As the challenge here was all about numbers - I turned to the Numbered Days set and simply stamped a row of numbers onto DP option to highlight the age of the birthday by using one of solid stamps from the set instead of the outline versions. The sentiment and balloons are from the same set.
For the masculine challenge I opted to use the super-cute Out of This World set, stamping a variety of elements from the set colouring with copics and cutting out. I embossed some stars onto a black base card in green glitter EP and added the sentiment with white embossing. I stuck on the coloured elements onto the base card to create an out-of-space scene.
This is also going to be my entry to CASology this week where the cue word is "sky" so I hope space counts as "sky" http://casology.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/week-10-sky.html
The third challenge was a photo inspiration based on the photo above - I went pretty literal with a cake and using the colours:
I used the set "A little treat" and stamped a row of cakes onto a strip of white card in grey ink. I stamped it once more on a scrap of card in black in and coloured with copics using the blues, teals, reds and whites from the inspiration photo. I added a couple of stripes of washi tape to the base card and stamped some greetings from the set in red ink to finish.
For the 4th challenge we just had to incorporate a banner - for this I turned to the first ever TSG stamp set I bought "Sentimental" and simply stamped it onto DP and cut a banner shape by hand. I used the faux letterpress technique by inking a starry embossing folder in rainbow colours using a brayer (thanks Vicky!) and a keleidacolor multi coloured inkpad. Finished with a few random gems and some faux stitching.
For the final challenge I had to use my favourite little donkey (Ba Donkey Donk set) and thought I could create a sort of rosette for my required elements of 3 embellishments. I used a die cut doily, some ribbon and a brad. I stamped the sentiment from Birthday Bot onto the base card to finish.
If you're new to TSG then now is a good time to check them out as they have a 15% off birthday discount code on their blog so a great time to try their excellent quality stamps.