Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Pixie's Snippets Playground #368 - Prize D

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you have/are having or even have had a wonderful day, however you celebrate.

Here's another in the 'Snippets Playground Celebration' prize draw, and as today is Christmas Day, it's a bumper prize. It's also Len's Christmas card:
I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" white card blank, side opening

- snippet of dark blue card, trimmed to an eighth of an inch smaller than the card front on each side, then glued to the card front

- another snippet of dark blue card which I stenciled using Hero Arts 'Unicorn' white ink and MFT's 'Snowfall Horizontal' stencil

- snippet of snowflake paper from LOTV's 'Frosty Christmas' paper pad, layered onto a snippet of white card which I'd covered with double sided adhesive sheet (medium strength) and then trimmed to an eighth of an inch smaller than the dark blue layer I cut earlier - purely to give it more strength for when I die cut the aperture

- then began work on the snow globe itself using assorted snippets of card, all backed with Stick-It double sided adhesive sheet snippet (I never throw even the smallest piece of that stuff away as it can be pieced together so easily!)

- first I stamped the sentiment using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink, a snippet of beige card (Neenah 'Desert Storm' I suspect) and a stamp from the adorable Clearly Besotted 'Simply Said Christmas' set of sentiments

- die cut the sentiment using the 'base' die from the fabulous MFT  'Classic Snow Globe' set of dies

- then, really taking my time as some of the dies are quite small and could easily be lost (the nose is teeny, tiny!), I die cut the little pieces for the snow scene to go inside the 'snow globe' - popping them into a plastic lid for safe keeping as I went, as well as putting the dies back into the packet straight away

- using the snowfall stenciled piece of dark blue card I then set about assembling the little scene. The attention to detail by MFT is lovely, for example - you have one plain snowman and one with eyes and 'button holes'. Cut the plain die from black card and then top it with the detailed one, cut from white card and you have the eyes and buttons like magic. Similarly, the scarf is two die cut pieces - one whole one with the 'tail' and one which is just the top part - add them together with the top part on top of the larger 'tail' die cut and you get a scarf which really looks as if it's been looped

- ran the little scene through the Cuttlebug to ensure all the little pieces were well adhered

- and this is where I took a huge gulp, remembering my recent attempt at a shaker card

- worked out where I wanted the snow globe to sit on the card front and die cut the globe aperture - then added the beige base base of the snow globe with its ready stamped sentiment and ran it through the Cuttlebug, as I'd done with the little scene panel

- then ran narrow red line tape around the back of the aperture before sitting one of the MFT 'Classic Snow Globe' shaker pouches in place and making sure it was adhered 

- crunch time! This time I thought ahead more and avoided pouring the shaker elements in later on. First I ran more very narrow red line tape around the back of the die cut snow globe aperture (in the LOTV snowflake card piece) and also some narrow tape around each side of the entire front panel (I'd trimmed the scene part down to just a small square)

- at this point I only removed the red line protective plastic layer from what I'd run around the actual aperture, with the shaker element nicely attached as described before

- with the little scene square in front of me I added some 'Jewels - Ice Cube Mix' shaker elements bought from Lucy's Little Things - making sure they weren't too plentiful and also in a small pile well away from the sides of the square

- just placed the LOTV snowflake layer with its shaker aperture over the top, pressed down and bingo - success!

- removed the red line tape protective red plastic from each side of the little scene (very pointed, angled craft tweezers are the one item I couldn't manage without for almost all my card making) and adhered the square to the back of the LOTV paper/card layer

- then all that was left was to glue the front panel onto the blue layer I'd added to the card earlier - finished!

I know this is such a lot of detail, much of it is for my own reference, but it does also, I hope, explain how to use the shaker pouches and avoid the risk of shaker elements getting trapped between layers as happened to me very recently in the baby dragons card.

Of course, you can add (for example) a little Christmas tree to the scene - but I like to stick with what's in the prize whenever I can.

And of course today's prize is:
MFT's 'Snowfall Horizontal' stencil, MFT 'Classic Snow Globe' die set  (along with a pack of 10 matching shaker pouches which Tara of Seven Hills Crafts kindly added into my order as a gift for me for me - as well as a set for the Playground), a packet of 'Jewels - Ice Cube Mix' shaker elements from Lucy's Little Things - plus a set of Clearly Besotted 'Simply Said Christmas' sentiment stamps. As I said, a bumper prize to celebrate today - and also it's a complete prize which I won't be splitting.

At the end of all of the celebrations I'll do a massive draw session for all the prizes using the one Mr Linky - which is on the main snippets post HERE along with details of exactly how to join in - so you do need to have entered one snippets make, over on that post during this fortnight, to be in with a chance :) Maximum of one entry please - to keep things fair for those who may not have time to craft. Mr Linky closes at 11am on Saturday 4th January so you do need to have added a snippets make by then to be eligible for the draw.

Just leave a comment on this post if you would like the chance to win today's prize.

Depending when you read this, my hope is that Len, myself and and Dudley are on the way to or are currently replete (totally stuffed!) with Christmas Dinner - and also probably looking forward to the next few days of rest and recuperation!

A quick tale about Dudley. No photo but we've been trying so one will appear ASAP. However, I was wrapping his Christmas gifts from Santa the other day - wrapping in my craft room with the unwrapped gifts in the very centre of our bed. It's a big bed as well as too high for him to hop onto. Next thing I know, there he was merrily playing with a new squeaky toy on the floor. HOW he managed to get hold of it is beyond me but he was clearly delighted he'd managed to pull the wool over my eyes! We do privately call him 'Stealth' as one minute I'll be in my craft room working alone and without so much as a whisper or slightest brush - there he is curled at my feet under the desk. I swiftly confiscated said squeaky toy and pressed his 'erase memory' button!

Love and Christmas Greetings from Parsnip, Dudley and of course me, your own Christmas Pixie,






54 comments:

scrappymo! said...

Beautiful card, Di. I love the aperture. I will reread this post before I try making one as my little shaker bits always adhere to the stickyness of the closure!

I will get a card entered before the deadline. Your prize is wonderful and would love to win it.
Do not worry if you have the die on offer at my Extra challenge. I always have other offerings for people that have the prize already. I will go in and update my post to say that after Christmas and Boxing day celebrations are over!

Craftychris said...

Len will adore his beautiful card and 'yes please' to be entered into
the draw. It certainly is a bumper prize! I love the well deserved nickname of stealth for Dudley! Hugs xxxxxxxx

Andre M. said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family! Such an adorable shaker shaker, the snowman is so sweet. Those little pups can be so sneaky! I'd love to be entered for today's prize please.

Liz said...

Merry Christmas, Di. Hope you all have a lovely day and that Dudley isn't too mischievous!
Super shaker card, I love the little scene you've created. I'd love to win today's prize. xx

Greta said...

Wonderful card for Len & bumper prize for sure! I'm going to keep my name out of this drawing as I tend to do much simpler cards these days & I know lots of people will have fingers crossed to win this! The Dudley story gave me a laugh! How could you take it away?! Enjoy the holidays--all of you! PS--hoping the shoulder is continuing to get better & better!

Chandhini said...

I love love love shaker cards, this one is amazing. I made one shaker tag this year for Christmas, but would love to make more shaker cards next year. This prize would be perfect for that. Please include me in the prize draw.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Aquarius said...

Brilliant card and lovely detailed 'how to' - yes please for a chance in the draw. I'm sure Len will love this card and I hope you both have a wonderful day.

Kathyk said...

Wishing you, your family (and I include Dudders in that) and your followers a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Kathyk

Janice said...

Merry Christmas Di, wishing you a lovely day. Gorgeous card, thank you for the tutorial. I would love for my name to be entered into the draw please, great prize.
Janice x

kiwimeskreations said...

What a beautiful card Di - and a wonderful prize - please count me in :)
May you be blessed with joy this Christmas.
Maxine

Sandra H said...

Merry Christmas to you too Di another beautiful creation and prize please don’t add my name just placing a comment good luck to all xx

Kath said...

Merry Christmas to you too! A super card and I'm sure Len thinks so too. I would love a chance to win this fabulous prize, please.

Have a great Christmas.

Kath x

KandA said...

Merry Christmas to you too.

Gorgeous card and a much more sensible snowglobe! And as you guessed I have crumbled.... so it's a 'Yes please' from me for this prize D. Off now to peel the sprouts, have a super day xx

ionabunny said...

Merry Christmas Di, Len and Dudley. Fab card. Yes please to be in the draw. Hugz

Gail said...

Merry Christmas to Dudley and his mom and dad - Oh my oh my - snowman freak here and what a prize offered so I am shouting a YES PLEASE - a fabulous shaker card with that snowman and globe -- it turned out so very very beautiful! Thanks for explaining the steps! Thank you so much! Have a blessed day!

Becca Yahrling said...

Merry Christmas!!! What a cute Christmas story about Stealth, er Sir Dudley. hehe I love shakers!! They are my very fave type of card. And snowmen are also a fave, so love your sweet card. And what a generous gift for someone!! I'll keep my fingers crossed as I'd love to win. ;-) Thanks, Di, and be blessed.

Sarn said...

Merry Christmas mate. Clever Dudley. Hope you, Len and Dudley have had a brilliant day. Hope shoulder is healing well too.
Hugs, Sarn xxx

Susan said...

Merry Christmas, Di! Love your shaker card - making more of them next year is one of my craft goals, so, Yes, please, add me to the draw for this fabulous prize!

MadeByMeghanK said...

OMG! Gorgeous card and I LOVE this prize!!! YES PLEASE

Lynne said...

A super card Di. I didn't get time to make hubby one this year! I would love to be a Yes please for this wonderful prize. Hope you've had a lovely day. Our main day is tomorrow with all the family round x

Karthikha said...

What an amazing winter card!! Totally love it! :)
And such a generous prize too! Would love to win :)

paperpapier said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family. Awesome prize pack, hope I am lucky enough to win this.

Trina P. said...

Another great card, Di! Yes, please!

Jeanne H said...

Yes please fro Prize D. I've not had success making shaker cards, so this would help a lot. I do love your card, Di. Mostly cuz I love blue!!

Karenladd said...

Having had a terrible time with shaker cards in the past, those shaker pouches sound like heaven! Your shaker snowglobe card is simply adorable, and the stenciled background is a lovely touch. YES Please to this prize package.
This is a beautiful card and fabulous prize pack, but my favorite part of this post is the story of Dudley sneaking up onto the bed to nab that squeaky toy, haha! What a little rascal he is. Naughty as that boy was though, I'm sure it's.just wonderful to see him so active and healthy after your recent medical scare with his surgery? Good thing he isn't the type to take advantage of you and Len and turned into a spoiled pup, right?! (yeah, right..)

Viv said...

Saved the 'how to' - maybe I will try making one of these shaker things......!!
Yes please - and I know Len will have loved this card! x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

There is a lot of details and work in your lovely snow globe card for Len!! You are really very accurate with tiny scraps! :) The snowmen looks so cute and love the ice cubes as shaker elements! Great background with the stencilled falling snow and the snowflake Dp is just perfect to add sweetness!
Yes for the draw about this lovely prize.
Sending cuddles to Dudley! I'm sure that he is enjoying his new toys, hopefully not squeaky! :D
Hugs

Vicky Hayes said...

I bet Len loved his card Di and your instructions sound so comprehensive that even I might have a go! Thanks too for the story about Dudley - he is obviously as smart as they come!

I'm going for a YES PLEASE about this incredibly generous prize!

Vicky xx

Carole said...

Fabulous card Di..I bet Len loved his card. yes Please to the draw for this huge prize (you are so generous) xx

Heather said...

Merry Christmas, Di! This card is SOOOOO adorable! I love that little snowman! So, yes, please to adding my name in for this prize!

LesleyG said...

I love a shaker, and have learnt the hard way what not to do lol. Hope Len loved this. lovely prize Di, so yes please for the draw xxx

Jane said...

A brilliant tut here Di and a fab shaker card. Yes please again to this prize. I hope your day was fab..how cheeky is that Dudley!! Hugs xxx

Lynne in NI said...

Awww super cute card Di, bet Len loved it! Hope you all had a great Xmas day and that you were indeed suitably stuffed ;)
Another fab prize, yes 0lease to be in your draw x

Paper Lily Leaf said...

Lovely snowman card, Di! Clever Dudley!! My friend brought catnip sachets for the kits. Of course they managed to unwrap them and today Spot has had the lid off the treats container :-) Yes please to super prize. Hugs, April xxx

Suzanne H said...

Yes please for a chance to win. I'm afraid to make a shaker card though I love how they look. Good thing you didn't lose any of those little pieces. How would the snowman look without his nose!

SHartl said...

Oh Dudley, lol! I wish I could have seen him stealing his squeaky toy and then looking so innocent. We hosted my parents for Christmas Day and they brought Toby,who started out as my dog and now lives with them. It was such fun to have my 3 kids enjoy Toby on Christmas. Of course Toby probably would have preferred a quieter Christmas at home, but he was a good sport and even got in a nap or two.

YES PLEASE to this awesome prize bundle. Maybe those shaker pouches would help me get over my fear of shaker cards, right? Hope you had a very Merry Christmas..and thanks so much for your giveaways and card tutorials Di.

KT Fit Kitty said...

Oooh, the cute factor is right up my alley! Love, love, love your adorable card and today's fabulous prize! Thank you so much and definitely a "Yes, please!" I know that Len must have been impressed with this beautiful card - I am! Dudley is pretty quick, isn't he?!!!

Jane Willis said...

My Christmas greetings to you are a bit delayed due to my password issue but I hope you all had a lovely time. Yes please to this prize

Carol L said...

That is the funniest story about Dudley finding his Christmas toy early and playing with it! LOL He must be such a bundle of joy for you and Len :) I just love this little shaker card you made for Len. I'm not very good at making them, but I do like how you put this one together. The colors are wonderful along with that beautiful snowflake dsp I saw in an earlier post! Yes please to prize D, it's such a great one you've offered today! Thanks!

NinaS said...

Beautiful card, such a cute little winter scene. Yes please for the prize.

Pam Sebring said...

Omygosh!! This is an adorable card and an awesome prize!!! Yes please! I love snowmen ...they can be used all winter long for several occasions.

Janis said...

Eeek! I got behind in commenting on your lovely cards during Christmas! I have been looking at them as they came in my email notifications, though. SOOOOOOO cute!!!

Love this sweet snowglobe shaker card with the adorable little snowman. I think I need a pair of "very pointed, angled craft tweezers" like you mentioned. I must hunt around online for some. Also, I haven't ever tried the shaker pouches, but they do seem like just the thing for simplifying the making of shaker cards! Yes, please, to this fabulous prize!!!

Hope you had a lovely Christmas. I will catch up with your posts and do exactly what you asked people NOT to do!! Arrrgh...lol..
<3 J

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HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

Valerija said...

So cute card and prize. I just love your shaker card.
Yes, I would love to be in the draw, please.
Valerija xx

KathyA. said...

Your Dudley stories always make me smile. This one made me chuckle. I didn't know that dogs have an erase button! I'm curious... does it work on husbands. too?
Now about your card... can I say Wowzer?! I love snowglobes and this one is adorable. I'd love to CASE it. So... yes please... to having my name in the draw. And thanks for your amazing generosity, Di. You bless so many people with your wit, talent and prizes, too. Happy Holidays!

EdenLand Designs said...

Lol at Dudley sneaking a play!!!! I didnt trust my pup with his gifts, so they didnt go under the tree until it was time to open!!! I will say yes please to this amazing prize, as well!!!!
Susan Sudbury

creationsnz said...

Yes please, CarolG

Lia said...

This is adorable. I like snowglobes very much and I say yes to this rize!
Lia xx

Helen said...

Wow - this is a beautiful shaker card!
Helen x
PS - I'm a 'yes please' for the prize draw

Robyn Oliver said...

Super cute snowman shaker card Di - a huge effort to make and a great selection for the giveaway - yes please

Majda said...

Wonderful shaker card for Len!
I'm a 'yes please' for the prize draw di!
Hugs, Majda

NanaConnie said...

Oh, what a fantastic card, Di! I'll forego this one because I already own that snowman die and I know you don't want to split them up. I know exactly what you mean about the pieces being teeny-tiny. :-D

designbydonna said...

Really fun snowy card. Snowmen are so cheerful and jolly, can't help but bring a smile to someone's face. Would love to win this one.

Keti's Projects said...

WOW again. I love MFT stuff. Another big YES for the win.

Tina Z. said...

such a cute little scene, I like to do them often.
Yes for this MFT prize, please.