Here's my snippets card for this week, which I'd like to enter into the current Penny Black Saturday Challenge, 'Dies and/or punches':
- 7" x 5" white card blank, tent style
- snippet of SU's 'Wisteria Wonder' card stock for the first layer at the top of the card
-snippet of SU's 'Pool Party' card stock, die cut at the top edge using a Memory Box die called 'Grand Merry Christmas Script' and then glued onto the card. This is a great die to have in addition to the plainer one that many of us already have which is very similar. Important note, if you use this die - remember to salvage the inside of the loop at the bottom of the letter 'y' before discarding any waste from the die cut! I didn't and there was some frantic scrabbling round in the waste bin here - luckily it popped its head out of the bin and beckoned to me almost straight away:)
- next was a snippet of striped paper from Wild Rose Studio's 'Wintry Christmas' paper pack to pull the colours together, added to the bottom half to two thirds of the card front
- the image is one of the loveliest Penny Black Christmas stamps, called 'Snow Family'. It's been around since 2002, the year it was first released, mine is a pre-loved one which I bought last year - thinking it was no longer available. Got that wrong, it is still around to buy new if you look hard enough - ask me how I know :)
- I stamped the image onto a snippet of white card using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and coloured the snow people with Pro markers (only needed grey and pink)
- also stamped the image onto a snippet of pink spotted paper from the 'Wintry Christmas' paper pack and spent ages carefully cutting the hats and scarves out so they could be paper pieced onto the snow people
- trimmed the image down and popped it onto a snippet of SU's 'Wisteria Wonder' card before adding it to the card front
- final touches, a few little Aurora Borealis gems on the image, as the dot above the letter 'i' and three larger ones in the top right hand corner
I'd like to enter this card into the current challenge over at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge where this week's theme is 'use die cuts and/or punches' as well as Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for November where it's always 'anything goes'. Why not play along too? I just bet you can't avoid thinking of Christmas now we're almost into December - help!
Straight into this week's picks now:
xBarb made this great stepper card, using the Presscut dies set that quite a few of us fell in love with and rushed off to buy after seeing Liz using it! I also chose this card as combining the cupcake and the doily is such a fab idea - one I've never thought to do!
We had some banter going on during the week - Carole was going to audition for the role of Rudolph in the Nativity Play (some poetic licence I think 'cos am not sure that Rudolph actually did go to Bethlehem) - this was due to her having a really bad cold and the resulting dreaded red nose - and from my visits I know that many of you girlies have had colds and flu or worse this week. Come on - get well for Christmas please! SaRn cheekily suggested there might be a role for Rudolph the red toed reindeer played by yours truly! It's still a possible although each day sees a teeny bit of improvement!
I do hope you've enjoyed seeing this week's picks - as always I ponder long and hard. Every single entry is worthy of being a pick, every week. I think I've said before that I make up a pretty long list of possibles during the week as I'm commenting and then have the hard job of paring it down to manageable numbers on Saturday mornings.
I do try very hard to make sure that I don't always pick the same playmates each week - although sometimes that's a really hard call of course. And, I look for inspiration, new and different ideas, how to use your goodies, techniques, tips - and of course ways to use up those snippets :) Oh, and of course cards and makes that just have that WOW factor. Every one of you has that!
We had one new playmate this week:
Welcome to the Playground Bozena and hope to see you again soon!
And now it's time for the prize draw - the Penny Black 'Little Angel' stamp and/or the Lil' Inker's 'Instant Camera' die:
It's absolutely ages since Hazel last won in the Playground, around two years according to my little book, and it's really nice to see her winning as she puts so much time and effort into running a good few challenges herself. Well done! Hazel, I only have your previous address from your last win so can you please drop me an email (see the paragraph below) with your new one and the prize will be posted off to you ASAP this week.
After each post with my email in I was finding a real flood of spam emails (due to spam bots which trawl published blog posts looking for them). Thankfully blocked by my email provider but I still have to scan down them in case they were valid. Rather than do the 'at dot com' business - in future my email won't be within blog posts and it's now on the sidebar just above the Snippets Playground grab button! Always late to the party - that's me :)
We have another 'double' prize this week - I have a lot of Christmas goodies in the toy box and aim to use them up before the end of the Christmas/New Year festivities if possible:
The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 5th December. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.
Maximum of three entries and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. Do say if you only want one or other part of the prize (the stamp or the die) but both are up for grabs as one prize of course and will only be split if the first name out only wants one or other of the items, in which case I'll do a second draw for the other part of the prize. And please also link back to the Playground in your blog post to be eligible for the draw.
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 :)
Have a good week!
Di and of course, Parsnip!