Friday, May 11, 2012

Ahoy Matey Birthday Card

I can't believe my oldest grandson is turning 10 this month. I made this card to celebrate the great kid he is. Just a couple of years ago he got an outdoor play set with swings, etc., that had a pirate's tower. He also wanted to watch pirate movies when he came to my house. He definitely got his youngest brother into dressing up like a pirate. This has definitely been a hobby of his, so this card is also for Here Come the Boys Challenge #26, Hobbies. I also wanted to scissor distress the edges, making them rough and more masculine. Craft Your Passion Challenge #109 is for torn or distressed edges.

I chose the colors for this card with the great masculine palette at The Play Date Cafe, Challenge #131: Seaweed, Algae, Goldfish, and a touch of Black.

The sketch came from My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club #71. The main image was made with a clear stamp that is also from My Favorite Things, Claire Keay's Ahoy Matey.

I added some additional sandpaper distressing on the lighter green piece that was embossed with the woodgrain pattern. The Kraft corrugated shapes are neutral and don't interfere with the intended color scheme. All three pieces were connected, but I punched them apart. Cut the one on the upper right in half and mounted the stamped sentiment under it. The ones on the bottom right came from inside that frame. I turned the inner circle upside down so I could stamp the number 10 then reinserted it and pop dotted both pieces over the arrow using two layers of pop dots on the bottom. It's hard to see in this photo but the black strip has the word "ha ha" over and over again. I tied 2 pieces of black hemp around it and tied two more pieces into knots on the right side and trimmed.

I enjoyed making this card using these challenges. That part was fun. But the number 10 makes me a little sad knowing he's just growing up too fast. I'm so glad he's a Christian and goes to a great Christian school, Sunday School, church, and Awanas. Being the oldest of four kids, he's very nurturing of the younger ones. At least I know he'll grow up to be a sweet pirate, but please, Lord, not too soon!

6.5" x 5" Masculine Birthday Card:
Paper - Basic Grey Sultry; Close To My Heart "Hooligans" (black),  "Olivia" (sunset dotted), White Daisy and old retired green cardstock
Stamps - My Favorite Things Claire Keay's "Ahoy Matey;" CTMH numbers "Friendship Alphabet" and sentiment retired
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Other - Copic markers; CTMH sanding block, black hemp, Milepost Shapes; Sizzix woodgrain embossing folder

Two of the pirate brothers. Dressing up as pirates or super heroes is definitely a big thing at their house!


Patrice said...

Awwww, cute little pirates - I'd love for you to link up with me at 52 Card Pickup this week!!

Cathy Lee said...

Adorable pirate card and nice distressing. Cute pics of the boys. Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Your Passion this week.
Cathy Lee

Woo said...

Brilliant pirates card! Fab card, thank you for sharing it with us a Here Come The Boys! Good Luck Woo x

Cely said...

Love your project! LOL, so fun and stinkin cute! Thanks for playing with us this week at Craft Your Passion Challenges!
~Cely (
CYP May Guest Designer

Sarah said...

Gorgeous card, love your colour combo and cute image, thanks for joining us at CYP, hugs, Sarah x

Jinny Newlin said...

This is absolutely perfect for a little boy, Vickie! LOVE all those textures! And those pics are darling! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at The Play Date Cafe!

Larissa Heskett said...

BEAUTIFUL Card!! I LOVE your take on the challenge!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

SUPER cute card! LOVE that little pirate image! And I LOVE that your kids are dressing up at pirates--great inspiration:) Thanks so much for joining in the fun and playing along with us over at the PDCC:)