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Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Friday, 7 August 2015

A Pretty Freebie

Well another week has just whizzed by and we have enjoyed some lovely summery weather for the last few days, so I hope the sun has been shining where you  are too.
My card today is made with this lovely stamp and embossing folder set that is free with the current issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine. I thought that apart from being very pretty this was good value and worth the price of the magazine. There is the A6 size EF, the border EF and the cameo style stamp. I pretty much followed the design that was in the magazine but I used different colours and different dies.
The base card is an ivory 15cm square, and the front is covered with Forest Moss coloured card from the Distress card pad, cut to leave a tiny border of ivory showing.  I used Bundled Sage card from the same pad to emboss two border strips and the sanded the embossing to reveal the lighter core. I trimmed these to fit onto the dark green panel leaving a narrow border. Next I ran a piece of ivory card through my Cuttlebug with the main EF, and then trimmed this piece to fit in the center, again leaving the narrow border. I stamped the cameo image with black Archival ink and die cut it using a Nellie Snellen nesting oval die. I used a Spellbinder die to cut the mat from the light green card to mount this. This die is from a set designed to co-ordinate with Just- Rite stamps. For the greeting I used the smallest die from Spellbinders Elegant Ovals set cutting one from light green and one from ivory card. I the trimmed the edge away from the ivory one so that it would fit inside the fancy edge of the green one and then stamped the birthday greeting with a Stamp Tapestry stamp. All that was left to do was to add a bow and a little rose above the image and some tiny green pearls to the frame and greeting panel.

I am entering this at Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes With a Stamp and a Die

Thank you for visiting here today and for your comments which are all really appreciated.



  1. This is just beautiful, Jean, and the colours are just perfect! xx

  2. Your cameo card is so pretty, and to think the elements you created it with were free is amazing! I love the embossing and colors, and especially the framework on the cameo! Beautiful, just beautiful!

  3. Hi Jean,
    what a very beautiful card.
    Love all those freebie items used in this wonderful card.
    Your colour choice is perfect too.
    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  4. Gorgeous card Jean, beautiful colours and love that embossing.
    Hugs Veerle

  5. A gorgeous timeless elegance with your design on this card Jean. Those free items with the magazine look fantastic.
    Yvonne xx

  6. Might have to take a look at this magazine this looks such great value i love your elegant design and the perfect colours it reminds me of the green Wedgewood you used to see years ago. A fabulous card so lovely love and hugs Carole x

  7. I really like this, Jean, it's just so elegant, a lovely design and colours. Thank you for sharing it with us at Stamping Sensations.


  8. This is gorgeous Jean and I looked at this magazine myself but ended up going for another one instead, but I think I might just have to let this drop in my basket next time I see it I love the pretty green and the panel mounted on the lovely shaped mat and the finishing touches with the ornate sentiment mat and the pretty pearls are great. x

  9. Such a lovely card Jean, great colour and design so elegant and classy
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

  10. Oh wow, Jean! Such a beautiful card and so pretty! Love the shades of green and the embossing is lovely too. Thanks so much for joining us at Stamping Sensations and good luck!

  11. This is gorgeous Jean. I know my friend bought this....maybe I should borrow it next time we meet up. You have done such a good job on it.

  12. Rather belatedly as I am only just back from holiday, but wanted to say thank you for sharing your lovely work and joining in our stamp and die theme at Stamping Sensations this month.

    B x

  13. A lovely card Jean. I really like the colours you have used. I have this set too. Isn't it useful. Barbxx