Back in the Saddle

Hi everyone! Thanks for all the well wishes while I've been sick. I woke up feeling better than I have for a while. Came downstairs to try to tackle the emails I've missed, saw hundreds of unread emails and decided to make a card instead! Baby steps back into the real world! LOL

My card uses this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch #25. Before I got sick, I organized my desk a little bit and found a pile of this Early Bird Cosmo Cricket paper that hadn't been cut into. I promised myself that I'd use it, so that was my starting point. One of the flowery papers had these big flower centers that I thought would be the perfect size to paper piece the balloon from Up, Up and Away. So I pulled out the set and was off.

Here's what I did:

  • Stamped balloon and clouds on vanilla in chocolate chip ink

  • Stamped treetops in Old Olive then colored in with Stampin' Pastels

  • Cut circles with Classic Circles Nestabilities, then stamped the Up Up and Away sentiment in Real Red

  • Used Nestability as a stencil to lightly sponge Soft Sky ink partly around the inner circle

  • Added some 3/4" Real Red Polka-Dot ribbon and red Kaiser Craft pearl accents

  • Punched out two photo corners in Real Red, then pierced with my Mat Pack template

  • Accented photo corners with Playground Designer Buttons, then glued things down and popped up extra cloud and sentiment panel

  • Finished off with a light outline with BG10 Copic marker on the clouds, then coated with a mixture of crystal effects and dazzling diamonds
What's In It?
Up, Up and Away (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Real Red (SU!), Classic Cream (Neenah), Early Bird DP (Cosmo Cricket)
Ink: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Soft Sky (SU!), BG10 Copic marker
Accessories: Stampin' Pastels, Photo Corner Punch, Playground Designer Buttons, 3/4" Real Red Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds, Mat Pack, Paper Piercer (SU!), red pearls (Kaiser Craft)


  1. Love this card! Very creative w/loads of details! Truly inspirational!

  2. Another beautiful card...I love the details!

  3. So glad to hear that you are feeling better! It's no fun being sick, especially in the summer when it's pretty outside! Beautiful card - love Cosmos stuff!

  4. Glad to hear that you are feeling better!

    Gorgeous card!

    Hugs, Kelly

  5. Welcome back to the land of the living! Gld to hear you're feeling better. And boy does this card prove it! It's gorgeous! Love the bright colors and that little hint of polka dot ribbon.

  6. I am still so in love with this set. You have done an outstanding job on this project. WOW

  7. Eeeek! I love it. Glad you're feeling better. You know? Never in my life had it crossed my mind to take a hot air balloon ride. Since you made this set, it keeps sticking in my brain how cool that would be. Hmmmmm....

  8. Another fabulous card! I love your details.

  9. Gosh, that's so pretty! You are so talented.
    Glad you are feeling better!

  10. WOW... Gorgeous card. I love this stamp set. GORGEOUS.

    xx Sarah

  11. Love this Julee!!! Your hot air balloon scene is AWESOME!! Glad you're feeling better!!!

  12. This is so beautiful! I love the colors and the paper-pieced balloon is perfect. Love it!

  13. ADORABLE, Julee! I LOVE this and LOVE that paper-pieced balloon! Hope you're feeling better! HUGS!

  14. This is gorgeous. I'm so glad you are feeling better. Don't over do it - emails can wait. :) Hugs!

  15. Oh this is just wonderful. I love the cheerful feel it has. So glad to hear you are feeling better.

  16. Exquisite card. Love the colors.

  17. Wow! What a gorgeous card to come back from sickness with! This is amazing! I do hope you are back to the real world now - thanks so much for joining in on the sketch!


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