Tuesday 8 August 2023

21st birthday arches

Hello, crafting friends!
You know that moment when you realise you have to get your niece's birthday card in the post straight away and then you remember it's her 21st birthday... eeek! Well, you know my mantra: When in doubt, reach for the stencils!!

The Greetery's beautiful Mistletoe Arches layered stencil set has done sterling service in the Craft Square Metre with wedding, sympathy and birthday cards as well as the Christmas cards it was designed for. So why not a 21st birthday card?! After stenciling the arches, the sentiment was put together with a couple of stamp sets from Uniko and some dies for the 21st bit.

This photo was to try to capture the different colours and textures of gold. The leaves were finished with Wink of Stella gold, and the berries a deep gold using a marker. The 'fabulous' was heat embossed in gold and the '21st' was cut out of sparkly gold paper.

Hope she liked it!

I'm linking this card up at Allsorts where Lorraine has chosen the theme Anything but a Square; Inkspirational has a Use Stencils challenge this month as does Happy Little Stampers Stencil challenge where Anything Goes; I'm also joining in the Happy Little Stampers Birthday challenge.

At the bottom of the fields behind our house there's a hedge and, for those in the know, a little hidden archway in it. The arched tunnel leads to quite a steep bank and down to a stream - one of Eva's favourite places to play! It's getting harder for the old joints, but I can still duck through the archway and navigate the bank, hurling myself across the stream at the bottom and up the other side. This is a short cut to the park with its enticing river and means Eva and I don't have to pound the pavements through the town to get there the conventional way! But that archway gets overgrown so, the other day, I performed the annual clipping to ensure we can still get through. That evening I was out with friends and at some point in the evening, while pushing my hair back, brought out a twig!! Honestly, I remember the days when I could still scrub up reasonably well for an evening out!
Me on an evening out!

Sending hugs,


  1. A lovely and elegant design for this 21st Birthday card. Thanks for sharing at Allsorts this week.

  2. The design is very pleasing on the eye Vicky and the sparkle in the middle a perfect finishing touch, many thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts current challenge.

    B x

  3. As always wonderful use of your stencils,a fabulous birthday card. Had a quiet laugh when reading ,And In Other News,have memories of the same thing happening a few times or of glitter ending up on my face

  4. That’s so funny, bet your friends laughed. Gorgeous gold glittery glamorous card xxx

  5. Brilliantly crafted card for a 21st birthday. Looks great Twiggy! xxx

  6. A stunning card, that I'm sure will be very well received Vicky, and will stand out amongst the others. Had to chuckle at your twig, so easy to do. hahaha

  7. I'm sure your niece loves her card with the pretty arch and bling! It's a beauty and so sophisticated!

  8. Fabulous card!
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts;-))m

  9. So pretty and this stencil seems to be one that can be used for many occasions. Loving the golden touches too. Thanks for playing with us at Inkspirational.

  10. Gorgeous card love the gold tones and the bold sentiment am sure she loved it who wouldn't ! Love your photo my your hair has thinned a little must be trying to get through the arch every day.


  11. Your stencil makes for a fab frame to the sentiment, love all the shimmer. Thanks for sharing at HLS Birthday. :)

  12. WOW! Beautiful birthday card. Great and sweet design.
    Thank you for including your card in our HLS Birthday gallery.
    Bożena DT HLS

  13. What a special birthday card! The stencil creates a beautiful frame for the sentiment. I like the different ways you incorporated gold onto the card. Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers ~ Stencil Challenge.

    sue n.

  14. Beautiful design - love the pop of gold.

    Thanks for joining us at the Happy Little Stampers Birthday Challenge.

    Helen x


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