My husband and my FIL have birthdays very close together. The timing of this challenge was perfect with a theme of autumn and leaves. I often resort to using leaves on masculine cards as I feel they are a very versatile embellishment.
The above was the card for my husband - my Sizzix dies turned out very useful. I have bought both the Tim Holtz labels and mini labels die and I also used some ancient alphabet stickers from Chatterbox. I like the positive and negative images here - a great way of making the stickers stretch further on a budget. All the leaf images are also from a Tim Holtz Decorative Strips die - Autumn Gatherings. I used the Basic Grey Granola range of papers for all the leaf shapes. The background patterned paper was an ancient piece of Jenni Bowlin - great to cut into some of these papers and get them used up! I used lashings of Tim Holtz distress ink around the edge to add some depth.
My father-in-law's card was a variation on the theme -
A few more bits and pieces gone from the mountain of stash - now, where can I buy some more time? If you get some time, why not join with us and having a go at the challenge?