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by Julie Brooks

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Thursday, 9 April 2015

Two very special cards for two very special couples

Hello all

Today I'd like to share with you two cards I made for two very special couples. My sister and brother-in-law celebrated 25 years of marriage a little while ago, and my brother and sister-in-law have celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this week! I made a special card for each of them and hope you will like them.

They are both easel style boxed cards, but even though some elements within them are the same, the two designs look very different!

This first one was for my sister and brother-in-law. I used some papers out of a paper pad which has since disappeared (it will be in a box somewhere, but I am constantly moving things around so easily lose track of where I've put something!), the name of which I cannot for the life of me remember! The paper on the front section has the words "cherish forever with all my heart", which I thought was rather appropriate! I've added some lace on the left, together with a lovely lace butterfly, wooden hearts and flowers from Ribbon Girl. The two sentiments were printed out using a laser printer and then foiled in silver using a laminator, although in this photo they look black because of the way the light's fallen! The die on the front is called Ornate Plate, designed by Karen Burniston for Sizzix, and it's one of my favourite, use it time and time again dies. The paper on the "inside" has two white doves in the bottom left corner and I used more lace on the right hand side. The centre stamped wording and linked hearts are from a set by Woodware. I made up a box for this and used a strip of one of the papers and more flowers to decorate the lid, but I forgot to take a photo!

And here is the card I made for my brother and sister-in-law - photographed before I'd added the foiled names at the top.

As I said, some elements are the same, but the overall look is very different from the first one.

I used paper from a paper pad called Butterfly Garden by Wild Rose Studio, along with beaded edging and flowers from Ribbon Girl and some die cut foliage (Garden Greens by Tim Holtz/Sizzix). There is ribbon and lace running across the middle of the card. The number 25 in the centre is die cut from textured cardstock using a die from Memory Box. I added a few pearl hearts as a finishing touch.

Inside the card I die cut a scalloped circle to write our message on and simply embellished it with a few more pearl hearts and a sentiment from Craftwork Cards.

It never ceases to amaze me how many different variations can be achieved using some of the same elements, just depending on papers and embellishments used.

I love both of these cards and hope you do too. The recipients were absolutely delighted with them.

Thanks for dropping in.

Bye for now,
Julie x