Would You Like To Ride In My Beautiful Balloon?

“Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon? Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon?  We could float among the stars together, you and I, for we can fly…” It’s Sunday and time to play with The Paper Players!
hot air balloon card
It’s color challenge week and the lovely and sweet LeAnne is our hostess.  She has a fabulous palette of colors for us.  I absolutely adore Bubble Bath and Berry Burst together, don’t you? While I inked up a hot air balloon, I can’t wait to see what YOU create!
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I have never ridden in a hot air balloon. My fear of heights precludes me from doing that very thing. However, I do LOVE stamping balloons. My Berry Burst balloon sports a Bubble Bath middle band, adorned with a lacy and feminine Basic White overlay. It soars in an embossed sky among a few clouds and a trio of Berry Burst gems.  Of course, all the time I was making it, the song “Up, Up And Away” by The Fifth Dimension kept dancing through my head.  I hadn’t thought of this song in decade. I will say that at age 70, I now find the lyrics beautiful.  But in 1968, at the age of 14, not so much.

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Up-Up And Away
The Fifth Dimension
Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon?
Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon?
We could float among the stars together, you and I
For we can fly (we can fly)
Up, up and away
My beautiful
My beautiful balloon
The world’s a nicer place in my beautiful balloon
It wears a nicer face in my beautiful balloon
We can sing a song and sail along the silver sky
For we can fly (we can fly)
Up, up and away
My beautiful
My beautiful balloon
Suspended under the twilight canopy
We’ll search the clouds for a star to guide us
If by some chance you find yourself loving me
We’ll find a cloud to hide us, we’ll keep the moon beside us
Love is waiting there in my beautiful balloon
Way up in the air in my beautiful balloon
If you’ll hold my hand we’ll chase your dream across the sky
For we can fly (we can fly)
Up, up and away
My beautiful
My beautiful balloon, balloon
Up, up and away
Up, up and away
Songwriter: Jimmy Webb.

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  1. Ann, this fabulous card stole the show this week! I love every detail! The embossing, the ribbon, the clouds, the gems! I can not tell you how much I love this card! Such a creative way to use the colors!

  2. Ann, what a gorgeous use of the colors. the postal edge die works beautifully with the light and airy subject. Love how you offset the clouds and sentiment, too.

  3. I adore your card Ann but there is no way you would catch me in one. I like my feet on the ground and on top of the grass and not below.
    Ann, when I first seen your card, that was the song that popped into my head, which really made me feel older. I graduated from high school back in ’68’ and was really popular song back then. What memories.

  4. Such a simple card but so impressive!! I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Well, now of course I have that song in my head, LOL! But what a fabulous inspiration for it! The way you tied all these colors together with this beautiful balloon is just astounding! The clouds, the embossing, the gems, THE RIBBON….it’s just wonderful! I would find it hard to send out this work of art, I’d want to keep it for myself!

  6. Joanne James - The Crafty Owl

    I would totally like to ride in your balloon Ann – this isn’t something I’ve ever done either, but it does look like fun! This one is so pretty in pink (love the embossed cloud background too!) and if heights are not your thing, this is a lovely way to enjoy the idea at least!

  7. What a fun and beautiful card. Now the song is in my head!! Haven’t heard that song in a long time and now the song is in my head!! Hope you and family are doing good!!

  8. Love the hot air balloon. We were so lucky to have been given a hot air balloon for our anniversary one year. It was really special……except for a bruised knee on the landing. 🙂

  9. Love your beautiful balloon. The colors are so pretty together.

  10. I love this card and the song too! I am definitely going to recreate a similar card of my granddaughter’s 17th birthday. And I am going to use the words to the song too! She is really into the music of that era! Thanks for sharing!

  11. There are two things I love the most about this card – I mean I love the card, all of it, of course, but the two things are surprising – it’s pink not blue as one might expect, and the clouds hanging over the sides – love it!!!!

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