Friday, 26 August 2016

Rudolph Day - August 2016

It's Rudolph Day again over at ScrappyMo's - as always it runs from the 25th to the end of the month.

Some of you might recall the heartache I had over a Poppy Stamps die back in April, HERE. With the help of Donna I did get in touch with Poppy Stamps/Memory Box but my details kept going into a black hole in their email system, so eventually I just bought a new die (which I haven't dared use yet!).

However, Donna didn't give up and, thanks to her, Memory Box were very good, once I emerged from the black hole and they realised I'd given up and just replaced the die myself. They asked me to choose a different die, it arrived here the other week - and I'm delighted to report I used it on this card:
I used:

- A6 white card blank

- Memory Box 'Clairmont Ornaments' die to cut an aperture from the front of the card - carefully keeping the cut out pieces to one side and also within the outline of the die cut so I could see where they went!

- backed the aperture on the card front with double sided adhesive sheet leaving the aperture nice and sticky for assembling/inlaying the next die cuts

- die cut the outline shape from silver holographic card and carefully popped that in place inside the aperture

- then added the infill pieces from the white die cut I'd put to one side. Used the same trick of placing the die cut on top of the aperture to gently push out some of the tiny pieces

- die cut the baubles using the same die and deep red satin mirri card then popped them in place to finish off the inlaying

- using the Misti, stamped a greeting using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a stamp from the Paper Smooches 'Christmas Sampler' sentiment set

- to finish off I cut a slightly smaller panel than the card front from white card, ran a line of glue right round the edge of the panel and removed the backing from the adhesive paper inside the card front before sticking the white panel in place

I made six cards all the same to catch up on my target a bit and was almost losing the will to live by the end. Fun to make but very time consuming!

BIG thanks again to Donna for all the help and chasing up you did about the die. xx

Remember, it's NBUS over at Darnell's, starting tomorrow until 5th September!

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

'I scream, you scream, we all scream' - part 2

Whilst making the 'ice cream cone' card last week, I also made this one - using the same free gift set from Die Cutting Essentials magazine, Issue 13 (July 2016):
I used:

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

- covered the front of the card blank with a panel of SU's 'Pool Party' card which had been trimmed to just slightly smaller than the card front

- next used a piece of SU's 'Soft Suede' to emboss a wafer pattern, using the embossing folder from the same set that the dies came with and trimmed it to just slightly smaller than the 'Pool Party' layer before gluing it in place

- I already had snippets of chocolate brown, cream and pink card for the ice cream whirls out on the desk so I added snippets of SU's 'Pool Party' and 'Soft Suede', plus a tiny snippet of red silk mirri card for the cherry and die cut all the elements I needed using that same little set of dies

- stamped the sentiment (again from the free set)  onto a piece of white card using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink, die cut it using a Spellbinders Labels 2 die and embossed round the edge using a ball ended embossing tool (for speed and ease)

- glued the white panel in place on top of the embossed 'wafer' layer

- then assembled the ice cream sundae dish and contents using a mixture of Collall All Purpose glue in a Woodware Fine Liner bottle and little slivers of thin sticky pads - on the bottom part of the dish to lift it a bit and make the layers sit level

I have to be honest and say that the quality of the sentiment stamps isn't brilliant, even using the Misti. But, the rest of the set (dies and embossing folder) more than makes up for that.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Butterfly Challenge #60

Mrs A's latest Butterfly challenge is a lovely pair of themes (as well as at least one butterfly of course). It's Butterflies and V is for Vases and/or Vanilla.

I'm late playing along but do hate to miss this challenge, even though I normally just play for fun it's good to tax the old grey matter. This is my card:
I used:

- 6" x 6" vanilla card blank. I actually checked the colour against a tub of Vanilla ice cream in the freezer, mad or what?!

- as the image panel I wanted to use was an oblong, to add balance I punched one edge of a strip of SU's 'Wisteria Wonder' card (from the snippets folder) using Fiskars 'Wavy Leaf Edger' punch (had to remind it who I was as it's so long since it saw the light of day!)

- adhered the edge strip down the right hand side of the card front and then trimmed off the top and bottom overlap once it was in place

- another snippet of SU's 'Wisteria Wonder' card stock onto which I stuck a Penny Black Stickeroo from the 'Painted Vase' sheet of stickers before trimming it down to a 'frame'

- glued the image and frame onto the card front and then added a little butterfly from the Penny Black 'April in Paris' Stickeroo sheet of stickers - thought it matched pretty well :)

- finally I stamped the corner sentiment using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a stamp from Phill Martin's Scribbled Corner Sentiments 'Everyday' set

I think Mr Mojo might just be peeking round the door of the craft room :)

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 243

Hello, and welcome to the Snippets Playground! And, if you didn't call by here since Friday 19th August, you ARE in the right place as Loll has kindly given my blog a face lift. And I LOVE it!

Here's my snippets cards for this week - really quick and easy, as well as great for using up decent sized snippets. Once I've cut into a sheet of card or paper, the remainder is usually popped into the snippets folder - which probably explains why it's about to burst at the seams, ha, ha:
 I used:

- 7" x 7" square white card blank

- a piece of orange card stock from the snippets folder (SU's 'Tangelo Twist'), cut to 6" square and glued onto the card front 

- a piece of SU's 'Hello Honey' card stock, also from the snippets folder, embossed using the folder from the All-occasion 'That Folder' embossing folder and stamp set (more about this set below)

- cut a half inch wide strip of the 'Tangelo Twist' card and stuck it across the lower part of the embossed panel. I used red line tape rather than glue just to be sure I didn't get any ridges from the embossing underneath and as always I left an overlap at either end and just trimmed it flush to the edges from behind with scissors

- glued the two panels to the card front using Collall All Purpose Glue

- using the Misti I stamped the sentiment (it's one of the two in the set) onto a snippet of white card using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and punched it out using SU's Extra-Large Oval punch

- glued the sentiment oval onto the orange strip and called it done 

I was tempted to add some pretty flowers across the wavy dotted area but, for speed, decided to leave well alone. I first saw a card using this folder 'in real life' when Janice sent me a lovely card where she added flowers and diamantes across the wavy area and it's so pretty. I know I'd also spotted it being used elsewhere around blogland as well (turns out it was one of those craft items that took the craft world by storm - while I was probably sleeping). Of course, you can trim the embossed area down to fit smaller cards as well :)

Here's the weekly 'peek at the picks':

Jenny L was straight into the Playground with this amazing mini book. So much love and work has gone into it - do hop over and be inspired! It's a tiny and perfect work of art - and the cover measures just 3.25" x 3.25". A LOT of patience an eye for detail there Jenny!

I picked this card, made by Helen as it's got a snippet of watercolour paper for the stamped tulips image - and we all have loads of white snippets I bet. But, apart from it being such a beautiful card, I wanted you to see the technique that Helen used - which was to stamp the image using Versamark, then heat emboss using white powder - and then water colour the background flowers and vase. I think it gives such a light modern feel. Gonna try that one for sure!

Jane J posted about her Journal of their recent holiday in Tuscany - and if you haven't already been to take a look I truly recommend that you take time to do so. Her darling grand daughter Daisy features a lot in the post of course, the journal is divine and it's one of the happiest and most loving posts I've read in a long while. You'll come away with the 'fuzzy happy/warms' I promise!

I adore this card, made by Brenda in IN! It's so reminiscent of a William Morris design, but this is cleaner and 'less busy' - in my eyes anyhow! Really pretty and such lovely colouring too.

Isn't this utterly adorable? A sweet card to welcome some friends' new puppy, made by Barb. I love the layers and snippets used - so pretty - and that wee pup is just too cute! The new puppy's name is Myrtle - isn't that a darling name too :)

I just love this fun card, made by Nina! So cute, did you ever see a little frog wearing swim shorts - well now you have! :) One of those cards that makes you smile, however you might be feeling at the time!

I encouraged Lynn to link this fabulous card into the Playground. It's based on Meena's Z fold card which I featured here last week. This is most certainly a fold to have a play with - see how the vase nestled between the front and back Z folds? Just beautiful Lynn - and thanks again to Meena for her great tutorial! Go and see!!

Well, for wanting to scamper through with three or so picks, I still ended up with seven - and could have kept on going! So many wonderful makes and inspiration from everyone who came to play - do try to visit one another as there's a lot of very clever stuff to be found.

We had one new Playmate this week:
I had a sweet comment left during the week asking if folk from the USA could play along - of course I rushed over and almost scooped Robin up to join us! If anyone, from anywhere, is looking in and wondering about playing along - just take the plunge. LOVE this card - what fabulous colouring as well! Hope to see you back with us regularly Robin!

Now it's prize draw time, for the sentiments stamps sets from last week:

And the winners (yes, at last, a split prize!!) are:
Liv was actually the only person playing purely for stamp C, and her number popped straight out! Liv has been playing since January and this is her first win, yay!

I then ran the Random Number Generator again, and out popped someone who was just playing for stamps A and B:
Well done Jane, first win for six months so it was due! You'll have some fun with these stamps I'm sure.

Can I please remind winners that now they have to drop me an email to claim their prize - as well as including their current address. My email addy is on the right hand sidebar as usual!  

This coming week's prize is, of course, the All-occasion 'That Folder'. Thought it was time for a change from stamps and dies - and yes, there are three there to be won!:
It's a funny one really as I tracked it down immediately after Janice sent me her beautiful card. I found it in an online shop that I use quite a bit and apparently the set was originally free with a craft magazine well over a year ago and folk went crackers over it. It turns out that the supplier selling it is linked to the magazine and someone probably recognised that demand was sky high for this set.

Anyhow, there was a limit of four per person - so I ordered four - one for me and three for the Playground. It went out of stock for a while but is now available again - drop me an email if you want to know where.

I just Googled it and there are tons of Pinterest boards dedicated totally to cards using the set! It looks gorgeous with flowers in the top or bottom panel as well. And both the sentiments are wonderful to use with or without the embossing folder of course. So, there are three chances to win one of the sets if you feel so inclined :)

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 27th August. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

A maximum of ONE entry and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of a prize. Please also link back to the Playground in your blog post to be eligible for the draw.

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 :) 

A couple of challenges to watch out for in the coming week:

Rudolph Day over at ScrappyMo's, which runs from 25th August to the end of the month.

Darnell's NBUS challenge, in which you use something Never Been USed before - hangs head in shame here as I could enter this umpteen times over and still have loads of unused goodies! It runs from 27th August to 5th September.

Have a great week! Big hug from Parsnip, and of course me.

Friday, 19 August 2016

I had a face lift!

Just in case you think you came to the wrong place - I (or rather the blog) just had a face lift - courtesy of the super-talented Loll of 'Stamping with Loll'.

What a total star she is, so kind and generous with her time and skills. I'd just recently been thinking that the blog looked a bit tired and the timing was just so right for this fabulous change.

Loll - you really are an absolute star! I totally adore the new look - still a bit of pink there of course as ever with me around, but it's all so much more subtle and and am sure it's a lot more pleasing to your eyes. I know it's a total delight to me!
Big hugs and many, many thanks Loll.

Len takes up card making!

A few weeks ago I got into a right pickle. Struggling with my back and with tons of other things to do as well, I just could not come up with a decent card for our little next door neighbour's 5th Birthday. He's crazy about all things to do with building and digger dumper trucks - and I hit a blank! One morning, at 5:30, Len crept out of bed and when I woke up he had saved my bacon!

This is what we ended up with:

I used:

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

- Len's image, which he produced using Office Draw - bless him. There are loads of layers and little extras added onto the image itself and I only had to print it off onto a piece of white card

- then I trimmed it down to size, mounted it onto a frame of golden yellow card and glued it to the card front

- my only other contribution was to pop the little googly eyes over the ones on the little 'digger dumper' then print and and add an insert inside the card

The definition in the photo isn't too grand but I was stunned by the thought and detail from Len. He started just with the little digger dumper and then added bits like the cardboard box, the gift (he even embellished the bow!), the little boy, the word 'foreman' on his shirt, 'Max' on his hat, the hammer in his hand - even the eyes and mouth! There's a 5 on the front scoop of the digger dumper, the name of Max's 'company' added to the brick wall, the 'Happy Birthday' and even the little sun in the top right hand corner.

I know that a lot of you gals play with digital images really well - but this blew me away. Without any prompting, Len added so many lovely little details - whilst I slept blissfully unaware of him working away!

I'm so proud of his hard work - and little Max loved his card!


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

'I scream, you scream................

.......we all scream for ice cream'!

I just couldn't get that flipping line of a very old song (1920's, so well before my time!) out of my head whilst making this card:
I used:

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

- covered the front of the card blank with a panel of white card which had been embossed using Cuttlebug's 'Pinking Stitch' embossing folder and trimmed to the exact size of the card

- then out came the snippets folder, snippets of biscuit, chocolate brown, cream and pink card were lined up and then die cut using a lovely little set of dies which came free with Die Cutting Essentials magazine, issue 13. Put the die cuts to one side whilst the sentiment was stamped (having checked how the end result of the dies would look to ensure the sentiment would look OK too)

- the same free gift came with some little stamps and using the Misti and Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink I stamped one of them near the bottom left corner of the card front

- then it was just a case of assembling the ice cream cone and the whirls of ice cream to look like a Neapolitan. I used a mixture of Collall All Purpose glue in a Woodware Fine Liner bottle and little slivers of thin sticky pads to make the layers sit level

A great free gift indeed! It also includes a glass sundae dish shaped die, a little cherry die and a wafer patterned embossing folder. You just turn the ice cream cone upside down and it becomes a wafer :) Such a fun set to use. Watch this space to see what I made with the other bits and pieces!

And with our current glorious weather it seems very appropriate too.