Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Thanks, Sue Berker!

Sue Berker was kind enough to send me some die cuts for the Up, Up, and Away set from PTI. Seeing as I'm a backward hick who doesn't own a die cut machine, this is akin to winning the lottery, especially since I do have the set and frankly wasn't looking forward to cutting out those baskets. The balloons, no problem, but those tiny baskets...not so much. So thank you, Sue, for making this card possible.


I chose to make it a Miss You card because every time I see balloons up in the air, I think about people being out of reach, off in the distance, out of touch, hopefully having a good time but oh my gosh that thing could plummet to the ground in a heartbeat!

You might say I have issues with hot-air balloons. But they are so pretty and colorful up in the big blue sky and a perfect subject for cards, don't you think?

Angelahatha at SCS also sent me some other die cuts that I'll be showing later. Y'all are just too good to me!

Supplies
stamps: PTI Up, Up and Away, Mega Mixed Messages
ink: Palette noir
paper: bashful blue, green galore, white
accessories: balloon die cut, cloud die cut, dimensionals, rick rack, gemstones

28 comments:

  1. I have been further contemplating dies lately - how do you resist them.. and on that note, how do you resist the array of patterned paper out there? It is overwhelming isn't it?

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  2. AAAwww, you're welcome. :D Riding in a hot air balloon is on my Bucket List. They are so quiet and graceful. Awesome card - love it.

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  3. I think that one of the things I like so much about stamping, is the generous friends I've met through blogging about stamping! Going to the mailbox is so much fun! What a wonderful card - so happy and BLUE???!!! Love it, Susan!!!

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  4. Another beautiful work of art!

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  5. Beautiful card yet again, hot air balloons are a wonderful image. I love the way you chose to have the card blue with just a small cloud, perfect.
    I took my hubby up in a balloon for his 50th, we had a champagne breakfast,ooohh it was grand, felt a bit guilty though because I had the treat to. Well he wouldn't want to go alone, would he? It was very exciting all over the Weald of Kent, UK. We landed in a field amongst the cows and had to fly the balloon (without us in it, only the Pilot) over the fence so that the rescue team could pick us up, bit ungainly getting out:) Magic memory!

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  6. Perfect color, layout, and placement of sentiment. Now I want that set, for sure. Like Susie, riding in a hot air balloon is on my bucket list, too.

    On a drive to my grandmother's house, we once saw a hot air balloon descending behind a hill. My dad stopped the car, we all got out, and joined several other people running to see where it would land. We ran through someone's yard and through a corn field. The farmer came out of his house, yelling and brandishing a shotgun (at least that's the way I remember it -- I was probably ten and have always been prone to "story embellishment.") Someone yelled, "There's a hot air balloon landing!!" The farmer then joined the group, running right alongside us until we reached the balloon. I think of that day every time I see a hot air balloon. I love that memory.

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  7. SIGH - Simplicity at its BEST!!

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  8. mustavcoffee and Francie...great stories! Thanks so much for sharing them!

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  9. DARling card, Susan! The sentiment is just perfect with this card. I share your feelings about the balloons --- can't believe anyone would DO that!! Your card is just beautiful --- the colors, the sentiment, the feeling behind it all go together for a beautiful card. Great job, Susan. Now a question --- how can you get the diecuts cut without the machine? I assumed you needed both. If I don't need to buy a machine, a whole new avenue may open up for me!

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  10. Susan!
    Three words!! I LOVE THIS!!!!!!

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  11. Love this! You have such a talent for making a clean and simple card so beautiful! Every time I see your cards I feel like getting rid of half my stuff and going back to basics. So far, I have resisted :-)

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  12. Sue,

    Sue Berker cut the paper for me and sent only the die CUTS...not the dies themselves. You definitely need some sort of contraption to use the dies to cut paper.

    HTH!
    Susan

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  13. Beautiful! Just LOOKING at it makes my stomach lurch, however. Wild horses couldn't drag me off the ground.

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  14. Stunning card. I love the no-clutter look :)

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  15. Love, love, love this card!! You never cease to impress!

    Question for you on inks: With Papertrey's discontinuation of their inks, what inks do you like to use with their paper? Any matches that you've found?

    I've read you like Memento quite a bit... and while I know just enough about ink to be dangerous, any tips would be most appreciated until PTI carries new ink later this fall?

    Thanks so much!
    -Amy Kilbreath

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  16. Susan, thanks for the answer that I would need a machine for the die cuts. Whew! Now I won't be tempted to order some. Thanks!

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  17. PTI is really spoiling us with their custom dies....I just picked up the teapot yesterday...(sigh!)

    Love your card, perfect sentiment!

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  18. Love this card- the one cloud is perfect. I love getting paper related items in the mail too... great to have those kind of friends.

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  19. Susan, your card made me smile during a week when I've had very little time to stamp -- vicarious stamping at its best!
    I'm glad you find such amazing uses for the little goodies that show up in your mailbox. :)
    Just ordered the teapot set and the new teacup...perhaps there will be a little more happy mail coming your way after they arrive!

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  20. If you stamped the image on a die cut - you are a FAB stamper!! I wouldn't have managed that!

    The card is so cute...just love the 3d effect...and that white cloud is just the perfect touch!

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  21. Perfection. I love this card! (I am with Susan though -- to stamp that precisely on a diecut leaves me in awe. I would be just enough "off" that I wouldn't be able to stand it!)

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  22. I just love looking at this card Susan. Beautifully done. I love hot air balloons.

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  23. Such a delightful card, it made me smile!

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  24. Awww. That Sue is a sweetie! Love, love, love this card. It's pure perfection!

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  25. Wow! This is so clean and simple but has such a big impact!

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