Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Designer Len strikes again!

This post is mostly for my own use, to remind me of what we did for Taylor's 8th Birthday card. Yup, it sure was we,  as Len totally pulled all the elements together  to make up this little scene:
I used:

- 4.5" x 7" white card blank, tent style

- the image panel created by Len from free sources on the internet (didn't dare mention that the cop is wearing a USA uniform though), just printed onto white card stock and trimmed down

- piece of red card stock to form a narrow frame around the image, then glued image onto it before adding the whole panel to the card front

Right now, Taylor (a neighbour's little boy) is mad about anything to do with the police. Len has given him some bits and bobs from his time working with our UK Metropolitan Police up in London. And he even bought him a proper police whistle not so long ago - not sure how happy Taylor's Daddy was with that bright idea I must admit :)






Sunday, 21 May 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 279 and 280 - results

Hello once again! Time for the fortnightly round up of  the Playground which includes our latest Guest Designer, some 'picks' of the fortnight and of course the prize draw.

We have another Guest Designer this fortnight, and it's Alison C of 'Cranberry and Eggplant' - and this is her fabulous snippets card:
Brilliant, exactly the sort of card I've been showcasing lately and a perfect way to use up little snippets. But these aren't snippets of already patterned paper, it's white snippets, stamped to create the patterns! What a fabulous idea, so precise and neat as well!

This is what Alison said when she emailed me her card image and photo, but do hop over to her blog for more detail and also to say a 'Hello' please:

I'm excited to be the guest designer at Pixie's Snippets Playground. 

Since playing along in the Playground, I've got into the habit of reaching for snippets before cutting into a new sheet. In fact I don't really like starting a new one!

Having said that, I still have a mountain of snippets. Mine are mostly white so that's what I wanted to use here. Apart from the base, all the rest is snippets.

I punched the squares then used lots of different stamps to create the patterns on the squares but the same two ink pads.

Thanks so much to Di for hosting the playground and keeping it all going. It's so inspiring to see the many and varied cards which people are clever enough to make. You'd think we'd run out of ideas but we never do!

And, here's a photo of Alison ......
Another happy, smiling face :)

When 'scouting' around her blog, I discovered right away that Alison is a keen gardener, in fact she grows a wide variety of stuff in her garden (complete with chickens and a poly tunnel for plants). She loves cut flowers and always has a vase or more of them in the house - picked from her own garden. This is a recent example:
Gorgeous isn't it?!

Back to crafting, this is what I gleaned from Alison's profile: she's a Mum to three grownup offspring, who certainly has crafting in her blood with sewing, lace making and also hand making paper as 'strings to her bow'. I then snooped over at Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge and found out that it's only about five years since Alison actually took up paper crafting. And what a long way she's come since then - I would be delighted if more of you follow her (pretty please)!

Thank you so much Alison for making such a stunning snippets card as our Guest Designer this fortnight, it's a real pleasure to have you as GD - and to have learned more about you in the process of course! Running the Playground is a real pleasure for me - more so since we switched to fortnightly challenges - and without you girls there would be no Playground!

So, let's move onto my picks from this past fortnight - tough call as always! I stayed with three picks - no special theme this time, just cards that really caught my eye - as well as using snippets in an inspirational way of course:

This is such a clever card, made by Alice (scrAPamondo)! The theme of the main challenge that Alice created this for was a Venn diagram (that took me back in time!) and I just love this card - sheer ingenuity.

And what a super card from Lynn (Linby) as well. Lots of little snippets used to create this brilliant scene - very cleverly done so that the perspective is just right as well. And, Lynn has been putting a new die cutting machine through its - Crafters Companion Diamond Press. Very dinky and just perfect for using with snippets - don't shoot me, I'm only the messenger!

And last but not least, AJ made this fabulous 'concertina' card. It's absolutely amazing and there's lots more photos of the card over on AJ's blog. So much attention to detail - it's been a real labour of love! Lovely images, ribbons, lace and plenty of sparkles make this into a really special card to be treasured.

That's my three picks - I do hope they will inspire you as well girls. Of course we had loads of fabulous ways to use up snippets, so I do recommend that you grab a cup of coffee and spend some time visiting blogs - the thumbnails with links are always there for you to look back over.

57 of you joined in this past fortnight (thought it was a bit quieter in the Playground!) - with one new Playmate:
Monica finally came to play with us - all the way from Singapore! I lived in Singapore for three absolutely wonderful years as a child so am especially delighted to welcome Monica. I adore this card - the look on that frog's face is something else 😃

Hope you come back to play again soon Monica!

Prize draw time now and our winner of the MFT 'Diagonal Strip Sentiment Cover Up' and Memory Box 'Sketchbook Imagine' dies is:

Well done Megan - can you please drop me an email with your address in and I'll post your prize off as soon as possible! My email address is on the right hand side bar.

Keep those snippets entries coming girls, you still have a week left to play HERE remember! And the prize is a MFT 'Chevron Edger' pair of dies and a set of Waffle Flower 'Flora Cat' stamps.

Do remember it's Rudolph Days coming up on 25th until 31st May - over at ScrappyMo's! Time to perhaps make a Christmas card or two?

Love from the little white peril - and of course from me too




Friday, 19 May 2017

Sympathy card for a friend

One of my friends from our old school reunions recently suffered the sad loss of her husband. We weren't at boarding school together, her prison term was a few years before mine,  but we became friends whilst working on the School Association Committee a few years ago. As her husband had been a farmer, I wanted something 'depicting nature' for the card I made to send to her. And this is what I came up with:
I used:

- 4" x 6" (ie. A6) white card blank

- then created a butterfly stencil using the Memory Box 'Darla Butterfly' die and a snippet of card stock

- fixed the die cut stencil to the card blank with low-tack tape and, using a sponge, added some Adirondack inking with 'Cloudy Blue' and 'Peach Bellini'. The colours are deeper in real life (thanks camera!), although still quite subtle

- left the stencil in place and, using the Misti, stamped the little birds/branches using a stamp from the Stampin' Up 'Serene Silhouettes' set and Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink

- finally removed the stencil and added the sentiment using a Penny Black 'Special Thoughts' stamp and Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink

Quite an easy one layer card to make, once I came across the idea for the design on Pinterest. This is the blog post I eventually traced it back to - loads of good ideas to be had there and on the rest of Shel's blog, especially for those of you who are Stampin' Up enthusiasts!






Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - 'Use a tag'

Coo, that went quick! It's time for a new challenge over at Cuttlebug Mania -  this fortnight's theme is 'Use a tag' and we're looking for a project which is either just a tag, or has a tag added to your creation.

Details of our sponsor/the prize to be won can be found over on the Cuttlebug Mania Challenge blog.

You do have to use a manual die cutting/embossing machine for Cuttlebug Mania entries (it doesn't need to be a Cuttlebug but it must be manual, not electronic). And, you can't mix the two, it must be all manual please. Then make your entry, link into the challenge, link to the challenge in your own blog post and and make sure that you also say what products you used for any die cutting/embossing.

This is what I made:
I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" off-white card blank, side opening

- a snippet of card onto which I stuck a Penny Black poinsettia Stickeroo from the 'Snowflakes Falling' sheet

- then die cut the image using the largest label die from the Avery Elle 'Postage Stamp Elle-ments' die set and set it to one side

- snippets of SU's 'Certainly Celery' and 'Pistachio Pudding' plain card , from which I die cut the background panel and the darker 'postage stamp edged' frame - using the largest 'frame' die from the Avery Elle 'Postage Stamp Elle-ments' die set

- next die cut the aperture for the sentiment using a die from the MFT 'Stitched Oval Word Windows' set

- at this point I stumbled across some issues that would take me forever to explain here (all because of not planning properly ahead) but I managed to cobble my way round them

- assembled and glued the whole green panel to the card front 

- then just stamped a sentiment from the Paper Smooches ' Christmas Sampler' set using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink, inset into the aperture

- final step was to add a loop of red ribbon to the top of the label and then stick it in place using thin sticky pads 

I hope you find time to play along with this latest Cuttlebug Mania challenge - we'd love to see you join in!

Watch out for the Avery Elle 'Postage Stamp Elle-Ments' die set appearing again before too long - there's one in the Playground Toybox waiting as a future prize :)




Sunday, 14 May 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 281 and 282

We're now galloping through May - and we do have signs that Summer is lurking around the corner - yippee! Spike and Co. are feeding well and the birds are busy nesting, feeding and having endless swimming sessions in the birdbaths!

My visit to hospital was a little more productive than I thought, had x-rays taken - and after those are reviewed there may or may not be a MRI scan as the next step. Watch this space folks :) But don't hold your breath either!!

As always, a huge thank you to everyone who came to play this past fortnight - loads of gorgeous entries.

This is my snippets card for the coming fortnight:
I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" white card blank, tent style

- snippet of white card stock, with the bottom die cut into a scalloped chevron using a die from the Frantic Stamper 'Chevron Edgers #2 - 130 degrees' die set, Tip, at this stage I kept the panel wider and also taller than I knew it would be at the end, allowing room for some play

- snippets of pink and SU's 'Wisteria Wonder' card stock were then selected so I could match the colouring I intended to do

- stamped a cat from the Waffle Flower 'Flora Cat' stamp set onto the white panel - using the Misti and Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink

- coloured the decoration on the cat using Faber Castell Polychromos pencils

- then die cut the pink snippet using the same chevron edger dis as before and set it to one side

- stamped the words 'take care!' from the 'Flora Cat' set, using the Misti and Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink onto the 'Wisteria Wonder' snippet

- at that point I measured up the vertical centres of the panels, marked them using a soft pencil and then glued the three layers together

- only then, once the glue dried, did I trim the whole panel down to just under the size of the card front

- added the panel to the card front using a piece of white fun foam to lift it

- it looked a little bare to me, although I reckon it could have worked without more additions, but I did add a pink punched heart (SU's discontinued 'Itty Bitty Heart' punch,  recently purchased from a SU pre-loved site) plus some sequins

The way I tackled the card is so much easier than trying to make everything line up to the exact dimensions as you go along - I made sure there was plenty of spare card to trim off the panel at the end of assembling it and it works a treat!

Love the chevron edger dies! The set comes with two dies, one is scalloped (the one I used) and the other one is straight stitched lines - perfect for male cards! Also, you can die cut and use the negative part of the cut as that is also designed to be used. A great set, you can use them at an offset angle of course rather then symmetrically. Oh, and of course you could use them as inverted V shapes as well! I make that eight options without even including the 'offset angle' idea. I was on a waiting list for them for absolutely ages and had almost given up hope! But, they arrived this past week and I just had to have a play of course :)

Probably don't need to spell out what this fortnight's prize is made up of do I then?
Oops, got my reflection again :)

The prize is the  Waffle Flower 'Flora Cat' stamp set plus the Frantic Stamper 'Chevron Edgers #2 - 130 degrees' die set, exactly the same as I used today. The dies are 5.5" across by the way so are fine for a lot of card sizes.

I will split the prize if necessary, am mindful that not everyone would like both parts of the prize - although I do think they go together well. I'm more of a doggy person but can still see me using my own set of these stamps quite a lot - and they would look pretty good without any colouring either! And of course, you may already have the dies or very similar as they've been around for a little while now. But, as always - both items are one complete prize if you wish to play for them as a pair.

The Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks from now on and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 27th May. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

It's still a maximum of ONE entry and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. The prize is both items together as a single prize, unless you really do only want to try for a 'split' - in which case I'd do a further draw for the other item. Please also link back to the Playground in your blog post to be eligible for the draw.

Remember, if you link into the Playground and don't say clearly that you're wanting to be in the draw then you will be bypassed if your name comes out of Mr Linky. I'm sure you all know I ask for a positive 'yes' just in case you're playing only for fun. Thanks!

Mr Linky is below - please let me know if you have any problems linking, it's easy for me to sort out so don't struggle on alone :)

Be sure to call back next week to see the winner of last fortnight's prize (those fabulous dies that you all seem to love!) plus my picks from the past two weeks - as well as another lovely guest designer too!

Love from Parsnip and of course from me,

Friday, 12 May 2017

It's the most wonderful time of the year

I absolutely love Christmas, no 'Bah Humbug' here for sure! Still ploughing on making cards for the festive season - I made six identical ones the other week:
I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" white card blank, side opening

- a piece of white card stock, die cut using the NBUS MFT 'Stitched Cover-up Companion - Diagonal' die

- then I used the Santa stamp I wanted to use for the image as a guide to position the sentiment in place, using the Misti of course (with six to make it was such a help!). The sentiment is from Uniko's 'Most Wonderful' stamp set, stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink 

- backed the aperture die with a piece of pale blue patterned paper from LOTV's 'Frosty Christmas' paper pad and glued the panel onto the card front

- then stamped the Santa onto white card stock snippets, using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a stamp from MFT's 'Jingle All The Way' set

- coloured the image using Pro Markers, making the 'gift' blue to link to the LOTV background paper - and added some clear Wink of Stella to the fur and bobble on Santa's hat

- then die cut the Santa, using a card template for positioning the die (I've covered how to do this this a few times on here before), and the matching 'Jingle All The Way' set of dies

- stuck the Santa in place using thin sticky pads and stepped away from the 'cooking pot' - job done, times six, yay!

The design I used kept popping into my mind - so much so that I do wonder if I've seen it elsewhere and it lodged in a little brain cell here. I adore the MFT Cover Up die I used for this card, so many possibilities! I can see one finding its way into the Playground Toybox at some point :)





Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Somewhere, over the rainbow ...............

Bet that's got you singing now :)

For ages I've wanted a rainbow die, but quite a lot of them are made up of only six 'stripes' - and I wanted the full 'Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain' spectrum of colours!

But, I did recently find that MFT make one with seven stripes - and this is the card I made (I did two at once as there was quite a bit of fiddly die cutting so it made sense to double up):
I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" white card blank, sideways opening on the short side for a change

- snippet of turquoise blue card, trimmed to slightly smaller than the card front

- next I die cut the rainbow aperture out of the blue card using MFT's 'Rainbow' die

- backed the aperture using double sided adhesive sheet so that the sticky side was showing through the aperture - covered it with the wax protective sheet

- cut a thinnish piece of card and glued it to the back of the die cut panel to reinforce the aperture behind the sticky adhesive sheet

- found snippets of all seven rainbow colours and ran them through the Cuttlebug using the rainbow die - making sure I kept the right pieces lined up in order on the desk!

- inserted the colours of the rainbow into the aperture on the blue panel, one at a time - it's easier to work from the inside out over when adding the strips

- used Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a stamp from the Penny Black 'Special Thoughts' sentiments set to stamp 'you brighten my day' - using the Misti plus the L shape from the Misti Creative Corners set to 'push the card away' from the very edge of the Misti recess (makes such a difference and really an add-on worth buying!)

- then glued the blue panel to the card front, with a layer of white fun foam between to add dimension

- lastly, die cut a couple of clouds from snippets of white card (left over from chopping the card blanks down) - using MFT's 'Cloud Trio' die  and then stuck them in place using thin sticky pads

Tip, just to make the clouds look slightly different to one another, I flipped one the other way up (ie. top to bottom). Just a subtle change but it took away the 'samey, samey' look.

Edit: Liz left a comment on here, which prompted me to go and check out her blog here. And I found the lovely card she made which first piqued my interest in rainbow dies - back in 2014! Do go and see, it's really worth a look!





Sunday, 7 May 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 277 and 278 - results

Hello once again! Time for the fortnightly round up of  the Playground which includes our latest Guest Designer, some 'picks' of the fortnight and of course the prize draw.

Gosh I was lucky to have a Guest Designer this time around, it had totally slipped my mind - thankfully my choice was able to oblige. And it's Em of 'Creative Em' - who made this brilliant snippets card:
Love this card Em, fabulous die cutting - sigh, more on my wish list!

And this is what Em said about the card, but do hop over to her blog for more detail and also to say a 'Hello' please:

Dies are from Spellbinders, Die'Sire and Creative Expressions and the aperture is backed with a snippet too.

And, here's a photo of Em, another lady with a mischievous twinkle about her:
Em Louise Fairley's Profile Photo, Image may contain: 1 person
Em has been blogging since 2013 and I had a fascinating time reading her blog. This gal lives in the North West of the UK, yet seems more American than English. She's a brilliant card maker and a very loyal Playmate, rarely does she miss a snippets challenge. Even Miss Marple here couldn't really piece together very much about Em's personal life. She might be a Mum, she might not. She probably has American blood in her, but perhaps not. I think she possibly lived in the USA once upon a time, but maybe I'm wrong. In short, Em is a bit of an enigma - and I admire her for keeping us guessing! This much I do know, she has a very strong faith and also a very kind heart. Oh, and she's a great photographer too - that much I managed to trace!

Look at this:
 Photograph - Red Squirrel Climbing by Em Fairley

How about that then? Not only a squirrel, but a red one. And they move so fast too!

Thank you so much Em for making such a stunning snippets card as our Guest Designer this fortnight, and also for stepping in at such short notice. Saved my bacon!

In future I'll make a point of emailing for a GD as soon as the interim post (like this one) is published as it really isn't fair on any of you. Normally I'm in reasonably good time - and in fact if this happens again I'll most likely just have a week minus a GD rather than mess people around.

So, let's move onto my picks from this past fortnight - tough call as always! In the end I opted for three picks which I reckon any one of you can CASE fairly easily with goods you have to hand. It doesn't mean no work of course - just that the inspiration is there for you to have a play:

First of all, we do have a Gold Star winner this week - and I'm sure you'll agree that this card is such a worthy entry:

From comments left by a few of you over at Carol L's blog - you also think it's a pretty amazing way to use up lots of little snippets. It's made up of a variety of squares and strips - then embossed to give the quilted look! Absolutely fabulous! Do collect your Gold Star badge from the side bar Carol :)

I also love this card, made by Jane W. Such a great way to use up snippet strips with some embossing, and either a punch or a die cut at the bottom of the strip. Clever stuff. The sentiment at the bottom right just finishes it perfectly!

This is a design I keep forgetting about - and it's so perfect as well as being a super way to use up snippets! Janice brought this lovely card to share with us - and of course you don't need to stick with just four squares, although I love the symmetry of four. Irene who used to play here was so good at making cards like this - using 'inchies', often a panel of six or nine of them. A really versatile idea folks!

That's my three picks - I do hope they will inspire you as well girls.Of course we had loads of fabulous ways to use up snippets, so I do recommend that you grab a cup of coffee and spend some time visiting blogs - the thumbnails with links are always there for you to look back over. For this fortnight I homed in on three ways to use snippets in a sort of geometrical way - but, as you all know, the possibilities are endless.

Numbers are looking good in the Playground, 70 of you joined in this past fortnight - with no new Playmates.

Prize draw time now and our winner of the Kaisercraft 'Butterflies' stamp set kindly donated by Megan, the Crealies 'rings' die, kindly donated by Elizabeth ....... and the Inkylicious 'Friend' sentiment stamp set from me is:
Well done Lynn - can you please drop me an email with your address in and I'll post your prize off as soon as possible! My email address is on the right hand side bar.

I'm sorry if anyone feels that I should already have a note of your address if you've been a previous winner by the way. Asking you to email me does confirm that I have an up to date address - and that you haven't changed your minds about the prize of course :)

Keep those snippets entries coming girls, you still have a week left to play HERE remember! And the prize is a popular one, a diagonal stripes cover up die plus a Memory Box sentiment die.

I'm finally off for a hospital visit at Rheumatology this coming week - but am not holding my breath that they'll be any help at all with the back problem. Murphy's Law as well - this latest flare-up is subsiding again down to a bearable level. I doubt if I'll be entering any limbo dancing competitions just yet though!

Love from the little white peril - and of course from me too




Friday, 5 May 2017

First Holy Communion card

Mia, our little Grand daughter over in Germany, has just recently taken her first Holy Communion and I made her this card:
I used:

- 5" x 7" white card blank

- a layer of very slightly smaller silver mirri card, glued to the card front

- a piece of white card stock, embossed using a Couture Creations 'Constellations' folder then trimmed down to a smidgen smaller than the silver layer and glued in place

- the cross itself was actually made first a couple of days before I made up the card - used white card stock, backed with Stick-It sheet and two Tonic dies from the Tonic Studios 'New Life Cross' set to die cut the filigree shape with a solid outline

- then I used just the solid die from the same set to cut a silver mirri cross

- layered the white filigree onto the silver and then ran it through the Cuttlebug to make sure the Stick-It was thoroughly in contact. A surprise side effect was that it also produced a lovely effect effect of almost embossing the filigree into the silver layer

- then cut a further two solid crosses and added them to the back of the double layer front, just to made the whole thing more 'solid' and robust

- the sentiment was stamped using a VersaMark pad, sentiment from 'Stamping All Day' and then heat embossed using Stampendous 'Sterling Silver' EP

- to die cut the sentiment I ended up using a die from the DoCrafts 'Speech Bubbles' set, making a template first to ensure the die sat properly over the sentiment before I die cut it

- also die cut a further two layers as I did for the cross to thicken up the sentiment

- ran a silver Calligraphy pen around the edge of the sentiment label just to add a bit of a finish

- used thin sticky pads to adhere the cross and the sentiment to the card front

I thought I had a 'dud' die as the centre wasn't cutting properly - but when I switched to 200gsm rather than 250gsm card it worked perfectly! That's made me wonder about some other intricate dies I had big problems with in the past, now I think about it - it was always when I was cutting using a particular white 250gsm card! I know that SU card is always trouble free and that's slightly lighter weight/thinner as well - I think a big penny just dropped here, oopsie!! It does only apply to quite intricate dies though, bigger outline dies do cut just fine using 250gsm.

The original intention was to add a few pearls to parts of the card and/or the cross but decided to call a halt rather than 'over egg the pudding'. Mia's name was on the printed insert I added, rather than the card front - again, to retain a more classic feel to the card.

Gosh it's taken me a good while to have the 'savvy' to run die cuts through the Cuttlebug again once they're fixed in place. The difference it makes is vast!





Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - 'Have wings, will fly'

It's time for a new challenge over at Cuttlebug Mania -  this fortnight's theme is 'Have wings, will fly' and we're looking for a project which includes a bird or an insect with wings eg. butterfly, ladybird, dragonfly etc. More than one is fine!

Details of our sponsor/the prize to be won can be found over on the Cuttlebug Mania Challenge blog.

You do have to use a manual die cutting/embossing machine for Cuttlebug Mania entries (it doesn't need to be a Cuttlebug but it must be manual, not electronic). And, you can't mix the two, it must be all manual please. Then make your entry, link into the challenge, link to the challenge in your own blog post and and make sure that you also say what products you used for any die cutting/embossing.

This is what I made:
I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" white card blank, tent style

- SU's 'Certainly Celery' flowery DP, trimmed to just slightly smaller than the card front and glued in place

- the white frame and inset panels were cut using an offcut left over from making the card blank and Just Right's 'Three in a Row' set. I've got a bit of a 'thing' at the minute about frames with white inserts but the inserts were likely to have a gnats whisker of green showing around the edge so I backed the frame with white card before popping the inserts in place. I know, it would only have been the thickness of the actual cutting line - but CDO (OCD) struck again!

- glued the frame in place on the card front

- the sentiment is from the Paper Smooches ''Sentiment Sampler' set, stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink

- the leaves were cut from a snippet of plain SU 'Certainly Celery' and a die from the Spellbinder 'Rose Creations' set

- those cute little ladybirds are from an Elizabeth Dies set called 'Lady Bugs'. I just added some Stick-It adhesive paper to snippets of red and black card, die cut the  ladybirds and assembled them - making sure none of the black spots made a bid for freedom before they were popped in place! The die does cut the holes so the black body shows through but I thought it looked more realistic to have the spots flush with the red wings - despite it being a bit fiddly

- glued the leaves and the ladybirds in place using Collall All Purpose glue, in a fine line applicator

I hope you find time to play along with the Cuttlebug Mania challenge - there's lots of scope with the theme. I had ideas for a few different cards before settling on this one - and of course your 'thing with wings' doesn't need to be a die cut. I'd had the ladybird die set for ages - NBUS needless to say - and wanted to give it a first outing :)





Sunday, 30 April 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 279 and 280

Where did the last fortnight go to? Here we are, into May tomorrow (it's May Day Bank Holiday here in the UK so a long weekend off work for a few folk). Despite it being almost May, we've had a real drop in temperatures here during the week - and snow in a few Northern parts of the country. So we're not out of the woods just yet - and my woolly vest and warm bloomers are staying put for now!

As always, a huge thank you to everyone who came to play this past fortnight - loads of gorgeous entries.

This is my snippets card for the coming fortnight:
I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" white card blank, tent style

- snippet of dark rose pink card, trimmed to slightly smaller than the card front and set aside for later

- piece of white card stock for the front panel, die cut using a NBUS MFT 'Diagonal Strip Sentiment Cover Up' die

- then die cut the sentiment out of the plain wide strip, using a Memory Box 'Sketchbook Imagine' die - making sure to keep the little pieces of 'waste' from inside the letters

- next, cut a piece of double sided self adhesive sheet to a teensy bit smaller than the die cut panel and popped it onto a snippet of white card which I then trimmed down to the edges of the adhesive sheet.

- peeled off the remaining piece of protective sheet and carefully applied the sticky card to the back of the die cut panel so that the apertures were now backed with sticky. (TIP - keep the piece of waxed protective paper from the sticky sheet to cover up the panel in between working on the next stages)

- die cut the 'Sketchbook Imagine' die again, using more of the deep rose card and stuck it into the apertures on the card front - followed by those little pieces of white waste I'd set aside earlier

- selected a variety of little strips of coloured card stock from the snippets folder and die cut a set of strips, inlaying them onto the card as I went 

- ran the completed panel through the Cuttlebug to press everything down

- then glued the striped panel to the piece of deep rose card I'd set aside earlier

- glued both layers onto the card front - and called it done

This really is a fun way to use up snippets, I always seem to have a lot of little strips that I can't bear to throw away. Just think of all the colour combinations, a dark or black background would look fabulous, red and green for Christmas, and maybe silver and gold perhaps for a touch of luxury? Another way to use the die would be to stamp a sentiment onto the plain panel, either a really bold, wide one or perhaps a shorter one with a die cut flower beside it. And of course, the strip cover up die itself can be used the other way up - so that the plain panel runs across the top third of the card. Very versatile IMHO.

Probably don't need to spell out what this fortnight's prize is made up of:
Oops, got my reflection again :)

The prize is two dies, exactly the same as the ones I used today - MFT 'Diagonal Strip Sentiment Cover Up' and Memory Box 'Sketchbook Imagine'.

I will split the prize if necessary, both dies work beautifully together but would also work very well apart. I've seen a few really pretty floral cards using the 'Imagine' die as the sentiment. But, as always - both items are one complete prize if you wish to play for them as a pair.

The Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks from now on and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 13th May. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

It's still a maximum of ONE entry and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. The prize is both items together as a single prize, unless you really do only want to try for a 'split' - in which case I'd do a further draw for the other item. Please also link back to the Playground in your blog post to be eligible for the draw.

Remember, if you link into the Playground and don't say clearly that you're wanting to be in the draw then you will be bypassed if your name comes out of Mr Linky. I'm sure you all know I ask for a positive 'yes' just in case you're playing only for fun. Thanks!

Mr Linky is below - please let me know if you have any problems linking, it's easy for me to sort out so don't struggle on alone :)

Be sure to call back next week to see the winner of last fortnight's prize plus my picks from the past two weeks - as well as another lovely guest designer too!

Love from Parsnip and of course from me,

Friday, 28 April 2017

Should have gone to Specs***rs

Just recently, I got a couple of pairs of new specs from a well known UK chain of opticians shops. One pair is 'recreational' as they now call it, which is close work combined with computer distance varifocals. Plus my first ever pair for distance/driving, with the bottom part tuned into being able to focus on the important things on the dashboard, like the speedometer for instance.

When I got home, was about to pop the cream paper carrier bag they came in straight into recycling - until I had a look at the pattern on the bag. It was rows and rows of black outline spectacles - not unlike the whole sea of spectacle frames you get when you walk into one of their stores.

Then, an idea popped straight into my head for a card. I wonder how many of you will groan at the link I forged using pieces cut from the bag and the (admittedly purposely bought) sentiment?

Take a 'peep' at this - snigger:
I used:

- 5" x 5" square light cream card blank (picked to match the specs bag!)

- backing layers of black and SU's 'Real Red' card stock - glued in place using Collall All Purpose glue

- then a layer of the same light cream card stock, trimmed down and put to one side whilst I worked on the 'toppers'. I say topperS as the bag had a repetitive 'spectacles' pattern on it and I managed to make three cards all the same on this run and still have a further five trimmed down panels (approx. 1.5" x 2.4" in size) left to play with. Am keeping those on the desk here in a little container, for a day when inspiration eludes me and I just want to cut, stamp and stick :)

- for the 'toppers' I had to get the best I could out of the dinky carrier bag and worked out that four pairs of specs on top of one another would work - there were a few combinations to play with. So, I trimmed three panels of specs the same for this little run of cards

- backed those panels with snippets of SU's 'Real Red' card stock as frames

- played around with the sentiment and the topper on the Misti to see where I wanted it to be stamped

- stamped the sentiment(s) using a sweet little cling stamp by Stampendous called 'Favorite Peeps' and Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink (I confess again to finding this on line after I realised none of my sentiment stamps were really right - super fast delivery from The Stampman as well!)

- added the cream panel to the card front(s) then glued the specs layer in place 

- final touch, a pair of googly eyes added with Collall All Purpose glue - only on one pair though, let's not go for overkill!

However, I certainly don't suggest it's worth spending a whole load of pennies, just to get your hands on a sweet little carrier bag to chop up :)





Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Hug in a Mug - times six

Needing to catch up with the Christmas card monthly target/total, I played with a NBUS set of MFT dies and stamps - did a batch bake and came up with six quite similar cards:
Just to prove there are six in total :)
I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" white card blanks, tent style

- then cut blue pearlescent card for a layer on the front  of the cards - three in baby blue and three in dark blue and set them to one side, not added to the cards as yet

- die cut six three mugs, again baby blue and dark blue, using a couple of mug dies from the MFT 'Hug in a Mug' set

- added the surface of the chocolate to the mug using dark beige  snippets and a die from the MFT 'Hug in a Mug' set

- furtled around in the snippets folder and backed some teeny contrasting snippets with Stick-It adhesive sheet

- then die cut little motifs to go onto the front of the mugs. Stitched red heart - MFT's 'Hug in a Mug'. Stocking, snowflake and mittens - Creative Expressions 'Christmas Shadow Box'. Holly leaves and berry - Poppy Stamps 'Stitched Holly Leaves and Berries'. Tree - Impression Obsession 'Evergreen Trees'

- popped the motifs onto the mugs and ran them through the Cuttlebug to press firmly in place (my new found trick!)

- then decided to add whirls of whipped cream on top of the hot chocolate, which almost hides the chocolate but there is a teeny smidgen showing so that step hadn't been pointless after all (die from the MFT set), and tickled the cream with clear Wink of Stella

- die cut circles from Neenah 'Desert Storm' card stock (the best kraft card around I think) with a Tonic Studios circle die

- glued the mugs in place on the circles

- the sentiment comes from a co-ordinating MFT set of stamps called 'Hot Cocoa Cups', stamped onto white card using the Misti and Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink

- then die cut the sentiments using a die from the MFT 'Stitched Fishtail Flag STAX' set and chopped the straight end to fit on the card, using a guillotine

- glued the sentiments onto the blue card front panels and only then glued the panels onto the card blanks

- finally glued the circles onto the card front, above the sentiment

Six more for the box, but I must confess that not all of the cards in that box have inserts in ...... yet. A rainy day job before it gets too out of hand I think!

This is the first time I've used a 'Happy Holiday' sentiment on a card, ever. In the UK we tend to stick to Christmas and/or 'Seasonal' Greetings - so I was a little out of 'ye olde comfort zone'. The warmest wishes bit did it for me - and I think these will be winging their way to dear friends across the pond come Christmas.

I'd like to enter this card (my favourite of the bunch) into two challenges that I love:

Rudolph Days for April, over at ScrappyMo's - anything goes (open until the end of April)

Merry Monday - use kraft card stock (Neenah 'Desert Storm' in my case). This is a pure fluke as I'd already just finished making these cards and was typing this when the Merry Monday challenge popped up! 

Now all that remains is to put all those fiddly little dies back into their storage - without losing any in the process!





Sunday, 23 April 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 275 and 276 - results

Hello once again! Time for the fortnightly round up of  the Playground which includes our latest Guest Designer, some 'picks' of the fortnight and of course the prize draw.

First of all, here's our Guest Designer and this fortnight we have Liz of 'Crafty Sunflower'. Liz made a gorgeous snippets card, in her quite distinctive clean and crisp style - always so fresh looking:
See what I mean about the lovely clean look? I love this card and Liz has used snippets perfectly to create a really super design. See those sweet little paw prints on the embossed background - it's details like that which really make a card special. I also know, from first hand experience, just how precisely and perfectly Liz's card are made :) A brilliant Good Luck card!

This is what Liz said:

My good luck card is made entirely from snippets, except for the card blank and sentiment panel.  The white embossed paw print background was even a snippet, although a fairly large one.  Does anyone else have an overflowing drawer of white snippets???  I’m sure they just multiply when I’m not looking!  The black cat is a very old Sizzix die, matted and layered on MB ‘Stitched Octagon’ die cuts. The four leaf clover ‘Clippunch’ punches I used come as a pack of two, one punching out the shape and one punching out a ‘u’ shape in the middle of the leaf, so it can be ‘clipped’ onto a separate piece of card.  I know these two punches are at least 10 years old as I bought them on one of several visits to ‘Nellie Snellen’s’ shop in the Netherlands.  Did you notice that I did a bit of name dropping there?  If ever you get the chance to visit her shop in Sevenum, it’s well worth a detour. If you’re lucky, you may even get to meet Nellie serving behind the counter and discover what a friendly and delightful crafter she is. There is even a lovely coffee shop nearby, where you can deposit an uncrafty OH with their newspaper while you shop!

And, here's a photo of Liz - I bet lots of you are familiar with this happy, smiling face:
Liz started her blog in 2012, although looking back it's quite clear that she'd been card making for some while before then!  Some wonderful cards straight away and already the signs of the lovely clean style I love so much.

Liz is a big fan of Bristol Rovers and you'll often see cards on her blog made around a blue and white footballing theme. Or even incorporating blue and white, such as this fun card:
I do so love that Santa's Washing Line die set - and apparently I 'forced' Liz to buy one for herself! I've lost count of the dies I've bought after being forced inspired by Liz!

I've eased back on buying loads of craft magazines but I frequently used to see our Liz featured with one of her lovely cards, she's won tons of prizes and is a really prolific card maker. Do go and have a good browse around her blog - loads of great ideas there! 

Thank you so much Liz for making such a stunning snippets card as our Guest Designer this fortnight. And for emailing to and fro when you were away from a decent signal strength too!

So, let's move onto my picks from this past fortnight - so, so hard! I had eight of you as final, final picks that I really didn't want to reduce down to three - but, common sense, plus a back yelping at me, forced it down to three in the end:

 
I picked this absolutely fabulous bag charm, made by Jane (who I privately refer to as Jane J to differentiate between her and Jane W!) as it ticks so many boxes. In fact, I do truly think ****it's worthy of a gold star****! Jane has carefully documented every step of making the bag charms, with lots of advice as the snippets are the shrink plastic she used! I love using shrink plastic, but also know it can be very unforgiving - so top marks to Jane I say! It's the worded flower, eyes AND lips in case you're wondering - do hop over to see how it was done! Jane, please take your gold star from the side bar - for your outstanding snippets make!

If you haven't ventured into playing with shrink plastic yet - give it a whirl! I made some phone charms for a couple of friends a few years ago and they went down a real treat!

I absolutely adore this wonderful card, made by Maura. The snippets were mostly white to begin with - beautifully stamped, embossed, die cut and sponged. It's just so perfect - a real delight for the eyes.

Ruth brought a 'magic slider' card to share with us - and her blog post is so entertaining! It wasn't without little problems along the way - but Ruth kindly took photos, added a little video of her own (which cracked me up!) and also there's a link to a video by Kristina Werner which shows the whole process. I've wanted to make a card like this for ages and now it's on my 'to do' list! Thanks Ruth for the inspiration.

That's my three picks - I do hope they will inspire you as well girls.

We had 67 of you joining in this past fortnight - and three were new Playmates:

Bunny
Sheila H
Sandi P
These are three lovely ladies and I would be so happy if you hopped over to say hello. Remember, they took the time and trouble to make a snippets project, take a photo, write a blog post and then venture into the Playground girls! Spread the love a little - as you always do! xx
 
Welcome to all of you new Playmates, we hope you come back and play with us again soon.

Prize draw time now and our winner of the Lawn Fawn 'Stinkin' Cute' set of stamps plus a set of matching dies and the MFT Rectangle 'Peek-a-boo Window' die is:

Well done Heidi - can you please drop me an email with your address in and I'll post your prize off as soon as possible! I can't work out fully where you live but, wild guess maybe, could be USA. Plus you were playing for the whole bundle - so well done indeed! My email address is on the right hand side bar.

That peek-a-boo window die is so, so popular (also hard to get hold of I believe) and I really did think that this could be a week when I had to split the prize. I hate to tease but there is another one of those dies waiting in the toy box here ...... for further down the line.

Anyway, keep those snippets entries coming girls, you still have a week left to play HERE remember!

And it's almost Rudolph Days once again over at Scrappymo's - a chance for you to use up some snippets for the Playground and also make a Christmas card at the same time perhaps? It runs from 25th April until the end of the month, as usual. And Mo always has lovely prizes to be won as well.

Love from the little white peril - and of course from me too