Stampin' Up! has some wonderful stamp sets that really are appropriate for what I had in mind. Lovely as a Tree---what can I say? That stamp set pays for itself and just keeps on giving. The oak tree image was exactly the image which I had in mind. Gently Falling---again, perfect, especially the oak leaves and acorn. Hardwood, the background stamp available through the Occasions Catalogue---just asked to be used for this project.
The colours I chose all make me think of a living forest or of wood---perfect! Always Artichoke, Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding, Early Espresso and touches of gold embossing powder. The colours are organic and compliment each other beautifully. With a touch of Burlap ribbon, the front of the card definitely came together. If you look closely, you can see I took the stitching off the edges of the ribbon and frayed the ends.
I think the little "Happy Birthday" from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set is the perfect touch, don't you?