Well it is Monday – and all my boys are back to school.  Ryan actually went back last week – that’s the high school.  Kyle and Tyler went back to college on Friday and their classes start today.  So I’m in the house alone today.  I have lots of work to do to get ready to go to leadership so I’m trying to work on that this week.  Next Tuesday I’ll be going – my friend Diane is traveling with me and we will be rooming with Michelle and Becky and our friends Fran and Linda have a room in our hotel too.  We will be in San Antonio, TX for the Stampin’ Up! Leadership conference.  I’m very excited – it will be my very first Manager’s Reception.  That reminds me I need to take pictures of the invitation and post that for you to see – very unique!

But for today I have a fun cheery project – we made this Friday night at my Stamp Club.  I have been wanting to make this project for the last year – it was an idea that I got in a swap last year at the leadership conference.  So I have held on to it waiting for the right time to use it and it happened to be at this months’ stamp club meeting.  Here it is –

Doesn’t it look like a bright happy project?  This would be fun as a treat at a birthday party or come up with other ideas – you just need something flat that will fit inside the CD case as the treat.  I used Twizzlers for this project – we cut the long ropes in half to put them in the case.  The inside of the case is lined with a piece of the Big Top Birthday Designer Series paper.  Then the outside is wrapped with a belly band made from a piece of Tempting Turquoise card stock and another strip of the Big Top Birthday Paper.  Then tie a piece of ribbon around it.  To finish the front I added a scallop circle (cut with the Big Shot) and a punched circle and some balloons.

the stamp set is called Up, Up & Away.  A fun hot air balloon set.  I saw a tip on another demonstrators blog for an easy way to cut out the balloons since we don’t have a balloon punch.  Stamp the balloon and then use the 1-3/8″ circle punch to punch it out – line up the top and bottom of the balloon.  Then you have a circle and just trim the two sides to get the balloon shape.  It’s a little bit faster than cutting out the whole thing and gives a nice curve across the top.

Tie two little bows with White Baker’s Twine – and then roll up a mini glue dot to attach them to the base of each balloon.  Attach the balloons with dimensionals to the circle.

I hope you like this fun cheery project.  I wish I knew who to thank for the idea but my swap from last year doesn’t have a name on it.  She used different paper and a different stamp set to decorate hers – what I used is in our current Idea Book & Catalog.  If you would like to order these products contact me directly or visit my online store at my website –

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Card stock:  Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
  • Ink: Real Red, Tempting Turquoise
  • Stamp sets: Up, Up & Away
  • Accessories:  Big Top Birthday Designer Series Paper, Real Red Satin Ribbon, Scallop Border Punch, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, 1-3/8″ Circle punch, Big Shot die-cut machine, Scallop Circle Die, White Baker’s Twine, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals

To order Stampin’ Up! Supplies to make this project click here.