Tuesday, September 23, 2014

MFP Blog Hop Day 1 - Hot Air Balloon

Welcome to the Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Company

September Blog Hop! 

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are

 Featured Sept.23
Hot Air Balloon 

Featured Sept. 24

 Featured Sept. 25

Featured Sept. 26

Please hop along with us! You have a chance to win one of the above stamp sets! Just comment on today's participating blogs (don't forget this one), each day for more chances to win! (You do NOT have to comment on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly!) All six winners will be announced on 
Sept. 27, 2014 on the Mark's Finest Papers blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. (HINT: The more you comment, the more chances you have to win; and comments on the MFP blog count twice!) 
The deadline for 
commenting is 10 PM EST on Friday,  September 26, 2014.

How old are you?  Do you remember The Fifth Dimension?  When I first saw today's stamp set, Hot Air Balloon, I immediately thought of The Fifth Dimension and their 1967 hit, Up Up and Away.  Here's a little refresher if you'd like.  Don't laugh at the clothes -- remember, it was the 60's!  I got rid of all my old LPs a long time ago, but I found a photo on-line.  I noticed on their website that they are still doing concerts.

Riding in a hot air balloon was on my bucket list.  And I'm happy to say that I have crossed it off.  For my 50th birthday, my husband arranged for me to go up in one.  HE didn't want to go up, but the dear man bought me a ride!  Actually, my neighbor (whose wife didn't want to do it) and I took an hour's ride over Central Florida, landing on the golf course at Walt Disney World!

My sister and her husband travel in their RV every summer.  Last summer they were in New Mexico during the annual Hot Air Balloon Festival.  Here is a photo she sent to me.   She said it was 5:30 in the morning!

And she sent me an ornament that she purchased.  I tried to use similar colors on my Top Note Box (directions for box were on a CD I purchased from Technique Junkies Newsletter).

Here's the inside of the box -- there are two compartments.

As you can see, I had fun with this set; and I'm sure the rest of the team did, too.  Be sure to check out all the cards/projects they've created.  And comment often so you have a chance to win one of this month's stamp sets!

Here's the Design Team for today:

Come on back tomorrow for more creativity.

Stamps:  Mark's Finest Papers - Hot Air Balloon
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Tumbled Glass
Paper:  Mark's Finest Papers - Premium Heavyweight White
Accessories:  Heidi Swapp stencil, Copic markers

Stamps:  Mark's Finest Papers - Hot Air Balloon
Ink:  Memento Nautical Blue
Paper:  Mark's Finest Papers - Deep Scarlet, Snow Storm Smooth; Stampin' Up Not Quite Navy; K & Company Americana DP
Accessories:  Top Note die, Copic markers, Corner rounder


Vickie Y said...

Beautiful card and box! AND, thanks for the blast from the past!

An'Jenic G. said...

Beautiful cards!! I love the background on your first card. I hope to ride a hot air balloon one of these days too. Looks like a lot of fun!!!

Janine said...

Nice card and box. Enjoyed the stories and photos you shared too.

nwilliams6 said...

Lois, I love all your tie in to the balloon items you have and your box is wonderful. Great colors and details on your cards. Love them! Love the pictures too. I lived in Albuquerque for 18 years and loved the balloon festival time. They would fly over your house all week and you could talk to them. All shapes and sizes - it was so fun! Hugz!

MariLynn said...

My mom was listening to UP UP and Away when she was in labor with me.So I guess I can say I've heard this song all my life. I love how you stenciled the blue on your card. Your box turned out fabulously.

Stampsnob. said...

Lovely projects and your presentation is beautiful...........Lis

stamping sue said...

congratulations on goin up in the balloon...don't think I would be that brave.
like your card with the stencil design behind the balloon. great idea to make two spots inside the top note box. your coloring is spot on.
stamping sue

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Fabulous creations and yes I remember that song, like it was just released yesterday. Great memories!

wannabcre8tive said...

A fabulous card, love the stenciling. The box is beautiful. I like the compartments.
I loved riding in a hot air balloon. My brother n law would not go up either so I went with my sister. That was so sweet of your neighbor to buy your ticket. Thanks, for sharing your story and the picture.

Kathy Bradley said...

It's always fun to hear stories and memories and see the pictures. You did an awesome job as always, with your project. The box is very pretty and the card lovely.

Jane said...

I loved reading your stories and your card and box are just amazing and elegant!!! Thanks for sharing with us it brought back memories for me too...

terrie said...

Both of your card and box turned out awesome...
Awesome that you went on a hot air balloon ride...good for you

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

Fabulous card. Love your CAS approach. I think you captured the ornament perfectly in your little box.

ionabunny said...

Love the shape of the balloon. Very antique/steampunk/modern looking. That makes it versitile!! Great sentiments and I love the mixed fonts Hugz

CaffeinatedPapercuts said...

How pretty! So exciting that you got to ride in a balloon, too!

Christina's Creations said...

What a smart idea, I love it! I actually went to a balloon festival just this weekend. :)

Pat said...

How exciting to have ridden in a balloon.. Great project.

Pam MacKay said...

Wonderful projects love all of them!!

New Creations said...

Riding in a hot air balloon, amazing!!! I didn't get this chance. Wonderful note box, very creative and pretty project with lovely photos shared!!!

Sandy Hentzel said...

Great techniques and details. Way to go for the hop kickoff post!

Sue D said...

Thanks for the refresher and I like your balloon projects.

sweet art designs said...

Wow, wow, and wow. Did I mention, that I think your card and box were WOW!

Beth F. said...

Your card is beautiful as is your box! Such fond memories you have of hot air balloons!
Beth's Beauties

Janis said...

Wonderful tale and lovely work!! I prefer my feet to be on terra firm, so I would NOT like to riiiiiiiiide in your beautiful balloon.....but it was sure fun hearing about your ride and seeing your lovely box and card!!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

loulou said...

Fantastic gift box. I love this wonderful image. I hadn't heard of the 5th Dimension but I know the song.