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Let’s Hear it for the Boy! (Masculine Birthday Card)

Just a quick post this beautiful Friday morning.  The lovely Miss Sophie (my three year old granddaughter) and I have a play date, and she will be here any minute.  But I wanted to share this masculine birthday card I made for the boy next door, who is turning 25 in a few days.  I titled this one, “Let’s Hear it for the Boy!”  (“I love planting a song seed in your head first thing in the morning”, she says with a mischievous grin on her face.)

Our big noisy family of 7 moved into this house about 15 years ago.  My two youngest sons were 13 and 7 at that time.  Almost immediately, they met Fletcher, the boy next door, who was 10, and an only child.  He was perfectly aged between my two boys: 3 years younger than Andrew and 3 years older than Joel. It was one of those instant friendships…the boys just clicked.  And for many years, my boys were either at Fletcher’s house, or Fletcher was here.  In fact he was here so often that I began to call him “the son I never had!”  These boys lived in each others pockets: fishing in the creek, building tree houses, playing strategy games, exploring the woods…you get the idea.

Now, Fletcher is married with a baby of his own.  And one of my sons is married and about to finish up his first year of grad school,  and the other is engaged.  Where did the time go?  I wanted to make Fletcher a special card for his upcoming 25th birthday.  I found a great sketch at Seize the Birthday and very quickly put this masculine birthday card together:

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The 1 inch panels on the bottom of the card were machine stitched, to add texture and visual interest.  Some Maya Road stick pins, a little glossy accents on some grunge numbers and some layered diecuts all work together to make a festive card.

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For the inside, I grouped several birthday sentiment stamps  onto my stamp press, inked them up with Coffee Archival ink and used a template to cut the whole thing out:

007 (3) I pulled the star stamp from Tim’s 4thof July set to add a little splash of color.  Despite all the stamping, this masculine birthday card was actually very quick to make.

So, let’s hear it for the boy…who has grown into a man…and a very fine man at that!  Happy Birthday, Fletcher!  We are celebrating 25 years of greatness with you!

  I’m linking this up to the Seize the Birthday challenge.  Here’s the original sketch, just in case you need to make your own masculine card.  Enjoy!

And one more peek at my take on the sketch:

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That’s it for me today, folks! Thanks for stopping by….I’d love it if you left me a comment…they always make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Have a great weekend!  Until next time,

Cheerio,

kathy

Products used in this project: Paper: DCWV Rustic Paper Stack, Natural Parchment Cardstock, Paper and More; Stamps: Birthday Greetings Stamp Set;Tim Holtz Americana Silhouettes; Ink: Ranger Archival Ink in Coffee and Pale Ochre; Embellishments: Maya Road Vintage Trinkets Super Star Gold; Dies: My Favorite Things Die-namics labels; Other: Gold Crochet Thread; Paper Wishes Tool Kit #3

A Happy (Card-Making) Accident Chapter 2

Strike While the Iron is Hot!

Yesterday, I shared a happy card making accident.  While the Mojo was flowing, I grabbed another of these laser cut cards and began layering on the gesso and inks.  

001 (2) This time, I embossed the card after the gesso had dried, to add even more yummy texture.   And, I dipped bubble wrap into acrylic paint to create the fun blue dots.  More painting, pouncing and spritzing.  A little hand doodling, ink spattering and general playfulness were employed.  And a handmade flower, watercolored and spattered with ink just kind of set the whole thing off.  The corners were rounded and the front was done.  The hardest part of making this sort of card is waiting for the gesso to dry.  Stamp with Tim Holtz Lost and Found stamp on an embossed Spellbinders Die-D-Lites medallion and your’re home free!  A few more pics: (remember, you can click on the photo for a larger image)

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005 (2)  And the inside:

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009 (2)  Those of you who know me well are aware of my love for the original Winnie the Pooh, and this is one of my favorite quotes.   This is hand-lettered. I was going for whimsy here.  Here are a couple of shots with the decorated envelope:

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I also made another fun discovery while playing with this technique.  I’ll share that with you at a later date…it’s drying right now.  I’m also linking this to the Simon Says Stamp “Anything Goes” Challenge.  

016 (2)  Thanks for taking the time to read my little blog.  I love sharing my happy accidents with you, and would love to hear about some of your accidental discoveries as well.  Please leave a comment… it makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers when you do!  Until next time,

Cheerio,

kathy

Product used in this post:  Paper Wishes laser cut cards; Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Lost and Found Stamp; Claudine Hellmuth Gesso; Acrylic Paint; Spellbinder’s Die-D’Lites Medallions; My Favorite Things Die-Namics Layered Rose

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