Monday 30 April 2012

A Pocketful of Good Wishes

This is a card I've made for Rhys, a friend's grandson.  His Mum Sarah was just eight years old when we moved in to this street and became friends with the family and as time went on Sarah began to refer to me as Auntie Liz.  Even at that early age she had a strong mothering instinct and when our Ian was born she would come round to play with him and take him for walks.  She became a mum herself at a young age and with the support of her family and husband she's done a brilliant job in bringing up her daughter and son.  They are two lovely young people and a credit to her.

It's hard to believe that Rhys is twelve already and as soon as I saw this digital stamp called Smitty, by Krista Smith of Saturated Canary, I thought of Rhys and decided to make a card for him using it.  Here's a picture of the birthday boy himself. 

The main image is coloured using Promarkers and then following on with a pocket theme I used the Woodware wooden stamp Jeans Pocket to stamp, emboss and cut out pockets to decorate the panels and also to make a backing paper.  The top of the pockets were left open to add a contribution to Rhys's birthday fund and tags with messages.  The gingham backing paper is from the Cuddly Buddly download A Patchwork of Papers Blue.

The messages and personalised number and backing layers were printed from the computer and cut out using a red Sizzix tags die and circle Nestabilities dies.  The smaller circles, used to back Rhys's name, were punched using a Woodware half inch circle punch and the kraft corners were cut using a Quickutz die.

The edges of the card and some of the toppers were sponged with Stampin' up's Bashful Blue ink and their Nearly Navy grosgrain ribbon was added to the tags.  A few peel off crystal dot stickers were the final embellishments.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges
That Craft Place Challenge - One for the Boys 
Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge 105 - Blue
Stamp,Scrap and Doodle Challenge - Birthday
Patti's Creations Design Challenge 42 - Photo Inspiration 
Saturated Canary Challenge 16 - Happy Birthday
Digital Tuesday Challenge 157 - Winter Blues
Passion for Promarkers Challenge 146 - Cut It Out
Shopping Our Stash Challenge 49 - Starts with a "B"  (blue, boy) 
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 67 - One for the Boys
Daisy Doodles Challenge 58 - One for the Boys
Make It Monday - Anything Goes

Thanks for reading
Liz xx


  1. Cute card for a young gent. Thanks for joining Speedy Fox and Friends.

  2. fantastic boys card liz.stunning image and i love your fab design and colours.
    thanks for joining in my theme this week at PFP :D

    xx coops xx

  3. This is so cute! I love your coloring and all of your added touches. Thanks for joining us at Pattie’s Creations Design Challenge.
    Pattie ♥

  4. Lots of fun details on this fabulous card! So happy you joined us this week at Shopping Our Stash!

  5. Fabulous card for a young man, I'm sure that Rhys will love it.
    Thanks for joining our 'One for the Boys' challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.
    hugs Kimx

  6. A fab card Liz, I love the pocket.Thanx for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this week.

  7. This is an awesome card! Love it :) Thanks for joining us at Digital Tuesday Challenge.

    Maya xx

  8. Wow, you really put a LOT of work into this. He sounds like a great kid! Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

  9. Awesome card. I love the jean pocket with money in it. Thanks for playing along with us here at Speedy Fox and Friends challenge, we hope to see you again next week. Make sure to check out our challenge with Friends of SpeedyTV for more fun and more chances to win with Mark's Finest Papers, a Heinrich Co.

  10. omgosh!! thats so cute! love the pennies in the pocket.
    Thankyou so much for popping in and playing along with us this week over on the SC challenge blog
    hugs Lou xxxx

  11. Very cute!!!! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Speedy Fox blog challenge!

  12. wow love everything about this card, the image the papers, the shap of the card, the fab pockets, thanks for joining us at SSDS this week... Kaz

  13. Fabulous card, those pockets are brilliant.

    I saw your card on Make it Monday, I'm my lucky number '7' this week.

    Kasey ~ in Oz

  14. Hello. This card is fantastic and great for a 12 yr old. Saw this on MIM..Loz

  15. Fantastic! Very creative and lots of fun for the recipient. Thanks for sharing Liz - your work and blog are incredible. Saw it on MIM of course.
    Stamping Shanni

  16. Love the card,the image and the coloring. Saw your card at MIM

  17. Oh YES! What a super great card. Love the pockets..that's brilliant for a money card. :) Super job here.

    Thank you so much for linking up your talent and creative ideas with us at Make It Monday!
    Lisa xx

  18. That is such a cute image and I love the pockets idea- gorgeous!
    I saw your card on MIM and popped over for a closer look!
    Hugs, Alison xxx

  19. Hi Liz,
    Gorgeous card,fab image and design
    Saw this on MIM :) x

  20. Liz, This is such a great and well though out card. I'm sure Rhys, loved it.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

    PS, I found your card through Make it Monday.

  21. Hi Liz what a gorgeous card well done.
    Hugs Elaine

  22. What a perfect card for a pre-teen! Love the image. Came in from MIM to come take a closer look and glad I did.
    Hugs, Heide

  23. Hi Liz

    Wow, fantastic boy's card!! I love the money Pocket idea.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

    Michelle :o)

  24. This is super fabulous. Love the jeans pocket with the money. I found this on MIM.