Hmmm… another male colleague’s birthday (how inconvenient of all these blokes to make me have to think really hard about so many different male birthday cards in such a short space of time)

This colleague jokes about how lazy he is – he will wheel his chair around the office rather than walk & often tries to get people to push him! So I thought with the summer almost over I need to use some of my ‘summery’ stuff or it will be mothballed until next year – I went through my ‘summer’ inspired stash – strawberries? No… butterflies, flowers? No! Then I came across my wonderful Whimsy stamp set ‘To the Beach’ – he may not wear a ‘tiny-winy itsy-bitsy yellow polka dot bikini’ but if he could, he would deffinately be a ‘beach bum’ or ‘just chillin’! I wanted to create a card that everyone could sign for my colleague and a smaller, personal one too (the more cards you get, the more special you feel, right?)

I had some ‘Beach Babe’ papers free from Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine which would fit the beach theme. I used the yellow one with the surfboard on the kraft card, attached with roll-on glue. I had some small tags that I bought at the Big Stamp and Scrapbooking show last year that I stamped with ‘just chillin’ and the hibiscus flower in VersaMark green ink. I tied some orange ribbon through it , then attached it to the card with double sided tape. Something was missing, the card still seemed a bit bare, so I stamped the flip-flops in sepia ink & coloured in with the Promarkers limited edition ‘Summer’ colours, then cut them out & attached with foam pads.

Next I cut out the beautiful blue paper and overlaid it on some white card, using a pre-made luggage tag as a template I worked out the angel to cut the ‘shoulders’ at. I stamped ‘Beach bum’ in sepia ink on the patterned side of the ‘tag’, then I used one of my Fiskars eyelet setting tools to cut a hole between the shoulders and set it with a yellow eyelet. Finally I looped some blue ribbon through the eye to create a tag card. I think the sepia sentiment really works with this paper because of the brown turltles in the design.

I hope the summery colours brighten his day & he doesn’t feel the theme is ‘too girly’!

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