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Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Sunday 23 March 2014

90th Birthday

This is the card that I made for my brother in law's 90th birthday earlier this week.The ivy stamp I used is from Inkylicious and because I didn't want the stamping to look too heavy I used Brilliance Lightning black ink. I had trouble finding the right greens to colour the leaves and I think in the end I used mainly ColourSoft pencils blended with Sansodor and added little touches with Promarkers and Distress markers for the stems and roots.I coloured the wall with promarkers.I trimmed this and mounted it on a mat cut from a snippet of dark green card. I had a piece of ivy backing paper from a Papermania christmas pack but it looked rather whitish next to the stamped piece which started out as ivory card, however as it fitted the card theme so well I photocopied it onto some thin ivory card, and then used a TH Alterations brick wall EF to emboss it.I cut it down to fit the front of an A6 kraft card and stuck it in place. The stamped panel is fixed with thin foam tape. The greeting is stamped onto a snippet of the printed card and matted on another snippet of the green card, and the 90 cut from another  tiny snippet of the same green using a TH  Upon A Time alphabet die.
My brother in law, who very fit and healthy for a 90 year old had a lovely birthday. My sister arranged a tea party for him and all the people from the flats where they live were there as well as some family, and now they are on holiday in the south of France.
I am off  to Pixies snippets Playground now to show this snippety card. No matter how many snippets I use the box just keeps getting more full up !!

I am also entering at Allsorts Challenge - All About The Boys
                               Ruby's Rainbow - Happy Birthday

Thank you for looking and for your comments which I really appreciate.


  1. Wow, Jean! That is gorgeous! I love it! What beautiful colouringI really must ink my ivy stamp up and have a play with it

  2. Ah indeedy agree with the WOW of Sally!! such a beautiful piece of work.. lots of fiddling but amazing result! TFS,
    Shaz in Oz.x

  3. This is a really stunning card; I love everything about it

  4. I love, love, love that ivy stamp! and I am sure Bob did too. The brick wall background was an inspiration. Glad the party went well. Kate x

  5. Fabulous card and for a real special birthday.
    Yvonne x

  6. Oh Jean, this really is beautifully done! Gorgeous ivy and so clever with the brick wall background1



  7. A wonderful card, great design, thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week, xxxx

  8. This is a beautiful card Jean, and I love the way you have coloured the ivy. The TH brick wall EF is a nice random brick which suits this perfectly. I'm sure your BIL will have absolutely loved this. x

  9. A super card for the guys Jean and perfect for our theme.

    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us at Allsorts challenge.

    B x

  10. What a great card. I love the colors and the ivy. Thanks for joining us at Ruby's Rainbow Challenges.

  11. Jean, this is lovely. Your green ivy is so beautifully colored with the shadings on each leaf, perfect displayed against the soft brick. WTGo on perservering to use your white paper...good idea to copy the pattern onto an ivory background. Have to remember that trick. Wonderful that your BIL had such a lovely party, then got to go on vacation on a happy sunny trip. That's the kind of 90 I hope to be!!! TFS & Hugs

  12. Fabulous card for the occasion. LOVE LOVE LOVE that brick wall EF! Might have to look into that!

    Hugs, Sarn xx