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Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Birthday Bloom

This card is made using a set of stamps from Just Rite, and dies made by Spellbinders to co-ordinate with them. In fact I have two sets of stamps that go with these dies, one of them is Easter themed, and this one has several different flowers that  fit inside the frame, along with  a stamp for the frame itself, a few sentiments and the nice swirly stamp I have used here. When my friend was here last week she asked if I would cut a frame for her from a piece of patterned paper and decided it did not need to be stamped and it looked really nice on her card, so I thought I would have a go myself.
First I chose the flower and stamped it with Versafine Olympia Green ink on a snippet of white card and coloured it with Coloursoft pencils and blended with Sansodor and a paper stump. I used Brilliance Pearlescent Beige to shade around the edge. I chose a snippet of rose patterned paper from an LOTV pad, Country Lady, to cut the frame, and then deciding it needed a darker edge I drew around the outside of the die onto a co-ordinating paper from the same pad and cut it out by hand. I cut and folded a 6" square ivory base card and decided where I was going to place the framed flower, and then stamped the swirls in the corners with the green ink. The Birthday greeting is cut from the same DP as the frame edge using a Britania die. I cut it three times and stuck them together in a stack and coated with Glossy Accents as I have seen done on several blogs recently. It does add a nice bit of dimension. Lastly I added a few gems in the corners.
The snippets I used will get me through the gates to the Pixie's Snippets Playground again this week, and I am also entering the Stamping Sensations Challenge - Anything Goes.
I see I have another new follower, so welcome to Mags B thank you for joining .
Thank you for visiting and for your comments which are all really appreciated.





16 comments:

  1. You have a very steady hand cutting round the die. It looks perfect. Love your colouring of the image too. Hugs Mrs A.

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  2. This is beautiful Jean and so elegant . These Just Rite stamps with the die to match are a great idea. I love the colouring with the pencils and the pretty swirls and die cut sentiment with those few scattered gems to finish, and what a good idea to cut the sentiment several times and layer up to give it more dimension. x

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  3. Lovely Jean. This one didn't jump out from my thumbnails as being one of yours, but it should have done. A pretty combination of flower and frame. I like the triple layer sentiment, I've seen it used a lot just lately. I must give it a go! Kate x

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  4. A beautiful stylish card, love the framed flowers.
    Yvonne x

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  5. Hi Jean, what a beautifully elegant card! I love the shape of the frame, and the printed paper goes perfectly with the stamped image. Thank you for sharing it with us at Stamping Sensations. And thanks also for all your lovely comments on my blog lately,sorry I don't get much chance to return the favour at the moment.

    Lynne

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  6. This is such a pretty card. I love that the stamp and the die coordinate...great idea.
    Your corner swirls and the gems are lovely with it and I really like the layered sentiment die. I want to give that triple layering of the die myself. I have seen now on your card and several others. It looks so nice...bet it shimmers IRL!

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  7. Really lovely card Jean! How clever to cut the frame from patterned paper - so effective. I'm hooked on layering sentiments too :)

    Hugs

    Di xx

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  8. A beautiful frame for a pretty flower!

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  9. I love flowers, I love Just Rite stamps and you have combined these loves so beautifully on this card. The flower is so pretty with your pencil coloring...awesome. The floral frame is so delicate and just right to set off this pretty piece. I especially liked the delicate flourishes you've added as trims in the corners. The contrast of your drawn frame mat with the lighter colors of the top frame was a nice touch too. Liked the layered sentiments too. Bet this one was a bit fiddly with the calligraphy shaping. This is a really wonderful card, Miss Jean. TFS & Happy wkend.

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  10. Just found your blog, so enjoyed looking around, you make some really lovely cards. I have become a follower so I shall be calling in to see your lovely creations regularly, hope you'll come and visit me too.
    Hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

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  11. This is beautiful Jean. So delicate and you do the Country Diary justice.
    Hugs and thanks for becoming my latest follower.
    xx

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  12. Jean, thanks for your visit. Enjoyed hearing about your large family. I don't see a familial resemblance to your sister, but isn't it interesting in family to see who looks like another generation's ancestor? Dabbling in genealogy was a hobby of mine for a while, as my parents shared the same last name. We knew there was a very distant connection, and found that 2 brothers immigrated from Germany in the mid 1700-s, and each parent descends from one brother. Then I got into stamping, and sewing and genealogy have passed into history! Hugs & Happy wk ahead.

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  13. Beautiful water coloring on that image, and the CAS card you created looks wonderful!

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  14. Beautiful co-ordination of the stamped flower & frame paper Jean and your pencil colouring is beautiful. I love my coloursoft pencils!

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  15. Thanks for joining Stamping Sensations with this great entry, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

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