Happy Birthday to Me! And The Artful Stampers Challenge #53

Happy, happy birthday to me!

It’s technically not my birthday today (that was yesterday!), BUT this is my first ever blog post!!!  So, hello and welcome to my little corner of ‘blogland’.

Today, I’m participating in my first ever blog hop challenge with the ever amazing and talented crew of The Artful Stampers.  They have just finished their first full year of weekly blog hop challenges, that’s 52 weekly challenges – woohoo!  So with the start of a new year of their weekly challenges, I can’t think of a better time for me join in.

My first challenge is a sketch.

Just look at all of those elements!!!  Sheesh, talk about a CHALLENGE for a newbie.  But here’s what I came up with…  I hope you like it…

The Artful Stampers Blog Hop Challenge #53 by handmadebymanda.com

Supplies used:

Stamps: Butterfly Basics, Watercolour Wings, Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Card and Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Very Vanilla, White Vellum, Pretty Petals DSP Stack

Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe

Accessories: Fluttering TEIF, Bold Butterfly Thinlits, Butterflies Thinlits, Word Window Punch, Basic Pearls

Thanks for visiting here with me from Tamsin’s blog, now hop along and see what Alisa and the rest of the girls have been up too.




  1. Kathryn Carr

    Welcome! This card is gorgeous and I love how you used the butterflies for the circle element of the sketch, and the colour combination is pretty too! 🙂

  2. Annette Sullivan

    Welcome to the blog hop, your first challenge and your first post. I love your interpretation of the sketch, especially with the use of the butterflies. I hope to see more of your creations in the not too distant future.

  3. Jane Riches

    Welcome aboard and enjoy the ride. WARNING: these challenges become addictive. BTW love your card and especially how you have used the butterflies for the circle element. ☺️

  4. Alison Barclay

    Congratulations on your first blog post! You ROCKED this sketch. I love how you made the circle elements into butterflies and made them the focus of your card. Really pretty card! xx

  5. Alisa Tilsner

    Well you did very well for a newbie. Your card looks great, and I can’t wait to see more of your blog hops

  6. Tamsin Adams

    Lovely card. nice one for your first.

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