Wednesday 16 November 2011

Forever Young birthday set

If you popped in to see me yesterday you'll know that our little household was celebrating my daughter's th birthday! I thought you might like to see the little set I created especially for her.

I used the Forever Young set because that wonderful tree with the child on the swing reminds me of how much my daughter used to love swinging (and actually still does given half the chance!)

Here's the card, a really simple design stamped on Naturals Ivory card stock. A little Old Olive sponging for the grass, the beautiful tree and then a variety of parts of sentiments...

... which I added to make her giggle, and all of which are quite true! - and finishing with...

... the word daughter, which is from For My Family, a really useful set for personalising cards covering every member of the family as well as others such as friends and teachers too! The set even contains the most often used sentiments as well as link words too - I'd highly recommend it. It costs £25.95 in clear mount, £32.95 in wood mount and is sure to become your go-to set.

Here's the larger of the boxes.

I often make little indents for the fingers on the lids of my boxes using a 3/4" circle punch. Have you noticed how much action my circle punches get?!

Inside was a voucher for a year's subscription to a music library - my daughter was delighted with this! There are so many online vouchers these days where the company provides something for you to print off, but I never think they look terribly special. Making your own voucher using card stock and die cut letters, and presenting it in a box or voucher holder, gives the present more importance somehow. I die cut these letters using Stampin' Up's new brushed gold card stock and the Timeless Type Junior alphabet with my Big Shot.

Come and see the smaller box:

This has been made with the Milk Carton die, which is so useful for packaging small gifts. It was stamped with the same Forever Young design before I assembled it. This side shows the stamped sentiment and die cut numbers - 16! I can still hardly believe it!

On the other side you can see the child on the swing and that wonderful tree.

I shredded half a sheet of Melon Mambo card stock and used it to fill the box then popped in the gift. I'm so sorry, I thought I'd taken a picture of the gift but I haven't! A while ago, I bought my daughter a charm bracelet from Bombay Duck so that she could use it to record her personal achievements, and I felt that turning 16 might be worthy of an extra charm!

I popped the charm in a tiny envelope made with my Petal Card double punch and decorated it with a Melon Mambo heart, which also holds it closed. This looked so pretty - I'll add a photo as soon as I can. The carton is sealed with a library clip from the clip assortment.

Supplies needed for this set:
Stamps: Forever Young, variety of sentiments
Ink: Old Olive, Early Espresso, Whisper White craft ink
Card stock: Naturals Ivory, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Brushed Gold
Dies: Milk Carton Bigz L die, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet dies
Other: Markers, 3/4" circle punch, clip assortment, Tempting Turquoise 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Rose Red seam binding, stamp-a-majig
I'd be delighted to order any of these supplies for you and I can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I am committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to help and advise. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593. 

Thank you to everyone who sent birthday wishes to my lovely daughter yesterday - she read them all and was thrilled to bits! We had a great evening chatting and laughing and feasting on curries. The meal ended with a very tasty banoffi pie (even if I say so myself!) complete with 16 candles!

It's Three Minute Thursday here tomorrow and I'll have some super-quick Christmas cards to show you. Do come and join me!



  1. Looks like you daughter had quite a birthday bash! Turning 16 is a special time. I hope she enjoys her 16th year.

  2. how beautiful everything is..i know she must have been so delighted..tfs..and a Happy 16th to Daughter..loves ya

  3. What a great set! Love that image and the way you did all those wonderful words. Like how you used the punch on that box too....great idea.
    Don't know where my mind was yesterday - but hope your daughter had a wonderful day and am sure she did!

  4. What a special set to make for your daughter. Fabulous! TFS
    Cheers, Karen

  5. Smashing card and great packaging - love this x

  6. Hello Vicky

    You are a Mum in a million, this is just fabulous and I , love love it.


  7. Wow wow wow what a wonderful set you created for your Daughter so glad you had a brilliant time Luv Sue x

  8. Glad you had a lovely day. I love the way you have used the sentiments on the card, am rapidly sorting out a list of adjectives to describe my boys. I bet there were a few misty eyes in your household yesterday.

  9. Oh wow Vicky, I love all these certainly were busy beavering away on Monday. I may have to order that milk carton before Christmas arrives and a great mix of fonts for the card :)
    Jenny x

  10. So imaginative Vicky ! The tree has worked so well, especially on the mini milk carton die ! Glad you had a great day !
    jane x

  11. A gorgeous gift set, your presentation is always so beautiful. xx

  12. You make the most beautiful things. Love each piece of this set.

  13. oh GORGEOUS! Love the stamping, love the colours, so fresh and fun... love the boxes too.. you are such an awesome mum... lucky girl of yours :)and you to her... :)

  14. What a lovely and imaginative set for your daughter . . . do you need a surrogate daughter per chance? If so, I'm available, although I am a little older than 16! LOL!


  15. Your set is beautiful Vicky - I think it's lovely that you and your daughter have such a close loving relationship - something that often seems lacking when our kids reach a certain age! My son moved into shared accommodation for his last year at Uni and I miss him so much. He was just home at the weekend and I made sure I stocked up on hugs. Can't wait till Christmas when he'll be home a bit longer.


  16. Vicky this set is so lovely and I'm so glad you had a good time celebrating. I get to see my Daughter at the weekend - she is joining me at my Mum and Dad's house for a few days - Jacqueline xx

  17. Such a gorgeous set and so pleased you had a lovely time celebrating your daughters birthday


  18. Oh Wow, Vicky, these items are all so lovely. What a blessed daughter to have such a loving, thoughtful and talented mum!

  19. Bet she loved all of these Vicky!
    M x

  20. Oooops! I was one that forgot to wish your daughter a VERY Happy here's a belated one from Australia to show her....
    "G'Day and Happy Birthday Mate!!!!" (No, we don't all really talk like that much) Fantastic gifts and gorgeous packaging...don't show them to my daughter- she will want to know why she didn't get anything as fabulous as this!!

  21. Wow!This is fabulous!What a great birthday treat.I'm sure your daughter loved this.

  22. Vicky what a great mum you are ! Such a beautiful set ! each piece beautifully crafted your daughter must have been so pleased.


  23. Gorgeous set, hope your daughter had a really special birthday!! Helen (Sydney)

  24. hI VICKY
    hugs sylvie

  25. All the components of your set look wonderful, such clever ideas.

  26. What a beautiful gift set, Vicky. I'm sure your daughter loved it. :) Ann Y.

  27. I hope your curry dinner was brilliant - belated birthday greetings to your daughter. I think your card and gift set is just brilliant. There's such a carefree feeling to the image and the mixture of sentiments is great.

  28. You make some lovely cards Vicky - I love your clean approach to design and the professional projects you make. This set of items really blew me away though - what a gorgeous stamp for the occasion :)


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