Monday 1 August 2011

Birthday card for an Xbox fan

Good morning! It's another Monday and another masculine card to start the week - and a very special one today. It may have been Harry Potter's birthday yesterday but, much more importantly, it was also my eldest son's! He likes all sorts of things including tennis and cricket, swimming and messing about on the river (sorry, I mean fishing!) cycling... but the thing he likes best (which I don't let him do as much as he'd like!) is playing on his Xbox. So the gadget in this photo, which has become a feature of our living room, was my inspiration for my son's card. Come and have a look:

I've used the coloured buttons for the design with just a nod to the other grey buttons and I wanted it to look as if they'd blown across the page and just ended up in the classic diamond formation. The circles were all cut out using the circle from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack - and I think these punches are a brilliant buy as I've been using them ever such a lot. They're £15.50 for the pack of three and contain this 3/8" circle, and two gorgeous little flowers. They also coordinate with the Itty Bitty Bits stamp set (£11.95 wood mount or £9.95 clear mount) and the Bitty Buttons too (£4.25 for a tub of 64 buttons).

I stamped the coloured buttons with letters from a retired alphabet stamp using Whisper White craft ink - but you could easily use letters from Basic Phrases. I popped them up on bits of dimensional to make them catch the eye even more. The sentiment is made up of two words from Basic Phrases which I put together with my stamp-a-majig and grounded with scored lines.

Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: Basic Phrases (sentiment), Square Serif mini alphabet (retired)
Ink: Basic Grey, Whisper White craft ink
Card stock: Naturals Ivory, More Mustard, Night of Navy, Real Red, Old Olive
Other: Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, stamp-a-majig
You can buy any of these supplies from me and I can have them delivered to your address in the UK. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593.

Did you notice that although the list of things my son likes to do is endless, it doesn't include settling down to do his homework unprompted or tidying up his room without being asked?!! Well, no-one's perfect - although he very nearly is in my eyes! (Oops I've gone to Mumland again!)

Thank you for popping in today. Do come back and see me again tomorrow when I'll be showing you a new 3D flower I've got all excited about! Have a happy Monday!


  1. I am so excited with this card Vicky! My oldest grandson (who doesn't do homework, clean his room or brush his teeth without prompting, but is otherwise perfect)will celebrate his 12th birthday this month. I will definitely have to CASE this card for him. He will be so impressed! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Brilliant card Vicky. Tell me do you know of any 13 year-old boy who likes to do housework or tidying - no he's normal!!!
    M x

  3. Fab card Vicky. Love how you've used the xbox controller as inspiration!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  4. This is just brilliant!!! I'm sure he will love this card and the fact that it's made especially for him. As for tidying and doing his homework - he's a normal teenage lad!

  5. Brilliant card Vicky, with a gorgeous colour combo. What a fantastic idea.
    I am sure your son will love it.


  6. Boys - run us ragged but the apple of their Mother's eye!! - Yes I have one too (sigh) he's 18 and shows no sign of changing. I'm sure your son loved his card Vicky - it's a great idea - Jacqueline xx.

  7. Hi vicky
    Gorgeous card ....amazing ...hope he has a fab day!!!! this is the Challenge for Feeling the Blues... iwas really pleased with my background....

  8. Sounds like my son, What is it with X boxes??? I bet he was so impressed. This is a great idea and I like that you've just picked on the buttons. x

  9. I so love your card Vicky I squealed with delight when I saw it...eeee :)
    It's a fab design and so contemporary... Brilliant :)
    Jenny x

  10. This is a WINNER Vicky . . . great inspiration. Such a lovely contemporary card for today's boys!

    Hugs, Sandra

  11. Great teenager boy card Vicky. I bet he loved it.I've always found that the promise of more time on the Wii can help with room tidying :-P
    A xx

  12. So simple but so inspiring! Don't you just love boys? I do:))
    Val x

  13. Such a fantastic idea, Vicky. Any teenager would love a card like that x

  14. It was my son`s 26th birthday yesterday and ofcourse it was Ruby`s too. Seems like all the loveliest people had a birthday yesterday. My son is still x box mad and I remember when he didn`t do his homework or tidy his room. Then he grew up!
    Your card is a work of genious. I don`t think there`s an x boxer around who wouldn`t appreciate this card. Brilliant.
    Lynne xxx

  15. I think your son would be a very abnormal teenager if he liked tidying his room and would give me cause to worry. Love your X Box card very clever indeed I bet he loved it.


  16. This is so clever, Vicky. Just perfect for an X-box lover!

  17. Well, I don't have an Xbox or a son, but I can certainly appreciate how great this card is! I have no doubt that he will love it.

  18. Oh dear Vicky .. .. I'm sorry .. .. where have I been.

    I have missed so many treats.

    Anyone would think I was busy!!! LOL!!

    Loving the card for your Son. My youngest has an X-Box and I fully appreciate the attraction holding one of these pieces of plastic holds.

    Having said that my youngest no longer lives at home so no doubt plays away to his hearts content inbetween work and strumming his many guitars!!!

    Love Jules xx

  19. So clever! What a cool CAS card.

  20. Very clever Vicky Luv Sue x

  21. So simple yet so effective-what a fabulous card!

  22. SOooooooooo creative, love it love it love it.

  23. Ha! Simple and awesome!! love it, Vicky!

  24. What a cool idea, Vicky! Love it!


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