Let's move on to my snippets make for this week:
- 5.75" x 5.75" square white card blank
- snippet of white card stock, backed with Stick-It self adhesive sheet and then die cut using Apple Blossom's 'Woodland Scene' die
- snippet of deep blue pearlescent card onto which I layered the white die cut and the 'snowflake' cut outs before trimming it around the edges as a 'frame'
- then added the sentiment using Delicata 'Silvery Shimmer' ink pad (it's so luscious I don't see any need to emboss it like I normally would do with some metallic ink pads) and a stamp from the Paper Smooches sentiments set called 'Christmas Sampler'. For this I used the Misti and an acetate grid - more details are underneath this little list of steps
- glued the panel to the card front and added teeny, very flat, sparkly 'gems' to the centre of each snowflake
- final touch, which doesn't show up in the photos of course, I added lines of clear Wink of Stella down the tree trunks
A couple of things about this card:
First of all, the die I used was bought online back in July - and I felt a bit cheated when it then appeared to be a free gift with Die Cutting Essentials magazine in September. But, from what I can see online, the freebie die is actually a bit smaller then the one I bought (mine is 5" x 5") and it also has a few stars cut out as well as the snowflakes - so it's not absolutely identical! I see that the die I have is no longer available, which is a shame as it's a real beauty.
And, when stamping the sentiment, I used an acetate grid I'd printed from the Internet to help with placing the sentiment absolutely straight. Misti does have a free printable grid on their website but it's only the size of a USA A2 card, similar to our UK A6 size - so I had a little hunt and found freely available grids online. Mine came from here and, once trimmed, it covers almost the whole of the standard sized Misti's stamping area. You do need to print onto the slightly rough side of printable acetate BTW. Plus, do be aware that even if you adjust the print setting by ticking/unticking 'Ignore scaling and shrink to page width' there will still be a gnats whisker's difference either way if you hold a ruler up against the squares. For me it doesn't matter, and as yet, I haven't come across a way to replicate 100% perfectly quarter inch grid squares. Of course, a well known stamping store in the USA does sell the acetate grids on line as well!
Now for the weekly peek at the picks:
We had no new Playmates last week - and not quite as many of you came to play (47 in total). I have a strong feeling that folk have suddenly realised that the countdown to Christmas has begun, now that we're into November, and there could well bit a bit of frenzied work going on! Visions of little fingers flying, scissors, stamps and dies being flung around - and a lot of muttering as well.
Well done Kathy, and about time too! I've scouted right back through blog posts and can't find exactly how long it is since you first began to play with us. At least three years initially by my reckoning, and certainly weekly for a while now! Can it be true that this is your very first win? I think that may well be the case as you often play for fun Kathy - am just so pleased that you finally got to win a prize!
This coming week's prize is:
A maximum of ONE entry and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. Once again, I think both items work really well as a pair so they are one prize, but if you have a burning desire for just the die or the stamps set 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! And a big hug from Parsnip of course - he's got his ear defenders ready for the inevitable fireworks tonight, I'm writing this on Saturday of course :)