Sunday, 19 August 2018

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #333

And just where did THAT two weeks disappear to then? Crumbs, time flies when you're having fun!

The 'Scratch Pad' crazy cat snippets card last time proved to be a hit - and lots of you played along for the prize as well - the result of the draw will be published a week from now.

Lets get straight on with my snippets card - get out the paper hats and streamers:
I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" white card blank, tent style (see below for an unexpected adjustment I had to do along the way)

- a whole sheet ...... shudder ...... (which I then trimmed down) of green paper from the fabulous Lawn Fawn 'Really Rainbow' paper pack

- a snippet of white card, a bit smaller than the green layer - and an assortment of small snippets from the halved envelope which I'd stuck into the back of the same Lawn Fawn paper pack to save snippets in - I find this system works well for me as you can easily find co-ordinating scraps of paper from the same pack all kept together

- then I worked on the white layer by first of all backing the selected snippets of paper (striped, yellow, red and some of the leftover green) with thin white card (using medium weight double sided adhesive sheet snippets as the sandwich layer - it looked like patchwork but it's hidden and I hate even throwing out a small piece of double sided adhesive sheet!)

- next I took the MFT 'Birthday Candles' die set and cut into the white panel right where I wanted to inlay the die cuts later on

- then I die cut the big flames from the candles into the white panel - they line up beautifully in one go - higher if you wish of course but this was my very first 'play' so i kept them just on top of the wicks

- big breath next as the next step was to die cut the word 'party' into the white background, using an MFT 'Party' die - I cut it at an angle (confess time here) mostly as I truly didn't see any way of me getting it looking straight! And, squeal, it worked!

- so, I had the background of apertures (kept in a little plastic lid) ready to use and then just used more double sided adhesive (Stick-It Double sided sheet this time - and yes, more little snippets) to back the apertures cut into the white panel and then added the die cut candles and flames, as well as the word 'party'

- at this point I went and had a little lay down to recover - even though things were rolling along smoothly I was waiting for a problem - as you do!

- rolled the white layer of inlaid card through the Cuttlebug - and blow me - one edge which wasn't lined up within one eighths of an inch of the actual sticky back stuff ended up with a line across it

- went for yet another lay down and sobbed gently

- solution, trim the flippin' top edge off the embossed piece of white die cuts layer and also trim the card and backing panel slightly - one reason never to assemble a card until the end!

- glued the (now a little bit shorter) green 'frame' to the (now a little bit shorter) card front

- added the little red heart shaped flame centres, using a glue pen

- something was still missing so I had a rummage through my packets of sequins and added a little scattering of them (from the Lucy Adams 'Misty Rainbow' packet - see more detail below)

These are brilliant dies to use and can be for invitations or equally for a Birthday card. The party die would be good for the likes of New Year and other celebrations as well.

I like to add a few sequins to plain cards now and then if they just look too bare and I discovered Lucy Adams a while back and just love her sequins and shaker mixes. She sells from her own on line shop in the UK HERE where I buy from - and Simon Says Stamp in the US also stocks her mixes HERE. One word of warning - the selection really is huge with loads of themes and delicious colour mixes, so if you do go and peek, then please don't blame me if you end up spending a good few pennies!

And of course, here's this week's Snippets Playground prize:

It's your own MFT 'Birthday Candles' set of dies and a 'Party' die as well. I won't be splitting the prize BTW. If you win and truly don't want to keep part of your prize then, as I've said before, feel free to pass it onto a crafting friend - but I do think they make a great pair!

As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 1st September. 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 :)

It's been a rough week for both of us here - we seem to be kicking colds and other bugs around between us, first one of us is unwell and then within days the other one goes down with the same thing. Today (Saturday) is the best I've felt for almost a week and of course crafting has taken a bit of a back seat, apart from my snippets card!

Love from Parsnip (he's wearing a surgical mask to avoid catching anything!) and of course from me,


60 comments:

Karenladd said...

Oh my goodness Di, what a lot of work with all the inlaid die cuts. Your choice to put the Party sentiment at an angle was genius!! It looks even more restive with the Party die dancing across the card. Every little detail in this design adds to the fun...wonderful job!! Yes please to this fabulous prize. Birthday cards are one of my favorite to make and send out.

Greta said...

Hoping the bugs are gone from you guys! I totally adore your card, Di--so beautiful & festive! I almost bought the candles in the recent MFT sale, but didn't let myself. Will definitely play for the prize this time!

SHartl said...

Oh, I sure do hope that you are feeling better now...or soon! I hate being sick in the summer the most. It seems like adding insult to injury when the weather is hot and you're sick. This party card is the cutest..and that inlaid die cutting makes me break out in a rash...so much work involved! My birthday card is much simpler, but I say yes please to this fun die set prize!

scrAPpamondo said...

Ooohhhh... Amazing card! Love so much your design and the inlay! Those candles with the big flames and the hearts are just delicious and your paper choice makes them so elegant and sweet!! Love the sentiment in the corner, too, and the sequins compliment so well the design!
I wish a speedy recovery and free-bug-time to you and Parsnip :)
Have a lovely Sunday!

JennyH said...

Love your inlaid die card Di, turned out beautifully after all that stress ; )
This is a great die set, count me in for the prize draw : )

Lia said...

This inlay technique looks amazing! Great card Di!
Lia xx

Aquarius said...

What a jolly party card and a good description of how it was made as usual. Sorry to hear you've both been under the weather and I hope you feel much better soon.

Pippa said...

Love your card Di well worth all that effort patching the bits together. Those sequins finish it off perfectly. I would love the chance to win the prize. I am slowly getting into more die cutting so anything to build up a stash!

scrAPpamondo said...

Yes for entering in the draw for the fabulous prize, please! :)

Nana Connie said...

Gorgeous work with the inlaid die cuts, Di, and I love the brilliantly striped candles! Very clever cutting. I'm playing for the prize this week and am just finishing up my post so should be back shortly to post my entry. :-D

Kath said...

A fabulous card Di and I agree about not assembling a card until the last minute - I've often adjusted the size! I'll be in the playground soon and would love a chance to win this lovely prize, please.
Kath x

Sandra H said...

What an amazing card l love all that you did with it Di and the colours are gorgeous too! as always well worth all the effect you put into it and time just playing for fun enjoy your week x

Brenda said...

What a fun and very festive card Di!!!! One that I will have to CAS as I have the candle dies. Love the papers you used on the candles, it is perfect for candles. I also love the party die, don't have that one, but I love it. Then there are the beautiful pastel sequins which I am crushing on, they just finish this party card off perfectly! I love this card! Hugs, Brenda

Jane said...

I can feel your pain Di but wow what an awesome card this is. It was worth all the effort. The stripey paper works perfectly. I love those dies and would LOVE to win the prize this fortnight. Thanks so much for offering such a fab prize.I'll let you into my trade secret, I add sequins to most of the cards I sell at Dotty's (just numbered up No 829!!) as I find they are a cheap alternative to gems etc and stay put if I stick them with cosmic shimmer glue. They really do finish off cards and buyers seem to love them too. Hope you are well, the weather is much cooler now but this afternoon has been glorious again. Hugs xxx

Di said...

Hi Jane!

I use the tiniest touch of Glossy Accents to stick sequins in place firmly. And guess who has been using it to fix detached fletchings (feathers to us) back onto his arrows lately?! So much so that he remarked this past week that perhaps he would need a bottle of his own rather than borrowing mine all the time - needless to say. a minute later he (my Len of course) had my new unopened spare one in his hand - it lasts for ages and quite frankly might well outlive me at just a little drop at a time!! Weather is more bearable for sure! x

Kathleen said...

A really super card Di, certainly worthy of the effort, love the colours and the design.
No problem about the 'you know what' you have 4 months left to use them for this year and I am quite happy for you to keep them for that long.
Had a very strange cold myself.

Kath x

Di said...

i almost felt OK to have a go today so it won't be as long as four months I promise! On my desk and leering at me as I type!

Hugs

Di xx

KandA said...

Hi Miss Di, I hope you and Len have got rid of all your germs and bugs now. Love your card with the super MFT dies and the sequins are a lovely finish. Will try and join in this time around if I can find where Mojo is hiding xx

Glennis said...

Yes please for the prize Di, sorry I have been a bit absent!

Kathyk said...

Morning, just uploaded my entry and YES PLEASE to this weeks prize.

Fab make from you too, Di, sorry to read that you needed a lie down though! Feel better soon, both of you

Happy Monday

Kathyk

Aquarius said...

Here's my card - playing for fun this time

Sarn said...

Sorry to hear you and Len have been feeling rough. Sending get well wishes to you both.

FAB party card mate!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Sharon Fontenot said...

Wow such an inspiration! Love your card. I would love to own those dies. My card will be going up tomorrow. Had a glitch, so I moved it back 2 days. 'Til then . . .

Em Louise Fairley said...

The card is gorgeous, Di xoxo

Fikreta said...

so very nice card!
hugs

Maxine D said...

Thank you for your ongoing inspiration Di - and please count me in to play, and to accept the prize should I win.
Blessings
Maxine

Claire said...

Super fun card Di, I love the patterned paper you've used for the candles and all the added embellishments... its perfect for a party. I've not played in a long time as I seem to be using full sheets of everything but thought it time I stopped by. I'm playing just for fun, take care x

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

The little hearts are the cutest ever for the flame! Great card!

Liz said...

Brilliant card, Di, worth all your patience and perseverance. I love the rainbow candles.
I'm a Yes Please for the lovely prize.
Sorry to hear you've been unwell, but glad you're beginning to feel better. xx

Art Conquers said...

Beautiful card! Yes for prize!

Carol L said...

Those dies sure do make for one fun birthday card! I love the festive colors, striped candles that look like the real thing, plus those tiny hearts in the candle flames - what a super cute idea! I'd love to have my name included in the prize drawing - thanks so much!

Valerija said...

Wow, so amazing card. Love thoes candles.
Yes for the prize please.
Hugs, Valerija

Heather said...

Cute! Love the stripes on your candles; so fun!! I think I would like to play for the prize this time, thanks!

KathyA. said...

Oh my! Your card is a delight (ha, see what I did there?!) And I'd love to add the dies to my stash. Count me in!

KandA said...

I'm back and with a snippets make too! Would love to go in the hat for that fabulous Prize xx

Darnell said...

Wow! What a fun and festive birthday card, Di! It truly does scream PARTY and was well worth all the trouble! I love the striped paper and those little hearts in the flames and your matching sequints! Well done! I'm tempted to throw my hat in the ring this time, but with three other candle die sets to my name, that would be piggish indeed! Hope you feel better!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

Janice said...

Wow, a beautiful card Di, you are one very patient crafter! I would love to be entered into the draw please, these dies would be so useful!
So pleased to hear you're feeling a little better. Take care.
Janice x

Nicky said...

love your card and it was worth all the effort, would love to be in with a chance of winning the dies, have entered my snippet card - thanks for running this challenge :)

Janis said...

Your card is so pretty and festive. I nearly had to lie down myself in the middle of reading about all the painstaking inlays...and the adhesive scare!! Ack! What a lovely result, though....perfect for any young lady...or any lady who wishes she still were! Ha. Yes, please, to the generous prize!! Thank you for another fun challenge!!!
<3 J

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Karen said...

Lovely card Miss Pixie! Yes please for the prize, as nearly always lol! Your card is stunning by the way, love those candles. I hope you have a good weekend too Karen x

brenda said...

Just signing in Miss Di. Your card is such a bright and cheery one with those candles, bound to brinbg a smile to the recipiets face.

B x

LesleyG said...

Hi Di Parsnip and everyone! Just playing for fun this time, thanks for the inspiration xxx

Majda said...

A really super card Di! Love thoes candles.
Would love to go in the hat for that fabulous prize.
Hugs, majda

Lynne in NI said...

Ooooh your card is gorgeous Di! I love the colours you used. A massive 'Yes Please' to be in your draw for these goodies! Hope you're both feeling better by now x

Bonnie said...

Love these festive birthday candles, Di! The stripes are such fun! Playing for fun.

Tina Z. said...

really great card, I love all these bright colours.
yes for the prize, please.
have a great week, here the summer has ended and it is really cold, only 13 degrees Celsius compared to 31 degrees on Friday, uf.
hugs xx

creationsnz said...

Yes please put me in! Just love what you did with your card! CarolG

Marianne said...

Happy to see you chose a less intricate design for your inlaid die cuts this time LOL. Yes please to the prize. I could really have used it this weekend to create my cards for MFT Summer School, but I did manage without...

Sindhu said...

Lovely card...Entered my entry ..Please add in for prize draw..

Lynne said...

A super card, I love your added sequins too, they finish it off perfectly. Its a yes please for me in the draw x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A fantastic card Di, I'm playing for fun this time around.

Sue xx

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

I’m pretty sure I already commented on your darling card with the cute hearts on the candles, but now I’ve had a chance to play, so I can say I would love to be in the running for the prize. Have a good day!

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Di your card is gorgeous. So it is a yes please for the prize. Sorry I haven't been around much. Take care. Hugs Jackie

D.L. Flowers said...

Hi Di...yes, I would like to play for the prize. Thanks!

NinaS said...

Super card Di. Love the little hearts in flames.
Yes please for the prize.

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Hi dear pal.. just lobbing im although not actually chez moi at moment. Had some news in snippety post linked to previous post wanted you to know so did post on phone. Getting quite used to it now have even found a great app resize all photos.
I really truly love this card amd felt with you in all those dramas and lie downs esp as I've done the cuttlebug squash a few times ... pity we couldnt catch up whilst in UK later on.
Sending much love and prayer your way. Shaz in Oz.xxxx ps trust you Len et al are well.. know you gad been poorly.

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

PS will however decline prize though i love it. Must use more stash. ..

Chantal said...

Great card. yes, I would like to play for the prize. Thanks!
Hugs, Chantal S

Sandy said...

Beautiful card Di. I really like the pretty striped paper you used on the candles. It's a fab prize, but I'm just playing for fun this time around.

Susan Renshaw said...

Love your card! Just playing along to say thank you !!