my Crafty Corner

Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Time for Something New

 First of all I apologise for not posting anything here for so long, I got caught up in the bustle of the holiday period and have found it difficult to get back into blogging since.

Over at Chocolate Baroque our Alphatag swap project
is finished and we all now have a lovely collection of
colourful tags to treasure. Again I am sorry that I didn't get round to showing my last few tags, I will try and make a photo of all the tags I made and also one of all the tags I recieved. Watch this space!!

So for our new swap we are making two "Quintiles" to swap each month. Quintiles are 5" square pieces of artwork, and the theme for this month is Winter Wonderland. I found this a nice size to work on and for my first one I used a stencil and sparkle medium from Imagination Crafts to make the snow flake swirl on a piece of their shiny blue card. The tree image is a Crafty Individuals stamp inked with Versamark and embossed with WOW white embossing powder, on a piece of the same blue card. I trimmed it close to the image and then mounted it on navy and then white card stock. I used Versamark ink and the white embossing powder to edge the main card and then added the tree image on foam pads over a piece of white ribbon and added a few gems for some extra sparkle.

For the next one I used matt blue card and stamped and embossed the Crafty Individuals snowflake background stamp all over and embossed the edges as before. the main image is a Chocolate Baroque stamp which I coloured with distress markers before stamping, and then added a little stickles glitter glue to highlight the snow. I then trimmed it leaving a tiny white border and stuck it to the background and added the curly swirl that I cut from sparkly white paper using a Dienamics die.
 I enjoyed making these am looking forward doing the next ones and also to getting my swaps in the post.
Hopefully now that I have managed this post I will back soon with another project.

Happy crafting to all, hope you are all managing to keep warm and safe in the snowy weather. We had quite a bit of snow here on Friday,(more than usual for this area) and although it has rained most of today and had washed most of it away, late this afternoon it turned back to snow and has left a little layer again.If it freezes tonight it will be a bit tricky for those who have to venture out to work in the morning , fortunately that is not me and I will be indoors crafting in the warm.

Thank you for taking a look, and for you comments I do appreciate them . Jean


  1. Two beautiful projects, love the style and the wintery look of them both.

  2. You've made a good start on the quintiles Jean. these are both very pretty. Kate x

  3. I too find this format very interesting to work with. Love the way you interpreted these two - especially the way the browns & earthy tones work with the blues in the second. A fair amount of snow in this part of the world with the little winged creatures hustling about after my cornflake/bread/fat mixture.
    Paula (PEP)

  4. Hiya Jean, I hope you enjoyed Christmas and New Year, it must've been extra special having a new baby in the family :-). I hope she is doing well.

    Your cards are beautiful, I love the white embossing against the blue card. The sparkle medium is lovely, and I love how you've done the image on the second one, it's gorgeous with the other colours added.

    We didn't have much snow first time round, although yesterday evening & last night it got quite heavy - the back end of my car did it's own thing coming out of Tesco's car park - very scary!!! Needless to say, I didn't bother going out today, lol.

    Take care Jean, and thank you for your lovely comments.

    Maria xxxxx

  5. Hi Jean, you seem a very advanced crafter... love what I see here.
    These cards are awesome - so very elegant and lovely.
    Monica xxx

  6. great idea to colour the stamp with distress markers - gives a very different look!
    am still trying to decide what to do to display my tags, but enjoying the quintiles