Is there a Birthday celebrated with Chocolate? If not … there should be!

It was recently a male relatives Birthday, and pretty much like most ‘made by hand’ card makers, I  don’t like making cards for men.  They all seem so twee or predictable – so …  ‘forgive me Crafter for I have sinned’  …  I will normally buy the men in my life a card for their birthday.  And …  this is the story of how this card came to be.

I knew I’d bought a card for this particular relatives Birthday.

Mr. Cobs knew I’d bought a card for this particular relatives Birthday.

Could I find said card?

Not on your nelly!  (I have no idea where that saying came from – but it’s most definitely a saying here in the UK, and has been since dirt was invented.  It means:  ‘Not on your life’!).

So, with very little time left before a card had to be delivered by hand, I got my thinking cap on and came up with a card which, I have to admit, looks better in real life than in the photo.  But … and this is the important bit …  it practically made itself.

It began with a cut and scored white card.  I chose the cafe latte coloured, striped with cream stripes card for the top part of the card, and the rich chocolate-brown Happy Birthday card, in different font styles for the bottom. (You can buy both these cards in a huge variety of different colours – so check out the options if you visit the website).  Both of these cards are from the Anna Marie Designs range.

I cut these different cards to size, then layered them onto some black card stock, then fixed them to the white card.

Then cut the tag from some white card stock, using a Tattered Lace Peach Sorbet Torn Edge Tags die.  I don’t think Tattered Lace make these anymore, but I’ve had a look round and found some on Amazon  here.

D Bday 2018

The ‘Birthday Wishes’ was stamped using a stamp from the Wishes and Vines by Silhouette Stamps.  I’ve had these stamps for a while, but you can still buy them in one or two places, both in the US an in the UK – so ask Google to be your friend and I’m sure he’ll help.

I stamped and then layered the tag onto some black card, which I then carefully cut around, attempting to match the wiggly outside of the tag itself.

Then I added a ribbon made from some wide silk ribbon in my stash and …. That’s all there was to it!

I would have posted this a couple of days ago …  but I couldn’t find the place I’d saved it to on my computer!  {sigh} …  It would seem that Birthdays are going to be a nightmare when card giving this year.  First Birthday of the new year and I’m already ‘fudging it up’!

I know I don’t normally do Jokes on any day but Friday … but I heard this one and I need to share it with you ….

Why did the cow cross the road?

It wanted to go to the mooovies.

Yup … still finding it funny and still laughing out loud.  lol

Have a really great rest of your day, and thank you so much for coming and having a coffee with me!

Sending you lots of squidges in a huuuuge bucket  ~  

Sig coffee copy




Author: The Art of Cobwebs - aka:- thecobweboriumemporium

Hello. I'm 'Cobwebs'. I live in a wee little cottage in the South of England, aptly called Cobweb Cottage. This little dwelling really is a cobweb factory. Not inside (well, occasionally) - but outside - flipping heck! This information should give you a clue as to why my blog is called The Art of Cobwebs aka: The Cobweborium Emporium. I've been arty and crafty from a very young age, and although my crafts have sometimes turned a corner and taken me in another direction, I've always crafted in some way, shape or form. One day, in the blink of an eye, life changed somewhat for me and the consequences were many. I had to find a new way of being 'artistic'. Card making; scrap-booking; producing ATC's and ACEO's; needle felting; Polymer clay; painting- but in a more relaxed style than I had before, and sewing, - are all things which I visit, as and when life allows. I've fairy recently become a Textile Artist and am enjoying this new creative outlet very much as it offers me so much scope for letting my imagination run through a grassy field and feel the wind in my hair - (mentally, of course). I love to create. To make things. I truthfully believe that the best gifts in the world are those in which you've given your time, rather than your cash. Thank you so much for visiting. Please visit my blog (link below) and have a look around. I'm sure you'll find something to enjoy, even if it's only a handful of jokes! (yes, seriously - there really are jokes!) Wishing you a truly blessed rest of your day! ~ Cobs. <3

52 thoughts on “Is there a Birthday celebrated with Chocolate? If not … there should be!”

  1. You know what? Sometimes these last minute throw together cards come out really good. Like this one. I’m sure “he” was pleased. Now about this cow…I thought you were going to say she had to “get a moove on.” Both are pretty funny …I don’t do funny as well as Mrs. Cob. but I do like cows and have had to move more than my share of them. lol

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    1. Y’know, I actually thought of you when I heard this joke, and instantly knew you’d be the one to find the greatest fun in it.

      I think you’re spot on with your thoughts about the last minute cards. I’m a bit of an over-thinker when card making, so it can sometimes take me far too long to make something. But this one was required ASAP. It was a real emergency – and I was so happy with how it came together.

      The card was very well received – so I’m thrilled to bits.

      I told Mr.Cobs that he might have one just like it on his birthday (later in the year) – since it was such an easy make and I didn’t sweat blood and tears over it. LOL.

      Love you Miss Bev. ~ Cobs. xxx

      PS…. Slim card box taken to the post office this afternoon, and now winging its way to you. I’m hoping that you’ll get it before next year. LOL. (Guessing it should be with you by mid next week. fingers crossed). ~ C. xxx

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  2. Hi Cobs, great card for a guy. It’s true we don’t usually enjoy male cards as much as the ones we make for our lady friends. I have totally lost my mojo at the moment, haven’t visited the craftroom in a while and only think of getting rid of some of my vast stash of stamp sets etc. Possibly not running classes this year either. No enthusiasm. What a to do eh? Love your posts and look forward to them. B x

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    1. Hello B.
      You know … you sound like you need a holiday from everything which is making you feel guilt ridden – and that includes crafting.

      It’s ok to feel like that. We all go through it at some point. Our mojo leaves and never seems like it’s going to come back. So … the answer is to give yourself permission for a long holiday from it. How does six months sound?

      Change the things you blog about. Choose to post once a week about something entirely different. Go somewhere you haven’t been before, once a week. Have a coffee in a coffee house, and take a photo of things you can see from the window of the coffee house. Then do a blog post about it and rate the coffee. You never know – if you tell the owner that you’re going to blog about your coffee, you may get a mini interview with them, and … free coffee for giving them a mention on your blog. (You might not, but you never know!)

      But … that’s just a suggestion, and I don’t know what you’re into – so feel free to poo poo that idea and come up with something different yourself. Beauty salon? Church? Bookstore? Anything at all which takes your interest. Do it once a week – or every two weeks – maybe even with a friend, and then tell us about it.

      Let’s get your interest interested again!
      Sending lots of love, and sending a prayer asking that something sparks for you.
      Squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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      1. Cobs you really have a lovely way with you. It’s funny but I never thought to give myself permission to just chill on the cardmaking for a while. 6 months sounds perfect and I do have a trip to UK coming up in early May so perhaps I could start blogging about something to do with that. Thank you so much for showing me a way forward. It seems so simple when you put it out there as a choice to be made yourself. I was feeling kind of guilty about not doing classes, after 6 years of them. I also felt I had run my course with them, even though everyone was telling me they loved coming.

        There are so many things I want to learn more about I said three years ago I wanted to explore mixed media and learn to paint. Now is the time I think.

        Thank you so much for your prayer and hugs, they are much appreciated.

        B xxx

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        1. Aw you’re very welcome. But … I did nothing really. You just needed someone to remind you that it’s you who’s in charge of which direction your life is going to go. The answer was there all the time.

          As for the lessons … if you feel that you’ve done what you set out to do, and now want to change direction, then that’s the right thing to do! You must do what makes YOU happy … not what you feel everyone else would be happy with.

          Life Begins Today!

          Live right now. Not next week. Next month. Next year. Begin NOW. Don’t let another second go by without you actually living in it.

          You are in the driving seat, so you decide which way to go.

          Sending much love and buckets of squidges ~ Cobs. xxx ❤


          1. The like button just doesn’t work for how this makes me feel Cobs. You are so right, time to start living each day for me. XXX

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  3. You really do make it look easy, Cobs, and your jokes aren’t bad either! 😉 It’d take me hours to do that… I had a go at making a tag last year and had to abandon it – it was actually for Halloween and it was even too frightful for that! 😯
    I really must look into this stamping malarkey!


    1. I think you’d enjoy it Tom. Especially since you would be free to colour the stamped image in any way you wanted (or not, as the case might be).

      Following a request by a fellow blogger, I did a two part post about stamping. Not sure if they’d help, but … you can find Part One here:
      and Part Two here:

      Tags are a really great place to start Tom. And if you mess up … simply paint over it and begin again! (or turn over and play on the other side). ~ Cobs. 🙂


  4. Love it cobs! These two would be up for it but as the teenager’s birthday is next week, I may wait to tell her after! 😉 Actually, she’s already going to have quite a chocolatey day because we start every birthday in our house with a birthday eeyore (ornament on the table) and Cadbury fingers…then I said we’d meet for hot choc after school while Mr.B still working and she’s chosen chocolate fudge cake as her birthday cake (she doesn’t like fondant/ready-to-roll icing) so I’m sure she’ll be chocolatey enough for one day! ☺ squidges from us xxx

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    1. Chocolate works any day. Celebrate or commiserate. AND … if you eat it with one eye closed, it doesn’t have any calories. (at least so I’m told). LOL
      Thank you for coming for a visit Rabbit.
      Sending love ~ Cobs. xxx

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    1. I swear to Dog that Cobweb Towers is Britains answer to the Bermuda Triangle, Ruthie. Things come into this cottage and are never seen again. Especially so when Mr.Cobs has a hand in ‘putting them away safe’. grrrr!

      Good to hear that I’m not alone in these disappearances. I think we should get Inspector Columbo on this, y’know.

      Thanks for coming Ruthie. Sending you big squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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  5. Chocolate is the best medicine for anything. Dark is especially good for you! No really.
    The card looks great Cobs. I have some put aside for guys, they have embossed gears on the card stock and other masculine things. I should actually try and find them, lol, that could be a problem as I have been very good at putting things in a safe place lately, so safe that even I don’t know where they are! I have two tiny dies that I have been looking for for 2 weeks now. They are safe where ever they are, I am quite upset about those. One is a Fairy and one has two bunnies! Darn it.
    I will get some chocolate and things will be alright.
    Have a great day Cobs and hope the weather is better there too. Rain rain rain rain rain and more rain. It is also cold again too, with a bit of a wind coming again later on. It is sooo ugly and dark out right now and the raindrops are big. Good thing I have a lot to do inside and sometimes I just sit and watch the rain and am more than grateful to be warm and dry inside 🙂
    My old dog Stan doesn’t mind missing the morning dawdle in the park if it’s raining and the Chihuahua’s, they would rather be indoors as well. The cats? Well what can I say, they are cats.
    hugs from the west coast of BC

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    1. Aw, how good it is to see you Soozy!

      I’m glad to hear that you have a safe place which things disappear into FOREVER!
      I think that you, Ruthie and I should start a club. We all have a mystical place in our homes … and I bet others have one too. We should start the Mystical Missing Things Club. I bet we’d grow in members really fast! LOL

      The weather today began not too bad. The sun was shining, but it was very cold. But … so long as you wrapped up it was a great day. I went off to collect Little Cobs from school and was actually rather enjoying the lovely sunshine.

      He came to our house for his tea (he comes every Tuesday after school), and by the time his Daddy came to collect him (on his way home from work) – it was raining that very fine rain which wets you right through to the bones! And now …an hour later, it’s proper raining now.

      ah well … The Lord doesn’t tell me when to water my garden, so I guess I have no business saying when I think He should water His.

      Our Dog – Miss Belly – doesn’t like the rain and won’t go into the garden when it’s raining. But … if you offer a walk, she’ll go walking on the lead in the rain. Not overly happily, but walking in the rain is better than no walk. LOL.

      Thank you so much for coming Soozy.
      Have a wonderful rest of your week. ~ Cobs. xxx ❤


      1. I bet now said card is safely on it’s way the bought card will surface…. funny how the universe has to practically scream at us sometimes when we are destined to follow a certain path xx

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  6. Oh this turned out great! I’m like you….masculine birthdays really take a lot of thinking…a lot! I start January out with 6 out of 10 masculine birthdays. A lot of thinking going on here! Sometimes its those cards that we have to make in a hurry turn out to be some of our best cards! Beautiful bow and perfect for a masculine birthday! 🙂

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    1. Ohhh, thank you Nancee. I’m just thrilled to pieces that you like it.

      You’re right – making a masculine card really does take a lot of thinking. And yes – it’s those cards we have to make in a hurry and under pressure that turn out to be some of our best cards.
      Over thinking cards is normally my problem. Just letting go and winging it, like I did with this one, seems to work better. (although – I can’t see myself trusting self to do this permanently. lol)

      Thanks for coming Nancee, and for the lovely comment. ~ Cobs. xxx

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  7. Nice card, Cobs! I struggle with masculine cards as well (I think because the men in my life don’t enjoy the things that the crafting industry tell us are “great for masculine cards”!). As for chocolate, EVERY birthday needs some chocolate (whether it is a present of candy, or the fudge frosting on the cake!)!!

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    1. Ohhh Kathy . . . Fudge Frosting on a cake … I’m now longing for this. I’m only glad that I did my bit of shopping before I found your comment … otherwise – goodness knows what I’d be up to right now. LOL

      Like you, the men in my life don’t enjoy the things that the card industry tell us are brilliant for men cards either. Maybe they need us crafters to show them the way they should be going. lol.

      Great to see you Kathy. Hope you’re well.
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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            1. You haven’t? Well blow me down! I could swear I’d got the idea from you!

              I haven’t quite finished it yet, but tomorrow should finish the attachments – and then I just want to schuzz it up a little, then I can take pictures and share on the blog (if it’s good enough! eeek. lol).
              Squidges ~ Cobs. xxx


  8. I confess, I bought a birthday card for my brother last week *hangs head in shame*. I do try to make cards for the men in my life, but they always seem to come out exactly the same.
    Yours is fabby though, it does look good enough to eat! Maybe that’s my problem, not enough chocolate-coloured stash :p

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