Monday 25 October 2021

An Autumn Birthday


Many moons ago I was the supervisor on the curtain department in a big Allied Carpets store. I have loved fabric and textiles since I was about 10 and although retail can be long hours it was a fabulous job. I was a trained interior designer and really loved helping people match fabrics to the carpets they had chosen.

At one time the designer Jeff Banks created a Home collection in conjunction with us and there were an amazing range of voile panels which had embroidered leaves woven into them (they were REALLY expensive) I had the display one when the range ended and painstakingly cut the leaves out with my trusty Fiskars scissors as I knew I could use them in my crafting somehow.

Of course.... they never have been used until NOW! This card is using one of those leaves and they are just beautiful. I needed to make a birthday card for a friend and neighbour. In the UK Autumn is definitely in full swing now so it seemed appropriate to make it an Autumn inspired card perfect for an adult male birthday.

I used brown cardstock for the base and added one of my most favourite leaf papers.The handmade paper is thick with a leather texture and gold sparkle threads embedded in it. You can see this more clearly in the image below.

I added a wooden button from The Works and tied some parcel string and a scrap of sisal string. The ends were then secured under the patterned paper.

The mesh leaf has been treated to a couple of swipes with a product called Glitter Kiss from Cosmic Shimmer. The fibres in the mesh have picked this up and it has a subtle glitter to it. It is a gel like texture with glitter suspended in it that does not shed when dried. It may be my new favourite thing !

Finally the sentiment is a very, very old foiled one from Kanban which has been popped up on 3d foam pads.

Card Details -

Size - A5

Paper - Woodland Folk (Lee Holland by Papermania), Handmade paper with gold sparkles

Embellishments - Mesh Fabric leaf, string, sisal string, wooden button (The Works) Glitter Kiss (Cosmic Shimmer)

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


  1. A super card for our AG/Vintage theme at Allsorts this week, many thanks for joining in.

    B x

  2. I think we all strive to have enough birthday cards. This is just lovely my friend! Thanks for joining us at The Four Seasons Challenge!

  3. Beautiful and what a great story. It definitely makes this unique. Thanks for sharing with us at Polkadoodles.

  4. I love how we get to know peoples backgrounds or am I just nosy lol.Gorgeous textured card Mandy and love the beautiful leaf you kept
    Carol x

  5. What a great use for this gorgeous woven leaf! A perfect masculine birthday card! It looks like Autumn has arrived here in Midwest USA over the weekend too! Over are the warm days of early Autumn!!
    Thank you so much for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  6. Awesome card Mandy and I love that mesh leaf! GREAT JOB! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Four Seasons Challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back again soon.

    Please stop in for a visit!

  7. Awesome card and love your leaf story thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz hugs Sue x

  8. I love all these wonderful textures, Mandy. What a fun Autumn card. Thanks so much for playing along with us and sharing your art at The Four Seasons Challenge Blog. I hope you'll stop by and play along with us again in our November challenge.
    Karen L, DT
    The Four Season Challenge Blog

  9. Thanks for your entry to Ike's World Challenge. The textures on your card are lovely. Be blessed always, Samara DT IWC

  10. I love your card! The Autumn colors you used are terrific!! Thank you for participating in the Gems of a Craft Challenge! I hope to see another creation soon! ~Michelle, DT Polkadoodles

  11. Mandy this is truly unique ! Great card great story Thanks for sharing at 613 Avenue Create xx Please join us again.

  12. Beautifully created and a fabulous 'recycle'!! Thank you for joining our challenge at Four Seasons!
    Diane FS DT

  13. Youre card is so beautiful, thanks for sharing it with us at The Pearly Sparkles Challenge Blog.
    Hugs Ilonka DT

  14. Nice card.
    Thank you for joining our challenge this month.
    Caroline DT 2Sistersontheblog

  15. This is also very nice.
    Thank you for joining our challenge.
    Nicolette DT 2Sistersontheblog

  16. Lovely design. Thanks for joining 613 Avenue Create.. Anesha

  17. Fabulous card thanks for entering at Crafty Catz love the texture

  18. How did I miss this? It is a lovely Autumn Birthday card that leaf is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing with us at Inspiration Station and good luck x

  19. Great card and awesome texture thanks to your burlap leaf! A truly wonderful response to our challenge at A Place To Start!
    Chana Malkah, Owner

  20. I love the design of this card, Mandy! Great burlap leaf! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Ike’s World. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Designer for Ike’s World {My Blog}

  21. Pretty card!! Thanks for joining us at Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends! Candace DT

  22. Your card is beautiful!! Thanks so much for participating in my PINSPIRATIONAL challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafting day!! Stay safe and healthy!! *Sorry for being so late commenting but please know that I have checked out your project and appreciate you entering my challenge!!! 
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  23. Gorgeous card!! Thanks so much for participating in my IF YOU GIVE A CRAFTER A COOKIE... challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafting day!! Stay safe and healthy!!
    *Sorry for being so late commenting but please know that I have checked out your project and appreciate you entering my challenge!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper


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