Tuesday 28 September 2021

Happy Birthday Cats


I was the recent winner of a challenge and won some images from Hetty Clare Art. I chose this cute image Happy Birthday Cats as I didn't really have many cat images and this seemed like a really useful one to have.

I started a new job 4 weeks ago and little did I know that it would be perfect for a work colleague who happens to have have his birthday today, the very same day as my own. I had to make a card for my birthday twin and he has 9 cats so this was the ideal image.

I used the latest sketch from Cheerful Sketch challenge for the basis if my layout. I used artistic license to change the central circle motif into a square. I wasn't sure if this was allowed but someone else has done it  so hoped it would be okay.

The image has been coloured with Promarkers and I used some fine liner pens from The Works for the fine details. I stuck mainly to a blue colour scheme throughout and chose papers from my scraps. The card base is a silver 6" x 6".

I used a square die to cut the image which has a stitched effect. This was part of a set of 8 nesting dies which I have bought from Ebay last week. I have a particular project in mind for them but tested the first cut on this image. It's quite crisp so I am looking forward to trying the rest of them out.

I gave him the card today and he was really impressed with it and that it had been made by me especially for him. I get so much pleasure from being able to make something that is really personal for the recipient. Spreading a little joy one card at a time

Card Details -

Size - 6” x 6”

Digital Image - Happy Birthday Cats (Hetty Clare Art)

Dies - Stitched squares (generic dies from Ebay)

Colouring Medium - Promarkers, Fine Liner Pens (The Works)

Designer Papers - All From scraps box Blue Stripe (HOTP) 

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


  1. Nine Cats?! OMGoodness! Adorable card, I'm sure he'll love it.

    HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY FRIEND! Wishing you the best today and always. It is a new decade filled with new changes (yeah, you're body might just start betraying you a little) but the opportunity for new joys as well. I hope that you have a wonderful time at your birthday/anniversary celebration (if I'm remembering correctly) with people that you love and have missed but stay safe! Much love to you today and always! ♥Lisa
    P.S. Time to change your age in your sidebar!

  2. This is super cute ! Love the little kittens ! Thank you for joining us at Cheerful Sketches ! Creative regards, Gina

  3. I love this image your card is lovely thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz hugs Sue x

  4. Lovely card with all those cats.
    Thanks for joining us at Cheerful Sketches.
    xxx Margreet

  5. Leuk vrolijk kaartje, leuk dat je mee doet aan de challenge bij Cheerful Sketches....

    groetjes Bea.

  6. Hi Mandy, a great male birthday card for your new workmate, I hate to think of having 9 cats... makes my eyes water and nose drip just thinking of it. Thank you for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, good luck in the prize draw... Megan DT LPoCF

  7. Adorable image (but missing 4 cats!) Still perfect for your friend, and by the way, hope you had a great birthday too! Thanks for joining in at Cardz 4Guys.

  8. a great design Thank you for entering our Anything Goes Challenge atThrough The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge. Good luck Ginny
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  9. A Super design and papers, love your colouring, love your card, and, Happy Birthday, to you and your birthday twin ;D Thank you so much for joining us in our challenge at QKR Stampede Good Luck and looking forward to seeing you again in our next challenge.
    Faith A DT

  10. What a cute card, Mandy. Love all these adorable cats and great design!

    Thanks so much for sharing again at my Crafty Wednesday challenge! Not sure what's up with the linky tool, got your comment about it, but it's no problem as I was able to find your card either way!

  11. How very cute! Thanks for joining in our September challenge at Die Cut Divas.

  12. A delightfully bright and happy card Mandy, thanks so much for sharing and joining in with our A/G/Nature theme at Allsorts challenge this week.

    B x

  13. Adorable image of cats. Love the colours, so bright. Thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create. Vesna

  14. That does look like a useful digi and you've used it to great effect on your lovely background too. Thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge.

  15. I love cats too! I like the papers you've used with it as well. Belated Happy Birthday!
    CD Sunday Plus DT.

  16. Love all the little kitties. Thank you for sharing your lovely work with us at Dragonfly Dreams

  17. Such a fun card thanks for joining us at ikes World Challenges Sall xx

  18. Love the image! I need to get that one as it would work for so many of my friends! It's a really cheerful card that made me smile! . Thanks for entering this into our challenge this time, at the Colour Crazy Challenge - Vic, DT x

  19. A lovely image and, as you say, perfect for your colleague who loves cats. Thanks for joining us at INTAAS. Hazel x

  20. so pretty!
    Thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue Create!

  21. wow - 9 cats is a lot but this really is the perfect card for the occasion! thanks for joining us on the Papercraft-Challenges blog with your card and happy belated birthday! Lisa x

  22. A great card Mandy an I hope the new job is going well.
    Carol xxx
    CD Sunday Plus DT
    Belated Happy Birthday.

  23. What a cute image and fab background! Thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday Challenge - Good Luck!
    Maz DT

  24. Silver cardstock is the perfect addition of metal to this adorable kitty card. Thanks for playing along with our "add some metal" challenge over at Cards 4 Guyz.

  25. Mandy, this card is wonderful and the image is so cute! Thanks for linking up with us at The Inspiration Station Challenge and best of luck in the draw! Donna

  26. Adorable birthday card Mandy. Thank you for joining us at The Cutie Pie Challenge. Pat K xx

  27. Wonderful card.
    Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers and i hope to see you again.

  28. Wonderful design for your beautiful card.
    Thanks for sharing it with us at Polkadoodles.

  29. Cute card and great design and images. So glad you shared over at Cardz 4 guyz, Colour Crazy, Crafty Catz.

  30. Forgot to say thanks for sharing your sweet card over at Crafty Sentiments.

  31. Such cute kitties. A lovely card. Thank you for purring along to play in my Cats only Challenge.
    IKE =^..^=

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  32. Purr-fect card! Love it so much! Great colours, wonderful cute little kittens. Great work with the sketch... and the list can go on! Thank you for sharing your talent with us at I LOVE PROMARKERS. Best of luck with your entry. Nick

  33. So adorable with all the kitties - perfect for a cat lover!! So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas for our Sept challenge (and sorry to be slow getting here to comment!)!!

  34. This is such a fun design! I love the colours and how you added those cute cats without taking away the focus from the sentiment. Thank you for joining us in our "Sentiment as focus" challenge at Papercraft Challenges. Have a fabulous day and happy crafting, Maike

  35. So cute 🥰
    Thanks for joining in at IkesWorldchallenges
    DT Val x


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