Here's a fast and fun birthday card to make. The Carried Away DSP has wonderful prints to play with, and I wanted a bright hot air balloon to go with it. I got together with friends to craft on Sunday, and one of the fun things is when we share stamps and dies and play with each others products. So, my friend offered to cut some balloons for me toward the end of the day, as she'd finished her projects. We'd been using my Big Shot all day long, but as she cut the balloons suddenly it quit cutting the details in the middle of the dies. We tried adding a shim, switching base plates, changed cutting pads, and finally switched to a different die only to determine the Big Shot was broke. Nobody's fault. It just died! I got on the phone with Sizzix this morning, and they will send me replacement parts to fix it, but I have to take it apart to determine what is broken and needs replacement. Last year I broke the crank shaft, and my husband fixed it and said he'd never take it apart to fix it again. I guess I'm on my own!
I completed the rest of the card using punches today, with a greeting from the Sweet Sentiments that I trimmed the ends with the Decorative Label punch, then I used it inside behind the circle.
I tried to keep the card simple adding just a know of bakers twine to tie it to the layout design from Less Is More Challenge Sketch 19.
It's going to be a challenge to create without my Big Shot. I had such plans for it this week. I have cards to make for 3 swaps that have to be done before the 6th. It can be done, so you'll have to stop back and see what I make. In the meantime, my friend offered to loan me her extra Big Shot. (Maybe I need an extra Big Shot!)