Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Just a quick post to say

...............I'm still here, trying to comment on the Playground in between shunting stuff around the house ready for next week's onslaught. I wonder if it's only me who feels the need to clear absolutely everything out of the way for workmen? I'm afraid that emails have even been neglected for the moment.

 


But, thank you so much for all the input about the Playground's future - I'm still mulling over the options and, for as long as possible, will keep it going (even if there are some changes). It seems that the Playground Picks are really popular - that tickled me 'cos it's the part I have the most angst over as everyone makes such beautiful snippets makes!


Back to the grindstone here :(

Di
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Happy Silver Wedding Anniversary!

Today it's the Silver Wedding Anniversary of a very special friend and of course her hubby! With luck she might have opened this card before she sees this post:

I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- silver sparkly self adhesive film added to white card for the backing

- Centura white pearl card embossed with Crafts-Too's 'Lattice' folder

- the heart was die cut first using white Centura pearl card and a plain Memory Box die called 'Cupid Heart'

- then I cut the top layer using a Memory Box die called 'Heart of Hearts' and more sparkly silver film card. I do love this die but if you fancy it, do be aware that it doesn't actually cut the main heart shape, I had to run the card through the Cuttlebug again using the Cupid Heart. I reckon that another time it would be best to cut the main heart shape first and then use the die for all the little hearts - but time wasn't on my side and I only had a little bit of the silver film left which wasn't enough to play with

- then I cut a couple of red hearts using the same 'Heart of Hearts' die and popped them back into a couple of cut outs on the big heart shape

- after adding the big layered heart to the card I gathered up the little silver heart shaped cutouts and popped them onto each intersection of the white embossed background

- the sentiment is Craftwork Cards - I have no Silver Wedding stamps or peel offs, but there's plenty of silver going on anyhow :)

- ribbon from my ribbon box with a heart shaped charm added using silver cord

Hope you're both having a fabulous day - and here's to the next 25 years!

Di
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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 144

It's all go right now with my favourite challenges, it's Rudolph Day over at Sarn's, Merry Monday, Hazel's Christmas Card Challenges and of course Mrs A has her fortnightly Butterfly Challenge running.  I've been good and already joined in all the Christmas ones that were 'live' on Friday (the details and links are in my blog post here) - so for my snippets card today I chose to go with Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge which is 'Autumn Colours'.

In fact, Mrs A said to use Autumn colours in your butterfly (eek plural colours and singular butterfly?). Dumbo here might have misinterpreted 'cos I have several single coloured butterflies - the idea behind this card is that it's meant to depict the butterflies as Autumn leaves - tee, hee :)


I used:

- white DL card blank

- a plain orange piece of card from the snippets folder as a backing

- the background was me going totally slightly crazy with Brushos (brown, scarlet and yellow) - which were then sprayed with 'Heirloom Gold' Perfect Pearls and also 'Pearl' Glimmer Mist, eek, that really spread the colour around. In a panic I grabbed a couple of pieces of kitchen roll and folded them to blot the puddles up - and although it won't show in the photo - ended up with a lovely light gold textured effect. It's so true what Sarn and Kathy say - you have to just play about with Brushos and often there will be surprises!

- more snippets of orange/yellow were used to punch out the three butterflies (using a SU punch) before running them through an embossing folder called 'Bon Jour' by Couture Creations. The folder has a leaf pattern on, so that was my nod to continuing the idea of the butterflies looking like Autumn leaves :)

- once on the card they looked a bit odd without bodies, so I grabbed a snippet of gold mirri card and die cut three bodies using a Memory Box 'Isabella' die

- final touch - gold sequins tumbling down with the leafy butterflies. The sequins were die cut using a snippet of mirri gold card and a really useful die made by MFT Die-Namics called 'Sequins'

Right, a quick gallop through this week's picks:

I just love the simple elegance of this card, made by Jenny H!

Cathy R had been playing with metal sheet and alcohol inks - what a stunning result too.

So, I know a few of you have been running little production lines this past week - largely for Christmas. Sharon rocked me on my heels with her offering of 20 cards just like the one above. It's a tri-fold and those always take a good while to make. Great way to use up snippets!

This card by Liz really caught my eye - one that stands out in the crowd I think. See how cleverly the background embossing and the dots on the ribbon echo one another?

I picked this card, made by KT Fit Kitty because it's great use of snippets of course, but also I love how everything sort of 'pulls together'. 

That's the picks for this week I'm afraid. Things are busy here and it does take an age to do this weekly post, so I hope you won't mind it being shorter than usual. I have thought about changing the format but haven't reached a decision yet.

One thing I have noticed, and I've just checked again, as a result of last weeks picks only a total of four additional comments were left for the 'picked' snippets makes. I know it doesn't mean you don't go to visit but it does make me wonder if it would be just as easy to allow you to use the thumbnails in Mr Linky - without my intervention and the lengthy time it takes me each week to draw up the list of picks, whittle it down and then write and link into this post.

Anyhow, maybe there will be some feedback from you? I'm open to suggestions.

And now for the winner of the Papermania stamps set, glitter and ribbons:
Well done Mrs A - especially after you've been having such a rough time lately. Obviously, I have your address and will pop the goodies in the post ASAP this coming week as I'm likely to be 'incarcerated' for a while due to work being done on the house.

And this coming week's prize:


Yup, it's a die cut set the same as the one I used today - MFT Die-Namics 'Sequins'. As I already said, these are great dieswith several sizes of plain and embossed sequin cuts which can be used on either mirri or plain card to perfectly compliment the rest of your creation.

As usual, the Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 4th October and will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

Maximum of three entries and please say 'No thank you' or 'Yes please' in a comment if you wish to still play but not be the winner of the prize.

Important note - last week I had problems as peeps had forgotten to say 'No thanks' to the prize on offer. I'm not sure how to address this but it caused me quite a bit of extra work so, for now, unless you positively say 'Yes please' then I'll have to assume that you don't want to be in the prize draw.  Of course feel free to say no thanks just to reinforce things :)

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 great week!
 
Di (and the usual happy wave from Parsnip of course)
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Friday, 26 September 2014

Rudolph Day - September 2014

There are some Christmas challenges I absolutely try my utmost not to miss, and this card actually fits FOUR in one go!

Rudolph Day September 2014 over at Sarn's - I made two of the same card :)

Merry Monday, where it's Christmas Bingo, I chose the left hand vertical column, sparkle, die cut and red:

Crafthazelnut's Christmas Challenge - where you have to make a card in 20 minutes or less, once you have stuff out ready on your desk. To be honest I thought I wouldn't manage that but was amazed at how fast I could work when everything was already to hand, the card design was planned and I wasn't dithering around. 30 minutes for two identical cards, so I think 20 minutes for one is about right 'cos the second one is always a bit faster?!

And, Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra, where it's always 'Anything goes' 

This was the result:
And to prove, for Sarn, that I made two cards:
I used:

- A6 tent style white card blank, with lower corners rounded using a We Are Memory Keepers Corner Chomper

- the top three quarters of the card front was embossed using Cuttlebug's 'Snowflakes' folder sideways on, then I used the Hougie Board to score across the slight mark that had been left by the edge of the embossing folder. In fact that worked well (I thought) to create a nice division between the embossing and the plain part of the card where the sentiment was to be stamped - harrumph, even though the scored line doesn't show up in the photos!

- I used SU's 'Real Red' ink pad and an Inkylicious sentiment called 'Winter Wonderland'

- next came the snowflakes, I'd covered some white card stock with clear sparkly film and using a die set called 'Layered Snowflakes' by Whimsy cut out three snowflakes for each card (thankfully all in one go per card as die cutting through card topped with sparkly film takes a good few passes and some determination). The snowflakes were glued using 'Glossy Accents' and topped off with Aurora Borealis sparkly gems

Phew, then I truly needed a lie down to recover! Photographs, writing this post and also clearing away the stuff I used/sort of threw aside after I'd used it has taken MUCH longer!

Di
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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Last minute Lego card

I had to make a very last minute card for one of Len's great nephews - and boy/male cards are never easy for me so I turned to Pinterest and found some great ideas there for Lego cards. I well and truly CASE'd a card made by Tina, who is a SU Demonstrator over in Oz - thanks Tina! This was the result:
I used:

- A6 black card blank

- a layer of slightly smaller white card stock

- a layer of smaller again black card stock for the board - I ran it through the Cuttlebug using Cuttlebug's 'Swiss Dots' folder

- snippets of red, blue, yellow and green card - punched using SU's 1" square punch and SU's Itty Bitty round punch. Yay Irene, you were right - there are uses for that 1" square punch :)

- I didn't double layer the 'dots' as Tina did (lack of time as I said) but did add the white Signo pen curves to give the impression of dimension

- the 'happy birthday' sentiment was stamped using a stamp from the 'Happy Messages' set by Stampendous, and a Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink pad

Phew, despite a Birthday Book right behind my desk on an eye level shelf, it only works if you remember to check it!

Still really busy here - who would have thunk it would take so much just to prepare for a shower room and bedroom to be revamped. It's like a military operation for goodness sakes!

Di
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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Any takers? The result

In Sunday's Snippets Playground this prize was won, but declined:
I then did another draw using Mr Random, and this time contacted the 'next' potential winner - who also declined.

Rather than keep messing about doing more draws - it's now on offer to anyone (all three stamp sets, I won't split them)  who leaves a comment saying 'Yes please' in this blog post. If a few of you say 'yes please' then I'll do a draw - after noon tomorrow (Tuesday 23rd September).

AND, you don't have to have played in the Playground, either last week or at all!

Edit: I actually had 10 peeps interested in these little cuties - so I ran the Random number generator and it picked out comment number two, which was left by :


And thank you so much to the other nine of you girls who left comments saying 'yes please'! Can you please let me have your snail mail address Hazel (di_wray@hotmail.com).

I know a few of you have already been playing in the Playground, I'll apologise right now for not spending time hopping around to comment. It's busy here and getting busier but I'll be there ASAP! 

Di
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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 143

It's been a funny week for weather in the Playground, sometimes really quite hot and sunny yet at other times dank and misty. Autumn is on the way - and Spike thinks so too as he's visibly slowing down with less visits, and also he's eating less and less. Hibernation is beckoning him and the other little hedgies who pop in from time to time.

Anyhow, here's my snippets card for this week - and for a change the forthcoming this next week prize is totally unrelated. I was playing with Brushos the other day just using them as watercolours - and this was the result:
I used:

- an 8" x 8" card blank, cut down to make a tent style A6 sized card - and part of what was chopped off will now make two little 4" square cards as well

- a snippet of white watercolour card (Crafters Companion), Penny Black's 'Letters and flowers stamp and Ranger 'Jet Black' archival ink for stamping

- Brushos for the water colouring (a mix of turquoise and ultramarine plus emerald green and leaf green)

- the main image was die cut using a Spellbinders 'Resplendent Rectangles' die

- the image was then mounted onto a snippet of SU 'Wild Wasabi' backing which had been cut with the next size up Spellbinders 'Resplendent Rectangles' die


One thing worth mentioning about these dies, they really are fabulous but are very intricate so waxed paper or some similar method of releasing the card from the die is a must. I was in a bit of a rush and skipped that step, not a wise move!

So, let's have a quick skip through this week's picks:

I do try to spread the weekly picks around, but just had to include Val for two weeks running - isn't that the sweetest little robin? Made using the quilling technique and as if that wasn't enough - the holly leaves are also quilled! Wonderful and so intricate too.

Right, most of us know about Brushos now and loads of you have bought them and are playing - have you thought about using them with shaving foam as Sue did? What a fabulous background - I love this card!

 
And here's another technique - 'cracked ice' from Jean. There's a really good and detailed explanation over on Jean's blog if you fancy having a try - stunning results!

I do so love it when playmates come to show what they made with their Playground winnings - Bonnie won this sentiment stamp a while back, and didn't she use it perfectly?!

I know that lots of you have already seen and commented on this beautiful card, made by Carol L - so pretty and I think anyone would feel better if they received such a gorgeous make.

Making cards for men is something I always struggle with so this card, made by Kim, really leapt out at me. And that wonderful map background is actually stamped (must be one huge stamp for sure!).

And here's someone else using their Playground prize, gosh what a fabulous way to use the burlap background stamp Maarit - I absolutely think this deserves to be a winner over at Less is More!

So that was a pretty fast scamper through the picks, as always though, each entry was fabulous girls!

And let's welcome a new playmate:
Isn't this just super? Apparently it's the very first time that Carole has entered a challenge but surely it won't be the last?! Hi Carole, lovely to see you here and let's hope you come and play again really soon!

And, the winner of the three little stamps from last week is:



Congratulations Sarah, I'll pop your stamps into the post this week, I still have your address from your last win, which I think was about a year ago.

And the prize for this coming week is:
As I said at the beginning of this post, totally unrelated to my snippets card for once, it's a selection of Papermania Christmas goodies, kindly donated by Viv. There's an Urban Stamps set, four little pots of glitter and a packet of felt ribbon - just the thing for getting you going on those Christmas cards :)

As usual, the Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 27th September and will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

Maximum of three entries and please say 'No thank you' in a comment if you wish to still play but not be the winner of the prize. As always, if you only fancy one or two parts of the prize then just say and I would do further draw(s) if your name pops out.

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 great week!
 
Di (and the usual happy wave from Parsnip of course)
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