Sunday 30 October 2022

Tumbling numbers Birthday card

Today's card is my snippets card for our new Challenge over at The Snippets Playground HERE.

I made it for Len's Great-Nephew, Ben, whose Birthday is actually on Halloween (every year too, ☺) - so I used Halloween colours in keeping with our optional Playground theme of Autumn/Halloween. 

I must stress that this card is an absolute CASE of a card that won Nicky a Gold Star HERE back in November 2018. I notice that our lovely Nicky hasn't posted anything on her blog since July so, if you're looking in Nicky, do think about coming for a little play, you are missed. Many thanks for the inspiration from several of your past entries!


I used:

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

- all snippets were already on my desk, the black card is good quality watercolour card, left from some I was playing with

- cut a deep purple backing layer and a slightly smaller black one for the main panel and set them aside

- die cut the numbers from deep purple and neon orange using a die set of 'candle numbers' from The Works. I trimmed the flame off the top of each die cut, to keep the card as masculine as possible 

- then die cut the 'Birthday Wishes' sentiment using another snippet of deep purple and an Impression Obsession 'Birthday Top Edgers' die

- glued the purple 'tumbling numbers' to the piece of already trimmed to size black card, leaving some of them overlapping the left hand edge

- then glued the sentiment in place, followed by the orange 21

- flipped the panel over and trimmed off the overlaps from the back

- glued the black panel to the deep purple surround then glued that onto the card front

- finished!

I just popped over the The Works' website to see what dies they might be selling right now. I knew the candle numbers - which were their own M&C brand - had long been discontinued. I was sorry to see that they no longer sell any dies under the M&C name - such a shame. That set of candle numbers only cost me £4 - and I also hit lucky with a few other die sets back in 2017/18. All of them were super value and are excellent cutters, sigh. There ARE a smattering of the dies (the actual brand to look for is M&C) on eBay - I ought to know as I just whipped in and bought a couple of brand new sets for the Playground Toy box, yay! Needless to say at slightly inflated prices but still jolly good value, particularly when you take free postage into account. However, the eBay M&C pickings are pretty thin on the ground now.

So, it's a new Snippets Challenge - Halloween is almost here - go and check out the theme! 

Tomorrow (Monday) is Halloween itself and, after a couple of years of abstinence, we're going to 'set up shop' for trick or treaters.

Dudley 'Pupdate': Dudley speaking - well, what can I say? The week has been very wet and I hate wet paws so have had to be (yet again) physically lifted up and dumped out into the garden a few times. One or other of my 'hoomans' then stays on guard beside the door making sure I do what I've been put out to do. Something called 'Halloween' is on the horizon and the 'pawrents' have been wafting around trying on silly outfits, messing around and planning things for Monday evening. Ha, little do they know that I intend to bark and howl at every single person coming to do 'trick or treat' here - until I have a cuddle of course. Mama has given me a choice of TWO different Halloween bandanas - I like them both so will be doing costume changes throughout the whole evening - leaving the pawrents exhausted and vowing to never, ever to do it again! Snigger! x

Finally, did you remember to change your clocks?

With love from Di and Dudley,



  1. Aww Dudley - are you planning on being a kill-joy? Certainly sounds like it, or is that just a way to get extra treats sent your way?
    Love your card Di - that is certainly a great way to make a 'numbered' birthday card.

  2. It's a great idea for a card and well worth CASEing. Love the colours you used.
    Poor Dudley having to put up with a very wet week and having to be shoved out the door to do his business! xxx

  3. A brilliant idea for a card and good thinking to make it in Halloween colours. Pre-Covid I used to pop into my nearest The Works shop on a regular basis and picked up many a bargain - I miss those visits even though I don't really NEED any more dies 🤣. As usual a lovely long and amusing post to brighten up my Sunday morning .

  4. A fabulous card Di and I love the numbers set.
    Kath x

  5. Fabulous card Di and great idea too ooh poor Dudley well he needs to have wet feet if he wants his house cleaned great post as always x

  6. OH! I LOVE those candle numbers Di, I really must pop into our local "small" store more often, they have fab things there. As for your card, I absolutely love it and its colour mix.

  7. I have those candle numbers and love how you used them so well for this fabulous design!
    I wish I was there tonight, to enjoy the Dudley show! :D LOL

  8. What a cool design Di, and I love the colours you chose. A great unisex card too!
    Hope you are well,
    Carol x

  9. Great idea for a card, and love the colours, hugs to Dudley xxx

  10. Great design for a special birthday, Di. I’m thinking with a few added hearts, it could be adapted to make an anniversary card. It’s a shame that The Works don’t sell many dies at all now. I was lucky enough to get the numbers with candles a few years ago and use them often, usually with the candles snipped off, as they’re a good size.
    Sounds like Dudley is looking forward to Halloween tomorrow. Hope he doesn’t wear himself out before the party in the Treehouse! xx

  11. A brilliant card for Len's great nephew and perfect colours as his birthday is on Halloween. It is a pity about The Works no longer selling their own make of dies. I too bought quite a few and the stitched sets of frames are ones that I use all the time, especially the circles, and as you say they are very good quality considering the reasonable price they were sold for. x

  12. Hello Did, it's been a while but back blogging and scrapping again though no cardmaking yet as I've still to get into my new craftroom! Love your card. It's perfect for a Halloween birthday. That's sad news about The Works dies. I have a few and, as you say, they cut very well and the prices were so reasonable. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  13. Apologies for the typo on your name!!!

  14. A lovely CASE of a card Di and fun to use the halloween colours too. I've been looking for dies in the Works too but no joy. Madness really as they must have been very popular! And yes, I did remember the clocks but as usual forgot the one in the car and nearly gave myself a heart attack lol! Darling Dudley - he's a proper little princeling isn't he!! Eva doesn't mind performing her ablutions in the rain but, like Dudley, is not a fan of people coming to the door all night! Vicky x

  15. Hi Di, just popped over to see what Dudley was up to and maybe find out where I could find that number set! Bad luck about it being discontinued (though probably good news for my bank balance LOL)! Hugs, Kate

  16. I have those candle numbers too, but have never thought to cut off the candle duh! Great card xx

  17. Such a fun Halloween BD card! Hope Dudley had a good Halloween. I was happy for Fritz' sake that it was rainy, so few kids came. We turned off the lights at 8pm so everyone could relax. Fritz just doesn't approve of anyone coming to the door!


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