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Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

A Little Late For Rudolph Day

 Hello, I am here with a card for the Rudolph Day challenge at Scraps Of Life With Scrappy Mo. I am a bit more than a few days late this month as RD is the 25th, but as the challenge remains open till the end of the month I will just about get there in time. 
As this is only the second Christmas card I have made so far this year I went for a fairly CAS style so that I could make several at the same time. While I was staying with my sister Kate recently she gave me a bundle of mirri card in lovely jewel colours and I decided to use some of this for my cards. First I cut and folded six A6 size ivory base cards with the fold on the short edge. Next I cut panels of the mirri card slightly smaller than the card fronts, and stuck them in place. I cut six smaller pieces of ivory card and stamped the trees with a Paper Artsy stamp and Versafine Olympia Green ink. I embossed the images with some very old green EP. The Noel stamp is from the same set as the trees and I stamped with various inks to match the mirri card and embossed them with WOW clear EP. The two gold ones were stamped with Versamark and embossed with gold
 EP. I then stuck these panels in place and finished them with tiny gems in matching colours.
So now I am off to link this up at 
The Rudolph Day Challenge - Make a Christmas Card.

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Friday, 18 March 2016

A Snippet Card and a Crochet Ta-Da!!

This card was made for my brother in law whose birthday is this weekend. Apart from the A6 size base card it was made entirely from snippets so when I have done here I shall be skipping over to Pixie's Snippet Playground to see what fun and games the other playmates are getting up to.
The stamp I used is Reflections from Inkylicious, stamped onto white card with Memento, Olive Grove ink, and then the background coloured with distress ink and ink duster brushes. I cut it with a Nellie Snellen  oval die and as it was the largest in the set I drew round the outside edge of the die onto dark green card and cut it out by hand to make the mat.The trellis is cut with a Memory Box die from another snippet of the same green card. The back panel is a snippet of light blue card trimmed slightly smaller than the card front and embossed with a Stampin Up folder called Stylish Stripes. The top part of the sentiment came with the Inkylicious stamp and the Birthday bit is from Stamp tapestry.

The challenges I am entering are Pixies Snippet Playground - Use Snippets
 and Dream Valley Challenges  - All About Birthdays

                                                                                   Now for my Crochet Ta Da!! moment. At
Christmas my family gave me two lovely Attic 24 blanket kits from the Wool Warehouse, and I am happy to say that I finished the first one last week end. There is a choice of two patterns with this kit and I chose to make the Sunny Granny Stripe one. There are fifteen colours all together and it is very bright. This is a poor photo because there is a rather bumpy bedcover under it. I just put it over the spare bed in order to get a complete photo. I have taken this close up of the corner to show the pattern and the neat little border. I have already started the second one, it is not as bright as
this with one more autumnal shades and a slightly different stitch
pattern. Watch this space!!

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Thursday, 3 March 2016

Spring Birthday

Hello everyone, here is a Birthday card made recently for one of my sisters. Fortunately she lives near me and I knew I would see her on the right day so I didn't have to be too concerned about the layers on it.
I started by stamping the silhouette stamp from Stampin' Up with brown Archival ink, (Potting Soil), onto a snippet of white card. I then die cut it using the 2nd largest die from the Spellbinder set, Elegant Ovals, and while it was still in the die I lightly  brushed around the edge with Broken China Distress ink. I coloured the leaves green with a marker pen and added some tiny spots of Flower Soft to look like blossom. I die cut a stitched rectangle of patterned paper from LOTV Country Lady pad using a Lil'inker die and matted it onto some pale pink card, and then stuck the oval onto it.The base card is a 15cm white square with the front partially covered with another paper from the same LOTV pad and also matted onto the same pink card. All of the cut pieces of paper and card were edged with a brown  distress marker. I like to do this with almost all of my cards as I think it adds definition to the edges. I wrapped some pale pink satin edged organza ribbon around the card before fixing the image panel with thin foam tape. I made the little roses using a Brittania die and snippets of the pink and a tiny snippet of green card. The petals are edged with a pink distress marker and given a little sparkle with Diamond Stickles. To finish off  I made a bow with the ribbon and fixed it together with a small die cut tag stamped with Happy Birthday. The stamp is from Stamp Tapestry but I'm not sure what make the mini tag die is.

As I used a few snippets I am taking this over to Pixies Snippets Playground - Use Snippets.
 I am also entering at    The Sisterhood of Crafters - Think Spring
                                      The  Artistic Stamper - Springtime
                                      Live and Love Crafts - Signs of Spring

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