BTW and that ticket adds just the right amount of pOp!

Anne Temple said...

I've always wanted to go on a balloon ride! Have fun! Love seeing how each of us came up with something different using the same image. Love that torn edge effect. Good luck for your future endeavors. I've enjoyed working with you this term at AiF.

Marlene said...

What a fun, whimsical card! And I'm totally jealous! You're going on a balloon ride?!! HOW FUN!! I hope you take pictures!

Anonymous said...

Travel by Hot Air! Love it! Great card, thanks for sharing again Mandy at Here Come The Boys! Woo x

Fiona said...

fab card and I love the crsip and clean look.

Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes this week.


Emma (metalicbutterfly) said...

Such a sweet card thanks for playing in our free and easy challenge this week at Allsorts..

Emma xxx

Amanda R said...

Hope you had good weather and your card is very cute. Thanks for playing along this week at Paper Sundaes!

Teresa said...

Great card Mandy thanks for joining us at HCTB's travel challenge
Teresa xx

Nicola said...

Fab card, I love the simplicity of it! and hope you have a wonderful day on Sunday and thoroughly enjoy yourself!
Thanks for entering our Free and Easy challenge this week and good luck!
Love Nicola xxx

Hazel said...

Oh lucky you and what a great husband you have. I'd love to go in hot air balloon.
Your card is lovely. Thanks for joining us at Craft your passion for our anything goes challenge. Good Luck,
GDT August

Jill said...

gorgeous card Mandy thanks for joining us at PTW hugs Jill xx

Annette said...

Wow I love your balloon card Mandy. Thanks so much for your email and I'm really proud to see my digi sentiment on your fab card. I really love seeing how other people use my sentiments and it makes me so proud to see them used on such lovely creations. Thanks so much. You made my day! Annette xx

crafty amy said...

What a cute card :D You have done wonders with that little digi
Thank you for joining us at Crafts and Me and good luck.


Amy xx

Anonymous said...

Fab card.Love the bright baloon.Hope you had fun on your ride!
Been great working with you and sharing your fabulous cards.
Lisa x

sallysbitz2 said...

Great card x

Thanks for joining us this week @ For Fun Challenges & Good Luck x

hugs sally x

Kathy D. said...

Hope you got to take your balloon ride!! Love love how you drew on the criss cross pattern onto the basket.
Thanks for playing "anything goes" at For Fun Challenges. Hope to see you today as the new challenge was released!

Tanika Iswandari said...

Mandyyy, so sad you're leaving! :( your card is soo adorable.. and i hope you had a great day on the balloon ride :) i'll be missing you at AIF and i had great time working with you for the past 6 months. thank you for your encouragement and for all the inspiring creations. i wish you the best of luck for your future endeavors!!
warm hug