my Crafty Corner

Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Another BIL Card

Hello again, here is another Brother in law card. All the stamps used here are from a set that came with the Creative Stamper magazine a couple of months ago. I stamped the boat with  Archival watering Can ink and coloured it with Zig true colour pens and a waterbrush to blend the colours. I cut this and the blue mat with Lil'Inkers stitched square dies. I randomly stamped the wave stamp all over the front of the 15 cm. square base card using Peeled paint and Stormy Sky Distress ink. For the compass stamp I first smooched a small piece of white card with the same green and blue inks and stamped the image with the grey archival ink, adding the gold accents with a gel pen. I cut this and the blue mat with Spellbinder dies, and fixed it to the card with thin foam pads.

Apart from the base card this was made entirely from snippets and so I am going to enter it at Pixie's Snippet Playground - Just Use Snippets.

Thank you so much for your visit today and for your comments, I really appreciate the all.
I am going to visit my sister in Spain on Friday so I probably won't be around to comment much for a week or so but I will try and catch up when I get back.


Thursday, 5 October 2017

Autumn Colour

I have several men's cards needed at this time of year and here is the first one. I used a large leaf stencil for the background, by applying Distress inks with a duster brush. The colours I used are Spiced Marmalade, Aged Mahogany, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain. Next I stamped the Crafty Individuals tree stamp with Memento Espresso Truffle, and added the birthday greeting with the same ink, using a Gummiapan stamp from Swedish House Crafts.
I cut a mat of dark brown card a little smaller than the 15cm. square kraft base card, and trimmed the image a little smaller again and inked the edges with vintage photo distress ink.

I am entering this at Stamping Sensations where the theme is Autumn Glory.

Thank you for your visit here today and for you comments, I really appreciate them all.

Jean x

Monday, 25 September 2017

Rudolph Day Sparkle

Hi! It's time for the Rudolph Day  challenge again, and for once I am ready to play on the right day and in the morning too.This a lovely friendly challenge which runs every month from 25th till the end of the month and is aimed at getting a head start on christmas card making throughout the year. There are only two more RDs this year and I am still behind the target I was hoping for, but I have a nice stash of just over half of what I need so I 'm on the way.
Todays' card is a nice sparkly holly wreath made with a Poppy Stamps  stencil and their clear stencil paste and glitters. I bought the stencil about two years ago at the Birmingham craft show because I liked the lovely card on display. when I asked about how it was done I was told that the stencil paste contains an adhesive which allows the glitter to stick. however when I got home and tried it I realized that it would be difficult to get the different coloured glitters in the right place and after a few disastrous attempts I gave up. While I was at another show earlier this year I visited their stand again and asked the demonstrator how to do it and she told me that she cut an ordinary plastic drinking straw at an oblique angle which makes a pointed sort of nib which makes it easy to pick up a small amount of glitter and drop in the right place. I also watched a u-tube video on their website. I'm afraid I don't know either of these ladies names but between them they helped me to get a reasonable result. I am including a close up here so
hopefully you can really see the sparkle. The backing
paper that I've used is a printable download from
LOTV. I printed it onto A4 paper so after cutting it to fit the card I had offcuts which I used to die cut the greeting with a Britannia die. I used gold mirri card for the mat and both the image and the mat were cut with Li'l inkers dies. I added a tiny gem to dot the I and a ribbon bow to finish it. It took a bit of patience and equipment to make so I made three all the same while everything was out.
I'm sorry if this is a bit of a ramble but thank you if you stuck with it. I am now going to link this with the Rudolph day Challenge at Scraps of Life by Scrappymo, where the theme is always Anything Christmas.

Thank you for your visit and for your comments, I appreciate them all.


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

A Big day For A Little Girl

Hello everyone, today I
have got a card to show you 
that I made this afternoon for the eldest of my five little 
Great Granddaughters. She is going to start school  next week and she is really
looking forward to it. How
time flies!!!. She is quite a
bright little girl and we have
enjoyed some happy crafty
sessions together during the 
I was ordering stamps from
LOTV recently and I thought
this stamp was perfect for the
occasion. I stamped it onto a snippet of white card with 
Archival Watering Can ink and coloured it with Zig water colour pens. I cut it out using a Spellbinders circle die, and inked the edge lightly with Stormy Sky Distress ink. The sentiment is computer generated and cut with a smaller die from the same set and inked in the same way. The patterned paper is cut from a 6" pad that I have had for ages, I think it is Penny Black. I found a piece of dark blue card in the snippets box which wasn't big enough to cut the backing mat and the scalloped mats, so I cut the square first to fit the front of my 6" square card base, leaving a narrow border, and then cut the larger scalloped mat from the center of it. I cut the smaller scalloped mat from the center of the large one both using Spellbinders scalloped circle dies. I stuck the patterned paper to the blue card and then to the card front. The alphabet ribbon has been in my stash for years and I was pleased to find a use for it at last. The ribbon is quite thick so I tucked it right inside the card by making a slit in the spine and threading it through and secured it inside with sticky tape. I always add a separate insert which hides the ends. To finish I stuck the image and sentiment discs to their respective scalloped mats and fixed the smaller one to the card with double sided tape and the image one with foam tape.

I am going to enter this at Pixies Snippet Playground - Use Snippets
                                                      ( I used my Cuttlebug to do the die cutting)

Thank you for looking here today and for your comments, I really appreciate them.


Saturday, 26 August 2017

Rudolph Day Angels

Hi there, once again I am turning up a day late for Rudolph Day at Scraps of Life at Scrappy Mo's, it's a good job the challenge is open until the end of the month. I actually made a card yesterday but I didn't like it very much so I made this one today using the same stamp. The colours are a bit unusual for me but I have had this paper pad for some time and not used it much so I thought today I'd give it a try. I think the paper is by Papermania and they are all brownish green and brown with a couple of very pale blue and beige ones. I wanted to use ivory card stock to go with these colours, but the only ivory I have is linen textured which is fine for making the base card which is 13cm square, but although I used the reverse side to stamp on because it is slightly smoother, you will see that there are still a few lines especially on the faces which I coloured with pencils.The rest of this LOTV image is coloured with Promarkers, with a yellow glitter pen for the halo and a coat or two of clear Wink of Stella on the wings. The image is cut with a Spellbinder die from the Elegant Ovals set, and the holly with a Britannia die.The little sentiment tags are from LOTV and the green silk ribbon and tiny red gems are from my stash.

Now I will link this up at Scrappy Mo's, for the Rudolph Day Challenge which is always Anything Christmas.

Thank you for your visit here and for your comments which are always appreciated.


Saturday, 29 July 2017

Stencil and Stamps

As I mentioned in my last post I am back this week with my card for the Rudolph day Challenge at the Scraps of Life by Scrappy Mo blog. I'm a bit later than intended but the challenge stays open until the end of the month so I will still make it in time. I was working on another little project which needed to be finished this week and I had a couple of messy painty and cake making sessions with two of my great granddaughters as well. One of them is three and the other nearly five, and looking forward to starting school in September. I have them one at a time as it can be quite tiring, even though I enjoy them being here.
Anyway all this meant that I didn't get round to making my card until today. The base card is approximately 15cm square, tent style. I took a piece of white card  little smaller and using a Clarity stencil and distress inks I added colour with a duster brush. The colours are Iced Spruce, Broken China, Stormy Sky  and Chipped Sapphire. All the stamping is done with Archival Watering Can ink. The main image and the sentiment are Chocolate Baroque stamps, the small stamps are Cardio, and the tiny snowflakes are part of an Art Journey stamp. I used a white pigment pen and white Wink of Stella to add snowy highlights. I outlined the the large circle with Stickles Stardust glitter, and also added some touches to the  images and snow flakes. I cut some blue card just slightly smaller than the card front and stuck the stamped panel to it before fixing to the card. I punched three snowflakes from glitter card using an X-cut punch and fixed them to the top corner.
I'm afraid this is not a very good photo, and I think the card looks prettier IRL, I just can't find the best place to take the pictures lately. It would be easy to blame the camera but I expect it is more likely an operator problem.

Now I am off to link up with The Rudolph Day Challenge - Anything Christmas.

Thank you for looking and for your comments , I really appreciate them all.


Friday, 21 July 2017

Birthday Butterflies

This card is made with one of my favourite butterfly stamps from Chocolate Baroque. I stamped it onto white card with Memento Rich Cocoa ink, and coloured it with Derwent  Coloursoft pencils using Sansodor to blend the colours.  I added green and gold shading to the leafy flourish. I trimmed this down and inked the edges with Broken China DI using a foam blending tool, and then mounted it onto dark brown card. I cut another piece of the brown card to fit the front of a 15cm square base card, leaving a very narrow border. I cut a smaller piece of beige patterned paper and and stuck it to the brown card. Before fixing it to the card front I stuck on a piece of printed ribbon tucking the top end behind the card. The main image was also fixed in place. The sentiment is a Lily of the Valley stamp coloured and mounted to match the butterflies, and stuck in place over the ribbon. I am afraid my photography skills aren't up to much and I'm sure the colours looked better than this in real life.

I am entering this at Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes
                                 Creates and Makes - Anything Goes - Create a Sentiment
                                 Really Reasonable Ribbon - Anything Goes With Ribbon
                                 Emerald City Crafters - Anything Goes
                                 Through The Purple Haze - Anything With Wings

Edited to say, That I would like to also enter this for The Butterfly Challenge
where the theme is M for Matching Pairs and/or O for the Colour of Orange Peel  I have used the orange colour and although my butterflies aren't identical twins I think they may qualify as a matching pair. Thanks for heads up Kate.

Thank you for taking time to visit and if you leave a comment thank you for that too, I really appreciate it.

I hope to be back later in the week with a card for the Rudolph Day challenge.