my Crafty Corner

Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Monday, 28 May 2012

A Day To Celebrate

This week my Daughter and Son in law are celebrating their silver wedding anniversary. I can't believe how fast the years have flown. They have two grown up children and are due to become grand parents later this year, which of course means that I will be a great grandma!! Scary!!! Anyway the reason I am telling you this is so that I can show you the card that I made for them. The base
card is a white linen effect A5 size. I used one of their wedding photos and cut the frame for it with a Die-namics Die from silver mirri card. The pretty patterned panel was chosen because it is roughly the same colour  that the bridesmaids dresses were. The across strip is from the same paper pad with the same design in negative. The acrylic label has Congratulations etched on it  which doesn't show up very well, so I inked it with a purple ink pad and the wiped it clean leaving the lettering coloured. I needed to do it a couple of times to achieve enough colour and it still doesn't show in the photo so I will put a close up of that bit. I threaded some white ribbon through the label and wrapped it around the negative patterned paper before sticking it to the card. Once all that was put together I used some creamy white roses from my stash and lightly coloured the edges of the petals with a lilac ink pad. I fixed them to the card with silicon glue tucking some silver Memory Box die cuts behind them. I then added a bow with the little silver heart charm hanging on it. I used silver peel offs for the greeting and added some pearls as finishing touch.

I am going to enter this for Make It Monday, Always Anything Goes.

Moving Along With The Times, Celebrate but no Birthday.

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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Alphatags Again

Yes another month has gone and it's time to show you the tags I have made for the Alphatag swap at Chocolate Baroque. The letters this month are J and K. To me they belong together so I am happy that it has worked out that they come in the same
month. The reason is that I have a sister, Kate who is only 15 months younger than me and as children we were often dressed the same and people sometimes thought that we were twins, so it always seemed right to me that the first letters of our names are next to each other in the alphabet, and our birthdates although in different months are 17 and 18 too. However that is not telling you about my tags which in fact, although I liked the letters, were quite difficult to interpret, and I think some of my fellow taggers struggled a bit this time as well.

I decided on J for Joy but, how to show it? First I looked through my Graphicus Guild start up paper pack and found this one with bright yellow butterflies fluttering all over a background with shades of yellow and purple and I thought it looked pretty joyful. I over stamped it with  some Crafty Individual sentiments with joy in them and one from Chocolate Baroque, with a brown ink and then shaded the edges of the tag with dusty concord DI. The letters are from a bag of thin plywood  ones that I got in a stationary shop I think. I gave them a coat of white gesso  and then coloured them with  the dusty concord ink, and then using the same ink stamped them with a stamp from the texture Fragments set from CB. When they were dry I triple embossed them using Versamark  ink and clear embossing powder. I glued them to the tag with Glossy Accents, and then stamped the tiny butterflies from another CB set with brown ink onto different coloured parts of background paper scraps. I glued them on with silicone glue to raise their wings slightly.

I had a look through my Chocolate Baroque stamps to find something suitable for K and found this set which I think I bought in a sale and probably haven't used before, so I decided on K for Keys. I began by colouring the tag with tea dye and vintage photo distress inks and then over stamping the background pattern with the tea dye. The lovely ornate keys and escutcheon were stamped with black soot DI and embossed with WOW ultra fine clear embossing powder. I coloured them with a mixture of distress inks, coloured pencils and a gold gel pen.I used walnut stain DI to further define the edge of the tag and then found some metal keys in my stash to hang over the keyhole.

 They have been sent off now and I am eagerly waiting for the swaps to come. This swap is such fun and it great to see what ideas everyone else comes up with each time.

Thank you to all who come to look and leave me comments, I really appreciate them all.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

One Layer Simplicity

The Less Is More challenge this week is to make a one layer card using three individual stamps. Both the Tall Trees and the Quote stamps that I chose to use  are from Chocolate Baroque and the flock of birds is a Clarity stamp. I also used three distress inkpads ( by coincidence ), Gathered Twigs, Bundled Sage and Forest moss. I used a water brush to draw out a little of the ink at the base of the trees just to ground them a bit.

I am also going to enter this for St. Luke's Charity Cards Challenge who want a one layer card this month too.

Thank you to every one who drops by to take a look and for all your lovely comments.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Mellow Yellow

There is a colour challenge at Less Is More this week and the colour is yellow. It's not a colour that I use very much in my stamping as a rule but this is what I came up with.
I used an old favourite Hero Arts stamp of a freesia and inked it  with wild honey and forest moss Distress Inks and stamped it to the right of my folded card.The sentiment is an Art Impression stamp which is also stamped with forest moss ink.  A very quick and easy card this week.    

I am also entering this at My Time To Craft; Happy Healing -  get well card.

Crafty Boots Challenges; Yellow.  

Thank you  for all your lovely comments each one is truly appreciated.                                      

Monday, 7 May 2012

A Visit To London

Here is a card that I made for a neighbour who was celebrating his 70th
birthday last week. I know that his main interest is rambling but as I haven't got any stamps for that and I know that he goes to London quite a lot,both for business and pleasure, I decided to use these stamps from Crafty Individuals. I stamped them with Onyx Black Versafine ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I trimmed  them close to the image and added some colour with Distress inks. I think I used tea dye, bundled sage and stormy sky. I then mounted them onto white card leaving a small border all round them.I cut a red mat and mounted that also onto white with a narrow edge,  and then fixed to a navy blue card.
The images were then mounted with foam pads onto the red. A visit to London was stamped onto white card and cut out, edged with the black ink and fixed in the centre with pads.I wrapped three narrow ribbons across the lower part of the card and mounted the greeting over them. The greeting was computer generated and cut out with a nestability die, and then I drew round the outside edge of the die onto red card to create the mat and cut it out by hand.

I am entering this for Fashionable Stamping Challenges; Cities of the World.

Hello and welcome to my new followers, and thank you to every one who stops by to have a look, and for all your lovely comments, they are all appreciated.