Wednesday 2 June 2021

Birthday Friends


It is time for another challenge over at The Paper Funday.
Our challenges are always Anything Goes with an optional twist. 
The twist this time is the theme 'Sparkle & Shine'

We are very fortunate to have 2 sponsors for each challenge this year which means we get to choose which artist we would like to work with. This really is great as it gives us double the choice. We are very lucky with the amazing sponsors that are lined up this year, many of which are old favourites and some are new to me.

This month we have Color of Love & Jan's Digi Stamps.

I chose to work with a fun image and sentiment "Birthday Friends" from Jan's Digi Stamps. I just loved the fun image of the older ladies partying. It totally reminds me of Paul's Grandma who was 102 when she passed away and she was adamant she would still have a drink and enjoy herself no matter how old she was.

I used the latest Wednesday sketch from the Outlawz Challenge as inspiration for the layout. I stretched it to fit an A5 landscape card.

I wanted to use a fun multi coloured background and as always headed for my scraps first. The 'paper' is actually a card front which has been recycled from a shop bought card. I love to rescue these types of things that would have gone into the recycling bin. This is so colourful and has loads of gold foil on it so it would have been an awful shame to throw that away. I used an A4 sheet of white card to make the base and trimmed the patterned card to fit. I added a gold metallic border to match the sketch. The thin strips of card that were trimmed off I added to some scraps of gold mirror card and added a strip of clear gems in between for a bit of extra bling.

The image has been coloured in Promarkers to match the colours in the patterned paper. I have used Spectrum Noir Glitter Markers to add sparkly accents. These have also been used to add coloured spots to the background of the image. They are water based so I used a water brush to add some lighter ones and then added some small gems for more sparkle. The image was then matted onto some gold glitter card.

Finally I added the sentiment from the set onto some gold mirri card and a happy birthday from Craftwork Cards. 

I think I definitely fulfilled the brief of sparkle and shine with this one! and rescued the great patterned card front into a new creation.

I hope you will join myself and our fabulous team over at The Paper Funday

Card Details -

Size - A5

Digital Image & Sentiment - Birthday Friends (Jan’s Digi Stamps)

Colouring Medium - Promarkers, Arteza Expert pencils, Spectrum Noir Glitter Markers

Embellishments - self adhesive gems

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


  1. Very fun with all the festive colors and patterns..and wow, all the sparkle! This is sure to brighten a birthday! So happy you shared with us at Path of Positivity! ~Katrina

  2. I think you excelled the Sparkle and Shine Challenge. It’s also great that your reused instead of recycled the card front panel. It fits this Blingy card perfectly. Thank you for sharing your wonderful card with us at Krafty Chicks Challenge.
    Diane - DT

  3. A great birthday card Mandy - I love the sentiment.
    CD Sunday Plus DT.

  4. Thanks so much Mandy for such a wonderful project for the Paper Funday Challenge this month! These little ladies just make me laugh! Donna

  5. A lovely bright card for celebrating a birthday. Great sentiment too. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Jocelyn x
    CD Sunday DT

  6. thanks for showing your colorful party-card for paperminutes this week.

  7. Love this!! Thanks for joining us at The Creative Crafters Challenge. Hope to see you again next time.
    DT Ine

  8. Funny and cute!
    Thanks for playing along with us at Friendship Challenge.
    Good luck and happy crafting!
    Ilse (thera)

  9. Very pretty card! Thank you for playing at Dragonfly Dreams Challenge!

  10. I just love the sentiment on this card, and they're such a fun pair too. Love your sparkly 'confetti', and the celebratory feeling to every inch of this card. Thanks for sharing it with us at The Paper Shelter!

  11. A great card Mandy and the sentiment is so true.

    Thanks for sharing it with us.

    CD Sunday Plus DT

  12. Lovely fun birthday card, great sentiment
    Thank you for joining us
    CD Sunday plus DT

  13. Hello Mandy
    What a fun card. I would like to thank you for sharing your card crafting skills with us at the ATG challenge for Through the Craft Room Door.
    I look forward to seeing many more of your challenges.
    With kind regards
    Sue TTCRD team

  14. What a great fun card! And the sentiment is so true. So glad you joined us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Arlene CT

  15. Great colorful card. Thanks for playing with us at Colour Crazy.

  16. Love this! Excellent use of the sketch!!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's and good luck with your entry! :)
    ~ DT Saphron
    Lemon Biscuit

  17. Fabulous creation! Thanks for joining us for Week 22 at Polkadoodles Craft Challenge!

  18. Beautiful card Mandy. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Wendy CT

  19. Eine lustige Karte. Vielen Dank für deine Teilnahme bei den Friendships.

    LG Heike

  20. A wonderful project
    Thanks for joining us at Friendship
    Hugs Anja

  21. Great image and fantastic card. Nice work.
    Thank you for entering your lovely project in Morgan's ArtWorld. Good Luck with your entry.
    Annette DT

  22. I love the fun card! Great idea and the sentiment!

    Thank you for joining Ike's blog challenge!

  23. Fantastic and fun card. Thanks for joining us at MIUCB
    Tina dt


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