my Crafty Corner

Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Floral Frame

Hello again at last, I have been away from my blog for nearly two months, and apologise to everyone for my lack of commenting too. There have been several reasons for my absence, starting with two weeks right after Christmas of feeling very unwell with a flu - like cold which sapped my energy, inspiration and enthusiasm to do anything very much. Then my sister Kate from Spain was coming to stay and we had a busy few days visiting our other sisters who live within easy travelling distance from here, and also managed to fit in a shopping trip. When she went home I went with her and spent almost two weeks enjoying some warm Spanish sunshine and relaxation.
I have been home for a week now and have caught up with all the washing and housework and actually got around to spending some time crafting, more or less the first this year.
Here is one of the cards I have made. I used a set of Memory Box dies which includes a die to cut the blank background panel as well as the floral frame die. I used snippets of white, green and pink card for this.The sentiment was stamped onto the white backing with memento Rhubarb Stalk ink and an Indigo Blu stamp which came free with a magazine some time ago. I cut the frame once with green card and then again with pink and snipped the flowers away and shaped them slightly with a ball tool and fixed them over the green ones with glue dots. For the tiny bright flowers I used a tiny snippet and cut it into bits and just placed onto the appropriate places and ran it through the cutter again. The base card is a 15cm square, with the front covered with some plain beige backing paper from a magazine cut around the edge with a scalloped blade in the cutter. I used a Crafty Individuals background stamp and Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink, lightly stamping off  some of the ink onto spare paper before stamping onto the card. I then stuck the floral frame in place and finished the flowers with tiny pearls in the centers.

I am entering this at Pixie's Snippet Playground.--- Use Snippets
                            Addicted to Stamps and More --- Anything Goes.

Thank you for visiting here and for your comments, I really appreciate them all. I will try and get back into visiting all of your blogs again soon as well.


  1. Lovely to see you back blogging again, Jean, and what a gorgeous card to start off 2016! xx

  2. So lovely to see you back creating Jean and did wonder if you might be having a visit with Kate in Spain. Hope after some nice warm sun you are feeling really well now. Flu can drag one down for several weeks I know. This is a really pretty card and I love the MB flowery frame and the different colours you have used for the flowers and foliage, and the co-ordinating stamping works beautifully. x

  3. There's nothing to apologize for - it's just good to know you're feeling better and back home. I'm sure it was wonderful to spend some special and precious time together with your sisters, and I'm glad you had the opportunity to be together! Your card is wonderful with a great sentiment! Take good care of yourself!

  4. What a very pretty composition, I love how you've overlaid those pink flowers, such a lovely looking die, and the muted background really sets it off. Sounds like your year has got better and better, I hope it continues that way xxx

  5. Hi Jean so good you are back and I hope your lovely holiday in Spain has got rid of that awful flu bug Your card is just delightful it so pretty and that sentiment is perfect Take care Love and hugs Carole x

  6. Well you didn't have a good start to the year Jean but it sounds as if you've had lots of fun since. I hope the holiday in Spain did you good. I read all about your visit on Kate's blog.

    It's good to have you back with us again and your mojo certainly swung into gear with this beautiful card. Barbxx

  7. Welcome back Jean! A really pretty card. x

  8. Lovely to see you back blogging, this is a beautiful card Jean.
    Yvonne xx

  9. Hi Jean,
    I am so glad you are okay.
    I was starting to worry, as we had not seen you for a while.
    So glad you have had a nice time with your sister.
    You can't beat a little sister therapy for recuperating after being ill.
    Wonderful card, and such a lovely design.
    Great frame die, and such pretty flowers.
    The sentiment is such a very wonderful one too.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  10. What a beautiful card. Love the sentiment and that little box is so cute.
    Oooo some warm winter sun. That must have done you the world of good.

  11. Hello Jean . . .how lovely to see you again, and with such a wonderful card. Totally love it. Glad to hear you're feeling better.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  12. Hope that you got all the "bad" for the year out first thing, and now it's all good :) Beautiful card, with a lovely sentiment! Thanks for playing along with us at ATSM this week!
    Susan DT

  13. Beautiful card, Jean! I love how you made this quote the star of the show, and your stamping is fabulous! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at ATSM!

  14. Very pretty card with this background, the floral frame and the quote! Love the colours and the design!

  15. Jean, so sorry to hear that your year got off to a rocky start, but glad to learn that Kate came over for some family time. Bet you had such fun and that it did you worlds of good to return home to sunshine with her. Hope you got some together craft time, to combine the skills that each of you share on your blogs. I love this card, MBox is probably my fav die brand (well Sue Wilson is edging up there too!). Love this delicate frame around the very timely reminder sentiment. This looks beautiful combined with the lovely script & flourish design on the right. Well done on your snippets use, and good to have you feeling much better. TFS & Hugs

  16. Welcome back...Did miss you but knew you had been sick and that your sisiter was cming...think you had posted that earlier.
    So happy to hear you had a wee holiday too. After being poorly and rushing about with family, it must have been nice to tuck your feet up and relax.

    Your card is so pretty. The sentiment framed with that pretty diecut looks wonderful!

  17. A good sentiment here and a pretty frame for it. Lovely!! Kate xx