my Crafty Corner

Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Wednesday 29 November 2017

Last Rudolph Day For This Year

Hello, here I am late again for the Rudolph Day Challenge, ( the last one for this year, oh my! how quickly the time goes by these days.) Once again my card card was ready in time but I just haven't got round to posting it till now. I've been too keen to spend time in the sitting room keeping warm this week as the temperature around here has taken a bit of nosedive lately. Nice bright days though, so not all bad.
Anyway here is my card.
All of the stamps are a small
set from Inkylicious. I used
Gathered Twigs Distress Ink for the stamping and used a water brush to draw in  some colour on the birds and bird box. I added a little red colour to the birds with a Zig Clear Colour water brush, and used a white gel pen to colour the snow, and then added some loose glitter, sticking it with a glue pen. The greeting which is also part of the stamp set looks brown in the photo but I used a red ink pad, I think it might have been a Versafine one. I stamped it onto a snippet of blue card because it made me think of a bright blue sky on a frosty day. I mounted it onto another snippet of darker blue card  and then onto a 15cm square base card which I had embossed the front of, using a falling snow EF. ( sorry I don't remember the make.) The snowflakes were cut with X-cut punches from some tiny snippets of smooth glitter card.

I am entering this at The Rudolph Day Challenge - Any Christmas Item
and at Pixies Snippet Playground - Use Snippets

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Monday 13 November 2017

A New Arrival

Good evening every one I have some happy news today, my Granddaughter's fourth baby girl was born yesterday lunchtime. We are all so happy that she arrived safe and well as it has been a difficult pregnancy. Here is the card that I made for the occasion. The stamped images
are Lily Of The Valley
Stamped with Archival
Watering Can ink, and coloured with Pro Markers and a gold gel pen for the stars. I used the largest die in the Spellbinders Elegant Ovals set to cut the image, and because I have made so many pink baby and toddler cards in the last few years,
(we now have six great granddaughters!!),that I wanted to add a little bit of blue as well this time, so I coloured the ribbon in the picture blue, and inked the edge of the die cut using Broken China Distress ink and a piece of blending foam, and then chose one of the patterned papers with a little blue in it as well. Both papers are odd pieces from my stash, I'm not sure of the make. The bottom of the pink one is cut with a Fiskars border punch and all the cut edges are inked with a matching blue Distress Marker. I wrapped some pink organza ribbon around before fixing to the 6" square base card. The die cut image is fixed with foam pads and the tiny tags, bow and teddy charm are stuck on with glue dots as are the little Hobbycraft flowers.

Before I go I'd just like to show you these. I saw this crochet pattern in a Prima Makes magazine a while ago and as I knew another baby girl was on the way I just had to have a go at making them. They are somewhat impractical but sooo cute.

I am going to enter my card at
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Babies

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Friday 3 November 2017

A Big Butterfly For A Special Birhtday

Hello everyone, as some of you will know my sister Kate recently celebrated her 70th birthday and today I am showing you the card that I made for her.
I used the very large butterfly stamp from Chocolate baroque. I used Black archival ink to stamp it with, and coloured it with Zig Clean Colour brush pens, before fussy cutting it out and giving it a generous coating of Wink of Stella. I found a piece of pink card that went with butterfly colour and cut a mat slightly smaller than the 6" square base card. The embossed panel was cut from a sheet given to me by a craft friend, so I am afraid I don't know what it is called. The greeting is die cut using Britannia dies. I cut each one four times, three from white card and one from pink, (all backed with Stick It adhesive) and layered them up for dimension. I am happy to say that for once this went well and they all stacked up nice and neatly. Lastly I fixed the butterfly in place with silicon glue, and placed a tiny flower gem to dot the i.

I am entering this at
       Emerald City Craft Challenges- Challenge 5 - Always Anything Goes
       Simply Papercraft - Challenge 52 - Always Anything Goes

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