Stamp Review Crew: Celebrate Today!



Hello and welcome to the 1st monday of the month! Which means.... Blog hop time with the Stamp Review Crew! This week you'll hop through our blogs featuring projects we made with the Celebrate Today stamp set!

I kind of giggled when I saw what stamp set we were using... I've been creating like crazy with this stamp set... so I already have a bunch of samples to share. But in good ol' Martha fashion, I couldn't just keep it simple and share one of those... Nooo... I had to create something new.

Ever since I got the Celebrate Today Bundle, I have wanted to try and make a 3D hot air balloon... So what better time then for the Stamp Review Crew!

Here it is! My Hot Air Balloon, the one and ONLY one I'll ever make! It's cute and everything, but I'll be honest, It was a pain in the butt to create!


First off, it uses 30 balloon cut outs. Yes you read that right: THIRTY... Yikes! That is approximately a sheet and half of DSP. 
I folded each balloon in half and glued them all together with tombow.

Once I got them all glued together, I closed up the balloon by glueing the first one and last one together. To help keep it's shape, I used one of the straws from the June Paper Pumpkin Kit and inserted it down the centre of the balloon and trimmed.

The next problem I had to solve was how to hang a basket from it... So, I took two pieces of twine and criss-crossed them across the top of my balloon and brought them down between the flaps.

To keep them in place, nice and taut, I placed a little dot of Tombow in the crease at the bottom of the balloon. I pulled the linen Thread taut and let it dry.

After the thread dried in place, I took a little bit of fabric stiffener and coated the remaining thread. I wanted my basket to hang straight and not all loosey goosey... So I hung it and let it dry. This allowed my thread to stiffen and hang straight.

Once it was dry I trimmed each thread to the same length and glued them to the corners of my VERY tiny box. It's approx. 1/2" x 1/2" x 5/8". Now I don't usually stray from the standard paper crafting adhesives but for this project it was necessary! I used super glue: a suggestion from my hubby... I thought he was crazy but it worked perfectly! 

In fact... It worked like a charm for putting on the banners and bows. Once I had them where I wanted them, I was able to space out my balloon flaps and keep them in place with a little dab of super glue to the back of the banners.

You're probably thinking that I haven't really used the stamp set, but I have! I stamped the banners, bows and the bottom half of the baskets. I like stamping colour on colour. It blends nicely and hides if you didn't get your die lined up quite right ;)

Once everything was stuck on, I embellished my balloon with pearls for some added details!

So there you have it: A 3D hot air balloon created with the Celebrate Today Bundle. Thanks for stopping in. I hope it inspires you to try new things with your stamps. Next up is the talented Yapha.... or if your hopping the other way, the talented Rochelle
Cheers

18 comments:

  1. WOW! WOW! WOW! Martha this is amazing! Love it! You must have alot of patience to cut 30 of these! Thanks for sharing your fantastic creations with us!

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  2. Oh, Martha! This is fantastic! Thank you so much for the great tutorial too :)

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  3. Yowza this is amazing! Total work of art! Not to mention adorable!

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  4. Oh my goodness. This is jaw dropping awesome. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  5. Wow Martha, I had to laugh I had the same idea something similar and I chickened out. ROFL You're s is so gorgeous!! I am glad you did it so I could see one like this! Just beautiful.

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  6. Oh. My. Goodness. That is so adorable! I really want to try this, but I'm not sure if I'm brave enough! LOL... I sure love it though, it's awesome!

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  7. You have the patience of Job! Wonderfully cute.

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  8. Oh, Martha! That's incredible!! What a fabulous idea!!

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  9. FABULOUS - and even you put in all of the work for this really wonderful 3D design, afraid that I will totally appreciate your Hot Air Balloon and not try my own....

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  10. WOW! Martha, how cool! I love the 3D aspect of your project. 30 huh? Yikes is right! But so worth it. And the pennants are the perfect accent!

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  11. What a fantastic project. Love it!

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  12. aa *wonderful* hot air balloon & well explained tutorial

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  13. Amazing, Martha! Thanks for the wonderful instructions too!

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  14. Seriously - this needs to be preserved in a shadow box. It's a work of art!!

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  15. This is just holy-cow cute and pretty! And genius!

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  16. Wow what a neat project. A great idea for a milestone birthday. Thanks for the inspiration

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