Wednesday 29 October 2014

13th Birthday card

Not sure if it's just me, but I struggle with cards for chaps - especially when they hit their teens. Cute LOTV and such are out, yet images that are too manly don't seem right either. So, I turned to Pinterest for ideas and came up with my version of a card I spotted over there:
I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- backing paper from a We R Memory Keepers paper stack called 'Travel Light', free with Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine ages ago

- the plain card all came from the snippets folder and first I cut a yellow band to go right across the card, backed with a deep plum colour

- the large star(s) were die cut from deep plum and green snippets using MFT Die-namics 'Stars' set

- the white numbers are from my lovely pal Sarn who keeps me supplied with 'Olivia' font die cut numbers (thankfully!)

- the word 'Hooray' was die cut with a die from Penny Black's 'Hooray' set, in green and deep plum and then layered slightly offset to give a shadow effect. The good old 'Stick-it' adhesive sheets came in handy too

- three little green stars, cut with the smallest die from the stars set

The colours are much stronger in real life, needless to say :)



  1. This turned out great for a young lad, and I love the stripes and stars!

  2. A great card for a teenager Di. I must admist I find cards for children of any age difficult, and haven't got any thirteen year olds to send to at the moment. It is difficult to strike the right balance between too kiddy and too adult, but this card does it excellently. x

  3. This looks perfect Di - well done!

  4. Great card for a teenager Di love that paper and thank you sooooooooooo much for your lovely comments on my blog I was starting to lose my confidence a bit but you and everyone have been so kind...huggles Sue xxx

  5. Brilliant card for a teenager boy! xx

  6. Chaps are difficult...teenage chaps, impossible!! However you have made a great job of this one, love the"hooray" xx

  7. A great card Di - like you, I struggle with male and teen cards, but this is fab.
    Kath x

  8. This card looks just right for the occasion - men often prove difficult to make for and that age group especially so. I'm sure it will be popular.

  9. Turned out perfectly for a young/older lad if you ask me! The papers work great and fab dies too! x

  10. Hi Di wonderful card indeed!!!
    I love the dies, really great too!!
    I have heard of them but never seen them before too and great message on the captcha catching us out have worked this out as found it happened whenever wasn't logged in and have settings to clear cookies every time I shut down too :D Shaz in Oz.x

  11. wow how weird is this thought this was the Snippets page .. well this comment now covering all cards below down to snippets with the "great work" comment!!!!
    I think my brain is blogged out after being on rations for sooo long :D Shaz.x PS love the Olivia die too, I wont tell you bought it on eBay for just over $20 many years ago now blessed indeed eh?. :D xx

  12. SUPER job on a male 13 year old birthday card Di.

    You have totally rocked the problem of a young teenage male card there.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  13. A great card for a young teenager, lovely colour scheme too.
    Jean x

  14. Hello Di

    A brilliant card for a teenager.
    Love the background papers and colour combo.


  15. Thought you had stuck all dem stripes on by hand Miss. Phew!
    just in case your interested like
    the following challenges are asking for Stripes.

    hugs Mrs A.

  16. Perfect for a young man! And 13 really is becoming a young man, isn't it!

    The stars look great and love the 13 script die!

  17. I think this is a perfect card for a boy teen Di! I love the striped paper and I love the star with the number on it. Hooray is always a great sentiment too. I think you've got it! Hugs, Brenda

  18. Super card Di for a teenager x

  19. Great design & colors for a teenage boy, Di!

  20. Ha Ha, I thought you were going to say you had pieced all those stripes from your snippets! A lovely happy card and just right for those difficult young teens. Kate x

  21. Great card for a teen boy there. The Male species are so difficult all round...makes me wonder why we put up with them, other than they provide warm calves for us to put our cold tootsies on!

  22. Love how you put the number in the star..I think this is a fun card for a teen!

  23. Great card for a dude! For a brief moment of madness I thought you had adhere a whole bunch of strips of paper.... then realized it was the design on patterned paper Phew! I thought you had too much time on your hands.

  24. Di, this is Perfick for one of those difficult teens! (Difficult to make a card for and difficult in real life! Honestly, people talk about the 'Terrible Twos' but the 'Terrible Teens' are worse!!! You can't pick up a Teen and carry him off to his cot for a calming lie-down!!!)

    love Mags B x

  25. This is fabulous! I bet it was well liked as it's perfect for a young male and not so young too - really gorgeous card Di xx

  26. It's not just you, Di, I think a fair few of us struggle with male themed cards. I have a bunch of lovely grandsons so you would think I would be well practiced by now but, no, I still find it a trial thinking up suitable designs. However, you've got it just right - the striped paper and the star is perfect. Love the word 'hooray' too. Hugs, Elizabeth xx


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