Friday, 18 March 2011

40th Birthday

I was born on Tuesday 16th March 1971 at 04.20 in Essex, England and this past Wednesday I turned the ripe old age of 40!
I had a fantastic birthday! I had an open house, and friends and family celebrated with me from early afternoon until nearly midnight, and it was the best birthday ever. I started my new decade on a high and am feeling pretty good at being the big four-oh! I have the best friends ever and I am so grateful for them in my life.
One of my best friends daughter was looking through my cards at the party and told me that she would like one. I asked her what her favourite colours were, so I could make a card to suit her tastes, and she told me they were pink and blue. She is 7 years old.
So today I got to work on her card and then tried to fit it into this weeks challenges. This is what I came up with:

My haul from SimonSaysStamp finally arrived yesterday and I got to play with "Tilda with balloon" from the 2011 You Are So Special collection. From the moment I saw her I knew I wanted her; it just took me ages to order her! The Martha Stewart heart lace border punch and the Hero Arts 3 Dotted Flowers stamp were from the same order. I had hoped they would arrive on my birthday but this way I got to open them on Thursday and it was like my birthday all over again :) I don't have to grow up now just because I'm forty, do I?! ;) (Wow, that sounds weird - f-o-r-t-y-!!)

After my failed attempt at colouring in Tilda's dress in my last post, I really made an effort to get it right this time. I feel it went alot better. What do you think?
But then again I can't really take all the credit. My other order from Lili of the Valley arrived yesterday as well bringing with it the Super Smooth Stamping Card that I ordered and it is brilliant, so I think it's the stamping card that made the difference this time. It is so smooth and the pencils and markers just glide over the paper. I definitely have to get some more when I'm at the NEC next week.....

I made the inside to match the colours on the outside -  I just reversed them.

Card recipe:
Papers: pink and blue - a paper pack from Hobbycrafts / DP BasicGrey sugar rush
Stamps: Magnolia Tilda with balloon 2011 You are so special collection
Hero Arts: 3 Dotted Flowers (the smallest of the three)
Die cuts: Nestabilities oval scallop large and circle large / Sizzix Sizzlits (chipboard heart)
Colouring medium: Caran d'Ache watercolour pencils with Sansador / Copic marker for her skin
Distress inks: victorian velvet, walnut stain
Punch: Martha Stewart lace heart / Gütterman leaf punch
Ribbon: Knorr prandell
Extras: Glossy accents, chipboard, glitter glue, flat back pearls

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Just Magnolia - Week 98 Favourite colour combo
SimonSaysStamp - Simon Says......Happy Birthday
Friday Sketchers - Sketch #146 (I couldn't do a sentiment as I don't know what Safira wants to use the card for)
Bunny Zoe's Crafts -  Challenge #10 Happy Birthday....with lots of pearls
Totally Tilda - Challenge #18 Tilda with chipboard
Magnolia Stamp Lovers - Die cuts

It's the weekend did that happen? How come the time is flying by so quickly?
I hope you all enjoy your weekend and that you are well relaxed.
Thanks for taking the time to visit and for your sweet, encouraging comments. I love reading them.....



  1. First off Becca -- nope, you don't have to grow up already at 40!!! goodness, that's rushing things, isn't it??!! lol

    Second off - i LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your card!!!!!


  2. Happy Birthday and I love your card beautiful!!!!!

  3. Oh my Becca a 7 year old little girl is going to be very happy with this card.. Your colors are so beautiful and looks like you really made it for yourself instead of your friends daughter... 40, don't believe it.. your cards make you look like you are still young.. your layout is so perfect, coloring and layering is so stunning.. I love your pp and your many extras.. that is what makes a great card... as for 40, you are as old as you want to be and I will never be as old as I am... Happy 7th Birthday sweetie!!
    Hugs, Jean

  4. Gorgeous card, I love the flower really fabulous, and a very Happy 40th Birthday...still a baby really,lol.. enjoy it all.
    Luv CHRISSYxx

  5. I think this is GORGEOUS!!!! And happy belated birthday!
    Rene :D

  6. This is such an adorable card! I love your color choices and the gloss on the balloon looks fabulous! She is adorable!

  7. Absolutely adorable and perfect for a 7 year old or even a 70 year old!! Love the flower - it fits so perfectly and it's so neat the way you finished off the inside too.
    Glad to hear that you had a fabulous birthday, a well deserved celebration with friends and family. And quite a land mark birthday too! Many happy returns of the day...hugs...Barb

  8. Sigh -- so soft and pretty - wonderful elements Becca! And your coloring --- will I ever get there? Your coloring is so soft. Love the way you have perfectly colored around you nestie cut outs. Your card is perfect ---- I love it!!

  9. OMGoodness what a beautiful card for a sweet
    little your coloring and your dp's
    and your flower
    hugs happy late Birthday Linda

  10. First, happy birthday , Becca! I wish you all the best on your new decade and lots of time for crafting too!
    Secondly, your card is just so adorable! Love the soft pastel colors and your lovely coloring! The little one surely had all the reasons to love your cards. They are so pretty!
    Hugs, Iulia

  11. Happy Birthday Becca!
    your card is beautiful. I love your coloring. I think it is perfect. Love the whole card and the softness of it.
    hugs Maz

  12. Awwww, Happy Birthday Becca!! Hope you had a great day and that your year is filled with many blessing. Your card is beautiful and I love the colors. What a lucky 7 year old! Hugs, Rosie :)

  13. Your coloring turned out perfect. I love the card and the new hero arts flower is so perfect with the Maggies. Happy 40th to you, very young girl still. I am glad you received all your goodies in time for your gift.

  14. This is wonderful, Becca! You colored this cutie magnificently. Love the papers, design and details of this extraordinary card!

  15. You definitely had fun playing! She is beautiful!! I love the color combo!!

    Wendy - daffygal

  16. beautiful Becca! I just got some Hero flower stamps to use on cards too! so fun!
    Pam Going Postal

  17. i love all of it.. beautiful card.. ♥
    Hugs, Katrin

  18. Beautiful!!! And I'm especially lovin' that blue flower on top! Where'd you get it?



  19. This is perfect. I love your flower and your heart and your coloring!! Everything is great. All that new stash is coming in handy!! Thanks for sharing your Tilda with chipboard creation with us at TT this week. We've got a "sweet" challenge lined up for next time so stay tuned! Corry & the TT team.

  20. What a pretty card! Your friend's daughter is lucky to get it. Your coloring and color choices are great! TFS

  21. By the way... happy 40th to you! I'm way past that now... well, over 1/2 way between 40 and 50... did I just admit to that? *gulp* But I live in denial telling myself that I'm still 40. So feel good about being only 40. Life has just started! *grin!*

    (BTW, I'm LDS too! Love the link & icon... I may have to borrow it for my blogs!)

  22. Happy 40th birthday Becca! Love your card, so pretty. Can you email me please bevscrafts@gmail dot com about the Clear Additions
    hugs Bev x

  23. What a cool way to celebrate your 40th and your card is stunning. Happy happy B.D. to you!
    Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Challenge. :)

  24. wow what a beautiful fresh card, I love the Tilda in these colours too...thanks for joining in with the Just Magnolia & hAnglar and Bunny Zoe's Crafts monthly challenges
    Mina xxx

  25. Gorgeous and adorable.

  26. A very Happy (and belated) Birthday to you, Becca! Hope all you wishes came true, and may you have many happy returns. You'll be crafting for a long, long time yet! Your card is sweet and pretty and I love the soft colors! Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cami

  27. Super card, beautiful colours and love the inside too. Thanks for joining in our Chipboard challenge at Totally Tilda this time. Good luck.
    Dawn and the TT Team xx

  28. Love this card, Becca! Such pretty pastels and your coloring is fabulous.

    Cathy Lee


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