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Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Friday, 26 January 2018

First Rudolph Day for 2018

Hello there, My poor blog has been sadly neglected lately and I see my last post was for the final Rudolph Day Challenge of last year. I have just been taking a break from blogging and spending so much time at the computer. However I decided that the first Rudolph challenge this year would be a good opportunity to start again. This is such a fun and friendly challenge to take part in and gives you a chance to make a head start on this years Christmas cards. It runs from the 25th till the last day of each month, and you just need to make one Christmas themed project to enter.
 Having sorted out all the cards we were sent at Christmas I had quite a pile that I thought I could recycle, so I decided to do it straight away before they got pushed aside and forgotten. So I have picked out a few that I liked best to enter the challenge.

I have chosen three
robin cards to start with, I
always like the robins.
This one is quite simple, I
cut the image and a gold
mirri card mat with Lil'Inkers stitched square dies. I found a snippet of grey paper to tone with the background colour to stamp the greeting on and die cut it with another gold mat to match. The 15cm square base card is covered with some patterned paper from a 6" Dovecraft pad called Time to Sparkle, before adding the robin and greeting.

The next two were made in a similar
way using Spellbinder dies. I think
theses were slightly smaller 13cm
base cards. The patterned papers
came from my stash, and the mats
are cut from dark green glossy card
from Imagination Crafts. The die cut greeting is done with Bittania dies.
I made seventeen cards altogether and I will add another photo that I took of some of them. I have saved a few more that I thought turned out best to show you another time.

In the meantime I am happy to have actually done something with them and made a good start this years Christmas card collection. Lets hope I can keep it up now and not have to panic in December like I usually do.

Now I am off to link this up at Rudolph Day Challenge at Scraps of Life by Scrappymo

I am glad to have got back to posting something here again as well, and thank you for taking a look. I enjoy reading your comments too and appreciate them all.



  1. Wow, you have been busy, great start to this years Christmas card stash. Love those Robin cards

  2. WOW, what a great start to your Christmas cards for 2018, Jean! You HAVE been busy and great recycling. You've given me the inspiration to go through the Christmas cards we received and see which ones can be recycled. Good to see you back blogging again. xx

  3. They're lovely cards Jean. I like robins too. Great re-cycling. It's nice to see you back. I've had a slow start too. Barbxx

  4. I did something similar this year to you Jean and decided to make a few recycled cards before putting things away for now, but I only made about four or five and a bag with some more bits in to do another time, knowing me early I love these robins which are always my bird of choice for Christmas, and you have embellished them beautifully. Great to see you back blogging too. x

  5. Gosh you have been busy, these cards all look fantastic Jean You have made a good start for this years cards and its a great idea to recycle last years.
    Yvonne xx

  6. Welcome back to blogging, and ALL of your cards look wonderful after taking time off! I love those chubby robins and beautiful colors and especially the golden touches on the first one! Have a great weekend!

  7. I love Robins, and your cards are lovely Jean. What a good start you've made! Xxx

  8. WOW your robin cards are simply amazing and so glad to see you decided to enter them at Maureen's Challenge . I was recently gifted a robin die and your cards are so inspiring Thank you so much for joining us at the Rudolph Days Challenge!
    Rudolph Days Challenge DT
    Dr Sonia

  9. These are so pretty and classy I promise I'll recycle every year but never seem to make it glad you are back blogging Love and hugs Carole x

  10. Well done on your recycling Jean. That's a great set of cards to start off this years collection. I like the robins too, and I had some nice ones this year. The little rabbits in the set are rater cute too and go well with the background you found for them. Kate xx

  11. These are all wonderful...all 19 of them. Look forward to seeing the others unveiled over time!

    I think my faves are the bunnies, a close second come the robins, though.

    Thanks for taking part in the January Rudolph Days Challenge.

  12. 17! wow - well done. I love a robin too and these are fab cards.

  13. Wow! That is amazing! You are on a roll! Happy Rudolf day, Jean and many apologies for being such an infrequent visitor!

  14. Hi Jean,
    Happy Rudolf Days.
    oh my you have made such a lot of beautiful cards.
    I love the Robins images and your wonderful designs.
    This year I decided to use some recycled images too as they are too pretty to throw away.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  15. Off to a good start here Jean and some super cards with really lovely images and designs.

    Kath x

  16. these are all so pretty and oh my goodness, 17?! that's a great start for this year and such a good idea to use them right away. i always say i'll do that and somehow i carry on and they get set aside and so it goes. :) thank you so much for playing along with the rudolph days challenge.
    rudolph days challenge DT