Friday 18 August 2023

A young Man's 18th birthday

Hello, crafting friends!
Those special birthdays are coming thick and fast around here. Today's card is for a young man, a friend's son, who turned 18 AND got his exam results all on the same day! He did really well and is all prepared to zoom off to uni, but first, we got to crack open some fizz and toast him with a few bubbles!

To make the card, I masked off the edges of a card base, positioned Clearly Besotted's Sunny Day stencil (a big favourite!) over the top and sponged yellow ink into it. Taking the stencil away, I added a bit more sponging over the top part to balance out the sun at the bottom.

The sentiment was stamped in red ink with 'Wishing you a happy' from The Greetery's preText Sentiments, and 'birthday' from Uniko's Wild. The name and the number were made from some left-over letter and number stickers I bought many years ago to create a title on a photo album. I finished the design with some red and yellow enamel dots for a celebratary feel! This card was for his birthday but I was able to write a message inside congratulating him on his uni place too.

The Red and Yellow challenge at Color Hues inspired this card so I shall link up there; I'm also joining in at AAA Birthday and Happy Little Stampers Birthday challenges, where Anything Birthday Goes; also The Male Room is looking for masculine cards featuring spots and/or stripes, so my sunshine creates stripes and the enamel dots are good for spots!

I told another friend about the young man's birthday and his success, and that we were invited round to help celebrate before he went off to celebrate further with his pals. "I'd better not tell him that this adulting malarkey isn't all it's cracked up to be," I said. "Oh no," she agreed. "Don't grow up! It's a trap!"

PS. If you subscribe to this blog and you received an email with no pictures this morning, I do apologise! We'll put it down to Human Error shall we and move on!!

Sending hugs,


  1. Hi Vicki - I think the blogger might have eaten your photo. It sounds like a fabulous card though.

    1. And indeed it is a fabulous card!

  2. I just love the way this card is personalized, and I'll bet Jake will love it, too! Great design for a wonderful set of accomplishments. Thanks for sharing with us at Color Hues!

  3. I love this stencil and it works so well for an 18th birthday and moving on! It's hard to convince an 18 year old that adulthood is anything but fantastic!

  4. I'm so glad you were able have a splash of bubbly to celebrate this young man, along with this bright and happy card (birthday and passing boards? Fantastic!) and then send him off to his friends without any adult nonsense lol! You used these colors brilliantly, Vicky, and your CAS birthday card is amazing. Thanks so much for joining us at Color Hues!

  5. Another stunner Vicky, perfect for a young man with a bright future ahead. Love how you mix up sentiments with such style, and I’m an avid enamel dot user, so love the fab colours xxx

  6. OH! Definitely a Happy birthday card, I love the colour mix Vicky. Well done him a special birthday and entrance to Uni.

  7. You've used our challenge colors brilliantly Vicky, and made this personalized birthday card FABULOUS! Thanks so much for sharing this bright and FUN card with us at The Color Hues Challenge!! Marcia (DT)

  8. Sounds like a big celebration day for Jake! This card is wonderful, Vicky! Love how well you extended the sun-ray as is appears seamless. The glossy gems just pop and add to the design so well. Thanks for playing along with us at Color Hues.

  9. A wonderful man's greeting card. You used the dots and lines perfectly. Thanks for playing at The Male Room challange.

  10. Congratulations to Jake on his 18th birthday and for his results,a brilliant Congratulatory card

  11. Beautifully done - Thanks for sharing over at AAA Birthday this month, hope to see you in future challenges.
    Elaine DT

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  12. What a great colourful personal card. Thank you for joining us at Happy Little Stampers atg birthday challenge xx Lynda/Loopyloo DT

  13. Your personalized card is masculine marvelous in every way! Wonderful to see you in the Colour Hues and HLS galleries!

  14. What an amazing personalized birthday card. The stencilled background is lovely and goes really well with the red and black of the sentiment. Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers ~ Birthday Challenge.

    sue n.

  15. Beautiful - love the background you created.

    Thanks for joining us at the AAA Birthday Challenge.

    Helen x

  16. What a fantastic card :-)) I like dots and stripes!
    Thank you for joining us at The Male Room ❤️


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