Sunday, 7 February 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 215

Hi there! What a fabulous selection of entries we had, once again, in the Playground. It truly is so good to see so many of you playing along and finding such clever ways to use up your snippets!

My own snippets card for today came about when I was pondering over which prizes to offer, as is often the way when I make my Sunday Snippets card. Bet you never guessed that one :)

Anyhooooo, whilst thinking, I decided to tidy up a bit and pop some scraps of card into the snippets folder and there was this piece of card stock glaring at me (yet again) from the 'miscellaneous' slot. It was way too pretty to throw away but somehow it had had managed to get an unsightly crumple in it. It's a piece of 'rainbow' card and the pattern runs diagonally - bingo! I worked out that I could chop the card down to a usable size, lose the crumple and have the colour graduations running straight across the card - a bit like a sunrise. How I wish I could produce this background so perfectly using inks!

I did first spot this gorgeous die over at Chris's Ramblings and Chris also used the die beautifully with white as well as black - and also her inky backgrounds were much more inventive than mine. Apart from all that, my card is a pretty unashamed CASE really - thank you Chris for the inspiration!

This was the end result - really quite easy to do once all the measuring was sorted out:
I used:

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

- a snippet of black card stock for the 'frame' behind the snippet of 'rainbow' card

- the rainbow card snippet, trimmed to size after measuring the width of the die I wanted to use

- yet another snippet, black card stock again - backed with Stick-It adhesive sheet

- then I die cut the flower border using a Crafts-Too 'Butterfly Garden' die from the black card snippet. Being unsure how it would release from the die I also used a piece of waxed paper between the die and the black card - but I do suspect it would release beautifully as the die feels almost like it has a Teflon coating to me

- at this point I felt brave enough to stick the border to the rainbow card before actually stamping the sentiment. Good grief, this could have been a major disaster - but it worked and I stamped the lovely sentiment using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink, my Fiskars stamp press and an Inkylicious stamp from the two-stamp set called 'Sunshine Wishes'

- next assembled the card, black layer and then rainbow layer with the butterfly garden silhouetted on it and the sentiment already stamped of course

- the die comes with seven 'free flying' butterflies - and as seven is my lucky number I used them all and popped them onto the card front fluttering hither and thither :)

Here's a couple of little tips. I hate stamping straight onto card stock but for this card (and many others before if truth be known as I learned the hard way to be cautious) I used a piece of the offcuts of the rainbow card to check how clearly the stamp worked on it rather than wreck the thing. As you can see, it worked fine - but the next thing was how to make sure the card stock didn't slip about when I was actually stamping using the Fiskars press. Often a stamp positioner will hold your piece of card steady - but if that's not going to be the case then the solution is easy peasy - especially if you use a slippery glass cutting mat for your work area. Just apply a couple of stripes of removable tape runner to the back of the piece of card to hold it onto the work surface. After stamping the sentiment - or even an image of course, - just rub your finger over the back of the card stock to ball up the removable tape runner lines.

OK, that was my snippets card for today - let's now take a peek at a few picks from last week. Oh, I like that phrase 'peek at the picks'. This week I've tried to really focus on some ideas and techniques that you may want to try out:
This terrific card was made by Cathy R, and you need to nip over to her blog to see how she used 'rusting powder' to create the wonderful background panel. Clever stuff!

I love any form of paper patchwork to use up snippets, and this lovely card made by Kath really caught my eye!

How cute is this card then? Made by Cornelia and what really caught my eye is the clever way the card top has been split across the heart. A perfect Valentine's Day card.

We had some really great Valentine's Day cards in the Playground this past week, here's one idea that I love - made by Jenny H. The owl stamp is so funky and that sentiment, which you could produce on your computer, is perfect! A card with a difference - I might make something similar for the in-house critic :)

This is such a clever idea too! Liz made it, although it's a different card shown on the thumbnail in Mr Linky - so in case you missed seeing this I thought I'd add it in as well! And, Liz has a link on her blog to a video tutorial if you want to have a go for yourself.

I need to stop there with the picks folks - a basket of ironing is calling me plus I've sat still for long enough.

This week we have three new Playmates joining in the fun:
Louise H came to play twice, and after some deliberation I've picked her second card to show you here. I love Art Deco - so elegant.

Pen came to play three times (must be the lure of the 'hooch' in the tree house) - and I've chosen to show you her third entry - I adore the soft and feathery look!

Erika skipped in to share this really pretty card - paper piecing is one the very best ways to use up snippets isn't it? Lovely card!

Thank you so much for coming to play and we hope to see you all again really soon!

Before we move on, our Barb is celebrating a year since she began her blog, with some really lovely candy. You have until 28th February to add your name into Mr Linky over at Barb's Faraway Cards - and this is the generous and varied prize you can win, if you haven't entered yet what are you waiting for?

Time for the prize draw here now. We had the heart die, the glitter papers and the hearts embossing folder on offer - and our winner is:
Oh yippee, it's a first win for Carole according to my records - and she also whipped into the Playground as one of the last entries, which shows it's never too late to play along! Could you please drop me an email Carole (address is on the RH sidebar) letting me have your snail mail address and I'll post off your prize as soon as possible this coming week.

And the Playground prize this coming week is:
Linked to today's snippets card (as is almost always the case) - it's your own Crafts-Too 'Butterfly Garden' die and Inkylicious  two-stamp set called 'Sunshine Wishes'. I do so like the second sentiment 'Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves'.

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 13th February. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

Maximum of three entries and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. If you only want to play for either the die set or the sentiment stamps then just say so in a comment - if your number comes up then I'll do a further draw for the remaining part of the prize. But, both items are up as one complete prize if you so wish of course. 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 :)

Enjoy your week - whatever you have planned! Valentine's Day isn't far away so I guess we'll have a few entries featuring even more love and mushy stuff this week :)

Di and, of course, Parsnip! (Who says quite adamantly , one kiss blown in his direction and he'll run for cover!)

Friday, 5 February 2016

Merry Monday #190 'Santa!'

It's a lovely theme to the current challenge over at Merry Monday this week - 'Santa'.

And, over at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas challenge it's 'Anything goes so long as it's Christmas' - and at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for February it's always 'Anything goes'.

So my card for today covers all three challenges - plus I used one of the Bugaboo digital images I recently won over at Hazel's too:
I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- piece of 6" x 6" white card stock for the front panel onto the bottom centre of which I stamped the sentiment using a pre-loved Hero Arts stamp called 'Merry and Bright' and SU's 'Real Red' ink pad

- embossed the front panel using SU's 'Softly Falling' folder and then embossed two parallel lines across using the Hougie board

- trimmed the embossed panel down to an eighth of an inch smaller than the card blank all around and glued it in place

- as said, the cute 'Stocking Santa sack' digi image was part of my prize chosen from Bugaboo. I just re sized him and printed onto white card before colouring with Pro markers. Then fussy cut round the image and ran the edge of a black Whispers marker right round the image to redefine any areas where I  felt I'd cut slightly into the black outline (OCD strikes again!). I then made Santa sit around and twiddle his thumbs whilst I prepared the trees

- grabbed plain green and holly patterned snippets of paper from LOTV's 'Classic Christmas' paper pad and punched three trees using SU's 'Tree' punch

- at that point I realised that adding paper straight on top of quite heavy embossing maybe wasn't such a great idea so I punched out three more trees from a snippet of thin green card and glued these to the backs of the paper trees

- then noticed that the punched white edges of the LOTV paper showed slightly so just ran a dark green Whispers marker round the edges of each tree

- all that was left was to position Santa and the three trees along the top embossed line, to 'ground' them, and then glue in place

I did add a tickle of clear Wink of Stella to the bobble and fur trim on Santa's hat - which you can't see in the photos. Not surprising really 'cos it's very hard to get it to show up in photos. Snort, especially if you only decide the add the tickles after taking, editing and uploading the photo anyhow :)


Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Butterfly Challenge #47 - Butterflies + O is for Over the edge

I really thought I'd have to skip Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge this fortnight. The options were O for 'over the edge' or U for 'undulating'. But, I'm not a quitter and hauled out a butterfly stamp as a starting point - this was the end result:
I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" tent style card blank - made from Crafter's Companion 300gsm water colour card, with half an inch trimmed from the front lower edge

- a black die cut daisy frame which had been lying on my desk, since it arrived as a freebie with an order 

- Penny Black 'Soft Wings' butterfly stamp, stamped onto Crafter's Companion water colour card using Ranger 'Jet Black' Archival ink

- coloured the butterfly using Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils and Sansodor blending solution then tickled over parts of the butterfly with a clear Wink of Stella brush pen

- hand cut the butterfly and set it aside (had a quick lie down to recover)

- die cut a border strip for the bottom of the card as the 'over the edge' element using a snippet of black card stock and MFT's Die-namics 'Faux Crochet Border'

- added the border strip to the card front using narrow red line tape then trimmed off the overhang from either side- so much easier than trying (and in my case it would be failing) to cut the border to length before adding it to the card

- added the daisy frame where I wanted it, using a fine-nibbed glue pen

- then to finish, added the butterfly using thin sticky pads - tee, hee, and its wings also go 'over the edge' of the frame. Not sure if that really counts but am sure the border will qualify and won't get me a spell in the 'naughty corner'.

I do like the happy coincidence that the border die echoes the daisy on the frame :)


Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - 'Kids (for a child)'

It's a fun theme over at Cuttlebug Mania this fortnight - 'Kids (for a child)'. The DT have used images from our sponsor Fabrika Fantasy and this is what I came up with:
I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- a slightly smaller layer of mid-blue card stock from the snippets folder

- another, smaller again, layer of dark blue slightly pearlescent paper from the snippets folder

- a layer of patterned paper from LOTV's 'Frosty Christmas' paper pad - glued all the layers together and added them to the card front

- the image from Fabrika Fantasy is called 'Winter Games 2' and I re-sized it and and printed onto white card. I didn't adjust the print quality so rather than waste the 'paler than it should be pre-coloured image' I added some deeper colouring using Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils

- die cut the image using a Spellbinders circle and layered it onto a circle of dark blue paper, die cut using a die from the Tonic Studio's 'Circle Layering' dies set. Handy to mix and match these as it meant I could have a nice narrow border around the image. Glued the image onto the card front and added some tickles of clear Wink of Stella here and there

- the trees were both die cut from a snippet of white card stock which was already patterned with sparkly scroll work - I used two Marianne dies to cut the trees 'LR0136 and LR0174'

- the word 'noel' with the dangly snowflake die cut using the Poppy Stamps 'Noel Snowflake' die (a gift from a lovely blogging pal) and another snippet of the white sparkled card stock. I also die cut it again from dark blue paper to create a slight shadow effect when I layered both die cuts onto the card

- the corners were die cut from more snippets of the dark blue paper using a die from a Whimsy corner dies set

- then just added four sparkly aurora borealis self adhesive gems to the dangling snowflake, the corners and also the top of one of the trees

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.


Sunday, 31 January 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 214

Well, that's January almost 'over and done with' already - looks like this year will fly past! And this last week we had spot on 100 entries - thank you all so, so much! I knew it had been standing room only during a lot of the week but truly thought we'd stalled at 99 as the clock ticked towards 11am (I was sitting here writing this post) and then in hopped Hazel - yay!  

My snippets card this week was pretty quick and easy to make - once I decided on the design:
I used:

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

- snippets of SU 'Real Red' and black card stock for the backing 'frames'

- a snippet of white card stock, embossed using SU's 'Happy Heart' embossing folder and trimmed to size

- all the backing layers were then glued in place using Collall All Purpose glue

- next I die cut the sparkly heart from a piece of Xcut red adhesive glitter sheet using the Creative Expressions 'Expressions - Love' die set

- stuck the die cut onto a snippet of white card and then trimmed it right down - much easier to do it that way than try and position the die cut centrally on a ready trimmed snippet

- added a backing layer of black card stock from a snippet then stuck the 'topper' in place on the card front using thin sticky fixers

I really loved making this heart - firstly because the die set is so versatile. You can use it as I did with the 'word part' die taped inside the outer border die. You could die cut just the word 'love' without a border into a card front. Or you could use the plain heart die on it's own to cut plain hearts or heart shaped apertures - the World is your whelk oyster.

And the glitter sheet was a total delight to use! These are new to me (spotted something about them in a craft magazine when I was doing the 'grand cull' recently) and the red sheet I used came from the 'Dark' pack of 10 A5 sheets in five colours (red, lime, pink, purple and turquoise). There's minimal 'glitter shed', it die cuts perfectly, the backing which covered the self adhesive is sort of plasticised which makes removing it a doddle and it sticks really well onto card. Top marks to Xcut!

Onto the weekly picks now - and the usual hard time here whittling the picks down to just a handful:
Jane J made this wonderful 'Moment' layout after a fabulous visit for lunch to The Shard in London. Her blog post is fascinating to read, with tons of great photos both of the day/ amazing views as well as the steps Jane went through to make her 'Moment'. I just had to include it as there is so much detail about the day included - and that eye also keeps drawing me in!

Love this really clever card and great use of snippets, made by Jane W. I think this would make such a great get well card - or just to cheer someone up, as Jane suggests.

How cute is this card then? Made by Lynn H and I so love the sweet little racoon :) And such a clever touch with the hearts border - minus the red heart that the little 'bandit' is clasping so firmly - aw :) It's often those little details that totally make a card for me.

Love these little gift boxes, made by Carol L! They're a great way to use up little snippets and I know a few of us have been exclaiming over that wonderful 'heart cut out' paper. It's comes like that - and I've had a good search in the UK for it without any luck. Happily Mr Postie brought me some happy post from Carol the other day so I have a little supply to play with :)

The detail on this card, made by Jackie T, is absolutely fabulous. Lots of layers and snippets used and I just think it's exquisite! Jackie has a lot of information in her blog post about how she made it too.

Let's finish the week's picks with another Valentine's Day card - made by Laurie. Again, lots of snippets used and such a sweet design - brilliant sentiment too!

I'm typing this whilst waiting for a grocery delivery so am cutting the picks short this week. As always, I could keep adding more and more - wonderful work girls, even if you aren't a weekly pick!

We have two new playmates this week:
Such a cute (and pink, yay!) card, brought to share by Cara @ Crafting Bunnies. 

And I encouraged Heather to come and play after spotting her adorable stamped and paper pieced tags. So cute!

Welcome to the Playground girls! We do hope you'll come back to play with us again.

Now let's do the prize draw for last week - the Inkadinkado set of clear stamps, called 'Flower Garden', very generously donated by Mary Anne and the Taylored Expressions 'Twirls and Swirls' embossing folder. Our winner is:
Karen (Ladd)
Well done Karen! Karen joins in regularly and this is her first win in just over six months, someone's gonna be doing a happy dance I hope! I have your address Karen and will post your prize as soon as possible.

This next week's prize is very much connected to my snippets card. It's a three part prize this time - you can choose some or all of it - although it is being offered as one complete prize, if that's what you'd like and your number is drawn by Mr Random:

Yup, it's a Creative Expressions heart/love die set, a pack of that fabulous Xcut adhesive glitter paper (dark) and also an Xcut 'Hearts and Kisses' embossing folder. I'm hoping this prize (or parts thereof) will reach the winner(s) in time to be put to use for Valentine's Day - at least with luck and a following wind, should have done this prize a week ago really. Hindsight sure is 20/20 vision!

A slight difference though - the folder I used today isn't exactly the same (mine is a Stampin' Up one purely made up of hearts) but I suddenly thought just the other day, after making my snippets card, what a nice complete prize it would be if I offered the die set, a pack of glitter paper and embossing folder. Of course, Dumbo had left it too late to order the SU folder but I came across the Xcut one instead. And I like it - a lot :)

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 6th February. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

Maximum of three entries and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. If you only want to play for either the heart die set, the glittered papers or the embossing folder (or for two of the three items) then just say so in a comment - if your number comes up then I'll do a further draw for the remaining part of the prize. But, all three items are up as one complete prize if you so wish of course. 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 :)

Enjoy your week - whatever you have planned! So far I think my most exciting outing will be for a blood test - but, given some of the Spring-like days we've been having, I'm hoping for something more exciting than that to turn up!

Di and, of course, Parsnip! 

Friday, 29 January 2016

Playing with snippets

Apart from the kraft card blank, this Christmas card is totally made from snippets - even the tag counts as a snippet as it was upcycled:
I used:

- 4" x 6" kraft card blank, chopped down from a 6" square one

- snippet of black card stock, trimmed to an eighth of an inch smaller on each side compared to the card blank then glued to the card front

- snippet of red patterned paper from the LOTV 'Classic Christmas' paper pad. Now that LOTV have stopped selling paper pads - even snippets of snippets will be squirreled away!

- snippet of white card, embossed using a Darice 'Snowflake Background' embossing folder

- trimmed them to size and adhered both the red patterned paper and white embossed panel  to a spare snippet of thick paper which was about quarter of an inch smaller than the pieces I just listed so, when they'd been added to the paper, there was a neat little border all round on the reverse side. I then cut a narrow strip of black card leaving it a bit longer than necessary and stuck that over the join of the patterned and embossed panels so I could hand trim it to size (from the back - always) which ensured perfect alignment. That then made it so much easier to attach the whole assembled panel to the black panel on the card front - why didn't I think to do this before now?!
- and the final part was really where the idea for this card came from. In the box of Christmas cards to upcycle there was one card I'd been looking at all last year - it had a traditional image of Santa on and a sentiment label added using sticky pads

- had to chop away a bit at the card to prise the label off the card without damaging it - so poor Santa was sacrificed. Part of the label's design was a printed eyelet and a little printed strip of string which would need to be disguised.

- created a separate eyelet from a snippet of kraft card, using a small SU round punch and a smaller hole punch. Then punched a hole in the tag itself and added the newly made eyelet over the top of the printed one

- a rootle through some snippets of ribbon turned up some black and red ribbon which was then added to the tag

- stuck the tag in place using 2mm thick sticky pads - had to do that due to the thickness added by the ribbon. Simple tip here - if the hole you're threading ribbon or cord through is quite small, use a loop of thread as a 'fishing line' to loop the ribbon through and then pull it through the hole

Have a feeling this card will need a large letter size stamp - or be hand delivered :)

I'm entering this card into Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #265 where it's 'Use a sentiment' - and also into Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for January where it's always 'Anything goes'.


Thursday, 28 January 2016

Curiouser and curiouser!

Well, the Blogger Followers plot possibly thickens! I bet a few of you have noticed a drop in your followers, over the past few days in particular. I don't keep a close watch on my follower numbers but did suddenly realise there's been a drop this morning. At the same time, the penny dropped that I seemed to be missing a few new posts by bloggers who I follow. One in particular was SaRn - and I've been an avid follower of my special mate (aka the Playground Hooch Queen) for years and years.

So, I hopped over to Sarn's and clicked on the 'add me as a follower' button and it then asked for my Google log-in ID (I've always used a Google ID right from the start) and, when I entered that, I showed up as following Sarn. Now, I'm not too sure if I was still actually a follower just hidden back in the numbers - I should have checked that out first. I did this with a few other blogs during the day but didn't think to check if I was a follower still before adding myself - if that makes sense!

But, later on, a different blog that I'm convinced I was also following wasn't showing up on my dashboard so I went to re-add myself as a follower and it took me through the route to become a new follower - ending with the message 'you are now following X'. So that was a different result - which just muddied the waters all the more.

So, was I still following Sarn and those others in any case or not? All I can do is to watch a selection of blogs very closely over the coming days. I suspect that I've been whining to myself about being knocked off some follower lists by blogger when I was there all along. But, then this last instance popped up which threw me!

All I can say is, if you think I've disappeared from your followers please let me know and I'll add myself back in. But I thought this shouldn't happen if you used a Google account in any case? Don'tcha just love Blogger?! :(