Wednesday 21 November 2018

Birthday card for Joshua

One of our young neighbours celebrated his 10th Birthday earlier this monthly and I whipped up a card, CASE-ing a wonderful snippets card that was one of my fortnightly picks back in July - made by Nicky and you can see her original HERE. Do take a look as you'll see just how fab. it looks made on a black background.

I loved the drama of the black backing card that Nicky used but went for white in the end - just felt that Josh isn't old enough for black background cards as yet:
I used:

- 5" x 3.75" white card blank, side opening, an odd size I know but I made it to fit the stitched panel I was using next!

- a ready die cut rectangle of card which I found in my white snippets box - it had been die cut using a Lil'Inkers' 'Stitched Rectangles' die

- before going any further I stamped the word 'Birthday' onto the bottom right hand corner of the card  using a stamp which I'd chopped apart (it came with 'That Folder' as a magazine freebie some time ago) Sadly, the stamp isn't decent quality and I was glad to have the Misti to stamp it multiple times - basically the stamp has deteriorated over time, despite being stored away from light and heat and even after being washed it's practically lost its 'stick' and also doesn't stamp very well. Shame, but it owes me nothing anyhow

- then I found five snippets of plain brightly coloured card and die cut the letters for the word HAPPY from them - using dies from the First Edition 'Alphabet Sans Serif' set of upper case dies

- next it was time to cut the strips below which the letters would be stuck and it's a good job I checked each I die cut letter for width first as both the A and the Y are wider than the other letters I used

- cut the strips to the widths of each letter and then cut them to lengths of 2.5" and 2.25" and glued them onto the stitched rectangle using Collall all-purpose glue. The easiest way to do this was to find the centre of the panel, mark it with a soft pencil and work outwards - and it was very lucky that each side of the row of strips contained a wider one - which meant that the strips lined up correctly at each edge of the panel - hooray!!

- then used a Zig glue pen to add the letters to the bottom of the matching strips of card - finished!

Thank you so much for this great idea Nicky - I was really delighted with the result and certainly will use the same technique again. Nicky used her Scan 'n Cut but I had some reasonably chunky letter dies here which meant I could still have a go.

In previous years I've taken a lot of time and trouble working out suitable themes for the kiddies who live around us, adding their ages and names to each Birthday card as well. I know they were appreciated but as the kiddies grow up it gets harder to find a 'theme' and we aren't in each others pockets so really I don't know their latest 'likes' most of the time. In future I'll make more generic cards for them - plus, it takes a lot less of my time, which is still at a premium here. Funny how a little bundle of white fluff called Dudley totally makes you stop and realise that some of the smaller details in life are not really important enough to spend oodles of time over.


  1. This is a great design Di, I have made it several times, and it is always popular

  2. What a great card Di - and you could change up the colours, both letters and background, for a feminine version too!

  3. A lovely bright card - a great idea which could have several variations I'm sure.

  4. A lovely card Di and suitable for so making in so many different colours too.
    Kath x

  5. Fabulously colourful card and great use of snippets. Perfick for a young boy too. Great CASE.

    Happy Wednesday!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  6. Hi Di this is a wonderful birthday card I love the design. I bet the boy in question was thrilled with this card. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  7. Super cute card Di which l am sure Joshua loved xx

  8. This is a great idea for a quick card Di and love the colours you have used for a masculine make, but equally using more pretty patterns and different softer colours, it would be a wonderful feminine make. x

  9. Such great design, love this idea and pinned your card!
    Thanks for the trick on positioning the stripes, very useful!

  10. Great design, Di, which could easily be adapted using different colours or patterned paper. I'm sure Josh was thrilled with it. xx

  11. Great idea for a boy card and a fun way to use up scraps. Easy to make and perfect for a quick birthday card. We can learn a lot from our dogs. They take life one moment at a time and enjoy it.

  12. Really fabulous card Di, perfect for a young man who's 10 - or perfect for any age or sex as it's such a super design xx

  13. Love the bright colours for the letter banners. Great idea. You can always personalise with yrs and names. I'm finding it difficult now to make cards for my two grandsons who will be 11 and 10 both in December. Cute doesn't seem right anymore. Hugs Me.

  14. This is soooooo cool! Such a fabulous design and gorgeous bright colours - I love it! Such a fab technique too! Hugs my friend xxxxxx

  15. Super cute & so perfect for a boy!

  16. Beautiful , Have a great day.

  17. Gorgeous card, Di. Sorry I'm so late commenting, but we're just back from a great week's vacation xoxo


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