Thursday 24 November 2022

21st Birthday Celebrations


This is my final week as a Guest Designer at Krafty Chicks this month. What an honour it has been to join in the fun at the hen house. 

Week 4 of the monthly challenge schedule is All Occasions. This can be a specific holiday like Easter, St Patrick's day, Valentine's day or in my case a special birthday.

 I was asked to make a special card for a 21st Birthday. The brief was girly and cocktails so I think I ticked those boxes. I do love making cards in general but it is always an honour and so satisfying to make with a specific person in mind with things that are so personal to them.

The base of the card is in the brightest of pinks. The purple paper is a handmade paper I got from a craft shop in Stratford Upon Avon a million years ago. It has silver metallic threads running through it and the raised dots are like silver brads. It was sold as a sheet of wrapping paper but it is way too posh to waste on wrapping a gift!

I used two of my most used dies on this card. The shaker element is a die from Crafter's Companion. The weird thing is that I never specifically bought it as it was in one of those sale goodie bags so you don't know what you will receive. I have used it so much and for so many different occasions so I am really glad I was lucky to get that one. I used some acetate for the window and filled it with seed and bugle beads in colours to match my main design. I have found one of the best ways to make a shaker card is with sheets of childrens craft foam which is easy to die cut. This gives the necessary depth for the shaker part without the fiddly cutting of foam pads to fit your shape.

The second die is my scalloped edge square die from Nellie Snellen. It is just the right size to make a decorative sentiment panel. I simply type my sentiment on the computer in a box and then cut when printed.

I added some glittery foam number stickers and a square gem to finish the bottle. As a final touch I added a cocktail sticker I must have had for about 20 years. I remember buying a mixed packs of Stickopotamus stickers from Ebay and it was amongst them. 

I have been making crafting and making cards for years and have amassed a lot of supplies on that time. I follow the Totally Tiffany 4 section system way of organising my craft room. All my crafty supplies like stickers, papers and embellishments are grouped together by theme so if I want to create with alcohol for instance they are all bagged up together, all balloons together, all sport etc. It takes a long time to get your stuff together like that but saves me so much time as I can pretty much go straight to whatever I need. As long as you are disciplined in putting things back you never get yourself into a mess. I have been doing it for over 7 years now and it is fair to say it has revolutionised the way I organise and more importantly has kept me organised. I also catalogue all my dies, punches, stamps and embossing folders in Evernote. This has been an absolute game changer as you can file things away but easily find them. 

I do hope you will join me and the team in the Hen House at Krafty Chicks.

Card Details -

Size - 6” x 6”

Dies - Square Die MFD006 (Nellie Snellen), Prosecco Celebration (Crafter’s Companion)

Paper - Handmade paper with silver threads and dots.

Embellishments - Seed & Bugle Beads, Stickopotamus Sticker, Glitter Foam number stickers, square gem.

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


  1. Fabulous shaker card and really feminine
    Carol x

  2. Beautiful card! I love your shaker design and the die cuts that you used - fabulous 😊. Thanks so much for joining our Die Cuts and or Punches challenge at Sparkles Monthly Challenge! Hugs Jo x

  3. It is effervescent, 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)

  4. Now this is the PERFECT 21st birthday card!!! So pretty. Thanks so much for playing with us at the HLS Die challenge!

  5. Fabulous 21st birthday card. Great selection of papers and colors. Thank you for the tip about adding depth to shaker cards - I'll give it a try. Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers ~ Birthday Challenge.

    sue n.

  6. Such a fun card and love the shaker element

    Thanks so much for joining us on the Polkadoodles Wk 46 Digi Choosday challenge….

    Love and crafty hugs from

    Wendy (DT)

  7. Oh, what a festive birthday card! Love the papers and fun dies you used! Thank you for playing with us at the HLS Die Challenge and hope you can join in again soon.
    Secrets To Stamping
    Join my Creative Creases Challenge for fun folds!

  8. Great birthday card! I love that you have incorporated a shaker to this fab project! Thank you for joining our "Polka Dot" challenge over at Papercraft Challenges! Have a fabulous day and happy crafting, Maike

  9. Mandy this card will be treasured. Love the tips on using kids craft foam. Thank you for joining us over at Penny's challenge. Best of luck, DT~Jana Forrest

  10. Cute! Thanks so much for sharing with us at A Place to Start!

  11. I love this! Such a great design and colours! Thank you for sharing at Polkadoodles Craft challenge. Hope to see you again!

    Merja DT

  12. This is beautiful! Thank you for playing at Penny's Challenges.

  13. such a lovely card and a great take on the 'polka dots' theme! thanks for playing along on the Papercraft Challenge blog. Lisa x


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