Sunday, 10 January 2021

A Bookworm Birthday


I am absolutely delighted to announce that I have been chosen to be on the 
Creative Team of Kate Hadfield Designs

There was a CT call early December and I applied.  I first became aware of Kate through digistamp downloads with one of the UK craft magazines.  I then signed up to the free downloads section of the website Doodle Den and had used a couple of the stamps in different projects.

I love Kate's doodles, they are so bold and cheerful and suit my style of crafting. There are just so many digi packs in the store to choose from that it is so easy to be enthused. The very talented team use the digi papers and elements in so many creative ways. It is an honour to be amongst them. There is a fabulous gallery on the website where the members show what they have made using the digital packs too.

This card has been made for out best friend's little girl who is 3 today. We live very close by and during the lockdowns we have seen them many times as we are within walking distance. This last year she has really come out of her shell and loves to learn and reads books (and is read to a lot too). I always want to nurture that so have bought her some cool picture books for her birthday that have jigsaw pictures inside them. I would play with them myself if I was her age so I hope she likes them.

So the gift I have bought her has really inspired the theme of this birthday card using the Bookworm Stamps pack.

You get 30 stamps in 3 different formats. Bold outlines which are great for enlarging. Many of the resources are used in educational settings so these images are perfect for that. You get standard digital stamps and also a white filled version which can be useful when layering different images together.

I started with the heart and made it a large size to be the background of my ensemble. I sat the girl towards the bottom. I added the 'I Love Books' onto the spine of the book. I had intended that the main image would be decoupaged so also printed the girl and a separate book layer.

The little bookworm I flipped so it would be looking at the girl and printed a stack of books from the set. I added the text to the banner and then all the elements were printed out and coloured using Promarkers and Spectrum Noir Glitter Markers.

The heart is coloured using shimmer chalks from Pebbles Inc. I have a stencil which has lots of different shaped hearts on it. I used 2 medium ones to chalk hearts in the background and then used an Ultra fine pink Sharpie pen to draw open hearts.

All the elements were cut out using some super sharp Fiskars embroidery scissors I have had for about 20 years. They give me the control I need for the fine cutting required for decoupage. I have tried other scissors over the years but nothing compares to these. When I cut out images like these I use a Promarker to go around the outside edge with a light touch. This covers up the white edge and makes it look a lot neater. I mounted all these onto foam squares, you can see the dimension more clearly in the close up below.

The base of the card is an 8" square card blank. I used a colourful hearts patterned paper and added a layer of pink underneath so this is the perfect girly card for a very special 3 year old.

Card Details -

Size – 8” square
Stencil - Hearts
Colouring Medium – Promarkers & Spectrum Noir Glitter Markers
Embellishments – I Kan Dee Chalks (Pebbles Inc)

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



  1. Great card for a book lover, Mandy and it's wonderful that you wish to nurture your friend's little girl's love of reading - I always think that if a child enjoys reading, they will find learning so much easier.
    Thanks for playing along with my Birthdays challenge over at Passion for Promarkers this week! Lisa x

  2. Super cute!! I'm sure your little neighbor will love it! I love the little heart paper in the background; so fun! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

  3. Perfect card for a book lover, Mandy. I love the little worm you added :) Cute! Thank you for sharing your card at AAA Birthday. Valérie DT AAA Birthday

  4. A lovely card for a little book- lover, sweet image, lovely design and great dimension. It's so important to encourage children to love books and reading. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Catz this week.

  5. Many thanks for joining in our challenge at Passion for Markers this week and sharing your lovely card there.
    Lorraine DT

  6. Lovely card. Thanks for joining us over at Passion for Markers.
    Love n hugs
    Marie, DT-PFM

  7. Wonderful card, nice images and cute coloring is awesome, thanks for playing our Stamp Act challenge this week at Krafty Chicks.

    Leanne DT/KC

  8. I'm sure Charlotte will love her card and present. I'm a fan of Kate Hadfield's designs too. I have loads of her kits and use them with Craft Artist.
    CD Sunday Plus DT.

  9. A lovely card and a great design, really cute and congratulation on your new position on your DT team. Thanks for joining us at Daisy Chains this month and happy crafting. Michelle DT x

  10. Cute card. Thank you for entering our Anything Goes Challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge. Judy McKay DT TTCRD
    In Search of My Creative Side

  11. Such a pretty card love the colours you used Thanks for joining Get Creative Challenge Carole Design Team x

  12. Adorable! Loving all the hearts and your bright happy colours. Thanks for playing at AAA Birthday, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!

  13. Beautiful card. Love your color scheme. Thanks for playing with us at Colour Crazy.

  14. What a sweet card! Great combination of the various images. Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers for the Stencil Challenge!

  15. Hi Mandy,
    Such a beautiful card you make..! It's so sweet. Also love the image you have used on your card.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Scrapping4funChallenges.
    Hope to see you again next challenge.
    Owner ~ MS Kraft Store
    DT ~ Scrapping4funChallenges
    DT ~ Through The Craft Room Door
    DT ~ Make the Card Challenge

  16. oh wow how cute is this thanks for sharing with us this timed luck in the Draw and hope to you join us next time.
    Crafty catz, Craft, passion For Markers, Colour Crazy, Digi Doodles Studios

  17. I love books, so this pulls at my heart. Very cute! Thanks so much for joining us at Jan's Digi Stamps Challenges. Julie, DT member

  18. Great card. Thanks for sharing it with us at the Polkadoodles Challenge Janet DT

  19. Carte très originale.
    Merci de votre participation à notre challenge Colour Crazy.
    Guest Designer Colour Crazy Challenge

    Very original card.
    Thank you for participating in our Colour Crazy challenge.
    Guest Designer Colour Crazy Challenge

  20. Pretty card thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar hugs Sue x

  21. Totally cute and adorable. Thanks for sharing at JUGS this week.

  22. Such a beautiful card with so much details and so much details. .
    Thank you for joining with us at Happy little stampers stencil challenge- Dt Swapna

  23. So cute, love the layout!
    Thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday! Jane S (DT) Paper, Pencils & Pretty Things xxx

  24. Such a lovely card with a nice story to go with it. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Jocelyn x
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  25. What a sweet little card and such a nice gesture. I am sure she will love it. Thanks for sharing with us at Polkadoodles this week.

  26. such a fun card and thanks for sharing at Colour Crazy challenge and hope you will join us again in the new challenge

  27. Such a colourful project!
    Thank you for joining our Birthday Bash at Catch the Bug
    Hugs from Africa!

  28. So cute and pretty! :)
    Thanks a lot for joining us at Creatalicious! :)

  29. Perfect card for a 3 year old - thanks for joining us over at The House that Stamps Built.

  30. Thanks for entering our Anything Goes challenge… your card is lovely. Good luck in the draw and we hope you will come back again soon.
    Diane Louise [Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

  31. Lovely card for a bookworm, great image
    Thank you for joining us
    CD Sunday plus DT

  32. Such a cute card. Thanks for joining us this month at We Love 2 Create. Hugs from DT-Irre


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