Friday 23 October 2020

19th Birthday card

A rare afternoon post from me but I want to let you know about a new challenge run by Gail and Jo ASAP, if you don't already know of course.

It's one of Len's great nephew's Birthdays at the end of October - and he will be 19. How did that happen? It only seems like a handful of years since Ben was just a toddler.

As always, I struggle with male cards - then remembered a great new challenge I wanted to enter and so this was my starting point.

The challenge, called Let's Squash It!', is run by our lovely Gail (from the Playground) and her friend Jo. And the idea is to get us to use our embossing folders - mine have certainly been badly neglected for some while now and this new challenge is just the kick start I needed!

For Challenge #1 the theme is to use An Embossing Folder with a Geometric Pattern AND Metallic Card or Metal Sheets. You have from the 10th of each month to the last day of the month at 23:59 GMT to play along with the challenge. Isn't this a fun logo?!

This is my entry - I hope the design is sufficiently 'geometric' - I think so as the definition of geometric is regular shapes or lines ☺. It was a little tinker to photograph - the top left hand corner isn't crumpled in real life BTW, but taking a photo face on meant you could see me in my pretty pink fleece top reflected!

I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" white card blank, side opening

- piece of black card, die cut with a Waffle Flower 'A2 Layers Die' and glued to the card front

- piece of silver card which was made using an X-Cut silver foil sheet stuck onto a backing of white card then die cut using a smaller layers die

- then embossed the piece of silver card using Cuttlebug's 'Diamond Plate' embossing folder

- felt that just black, silver and white needed a pop of colour so dug out a snippet of deep red card, trimmed it and then glued it onto the piece of black card so that just the sides of the black background show - mostly as the red piece of card just wasn't wide enough for a full 'frame'!

- then glued the embossed piece of silver card onto the red layer

- stamped the sentiment onto a snippet of white card using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a sentiment from the Woodware 'Double Birthdays' sentiment set

- backed the sentiment with red and black card to show at the top and bottom - then glued it in place

The Woodware 'Double Birthdays' sentiment is a great way to make a bold statement without too much else needed. 

I did so enjoy using my embossing folders once again and have no idea how many are sitting in upright rows in the long Ikea CD storage box on the bookshelf behind me - suffice it to say it's stuffed to capacity!

Come and join in - Gail and Jo will make you feel very welcome - I have a feeling that their challenge is going to be a very friendly place to play. Happy dance! ☺


  1. What a fun embossed background and wonderful masculine card design. I too just can't seem to make a card for men, not sure why.

    Hugs Diane

  2. Hi there, Di, so glad you've found your way to Let's Squash It! Love your card - very 'industrial' and perfect for a guy. I'm thinking my craft stash should be in my will - it's probably worth more than my house! Thanks for playing at Let's Squash It and I hope to see you for Challenge #2 which isn't that far away now, Jo x

  3. Great card, love the EF and the sentiment.

    Kath x

  4. So cool, I like it.
    Have a great weekend.
    Crafty hugs xx

  5. A great card for this new challenge Di and perfect for Len's great nephew. The large sentiment fills the panel beautifully and I love the layers of red and black with the silver. x

  6. A great card and good to see a new challenge. I have few (serious understatement!!) embossing folders most of which haven't seen the light of day for ages so maybe I will have a go.

  7. What a brilliant masculine card . . .and perfect for the new challenge.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  8. Love that embossing folder for masculine cards Di, and you have used it to perfection here!
    Stay safe

  9. Such a wonderful card Di, embossing folders are so under rated and as you have shown here, they make fabulous cards. Off now to check out the new challenge blog.

    Sue xx

  10. Hi Di this is a stunning birthday card. I love the design. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  11. Hi Di, glad you found us and thanks for your kind words and biggin' us up. Love your card. Perfectly masculine and a lovely geometric pattern. Must admit I had forgotten how bejesus it is to photo metal sheets when I picked the challenge theme, but don't it just look so awesome in the real??!! Thanks for joining the fun at Let's Squash it!!! Hugz

  12. You definitely nailed the challenge with this great card! I love the diamondplate background in silver - it screams masculine in such a great way!

  13. Beautiful design and so masculine with that EF!

  14. Wow Di l really like your card absolutely gorgeous background x

  15. I just saw about this challenge over at Bonnie's blog. Sounds like a super fun challenge as I have tons of folders too and have really neglected them too. That's a great embossing folder you have used Di, it's always a great one for masculine card. I love how you kept it simple but yet it is so effective! I am so loving that huge birthday sentiment, it is masculine looking as well. The pop of deep red/marron really makes it all pop. Hugs, Brenda

  16. Brilliant display of geometric~fantastic metallic!

  17. Love that masculine card, Di! How can you say you have trouble with them? Also, thanks for the tip about the new embossing folder challenge. I have literally 3 full boxes of folders which are being neglected and which I'll immediately rescue and bring into the light. 😊

  18. A fabulous card Di - I have that EF - great way to use it, Oh - and thanks for the new Blog to check out - Let's Squash It! - sounds like a lot of fun - Cheers Maurs xxx

  19. This is such a great card for the challenge and a really good card for a man, I share your problem in making male cards but you have definitely cracked it with this one xx

  20. I'm not counting mine or my shoes either! Love your very male card. Just right for a 19yrs lad. Think this challenge will be one I enter each time. Gail is onto a winner there. Hugs me. p.s. Still not feeling tickety boo as Dad would say.

  21. Hi Di

    This is great .. .. I love it!!

    So neat and clean looking.

    Hope all is well at your end.

    Love Jules xx

  22. A great card Di and I love the sentiment stamp too.
    Kath x


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