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Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Saturday, 7 January 2017


Well here we are already a whole week into the new year and I have to say I am struggling to get back to normal ( whatever that is ) It has been very cold here this week and as I do my crafting in the conservatory I find it too chilly to sit there for very long, even though there is a good heater in there. We live in a bit of a dip and don't get much sun at this time of year, and there has been a couple of very white frosty days this week and the frost just doesn't melt all day. It has been a bit warmer today but it has been very dark and dreary so I'm afraid it is more tempting to sit in the warmth of the lounge with my knitting in the afternoon. This week I have been trying to finish a cardigan I was making for one of my great granddaughters so that I was ready to start a new crochet blanket yesterday. My  daughter gave me the kit for Christmas and the pattern is to be published on Fridays as a Crochet Along on Lucy's Attic 24 blog starting yesterday. I made a start last night making the long starting chain and then the first two rows which form the first stripe.  Now I need to try and get the next 18 stripes done before next Friday. I wonder if I will be able to keep up. Hope fully it will be warmer next week and I can get back to my craft table but in the mean time I am showing you this card that I made for my husbands birthday a while before Christmas and never got around to blogging it.
He really likes elephants so when I saw this art stamp from Imagination Crafts  I just had to buy it. I stamped it with Archival Watering Can ink onto some silver grey pearlised card and then mounted it onto light blue pearlised card. The greeting is from  Chocolate Baroque stamped and mounted to match. The backing paper is from an 8"x 8" pad of oriental designs, I'm sorry I don't know the make or name, but I have had it quite a long time. I trimmed it slightly smaller than the front of a 6"x 6" base card, and embossed the right hand side of it with a Stampin Up embossing folder,Stylish Stripes. I added a piece of striped ribbon at the edge of the embossing before fixing the the image and greeting panels.

I am entering this at Patties Creations Challenge - Use An Animal Image
                                 Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Thank you for your visit here today, sorry it has been a bit of a ramble. Thank you too if you leave a comment, I love to read them and really appreciate them .



  1. THis is really a great card with a wonderful elephant image. It looks like a framed print and I love the layers and background panel. I'm sure your husband enjoyed it. good luck finishing the crocheting project you're working on and stay warm!!!

  2. Gorgeus card I love elephants so the perfect card for me. Its been freezing here as well andlike you taking ages after the holiday to get back to crafting Maybe I will be better when I finish all my Christmas chocolates its so tempting to sit with a coffee and a chocolate in front of the fire. Happy New Year to you and your family Love and hugs Carole x

  3. Hi Jean. I just popped in to see what you have been doing. I bet Ron liked his elephants. I am never quite sure what to do with the art stamps, but this one has printed really well.
    You crochet quite fast so I bet you will keep up with the CAL. As long as you can get that wavy pattern into your head, you'll be fine. Kate x

  4. It was a lovely post to read Jean and your card looks fantastic.
    Yvonne xx

  5. Hi Jean,
    Happy New Year to you and yours.
    what a very wonderful card, and that stamped image is so lovely.
    Love the wonderful colours too.
    They do brighten up some very dreary and cold days we are having.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  6. A great card for a fellow who loves elephants. The image is wonderful.

    I think elephants are pretty interesting characters. I watched a documentary about them and how they return to their ancestors graveyard each year. It showed them caressing the bones of their was so interesting.

  7. Awesome masculine bday card - Thanks for joining in at STB.

  8. Hi Jean

    It always takes me a while to get back to normal after the Christmas break .. .. I think I am just about there now though!!

    Loving the card you made for your hubby. My DIL love elephants too and we always try to incorporate one amongst her Christmas gifts.

    Good luck with the crochet.

    Love Jules xx

  9. Fantastic card! Thank you for joining us at Pattie's Creations

  10. Thanks for playing in our 'Use an Animal Image' Challenge #130!
    Sandi ♥
    DT Coordinator for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
    and Pattie's shop
    Home of Pattieboop and Allie!

  11. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Patties Creations, good luck!!! Amy DT

  12. Sorry, I know this was over a month ago but I missed it somehow Jean. I hope your crocheted blanket is going well and this card for your husband is wonderful and I can see why he loved it. I am quite partial to elephants myself and love that art stamp and the orange colour in the background works beautifully with the embossing on it too. I was only thinking the other day that you hadn't been around for a while and just thought I would pop over to see if I had missed any posts. Hope to see some more of your lovely cards soon. x

  13. I thought I would come by and see how you were doing, Jean. I love your card for hubby, but see you haven't posted for a while. Still knitting up a storm? I hope that's it and that you are feeling well! Hugs, Darnell