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Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Saturday, 7 January 2017


Well here we are already a whole week into the new year and I have to say I am struggling to get back to normal ( whatever that is ) It has been very cold here this week and as I do my crafting in the conservatory I find it too chilly to sit there for very long, even though there is a good heater in there. We live in a bit of a dip and don't get much sun at this time of year, and there has been a couple of very white frosty days this week and the frost just doesn't melt all day. It has been a bit warmer today but it has been very dark and dreary so I'm afraid it is more tempting to sit in the warmth of the lounge with my knitting in the afternoon. This week I have been trying to finish a cardigan I was making for one of my great granddaughters so that I was ready to start a new crochet blanket yesterday. My  daughter gave me the kit for Christmas and the pattern is to be published on Fridays as a Crochet Along on Lucy's Attic 24 blog starting yesterday. I made a start last night making the long starting chain and then the first two rows which form the first stripe.  Now I need to try and get the next 18 stripes done before next Friday. I wonder if I will be able to keep up. Hope fully it will be warmer next week and I can get back to my craft table but in the mean time I am showing you this card that I made for my husbands birthday a while before Christmas and never got around to blogging it.
He really likes elephants so when I saw this art stamp from Imagination Crafts  I just had to buy it. I stamped it with Archival Watering Can ink onto some silver grey pearlised card and then mounted it onto light blue pearlised card. The greeting is from  Chocolate Baroque stamped and mounted to match. The backing paper is from an 8"x 8" pad of oriental designs, I'm sorry I don't know the make or name, but I have had it quite a long time. I trimmed it slightly smaller than the front of a 6"x 6" base card, and embossed the right hand side of it with a Stampin Up embossing folder,Stylish Stripes. I added a piece of striped ribbon at the edge of the embossing before fixing the the image and greeting panels.

I am entering this at Patties Creations Challenge - Use An Animal Image
                                 Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Thank you for your visit here today, sorry it has been a bit of a ramble. Thank you too if you leave a comment, I love to read them and really appreciate them .


Sunday, 1 January 2017

The big 50

Well here we are it's the first day of a brand new year,and I wonder what it has in store for each of us. I'll start by wishing health and happy times in 2017 to all my readers here. I have spent very little time at the computer lately and appolgise for my lack of commenting and blogging recently. I am really hoping to make better use of my time this year and get back to blogging more regularly.
This card I am showing today was made for my daughter who celebrated her 50th birthday this week. ( That makes me feel quite old!!) I am sorry about the quality of the photo, it was taken under artificial light. The card is actually ivory and not white as it appears, and looked much warmer. I cut and folded the 6"square card from a sheet of linen textured card, and then found a snippet of smooth card which matched to stamp on. The bear stamp is part of a set from Docrafts which I think I got for a bargain price in the Range some time ago. It's a good set because it has several of bears in different sizes and also lots of little elements which stamp really well and I have found them very useful. It also has some sentiment stamps included too. I stamped the bear with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and coloured it with Derwent Colousoft pencils blending the shades with Sansodor. I coloured the envelope with a white gel pen to make show up better on the ivory card. The image was then cut out with a Spellbinder die from the Marvelous Squares set. I cut a square of patterned paper from a 6"x 6"Papermania pad using a Li'l inker stitched die and stuck it cornerwise onto the front of the card. I stamped Happy Birthday directly onto the card with a Chocolate Baroque stamp and Rich Cocoa ink. The 50th was cut from another small snippet of ivory card using a Britannia die. I coloured all the cut edges including the image and the numbers by running the edge of a dark brown distress marker along them. This is a bit fiddly especially on the small bits but it really adds definition to the edges. When the main image was stuck in place I cut a butterfly from another piece of the patterned paper and stuck it over the original one using silicon glue to raise the wings slightly.

I am taking this with it's couple of snippets to play in Pixies Snippet Playground where there is, as always, a super prize up for grabs.

I am also entering at Penny Black and More Challenge -Anything Goes
                                 Fashionable Stamping - Anything Goes
                                 That's Crafty -Anything Goes.

Thank you for your visit, Please leave a comment so I know you have been. I read and appreciate all of them.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Fairy Magic

Hi everyone, today I have a card for Mrs A's  Butterfly challenge only this time, as all the butterflies are apparently in chrysalis form at present this is a special month long challenge and instead of a butterfly we have to include a fairy. Both of the stamps used here are from Lavinnia Stamps. First I stamped the fairy with Archival Watering Can ink and then masked the image while I stamped the text using Memento London Fog ink. I coloured the moon with a very pale yellow Promarker, Lemonade, I think. I used pink and blue sparkle gel pens for the wings and blended the colours together with a clear Wink of Stellar pen. I also used a silver gel pen to highlight the stars and then winked over the wings again and the moon. I trimmed the panel down using a deckle blade in the paper cutter, and the inked around the edge with distress ink, Tumbled Glass, and then the very edge of the paper with a distress marker, Chipped Sapphire. I also added an edge of Stickles stardust glitter. The completed panel is mounted onto a card base of bright blue pearlised card. This is a birthday card but because of the text I put the birthday greeting inside, it says Have a Magical Birthday.

I am now going to link this up with
The Butterfly Challenge - All Kinds Of Fairies, Elves, Gnomes and Pixies

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

Friday, 25 November 2016

Rudolph Day Sparkle

Hi, I'm here with my final Rudolph Day card for this year. I chose to use a recently bought Imagination Crafts stencil and Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium. The card I used is very dark green to show up the sparkle nicely. In order to use different colours I needed to do quite a bit of masking off of the various areas, and apply one colour at a time. This was a bit of a faff, but using low tack stencil tape helped as I was able to reuse it a few times. As the Sparkle Medium needs time to dry before adding another colour I made three at the same time. When all was dry I trimmed the panel down a bit and stamped  and gold embossed the Greeting which is from a set of seasonal stamps that were free with The Creative Stamper magazine. Next I layered it onto gold mirri card before sticking to a DL sized ivory base card.

I am popping over to Scrappy Mo's blog Scraps of Life by Scrappy Mo to enter The Rudolph Day Challenge - Make a Christmas card.

Thank you for taking time to visit here today and for your comments which are really appreciated.


Thursday, 17 November 2016

Four years Old Already

Good evening, it has once again been ages since I posted anything here, I have made several cards which I might get round to showing at a later time, but in the meanwhile there have been several distractions to keep me away from the computer.
However earlier this week it was the birthday of the eldest of my little Great  Granddaughters, she is now 4 yeas old, (where does all the time go?) and here is the card I made for her.
The image is a Gorguss stamp, stamped with black Memento ink onto a piece of ivory card, coloured with Promarkers and cut with a Lil'inker stitched rectangle die, and then matted onto a larger stitched rectangle of dark pinky/red card. This toned with the pinks much better than it looks in the photo. The base card is 5"x7" size and I cut a panel of the dark card to cover the front leaving a very narrow border. The patterned paper is from an 8"x8" pad called Belle and Boo from Trimcraft. I cut the bottom of the dotty piece with a stitched bracket edger die from the Frantic Stamper, and the flowery piece with a scallop blade in the paper cutter. I fixed these to the card, again leaving a small border, and the image panel was then stuck in place with thin foam tape. The greeting disc is a LOTV stamp coloured and matted to match, the two little tags were cut by hand and one stamped with "lots of love" and the other hand written, and fixed to the disc with a pink flower brad. The 4 is die cut from two layers of card and coated with Glossy Accents. I stamped the paper dolls part of the stamp onto a scrap of pattered paper and fussy cut it out and glued it over the original one. the scissors and book are little stamps in the same set and I stamped and coloured them and cut them out before adding them to the bottom of the image panel. I also added a little Glossy Accent to the hearts in her hair and boots.
The pattered paper and all the stamping card used here were snippets so I am going to enter it at Pixie's Snippets Plaground - Just Use Some Snippets.
Thank you for taking time to visit and for your comments which are really appreciated.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Not A Card For Rudolph Day

Once again it is time for the Rudolph Day challenge at Scrappy Mo's, which  always starts on the 25th day and runs until the last day of each month. The aim is to make at least one Christmas item. This time instead of a card I thought I would show you these Christmas decorations which I made as a gift for my sister when she visited for a few days last week. I have had these MDF shapes for about two years and thought it was about time I used them. First I did two coats of white Gesso, sanding lightly between coats. The star and the bauble were then given a coat of white acrylic paint which gave me a surface to stamp on. I used Archival Watering Can Ink to stamp with, the robin stamp is from LOTV and the winter scene from Inkylicious. I used Promarkers to colour the images. I painted the points of the star with a metallic blue paint, the image has a circle around it so it was fairly easy to paint up to it. I think I used distress ink to colour the edge of the bauble, I didn't want to use too much as I am aware that it tends to smudge when you add the varnish.The angel was painted with cream paint and when dry inked all over with Brilliance Galaxy gold ink. I stamped the holly with a Penny Black stamp and Memento Olympia Green ink and used a Promarker to colour the berries. Then as we like our figures to have faces I drew one on, and then inked around the edge with Brilliance Cosmic Copper ink. I painted the bell with Starlight paint from Imagination Crafts, the colour is Mint. The stamp is from Heartfelt Creations, stamped with the Archival ink . The leaves are painted with a darker green shade of the Starlight paint and the berries with a Promarker, I also used a gold gel pen to add some highlights to the flourish.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          I covered the reverse of each one
 with holly decoupage paper, sticking  it with Modge Podge. I inked the  edges to match the fronts and added  some Frantage embossing. I cut some letters from gold and silver glitter card using some old X-cut dies, and used them to add some Christmas words. ( I have just noticed that I have put the letters for Peace in the wrong order, I can't believe I didn't spot that before.) I used Platinum Stickles to edge the first two, and metallic paint for the others, and then gave them all a coat of varnish all over. I added gold and silver threads decorated with beads to make loops for hanging.

I am going  to enter these ( mistakes and all ) at Scraps of Life at Scrappy Mo's
             Rudolph Day Challenge - Make a Christmas Item.                                                    

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



Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Autumn Birthday

Good evening bloggers it has been a while since my last post, but yesterday was my sister Kate's birthday and here is the card that I made for her. I used part of a Chocolate Baroque border stamp for the image. The stamp is almost 6" wide but I used this part of it to make an ATC recently and I liked the result so much and enjoyed colouring it too, that I decided to use it again for this card. I stamped onto a snippet of ivory card with black Memento ink and coloured with Derwent Coloursoft pencils, using a paper stump, and Sansodor to blend the colours. The word Autumn is an Inkylicious stamp. The base card is an ivory 15cm square and I cut a piece of pearlised purple card to cover the front leaving just a narrow edge. The faded leafy background paper was in a bundle given to me by a friend and I think it is from a Hunkydory set. I cut this slightly smaller than the purple layer and stuck it in place. I inked the edge of the approximately ATC sized image with Milled Lavender and Tea Dye distress inks, and then cut a mat from a snippet of the purple card.  After sticking the image in place I stamped the Chocolate Baroque birthday greeting below it and added three graduated lilac gems. The lovely orange and purple organza ribbon has been in my ribbon box for quite some time waiting for the right project and I felt this was it.

As I have used a couple of snippets I am going to enter this at
                          Pixie's Snippet Playground - Use Snippets
     and also at    Stamping Sensations - Autumn.

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