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Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Rudoloh Day Candle

Hello fellow Bloggers, it is so long since I posted anything here and I have had a few inquiries as to whether I am OK. Thank you for your concern, and I am happy to say that I am fine, I have just had a break from blogging. We decided to tackle a home decorating project early in the new year which caused some upheaval and gave me practically no time for crafting, apart from my crochet which I could do in the warmth of the sitting room during the cold evenings. I am pleased to say my blanket is about three quarters done and I hope to be able to show you the finished project soon. So now February is almost over and once again the time seems to be whizzing past. I missed last months Rudolph Day challenge, mainly due to to a problem with the computer, as I had actually made some cards using recycled images from some of the cards we received at Christmas.

However I have made two
new cards for the challenge
this month. I am waiting for
delivery of some new
Christmas stamps which I can use next time, but for these I have used two old Penny Black stamps. I love the sketchy style of these. I coloured the stamps with Distress Markers and spritzed with water before stamping onto ivory linen card. I touched up the image a little with a water brush and added a bit more colour in places, like the berries. I cut the image and the mat of dark red satin finish metallic card using stitched rectangle dies from Lil'inker. The base card is a 15cm. square folded tent style, with the holly swirl stamped twice down the right hand side. I wrapped the shiny Christmas ribbon around the front and stamped the greeting before adding the assembled topper.
My second card is an ivory A6 size, with the front covered a piece of red patterned paper trimmed to size using a scalloped blade in my cutter. The candle was stamped in the same way as before and trimmed slightly smaller, and mounted onto gold mirri card, also cut with the scalloped edge. I stamped the same greeting, this time with Memento Olive Grove green ink, and mounted it to match. The stamp is part of a magazine freebie set, ( The Creative Stamper, I think.)

If you like to make Christmas cards all year and avoid a panic in December the Rudolph Day challenge is fun to enter, it starts on the 25th of each month and remains open until the last day of the month. You can find it at Scraps of Life by Scrappy Mo. You only need to make one card or project and it must be Christmas themed. I am going to link my cards up there now.

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  1. I'm so happy to see you posting again Jean, I've missed you and I'm happy to know you're just fine! This candle image is gorgeous and looks beautiful on both cards! I absolutely LOVE that rich, satin metallic card in darn red - it's a perfect compliment to that water-colored look of the candle! The edges on the 2nd card are eye-catching too, especially with the mirror gold and bright red! Nice job on both!

  2. Two beautiful cards Jean, and the loose watercolour style looks great here. I love the pretty added holly and sparkly ribbon on the first, and the gorgeous red patterned paper in the background of the second. I hope the decorating went well and look forward to seeing the crochet when finished. x

  3. Hello Jean, both your cards are beautiful and the PB stamp is lovely - I like the sketchy look too. I see in the background of the first you've used one of my favourite PB stamps - though it's safe to say I haven't got a PB stamp that isn't a favourite :) Looking forward to seeing your blanket when it's finished. Elizabeth xx

  4. So glad to hear from you your cards are both so lovely the stamp is gorgeous and such lovely classic colours Glad your decorating is over I hate doing it its never the same when the house is upside down Love and hugs Carole x

  5. Good to see you back Jean. These two Christmas card look fantastic, its a lovely stamp you used for them.
    Yvonne xx

  6. Two beautiful cards, love the image and both of your different backgrounds.

    Kath x

  7. Nice to see you are back Jean.I love the candle stamp, and the way you have stamped it in colour. It has made some great, traditional cards. Kate x

  8. Love this image and your two cards are both wonderful! Thank you for visiting me! xxx

  9. The candle image is a lovely one and looks so different on both cards just with the different embellishments. Hugs Mrs A.

  10. Your Rudolph Day candle cards are beautiful! I like the water-colour look of these stamps! Very nice!

  11. That candle & your cards are stunning! Absolutely gorgeous!

  12. Good to see you back...we missed you, girl!
    Your cards are so pretty. That technique you used to colour the stamp and then spritz gives such a lovely look.

    Thanks for taking part in the Feb. Rudolph Days Challenge.

  13. Hi Jean,
    Glad that you are well. Your cards are beautiful but I am partial to the first one. I love that stamp too.


  14. These are two beautiful cards Jean. That is a lovely stamp and I love the way you've used it. It really works well. Barbxx

  15. Oooh such a beautiful serene card. I do love candle flames on Christmas Cards!! Thank you so much for joining us at the Rudolph Days Challenge!
    Rudolph Days Challenge DT
    Dr Sonia

  16. Hi Jean,
    welcome back, and I am so glad everything is alright with you.
    Sounds like a lot of work.
    What very beautiful cards, and their designs are so lovely.
    Love how have created the stamped image, and that red matt metallic card is so pretty.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  17. Such pretty cards, I'm loving the stamp that you used for these two.

    Sue xx

  18. Two wonderful cards Jean and I love that super PB stamp xx

  19. Love your watercolor skills on this pretty candle. Both cards are so softly colored, a wonderful look for this particular image. Good for you at taking a blog break, think we all need that from time to time. Good luck with the renovations, and looking forward to seeing your blanket too. TFS & Hugs

  20. I just love the watercolour effect on the linen card, gives lovely interest xxx