Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Tricks with the Misti #2 - 'Multiple Layer stamping'

I'm sure I have 'wonky' eyes! Even using clear polymer stamps I struggle horrendously when trying to get decent images using the so popular 'multiple stamp' images such as SU flower sets.

My search last week turned up some neat little tricks and this is the card I made first of all:
I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" white card blank, tent style

- backing layer of SU 'Always Artichoke' card stock, die cut using a Lil' Inkers 'Stitched Rectangles' die and glued onto the card front

- piece of white card stock, stamped using the SU 'Lotus Blossom' stamps set with the Misti - there's a mini tutorial below if you're interested. I used all SU inks, 'Daffodil Delight', 'Pumpkin Pie' and 'Tangerine Tango for the graduated colours on the flower head and 'Old Olive' for the stalk

- added the word 'Friend' using the Misti, Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a stamp from the Inkylicious 'Friend' set of sentiments

- die cut the image panel using a smaller Lil' Inkers 'Stitched Rectangles' die and glued it in place

Wow, I love using the Misti for this type of stamping! You can actually use just the Misti for this technique with clear stamps by carefully lining up the stamps onto the image, to be picked up by the lid as you build it up - and of course you can make several cards exactly the same at the same time, step by step.

As I don't trust my alignment capabilities I used the method which is absolutely perfect for solid rubber stamps whereby you use either acetate or something like the plastic sheet from the Stamp-a-ma-jig along with the Misti.

SU originally used to make their layered stamps from red rubber and boy did I struggle. Can't wait to dig a couple of old rubber layered sets out and have a play now!

There's at least one really good tutorial to be found online but I found it whilst browsing on my Notepad and didn't think to bookmark it. Have had another search using the laptop but can't find it so I hope my few steps/photos/words below are a help! Ha, they could of course totally confuse you! :) But remember that although I used polymer stamps and the plastic sheet - you should be able to do multi layer stamping with clear stamps just by placing the stamps onto the previously stamped images and then picking them up with the lid. So maybe you should imagine that my stamps are solid rubber ones :)
Step 1: First of all I used some masking tape to stick the SU plastic sheet from the Stamp-a-ma-jig to the top edge of the Misti with the lid open, butted right up against the top and side edges.  

Step 2: Then I placed the main 'body' stamp onto the plastic sheet face down and closed the Misti lid onto it so that the lid picked it up. Inked the stamp and stamped the image onto the plastic sheet. 

Step 3: Popped a piece of white card in place underneath the plastic to check where I wanted the flower to be positioned - similar to using a normal stamp positioner. Flipped the piece of plastic back out of the way whilst holding the piece of white card in place with magnets

Step 4: Next I re-inked the stamp using the palest colour and brought it down onto the piece of white card to lay down the main part of the flower. The picture above shows the plastic flipped over the image ready for the next step

Step 5: Then replaced the main flower stamp on the plastic sheet with the middle layer stamp (it doesn't matter if you're not exactly in the same spot). Picked the stamp up with the lid as in Step 2, inked it with the middle colour and stamped it onto the plastic sheet. As the plastic sheet was held in place with masking tape as a hinge I could just move the flower image on the white card around underneath the plastic to find the right stamping position and hold it in place with a couple of magnets. Then re-inked the stamp, lifted the plastic sheet out of the way and stamped onto the white card again.

That's actually all three stamped layers shown in the above photo, and I just added the stalk in much the same way

I really wish I could find that video again! It certainly is a much simpler process than the above photos and words imply!

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Upcycled Christmas Tree card - Rudolph Days Challenge October 2016

It's time for Mo's Rudolph Days Challenge for October - it runs from today until the end of the month. And, there's only one more left after this one until the real countdown begins!

The basis for this card was lurking in my box of saved Christmas cards, and I think it's been hiding there for a few years now. A really quick and easy card, and my entry for Mo's challenge:
I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" cream card blank

- I made the card blank from a 6" square card and used the largest die in the Lil' Inkers 'Stitched Rectangles' set of dies to emboss the stitched outline before cutting it down to size. It's easy to do this, it only embosses the stitched outline and doesn't cut a rectangle like the other dies in the set - really useful too. So long as you remember to butt the die right up against the spine of the card - then you just need to trim the other sides to suit

- the Christmas tree image from a small Christmas card, just trimmed in proportion to the card blank I intended to add it onto

- glued the image onto a slightly larger snippet of deep red satin mirri card, left on the desk from the Hunkydory cards I made

- then glued the completed two-layer panel to the card front - no sentiment needed of course

Done! The camera does tell porkies though as in real life the cream colours on the topper and the card blank are identical.

I only made one card of course, haven't managed to train friends who send us some beautiful shop bought cards to make sure they all send the same designs - or at least lots of three the same :)

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 252

Funny old week here really. It appears that this awful stabbing back pain is more than just muscular and joints! Turns out to be a bout of shingles - a first for me, and hopefully the last! On so many different pills right now that if I jump up and down I'd rattle! Enuff of the medical stuff already - here's my snippets card for this week:
I used:

- 6" x 6" white card - to be honest it's a tad under that size as I check the 'supposedly matching' envelopes before making a card these days!

- snippet of red tartan card stock (called 'Red Christmas Tartan' made by Kanban) trimmed to slightly smaller than the card front and glued in place

- snippet of black card stock, die cut using the Tonic Studios 'Rococo Scotty Dog' die' - I carefully saved the cut out pieces from his eyebrow, legs and underneath the tummy and am so glad I did!

- for this card I wanted a solid tartan coat but the die does cut out a 'Winter doggy's coat' area. So I die cut a sacrificial Scotty from a scrap of card stock and then hand cut around the total area that I thought would make a decent winter coat for him to cover those cut outs

- flipped the 'coat' template upside down and then drew around it in pencil on the back of a little snippet of the tartan card stock (doing my best to at least make sure the lines were parallel with the background panel). Doing the flip routine meant that I could draw the pencil lines on the white backing of the tartan card snippet where they wold be visible for the cutting process and it would be the right way round when I flipped the cut out tartan coat over

- fussy cut round the pencilled outline of the coat then held the coat up against the Scotty and slightly trimmed it until I was happy that both layers would match and ran a red Whispers marker around the outside of the coat to cover the white core of the card before gluing it in place - using a fine line glue bottle

- found a snippet of white card stock, trimmed it to half an inch smaller all round than the tartan card stock, to leave a decent border, then used the Misti to position and stamp the sentiment using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a stamps from the gorgeous Inkylicious 'Seasons Greetings' set

- glued the white panel onto to the card front  

- glued the Scotty dog, with his coat in place, onto the white panel and then popped the black die cuts I'd saved back into their respective places. I think that's an important step as online there are some cards which have been lovingly made but the cutouts have been left blank and it just looks a bit odd to me (IMHO of course)

- final touch - added a googly eye :)

Must search out some more tartan paper or card as this was such fun to make (once I worked out a few of the little tricks) and would be a lovely Christmas card for a few Scottish friends. 

I'd like to enter this card into the current Merry Monday Challenge #218 where the theme is 'Plaid' - or 'Tartan', as we British call it.

And also into Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #304 'Use a Sentiment' and well as Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for October where it's always 'Anything Goes'.

Hedgehog update - the little perishers are going berserk! We think there could be as many as NINE different ones coming to feed over the course of a night. Len was awake in the early hours of Wednesday morning and heard a regular clattering from one of the hedgie feeding stations. At 4am he dragged himself into the garden to investigate (bless) and there was one very irate hedgehog - impatiently flipping the lid up and down on an empty bowl! I sure hope they all decide to have a sleep this Winter as we're becoming victims of our own success with them!

Lets move straight onto the weekly peek at the picks:

I think this is such a clever way to use up strips of snippets, by making them into book spines as Megan has!

From Kim we have a 'twisted pocket' card - what a great design and I had no idea how it's done but did find a YouTube link which gives the general process very clearly.

For anyone looking for a really elegant Christmas card design to do some 'batch baking', Viv's card above is a real beauty!

I LOVE this card, made by Bonnie as part of her Merry Monday DT work - where the theme is 'plaid' right now (hence my Scotty dog card of course!). Such a super idea to make a 'package' and that Rudolph tag is just so cute:) I worked out that the antlers are made from a punched snowflake!

A touch of Halloween next, made by Helen. I love the simplicity of this design - and it's fun as well! Err, unless you're have arachnophobia I guess! 

This is such a sweet card, made by April - using the SU 'Best Bird' stamp set, which is now on my wish list of course. Love how well the colouring of the bird goes with the polka dot paper.

Totally adore this card, brought to share with us by Shaz in Oz. Wonderful use of lots of snippets and such a darling image as well. Beautiful work Shaz!

Francesca hopped into the Playground with this terrific Christmas card to share with us. I love all the little details and such a fun image too!

Calling a halt there - my time at the desk is almost up! But I just had to share this final pick of the week - made by Karen P. Such a pretty card with loads of snippets used too, The fascinating thing for me is that beautiful soft image and it did take me a while to work out that Karen had wrapped vellum over a coloured image. Clever stuff!

Vellum certainly is really popular right now - I see that this week's Less is More challenge theme is to use vellum or acetate.

We had no new Playmates last week but 55 of you came to play in total. Yay - what a lovely turnout and so many fabulous makes as well.
And it's prize draw time, for the prize from last week. Our winner of the Penny Black set of hedgie stamps called 'Loads of Love' is:

Congratulations Lia! Lia has been playing here since January and, although her lovely cards have often featured in the weekly picks, this is her first win - so I think that extra congratulations are due :)

Can you please drop me an email with your address in and I'll post your prize off as soon as possible! My email address is on the right hand side bar.

This coming week's prize is:
Yes, it's a die exactly the same as the one I used for the doggie (Tonic Studios 'Scotty Dog',  and you can see what I mean about saving the little cutouts. There's also the Inkylicious sentiments stamp set called 'Seasons Greetings'. I've used my own set a few times over the past few weeks on here (as well as today) and as people have already commented, the fonts are really lovely.

Some more snippets of news:

It's time for Rudolph Days on Tuesday over at ScrappyMo's - runs from 25th to the end of the month and an ideal opportunity to make a Christmas card with a sentiment on for Hazel's challenge, anything goes for Mo's challenge - and if you use a snippet then you can link up here as well!

And, Penny from sunshinepens rambles  has very kindly offered a pair of tickets to the Crafting Live Show at Peterborough, which is on Friday/Saturday 11th/12th November. I think the easiest way to pick a winner of these tickets is also to use Mr Random, although I do realise that Peterborough won't necessarily be easy for some of you to get to :) If you follow the link above you'll see that there are some really well known companies exhibiting their tempting wares! So, if you would like to win these tickets then just say so in a comment please and I'll keep a note and run the random number thingy before next week's post is up and running. I have the tickets electronically so you wouldn't have to wait for them to be posted.

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 29th October. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

A maximum of ONE entry and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. I think both items work really well as a pair but if you have a burning desire for just the die or the sentiment stamps then please feel free to say and if your name pops out then I'll do a second draw for the item you don't want.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 lovely week!

Hugs from Parsnip - caught him rootling through my makeup drawer the other day, flinging stuff hither and thither. Only looking for green eye makeup .......... so he can plaster his face and whiskers in order to scare the local kids at Halloween when they come knocking!

Friday, 21 October 2016

More 'Phill Martin meets Hunkydory' Christmas cards

At the risk of being a bit 'samey' - here's a slightly different card to the other one, published on here fairly recently.

A lot of the images in the Hunkydory pads don't really lend themselves to being cut down from the very generous 4" x 6" size, but some certainly do - such as the one I used on this card:
I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- an image from the Hunkydory Little Book of 'Sparkling Season' toppers, cut down to a square

- mounted the image onto a piece of deep red silk/satin mirri card, cut just slightly larger than the image

- next, glued the image panel in the centre of the card

- finally stamped the sentiment using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a stamp from Phill Martin's 'Scribbled Christmas Sentiment Corners'

I found the best way to check for possible images to cut down was just to have a couple of pieces of paper to blank off areas of the image and see if it still works OK.

And, of course I made three the same :)

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Tricks with the Misti - #1 - 'Sentiment Backdrops'

I have no idea whether I'll be pointing you in the direction of just this one, or perhaps more tricks using the Misti. I was actually looking to see if there was any way to use the Misti to more easily stamp those multiple layered flower stamps that are so popular right now when I found a different technique on Jennifer McGuire's blog, entitled 'Sentiment Backdrops' HERE. That lady is so talented! I loved what she made and couldn't wait to try the technique out - here's my version:
I used:

- 4" x 5.75" white card blanks (I made four the same)

- a one line sentiment stamp from the MFT 'Tickled Pink' set plus the little freebie 'Parsnip' bear stamp which came with Craft Stamper magazine at least six months ago

- the Misti of course. You can actually do a similar style of card using a stamp positioner and a LOT of patience - the Misti made it so easy though and I really wouldn't even contemplate trying to do the same using a straightforward stamp positioner (having two left hands!)

- first of all I placed the one line sentiment and the little bear exactly as I wanted on a sheet of the pink grid lined paper which comes with the Misti. I'm a bit ashamed to admit I'd never worked out just how to use the grid lined paper, relying instead on  placing the stamps where I wanted them on the actual card front and then checking they were totally straight on the grid lines on the Misti cover - Dumbo! I also now need to produce a grid on acetate which I read about a while ago - I know that Simon Says Stamp sells them in the USA, but the Misti website also has a free download and I have some printer friendly acetate already as well

- I'd drawn a pencilled outline of the card blank onto the grid paper and I'd also marked the centre of the area  to help with the placements

- then I stamped four cards one after the other using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and both stamps at the same time

- then removed just the little bear stamp and popped him onto an acrylic block before stamping a few Post-Its with the image. My Post-It's don't have a full covering of 'sticky' on the back but I like the fact that they're yellow and easy to see and handle

- then trimmed the little bears to make masks - in fact I only used the same mask for all four cards so have spares for a future run

- added the bear mask to the card image (using removable tape runner) and then followed Jennifer's instructions for the multiple sentiment stamping, using SU's 'Certainly Celery' ink pad

- if you want to try then this technique then do please check out the link where Jennifer has a link to her really good YouTube tutorial

- basically you will have left the sentiment stamp in place on the Misti lid (make sure you clean it of course!) and then you just move the card blank up and down the grid lines to stamp it in a lighter colour (I moved it by two lines each time as the sentiment stamp is quite a tall one). Ink and stamp, move by two lines, ink and stamp, move by two lines etc. etc. until you cover as much of the card front as you wish

- at some point you may well find you need to stamp with the card blank overhanging the outside edge of the Misti - it works absolutely fine though

- after finishing all the stamping removed the mask and coloured the little bear's nose, ears and the flower, using Whispers markers

- added clear Wink of Stella to the flower itself and called them done

These cards are 'Parsnip Specials' of course, to enclose with Playground prizes! He finally left his beloved 'pickled conkers' alone for long enough to wander into the craft room, hop onto the desk, borrow my specs and have a look. I did resist the urge to lock him in the craft room and rush off to empty the vinegar away - it smells like a pickle factory in here!

And I did a little bit of surgery on the bear stamp. First of all, I confess that I lost the original stamp and had to order another copy of the magazine to get a second bear - and you might know that the original bear turned up a day or two later! He comes with a little heart sort of 'floating' above his head - which was gonna be tricky for masking so I snipped the heart off one stamp and left it in place on the other one. Thereby justifying buying two copies of the magazine of course :)

I'm thinking that this technique would be great for Christmas cards too!

And, yes, I did find out how to use the Misti to stamp those multiple layer stamps accurately and easily. Just need to have a play!

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - 'Something Spooky'

Time for another Cuttlebug Mania Challenge and the theme this time is 'Something Spooky'. By that we mean you can let your mind go a bit mad - for example, ghosts, mummies, spiders, witches, kids in costume, or lots of black. Or any other bright ideas so long as it fits in with 'Something Spooky'.

I struggled with my DT card as I have almost zilch items here to do with Halloween - and in fact, I used this same main die last year for a similar theme over at Cuttlebug Mania. Mind you, it's so specific to Halloween that it needs an annual outing!

You do have to use a manual die cutting/embossing machine for Cuttlebug Mania entries (it doesn't need to be a Cuttlebug but it must be manual, not electronic). And, you can't mix the two, it must be all manual please. Then make your entry, link into the challenge, link to the challenge in your own blog post and and make sure that you also say what products you used for any die cutting/embossing.

Details of our sponsor can be found over on the Cuttlebug Mania Challenge blog.

This is my DT card:
I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" white card blank, tent style

- slightly smaller layer of SU's 'More Mustard' card stock, glued in place and topped with a slightly smaller again layer of black card stock 

- then I embossed a piece of pearlescent 'platinum' coloured card (bought at the Coventry show) using a Tim Holtz 'Cobwebs' embossing folder and trimmed it to just slightly smaller than the black card layer and glued it in place

- next, die cut the really fun Cheery Lynn Designs 'Witches Laundry' from black card and glued it in place across the card. The Woodware Ultra Fine applicator bottle is perfect for fine work like this! 

- then added a few touches of gold here and there on the die cut using a Signo 'Sparkling Gold' pen

- sat for ages pondering what to do next with the blank patch at the bottom left hand corner of the card - a sentiment? black gems? - totally stuck, until I remembered a die I've hardly used

- out came the Cheery Lynn Designs 'Kitty Kitty Meow Meow' die and a snippet of black card. Die cut just the Daddy cat from the sweet little family, chopped his tail off (ouch!) and popped him in the offending corner

Must be my warped sense of humour, he almost looks like he's quietly looking on - sniggering at the cat hanging on the line to dry - possibly his Lady Wife? :)

We'd love to see you over at Cuttlebug Mania and the challenge runs for two weeks.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 251

It's been a busy week here in the run up to Len's Birthday. He had a lovely day yesterday, archery in the morning trying out his new bow in the Autumn sunshine. And then we had a very pleasant evening at home, with a meal delivered. We're off out on Monday for lunch and possibly a trip out on Tuesday as well - this is one loooong Birthday celebration :) And Len also says a huge thank you for your lovely Birthday wishes left on here when I published his 'guitar' card. It was a great hit and he couldn't believe it started off as a stamped image!

Here's my snippets card for this week:
I used:

- 5" x 7" white card blank, tent style

- snippet of dark green card stock trimmed to slightly smaller than the card front and glued in place

- snippet of white card stock, embossed using a Couture Creations embossing folder called 'Candy Stripe' - bought at Coventry the other week - trimmed down and glued in place. Am not sure the folder was such a bargain as it leaves little cuts here and there right through the card stock - and is such a tight squeeze to get through the Cuttlebug I was worried I'd break the machine!

- the image was stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and two stamps from the really cute Penny Black set called 'Loads of Love'. First spotted this lovely stamp set in use over at Jules' blog. I positioned both as I wanted using the Misti and stamped them at the same time, image and sentiment

- coloured the image using Pro markers and some tickles of clear Wink of Stella here and there

- die cut the image panel using a Spellbinders Labels Eight die

- then drew round the outside of the die and hand cut a mat from a snippet of red card stock and glued both layers together

- glued the finished panel to the card front and called it done!

This card was also for Len's Birthday yesterday - 'from' the hedgies and garden birds he looks after so diligently! He knew I'd been struggling whilst making 'a card for him' last week and, without knowing anything about the card, made me step away saying 'A hand made card doesn't need to be perfect' - bless. And he loved the card yesterday! (Thinks I'm probably barking mad as well I expect).

Any suggestions about that folder? I know some of you really play around with your embossing folders and am sure I read a sort of solution a while ago. But, the folder is certainly too tight with the recommended Cuttlebug plates! I did try building up the layers using a thinner base plate and lots of shims - almost got there but frankly it was just taking too long :(

Lets move straight onto the weekly peek at the picks:

Lia was first into the Playground with this really fun Minions card - love it!

Brenda makes some amazing cards, and this really is a beauty! A perfect Autumn scene I'm sure you'll all agree.

What a clever design this card is! Made by Barb, it really lovely and one to keep in mind for future reference :)

I love, love this beautiful Autumn card, made by Pat. She used the 'ghosting' technique for her background just perfectly - and those leaves are so realistic!

I picked this fabulous collage card, made by Jane as it's a perfect illustration of using up lots of little snippets. And it's a jolly good card too!

This card, brought to share by Lynn (Linby) is such fun. I have this same set of stamps and sat for ages pondering over why Lynn picked those particular stamps for this super card! The answer? 2 10 6 = 2016 (almost)! Clever sausage!

Love this card, made by Helen! Such a great idea to use a snippet of patterned paper for the curved portion at the top of the card - and it's lovely how the colours tie in with that adorable image :) Another super idea I want to try out.

This is such a beautifully designed Sympathy card, made by Janice. I really love how she used a vertical panel of the embossed 'Tied Together' card underneath those really pretty branches and birds.

LOVE the design of this adorable card, made by Heather! Heather was desperate to use those darling little dragons (by MFT) and they work beautifully on this fun Christmas card.

Calling a halt there - my time at the desk is almost up! I need someone with a whistle like you used to have at boating lakes in the 'olden days'. The attendant in charge of hiring out the boats gave you a shrill blast and hollered something akin to 'Come in number 10, your time is up'!

We had one new Playmates last week - 55 of you came to play in total:
Preety came to play for the first time, bringing this really great Halloween shaker card to share. Such a fun card and I love how in amongst the shaker filling there are teeny little bats, individually punched!

Preety has only been blogging since last month and up to now has just two followers, one is me. I know we all started out with zero followers and were so delighted when the numbers crept up. I'd love for you girls to hop over to say 'Hi' to Preety - and perhaps add yourself to her list of followers.

Welcome from all of us Preety, please come back and play again soon!
And it's prize draw time, for the prizes from last week.

The First prize (prize A), the Elizabeth Craft Designs 'Accordion Fancy Label' die set:

I'm sure this is your very first Playground win Connie - and you certainly chose the right week and prize for your number to come up! Well done :)

Then runner up prize B, the bumper pack of Hunkydory 'Little Dudes & Perfect Princesses' toppers kindly donated by Kim:
Loads of lovely images to play with Lynne - I think you'll have fun with these!

And runner up prize C, the modern roses Crafts-Too embossing folder (CTFD3108) kindly donated by Mrs A:
I laughed out loud - Mrs A's number popped out first for this prize! Of course I just re-ran the Random number thingy but it did make me smile :) It's a lovely folder Em and am sure you'll enjoy using it.

Congratulations to all three of you girlies! Can you please all drop me emails with your addresses in and I'll post your prizes off as soon as possible! My email address is on the right hand side bar. I know that you possibly all have the same snail mail address if you won before, but I need to make sure after a wrong assumption I made a little while back. 

This coming week's prize is:
A Penny Black stamp set the same as I used on my snippets card today - called 'Loads of Love'.

And here's a heads up girls, especially for those cat lovers amongst you. Janis is having a giveaway of this brilliant stamp - in the run up to the forthcoming Cat Lovers Hop. Just follow the link to Janis above to find out how to be 'in it to win it' :)

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 22nd October. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

A maximum of ONE entry and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. 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 lovely week!

Hugs from Parsnip - he's busily pickling conkers in vinegar ready for the forthcoming Playground Conker Championships :) Little cheat!