Sunday, 27 May 2012

Birthday Card with Tilda Sitting on a Pocket.

Hi guys',

What a beautie of a day, I do hope it lasts. I'm starting my motor home search next week and would love for the weather to hold. It's my retirement present to myself :)
Today's card has been done in between reading a really good book in the garden and crafting.  I've finished the book now, so no more distractions

I've used one of my new Tilda images. I treated myself to a couple or three the other day and I've been colouring for the past couple of evenings, got loads now, ready for cards.  This one is Tilda sitting. Hasn't she grown up quickly, doesn't seem two minutes since she was a baby. I made this card with a couple of challenges in mind, both asked for a pocket, so here it is, with Tilda sitting on it. Isn't she cute, with her cherry wellies? The challenges are listed at the end of the post.

The pocket is made from a piece of purple Papermania card and then embellished with some lace, faux glitter stitching and a button with twine. Tilda is coloured with promarkers and mounted on foam. The button background paper is from Clipartfairy and the spotty background is again, Papermania, from their rich purple collection. The border pattern is the wild flowers around the page punch from Martha Stewart.  

All the flowers are hand made using MCS, they're just not going down!( see here,)and the floral flourishes are spellbinder dies. I used holographic silver and purple for these.

To finish I added cream ribbon from my stash, a Hunkidory sentiment and some card candy.

Hope you like it and thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.  

I am entering this card into the following challenges :-

Fab 'N' Funky Challenge - New Beginning ( new stamp)
I Love Promarkers - Use Diecuts.
ABC Challenge - P for Pocket.
Midweek Magnolia Challenge - Romantic and chic.
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Happy Birthday to someone special.
Oo La La Creations - Make it girly.


Jools.  xxx

Monday, 21 May 2012

Thank You Cards for a Boy and a Girl.

Hi Guys',

Seems ages since I last posted, but firstly I'd like to give a great big welcome to my new followers.

I've been a bit busy celebrating my BIG birthday this week and what a fantastic week it's been. The celebrations started wednesday and finished on Saturday, with a show in London, courtesy of my lovely Son  and Daughter. I was thoroughly spoiled and so todays cards are to say 'Thank you' to them for such a fabulous treat. 'Phantom' was awesome.

The first one is a nice girly one for my daughter Tracy, because she is girly. I used a lilac theme throughout, for this card.

The backing papers are all from the Docrafts 'Especially For You' CD, all coloured in the lilac theme, using the colour changer. I used lots of different shapes for this card and added faux stitching around the top two layers. The digi topper is a pink gem design from the Jodie and Josh range, coloured with promarkers. I'm loving these designs, they're so cute.

I haven't added a sentiment to this card, because the Dovecraft ribbon actually has 'Thank you' printed on it. I layered the ribbon over some lilac rafia lace from my stash. To finish I cut swirls and a flower, in the same backing papers, using the spellbinder floral flourishes and daisy topper dies. Next, a lilac button and twine to the centre of the flower to finish. All the shapes were distressed with Tim Holtz milled lavender, to add detail and definition.

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

Fab 'N' Funky Challenges - Using fabric.
Panpastels UK Challenge - Pastel colours.
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes.
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Buttons and bows.
Oo La La Creations - Ribbon and twine.
Bunny Zoe's Challenge Blog - Anything goes.


My second card would appear to be a lot more simple, but is infact quite complex. I had a nice play with this one. 

The topper is a technique that Barbara Gray did on her last C&C show. I first cut a shape with spellbinder labels twenty-two and double sided adhesive sheet. I took off the white protective layer  and stamped directly onto the adhesive with  black Stazon ink. The stamp is Woodware, from the Egyptian Treasures collection.  Onto the adhesive (on the stamped side) was added a piece of acetate,  cut into the same shape as the adhesive sheet. I coloured the image from the back with gel pens and then added  'Lancashire Rose' gilding flakes to the whole thing. The next die was too large for a mat, so I made a faux mat in gold mirri, by drawing round the same die and cutting it out. The topper is mounted with foam to give dimension.

The backgroung was created using Panpastels, with a quick spray of cheap hairspray to set them. Have you succumbed yet? They really are great to use. The sentiment is a stamp from my stash, stamped again with black Stazon ink.  To finish I wound some bakers twine around the spine and added some card candy.

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

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Clean and simple.

I hope they like them, and I hope they don't look at my blog tonight. They don't usually, but it's that law of sod, isn't it?

Thanks for visiting, hope you enjoyed my blog. Do leave a comment, then I'll know you popped by and then I can visit yours.


Jools. xxx

Sunday, 13 May 2012

A Cute Fairy Birthdaygirl Card.

Good afternoon everyone,

What a beautiful day, I really shouldn't be sat in my craft room, I should be taking advantage of the dry spell and doing some gardening. But hey, this is far more fun.

Today's card is using the sketch over on the 'A Gem of a Design' weekly challenge blog and the 'Faye with Dandelion' digistamp from 'Pink Gem Designs' . I only just found this web site whilst visiting various blogs and think the digi's are lovely. There is something for every occasion. They're also doing a DT call, so if anyone is interested, pop on over. I'll be putting my name down, gonna have loads of time on my hands after Thursday,  (Ahhhh, the big one) so I'll need something to keep me out of trouble. :)

I've not followed a sketch before, I didn't know if it would be a bit limiting. I needn't have worried, I really enjoyed doing this one and it does still leave some space for artistic licence. I think it was more difficult trying to keep within the sketch.

I coloured the digi with promarkers and added a bit of glitter to the wings.  The patterned circles are  'Me to You'  and the plain background paper from my stash. The flowers, well we all know about them by now, if not see here. I used the spellbinders floral flourishes in the same colours and added a bit of detail with some faux stitching. The sentiment was a freebie in a magazine and I just tied some silver ribbon through the hole.  Cute, isn't she?

I am entering this card into the following challenges :-

My Mum's Craft Shop (2nd entry) - Fairy tales.
LEJ Designs - Things with wings.
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Cute, cute, cute.
Glitter Geeks Blog Challenge -  Wings and things

Thankyou for stopping by my blog, hope you enjoyed it. I love comments, because they let me know you've been and then I can visit your blog.

Have a nice afternoon, I might have a go at doing some gardening, then again........

Jools.  xxx

Friday, 11 May 2012

Boy's and their Motorbikes 50th Birthday easel.

Hello everyone,

What a lovely sunny day, can we hope?  Today's card is number three of the four BOY cards I have to make this month. I don't mind this one though. It's plain, simple and to the point. It's for my bike mad Brother's 50th birthday. Eeek, I can't believe my kid brother is half a century old.

I used the  3rd anniversary CD  from MCS  to make this card. There are a couple of sections in this set that are ideal for men, this one's called 'The Finishing Line'. I'ts a standard easel card made from an A5 card blank. The backing paper is on the cd, but to make it more personal I tiled '50' all over it. The topper was mat and layered first onto deep blue mirri board, then onto black pearl card, to give added strength. The lettering was cut using my cricut, in the same blue mirri board and the sentiment was again mounted on blue mirri.

I wonder if he'll notice that even the bike number is '50'. That's quite straight forward to do in the MCS graphics program. A bit of black card candy and that's the front finished.

The verse is on the back of the card. I couldn't decide whether to put a slushy verse or a humerous verse. I went for humerous in the end. Hope he see's the funny side.

I am entering this card into the following challenge :-

Cards For Men - Kicking back
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Card for a man or boy.

Hope you like it, thanks for coming and see you soon.

Jools. xxx

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Tilda say's 'just for you' so charmingly in orange.

Hi buddies and bloggers,

Is it afternoon already? Amazing how time flies when you're having fun. Getting a few girly cards in before I have to do BOY ones again. ( 2 more, ahhh ) Today's card is similar to a rocker but isn't!!  It's one of my new spellbinder shapes that I bought last week and haven't got round to playing with yet. I got to use one of my multiple coloured Tilda's from a few weeks ago too.

The die is Grand Labels Eleven. I used the largest size to make a landsacape card with a piece of white A3 card. None of my card blanks were big enough, even the 8x8 ones. The rest of the dies I used in portrait. The backing paper is from the Craftartist spring in your step digikit. There are some beautiful papers in the digikits and the thing I love about Craftartist is that you can choose which colours you want, without having to troll through every single backing paper. I printed this mat on supersmooth 220gsm, because it's at the back and needs to support the rest of the layers. The smallest mat is textured white card, distressed with Tim Holtz shabby shutters and then matted onto core'dinations just peachy.

I made the flowers with the spellbinder daisy topper die using both the backing paper and just peachy card. The centres are material covered button brads from my stash. The floral flourishes were made in the same cards and two pearl hat pins were placed in between the layers, to hide the sharp points. Tilda was coloured with promarkers.

To add the finishing touch,  I used some peach ribbon with a faux bow and threaded an orange craftime charm onto some jump rings, which I put through the knot.

I haven't made a support bar with this card, I'm not sure if it needs one. It seems more stable than the rocker cards, but the jury is still out on that one. I was left a comment on one of my posts about my liberal glittering and it made me smile. Yes, I own up, I am a liberal glitterer, all over the card, me, my craft table, the floor, the whole house.........

I am entering this card into the following challenges :-

Ladybugs Craft Ink TLT Challenge - Anything but square.
I Love Promarkers Challenge Blog - Hat pins and charms.
The ABC Challenge - O for orange.
Fab 'N' Funky - Buttons and bows.

Thanks for dropping by and do come again soon.


Jools. xxxxx

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

A Fairy Happy Birthday Easel Card.

Afternoon everyone,

Really enjoyed doing today's card because, yes you guessed, it's GIRLY. As the song says, 'Thank heaven for little girls'. My mojo really does seem to get up and leave when I have to do BOY cards. Anyway, here it is. I've done an easel card today, with a bit of movement. I love kinetic cards.

The designs are from the colour fairy range from clipartfairy. She has some fab digi kits. The backing paper is also from the same kit. The mats were cut with spellbinders labels 1. The top mat is in white supersmooth with a Tim Holtz spun sugar distressed edge. It's matted onto Hunkydory holographic card. The toppers were edged with glamourdust, of course. They are fairies. The mushroom already has coloured circles on, but I thought they lended themselves to having card candy added. Some of the shapes were a bit fiddly, but I think it's very effective. Adds a bit of dimension too. Talking of dimension, I decided to have one of the fairies flying.

I mounted her onto a piece of acetate and secured it between the two mats. It adds a nice bit of movement too. I love the way the other two are peeking out from behind the mushroom. I think they must be in awe ( or terrified )  what say you?

To finish I made flourishes in both white and holographic silver, with spellbinders floral flourishes. The white one was distressed through the die, again with spun sugar. The sentiment/stopper bar is a spellbinder grommet tag, printed onto supersmooth. Some flowers, buttons and a bow and It's done. Hope you like it.

I am entering this card into the following challenges :-

Fab 'N' Funky Challenge Blog - Buttons and bows.
Digital Tuesday Challenge Blog - All about ribbons and buttons.
Panpastels Uk Challenge - Anything goes.
Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog - Flower power.
LEJ Designs Challenge Blog - Things with wings.

Thanks for visiting, do leave a comment, then I'll know you've been and I can pop over to see your blog.

See you soon.

Jools. xxxx

Monday, 7 May 2012

Football birthday cards for big boy's.

Hi everyone,

Well, that's two down and two to go. Don't you just love BOY cards. It's either football, golf, motorbikes or cars . Such variety. In this instance it happens to be football, or to be more precise, Manchester Utd. It's my great nephew's 21st birthday, my sister's Grandson, so they were the two cards I had to make. I'm quite happy with the results ( but can't wait to get back to my glitter and glitz)

Here's the card I made for me to send. I decided to use the Manchester United colours for this one. The backing paper is from MCS and I just tiled 'Happy Birthday' all over it. I printed the same backing paper on 220gsm supersmooth card and made the rosette. The centre is a clipart football mounted onto silver mirricard and the numbers were cut out on my cricut, again in mirricard. A bit of black card candy (had to get some in somewhere) some satin ribbon and a sentiment from cardart to finish.

My sister wanted me to use an actual picture in this next one, with Ricky as part of the team. I did this last year for my Grandson and it was quite effective.

I downloaded a picture of  ManU and imported it into Craftartist to work some magic. I was a bit limited with pictures of Ricky, so I settled for this one. He's sticking his tongue out showing off his tongue stud. Him to a tee. There he is, next to Scholes. That's worrying, I know the names?!? I mat and layered onto some holographic card and placed it at a jaunty angle. The background is from the Docraft Woodlands folk and friends. I thought it was quite apt to have grass. Bit of black card candy again, it finishes it off. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. Hope he notices himself.

My sis just turned up, she loves it and says Ricky will too. Phew, that's a relief.

Thanks for coming by, see you soon.

Jools.  xxx

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Happy Birthday from Forever Friends.

Hi Guys,

How's it with you all? Still raining here, I think there's a big black cloud over Lincolnshire, wish it would go away. Having my hair done this afternoon though, so will feel cheered up after that. Amazing what a new hair cut can do isn't it. Anyway, enough waffle, decided to put a quick card together and pop it on my blog before going at three. HA!!!  I need to set myself some lines,  
I did get it finished though, so miracles do happen. Anyway, here it is, see what you think.

If I can't have sun in the garden I'll have it in my craftroom. What say you? It's another rocker, but I used the Spellbinders big scalloped ovals for this one. Loving all my new spellbinder dies, ordered some more yesterday and they just arrived. Amazing. Will have to play later now. The largest layer is linen effect white card, distressed with Tim Holtz spun sugar. I used clipartfairy backing paper, printed on 220gsm supersmooth card for the second layer.

The topper is a digi-stamp from docrafts forever friends black and gold cd and  it's coloured with promarkers. I could never use promarkers with digi-stamps, because no matter how long I left the ink, it still bled. I've sussed it, I give it a good blast with my heat gun, it sets it and then no bleeding. Simples.  It was mounted with foam onto more white linen card and again distressed with spun sugar. I matted and layered onto some textured lemon card from Papermania. Of course all the edges were glittered.

I used my spellbinders daisy topper die and the same backing paper design to make the flower, added a button and bakers twine to the centre. Bit more glitter here. I added spellbinders floral flourishes to frame the flower, cut in both white and lemon. To finish I added a Hunkidory 'Happy Birthday' greeting, in lemon and some pink card candy. Done. So...... do I need to do my lines, or can I be excused.

Hope you like it,

I am entering this card into the following challenges :-

Passion for Promarkers - Bright and light.
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Anything birthday.
Crafters Companion Challenge Blog - Here comes summer.
Glitter Geeks Blog Challenge - Teddy bears picnic

See you soon, I'm off to the hairdressers.

Jools.  xx