Wednesday 1 June 2022

Floating Strips Birthday


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 'Masculine'

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 our Sponsors are Varada Sharma & Digi Doodle Studios

For this challenge I have chosen to work with the twist of Masculine

The inspiration for this card came from one that fellow crafter Leslie Turner posted some time ago. I thought it was just so clever and effective and kept the link as a card idea for the future. If you are interested in seeing it here is the link to her blogpost with the original link to a Splitcoast Stampers tutorial.

My card is A5 in size so I started off with a sheet of A4 navy card which has got a sparkly shimmer effect. A panel of white cardstock is then added so all the front elements really stand out on it. I then cut a sheet of acetate to size so the strips look like they are floating above the white.

I have a great system for my scraps with a box from Ikea which fits a Kallax unit that sits on my desk. The A4 or letter sized zippered pockets were a gift from my sister from Amazon. The zips are colour coded and I keep my scraps of coloured paper and card in each relevant colour bag. The mesh makes them very strong and so far they have lasted me over 2 years. In the past I got into a real mess with scraps and had 2 big cardboard boxes full which i gave to a friend who runs craft sessions at a senior citizen home. I now try wherever possible to file away my scraps as soon as a project has been finished and then go to this first when I need to use something. After crafting for a number of years and trying so many different ways of organising my scraps I have found this to be the very best way for me to stay tidy and actually USE my scraps.

 For this card I simply grabbed the blue bag and had fun pulling out offcut strips that might have been suitable. It is then simply a case of laying them onto the acetate and moving them round until you have a pleasing arrangement then stick them down onto the acetate panel. This panel is then raised up from the white background with foam pads so the strips look like they are floating.

The main sentiment is a large die from The Works which is a great bookstore we have in the UK that sells some crafty things too. This is a die from their own range which was only £4, really great value for how large it is. I always pop into one of the stores when I am out and about as you can get some amazing bargains from them. It is worth grabbing something you like when you see it though as quite often you don't see them when you go in the next time. 

I knew this particular style of sentiment would be perfect for male cards and I think it works particularly well with this graphic style of card. The die has been cut 3 times in the same sparkly blue card as the base, glued all the layers together for dimension and then added onto the floating strips with some thin foam pads.

Finally the sentiment has been recycled from an old cut up card and star gems dotted onto some of the strips for a bit of bling.

This is the first DT card I have made this year as I took a break to help care for my Mother In Law who was very seriously ill. I really, really missed being creative and blogging and so glad to be back doing the things I love

I hope you will join myself and our fabulous Team over at the Paper Funday Challenge.

Card Details -

Size - A5

Dies - Happy Birthday (The Works)

Embellishments - Star shaped gems

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


  1. Great card Amanda and the perfect way to #1 use snippets of card and #2 create a masculine card. Thanks for another wonderful team project for The Paper Funday Challenge and Welcome Back!
    The Paper Funday Challenge
    The Inspiration Station Challenge

  2. Love this design, the shades of blue all work together so well, and the embellishments add a lot of interest while still keeping it masculine. Glad you joined us at Krafty Chicks and the Alphabet Challenge!

  3. Love the design and I have the same die so I may case this one. Thanks for joining us at The Alphabet Challenge. Love Dawn x

  4. Such a cool card design that can be adapted to any color scheme or occasion! I'm glad that you are able to be back doing what you love, and I hope your MIL is doing better. Thanks for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, and good luck! :)

    ~Marie B -DT

  5. Brilliant card and thanks for sharing at Crafty Catz

  6. I like your twist on this card for a masculine birthday. Thanks for linking up with us at Double D Challenge.

  7. Lovely card. Thanks for joining TTCRD challenge. Anesha

  8. A lovely card Mandy and great to see you back crafting. Sorry to hear of your Mother in Laws illmness.
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge this week at CRAFT Challenge looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs Sheryl CRAFT DT xx

  9. What a great idea - I love the pockets colour coded - all of mine are usually in a basket... Great card made - Thank you for Joining us at Digi Choose day

  10. Fabulously created masculine card! Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}
    {Double D}

  11. Great scrappy strip card - love your storage system too!

    Thanks for joining us at Jan's Digi Stamps Challenge.

    Helen x

  12. A wonderful card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "men and/or boys” challenge over at Crafty Friends.
    Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

    (DT Simply Create Too)

    (DT Kreativtanten)

  13. Great to see you back Mandy and great masculine card love all the floating strips.Thank you for joining us at Pearly Sparkles
    Carol DT x

  14. I really love your design, simple and clean. So glad you joined us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Arlene CT

  15. Very nice design and I love the floating strips. Thank you so much for joining us over at Penny's Challenge. Best of luck, DT~Jana Forrest

  16. WOW what an awesome creation Mandy! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Make The Cards Challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.


    P.S. Thanks for playing along at DD also! Good Luck!

  17. So glad you are creating again! Your card is so well designed and I love that you have recycled a sentiment, great idea. Thanks so much for joining us at CRAFT Challenge this week.

  18. Love the different shades of blue, they work really well together. Thanks for joining the Make The Cards Challenge.

  19. A fabulous creation, Mandy! Love all these gorgeous blues for a monochromatic design! And what a great idea for storing scraps sorted by color!
    So nice to see you joining in at my Crafty Wednesday challenge this month, thanks so much!

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

  21. Nice work. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. Love to see you again.
    Ine DT

  22. Your card is beautiful, Mandy! I LOVE it! Thank you so much for joining TIOT challenge. Hugs, Mia.

  23. Beautiful creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry CT/Admin/Coordinator xx

  24. A great card and it's a great design to use your scraps.
    Thanks for sharing at Try it on Tuesday.
    Avril xx

  25. Great card Mandy. Thank you for sharing with us over at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge.
    Wendy DT

  26. Wonderful card, thank you for participating in Crafts Galore Encore Challenge blog at

  27. This is a great way of using those strips we all have left over, thanks for joining us at MAWTT challenge this month. xx

  28. nice card
    Thank you for joining our challenge
    greetings jolanda bongers
    DT Morgan's artworld


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