Step-it-Up Sunday #27 Up and Away


Hi Everyone,

Hope you are enjoying the weekend and having some relaxation time. The sun is shining today and it’s a lovely day here in the little coastal town of Blind Bight. The days seem to be getting longer and it’s not as dark when I drive home from work, so that’s nice. Spring is on it’s way.

Being up in a hot air balloon would be nice on a clear, sunny day. I’ve got the song ‘Up, Up and Away in my Beautiful Balloon’ in my head. Ok, no comments about the age! 

The Up and Away dies and stamps create some great cards for people who like the outdoors and generally a good masculine card. However, on the Advanced card I couldn’t help adding glitter .. oh well!


This simple card layout is very quick to put together. Stamp the images on Whisper White cardstock and layer it onto Poppy Parade cardstock. Then add the strip of Designer Series Paper and mount the stamped panel on top.

Have you seen the Designer Series Paper in our entire range of colours? They are available in 6″x6” packs in each colour family and you will always have DSP to match any project you are making.


To step this card up, add some panels of Whisper White cardstock which have been stamped with the Post Script background stamp in Mint Macaron. Stamp the 3 balloons in Grapefruit Grove, Poppy Parade and Night of Navy. Die cut. Adhere the Poppy Parade balloon with liquid adhesive and the other 2 balloons with Stampin’ Dimensionals.


Stamp the Whisper White panel with the Artisan Textures stamp in Pool Party ink. This gives a nice base for the sky.

So this is where I took this card and just had to add glitter to the clouds. Stamp and die cut several clouds. Then take a little Shimmery White Embossing paste and add a couple of drops of Mint Macaron ink refill. Mix well and apply to clouds using a palette knife. Doing this step on a silicon craft mat makes cleaning up easier. 

Stamp the sentiment on a Whisper White strip of cardstock. Then die cut a banner from Night of Navy cardstock, cut in half and attach behind the sentiment.

This banner die is very useful in that it die cuts an outer part as well which can be used. You could have the center in one colour and the outer border in another.

Father’s day is next Sunday so if you would like to make some more masculine cards using a fun technique, please join me for class this coming Saturday and enjoy some crafting time.

Have a wonderful week.


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