Friday, August 20, 2010

Whatever I want!

It's my father-in-law's birthday on Sunday and like every year this is a time when I am not looking forward to making a card. Why? Well, he is a lovely person, a real character, and a fun-loving man, who I know now, likes receiving only humourous cards. I have discovered that fact over the years and after a few disappointments. He does not do it on purpose, he simply does not like elegant or serious-looking cards so, much to my astonishment, he often used to discard my one after hardly reading it, while all the humourous cards had a special place on the mantelpiece! So as challenging as it is already for me to create a male card, it is a double challenge to come up with a humourous card for him every year.

And so this morning I set myself to the difficult task - nice cup of decaff latte in front of me, clean desk... And I got thinking which stamps were particularly funny and appropriate and would be worth considering for the challenge, and immediately Bugaboo came to my mind! Have you ever seen their digis? I have purchased a few over the last year or so and they are fantastic, especially if you are looking for a humourous style. I think this old fella is called Gus and maybe not so much his looks, but defenitely his attitude really fits my FIL's profile! LOL!
The beach huts in the background are a recent freebie from Little Musings. All images coloured with Letraset Promarkers and mounted on 3D pads to give some perspective. The beach effect I created with brown paper and distress ink; the birthday sentiment is a sticker from my own stash.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
ABC - B is for Blue (My card is only partially blue so I am not sure they will accept my entry)
YNS - Bold Bright Summer colours
CRAFT - Photo inspiration (I have used the colours of the jellies as inspiration)
Cards for Men - Decoupage
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes
Stampin' for the weekend - Anything goes

Thanks for your comments! Have a nice weekend!


Lisa Jane said...

Oh i am sure he will love it!! i do!
Check out the Craft garden challenge this month too
Lisa ;)

Nannieflash said...

Hi Designeal, fabulous card Im sure your FIl will love it, its cheeky. Thanks for joining us at Cards for Men, good luck with the Challenge. With hugs Shirleyxxxx

Elaine Stark said...

Well done. This is a great card, he should appreciate it. Elaine

Faye said...

Well, I think you pulled it off perfectly - this is a wonderful, bright and humorous man card. If FIL discards it, I'll have it! ;)

Unknown said...

Beautiful yet funny it ..yu are very talented ...thanks for sharing this creation

Audrey said...

LOL! I love this! Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments and don't forget to enter in our new monthly drawing going on right now.

Karen Howard said...

This is really gorgeous! Love the design and details!!! Hugs, Karen

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Julie said...

That image is one of my favs. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments

Rose said...

Great card, lovely colours and I really like how you've done the beach!

Thanks for joining us at C.R.A.F.T and good luck!

Rose x

Eiglas said...

Love this! LOL!
Thank you so much for coming over to play at CRAFT this week!

Trimgym said...

Fab card and so funny, thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge this week and good luck!

Jo and Tigerlover.

Mummylade said...

gorgeous image! Thank you so much for entering the SFTW challenge, good luck!

Annika said...

Wonderful card! Fabulous colouring and layout and I love the fun sentiment. Thanks for
playing at SFTW!

Leslie said...

I love it and Hilarious! I might have to scraplift that idea sometime!! It's perfect! Thanks for giving me a morning giggle.
Hugs, Leslie

Alison said...

Well done for facing your challenge! I'm sure this will get the required laugh (so sad to have hand made cards not appreciated). Thanks for playing along with our decoupage challenge at Cards for Men.
Hugs, Alison x

Ruthie said...

Just love Bugaboo images! So Funny!

Thanks for joining in the fun at Aud Sentiments