Northampton Saints-Inspired Clean and Simple Birthday Card

by Joanne James16. September 2018 09:00

Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players - yay! It's the turn of my good friend Claire to host this week and she has a clean and simple challenge for you to work with:


Remember in addition to the theme of "sports/favourite team/team colours", this week is a Clean-and-Simple (CAS) challenge!  What do we mean by CAS?

  • Minimal layers and embellishments
  • Plenty of open space, aka "white" space
  • Simple and uncluttered

As my regular readers will now, the James household is big into sport: the James Juniors both swim competitively, Rebecca is a keen hockey player and also plays netball and cricket for her school teams, whilst Ben plays basketball, rugby football and cricket. We also enjoy sport as a family and are keen cyclists and scuba divers. Our weekends are often filled with one sporting activity or another and my life seems to revolve around fixtures, matches, galas and competitions. So I was rather spoilt for choice this week! In the end, as I needed something clean and simple I took my inspiration from a birthday gift that Ben received from one of his cousins recently - a drinks bottle bearing the colours and badge of our local town rugby team, the Northampton Saints. Here's a picture of the drink bottle: 


And here is the card it inspired that also works perfectly for this week's challenge over at Stamp Ink Paper which is all about large sentiments:


I used the stripes for my background and added a diecut sentiment in white - and that's it! Really not much explanation required for my card this week, no stamping and super clean and simple. I do have a tip for you though if you want to create a neat background using strips of cardstock: I cut my cardstock into 1cm strips that were longer than I needed, then glued them to a base piece of black cardstock that I then trimmed neatly to size before adhering to my white card base.

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 Product and 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

My 16 year-old nephew plays rugby for the Northampton Saints Junior Academy and is one of the official ball boys for the first team on match days, so it's fair to say is Saints-mad. Ben has already decided this card should be for William; given that his next birthday is in November and this card is made already, I suddenly appear to be very organised for once - it will never last!

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

The Paper Players Design Team
Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN!

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

Enjoy your day; we have a second day of hockey and a birthday party to look forward to. 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 (8) -

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
9/16/2018 6:34:11 PM #

WOW, Joanne!  I don't know how you keep up with all the practices and games in your family!  So fun to be that active!  I am so impressed that you can scuba dive!  That is amazing!  Your card is just excellent to represent your local Rugby team!  William will cherish this special card!  YIPPEE for being so organized!  LOL  --Thank you for making my challenge rock this week!  I hope you have an amazing week, My Friend!  XX

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
9/16/2018 8:52:30 PM #

However do you find time to craft?! This card is such a clever idea. Simple but wow! So adaptable to any sports team. Isn't that great big 'Happy Birthday' great? Lovely card, Joanne.

jaydeeUnited States
9/16/2018 8:59:45 PM #

Joanne, I love your very personalized card.  The strips are a perfect representation of your drink bottle and I love the large white sentiment.  Fabulous card

LaurieUnited States
9/19/2018 2:10:01 AM #

I LOVE this card...the colors are so bold and it's such a great design!

Ann United States
9/19/2018 5:23:17 AM #

Oh my gosh, Joanne! The white sentiment is stunning against those Northampton team colors. A perfect clean and simple card!

Elizabeth Stewart
Elizabeth StewartUnited States
9/20/2018 4:11:00 PM #

Joanne... so get your card now!  Love the inspiration!  Also have to check out stamp, ink, paper... I need a new challenge!

Annie A.
Annie A.United States
9/20/2018 6:45:39 PM #

What a fab idea using the team colors! Your nephew will love it! And, whew! You are one busy woman but what fun you must have!

sandymUnited States
9/20/2018 9:48:06 PM #

My goodness Joanne, with all those sports going on in your house, how do you ever find time to craft?! I am envious of your energy. What a terrific card, and wonderfully inspired by your drink mug. I'm sure your nephew will love it!

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