Friday, 27 March 2015

Rudolph Day - March 2015

It's here again folks, March's Rudolph Day over at ScrappyMo's :) And, this week's challenge over at Merry Monday #151 is 'Tree(s)':
And this is the card I made for both challenges:
I used:

- 5" x 5" square white card blank

- a 'frame' made using SU's 'Tempting Turquoise' and 'Perfect Plum' card stock

- white card stock for the background, embossed using the 'Snowflake Background' embossing folder by Darice

- then used one stamp from SU's 'Festival of Trees' set and stamped three trees using SU's ink pads ('Tempting Turquoise', 'Melon Mambo' and 'Perfect Plum') and then punched them out using the matching SU punch

- the sentiment was stamped using 'Melon Mambo' and a sentiment from Personal Impressions' 'Many Greetings' set - before being die cut using a Spellbinders pennant  die

It was a first outing for the 'Festival of Trees' stamp set, so I'm taking this over to Darnell's NBUS challenge #4 too :) Over 800 followers over there now - go Darnell!!


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Pop up box card

A friend of mine recently had a Birthday, and her sister made her a pop up box card. Squeals of amazement from said friend, who is a card maker but sticks to tried and tested folds (I once gave her the vapours just showing her how to make an easel card!).

However, I've promised to go round for a play afternoon and show her how to make a pop-up box card, trust me, her patience can be very, extremely low so perhaps I should have just played dumb. I did show Sam (Hettie) how to make one of these last year at the WOYWW Crop and she flew along no trouble. However, before embarking on the forthcoming crafting session, I thought it would be a good idea to remind myself of the process at least, and this is what I made:
Such a difficult thing to photograph!
Close-up peek
The back panel, with a fairly plain area to write a message on
 I used:

- an A4 sized sheet of black card stock (the resulting finished and 'folded flat for posting' card ends up at just about an inch shorter than A5 size)

- papers from Papermania's 'Elegance' paper pack

- embellishments are also by Papermania, and are also from the 'Elegance' range

-and just a few amber coloured gems added for some sparkle

Now to show friend how to make one, without her toys flying out of the window - wish me luck!


Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Less is More - Week 216 - CASE a DT card

Interesting challenge this week over at Less is More - the DT have each produced a card and you need to choose one to CASE. They're all great starting points so I pondered for a while and finally plumped for Anne's card - which is this one:
I love the doodling around the card edge, meeting up with such a cute image. So that's the bit I really followed, plus I added a sentiment above the image although Anne's is part of the stamp she used. I skipped the bakers twine though - and this is my CASE:
I used:

- A6 white card blank

- Penny Black's 'Easter Bonnet', stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink

- then stamped the sentiment (Penny Black's 'Think Spring') using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink again

- and next did the doodling round the edge. Me not totally daft, didn't want to risk spending time colouring the image and then wrecking it at the 'last knockings' :)

- finally, coloured the cheeky little chick using Whispers markers

Thanks again for the inspiration ladies! I don't really send Easter cards out but I think this little lady could well be making her way up the M1 to my step-mum!

Am also entering this into the current Penny Black Saturday Challenge for March - 'Spring Blooms'. As well as the current Uniko Studio Challenge #19, which is Anything Goes.


Sunday, 22 March 2015

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 169

And another week just 'whooshed' past in the Playground. Spring is almost in the air, Spike the hedgie and a friend are out and about most nights and we even have intermittent sunshine as well :) Yay!

My snippets card for this week is also for Merry Monday's latest challenge (#150) which is 'Gifts!'
This is what I made (Edit - and it got an Honorable Mention, wahoo!!):
I used:

- 4" x 5.25" white card blank, tent style

- snippet of white card to cover the front of the card, embossed using a Quickutz folder called 'Holiday Words' - rarely used, slap my wrists :(

- the image (Stampendous 'Gift Angel' was stamped onto a snippet of white card using Memento 'Tuxedo Black', coloured with Whispers markers and a touch of clear Wink of Stella added to the wings and also the bobble and trim on the wee angel's hat

- then I just backed the trimmed image with a snippet of SU's 'Real Red' and popped it onto the centre of the card using thin sticky pads for dimension

NB! I don't think this embossing folder is still available to buy, such a shame :(

Onto this week's picks now!

Viv makes beautiful cards, and this perfect card for a chap really caught (grin) my eye this week!

I chose this card, made by Jenny H, for the really fresh look (great idea for the plants too!) and great use of snippets.

SAM_1480 (watermarked)
Such a pretty bag made by Pippa, to hold Easter eggs. I thought the extra attention to detail by colouring the egg on the image to match the paper for the bag was so clever.

I'm stopping at three picks this week, which is really what I've said for some time would be the magic number. Needless to say, I adore every single entry you bring along so do please go to last week's Mr Linky and peek at the thumbnails if you want to see more work showing off snippets.

And here's the winner of last week's prize, the Stampin' Up set of stamps, kindly donated by Vicky:
This was a long time coming, and I actually mentioned (without naming her) that Kitty had played for nine months without a single win last week. Well Kitty, this is your week! In fairness, the first SIX numbers picked by Mr Random all belonged to Playmates who hadn't wanted to be in the draw - and then out popped Kitty - YAY!!

Can you please email me with your address Kitty and I'll post your prize this coming week ( As I said, it was just a matter of time!

This coming week's prize is a lovely mix of Dovecraft goodies (papers, doilies and felt elements - all from the 'Curiosity Corner' range - perfect for vintage cards and layouts, kindly donated by Jane:
All three items make up one prize BTW. So funny, we discovered that Jane lives not very far from me - she was tempted to open her window and throw these in my general direction :)

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 28th March. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

Maximum of three entries and please say 'Yes please' (or similar) in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize.

Mr Linky is below - do please let me know if you have any problems linking, it's easy for me to sort out so don't struggle on alone :)

And of course, this coming week it's Rudolph Day over at Scrappy Mo's. Begins on  Wednesday and as usual will run to the end of the month. PLUS, Darnell is running another of her NBUS challenges - just make something using a never before used item. Perhaps you could make a Christmas card, using snippets as well as something NBUS !? Three challenges for the price of one :)

Di and of course, Parsnip!

Friday, 20 March 2015

Another new home card

It's a bit late as I lost the recipient's new address, but the thought is very much there!

And so weird, I picked out a house stamp and set to making this card - only to discover I'd coloured it exactly the same as a previous card, with a red front door and also die cut using the same die set. But, the hearts coming out of the chimney are a new idea as is the sentiment ('Welcome to your new home' is just a tad too late!).
I used:

- 5" x 7" white card blank

- white backing layer, embossed using a Darice 'Argyle' embossing folder

- image stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink pad and a Stamposaurus Stamp called 'Town House - small'. The image was coloured with Pro Markers and Whispers markers and then die cut using a 'Stitched Rectangle' die by Lil'inkers, then I added the three little hearts as smoke from the chimney using a teensy heart stamp from Lawn Fawn's 'Bee Mine' stamp set and SU 'Real Red' ink pad

- SU 'Real Red' card stock for the 'frame' for the image, also die cut using a 'Stitched Rectangles' die

- sentiment is LOTV from their 'General Greetings - small' set, stamped using a Brilliance 'Coffee Bean' ink pad

The three hearts are quite significant as this card will be winging it's way to a lovely young couple and their baby daughter.

The other day I got rather excited (once again to be honest!) over the Fiskars 'Compact Stamp Press' - and a few of you kindly commented and emailed me. I did subsequently find it on Amazon, shipped from the USA, but it's also in stock at Oyster Stamps (UK) for £9.99 and free p and p!! I think that's quite a bargain price, it arrived on Wednesday and am already totally in love with it :) Isn't it strange, I keep thinking that there can't be anything new left to play with in the manual tools line, and then along comes another surprise!

Snigger, the biggest surprise of all could be when the walls of this craft room suddenly explode outwards, due to the amount of schtuff in here.


Thursday, 19 March 2015

Hello Spring - I'm back in town!

Well I never, Darnell already knew I had my suspicions from the food bowl being kicked round the garden last night, but just lookeee who rolled into town again:
Photo from the Internet

It seems that both little Spike and probably a larger hedgie were out playing last night - eating the dried food we've been leaving out for so long as well as drinking their water - err, and having a real party just kicking everything around. Quite a mess of scattered food left, although the camera images we have aren't clear enough to post here. We're almost sure it was two different hedgies enjoying their first Spring outing.

Tee, hee - I half expected them to hop onto their hind legs and do an Irish jig in celebration! Great news after the worries we had :)


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

CHNC Challenge 220 - use some black

The latest challenge over at Hazel's Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge is to 'use some black'. After a little ponder my eye fell upon my 'Sarntangles' set of stamps, still sitting here on my desk as they're too nice to put away :) And this is the card I ended up making:
I used:

- 5" x 5" square white card blank

- a frame of SU's 'Real Red' card stock

-a square of white card stock, stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a stamp from the limited edition 'Sarntangles' stamp set, a few sets are still available from Sarn over HERE, but once they're gone, they're gone.

- coloured parts of the image with a red Whispers pen as well as a gold pen

- the sentiment was stamped using SU's 'Real Red' ink and a stamp from the Personal Impressions 'Many Greetings' set

- final touch (idea unashamedly pinched from Sarn!!), a few hematite black pearls here and there

I loved making these so much, the images stamp perfectly every time - so I made three, all the same :) Tee, hee - should I earmark one to send to Sarn this coming Christmas?

And I'd also like to enter this card into Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for March - where it's always 'anything goes'.