Tuesday 3 July 2012

Happiest Birthday Wishes for a teen

What kind of a card would you make a teen? Well, unless they have a specific interest (music, xBox, gadgets, sport, clothes, shopping...!) my advice is keep it simple. Actually all my cards tend to be pretty clean and simple, so no change there!

Making a card for a teen is the new month's challenge at the St Lukes Charity Challenge where cards are sold to raise money for the charity. Why not join in? You could win a prize and would be contributing to a very worthwhile cause. Here's what I came up with:

A text image works well for teens - this one is from from the hostess set Happiest Birthday Wishes. I paper pieced the 'i' with a scrap of Patterns designer paper and a tiny punched heart and popped up the word 'happy' with dimensionals.

You can see how dimensional it is in this photo. I've added more interest by attaching the panel to a textured card base and by scoring a frame with my lovely Simply Scored board. Red Yellow and Blue aren't necessarily colours I would choose but they're the challenge at Make My Monday this week, so I picked up the gauntlet - and I quite like the way it turned out actually!

Stampin' Up's exclusive hostess sets are only available to those making orders (group or individual) of £150 or more but if you'd rather not spend that all at once and don't have crafting friends, why not join my Stampers 6 club? You'll be automatically eligible for freebies in your hostess month and will get free up-to date catalogues as they're released - as well as lots of other perks! Find out more here.

Here's what you'll need to make today's card:
Stamps: Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess set)
Ink: Real Red, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight (all in marker form)
Card stockVery Vanilla, smooth and textured
Other: Owl punch (for the heart), Simply Scored, scrap of Patterns designer paper, paper snips, stamp-a-majig
I'd be delighted to order any of these items for you and can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I'm committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to offer help and advice. To place your order, just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593. Your free brad and ribbon set will be added automatically to any order of £45 or more.

Yesterday, we spent most of the day at the dentist and my son was given some temporary caps for his teeth. All is well for the time being but we have to be vigilant in case the nerve dies and causes infection. I'd fed him a large brunch before we left but the moment the dentist told him he wouldn't be able to eat for a few hours, he turned into a ravenous beastie! Today, he's gone to senior school for his induction day and I can't wait to hear his entertaining views on that, but meanwhile the house has gone to wrack and ruin and there's a pile of laundry waiting to be done...

See you tomorrow,


  1. Ah, Vicky, this is PERFECT!!! Love the different colors for the sentiment and also the scoring on here! Great card!

  2. Seriously, the world needs to know about you, especially the stamping up world!!! gorgeous, fun, interesting, well executed...

  3. Vicky - this is absolutely perfect for a teen. I love this stamp, it really works in the bright colours. Thanks so much for your continued support of St Luke's Charity Card Challenge!

  4. It's perfect for a teen!! I love the little heart!

  5. What a great CAS card. Any teen would love this - very modern. I love your little stories at the end of each post - I hope all goes well with your son's teeth.

  6. Perfect teen card! Love the bright colours and layers.
    Cheers, Karen

  7. Fab Teen CAS card Vicki! Love it!!

    Hugs, Victoria

  8. Brilliant card for a teenager Vicky. Must admit I nearly went for this hostess gift a couple of weeks ago but didn't.....this card makes me wish I had!

    Karen x

  9. What a card, what a triumph!! LOVE this. The stamping really works and the dimension takes it to another level. Thanks for sharing this at MMM.
    Keeping my fingers crossed for you on the teeth front. Don't you just want to wrap them up in cotton wool sometimes? Ignore the housework - dust is a protective layer and it is raining too much to dry any washing!! (well that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!) Hugs, Buttons x

  10. Oh dear Vicky, kids! At least the dentist has protected the teeth now, and I hope he gets on well at secondary school. My daughter started last year, and she has grown so much.
    Love this card for a teen, some lovely interest with the raised layer, paper pecking and the raised happy birthday, CAS but eye catching.
    Good luck with the chores today, perfect weather for it!

  11. Completely brilliant Vicky! Love the colours, perfect for a teen.
    Aww bless your son, long job, but, dentists can do marvels eh!

    I've tackled a bit of my laundry today....those fairies never did come back from their jollies!

  12. Hi vicky
    Another stunning card...... Simple but Gorgeous........
    Good luck to your son......
    Hugs sylvie xxxx

  13. I'm glad they have had some success with your son's teeth... hoping now that there are no further complications. I'm sure he'll come home full of stories about his new school!
    This really works in primary colours and I love the scored frame - it just makes the main image pop out!

  14. Excellent CAS card for a teenager. I love your scored frame too . . . a little touch that makes a big difference.

    Glad all went well for your son. xxx

  15. Perfect card for a teenager - not the easiest group to make for unless they have a specific interest - this is bright and cheerful ! So sorry about your son; I really feel for you both, although they always handle these dramas far better than we do ! Hope things continue to improve ! Hugs Jane x

  16. I love this card - perfect too for our challenge this week at MMM - thanks for joining in.
    So glad things went well at the dentist - Jacqueline xx

  17. I think this card is great for a teenager - change the colours and it would be just right for all sorts of people - well done!

    Hope your son had a terrific day "trialling" his new school, a new adventure to embark upon. Helen (Sydney)

  18. Stunning cas card Vicky and I wish I had bought that stamp set! Love the embossed frame:)
    Val x

  19. Fabulous Vicky! A lovely birthday card for anyone, but absolutely perfect for a teenager. I love how you played with the letters by colouring them individually, combinded with a little paper piecing and 3D work...wonderful!
    I'm pleased to hear that all went well for your lovely son at the dentist. I had to smile at the..."Ravenous Beastie" bit though...typical! Isn't it? xx

  20. Hi Vicky, thanks so much for your comment on Opus Gluei. I haven't had the pleasure of visiting your blog before but WOW what beautiful inventive cards you make!!! I love CAS cards but am no good at making them 'cos I can't stop adding just a little bit more LOL. Teenage cards are always difficult and this one is perfect!
    So happy to have found your blog :-)

  21. Love the simplicity of this card Vicky and ideal for a teenager...great colours too


  22. Oh my word, Vicky, you already KNOW I love this!!! Fabulous use of the colors and an amazing CAS design! Thanks for joining in my first color wheel challenge at MMM! :)

  23. lovely - simple and hits the spot...

  24. Stunning, totally stunning. Thanks for sharing with us at make My Monday. Caz

  25. Hello Vicky

    Your card is so bright and cheerful, and just perfect for a teen.

  26. This is a great idea to use the text and as you say would be good for a teenager. works well in the primaries too.

  27. Great team card, not too fussy and beautiful colours. Love the score lines they really frame the stamping beautifully. I waste no end of paper when I attempt this and have never managed a frame yet !!! I need lessons I think


  28. Fabulous card Vicky I love the simple clean lines with the fabulous colours.
    suzi b xx

  29. Hi Vicky,,,can I ask how you keep everything so clean lol? Out of this world! Thank you for entering the MMM challenge again!

  30. Brilliant teen card Vicky and those bright primary colours are perfect. Many thanks for your continued support at St Lukes.
    Lynne xxx

  31. Fabulous Vicky what a super card Hugs Elaine

  32. Fabulous, Vicky! I love how you paper pieced the I and popped up the happy! And the scoring adds so much! I love the colors too.

  33. This is great Vicky, just perfect for those difficult teenagers..... text is always good to fall back on if they have no hobbies :0) Love how youve mounted and embossed the panel :)
    So glad you joined us again this month at St Luke's :0)
    Jenny x

  34. A totally fabulous clean and simple card Vicky which is really lifted (no pun intended lol) by the added dimension.
    Thanks for joining the MMM primary colours challenge.
    Fliss xx

  35. Such clever use of the primary colours and it works soooo well on a teenage card - bang on trend for those difficult years when they won't stand for cute!
    Thanks so much for your continued support of my St Luke's challenge.


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