Hello and welcome to the Playground once again - another week just flew by. A week of pretty grey and miserable weather - always the same when it's a Bank Holiday in Great Britain.
Let's get straight on with the picks:
Here's a great idea for using up snippet strips - brought to share with us by Lesley G. I love the 'parquet floor' effect and just by changing the colours and sentiment you could make a great card for male, female, adults and children alike. Very versatile design!
Val shared this wonderful card with us - and another great way to use up snippets. It's called 'Bargello' and is made by creating strips of snippets and then offsetting the colours/patterns to create a lovely and interesting background. It's also a tapestry technique that I've used in the past. Great card Val!
Whilst we're on the subject of using up small snippets to create backgrounds - here's a really great tip from Mandy. The card you see above has a very pretty pink background - and Mandy made it by using the front cover (aka contact sheet) from a paper pad. Here it is before being cut up, so you can get the idea - very clever:
That's three picks but I have two more which I just can't leave out:
I really love the elegance of Kath's card. The patterned paper is a snippet and how clever to die cut the curve then add it to the corner of the card front, after die cutting the sentiment, then adding it back into the patterned part of the card using the 'camouflage' technique.
And finally, I picked this card - made by Karen (Ladd) - it's so restful to look at and also uses a few snippets. Who would think that the beige background is an upcycled piece from an old envelope - good thinking there and such a lovely card.
That's my picks from Challenge #401 in the Playground. We had 47 entries and no new Playmates. But some folk are returning after long absences, which is really nice to see.
So lets move right onto the draw which is for a Woodware stamp set, designed by Jane Gill, and called 'Bold Blooms - Isabella', kindly donated by Mrs A. And the winner is:
Pat! I know how clever you are with your colouring and am sure you will have fun using this gorgeous floral stamp. The way our weather is right now I can see a happy afternoon or two spent with your watercolours!
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Remember folks, there's still almost one more week to run on the current 'Ruby's Memory' Challenge #402 HERE. The prize is being donated by Vicky and it's two stamp sets, Clearly Besotted's 'Dog Years' and W plus 9's 'Strictly Sentiments 2'. We've had a good few entries so far so if you haven't joined in yet, have a dig through your snippets and come and join in!
We have at least two, probably more, hedgies coming to visit every night. Dudley loves to stop to say hello to them when he goes out for his last mooch around the garden just before bed as there's invariably one or two in the garden at that time. Len managed to take a photo of a smallish one having a drink, beside the feeding station, The water dish was scrubbed totally clean earlier, but the little scamps have a habit of standing in the water like a little foot bath!
On Friday, I heard Len return home laughing after Dudley's lunchtime walk. With lock down and distancing, Dudley has only seen his very best doggie pal from over the road - called Arnie - from afar. However, today they made up for lost time although neither Arnie's Mum nor Len managed to take a phone photo of the pair of them. I did a quick search on t'internet and found exactly what they apparently looked like when they greeted one another - by hugging - after so long apart: