Friday 15 October 2021

Len's Birthday - 2021

Today is Len's Birthday and boy was I stumped for a card idea! I have a few in the 'everyday' box of cards and one of those was perfect from Dudley - but I wanted something he hadn't seen before from me.

Eventually, Vicky's brilliant card that she made HERE popped into my mind and that was the starting point. She used a die set, won in the Snippets Playground, so I took it from there as I've had the same set of dies waiting since May to be used. I would have loved to do a total CASE of her card but that seemed like a step too far, so I came up with this:

 I used:

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

- a snippet of Tonic 'Red Vellum' pearlescent card, trimmed to leave just a narrow border

- a snippet of Neenah 'Desert Storm' card, die cut using Poppy Stamps 'Fading Dot Border' die the trimmed to create a sort of 'tool peg holder board' along the top and bottom

- adhered that strip to a strip of the 'Red Vellum' card (which I'd cut in one swoop to the same width as the backing panel) and then trimmed it top and bottom to leave just a small margin. I did this step to allow me to move stuff around rather than adhere the 'peg' board straight onto the red panel

- then die cut a selection of woodworking tools from a snippet of silver mirri card, using the Sweet Dixie 'DIY Tools' set of dies and the Altenew 'Mini Blossom' baby die cutting machine - ready to work out the positioning of the whole card front

- checked the positioning and glued the 'tool peg board' to the Red Vellum' front panel and trimmed off both sides (from the back)

- die cut the sentiment from another snippet of silver mirri card using the Altenew 'baby' die cutting machine and an IO die from the 'Birthday Top Edgers' set Impressions and trimmed the bottom off to just leave a narrow border

- glued the whole front panel to the card front

- glued the sentiment just above the 'peg board' , using a glue pen

- added the die cut tools to hang down from the 'peg board'

- added a hot fix silver Josy Rose nail head to each corner

It's a super-appropriate card really as one of 'Handyman Len's' Birthday presents is yet another type of electric saw to play with.

I'd like to add this card into Darnell's NBUS Challenge #31 as it was a first outing for the set of DIY Tool dies.


  1. Such a fun card Di and perfect for the handyman at your house!

  2. Loving those tool die cuts Di, and you have made a fabulous card using them!
    Happy Birthday to Len
    Stay safe

  3. Happy birthday Len! Love the card, and it will go perfectly with the gift.

  4. Happy Birthday wishes to Len and he will love this card I'm sure. Great idea to hang the tools from a pegboard. Have a great day both of you and Dudley of course xx

  5. A great card for Len and I hope he enjoyed his birthday.
    Kath x

  6. It's a great card. Happy Birthday Len.

  7. What a fantastic male themed card Di. I hope Len had a great day.

    Sue xx

  8. Happy Birthday to Len and I hope he had a lovely day.
    Fab card Di. x

  9. Happy Birthday to Len and what a wonderful card using this fab tool set Di, and a geat background colour and the Fading Dot panel with your sentiment on the top together make a great backdrop to your added tools, and the nail heads are the perfect finishing touch. x

  10. Hi Di this is a fantastic card. I just love it. Have a good weekend. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  11. Oh Di, I would have been very proud if you'd CASEd my card but I am over the moon anyway if I inspired any part of this beauty! Aren't those die cut tools adorable? I had to stop myself from carrying on die cutting them! Happy birthday to Len - I hope he enjoyed his new saw and was amazed by the perfect card to accompany it :) Hugs, Vicky xx

  12. Cor that's flipping brilliant for a masculine card. Love that pegboard background idea too.

    Vicky is a very inspiring cardmaker and enabler!

    Bet Len just loved it! HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEN!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  13. Vicky's card is fabulous and I think yours is too. I love the pegboard the tools are hanging on. A wonderful and clever case Di.
    Faith x

  14. Happy Birthday wishes to Len, and I love those adorable die cut tools, Di ! I love how you hung them on a 'rack.' Fabulous design!

  15. Fab masculine card, Di! Brilliant way to make the peg board. Len will love it!

  16. A great card and ideal for most men but not mine!! He doesn't do DIY, I have to do most of it!!! Hugs, Carol

  17. Oh, I just love this Di, and I'm sure that Len was tickled as well. What a clever idea to use the dot die as a pegboard, and the nailheads are a wonderful detail too. I have a die set of tools that are similar to this, but my dies are smaller. My husband will fix things in a pinch, but not his favorite thing. However, my son in law and brother-in-law are DIY experts so I'll have to bookmark this adorable card idea.
    Happy Birthday to Len!

  18. Love this card so much! My husband would go nuts over this design because he's definitely Mr. Fix-it. Happy birthday wishes to Len!!

  19. The toolset is awesome for a men's card. Congrats to Len!!!
    Lia xx

  20. Oh Di l love your card definitely my kind of card xx

  21. Happy Birthday to Len! And what a fab masculine card you have made for him.


  22. Fun tool card for Len's birthday! Please wish him a happy birthday for me :)

  23. Your card is super! Bet Len loved it. Smiles and hugs.

  24. That's a truly realistic set of tool dies and I'll bet Len loved his fun card, Di! It's always a blessing to find out you fell in love with a handy man! Thank you for sharing! Hugs, Darnell

  25. Great card, Di. Belated birthday wishes to Len xoxo

  26. A so beautiful card for your hubby, Happy Happy Birthday to him!! :)

  27. Awww a belated Happy Birthday to the wonderful Len, hope he had a great day XXX
    What a fabulous blokey card ... it reminds me of my grandfather's shed - he had every tool you could ever need to fix anything, and each had its own place or hook (and was always put back in the right place) I wish I'd had the foresight to take a photo of it, but then sure we could say that a lot about things in our lives!!


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