Male 40th

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Birthday cards are the ones we all make more than other cards, and male cards are always more tricky. So here is a male card for a 40th birthday that I made recently.

For a big birthday I wanted to make something more special so I made a shaker card. The base of the card has some stamping on it in distress oxides (walnut stain and wild honey). On top of the card are some die cut cogs which coordinate with the card inside the shaker.

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Gift set

Hi everyone. Thanks for stopping by. This is a little gift set I made for a friend’s birthday as I know she appreciates the work that goes into them.

I made the box and a band to hold everything together. The box was decorated with a Tim Holtz stencil. Just building up the layers and colours. So inside this box are the 6 cards/notelets below which I’ve showcased some JMC stamps.

Alongside these cards I didn’t want to leave the envelopes blank so I also decorated those as well!

The recipient was thrilled with her gift so it made the work worthwhile.

So here’s a summary of the materials used to make the card:

  • Digital image
  • JMC stamps
  • Chameleon stamps
  • High tack glue
  • Card bases – 300gsm
  • Distress oxide inks
  • Stencils

I hope that you feel inspired and it would be lovely to read you comments. Tell me how you would feel if you received this as a gift.

Debbie x

Très chic Jane

This is a card made for a wife of one of the guys I work with. I love these bespoke cards. The brief was a red dress and headdress with a deep purple checker and gloves.


I stamped it this lady who is an old one from Kanban and coloured her with my Chameleon pens (BR1, WG3, NU4, NU2, NU00, PR4, VO4, RD4, RD3). With red and purple as the theme I was looking for a backing paper and came across this handmade paper I’ve had for some time and the theme evolved. It felt opulent so I brought in some metallic rub-ons by Craf-T Products Inc. that I picked up in a little store in Huntsville, Ontario, Canada in 2009. I know because it was when I was out in Canada visiting family and my sister in law was heavily pregnant with my nephew and we met my brother in Huntsville to catch up and let the kids play. That was nearly 11 years ago in April.

With the red dress I mounted the paper onto a red card, but only a touch of this is showing around the edge of the card as an accent. The plaque behind the lady is plain black but edged with the rub-ons just like the wording.

I feel like the card is quite opulent and hope that Jane loves it as much as I enjoyed making it!

Ride your bike!

This was a birthday card for a guy at work and I was really pleased to hear him say my talents are wasted at work when I spoke to me and thanked me for his card.

The Paper used here is one from The Enjoy your ride 12 x 12 paper pack &there’s more from The Range. I added some Distress Oxide ink in Soot Black to the edges on the paper and also added some techy 1’s and 0’s around the edge of the card using Creative Expressions Stamp by Andy Skinner called Enigma. He’s been bought a Love Island water bottle by a female colleague, but he doesn’t watch, so I ironically added his name just like on the water bottle to the front of the card…… so funny – he even felt the need to tell me he didn’t watch the programme which of course I knew! To complete the theme I also made a matching envelope from the same paper pack.

Abbie’s 21st birthday

A card for my daughters friends birthday who is 21 today.

The background I made a while ago, on one of those days when you are playing and creating backgrounds. This time I had been playing with brusho. I put my background through an embossing folder and then used some pearl lustre cosmic shimmer metallic gilding polish over the top. I cut the 21 from the same background paper but inked it with a distress ink salty sea to darken it slightly and then used guiding flakes to accent the numbers. The lady, which is a Kanban stamp, was coloured with Chameleon pens NU00, BL3, WG3, NU2, BR1. As this was for a birthday I stamped a happy birthday sentiment and mounted both this and the image into some pale gray adorable scoreable card.

Freddie’s motorbike

A friend at work asked me to make a card for her son who is into motorbikes. This is what I came up with.

I’m really pleased with it. the motorbike is from a men’s set that was on a magazine a while ago along with the background stamp which I’ve used to create the card background. I stamped the background stamp in three colours, slightly offset from each previous colour to give the background effect.

The letters for Freddie’s name were die cut from black card and then randomly inked with blue and then some gold finger wax added. I think they’re great and look kind of rusty.

I stamped the sentiment onto the mat “time to celebrate” and die cut the “just for you”. Then finally I drew some lines around the mat and the card edge to frame.

TTCRD anything goes challenge – 14th January 2020

Come and join us for the latest challenge from Through the craft room door (TTCRD) This time our sponsor is JJ 29 again by Bugaboo Digi stamps.

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The winner will receive a $12 voucher to spend in their store.

My mum is always saying she’s 29 so when I saw this image it made me smile! I’m sure she will love her card (but sssshhhhhhhh it’s not her birthday until the 18th so I’m hoping she doesn’t see it until then!).


The image was printed out and coloured with Chameleon pens. Glossy accents was then added on the glass and the glasses. I added some ink around the image on white can be quite stark on a darker background,  this I felt helped tone in with the pens and to soften the harness of the white on the background. The background is one I printed a long time ago from Trimgym’s digistamps, papers and images but after printing it out I felt it didn’t fit the project at that time. So I found this out and decided this was the project for it – thanks Jo for the background image.

I would like to enter this for the following challenge: Week 2 Anything Goes challenge.

Friends we choose…..

This is a card I made with some new stamps I ordered made by Clarity Stamp. I loved them when I saw Barbara Gray demonstrating them. My daughter’s friend is doing A level art and they have been friends since they were at nursery together so I wanted to make something special for her to give to her long term friend. They don’t see each other every day so it’s so nice that they still keep in touch.


I chose to go simple, but I think that it was a really effective card. It is all coloured with the pencil crayons you see in the picture. I hope that you like the card and the stamps too.

Together Forever

A friend asked me to make a card that was different for a 50th wedding anniversary party that she was going to. I know the couple and they are so sweet together that I thought this cutting file was fitting for them.

This is a Tattered Lace cutting file which I cut as a silhouette. I also used the outline from the cutting file to create an oval exactly the right size for behind the silhouette. The oval I inked with distress oxide inks so that it looks like a sunset. For the sentiment I used my foil quill (which I figured out does a much better job with a draw pressure which is really low). On the outside of the card I’ve also added a foiled 50 and on the inside the card I’ve added ‘Happy Anniversary’. The card blank and the foiled pieces were then sprayed with gold crafters companion sparkle spray.


I’m so excited to post this as I am posting as a guest designer for SID since I won their April card design with my Lego card that I made for my nephew James in Canada.

The card sketch I was given is this one

And these are the cards I’ve made

For the first of these cards I’ve created a process video (below) and with the left over triangles I created the second card for my younger daughter. She’s a Dumbo fan so although she was turning 13 it was appropriate for her.

Take a look at the Card creation video for the first card and I hope you find this useful it’s on my YouTube channel. I hope you found this useful, if so let me know by leaving a comment.