His uncle is having his 80th birthday soon and we decided that we weren't even going to go there with a present for him as we wouldn't even begin to know where to start with that one. My totally left of center husband thought to give his soon to be 80 year old uncle one of my cards containing a personalized letter and a soccer ball! When he first told me of his idea I though, huh?...the man can hardly stand up unassisted, let alone play soccer! Needless to say, I was all ears knowing that there is always a method to my darling husband's madness. He told me that when he was younger, his uncle used to kick a soccer ball around with him a lot, because his own father was often away with work. He also said that it was during one of those manly bonding (soccer ball) sessions that he was told about the birds and the bees. (I had to chuckle to myself on the sly seeing that we have seven kids, he obviously didn't take too much note of his uncle on that occasion.) Bless. So the soccer ball was just a wonderful token of his appreciation for the times with his uncle and just a small tribute to how much he appreciated those special one-on-one times with him and to let him know how much he always looked up to him. His uncle could give the ball to his great grandson if he wanted, but the thought was there. Awww. How sweet is that? So my job was to make a card for his good old uncle, with pleasure and now a greater and newfound sense of fondness.
I have decided, at the last minute, to enter this card into Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge. It was a total fluke that this week's challenge is all about the big banner. So with my firm belief in serendipity, I present to you the 80th birthday card made with love:
Thank you ever so much for allowing me to share my musings with you. It means more to me than you may know. *Hugs*
- Stamps: Papertrey Ink's Masculine Motifs, Have a Ball, and Birthday Basics ("...Age is a Work of Art" sentiment on inside), and Star Prints
- Paper: Bazzill C/S in Deep Teal, Kraft, and Green, Papertrey Ink's Stampers Select and Rustic White C/S, and Websters DP
- Ink: Versacolor Chateaux Gray, Brilliance Silver, Versafine Vintage Sepia, Distress Inks in Antique Linen, Pumice Stone, and Vintage Photo
- Accessories: Papertrey Ink Woodgrain Impression Plate, Boxy Banners Die, Banner Borders, and Seeing Star Dies, American Crafts Brads