Saturday, February 23, 2019

Graphic 45 - Imagine Hot Air Balloon

Happy Saturday!!

Dropping by today to share a Hot Air Balloon I created using the gorgeous Graphic 45 Imagine collection. I have a love affair with hot air balloons and I just love to create different and unique ones from my favourite papers. The Imagine collection is full of hot air balloons and was perfect to create mine. This month Graphic 45 have a challenge for #OffThePage so I thought I would join in. Inspiration was drawn from the collection.

'Adventure Begins'

The balloon and basket were made entirely from scratch by me. Once the base of the balloon was created I started to embellish with fussy cut elements from the collection.

I used a contrasting cotton thread to create the netting for the balloon and also the balloon tie downs to the basket. I believe a great project is all in the details.

Lots of fussy cut details and dimension.

I added chains and a little bit of bling to both the balloon and the basket.

Graphic 45
Materials List
Imagine Collection
4501710 8x8 Paper Pad
4500841 Shabby Chic Metal Brads

Cotton Thread


Friday, February 22, 2019

Dusty Attic - Steampunk Hot Air Balloon


Dropping in today to share my altered world globe which was purchased from Kmart a while ago with an idea in mind and with the help of  some Dusty Attic chippy and imagination my Steampunk Hot Air Balloon come to life.

'Wild and Free'
'Steampunk Hot Air Balloon'

Doesn't look like a world globe any longer right?

I have used the large and small cog clusters from the Cog Cluster set as the base for the pattern on the balloon. I love to play around with the chipboard to see what other ways it can be used besides being left flat.

The cog clusters were wet and while wet I molded them around the globe. When the chipboard is wet you need to work carefully so it doesn't fall apart, but the time it takes to do it I think it is worth it, you create projects that are a little different.

For added dimension I added more single cogs to the top of the cog clusters. I used chipboard chain to create the balloon sections. One of the wings from the Wing #3 set was used to create the balloon mohawk and a small cog cluster was trimmed to fit between.

Because the chipboard is quite thick I have used proper metal screws on parts of the balloon. The entire balloon once all glue was dry was given a really good coat of black gesso. Once the gesso was dry I went about colouring with Finnabair waxes.

The balloon net was made from cotton thread and tied around the cogs to make it fit. I created some cute little sandbags from some white material that I had to make the balloon look a little more real.

I added chain and some extra bling to create added interest to the balloon. The more you look at the balloon the more you will see.

The balloon basket was created with both of the Industrial Scrolls from the Industrial Scrolls set. Once again extra cogs and screws were added to the outside. To create the floor I molded a wide piece of chipboard sheet to fit the curves of the scrolls.

The propeller was created by layering multiple cogs from the Designer Mixed Chipboard Sheet 'Fearless'.

I have used one of the titles from the Mini Tabs #5 set to name my Hot Air Balloon it is Wild And Free.

Dusty Attic
Materials List
DA1807 Mini Tabs #5
DA1785 Wordplay #1
DA1542 Industrial Scrolls
DA0689 Mini Cogs
DA2117 Wings #3
DA2121 Designer Mixed Chipboard Sheet Fearless
DA1977 Cogs & Gears

Cotton Thread
Cotton Material
Finnabair Waxes
Kmart World Globe


Friday, February 1, 2019

Graphic 45 - Botanical Tea Signing Tag Book


Here today to share a sweet signing tag book created with the beautiful Botanical Tea collection by Graphic 45. This book can be used for any special occasion to collect little messages from all the guests that attended the important party date.


I created a front cover with lots of fussy cut images from the papers and layered to give masses of dimension. The base of the album was created from Graphic 45 Tag staples.

The front and first page of the album are created like a folding book so that I was able to use the Graphic 45 Shabby Door Pulls on the top of the cover. The rest of the tags then attach to the top of the second page.

I have added a few fussy cut images through out. I have also cut down additional tags to slip in to allow even more room for messages.

Graphic 45
Materials List
4501684 Botanical Tea Deluxe Collectors Edition
4500842 Shabby Chic Door Pull
4501278 Cheers, Party, Celebrate Ivory Tags
4501282 Square Ivory Tag Album