Tuesday 25 October 2022

Spooky 40th Birthday


Every now and again I get asked to make a card for someone and sometimes you have strange requests to include. I was asked to make a 40th birthday card for someone who is crazy about Halloween.

I wanted to make it a bit more special so had an idea about making a shaker element using some witchy potion shaped dies I had received in a lucky bag from Crafter's Companion. I die cut the shapes and cut out a section so I could make a shaker card with an acetate window. This was filled with star sequins.

I stuck to halloween colours throughout and used some paper I had a million years ago from Papermania. The cardstock used is scraps in co-ordinating colours. I used a sparkly black glitter paper and drew a spider web with a white Posca paint pen. I then added some plastic spiders, some pumpkin stickers and a sentiment from my stash.

The inside was decorated to match. The centre panel was cut using a die from Julie Hickey. The ghost is a digital stamp Here For the Boos from Oddball Art Co. coloured with Promarkers and fussy cut. Finally a few more pumpkins complete the card.

I am not sure I will ever get asked to make such a card again but it is always lots of fun to make something that will be completely unique and really personalised for the recipient.

Size - A5

Digital Image - Here for the Boos (Oddball Art Co.)

Dies - The Potions (Sheena Douglass for Crafter’s Companion) Rectangle Layers Frames & Banners (Julie Hickey Designs)

Colouring Medium - Promarkers, Posca White Paint pen 

Designer Papers - Spring Burst (Papermania)

Embellishments - star sequins, spiders, Stickopotamus pumpkin stickers, silver peel off sticker numbers

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


  1. A birthday card for someone mad on Halloween - that would be me then LOL! My birthday is 2 days before Halloween.
    Loving your card especially the stripey paper in Halloween colours.
    CD Sunday Plus DT.

  2. What a cool way to make a shaker element! Great card! Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon.

  3. Great colour scheme - loving the shaker element and embellishments. Thank you for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz xx Lynda/Loopyloo DT

  4. Custom cards are so much fun to make! They're a good challenge for our creativity! I think you knocked it out of the park with this one. The colors are so bright and cheerful, and I love the shaker element!
    Thank you for sharing your card with us at Cut it Up!


  5. OMG what a fun & fabulous creation Mandy! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Four Seasons Challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back again soon.


  6. It's a great Halloween birthday card. It's great inside and out. Thank you for joining us at The Four Seasons Challenge. Bunny - designer for The Four Seasons Challenge

  7. Nice work. thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. Love to see you again.
    Ine DT
    owner: http://mixedmedialovers.blogspot.com

  8. A great shaker card. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Jocelyn x
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  9. Fabulous Halloween birthday love the shaker element and spooky pumpkins.
    Carol x
    THank you for joining us at Scrapping4fun and Pearly Sparkles
    Carol DT x

  10. Great job, nice paper~Thanks for playing our challenge and have a great day!

    Leanne DT Member/CIC
    Cupcake Inspirations

  11. Spook-Tac-u-lar Halloween Birthday card, Mandy! Thank you for sharing your shaker card with us at JAn's Digi Blog Challenge. Good Luck and Happy Crafting!
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  12. super cute... hanks for joining us at crafty gals challenge corner

  13. Great birthday card for this time of year!. Thank you for playing with the AAA Birthday Cards Challenges.

  14. So sweet. Thanks for joining the challenge of Morgans Artworld. Greetings Helma DT.

  15. Fabulous card and thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create hugs Sue x

  16. Cool card! :) Thanks a lot for joining us at Let`s Craft and Create :)

  17. That is a nice spooky birthday card. Thanks for sharing with us at Cupcake Inspirations.

  18. Great card and thanks for sharing at Crafty Catz

  19. A great card Mandy. Loving all the Halloween cards.
    Carol xx
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  20. Your card is so beautiful, thanks for sharing it with us at the Outlaws Twisted Thursday Challenge Blog.
    Big hugs Ilonka DT

  21. A brilliant seasonal birthday card, Mandy! Thank you for sharing your project with us at the Crafts Galore Encore “Anything Goes” October Challenge. Good Luck and hope to see you again soon!
    Carole x DT Craftilicious Creations

  22. A perfect birthday card for someone who loves Halloween. Thank you for joining in the Crafty Calendar Challenge. Good luck! x

  23. Your card is so cute. A potion for a perfect birthday! Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Crafting Happiness Challenges!

  24. Great card!! I love the shaker element; it makes it even more fun! Thanks for playing with Cut It Up Challenge.

  25. Fun Birthday card Mandy, I love the shaker element. Thanks for joining us at The Inspiration Station Challenge.
    Donna xx
    The Inspiration Station Challenge
    The Paper Funday Challenge

  26. So great. Love it. Beautiful colors.
    Thank you for taking part in the Mirtillamente challenge!
    Good luck and I hope to see you again.
    Alena DT Mirtillamente

  27. What FUN cards!! I love the images you used. So festive!! Thanks for joining us this week at Cupcake Inspirations!!!

    CIC DT

  28. What a great card that fits the bill perfectly. I love a shaker card and may just make one!
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  29. Fabulous shaker card! Thank you for playing at Dragonfly Dreams Challenge!

  30. Lovely creation...Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Friends. Hope to see you again soon... Caz CF DT x

  31. Wow!!! Cool card!! Thanks so much for participating in my PINSPIRATIONAL challenge!!! I appreciate that you play along and I enjoy visiting your blog!! Have a happy crafty day!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  32. ...and thanks so much for participating in my IF YOU GIVE A CRAFTER A COOKIE... challenge!!! I appreciate that you play along and I enjoy visiting your blog!! Have a happy crafty day!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  33. The recipient of this card is going to LOVE it! Fab colours, brilliant shaker and perfect for a halloween birthday. Thank you for playing along with our spooky challenge at Sweet Stampin'! Tracey

  34. A fabulous card and I love how you've made it a Halloween/Shaker/birthday.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Try it on Tuesday.
    Avril x

  35. What a fun birthday card you made and I am sure it well very well received! Loving all the details, the potion shaker bottle is fantastic!!
    Thank you so much for sharing this month at my Crafty Wednesday challenge!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  36. Super fun! I always thought it would be fab to have a birthday on Halloween and receive cards like yours. Thanks for playing at AAA Birthday, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!

  37. It's so bootiful;) Like your colours and your carddesign. Thanks for sharing at DigiChoosday! Christin

  38. Spooktacular Halloween birthday card!
    Thanks for joining in our 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop!
    Val S - LeighSBDesigns DT

  39. Beautiful Halloween card! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Try it on Tuesday. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Designer for Try it on Tuesday
    craftartista.blogspot.com {My Blog}

  40. A fabulous card. Great mix of spooky images and colours. Thanks for joining in the fun at Cardz 4 Galz. Caz. DT

  41. Great Halloween themed birthday card. Great idea for the shaker. Thank you for entering the Anything Goes Challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.

  42. Wow, a Halloween birthday card is such a fun challenge and you did it perfectly, Mandy! I love the shaker too! Thank you for playing with us at the MMM Challenge and hope you can join in again soon.
    Secrets To Stamping
    Join my Creative Creases Challenge for fun folds!

  43. Hello there, what a fabulous card - love the shaker element and your colour choices are just wonderful! Thanks for sharing with us at Sweet Stampin Challenge and look forward to seeing you again. Sarah - Sweet Stampin' DT

  44. Magical, love the shaker bottle!
    Thanks for playing with us at Most Magical Time of the Year Challenges!
    Have a wonderful crafty day
    Cat 🐱

  45. Super toffe kaart. Helemaal leuk. Leuk dat je meedoet met onze challenge bij Creative Sketchy Girls.
    Great card, love it. Thanks for joining us at Creative Sketchy Girls.


    DT Creative Sketchy Girls

    Je kan mij nu ook vinden op You tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnlT4Rs1DfAZU_GLcM7Kx1g

  46. spooky card, love the shaker element! thanks for playing along on the Papercraft-Challenges blog. Lisa x

  47. This spooky potion bottle shaker card is faBOOlous! Love the traditional colors and the back is totally awesome, too! Thanks for playing with us at Paper Dragonfly Creative Challenges! Nan, DT

  48. Same as aboave, a great card. Thanks for also sharing with Make My Monday. Caz. DT

  49. Great card - love the shaker element!

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

    Helen x

  50. Such an adorable Halloween themed birthday card, love the shaker bottle! Thanks for playing in LeighSBDesigns Inspiration Blog Too Cute To Spook Challenge!

  51. Such a fun Halloween themed birthday card! I love the bright colours and its overall cheeriness ;o) Thank you for joining our "Halloween" challenge at Papercraft Challenges! Have a fabulous day and happy crafting, Maike


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