Up, up and away – one stamp set, three ways …

My favourite stamps from the summer mini catalogue from Stampin’ Up! is the Up, up and away set. I love getting new stamps to play with, and I absolutely fell in love with this set as soon as I saw it so just had to have it!

There are 3 birthdays in our family this month so I decided to get out my inks and make 3 different cards. The first is a one layer card on whisper white smooth cardstock …

According to Wikipedia, the first untethered hot air ballon flight, carrying human passengers, was made in Paris, France in November 1793, in a balloon made by the French Montgolfier brothers, so it seemed fitting to use another Paris icon – the Eiffel tower – for my card.

A little bit of masking and lots of sponging – and I couldn’t have done it without my stamp-a-majig of course! I think it makes a great masculine card and I know exactly the man I’ll be giving it to (I do hope he doesn’t read my blog or it will spoil the surprise!)


Next I needed something a bit more feminine. I like to look at my stamp sets and see what else they can be used for, as well as what they are intended for – I get more use from my stamp sets this way. Here I used one of the hot air balloon stamps to make flower petals…

I stamped a sentiment from the Happiest birthday wishes hostess set vertically to look like the stem of the flower, using my stamp-a-majig to line it up perfectly. (I have definitely had my money’s worth from that stamp-a-majig! I think I use it for nearly every card I make! Love it! )

I added some of the gorgeous twitterpated designer series paper from the summer mini catalogue at the bottom of the card, and punched out a couple of leaf shapes using a small circle punch, adhering them to the card with stampin’ dimensionals.

I also added a line of doodle dots and dashes around the edge with a stampin’ write marker pen in certainly celery.


And my last card is cased from one I received from a lovely lady and fellow Stampin’ Up Demonstrator, Susan Yeager, who I was lucky enough to meet recently on a trip to the USA. I think it’s such fun, really showcases my favourite stamp set beautifully and she kindly agreed that I could case it. Thank you Susan – love it!

And a view from the side…

I changed the sizes to make a UK standard A6 size card when folded flat, and the card does fold flat so it fits perfectly into a standard sized envelope – fab!

This 3D card was so easy to make using the new scoreboard, also available in the summer mini catalogue from Stampin’ Up. The scoreboard is lightweight and easy to use, with a storage compartment for accessories such as the marker pegs or score tool – love that! And the marker pegs are such a great idea, especially if you have a lot of the same sizes to score – you can just set the markers at the correct measurement and score away!

The board is marked in inches, but there is a metric board and a diagonal board available too, great for making envelopes! Stampin’ Up think of everything!


Papercraft supplies from Stampin’ Up!

Card recipe: cardstock: whisper white, regal rose, certainly celery; stamp sets: up, up and away, artistic etchings, happiest birthday wishes; inks: real red, night of navy, bashful blue, certainly celery, black staz-on, regal rose, so saffron, early espresso; accessories: stampin dimensionals, tombow multi glue, sticky tape, stamp-a-majig, scoreboard, twitterpated dsp.

Thanks for dropping by today


8 Responses to “Up, up and away – one stamp set, three ways …”

  1. Beautiful cards i now need this stamp set. Love thelast card with the window brilliant idea

  2. All 3 cards are fab Gill, but love the last card the best. What a versitile stamp set, you have done it justice. I wasn’t thinking of getting this stamp set, looks like I need it now! x

  3. Though the balloons are great thought the flower was fantastic!!!

  4. What a spectacular array of cards; you have been busy ! My fav has to be the first as I like the fresh new way you have used the tower with the very contemporary balloons – it works so well ! Jane x

  5. Love the up up and away cards great idea to use has petals looks like something else is going on my wish list Lin

  6. Three fabulous cards using this gorgeous set Gill – I love your style! Vicky x

  7. Hi I hope you dont mind but I cased the pink flower card as I loved it so much – fab idea! Jules x


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