Monday, 17 March 2014

Special Male Birthdays

There aren't too many birthdays amongst family and friends at the beginning of the year but this year there have been several males, who I don't normally make a birthday card for, celebrating landmark birthdays.  It was the Woodware large word stamp Happy Birthday which was used to make cards for these gentlemen and it was paper pieced in the same way that I've been using their Just For You stamp. 

The first birthday was for brother-in-law Stewart who lives in Norway but drives a removal truck usually between Norway and Spain and it was on one of these journey's that he celebrated his 65th birthday.

Blue card and patterned papers from the Cuddly Buddly download A Patchwork of Papers Blue were used to make this card.   The Happy Birthday stamp was stamped and embossed using VersaMark ink and Disco Black embossing powder from Stampendous.  It was then stamped and embossed on to two different patterned papers from the collection and alternate letters were cut from each patterned paper design and paper pieced on to the main stamped image.  Once completed the topper was embossed using the Cuttlebug Falling Snow embossing folder.  This welds the paper piecing to the card and adds texture which you can see in the picture below.  A stitched border using a black and silver mix thread was added to frame the sentiment before layering it up with patterned paper and blue card to make the main topper. 

The topper was attached to the card using foam pads to raise it over a strip of blue card and on to more layers of patterned paper and blue card.

The sixty-five was printed from the computer and layered on to circles cut using Spellbinders plain circle dies.  A VersaMark ink pad was dabbed on to blue card and then embossed using Stampendous Disco Black embossing powder to create a piece of black sparkly card to cut a circle from.  The only extra embellishments were the silver brads.

The second of these cards was for one of Ian's friends who was celebrating his 21st birthday.

The same papers and card were used to make this one with just a slight change in the layout and the use of black self adhesive pearls instead of silver brads.

The third special birthday was for a nephew who turned thirty on the last day of February and who just missed being a leap year baby.

 A mix of the two above cards came together for this one.  There's still another one of these cards to share but I'll keep it for another post.

Thanks for reading today


  1. Another great card showcasing the Woodware stamps Liz.

    B x

  2. Fabby cards... Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  3. What a great collection of cards Liz. Thanks for sharing them with us at Cardz4Guyz this week and good luck. :)

  4. What wonderful card and what a brilliant (and adaptable) design! You've done a fantastic job on each!

  5. Wow, I love these Woodware stamps, I like how you have used your backing papers and how you have paper pieced them. Thanks for sharing with us at Cardz 4 Guyz. Caz

  6. What a great card. I like the CAS of this one. Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown Challenges.
    Linda K. DT

  7. Great birthday card, I love how big the sentiment is and the paper piecing along with the blue colors! Thanks for joining us at Pile It On!!
    sharla~dt :)

  8. A great selection of cards and I love the paper piecing. I'm a great fan of these stamps - perfect for masculine cards.

    Thanks for playing along at Cardz 4 Guyz this week x

  9. Love this, very cute! Thanks for playing along with us at Cardz 4 Guyz this week.

  10. Fabulous card! That is a big birthday. Thanks for joining us for our 'Big Birthdays' challenge at Dream Valley and good luck! Hugs, Wends x

  11. These stamps are just fab for paper piecing aren't they, Liz?
    Great colour combo for men too, I love them all and beautifully made as always.
    Happy crafting, hugs Erika.

  12. This is SO cool!!! LOVE the fun paper piecing and I adore all that blue! LOVE this fabulous masculine card! :) HUGS and have a great rest of the week! Mynn xx

    PS: I'd love for you to visit my blog (On a Stampage)--I've got blog candy! :)

  13. I love this card - perfect male design :-) Thank you so much for joining us over at Flat Friends, Em xx

  14. Awesome card. Thank you for playing us at Incy Wincy Challenge!
    Kaia, DT

  15. Fabulous cards! What a brilliant idea for those hard-to-make mens' cards, the layout and papers are just right! Thanks for joining in at Dream Valley!

    love Mags B x

  16. Great cards! Thank you for joining us at Seize The Birthday. :)

  17. Thanks for playing with us this week at Incy Wincy! Hope to see your work in our next challenge!
    Be sure to check out the HUGE blog candy (ends on the 24th) I have on my blog right now!!
    Karen C

  18. stunning male cards liz.brilliant stamp and i love your paper piecing ;D

    xx coops xx

  19. Brilliant , love your cards!

  20. Here is your new follower!
    Greats !neke