my Crafty Corner

Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Monday 26 September 2016

Rudolph Day Again

Hello,here I am turning up a bit late for the Rudolph Day Challenge again, but as the challenge remains open until the end of the month I'll still get in. I did make my cards at the weekend but didn't get round to writing the post last night. My photos aren't all that good either as the light was already beginning to fade when I finished yesterday, ( autumn creeping in fast I'm afraid). I won this Christmas decoration die in the Rudolph Day Challenge earlier this year so it seemed appropriate to use it for my card this time. As you will see I cut it from both red metallic card and gold glitter card, and the little caps from gold mirri card. I drew around each cut out bauble onto a sheet of double sided adhesive and peeled off the backing and placed the die cut pieces swapping the stripes and dots to make an inlaid two tone effect. It was a little tricky keeping tabs on all the little dots but on the whole it went quite well. I used red card to make the bases and folded them tent style. I cut ivory panels slightly smaller and stamped the holly corner with Versafine Olympia Green ink and added the red berries with a Promarker.  I decided where to place the ornament and used a gold peel off to make a hanging chain. Next I stamped the greeting with Memento Rhubarb Stalk, both of the stamps were magazine freebies, last year I think, and then stuck the panel to the card before removing the backing and adding the ornament. To finish off I edged the panel with Stickles glitter. This one is called Holly and it has green,red and gold glitter in it and has a lovely festive look to it. I don't think it is available any more which is sad as mine is nearly gone. I quite liked my finished cards and as I am so far behind with my Christmas card making this year I made some more, seven all together, the last two using a different colourway.
Here they are.

As all the baubles were made with snippets I will be entering this in 
Pixies Snippet Playground - Just use some snippets
As well as at The Rudolph Day Challenge - Make a Christmas Item.

Thank you for visiting here and for your comments, I really appreciate them

Tuesday 6 September 2016

Kaleidoscope Butterfly

Today I have a card to show you that I made for the Butterfly Challenge  where the letter this time is K for Kraft and/or K for Kaleidoscope. First off I apologise for the shadows and odd angle in the photo. I took it fairly early the other morning because the sun was shining so bright and I thought I would be able to capture the sparkle on the butterfly, but the sun was still rising and window frames were causing the shadow. I kept moving it around but it's surprising how fast the light changes. In the end I settled for a bit of shadow and a reasonable show of sparkle.
I started with a 15cm square Kraft card, and stamped the butterfly with Aridondak  Snow Cap ink and embossed it with WOW Diamond White EP. That's where the sparkle comes from. The stamp is a very old wood mounted stamp, PSX  I think. I masked the butterfly and stamped the random dots in various colours with another wood mounted stamp by Denami Designs, hoping this would represent the Kaleidoscope effect.The greeting across the bottom is a self adhesive paper tape from my stash. I tied the green ribbon with a bow in the corner and then added the multi coloured daisies and a few tiny butterflies. Whenever I have been die cutting I use my mini punches to punch out little flowers, butterflies ect, from the scrap bits and save the for projects like this.
So as well as The Butterfly Challenge where I hope my card qualifies for both parts of the challenge, I am also going to enter it in Pixies Snippet Playground because all the flowers are from snippets.
Thank you for visiting here today and for your comments which are really appreciated.

Thursday 1 September 2016

A First Birthday card

Good evening, and thank you to everyone who left me such kind comments on my last post after my being away for so long.  This coming weekend is the first birthday for my fourth Great Granddaughter, Ella and this is the card I have made for her.

The image is a LOTV stamp,
stamped with black Memento
ink and coloured with Promarkers. I die cut it with a Lil Inker stitched die and then cut  a mat from some pale pink paper. I cut a piece of the patchwork design paper very slightly smaller than the front of the 15cm square base card. I used a Victorian Velvet Distress Marker to ink the edge of this and all the other cut pieces. I stuck the pale pink mat to the background paper at an offset angle and stitched 3 pale blue buttons to a length of pink ribbon before wrapping it round the paper, slightly overlapping the mat and fixing it at the back. I then fixed all this to the card, and added the image. The greeting is another LOTV stamp which I cut out by hand as none of my round dies were the right size. I used an X Cut die to cut the hexagon mat and having stuck them together I added it to the card. Both the pink and patterned paper are from a pad called Belle and Boo which contains some really pretty designs for baby and young children's cards.
The pink paper and white card used were all snippets so I am taking this to show in Pixies Snippets Playground.
I am also entering at Love To Craft Challenge Blog- Anything Goes
and Simon Says Stamp - Anything  Goes.