Thursday, August 5, 2010

50th Invites & Backpack


I recently made some invitations for a friend celebrating his 50th.  The theme was black, silver & stars.  Here are the invitations:-


The printing was computer generated & the stars were stamped in silver ink.  The "50" was cut from JAC paper, glittered, popped up on dimensionals & layered onto a black mat.  The invites were layered onto black cardstock with a magnet attached to the back.

On our friend's "TO DO" list was hiking the Kokoda Track, which he did a couple of weeks before his 50th.

He brought home lots of stories from his trip, one of them being how his backpack (specially purchased for this trip) was lost between Australia & Port Moresby, replaced, found, & then lost again between Port Moresby & the Track!

Therefore, I thought I would make a special card to commemorate (both the birthday & the trip):-


Here is a view of the back:-



 The pack was large enough to hold two mini chocolate bars (Cadbury Furry Friends size) & a Gift Card:-



I made a pattern for the pack from scratch, making a sample from scrap paper, which I adjusted until I got the shape right.  The straps were inspired by those on a backpack you can find (here) at Splitcoast Stampers.  The backpack has lots of machine stitching & a tag with the recipient's name on it.  I printed out a tiny map of Kokoda & a bookcover, which I tucked into the front pocket.  I also made an acetate box to present the backpack in.

It was a great hit!

Project Components:
Cardstock:  Basic Black, Not Quite Navy, Basic Grey, Whisper White
Paper:  Photocopy Paper
Stamps:  Clear Cling Stars (?), SU Happy Birthday
Inks:  Silver Pigment Ink, Not Quite Navy
Other:  JAC Paper, Silver Glitter, Dimensionals, Magnetic Strip, Grosgrain Ribbon, Eyelets, Ball Chain

3 comments:

Christine Blain said...

What a fantastic gift for your friend, Helen! I LOVE gifts that have personal, or sentimental, meanings, and you've turned what was probably a stressful experience into one that can be laughed about. Love it. The invitations are stunning, too (boy, you have patience, my friend!).

Paula said...

That backpack is to die for! What a brilliant job you have done with this Helen. Love the "book" and "map" too!
Thanks for leaving me your comments on my blog. I was really interested to know where you get the ball chains you love to collect as I have looked everywhere with no luck!

Terri said...

What a gorgeous gift idea and so beautifully made you are very talented.