Sunday, 5 July 2015

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 184

And it's a quick snippets card from me this week - the weather has been much to nice to stay cooped up indoors:
I used:

- 6" x 6" scalloped edge square white card blank, tent style

- snippets of raspberry Core'dinations card for the backing layer and a snippet of Papermania patterned paper from the 'Blueberry Pie' Capsule Collection. The raspberry layer round the image was die cut using a Spellbinders 'Scalloped Circle' die

- the image ('Bubble Bella' by Stamping Bella) was stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and coloured using Whispers markers. Then I stamped and fussy cut the bath from a snippet of pink spotty paper from the Wild Rose Studio 'Wintry Christmas' paper pack before die cutting the image using a Spellbinders plain circle die

- added some dewdrops in mixed shades of aqua for the bubbles, using Glossy Accents to adhere them firmly and just tickled the little puddle of bath water on the floor with Glossy Accents too

- the sentiment is also by 'Stamping Bella' called 'take time for yourself', stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and then die cut using a die from the Spellbinders 'Nested Pennant' set

- finishing touch, one raspberry pink dewdrop at one end of the pennant

These were some of the very first 'Stamping Bella stamps' I ever bought, well before the much more detailed Uptown Girls appeared on the scene - but IMHO the older versions really are much easier to colour :)

Onto this week's picks now:

I love the pure elegance of this card, made by Bonnie, along with the combination of black, white and gold - it's just beautiful!

And at the other end of the spectrum, how about this for adding lovely embellishments? Made by Hazel, it's a fabulous door hanger - I know two little girls in Germany who would love one of these apiece!

These first two picks are poles apart in style and the amount of embellishment - but I wanted to show you just how well you can make a snippets item with either a little or a lot. Of course, it takes talent as well - something I know every single one of you has!

Laurie doesn't always make it into the Playground, but when she does - oh boy! I just adore this quilt style card - absolutely beautiful and a wonderful way to use up snippets too.

I just have to include this great card, made by Jane, showing how to make your very own slices of watermelon without a specific die for the purpose - including the seeds!
Meg brought this adorable House Mouse card to share, isn't the snoozing mouse just so, so cute? I love all the layers and how the colours all go together so beautifully!

And, to wish a belated Happy 4th of July to all our Playmates across 'the pond' - I'd like to share this really great card, made by Lynn:
Parsnip the Bear is now yelling for a fancy hat and flag of his own! :)

I'm sure this next card is from a new Playmate, I've searched back and don't think she's played here before:
Bright Ark
Isn't it a fun card, brought to us by Susan of Eden Land Designs. Great use of snippets!

Lovely to see you playing with us and do please come and join in again soon - the girls are partial to sherbet dabs I should add :)

And, it's time for the draw for the 'Trellis Corner' die and the Marianne Christmas Tree die:
Now, from her comment it turns out that Kath was only playing for the 'Corner Trellis' die - I have your address here Kath and will post the die off to you this week, congratulations!

So, that left the Marianne 'Tree' die - and the winner of that is:
I know it's your first Playground win Valerija, so well done! Can you please drop me an email with your address and I'll post the die off to you this week.

The prize to be won this coming week is your own Stamping Bella 'Bubble Bella' stamp, plus a packet of the flat bottomed domed 'Aqua Mix Dewdrops' to add your own bubbles if you wish :)
Oddly enough I bought this stamp not that long ago for the Playground toy box, but now it seem to have disappeared from the internet, and isn't even shown in Stamping Bella's shop. They have an Uptown Girl one quite similar, but, as I said, much more detailed on the colouring side of things! Also. if you do enter for the prize and like the 'dewdrops', I have loads of colours and, if you say so, would be happy to include a mixed bag of them if you win :) They range from clear through all colours of the rainbow and do make pretty accents on cards. As I said, just let me know if you're interested, I didn't set up a whole larger mixed bagful in case there was no interest - me not totally daft!

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

Maximum of three entries and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. Do remember that you should also link back to the Playground in your blog post to be eligible for the draw.

I know it's a smallish prize this week, blame the fact that the sun is shining and I didn't want to make anything too complicated :)

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

Di and of course, Parsnip!

Friday, 3 July 2015

Happy 18th Birthday Abi!

Our neighbours' lovely daughter Abigail has just celebrated her 18th Birthday, which called for a bit of a special card. In the past I've made some quite ornate and flowery cards for her - so this time, at the suggestion of my 'in-house critic', her card is less flowery and echoes the fact that Abi is currently doing a Catering and Hospitality training course:

I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- SU 'Smoky Slate' card stock for a backing layer, topped with patterned paper from Papermania's Capsule Collection 'Blueberry Pie'

- the image and sentiment stamps are from Kanban's 'Damask Divas - Let's Do Lunch' set, stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and coloured with Pro Markers plus a tickle of silver gel pen for her earring - I chose white rather than red for the wine, Abi does like a little glass of Prosecco :) Oh, and I paper pieced the dress using a little spotted snippet from the same patterned paper pad - almost forgot to say that bit!

- the image just didn't fit properly into any of my dies so in the end I just trimmed it to fit the patterned layer, and backed it with some SU 'Smoky Slate' card and kidded myself that it kept the card nice and crisp looking :)

- the die cut 'Happy Birthday' was done using a Memory Box die called 'Grand Happy Birthday' and a piece of white card stock, the '18th' was die cut from white card using a Memory Box 'Classic Numbers' die and Tattered Lace 'Alphabet' dies

- final touch, at Len's suggestion, I die cut Abi's name from a snippet of the left over patterned paper, again using the Tattered Lace 'Alphabet' dies

We went to a charity fund raising evening at the college restaurant a few weeks ago, where the students ran the whole show - amazing cooking, fabulous food and great service too! Some very proud parents, grand parents, families and friends were there to support the event of course :)


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

More Uniko gift cards

I was lucky enough to win two prizes over at the Uniko Challenge the other week - wahoo, £20 to spend as I wanted! One of my choices was this stamp set I've used below on four identical little gift cards, to be sent with Snippets Playground prizes:

I used:

- 4" x 4" square white card blank

- stamps from Uniko's Flower Power #7 set, stamped using SU's 'Certainly Celery', 'Melon Mambo' and 'Tempting Turquoise', as well as Memento 'Tuxedo Blank' ink pads

- the sentiment, also stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink, is from a Hero Arts set called 'Truly Appreciated'

Four little cards, sitting in a row, all lined up and ready to go :)


Tuesday, 30 June 2015

A sketch and two words

Managed to combine Less is More's Week 230 Sketch...........
I used:

- DL white card blank

- a piece of white card, embossed using Cuttlebug's 'Swiss Dots' embossing folder. To do this I needed to emboss from the top and bottom of the long piece of card, just making sure the dots lined up and taking care not to run right to the edge of the folder as this would create a line (hope that makes sense!). Trimmed the embossed piece of card down and stuck it to the front of the card blank using Collall All Purpose glue

- the image is by Hobby Art called 'Ski Bear', stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink. I then did just a teeny bit of colouring using Whispers markers. I know I mention these Whispers 'Strokes' markers fairly often, they come with a 'brush tip' at one end and a very fine tip at the other (much like those 'click on' Pro Marker Ultra Fine Tips). I do use them quite often and the caddy of 36 markers sits permanently on the desk here - they aren't as blendable as Pro Markers/Copics - but are great for adding quick touches of colour to an image. The little penguin never stamps very solidly but was easy to 'tickle up' with a black Whispers marker - I swear I heard him quietly giggling as I tickled :)

- then die cut the image using a Lil' Inkers 'Stitched Rectangle' die before using a Stampendous Cling 'Snow Swirl' stamp and a silver ink pad to stamp above the bear's head :)

- the sentiment is by Woodware 'FRH003 Merry Christmas, stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and die cut with a smaller Lil' Inkers 'Stitched Rectangle' die

- both panels were added to the card using thin sticky pads

And whilst at it, I made another two cards, exactly the same - tee, hee. So, that means I just managed to squeak in before the very end of June to reach my target of 72 cards to date (12 per month throughout the year).

Ahem, bit of halo polishing going on here right now :)

Oh, and of course I'd like to add this into Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for June.


Sunday, 28 June 2015

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 183

So that was another two week session in the Playground. We're back to one week this time round though.

This is my snippets card for this week, sorry it's Christmas in June (oy, oy, oy already? So soon?!)
I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- snippet of red satin finish mirri card as the backing layer

- snippet of white linen card, die cut at each corner using an All Occasions die called 'Trellis Corner'. Tip, to place the die properly on each of the four corners I drew lines about a quarter of an inch in around each side of the card stock using a soft pencil so I could tape the die in place perfectly lined up each time and then rubbed the lines out afterwards. One thing I did and would not do again with this die was to back the white card with 'Stick-It' adhesive sheet before cutting the corners. It then took forever to get all of the little squares out of the trellis - and I'm still finding the little perishers everywhere!

- the sentiment was die cut from a snippet of red stain mirri card using a Crafts-Too 'Merry Christmas' die. In this case I used Stick-It adhesive sheet and it worked perfectly

- final touch, a couple of Craft Buddy 'Self-adhesive 25mm Aurora Borealis Snowflake Flowers'

And straight onto the picks from this past fortnight - it gets more difficult each time as we have so much talent and so many great ideas in the Playground! This week I've gone for a couple of slightly more unusual snippets makes in the picks:

This truly must be the star pick of the week! Kim made the most amazing shoe from cling film and Sellotape as a base (using a real shoe as a mould) and then decorated it with loads of snippety flowers. Do go and take a peek - there's also a bit of a step by step (ha, pun totally intended!) guide as well as tips on where to find on line tutorials. Wonderful work Kim!

Mrs A scampered in waving this wonderful frame which contains a copy of a very special family photograph, again with some step by step instructions over on her blog.

I just love this A4 sized card, made by Jackie T. Beautiful colours and again, a load of snippets here!

I just had to include this Z-fold card, made by Sarah M (Craft Nerd). Squeal, have you seen all those little green snippets for the foliage? It's a really fabulous card and Sarah has kindly popped step by step photos on her blog post. Do go and see, and maybe a few of you will also follow Sarah - right now she only has five followers :( Surely we can do better than that girls?

What a darling card, made by Diane H. Everything about it is just so 'right' - lots of snippets used and isn't that bow delicious?! And how about the chubby and happy looking birdie with the perfect sentiment too?

I have to stop there, even though I could include dozens more of your wonderful snippets makes.

And we have three new Playmates joining us as well:
Valerija came back to play more than once, and this was her first entry - a beautiful WOW Wedding card.

Karen Ladd's little Grand daughter Remi made a really cute card for her Grandpa - this is the LINK if you want to take a peek. It's on Flickr and I can't/haven't worked out how to copy the image to here sadly :(

Pam skipped into the Playground waving this lovely card, I do love the 'spotlight' technique.

Welcome to you all, and I hope you come back to play with us often!

Next onto the draw for the House Mouse stamp sets (remember, there were two of these to win) - and the winners are:
And would you believe it - Eve's winning entry was actually a House Mouse decoupage card - spooky or what huh?

Well done ladies, I do have your addresses and will post off your stamp sets this coming week.

And onto the runner up prizes donated by Darnell:

First of all the really popular Ryn Tanaka 'School of Fish' stamp set:
The 'School of Fish' was Mo's preferred choice - it will be swimming across the Atlantic to you this coming week Mo :) And I'd be happy if you could just confirm your new address to me as I have a feeling that the address I have isn't up to date :)

Do remember girls, Mo is running Rudolph Day at the moment over on her blog and you still have time to enter before the end of the month :)

And next the Gina K 'Flower Border' stamp set:
I'm almost sure this is your very first Playground win Jackie, can you please email me your address and your prize will be posted off to you this coming week.

The prize this coming week is a double one, both items make up the prize:
It's two dies - the first one is the same as the one I used today, All Occasion Dies 'Trellis Corner', and the other one is a Marianne Creatables Christmas Tree die (LR0136).

As always, if you want to try for just one of the prizes then please say so in a comment and then I could do a second draw for the other die if you win. But, both dies are on offer together as one prize of course.

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 4th July. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

Maximum of three entries and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of all or part of the prize. Do remember that you should also link back to the Playground in your blog post to be eligible for the draw.

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

Di and of course, Parsnip!