Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Happy 60th Birthday

A great friend, from my last job before retirement, went unexpectedly quiet when I asked in an email if she was 60 this year. I was sure it was her 50th 10 years ago and there's a lesson to be learned there - don't put your year of birth onto Facebook if you don't want little Miss Marple to go searching :)

It all then fell into place why she zoomed off on holiday with her husband to The Maldives for a couple of weeks or more - about a week after we returned from Portugal. What a lovely way to celebrate!

So, this card is a bit late but it will be waiting for her return - just before the big fat man in the red suit arrives:
I used:

- white DL card, tent style

- backing paper from a 12" x 12" Studio Calico 'Snippets' paper pad - sent to me by a lovely blogging friend a while ago. So many designs to choose from, in the end I plumped for some pretty stripes (my friend isn't really a pretty, pretty flowers person)

- I cut the backing paper to just slightly smaller than the card front and kept it to one side

- next cut a strip of white card to the same width as the patterned layer, leaving space to trim it down above and below

- then, using the Misti, I stamped the fabulous Woodware 'Numbers' using Memento 'London Fog' - used the main numbers stamp plus one of the sentiments (just to let her know I'd discovered she is indeed 60 - me very bad!)

- the sentiment fit perfectly sideways but I did trim the top and bottom to suit

- coloured the numbers using two Pro markers, picking out a subtle colours for the majority of the numbers and bright red for the 60 :)

- trimmed the sentiment strip along the top and bottom then glued it onto the striped backing panel and then added the whole piece to the card front

A quick card, especially so as I skipped any paper piecing.

One tip about lining up the already cut to size (from one side to the other at least) strip of white card in the Misti. I use a home printed acetate grid for perfect placement in a straight line but was struggling to make sure it was evenly spaced at both sides of the strip of card. Then I realised another great thing about the Misti - once the stamp was adhered in a straight line in relation to the bottom of the Misti, I just needed to move the piece of white card slightly from side to side until I was happy. Then pop the magnets in place, stamp, and it worked like a charm!





21 comments:

  1. A lovely card - that's one of my favourite stamps for 'Big Birthdays'. Love the paper too.
    Kath x

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  2. A great stamp for using on age cards Di, this one is fantastic I'm sure that your friend will love it.

    Sue xx

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  3. Hi Di, very good detective work. Love the striped paper with the numerical birthday... have a wonderful week... Megan

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  4. Now WHO would do such a thing . . . go quiet on a BIG birthday!????? LOL!

    GREAT card . . . really love that stamp and how you've used it.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  5. Loving the idea with the numbers and another great tip for using the Misti to good advantage, thanks.

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  6. This is a great card for your friend's big six 0 Di and love the pretty background citrus stripes. x

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  7. I love this card, Di. So cute to have the age stand out. I think she will get a kick out of this.

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  8. Very fun card for a birthday, you have had a clever idea for a quick make!!

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  9. I wish I had discovered this stamp this time last year as I have had so many 70th's this year and while I was pretty OK with the females, I was really stuck with the males, this would have been perfect, as is your card.

    Kath x

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  10. Very nice card!
    Happy Holidays 🎄🎅⛄
    hugs , Fiki

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  11. Ha. Great idea and very subtle. Hugs Mrs A.

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  12. Great card Di but beware FB sometimes lies about the age - my cousin’s profile has her 10 years younge4 than she really us😁😁😁

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  13. This is a fabulous card, like you I love my misti, it's amazing how much easier it makes things x

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  14. Thanks for the Misti tip...I am still learningto use mine!

    This is a great card and a great stamp. I can see using a stamp like that SO MUCH!!!

    Congratulations on entering RD every month. I was so pleased to see your name on the entries!

    Good luck in the draw.

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  15. Thank you for the happy MISTI tip and the happy inspiration, Di! Your friend will love it! I'm crazy about that background striped paper!! Happy Christmas hugs, Darnell

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  16. Fabulous card! Your friend will love it! Another Misti tip, thank you, how did we manage before the Misti was invented! Hugs xxxxxx

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  17. What a clever stamp for birthdays. I'm sure your friend loved it. The paper is lovely. Barbxx

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