The MFT Design Team Creative Challenge is a monthly feature, where we are challenged to explore our creative side using a specific theme, product, or technique. This month, we were challenged to create a card or project with no patterned paper. Be sure to check out the MFT Blog for a list of all participating designers who have a project to share with you today.
I have a fun set of projects to share with you today for our no patterned paper challenge. Earlier this summer, a very special little boy Rowan, celebrated his first birthday. I was honored to create his birthday invitations and party favors.
I don't normally take on larger projects like this, but Rowan is a special little man in our lives and Rowan's mum Josée, helped me with all the cutting and sponging. There is no way I would have been able to take on this project without her help!
I stamped the PI Surfer Dude on a piece of X-Press It card stock and I colored the image with Copics. After I had the color combination I was looking for, I stamped the image about 30 times and went to work coloring! A little time consuming but it was worth it!
I used the Sunshine Die-namics die for the sun. For the sun I used Lemon Drop card stock, and the edges were sponged with Sunshine Yellow Adirondack ink. Sponging the edges can be very time consuming but I think it makes a huge difference!
For the waves I used the Catch a Wave Die-namics die. The waves were created with Blue Raspberry card stock, and they were sponged with Pool Adirondack ink. I used some thin sand paper to create the sand. This is such a quick and easy trick!
I stamped the sentiment from the PI Birthday Girl stamp set on a flag created with the Sentiment Strips Die-namics die. I used a bit of Caribbean Teal Twine and a few orange brads to finish off the card.
I wanted to keep the gift bag fairly simple as I knew it would be torn into fairly quickly! LOL The PI Surfer Dude was once again cut out and adhered with dimensionals. I added the Sunshine Die-namics sun to the top corner of the ovals.
The ovals were cut using the Oval STAX 1 Die-namics and the Oval STAX 2 Die-namics. I used the D'vine Swirl embossing folder on the Blue Raspberry card stock. I used the Catch a Wave Die-namics die along the top and the bottom of the gift bag. If I had only been making one or two gift bags, I would have added the waves around the entire top and bottom of the bags. Since I was making fifteen, I decided on just the front panel! LOL
Each gift bag included a tag with a sentiment from the PI Birthday Girl stamp set. I used the Tag You're It Die-namics to cut the tag. The Layered Label Die-namics was used for the sentiment. Of course, I had to add another wave to the bottom of the tag! LOL
I used a bit of Caribbean Teal Twine and some ribbon to secure the tags to the bag handle. I used Orange Fizz, Sour Apple, and Blue Raspberry ribbon. Have I mentioned lately how much I love all the matchy matchy new products from MFT? I LOVE them all!
Once the gift bags were completed it was time to think about decorations for the big day.
I created these simple name plate tags for food labels. These were super simple to make and they looked great on the table! To create these tags I used the Layered Label Die-namics, the Catch a Wave Die-namics and the Sunshine Die-namics.
Since every birthday boy needs a birthday hat, I created this one for Rowan. I found a simple template on the internet for creating party hats. I cut the hat in Sour Apple card stock. I added a bit of sand paper along the bottom edge of the hat.
My sand paper didn't line up perfectly on the back of the hat so I hid that area using a couple of surf boards. I used a bit of Caribbean Teal Twine as the tie to tie the hat onto Rowan's head. This is the one thing that I would change if I were to make another party hat. I think the twine was a bit too thin and Rowan found it irritating.
I didn't get a great picture of Rowan with his hat on. As I said, I think he found it a bit irritating!
The party was originally supposed to be outside so we wanted something to hold the napkins and cutlery. I thought this tin would be perfect and it could be used after the party to save any cards or mementos from Rowan's birthday.
The tin was one I got with a Stampin' Up! punch set a couple of years ago. The color matched perefectly with Rowan's birthday colors.
The final project I created was a Happy Birthday banner. I used the Jumbo Banner Day STAX Die-namics to create the banner. With this set of dies you can create a banner in no time!
Here is a close up of one of the banner pieces. I used the By the Letters Uppercase Die-namics for the letters.
I also added two PI Surfer Dudes to each end of the banner.
Here is one last picture of the birthday boy Rowan enjoying his birthday cake! Just look at that cute face!