Tuesday 2 November 2021

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #56 - Christmas Snippets

I was really delighted a few weeks ago when the lovely Jo of Dotty Pudding Designs asked me to be November's Guest Designer over at the Christmas Kickstart Challenge. The theme is Christmas Snippets and I jumped at the chance needless to say! It's a long time since I was a Guest Designer and it's such a lovely compliment to be asked.

Mind you, actually deciding what to make for my GD card was so difficult - mostly as the possibilities for using snippets are endless (as we all know) and different ideas just kept on flooding into my mind. It was as if Mr Mojo had returned and brought along several of his friends as well!

This is what I made in the end: 

And these are the snippets I used for the paper piecing. I'm a bit of a 'neat freak' and do trim my snippets to squares or rectangles before storing them away. It works for me and also keeps my OCD satisfied:

I used:

- A6 Kraft card blank

- a layer of red poinsettia patterned paper - trimmed to just slightly smaller than the card front - from Wild Rose Studio's 'Annabelle's Christmas' paper pack

- a piece of pale green paper from the same pack, trimmed to a smidgeon smaller than the red 'frame' to use as the actual background

- used Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink pad and Woodware's 'Hanging Hearts' stamp set to stamp the image and sentiment - using the Misti for good luck!

- then stamped all the elements I wanted to paper piece onto the relevant pieces snippet of patterned paper. Used more of the red poinsettia plus some very dark green holly patterned paper - both were tucked inside'Annabelle's Christmas' inside the 'snippets pouch' I always add inside the back cover of patterned paper pads. Also found some perfect snippets inside the back pouch  of LOTV's 'Krafty Christmas' paper pad

- fussy cut all the paper piecing elements, did colour the robin's beak using a dark brown Whispers pen rather than go on a lengthy hunt for a snippet of dark brown paper but all the rest of the bird, the hearts, holly leaves and berries were paper pieced

- each piece then had a black Whispers pen run around the outside edge to hide any 'core' or mis-snips

- then glued all the pieces in place, making sure to add the glue (using a glue pen) to the images rather than to the fussy cut pieces of paper (an invaluable tip from Jules many years ago!)

- and the final touch, three teeny little self-adhesive diamantes onto three of the strings, just for a little bit of 'schparkle'

I had such fun making this card and indulging in one of my favourite ways to use up snippets. I adore both of these paper pads and eke out every tiny piece possible so really had to do some juggling to get what I wanted from the snippets/scraps ☺

Many thanks to Jo for inviting me to be a Guest Designer over at the Christmas Kickstart Challenge and I'd really love it if you would come along and join in with the challenge - this is the LINK. It's open until the end of the month so you have plenty of time - and you can also link your entry into the Playground of course! 

There's a £10 voucher to be won to spend over at Sticker Kitten and a 10% discount for all participants!   I hadn't come across Sticker Kitten before and absolutely love their online shop. I already have my eye on a few things needless to say, despite my self-imposed curb on craft shopping☺

I'd also like to enter this card into Darnell's current NBUS #32 challenge - HERE. The Woodware stamp set is one of a late Summer haul of Woodware Christmas designs I treated myself to a month or two ago!  

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  1. Congratulations on being asked along as guest designer. Wonderful card, wonderful (and tempting) stamp and for showing us your neat snippets of paper and card. My snippets mountain would send your OCD into overdrive as I don't trim mine neatly before stowing away. However, I do keep them in roughly colour-coded see through boxes so they aren't completely chaotic 😉😉

  2. Congratulations being guest designer - well deserved indeed! This is soooooo gorgeous! I love the stamp and your paper piecing is fabulous. I was going to have a no buy November then Sizzix had a sale today and a couple of things on my wish list were too much of a bargain not to buy - oops! Need to have a 'no buy for ages' rule now and try and stick to it! Take care my friend. Hugs xxxxxx

  3. Congratulations, dear Gi! I first discovered your card on the Christmas Kickstart Challenge and of course had to switch over to your blog immediately!
    Your card is so gorgeous! Thank you for the inspiration!
    I wish you a good time!
    Hugs, Liv

  4. Congrats on the GDT gig. Gorgeous card, love that fat little robin and the fantastic paper piecing. Great pairing of the patterned paper. (my last try at PP was a no go maybe give it another try)

  5. Well done Di and congratulations on your DT guest post your card is gorgeous the snippets used are brilliant too enjoy your day xx

  6. Congrats on the GDT. I haven't seen this stamp before and it is so sweet as is your paper piecing with it. It's just delightful and well done on the NBUS too.

    Had to laugh at your snippets as mine are left as is so as to maximise the use lol! You would not like it at all!

  7. So lovely to see your smiling face over at the Christmas Kickstart Challenge. You make an awesome elf. Love the card you made and the challenge theme is fabulous. I was laughing cos I wanted to paper piece a christmas stamp the other day and I just couldn't find one I was happy with!!!!! I think it was October overload. But I do have a plan so......... Hugz

  8. Many congrats on your Guest Designer spot Di.

    It's a wonderful Christmas card using up your snippets to paper piece with. Nice stamp too!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  9. Hi Di your card is gorgeous. How lovely to be a guest designer. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  10. Your card is just gorgeous and so beautifully paper-pieced, Di! Congratulations on Guest Designing at Kickstart! I love the idea of the great shared snippets prompt! Thank you for sharing with everyone at NBUS! Hugs, Darnell

  11. Congratulations on being the GD over at Christmas Kickstart Challenge Di, and what a wonderful card using masses of snippets and the robin and hanging hearts with the holly and berries makes a great Christmas look. x

  12. I love the idea of using snippets - had to follow the link from Christmas Kickstart Challenge.

  13. A gorgeous card Di, love the papers and design. I haven't made any Christmas cards yet, just have some left over from last year. Hugs, Carol S.xxx

  14. I saw this over at Christmas Kickstart. Very cute. Love that great snowflake paper. [Bunny]

  15. A gorgeous card Di and congrats at being asked to be GDT. I love your trimmed snippets, wish mine looked that good.

    Sue xx

  16. Your card is just stunning Di! They picked well for a guest designer, congrats!

  17. That's so beautiful, Di! Love the paper piecing and the papers you chose are magnificent. I had to smile at your comment about trimming all your scraps into neat squares. I don't trim any of mine for fear I might lose the exact but I need for some small die cut where I want that exact 'snowflake' (or whatever is in the pattern I've trimmed away and tossed out.) Isn't it wonderful how different ways of thinking make the results so satisfying to different people? Hugs.

  18. Congrats on the GD spot, Di. Your card is so pretty xoxo

  19. Congratulations on your GDT, well deserved. Love this adorable and beautiful card Di.
    Faith x

  20. Such a gorgeous card and image. Emmax

  21. Oh how gorgeous Di - and congratulations on your Guest DT spot
    Stay safe

  22. Great paper piecing and your paper choices are great. I love that you admit to OCD, and totally impressed by your cutting of papers!

  23. What a beautiful card, Di!! And fabulous paper piecing with all those different papers! I love that stamp!

  24. Love this technique. You made a great card.

  25. The end result was totally worth it, but all that little paper piecing makes my eyeballs roll in my head! This warm and cozy card looks like an appliqued quilt hanging and is just wonderful!

  26. I've just seen your GD card at the Christmas Kickstart Challenge - it's lovely and congratulations on your GD spot too.
    Kath x

  27. What a fabulously snippety way to use NBUS



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