Sunday 22 April 2012

Pixie's Crafty Snippets Challenge - 17

Not sure about anyone else, but I seem to have a ton of strips of plain card in the snippets folder - so this week I dug a few out and made these magnetic bookmarks:
The second photo shows the inside with the little self-adhesive magnet.
A great way to use up those snippets of card strips, and useful at the same time. I have shown them on here before, but that was long before so many of you hopped in to say 'Hello' :)

I used:

- strips of coloured card, these ones are cut to 18cm - 4.5 cm then scored across at 9cm point for the fold

- all stamps are by Stampin' Up - from the 'Vintage Vogue' and 'Faith In Nature' sets - and I used SU's little ink pads too

- the corners were rounded using a punch, to help to stop the corners from becoming 'tatty' over time

- then the magnets were applied. They come in pairs from Abel Magnets here, look for 'self-adhesive magnetic pairs' part way down the page in the link, and the best way is to remove the sticky backing from one of the pair and place it on inside of the front where you want it on the bookmark. Then make sure it's 'pair' is perfectly lined up on the adhered magnet before removing the backing and carefully fold the back of the bookmark over making sure the edges and the end line up properly before pressing together. The reason I place the magnet on the front first is because if you do press a bit too enthusiastically when adding the second one of the pair you're less likely to end up with a ridge at the edge of the magnet on the front of your bookmark.

The beauty of these little bookmarks is that they flip over your page and don't drop out of your book - and you can also flip them over the back cover of your book whilst you're reading, much less chance of losing them :) You can also use stickers, coloured images - whatever floats your boat really.

I sized them to fit into pretzel bags which you can buy from the internet - just needed to trim the tops of the bags a tad :) Great for charity fund raising!

Right, enough about bookmarks and onto the weekly roll call:

First off the starting blocks, again was Sandra H with this lovely Christmas card. The card is so cute Sandra, lovely LOTV teddy image and sentiment - and it's pink :) Then we had another visit with this little beauty - made for last week's Less Is More challenge where the theme was 'doodling'. Gorgeous butterflies and flowers Sandra and the soft colours are gorgeous. And pink, as you know, always hits the spot with me!

Then, Jules arrived for the first of two visits to the playground - first of all here with such a fabulous card. It features a super bluebells image (and a few of us frantically wanted to know the source) and delicious backing papers. I'm almost sure they're Laura Ashley papers, a long while ago I remember wall papering a curved ceiling with the top one of the two designs :( One of those jobs where you wonder why you ever had such a totally stooopid idea :) Absolutely gorgeous card Jules. Then Jules brought this card to show, using alcohol inks on acetate - it was mid-week and what a mid-week beauty! White, black, grey and pinks - made only as our Jules could do, really stunning. I love the host of extra detail to peer at, and the feather is a super finishing touch.

Heidi also came to play three times this week - firstly with the cutest 'strawberry girl' card. Just look at all the pretty finishing touches, I love it Heidi! Then, this was the next card Heidi brought - a Christmas card with such a sweet little angel as the central image. Fab. colouring, I struggle with colouring hair but you've cracked it Heidi for sure! Some lovely scraps of SU card and papers as well - they really do make some wonderful colour combinations. And then we have this fabulous card  - another Christmas card, with an image you will all want! Not only that, it's a twisted easel card - one of my favourite designs. Such a lovely combination of red and lime green, really quite up to the mark Heidi!

Next was Irene, huffing and puffing a bit after ditching her efforts at playing with distress inks and duster brushes (know that feeling only too well Irene). But, this card didn't use the dreaded brushes and inks - it's here and is so lovely. Pretty pinks, embossing, ribbon - and such an adorable image. If you look closely you'll see the clever little touch behind the little girl holding the newly wrapped parcel, a sellotape dispenser :) I'm not surprised you chose such a lovely image Irene - I love clever little twists like that.

Liz also visited twice this week - first of all with this card - all in blues. Such a super idea to stamp the background and then also stamp some flowers with the same stamp to use as embellishments Liz. Lovely ribbon and the darker blue is such a good contrast. Later in the week, Liz hopped back with another card, this time using an old birthday card and ending up with a great result. Fabulous sky blue and the embossed circles echo the rounded lines of the image and the scalloped circle perfectly. Love that huge bunch of flowers Liz :)

We also had two visits from Sam, the first was waving a birthday card for her hubby - and what a happy smiley card too, chooks! To see it go here - isn't it just great? Just love those cheeky chickens, and am sure one is eyeing up the delicious looking flower :) Now, this next link isn't snippets 'per se' but if you haven't already seen it then it truly is a fabulous birthday gift for Sam's husband, well worth a look and so cleverly done. Sam's next snippets make fair took my breath away, some little scamp had thrown down the gauntlet for a non-inky card from Sam and this is the result. Wow, just shows what you can do with a load of little snippets - isn't it perfect? Ah, and I did spot a little line at the end of the blog posting referring to a 'go-karting shed'..........just one word about that bright idea, NO!!! I have my work cut out without having to dodge little maniacs in go-karts whizzing round the playground :(

Carol was next with this really elegant, mostly white on white, card. Lots of embossing, die cutting and layering - plus pearls, seam binding,ribbon rose and dainty butterflies - all in white. And the central image is so perfect for such an elegant card - an upturned, flower-filled parasol - just the right balance of colour. Absolutely gorgeous Carol - every time I see white on white cards in the playground I'm really tempted to have a go, especially seeing all the lovely results you girls bring to show.

Next was Karen T - with a card to really make you smile and the sentiment 'Have an Udderley Brilliant Birthday' is absolutely perfect for the cute image. Karen never wastes a single snippet, like a lot of us I suspect, and the papers are brilliant for the image. Karen was unsure whether she should add some embellishments - the consensus of opinion from those of us who hopped over to see is 'No, it's just right as it is'. Can be used for a male or female - and of course, Great fun card Karen!

Laura was next with this super congratulations card for her Dad's promotion news - really cleverly done sentiment Laura, I bet that took some doing, love the blue paper and all those stars too! It's been a great week for Laura - she also got a job lined up for when she finishes her training to be a children's nurse in September - go girl!! And, there are also some lovely free sentiments to download from Laura here - so all round, loads happening at Chez Laura. Well done from all of us.

And another card this week which you really must go and see is one that Linby made - here. Amazing use of snippets, ending up with such a pretty 'patchwork quilt' card- complete with embossing and faux stitching. The embossing really makes the already lovely patchwork look so realistic and the colour combinations are perfect Linby. The little flower and butterfly on the sentiment are great finishing touches - I love it.

Sarn was our next playmate - with such a lovely pre-coloured LOTV image, these are sooo useful, almost as good as Stickeroos :) You can take a peek here - just love the way he's dozing and the BPs are perfect Sarn. Oh, and don't forget girlies that it's also the 25th this week - which means it's Rudolph Day over at Sarn's. That's the day (or week) we all try to make at least one Christmas card to keep a bit ahead of the game, plus there's a set of stamps to be won!

Next was Mary H with a really lovely Sympathy card, always so difficult to make and this one is beautiful Mary. To see it do hop over here, lots of pretty die cutting and the use of teal and white is gorgeous Mary. Mary also asked if anyone has any tips for attaching the embossed velum she used - something we all struggle with I think - she cleverly used some pretty lace to hide the glue/adhesive. The only thing I can suggest is to use a double sided adhesive sheet. Apply it to the back of the vellum before embossing/cutting and then peel the backing sheet off for a nice all over adhesion. Of course, that's no good if you want the vellum to just be stuck down one side so any ideas would be good please. I do as Mary did and hide the glue/adhesive with ribbon or lace :)

After a little prompt, Ali joined in for the first time this week - with this really gorgeous card. Tons of snippets used here, stamping, paper weaving, layering, all in lovely shades of green. It must have taken ages to make Ali and you should be rightly proud of the result of all your hard work. 

We had two visits from Elizabeth too this week - firstly with a really super card - very Parisian indeed. The colours truly do reflect Paris in the Spring, fresh greens and pretty blues, using such a lovely Penny Black Stickeroo perfectly. I love the brilliant match of the backing papers, oh, and Elizabeth also decorated the inside of her card as she usually does. Bangs head on desk here - another thing I really should try doing :( Then, next time Elizabeth brought a card using one of her own photos - tweaked to look as if it's a canvas print. It's a gorgeous red lily - do go here to see - the backing papers and velvet ribbon are absolutely perfect for the image aren't they? And another squeak of despair here - I'd forgotten that Elizabeth also decorated the back of her cards!   

Karen was next, with this really elegant card, which entailed a lot of hard work. Do read how Karen made the card, a lot of gold embossing went on - and the deep rich red flowers on vellum and the gold leaves are fabulous Karen!  I love the deckle edging, something I don't often think about doing, and the end result is beautiful. Lots of lovely layers building up to the flowers which do really 'pop' as they say. Love the photo of your daughter and adorable grand son as well :)

Sally then brought three cards all in one posting - and all so different too. Firstly a fun caravanning card (happy memories here) - just right for those intrepid travellers and a great working in of the other loves in the recipient's life, a dog and music :) Really clever. Then Sally used one of my favourite Penny Black stamps (the duck chums) along with lovely backing papers and some gorgeous little flowers made from parchment - followed by such an elegant card using pink, black, white and soft green. As I said, all different and all brilliant Sally! Did all those pear drops get eaten?

Our next playmate was Mary Mac, with a Sympathy card. Sadly a few of us have been making those recently :( Just beautiful colours here Mary, and the image is lovely. Brave use of Distress Inks with a great result. The combination of black, purple and orange gives a real 'sunset' feel to the card and I hope it brought comfort to your friend.

Rach was next with this terrific 'daisy, daisy' card - really fresh and Spring-like. Brilliant lettering and those daisies are just beautiful Rach - one of those cards that really stands out from the crowd. Then, we had another little visit - this time with another daisy card, but very different to the first one. Just shows how varying papers and the number of layers can make for such a change - the little banners pennants are so clever too, great idea to use the same papers Rach!

Mags B swung in next, for a play in the puddles - and we had plenty of those this week! This is Mags' card here -it's just fabulous Mags! Super image (a bit like Saturated Canary ones) and I love all the extras, including the snippets of course :) Isn't it strange how 'Saturated Canary' and similar images have really taken off lately - this little sweetie is by Sugar Nellie and has loads of beautiful detail for you to peek at.

Next was Lynne, with two really pretty cards to share. Both featuring lots of careful scoring using a scoreboard to create a 'diamonds' background and then the sweetest little daisies added to where the lines cross.

Tammy then brought a really bright and cheerful card for a one year old's birthday. Absolutely perfect colours to fascinate a little one and I bet it goes down really well. If you look closely at the card, there's a lot of detailed cutting and layering - all of which goes to make a super-fun card and a perfect combination of colours and patterns. And then, yesterday, Tammy hopped back with some great news about joining a DT - well done! And, also brought a snippets card to show - here . To find out more, hop over to Tammy's - the card is gorgeous, doily, stamping, seam binding, buttons - all the things we know Tammy uses so well.

Then, Bernie arrived with a Z swing fold card - and what a beautiful result too. To appreciate it you really must go and look but in brief it's a real taste of Spring, lovely flowers and butterflies, embossing, die cutting and such fresh and pretty colours. It's been made with a lot of love for Ludy, Bernie's daughter-in-law and the ever-thoughtful Bernie has added a Filipino greeting as Ludy is originally from the Philippines. I just bet she'll be totally delighted Bernie!

Kate was next, with this fabulous tag. It's Kate's first visit to the playground - and she certainly stormed in with such a gorgeous make. The image is  just gorgeous, and the colours on the tag are perfect. Kate added a butterfly, script then vintage lace and burlap to add texture. Plus she used a fabulous pine cone die and lots of other goodies to come up with a 'top of the class' make :) Hope we see you again Kate!

And, Hazel must have had a hectic week as she was 'missing in action' until yesterday - which is the day of the week her Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge begins. This week it's to use 'lots of layers' layers, three or more, and I love the cheerful card Hazel made - all those snippets used with vibrant splashes of red are gorgeous, and I love the poinsettias Hazel! Great card :) I'll be joining in for sure :)

I'm off to bed as it's past midnight now and just in case I turn into a pumpkin..................

Mr Linky is below as usual. Hope you have a great week, and that the sun comes out to play a bit - it's been pretty wet again in the playground! We seem to have had loads of hailstones here :(


The only conditions to playing nicely in the Snippet Playground are that your card (or anything else you wish to bring here to show) must be made by using up snippets (card, paper, lace and ribbon are all fine), and a link back to here in your own blog posting will mean that you'll be included in the Weekly Roll Call. Oh, and no nipping or hair pulling of course :)  


  1. Wow what a fantastic idea. Magnetic bookmarks....They are all lovely. I have some magnets so might have a bash at these myself.
    Diane xx

  2. You are so stinkin' smart!!! I have a ton of strips that would work perfectly for this. I have an insane amount of snippets period! I bet you couldn't have guessed that huh! :-)))))

  3. I just made one of these earlier this week. It was in a workshop, not a snippetedy deal. I've come to playground this week to play but I'm still a bit sniffly so maybe I'll just sit quietly and play jacks. I promise no hair pulling!

  4. Oh Di these are fabulous!!! I may make a few for myself and add some to my craft fair inventory as well.

    SOOOO glad you said no to the go karts. Those things are scary.
    Love & Hugs

  5. Great bookmarks Di and love the SU images, they are a brilliant idea for using those pesky snippets and great tat they won't fall out of your books!

    Hope you have a restful Sunday after your mammoth blog entry, your little hands must be worn out from all the typing!

    Take care xx

  6. Pure GENIUS for bookmark ideas here Di. Great way to turn your snippets into a gift. LOVE those stamps!!!


  7. Fab little bookmarks, so cute......

  8. Sorry I missed the register this week. I had a lot of homework for my school friends' reunion today - all done now, so all we need is some sunny weather?????? I will come round tomorrow to visit you all, and I shall be back in action next week. Don't get too muddy by that pond, Mrs A. xx Maggie

  9. What an absolutely brilliant idea, so I'm off now to try and find some magnetic strips.
    Caz x

  10. These are great Di and another use for all those snippets too. And wow you have a lot of playmates this week looks like there will be a queue for the swings. Hugs, Amanda x

  11. WOW!! Di what a great idea, and they could be popped in the post as small gifts... thanks for sharing... Hugs May x x x

  12. Those magnetic bookmarks are great! M x

  13. I can vouch for these being brilliant having been on the receiving end of some in the past. Lovely and so useful. As you say Di, really good for fundraising. Will pop in the playground later with another snippet card - as most of mine are all snippets of one sort or another!! Thanks for all the it me you give to us playground girlies!

  14. Do you know I was going to make some of these but never got around to buying the magnetic strip! Set me off to do them again now-yours are lovely.

  15. Those bookmarks are a great idea xx

  16. Love the idea of the magnetic bookmarks made from snippets - think I'll have to consider this to add to fundraising ideas. Once again the roll call is very comprehensive. Fancy me not getting into the playground until the last day last week. I've just added my first entry for this week and hope I'll be back to hopping into the playground lots more this week. x

  17. Hi Di

    Thanks for a fun filled playground again and all your hard work in doing the "round up".

    Loving your magnetic bookmarks. I can see there are going to be hundreds of those being produced!!!

    Fabby idea.

    Love Jules xx

  18. Brilliant bookmarks di, I love the SU stamps and colours.


  19. Oh Di, they are such a brilliant idea! It's world book night today and I'm giving away books - had i thought about it, I could have made book marks to go with them :(

  20. I absolutely love these! They are so cute, and are much nicer than the bookmarks I've got! I may have to get down and make one (and maybe a few more to give to some other people too!)
    Carys x

  21. Joining you all for a swing in the playground again!

    Thanks Di xxx

  22. I've been working my tail off to get ready for vacation (turning to show there is no tail :-) But I just couldn't leave without making a snippet card to share. You kids play nice on the playground this week. I will miss you all. If I have time, (my daughter has 23 1/2 of the 24 hour days planned), I will post from Chicago. Hugs to all!

  23. Sorry, I linked up quickly on Sunday and then dashed out! Just remembered I hadn't been back.

    Love your bookmarks Di and yes I have loads of those pieces of card although I have to admit to buying 6x6 card blanks now rather than making my own - much easier on the snippet box!!

    Off to see who's hogging the swings this week. Carol x

  24. Woohoo back in the playground again! Your bookmarks are great Di, great idea to use magnets and I think I have some lying around somewhere so I shall follow your example and make of few of these for fellow bookworms. Take care, Lyn x

  25. Lovely bookmarks Di, what a great idea! Great way to use up snippets too. I have made my first Christmas card of 2012 to enter in to your challenge! :)
    Laura xx

  26. Vrrooom Vrrooom! Beep Beep - just signing in a day early but I do now have less in the snippets box(es)! Hee Hee!!

  27. These are a fabby idea. Better than knicker elastic!! Can't stop gotta dash. Musn't be late for a very important date. Me little boy (whats not so small any more is getting married on Saturday). Dress is ironed.Shoes packed,underwear all present and correct, needle & thread, yep I think I have everything. See you next week. Hugs Mrs A.

  28. Hello Di, loved the first lot of bookmarks you posted and have made quite a few myself since then - they are so handy for popping in with a card as a wee surprise for the recipient. I like this lot too, the rounded corners are nice and the stamps you've used are lovely. I've linked my snippet card for this week. You would have thought the amount of snippets used should have emptied a drawer, but no, I've still got several piles to get through. They're like weeds, just can't get rid of them :) Elizabeth x

  29. I thought I'd left a comment here, but no! Must have got carried away reading what my playmates have all been up to in my absence! Lovely bookmarks, fantastic idea and pretty quick to whip up for a few stocking stuffers I would imagine!


  30. Wow Di, there are a lot of entrants! All those snippets being used! M x


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