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


  1. Both gorgeous cards, I love the flower on the first one and the swirls, thank you for joining us at I♥Promarkers this week
    Ruth x

  2. Happy big birthday Jools love your cute card, the lilac is very pretty love that little girl and gorgeous flower thanks for playing along at Fab'n'Funky challenges this week hugs Judith x

  3. Happy Birthday Jools ! Phantom of the Opera is my favourite play ! I've seen it 3 times.

    Both of your cards are beautiful ! I especially love the 2nd one, the colours and techniques are fabulous ! Have a great week, Shirleyx

  4. Fab cards, love all the lilacs on the first one....

  5. Gorgeus cards! I love lilacs and the image is so cute.Thanks for joining us at I ♥ Promarkers this week.
    Berit x

  6. I love both of these... the pans are sooooo easy to use! I have not tried the guilding flakes but Mmmmm ...... they look very effective might have too!!

  7. Both great cards Jools. Love the image on the first and the colour combo on both is great.
    Caz x

  8. Two super card Jools and some of my favourite colours as well.

    Thanks so much for joining our Button and Bows theme at Allsorts this week.

    B x

  9. Lovely the pastels colours you have used, fab card. Thanks for taking part in the glitter geeks blog challenge this week. Louise xx

  10. Aww what a super cute image, love the lilac colours as well! Thanks for joining us at Glitter Geeks this week, Paula :))

  11. Happy Birthday Jools, sounds like you had a fantastic time. Phantom would have been amazing!

    Your cards are lovely and great techniques on both. Barbara Grey is a genius! Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky Challenges.

    Rachel x

  12. Two fabulous cards Jools - the first one is so pretty and the sceond one is so elegant.
    Thanks for playing along with us at Allsorts this week.
    Good luck.
    Debs xx

  13. Both cards are absolutelyy gorgeous! I love the sweet little girl image and the lovely cut flower on the first card and the beautiful colors of the PanPastels on your second. Thanks so much for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog.
    xoxo, Christine

  14. Hope you had a fantastic birthday and your treat sounds fab :) - love the purple theme to your card (my fav) and the layout is great too - thanks for joining the glitter geeks challenge this week x

  15. Hi Jools,

    Belated Happy Birthday for your big day, glad you enjoyed it with your family. Two beautiful cards here, love all the work that went into the second one. Thanks for sharing with us at Fab'n'Fybky this week. Hope you are enjoying the sunshine.

    Pat xx

  16. Forgot to say thanks also for sharing with us at OLLCB!!!

    Pat xx

  17. Really gorgeous, I love the soft lilac colours and the flower and flourishes look fab. Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel challenge blog
    Lindsay xx

  18. Two lovely cards,thanks for joining in at PanPastel UK.

  19. Thank you to everyone for your lovely comments and thanks for taking the time to visit. Had a great birthday, don't feel a day older. Jools. xx

  20. Gorgeous take on our buttons and bows-theme at Allsorts this week. Thanks for participating!

  21. Dear Jools, I Just arrived at you blog. Oh my, do I love your art and creative mind! I'll be watching this blog closely, thank you for giving us so much of your time and mind. You make so wonderful and lovely works! I enjoyed the visit on your site. Many thanks for your beautiful inspirations!!
    Many warm Hugs from Marina from Germany
    I invited you gently to visit my creative Website and my new Craft Online shop:

  22. Two gorgeous cards. Thanks for joining us this month at Bunny Zoe Crafts. Hugs Michele x