Friday, October 23, 2015

Fall Balloons

Love the current challenge at DRS Designs  - Fall-ing for You (use Fall colors, images, dies, papers, etc.).  DRS Designs has some new Fall stamps coming out in a few days.  I used the leaf pile and the new balloon stamp.  I have several balloon stamps but this one is my favorite because I love the size, the sharp lines and the way the basket is done.

I grew up in the hot air balloon capital of the world, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Fall is the best time for balloons there.  They host the International Balloon Festival each Fall when thousands and thousands of balloons fly overhead and land all over the place.  I remember talking to the pilots when they flew over my backyard, having balloons land at school, and just laying in the grass and watching hundreds go by at a time. When I got older, I joined a balloon team that travelled around the Southwest - some of my fondest memories!

When I made this card, I was inspired by the Saturday Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers and here is the image that inspired me:

I found it HERE on Pinterest but couldn't find the name of the artist.  I chose this illustration as my inspiration because of the way he or she did the forest floor.  I tried to replicate the pointillism on the forest floor by using my SU! Alcohol markers.  I ended up feeling that the ground needed more so I sponged on some distress ink. I had my Tim Holtz sunburst/ray stencil on my desk so I sponged it on as well.  Next, I felt the card needed a great background so I added in the DRS Designs Winter Trees stamp.  I feel that I captured one of the wonderful Fall days I remember from my childhood.  Fun!

Many hugz!


  1. What a great card and I love the way your ground looks. I especially love hearing your story of the balloon festival in N.M. I haven't gotten to that one yet but we did just go to Aderondick, NY Balloon Fesvital a couple of weeks ago. Only about 100 hundred balloons, but simply a delight to see. I just saw your previous post and did comment. I'm sorry I have been behind on posting. God that beautiful family of yours.

  2. Love this! the balloons look fab and what a lovely scene!
    Hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

  3. A beautiful scene and card! Love the way you added the trees on this - it makes the scene so pretty.
    I'd love to see hot air balloons. I know that was beautiful watching them float by - and then to be able to join a balloon team! Must have been fabulous!

  4. Wow, what a fabulous experience to go flying around in a hot air balloon! Great card and wonderful memories, thanks for sharing!

  5. Great scene and how fun to be able to watch so many hot air balloons in your area! DD and I were out walking and a REMAX (Realtors) balloon came by. Was very low - we could hear the hot air shots and then it moved up a bit. So fun!! Your card captures it wonderfully.

  6. Fantastic! I was lucky enough to ride in a hot air balloon once & t was so peaceful up there!
    Your card captures it beautifully!
    Dawn xx

  7. A fabulous card Nancy, you have created a wonderful scene with you gorgeous balloon images and I love the colours you have chosen.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories.

  8. Great fall card...Like your serene!

  9. The warmth just radiates from this beautiful card, Nancy! I am so impressed that you used to travel with a hot air balloon team! How fun and exciting!! Hugs, Darnell

  10. That's such a great take on the inspiration photo, and I love those hot air balloons! You are far braver than I to travel in a hot air balloon!

  11. Wow!! This is quite an amazing scene here Nancy!! Love the colors and how you've put it all together!! You're a very talented lady!! :)