Happy Monday 🙂 Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges and the theme, chosen by the super talented Sandra, is “big birthdays.” I’ve chosen to make a card for my cousin’s son, Ed, who will make the massive leap into double figures later in the year:


I’ve mentioned before that Ed is the only child I ever make cards for as he is always interested in what I do and how I have done it. I decided to go with a football theme as not only is he a big fan of local team Sheffield Wednesday but he is also very knowledgeable about football in general.


The football itself was made using a hexagon embossing folder and running using it on both white and black card, then cutting out the black hexagons and arranging them within the white. After that I cut out a circle.


I picked up the chipboard numbers at Art from the Heart and simply glittered them. I’ve used some starry grosgrain ribbon, from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and threaded it through the numbers.


As this is a big birthday I added some stars, punched from silver glitter card, to finish it all off.The best thing of all about this card is that Ed’s birthday is not until August – how organised does that make me feel.


I think each of the Crafty Boots Design Team has opted for a different big birthday, so do be sure to buzz over and see their fabulous cards. Hope you’ll also share your projects with us.


Thanks for buzzing by.







Ten — 12 Comments

  1. I love this card, great football, I never would of thought of making one that way, and I love the big glittered 10. The whole card looks totally awesome with it’s stars and matching ribbon.

    Dionne xx

    • Thank you. I saw something similar on Pinterest – it’s a shame, like lots of people have said, that SU didn’t make a hexagon punch that would make this easy. xx

  2. What a great card, very clever to make the football like that too. Love how you ran the ribbon through the number, you always find a way to bring more interest to your cards. Good for you for getting ahead of the due date too! ~Diane

    • Thanks Diane – there’s nothing like getting ahead, now I just have to remember that I’ve done it and it’s there. Oh, and of course start on the Christmas cards like you have!!

  3. This is a fantastic card for a guy! I think your use of an embossing folder for the soccer ball is totally awesome, and I love the way you threaded the ribbon through the zero! Love the colors, too. You have some very clever ideas, and I’m sure Ed will love his card. How nice it is that he’s so interested in your work and appreciates your efforts! Tootles till later 🙂

    • Thanks Roberta. Ed is a very bright boy with amazing knowledge and I live in fear that he will give me some critical feedback!!!!

  4. Wow, what a lucky boy having a b/d card made specially for him and be featured online? Don’t forget where you put the card now. Happy week Awesome card

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