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Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Monday, 30 March 2015

Brushoed Birthday Card.

I have a fairly quick card to show you today. I wanted to get something made to enter Darnelle's NBUS challenge which she is hosting to celebrate her 800th follower, how amazing is that? NBUS is coined by Darnelle and stands for Never Before Used Schtuff, and I think that most of us have some of that in our stash, be it new or  stash bought some time ago and never got round to using. For my card today I have a new recently purchased Stampin Up set, Summer Silhouettes.
I also wanted to have another try with my Brusho
Paints because although I have used most of my 
original pieces  I was not totally happy with them.
Although I sprinkled the crystals really thinly I still ended up with too much on the paper, which resulted in me dousing it with loads of water to tone it down. Having watched some on-line videos resently I decided that I really needed to pierce a hole in the lid which I had previously been reluctent to do. This is the result, much more what I was looking for. I used only black paint on this one and I love that it makes a blue background with lovely coloured flecks in it. I spritzed water colour paper with water before sprinkling the paint crystals and added a little more water afterwards as well. I let it get almost dry naturally and just finished it off with  a heat gun. I used Jet Black Archival ink and the new unused Stampin Up stamps. I trimmed it down and matted it onto some dark blue pearl card and then onto some salmon glitter card. I used a white prefolded 5"x7" base card in a landscape orientation with the fold at the top and fixed the mounted panel onto it. The trellis stamp at the side is from the same set and I stamped it with Chipped Sapphire DI. The greeting is stamped with a wood mounted Hobby Arts stamp onto an offcut of the Brusho background, and mounted to match the main image. I appologise for the poor angle of the photo, it looks decidedly wonky, but I promise you it is actually all straight.
I think I still have time to link this up at Darnelle's challenge, I believe it is open until tomorrow.
                                                                         Thank you for visiting here today and for you                                                                                           comments, I really appreciate them all.      
Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.) Jean .                                                                                                                                                        

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

March Rudolph Day

Yes 25th March today which means another Rudolph Day challenge at Scrappy Mo's blog, Scraps of Life by Srappymo! The challenge is to make a Christmas card and runs from today until the end of the month so you still have time to enter, if you fancy getting a head start on your Christmas card making. There is a lovely die on offer as a prize this month.
My card this month was inspired by another Christmas card group I belong to on the Chocolate Baroque forum site where we aim to make a card or cards on a given theme. This year all the themes are song titles, this month's being Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem.
 I started by stamping the image with a stamp from a Chocolate Baroque set, Peace on Earth. This is a reverse stamp which stamps the backdrop rather than the feature image. I masked off the lower part of the stamp with a post it note before inking the rest of it with Chipped Sapphire DI and then embossed it with WOW Clear Hologram Sparkle EP. Having cleaned the stamp I then masked the upper part, and inked the sand hills with Brilliance  Pearlescent Beige ink, and with the help of a Stampin Up Stamp-a-ma-jig, stamped it more or less in the right place and embossed with WOW gold EP. I coloured the image with Promarkers and used a Sakura sparkle gel pen for the Star. I used a Memory box stencil, Star Dust  and Memories Mist gold mica spray to add stars to a folded A6 white base card and then having trimmed the stamped piece I mounted it onto some gold coloured pearl card and fixed it in place. The sentiment is from the same set of stamps but the words are all on one line so I used masking tape and the Stamp-a-ma-jig again so I could make it into a square and mounted it to match.

Thank you all so much for visiting here today, and for your comments. I really appreciate them.


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Baa Baa Birthday

Hello to every one, it has been a little while since I posted anything here, the reason being that I have a new computer and I am struggling to get to grips with a different system. This is the latest card I have made, and I have just about managed to crop it to post here.  It is for my brother-in-law's birthday tomorrow. I used a Hobby Arts stamp which I bought last year to make Christmas cards with as it is meant to be a snowy scene. I think I managed to make one card with it and while doing so I thought that by using different colours it could be used for an alternative occasion. I stamped it onto a snippet of white card Memento Rich Cocoa ink and coloured it with Coloursoft pencils. I added some flying birds with an Inkylicious stamp, and used a Chocolate Baroque border stamp to add a little grassy interest to the foreground. I trimmed the image and matted it onto snippets of dark green and light green card. The base card is a white 15cm. square, and I stuck a piece of designer paper from a Lilly Of The Valley Country Lady pad to left hand side and fixed the image panel over it. For the stamping on the right I used a Chocolate Baroque pussy willow, stamped with the same brown ink, stamped twice without re-inking and added a little colour with a pencil. The birthday greeting is another CB stamp.

I am entering this at Stamping Sensations - One for the Guys
                                 Pixie's Snippets Playground - Use Snippets.

Thank you to all who come to visit here and for you kind comments, I really appreciate them all.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Yellow Rose

This is another card that I made when I got my new rose stamps from Chocolate Baroque a few weeks ago. The first ones I made were pink and red, my first thought when it comes to colouring roses, but I decided to try a yellow one this time, especially as it was for a friend who prefers the yellowy colours. I stamped the rose with the script background onto a snippet of white card with Memento black ink, and coloured it with Promarkers. I then cut it out with a Spellbinders  Label 8 ( I think ) die, and inked the edges with Peeled Paint Distress Ink. I  cut a mat using the next size die from a snippet of black gold pearlised card and stuck them together. The base card is a white 15 cm square, and the patterned paper is from a 6" x 6" pad. I don't the name of it as it was one of some loose sheets that were given to me. I trimmed it to fit the card using a deckle edge cutter and as there was some green streaks in the pale blue pattern I also inked the edges of this piece with the green ink. I wrapped some pale yellow ribbon across this paper before sticking it to the card. The rose panel was then mounted over the ribbon with some thin foam tape. The greeting was cut with a Britania die from some toning pale blue paper and also from some little snippets of white card, three layers altogether each backed with Stick-It  double sided adhesive. after layering them up I gave it a coat of Glossy Accents and let it dry before adding it to the card.
As I used some snippets I will be taking it over to Pixie's Snippets Playground - Use Snippets.
I am also entering it at Natalie and Amy - Flowers
and Country View Challenges - Anything Goes.
Thank you for visiting here today and for your comments all of which are really appreciated.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Another Grandson Card

Hi again, I have another Grandson card to show you today. For this one I took a snippet of white card and taped a Memory Box stencil ( Texture Shine ) over it, and then sprayed it with Memories Mists  Bright Gold mica spray. This has a really nice sparkle to it which I'm not sure shows too well in the photo, but maybe if you click on it to enlarge, it might show up. When this was dry I trimmed it down a bit and layered it onto some purple pearlised card and then onto an A6 white base card. I stamped the sentiment onto a snippet of white card using a Chocolate Baroque stamp and Memento Elderberry ink.and then die cut it with a Go Kreate label die. I cut a mat from another snippet of the purple card using the next size of die and fixed it to the card with double sided tape to keep it flat as it had to go in the post. To finish off  I stenciled some tiny stars using another Memory box die ( Star Dust ), and dew drop ink pads in red and purple.

I am entering this at Seize The Birthday - Masculine,  and as I used some snippets I am making a late entry
to Pixie's Snippets Playground  - Use Snippets.

Thank you for visiting here today and for your comments which are all really appreciated.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Grandson's Birthday

Hi everyone, it is beginning to feel quite springlike here this week with some lovely sunny days opening up the crocuses in the garden, and daffodils ready to pop open as well. It has also been a bit warmer although it still feels cold out because of the wind.
The Challenge at Seize The Birthday this week is Masculine so as it was my Grandson's birthday on Monday I thought I would show you the card  I made for him and enter the challenge. I used some really nice pearlised card in red and dark brown. The base card is an ivory A6 tent fold, and I cut the brown card to fit the front of it, I embossed the top section only, using a Crafts Too embossing folder which doesn't have a name on it, but I bought it for the abstract design pattern thinking it it would make good backgrounds for mens cards. I then used the red card to cut the Memory Box birthday die, and stuck it onto the brown panel. I cut the letters for his name from an offcut of the brown card with Memory Box dies ( I think ). I used Glossy Accents to stick tiny star sequins for the dots over the i's, and then added a few larger stars for decoration. I finished the card by sticking a fine gold peel off border all around the edge.
Thank you for visiting here today and for your comments which are all really appreciated.
Jean x