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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

"Happy Birthday To Me, Happy Birthday To Me..."

Is it that time of year again? Well yes it is, the most dreaded day of my year anyway, I absolutely hate my Birthday and this one was no different really, I am now in my last year of my 40's but if that's not cruel enough I am also reminded that this is the start of my 50th year alive! So I now get a whole year of looking forward to the most dreaded of any so far. I guess I just hate getting older, especially when life is such a challenge already, I am beginning to really dread the future.
Having said all that, I have had a lovely day spent at home with my lovely wife and son and I have had two awesome pressies. Jo bought me the latest Magnolia magazine and 12 stamps from the latest Magnolia collection (I wonder how she knew I would like those!!) and Liam bought me a spanking new Blu-Ray player, not just any Blu-Ray though, this one's a Smart Blu-Ray player.
Why is it Smart I hear you say and all I can tell you in reply is that I am not really sure but I do know it is way better than my old one so I'm a very contented boy today (apart from the whole birthday debacle that is!!).
So as I got new Tilda stamps for my Birthday here is my latest creation and as you can see, I have made a gift/card, unfortunately I didn't have any plain white candles at home but at least you can see these ones eh! I have used Basic Grey patterned paper (using my favourite colour combination of yellow and green, such lovely cheery colours that at the moment are cheerier than the actual weather!!) on an 8x8 card with Memory Box dies (tree and adornment at the top of the card), a Magnolia die (fence) and a Cheery Lynne (grass). Flowers from my stash and the sentiment stamp is a Little Claire.
Hope you enjoy and sorry for taking so long to post again!!
Take Care,
Hugs 'n Stuff,
Entered Into: Crafting With Dragonflies Challenge #4 - Make a Box
Diva's By Design Challenge - Happy Birthday
Fab 'n Funky Challenges #175 - Happy Birthday
Inklings and Yarns 'Inky Linky' Challenge #18 - Anything Goes
Lady Anne's Challenges #9 - Anything Goes
Midweek Magnolias Challenge #65 - Favourite Colours
Bearly Mine Challenges #90 - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge #53 - For A Girl


  1. Gorgeous gift card Andy, beautiful colours and colouring and love your design. Pink candles look a treat with Tilda...Happy Birthday 2 you...Thank you for joining us at Bearly-Mine challenges this week and hoping we see you again. Good luck..Hugs Lozzy x

  2. Another gorgeous creation! very jealous of your birthday goodies too! love magnolia - hope you make the best of a bad-birthday :)

  3. You know - the alternative is not so hot so why not just sit back and enjoy the ride! Happy Birthday - glad you enjoyed your day. Love the box you have made -so cool! Thanks also for sharing this with us at Crafting with Dragonflies!

  4. Aww what a sweet Tilda she is Andy...and you've coloured her beautifully! I love the pretty paper and the embellishments are perfect... it's like a beautiful Summer's Day... the candles make it into a lovely gift!
    I turned 50 last year and it's not too bad.... honest!! ;-)
    Thanks for joining us at Divas by Design this week!
    Hugs Sue xx

  5. Belated Happy Birthday, Andy! I am way over 50 and here to say it's not so bad! Truly! Sounds like you had a nice celebration and got some wonderful pressies anyway! Gorgeous card/gift! I love the sunny colors and diecuts and adorable image! Great design!

  6. Fabulous colouring Andrew. She's gorgeous.

    Great b/day pressies too. I'm still cowering here!!! Sorreeeee!

  7. such a lovely card andy! happy belated birthday x

  8. Fantastic creation, and Happy Birthday, I hate it when the appliances get smarter than oneself, lol. Great candle card, love the colours and I have yet to make one of those myself, will give it a all of the dies you used as well. Thanks and good look for playing with us at Crafting with Dragonflies, blessings Hilde

  9. A lovely card, great image and super colouring!! Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky this week

    hugs Vicky xxx

  10. Fantastic card! I love your coloured image and also the textures that you have added.

    Thanks for sharing at Bearly Mine this week.

    Sharon x

  11. Great design, love the fact that it is a card and box in one. Thanks for joining us at Crafting with Dragonflies, Judith xx

  12. Beautiful! lovely colors and fab design! Thanks for joining us at the Midweek Magnolias this week! Hugs, Elizabeth

  13. This is such a cheery card/gift and your image is adorable. Love the die cuts and gorgeous flowers. I hope you were able to enjoy your birthday and can look forward to using your new Magnolias.

    Thanks for playing along at Fab'n'Funky Challenges.

    Rachel x

  14. What a beautiful creation. I love this colour combo. Thank so much for sharing with us at Midweek Magnolias. Jen xx

  15. Beautiful, love the gift in the side. Thank You for sharing with us at Lady Anne's Challenges. I hope we see you again soon.
    Lady Anne's Stamp Challenge
    Lady Anne's: NanaVic's Challenge

  16. Hi Andy, this is truly a gorgeous card, I have been going through your blog to see what I have missed while I was away, you have been very busy, so many wonderful creations, but too many to comment on!!

    I did love your story about the cats!!!

    Janet xxx

  17. THis is just too fabulous as a gift!! Thanks so much for joining us this week and we hope to see you again soon at the Lady Anne's Stamp Challenge, Elizabeth (DT) at the Lady Anne's Stamp Challenge.

  18. Belated happy birthday Andy. I thought Jo liked you????? Obviously not that much as she bought you Magnolia stamps hehehehe:)
    So saying you have made such a 'pretty' girlie gift with this one. Love your colour choices and layout and beautifully coloured. No comment about the image :)
    Eileen x


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