Category: Birthday Cards

Custom stamped horse birthday card

It has been a while since I posted a custom order, as I have been busy making designs for my new Etsy store and for an upcoming craft fair in Canterbury. This horse birthday card was a real pleasure to make, as it was for someone with a real passion for their horse.

Horse birthday card

I started with an A6 white card and added a patterned brown card from a DCWV mat stack. Then using a stamp from Anita’s I used a Tsukineko Brilliance Dew Drop ink pad to stamp the horse onto white card which I mounted using double-sided tape.

Next I added satin ribbon in a lovely forest green and matching emerald gems in the top right corner of the card. Finally I added a hand-written message (Happy Birthday) using a metallic glitter ink pen. I hope the recipient likes it!

Santoro Gorjuss Decoupage Birthday Card

This card is a little different to my usual style, but as I received a Santoro Gorjuss decoupage set free with a order, I thought I would use it in this birthday card.

Santoro Gorjuss Decoupage Lilac Birthday Card

I started with the decoupage which was quite easy to pop out of the sheets and just needed a little snipping to tidy up the edges. I used large and small sized square foam pads, as there were some fiddly small sections that needed a tiny foam square on the layers (such as the collar on the dress).

Then I added two extra layers behind the decoupage using Xcut nesting oval and scalloped oval dies. I used papers that I received free with a retired Sweet Dixie die I bought from eBay, so this really was a great value card to make! I also received the matching buttons with my free decoupage set, which matched really well with this card.

Next I added a wide black grosgrain ribbon and added a teal satin ribbon on top to add a different texture, with a hand-tied lilac ribbon added on top. Finally, on top of this I added a peel-off sentiment on to purple card which I layered with the same teal paper I used to back the decoupage, and added this using more 3D foam.

I will be entering this into the anything goes challenges over at Inspiration Destination and Lemon Shortbread.

Hand painted background birthday card

This card is inspired by the ‘make your mark’ challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More. I will also be entering this painted background birthday card into the anything goes challenges over at Inspiration Destination and Penny’s Paper Crafty Challenge.

Metallic painted background card: silver, mint and lilac

I started with metallic paints from Aztec paints in a lilac, mint green and silver and used a flat wash brush to create this mixed thin stripe background. After letting this dry, I trimmed the card and mounted it on silver mirror card. Then I added a silver Happy Birthday die cut and added two sized matching lilac flower gems.

This is the first time I have tried painting a full background and I really like the effect. I can’t wait to try out other colours and different styles too.


Celebratory Happy Birthday Cupcake Card

This birthday cupcake card is my entry into the anything goes challenges over at Penny’s Paper Crafty Challenge and Inspiration Destination.

Happy Birthday Cupcake Card: Blue, Green and Black

Other than my Sweet Dixie dies which you all know I love if you have read more than a couple of my blog posts, this is one of my other favourite dies and it is from Elizabeth Craft Designs. This time I have avoided pink when using this die in an effort to make this card more unisex. I am now working in an office with lots of men and it reminds me that I should create more cards for men, but it is tricky when your crafting area is full of lots of glittery and flowery ribbons and gems that shout feminine!

I started with some of my go-to papers by American Crafts and picked out aqua blue from the papers to create mats for the layers of the card and black, white and green for the cupcake itself. I used an Xcut scalloped square from a nesting die set for the mat under the paper layer with the cupcake on and regular squares for the other layer.

I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed this with red embossing powder. When layering everything together I then added a black satin ribbon to add a little extra texture to the card.


Lilac Happy Birthday Cute Cat Card

This card is inspired by the #369 sketch challenge over at Tuesday Morning Sketches (sketch below).  This happy birthday cute cat card is on a 5 x 7 inch lilac card and I started with lovely pastel papers from American Crafts.

Cute Cat Happy Birthday Lilac Cat Card

The striped card makes up the bottom layer then I added the floral layer and an extra strip of the gingham lilac card which I had leftover from a DCWV mat stack. I added a slim silver ribbon and stamped on a die cut circle (from an Xcut nesting die set) before adding the bow making it look like a tag. Then I added the clear sticker on the lilac card which matches the card blank and added a scalloped circle die cut behind this – then I added them using foam tape to add dimension to the card. Finally I added three little pastel flower gems in the top left corner of the card to finish off the design.

tms-369 sketch

I am also entering this card into the Lemon Shortbread #24 Anything goes challenge.

As the focus of this post is a cute cat card I thought I might also add a cute photo of one of our cats – Pumpkin, who was enjoying the last of the summer sunshine today.

Pumpkin cat rolling in the garden in the sun  Pumpkin cat rolling in the sun in the garden


Pink and Silver Happy Birthday Butterfly Card

This is my entry to the Seize the Birthday challenge this week, a pink birthday butterfly card.

The base card is 5 x 7 inches and I added a DCWV mat from the Blossoms and Butterflies mat stack with a silver mat underneath it. I used a silver mirror card die cut birthday message and added these to the same patterned card with another silver mat underneath.

Finally I added a hologram sticker on top of card which I fussy cut and then added with foam pads, and stuck gems to the flowers on the foiled pattern on the card to match the colours of the butterfly.

Pink and Silver Happy Birthday Butterfly Card

I think I am going to have to really focus on festive crafting soon as I was reminded it is now less than 100 days until the big day! I even heard the first Christmas song of the year on Radio 1 – Maria Carey’s All I want for Christmas is you!

Happy Birthday Cupcake Card

This card was inspired by a very festive week in the Houlding household as it was my birthday! This sums up the party atmosphere and the sweets and treats we consumed by the bucket-load! The colours of this Happy Birthday Cupcake card are right up my street and reflected all the bright birthday cards my lovely friends and family gave to me too.

Happy Birthday Cupcake card

I used an Elizabeth Craft Design cupcake cutting die and some of my favourite papers from American crafts. The stamp is from a clear Daisy & Dandelion set and I added black gems in the centre of the bow and at the edge of the cards. I am really starting to notice how contemporary cards look when you add black as an accent colour and this is especially true in this card.

I am entering this card in the following challenges: Simon Says Stamp (anything goes) and Inspiration Destination #102 (anything goes).

Summer fun – sailing birthday card

The theme over at A Gem of a Challenge this week is ‘summer fun’. Living near the coast in Kent, summer fun inspires days at the beach and out on the water, so I started with a nautical theme for this sailing birthday card

Sailing Birthday Card - Red and blue yacht

I used my Planes, Trains and Automobiles papers by Far and Away to create the layers and die cut the yacht by Sweet Dixie in both red and navy blue to combine the pieces. Then I used another Sweet Dixie die to cut the sentiment- can you tell I really like the Sweet Dixie style?!

I added the royal blue satin ribbon and die cut the anchor and ships wheel to finish the card.

I am also entering this card into the ‘anything goes’ challenge over at Inspiration Destination.

It’s hip to be square – 21st Birthday Card

The challenge over at Simon Says Stamp is ‘it’s hip to be square’ – so I have taken squares and rotated squares (diamonds) and really run with it with this 21st birthday card.

21st Birthday Square Cream and Black Card

The Happy Birthday sentiment stamp is by Daisy & Dandelion, and the border is die cut using a Sweet Dixie die.

I will also be entering this card in to the challenges over at Inspiration Destination (anything goes) and Cute Card Thursday (words or numbers).

It’s short and sweet for me today as it was my first day back at work after having time off to recover from surgery and it has taken a bit of a toll today, I will certainly sleep soundly tonight!

Fun bunch of birthday balloons card

The theme over at CASology this week is: fun! I knew I wanted to try out my new balloon die and this was the perfect opportunity to create a fun bunch of birthday balloons card with a big fun bunch of balloons.

Fun Birthday Balloon Card: Dark bunch of balloons

When I started die cutting I was using all the scraps in my pre-cut paper draw and I had lots of lovely pastels and pink colours, but then I realised this could be a great opportunity to try and make a unisex card, so I picked out the darker colours for the bunch of balloons.

I then used the sentiment die that comes in the same set as the balloon. It cuts out all the inners that can’t be used to create the holes so I added the holes with silver pearl drops. I also used the silver pearl drops to create the strings for the balloons too.

I am really looking forward to using this balloon die again as it will be really easy to create really different looking cards just by selecting different coloured card, and maybe even using patterned paper too.