Thursday, October 21, 2010

Felt Like Saying Happy Birthday

I have been dragging my feet with the next Embellish Challenge. Yours truly has been in love with the idea of felt on cards, but never ventured out to purchase any. And between many business trips and visitors coming, I haven't had a chance to stop by my local Michael's. I already gave up and decided this was one of those inevitable challenges that I will have to skip. And aren't the colors fun and bright?

Then last night I was thinking of all my work-in-progress projects and how I should really dig a few out and finish, preferably before the end of the year. My running list includes unfinished applique stockings, a scarf (oh wait - two scarfs!), three baby blankets, two afghans, a skirt, and several cross-stitching projects. Here is one of those items that needs finishing:

Christmas Stocking WIP

I was perusing through blogs in the comfort my bed, when I jumped out and ran over to my applique bag. It was not the sudden will to finish a WIP - it can wait 'til tomorrow. The applique bag that was stashed and shoved behind a mountain of yarn contained precious glorious felt - yes the same stuff that was in the next Embellish challenge!

So I was eager to leave work on time to knock out a card. Especially with this tweet that came into my feed today

"You still have ALL day to create something and submit it for the Felt Color Challenge! Embellish your creativity..."
It's like one of those fortune cookie messages taunting you ... I had an inspiration to create a bird tweeting "happy birthday!" and using the brown with my woodgrain impression plate. So from that idea, this little darling birdie was born:

Bird Applique

The bird is composed of yellow felt, red ink, red floss, a little red sequin with a clear bead, and a little pink wing. Here the card in full:

Happy Birthday
Stamps: Snag 'em - For Peep's Sake (imaginisce); Musical Backgrounds, Half-pint Heroes (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Paper: Paper Basics Card Stock - Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Pigment - Red (Recollections); Versamark, Brilliance - Pearlescent Yellow (Tsukineko)
Embellishments: Impression Plate - Woodgrain (Papertrey Ink); Stamp 'n Stuff Embossing Powder - White, Detail Clear (Stampendous!); Red Floss, Felt, Red Sequin, Clear Bead, Pink Felt (Stash)

I could not get the woodgrain texture to photograph too well, but here is a different angle. The musical note is actually embossed in clear and stamped with Brilliance ink to give it that little shimmer. I like the effect, but I am too fond where I placed the musical notes.

Happy Birthday

So what items were you able to dig out of your stash to "Save the day"?


Mariana Grigsby said...

oooohhhh... that birdie is so cute!!!!! You did great on this challenge! Thanks for playing along with us!

Sarah Martina said...

Such awesome attention to detail! Look how cute that birdie is! :) So glad you joined us for the Embellish Color Challenge!

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