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October 27, 2013

Pop-up Hot Air Balloon B-day Card

Taking Flight, Hot Air Balloon birthday card with poem inside by Grace Baxter

3-D Hot Air Balloon Birthday Card

Once again, as my daughter's birthday rolled around I was thinking of her favourite things. Her latest joy and interest is in hot air balloons, with aspirations of becoming a balloonist. How could I not make use of this inspiration!

Taking Flight Birthday card, hot air balloon designed by Grace Baxter


Card size is 5 x 6-1/4"
White card base
Balloon is 4", sentiment is 2", clouds (cut together) are 2-1/2".
Teal background shape is sized to fit card.

Cloud for Taking Flight b-day card
On my Gypsy, I placed the clouds over the Elegant Edges shape so they would be cut out. Clouds are from Create a Critter.

Then I used real cloud paper placed behind the cloud holes to make the sky 'real'. I love a touch of reality!

Taking Flight card sentiment by Grace Baxter
The sentiment, "Taking Flight" is cut from white CS then glittered to harmonize with the balloon.
Cartridge used is Straight from the Nest.

The Balloon

3D Hot Air Balloon for Taking Flight B-day card front
I cut the balloon 3 times:
  1. The base is cut from white cardstock, covered in print paper.
  2. Cut another balloon from gingham cardstock and cut off basket and supports.
  3. Cut balloon from same print as in number 1, removing basket again. Adhere gingham CS (2) to print balloon (3), back-to-back. 

Tip:  Fold this 3D piece vertically while allowing the glue to set and stiffen. This is important in order for it to stand out properly. Set it aside while making the basket.

Balloon Basket

Since the balloon shape is from Creative Cards cart, there are no layers available for the balloon. To make it a separate colour, I designed the balloon using Creative Craft Room. For the basket, I placed it so that most of the balloon was off the mat, leaving only the basket and a little of the supports to cut from brown.

Then I trimmed away the supports. They didn't look right with my fancy balloon, so I replaced them with pretty ribbon.


On the computer, I created the little sentiment for the left side.
What lies behind us
and what lies before us
are tiny matters
compared to what
lies within us
Taking Flight Hot Air Balloon b-day card inside by Grace Baxter


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I guess you might call me a "right brainer", loving all things creative. Cardmaking is the perfect hobby for me as it allows me to be totally creative, combining design with poetry or verses I can compose myself. With Christmas being such an important occasion for cardmaking and crafting, I decided to create a separate blog just for Christmas projects. "It's All About Christmas" will host all my Christmas items. "Gracenotes For Today" will still feature items every other occasion of the year. I hope you'll drop by often and stay awhile!