Sunday, 5 August 2018

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #332

Here we are again, ready for another fresh Snippets Challenge - anything goes so long as you use one or more 'snippets/scraps'.

Least said about the continuing heatwave the better really - but we'll surely pay for it later on in the year due to cattle needing their Winter feed already and the lack of rainfall also affecting crops.

My snippets card for this week is still here on my desk as it really makes me smile. In fairness, I'd seen this idea with the torn top pieces a good while ago - and my  memory was jolted when I spotted a very similar set of stamps and also a sample card. The stamps were at the Dies to Die For pop-up shop the other week and maybe that's where I spotted the sample card, or it could have been on line last week when I was browsing. Anyhow, here's my snippets card - and I defy you not to smile:

I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" white card blank, tent style

- a snippet of pink card from the snippets folder, which was almost the right size but I held off trimming it right down until I'd made the image panel

- a snippet of white card, bigger than I would need for the eventual size

- stamped the cat, claw scratches and also the sentiment using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and stamps from the delightful Your Next Stamp 'Scratch Pad' set of stamps

- next coloured in the cat using Faber'Castell Polychromos pencils - matching the pink on the cat to the snippet of pink card I'd chosen

- then had to do a bit of measuring and working out how big I wanted the image panel to be - trimmed it to size and also trimmed the snippet of pink card to form a frame

- heart in mouth lest I wrecked the thing, it was time to do the little 'rips'. I used a water brush to just moisten a couple of lines down the card, above the claw marks and carefully tore down the lines before folding each side back - took me back to my mulberry paper tearing days!

- then just glued the layers together onto the card front and called it done

- am still thinking about whether or not to add glossy accents to the cat's eyes - am leaving it as it is for now

Oh what fun this stamp set is and this particular card isn't the only fun design of course. It was so quick and easy to make, with minimal colouring needed, and purrfect for a cat lover of course. Or anyone needing a bit of a laugh or cheering up. When you turn the card upside down, the expression on the cat's face is priceless!

AND, it qualifies for the current Less Is More Challenge #377, which is 'Pets' - yippee, I love to play over there :) There might be a bit too much on the card, but I hope not as I still see plenty of white space and it really was such a joy to make. A few stamps, little bit of colouring. a couple of rips/tears and some layering. Oddly enough, one of the DT has a card using the torn paper idea - I made this last week well before the new challenge appeared though.


And of course, here's this week's Snippets Playground prize:
It's a Your Next Stamp 'Scratch Pad' set of stamps, same as mine. We had a doggie set of stamps recently so I figured it was time for some feline friends to take centre stage and also be a prize.

As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 18th August. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

It's a maximum of ONE entry and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. Please also link back to the Playground in your blog post to be eligible for the draw.

Remember, if you link into the Playground and don't say clearly that you're wanting to be in the draw in a comment on here, then you will be bypassed if your name comes out of Mr Linky. I'm sure you all know I ask for a positive 'yes' on the blog post - just in case you're playing only for fun - otherwise I ignore you on my little list.

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 :)

Be sure to call back next week to see the fortnight's picks and the winner of the MFT 'Cross Stitch Tag' die set. Not as many entries so far this fortnight but who can blame people with the heat, holidays and also cross stitch isn't everyone's idea of spending time crafting. But it's lovely to see so many people still entering just for fun.

Hedgies are still doing fine it seems (still eating and drinking every night) and the other wildlife here is much the same as ever. The birds are very grateful for fresh supplies of water twice a day - thankfully we had a bit of rain about a week ago which filled up the water butts. That will keep the bird baths going for a while. One hint, blackbirds absolutely adore apple cores - but better than that, they go crazy over an apple cut in half and laid face up on the grass (I buy the 'less than perfect' ones from Ocado. I think it's the juicy fruit pulp they love. Some evenings we'll go out to sit in the garden and there will be a blackbird pointedly kicking around the empty shells of both halves of an apple - waiting for fresh supplies! Perhaps they're secret cider drinkers ☺☺☺

Love from Parsnip and of course from me,


73 comments:

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Oh Di, this is just too fun and paw-some!! lol Love the tear ...
So funny, I am making a card now (not for this challenge) that
uses YNS stamps ... love them! They have so many cute sets!!

Di said...

Would you believe it - I'd never heard of them before the other weekend! As you say, some really cute sets :) x

Fikreta said...

That is pawesome card!
Love it!
Will be back to play for the prize!
Thank you!

Trina P. said...

So good to see you in the gallery. Cute card, Di! And it’s CAS! 😉 I have this set and it’s a fun set... those images make me smile too. The rips is a fabulous touch. Thanks for joining us at Less is More. xx

scrappymo! said...

Oh my gosh...this is so darn cute! I would love to win this very funny sentiment and image stamps set...It is such a hoot!
Your card looks great. I love the look on the cats face! Will be back in a mo with my card.

Greta said...

Your rips came out perfect, Di--I'd have had a heart attack! This is truly a smile making card--love it! I'll play just for fun this week.

scrAPpamondo said...

Ah ah ah!!! :D :D How FUN!! Pinned!
https://www.pinterest.it/pin/534802524498127922/
It's really a great idea ripping the paper to compliment this cat!! LOVE your card! Good luck with the LiM challenge! :D

Aquarius said...

What a super smile-making card this is - you certainly have the knack of sourcing some brilliant stamps and dies with which to tempt us!! I just have to say a 'yes please' for a go in the draw and will be calling into the playground later with my offering. Great to see that you are looking after your local wild life during this hot spell.

Lia said...

What a great funcard is this. It makes me smile from ear to ear!!
Lia xx

brenda said...

Your card and image is such fun Di. Already paying the price of the heatwave here in East Anglia, hay cut in June being fed by July as the paddocks are parched, unheard of to feed it so early, it's going to be a very expensive winter.

B x

Sue - said...

Love it Di! Such a fun set of stamps, and I’ve never heard of them before either!

Sandra H said...

Aww so cute Di l just love your card x

Sandra H said...

Oh those hedgies get fed so well l wouldn't mind being in your garden being looked after....lol although l don't think there are any on my garden now as the hedges have been removed so not really anywhere for them to sleep l am though going to get a box for them so hopefully it will encourage some to stay over the winter time ( just playing for fun ) enjoy your Sunday xx

Kath said...

A lovely card Di - the ripped paper at the top of your card is perfect! I'll be in the playground later and would love the chance of winning the prize please.
Kath x

Nana Connie said...

My feline fur babies are glad to see that felines are being equally represented, Di. :-D Love the CAS design and those stamps are so adorable! I'm playing for fun this week, just adding to the number of cats in the playground.

Mrs A. said...

Have used my stamp set too but it won't show on my blog for a while as it is the latest card for my grandson. Never thought to do the ripped paper though. That is brilliant . Love your cat colouring. I did wonder whether to add Google eyes to mine but resisted in the end as going in post. Hugs Mrs A.

Lynne said...

Oh Di your card is hilarious. The tears are an inspired touch too. I know what you mean about the weather, I'm trying really hard not to moan but I need a couple of cooler days to get some energy back. x

Carol L said...

I cannot put into words how much I love your card with that hilarious stamp set! Your coloring is spot on and the torn paper adds to the humor of anyone trying desperately to hang in there in a tough situation! This is a classic and now I'm going to have to add this stamp to my wish list - I love it! Yes please to the draw - even if I was lucky enough to win the previous one :)

Bonnie said...

Hello, Di! Remember me? LOL, life is so busy lately! Love, love, love your cat hanging on for dear life! Very clever tears in the card front! I feel like that sometimes. Hope all is well with you. Sounds like you are enjoying the little critters in your garden.

Kathyk said...

Just a fabulous make, love the touch with the rips too

Kathyk

Hazel said...

Love the card ... made me smile. At last I'm in the playground, enjoying the lovely hot, sunny weather (although wish it could be a little less humid). I'd love to be in with a chance of winning.xx

Liz said...

What a brilliant, fun card Di, LOVE this design! I'd love to be the owner of this set of stamps, so I'm a Yes Please for the draw.
I'm still struggling with this heat, could do with a couple of good downpours to clear the air! xx

Pat said...

You made a great card with this cute set of cats Di, and love the rips and fun sentiment. If I get my card in I will be playing for fun this time. x

KT Fit Kitty said...

Oh, Di, I LOVE your card! So cute and I love how the kitty tore the paper! Adorable card! I'm definitely a yes for the prize! Your Next Stamp is one of my favourite companies - they are based in Canada, you know. I just linked up my card. I used a lot of my snippets as I did a lot of die-cutting - everything was in my snippets box, except the card base.

Bunny said...

Such a funny card. Love it. [Bunny]

Kathleen said...

What a fabulous image, so funny and with some really great sentiments too.

Kath x

KathyA. said...

Your card is adorable. And... yes please... I'd love the prize if my card is picked. Thanks!

SHartl said...

This card is so clever and so darn fun!!! I am imagining that design on all kinds of paper things ...notepads, magnets, cards, maybe even a scrapbook page about a tough week at work. Yes please to this adorable stamp set prize!

Kathyk said...

FAB make and fab prize so, YES PLEASE

Happy Monday

Kathyk

Janice said...

Ha ha...this is such a great card Di, I love it!
Yes please for the draw, thank you.
Janice x

Megan J said...

Hi Di, a funny card and love the torn edge... stay cool in the summer heat.. Megan

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous card, Di! xoxo

Kampin' Karen said...

This is so darn cute!

Swissie said...

Great card and great stamp set.
Hugs, Liv

Helen said...

This is so fun Di - love it!
I'm a 'yes please' for the prize draw.
Helen x

Megan J said...

Hi Di, I'm playing just for fun... have a good one... Megan

scrappymo! said...

Finally made it over to link up my card. I almost forgot!
The jet lag is fading now, thank goodness. I might even make into the craft room today!
Yes please to the prize!

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

I love how you tore the card to have the cat scratches on the top! This is adorable! I am definitely in for the prize this time! Glad your wild life is doing well. I have not heard of people feeding birds apple cores! I know our blackbirds are different than yours, but how much different can they be, right?

Jane said...

Hi Di...yes I'm late again but here at last to see your fun card. I have seen lots of variations of this fun idea on the internet but yours is a real cutie. They're a great set of stamps and as you know how much I love cats can I say a yes please to the prize. I'll be back soon to link up. I'm glad to hear the hedgies are doing well and how amazing re the apple cores! Hugs xxx

Art Conquers said...

Fantastic card and I love the idea of ripping the card. Yes please to the prize!

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

Hey Di, Love your kitty Kat Kard.. Too Kute (^_^) … I dropped off an early Thanksgiving Day card. "Yes", I would love to be in the draw for this Kitty Stamp Set. Please. Thanks.

Jeanne H said...

Yes, I want to be in the drawing. Thanks. I maybe love dogs best, but your kitty card is super. It made me laugh out loud when I say it.

creationsnz said...

Yes please Pixie, count me in - such a fabulous prize!

creationsnz said...

Superb kitty card - made me laugh out loud! (We had a cat who did this up the curtains - naughty kitty)

creationsnz said...

Sorry forgot to put it's me - CarolG!

scrAPpamondo said...

I entered in the challenge and YES please for the super fun prize :D

vinita jain said...

So much fun with this cute image and giggled me a lot! Would love to win this super cute stamp set as a prize!

Heather said...

He, he, he . . . so cute!! Kind of reminds me of what our little stripey does to the back door screen! Love the effect of the torn paper at the top. Would love to play for the prize this time, thanks!

AlisonC said...

Love this idea, it's such fun and sure to make someone laugh. The tears are perfect. Hope all is well. x

Jane Willis said...

What a wonderful card, guaranteed to put a smile on anyone's face! I'd love to have a chance of winning the stamps, otherwise I'm going to have to buy them!

Tina Z. said...

such fun card, great design, Di.
yes for the prize, please.
we are having here a heatwave too, yersterday we went with kids to the lake and today we are going to the mountains.
hugs xx

Craftdee said...

I love a witty card, yours ticks the box :-) ... this image has so much potential, my sister is a cat lover - I'd love to have this stamp set, so yes please for the draw :-) Oh, and you're right; I turned my laptop upside down specifically to see "that" expression on kitty's face - what a hoot!
We're having a (relatively) wet winter, it's been nice enough in the days, but above average rainfall - and tonight we're forecast to drop to 4 degrees C... and me without my muff, lol. Donna xx

Karenladd said...

Oh my goodness, this card is just hilarious!! The torn bit makes this look so authentic, and that stressed kitty pretty much represents myself most days. Yes please to this adorable stamp set. So happy to hear that the hedgies are still doing well in your garden and bless you for putting out water for the critters! I always worry about that when we have hot, dry spells.

Janis said...

Love, love, love your fun and adorable kitty card!! Oh, my....that does have me laughing! This cat lover says "Yes, please....choose me, choose me!!" to this adorable set!!! I have several cards in queue...and I almost always use scraps, so I will be back soon to link one of them up!

Thank you for the smiles today. All of us here in my part of Idaho are on edge because we have a severe fire weather watch on for tomorrow. We had to evacuate in 2015 because our tiny community was completely ringed with flames. We were fortunate to have a place to come back to....not everyone was. I think we all have a bit of PTSD from that experience every fire season. So I much appreciate the chance to laugh and enjoy your fabulous card.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com
HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

Lia said...

I'm joining in today with a card and a pic from our holiday in Wales. And I 've already told you before that I adore the stamps!
Lia xx

Katrina Bufton said...

What a great card, the paper tears are perfect for that stamp. Yes please for going in the draw,
Katrina x

Sandy said...

Your card is an absolute hoot. Of course I have to be in the draw for this one.
Hope your weather is getting better, I keep seeing different bloggers using phrases like "hottest summer in 150 years." It's what we live through every day here, but we have air conditioning just about everywhere so it's bearable, and I'm sure that's not the case in England.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Di, finally managed to make something from nothing and worthy of calling a snippet make. Absolutely love your card - that cat makes me smile every time I see it. No heatwave up here - it's gone and brought the rain instead but I'm not complaining and neither is my garden. I'm told there's an Indian summer on the way - now that I do look forward to. Bit cheeky considering I haven't been in the playground often but I'd love to be included in the draw for those fabulously funny stamps. Hope you are well. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

LesleyG said...

I wanted to enter for this prize as soon as I saw it last week, and only just remembered! I love cats and funny ones are even better, and I've got some googly eyes in my drawer! Just love your card :) :) :) xxx

Nicky said...

Finally uploaded a card, funny its very similar to yours at like you I made it a few weeks ago, great minds think alike. Would love to be included in the draw for the stamps

Maxine D said...

What a fabulous card Di, and a wonderful stamp set. I would love to play for it, as i am very much a 'cat' person :)
Blessings
Maxine

Nandini said...

Love the cute card. And I am in for the prize draw. Would love to have a chance to add that adorable set to my stash!

Darnell said...

This is hysterical, Di! I have lots of YNS, but haven't seen this one! (They are the ones who make the fun Hammie sets I use.) This card will definitely make someone's day - whole week or more! Thank you for the update on the wildlife, too, so I can picture being there with you!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

kbrandy4 said...

Love your fun card Di! I would love to win these fab stamps!
Hugs Hazel x

Brenda said...

OMGosh Di, this card makes me smile from ear to ear shaking my head knowing all to well that life can make us feel just like this cat! lol Such a cute card, such a cute stamp set. I'm playing along this go around. Whoot, Whoot!!! Finally got around to using some snippets and able to visit you and Parsnips! Hugs, Brenda

SHartl said...

My two little girls spent several days with their grandparents and made a whole batch of cards. They had a ball stamping, die cutting and coloring...and using snippets! I hope it's okay to enter my 8 year old's card, because she begged me to after she saw me uploading my own card. If she is eligible for the prize draw, she says Yes Please!

SHartl said...

I forgot to say that her name is Remi. Thanks

Beate Rauer said...

funny card!

Lynne in NI said...

Heee what a fab card Di! 100% yes to be in your draw please!

Susan Renshaw said...

Love this card! Fun design!
Thanks for picking me as the winner last time! Looking forward to having a go with the die!

Di said...

That's just fine! Remi has entered before in fact - about this time last year. :)

Hugs

Di xx

Majda said...

What a super smile making card this is Di :-) I'm a dog pearson, but your cat is so sweet. I would love to win these fab stamps.
Hugs, Majda

Neets B said...

Such a cute stamp set and you've done an awesome job with it, Di. Being a kitty person, I love this card! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Less is More, Anita x