Thursday 6 August 2020

Sarah's 50th Birthday Star Card


It was my next door neighbour's 50th Birthday a few days ago. Due to the Covid-19 situation the holiday abroad for her birthday was cancelled and the planned big party had to be downgraded to immediate family BBQ so her birthday wasn't quite the celebration it was intended. I made a special card for her that opens out like a big star.

The base of the card is 7 A6 gold card blanks that I stuck together to make it strong. The front and back were split at the seam and a piece of wide gold ribbon was used to bind the edges. The card is decorated on all sides and can be opened out to display like a star. (In hindsight I think it would have been better with an even number of pages, I will remember that for next time!)

The front section is decorated with a sentiment that came from an old Papermania paper pack. This has been distressed with an ink pad and glitter glue added to the spots. I added a little 3d sticker cupcake from a Forever Friends kit and a little vellum and bead butterfly sticker I had floating around without a home. A few months ago I picked up some foam silver glitter letters and numbers from Poundland for this project and they feature throughout the card.

Many of the elements that I used were coloured a long time ago. I have a flip photograph album that I keep stamped images that I have coloured ready to add to a relevant project. When I have had issues with mental health in the past I found I could not actually make cards. I feel a little bit of me goes into everything I make and don't like to pass the darkness on.  Art therapy is important to me and I able to colour, that has kept me occupied in some of my darkest times. It's weird now actually using some of these as I almost cannot remember being so depressed. I've come a long way since then :)

For this section I used a rubber stamped image Cheesecake Wish from Penny Black. This was coloured in with Twinkling H20's and Stickles glitter glue added to the floating seeds. I matted the image onto black card.

The sentiment was perfect for this as it is traditional to make a wish when you blow the seeds of a dandelion head.  I added a scrap of co-ordinating paper and some of the foam glitter letters.

For this next section I recycled some elements that I had received in a card some years ago. I simply added some of the glitter number stickers and used a ultrafine Sharpie pen to write the 'th'

This section is made using a card front that was made from a forum swap a good few years ago. We used to make them and swap them round so people could use them to make quick cards. I never could bring myself to use it as it came so often would use elements from it to use in a different way.  I trimmed some of the paper to use on the opposite side and added some pearls to the border and some glitter to the hat.

The cake is an old digistamp from Pink Petticoat and was coloured with Promarkers in brown and pink to co-ordinate. The foiled sentiment has been recycled from a shop bought card.

The stamped image is Birthday Dog from Penny Black and has been coloured with pencils. I matted this and the sentiment onto red card and used the remaining scrap of black paper used earlier as it co-ordinated so well with the die.

The die is Birthday Cake from Crafter's Companion. A lady was selling a load of dies in a de-stash group on Facebook and I loved how unusual & graphic it is. I am always on the lookout for things that will work well on male cards and snapped it up. Considering how intricate it is it cuts perfectly. I added a red gel pen to the candle 'flames', some more of the glitter letters and an epoxy domed sticker I have had for years.

Both the image and sentiment on this section have been recycled from a handmade card I received. I simply matted onto gold and black card.

The champagne shaker bottle is a stamp and die combo Prosecco Celebration from Crafter's Companion. I have used tiny silver star sequins for the majority of the shaker element and some gold champagnes glass sequins. I added more of the glitter stickers for the 50 and some gem bubbles. The champagne cork has been cut 4 times and layered. I added some thin wire to emulate the basket you get to hold the cork in the bottle. Both sentiments are included in this set.

This last full section includes a digital stamp Stella Birthday One More Candle from Bugaboo Stamps. This was coloured a long time ago with Promarkers. It's quite interesting to see how much my colouring skills have improved since then. I added an epoxy sticker sentiment and a digi banner that was coloured to match.

The Forever Friends is a decoupage sticker, added to a scrap of paper and I distressed the edge with a black ink pad to match the candle on the sentiment that is from a Hot Off the Press Birthday Sentiments pad.

The back section has a free digistamp from Kates Crafty Corner. The blog has not been updated for some time but there are some useful freebies over there so worth a visit.

This is the gift box that I have packed it into. I lined it with some metallic gold tissue paper.

I gave Sarah a beautiful David Austin rose Wisley 2008 as I wanted her to have something she could watch growing year after year. I know she loves roses and the DA ones are particularly good. We bought a 25th Anniversary one for them a couple of years ago and this year the flowers from it are huge, it is growing really well and healthy.

She remarked how the fragrance from keeping it indoors overnight was gorgeous. I particularly chose it for the fragrance so I'm glad she liked it too. I think it is such a shame when they look pretty but don't have a fragrance.

If you have read to the end I thank you from the bottom of my heart and you probably deserve an award!

The whole point of this card was what I love most about handmade cards, to make something unique and personal for the recipient. This is the biggest project I have made for some time and Sarah loved it which is the most important thing to me.

Card Details -

Size - 7 x A6 Cards to make a star shape

Rubber Stamps - Cheesecake Wish & Birthday Dog by Penny Black,

Digital Stamps - Stella Birthday One More Candle by Bugaboo Stamps, Sentiment by Kates Crafty Corner, Cake from Pink Petticoat (retired ranges)

Dies - Birthday Cake & Prosecco Celebration by Gemini/Crafter's Companion

Colouring Mediums - Pencils, Twinkling H20's, Promarkers

Embellishments - Gems, Epoxy stickers, sequins, glitter glue, glitter number & letter stickers from Poundland

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


  1. It's ages since I've seen anyone make a star card and yours is brilliant! I'm sure Sarah loved it. It's lovely to read that crafting has helped you get through tough times and that you feel you've come out the other side - well done.
    CD Sunday Plus DT.

  2. Beautifully and creative card for a special occasion. The Roses are gorgeous too, I used to have DA roses years ago at another house I lived in and their smell was wonderful! Thank you for joining our challenge at Dies R Us!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

  3. Wonderful design; you're project has me thinking ~~very inspiring! ;) Also, a great idea to keep a binder full of colored images at hand! I can see why your friend enjoyed this special card! Thanks for sharing with us at Path of Positivity. ~Katrina

  4. Brilliant star card, nice to see a different shape card
    Thank you for joining us
    CD Sunday plus DT

  5. What a fantastic card! This project has a little bit of everything! Nice idea and nicely executed! Thanks for sharing with us at A Place To Start!
    Chana Malkah, Owner

  6. Hi, Mandy! Again, this is a wonderful project and it is beautifully crafted! Thanks for a beautiful response to our challenge at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana Malkah, Owner

  7. Your star card is so pretty, a beautiful gift... Thanks for entering it into our ‘Summer Colours’ Challenge. Good luck in the draw and hope you will come back again soon.
    Diane Louise
    [Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

  8. Absolutely wonderful project with so much love and thought on every page! I love the glitz and glamour achieved with the gold. Thanks for sharing this with us at Morgan's Artworld

  9. This is really gorgeous Mandy! thanks for sharing this with us at Crafty Calendar hugs Sue xx

  10. Lovely card. Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday.

  11. Beautiful card!Thanks for playing our challenge at CCC Digi Creations. Stay safe and Good luck!
    Anneke DT

  12. Wow a Wonderful card and design, you have put a lot of fantastic embellishments on your star card. thank you for joining us at I Love Promarkers Blog Challenge
    Best Wishes Lisa xx

  13. What a fabulous card! Thank you for joining us this month at We Love 2 Create With Polkadoodles! Susie (DT) 1stFloorFlat xoxo

  14. Oh Mandy what an amazing and awesome gift you have given your friend! I can only imagine how thrilled she was to receive it! What a great idea to give her the plant ... I'm sure she thinks of you every time she looks at it! Thanks so much for playing in our challenge at the Artsystamper Challenge Blog! Good Luck in the draw and hope to see you again next challenge!

    Please stop by for a visit.

  15. What a fab card. I'm sure that will be treasured for ever. Thanks for joining us at Cute Card Thursday. Hugz Andrea.x

  16. Briljant card, very nice.. Thanks for entering your card at Digi Doodles Studios.
    Geweldige kaart. Leuk dat je meedoet met onze challenge bij Digi doodles studios.
    DT Digi doodles Studios

  17. Lovely project Thanks for playing along with us at Crafty Animals

  18. Wonderful projects! You are so talented! 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

  19. Such a wonderful and thoughful creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin/Coordinator xx

  20. Great star card Mandy love all the papges and images -love the gorgeous roses.Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue CReate
    Carol DT x

  21. Hi Mandy-love you bottle shaker page.Thank you for joining us at A Place To Start
    Carol DT x

  22. Fantastic. This is so beautiful. Nice work. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Annette DT

  23. Wonderful star card. Thanks for joining us at Pearly Sparkles this month for our "Anything Goes" Challenge.

  24. Love cards, thank you for joining us over on AUD Sentiments Challenge Blog,
    Crafty Hugs
    Debbie DT - AUD Sentiments Challenge Blog

  25. Nice to see a style revived and given a fresh look. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Jocelyn x
    CD Sunday DT

  26. Wow, what a card. There is so many things that I love. Thank you for sharing at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge.
    Merja DT

  27. Me again :) Thank you also for sharing at Polkadoodles Craft Challenge. Hope to see you again!
    Merja DT

  28. Now that is a fun card! Great work Mandy!

    Thank you for joining our Cute & Cuddly Animal challenge over at Di's Digi Challenge! Good luck!

  29. I really love this creation! My hubby turns 50 next week, maybe I should make one as well:-)

    Thank you for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends!

  30. Love it! Thank you for play with us at Gem of a craft challenge blog. Good luck with your entry.

  31. Creative and absolutely lovely design and thanks for entering into our Sentiment-all challenge, hope to see you again and please don't forget to follow if you haven't already. ♥

    ARTSYSTAMPER DIGITALS. Good luck in the draw. . Love to see you next challenge.

    ~aNNie DT member

  32. Lovely card.
    Thank you for joining us at Digi Choosday Craft Challenge.
    Good Luck
    Rose DT

  33. What a wonderful, thoughtful creative gift! Thank you for entering in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge. Ginny M, DT

  34. What a great card. Sarah must have been delighted with it. It's such a shame how many celebrations have had to be put on hold. I love your idea for storing your coloured images and it's good to hear how crafting has helped you through some difficult times. David Austin roses are the best! I have some in my garden and it's lovely to watch them grow. Thanks for joining in with our challenge.

    CD Sunday Plus DT

  35. Mandy I have never made one of these, but you have inspired me to have a go!
    I love all the different elements working so perfectly together.
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge at I Love Promarkers looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs Sheryl xx
    ILP DT
    Cat Crazy Craft Corner {My Blog}

  36. A special card for a special birthday. I love making these they are always well received and I am sure yours was too. Thank you for sharing it with us at CD Sunday Plus Wynn DT

  37. Thank you for joining in with us Mandy.Your project looks fabulous and I will be back later in the week to study it properly. Down here in Surrey the heat is too much to cope with. Even at this time of night it is too much. It is 84 indoors and 70 outside.
    Carol xx
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  38. Such a fabulous card and labour of love for a precious friend!! I've never seen such a card design before. It's fabulous!! Lovely flowers from your gift that keeps growing too!!

    Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon this week!

    Small Bits of Paper

  39. Wowsers! This is gorgeous!!! I totally understand what you mean about passing on the darkness. I have battled dark days myself. On those days I simply cannot finish a card, so I either just stamp off new stamp sets, or color previously stamped images, or heck... sometimes I can only cut card bases. But just touching my supplies has a healing element. I love that you were able to pull this together using those bits that have accumulated!!! Thank you so much for sharing at 2CCC and please come back and play again soon!
    ~Karen Page, DT Member for 2 Crafty Critter Crazies
    Blog: IG: @misplacedmojo

  40. What a beautiful birthday surprise, very thoughtful and so personal. Thanks so much for joining us at AYLI Challenge this fortnight!

  41. Hi Mandy

    This is a really fabulous project .. .. .. and super special to receive too. Definitely a keep sake!

    Thank you for sharing with the As You Like It Challenge.

    Love Jules xx
    AYLI Guest Designer

  42. Great card, well done! Thanks for joining us at Craft Rocket Challenges.

    groetjes, Ellen

  43. This is amazing and I'm sure it was really appreciated.

    Thanks for joining us at the Artsystamper Digitals Challenge.

    Helen x
    DT Member

  44. Wow, what an amazing card! The star design is fabulous and I love all the images, words and numbers that you used - such a wonderful way to celebrate a 50th birthday 😀. Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Try it on Tuesday! Hugs, Jo x

  45. Mandy your card is amazing. I LOVE everything about it. Thanks for joining us over at Penny's Challenge. Hope to see you again soon. DT~Jana

  46. What a special birthday card, so beautifully done with all the wonderful details! Surely one to treasure forever!
    Thanks so much for sharing at my Crafty Wednesday challenge!

  47. This is really a celebration of friendship! It has so much heart and soul in it! I love the splendid combinations of images and sentiments! Thanks so much for playing with us at Ike's World Challenges! Nan, DT

  48. So beautiful; what an incredible keepsake!!

    Thank you for joining us at Mix It Up!!
    ~Michele, DT

  49. Such a fabulous creation! Gorgeous roses! Thank you for sharing with us over at Let's Craft and Create. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

  50. Amazing card, no wonder your friend loved it!
    Thank you for joining us this month at We Love 2 Create With Polkadoodles! Jane (DT) Paper, Pencils & Pretty Things xxx

  51. Fabulous! SO MANY CUTE CRITTERS! Thank you for joining the Digi Doodle Studios Things with Wings Challenge -DT Meghan

  52. This is a true treasured keepsake! Amazing. Thanks for joining us at Jan's Digital Stamp Shop. Pam, DT

  53. What a fantastic card. I love all the decorations, the shaker bottle is epic!

    Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Crafter's Castle this month....good luck :)
    Keep crafting!
    Lj xx
    Crafter's Castle

  54. Great interactive card! Bravo Mandy!
    Thank you for playing with us at the Ike's World Challenges!

  55. Wonderful creation! Thanks for playing at Crafty Creations Challenge.

  56. This is lovely! How many cards in one?
    Thank you for sharing with IKE'S WORLD Challenges!
    DT for IKE'S WORLD Challenges!
    Calling All Crafters! – My personal Blog!

  57. beautiful card and DA roses looks fabulous too. Good luck and thanks for playing along with us at Lets Craft & Create Challenge. Hope to see you again
    Shylaa DT@Lets Craft & Create

  58. Awww, this is just lovely!
    Thanks for joining us at LTCCB Challenge, we hope to see you again.
    Irena xxx

  59. Me again!

    Thanks for joining us at the SheepSki Designs Blog Challenge too.

    Helen x

  60. I loved every section you made, it has very nice details!
    Thanks for joining us on
    Haideé DTC Corrosive Challenge Blog


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