Friday, 30 December 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Weeks 260 & 261 - Prize I

There's a story behind today's prize - first of all here's the card I made:
An attempt to show the sparkle on a dull Winter morning!
 I used:

- 4" x 5.75" white card blank

- deep red pearlescent card, trimmed to just slighter smaller than the card front and glued in place

- white card, embossed using the Sheena Douglass embossing folder called 'Christmas Greetings', then trimmed to slightly smaller than the red layer and glued in place

- next I punched a label using SU's 'Scalloped Label' punch

- then stamped the beautiful Santa face onto it using Memento 'Grey Flannel' ink and a stamp from Habico's 'Christmas 4' set. More about this stamp set below BTW

- coloured the image using just a couple of flesh coloured Pro markers plus a touch of blue for Santa's eyes

- added clear Wink of Stella plus some very fine glitter here and there

- a touch of Glossy Accents on Santa's specs

- once dry I then threaded a snippet of dark red organza ribbon through the top of the tag and trimmed the ends

- finally, stuck the tag onto the embossed background using thin sticky pads

And, I made four cards exactly the same as a head start for Christmas 2017 :)

Of course, today's prize is based on the Habico 'Christmas 4' stamp set I used - and here's the tale. Our Playmate Kathy K has recently been using this wonderful stamp set and I absolutely had to rush off and buy it as a prize! This is the set which includes the Santa image that has been around since at least 2008. I know that Kathy also has a larger Santa stamp of the exact same image (I think Rubber Stampede made it) but I missed the boat there, sigh. However, there are ways to use the smaller one, as I showed above:
That's the chap, bottom of the set. Kathy also made a beautiful card using the Three Wise Men stamp from the same set:
It's a big and bold stamp which I think is just stunning, and so beautifully used and coloured by Kathy - and you can take a closer look over at Kathy's blog here. Thanks for letting me share this Kathy - I owe you as there was no time to even attempt to make a sample, besides which yours is perfect!

Crumbs, I almost forgot! In all the excitement of finding this fabulous set of stamps, I got my paws on three for today's prize! This is the last prize on offer for the five year celebration so it seemed right to throw in a few more chances of winning :)

The Playground gates will be closing very soon, at 11am on Saturday as usual. I am left with one Christmas themed prize - but it's quite a special set of stamps and matching dies so rather than squeeze it in here - it will be on offer from Sunday's new Mr Linky. I think you'll like it - a lot!

At the end of all of the celebrations I'll do a massive draw session for all the prizes shown during this celebration, up to and including today, using the one Mr Linky - which is on the main snippets post HERE - so you do need to have entered one snippets make over on that post to be in with a chance :) Maximum of one entry please - to keep things fair for those who may not have had much time to craft.

Just leave a comment on this post if you would like the chance to win today's prize, remember there are three sets on offer.

The card that kicked the giveaway off is the slider card I made for Len:
He's my much trusted in-house critic but I caught him out with this one. He always finds the most amazing cards to give to me - this year it was a hologram Christmas teddy bear image on the front  :) He opened the above card on Christmas morning, raised one eyebrow and said 'Ah, you had to give in I see and buy one'. He held his hands up in surrender when the penny dropped that I'd made it - best result ever!


Glennis F said...

I'll bet that made your day, Di.
Yes please to today's prize

Pat said...

How great your hubby thought you had bought his card Di, it was a beautiful card though so no wonder. I love that stamp set with the cute Father Christmas and the large and detailed Three Wise Men, and there are also some lovely hanging baubles that are quite large too. Your card looks great with the embossing in the background and the FC on the lovely tag which works really well. Anyhow, I love this set and I would like to say 'Yes Please to Prize I'. x

Liz said...

What a lovely Santa image, perfect size for a tag. Love the embossed background too. Thanks for sharing Kathy beautiful card - I somehow missed it on her blog. Had a chuckle at Len's comment about the card you gave him. I'm a Yes Please for the draw for this prize. xx

Unknown said...

Ooh yea please to this prize lovely! My entry is coming tomorrow :-)
Lucy x

Janis said...

Got him, didn't you!!! Mega congratulatory pats on the back for making a card that astounded even the most jaded of crafthubbies!! Hahahaha.... That card you made him was a stunner, all right! My hubby didn't even get a BD card from me this month. His response, "Whaaaaaat??? The expert cardmaker doesn't even have a card for me???" I felt like a heel. :( lol...

"Yes, please!" to this wonderful prize set. LOVE that wise men image and Kathy's card using it. Fabulous!!!

Thank you for all the chances to win these amaaaaaaaaaazing prizes. What a spectacular celebration!!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Janis said...

Meant to mention how much I love how you added sparkle with the WOS pen and fine glitter on your Santa tag-card. What a stellar effect!!! Just gorgeous!!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Trina P. said...

Your card today is beautiful. This is a lovely vintage set, but it would probably just collect dust because I don't think I can come up with anything as nice as yours and Kathy.
And I was so happy for you to read about Len's reaction. What a fantastic compliment he gave you! No surprise, it is an awesome slider card.
Di, have a Happy New Year! Wishing you good health and happiness in 2017.

Trina xoxo

Robin said...

Beautiful cards! I love that Santa stamp!! I would love to win it! You are so amazingly generous!!!! Hugs, Robin

paperpapier said...

Oh! Thank you for sharing the tip on using smaller stamp as the focal point in a card. I have never thought of that, such brilliant idea! Love to win this stamp set.

Carol L said...

That's such a pretty card, and I'm very fortunate to have bought the larger Santa stamp when Stampendous made it. I will never part with that stamp because I love it! I'll pass on this prize since I already have the stamp, but I had to come tell you how much I like your pretty card :)

JennyH said...

Lovely card Di, I do like tags on simple cards, do it a bit myself especially at Christmas for some speedy makes : )
I have been eyeing off this Santa image for years so count me in for a chance to win the smaller version. The wise men look great too, a very nice stamp set.

Preeti D. (aka Dutt Preety) said...

Lovely card :) yes please for the prize. Thank you.

Megan J said...

Hi Di, a wonderful reaction from your dear critic, I bet he had to play with the slider too. Two stunning cards from you and Kathy, love the Wiseman image and that Santa is one of the nicest around... yes for an opportunity to win the stamp set, you are so generous Di. Happy 5th birthday as principal of the playground! Have a fabulous weekend... Megan

LesleyG said...

Wow that's the biggest compliment from Len, love the cards, but I'll pass on this one thank you xxx

Marjeta said...

Brilliant idea to using smaller stamp on tag and put it on card. It is beautiful. Embosed background is just final spot. Yes, please. I woulg like to be in the draw.


AlisonC said...

Heehee, well done. When I ask my husband for comments he often says - it's too good, people will think it's bought. I can't get him to understand that's the greatest compliment. Wish you'd caught Len's face on camera!
Yes please to this one and thanks for your huge generosity. X

Aquarius said...

What a huge compliment that Len thought you'd bought him a card - as if!!

Jane Willis said...

Oh I'm so pleased you've managed to source this lovely Santa stamp, and as part of a gorgeous set too. I'd love to be counted in for it.
If Len thought you'd bought that lovely card, he must have thought you'd paid an absolute fortune for it! Cards as special as that are crazy prices in the shops.

Jane said...

Oh Di Len's comment must have made your Christmas.That's priceless and shows what a beautiful card you made. Yes please to today's gorgeous prize and thanks again for this amazing celebration of your kind and wonderful playground. Hugs xxx

Linby said...

Love how you put this card together and a great idea for using a smaller image - must remember that! Ha ha, well done on fooling Len - how wonderful.
Happy New Year

Sue - said...

Love your card Di, I'm ashamed to say I have that set of stamps and never used it. I seem to recall buying it from QVC many years ago, it was part of a big bundle. Time for it to be used I think! Bet Len made your day with his comment!

Karenladd said...

Oh, I love that Len thought you broke down and actually bought a card, because it looked so professional!! We already know what a wonderful card maker you are but it's fun to get confirmation of that all the same! Yes please to this stamp set, because that vintage Santa is just wonderful. I love how you used glossy accents on his specs!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Love this stamp set, Di, especially the wise men (so yes please, thank you!) I saw Kathys card and raved over the stamp set. She shared link where she bought it too... and peeked..

Your card with tag is really lovely too. Great idea to use tags like that. Sending hugs and thanks Miss as this going to be one big draw for you.
I pray you've had good health over the hols. I'm loving our summery weather here, but rainy weather is coming. I'm not whinging though we really need every drop.
❤❤❤ Lord bless in 2017, esp health wise.
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Kath said...

Another fabulous card Di and I would love a chance to win the prize please. I'm glad Len was pleased with his card and that you fooled him into thinking it was a bought on - great result!
Kath x

Craftychris said...

Your card is beautiful as is Kathy's card - double eye candy today! I am glad Len was so thrilled with his card! Yay! Yes please for the draw! I have some images of this Santa that I stamped using a friends stamp years ago but never got the stamp myself! I think hers was a wooden stamp. This set is gorgeous! Thank you for the chance and for organising this extra special Snippets Playground! Hugs. xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

I love your beautiful card using the wonderful Father Christmas, I also love Wendy's card too. This stamp set is a gorgeous one (not seen the set before only the gorgeous Father Christmas on cards)I would love to be in with a chance to win one of the sets please.

Sue xx

Paper Lily Leaf said...

Great card Di and I love Kathy's card too (those camels are fab!) Yes please to lovely prize. Hope that you are having a restful time. Hugs Xx

Barb said...

Your card is a beauty Di. I have this lovely Santa so don't want to be included for this draw. Just wanted to comment on your lovely card. I have never used him on a tag in this way but may just have to copy your idea. Kathy's card is absolutely gorgeous. Barbxx

KandA said...

Gorgeous cards from both you and Kathy. I'm not surprised Len was fooled by his card as it really is wonderful and to my eyes far better than shop bought xx

KandA said...

Oh and I forgot to say we didn't stand up for christmas dinner.... lay on the bed with a couple of trays instead! xx

Sarn said...

Brilliant cards from both u & Kathy showcasing that lovely set. Good one fooling Len on the big day too. Congrats! Xxx

Lia said...

You've done your utmost: both cards are so nice. But to be honoust: I like the 3 wise men the best.....
I wish you the best ending of 2016 and a great beginning of the new year 2017. I hope making visits to you very often!!
Lia xx

Em Louise Fairley said...

Love Len's reaction to the card. It does look bought! It's a yes please from me for the prize too, and a huge THANK YOU for spoiling us so much!
Em xxx

Viv said...

I suspect that poor Len has not been allowed to forget that he considers your cards soooooo professional.... LOL
Lovely card again today - like the tag idea and he looks very schparkly!
Yes please (again)! x

Pen Sunshinepen said...

Another great prize yes please again if its possible x

Tina Z. said...

oh, you started making cards for Christmas 2017, wow ... I admire you so much.
And this card is great, I love the stamp, so classy.
Yes for the prize, please and thank you for being so generous.
Have a great start in 2017!
hugs xx

Sandy said...

LOVE Len's reaction to your card. Well done if you could fool him after all this time.
Yes, please for this prize -- it's a wonderful selection of holiday stamps that would provide "hours of fun" as they used to say.

Maura said...

Oh, Darnell, I loved hearing about Len's reaction to the card!!! The complement that puts a big ol' smile on all our card-making faces!!! It was a beauty - as is todays card with the sparkly snowman beard!! Thanks for your generosity and time in hosting this fabulous 5 year celebration - and congrats to you! I will pass on this prize but am in for so many others - thank you!!

scrAPpamondo said...

Adorable both the cards! Love that Santa, your colouring and the added sparkling/glossy accents! And Kath's card shown so well the beauty of the Wise Men stamp, fabulous set! Yes, please, for being in this one drawing!
Your hubby tought hat you have buyed his card? He don't know your talent yet? I think you have to create another slider card to gift him for the next Valentine day! ;)
Hugs and happy New Year

Jackie T said...

Hi Di your card is gorgeous. So are the others you have featured. Yes please to the wonderful prize. Thank you for being so generous. Happy New Year. Hugs Jackie

KT Fit Kitty said...

No way! He thought you bought it?!?!! That is so funny! Must have made your day! Your Santa card is adorable and I love the embossed background! Please don't count me for this prize - I'm already in all the other draws so I will leave this one for someone else! Thanks again for all of your generosity and kindness, Di! You are such a blessing! Happy New Year!

Greta said...

Oh wow--that is so cool he thought you bought it! Gotta say--it is actually better than what can be bought, but I agree with him that it's an amazing card--not one I'd be making! Thanks for a chance at this great stamp set, Di--yes, put me in the drawing even though I have a million Christmas stamps--haha! I actually have only 1 Santa & maybe 1 of the wise men. Happy New Year!

Wanda said...

Yes please to the prize. I love your card. looks so classy!

scrappymo! said...

Yes please to this lovely prize!

Your card is fabulous. I love that image and the whole stamp set has wonderful images.
What a treat that you nearly fooled Len! Store bought indeed!

Valerija said...

Another great card. Love this Santa stamp.
Yes for the prize, please.
Valerija xx

Lady Joyful said...

Lovely sparkle! Yes please to the prize :)

Elizabeth said...

Another fab card, Di. I love that image of Father Christmas too. I did chuckle when I read what Len said about your card ... fooled indeed :) Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Kathleen said...

Both cards are gorgeous and the images are fabulous. I do not want to be in the draw for these, because I feel that I would not use them and I would rather someone win them(not that I think I would, but you know what I mean) who really wants them.
Well done on this and all the other posts on the 5 years celebration, can't believe it really but I have been deleting blog posts that go back to 2012 and there you are in charge of the playground. These years are really flying by far too quickly.

A very Happy 2017 to you and Len.

Kath x

Lynne in NI said...

Oooh beautiful card Di! Yes please to be in the draw, I've fancied that Santa image for years! Fab result from Len by the way :)

Janice said...

Both cards are fabulous Di! I'll pass on this prize thanks as I too have the original wood mounted Santa stamp, which I really must dust off and use!
Great reaction from Len, how chuffed you must have felt ;-)
Janice x

Darnell said...

Your card is so pretty, Di! You really have me tempted for this prize after seeing your card, but better not for fear of a crapalanche! Thank you again for all your hard work for the last five years bringing us this fun snippets challenge and for all your hard work and generosity bringing us this anniversary special!! I'm wishing you and Len a Happy New Year filled with lots of good health!! Hugs, Darnell