Some of the things that I was working on was all hush hush so I am now taking the time to post them now that the recipients have them.
One of the projects was hot air balloons for my niece who was turning 30. Her mom, my sister, had purchased a hot air balloon ride for her, which is taking forever for them to take due to the weather. I managed to complete 20 of them and mail them to Florida for her. Some designs were from Paper Matrix which has an amazing variety of paper woven designs not just balloons. They are challenging but very gratifying when done. I purchased a design, Love Is In The Air and this freebie 3D Hot Air Balloon. With the last one I didn't do because I didn't like the shape. I was going to purchase a balloon from the SVG Cuts which have absolutely amazing files but felt I could figure it out and make them my own. So I went and Googled hot air balloons and patterns and created this file. Once I had the file and it went together I could "cut" it creating stripes and zig zags. I liked the shape of this and how it went together. The top is a little challenging but I made stars or circles to go on the meeting points to maintain the shape of the balloon.
Here are the woven ones.
|This is a grouping of some of the Paper Matrix balloons|
This is the hear shaped one
As you will see as I went on I got crazier and crazier with the decorations. I had so much fun figuring out how to do it and then creating it in the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software. I made different kinds of baskets and banners and bunting. I figured out how to make a zig zag design and intricate rope design. I also got more creative with embellishments adding sticker pearls, ribbons, flowers. and strings. My niece really enjoys Disney World so when I saw the Mickey Mouse paper I knew that would make great balloons.
My daughter crocheted 3 baskets and my sister sewed 7 balloons. So in the end there was a total of 30 hot air balloons. I was so happy she liked them so much. They are hanging them all around their home for right now.