Sunday, 16 January 2022

Teal and silver snippets for Christmas

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A reminder that the NEW Snippets Playground now has a post showing the picks and also the prizewinners from the Grand Draw. 

And, as my own blog is free for me to play on today, here's a snippets card I made the other day:

I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" white card blank, tent style for a change

- snippet of silver mirri card, which was lying on the desk - trimmed to just slightly smaller than the card front then glued in place

- then turned to the snippet of card which really started this Christmas card off, found in the front pocket of my expanding snippets folder when I was looking papers to use on Edward's recent Birthday card. It's absolutely gorgeous, a really deep teal colour with foiled shimmery teal 'snowflakes' all over - trimmed to 5.25" x 4" and set aside

- used more of the snippet of silver mirri card to die cut the sentiment - using a Tonic Studios' 'Merry Christmas' die

- glued the sentiment, using a glue pen, to a strip of white card and backed it with very slightly wider silver mirri card

- only at that point did I add the whole sentiment strip to the teal piece of card using wet glue, allowed it to dry and then trimmed the excess off each side from the back of the piece - that way gives you an accurate guide line for your scissors

- glued the finished panel in place and added some teeny silver sparkly flat 'gems' to the centre of each large 'snowflake'  

I remember very clearly buying that lovely piece of card a lot of years ago in a lovely craft shop in Wiltshire - of course I now wish I'd bought more. Aha, perhaps I did - there's a rarely used box of A4 patterned card stock from those days and (possibly) some whole sheets just might be lurking in there. Need to investigate further. ☺

NB - I've turned comment moderation off on Pixie's to see how it goes. It seem to be working well over at the new Snippets Playground  - fingers crossed!

Off you go now - over to the new Snippets Playground! Dudley is over there, keeping an eye on the slightly 'unlicensed bar' being run by a certain somebody!

Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Birthday card for Edward

Len's g'nephew, Edward, will shortly be celebrating his Birthday and - as always after Christmas - I was so busy with other blog stuff that it was a bit of a rush to make a quick card yesterday for him:

I used:

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

- snippets of plain and patterned blue paper, found tucked in the front of my expanding snippets folder. No idea where they came from

- trimmed the plain blue paper to an eighth of an inch smaller all round than the card front and glued it in place

- trimmed the blue striped paper by an eighth of an inch smaller all round than the plain blue layer and glued that in place

- die cut the sentiment using a white card snippet and a sentiment from the Impression Obsession 'Birthday Top Edgers' set of dies

- made a panel for the sentiment by gluing some of the leftover plain blue paper to a snippet of white card

- glued the die cut sentiment onto the panel using a glue pen then popped it in place on the card front, using thin sticky pads

- showed Len and his immediate reaction was that something was missing- so I had a good rootle around in one of my boxes of embellishments and suddenly remembered 'card candy' from years ago. At one time no card was complete without card candy added to it, so I popped some white ones onto the card and got the seal of approval!

I'm absolutely thrilled to see that the new Snippets Playground blog is so popular - 86 followers already and loads of lovely comments and entries for the current challenge over there. The link to the new Playground is both on the sidebar here and also on a tab at the top of the page. Come and play!

Sunday, 9 January 2022

The new Playground is now really open!

Apologies for that - please try again!

New Snippets Playground is open!

You shouldn't be here - the new Snippets Playground is open for you to play in right now. Have fun and I'll see you there!! Click on the image for the link.

Thursday, 6 January 2022

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #418 - Christmas Draw - Prize Z

Phew - finally! Here's the 26th and last prize in the 'Snippets Playground Christmas Draw': 

I used:

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

- snippet of Tonic pearlescent 'Red Velvet' card, trimmed to 5" x 3.75"

- then the fun began! I was using two Clearly Besotted stamps sets - 'Picture It Christmas' for the scene and 'Baa Humbug' for the sheep and a sentiments

- took a piece of white card - A5 and much too big but I wanted to be able to overdo the background blending and then trim it down to size

- right now I can hardly move in here due to the Grand Draw crafting frenzy having taken over my life so I couldn't easily get to my sheets of masking film but just used 'fully adhesive' Post-It notes - bit more fiddly as I needed two side by side for the scene but it worked well, with careful fussy cutting - phew!

- first of all, stamped then masked off the scene image, top and bottom cut to the lines and those fiddly little trees in the distance - I used my much loved Tim Holtz 'Tumbled Glass' Distress Ink pad and a make-up brush for this step, keeping the lower part of the scene lighter than the sky. Again, I have an Altenew fabulous set of four shades of blue that would have been perfect but just can't get to them right now! One BIG sort out is well overdue but at least I pop stuff into fairly organised 'used, supplies, unused new stuff to put way etc.) baskets - ready to have a blitz later on in January

- next I stamped the three sheep (all stamping was done using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a Misti as usual) and coloured them, bearing in mind colours that could also be used for the background to draw the scene together - and after months I finally got to use my Pro markers again. Hooray! Len did the 'reaching up, lifting down and then replacing once I finished' to be on the safe side but I do think I could have managed it myself - hooray!

- used the scenic back ground as it was, untrimmed, and coloured it in, using the Pro markers I already had used for the sheep, plus a few additional ones 

- coloured the gold star using a Signo 'Sparkling Gold' pen

- then trimmed the background panel to just a teeny bit less than the red backing and glued it in place

- fussy cut the sheep 

- positioned and checked where the sheep would go and then stamped the 'baa humbug' sentiment. before glueing the sheep in place

- and then stamped the final sentiment at the top left of the card - and it blurred! What? Right at the final hurdle as well, sob

- ran around the house screaming like a banshee for five minutes and then just re-stamped the sentiment onto a snippet of white card and punched it out using a SU oval die, before glueing in place

- finished - and then I headed for a darkened room to lie down for a few hours!

I'd seen a very similar card design to this one, over on Clearly Besotted, and loved it, which is why I bought the background stamp to go with the sheep - and it will be great to use with loads of other Clearly Besotted or a lot of other sets of 'cute' stamps. 

And here's the prize:

It's two sets of Clearly Besotted stamps from me - 'Baa Humbug' and 'Picture It Christmas'. Sorry a few of the stamps aren't the right way up in the packets - obviously the way the manufacturer packs them to get the optimum number of stamps on a sheet! Two great sets of stamps - those sheep and the sentiments crack me up and I love the snow scene and all the sentiments on the other set. ☺

All the rules can be found on the post for Sunday 12th December 2021, along with Mr Linky for your single entry. I do suggest that you read the rules thoroughly - particularly about the theme for this Grand Draw Challenge.

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

Remember, the Grand Draw challenge, including all comments, will totally close at 11am on Saturday 8th January. 

We have now donated £300 (including Gift Aid) to USPCA, the charity in Northern Ireland that rescued Lynn's beautiful Westie Ruby and it's all been down to your lovely prize donations. Thank you all so much.

All that remains is for me to also thank you all for joining in, all the lovely comments, a massive thank you to Sarn for pitching in and helping me out with commenting, being my 'wing gal' and a million other things - and once again, those of you who kindly donated prizes. I hope you all had fun in this very last Grand Draw. At times, I've almost been on my knees here. However - onwards and upwards! Ha - if I can get up off my knees! ☺

As they say, see you on the other side ................. over in the brand new Snippets Playground! Sunday 9th January at 00:00 UK time - it's a date! I will have a link on here for you to skip over and don't forget, I will still be using this as my personal blog!

Love from Dudley and of course me,

Wednesday, 5 January 2022

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #418 - Christmas Draw - Prize Y

Here's the 25th prize in the 'Snippets Playground Christmas Draw':

It's such a sweet, smaller sized set of stamps and matching dies, by Poppystamps and called 'Poinsettia Joy'. I think these would be brilliant for tag making! Kindly donated by Darnell - someone else who has been very generous to the Playground Grand Draw.

All the rules can be found on the post for Sunday 12th December 2021, along with Mr Linky for your single entry. I do suggest that you read the rules thoroughly - particularly about the theme for this Grand Draw Challenge.

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

A heads up again - tomorrow we reach the end of the alphabet and the final prize of the Grand Draw will be on offer. Do remember that Mr Linky and ALL commenting will be finishing at 11am on Saturday 8th January in readiness for the switchover to the new Snippets Playground blog the following day (Sunday 9th January). If you think you could be interested in the final prize (and nope, I'm not saying what it is before it publishes at midnight) - do remember to nip over to this blog on Thursday, Friday or up to 11am on Saturday.

Love from Dudley and of course me,