Is it stubbornness or pride that makes you pull out all the stops on cards for them ??
So I have a male birthday card for just one of those people in my life. I started with a PTI kraft base, Enchanted Evening layer, and then another craft base that I stamped in SU's wood grain background. I moved it a tiny bit and stamped it again to get a bit of a thicker wood grain. Then I sponged it in brown craft in, and then in navy craft in on top of that. I LOVE the way it turned out. Use my NEW PTI scalloped border die on some quickutz cork.I also used PTI's fillable frame die #1 for the sentiment layer (just cut the EE one in half and placed it behind the kraft one. Stamped happy birthday from Say it with Style and coloured in with some copics. Enchanted evening saddle stitch, and some vintage hardware on the bottom left finishes it off.
Everything looks slightly crooked in the pic I can promise it's not! I took it at a bad angle...
Here is another close up of the wood grain detail.