Thursday 11 June 2020

Male Birthday

I am the first to admit that I struggle with making cards for men. There is just not enough opportunity to add girly stuff. It is quite ironic as I am not really a feminine girly girl but love to make female orientated cards.... 

I bought some Julie Hickey dies from Hochanda last year which are perfect for men's cards. This card is one I made for my nephew CJ. He has grown up all his life with Aunty Mandy making his cards, I try to make them personalised for him or relevant to hobbies and pastime he is interested in.

The card base is a silver cardstock that has embossed stars in it. I have added some balloon patterned paper that was from a birthday pack by Dovecraft.

The lighter frame has been cut with one of the dies. This card is a textured metallic card I have had in my stash for many years. It has a pattern on it which reminds me of streamers and party poppers.

I added a layer of holographic silver card under this and separated the layers with 3D foam. Happy is a silver peel off which has been coloured black with a Sharpie marker pen. Birthday is one of the Julie Hickey dies. CJ is lettering from a Cuttlebug alphabet.

The gift has been recylcled from and old Christmas card. The blue and red balloons have been cut from the same backing paper and I have added silver star peel offs and various gems. Finally some Papermania twine has been added to the balloons.

Card Details -


Size - A5

Dies - Happy Frame & Birthday word by Julie Hickey Designs. Red Tag Sale Cuttlebug alphabet by Provo Craft

Designer Paper - Dovecraft

Embellishments - Twine & diamante gems

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)



  1. Loving the black and bright balloons it captures the party mood. Thank you for taking the time to join in with our challenge and sharing your creativity with us, I love to see your talent, creativity and imagination at work. I hope to see more of your creativity in the near future. Love 'n' hugs Sall IkesWorld Challenges DT

  2. Such a beautiful bright colourful project. Nice work. Looks fabulous.
    Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Annette DT

  3. I love this bright and cheerful card! Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. I hope join us again real soon!
    Hugs, Joy
    Joyfully Stamps
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator

  4. You are not alone, Mandy! You did a great job with this one! Your components are cohesive and work so well together.
    Chana Malkah, Owner

  5. Wow! This is great card for your nephew! A real party spirit going on here - I love it! Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday, Chrisx

  6. you’ve been very creative! love your bright colour choice … thanks for joining in the challenge at … crafty hugs Nelly DT x

  7. I struggle with boy cards too...this is fun though.

    Thanks for joining us at Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge.
    Happy crafting!
    Catherine x DT

  8. Super fun happy card!
    So glad you have shared this with us at 613 Avenue Create.
    Please come back again!
    The best of luck with your entry.
    Jackie, DT member at 613 xx

  9. Great fun card! thanks for joining us at Polkadoodles DigiChooseday challenge hugs Sue x

  10. Fun birthday card! Thank you so much for playing along in our Crafting Happiness Challenge this week. Hope you’ll link up again!
    Hugs! Janis
    Crafting Happiness Challenges, Challenge Blog Owner
    Pause Dream Enjoy, Personal Craft Blog

  11. Would love this as a birthday card -- so festive and fun. Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Dragonfly dreams challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  12. I, too, struggle with creating male card...LOL But, I just love the design of this card! I may have to "steal" it. Thank you for playing along with us on the Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog. Good luck with your entry and hope to see you again.
    Lori P (DT Lemon Shortbread)

  13. Such a pretty card !! Thanks for joining us at the CCC digi Creations Challenge.
    Hugs Ilonka DT.

  14. Love this! Thanks for playing along with Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge!

  15. I love your card, thanks for joining us at the Dragonfly Dreams Challenge.
    Hugs Ilonka DT

  16. Fabulous festive birthday card! Thank you so much for playing along at Let’s Craft and Create this month.
    Design Team Member @ Let’s Craft and Create
    Owner & Design Team Member @ Crafting Happiness Challenges Always Anything Goes with an optional twist – COME JOIN THE FUN!
    My Blog: Pause Dream Enjoy

  17. That's lovely - so colourful :-) Thank you for coming to play at IKEsWORLD Challenges :-)

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  18. Hello… Thanks for entering your lovely card into our ‘Anything Goes’ Challenge. Good luck in the draw and hope you will come back again soon.
    Diane Louise [Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

  19. This is really great!

    Thanks for playing along at Aud Sentiments,

    Hugz Tinz

  20. Super card, I love the colours. Thank you for joining us at Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog
    Best Wishes Lisa xx

  21. Adorable, festive, colorful AND masculine! you nailed it! Thanks for playing along with Papercraft Business Challenges!
    Jill – Design Team member at Papercraft Business
    Visit my blog - Killeen House Studio

  22. Beautiful creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin/Coordinator xx

  23. Lovely card Mandy. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Wendy DT Member for

  24. Fabulous card design and colors.Love it...Thank you for joining us at A GEM OF A CHALLENGE,hope to see you again
    Željka DT xx

  25. Wonderful, colourful card!
    Thank you for joining us this month at We Love 2 Create With Polkadoodles! Jane (DT) Paper, Pencils & Pretty Things xxx

  26. A fabulous project, thanks so much for linking to TIOT, much appreciated! Valerie

  27. Such a lovely card, thanks for joining us at the Creative Craft Cottage Challenge Blog.
    Big hugs Ilonka

  28. Beautiful and festive card, very pretty bright colors and balloons, thank you for playing along over at IKE's World Challenges, hugs, Lori m

  29. Beautiful and fun birthday card. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Gale DT

  30. Lovely card, wonderful layout and the background paper is awesome.…
    Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge.
    Claudia Martins - DT

  31. Great card, well done! Thanks for joining us at Unicorn Challenge.

    groetjes, Ellen

  32. Great design - love the metallic layer.

    Thanks for sharing it with us at the Paper Funday Challenge.

    Helen x

  33. Great masculine card. Thanks for joining the challenge at Crafty Gals Corner Challenge Blog.

  34. Great design and so colorful! Thank you for joining us at the Crafter's Castle Challenge Blog. ~Tracy, DT Member

  35. Me again!

    Thanks for joining us at the Mix It Up Challenge Blog too.

    Helen x

  36. Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing with us at Let’s Craft and Create Challenge, hope to see you again :)

  37. So cute! Great design, love the metallic layer¡
    Thanks for participating with us in CORROSIVE CHALLENGE BLOG
    Haideelum DT CCB
    And remember that you can also find us on Instagram, look for us as @corrosivechallenge

  38. A lovely card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes + optional birthdays” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

    (DT The Sketchy Challenges)

    (DT Simply Create Too)

    (DT Kreativtanten)

    PS: Sorry for the late comment, life had been very busy these past weeks…


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