- 6" x 6" white card - to be honest it's a tad under that size as I check the 'supposedly matching' envelopes before making a card these days!
- snippet of red tartan card stock (called 'Red Christmas Tartan' made by Kanban) trimmed to slightly smaller than the card front and glued in place
- snippet of black card stock, die cut using the Tonic Studios 'Rococo Scotty Dog' die' - I carefully saved the cut out pieces from his eyebrow, legs and underneath the tummy and am so glad I did!
- for this card I wanted a solid tartan coat but the die does cut out a 'Winter doggy's coat' area. So I die cut a sacrificial Scotty from a scrap of card stock and then hand cut around the total area that I thought would make a decent winter coat for him to cover those cut outs
- flipped the 'coat' template upside down and then drew around it in pencil on the back of a little snippet of the tartan card stock (doing my best to at least make sure the lines were parallel with the background panel). Doing the flip routine meant that I could draw the pencil lines on the white backing of the tartan card snippet where they wold be visible for the cutting process and it would be the right way round when I flipped the cut out tartan coat over
- fussy cut round the pencilled outline of the coat then held the coat up against the Scotty and slightly trimmed it until I was happy that both layers would match and ran a red Whispers marker around the outside of the coat to cover the white core of the card before gluing it in place - using a fine line glue bottle
- found a snippet of white card stock, trimmed it to half an inch smaller all round than the tartan card stock, to leave a decent border, then used the Misti to position and stamp the sentiment using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a stamps from the gorgeous Inkylicious 'Seasons Greetings' set
- glued the white panel onto to the card front
- glued the Scotty dog, with his coat in place, onto the white panel and then popped the black die cuts I'd saved back into their respective places. I think that's an important step as online there are some cards which have been lovingly made but the cutouts have been left blank and it just looks a bit odd to me (IMHO of course)
- final touch - added a googly eye :)
Must search out some more tartan paper or card as this was such fun to make (once I worked out a few of the little tricks) and would be a lovely Christmas card for a few Scottish friends.
I'd like to enter this card into the current Merry Monday Challenge #218 where the theme is 'Plaid' - or 'Tartan', as we British call it.
And also into Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #304 'Use a Sentiment' and well as Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for October where it's always 'Anything Goes'.
Hedgehog update - the little perishers are going berserk! We think there could be as many as NINE different ones coming to feed over the course of a night. Len was awake in the early hours of Wednesday morning and heard a regular clattering from one of the hedgie feeding stations. At 4am he dragged himself into the garden to investigate (bless) and there was one very irate hedgehog - impatiently flipping the lid up and down on an empty bowl! I sure hope they all decide to have a sleep this Winter as we're becoming victims of our own success with them!
Lets move straight onto the weekly peek at the picks:
Vellum certainly is really popular right now - I see that this week's Less is More challenge theme is to use vellum or acetate.
We had no new Playmates last week but 55 of you came to play in total. Yay - what a lovely turnout and so many fabulous makes as well.
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.
Some more snippets of news:
It's time for Rudolph Days on Tuesday over at ScrappyMo's - runs from 25th to the end of the month and an ideal opportunity to make a Christmas card with a sentiment on for Hazel's challenge, anything goes for Mo's challenge - and if you use a snippet then you can link up here as well!
And, Penny from sunshinepens rambles has very kindly offered a pair of tickets to the Crafting Live Show at Peterborough, which is on Friday/Saturday 11th/12th November. I think the easiest way to pick a winner of these tickets is also to use Mr Random, although I do realise that Peterborough won't necessarily be easy for some of you to get to :) If you follow the link above you'll see that there are some really well known companies exhibiting their tempting wares! So, if you would like to win these tickets then just say so in a comment please and I'll keep a note and run the random number thingy before next week's post is up and running. I have the tickets electronically so you wouldn't have to wait for them to be posted.
A maximum of ONE entry and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. I think both items work really well as a pair but if you have a burning desire for just the die or the sentiment stamps then please feel free to say and if your name pops out then I'll do a second draw for the item you don't want.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!
Hugs from Parsnip - caught him rootling through my makeup drawer the other day, flinging stuff hither and thither. Only looking for green eye makeup .......... so he can plaster his face and whiskers in order to scare the local kids at Halloween when they come knocking!