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The Big 4-0

My little brother turned 40 this past week. I had an idea for the card I wanted to make for quite a while. It didn't turn out exactly how I planned, but I still like the results.

I based it on Sweet Stop Sketch SSS87. I didn't follow the sketch exactly and I didn't include the stitching required for the challenge. I added extra "brads" to keep the front from being too plain. I made the brads from a tutorial I saw a while back but I couldn't find the post to include the link here.

I love this grim reaper image from Just Inklined. Isn't he cool? I didn't get to use him for Halloween but he gets to make a guest appearance for a 40th birthday.

Here is the inside. I can't make too many "over the hill" jokes since no matter how old he gets, I'm still older.

Don't forget about the Sentimental Sundays challenge. The theme this week is "Baby". I am sitting this week out but I would love to see what you have to create. You can check out the rules and link up your baby creation on the Sentimental Sundays blog.

Edited to add some pictures of my brother and I. Happy Birthday!

Christmas 1975


Thank you for stopping by!


  • Stamps: Grim Reaper from Just Inklined
  • Papers & CS: PaperTrey white CS, Neenah Crest solar white CS, Paper Studios black CS, My Mind's Eye Complete Boy, small circle paper punch
  • Inks: None
  • Tools: Cricut, Plantin Schoolbook cartridge, cropadile
  • Embellishments: Black hemp jewelry cord



Corvar said…
I feel slightly used ;)
Debra said…
I love this card! The sentiment is wonderful LOL! I am totally going to CAS your idea :) Promise to give you credit! Thanks for the inspiration
Pami said…
A great card Cheryl! And I love the sentiment inside!! Thank you for joining us at MAWTT this week!! Merry Christmas. Pami x
Ann Whitfield said…
Great card Cheryl, I'm sure your brother will love it! Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's
Ann x
pinky said…
I bet he loved it, great idea and loved the sentiment lol. Thanks for playing along at LCI this week.
KraftyKoolKat said…
Fantastic card. Thank you for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop's Best.

wow i just love it, thanks for joining us at CCC and good luck xxx
Hazel (Didos) said…
Hee hee this is brilliant. Sure your Brother will love it. Hope you are having a great festive season. Thanks for joining in on MAWTT this week Hazelxox
Such a fabby card, great image, good luck! Thanks for joining us this week over at MAWTT, hugs Heidi (DT) xx
Tip Top said…
Thanks for entering the Polkadoodle Challenge - hope you can join us again next week!
Lorraine A said…
fabulous card :-) the image is perfect for a 40th !!

thanks for joining us on the Totally Papercrafts, Simon Says Stamp and PTW Challenges :-)
Lols x x x
Mary J said…
What a brilliant card!

Thx for joining us at Ladybug crafts Inks!

Mary j xxx
Kimberly S said…
Turned out great Cheryl! Love that perfect sentiment too. lol :)
Tracy said…
Guess this is my first grim reaper image. LOL Love the sentiment. :) Best wishes to your brother. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Digi Doodle Shop's Best!
Anita said…
Fantastic card Cheryl. I especially love that grim reaper. I'm sure your brother loved his card.
Shirl said…
What a perfect sentiment for your brother's card and the grim reaper image is fantastic, you clever girl.
Huygs Shirley x x
Nikbee said…
A wonderful card. I love the sentiment. Thank you for joining us at Creative craft.

Nikki x
Saskia said…
Great card! Lovely to see your work at Polkadoodles Challenge! Thanks for joining us!

Saskia :)
Lisa Jane said…
Oh lol - i bet your brother loved it .. fab song title
Thanks for joining us at LCI this week
Lisa ;)
Colette said…
Great humorous card, glad you could join us at Polkadoodles this week. Good Luck! Colette xx
Maggie's Crafts said…
Great card! Thank you for joining us at The Crafty Pad @

brenda said…
Hi there

I am thrilled you have joined in my "Free and Easy" theme at Allsorts this fortnight and confess to being astounded by the huge response - over 500 so far !

I usually like to visit every entry and say a few words about their creations, but the sheer volume so far along with the holiday preparations we all have to juggle means this is a "copied and pasted" message, for which I apologise.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year.

B x

Have you entered my new candy
Karin said…
This turned out great and the sentiment is perfect :) I'm filing it away for myself to use at a later date :) Hope your brother had a great birthday!
Sara said…
Very cool! Thanks for playing along with DDSB!
Whimsey said…
WOW - that repear image is something else - I had to study it for a bit. LOL

What a great card; love the sentiment - just delightful!

Thanks for joining LCI's song title challenge!
Wow, that is interesting.. Thanks for joining us at For Fun Challenges. Good luck on the challenge. Happy New Year!
Hugs, Patricia
Kym Weber said…
Wow, what an awesome 40th birthday card for your brother! Great image! Love the layout! Thanks so much for playing along with us at For Fun Challenges. Hope you’ll be joining us for the next challenge.

Lothian Crafts said…
Great card and I love the image. Thanks for joining our challenge.
Jenny said…
Thanks so much for sharing with us over at Polka Doodles this week.
Gemma said…
what a fab creation! Thanks for joining in the challenge this fortnight at Digistamps 4 Joy! Gemma :)
coldwaters2 said…
Absolutely brilliant card Cheryl I love that image and the sentiment the whole design of this looks excellent thank you for joining our challenge at Digital Tuesday this week.
Lorraine x
Pauline said…
Hi - I love the creation, and the sentiment! A fun birthday card. Thanks for sharing with us at For Fun!
hugs and blessings,
Karen said…
Lovely, thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shops Best.
Anonymous said…
Hee hee.Just love this.Fantastic card and clever use of the image.Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop's Best :D
Lisa x
Dora said…
Hi, this is gorgeous, a perfect masculine card and the sentiment is fun too. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Sentiments and good luck xxx
ona_i_ja said…
Cheryl, Your card is gorgeous!

Thanks for joining us at CCC this time and good luck!
Happy New Year!!
Julie said…
Great card. The grimm reaper is perfect and that sentiment is so funny
Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop's Best
Melanie M said…
I love this card Cheryl. Cute and funny...
Thank you for joining us at Digistamps 4 Joy challenge blog :)
Katja said…
Your card is very pretty. Thanks for joining our last challenge of this year at Digi Doodle Shop's Best!

Katja (DDSB-DT)
1CardCreator said…
Funny card, sure your brother loved it! ~Diane
1CardCreator said…
Funny card, sure your brother loved it! ~Diane

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