Sunday, 4 December 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 258

OK, which one of you brought a cold to the Playground? There's a few of us suffering that I can see from my blog hopping! The one good thing is that it should be nicely cleared up for Christmas itself - always look on the bright side 😃 The back is still holding up at the moment - no plans here to go ice skating on the duck pond just yet though!

Here's my snippets card for this week, and what you see on this card isn't the weekly prize - and it is made straight, I promise:
I used:

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

- piece of white card, embossed using a super-sized Crafts-Too 'Merry Christmas' embossing folder which still fit perfectly between the Cuttlebug plates - phew. Then trimmed to exactly fit the card front and glued in place

- snippet of XCut silver metallic self adhesive sheet, die cut using an Xcut 'Christmas Tree' die

- stuck the die cut onto a snippet of dark green card and trimmed it down to size before punching the corners using a Woodware 'Squared Corner' punch

- trimmed a snippet of silver mirri card to just slightly bigger than the green layer and glued the two together

- glued the layered card on top of the embossed card front and left it at that

I'd been after a 'Christmas tree' die made up of words for ages. This one is quite big so you don't really need anything much else on a card - IMHO.

Now for the weekly peek at the picks:
Such a beautiful scene, created by Sandra (Sandma) - and the Brushos in the background to create a Northern Lights effect are stunning!

I love the elegant simplicity of this card, made by Anne F. It certainly lends itself to making a run all the same - beautiful!

Absolutely had to include this great card, made by Helen. Such an effective design and great use of complimenting snippets either side of the image panel - plus, isn't that dog such fun?!

Greta brought this lovely card to share - that die cut is utterly fabulous! And it would also lend itself to making Christmas cards as well of course.

I really love this fun card, made by Laurie! What a great sweater die and the embossed background is just perfect - such a wonderful combination.

Little Scotty dogs are so popular in the Playground right now, especially with tartan/plaid paper - and this little chap on Megan's gorgeous card totally stole my heart! So cute - and it's cherry time in Oz folks!

Cathy has been busy so her visit last week was the first one for a little while. And what a great idea she shared too! The lovely snowflake on this card can be detached and used to hang on the recipients Christmas tree - clever!

I do like it when folk bring easy cards for chaps to share! Love this idea, made by Janice, she used the recipient's favourite football team's colours! One to remember in future.

I love the vibrant orange tones on this lovely card, made by Sue T after a wonderful holiday in sunny Mexico. A perfect background to that beautiful butterfly die cut.

And last but by no means least, Judy (aka PJ) brought us a whole load of brilliant cards to see. 10 cards in total, all made using the OSW (One Sheet Wonder) technique. Basically you start off with a single sheet of patterned paper and a template (loads can be found on line) - then using (say) one stamp and toning plain card as well, you cut lots of different sizes and shapes from the patterned paper and make a whole batch of cards. Hope that makes sense to you? I think it's such a fun idea!

That's my picks for this week - 10 in total! It gets harder each week to choose I must admit. I try to share new and inspirational ideas with you but can only include so many (ha, what happened to me showing just three then?!). I really do recommend that you try to have a browse through last week's Mr Linky when you have a chance.

We had 60 Playmates playing along last week and two new little friends joining us:

First there was Catherine with this beautiful Christmas card - I just love those Christmas trees! Lovely shades of green as well.

And then Chrissie, who most of you will already know from Less is More, arrived with this wonderful card. As always, Chrissie is the tops when it comes to elegant, clean and crisp cards - this is a real corker.

Welcome to both of you - do please come back and play soon!

Prize draw time now and our winner of the Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Caribbean Island Collection St Kitts die set and two co-ordinating stamps called 'Tumbling Leaves' and 'Butterfly Trellis' (kindly donated by Viv) is:
 
Majda has been playing along with us since June and this is her first Playground win - so I imagine there will be some happy dancing going on when she reads this :)

Well done Majda! 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.

As am sure you girls know, I always ask for confirmation of your addresses now - ever since I made a wrong assumption and we almost lost a prize!

This coming week's prize is:
Can you guess what it is? This is mine and I used it when making today's snippets card. It's very much like the old fluff removal rollers that have been around for ages. Someone came up with the bright idea that such a gadget would be handy for removing the waste bits from dies, and no doubt ramped up the cost as well. I find mine useful for actually removing the little bits of waste from the die cut itself as I often use waxed paper when cutting intricate dies, so they fall out of the die easily. You just rinse the roller under cold running water to remove the bits (use a sieve to catch the little bits of card/paper) and either dry it with a lint free cloth or allow to air dry so it becomes sticky again.
So this is the prize, a roller plus a pack of two refills. To be honest, I think the original sticky roller will last for ages if it's looked after - but I got spares in any case as apparently they will eventually need replacing - plus (just a thought) you could have three rollers on the go and then do one big cleaning session at the end of a die cutting spree perhaps. You can see it in use HERE and I thought it would be a change from dies, stamps and such as prizes :)

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 10th December. 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 the 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 :)

Have a lovely week! We're into December now so I expect it's all systems go with many of you!

Big hugs from Parsnip, and of course me -

Friday, 2 December 2016

Less is More - Challenge #304 - Emboss Resist Technique

I added up how many Christmas cards I think we need just the other day and it looks as if we might well even have some left over! However, it's still nice to make a few Christmas cards at this time of year - albeit without the pressure to 'batch bake'.

Less is More have a really great theme this week, use the 'Emboss Resist Technique'. I've only done this a few times before now but immediately thought of a NBUS Christmas stamp which needed an outing. And this is what I made:
I used:

- 5.75" x 5.75" square white card blank

- a snippet of white card for the stamped layer, rubbed over with an anti static bag

- stamped the image using VersaFine and a 2012 wood mounted Penny Black stamp called 'Crystal Drops'

- sprinkled a good coating of Stamp n Stuff 'Detail White' embossing powder onto the image and tapped off the excess before setting it with the heat gun

- used a blending sponge to add Tim Holtz Distress inks over the image from the following ink pads: Milled Lavender, Spun Sugar and Tumbled Glass

- rubbed over the whole panel with a piece of kitchen roll to remove any ink from the white outlines

- trimmed the image down to size, backed it with a full layer of white fun foam and glued it to the card front

Slap my wrists for not using this stamp before now! I think all the very fine detail worried me a bit - am now thinking of how it would look on black card and embossed in gold :)

Edit: Encouraged by Darnell and Loll, I'm also playing along in this month's CAS Mix Up Card Challenge, where you need to use Stamping + Sponging + Your Choice (my choice is resist/heat embossing).




Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - 'Light in the darkness'

Time for another Cuttlebug Mania Challenge and the theme this time is 'Light in the darkness'.

For example you can use candles, lanterns or stars on your entry - I'm sure you'll think of some others. I almost went for a Nativity image where the stable was bathed in a lovely glow, so there's another idea for you.

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.

Details of our sponsor can be found over on the Cuttlebug Mania Challenge blog.

This is my DT card, the light here was dreadful when I took the photo needless to say:
I used:

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

- a piece of white card stock, die cut using a Lil' Inkers Stitched Rectangle die, backed with a panel of white fun foam and glued onto the card front

- Memory Box 'Glowing Candles' die which I die cut from white, silver and green snippets

- the first layer I glued in place was the green layer with all the pieces still in place apart from the white parts of the candles. The Woodware Ultra Fine glue applicator was invaluable when layering up this intricate die

- next took the silver die cut and snipped off the little branches and poked out all the loose pieces then glued it on top of the green layer 

- then poked out the six white candle pieces from the white layer and coated them with clear Wink of Stella before gluing them into the silver apertures. For once I thought ahead :)

- added little red pearlescent gems to the ends of the branches and just a few on the main part of the holly arrangement

- I wanted quite small, raised and very shiny silver lettering so added a peel off sentiment in the top left corner

- final touch was to add some Stickles to the candle flames. The yellow I have would be too bright and the lemon too pale, so I mixed a little blob of both together on a scrap of paper and applied the mix with a very fine paintbrush

I hold my hands up and confess that I got the basis for this card design from the super-talented Loll. I've had my die since October 2013 and this is only the third time I've used it, bad me! Thanks for the inspiration Loll (you popped up on Pinterest when I was looking for general ideas for candles on cards), I loved your card and also it was time to give the die another outing!






Sunday, 27 November 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 257

OK, so that was a much easier week with the back issues and so long as I still rest when it tells me off (and cuddle up to the heat pad, which is my new best friend) am feeling loads better! Yay 😍

So, I made a snippets card, but nothing on it is on offer this week - due to a very generous prize donation from Viv which I can't wait to share with you. I do still have some wonderful donated prizes in the Toy Box, so please be patient if you sent goodies and I haven't yet offered them.

It was a bit weird to have a totally free hand with my Sunday Snippets card rather than be guided by the prize on offer, and this is what I made:
I used:

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

- a panel of white card, die cut using a Lil' Inkers 'Stitched Rectangle' die and glued to the card front, with a snippet of white fun foam backing to whole panel to keep it evenly raised

- a selection of Christmas trees, punched using SU's 'Tree' punch and little snippets which were stored in the back of my favourite LOTV ''Frosty Christmas' paper pad

- glued the trees in place on the card front - tip, I arranged them first and then just popped a little pencil dot above the top of each tree to help to position them when I glued them in place - then rubbed the dots off of course!

- pink metallic Josy Rose nail heads on top of each tree

- stamped the word 'joy' using Brilliance 'Mediterranean Blue' ink pad and a stamp from the Personal Impressions 'Many Greetings' set

- final touch, just three pearlescent sequins

I'd like to enter this card for the current challenge over at Merry Monday #223 - Dark Blue, Light Blue & Pink.

Now for the weekly peek at the picks:
Preety showed the journal she's been working on, made using an up cycled diary. There are loads of wonderful photos and lots more detail over at Preety's blog - love it!

I think this is such a lovely card, made by Sue (Zouave Cards). Love the bold butterfly against such a pretty embossed background Sue!

This marvellous Christmas tag really caught my eye this week. Made by Pat - and aren't the wonderful citrus colours fabulous with the gold? So different and really striking.

Isn't this card adorable? I love the Memory Box 'Piestra Tile' die (don't use mine enough!) and those darling little pups - just so cute! Andrea skipped into the Playground waving this lovely card.

I love this card, made by Janice. It's so elegant and really eye catching - a great example of using white with navy and a touch of silver. Great for 'batch baking' too!

This is a great card, made by Kath. Wonderful papers for the blue backing and such a lovely image as well - all pulled together in Kath's very distinctive clean and fresh style.

Gloria came to visit this week, with this card and tag set. Isn't it brilliant? Love the tea set theme and stamping the deer and tree design onto each piece is so clever!

This is the sweetest Christmas card, made by Sandra. The little dancing poppet is just so cute and Sandra added lots of lovely embellishments and pretty paper as well - love it!

And last, but not least, here's another Christmas card with a fabulous image. Made by Hazel (Kbrandy4) and beautifully coloured then co-ordinated as well. 

That's my picks for this week - again, nine in total but as always I could have gone on for a lot longer.

We had 49 Playmates playing along last week (doubtless Thanksgiving kept quite a few of you occupied) and no new little friends joining us.

I did giggle a little while ago at something I spotted on line:
Anyone relate to this after their Thanksgiving turkey dinner? 😃😃😃

Prize draw time now and our winner of the Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Festive Collection 'Silent Night' die set is:
It's about 14 months since Liz last won a prize according to my records. She's almost always the first person to comment on my blog posts (Playground and any others that appear during the week) and rarely, if ever, misses a week in the Playground. Plus, I often choose Liz's fabulous work as a weekly pick - she's one of our die cutting queens and has been responsible for a lot of my 'must rush off and buy that' moments! So this win is well due and very much deserved.

Well done Liz! 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.

As am sure you girls know, I always ask for confirmation of your addresses now - ever since I made a wrong assumption and we almost lost a prize!

This coming week's prize is:

A package arrived here out of the blue recently, containing the above items, very kindly donated by the lovely Viv - it's a single prize consisting of three parts. All from the Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Caribbean Island Collection, there's a St Kitts die set and two co-ordinating stamps called 'Tumbling Leaves' and 'Butterfly Trellis'. The lovely thing about this set, from me peering at the stamps and dies through their packets, is that the co-ordinating stamped images will be beautifully die cut using the largest die in the set. Or you can use the set to layer up the die cuts of course, just like Sue Wilson does. A really super prize - and Sue Wilson again I see!

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 3rd December. 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 the prize. It's so much a 'set' that it will not be split up at all folks! 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 :)

Here's an important piece of news girls - our Playmate Brenda is having a fabulous Christmas giveaway of a Tattered Lace Crossover Machine over on her blog HERE.

I'm certainly entering into the draw as my beloved Cuttlebug is not working at full steam and I suspect it might be a bit worn out - bit like me really 😞

Have a lovely week! I'll still be rationing time at the desk - plus, I really need to get my rear end in gear for the Big Fat Man in the Red Suit! It's December soon, it's just four weeks to go until Christmas Day when this post appears - help!

Big hugs from Parsnip, and of course me -

Friday, 25 November 2016

Gingerbread Boy Christmas card

It's time for ScrappyMo's Rudolph Days challenge folks! I'm hoping all is well with her as the last post she wrote way back at the beginning of November said she'd been in the wars and had badly sliced across her fingers. Let's hope it's just that Mo is very busy right now, rather than still incapacitated. If Mo does publish the latest challenge, remember it runs until the end of the month and is your last chance to play before Santa comes calling!

I've had a really cute Gingerbread Boy die set for ages, unused - slap my wrists! Had a play the other day and this is the result:

I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" white card blank

- snippet of dark green card, trimmed slightly smaller than the card front and glued in place

- snippet of tartan card, trimmed slightly smaller than the dark green layer and glued in place

- piece of kraft card which was die cut twice using the solid outline die from Frantic Stamper's 'Gingerbread Boy' die set. One of the dies was cut with self adhesive sheet on the upper side

- next took the second die from the Gingerbread Boy set, placed it onto a solid outline die cut (the one without the self adhesive sheet upper layer) and die cut the little apertures for the icing/trimmings Then removed the protective covering from the other die cut's adhesive sheet and then carefully layered them together so that the little apertures were the top layer, backed with exposed sticky sheet

- die cut the icing/trimmings from a snippet of white pearlescent card stock and just inlaid each piece into the little sticky apertures on the Gingerbread Boy

- cut a piece of white card to suit and stamped 'Be Jolly' in the bottom right corner using Brilliance 'Pearlescent Poppy'

- glued the Gingerbread Boy in place, using Collall glue in a Woodware Fine Line applicator

- backed the image panel with another, slightly larger, snippet of dark green card and glued the whole panel onto the card front

Inlaying the icing/trimming pieces was easy once I figured out how I wanted to do it,
the trimmings die has all the little pieces perfectly placed as they would be on the solid body so you really can't go wrong. Plus, being so small, they would be prone to rubbing off if not inlaid.

I did think about adding 'Eat, drink and be merry' as the sentiment - but changed my mind, in deference to the little Gingerbread Boy's sensitivities 😃 






Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Upcycled Scottie Dog Christmas card

Wanting to make a card, but not feeling ready for stamping and die cutting, I rootled through the 'shop bought' Christmas cards we've been sent that I save from year to year. Came across a really cute Scottie Dog card and this was the result:
I used:

- 5.75" x 5.75" white card blank

- the Scottie dog card was already shaped at the top half with the solid rectangular bottom half. Just a matter of trimming down the straight edge at the left hand side

- then used a piece of the same white card as the card blank and embossed it using SU's 'Softly Falling' embossing folder before trimming it so that the Scottie Dog panel would sit there with the bottom and side edges totally aligned then glued it in place

- backed the panel with dark green card, trimmed to just slightly larger than the image panel and glued it onto the card blank

- a really quick card, finished!

The lovely thing about the original card is that it came already embellished with a black gem for the eye plus a little strip of dark green velvet ribbon for the collar - and the sentiment was already printed as well of course! Easy, peasy 😃

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #308 - 'Cute or Anything Goes - so long as it's Christmas'

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for November - always 'Anything Goes'







Sunday, 20 November 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 256


Hi again - well that was a quick week!! There seems at last to be slow improvement (less squealing!) and we did manage a trip out in my wee sports car on Thursday to post prizes, collect prescription and mooch around Sainsburys while they filled the prescription - doing some grocery shopping - with Len 'riding shotgun' as a passenger all the way. But will still be holding off from prolonged crafting sessions just now!

Here's my snippets make, made on Friday, after a week without doing any crafting at all:
I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" white card blank

- slightly smaller layer of silver mirri card as a frame - from the snippets folder (I always have loads of mirri card snippets!) glued onto the card front

- layer of pearlescent deep blue card - again from the snippets folder - glued on top of the silver 'frame'

- and a fresh sheet of Xcut adhesive silver metal effect sheet was used to die cut the Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Festive Collection 'Silent Night' die (don't worry, I managed to get another two die cuts from the leftovers and also kept some little offcuts)

- added the die cut to the deep blue layer and burnished it using a plastic rounded modeling tool to ensure it stays stuck in place (it works really well! 😅) Oooh look, I discovered Emojis on Blogger!

- final touch, just a single small clear sparkly gem in the centre of the star, the 'in-house critic' deemed that it was fine and nothing more was needed, so I stepped away

The die set comes with quite a lot of other sized stars, but as already said, it seemed that for this particular card .... 'less is more'. And I made three the same - just to keep up with my target if possible - took it in slow stages.

My original idea was to inlay the die cut - but that soon changed when I realised just how many teensy little background pieces there were to consider! Thankfully I twigged early enough as well!

The sticky backed sheet on the Xcut silver card is pretty darned good - but I really do recommend a burnishing tool or similar (the bowl of a teaspoon would work equally well!) just to make sure all the adhesive parts are firmly in contact with the card itself. That also applies to Stick-It adhesive sheets and the like of course.

Now for the weekly peek at the picks - and as can be expected at this time of year, quite a few are Christmas related:
Isn't this Christmas wreath, made by Brenda, absolutely stunning?! Such a great idea to give these to close family instead of Christmas cards.

I love this cute card for a one year old, made by Brenda L. Such a cute image and see how the little circle behind the cow matches the outer gingham frame?

Isn't this a gorgeous Christmas tag? Made by Jenny L and there's so much beautiful detail!

 I love this Christmas card, made by Carol L - such great use of snippet strips too!

Aren't these altered little milk bottles adorable? Made by Glennis - and it reminded me that I have some crackle media lurking here waiting to be used :) I did try it once and it was 'a total disaster dahlings'!

Jane W's Christmas tag really caught my eye this week. Lovely use of snippets and I totally love the copper as well!

I still love GorJuss Girl images, and have this stamp set unused here (for many years as well) so it was really lovely to see Jean using hers to make this darling card! So pretty.

Snowy Hill Slider
I think this slider card, made by Trina, is such fun! Hop over to Trina's and there's even a very quick video clip of it in action :) I know two little girls in Germany who would be tickled to receive a card like this one!

And last, but certainly not least - Diane H hopped in to share this utterly fabulous 'circle side step' card. Isn't it gorgeous? And, Diane has a link over on her blog to a very clear tutorial to make the basic card shape as well. Warning though, it does involve using a craft knife at one point - help! :)

So girls, that's my picks for this week - nine again, and six are Christmas themed! Nine seems to be a fairly constant number each week, but I keep telling myself three is what I should aim for - although it could have been every single entry of course. So many ideas and inspiration each week here - I can't recommend enough that you settle down with a cuppa at some point and go through Mr Linky.

We had 58 Playmates playing along last week and no new little friends joining us.

Prize draw time now and our winner of the LOTV Art Pad called 'Party and Cake and the Impression Obsession set of three dies called 'Birthday Top Edgers' is:
I think it's 18 months or so since Jackie last won a prize in the Playgound - but as I already explained, after so many challenges it takes me ages to check back! Anyhow - I think there'll be a happy dance :)

Well done Jackie! 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. 

This coming week's prize is:
A Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Festive Collection 'Silent Night' die set - the same as the one I used for my snippets card - instant impact I think!

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 26th November. 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 the 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 :)

Have a lovely week! I'll still be rationing time spent 'sat sitting' at the desk but hope to keep up with commenting - unless I'm out doing a cross country run around the hills and dales of Hampshire of course :) Snigger, no chance!

And Parsnip is wondering if there's likely to be a Nativity Play this year? He's been gargling salt water and singing Christmas Carols all flipping week!