Sunday 11 April 2021

Happy 80th Birthday ....

..... Good morning! I'm sharing a couple of birthday cards I've made for my father-in-law, Simon, who is 80 years old today. He's not much for celebrating birthdays, so I decided not to put a number on his cards, but you I think you can tell it's a special birthday! Here's the first card:

Stamps: Impression Obsession - Umpteenth Birthday; Concord & 9th - Yay for Birthdays; Waltzingmouse Stamps - Woodgrain
Inks: Gina K - Sandy Beach, Dark Chocolate, Soft Stone, Barely There; Versafine Clair - Nocturne; Memento - Summer Sky, New Sprout
Dies: Spellbinders - Contemporary Squares
Accessories: White Card; Scrap blue and green card

I'm submitting this card to The Male Room - TMR#149 where the theme is wood. I've used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches - FMS#480 for the layout, and I'm also playing along with Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies - HLSAGD#04.

I thought I had some real wood card in my stash, but I couldn't find it, so I stamped a woodgrain image on white card using two shades of brown and a soft grey. I used a Spellbinder die to cut out the swoosh of contemporary squares. I adhered the outline piece to the front of an A2 card. I used some scraps of blue and green card to cut out the 'squares' and adhered them inside the outline. I finished the strip by adding the square of 'wood' card. I completed the front with a fun birthday greeting, which I'm sure Simon will like! On the inside, I cut a piece of white card slightly smaller than the base. I stamped a fun birthday cupcake in soft tones of blue and green and finished with a fun sentiment.

The card above is the one that mum sent to Simon. I also made one for Jonathan and I to send to Simon:

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Best of Birthdays; Concord & 9th - Birthday Stacks
Inks: SU - Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow, Daffodil Delight; Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: White Card; Visible Image Stencil - Two Tone; Copic Markers; Clear Embossing Powder; Nuvo - Clear Aqua Shimmer Brush

I'm submitting this card to CAS Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#414, Perfectly CAS - PCAS#13, and to Seize the Birthday - STB#211 where the toppings option is Squares.

I started by masking the card to create a central panel onto which I stencilled lots of little squares in burgundy, yellow and green. Next I stamped this cute cake topped with loads of candles and a fun sentiment. I coloured the image with Copic markers and fussy cut it out. I added lots of sparkle to the cake with a clear aqua shimmer brush. I used dimensional pads to adhere it to the front of the card. Inside, I cut another piece of white card, slightly smaller than the card. At the bottom I stamped a line of bold birthday candle which I coloured with Copic markers to match the central panel. I embossed the candles and finished with a bold, simple birthday greeting which finishes off the message.

While travel restrictions have been relaxed in the United Kingdom, it is not possible for us all to get together to celebrate. However, we will be having a Zoom get together for a quiz and to chat later this afternoon. So looking forward to when we can all meet in person!!

That's all from me today - have a good one. See you soon.

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MA-MI said...

You did a great interpretation of the Wood challenge! Thank you for sharing your creative talents with us at The Male Room.

Maja, DT

Jen Brum said...

What a great set of cards! I love the diecut you've used and that fabulous sentiment! It's so fun! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

JulieP said...

Great cards with fabulous sentiments! Thanks so much for playing along with us at the CC&S challenge blog!

Vicky Hayes said...

Two lovely cards to celebrate your father in law's big birthday Deborah and not a number in sight! I love the fun sentiments you've used on both and the shapes are a great idea. Vicky x

foleysfriend said...

Love the shimmer and sparkle of the birthday cake with all the candles. The background you created is perfect for a clean and simple card. Thanks for joining us at Perfectly CAS.

sue n.

cm said...

A duo of delightful cards to celebrate your father-in-law's 80th birthday! The sentiment on the second made me laugh! Masculine marvelous in every way! Thank you for sharing these in the HLS and Perfectly CAS galleries!

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

WOW! Deborah, what a wonderfully designed card, great sentiment. I love your take on the sketch and the insert is also amazing. Thank you so much for joining us in our WOOD challenge at The Male Room Good Luck and I hope you will join us in our next challenge.
Faith DT

Karren said...

This is such a clever take on the sketch and that sentiment is fabulous! Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

Bhavya Raghavendra said...

Beautiful card Deborrah! Love the sparkle on the cake and the geometric stenciled background! Thanks for joining us at CC&S!! Hugs

Majda said...

Great cards with fabulous sentiments Deborrah and you did a great interpretation of the Wood challenge!
Thank you for sharing your creative talents with us at The Male Room.
Majda DT

laurie said...

Great design! Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers!

Helen said...

I love the striking graphic design on your first card, Deborah! The pops of wood grain really adds lots of interest!Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Dies Challenge.Stay safe! :)

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