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I am a 37 year old nurse who is currently not working due to medical issues. I have chosen to pass my time crafting, but because I am not working, I have little money to spend on supplies. I have a small stash from while  I was still working but am now using what I have access to around the house. I also use things I can find cheaply at the dollar store, in the dollar bins, on clearance, or buy with coupons at Michaels and Hobby Lobby. I also like to shop thrift stores and garage sales for things to use in my crafting. You would be surprised with what you can find if you aren't afraid to prowl a little.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

OutLawz: Anyting Goes: 3D Hot Air Balloon

This weeks challenge at The Outlawz Challenge blog is "Anything Goes." Last week I started on a 3D project for the Up UP and Away challenge, but ran out of time to complete it, so, I have decided to use it as my DT entry this week. I will show you a couple pictures then give you further details.

Ok, to start with, this project was inspired by MsLiberty25 on You Tube. I used her tutorial (here). I only used the tutorial for the actual balloon part of the project. I balloon part was cut from the Cricut Alphabet cartridge. It is the shadow of the lightbulb. I cut the "screw" part off.

The basket is a plain open box that I used fabric tape to decorate. The "ropes" used to connect the basket and the balloon are actually coffee stirrer straws, wrapped in pink card stock, then adhered to the corners of the basket and to the balloon. The box was cut using the Cricut Cartridge Bags, Tags, Boxes and More.

The round ring that goes around the circumference of the balloon is thick floral wire wrapped in fabric tape. I hot glued the ring in place. I then added tear drop pearls to the ring, then added small flowers. I also wrapped bakers twine to form swags. The swags by themselves were to light to dangle, so I added the beads to add some weight so they would drop.

The flower on top of the balloon is handmade. I used a 6 petal flower to make the rose. I added 3 leaves and some vines for extra flair.  The leaves were cut from the giant flowers cartridge and the vines were cut from the Ultimate Creative Series Cartridge.

I do not remember the name of the paper collection I used. I got the paper quite a while ago and the cover has come off. I remember not really liking it when I got it and wasn't really sure what I would do with it, but I think it was perfect for this application. I am very interested to know what you think.

Exploring Cricut: Use at least 2 Cricut Cuts
Die Cuttin' Divas: Just Because
Created with Love: Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges: Make the Cut
Little Scrap Pieces: Anything Goes
Paper Play Time: Use Pearls

Have a great holiday weekend and stay safe. Please be careful and if you plan on drinking, please give up your keys. (Ok, I'll get down from the soap box).



  1. Absolutely adorable. I love it. Thanks for joining our Anything Goes challege at Created With Love Challenges


  2. Fantastic! Thanks for joining us at Exploring Cricut

  3. Holy Cow that's wonderful-beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Exploring Cricut!

  4. Wow! This is FANTASTIC! I love it!! Thanks for joining us this week at Created With Love Challenges for our Anything Goes Challenge!

  5. WOW!!! This is fantastic Miranda!! I love it! The papers you used are just perfect. And all of the decorations on it. The flowers, the pearls, everything!! Thank you so very much for joining our 'Cricut Choice' challenge at Exploring Cricut!!!! :)

  6. This is fantastic! I just love it! Thanks for joining us at DCD this week!

  7. WOW Marinda this is so beautiful and so cool. Love the way the way you did that.
    Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Created with love challenges.
    Linda K. DT

  8. WOW! this is just stunning, love it!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Delightful Challenges this week, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

    ps you can enter this into 'Sparkles Monthly' as the challenge is 'Up, Up & Away!' the link is on my blog on the left sidebar!

  9. What an amazing creation! I would have never thought of this! Loving your hot air balloon! Thank you for joining us this week at the Digital Delights Challenge! I hope you play along with us again soon!

    Jackie, Digital Delights Challenge DT