Wednesday, 1 July 2015

More Uniko gift cards

I was lucky enough to win two prizes over at the Uniko Challenge the other week - wahoo, £20 to spend as I wanted! One of my choices was this stamp set I've used below on four identical little gift cards, to be sent with Snippets Playground prizes:

I used:

- 4" x 4" square white card blank

- stamps from Uniko's Flower Power #7 set, stamped using SU's 'Certainly Celery', 'Melon Mambo' and 'Tempting Turquoise', as well as Memento 'Tuxedo Blank' ink pads

- the sentiment, also stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink, is from a Hero Arts set called 'Truly Appreciated'

Four little cards, sitting in a row, all lined up and ready to go :)


Tuesday, 30 June 2015

A sketch and two words

Managed to combine Less is More's Week 230 Sketch...........
I used:

- DL white card blank

- a piece of white card, embossed using Cuttlebug's 'Swiss Dots' embossing folder. To do this I needed to emboss from the top and bottom of the long piece of card, just making sure the dots lined up and taking care not to run right to the edge of the folder as this would create a line (hope that makes sense!). Trimmed the embossed piece of card down and stuck it to the front of the card blank using Collall All Purpose glue

- the image is by Hobby Art called 'Ski Bear', stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink. I then did just a teeny bit of colouring using Whispers markers. I know I mention these Whispers 'Strokes' markers fairly often, they come with a 'brush tip' at one end and a very fine tip at the other (much like those 'click on' Pro Marker Ultra Fine Tips). I do use them quite often and the caddy of 36 markers sits permanently on the desk here - they aren't as blendable as Pro Markers/Copics - but are great for adding quick touches of colour to an image. The little penguin never stamps very solidly but was easy to 'tickle up' with a black Whispers marker - I swear I heard him quietly giggling as I tickled :)

- then die cut the image using a Lil' Inkers 'Stitched Rectangle' die before using a Stampendous Cling 'Snow Swirl' stamp and a silver ink pad to stamp above the bear's head :)

- the sentiment is by Woodware 'FRH003 Merry Christmas, stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and die cut with a smaller Lil' Inkers 'Stitched Rectangle' die

- both panels were added to the card using thin sticky pads

And whilst at it, I made another two cards, exactly the same - tee, hee. So, that means I just managed to squeak in before the very end of June to reach my target of 72 cards to date (12 per month throughout the year).

Ahem, bit of halo polishing going on here right now :)

Oh, and of course I'd like to add this into Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for June.


Sunday, 28 June 2015

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 183

So that was another two week session in the Playground. We're back to one week this time round though.

This is my snippets card for this week, sorry it's Christmas in June (oy, oy, oy already? So soon?!)
I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- snippet of red satin finish mirri card as the backing layer

- snippet of white linen card, die cut at each corner using an All Occasions die called 'Trellis Corner'. Tip, to place the die properly on each of the four corners I drew lines about a quarter of an inch in around each side of the card stock using a soft pencil so I could tape the die in place perfectly lined up each time and then rubbed the lines out afterwards. One thing I did and would not do again with this die was to back the white card with 'Stick-It' adhesive sheet before cutting the corners. It then took forever to get all of the little squares out of the trellis - and I'm still finding the little perishers everywhere!

- the sentiment was die cut from a snippet of red stain mirri card using a Crafts-Too 'Merry Christmas' die. In this case I used Stick-It adhesive sheet and it worked perfectly

- final touch, a couple of Craft Buddy 'Self-adhesive 25mm Aurora Borealis Snowflake Flowers'

And straight onto the picks from this past fortnight - it gets more difficult each time as we have so much talent and so many great ideas in the Playground! This week I've gone for a couple of slightly more unusual snippets makes in the picks:

This truly must be the star pick of the week! Kim made the most amazing shoe from cling film and Sellotape as a base (using a real shoe as a mould) and then decorated it with loads of snippety flowers. Do go and take a peek - there's also a bit of a step by step (ha, pun totally intended!) guide as well as tips on where to find on line tutorials. Wonderful work Kim!

Mrs A scampered in waving this wonderful frame which contains a copy of a very special family photograph, again with some step by step instructions over on her blog.

I just love this A4 sized card, made by Jackie T. Beautiful colours and again, a load of snippets here!

I just had to include this Z-fold card, made by Sarah M (Craft Nerd). Squeal, have you seen all those little green snippets for the foliage? It's a really fabulous card and Sarah has kindly popped step by step photos on her blog post. Do go and see, and maybe a few of you will also follow Sarah - right now she only has five followers :( Surely we can do better than that girls?

What a darling card, made by Diane H. Everything about it is just so 'right' - lots of snippets used and isn't that bow delicious?! And how about the chubby and happy looking birdie with the perfect sentiment too?

I have to stop there, even though I could include dozens more of your wonderful snippets makes.

And we have three new Playmates joining us as well:
Valerija came back to play more than once, and this was her first entry - a beautiful WOW Wedding card.

Karen Ladd's little Grand daughter Remi made a really cute card for her Grandpa - this is the LINK if you want to take a peek. It's on Flickr and I can't/haven't worked out how to copy the image to here sadly :(

Pam skipped into the Playground waving this lovely card, I do love the 'spotlight' technique.

Welcome to you all, and I hope you come back to play with us often!

Next onto the draw for the House Mouse stamp sets (remember, there were two of these to win) - and the winners are:
And would you believe it - Eve's winning entry was actually a House Mouse decoupage card - spooky or what huh?

Well done ladies, I do have your addresses and will post off your stamp sets this coming week.

And onto the runner up prizes donated by Darnell:

First of all the really popular Ryn Tanaka 'School of Fish' stamp set:
The 'School of Fish' was Mo's preferred choice - it will be swimming across the Atlantic to you this coming week Mo :) And I'd be happy if you could just confirm your new address to me as I have a feeling that the address I have isn't up to date :)

Do remember girls, Mo is running Rudolph Day at the moment over on her blog and you still have time to enter before the end of the month :)

And next the Gina K 'Flower Border' stamp set:
I'm almost sure this is your very first Playground win Jackie, can you please email me your address and your prize will be posted off to you this coming week.

The prize this coming week is a double one, both items make up the prize:
It's two dies - the first one is the same as the one I used today, All Occasion Dies 'Trellis Corner', and the other one is a Marianne Creatables Christmas Tree die (LR0136).

As always, if you want to try for just one of the prizes then please say so in a comment and then I could do a second draw for the other die if you win. But, both dies are on offer together as one prize of course.

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 4th July. 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 all or part of the prize. Do remember that you should also link back to the Playground in your blog post to be eligible for the draw.

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 :)

Di and of course, Parsnip!

Friday, 26 June 2015

Fabulous Festive Fashion

I bought a couple of great 'House of Zandra - Fabulous Festive Fashion' stamp sets a little while ago but always fretted about the amount of colouring/detail on them. However, over at Merry Monday #164 the current theme is 'Gettin' Funky - create a card with a funky hat on it', so out came one of those NBUS stamp sets - yay!

It's also Rudolph Day over at ScrappyMo's - where it's always anything goes. And you have until the end of the month to enter.

Plus, it's 'Merry and Bright' over at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #234 - and, over at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra, it's always 'anything goes'.

So this card is going to play in four challenges:
I used:

- 5" x 5" square white card blank

- patterned backing paper from Dovecraft's 'Back to Basics Christmas - Modern' paper pack

- the image was stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink onto a snippet of white card. I used a couple of stamps (one image and a sentiment) from the House of Zandra 'Fabulous Festive Fashion' set- if you look closely there's even a little robin perched :)

- the image was coloured using Pro Markers and Letraset Ultra Fine Tips - I sure wouldn't like to attempt using Pro Markers without those add on tips for such a detailed image

- then the image was die cut using a Spellbinders square die, mounted onto a square snippet of SU 'Real Red' card stock and adhered in the centre of the card using Collall All Purpose Glue

That brings my total number of Christmas cards made to 68. Am almost on track for the target of 12 per month, five days left to make another four :) I can see some batch work going on here!


Wednesday, 24 June 2015

A few challenges with one card

This card fits in with a few challenges, yay! First of all, the current Less is More challenge for week 229 is 'Stencilling'. Tick!

Next, the current challenge over at Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge #33 is Butterflies + F is for Flowers. Tick!

And also, there's a new monthly challenge which promises to be great fun - so this card is also for the Memory Box challenge #1 - Butterflies. To enter you just have to use a Memory Box product - not difficult here for sure! Tick!
I used:

- A6 white card blank

- a snippet of white card

- a Memory Box die called 'Wild Blooms' which I die cut, then used the negative as a stencil with a makeup sponge and SU inks ('Old Olive' and 'Melon Mambo')

- then die cut the rectangle using a Lil' Inkers 'Stitched Rectangle' die

- the sentiment is from a Stampendous set called 'Happy Messages', stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink

- final touch, two butterflies die cut from a pale blue snippet using SU's 'Beautiful Wings' Embosslit

I think this will be an OK card to enclose with a Snippets Playground prize too :)


Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - Let's Take a Sentimental Journey

The challenge over at Cuttlebug Mania this fortnight is to use a sentiment on your card. We're sponsored by Crafty Sentiments Designs and the DT have all used some of their great digital sentiments on their cards. This is what I came up with:
I used:

- A6 white card blank

- SU's 'Real Red' card stock for the first layer

- white card stock, embossed using SU's 'Happy Heart' embossing folder

- a snippet of patterned paper from LOTV's 'Country Lady' paper pad, and I covered the join with a snippet from the same pad adhered to card and just cut into a straight strip

- the hearts are die cut from a snippet of SU's 'Real Red' card stock using a Cuttlebug 'Concentric Hearts' die set and then the two heart were looped together just by cutting a little slit across one and making sure the slit was underneath the whole heart. I got this clever idea from Kath a good while back BTW

- the sentiment is by Crafty Sentiments Designs, printed onto white card and then backed with a 'Real Red' scalloped circle - both were punched out using SU punches. Then they were stuck together and attached to the card with thin sticky pads

Why not come along and join in, all you have to do is use a manual die cutting/embossing machine, let us know in your blog post which products you used  and of course include a sentiment. Easy peasy :)


Sunday, 21 June 2015

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Weeks 181/182 update

Just a quick update to add in a couple of Snippets Playground runner up prizes, kindly donated by Darnell.
On the left is a 2 piece stamp set by the very talented Ryn Tanaka (called School of Fish), and on the right is a 2 piece Gina K stamp set called 'Flower Border'.

Two lovely stamps and all you need to do is to have entered at least one card/snippets make into the Snippets Playgound - and also leave me a comment on this post, saying you'd like to be in with a chance for a runner-up prize.

I'm offering them separately to spread out the chances, so in fact it's two prizes. If you only specifically fancy one or the other (Fish or Flowers) then please say so as well. Otherwise I'll assume that either one would be fine.

Thanks again Darnell! Mwah :)

Remember the Playground is open until 11am on Saturday 27th June so you still have time to play.