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Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Spring Birthday

Hello everyone, here is a Birthday card made recently for one of my sisters. Fortunately she lives near me and I knew I would see her on the right day so I didn't have to be too concerned about the layers on it.
I started by stamping the silhouette stamp from Stampin' Up with brown Archival ink, (Potting Soil), onto a snippet of white card. I then die cut it using the 2nd largest die from the Spellbinder set, Elegant Ovals, and while it was still in the die I lightly  brushed around the edge with Broken China Distress ink. I coloured the leaves green with a marker pen and added some tiny spots of Flower Soft to look like blossom. I die cut a stitched rectangle of patterned paper from LOTV Country Lady pad using a Lil'inker die and matted it onto some pale pink card, and then stuck the oval onto it.The base card is a 15cm white square with the front partially covered with another paper from the same LOTV pad and also matted onto the same pink card. All of the cut pieces of paper and card were edged with a brown  distress marker. I like to do this with almost all of my cards as I think it adds definition to the edges. I wrapped some pale pink satin edged organza ribbon around the card before fixing the image panel with thin foam tape. I made the little roses using a Brittania die and snippets of the pink and a tiny snippet of green card. The petals are edged with a pink distress marker and given a little sparkle with Diamond Stickles. To finish off  I made a bow with the ribbon and fixed it together with a small die cut tag stamped with Happy Birthday. The stamp is from Stamp Tapestry but I'm not sure what make the mini tag die is.

As I used a few snippets I am taking this over to Pixies Snippets Playground - Use Snippets.
 I am also entering at    The Sisterhood of Crafters - Think Spring
                                      The  Artistic Stamper - Springtime
                                      Live and Love Crafts - Signs of Spring

Thank you for visiting here today and for your kind comments, they are all really appreciated.



  1. Oh Jean ... this is such a pretty card! Love the image and soft colors! Beautiful! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘THINK SPRING’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters

  2. This is so elegant and pretty Jean and the colours are beautiful. The LOTV papers go perfectly, such a shame they have given up doing their pads now, also love the coloured image and the added texture with the flower soft, and the die is a gorgeous shape. The flowers, ribbon and little sentiment tag are delightful embellishments.

  3. Hi Jean,
    Happy Birthday to your sister.
    What a very lovely card and a beautiful design too.
    Love the stamped image, and great use of the flower soft on the flowers.
    This reminds me of a lovely country cottage, as the paper used would be at home on the walls of a bedroom there.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  4. Jean, beautiful card, love all the layers and that lovely nest and bird.

  5. A beautiful card Jean, the layers are so pretty.
    Yvonne xx

  6. What a lovely card Jean! So pretty and beautifully designed and made. i bet your sister loved it!

    Sorry your prize hasn't yet been posted, events have conspired against me but am hoping to get it in the post later today.

    Thanks for coming to play in the Snippets Playground :)


    Di xx

  7. This is so pretty Jean! Wonder if over the next two years I shall bump into your husband? Tell him to come up and say hello! x

  8. Beautiful image and card. Thank you for sharing with us at The Sisterhood of Crafters.

  9. Wow what a really pretty card the desiin is gorgeous love the oval and the pretty leaves and flowers I'm sure your sister will have just loved this fab card Love and hugs Carole x

  10. THis is so lovely with those pretty feminine papers and that beautiful cluster of flowers! I'm sure your sister is going to treasure this card for a long time! It's just lovely!

  11. Lovely looking Springtime card for yr Sister. V pretty flower embellishments xxx

  12. Lovely looking Springtime card for yr Sister. V pretty flower embellishments xxx

  13. Superlative coloring on the silhouette birds in their nest. Really looks wonderful with the perfect S/B oval too. That one is so elegant. I love the delicate color of the beige mat and it all works beautifully with the feminine rose patterns on the paper. Love the addition of the floral bouquet too. Just a wonderful spring birthday card. TFS & Happy wkend.

  14. My, my, my, I don't know where to start. This card is so ELEGANT and beautifully done!!! I love it to bits. Love the soft look of the card. I am so happy you stopped on by to share it with us over at the Sisterhood of Crafters!! Thanks for playing along with our "THINK SPRING" challenge.
    SOC DT Member

  15. Really beautiful card Jean. Love the softness and wonderful stamping with that pretty DP xx

  16. Lovely card, thanks for sharing with us and joining in the fun at The Artistic Stamper - Debs DT