Thursday, August 9, 2012

Play Date Cafe Challenge #144

Hello and happy Thursday!

**Just a note, this is my second post for today, so please scroll down or click here if you've come here looking for my Cloud9 August Blog Hop card!  Thanks!

Welcome to The Play Date Cafe Challenge #144! Before I get started, I want to say a quick welcome to cutie patootie Jen Cuthbertson who is joining us on the Design Team! Yay Jen!

This week's color story is bold, bright, and really packs a punch! Get a load of this:


I thought some paper piecing would be in order for this rainbow of colors, so I pulled out the hot air balloon from the Half Pint Heroines set.

My first stop was a little browsing of my patterned papers. I chose the colors I wanted to use and then got to work. I stamped the balloon image onto my Oatmeal cardstock first, then onto the different colored patterned papers. I carefully cut out the pieces I needed from the different papers and adhered them to my card with a glue pen.

A little bit of masking added my heroine to the basket and a few clouds to the sky to complete the scene. This is fussy cutting to the extreme, but so enjoyable to me (a little crazy, I know!).

I used an Aquapainter and Perfect Pearls to add some shimmer to the clouds and I colored my half pint heroine with Copics. I added a scalloped strip of pink cardstock and an orange button to ground my sentiment. Perfect in every way for a little heroine of your own!

I hope you will be inspired to join us this week. You can link up your creation over at The Play Date Cafe Blog. You have through Tuesday, August 14th to play along. While you're there, you can check out the Cup of the Week prize from our fabulous challenge sponsor, Simon Says Stamp!

Simon Says Stamp

Now that sure is a good reason to play along, right? See you there!

STAMPS: Half Pint Heroines - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink - Stampin' Up!; Oatmeal - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: So Happy Together - Echo Park Paper Co.; Country Garden - Bo Bunny
INK: Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko
OTHER: Scallop Punch - Stampin' Up!; Orange Zest Button - Papertrey Ink; Perfect Pearl Perfect Pearls - Ranger Industries; Copic Markers - Imagination International


  1. This is ever so cute, Anya! I just adore that paper-pieced balloon!

  2. adorable card ~ loving the balloon!!!

  3. Anya this is sooo cute! I love your work! All your projects are always so beautiful! :)

  4. What a happy, and darling card Anya!

  5. That little girl just makes me smile!

  6. I adore this, Anya, and I'm with you on the fussy cutting - I love it! Great use of the color story and I just love the little heronie!! She's adorable!

  7. Super cute!! Love the paper pieced balloon!!

  8. what a cute stamp. love that balloon! great job coloring it, too!

  9. Love your clean design on this Anya! the paperpieced balloon looks so pretty over the scalloped strip and cute button!

  10. Love that balloon girl!!! Wonderful use of the colors!

  11. This card is so super-duper sweet! Fab papers. Yet again, I will say, whenever I see you use WMS, I want to buy the stamps. ;)

  12. Love the pastel colour and brilliance use of your stamp. XOXO

  13. This is so sweet! I love how you used these colors. Ann


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