With apologies for stealing the quote from The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams; but it did seem the perfect starting point for my brother's birthday card - Happy Birthday to you in North America from across the pond!
Once I had the theme, everything seemed to fall into place very quickly. The Elements Twinchy Stamps by Stamps Away make a great background. I stamped them in Coffee Archival ink onto a white A5 landscape card blank, and set it to one side.
As I wanted to link the toppers with the background, I die cut a chocolate from the Marianne Collectables set (Chocolate is the Answer); the cup and saucer from the Joycrafts Coffee pot, cup and saucer die set; and cut out the appropriate numbers from the Typography collection by Papermania, which I had stamped onto white card. As they are so large and open, I often use them on patterned paper, or overstamp them with a small image that fits the theme of a card; in this case a small beermug stamp by Inkwell Stamps. Once I had coloured in the images and die cuts using my Spectrum Aqua pens, I glued them to the background at jaunty angles. Rather than use a Happy Birthday sentiment, I decided on the Congrats image from the Inkadinkado Everyday Expressions stamp set. It was stamped onto white card using Coffee Archival ink and cut out leaving a narrow white border all round. I added it to the card using foam pads for dimension.
This sentiment fits in far better with the inside of the card; ... you're finally old enough to know the secret of life, the universe and everything! I was really happy with the way that the card turned out, but unfortunately I don't know anyone else who is turning 42 and this theme only fits with that number!
I would like this card to be considered for the Numbers Challenge over at Country View Challenges.