The Stamp Review Crew: Lift Me Up

It’s time for another round of inspiration from The Stamp Review Crew. If this is your very first visit, we are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first and third Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set. This week it is one of my favorite sets from the Occasions Catalog, Lift Me Up.  I am Stop #11 on the hop. You may have just left Stop #10: Charlet Mallet.  Charlet’s work never disappoints!  After visiting me, you will continue to Stop #12 Linda Callahan.  Enjoy today’s hop!

Shabby chic Lift Me Up card


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This finished card measures 4-1/4″ wide by 5-1/2″ high when folded.

For today’s hop,  I opted to create a soft, shabby chic card in shades of Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake. I used the mini-sized “Swirly Cloud” image to distress everything, starting with the large balloon cut-out created with the Up & Away Thinlits. 

Swirly Cloud stamp This little stamp is perfect for adding a touch of interest to anything.  Keeping true to my nature, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to add pearls.

Close-Up of shabby chic Lift Me Up balloon

To create the sky, I inked up a large Acrylic Block with Soft Sky ink and stamped directly onto a Very Vanilla card stock panel.  I then randomly stamped all over using the Swirly Cloud image, first inked in Soft Sky, and then inked in Crumb Cake.

Close-up of sky

The smaller balloons were both stamped twice, once in Crumb Cake and once in Blushing Bride.  I then paper pieced each one.  Once again, I just had to add a few pearls.

Medium sized paper pieced Lift Me Up balloon

As you can see, the smaller balloons were also distressed using the Swirly Cloud image. I love this little image!

Small balloon

As a finishing touch, I added an asymmetrical bow created with Blushing Bride ribbon.

Blushing Bride Bow

Here is the same card from another angle:

Lift Me Up shabby chic card
If Blushing Bride shabby chic hot air balloons are not your cup of tea, here is the same layout using different colors and rhinestones, which I created earlier:

Hot Air Balloon Lift Me Up card

I hope you enjoyed today’s card made with this adorable set.  Won’t you let me know in your  comment today?  Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Now hop along to Stop #12, the Queen of Clean and Cuteness, the incomparable Linda Callahan!  I guarantee you will not be disappointed with what she has in store for you!  If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hoppers at The Stamp Review Crew.  Until next time…



  1. Beautiful cards Ann! I wish I could do Shabby Chic.

  2. Love your shabby chic, vintage, soft and sweet card!! And what a great idea to show the same layout and images in a Clean and Simple style too 🙂

  3. WOWZERS Ann, that shabby chic card is stunning!!! Both projects are amazing. Thank for the inspiration.

  4. Shabby Chic made me like this stamp set….no one else has done it…you are an artist Ann!

  5. Blushing Bride shabby chic hot air balloons are definitely my cup of tea! Gorgeous card! Love the background you created and your signature pearls.

  6. Beautiful and Pearlicious! I wish I had this set!!!

  7. Both of these are gorgeous Ann. But your first card is stunning with its vintage feel…Love it! xx

  8. As always another awesome card. Love it!!

  9. Ann these are all so pretty! I just knew this big balloons would be covered in pearls!
    They are so special! Love them all. Hugs.
    PS: I’m leaving tomorrow to visit Nancy and Nance! Can’t wait to see them. Hugs.

  10. Great card Ann!!!

  11. Absolutely wonderful, beautiful cards, Ann!

  12. There’s my girl! Alas right with the world…Ann has pearls! Pearls! PEARLS,

  13. Your new photo on this blog looks great and of course your “baby” too looks great. Not sure how long the picture has been there but I just noticed it.


  14. Great details, Ann! I love how you popped up not only balloons but also some clouds. And your signature vintage and pearls!

  15. Beautiful use of DSP for the die cut balloons . . . and your signature pearls!

  16. Fabulous job!! I love the chabby chic look!!! I knew there would be pearls. lol Gorgeous creations!

  17. TAKE MY BREATH AWAY!!! I have to be honest, I haven’t been a fan of the air balloons although I’ve seen some cute cards. But your card . . . WOW! It’s one of those Ann-A-Mazing cards Ann!!

  18. Gorgeous shabby chic/vintage look to your card. It goes perfectly with the style of the stamp set. Thanks for sharing! Rochelle xo

  19. I knew there would be pearls! And I love how you used that tiny curly cloud – fabulous way to add texture – the overall effect of that one little stamp is terrific! And the pink bow is beautiful! Beautiful card!

  20. Oh wow – the shabby chic looks awesome for this bundle. Such a lovely variation on what is already out there! Kelly x

  21. Boy, when you shoot for the sky, you don’t fool around! This is glorious with all the richness of the colors and those pearls! I love the treatment for the stamping the biggest balloon – looks so rich. Talk about your head up in the clouds – well, who wouldn’t want to be with those cute swirly clouds. I just love it. I wasn’t sure about the ribbon but it really adds to the whimsy as well as the elegance. I liked the before card but this is the best, Ann’s shabby chic at it’s finest!

  22. Absolutely AMAZING! I can always say your designs are over the TOP! Love all the pearls, of course, it wouldn’t be a Card from you with out the pearls. Love the shabby chic! Kris Frank

  23. This is a FABULOUS card, Ann. You really outdid yourself!!! I would love to duplicate it but I don’t know if I could.!!! I might try someday!
    Diane Gil

  24. *thunk* That was my jaw hitting the ground when I saw your card!! Absolutely gorgeous! This shabby chic is definitely the chic-est evuh!

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