Monday 17 September 2012

Twit Twoo..... Happy Birthday to You Whooooo.....

This is a card I made for Andy's birthday which was on Saturday.  Andy is our daughter's boyfriend and he is very conscious of making life choices which are beneficial to nature.  Rather than choosing flowers for their display he's chosen plants for his garden which are popular with bees and insects.  He's also constructed a hedgehog hibernation shelter and set up bird feeders.  Recently Andy has been delighted as they've been hearing the hoots of an owl nearby and I took this as the theme for his birthday.

The owl characters were made using Quickutz dies and they are perched on a branch punched from the Stampin' up build a bird punch.  The backing layers for the owls were cut using  plain and scalloped square nestabilities.  The plain squares were embossed using the Crafts Concepts woodgrain embossing folder and  thread was wrapped around two of the owl panels.  The same colour of thread was used to stitch a border around the spotted backing card from Kanban.

The twit twoo sentiment is from the Dawn Bibby stamp set Twit Twoo and is stamped using Stampin up Chocolate Chip ink.  The same colour of ink was sponged around the edges of the base card, the sentiment and the owl front.   A smaller plain square nestabilitie die was used to cut the layers for the sentiment.

I'd decided to get Andy some vouchers from Dobbies for his birthday and at the last Crafting Bee Carol helped me make a gift card wallet to put them in.  It had been a design she'd used for a swap at the previous Stampin' up Tartan Stampers meeting.  The outside of the gift card was also decorated with an owl topper and a poem I'd written made up the insert.  The vouchers were folded and placed in the holder before Andy received them.

The picture above shows what the gift card holder looks like on the inside.  This is cleverly constructed using the Stampin' up Top Note Sizzix die.  Below is the poem from the inside.

Enjoy using these
for whatever you need,
plants for the garden
or bags of bird seed,
bulbs for the spring
a shovel for the snow,
tree lights for Christmas
for that festive glow.
There's lots to choose from
to add to your home,
except.....,  perhaps.....,
a garden gnome.

Andy has recently had knee surgery and so has been stuck at home finding time passing quite slowly. As a novelty gift I added a wooden owl construction kit to keep him out of mischief.  However, he treated himself to an ipad for his birthday so I don't think he'll be at a loss to amuse himself until he's fit to go back to work.

Thanks for reading today
Liz xx

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges


  1. Love your use fo dies Liz. Lovely creations! Thanks for sharing at One Stitch at a Time and good luck with the Challenge. Judy x

  2. I love love LOVE it!!!! I'm such a nut for owls! Thank you so much for joining us at MIM this week! Don't forget to leave a comment for another entry and mention you saw them on MIM for a chance at our second prize! Good luck!
    Rene ;D

  3. Saw you card at Make it Monday and had to come take a look. Its wonderful, I love owls:-) The gift card holder is fabulous and I love the poem. TFS

  4. WOW! Such a brilliant card and gift card holder Liz. Those owls are wonderful, I love how you have their eyes looking in different directions and the colours and textures are fabulous.

    Hugs Sue

  5. Super project thanks for joining us this week at PanPastel uk.

    Kerry DT Leader

  6. This is a great card for a man and all the wrok involved. You got the squares perfect-I am always crooked in some way. Saw this on MIM

  7. What a great card. I saw it on MIM.

  8. Hi Liz,

    What a cute and clever card. wow, I'm blown away. Thanks for sharing, so glad I came by.


  9. WOW Liz fab card and wallet. Those owls are really great and love the textured backgrounds. He's a lucky boy getting these hope he loved them
    Eileen x

  10. Fantastic cards and colours Liz. LOVE the owls... I spotted this on Make-it-Monday..Loz

  11. Oh my Liz, your owl card and token holder are soooooooo cute !! I just adore owls !! So glad you could join us this week at The Crafty Pad !!

    hugs Diane xx

  12. Hello. I saw Your Beautiful cards on MIM..faye

  13. A great card and gift card holder - I'm sure Andy will be pleased!
    Kath x

  14. love these liz.the owls are stunning and great designs ;D

    xx coops xx

  15. This sounds just perfect for him Lizzy I'm sure he loved it. Perfect images and fab card x

  16. Wow Liz! Super Fabulous creation! Great JOB!
    Thanks for joining us at Willow Sketchie Challenge.
    Good Luck!
    -Sony WSC DT

  17. What a thoughtful gift! Love those mini owls on the card. Thanks for joining us for this week's Color Throwdown.

  18. Oh! I love your wonderful Owl cards. Very pretty! I found you at Make It Monday.

  19. What a fab project, love those cute owls. Thanks for joining us at PanPastel UK and good luck
    Claire xx

  20. ooops forgot to say thanks for joining us at Crafty Ann's too
    Claire xx

  21. Oh what a fabulous cards, love those owls.

  22. Lovely Owl projects. Hope Andy is feeling better soon. Thank you for playing along this week at OSAAT. I sure hope to see you back again very soon.


    CraftyGirl OSAAT DT

  23. Great Project! Very, Very, Nicely Done! Thanks for sharing with us at Stamp-N-Doodle!

  24. This is a stunning project and you have teamed the card to customise the card and gift perfectly for your daughters boyfriend.......its what this hobby is all about.

    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Stamp-n-doodle this week


  25. Love the owls, lovely work. Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Ann's.
    Jen x

  26. WOW this is fantastic, thank you so much for sharing at Willow Sketchie this week.

    Kelly x

  27. Thanks for joining us at Love to Create. This is a lovely card.xxxxx

  28. !Thanks so much for joining the fun at The Crafty Pad in our Autumn Colours Challenge!
    Good Luck
    Dawn xx

  29. Cute. Thank you so much for playing with us at One Stitch At The Time.
    Hugs Nataliya

  30. These are fantastic! Fabulous use of dies. Love that gift-card holder too! Thanks for joining us at OSAAT this week, hope you'll join us again soon. Best, CG

  31. Perfect card and thanks for sharing. Thanks for taking part in Crafty Ann's Challenge this fortnight and best of luck. We hope to see you back again very soon. Best wishes, Kym, Crafty Ann's Design Team xxx

  32. Thank you so much for joining in on our I Believe I can Fly challenge over at Raise The Bar!
    ~*Joni RTB DT

  33. These are fabulous! Thank you for joining us at Crafty Ann's
    Ann x

  34. Loving your Blog Liz,,, and your creations are gorgeous xx

  35. Adorable!!! Thanks for participating in LOVE TO CREATE challenge!! Hope to see you again!