Thursday, January 30, 2014

My Favorite Things Weekly Sketch Challenge - MFTWSC161 - Happy Birthday Sweet Boy

Greetings Friends!!  Thanks for coming by to check out my interpretation of this week's MFT sketch club challenge!
This week I've taken the sketch to create a birthday card for my darling, sweet son who will be turning 8 (gasp!) in March.  Here is the sketch we're working with:
I always seem to struggle a bit when there are circular elements on a card.  I'm not entirely sure why but I sometimes feel that I don't have the right 'something' to add there - besides your basic circle.  I like to try and think outside of the creative box so to speak but THIS week I've had no trouble because I have the fantastic "Free With $60" Mini Delicate Doilies Die-namics that I received from MFT with my $60 purchase.  I mean really...how can you go wrong?!!  The answer is...you CAN'T!!  They are beautiful!!!  
But first, let me back up.  I just took Jennifer McGuire & Friends - Stenciled class so I wanted to try out a new technique.  I started with the funky aqua/yellow background piece you see on the left side of the card.  I used watercolor paper and a Heidi Swapp stencil that I purchased at Michael's.  It's the only one I own...for now.  I've never been big on stencils, mainly because I didn't really know what to do with them, which is why I took the class.  But I digress.  I taped my stencil down onto the craft sheet with my watercolor paper underneath.  I chose watercolor paper because of its weight but I also wasn't sure if I was going to mist this in anyway so I figured I'd give myself the option.  I first sponged on Hero Arts Butterbar ink and then shifted the stencil a bit to the left and sponged Hero Arts Tide Pool ink.  When I lifted it I got this cool mix of the two making it look almost like a blurry polkadot image.  Way fun.  I then inked the amazing MFT Typewriter Text Background in Hero Arts Navy ink over top of my stenciled background.  I adore how the text really jumps off of the panel with the bright colors behind it.
My next step was to create the very back panel.  I chose navy cardstock the MFT Woodgrain Background inked with Unicorn White Pigment ink.  It came out tremendous!!  I coated the white ink with white embossing powder and heat set it.  My son wants a jungle theme party so I love how the woodgrain almost has the look of zebra print to it!!  Perfect!!  
I was so thrilled to use the"Free With $60" Mini Delicate Doilies Die-namics as the circular element!  I used heavy watercolor paper to cut this out with which held together really well as I wanted to keep all of the cut pieces in to have it maintain a solid look.  
I then set to work on the main panel.  I call my son my "sweet boy" so this all came together perfectly using two different sets to create this focal point.  I used Birthday Sentiments and LJD's On The Line.  I first stamped the 'make a wish' in black Hero Arts ink.  Followed by the 'sweet' in Red Royal Hero Arts ink and lastly the 'boy' in HA Tide Pool Ink.  I then used the little candle from the On The Line set in a rainbow order to fill in the bottom.

I stitched around all of my panels using white thread adding a little zig zag on the Fishtail Flag Stax and Layers.  I then stitched around my main layer using red thread to make it pop.   As a last touch I added a sprinkle of gold sequins adhered with a tiny dot of Glossy Accents.
I love how it turned out and I think he will too!!  Now I just have to tuck this away until March!!

Thanks for coming by today!!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

11 comments:

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

What a fun card! Your son is going to love it!!!

Tricia

Kim Roberts said...

What a fun card! I love bday cards and all the colors and patterns are great.

Melody said...

LOVE those bright colors and mix of patterns! Thanks for playing with us at MFT.

Heather Jensen said...

Don't you just love those new mini doilies? Love the colored candles. :)

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