my Crafty Corner

Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Sunday, 28 June 2015

June Roses

Today I am showing you a card made for a June birthday, which gave me the perfect opportunity to use my new set of stamps from Altenew. I chose the smaller of the two rose sets, it has stamps for two different roses some leaves and a branch as well as several smaller flowers. I actually started this card by cutting the oval shape from a snippet of white card using a die from Spellbinders Elegant Ovals. I did this because I wanted to make sure the roses fitted into it properly. I used just one of the roses from the set and turning it slightly for the second one. I stamped the right hand one first using three different shades of ink and I'm sorry I can't remember exactly which ones. I then made a mask to cover it while I stamped the second rose and then masked that one as well and stamped in the leaves. I then placed it back in the die and brushed lightly in the background with Tumbled Glass DI. I matted this onto a snippet of mauve pearl card, die cut with a Li'l Inker stitched  rectangle die. Another NBUS item. The base card is a white 15cm square and the front is covered with some pale blue patterned paper from my stash, cut to fit with the scallop blade in my cutter. This was inked around the edges with the Tumbled Glass ink before sticking it to the card. The little flowers are stamps from the same set as the rose and I stamped them with Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky DI and a yellow pad for the centers. The greeting is from Choclate Baroque and stamped with Stormy Sky ink. I fixed some narrow lace to the bottom of the stitched rectangle before sticking it to the card.  The bow is made with pale blue seam binding, and the butterfly is die cut with Cheery Lynne dies, using a snippet of the backing paper for the open layer and another snippet of iridescent paper for the solid one. These were glued together and fixed to the card by just the body. I then added a little pink Stickles to the wings and two tiny pearls to the body.

As used several snippets I am entering this at Pixies Snippets Playground -Use Snippets
                                                             and at Mrs A;s Butterfly Challenge - Butterfly + F for Flowers
                                                               also Stamping Sensations - Cuts or Punches

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Thursday, 25 June 2015

June Rudolph Day

Hi folks, another month nearly over and as it 25th today it is another Rudolph Day Challenge at Scraps of Life With Scappymo. This is my very quick and easy card. I spotted this stamp from Hero Arts while I was shopping on line for other items and I liked it so much I added it to the basket. I stamped it here onto white card with black Archival ink. next I trimmed it down leaving a narrow white edge and matted it onto silver mirri card. I cut an A4 sheet of dark blue card in half and folded it to make an A6 base card. Onto this I stamped a Chocolate Baroque greeting with Versamark and embossed it with WOW silver fine detail embossing powder, and then added the stamped panel. Lastly I added some Sickles glitter glue to highlight the snow and the top edge. I think you can just about see it in the photo. As I said a very quick and easy  card,  so much so in fact that I made four of them all the same at the same time. I needed them as I am way behind on my target for Christmas cards.
Now I am off to link this up at Scappymo's. The challenge is open until the end of the month if you fancy taking part, and there is a tag stamp and die set on offer as a prize too.
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Friday, 12 June 2015

Butterflies + Sequins

Hello everyone, first off tonight I see I have a new follower so a big welcome to Elizabeth of The Silverscrapper's Work Space, I hope you like what you see and will visit often.
Todays card is for Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge where the theme this time is Butterfly + S for Sequins. I don't think I have ever used sequins on a card, but being the kind of person who never throws anything away, I knew that if I rummaged deep enough I would surely find some, and these are what I came up with. I have no idea where the pinky ones came from, there were only a few of them, but the tiny purple ones came in a little polybag of spares with some clothing I bought with beading and sequin decoration. I don't know if anyone would bother to sew on any that fell off  or not but, as I said I don't throw anything away,so into the craft embellishments box they went, and stayed waiting for their moment. So having found the sequins I looked through my sizable collection of butterfly stamps and decided on this lovely, but rarely used Crafty Individuals stamp. I stamped it with DI Dusty Concord onto a snippet of white card and made sure it was thoroughly dry before using pastel coloured Flex Markers and Promarkers to colour the butterflies.I had no idea if this would work but I used  very light touch and I am happy to say that I managed it without the stamping ink smudging. I used a gold gel pen to colour the decoration behind the butterflies. Next I used a die that I can't remember the make of to cut the scalloped edges and then used a snippet of purple card to mount it on. I wrapped lilac organza ribbon around the front of a white 15cm square card, and used a bowmaker thingy to tie a bow onto the front of it. The stamped panel was then added using thin foam pads. The greeting stamp is from Chocolate Baroque, stamped with the dusty Concord ink. Lastly the sequins were scattered and glued into place with glossy accents.
So now I am off to enter this at The Butterfly Challenge - Butterfly + S for Sequins, and as I used a couple of snippets I can just make it into Pixies Snippet Playground - Use Snippets, for the second time this week.
Thank you all for visiting here and for your comments, I really appreciate them all.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Anniversary Card

Good evening, I hope you have all enjoyed some lovely sunshine over the week end. It has been very pleasant here on the south coast. My husband forgot to take his hat with him for his bowls game on Saturday and came with a very rosy glow!!

I recently needed an anniversary card for my Daughter and SIL, and as I always make them pretty cards with hearts and flowers I thought I would try something a bit different this time. I decided to use these rather quirky stamps from Crafty Individuals mainly because I like the sentiment. The background paper is from Raspberry Road Designs, bought with a gift voucher that I won on Mrs. A's Butterfly challenge a while back. I had quite a job choosing as all their designs are fabulous, thank you Mrs. A.
Back to my card, I used a white 5" x 7" base card and cut some light grey card to fit the front leaving a small border. I then cut the printed paper a bit smaller again and stuck all these layers together. The geese and the words were all stamped onto snippets of white card with black Memento ink and fussy cut out. I added a little colour to the geese with Coloursoft pencils, and drew a line around the words with a black fine line pen. I used a spellbinder die to cut a heart from a snippet of vellum and then using a very small ball embossing tool and a foam mat I made a line of  dots all round the edge. This was then stuck to the card front using just a little glue where the the geese were going to go. The geese were fixed with thin foam pads. I used a CI stamp for the butterflies stamped with a dark purple ink onto a tiny snippet of purple card, and the fussy cut out. I used one of them to anchor the top of the vellum heart which was wanting to curl up at that edge. At this point I thought it needed cheering up a bit and I had rummage through the tiny snippets box for some coloured bits and used an Xcut punch for the daisies and a Joanna Sheen Signature die for the leaves. I arranged them in the corner and added little coloured gems to the centers of the flowers.

I am entering this at Pixies Snippets Playground - Use snippets.

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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

A Man's Card

Here is a card that I made for my BIL's birthday. The stamp I used is from Hobby Arts, stamped with Black Memento ink, and coloured with Derwent Coloursoft pencils, and using Sansodor to blend the colours. I trimmed this close to the image and matted it onto some gold coloured pearlised card. I cut another piece of this card just a little smaller than my 5"x 7" white base card, and then cut some brown card smaller again and embossed it with a Stampin Up EF, Stylish Stripes. I stuck these two pieces together and wound some bakers twine around them before sticking them to the card. I tied a small bow on the right hand side and then fixed the image panel with foam pads. I stamped the greeting onto a scrap of white card and mounted it onto matching gold card and fixed it at the base of the embossed panel. I have no idea what make this stamp is, it is one of a collection of clear greetings and sentiments that are kept for general use at my Wednesday morning crafting with friends sessions.

I am entering this at Cardz 4 Guys - Birds
                                 Simon Says Stamp - Make it Masculine
                                 Crafty Creations - All Creatures Great And Small

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