Sunday, 2 September 2018

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #334

Well, it's September already and the kiddies are about to return to school here in our neck of the woods. Ha, next thing the shops will be stocking Halloween goodies, followed rapidly by Christmas stuff!

Here's my snippets card for this week - made in a bit of a rush during the week when something suddenly cropped up to sort of wipe out any spare time on Saturday (yesterday) which would leave little or no time for this post let alone the card I hadn't yet made! Anyhow, here goes with the card:
I used:

- 6" x 4" (A6 in the UK) white card blank, side opening

- snippets of white, green, Neenah 'Desert Storm' and slightly shimmery dark blue card which I fiddled about with trying to work out the right proportions for the card but then decided I needed the images to get it 'right' in my head

- stamped the little fox and rabbit onto white card using a Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink pad and stamps from the adorable Lawn Fawn 'Upon a Star' set of stamps and then coloured them in using Pro markers (love these little critters, so fast and easy to colour!)

- fussy cut around the fox and rabbit - what I love about this set is that it has nice thick lines so fussy cutting is more forgiving right up to the lines. Then, for an extra finish I ran a black Whispers pen around the edges

- now I could work out the proportions more easily so I cut the blue, green and white panels to fit onto the backing of Neenah 'Desert Storm card - one above the other with an overlap and put them to one side, after running a dark blue Whispers pen around the four sides of the blue card to hide the white core

- next stamped the sentiment onto the white panel using the Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink pad again and a couple of stars at the same time - all from the same 'Upon a Star' set of stamps

- then stamped the sky with constellations, the shooting star and single stars, using a Delicata 'Silvery Shimmer' ink pad and more stamps from the 'Upon a Star' set onto the blue card and allowed it time to thoroughly dry as it's a very juicy pad and also the card isn't absorbent

- time to assemble the card by gluing the 'night sky' panel to the 'Desert Storm' layer first of all

- then just used scissors to cut a bit of a wavy edge along the top of the green layer and glued that in place, followed by the white sentiment layer

- filled in the two stars on the sentiment panel using a silver Signo pen  

- time to add those little critters, which I popped in place with thin sticky pads - and called it a wrap!

Needless to say, I used the Misti throughout all the stamping, although I added the single stars to the night sky using a tiny single star from the stamp set and a clear acrylic stamp 'peg' (bit like a 3" or so long solid cylinder which you pop the little stamp onto one end of and then can see though the top of the cylinder for reasonable alignment)

Another time - given more time - I think I'd try heat embossing the night sky - but it works OK as it is. Interestingly, some Lawn Fawn samples I've seen on line also used slightly shimmery dark blue for the sky, and their straightforward stamping with silver ink was no better than mine - perhaps I'm just too hard on myself, sigh. This is such a sweet set of stamps by Lawn Fawn, I hankered after it for ages and eventually bought it the other week when I met up with Mrs A at the Copics Class. The mix of sentiments is just lovely - and there's even a heart shaped constellation if you want to go really romantic!

There IS a set of matching dies but I didn't bother with them as I don't think they're at all necessary. The little critters (you get the size I used and then a smaller fox and a smaller rabbit) are so very easy to fussy cut - whether you leave a white border or cut right up against the outline as I did. And, I just didn't see the point of die cutting the constellations - that would have meant extra outlines around them which I feel would detract from the overall effect, even if they were stamped in silver ink onto scraps of the same blue card.

And of course, here's this week's Snippets Playground prize:
It's your own Lawn Fawn 'Upon a Star' set of stamps. I try to mix stamps and dies around from one challenge to another as I know some of you prefer one or the other - although many like me are happy with either I guess!

As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 15th 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 :)

Thank goodness we both seem to have shaken off the Summer colds etc. at last - and about time too I say.

Love from Parsnip and of course from me,

71 comments:

scrAPpamondo said...

How cute card! These critters looking to the stars melts my heart! :) Adorable!

Megan J said...

Hi Miss Di, a fun and superb card, love the little critters looking to the stars! I can't believe I made it through the gates first this fortnight, I'm off to play on the swings.... Have a wonderful week... Megan
p.s. I'm playing just for fun this fortnight

Aquarius said...

Yes, I've had my eye on this stamp set too so will be back shortly with my snippets this week - it's a 'yes please' for an opportunity. Love what you've done with this set and am in awe of your attention to detail such as inking around edges of die cuts or cut-outs, makes all the difference and doesn't take that long in the big scheme of things.

JennyH said...

Such a sweet card Di, I love this cute stamp set so yes please to the prize draw : )

Fikreta said...

Wonderful card!
hugs

Lynne said...

Love this cute stamp set and you've made a fabulous card, I love the shimmery blue. I'm a "yes please" for this one. Thank you x

Brenda said...

Wow Di, for being rushed this card turned out super cute!!! I love the sky and I love those cute little critters. What a fun stamp set by Lawn Fawn and now has me wanting it. lol Like I need another stamp set, but need and wanting aren't the same are they? lol Well done my friend, I just adore this card! Hugs, Brenda

Jane Willis said...

Such a sweet card but having just received my prize for the last challenge I'll play for fun this time. And I've brought you a TRHEE-fer!

Brenda in IN said...

This is such an adorable card. I love that set with such wonderful sentiments and cute little critters. Your sky is really soft and pretty and I love the little stars you added.

Carol L said...

Eeep! How darling are those critters gazing at that beautiful starry sky? This is beyond cute and I love how you did the stars in the sky! Fabulous card Di! After seeing your sample, I'm going to have to say yes please, toss my name into the mix for the draw :)

Di said...

I had a strong feeling that this would tick the 'cute' box for many of you! xx

Greta said...

Such a sweet card, Di! You're right--need to think before buying dies as sometimes fussy cutting really isn't that difficult. Glad you guys are over the colds! I'll play just for fun.

scrAPpamondo said...

Thanks for another challenge and YES please for enter my name in the draw! :D

Sandra H said...

This is a gorgeous card Di the image is so pretty ...my grandchildren go back on Wednesday it's gone so quickly (just playing for fun) have a lovely week x

Jane said...

What a delightful stamp set Di and your card is too. The year is racing by isn't it. I would love to put my name in the hat, thanks so much. Hugs xxx

Kathleen said...

Doing my commenting tonight during the adverts for the new series Vanity Fair, love costume drama's but not too sure about this one so far.
A really lovely card and love the mix of the stars with the lovely cute images. Sorry to hear that you had a mad panic mid-week, hope all is sorted now.

Kath x

Fikreta said...

Im playng for the prize :)
hugs

Linby said...

Just love your card it's adorable. Hoping to be back with a card to play along.

Pat said...

I love the cute fox and rabbit gazing at the stars Di, and you have made the card beautifully with the blue sky and the hill and the edge of the sentiment border for them to sit on works so well. I'm sorry you had a bit of a rush with things this time Di, but you would never know it. I can't believe it is September already and a change of the season will be happening soon. I'll play for fun this time. x

D.L. Flowers said...

I would like to play for the prize, thank you :)

Kath said...

A super cute card Di! I'm just playing for fun this time as I have just won one of your lovely prizes.
Kath x

Sarn said...

Oh how cute is this! Absolutely ADORABLE. I agree entirely about not needing the matching dies for this sweet set.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

2crafteveryday said...

I am playing for the prize.
Joanne

Aileen said...

Im here to play, its ever so long between morning tea and lunch, look forward to catching up with everyone. Love the prize too, would love to win. xx Aileen

Em Louise Fairley said...

So sweet, Di. It's a yes please from me for the prize too xoxo

Brenda said...

Playing along for a chance at this cute prize Di! Hugs, Brenda

Nana Connie said...

I would not have known that you did this card in a hurry under the pressure of a deadline, Di. It's gorgeous! I'll be posting my card, probably tomorrow, but I'm in it just for fun this week. :-D

KandA said...

Your card is so adorable, those critters are so stinkin' cute and the layout with those constellations are perfect in the silver against the blue sky. I just can't resist and will have to throw my name in the hat for this super prize xx

Craftychris said...

Ooh I absolutely adore your gorgeously cute card and 'yes please'! I am wishing on a star that I win this wonderful stamp set - I love it! Hugs xxxxxxxxxx

Karenladd said...

Oh my goodness Di, this is such a sweet little night scene and I think you're absolutely right about the constellations needing to be stamped directly on the night sky..and not die cut. I don't even mind fussy cutting, if it isn't too intricate, and I always prefer the image be cut right up to the line. Great tip on using a black marker around the edges of the hand-cut image..to get rid of any bit of white around them. Yes please to this adorable prize.

Mrs A. said...

That's brilliant Though I only knows one of them constellations. Hugs Mrs A.

Trina P. said...

Hello Di. Adorable card! I have this set and have yet to ink it up. Playing for fun this time. 🙃
Trina xx

Darnell said...

Oh, Di, I love this! You did such a great job! I don't know why, but I have a soft spot for the "backs of" images, whether it be cute critters or cute kids! You ARE too hard on yourself! Hope all is well!! Hugs, Darnell

kbrandy4 said...

Adorable card Di, love those cute critters.
Would love to win this stamp set!
Hugs Hazel x

Linby said...

I'm back with a card, yes please to entering the draw. L x

Dr Sonia S V said...

What a sweet creation...I am playing just for fun Di

Cheers
Dr Sonia

Bonnie Lynn said...

I'd love to play! Count me in as just for fun. Thanks

Janis said...

ADORABLE!!! Di, your card is just the sweetest thing ever!! Love the shimmery stars in your shimmering night sky...and your critters are just totally huggable. A big YES, PLEASE! to having my name put in your hat for this prize!!! Thank you for another super-fun challenge.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com
HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

Lovely Linda said...

Such an adorable card Di - please put my name in for the challenge - I have admire that set from afar - thanks for the opportunity to play along and be in the draw! xo

vinita jain said...

What a beautiful transformation of constellation with shimmery night sky and cute critters! Love it Di! Kindly put my name this time I want this cute stamp:) Would love to play!

ionabunny said...

Hurrah, I'm in!! I have missed a few I think so it's great to be back. I love your card. So cute. Count me in for the prize please. Take care. Hugz

Loose Stitches said...

Beautiful creation! 'Yes please', for the prize. :)
Crafty Hugs, Sherry xx
Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads

KathyA. said...

Love your card AND the stamp set. So, yes please.

Margaret said...

Been so long since I have been here Di that I have gone around in circles but hope I have done everything correctly. As usual just playing for fun. Hugs
Margaret

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Fantastic card Di,
big Hug
Tamara

NinaS said...

Owww how cute are the little critters. Gorgeous card and i love the sky.
Playing gor fun.

Karen said...

Such a cute card Di you've made a real winner there. I'm just playing for fun this time Karen x

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

Hey Di.. I love your card this week.. too cute and so sweet.. "Yes" I would love to win this cute stamp set.. I dropped off an early Halloween Kidz Card..

Heather said...

This is so adorable!! Super cute set (and what Lawn Fawn set isn't?) and I love the little scene you created. I'd love to win this one, thanks!

Janice said...

Your card is so cute Di, I just love the scene you have created. I would love to be entered into your draw please.
Janice x

Lynne in NI said...

Awwww super cute card Di! Yes please to be in your draw :)

LesleyG said...

Love your cute card Di and its a YES PLEASE from me :) xxx

Liz said...

What an adorable card, Di, I love the cute scene you've created. I'm a Yes Please for the prize this fortnight. xx

Valerija said...

Di, this is so adorable. Love this stamp set. Yes for the prize please.
Valerija xx

Pat said...

Hi Di, I put this post up a few days ago and put the link in my end but forgot to link it this end, dah!! a senior moment..lol, so have just done so now. x

SHartl said...

Those little critters are so darn cute that I want to give them a squeeze (but not too hard..don't want to scare them!). I love the constellation and hillside scene, so YES PLEASE to the prize!

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Di your card is gorgeous. I am here just for fun this time. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Nicky said...

Love your card, its so cute,would love to be with a chance to win.

Jeanne H said...

Hi Di~ Sorry, couldn't resist! Yup, I'd like to be entered to win. I love this challenge!!

Mrs A. said...

Just realised this card has a snippet of apricot card used for the die cut sentiment so I come and play on the swings. Not the Pogo sticks though!! Playing for fun. Hugs Mrs A.

scrappymo! said...

Great card, Di. Loving those constellations in the sky and your sweet critters gazing up at them! Yes please to this wonderful prize.
Thanks for the chance to win, Di.

Katrina Bufton said...

I love these stamps, so sweet. Yes please for a chance to win xx

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Your card is darling, I looked at it before, but I think I didn’t comment because I didn’t have my entry ready. I think the sky looks just right inked on the dark cardstock. Lovely! I would love to be in the running for the prize. Have a great day!

Sandy said...

The card is just adorable, Di. (Maybe it's just me, but I think you could work this set into a Christmas card without much trouble.) Please include me in the draw.

Helen said...

How adorable is your card! Love their little noses sticking up!
I'm a 'yes please' for the prize draw.
Helen x

Maxine D said...

What a fabulous set Di - yes please, I would like to go in the prize draw
Blessings
Maxine

Marianne said...

Such a sweet card, Di. I think it looks just perfect as is. I do adore this stamp set, and esp. the sweet little fox, so yes please, for the prize.
Marianne x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Just about made it in time. A fabulous card and great stamp set but I'm just play along for fun this week.

Sue xx

Tina Z. said...

your card is super cute and I also made some sort of starry night on mine card.
yes for the prize, please.
have a great weekend.
hugs xx

Susan Renshaw said...

Hi Di!
Thought I had already entered this but can't see my name so here's another make...Happy Crafting! Just for fun as I won recently!

vaiybora said...

Pretty projects and great idea,Thank you for the tutorial and for sharing !

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