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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sneaky Peek Day 6--Away We Go

Sneaky Peek Week
Well, another day, another Sneaky Peek from The Cat's Pajamas. For this release, these bunnies are staying very busy (perhaps to keep their minds off other things they could be doing?). This time, we have one perusing the skies in a hot air balloon.

This set is called Away We Go. I love this sentiment that's included with the hot air balloon bunny and I was so happy that it fit in the circle so that I could make a little medallion for it.

Using the hot air balloon paper as a background makes me think this "waskally wabbit" is high in the sky at at hot air balloon festival. I've always wanted to go to one of those. When I was little, I wanted to fly in one, but not anymore. On a trip to Oklahoma one time when I was a teenager, I had to call 911 when I saw a balloon run into a power line and burst into flames. It was later reported on the news that the people inside the gondola didn't make it. Scary! So I'll just leave the balloon flying to these bunnies and pray for great flying weather.

I had a great time coloring this image, and next time I think I'll paper piece it. The gondola (basket) was colored with some browns, but I thought it looked a little plain. So I took out my colorless blender and VERY GENTLY wisped it through the brown in a crosshatch pattern to make it look more "basketey". That's my new word of the day.

Here's a look at the new set, Away We Go and the Cloud CutUps border die that I used to cut this white flute board (kind of like corrugated cardboard, but white and in 12x12 sheets). It gets flattened a bit, running it through the Big Shot, but I still think it's fun.

Wanna see more? Head on over to Alma's blog for a list of the Cat Pack Sneaky Peekers HERE.

SUSIE Q-TIP: Sometimes a simple button tied with a little Divine Twine is just the right embellishment in a corner or a "blank space" on a card or project. This card is a perfect example of the "Rule of Three" (see sometimes I follow the rules). By adding the button, your eyes are attracted to three items on the card, and in this case in a basic triangle...the balloon, the button and the medallion. What this does is balance the visual weight of the card and make it more pleasing to the eye because of the flow it creates. Ok, enough for the artsy fartsy lesson.

Stamps: Away We Go (The Cat's Pajamas)
Paper: White, Light Red (American Crafts), White Flute Board, Lime Twist (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Cloud Border CutUps Die (The Cat's Pajamas), Scallop Circle and Circle Punches, Copic Markers, Button, Divine Twine (The Cat's Pajamas), Glue Dot, Jody Boosters
Finished Size: A2


  1. Oh wow- that would be scary Susan! I have no desire to ride in a balloon and that is having NOT seen one burst into flames! I see what my kids do to balloons and that's all I need. Those clouds look great:) Love the whole thing!

  2. So so cute! The dp is perfect on your fun card Susan!! :)

  3. What a terrific look! Not such a great story, but I feel it. Let's both stick to papercrafting as a hobby.

  4. soooo fantstic! looove these papers and your little sentiment ribbon...perfect!

  5. Love the bright pretty colors. And the patterned paper absolutely looks like the bunny is at a festivalflying high! Love the texture on the clouds too!


  6. Great card! I love that you actually had matching background paper! The "baskety" look really gives it an extra something! Thanks for sharing!

  7. What a fun set! Your card is adorable! I love the green and red together, and great idea on the "baskety" coloring, I'll remember that one!

  8. Your card is darling. The balloon background paper rocks. Your clouds look fantastic, as does your basket.

  9. Love your card ... your colors are always so rich and fun. Thanks for the "cross-hatch" tip, I'll try that.


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