Wednesday, 25 July 2012

There's Beanie A Birthday


As well as it being Ian's girlfriend's birthday recently it had also been his 20th birthday two days earlier and this is the card I made for him.  I was really struggling for a theme idea this year but ended up going with a beanie one.  Ian loves wearing beanies and it makes no difference whether it's snow, sun or rain, or how much I lament, the beanie still goes on.  

Just recently I took out my knitting needles and knitted a couple of the Fish 'n' Chips Babies vests and beanies after seeing this posting on Dawny P's blog and this was the first time Ian had seen me knitting.  He was genuinely impressed at the speed I was making and requested that I knit him a purple cabled beanie for his birthday.  I forgot about this conversation until I read a message on his facebook page a week before his birthday saying that he was "stoked" that he'd persuaded me to knit him a beanie for his birthday.  Fortunately I had purple wool in my stash and found a pattern on the internet and so was able to fulfill my promise. 


The paper pieced beanie on the card was made by using a small plate to draw around and then using the same plate to make a smaller section to set in the middle to give the impression of shaping towards the crown of the beanie.  The brim was made using strips of card rounded at the corners and the crown was cut using one of the circle nestabilities dies.  The little character set in the brim is Eric Cartman from Southpark.  His little message was created on the computer and then cut using an X-cut speech bubble die.  Unbeknown to me, whilst Ian had signed up to a month's free viewing on Netflix recently, he had watched a great number of the Southpark programmes so this made the card more special to him.

 The knitted beanie embellishment was made using an egg cosy pattern which I found on the internet.  The number twenty was cut using Sizzix sizzlets dies and some bling was added with a peel off Happy Birthday, some stars and silver brads.  Stitching was added to make an extra frame.


The Happy Birthday paper and gingham paper were printed in greyscale from the Cuddly Buddly download A Patchwork of Papers Blue.  This is the inside of the card with a picture of our beanie man included.  Although I think Ian looks more handsome without his beanie this is one of my favourite photos of him taken by his sister Elaine.  You can find it in the Portraits Gallery on her photography web site.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges

Thanks for reading
Liz xx   

22 comments:

  1. WOW!! This is so special Liz, I adore that little knitted hat and then the hat design and fab Southpark image. So much wonderful attention to detail throughout.
    Thanks so much for taking part in the Fab n Funky Challenge
    Sue

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  2. Fabulous idea to make the beanie card and design it with the beanie in mind. Cute!

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  3. Wow Liz, it's a beanie within a beanie! I love the little one you've knitted. Great job and thanks for joining us this week at Craft Your Passion challenge blog. Hugs, Louise G

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  4. What a fab card Liz, so fitting since he loves his beanie. Had one like that too, would of splept in it if he got away with it lol. Carolxx

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  5. What a superb card thanks for sharing it with us this week over at Crafty Catz hugs sassyx

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  6. oh this is fantastic liz.really stunning design :D

    xx coops xx

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  7. What a perfect card for your son Liz! Love the miniature beanie hat and the one you have knit looks fab! x

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  8. Thank you so very much for Joining us at Crafty Catz Challenge, this is one very beautiful creation

    Have a lovely day,
    Good Luck with the challenge,
    Hugs Bridget Crafty Catz DT :0) x

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  9. the little knittet hat is totally cute love this and the Images hihi I have seen this on TV..cute also...gret bday card for a boy or manly card...good luck with the challenge :)

    I am also joining the Craft your passion challenges, my card is Nr. 30, would you mind to see it on my blog and would be so glad if you like to leave me some love :), many thanks before...hugs, Monika

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  10. What a special card for Beanie lovin Ian. He is going to be happy with both the beanie and the card.

    Thanks for joining in our Shades of Grey plus 1 at Craft Your Days Away.

    Mari

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  11. Fabulous card and beanie hat...Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky this week.
    Wendy xx

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  12. Wow! You are a quick knitter. Both your card and beanie look great! Thank you for joining us this week at Fab'n'Funky!

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  13. Superb card Liz - love the whole thing and such a touching approach! Saw it on MIM along with your other stunning creations. You are very inspiring.
    Stamping Shanni

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  14. oops me again Liz.Thanks for joining us at the Crafts and Me challenge this week :D

    xx coops xx

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  15. Fantastic card for a man Liz. I saw this on MIM..Loz

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  16. saw you on MIM again....this is amazing...love the idea of the cap and the little caption. Fantastic for a guy...what a terrific idea...xx

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  17. Your card is lovely! Thank you for playing along with the Papertake Weekly challenge.

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  18. Hope the hand knitted beanie lasts forever! Love the card and the embellishing .Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday .

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  19. Brilliant fun boys card! great details!
    thankyou so much for joining the fun this time over at Craft Your Days Away challenge!
    Hugs
    Jacqui P x

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  20. I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS! My entries are: #84, #129, #91, #157, #158 and #277.
    I would love to have you visit my blog!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  21. What a great surprise. I saw the monotone card over at MIM and wanted a closeup. Knitting a beanie for an embellishment rocks. Love the purple beanie too. Gotta check out the pattern link. Happy Birthday to Ian. He is a lucky guy to have such a talented Mom.

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  22. Ha! Fantastic creation - Adding that beanie is just wonderful & unique. Btw, I saw you on MIM.

    Lots of joy,
    Corrinne

    PS - I welcome you to play with us at Tuesday Alchemy http://tuesdayalchemy.blogspot.com for our current challenge - We have TWO prizes this week :)

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