Thursday 26 April 2012

A Card for the Other Half's Birthday

It's my other half''s birthday today and this is the card I've made for him.  I'm not very good at coming up with ideas for masculine cards but quite enjoyed creating and personalising the little bird house on this one.

The inspiration for the card came from the bookmark panel sheet from Kanban's British Birds Collection.  Only half the sheet was used, as there are four bookmarks on it, so there's the possibility of making a matching bookmark gift too.  The plain coloured cardstock came from the Papeterie.

To make up the bird house I used a Kraft card base to cut four rectangles, two for the box with the top corners chopped off both to create a triangle shaped top and two for the base with the back one cut a little shorter than the front one.  A Nestabilites circle die was used to cut the hole for the front of the box.  The little bird houses spelling out Alan's name were also cut from the kraft card using the Marianne Creatables die set Bird with Ivy.  As well as cutting them out in kraft card I cut them out in brown to get the roof tops and hearts and also in light brown to get an extra heart embellishment.  The kraft card has a white core so I sponged Stampin' up's Chocolate Chip ink around the cut edges.  For the roof I cut strips of brown card, edged them using Stampin' up's scalloped edged punch and overlapped and trimmed them to create a sloped roof.  The edges of the roofs on the small and large bird houses were sponged with Encore gold metallic ink.  The ball at the top is a half inch punched circle and the house number plate was cut using an oval Nestabilities die.  You can guess why it's house number 54.

The bird image sandwiched between the bird house layers is from Stampin' up's Young Vermillion stamp and inked with their Chocolate Chip ink.  The sentiment, which is from Stampin' up's Sincere Salutation stamp set, was also stamped using Chocolate Chip ink and then die cut and layered using a Nestabilities Labels Four die.

The final touches were adding some gold round brads, gold peel off numbers, letters and dots and Stampin' up's Bashful Blue ribbon.  Bashful Blue ink was sponged around the edge of the base card.

Hopefully Alan will enjoy his birthday even if it's a working one.  At least he doesn't have my cooking to come home to as we're heading out for a birthday tea.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges
Shopping Our Stash Challenge 49 - Starts with a B (brown, blue, brad, bird, birdhouse and bow)
Alphabet Challenge Blog - F for Feathered Friends
Crop Stop Challenge 69 - To the Birds
Make It Monday - Anything Goes

Thanks for reading
Liz xx


  1. Love your card,such a gorgeous birdhouse and

  2. This is really good love all the little touches like the age over the door and his name! Love it xx

  3. Gut cards are always so difficult for me as well Liz, but this fits the bill perfectly.

    B x

  4. Lovely card Liz, I like how you have personalised the card with name and number.
    Kath x

  5. I think a lot of us struggle with cards for men/boys, but you have done a really good john im sure he will love it.

  6. Fab creation, love the blue with the Kraft card....

  7. Nice! Thanks for joining in the fun at

  8. Beautiful card and great details! Thanks for joining our CropStop Bird Challenge.

  9. Cute! I like your bird house, and the papers you have used are great too!

  10. A super card, I love it. Thanks for playing along at Alphabet Challenge. I'm sure OH Alan will love it. Caz

  11. Awww look at the cute owls on there :) Saw this on MIM :)

  12. Hello. This is a very Beautiful card. I saw this on MIM..Loz

  13. Love the personal details on this awesome card! So happy you joined us this week at Shopping Our Stash!

  14. This is beautiful Liz! I love the colors and your fabulous details!! Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenge Blog!
    Tammy x

  15. What a great design! I love all the attention to detail. Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

  16. I think your other half will love this card! I really love how you have created this bird house. Absolutely gorgeous paper too.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

    Michelle :o)

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  17. What a beautiful card.Thank you for joining us at The Alphabet Challenge x

    Emma - The Sparkly Fairy

  18. This is really beautiful card, I love all the different kinds of birds and the bird box is fabulous. I saw your card on Make it Monday and had to visit to see the card in full. Wonderful!!!

    Linda xxx

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  20. Beautiful card .. I saw this beauty on MIM..Faye