Sunday 23 May 2021

Jill's 50th Birthday


Today is my sister in law's 50th birthday. We were both born in the same year but my birthday is a few month's away.

I wanted to make something a bit special for her and on a recent shopping trip to The Range I spotted this rather fabulous die. It is really big at over 10cm x 13cm so I knew it would make a great statement on a card. It is Another Candle from Sue Wilson at Creative Expressions. You get the very intricate die and then a frame to cut the outline.

I opted for a double Z fold card and used an 8" card as my base and cut a strip from another card to make the second Z fold.

The papers throughout the card are mainly from the Creative Citrus Pack from HOTP. This is one of my very first paper pads I bought and it came from the USA as in those days you could buy from there really cheaply as it was a really good exchange rate, shipping wasn't too expensive and you very rarely got stung by customs charges. There were very few decent supplies in the UK for cardmaking and scrapbooking was huge over there so every now and then I would place an order for some goodies.

The die was cut from cream card and I coloured the roses and leaves with Promarkers and added some Stickles glitter glue. The lettering has been sparkleified with a clear glitter pen from Spectrum Noir. I the added gold glitter glue to the flames. The backing frame was cut in gold cardstock. The striped paper is an offcut from a K & Co pad Studio K. 

The 50 star is from a piece of wrapping paper I kept from my hubby's birthday a few years ago. I added it to a scrap piece of card to strengthen it.

The inside of the card has lots of elements. One of the main ones is a bike stamp which is from Hip Hip Hipster Stamps at Kate Hadfield Designs. This is a really cool set and I can see me using more elements from it for future cards. We are a small family and we have clubbed together to buy her a mountain bike she wanted for her birthday. I have seen a photo of it an coloured it the same so it will be very personal to her.

The cocktail glass is a shaker die and stamp set Let’s Make Cocktails from Crafters Companion. It was in a mystery bag last year and at £14.99 to be honest I would not have bought it.  When you get loads of things in a mystery bag there are always going to be things you don't like, different styles of products you would not have bought and in this case nice little surprises that may come useful one day.

This has been cut with gold card an acetate window. I used a mixture of seed and bugle beads for the shaker. Despite wiping round with an anti static bag there must be a little bit of adhesive at the top as a couple of the beads keep sticking but they just look like bubbles so happy accident LOL. The cheers word is is a die from this set.

The scrabble sentiment is and old freebie from Tlc Creations. Paulette is very generous and has given away so many freebies over the years. If you are not a follower it is definitely worth doing so as she has images and some great sentiments. I coloured the tiles with a Promarker.

As a final touch I added a Little Miss character 'Little Miss Sunshine' as that is who she is. She has had some awful times in the past and been trod on by some nasty people but she is the most amazing resilient person and has an amazing gift to be able to help others. She has a website Choozing Happy and currently is having her first book published. We are so very proud of her and the person she is. The Mr Men set came from a themed edition of Let's Make Cards some years ago ad this was a last minute addition after I had taken the main photographs. The shape of the card meant the only way I could include it in the photos as to open it out completely. Shaped cards can be awkward to photograph sometimes.....

Ironically the addition of this character is poignant too as the Mr. Men characters are also 50 years old this year. Me an hubby were watching a programme about them and being of that age we all grew up with the books and watching them on the BBC. I realised that many of the bold and colourful style of images I like to colour stem from that and there is probably a lot of artists who have been influenced from that style. It's funny how I hadn't associated the connection until I saw this programme.

Card Details -

Size - 8” double Z fold 

Digital Image - Bike from Hip Hip Hipster Stamps (Kate Hadfield Designs)

Digital Sentiment - Old Freebie from Tlc Creations

Dies - Another Candle (Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions), Let’s Make Cocktails (Crafters Companion)

Paper - Cardmaker’s Citrus Creative Pack (HOTP) & Studio K 12” (K & Co)

Colouring Medium - Promarkers, Gel Pen

Embellishments - Stickles Glitter Glue, seed & bugle beads

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


  1. What a fabulous card, it's beautiful. Such attention to detail, really special card.

    Thank you for entering our Challenge at
    AUD Sentiments
    this week. Looking forward to seeing you again in our next challenge.
    Debbie– DT AUD Sentiments
    My blog

  2. What a fun card Mandy! Beautiful paper choices and a SHAKER element! I feel like I regress to early childhood every time I see a shaker. They bring such an awesome WOW factor to a card, and I just want to get my grubby little paws onto it! Love your oversized die cut too. Thanks for sharing this with us at Passion for Markers!

  3. Great double Z fold card, Mandy, incorporating those fab dies, fun papers and shaker element - I bet your SIL loved it!
    Thanks for playing along with our special Anniversary challenge at Passion for Markers! Lisa x

  4. Sweet card and design. Thank you for sharing with us at The Sisterhood of Crafters.

  5. Another fab card great use of papers and thanks for sharing at Passion for Markers

  6. This is a fabulous Z fold design, lots of lovely elements and details. Thanks for joining us at Allsorts in our 12th Anniversary challenge.

  7. What a fantastic card for a special birthday. The images are fab and your z fold is amazing. Thanks for joining in with our special challenge over at Passion for Markers this week. Hugs, Denise x

  8. A very personal card for your amazing sounding sister in law.
    CD Sunday Plus DT.

  9. Wow,this is just amazing and I'm sure your sister-in-law will absolutely love it. So many personal details on it and that cocktail shaker glass is just perfect too. Thanks so much for sharing at Passion for Markers this week. Hugs, Karen x

  10. What a super card! I'm guessing that your SIL loves it! Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday, Chrisx

  11. Just popping back to thank you for sharing your fantastic card with us at Digi Doodle Studios too!

  12. You certainly made her a very special card - one to treasure.

    Thanks for sharing it with us.

    CD Sunday Plus DT

  13. Beautiful birthday card. I bet your friend just loved it especially when you see it was made with love. Thank you for joining us at A Place to Start this month. Hope to see yoy back here again soon. Judy DT

  14. A super card for your SIL Mandy and so much attention to details, I am sure she will love it.

    Thanks you so much for joining in with our 12th Birthday celebrations at Allsorts challenge again, good luck in the draws.

    B x

  15. Fabulous birthday card with lovely details and shape!
    Thank you for sharing this at Allsorts Birthday Party Week, welcome again!
    Thank you for your visit in my blog;-))m

  16. Brilliant card . Thank you for joining us at CCC Digi Creations challenge. Good luck Ginny DT for
    CCC Digi Creations
    My Blog As I do Rodos

  17. Back to say . Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft Cottage challenge good luck Ginny DT for Creative Craft Cottage
    My Blog As I do Rodos

    1. and Thank you for joining us at Ike's World Challenges. Good luck Ginny DT for
      Ike'sWorld challenge
      My Blog As I do Rodos

  18. I'm sure your sister in law will be delighted with this wonderful card- so much thought has gone into designing this special project.
    Thanks for joining us at crafty Catz this week.

  19. What a fabulous 50 card. A really special keepsake. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Jocelyn x
    CD Sunday DT

  20. Fabulous! Great use of that fancy fold for all the different images. Thanks for playing at AAA Birthday, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!

  21. a beautifully coloured and designed card, thank you for sharing your work at Crafty Catz challenge, Till

  22. Really great card! So beautiful! :)
    Thanks a lot for joining us at Cretalicious! :)

  23. What a fantastic card!! I just love that Scrabble sentiment. I've not seen that before!! And how perfect to add a Little Miss Sunshine for your sunshiny friend!!

    Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon this week!

    Small Bits of Paper

  24. Very special card. Love the details. Your friend will love it. Thank you for join us at Crafty Gals Corner this month. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT.

  25. This card is so special and so much fun. Thanks so much for joining us in celebrating our 2nd birthday at AAA Birthday blog! Tina

  26. WOW ! I'm sure that your SIL loved her card. Such a fabulous work and so many lovely details. I really love the Scrabble sentiment. Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at Uniko.

  27. WOW.. I am out of words for this card. The number of elements and the lovely colors and all the details are awesome. Thank You for playing along the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with the Dies.. DT Dhruvika @the_cardogram XOXO

  28. Gorgeous card, love the coctail glass and colour combo. Thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue Create. Vesna

  29. Love how this turned out Mandy. A card to treasure!
    So glad you have shared this with us at 613 Avenue Create.
    Please come back again!
    The best of luck with your entry.
    Stay safe and well.
    Jackie, DT member at 613 xx

  30. Such a gorgeous project.
    Thank you so much for joining us at Colour Crazy Craft Challenge and the best of luck with your entry.
    Margo DT

  31. I love it! So fun and interactive and special for a 50th birthday! Thanks for joining us at Catch the Bug!

  32. Hi Mandy, a fabulous and special card for your sister in law, love all the items you have included on the card. Thank you for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, good luck in the prize draw... Megan DT LPoCF

  33. Love the card. I watched the same programme about the Mr Men. Took me back to when my three were little.
    Carol xx
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  34. Wow, great use of dies. So many amazing details! Thank you for joining our birthday festivities at AAA Birthday challenge!

  35. Great card Mandy! The use of the dies, the shaker component, the metallics, great composition. Thank you for sharing your exquisite Birthday greeting with us at Jan's Digi Blog Challenge.
    Good Luck and happy crafting!
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  36. Great card - thanks for sharing it with us at Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.

    Helen x

  37. Beautiful creation! Thanks for playing at Craft Creations Challenge.

  38. Fabulous creation! Thanks for joining us for our "Bring on the Glitz" challenge at Digi Doodle Studios!

  39. Fabulous card love that die cut Thanks for join8 g Get Creative Challenge Carole Design Team

  40. I am sure this will be the birthday girl's most favourite card - it is gorgeous! Thanks for joining our Bugaboo Stamps challenge at the Catch the Bug blog; good luck in the draw!
    Jen L
    Bugaboo Stamps DT

  41. Well if you wanted to make something special, you certainly achieved your goal Mandy. This card is gorgeous! I especially love the cocktail glass shaker element. Looks like it definitely came in handy from that mystery bargain bag.

    Apologies for taking so long to come and leave a comment but thanks so much for entering your project into last month's challenge over at Pattie's Creations.

    ☺Lisa D.
    DT Member for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
    Décosse’s Dynamite Doodles--My Personal Blog!


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