Wednesday 1 September 2021

Birthday card for Kai - 2021

Today is Kai's Birthday - Mum to Len's two grand daughters. Most of you know that the family lives in Germany - and, like us, have been in and out of lockdowns until they're dizzy.

In honour of Kai's Birthday, I broke open a new Stamping Up set of stamps and matching dies, bought a while back - to have a play. After so long away from serious crafting I forgot how to set stamps onto the Misti! No worries, not losing the plot - just not concentrating properly and so ended up putting them on face up instead of face down.

This is the card I came up with - I worry it's a 'bit old fashioned' for a gal in her 40's - but Len gave it his 'stamp' of approval at least - and Dudley gave one of his interested and approving dabs of his nose when I showed it to him:

I used:

- A6 white card blank

- piece of Neenah 'Desert Storm' card stock as a contrast to the pink striped background I added later. Initially I hoped to make the card blank using the 'Desert Storm' card but it isn't thick enough so I resorted to cutting a piece a smidgen smaller than the card front and glueing that in place

- then die cut a pink striped panel from a piece of paper from Dovecraft's Back to Basics 'Bright Spark' paper pack - it's pale pink and not at all bright so I reckon it crept into the paper pack when no-one was looking! I used a die from a Heffy Doodles A6 stitched rectangles set of dies - huge thanks again to Sarn for initially finding these and subsequently enabling 'Little Miss Copy Cat' to follow suit - I love the delicate 'stitching' as well ☺

- next, used the Stamping Up 'Wrapped Bouquet' set of stamps to stamp the bouquet, newspaper wrap and little tag sentiment - all using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and my smallest Misti

- die cut the stamped elements using the Stamping Up 'Wrapped Flowers' set of dies then flipped the newspaper wrap over and stamped on the reverse  - I followed a YouTube tutorial to work out how some of it was done, otherwise I'd still be sitting here pondering!

- coloured the bouquet itself using Polychromos pencils and added some Clear Wink of Stella

- die cut extra green and white foliage, using snippets, for later on

- now we finally had lift-off - I'd begun to wonder to be honest

- as per the video I folded the newspaper wrap into shape and tucked then adhered the bouquet of flowers into the 'wrap'. It already was looking good - hooray!

- tucked and adhered the additional die cut foliage in place - at this point the 'bouquet' was still a stand-alone element

- added the tiny 'For You' tag using a snippet of beige embroidery thread

- did a hunt for a suitable sentiment and ended up using a Craftwork Cards pre-printed and die cut oval 'Happy Birthday' which I glued onto the top left hand corner

- I'd already worked out the positioning for the bouquet so then added that using some red line tape behind the 'newspaper wrapping' and thin sticky pads behind the bouquet itself so that it all sat nice and level 

- final touch, three white pearls 

I'm adding this into Darnell's NBUS challenge - the stamps and dies are on their first trip out!


  1. Very pretty Di, every girl likes a bouquet of flowers xxx

  2. Those Heffy Doodle dies have become a firm favourite in my crafting efforts! Vicky Hayes put me onto them . . . glad I “enabled “ you as well!!!

    Smashing floral card for Kai. Am sure she will appreciate it. I think that newspaper wrap is brilliant.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  3. A very pretty card - can't go wrong with a floral bouquet. It is so easy to place clear stamps 'wrong way up' - must be 'cos I've done it and what a messy result!!!

  4. Oh Di, what a gorgeous card - I make similar ones for my 40 something daughter and daughter in law too :)
    Stay safe

  5. Super card Di. Fluff is (21) too and would love this . Desperately owe you an email but life is just one round of one problem after another. Will catch up ASAP. Hugs me.

  6. Hi Di this is a gorgeous card. I love it. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  7. This is so pretty, Di and I don't think flowers ever go out of style. I love the attention to detail with the tag, bow, and pearls too.
    Take care.
    Carol x

  8. Di, I really like this card. Flowers and stripes, you can't top that. tfs

  9. The flowers are so prettily coloured Di and I love the way you have placed them in the newspaper wrap and love the pastel pink and white diagonal striped dp over the Desert Storm cardstock which looks great with the white card base and the oval printed sentiment finishes it perfectly. Kai will love this I'm sure. x

  10. Well--in my book this is a beauty anyone would love to receive--no matter the age group! Love the soft, striped background! Glad someone else does things like that--haha! I remember messing up heat embossing one day when I've done it a million times!

  11. A beautiful card Di, I'm sure she loved it.

    Sue xx

  12. Very pretty, Di.
    Not old-fashioned at all.
    Marianne x

  13. Oh no...not too old fashioned at all Di. The colors you used and that fabulous newspaper wrapping makes all the difference. Now I want to stamp some of my own newsprint paper to wrap around stamped bouquets!!

  14. Beautiful, Di! This is a perfect card for a maiden voyage

  15. This card is NOT old fashion Di, it's beautiful!!! What girl doesn't love receiving a beautiful bouquet of flowers?! Especially ones made by a loved one! I love this card, the flowers are just so pretty and I love the way you colored them. I also love that striped pink and white paper you used for the background. I so love that teeny tag and pearls too. So girly and so beautiful, what's not to love??!! Hugs, Brenda

  16. Such a pretty card Di and what a fab stamp... Love that newsprint wrapping! She will be delighted with this x

  17. Beautiful card, Di. Such a pretty design. xx

  18. Di that is so creative l love it xx

  19. Hi DI, your card is so pretty and she is sure to love it. I like how it looks wrapped. CarolG

  20. A very sweet card for Kai's Birthday, and you coloured the flowers very well! Love the newspaper wrapping, so clever!
    Hugs and cuddles to Dudley!

  21. I don't think flowers every go out of style, Di, and this wrapped bouquet is timeless and beautiful! I did have a giggle about the MISTI. Yes, we do get rusty if we step back and it doesn't take long either. It's clear you still have all your crafty marbles, however, once you got going because this is a keeper! Thank you for sharing with everyone at NBUS! Hugs, Darnell (Sorry to be so late commenting.)

  22. So beautiful my friend. I love it.


Thank you so much if you take the time to comment!

This is a public blog. Those leaving a comment on any post on this blog or entering a piece of artwork into a linky do so in the knowledge that their name and blog link are visible to all who visit this blog and in so doing have published their own personal details and consented to my use of that personal information should they be selected as a winner or to accredit work.