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Hot Air Balloon Cards: AAA Birthday


Over on AAA Birthday, the challenge set forth is one of my favorite challenges. Making cards in a shape. While I don't do this too often, there's no doubt that cards that are not conventionally shaped are always eye catching. Here is the full challenge:


Just this week I acquired my all new Anna Griffin Hot Air Balloon Easel die, so I quickly got to work.

When the card is laying flat, it looks like this:

But with the card unfolding, it suddenly pops up and looks like this:


What I love is that easel cards or individual shaped cards can often take forever to make. Not these, which clocked in around the 45 minute mark. Using vibrant colors, it really gave that Hot Air Balloon feel. What the camera doesn't capture is the gold diamonds I placed in between the top section. Those gold glimmery sections also give this card another dimension.

And because I can never make one of anything, here's another with a totally different color combination.


I used the rainbow cutouts from the first card to fill in the top section here. Again, I'm just trying to give the cards another dimension.

These dies are a huge win, and I will be making plenty more hot air balloon cards. 

I haven't managed to complete it yet, but my Cricut Mug Press review is coming soon!

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Comments

  1. I love your shaped easel cards! So cute and fun. Thanks for joining us at AAA Birthday, hope to see you again. Tina

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  2. I love your balloon cards, saw them at AAA when I uploaded my entry. Then, Nosey Nellie that I am, I noticed you teach college English. My dad did as well! I really enjoyed reading your students' thoughts on Lolita. So different than when I read it in college in the mid 70's. We were taught that Nabokov was spotlighting and poking at one of the 20th century's stereotypical male behaviors, ginned up by media and the cultural rise of teenage hood, like a sad trap they tended to fall into at middle age (later termed a mid-life crisis). Well, off I go to check out that die! XOX, Aimeslee https://paper-paisleys.blogspot.com/

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  3. Oh this is so pretty, a stunning shaped card! I love the colors of your papers and all the detail from the dies. So skillfully made too, brava! Thank you for joining us at AAA Birthday Challenge!

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  4. Wow this is a really amazing shaped card.♥ Thanks a lot for joining us at our Shaped Card Challenge by
    AAA Birthday Challenge
    Good luck and hope to see you again.
    Hugs and greetings Angela DT

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  5. It's an amazing shaped card! How fun! Thanks for playing along with us at AAA Birthday Challenge. Looking forward to seeing your creative projects in the future galleries.

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