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Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Rudolph Day - April

Well here I am turning up a little late for Rudolph Day which as most of you will know is always 25th of each month. The challenge remains open until the end of the month though, so I'm not too late. For this challenge you just need to make one christmas card which all helps towards getting a head start before the festive season arrives, which won't be too long, the way the months are speeding by at the moment.
I actually made two cards before our little away break last week so that they were ready to post when we came home, but we didn't get back till Friday evening, and yesterday was a bit hectic with all our stuff to sort out, washing and shopping to do and a Baby Shower in the afternoon for my Granddaughter whose third baby is likely to arrive next month.

I loved this image and knew straight away that I would have to make a new card with it. I trimmed the image close to the gold edging, the little corners are part of the picture, and added it to a red card mat. The backing paper is from a 6x6 pad that I think I bought in The Works. I chose this because it had a vintage look to it and the colour and style complimented the picture. I trimmed it just slightly smaller than the 15 cm ivory square base card and added a piece of brown and gold ribbon before sticking it down. The text was added using Chocolate Baroque stamps and Memento Rich Cocoa ink. I fixed the image over the ribbon with thin foam pads and with the last tiny piece of ribbon tied a knot to the side of it. To finish off I used a gold gel pen to highlight the top design and added a red gem to the centre.
                                                                                 I loved the colours and sparkle in this image and simply trimmed it down a bit and stuck it to a mat of brown backing paper. The base card is 5x7   used landscape style with the fold at the top, and the front covered with paper from a Dovecraft christmas pack. I cut two corner decorations using a Memory Box die ( I think )  from brown pearl card and fixed them in opposite corners and added gold coloured gems.

I will now go and link this up at
Scraps of Life by Scrappymo - Rudolph Day.

Thank you for visiting here today and for your comments, all of which are really appreciated.
Jean x



  1. Hi Jean . . . 2 lovely Rudolph Day cards here.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  2. Two great Rudolph Day cards! What lovely images and you have done such a nice job or showcasing them on these pretty cards. I have that forner die you used on the last card...yes, it is indeed a Memory Box die...I think it is such a pretty and delicate one! Looks great in the brown shimmery card.
    The deer look great...we see them in the fields (and the roadway) on our way to the lake. I am always on deer patrol, eyes trained to the sides of the road when we drive there. Seems they like to come out just before dusk, and lick the salt on the road surface

    Thanks for taking part in the April Rudolph Days Challenge. Good luck in the prize draw!

  3. Two very serene Christmas cards Jean, both images are lovely. Carol x

  4. Two gorgeous cards, Jean! I love them both, but especially the deer scene...just contemplating whether I could 'borrow' that scene and recreate it with my ink dusters! Gorgeous!

  5. Hi Jean,
    2 wonderful Rudolf creations.
    The first one has such a very lovely image .
    No wonder you couldn't resist it, and I love the sparkle of the 2nd, as I am a sparkle girl.
    Snap with you 3rd Great Grandchild.
    I do hope you don't have the chocolate bar nappies game, as I love chocolate but it did turn me off a bit, and I only guessed 1 right.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  6. They're both such beautiful cards Jean! I love the meaning behind the first card with it's CAS look, and the deer on your 2nd card look amazing! I'd love to be able to look out of my window and see something that pretty and natural! NJ on both cards!

  7. Two beautiful cards Jean, I love the image on the first one and can see why you had to have it.
    Yvonne xx

  8. Two superb images and love both the cards you have made with them. hugs Mrs A.

  9. Two fabulous cards today such great designs I love them both Love and hugs Carole x

  10. Two beautiful Christmas cards Jean and I can see why you wished to use that image which is lovely and goes beautifully with the background paper. The second is a lovely wintery scene and finished so prettily with the corners and the gems. x

  11. Love both of these gorgeous cards, Miss Jean. It's not always easy to find motifs that really signify what the holiday is truly about, and I'm partial to the Madonna & Child image. This one is so lovely, and you've used it perfectly to enhance the main image. That CB sentiment was perfect for this card. Also like the way you've used #2's wonderful image as you did. I never manage to get these large scenes on the DP to work well, but you certainly did. It's lovely as you've used it on the card. Glad you had a good time away, and hope the Baby shower was loads of fun. TFS & Hugs

  12. Two great cards Jean. I love the whole combo for the first one. It was a good image to rescue and reuse. The second one is also a lovely image and the corners finish it off nicely. Kate x

  13. Two wonderful up cycled cards, both very worth re-using.

    Kath x