Saturday, 29 December 2012

A Winter Scene with Clarity Stamps.

Hi Guys',

I've been very lazy and not been keeping my blog updated. Think I may have got a bit blog and crafted out!?  Well, that has to be my excuse and I'm sticking to it. Don't have another. Hope I'm forgiven.

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas, I went to my son's in Leeds this year. It's the first time he's cooked for us all, it was lovely. He even had a time schedule, it went like clockwork. Well done son.

So down to business. These cards were inspired by the fabulous Barbara Gray. I went to the NEC in November and spent quite a lot on Clarity stamps. The ones I really wanted were the letters and numbers.They are so versatile. I also bought a winter scene stamp, which is what I used for these

I hadn't done this style of card before, I've watched Barbara do similar ones so often though, so I decided to have a try. I used supersmooth card and Versafine ink for the main image and letters. Some masks for the letters and a bit of shading and I think it makes a very atmospheric scene.

Once I had the recipe down, I decided to make several. I just varied the colour of the mats and ribbon and changed the wording. The snowflakes and poinsettia are made with spellbinders dies, just to add a bit of bling. Oh, and everything was glittered with glamour dust, well they are Christmas cards, but since when do we crafters need an excuse to use glitter.

Hope you like them. 

Happy New Year to you all and see you soon.

Jools.   xxxx

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Wedding place cards and wine bottle labels with Craftartist2 professional.

Hi guys,

Hope you're all well. Thought I'd share some wedding place cards and wine bottle labels with you, that I made for my nieces friend.They were designed using Craftartist2 Professional, and I must say, I'm liking this programme, a lot.

There's not a lot to say, other than I used the template within CA2, and the digikits I used were 'Butterfly elegance' and 'Daydream.

I didn't do the wine labels that have to be stuck onto the bottles, I think these that sit on the bottle neck are much more attractive.

I really love the new sticker feature in CA2, the image and the text really looked like they were jumping off  the page.

The bride didn't want the back of the place card to be blank, so I added a quote, and of course did a bit of advertising while I was at it. You never know, I made 60, so a few people may pop accross to my blog.

I am entering this project into the following challenges -

Cards for Men - Anything goes

Hope you like them. (what's wrong with blogger today, it's so slow?)

See ya soon and thanks for coming by.

Jools.   xxx

Friday, 19 October 2012

Happy Halloween with Elmhurst Hollow Haunted House and SVGcuts.

Good evening fellow bloggers,

First I'd like to say hi to PatK, my new follower. Welcome Pat.

Well, I've been playing (faffing) again. Nearly all the challenge blogs are doing 'Halloween' as the chosen theme, so I thought I'd do something a little different.

I've had this kit for a while but never got round to using it. It's called 'Elmhurst Hollow' and it's from It's an SVG file to use with my cricut, along with the sure-cuts-a-lot software.

So here it is. Isn't it cool. This picture is taken with the flash, to show the detail.

This one is without, so that the lights show up through the windows. Bit more atmospheric, don't ya think? I used core'dinations card in black and grey for the main body of the haunted house, the chimney and rails. Five 12x12 sheets in all, so not expensive to make.

The backing papers for the roof and plank detail are from craftartist and printed onto 220gsm supersmooth card. The bats are made from two identical pieces with a piece of wire sandwiched in the middle, then glittered before being suspended from the roof. The cobweb on the front of the house was drawn on with a quickie glue pen, then dusted with glamour dust.

Behind all the windows and eyes is yellow vellum. Unfortunately the eyes don't show up very well in the photo, but in the dark they look great.

To the rear of the house are the openings to place the candles, not real ones of course. These candles came from a local discount shop and were £1-99 for four. Can't grumble at that, eh? They even blow out!!!!! 

Anyway, hope you like it, I LOVE it. Showed it to my sis and she wants one now.

I am entering this project into the following challenges :-

Papertake Weekly Challenge - Fright night,,,,  Boo!!!
Fab N Funky - Orange, black and choice.
Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog - Autumn breeze.
Fashionista Challenge - Anything goes.
Heck of a Challenge - Spooktackular.
Inky Impressions Challenge - Anything but a card.

Thanks for coming by, hope my house has inspired you to do a bit of spooky crafting.


Jools.   xxxx

Monday, 15 October 2012

It's A Girl Easel Card with Clipartfairy.

Hi Guys',

Been a while, been so busy doing this and that, don't know how I found the time to work before I retired. One of the girls I used to work with got in touch and asked me to do a new baby girl card, I'm so pleased they still want me to make cards for them. Anyway, here it is.

It's a clipartfairy digi design, from the 'About a girl' range. All the backing papers and toppers are in the kit and I used the spellbinders grand large scallop die to cut the shapes, before edging them all with glamour dust. The topper was printed on 220gsm super smooth card and again highlighted with glamour dust.

The bunny rabbit embellishment was from my stash, it was actually a button, so I chopped the back off to make it lay flat. I think it looks so cute, sitting on the pram.

The stopper bar was again printed on super smooth card and the shape is a spellbinder grommet tag die. To finish I made a flower with the same backing papers, using the spellbinder daisy die and added a pink candy centre. Some pink pearls and pearl hearts to decorate and it was done.

Hope you like it and thank you for coming by. I'd love to hear your thoughts, so do leave a comment, then I can come over to see your blog.

I am entering this card into the following challenges :-

Simon Says Stamp & Show - Your favourite. ( Card shape - easel )
Simon Says Stamp - Use dies and/or punches.
Fashionista - Anything goes.




Sunday, 9 September 2012

Auntie's 90th birthday easel book card.

Good afternoon everyone,

What another beautiful day, hope it lasts, I'm going away next Monday. Anyway, back to today's card.

I am very recently back in touch with a lady I used to work with, eons ago. The wonders and joy of facebook, love it. Well Rose started following my blog and asked if I could make a card for her Auntie's 90th birthday. Well I think 90years warrants a very special card, so I decided to make her an easel book card. Hope she likes it.

I was told her Auntie likes flowers and wee birdies. This image is an MCS one, from the 'Tattered Lace' collection. The template for the book pages and the backing paper are all clipartfairy.  I imported the book pages into MCS, varied the sizes, then added the image, a verse and the number 90 to the front page.

The sentiment/stopper, is again the front page, with the wording in the same font as the verse. I added gross grain ribbon in yellow, before assembling it.

The flower is made using the the same backing paper and the spellbinder spiral blossom one, with a floral flourish in white, distressed with Tim Holtz shabby shutters. All the layers and the flower were enhanced with glamour dust and some pearl embellishments were added to finish.

I love this design of card, I think it can be adapted for any occasion, I do hope Rose likes it.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:-

Digital Tuesday - Shaped cards.
Fab n Funky - Colours of autumn.
Polka Doodles - Whats the word bird?
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge - Vintage toy colour inspiration.
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Layers.
ABC Challenges - W for wishes.

Thanks for coming by, hope to you you again soon.

Jools.  xxx

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Birthday Scrabble card.

Hello fellow bloggers,

A very quick post today, but this card has to be one of my favourites for ages. It is so simple, yet so effective.

I'm afraid I can't take the credit for this concept, I saw a similar card on Barbar Grays classroom last week. It was an example for the stamp set for the next class. I don't have the stamp set, which is letters and blocks. So I improvised.

I used Craft Artistist for the tiles. First I had to map out what letters I needed, then  I found a very plain frame with a black outline, added plain, block type letters, as in the scrabble game,  and added a beige background. The worst bit was cutting them all out. 

The background paper is the same one I used for the tiles, I just made it more transparent so it was paler. I distressed around the card with Tim Holtz antique linen, added some card candy and a nice insert, and it was done.

Happy to say that my son-in-law loved it.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:-

Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything goes.
Inky impressions - Anything goes.
Creative Craft Challenges - All about the boys.
A Gem of a Challenge - A boy  thing.
ABC Challenge - W for wishes.
Heck of a Challenge - Anything goes.

Thank you for taking the trouble to pop by, do come again.

Jools.  xxx

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Saying 'Happy Birthday Mum', with flowers.

Hi Guys',

I don't know about anyone else, but September is definately the birthday season for me. I have seven family birthdays.

So here's the first one. It's for my lovely Mum. She's 84 this year. Wow.

Her favourite colour is blue, but I sent her a blue one last year, so seeing as I am still going through my purple and lilac phase, I thought I'd go with that. She loves flowers, so I chose an MCS digi stamp from 'Fanciful Florals', and used promarkers to colour it. The backing papers are Papermania, from their rich purple collection. The spellbinder grand large scallop mat and the grommet 'MUM' tag, are both cut in white 240gsm linen card.

Some purple ribbon from my stash, a couple of pearl hatpins and some pearl embellishments and it's done. Hope you like it.

I am entering this card into the following challenges :-

Pan Pastels UK Challenge - All about stripes.
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything goes.
Inky Impressions Challenge - Anything goes.
ABC Challenges - W for wishes.
Heck of a Challenge - Anything goes.

Thank you so much for taking the time to come by and look at my blog.

Jools.  xxx

Thursday, 30 August 2012

More Wedding Cards for the Happy Couple, with Tatty Ted and MCS.

Hi Guys,

Bit rainy today, so what better excuse. Mind you, don't really need one, I could play all day in my craft room, how about you? Got loads of family cards to make for September ( does something happen in December? ) so thought I'd post these last three wedding cards before I get cracking.

This first one is a picture window card. This design has been quite popular with my customers, and at the craft fairs. They can be adapted and personalised for any occasion. It's a My Craft Studio design from the 'Crystal Sparkles' collection, I just change the colours to suit and the image is from the 'Enchanted Romance' collection.

The inside was personalised with the details of the wedding and ribbon added to emulate the brides veil. I love the 3d effect of this card, the way the windows open to reveal the bride and groom.

To finish, I added a pearl heart embellishment from my stash, and a wordart sentiment and of course, I had to do a box to match :) 

This second one is a 'Tatty Ted' easel card from my Docrafts 'Especially for You' cd. I love this image, it's different and sweet. It's not too difficult to cut out and decoupage either, there are no small fiddly bits.

It's a large image, so I used an 8x8 card blank. The easel shape and floral flourishes were cut from silver satin mirri board using spellbinders labels one and floral flourishes. The backing paper is from Clipartfairy, which I also used to make  the spellbinders spiral blossom flowers. A spellbinders grommet tag sentiment, some white ribbon and a silver coloured cross and the card is finished.

Finally, this last card was chosen by the brides Mum. If you'd like details you can find it here. The only modification she stipulated was that she wanted teal pearls, to match the brides colours, and a see through panel in the box. I also added the bride and grooms names and the date of the wedding, instead of the wedding day tag on the original.

I put killer verses in all the cards, spent a long time choosing just the right ones. My sister said they had the desired effect, not a dry eye to be seen.

Hope you liked them all and hope that they may inspire you in some way, especially if you're lucky enough to be allowed creative licence on such a special occasion, as I was.

I am entering these cards into the following challenges :-

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Anything goes.
Allsorts Challenge Blog - It's a Gift.
A Gem of a Challenge - Animals or Teddies.
Gems, Reddy, Teddy, Go - Anything goes.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Hope you have as much pleasure looking as I do writing it.


Jools.  xxx

Monday, 27 August 2012

Wedding Cards for that Special Day.

Hi blogger buddies,

Hope you're all well. Been very busy making wedding cards ( five in all ) for the wedding which I made not only the invitations for ( here ), but also six drawer cards, for the bridesmaids gifts ( here ), so all in all, I've had a wonderful time creating for this special day.

I think the biggest challenge was to make all the cards very different, while keeping to the briefs, here are the first two.

I think this first card is my favourite, it was ordered by the grooms mum. She wanted her grandchildren to be able to give their mummy and daddy a special card on their special day. I think it has a lovely fairytale feel to it.

The whole card, which is 8x8, was designed using the MCS graphics program. The images are all from the 'Papercraft Library' collection in the finest filigree section. The bride and groom were placed in the bird cage, which was cut out and glittered, before being shaped and mounted with foam pads to give dimension. I also added a Mummy and Daddy scroll in teal, to the bottom of the cage. The backing papers are from my Docrafts 'Especially for You' cd.

The butterflies are of some significance. These were an important part of the brief. There is one for each of the children, the teal one for their son and the two orange ones for their daughters. The colours were also in the brides bouquet. To finish, I added a key charm and some white ribbon.

My second card was for  the brides brother and sister to give to the happy couple. The brief here was to design a young card, so I decided to use my 'Clipartfairy' wedding car design set.

The car was printed twice and then decoupaged for dimension. I added red glitter to enhance the break lights and all the other red detail and glamour dust around the main design.

White and silver ribbon and some pearls were added to finish.

I am entering these cards into the following challenges :-

My Mums Craft Shop Challenge - Wedding or Anniversary.

Hope you liked them and thank you for popping by.

Jools.  xxxx

Sunday, 19 August 2012

With Love From Saturated Canary's Ava.

Good afternoon bloggers,

Well, isn't the weather glorious. I will not mention, at all, that it's incredibly hot, because that would sound like I was moaning, and I wouldn't dare.

I've been trying all weekend to post this card, for some reason blogger wouldn't upload my pictures. Anyway, went onto blogger help and it suggested I change my browser provider. Changed to Google Chrome and VOILA, I was not only able to upload pickies, I can now upload multiple ones. Go figure. Just have to find all my favourites now!!!!

So, today's card features a Saturated Canary digi stamp called 'Ava'. 

I used promarkers to colour her, in pastel pinks and beiges. I do love Saturated Canary digi's, the characters are all wide eyed and modern. I used my spellbinders grand labels eleven to make this card. It's a sort of a rocker with a flat bottom. The card is 240gsm linen in cream and the backing paper is from my Docraft 'Woodland Folk' cd.

I added plenty of pretty flowers and flourishes to emphasise the pretty topper. The flowers are MCS in various colours with glamour dust to the centres and the flourishes are made with my spellbinders floral flourishes die, distressed with Tim Holtz spun sugar.

To embellish I added some white gross grain ribbon from my stash and a metal flower from GSC imports. Finally, I added a with love tag from cardart, secured with a butterfly brad.

 I'm entering this card into the following challenges:-

Passion for Promarkers - Shaped cards.
Papertake weekly challenge - Spots and stripes.
Inky Impressions Challenge - Pearls &/or bling.
Moving Along With The Times - Anything but square.
Craft Punked - Flower power.
Polka Doodles - Tags.
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Heavy metal.

Thank you for coming by and visiting my blog. Later's.......

Jools.   xxxx

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Denny the Dinosaur says Happy Birthday.

Hi Guys,

Been over a week since I posted on here, had a few wedding cards to make, so they've been keeping me plenty busy. Trouble is, I can't post them until after the 18th, so I thought I'd have a break today and do something a bit different.

So here's today's card, it's a birthday card featuring Denny the Dinosaur. Isn't he cute. It's a freeby digi stamp by Pink Gem Designs ( I've had to edit this post because I put the wrong company, sorry Janet ) and I'd not used it yet, so thought I'd have a go.

I used promarkers to colour the image, in my favourite colour I might add, then it was matted onto lilac co-ordinations card, using my spellbinders grand big scalloped circles die. The backing papers are docrafts, from their especially for you cd. Flowers are MCS, printed in various colours, with a glittered centre.  Spellbinders floral flourishes have been added in lilac and purple and two parchment butterflies, made using the pergamano butterfly grid. The gems and ribbon were taken from my stash. Finally, the celebrate tag is from cardart.

Hope you like it, I certainly enjoyed making it, a nice refreshing change.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:-

Allsorts Challenge Blog - Going round in circles.
Digital Tuesday - Recipe. (1image,2papers,3flowers,4gems)
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything goes.
Fab N Funky Challenge - Pearls or rhinestones.
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Bingo. (diecut/free/glitter)
Inky Impressions - Ribbon.
Forever Friends - Something new.
Joanna Sheen Challenge - Something new.

Thanks for visiting my blog and do come by again.

Jools.  xxxx

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Happy Birthday Son with Tatty Ted.

Hi Guys,

What a lovely day, got loads of gardening to do and we must make hay while the sun shines, or so they say, so today's card is a nice quick one that I made for my son's birthday.

The entire card is made using components from my Docrafts 'Especially For You' cd. I absolutely love this double cd, it's so versatile, there's something for every occasion. My son is quite a dapper dresser and  has a vast collection of smart suits and lovely ties for his job, so I thought this image was ideal. The decoupaged character is quite large, so I used an 8x8 card blank, with a simple blue polka dot backing paper to keep it simple and a contrasting 'Me to You' border to break it up.

The decoupage was quite fiddly to cut out, but I enjoy doing it while watching telly. So I print loads off and then cut them out at my leisure. Perhaps I should start taking some to do in the camper.
The sentiment tag is also on the cd and I just added 'Son' to it, using the text tool. I attached it with a blue brad, added a bit of blue card candy and voila, done. I love it and so did my boy. 

I am entering this card into the following challenges:-

Digital Tuesday - Monochromatic.
Forever Friends (fortnightly) Challenge - Anything goes.( Use an animal)
Gems - Ready Teddy Go - Anything goes & blog hop.

 Hope you enjoyed my blog and thanks for coming. Hope to see you again soon.

Jools.  xx

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Thank you Teacher, with Bobby Sues pretty flowers and Cupcake Ted.

Good afternoon everyone,

Just when I thought it was safe to go in the craftroom and do something other than a Thank you card, my daughter asked if I could make two for my Grandsons, to give to their teachers. Needless to say, I made them and here they are.

The only brief I had was to make them pretty. I can do pretty, no problem.

I did them both the same shape to save arguments  ( we all know what siblings can be like ) just varying the toppers.

The first one is a clipartfairy digi stamp from the 'Bobby Sues Pretty Flowers' range, coloured with promarkers. She was matted onto cream and lilac mats using spellbinders Grand labels eleven. The backing paper is Docrafts, from the woodland folk and friends cd. I printed it onto 220gsm supersmooth card to add strength and used the same die to cut the shape, but in a bigger size. I turned this mat sideways. The final layer, or card base, is cut using the largest of the dies in the same cream card as the topper mat and again turned on its side. To finish I added two papermania flowers, some card candy and a cardart sentiment tag.

I added a verse to the back of the card with the individual names of the teachers. My eldest Grandson was leaving primary this time, so I tried to use a verse that was apt. I think it did the trick, my daughter said Mrs Mitchell loved it. As did Mrs Cunnington.

The topper on this card is a Pink Gem design called 'Cupcake Ted'. The backing paper was again from Docrafts woodland friends cd and the rest is the same as the one above. Hope you like them.

I am entering these cards into the following challenges :-

Panpastells Uk Challenge - School's out / buttons and bows. ( schools out )
Fab n funky Challenge - No stamped images.
Inky Impressions Challenges - Use dies or punches.
Joanna Sheen Challenge - Animal crackers.
ABC Challenges - T for Two ( two flowers )

Thanks for dropping by and do come again.

Jools.  xxx

Friday, 27 July 2012

Tilda with daisy saying thank you.

Hi guys',

How the devil is everyone? Seems ages since I posted, did I mention I was going away in my camper ;)  Anyway, thought I'd best catch up. It was a hard decision, mow the meadow, do the washing, or CRAFT. ( sorry about the shouty caps ) Guess what won. 

So.... on with today's card. It's yet another thank you card. There seems to be a lot of grateful people around at the mo.  

The image is Tilda with daisy, which has been coloured with promarkers. She is mounted onto a spellbinder parisian motif mat, which has been distressed with Tim Holtz Antique Linen. Both backing papers are by clipartfairy. I used a Martha Stewart wild flowers punch to add some detail to the gingham paper. The same paper was used to make the flower, using the spellbinder daisy topper die. I added a blue button to the centre to keep with the theme.

To finish off, I made a faux bow with some wired ribbon from my stash and added a Hunkidory sentiment. Hope you like it.

I am entering this card into the following challenges :-

Papertake Weekly Challenge - Make your own. ( Flower )
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Anything goes.
Inky Impressions Challenges - Use dies or punches.
ABC Challenge - T for two. ( two designer papers )

Thank you for stopping by and hope you enjoyed my blog. 

Jools.  xxx

Friday, 6 July 2012

Pretty in Purple with Butterfly Fairy.


Still soggy here in (not so sunny ) Spalding. I'm about 300yds away from one of the huge drainage channels built after the 1952 floods and so far it's doing its job. It's as big as a river, so I've got my fingers and toes crossed, if it bursts its banks we're doomed.  A few years ago we had a similar situation and the sluice gates were opened to lower the flood channels. Spalding was saved, but others weren't so lucky, a lot of villages in the Boston area were flooded. Still, we're still luckier than lots, some are already flooded. Think I should have bought a boat instead of a camper.

Anyway, enough doom and gloom, on with today's card. Yes, you guessed, number three thank you card. It's safe to post now because it's arrived at it's destination. The colours on this one are more vibrant than the other two. I love purple and lilac, so striking.

The card shape and all the mats have been made using the spellbinder grand labels eleven dies. That's the big plus about the grand dies, you can use them to make lovely shaped cards. The base is cut from white linen 240gsm card and the backing paper is  papermania, from the rich purple designer paper pack. The dies easily cut through both layers of the 240gsm card , you just have to pass it through a couple of times. I tried thicker card and it wasn't as successful.

My image is a digi from the clipartfairy butterfly fairies range. Is it my imagination or are fairies very in vogue at the moment? She's been coloured using promarkers and her wings have been glittered to add some sparkle. Some faux stitching has been added for detail, before being matted onto purple core-dinations card.   A daisy topper flower, floral flourishes and a Hunkidory sentiment complete the card.

I am entering this card into the following challenges :-

Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything goes.

Thanks for stopping by, I really do appreciate your support. Hope you liked my blog and do come again.


Jools.  xxx

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Thank You Fairy Much with Tilda.

Hi Guys',

Well, what a strange, humid day. It's lovely and warm but the rain keeps bucketing down. My kitchen floor is all sticky and damp. At least the rain stayed away for the Olympic torch when it visited our little town today. What a spectacle.
Today's card is number two of my thank you cards I have to make this week. It's a Thank you Fairy much ( notice the play on words?) with Tilda Fairy. I really do like these stamps, they can be used for just about any occasion.

I used a pale green and white colour scheme for this card. Tilda is coloured using promarkers and mounted onto white and green labels twenty-two mats. The backing paper is from clipartfairy and I made the flower with the spellbinder spiral blossom one, using the same backing paper. The floral flourishes are cut with the same green coredinations cardstock as the mat.

Some pretty white lace, a bit of card candy and a Hunkidory sentiment and the card is done.

I am entering this card into the following challenges :-

Polka Doodles - Fairies and fantasies
Bunny Zoe's Challenge Blog - Girls, Girls, Girls.

Thanks for visiting and do come again.


Jools.   xxxx

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Thank You Card with Saturated Canary's Whispy Fairy Digi.

Good afternoon fellow crafters and bloggers,

It's been a while, so I thought I'd better catch up. I don't know how I found the time to work before I retired, it's great. Talking of retiring, my  lovely friends took me out for a fab meal last Friday and presented me with the most wonderful gift. A Pandora bracelet and charms. It made me realise what a lovely bunch of people I used to work with, so to say thank you I decided to make some special cards, starting with todays.

It's a saturated canary digi  stamp called 'Whispy'. Isn't she lovely. Krista is a very talented young lady, go take a look.   I coloured her with  promarkers and added some glamour dust to her wings to make them sparkle. She was then mounted with foam onto a spellbinder grand big oval scallop, which has been layered onto a faux mat using coredinations cardstock. I'm pleased with the colour match, it matches Whispy's dress perfectly.

The spellbinder floral flourishes and the daisy flower topper were made with the same cardstock and the backing papers and border are from my tatty ted cd. Add a HUGE bow and a Hunkidory sentiment and there you have it. It reminds me of a strawberry and vanilla sundae, or am I just a bit strange.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges :-

Fab N Funky Challenge - Cute n girly.
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes.
Polka Doodles - Fairies and fantasies.
Oo La La Creations -  Mystical magic.
Bunny Zoe's Challenge Blog - Girls, girls, girls.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you liked my blog and do come again.

 Have a good 'un,

Jools.  xxxx