Just wanted to share the card I made for my Dad's birthday this year; it uses a bit of Echo Park's 'For The Record' line, as well as the Herringbone background technique (with vintage sheet music, some sort of Asian newspaper, and an old map - from one of Gauche Alchemy's kits).
You can't really see it in the photo, but the image panel has been stamped with PTI's "Background Basics: Sheet Music" set in their Chamomile ink for a wee bit of added interest, and to help convey the whole 'Birthday' theme. The sentiment is from PTI's "Sending You" set. The image panel is also adhered with pop dots, again for a little more interest - but that's about the extent of it. I didn't want to add too much to the card because a) it's for a man, and b) I really wanted to focus on the background - definitely a go-to technique for me. (Thanks Beate Johns, for coming up with it - or at least for putting the tutorial on SCS!)
I also discovered that this card fits with the Moxie Fab World's "Map to Your Heart" challenge, so I'll be linking it up over there.
In other news, I'm officially 'free' from all Design Teams, and plan on keeping it that way for some time. I'll be posting here when I feel like it, and/or I find a challenge that something I've created fits into or that really inspires me. My big New Year's Resolution is to actually use a bunch of the product I've accumulated over the last 7 years, which wasn't happening when I was making sure to use 'dt-ok' product. (Besides, if the world's supposed to end in December, I don't want my whole stash destroyed without having ever been used! LOL!)
Anyway, thanks for stopping in - I hope 2012 has been off to a great start for everyone!