Party Puffins For A Birthday Celebration FF100

by Joanne James7. January 2022 09:00

Today I have my card for the new challenge over at Festive Friday and this week we are celebrating something very special:


Our 100th challenge - woohoo! Whilst you do not need to actually celebrate the occasion to play along - your goal is to simply use three or more items from the inspiration list on your project - this week's list is sure to generate lots of celebratory cards!  This week I really went to town with the inspo list; I used celebration, numbers, gold, sequins, patterned paper and splatters (I even included a cake on the inside!) and this is what I came up with:


 Here's the low-down on today's card:

A Special Party Puffin - I decided to add a puffin from the 'Party Puffins' stamp set as the focal point for my card today, but a special celebration definitely requires a special puffin, so this one is dressed to impress! I heat embossed him in black, colouring his beak and feet with gold Wink of Stella and fussy cutting him a hat from gold glimmer paper with black jewels for added pizzazz! This little fella is so sparkly! 

Two Reasons To Celebrate - You may be wondering why when we are celebrating our 100th challenge at Festive Friday, why my card has 50s on it. Well, later this year I will be celebrating a milestone birthday - my 50th, to be exact. I was the oldest in my year at school so will be the first of my school peers to reach this momentous occasion; what this means though is that starting in September I will be needing a large number of 50th birthday cards to send out during the 12 months thereafter, so I thought I'd start making now so that I was prepared! I created a fun faux-embossed star by cutting a bunch of 5s and 0s with my Playful Alphabet Dies and adhering them to gold foil, before cutting a star with my Stitched Star Dies to create a subtle nod to this birthday milestone:


I thought this would make a good masculine card design - what you do think?

Gold, Gold and More Gold - With a solid black background, I majored on gold to give this card birthday bling: gold foil, gilded gems, gold glimmer paper and a touch of black and gold (retired) striped designer paper, along with some subtle gold Wink of Stella splatters on the base of my card (difficult to see on the photos, but so sparkly in real life!). I also added a gold-on-black heat-embossed sentiment; and along with a simple birthday greeting inside my card, a birthday cake topped with gold icing and sparkly candles: 

So what do you think - a suitably glamourous sparkly birthday card to celebrate a milestone birthday alongside our milestone challenge this week? Do leave me a comment below - I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

How does our board inspire you? I can’t wait to see what YOU create! For more inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the  Festive Friday Challenge Design team:

Ann Schach
Beth McCullough
Sharon Hashimoto Burkert
Melanie Hungerford
Helen Jennings
Stephanie Lanzalotto
Melva Peters
Diane Evans
Joanne James

I am also playing along with Color Throwdown (I used black, white and gold) and over at Try Stamping on Tuesday where they have a great sketch this week - and of course I'm playing with the optional theme of 'celebrate' too.


Enjoy your day and I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.


Comments (15) -

Donna Scholz
Donna ScholzUnited States
1/7/2022 4:14:14 PM #

Joanne, congratulations on your upcoming milestone birthday, AND Festive Friday's 100th blog! Your card is gorgeous! Love all the gold and bling. You are going to be crazy busy if you plan on sending everyone in your class a birthday card this year! You're off to a great start with your Puffin card. Thank you for using our Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch and playing along with us. Happy birthday!!! -Donna

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
1/7/2022 5:13:59 PM #

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!  That little penguin is adorable!  So much detail.  That embossed star is just so creative!  

Diane Evans
Diane EvansCanada
1/7/2022 5:18:44 PM #

Wow,  I just love this Joanne.  It is such a great ard to mark the 100th Celebration of FF Chalenges

Heather Heroldt
Heather HeroldtUnited States
1/7/2022 6:26:21 PM #

Oh my gosh, Joanne, you have dolled up that puffin to the max, lol!  I feel like we'll be seeing him in pictures sometime soon, lol.  What a perfect card for the great milestones you're celebrating - and very celebratory!  Love it!  Thanks so much for playing at TSOT!

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
1/7/2022 10:27:47 PM #

You've exceeded yourself this time with the Party Puffins! Love all the gold and glitter you've included, especially the splatter and the gold puffin feathers.

Beth McCullough
Beth McCulloughUnited States
1/8/2022 1:55:42 PM #

Wow!  Love this! You've set the bar really high on your first of many 50th birthday cards!  Happy early birthday!  Smile

Deborah Wheeler
Deborah WheelerUnited Kingdom
1/8/2022 7:46:12 PM #

This is just gorgeous Joanne! I love that cute puffin - he's definitely partying!!

Alyson Mayo
Alyson MayoCanada
1/9/2022 4:14:36 PM #

Oh, how cute! That bird in gold, black and white is so sweet. Thanks for sharing with us at TSOT Smile

Melanie Hungerford
Melanie HungerfordUnited States
1/10/2022 1:48:11 AM #

How fabulous Joanne, so much sparkle! I love how you included the 50th birthday theme on your card too!

VickiUnited States
1/11/2022 1:32:29 PM #

Love this card! It’s all there for celebrating the Big’50’ but not so much in your face. Great job on following the TSOT sketch and including other challenges.
I kinda forgot that layering card stick to then cut was called faux embossing. Thanks for joining us-😀Vicki

AnnaUnited States
1/12/2022 12:51:23 AM #

What a wonderful card. I love the puffin and the beautiful colors! Congrats on the challenge and personal milestone. Thanks for joining us this week at Try Stampin' On Tuesday and hope you join us again.
Anna, Design Team

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert
Sharon Hashimoto BurkertUnited States
1/13/2022 8:05:13 PM #

LOVE! SO many clever details.  I love it all!

Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
1/16/2022 4:48:11 PM #

Cute! Adorable! Beautiful! Elegant! So many ways I could describe this amazing celebratory card! Congratulations on your upcoming milestone birthday! Your classmates are going to love receiving your awesome creations!

JaydeeUnited States
1/17/2022 6:13:28 PM #

Joanne, enjoy your milestone birthday!!!!  Your little puffin is just adorable - but he is also wonderfully dramatic with the gold and black.  What a stunning card.  The splatters were a perfect finishing touch.

Stephanie Lanzalotto
Stephanie LanzalottoUnited States
1/18/2022 11:13:59 AM #

I am late to the commenting party here, but wanted to stop by and say that I LOVE this card. I love everything puffin, and this guy is adorable in all of his celebratory sparkle and shine. I hope you have a wonderful birthday when it comes!

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