A Birthday Card with no Stamping

Sunday is my father's 75th Birthday, he was once described to me to be like Berger Paints (they keep on keeping on) and despite 10 years ago suffering from a Stroke he is in good health apart from a few of the usual ailments we all except to have when we are old.  Unlike my mother his memory is as sharp as ever, and one of the things I love most is hearing him reminisce about days of old.




I have always found making a card for those closest to us a hard task and today was no exception.  I have very limited male oriented stamps and often struggle for ideas for masculine cards.

A few months back I purchased a wood grain embossing folder and was yet to use it, so my initial inspiration was to use this given my father loves woodworking.  Further thoughts were to include the number 75 on the front of the card but then I faulted.

What else do I put on this Birthday card?  I didn't have any stamps/images jumping out at me, so I decided to turn the wood grain into a tree trunk and added die cut leaves.   For the sentiment on the front I didn't really want to say the obvious, you know - Happy 75th Birthday, so using my computer I typed the phrase, Reasons to Celebrate for the outside so the front read '75 Reasons to Celebrate' and than on the inside, came up with the verse - 'But at your age we'll forgive you if you can't remember them all.  Happy Birthday.'

This will give Dad a bit of a laugh because when dealing with the early onset of Alzheimer's with my mother, seeing the lighter side of life and a sense of humour is invaluable.

So there it was, a masculine Birthday Card with no stamping.

Happy Birthday Dad, there probably is 75 reasons to celebrate but I only need to think of one; I Love You!

13 comments:

Julie said...

HI Danielle,
Love your card and the Tim Holtz embossing folder you used.That set is so versatile!

I think it is fantastic that you designed your Dad's card with him and his interests totally in mind.It makes the art,heartfelt.

Enjoy your time with your family this weekend and give your Dad a huge hug from me.
Julie
Time To Create

Emkay said...

What a touching story behind your beautiful card. The sentiment you have created is perfect too!

Lone Pine Designs said...

What a great sentiment...I'm sure your Dad will love it!

Sue H said...

That has to be one of the most lovely ideas for your Dad. Will have to get out my wood grain embossing folder also. Give Dad my best wishes. Sue

Tammy said...

Fabulous card and birthday wishes to your dad.

Becky said...

Fabulous Birthday card, a great idea. Tell him Happy Birthday for me :)

Dawn Mercedes said...

this is so very lovely!

Lynn McAuley said...

I bet your Dad loves this wonderful card!! I love the embossed leaves and tree trunk!!

Karen said...

Your Dad will love the thoughts and care that you put into your card for his birthday. Alzheimers is not nice to deal with so any light heartness will help make his day.

stampingmommy said...

Oh - Danie you father will love this! Especially the sentiment. Alzheimers is very had to deal with - and I am sure this will make him smile!

Jenn said...

Great job Danie! I love the wood grain background...is it DP or embossed? I just got your package yesterday...Thank you so much! I am going to post a proper "Thank You" tomorrow! You sent way too much girl! I love all of it!!!

Danie M said...

Hi Jenn, the background is embossed using the new Tim Holtz Woodgrain Embossing Folders put out by Sizzix. You are most welcome for your parcel, I am pleased it arrived safely.

MollyD said...

I like how you made the card for your dad with him in mind...great job!