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Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Sunday, 1 January 2017

The big 50

Well here we are it's the first day of a brand new year,and I wonder what it has in store for each of us. I'll start by wishing health and happy times in 2017 to all my readers here. I have spent very little time at the computer lately and appolgise for my lack of commenting and blogging recently. I am really hoping to make better use of my time this year and get back to blogging more regularly.
This card I am showing today was made for my daughter who celebrated her 50th birthday this week. ( That makes me feel quite old!!) I am sorry about the quality of the photo, it was taken under artificial light. The card is actually ivory and not white as it appears, and looked much warmer. I cut and folded the 6"square card from a sheet of linen textured card, and then found a snippet of smooth card which matched to stamp on. The bear stamp is part of a set from Docrafts which I think I got for a bargain price in the Range some time ago. It's a good set because it has several of bears in different sizes and also lots of little elements which stamp really well and I have found them very useful. It also has some sentiment stamps included too. I stamped the bear with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and coloured it with Derwent Colousoft pencils blending the shades with Sansodor. I coloured the envelope with a white gel pen to make show up better on the ivory card. The image was then cut out with a Spellbinder die from the Marvelous Squares set. I cut a square of patterned paper from a 6"x 6"Papermania pad using a Li'l inker stitched die and stuck it cornerwise onto the front of the card. I stamped Happy Birthday directly onto the card with a Chocolate Baroque stamp and Rich Cocoa ink. The 50th was cut from another small snippet of ivory card using a Britannia die. I coloured all the cut edges including the image and the numbers by running the edge of a dark brown distress marker along them. This is a bit fiddly especially on the small bits but it really adds definition to the edges. When the main image was stuck in place I cut a butterfly from another piece of the patterned paper and stuck it over the original one using silicon glue to raise the wings slightly.

I am taking this with it's couple of snippets to play in Pixies Snippet Playground where there is, as always, a super prize up for grabs.

I am also entering at Penny Black and More Challenge -Anything Goes
                                 Fashionable Stamping - Anything Goes
                                 That's Crafty -Anything Goes.

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  1. Happy New Year! I'm glad you're doing well and found time to share another sweet card with us! gotta love that cute little bear and the fancy dies but the way you personalized it for your daughter is beyond cute! I'm sure she loved her card! Wishing you a wonderful and fulfilled 2017!

  2. Wishing you a very happy 2017 Jean. Your card is so pretty and the teddy is really cute. It's a lovely design and your colouring looks great. Barbxx

  3. This is such a pretty card, Jean! Happy New Year!

    love Mags B x

  4. What a lovely card Jean - so cute! Happy 2017 :)


    Di xx

  5. First I would like to wish you a happy, healthy and wonderfully creative new year Jean and hope you had a good Christmas too. This is a gorgeous card for your daughter and I love the cute bear on the pretty SB die and the background paper and butterfly are perfect. I hope we see more of you in 2017 as I really miss your delightfully elegant cards. x

  6. A really sweet bear image Jean and a great entry for our current theme, many thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

    B x

  7. It's just delightful! And Happy 50th to your sweet daughter. (our dd will be 50 this year, so I know that feeling old very well!) I love this cute little bear, and you've used one of my fav square S/B shapes. Really looks nice with this little fella, and your coloring is so soft & makes him look quite cuddly. Good job! And lastly, a very big Happy New Year. Hope that it's off to a good start so far! TFS & Hugs

  8. Hi Jean

    A really lovely card for your Daughter. I hope she had a really happy time celebrating.

    I also hope you had a good Christmas and wish you all the best for 2017.

    Love Jules xx

  9. This is a lovely 50th birthday card for your daughter. I like that adorable bear image and I am sure she will too!

  10. This is so pretty jean. I missed when you posted it. I love the teddy and his frame, and that pretty paper behind him. You have coloured the bear perfectly. Kate xx

  11. Aaaah so adorable and thanks for joining us at Penny Black and More this month, luv Sam x