Another pre-loved stamp, having its first little inking up by yours truly:
It all started with a piece of bright green ribbon which was already nicely knotted, removed from a box of Christmas candy the other day. In the midst of trying to catalogue stamps here and sort stuff out that 'someone' was heaving down from the loft - I managed to make a little card on Thursday based round the ribbon lying forlornly on the desk in here.
Apart from the card itself, everything came from the snippets folder:
- 5" x 5" white square card stock
- Forever Friends 'Bear With Balloon' image stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad and coloured with Pro Markers. I later added Anita's glaze to the balloon but no way will it show up - when you don't want the light to bounce back it does and then when you do want some reflection it just won't play along
- a shaped card in pearlescent orange which was already damaged at the centre fold when it arrived in a goodie bag from a reputable supplier so it ended up in the snippets folder :( I just sliced off either end so it formed a mat to go underneath the layer of orange card, topped with a snippet of bright green and orange paper
- the piece of green ribbon that kicked it all off :)
I haven't added a sentiment, so this will go into the next box of cards for St. Luke's Hospice as they do like to have some cards without sentiments.
And, now onto this week's roll call - the most important bit of this posting :)
First into the playground was Beth, with both a hangover and a great card for a boy which you can see here - the card, not the hangover! She used a LOTV stamped image that's absolutely right for boys of most ages and stunning background papers from her snippets stash - and, it was Beth's first ever visit so I let her have a double go on the swings :)
A few of you have also been making cards for Sarn's Rudolph Day Challenge and some of you have been even wiser and have combined both snippets and Rudolph Day. Our rebel Brenda, who is quite proud of sometimes hopping over the playground fence, arrived next with one such card in lovely shades of blue which you can see here. The lovely tissue flower caught everyone's eye and later in the week Brenda also published a little tutorial on how it was made - and that can be seen here. On her next visit, we were shown a lovely bright and cheerful hedgie card which is here, and then on another visit Brenda brought a Less Is More offering in her satchel. You can see it here - and it's very clever too, look for the finishing touch beside the sentiment when you hop over - perfect! Brenda's last card of the week is here - and it's a real stunner. A Christmas card with a gorgeous Milton the Bear image and so much lovely detail on it, I love it!
Sandra H was our next playmate, with this really sweet card featuring the cutest hedgie and beautifully coloured. It's one of those images that just makes you go 'Aaaaah' and remember that the real ones are currently snoozing the Winter away. I like the touch that Sandra used by rounding the bottom right corner of her card too - very effective!
Then Jules hopped in with two totally gorgeous cards at once, one was for Rudolph Day and both used snippets :) I always feel dreadful commenting on the amazing makes that Jules brings with her - what can I say to do them justice! So you'll have to go here to check them out for yourselves - the first is another hedgie rushing along with flowers (it took me a while to spot the heart, duh) and the second card features a juggling penguin :))
Linby joined us next with this lovely card, in soft shades of blue and also showing us a very clever trick. When you go and look at Linby's snippets card (it's the first one in her posting, but the others are also worth a peek too) make sure you check out the flower she made using the offcuts from the punched border. That's certainly using your snippets well Linby :)
Then along came Hazel with a beautiful card here which followed a sketch on Mojo Monday - all gorgeous blues and white, really elegant and clean so it's stunning in its simplicity. It's been a quiet week from Hazel in the playground but I've hopped over to her blog and she's OK - just tackling a big sort out of her craft room and we all know what a task that can be :)
Mary did make me laugh last week - she was proudly showing her friend how to link into the playground but when she arrived last week's roll call was in the process of being finished off and the playground gates were still locked. So she ran away with her card but thankfully she came back again later and her first card is here. Perfect for a dress maker too. Mary was another clever crafter who then used snippets to make her Rudolph Day card - to see the lovely easel card she produced go here. I have those gorgeous Bo Bunny Christmas papers and Mary has given me a few ideas for using some of the ones with larger images on, thank you Mary!!
Then Sarn trotted into the playground with a couple of 'shabby chic' cards - she'd even been flinging the Gesso around. Sarn's first card in mustard and purple had some lovely die cut flourishes on - stunning! But, here's the very clever bit, her second card made use of the leftovers as a stencilling mask - do go and check them both out here. I'll be hanging onto some of the leftovers from die cutting in future - a super tip Sarn!
Irene arrived with such a soft and gentle vintage card - using a stamp she 'd had since 1997, never even inked until now! To see the lovely result go here - what lot we crafters are for hoarding but I think Irene could be going for the World Record in unused stamps :) Later in the week, we had another visit from Irene with this really sweet birthday card. I did smile at the little face peeking out of the box - and I also smiled when Irene entered it for An Oldie But A Goodie, thinking once again of her bid for the World Record in stamp hoarding :)
Next, for her first visit of the week, in came Elizabeth with such a happy sunflower card - you can't help but smile and feel that sometime we might have another Summer - to see it and be cheered up not end, hop over here. On Elizabeth's next visit she brought this cute little canvas - and also showed us how she made it - beautiful and perfect for Valentine's Day too! I do love to see how people make things :)
Andria strolled in with a card to take your breath away - I won't spoil it too much for you, just think Tilda, pink, a stepper card, fabulous colouring and beautiful embellishments - then go here to see for yourself. Every detail is just so gorgeous.
Then along came Sally H with a really super card in her satchel. Fantastic background papers and the most beautiful butterfly - plus the low down on how she did the butterfly too. Go and take a peek here - isn't it just super?!
Gilly arrived next with a dual purpose card, both using snippets and for Rudolph Day - to see what she brought, it's here. I love front doors on Christmas cards - they always look so welcoming, and another one for the Christmas card pile too. And now I'm going to tell a little tale, Gilly is getting married sometime soon and, as I follow, her I spied something later this week that isn't a snippet make but you truly ought to go and see. Gilly is experimenting with paper flowers for her wedding bouquet - I loved the first flowers in this post but do go over to Gilly's here and scroll down until you see the rose she made. What do you think of that then - isn't it just stunning!? For the life of me I can't understand how Gilly doesn't have more followers - I'm certainly going to be keeping a close eye on developments in the run up to her wedding as there are bound to be loads more amazing creations.
Tammy was a bit worried about coming to play a few times this week but don't fret Tammy - we always love to see what you're up to. First was this beauty - all red and white - and using some of Tammy's fabulous buttons too.Next was a lovely ice cream (and buttons) here - I did remark that right now that delicious ice cream wouldn't melt outside over here! A 'quick make' of a robot card was held out next time Tammy came to play on the swings - if this is a quick make then I must be the world's slowest card maker! Then, yesterday when we were sort of waiting for snow, Tammy returned with a real blaze of sunshine - it made me smile and instantly feel much warmer, really bright and cheerful and you can see it here.
Sam was next, scurrying in with a make for both Rudolph Day and using snippets. In fact, I can't imagine Sam ever scurrying anywhere - as a Scottish dancer I would expect her to leap in, little feet a-twinkling and arms above her head - sheesh, I need a lie down just thinking of the amount of energy she must have! To see Sam's lovely vintage style card - go here. Lots of lovely detail and a beautiful image too Sam. And, there was a surprise visit again from Sam yesterday with this beauty of a card - fantastic image and papers, plus some fantastic colouring - well worth hopping over to have a peek! I can't see a cat wearing a big bow frightening a mouse either :)
Our next offering was from Liz - and I think she gets the 'class swot' star this week. She's only gone and cracked how to use her brayer, to see the lovely result go here. Well done Liz - a lot of us would like the know the secret! I laughed out loud when Elizabeth (I think) commented on my blog ages ago that she approaches her brayer as if it's a live grenade :)) Liz called back again with a great Christmas card - paper pieced to perfection. Those baubles look absolutely great - to see what I mean, hop over and have a look here.
Sylvia-Anne then brought a card to really bring you up with a start - lots of delicious hearts which you can see here. The card was also made for Less Is More and I can certainly see how beautifully it qualified for the challenge. What with Valentine's Day coming and also using heart shaped punches to make flowers I can see a run on these in craft stores!
Next to arrive was Carol with a super Christmas card with a Kraft card as the basis - the colours are gorgeous shades of brown and cream. I love the snowman too. Correction, on closer inspection I'm sure it's a Mrs Snowman - to decide for yourself Carol's card can be found here. I also have some serious snippets envy Carol, beautiful papers!
Sandy whizzed in from Adelaide next. Sandy's got a lot going on in her life right now and it was especially good that she found time to come and play - bringing this really lovely card with her. Another one to make you feel cheerful. Sandy's next card is a baby card - reminding me that a new baby is due that I need to make a card for - it's a super card and beautifully decorated inside and out. So glad you came by Sandy and I know we all hope things look up for you soon.
The irrepressible Mrs A hopped in next with this card using collar stiffeners and lollipop sticks! Yup, you heard right - it's a super New Home card and really is a beauty. I have to say that Mrs A is becoming Queen of the Lollipop sticks and her recent discovery of a pile of collar stiffeners has been another string to her bow. Laughing here - I hate to admit it but I do recall collar stiffeners from a long while back when long collars were all the rage for men. I managed to melt more than one by forgetting to take them out before attacking 'he who turned out to be a total waste of space and shall not be named's' shirts with an over hot iron!!
Maggie then came in to show her beautiful Anniversary card which is perfect for a Ruby Wedding celebration - to see for yourself, go here. If you love hearts, roses and butterflies then you'll just love this. I think that Maggie used some peel offs for the butterfly and some flowers. popped them onto acetate and then coloured them before trimming round them to add to the card - so, there are always lots of use for those peel offs girls! Great result.
So, that's it for another week - the swings have all been cleaned, the roundabout is oiled and if you look hard, there's a new pile of skipping ropes in the corner too:)) Ha, ha - you'll have to clear the snow away to get to anything first though :)
I have something else on my 'to do' list for this week - and that's to put a 'snippets button' on the sidebar for you to grab if you wish for your own blog (thank you Sam for the little prompt!). With luck it might appear during the week but I'll mention it at the next roll call anyhow.
It's just gone midnight so I'm going to press publish and then hop into bed - I hope that I've covered everyone's links. Please shout if I haven't :)
Mr Linky is below as usual - hope to see you again this week. I've loved hopping round seeing what you've been making, thank you all for joining in! Big hug!