Happy Birthday!

Today’s my son’s 13th birthday! He’s a “teen”ager now, although I think the symptoms start at 10 nowadays…, and we received a letter from the German Health authorities who suggested we bring him to a (free) consultation to a psychologist, as this is a hard time for children, it seems.  Incredible! I know from experience that many European countries offer free health checks for children at certain ages, but I never heard of psychology consultations! I do think they should offer one to the parents too though, especially those with daughters, and from the age of 10! Lol (I’m glad my daughter doesn’t read my blog…).

Anyhow, I was obviously going to make him a card but I didn’t realise how difficult it was going to be to make a card that had to be really special, hold memories for him for the years to come but not be too “mushy”. So I ended up making this.

bday card Ben

The Camaro is his favourite car and this picture was taken from our road trip on the Route 66 last summer. The memory Box stitched Happy Birthday was cut out from a card I had previously sponged with various SU! inks but didn’t like the overall effect (never throw away your failed attempts!) and I was lucky enough to have a Stampendous Birthday wish stamp that mirrored our thoughts, which I stamped with SU!’s Real red.  I hesitated on adding the heart because I wanted to keep it “masculine”…but the mother side of me won over!

I entered this card in

Bunny Zoe’s Travelling/transport challenge

Crafting with Dragonflies Masculine challenge

The heart was cut from acrylic skins I made from left over house paint used to make my “smear and swipe” paintings.


These are my acrylic skins cut into squares and pasted onto double sided adhesive. Its really easy to make them. You just smear some acrylic paint onto a sheet of plastic, wait for them to dry and then just peel them off and cut them into any shape you want. If you put on a thick layer of paint, you can even make jewellery out of them! Look on my post here for more info.

I’ve been wanting to make cards combining my painting passion but as I’m not a paint brush kind of artist (I’m useless with a paint brush) I couldn’t just paint flowers or anything else on the card. So I was really glad to find this method! Heres another birthday card I made with the skins for my dear Auntie Lien who is also celebrating her birthday today!

auntie liens cards

I used Sizixx’s scallop die to cut the circle, pasted my flowers which I cut from my acrylic skins using Sizixx’s Bigz L dies and Poppystamps, around it and pasted another scallop circle behind it with foam adhesive to create some depth. The greeting comes from Stampendous Birthday stamps.

I entered this card in:

seize the birthday Seize the Birthday Floral theme

muse_header_no_photos.png Muse Challenge #162 whose layered flowers inspired me to do this layout

AAAGame62 AAA Cards Anything Goes challenge

Join the Front Porch Gang.jpg 613 Avenue Create Recycled materials because I recycled our house paints to make my acrylic skins!

Crafty Calendar April challenge

blinkie Welove2create Anything Goes challenge

11 thoughts on “Happy Birthday!

  1. Hi Wynn here from Crafting with Dragonflies. Loved your post. Thank you for sharing your creation and the info about the skins. I’ll be trying this. I guess you can cut them on a die cutter m/ c too. Had to smile about the Psychologist bit!!thank you for joining us and hope we see you again soon.Wynn DT p.s I am now a follower of your blog x


    1. Thanks for stopping by Wynn AND following my blog! As a new blogger its always a thrill to get followers. I’m glad you liked my technique too. I cut my shapes with a Sizixx big shot but any die cutting machine will do, you just have to get the right thickness. Too thin n it’ll be too brittle, too thick n it won’t cut well. Also put a piece of paper between the acrylic skin and your plastic plates so you don’t stain your plates. Thanks again!


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