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Summertime, and the livin' is easy...


The words for my title come from the song by Ella Fitzgerald. I toyed with using Up, Up and Away as this would aptly describe the stamps I used for this project.

On the other hand, this is about a recycled card. I mean that the card is made from pre-loved materials from my come-in-handy stash box.

I keep offcuts in more-or-less rainbow order. Paper and card in the first set of folders; metallic and mirri card in the rear folders.

I DO NOT keep scraps that would get lost in the folders. Life is too short. But I place these in the household recycling, so that's OK, isn't it?


1 x 8" square white card
Little Claire Hot Air Balloons clear acrylic stamps
Little Claire Freedom stamp set for the sentiments
suitable card and papers from my stash box including:
- 'sky' vellum
- green cardstock for the stamped 'fields and hills'
- vertical plants for borders (on the card) - from the Papermania Secret Garden range
- various fragments of clear, blue and patterned vellum


Memento ink from Tsukineko - I used Paris Dusk & Cottage Ivy
tiny brads for the centres of the flowers that I made using Little Claire Dinkies Flowerhead
Good quality yellow chalk
Powder Blue Promarker pen
and a ribbon from a box of chocolates, eaten long ago


My background was an inspired cheat. I do not own or have any experience of a brayer so I made sunrays directly onto the white card using the yellow chalk. This I covered with the sky vellum, only gluing the borders that I knew I was going to cover.

I stamped the hills with the Cottage Ivy Memento ink pad and adhered the border to the base of the card front. I trimmed the outer edges then added the seasonal border strip from the Secret Garden papers.

My side borders also came from the Secret Garden papers. I curved the edges of these borders to suggest movement.

Each balloon stamp was stamped once onto plain cardstock (all scraps), then again onto patterned Secret Garden papers. I used Memento Paris Dusk for this. I cut out the balloon section of the patterned stamping and adhered this to the plain balloon stamping. Now I had three balloons with white showing among their strings (or ropes?), so I lightly inked these spaces with the Powder Blue Promarker.

I also stamped the sentiments on white card and then cut around in the shape of clouds. I edged these with the Paris Dusk ink.

All the stamped items were adhered to the vellum sky with its underlying sunrays. I used shallow foam pads to give depth to the whole picture.

Then came the flowers...I stamped nine impressions on the pieces of vellum I had taken from my stash file. I then cut them out (carefully), shaped them with my rounded tool, pierced each one and layered them in threes before using small brads to secure each flower. These were adhered to my card with sticky dots.

Last of all, on went the ribbon with its jewelled tie, straight from the stash of ribbons-that-came-with-something-else (more often boxes of chocolates than not.)


Update: How lovely - I won the Challenge - see here