Happy 4th of July!

Stamps: SU More Great Greetings
Paper: SU Whisper White, Night of Navy, Real Red, Marina Mist, Kraft
Paper Size: A2
Ink: SU Not Quite Navy
Accessories: SU Up & Away Thinlits Dies, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Adhesive Foam Strips, Paper Snips
Techniques: Die Cutting

This card was made for three card challenges this holiday week:

Paper Players #400 themed challenge (PP400)


My layout was set by the sketch challenge, my colors and requirement for older stamps by the Retro Rubber Stamps challenge, and the theme of "celebrate" by the Paper Players challenge.

Combining those three, my mind immediately went to red-white-blue sky elements. Each summer here in Boise we have a beautiful hot air balloon festival, so my inspiration was complete!!!

I dug into my proudly preserved stamp collection and found the perfect sentiment stamp released by Stampin' Up in 1993 (YES, 25 years ago!!!!). The stamp set is called "More Great Greetings", and has all kinds of special occasions sentiments in it. I stamped the 4th of July sentiment using SU Not Quite Navy ink.

The balloons contain no stamping, just paper piecing behind the Stampin' Up (SU) Night of Navy diecuts that are in the current SU catalog, but were first released in their 2017 Occasions Mini Catalog 18 months ago. Those colors are SU Whisper White, Marina Mist, and Real Red.

I die cut the colors for the balloons, and alternated their location in the balloons so that none of the three are alike. These pieces were glued to the back of the balloons using Tombow Glue.

The whole balloon in the center is raised off the front of the card using adhesive foam strips on the back. The other two balloons were glued to the card front, then trimmed with paper snips to the panel edges.

The card base is SU Night of Navy, and the matting is SU Real Red. The red-matted white panel was attached to the card base using adhesive foam strips to give the card more of a "floating" feeling by raising it off the card itself.

This card was pretty straightforward to make. The only time consuming part was gluing all the little pieces to the back of the balloons. So I am rating the difficulty level at "2" out of a possible "5".

Happy 4th of July!


  1. Super cute idea to use patriotic hot air balloons here - looks wonderful! I love the stripe color variety too! Thanks so much for playing at Sunday Stamps!

  2. Wow! This is a great use of that stunning balloon framelit. Such a lot of work in getting it all together but so worth if for the result. Good on you for dragging out the stamp that's got a silver jubilee of its own going - I think that's some sort of record for retro-ness! Thank you for joining us at both Retro Rubber Challenge and The Paper Players.

  3. Your card is wonderful!! I really love those framelits and haven't used them nearly enough. I really love that you have kept that sentiment stamp for so long! It's still great after all this time. Thank you for playing with us at Retro Rubber and hope you will join us again soon.

  4. What a great way to incorporate the Retro Rubber theme with the Paper Players! July 4 is certainly a good one to celebrate! Thanks for playing with both challenges...it's up, up and away!!!

  5. Love, love how you played with both these challenges, those balloons are truly awesome, your paper piecing labor of love was totally worth it, beautifully done!!!
    Thank you for playing with us at RETRO RUBBER, hope you play again soon.

  6. Amazing card! I love the balloon die and I agree with Maria, the paper piecing was SO worth it. Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber this time. Claire DT

  7. Such a fun card, I love how you used the sketch!

    Thanks for playing along with us at Sunday Stamps!

  8. Pretty colors...
    and great using my sketch this time at Sunday Stamps
    lovely card
    Many thanks for playing along with us this time at Sunday Stamps
    see you again maybe tomorrow

  9. Love your card! Thanks for joining Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.

  10. What a beautiful 4th of July card! You certainly rocked this weeks challenge with those hot air balloons! Thanks so much for joining us at Sunday Stamps!


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