my Crafty Corner

Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Thursday, 25 May 2017

May Rudolph Day

Hello friends once again, being the 25th of the month it is time for the Rudolph Day challenge at Scraps of Life by Scrappy Mo. You only need to make one Christmas card to enter, but I have made four this time as I was experimenting with this new Penny Black stamp, and also with my new Tim Holtz stamping platform. I used plain white card for the stamping making the four panels from an A4 sheet. I coloured directly onto the stamp with distress markers, colouring just the red parts and then spritzing lightly with water before stamping. I gave it a quick wipe over and then did the same with the green marker, and by using the stamping platform they matched up perfectly. I think I did two with the distress marker and then tried one the same way only using some very old Marvy pens. I must of had them for more than twenty years but most of them still work just fine. For the fourth one I stamped with Memento black ink and then coloured with Zig water colour pens. For all them I added some bright yellow dots to the center and then highlighted them with yellow Stickles.
I made them into two 6" square cards and two A6 size with the opening on the short edge. I found some Christmassy coloured papers to almost cover the fronts and then trimmed the stamped pieces to size and inked around the edges with a blending tool and stormy Sky Distress ink. Using the same ink pad and a very useful wood mounted random dots stamp made by Denami Designs I added the background dots, stamping some of the ink off onto spare paper first. The stamped panels are mounted onto gold very smooth glitter card, and I used the same card to die cut the Joy word using a Penny Black die. I added these to the square cards, and  stamped the greeting that came with the poinsettia onto the smaller cards using versamark ink and embossed with WOW gold embossing powder.

Now I am going to see what Christmas cards every one else has been making during this lovely spell of summery weather we have been having this week. The Challenge is open until the end of the month if you fancy taking part.

I am entering The Rudolph Day Challenge - Anything Christmas
and                   Addicted to Stamps and More - Holidays ( Christmas )

Thank you for your visit and for your  kind comments which I really appreciate.
Jean




Thursday, 18 May 2017

Butterfly Layers

Hello, I haven't got around to entering the Butterfly Challenge for  ages,but when I saw that the theme this time is L for Layers and C for cream I thought of this card which I made recently but haven't blogged before. You can enter with either or both elements and as it has both layers and cream colour it seemed like the perfect opportunity.


I started with a 6" x 6" square ivory base card and cut a matting layer from purple card leaving a border. Next came a cream layer die cut with a Lil' Inker stitched die which I stamped twice with a stamp from the Stampin Up set, World of Dreams, using Memento Olympia Green ink. I added a little purple colour with a Zig water colour marker. The birthday greeting is stamped with a Chocolate Baroque stamp and Memento Elderberry ink. The butterfly is die cut with Memory Box co-ordinating dies. The solid one cut from purple card and the open one from cream card backed with stick it adhesive. Once assembled I glued the butterfly just along the body and used foam pads under the wings to keep them lifted slightly. I am sorry this isn't a particularly good photo the colours look much nicer for real.


Thank you for your visit and for your comments, they are all really appreciated.
Jean 

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Happy News Day

Hello, today I have some happy news and a cute card to go with it.  On Tuesday morning my Grandson's wife gave birth to their first baby, a little girl. She is our 5th great grandchild, all girls!! Her name is Harper and she looks really cuddly. Unfortunately I will have to wait till later in the summer to hold her as they are living in Cyprus until then.

My card is a white 6" square base with pale pink paper cut to cover the front leaving a tiny border. I cut the bottom edge of it with a Fiskars edge punch and wrapped a piece of pink lace and some narrow ribbon round it before sticking it to the card. I stamped the Lily of the Valley stamp with grey Archival ink onto a snippet of white card and coloured it with Derwent Coloursoft pencils. I added a little sparkle to the stars and hearts with a clear sparkle gel pen. I trimmed it down and used a snippet of pink card for a mat, cutting the bottom edge with same punch to match the first layer.This is mounted onto the card with thin foam pads. I used two old clear stamps for the sentiment, I don't know the make, stamped with the grey ink. Then  I just tied a double bow with the ribbon and attached it along with a little pram charm.

I am going to enter this at, City Crafter Challenge Blog - Arrivals.
                                           Ooh La La Creations- Something Beginning With B
                                           The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog - Ribbon and Rubber
                                            Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes
                                            Pixies Snippets Playground - Use snippets.

Thank you for taking time to visit here I really appreciate your comments.
Jean

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

April Rudolph Day

It's time for the Rudolph Day Challenge again already, they seem to come by quicker and quicker every time.
Here is the card I've made this time.  It's a new Penny Black stamp which I stamped with Archival brown ink onto white multi media card. I added a little colour and shading with my new Zig water colour pens. I cut the panel to fit the front of an A6 card blank, using a deckle edge blade in my cutter. Next I used Distress inks, Broken China and Stormy Sky with a duster brush to add some colour around the edges, and then ran a gold Krylon pen along the deckle edge. The greeting is also Penny Black but from a different set, stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Wow gold embossing powder. I used a white Signo gel pen to brighten up the snowy bits and then added a little bit of crystal glitter. then all that was left to do was to stick it to the front of the red card. A nice easy one to make and I will making more like it to build my collection up.

Now I am going to link this up at Scraps of Life With Scrappy Mo for the
           Rudolph Day Challenge - Anything Christmas.

Thank you for taking a look and for your comments, they are all really appreciated.

Jean x

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Tulips And A Blanket

I can't believe two weeks have passed since my last post and my good intentions of blogging more regularly have not happened. I have been making some Easter cards, I don't send many, just a few to family and a few crafting friends. I made several similar to this one, with just different colours, and I chose this one to show you as I liked the pink tulips best.  The stamp is from Stamping Up and was borrowed from a friend. The base card is cut from ivory linen textured cardstock, A6 size. I coloured the tulips with Derwent Coloursoft pencils which looks really rubbish on the textured card, until the colours are blended with Sansoda and a paper stump. This has the effect of pushing the colour into the texture yet allowing the texture to show through.  The card was finished with some green silk ribbon and three tiny green pearls.

As promised in my last post I have a
picture of my finished crocheted
Moorland blanket. It is made with an
Attic 24 kit available from the Wool
Warehouse. It represents the Yorkshire moors on a summer day with grass and moss in the foreground blending into the heathery distance and up to the blue skies, and is worked in a wavy stitch pattern to represent the undulating landscape. I have enjoyed making it and am pleased with the way it turned out, and it will make a nice cosy extra layer on cold nights next winter.

I am going to enter my card at Crafting With Dragonflies - Easter Cards
                                         
Thank you for taking time to visit and for your comments which are really appreciated.

Jean






Saturday, 25 March 2017

A Cute Card for Rudolph day

I see I've not posted anything here since last month's Rudolph Day Challenge and now it's come round again already. How does the time fly?
I don't generally do cute Christmas cards, but this Penny Black stamp caught my eye when I was ordering something else and I thought it would be fun to colour. I stamped onto white card with Memento black ink and coloured it with Promarkers. The base card is a 4" square ready made. I bought a pack of them in the Range recently, thinking they would be handy for making small Cristmas cards. I die cut the stamped image and a dark blue mat using Lil'inker stitched squares dies. Before sticking everything together I inked the edge of the image panel with Vintage Photo distress ink. As I expected I did enjoy colouring this and so I made a few more. As you
can see I varied them
slightly by using red
instead blue backgrounds,
and on one I cut the image
into a pointed roof shape.
I am going to enter this now at the Rudolph Day Challenge, where all that is needed to enter is to make at least one Christmas themed project or card. It is a lovely friendly challenge, so if you fancy getting a head start with your Christmas cards pop over and take a look.
I hope to come back soon, and next time I have got a picture of my finished blanket.
Jean

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Rudoloh Day Candle

Hello fellow Bloggers, it is so long since I posted anything here and I have had a few inquiries as to whether I am OK. Thank you for your concern, and I am happy to say that I am fine, I have just had a break from blogging. We decided to tackle a home decorating project early in the new year which caused some upheaval and gave me practically no time for crafting, apart from my crochet which I could do in the warmth of the sitting room during the cold evenings. I am pleased to say my blanket is about three quarters done and I hope to be able to show you the finished project soon. So now February is almost over and once again the time seems to be whizzing past. I missed last months Rudolph Day challenge, mainly due to to a problem with the computer, as I had actually made some cards using recycled images from some of the cards we received at Christmas.

However I have made two
new cards for the challenge
this month. I am waiting for
delivery of some new
Christmas stamps which I can use next time, but for these I have used two old Penny Black stamps. I love the sketchy style of these. I coloured the stamps with Distress Markers and spritzed with water before stamping onto ivory linen card. I touched up the image a little with a water brush and added a bit more colour in places, like the berries. I cut the image and the mat of dark red satin finish metallic card using stitched rectangle dies from Lil'inker. The base card is a 15cm. square folded tent style, with the holly swirl stamped twice down the right hand side. I wrapped the shiny Christmas ribbon around the front and stamped the greeting before adding the assembled topper.
My second card is an ivory A6 size, with the front covered a piece of red patterned paper trimmed to size using a scalloped blade in my cutter. The candle was stamped in the same way as before and trimmed slightly smaller, and mounted onto gold mirri card, also cut with the scalloped edge. I stamped the same greeting, this time with Memento Olive Grove green ink, and mounted it to match. The stamp is part of a magazine freebie set, ( The Creative Stamper, I think.)

If you like to make Christmas cards all year and avoid a panic in December the Rudolph Day challenge is fun to enter, it starts on the 25th of each month and remains open until the last day of the month. You can find it at Scraps of Life by Scrappy Mo. You only need to make one card or project and it must be Christmas themed. I am going to link my cards up there now.

Thank you if you spare the time to visit here and for any comments you leave, I appreciate them all, and will try and return your kindness.

Jean