Monday, October 17, 2011


This week at Just Add Ink, the girls have challenged us to use this photo as inspiration:

Now that I look closely at the photo, I can see that the backdrop is water.  However, what I first thought of when I saw this, was the Serengeti!  I pictured hot air balloons over African plains at sunset.

I came across some papers in my extensive stash of unloved non-Stampin' Up! products on the weekend, so decided to put a few pieces to use on my card for this week's challenge.

My eldest boy is about to learn to drive, and in anticipation of him successfully obtaining his Learner's Permit, I made a card (which I'm pretty sure is safe from his sight, 'cos checking Mum's blog is not on his radar).  I love the new For My Family stamp set, with numerous combinations of sentiments and fonts; I can see it fast becoming a go-to set for me.  I've inked up my new Up, Up & Away stamps for the first time.  What a fun set to play with!  Here's what I made:

Stamps: Up, Up & Away; For My Family
Card: Basic Black, Peach Parfait
DSP: Kaisercraft Rewind papers
Ink: Versamark inkpad, Basic Black, So Saffron and Peach Parfait stampin' pads
Other: Black embossing powder, Tangerine Tango embossing powder, Stamp-a-ma-jig, sponge daubers, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch


  1. Christine this is such a great card and such a perfect use of the inspiration photo (I'm to scared to try!!).

  2. oh WOW!! This card is a perfect take on the inspiration pick chicki! Well done! I am soooo not looking forward to my daughter learning to drive in 3 years time......not getting a new car till she's got her licence! lol

    Good luck to your son....he'll do well I'm sure!


  3. Great take on the pic, Love the card.
    Tam x
    Ps I have turned grey in one year ~ from learners to p's good luck with that lol.

  4. Hi Christine,
    Nice design, love all the different elements you used to create it.

  5. Love this Christine! The colours are great. I have used Up, Up & Away for my husband a great unisex set! I hadn't really noticed the 'For My Family' set until you pointed it out, but think it will be on my must have list!
    I'm sure your son will love it!

  6. Beautiful card Christine. I love the way you've used up, up and away. You have tempted me to buy for my family too. I keep looking at it and changing my mind because I hadn't seen anyone use it beautifully on a card. Well now I have! So thanks for enabling me, I love your "congratulations son". Glad you could play along with us at JAI this week Christine.

  7. This is a great card Christine. I can't wait to get Up & Away, unfortunately it has to wait until next quarter now :( Good luck to your son - hope he does well!

  8. haha...hope your son doesn't decide to see if his car can fly! :) Great card for a momentous occasion.

  9. My goodness, learning to drive is quite a step into the world! A gorgeous card Christine - I am quite jealous of the lovely balloons as we don't have that set in the UK! Vx

  10. Another gorgeous card Christine! Love these little balloons :

  11. The happiest day of my life was when the youngest of our 3 children obtained her driver's meant I never had to drive with them again :)
    Love your have such a great way of using stamps I've never really taken much notice of...but suddenly 'need'! xx

  12. Fabulous male card, Christine. Great colours and love the embossed balloons.

  13. Fabulous take on the inspiration shot Christine! The embossed balloons & peach on black sentiment look fantastic. Great use of both sets.
    Best of luck to Jack for his upcoming test. Hope you enjoy sitting in the passenger seat being chauffeured to all those cricketing events! Hugs :)

  14. Hey hon, l take my hat off to you if your teaching Jack to drive...that was a dad only job in our house..:0)
    This is such a lovely use of the inspiration challenge, how much fun and how easy is this set to use and you have done so beautifully.

  15. I love this, Christine! I don't have those cute hot air balloons yet, but I think I need them. Good luck with your son's driving. Yikes!

  16. Beautifully soft colors for this stamp set. Love it!