Have Some “40th Birthday Fun” #TigerStrypesBlog 11

“40th Birthday Fun”

#TBCCrafters Hop

So, I turned 40 on Monday, crazy how time flies.  I remember back in the day, I thought that 40 was really old, now that I’m here, I think that the “hill” has just gotten further away…or maybe it’s just because I can’t see it anymore! :p

I lost my Dad when he was 43, and I really didn’t understand how young that was, until I got to be this age.  He was so young and even though, to me, he seemed old, it’s hard to believe how much of his life he missed.  I’m praying that I can live longer than that, and be able to enjoy my wonderful life with my husband and our son’s life and growth, and be able to do all of the things with him, that I wasn’t able to do with my Dad.

So now that I’m in the next part of my life, I thought it would be fun to poke some fun at it!  I know that this stage of my life is much better than before, I know more, I know what to focus on and I know what means the most.  I’m going to make this next part of my life the best that I can, and laugh at all of those who say “over the hill”.  You’ll be there one day, sucker, and I’ll be hiding behind a bush ready to throw something at you!! 🙂

I hope you like it!! Have a blessed day, and please be sure to comment on and share this #TBCCrafters craft!!

40th Birthday Fun Craft

Materials/Tools Used:

  • Wood Plaque
  • Cricut Explore
  • Craft Paper
  • Glue Tape
  • Color Printer
  • Letter Game Pieces
  • & Time!


I started by using a wooden plaque that already had a shape and measured it to make a mat on top.  You could always paint this first, but I like the regular wood look.  I traced the plaque itself, and scanned it into my Design Space software to make the shape look the same.birthday

Next, I used my Cricut to cut out the mat on dark paper just a bit smaller than the plaque, and then a lighter shade a bit smaller than that, to make a stacked mat look.birthday

I used my Cricut Software on the smaller one to have it add text to the shape, so I didn’t have to write it myself. 🙂birthday

Next, I used some craft tape to adhere the pieces onto the wood.  You could always use a glue gun, or glue spray, but I didn’t want to wait for the gun to warm up! ha/habirthday

Next, I used my Cricut again to cut out some numbers, and taped them to the top of the mat.birthday

I wanted to make it a bit more than just words, so I found a graphic I had of a woman and printed that on photo paper.  I used my blade to cut it out and then trimmed the rest with my scissors.birthday

I glued that to the bottom corner of the frame, to add a little extra and give it a 3D effect.  I was going to use spacers, but couldn’t find them.birthday

Now, to make the “dreaded” number, I used letter tiles from a well known word game and using double sided tape, attached those together to make them easy to adhere to the piece.birthday

Now, I attached those between the number and the words that were already on the piece and BAM!, take that 40!!!!


Hope you like it!  Please take a minute to leave me a comment and let me know what you would do different, or what you would add, etc.  Be sure to tweet, pin, share, etc. – thanks!!

“May the mountains bring prosperity to the people, the hills the fruit of righteousness.” -Psalm 72:3

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9 years ago

Oh my gosh I love that! What an adorable gift! I love that Cricut printer too! I must get one! You did an awesome job!

9 years ago

Wow! I have a Cricut too, but I’ve only used it for scrapbooking. You’ve inspired me! Happy birthday! I’m a decade ahead of you, and it seems time just keeps flying by …

tara pittman
9 years ago

This is a great sign. I love the humor in reaching forty.

9 years ago

Oh, how cute is this, love it! Very creative and I love Scrabble. I think 40 is young, too, Happy Birthday!

Dawn Pruitt
9 years ago

This is too cute! It would make a great gift idea too! I’m a few years past 40 and I have to stay I only “sometimes” feel over the hill! lol

Ellen Christian
9 years ago

I love that! What a fun way to look at it!

Rose Powell
9 years ago

Well that’s one way to look at it, forty is FABULOUS! Don’t you ever forget it. This is adorable. I love it.

Beverly Roderick
9 years ago

This is awesome! What a creative idea. I saw forty lots of years ago, otherwise, I’d be making one of these!