Sunday, 15 September 2013

Pixies Crafty Snippets Playground - Week 90

Wow, we're up to week 90 in the Playground - and I bet it won't be long until we reach the magic 100.

Here's my snippets card for this week:
I used:

- A6 white card blank

- white card embossed with Crafts-Too's 'Snowflake Banner' embossing folder

- Memory Box die called' 'Bells Are Ringing' and lots of snippets. I made three the same using lovely soft silk effect red mirri card and gold self-adhesive sparkly film - just popping the gold pieces into the inside cut out parts of the bells. That left me with gold sparkly 'outer' parts for another three bells. For those I did some playing round, one using the red silk mirri card - OK, OK, I confess - the red mirri pieces had already been scooped into the waste bin here and I could only rescue enough to make one complete pair of bells :) But, more snippets rummaging in the folder which is bursting at the seams and I found some little pieces of clear self-adhesive sparkly film in red and clear. The one above is my favourite, I think the bells look better with the 'frame/outer' part in thicker card

Also, and this is quite important, a bit like peel offs, the self adhesive 'frames' can end up just a smidgen stretched so that it can be tricky making sure the inner gaps are covered properly. My future rule will be firm card for the outer with either the sparkly or possibly contrasting firm card for the inner parts. Still with me? I thought not :(

These are the others so you can see what I mean about the different effects you can get using this lovely die:

I think this last one would be great, without the snowflakes of course, on a Wedding card too.
As I was about to take the photos I realised I'd missed out the sparkly little 'clanger' on the left bell on the card above. Perhaps a fortunate error, 'cos no waaaaay was I gonna get everything out again and die cut one so I just used a Sakura glue pen and some Glamour Dust to fill the area. And that led onto thinking that you can do the same instead of using the glitter film, either by adding glue and sprinkling glitter or even (if you feel up to the work) die cutting double sided self-adhesive sticky sheet for the 'inserts' and then adding whatever sparkle you wish.

Phew, for some small cards that was a very long and rambling explanation but I ended up with six cards to show for it.

So, onto this week's picks, tricky-woo as ever to choose:

Amazing card from Cathy R - I love it and how clever to use the 'daisy edge' border for the window dressing. Love the 'flicking' tail too :)
Apart from snippets, Kimbo's card used the 'faux silk' technique on the image panel - certainly one to try out and a stunning result!
Two beautiful cards from Viv, and I've shown both of them as it shows so well why you should never throw a negative away once you're die cut a shape. Snort, I'm guilty of doing that but these cards made me vow to change my ways. Reading more closely I think that Viv did cut the die a second time but the principle is there!
Elizabeth brought this really classy and elegant card to show, all white is so perfect for Christmas!

Crumbs, every shown here card so far has been white/blue so let's look for some different colours - how about this?
I really giggled when I saw this happy card, brought to the Playground by Lynn H :) And THEN I spotted some follow up comments -  no, no, no - we are NOT having a baby pig to play with in the Playground!
And Debs squeezed, in literally with minutes to spare, as I was typing this - with this lovely card. I adore how the flowers all pick up the colours of the image and papers!

We also have KathyK playing with us now - do please hop over and say Hello. Kathy makes fabulous cards and much more besides - I hope you come back to play again!

OK, so onto the draw now and the winner is:
Wahoo, well done Mo - and I didn't have to do re-draws this week. It's especially nice as Mrs A couldn't join us when you were over here so you get those lovely butterflies she made anyhow - plus the delicious vellum papers as well as the gorgeous pins and flowers from Sarah. Can you please drop me an email with your address in, to save me from searching here - thanks!

And onto this week's prize, as if you haven't already guessed:
Yup, it's the die I used in today's cards - 'Bells Are Ringing' by Memory Box.
Plus, a lovely set of Christmas stamps by Inkadinkado called 'Christmas Silhouettes'. I can just see these stamped and embossed.

AND, it's been six weeks since we had a Ryn Tanaka  stamp on offer:
It's called 'Rising Bubbles' and it's one of those two week things like last time. All you have to do to be 'in it to win it' is to make a total of THREE snippets entries over this week and next - so that might be three in one week, two one week plus one in the other, it's up to you. Of course you can still make a maximum of three entries in one week which would also count. I haven't used my own stamp as yet but can see loads of different things to use this lovely stamp for. I'm offering it now while there is still time for the winner to have some fun before the mad rush of card making before Christmas :)

The Playground will run as usual this week with the gates closing at 11am UK time on Saturday 21st September. 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 this week, as shown above. It might be an idea to also say if you're trying for the 'Rising Bubbles' stamp - sometimes I have to second-guess.

Mr Linky is below - do please let me know if you have any problems linking, I can sort it out for you quite quickly and am always happy to do so.

It's very rare that I have a card all ready for Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge - but this week I do 'cos the theme is 'cut it out', either by hand, using a die or punch. I think you already gathered I used a die :) Coo, being ahead of the game I might be tempted to have another go with something different. And it's also for Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra which is always 'anything goes'.

Di (and a wave from Parsnip)


Loll said...

Hi Di. LOVE all the versions of your card with the different colored bells. Just when I thought I had bought all the Christmas supplies I needed ... :) Off to look for the bell die - thanks for enabling!!! :) Loll xx

jimlynn said...

Di, your card is sensational! Lovin' those wonderful bells!
Thanks for showcasing my card this week - and if you ever need more piggies in the playground just holler!

scrappymo! said...

Wow! Stunning cards and best of all you made 6 of them!

I am envisioning this with the double layer tape qnd then peeling of the top layer and adding glitter...I am not as patient as you and can just imagine my stretched version! lol

That embossing folder is beautiful...I can see all sorts of card designs for it!

Thank you so much for my win. I will email my fun to have a gift from you and Mrs A.

Cathy said...

Hi Di, these christmas bell cards are fantastic! I haven't seen this die before! Would make a great wedding card too.
Thank you for the shout out, so many fab creations in the playground :) Cathy x

kay said...

Well after amanda nagging me Di have joined in so please be gentle as my first time time. Loved your cards, reckon you are on a roll for Christmas x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Di managed to rush into the playground nice an early today and well love your cards how clever to make another half dozen while you were at it, you clever little vegemite, all great snippety shares of course, love Shaz in Oz.x

Hazel said...

That die looks so useful - love the different effects you can get with it. Way to go with being so early for CHNC challenges this week - hope to see something else later in the week! x

Jenny L said...

Hi Di,
I'm loving your cards. Great designs.
Thank you for joining my blog.
I will try and join your playground challenge.
Have a wonderful crafty day.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Carol L said...

The different cards using those bells are just lovely! I love the sparkle and beautiful embossed backgrounds. Congrats to all of the fabby notables from the playground too! Such wonderful inspiration from everyone!

Sarn said...

Love all your pretty Christmas bell cards Di.

Fab showcased cards, as ever.

Congrats to Mo on winning last week's prize.

Sarn xxx

Irene said...

Beautiful cards Di, I love the embossing and sparkles.

tilly said...

love all the 6 cards, so pretty with the sparkle....can I stand in a corner of the playground and suck the end of my pigtail cus I am shy.....Please Miss, maybe we could all have a hairy caterpillar in a matchbox, keep them in our knicker pockets and race them at dinner time.... they won't take up much room... as a pig... pretty please ???

Mary said...

Di, your creations are always beautiful, but boy, you outdid yourself on the bells. My favorite, the glittered gold one. Hey, if it's got sparkly, I'm lovin it. Great gives this week, as always. My goodness too much generosity. The shares from a talented group of ladies as always real inspiration! The playground is full of happy, crafters.....Until next time, have a most wonderful week.

Elizabeth said...

Hello Di, all versions of your card are lovely and I can see that the last would be perfect for weddings making, extending the die's use. I see your card tot is now up to 81 - aren't you doing well :) Delighted to have my white card included in the showcase, along with all the other super cards - love them all. Congratulations to Maureen. Much as I love the prizes on offer, please count me out ... I simply have too much to pack :)) Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Karen said...

As always a fabulous pick of creations from the playground. You sure we can't have one little piggy?
Love your Christmas cards, that die is so lush! Each card is so different too just be changing the colour and I love it. Hope to be able to play later on this week. Have a lovely week xx

Kathleen said...

I just love those bells, they are far nicer than the ones I used, as I thought mine were too big. Love all the variations you have done and would be hard to pick a favorite.
Have a good week.

Kath x

Sally H said...

Gorgeous cards, Di! Those bells are fabulous! Very elegant x

Anonymous said...

Lovely cards Miss, I think I'm smitten by that groovy embossing folder too!


Sarn said...

Here I am, no playing Hookey this week!

I'll say "no thanks" to the prize - I'm playing joining in just for fun.

Sarn xxx

Debs Willis said...

Hi Di, those bells are lovely. Particularly like the silver one - can see that as a silver wedding anniversary card - so elegant!

thanks for including me in the gallery - and I''ll say no to the Ryn stamp, as I won last time, but would love to win the Christmas bells die and stamps - they look fabby!! Can see paper piecing that angel :-)

Debs xx

Debs Willis said...

Forgot to ask....are any playmates going to Ally Pally on Saturday and if so, fancy meeting up for a quick hello and cuppa?


Bonnie said...

What beautiful bells! I love how they work for Christmas and wedding! Hi Parsnip!

Anonymous said...

Forgot to say I'm also just joining in for fun too!


Cathy said...

Hi Di, popping in again tonight, will be back tomorrow to see who's in the playground. Looks like lots happening! Cathy x

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Hello Di, sorry I'm a bit later than normal with my entry to the challenge - just didn't get down to it yesterday. Your cards are stunning and really clever use of the glittery sections of the bell. Hmmm another item for my wish list! LOL xx

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Hi Di, your bell cards are so beautiful - I love all that glitters.... Funny, I made this card before I saw Ryn's stamp up to win - naturally I am aiming for that one, LOL! I am a HUGE fan of hers. (I already have the Inkadinkadoo set)
Hugs, Cornelia

Linby said...

Love the glittery bells so effective.

Karen said...

Some really gorgeous cards Miss. I just popped mine in, and yes I know it's late Miss, but it is the usual issue. Will try to pop back later and visit everyone to see what they've made. Ta very much for the chance Miss xx

Lynn said...

Really lovely cards - I do like the bells memory box die. Lynn x

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Hello Di, just letting you know I've posted a 2nd entry for this weeks challenge so hopefully I'll be able to think of one more snippets make before the 2 week prize draw! xx

roffeycreations said...

Hi Di - Im back!!! Have had pc issues and a creative down time the last 2 weeks - but am so pleased my issues have cleared in time to enter for the Rising bubbles stamp... hugs - be back soon - Mxx

Mrs A. said...

Lovely bells Miss. I will say no thank you to them as I have some already and also no to the Ryan stamp as I have the water droplets but if there is any wine going!!!!!!!! Hugs Mrs A.

Anonymous said...

Love your Christmas bells Di(I can't believe how many Christmas cards you have made now on your total-phew you put me to shame!)
I am entering my first card ever today-just off to have a peep at everyone elses creations and hopefully make some new playmate friends :)
See you again tomorrow with another entry!
Have a lovely day,
Nessa xxx

Hettie said...

Sorry I am late Miss. Been playing with the puddles in my wellies and now I have a hole in them. Or is it just I splashed too hard?

Benzi said...

Di, your Christmas bells are gorgeous! So glittery.....super cards.
Next to snowmen, I think Christmas bells are my favorite image for a Merry Christmas card. I think it has something to do with when I was a young girl and my Mom had pretty bells on one of the outside doors.

All the showcased cards were wonderful. That piggy is outta sight funny.

Hi to Parsnip!!!

Bonnie said...

Whoo hoo! I have another! I see Benzi's picture of her beautiful card doesn't show up. I know you can work magic with this. Hope you're having a great week. Off to look at the tangle!

Victoria said...

Tough choice picking out a few from the Playground each week, but aren't these just fab? The Playmates are a talented bunch! We must take after the Head!

scrappymo! said...

just popping by with a card...finally!

kay said...

Hi Di,have added a second snippets card,getting the addiction me thinks lol x

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Hi Di, I have added another card - this one using paint swatches - does this count? If not, then just ignore my entry...although I am really aiming for that Ryn water droplet stamp......Have a great day, hugs, Cornelia

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Hi Di, here is card number 3 - I used left over rubber to make my own background stamps - hopefully that qualifies......I love your Playground!

kay said...

Hi Di, hope I am doing this right, have added my 3rd card now,am enjoying using just my scraps at the moment and I know Amanda will be proud of me lol x