Wednesday 9 June 2021

Super fast snippets Birthday card

Despite having a perennial 'Birth Dates' book, it's only useful if I remember to check it regularly. Suddenly realised Len's Great Nephew had a Birthday looming and I needed a card for him 'toot sweet'.

A quick scamper around the internet turned up a few ideas and this is my take on one of them:

I used:

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

- snippet of black card stock, trimmed to very slightly smaller than the card fron and glued in place

- snippet of white card stock, trimmed to leave a bit of a bigger black border this time (3.75" x 4") - not glued onto the card front just yet

- snippets of paper which were tucked into the back of LOTV's 'Country Gent' paper pad

- trimmed three different patterns down to 2" wide then trimmed them crosswise keeping the plainer brown piece a bit narrower

- glued the pieces in place, using a Zig glue pen, working from the top and bottom towards just below the middle of the card, where I wanted to place the sentiment

- the sentiment is from Barbara Gray's everyday Word Sticker Collection - just eyeballed sticking that in place

- then dug out my trusty very dinky 'office hole punch' which accidentally fell into my handbag the day I retired and punched three circles from the plainer brown snippet

- stuck those in place - again working from left, right and finally the centre one - finished!

It's always so much easier to place the likes of slips of paper and punched dots by working from the outside towards the centre -  lesson I learned the hard way a long time ago.

Typing this post and taking then editing the photo has taken much longer than it took to make the card - luckily everything just fell into place for once. Bit like the hole punch falling into my handbag really ☺

Ha, Len had a close call when he commented 'oh, it's just like fabric/wallpaper samples'. Soon held his hands up in surrender when he saw my face - a mix of 'gosh, you could be right' and 'gotta death wish honey?'


  1. Wow, that is such an awesome masculine card. Really great job.

  2. This is a great masculine card which you put together in a hurry but it works really well Di. I love the two different patterns and then the extra piece of coordinating brown, and the little punched circles in the same colour tie it all together. My hubby occasionally opens his mouth and puts his foot in it when remarking about my cards and I usually say 'so you don't like it then' and he says 'I didn't say I didn't like it' x

  3. Fabulous card Di! Love the layout and papers you used, great way to use snippets, I may have to case this if you don’t mind?! You are so norty, although I may have a few mementos myself 😂 xxx

  4. Looks like a batch card making is on the list. I love this idea and all it's possibilities.
    Thank you for sharing.

  5. Great idea for a masculine card and made with your customary precision.

  6. This is great simple card but so effective Di l just love it and a great use of snippets xx

  7. A fantastic way to use up the snippets Di. A fantastic card.

    Sue xx

  8. What a fabulous snippety card Di - I must remember that technique....
    Stay safe

  9. I love this card --- and all the possibilities of this as a sketch. I often look for ways to show off & use all the beautiful pattern papers in my stash. Great job!

  10. Love the snippets and simplicity of the card Di, my hubby knows my "what did you say" look too :)
    Faith x

  11. What a great quick way to use up some patterened paper! And I'm always on the lookout for ideas for masculine cards. I never thought "wallpaper" till I read what Len said!

  12. Using snippets is a lost art. Too many people throw away those precious bits and pieces.....and they have SO much potential. I'm always grateful for this challenge and for your passion to "SAVE THE SNIPPETS" of the world. Seriously, I just love using those small, disregarded pieces. They often end up being some of our best art. Right? Thanks for all the great inspiration.

  13. Super layout and great idea for a masculine card. Top marks.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  14. A fabulous masculine card- Di, such great idea!! The papers are so pretty!!

  15. Hi Di - its a lovely card - any DP could be used - Len is funny - you two must be a crack up sometimes. Not getting much crafting done at the moment - focus is on getting my daughter set up in her first home. I will be back at it though eventuaally. Stay safe and well - Cheers Maurs xxx

  16. I LOVE it, Di! Love the bits used, the random strips and those hole punched dots take it right up "perfect alley", especially with time looming

  17. A perfect example of using your snippets, especially those icklel little dots. Hugs Me.

  18. Wonderful design and a great way to use some snippets. I will pin it for later inspiration!

  19. Love this, Di. What a great idea for using snippets. xx

  20. What a great card - especially for a guy. Of course, the color combos are endless. And quick & easy - just what I like. lol

  21. Love this card - it looks sooooo cool! Fab colour combo, perfect male card. Would be cool for a girlie too in girlie colours, will I be in trouble for not being gender neutral! Oops! Hugs my friend. Take care xxxxxxx


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