Saturday, 9 September 2017

Flying high!

I can post this birthday card, now that I know it's been received by my friend's husband.  There's a little story behind this card, as it's not the one the recipient was supposed to receive!   We were on our way down to our caravan in Devon for a few days, when I suddenly remembered the date and realised our friend's birthday was before we came home.  I'd bought a caravan stamp to use especially for his card, which I intended to make after we got home, but didn't have it with me.  So, a little creative thinking was needed as I had a couple of hours to make a card before I needed to post it.
I had taken a few new dies I'd bought from eBay with me but, apart from fairies and a unicorn, the hot air balloon was the only other die I had.  I die cut the balloon in black, stuck double sided tape over the back, covering all the apertures, and inlaid all the coloured die cut pieces.  I had no patterned paper, embossing folders or inks to make a background, but then I found an old brochure for the caravan site we stay in, which had a map of the site in the middle.  It was perfect for the background as our friends frequently stay at the same caravan site too.  I attached the hot air balloon with foam pads to give the impression that it's flying over the site.  A sentiment peeloff I happened to have in the craft box I keep in the caravan finished off my card.  So the card was posted on time......although I discovered later that they were on holiday for his birthday and so I would have had plenty of time to make a card when I got home and post it!

I am joining in the following challenges:
Die Cut Diva's September Challenge ~ Masculine/Men/ Boys
HLS September Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
Cuttlebug Mania Challenge ~ Anything goes with die cuts and/or embossing
MIUCB #5 - Anything Goes + Inlaid Die Cut
Crafty Friends Challenge #66 ~ Use dies and/or punches

25 comments:

  1. you did a wonderful job making your card without your supplies. Thanks for joining us at HLS
    Barb Housner (DT)

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  2. How resourceful Liz and the balloon looks perfect over your site map and love the pretty inlaid colours in the balloon. x

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  3. Another great card, Liz. I love the balloon and I am excited with the city map! Kisses, my friend.

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  4. What a fabulous card you managed to make, The balloon die is super and at least you'll be able to make his next years card well in advance as you've already bought the stamp! xx

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  5. Hi Liz,
    what a very fab card and your design is ace.
    Love the caravan map under the hot air balloon.
    So glad all came out fine in the end.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  6. I love the story behind this card!! The hot air balloon looks so amazing!! I love that it's flying over the site map!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  7. Such a clever design Liz, well done!
    Janice x

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  8. Brilliant design with that brochure for the caravan site, you are a genius! Adorable happy hot balloon, it really seems flying on the place of thu map!

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  9. Oh I love cards like this that are made in a bit of a panic and turn out perfect.
    Well done you for your ingenuity and a really super card.

    Kath x

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  10. Wow you have made a fabulous job of this card Liz, great thinking.
    Pam x

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  11. This is brilliant! What an awesome idea with limited resources!

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  12. How very resourceful and what a lucky find the map was. I'm sure the card was appreciated for the thoughts that went into making it.

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  13. How clever, the caravan map and hot air balloon sure made a great result...love it Liz.xx [aNNie]

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  14. Ingenious, very clever and quick thinking, isn't funny we can do it under pressure LOL. Doesn't matter he wasn't there, he had it when they got back and I bet it is was MUCH appreciated.
    Faith
    x

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  15. Brilliant card Liz....great details...Joolsx

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  16. Goodness, Liz, you should be on every design team out there! What a quick-thinking excellent design inlaying the manly hot air balloon and backing it with the caravan site map! Genius! I only wish you could have seen his face when he opened it!! Hugs, Darnell

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  17. What a great story! Love the card; that background is so perfect for your friend! Have a good week!

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  18. Stunning! So vibrant! Beautifully done! Thanks for playing with us at MIUCB!

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  19. That's a very impressive card to have created on the hoof! The site map is a brilliant touch x

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  20. What a clever idea to use the map as DSP!
    Love your card

    Thank you for joining us in our "Anything Goes" challenge at Cuttlebug Mania.

    Cuttlebugs & Hugs
    Jannie

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  21. Love the air balloon die and the pops of color it as, thanks for joining us Die Cut Diva's!

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  22. Love how you created your balloon. Where there's a will, there's a way. Turned out fantastic. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

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  23. A really clever card Liz - sometimes we do our best work with the least amount of stuff! Shabneez x

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  24. Thanks for sharing your lovely card with us at Crafty Friends Challenge Blog… good luck in the draw and please join us again.
    Diane Louise
    [Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

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  25. I love the die inlaid blue - those pops of bright colour really draw your eye.Thank you for joining the Masculine/Men/Boys Challenge over at Diecut Divas. Cathie DT

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