Saturday, 25 October 2014

Rudolph Day - October 2014

Crumbs, it's the penultimate Rudolph Day of the year over at Sarn's - how did that happen so soon? Here's my two cards, both identical:
I used:

- A6 cream linen card blank

- SU 'Cherry Cobbler' card stock for the 'frame'

- a further A6 cream linen card blank chopped in half and then trimmed down. I then flipped it to use the smooth reverse of the piece of card as there would be a sentiment stamped

- Christmas washi tape - from a pack of three complementing rolls bought in Hobbycraft a few weeks ago

- after laying down the bottom strips I stamped the sentiment using a stamp from SU's ''Good Greetings' set and SU's 'Mossy Meadow' ink pad

- that made adding the top strip of washi place much easier to align/space

- final touch, an already altered Wild Orchid Crafts poinsettia. Made a load of these way back in November 2011 which you can see here. I'd taken out the garish yellow centres, painted the orangey (shudder) red parts with Anita's Glaze and then dunked them into red glitter which changed them to a much richer red. Once dried they had Papermania sparkly gold brads popped into the centres

So that's my October Rudolph Day offering for Sarn - remember it runs until the end of the month so you could always combine it with your snippets entries :)


Friday, 24 October 2014

The 'Frozen' craze

Over in Germany, two little girls are absolutely crackers about the film 'Frozen' and anything remotely linked. Their Birthday gifts from us are 'Frozen' related - and I also sent a box full of 'Frozen' themed disposable party plates, cups, napkins, cake toppers, party bags etc. to cover both their Birthday parties - they are only a couple of weeks apart. At least Mum can just whisk the disposable stuff into a bin bag after each of the parties :)

At aged seven (a week ago today), Mia is absolutely enthralled with Elsa which meant that making this card was a no-brainer - Elsa would be in charge:
I used:

- 8" x 8" square white tent style card blank

- pale blue snowflake backing card from the Christmas box of card stock - it's probably KanBan. Used a Martha Stewart PATP corner snowflake punch just to add interest to the bottom corners and popped aurora borealis gems in the centres

- the image of Elsa came from the internet, there are loads to be found with no copyright issues, including Disney ones such as this one - just Google and be amazed! Printed it onto photographic card, trimmed to size and added a few small aurora borealis gems to the image (as you do) 

- the striped and spotted organza ribbons came from my ribbon box and I tied a silver snowflake charm to the bow using silver cord

- at three corners added a punched snowflake (from a snippet of white card which had been covered with self adhesive sparkly film) and topped them with aurora borealis gems

- Sarn to the rescue, I used a die cut number 7 she sent me a while back and popped it onto a punched circle of navy card which I just edged using a silver calligraphy pen

- the 'Birthday Wishes' sentiment is by Craftwork Cards, popped onto a punched oval of navy card

- the little alphabetic squares that I used to spell out MIA are also by Craftwork Cards and I just popped them onto 1" squares of navy card before adding some small Aurora Borealis gems

Although the in-house critic gave this a huge thumbs up - I suspect he doesn't realise that it's always so much harder to make a card to a specific theme, especially including some personalisation. But, he did refer to me as a 'Fairy Godmother' later on when I was clearing up the mess from making this card, so maybe he knows there was a bit of magic used :)

The feedback from Mia? She absolutely loved this card - nice to know it was a hit :)


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

A smiley snail

I love SU's 'Easy Events' set of stamps and turned to them when spotting that the current challenge over at Less is More is 'Little Creatures' - as there was one little cutie of a stamp as yet unused, bless his little smiley face:
I used:

- 5" x 5" square white card blank

- die cut a circle from the bottom right corner of the card

- embossed the front of the card using the 'Rosa' Anna Griffin embossing folder, a gift from Mo some while ago and I love it

- then I stamped the little snail with sentiment onto a snippet of white card, coloured him with Whispers pens and added clear Wink of Stella to his shell

- before popping the image in place realised it looked a bit bland so just drew a turquoise circle round the inside of the die I'd used for the card's body to form more of a frame

- finally, chomped the bottom left corner off the card

A super fast card featuring a slow little snail :)


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

A tag for Mrs A's Butterfly challenge

All these years of paper crafting and I've never made a decorated tag - shame on me! But, Mrs A's latest Butterfly Challenge has put that to rights:
I used:

- 6" x 6" square cream card blank

- SU's 'Blackberry Bliss' card stock as a frame for the designer paper - which is by Wild Rose Studio and comes from the 'Butterfly Garden' paper pad

- for the label I used a snippet of the same cream card stock as for the actual card blank and lined up a Penny Black Stickeroo from the 'Dreamscape' sheet at one edge. Then trimmed the other side so I was left with the Stickeroo sitting on a 6" strip of card

- used a Nesties scalloped oval die (the shallower curve rather than the classic curve) and lined it along the top of the piece of cream card, only covering the die with the top cutting plate to the point where it curved off the edge - which meant I didn't get carried away and accidentally cut through the bottom of the die :). That way I ended up with a lovely curve at the top of the tag and then one either side. Punched a round hole in the top of the tag. Although the finished effect isn't as detailed as you would get with the fabulous SU 'Scalloped Tag Topper' punch (I was awaiting delivery of mine when I made this) - it makes a jolly good alternative - albeit no where near as fast as using the SU punch which will make its debut here shortly

- trimmed the bottom of the label to fit the roses I wanted to use and rounded the corners with a corner punch. The three cream organza roses came from a long strip which had been sent as a freebie with an order for a couple of paper pads, and everything was sweetly wrapped and tied with cream seam binding so I used a bit for the top of the tag after deliberately crumpling it a bit more and stuck the tag onto the card front using sticky pads

- the sentiment is from the Personal Impressions set called 'Everyday Words Happy Birthday', stamped using SU's 'Blackberry Bliss' ink - and once again, after the tag was almost finished too (someone here could be getting too confident for her own good)

- final touch - one butterfly sticker from a set made by Hobbycraft

And then the proof that indeed someone was getting too confident for her own good - the flipping card opening was on the left hand side! So, the tag was carefully peeled off and the card flipped to tent style before the tag was stuck on again. But, the two additional butterflies are covering where the paper tore a teensy bit :)

As I said, this card is for Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge where you have to include a tag - I wonder if she could see steam rising from just a bit down the road from her when the mistake was discovered!

And back to the cream organza roses and seam binding, which I love. As I said, a lovely lady called Sandra Reynolds enclosed them with my order, plus even a thank you card and some netting, for just a couple of paper pads back in August.

I think that's service over and above what one would normally expect - this is the link to Sandra's ebay shop and here's a link to her blog. There are some quite unusual mixed media goodies for sale in her shop - I'm just telling you this as I like to let you know when I find people who give great service, I haven't been remunerated in any way.


Monday, 20 October 2014

Thank you Vicky!

The lovely Vicky Hayes of SU sent my Stampers Six Club goodies last week, along with the most gorgeous little kit to assemble. This isn't my idea, I just followed Vicky's instructions and made it up in a couple of minutes, but what a super way to use the Curvy Keepsake Box die to make a little Halloween Pumpkin Treat:
It was already carefully striped, just lying flat with the other little embellishements included plus an instruction sheet. And Vicky even enclosed two Ferrero Rocher chocolates to pop inside :) My favourites!

So cute. Thank you Vicky!

I made the most of yesterday's peace and quiet by catching up with other little jobs - but will be round to comment on the Playground ASAP I promise.


Sunday, 19 October 2014

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 147

I've been pretty much locked in the craft room this past week - the excuse it that I'm within earshot and partial sight of what currently going on with the en-suite. It's looking good, although over running a day or two so we're not out of the woods yet :( And, as always with us, there have been some issues along the way - sigh.

For my snippets card I had time to sit and colour in quite a detailed image (in fact I did two cards exactly the same) - and it's another Christmas card to link in with this coming week's prize. No point in winning Christmas goodies when it's too late to play with them before Christmas is there?!

Anyhow, this is one of the two identical cards I made:
I'm sorry the photo looks a bit washed out, it's richer in real life, but this is the best I can do to pick up the slight twinkle of the Stella pen on the fur trim/ruffles. Tee, hee - even then you have to press your nose right up against the screen to possibly see the twinkle :)

I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- patterned papers (including the spotty snippet) came from the Milton & Co. 'Christmas' paper stack

- the green backing card I used came from the snippets folder, but I know from checking my little card swatch that it's SU's 'Lucky Limeade'

- the image was stamped using a NBUS stamp I've had for quite a while, bought with part of a very generous Stamping Bella gift voucher sent to me by a lovely blogger friend (you know who you are, mwah!). The Uptown Girls stamp is called 'Charlie Waits By The Chimney' - I craved this stamp for ages and have been dithering for just as long over using it for the first time as it's very detailed - but oh so fun and funky! In the end I used Faber Castell Polychromos pencils and touches of Sansodor blending solution plus clear 'Wink of Stella' on the white trim/ruffles. After trimming the image down to size I punched each corner with a Woodware fancy corner punch

- the sentiment is from SU's 'Good Greetings' stamp set, stamped with Memento 'Tuxedo Black'. There were loads of quite appropriate greetings to choose from, I picked this one 'cos a few more cocktails and Charlie will be singing 'Ho! Ho! Ho!' with gay abandon - only hope she doesn't topple down the chimney :)

Galloping rapidly on, here are my three picks for this week - out of some wonderful entries -  all of you girls never cease to amaze me:

I gasped when I spotted this card on my blog dashboard and rushed over to encourage Laurie to link into the Playground - isn't it just fabulous?!

I know, it's a pink card - made by Cornelia. You all know that I adore pink - but what also caught my eye here, along with the great use of snippets, is the gold embossing down part of the trees. I haven't seen that before and it really is so effective - you can check out how over at Cornelia's blog.

And last but not least, this card made by Sue P gave me a much needed laugh! I just love all the snippety bits (can't work out if Sue made the sunburst background with snippets or whether it's a single sheet but isn't it just great?!). And, Sue tells how she made those black records on her blog. Great card!

And we have three new playmates as well:
Wow! This would have been amongst my weekly picks if Neets (Anita) wasn't already being featured to welcome her. A perfect example of what the smallest of snippets can do!

Sammy has been peeping through the Playground fence at us for ages - and finally came to play bringing this fab card. What wonderful colouring as well as great use of snippets - how brave to also colour the background behind the LOTV image.

I love this card, brought to show by Vinita - who skipped back later in the week too. On her blog Vinita says she extended die cut for this - clever idea!

Welcome ladies - do please come back and play soon. Things are underway I suspect for a bonfire in the Playground 'cos Parsnip found a half made Guy Fawkes hidden behind the bike shed. Makes a change from sweetie papers I suppose :)

Do please pop over and say 'Hello' if you can - and here's hoping you both come back to play often!

Onto the winner of last week's prize, that gorgeous 'Dazzling Snowflake' die plus the 'Stick-it' sheets for intricate dies. Oooer, this was such a popular prize 'cos 21 of you squealed 'Yes please' and many added more than one card into the Playground. According to Mr Random the winner is:
Well done Carol! I have an address for you, to be on the safe side would you please drop me an email ( confirming you haven't moved and I'll post the die plus the Stick-it sheets off to you this week.

And, no surprise, this coming weeks prize is:
Your very own 'Charlie Waits By The Chimney' stamp. When mine arrived here, direct from Stamping Bella in the USA, I immediately ordered one for the Playground as well - thankfully Dies to Die For here in the UK also stock it! It's a good size too at approx. 4" x 4" and really is a joy to colour.

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 25th October and 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 - 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! And do remember, this coming Saturday is the 25th of the month and Rudolph Day over at Sarn's! I'm already planning the two card to make here :)

And here's a stroke of luck, over at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge it's 'Use something forgotten or never used'. This lovely stamp certainly hadn't been forgotten but it was a first outing and I've had it for a long while now.  And I'm also linking into Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for October where it's always 'Anything Goes'.
Di (and the usual happy wave from Parsnip of course)

Friday, 17 October 2014

Jingle Belles Challenge - Pink Christmas

There's a special challenge going on over at Jingle Belles, and it would be great if some of you could also join in. It only runs until Wednesday 22nd October but for every single entry - which must be made using a noticeable amount of pink as it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month - the ladies who run the challenge will be donating $4 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. What an incredibly generous thing for them to do!

Hettie (aka Sam) gave some of us a prod to join in and this is my offering - which I absolutely loved making of course, due to being just a teeny bit partial to pink:
I used:

- 6" square white scalloped card, tent style

- pink backing card, bottom corners rounded

- then a layer of gently patterned pink paper from a Milton & Co. 'Christmas' paper stack, bottom corners rounded

- then dug out three different pink snippets of card and covered them with double sided adhesive paper (not the intricate die stuff though as it was the fronts I wanted to play about with). Then cut one large and two small trees using Dee's Distinctively dies called 'Stacking Trees'

- the trees literally come in layers so I peeled off the covering from the front of the largest tree to reveal the sticky clear film and then covered each piece in Stampendous 'Shaved Ice' Frantage which is very similar to gilding flakes

- the two small trees were given similar treatment but using Cosmic Shimmer 'Diamond Sprinkles'

- each tree was then assembled onto the card, large one first then a small pink one followed by  another small pink one which I left the bottom layer off. That's the beauty of these dies, you can reduce the heights to suit - used sticky pads for the trees which were layered over the largest one of course

- the sentiment is LOTV from their 'Christmas Circular Sentiments' set, stamped in Memento 'Gray Flannel' onto a snippet of pink card and die cut with a round Nestie. Then I cut a slightly darker snippet of pink card (covered with double sided adhesive)  with a Classic Scalloped Circle Nestie and dunked it into Cosmic Shimmer 'Diamond Sprinkles' before sticking it onto the card with sticky pads

- using a teensy snippet of leftover pale pink card, already covered with sticky on the back, I added some more sticky film to the front and  die cut a Memory Box 'Star of Wonder' - again dunking it into Cosmic Shimmer 'Diamond Sprinkles'

- final touches, two Aurora Borealis gems, one in the centre of the star and a small one on the star on the greeting

Oh how this sparkles in real life! And I have to confess that I've wanted to make a card with pink Christmas trees on ever since I was sent one a couple of years ago by a lovely blogging friend - I bet you know who you are :)