Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Inspired By Stamping #36 - Gift From Above

Hello to all of you, and Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends!  I hope your day is filled with good food to eat and loved ones to share it with.  We are having dinner with my in-laws, and they always serve the yummiest things!  I am grateful for their gracious hospitality.  I swear, it feels like I'm staying at a lovely Bed & Breakfast Inn when we are with them.  :-)

I'm popping in today with a Christmas card.  There's a fresh new sketch this week at the Inspired By Stamping Weekly Challenge, which is the basis for my layout:



I used The Sky's The Limit for the balloon with a sentiment from Holiday Expressions.  I thought they went so well together!  I stamped multiple snowflakes from Elegant Christmas Sentiments on a label die cut as my 'snowy sky.'  



Here's the sketch, which I turned to a horizontal format:


You don't need Inspired By Stamping stamps to play along in the challenge, but if you have 'em, we'd love to see them!


And if you're interested in becoming our Guest Designer, please read on.  :-)

Do you want to be a Month-Long Guest Designer with the Inspired by Stamping Girls?
Here is what you have to do…Play in our challenge the month of November and “Wow” us with your beautiful card or project!
The winner will be chosen at the end of this month and will be our month long guest designer for the month of January! Plus, they will receive two 4×6 stamp sets from the Inspired by Stamping Store to create with during this month!

Sound good to you?  Come play with us!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog.  I'd love to hear what you think of my Christmas balloon.  :-)



Dimensions: 4.25" x 5.5"
Stamps: The Sky's The Limit, Holiday Expressions, Elegant Christmas Sentiments - Inspired By Stamping
Paper: Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Whisper White - SU; The Christmas Combo Matstack - DCWV
Ink: Frayed Burlap - Ranger; Crumb Cake - SU; Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko
Fibers: burgundy sheer ribbon
Other: Labels Ten, Petite Ovals dies - Spellbinders; pearls; Small Flower - Inspired By Stamping; Copic markers

31 comments:

Sandie Edwards said...

This is lovely Colleen, love the stamps, and papers you used.

Annette said...

Lovely card...Those added pearls are just so fun..

Happy Thanksgiving..

~ Kendra ~ said...

Love how you flipped the card sketch around. Such a beautiful design, love the papers you used!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is just GORGEOUS! I loveeeeeeeeeeee the colors and love love love that balloon!! Have fun at the in-laws!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

This is beautiful Colleen. I love the designer paper and how happy and carefree this card feels. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. The blessing of your friend is something I am so thankful for.
Bear Hugs,
Carol

Marisa said...

That little pearl basket on the balloon is fabulous and love the layered focal panel. Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving!!

Carol Lucas said...

Lovely card! Have a wonderful, wonderful Thanksgiving!

Stella said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Colleen; hope you have a wonderful time at your in-laws. Enjoy being together and have a good dinner with yummy food:) Your card; I am in awe...
XX

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Love this card ! The colors are so vibrant and the balloon is awesome. Beautiful ! Shirleyx

Martha H. said...

What a gorgeous card, Colleen! I love the paper and the vibrant red tulle you used for the bow!

inspiredbystampin.com said...

So beautiful Colleen! I love how the air balloon is floating in the snowflakes! So pretty! Hugs, Joanna

Lisa said...

The happiest of Thanksgiving wishes to you as well Colleen! Love this pretty little card of yours. The pearl basket on your balloon is darling!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Fun paper use! Hope your T Day was great -- My scale tells me mine was! O.M.G. :(

Ellen said...

Oh my Colleen! This is just gorgeous! I love your snowy "sky" label and you are right the sentiment is perfect with the balloon.

I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!!!
hugs,
Ellen

lisa808 said...

The snowflake-stamped die cut, hot air balloon, and pearls--beautiful!

Carole said...

Gorgeous card Colleen and I love the scripture you added. Carole xox

Charlene said...

I LOVE IT!!!!

Ruth said...

Beautiful card - and a lovely meaningful verse too. Ruth :)

Julia S-W said...

Beautifully composed and great use of papers. I love the traditional colour scheme here too!
Juliaxx

Leslie Miller said...

A great sketch and Christmas colored balloon. Love the pearls on the balloon basket. I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

Linda B said...

How pretty, Colleen! Love your hot air balloon, the papers and that bit of sheer ribbon... beautiful!!!

Linda R said...

Such a pretty card my friend. Your hot air balloon has me smiling.

Hugs~

Benzi said...

I've been away for several days and am now trying to catch up on my commenting.
I love your card. The balloon is so pretty decked out with the pretty pearls. I also love the label die with the gorgeous snowflakes. Beautiful Christmas card with a wonderful verse.

Miriam Prantner said...

This is just beautiful! I love that sentiment and the pearls on the balloon basket are perfect!

Ann Schach said...

Beautiful, Colleen! I love the pearls on the balloon basket!

Adrienne Crist said...

Colleen,

Love the scripture sentiment! It goes great with the ballon and sky, etc. the card is a lovely interpretation of the sketch. I love all your work anyways!

Blessings,
Adrienne

Deb Hickman said...

Gorgeous card, Colleen. I love how you used a non- Christmas stamp set and made it look perfect on a Holiday card, so inspiring. Deb x

Liz Weber said...

Gorgeous card Colleen, I just love the hot air balloon and love the die cut behind the balloon and sentiment, really makes it pop!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

This is a great balloon card and the die-cuts you used with it are fabulous.

Bonnie said...

Fun colors and a perfect sentiment!

Samra Leshinski said...

This is one of the most Awwwwwwwwww cards EVER!!! So heartwarming and gorgeous design too.
Hugs

Samra

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