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Oct 31, 2020

Something for Kids or Teens at Allsorts Challenge

Good morning, a new theme starts today at Allsorts challenge and it's my turn to host. Hope to see you joining in for a chance to win a wonderful prize by Craft Stash, a beautiful Woodware stamp set. 

For this week I selected the theme of "For Kids or Teens" - including young adults still in their teen years.. This can be any type of card for any occasion, gift, tag, decorated bag, etc. 

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I made this card for my amazing son for his 18th birthday!! How time flies, it really does seem like yesterday when I brought my first chubby cheeked bundle of joy home with no idea of what I was doing!

Earlier this month I was moving furniture around in my craft room and the shelf that held all my designer papers among other things snapped and broke. I had to throw it away as it wasn't fixable. It was one I had picked up at a Joann's Black Friday sale many years ago, not really the best shelf for heavy papers even though it was meant to hold 12x12 papers and came with some drawers for other items. Silly me kept not only heavy papers on this shelf system, but also my heavy punches, it was just too much weight. 

In any event, this broken craft shelf incident caused me to re-think my paper dilemma, I have soooo much of it but rarely if ever would reach for it, so I decided to cut most of them down to 6x6 inches so they are easier to store and easier to look through. And I also placed them closer to my desk so they are within reach. I still need to get through my paper scraps which are pieces already cut but random sizes and I want to be sure non are taller than 6" (I am still keeping some full 12x12 sheets separately in case I make something bigger, but I rarely do). Keeping all scraps at 6" or shorter is going to be so helpful! Hopefully I can manage to throw some of them away too, I don't know why I even hang on to tiny pieces .....

So the papers I used on this card were some of what I had discovered in my paper mess. I always think star themed cards make great masculine cards for the younger male. Here I used the colors vintage red, navy and white, along with some gold accents. What appears black in the photo is actually navy card stock. 

The star dies are all from my Design Team years at Whimsy Stamps, and no longer available, but it's a basic shape and there are some great choices at A Cherry on Top or if you are in the US, and for those of you in the UK and overseas I am sure Craft Stash has a good variety available too. And don't forget about Amazon...

I layered the big star over a die cut circle and white circle frame, then added the small stars all around with foam tape to make them pop up. The no. 18 is from a chipboard Alphabet and Number set. I found mine at Michaels, but can't seem to find it online. There may be more options on Amazon. My sticker set is made of kraft chipboard and I ran my Wink of Stella glitter brush over the numbers for a little sparkle. The small stars were die cut from brushed gold paper that was part of a Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit - I don't remember which one, but also available in single sheets at

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The only stamping I have done here is the sentiment, which came from this Penny Black clear set. I really like this simple font as I think it's fitting for a more masculine card. For an extra little detail I used a stapler on two of the corners. 

And below is a photo of the card recipient and the maker :-)

I'm linking up here:


A Vintage Journey - Numbers // Creative Fingers - Anything Goes // Aud Sentiments Challenge - Add a Sentiment // Cute Card Thursday - Sparkles (glitter on the numbers) // Make My Monday - Masculine // Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Movie Inspiration / Captain America // Stamps & Fun = Creativity  - Masculine // 

Link Parties:

Dare to Share // Beautifully Made Sat. 5pm // Inspire Me Mondays // Little Cottage Linkup // Love Your Creativity // Handmade Monday // Anything Goes with your Hosts (Mondays) // Craftastic Monday // Beautifully Made // The Happy Now // Hearth and Soul (starts Monday night)Tuesday Turn About // Wonderful Wednesday // Classy Flamingos // Welcome Wednesdays // Artsy Fartsy // Thinking out Loud Thursday // Little Things Thursday // Thursday Favorite Things // Slices of Life (Encouraging Hearts and Home) // Creative Compulsions // Fridays at the Fire Station // Friday favorites //High Five for Friday // Friendship Friday // Funtastic Fridays // A Morning Cup of Joe // On the Edge // Friday Favorites // Best of the Month-- (first Friday/ month) // Party In Your Pj's // 


Mummylade said...

Hmmm, what a brilliant idea to cut the paper down to smaller size. I have to think about that some more :)

Mervi said...

Congrats! What a special day! Gorgeous card, just perfect.
Happy Halloween;-))m

Marilyn said...

Cute card! Nice picture of you and your son
Have a great day!

Linby said...

It's a great design for a young man. Good idea to cut the papers down - I might try that too. Although for me having anything in sight is the best way to get it used lol!

brenda said...

What a great design for a lad Ellie and all the more special it's your Son. A great theme this week, a feeling it will be popular.

B x

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Happy birthday to your son! Loving that card you made!!! Gorgeous colors and loving the stars!

Joanne said...

That is a fabulous birthday card!

Elaine Stark said...

Great what can be achieved from scrap papers and a clear out. We should all take leaf from your book and have a tidy up. Thanks for joining Aud Sentiments challenge. Elaine

Kathleen said...

A really super card for your Son, great papers, design and some lovely male elements.

Kath x

Wendy L said...

Super card for a teen, xxxx

meg said...

Fabulous card for a young man thank you for joining in at MMM

Annie said...

A fabulous card, especially the Numbers which take centre stage. I am sure it will be treasured. Great to have you hop on board with us this month at A Vintage Journey for our Numbers Challenge
Best wishes
Annie x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Amazing masculine card for your son! Really love it so much!

Mica said...

What a lovely card for your son! you're very talented! it's a shame that the shelf broke but good it means you could rediscover some materials you had! :)

Hope that you had a nice weekend :)

Away From Blue

Handmade in Israel said...

What a great card! I am sure your son loved it. I think it's fun to sort paper and card. #MMBC

Tracy said...

This is a fabulous card Ellie, I'm sure your son will love it. I did the same with my 12 x 12 papers, a lot easier to store.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Wei said...

Super fabulous masculine birthday card! Thanks for playing along with us at Make My Monday Challenge. Looking forward to seeing your creative projects in the future galleries again.

Words and Pictures said...

Fab funky card to celebrate that milestone birthday. Thanks for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
Alison x

Create With Joy said...

Thank you SO much for sharing your card at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy, Ellibelle - your colors and design are just perfect! I’m so happy to announce that you are one of our Featured Guests this week (#460)! :-)

jenny Ginger Ninja Crafts said...

Oh my goodness, I can just imagine when your shelf broke! But sounds like a great plan to make your papers more accessible so they can be used. I love your card, really striking. Thanks so much for entering the Aud Sentiments Challenge. Keep safe
Crafty hugs
Jenny (Ginger Ninja Crafts)