In honor of the newest theme, I decided to create my sister-in-law's birthday card going in that direction..the use of "clear" materials. I have lots of great printed overlays, but I decided to incorporate packaging plastics as my clear component as well as a creative way of "going" green. :)
To start with, I knew I wanted to capture lots of confetti, as I have seen lots of it around the web lately. This great chipboard scalloped frame (sent to me in a RAK from Michelle Hernandez) was the perfect border. Going through some of my Cricut die-cuts, I found the letters "happy" and tacked them down to the kraft first. Next I punched lots of bright, glittery, festive papers and trapped the dots behind the plastic by using my handy dandy sewing machine. I love the zigzag stitch, it creates such a nice, secure hold. To create the base, I simply cut some strips of scrap papers from MME, Jenni Bowlin, etc. I sewed them to the center of the dot embossed card and then put the confetti oval at the top. Feeling that it needed a little something else, I started dabbling with more plastic scraps and black staz-on. I used a banner stamp from Girls' Paperie Jubilee and then fussy cut around the pennants. Lastly, I stamped "birthday" on the plastic oval using a Stampin' Up stamp from the Bursting with Joy set.