Friday, 5 September 2014

300 followers celebration

Wahoo, after bobbing up and down like a little cork for what seemed to be ages - for now I seem to have stabilised at 300+ followers.

So, as promised, here's a little celebration. Not as huge as some I've seen but then we do have weekly Playground prizes which dips into my pocket money too :)

Violets Everyday £30 Gift Voucher - Click to view product

It's a Joanna Sheen voucher to the value of £30. What's good about Joanna Sheen is that they send post free - to the UK and also overseas - you get to spend the whole voucher on goodies. Plus, JS always has such a wide choice so you'd be bound to find something nice :)

All you need to do to be in with a chance is to leave a comment saying you'd like to be included. Simple as that - oh, and of course make sure you're following me :)

This will be a sticky post until I do the draw on Friday 5th September.


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Less is More - I do like to be beside the seaside

That's the current challenge over at Less is More - where our lovely playmate Darnell is Guest Designer this week!

I steered clear of seaside scenes as, for me, one of the delights of the seaside is looking for pretty shells - and this embossing folder had never had an outing either:
I used:

- 5" x 7" white card blank

- a snippet of pale blue, slightly linen printed paper, which I embossed with the fabulous Spellbinders 3D-M-Bossabilities 'Shell Beauty' folder. Before doing the embossing I inked right over the 'indented' side of the folder using Memento's 'London Fog' ink pad and that's what makes the embossing stand out so well of course

- I then adhered the embossed paper to a piece of spare white card before trimming it do size - this was to give the rigidity needed to wrap the gold cord around it later on

- one layer of gold mirri card and, one layer of dark blue pearlised card were added to the white card blank

- a snippet of gold cord was wrapped twice around the embossed panel - which was then stuck onto the card blank

- the gold coloured shell charm was tied on, in a bow, with another small piece of gold cord 

The charm came from a bracelet in Primark's sale a few years ago - I think there were three or four gold and pearl charms on the bracelet - bought specifically to cannibalise for the charms :) At the same time I found a great silver coloured one with a small Eiffel Tower and other Parisian things on - I think there was even a tiny little poodle :) So don't overlook 'el cheapo' stores where you could find jewellery to chop apart for card making etc.

I didn't add a sentiment or anything else - partly for fear of over egging the pudding when it's meant to be a less is more card, but also because I couldn't bear to cover up any of the gorgeous embossing :)


Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Christmas wreath

Oh dear, I made a card for last week's Merry Monday challenge, put it to one side and then totally forgot about it until it was too late :( The challenge was to use a wreath on your card.

However, there are a couple of other challenges that this card suits (yahoo!) - so all isn't lost after all. First, there's the return of Cuttlebug Mania after the Summer break - and the theme is embossing, I embossed the background and also the holly wreath after it had been die cut. And secondly, the current challenge over at the Holly Jolly Christmas challenge is to use one, two or all of the letters from the word RED - I used R - red card stock, E - embossing and D - diecutting/diamantes:
I used:

- A6 white card blank

- silver holographic backing card

- white card, embossed using Cuttlebug's 'Holly with Berries' folder

- Spellbinders 'Holly Wreath' die and a snippet of green card plus a snippet of  red card for the little bow

- the sentiment was stamped in silver using a stamp from the Personal Impressions 'Many Greetings' set and then punched out using one of SU's circle punches

- popped the sentiment circle into the centre of the card and then added the wreath and bow - I'd liberally covered the wreath with clear Wink of Stella beforehand

- final touch, lots of very small diamante gems - got those at a craft show (Newbury or the NEC with Mrs A), lovely and flat so ideal for posting


Sunday, 31 August 2014

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 140

And it's September tomorrow - here's hoping for an Indian Summer before the leaves start to fall.

My snippets card is sort of 'countrified simple' this week - mostly due to lack of time crafting and blogging:

I used:

- 6" x 6" square cream card stock

- cream snippets from the snippets folder

- a JustRite Cling 'Burlap Background' stamp, which I love! I stamped a whole background, which comes complete with the frayed edges, onto a snippet of cream card using Versafine 'Vintage Sepia' ink then trimmed it and just glued it onto the card blank

- the flowers were made by stamping onto more cream snippets using the burlap stamp and Memento 'Rhubarb Stalk' plus SU 'Old Olive' ink pads

- the stamped snippets were die cut (then shaped too) using  a Time Holtz 'Tattered Florals' die (which I also used to make leaves by just splitting some of the petals)

- final touch to the flower was a snippet of the green burlap stamped card, punched with SU's Itty Bitty round stamp and then shaped into a dome (also known as 'Sarn candi!)

- the SU 'Wonderful Words' sentiment was stamped using SU's 'Old Olive'

Just to point out, given more time I'd have played with different coloured background card to stamp the 'burlap' onto - I bet there are loads of other ways to play. And I'd have spent more time making sure the stamp was correctly pressed down all over - but it sort of adds to the faded charm :) The stamp is BIG, it's 4.5" x 5.75" and it's a cling stamp, therefore unmounted of course. I might have an acrylic block big enough tucked away but for speed I used the thickest plate from my Cuttlebug.

Straight into this week's picks now:

I mostly post the weekly picks in numerical order, as I make a list as the week goes by. This card, made by Lesley G, was right up there as an early pick and for me it's the top pick of the week too! Lesley gets very excited when her cards are picked so I hope she's sitting down right now :) What I absolutely love about this card is how the guitar was made using SU's owl punch for the body, sound hole and also the tuning pegs - and the design of the card is great too. This is one that a few of us might be CASE-ing for sure! Stop squealing Lesley!! :)

Anne made this great card - I love the impact plus the clever sentiment! It reminded me of when Len shaved his moustache off as it was showing some grey flecks. I'd never seen him without one and he did one half first then popped his head out of the bathroom to let me see. I shouted 'Put it back, I prefer you with a moustache!', Not very helpful was I :(

I picked this card made by Pat because of the fabulous image and colouring. Even the ribbon is a snippet from a top (you know, the narrow ribbon to hold clothes on hangers) - but it's the amazing colouring that really, really got me!

You really must check out how Elizabeth made these wonderful petals and leaves on her snippets card - such a clever idea. See if you can guess and then go and take a peek for yourself!

I love this darling set of card with matching bag - made by Jenny L! Absolutely gorgeous poinsettias and a great way to use up snippets.

This card was made by Bonnie for Merry Monday's challenge. Those of you who don't know, Bonnie is on their DT and chose the theme of Christmas wreath - would you just look at how delicate that wreath is, and beautifully coloured too. I also just realised that the 'Holly Vine' die isn't in a wreath shape when you cut it - that was some careful placement Bonnie!

Thoughts here are turning to school and the Autumn term - some countries kiddies have already returned and some will return after the UK (Germany is around 18th September where our little grand daughters live). Veerle made this lovely House Mouse card to celebrate 'Back to School'. Oh dear, I just noticed one of the book titles in the middle of the pile 'Public Squeaking' - tee, hee :)

Here's something with a difference - our Sam hopped in with a 'brush roll' she'd sewn using up snippets. Brilliant! And of course, snippets can be fabric, lace, ribbon, card, paper etc. etc.

I absolutely had to show you this lovely card, made by Mary H - what fabulous colouring!

This is a great card, made by Sandy J - somehow apple pie and red gingham are such perfect partners. Plus, here's a clever tip from Sandy, you know those peel off or domed letters that always seem to have oddments left? I've got some on my desk right now and they both have the letters U and Y left over - find an M (there's usually more of those) and you've got YUM! :)

And finally, as we're heading towards Autumn I thought this card, made by Sue J, was a perfect way to finish this week's picks! Sue has a link to the digital images website where little Scarecrow Willie' came from  - I know I've bookmarked it!

And we have two new playmates this week:
Rebecca V came to play, encouraged by our Liz (Cavill) and brought this lovely bunting card. A great way to use up snippets! Rebecca hasn't been blogging for more than a month or so and it would be lovely if some of you could hop over to say hello. I predict that we'll be seeing some beautiful cards and that Rebecca will quickly go from strength to strength - take a look at this for example:
That's a first I think for me - can't recall ever showing two cards from a playmate's very first visit but if this card above wouldn't be a winning contender for a CAS or LIM card then I'll eat my sun hat!

And here's our second new playmate's entry:

Another card perfect for 'Back to School' - and I love the paperclips! Elly is the name of our new friend, she hails from the Netherlands and if you hop over I've spotted some great idea for bags and packaging over at Elly's blog! Do remember girls, when a blog is written in other than English you can usually find a translate button either at the top of the blog or in the sidebar. Google translate isn't brilliant but it's a huge help if you're a sticky beak like me and want to find out just how things have been made!

A huge welcome to both of you - please come and play with us often - we're almost at the time for baked potatoes in the bonfire :) Parsnip is hiding this year - he hasn't forgotten attempts to tie a rocket to his back and launch him into space last Guy Fawkes night!

Time now for the draw for the winner of last week's prize, the double pack of Christmas embossing folders and the 'Leaping Deer' die. And the winner is:
Congratulations Elizabeth! I have your address and will pop the package in the post this week :) It's over a year since Elizabeth won a prize, mostly due to opting out of the draw quite often I suspect. But this time I only had to run Mr Random once - Elizabeth popped out straight away and hadn't opted out, yay! :)

And this coming week's prize is, of course:

A JustRite 'Burlap Background' stamp of your very own :)

As usual, the Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 6th September and will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

Maximum of three entries and please say 'No thank you' in a comment if you wish to still play but not be the winner of the prize.

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 :)

Some of you will have noticed that recently it sometimes takes me a while to comment on your lovely snippets entries. I'm trying to balance things a bit more here (running the home versus sitting in the 'woman-cave' for too long) - but will get to you I promise! 

Have a great week! And remember, there's a sticky post at the top of my blog - a free draw for a Joanna Sheen gift voucher. You just need to comment to be in with a chance!
Di (and the usual happy wave from Parsnip of course)

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Blogger Reading List

Just wondering if others have lost their entire Blogger Reading List? No matter how much I refresh, I can't see any blogs that I'm following :(

Have been searching online to see if it's a known fault - anyone else got the problem? Am still shown on peeps blogs as following them - it's just the list on my own  dashboard that won't appear - keeps saying I don't follow any blogs.

Almost the same as the previous Blogger boo-boo. I bet someone is tinkering around with versions of the code - why won't they thoroughly test stuff before upgrading! Sigh.


Friday, 29 August 2014

Digging around

....amongst some old photo files here and I found this, made almost six years ago for Grand daughter Mia, before I was blogging:

And this was the little sweater I knitted to go with it (or the other way round perhaps!) - Benjamin Bunny of course :)

Instead of trying to actually knit the design into the garment, I did Swiss Darning over the top of the knitted blank front- much more fun and a lot easier too.

The bunny stamp is still on my 'For Sale' page at the top of the blog - but I plan to remove stuff and post it onto a Facebook craft de-cluttering site shortly.


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

A purrrrfect Birthday

Quick card from me today - using a couple of dies:
I used:

- A6 white card blank

- SU 'Real Red' snippet, die cut using the Memory Box 'Grand Happy Birthday' die

- snippet of black card, die cut using Cheery Lyn's 'Kitty Kitty Meow Meow' die - which is a little family of four cats. I then separated the little row of kitties and put Mama and one of the kittens along the top of the sentiment strip and the other kitten down the bottom left of the card

That left Papa cat, and I couldn't bear to totally separate him from his family - so he's sitting inside the card now :) How sad, sitting here muttering to a die cut cat.