It was DH’s birthday last week and I needed to make a card. He’s not terribly fond of flowers, so I had to come up with something else. He doesn’t fish, hunt, or play golf or any other sport, unless decimating entire populations of virtual aliens is considered a sport. Even so, I don’t think they make a stamp for that!
What to do? He does like hot air balloons. Ah HA! Not so fast – I didn’t have the Papertrey Up & Away set (yet). Hmmmmm. I don’t really like digital stamps, but this was an emergency. I did a quick Google search for hot air balloons and digital stamps, and found some really pretty ones. Twelve of them and all free – right here. They are awesome. I downloaded them, resized and printed them, and remembered seeing a beautiful card made with the Papertrey balloons on Natasha’s blog. Since I had left it until the last minute, I didn’t have time to come up with another idea so I pretty much CASEd her card. Why reinvent the wheel, right?
He loved it! I loved it, too. The balloons are colored with Copics, of course. The clouds are made with the Papertrey die and some fleece that I found next to the craft felt at one of the big box stores. The dies didn’t cut all the way through the fleece like they do the felt but it was easy enough to trim them out.
I now have the Up & Away set but I do still love these balloons. Since they are digital they can be resized to fit any project. Check out Bird’s blog and snag some free digistamps for yourself. They will never take the place of real stamps for me, but they certainly do come in handy now and then.