Hello everyone! Welcome to the Bitten by the Bug 2 Hot Air Balloon challenge. My wonderful design team sister, Jeri selected this week's challenge: The theme is FLY AWAY! - craft a Hot Air Balloon (or if you do not have a cartridge with a hot air balloon use an airplane). I have several hot air balloon cuts, but I chose my to use my latest obsession - Cricut Artiste, by Close To My Heart!
I cut the two layered hot air balloon on the Artiste cartridge three times - the top layer once and the bottom layer twice. I then hand trimmed the middle pink-ish middle section to fit in the middle opening. I added gemstones and a few doodles to the balloon, as well as pop dots to the back.
I made the sentiment "prize ribbon" using cream colored CTMH cardstock and one set of the stamps that came with the Artiste cartridge (pictured below the ribbon photo). I used four of the stamps on the "You're the Best" ribbon: the rosette shaped stamp, one of the circle border stamps, the "You're the Best" stamp and the ribbon stamp. I LOVE the circle border stamps and the ribbon stamp so much! The ribbon stamp looks like real ribbon so I may never have to say again, "I can't find ribbon to match this!"
I cut the double layer shaped matting using CTMH cream and CTMH brown cardstocks and the Artiste cartridge. I matted the shapes on two CTMH printed cardstock rectangles. I used a Kraft card, again from CTMH. You cannot say that I do not LOVE the products that I sell!!! :-)
Remember that if you are considering purchasing the CTMH Cricut Artiste Cartridge that I am a Close To My Heart Consultant and I would love to sell the cartridge to you. I have a special going for month of August - Anyone who purchases a CTMH Cricut Cartridge from my on-line store August 1 - August 31 will automatically be entered into a drawing for $50.00 in CTMH merchandise of their choice!!!