FF0016 Air Force Birthday and/or Clouds

Hot air balloon card

It’s time for the Festive Friday Challenge, where every challenge is a party! For FF0016, we are celebrating the US Air Force Birthday (September 18th) and/or Clouds. You can create a card celebrating the Air Force’s birthday, you can feature clouds on your card, or you can combine both! Whatever way you decide to create is fine with us. We would love to have you play along.

Hot Air Balloon Card

Hot Air Balloon Card

For today’s card, I selected the Clouds option of the challenge.  It just so happens the Lift Me Up stamp set not only features clouds, but also a trio of beautiful hot air balloons.  What a perfect set to use for today’s challenge!  I hope you enjoy today’s card as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Colors of the Day


The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

The largest balloon is the star of today’s hot air balloon card.   It was die cut from Very Vanilla cardstock.  Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper and Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper in a Tranquil Tide hue were used to back it. The mini-sized “Swirly Cloud” image, inked in Crumb Cake,  was used to decorate the Very Vanilla cut-out.  This little stamp is perfect for adding a touch of interest to anything. The edges were then distressed using Crumb Cake ink and a sponge dauber.

hot air balloon card

The smaller balloons were both stamped twice, once in Crumb Cake and once in Tranquil Tide.  I then paper pieced each one.

hot air balloon card

As you can see, the medium sized balloon was stamped with the “Swirly Cloud” image. I love this little stamp!

hot air balloon card

As a finishing touch, I added a Baker’s Twine bow to the largest balloon.  I used white twine, which I tinted with Tranquil Tide ink.  The other two balloons are sporting Linen Thread bows.  A trio of Tranquil Tide Artisan Pearls complete the look.

hot air balloon card

The Challenge Twists

As mentioned earlier, Festive Friday is a challenge with twists.   We offer alternatives for every challenge.   Plus, if you play along with us, you will be earning Fest Points which can be redeemed for items such as tutorials, retired Stampin’ Up! products, design team cards, and even a spot as a Guest Designer! But remember:  To earn Fest Points, you need an account on the challenge site. Just click on login/register on the challenge site to get started.

To see all of the inspiration our Design Team has created for you, head on over to Festive Friday Challenges!

Would you like to create your own hot air balloon card?  If you enjoyed today’s card, and would like to create your own hot air balloon card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a little gift from me IF you use the Host Code.  If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

September: W2RV39DH

  • Are you in search of a specific retired stamp set? I just might have it on my list of  Retired Sets for Sale.
  • If you are in need of a Holiday Catalog, and you do not have a demonstrator, please email me (ann@thestampinschach) and I will drop one in the mail to you!

As always, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…


Price: $110.00


  1. I have used this set a lot but I will be CASEing this card as well! The color combination is one of my favorites. I can safely say I love everything about this card. I even have all the stuff to make this little beauty. I can use the inside for birthday or thinking of you across the miles etc. Wonderful card. You made my evening when I saw this! Thanks Ann.

  2. I love the three cards in Follow Your Dreams. My favorite is the Mint Macaron card. I love the color scheme and placement of the feathers. Awesome!!

  3. I absolutely adore everything about this card. You are so creative! Using the cloud stamp made a perfect design paper for the balloons. I am partial to this set and thanks so much for sharing a super duper work of art!

  4. Beautiful creation!

  5. I love this! Using the DSP and those swirly clouds is genius!! Thanks, Ann!

  6. Your card is absolutely gorgeous! So elegant! I love the the color Tranquil Tide. It is now on my list of things to purchase. Thank you for sharing your card. Smile BIG! 🙂


  7. Ann,
    I LOVE this card! The colors and patterns on the balloons are perfect. Just beautiful!

  8. Ann~ This card just captured my heart! I love it!! What a beautiful work of art! TFS

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