Sunday, 13 May 2012

Sixty .... at last!

Afternoon All,

I hope you are enjoying the weekend whatever you're doing and whatever weather your experiencing. Here it has been a rainy day and the garden is looking all the better for it ... the plants were all needing a really good drink!

Here's my share for today.

Why 'sixty ... at last'? This story will not spare my blushes but I can only blame it on the fact that my grey matter is getting on a bit. Last year I had a senior moment and got it into my head that it was my little brother's 60th birthday on 20th May ...

... and happily created this card to send off to him, and blogged about it here. You've guessed already, I'm sure ... I got it wrong :(  Fortunately, Colin saw the funny side, even though, as he put it, I was making him old before his time! Of course it was all over the family grapevine and I did have to take a fair bit of ribbing from my three other siblings.  So this year Colin really is sixty, at last!

For the design of today's card, I've used a sketch found on a recently discovered site, Retro Sketches.

As you can see, it's a sketch for one of the older challenges but I thought it was a perfect starter for this card.

It's a simple enough wee card to make. The Kraft base card measures 5½" x 4". The embossed panel is a snippet from an earlier testing session. Because, I wanted to spell out the word sixty, I cut 5 strips of the striped paper, about 2½" long x ½"wide, to make the pennants. The EM printed the phrase as needed on his label maker. They were a bit finicky to cut out but fitted perfectly on the white card candy. Some black/white baker's twine to 'string' the pennants up and wrap round the panel, and the matted sentiment, and the front is finished.

The inside has a panel of white card, bands of striped paper and a die-cut sentiment label left over from another project.

The Back
Materials used:

  • Kraft Notecards
  • Snippets of smooth white card and black card (for matting the greeting)
  • Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Nobility, Design B
  • Crafts Too Designer Paper Pack - snippets of black/white striped design
  • White Card Candi
  • White/Black Baker's Twine
  • Anita's Foiled Die Cut Sentiment

Challenges I'm submitting this card to are:

Allsorts Challenge - Week 54 - Card for a man or boy

Hiding in My Craft Room - #45 - Super Scraps Saturday

One Stop Craft Challenge - Monochrome

And lastly, Pixie's Crafty Snippets Challenge - 19 - no new snippets were created but a few old ones were used up :)

Okay, I'm off for another play in the craft space, after I've tidied up the table which is a mess ... how can the making of one wee card create such a mess ... it's a mystery!

Take care and enjoy the rest of Sunday.

Happy Crafting,


  1. I love that Elizabeth, Very classy and I remember posting last year as my baby brother was also 60 last year so it stuck in my head. Glad I'm not the only one who has senior moments!!!
    x Tricia

  2. Great cards.
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge at ALLSORTS this week, good luck & hope you’ll join us again!

    Hugz Fleur xXx

  3. Hi Elizabeth
    Thanks for the lovely comment on my knitting. I must confess it's been a long time since I picked up the needles.
    I wish it only rained for a wee while here in Glasgow, it's not stopped since noon and it's now gone 11pm. My poor garden is sodden lol
    Thanks for the giggle too re your brothers card I'll bet your face was red for a while.
    Smashing cards, love the simplicity of the first one and all those fabulous elements on the other. Well done
    Anne x

  4. Two gorgeous cards Elizabeth, I especially love all the fine detail you have added to the second one, it looks really elegant. They are both fab!

    Karen xx

  5. Superb card Elizabeth, I do believe I remember your post last year :o)
    Jackie xx

  6. Oh what a fabulous card Elizabeth, great way to use the bunting and love the card from last year too.

  7. I think we all have those 'moments' Elizabeth, last year I sent a very good friends birthday card a month early, how on earth I did that I still don't know.

    The card for your brother is great (as was last years) and perfect for our theme.

    Thanks so much for joining us at Allsorts this week and hope you will join us again.

    B x

  8. Wow, absolutely fabulous Elizabeth - and I did smile about you getting the year wrong :) Super snippets make!


  9. The card is really beautiful Elizabeth! Love your clean & simple design. Together with the pallet it looks so smart! Thank you for playing along with us at OSCC this week! Good luck!
    Hugs, SVIT

  10. Wow this is beautiful. I love the simple look. Great embossing.
    Thanks for joining us at HIMCR DT AJ!

  11. Hee hee! Got it right this time! Another great card. xxx

  12. This is such a lovely card & brill story so pleased he saw the funny side, thank you for sharing it with us at OSCC. Janet

    Like the clock card too

  13. I love the simplicity and elegance of this card! Thanks for joining our Monochrome challenge at OSCC and sorry for the late comment! Ani
    P.S. I have a candy on my blog in case you're interested

  14. BRILLIANT!! Both of them! Glad I'm not the only one who has senior moments!!!

  15. Brilliant cards there Elizabeth! I nearly got it the other way, I forgot my brother is 50 this year and thought he was only 49!! Glad my sister mentioned it on a text recently cos we are having a surprise Dinner for him! I can imagine the ribbing you got over getting it wrong!

  16. I had to giggle at this posting. Both cards are fabulous and I can imagine the ribbing you got for this. I nearly did it the other way, as my brother is 50 this year and I thought he was only 49!!


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