Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Less is More Week 282 - Use a Stencil

Bit of a gasp here when I saw what this week's challenge is over at Less is More - 'Use a Stencil'!

I confess to having a host of pretty ink pads, plenty of brushes and a good variety of stencils - mostly unused due to the fact that I like stamping and die cutting more than messing round with other stuff. But, undeterred out came the stencils, ink pads and a Clarity Stamp brush - and this was the result:
I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- a piece of Clarity white coated/silk card onto which I stencilled the sunburst using a Stamposaurus stencil and Distress Ink pads (plus the Clarity brush of course). The Distress Ink pads were 'Scattered Straw', Wild Honey' and 'Dried Marigold'

- took away the removable tape and stencil, which revealed a white circle for the sun itself. Dithered about cutting a circular aperture through which I could add ink to cover the white but just decided to go for it without and added Adirondack 'Peach Bellini' ink to cover up the white sun

- stamped a couple of birds onto the centre of the sun using Black Archival Ink and a little stamp from the Lawn Fawn 'Float my boat' stamp set - then put the 6" square sun and rays to one side whilst I fiddled on with the rest of the card

- die cut a square aperture in a piece of white card stock which had been trimmed to an eighth of an inch all round smaller than the card front

- decided to stamp the sentiment next rather than risk wrecking a completed card front, using black Archival ink and a stamp from the Inkylicious set called ''Sunshine Wishes'

- selected which part of the 'sun burst' I wanted to use in the aperture and trimmed it to about quarter of an inch bigger than the aperture before sticking in place from behind using red line tape

- added the completed panel to the card blank using Collall All Purpose glue

Apart from the time it took to clean up the trail of stuff scattered all over the desk, including stamps, brushes and stencil, I really enjoyed playing so watch this space. But don't hold your breath either :)

Di
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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Rudolph Days - June 2016

Time for Rudolph Days over at ScrappyMo's - it runs until the end of the month so, although I'm a bit late, you still have at least two days left to join in!

I needed to play catch up with my Christmas card numbers so made four, all the same:
I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" white card blank, with the opening on the short right hand side for a change

- white card stock, embossed using SU's 'Square Lattice' embossing folder, then trimmed slightly smaller than the card front and glued in place

- the topper is from LOTV's Set 35 'Penguin Pals' Art Pad (two per page so terrific value - shame they don't make 'em any longer), slightly trimmed to fit the scalloped layer behind - and also the corners rounded using a Woodware punch

- the scalloped layer was die cut using a Spellbinders 'Scalloped Rectangle' die and a snippet of SU's 'Real Red' card stock (in fact I found four identical snippets in the folder, so must have known at some point I'd make four identical cards like this one)

- glued the topper layers together and then added to the card front using thin sticky pads

Di
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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 235

Bit of a cheat this week 'cos my Sunday Snippets card made an appearance on Tuesday, as my DT card for the new Cuttlebug Mania 'Midsummer' challenge.

Anyhow, wanting to use certain things for the DT card, which were also duplicated in the toy box and lined up as prizes, I decided that maybe I could get away with the one card posted twice - and in fact not all of you visit the blog other than to play in the Playground so maybe you didn't spot it earlier in the week :)

So, here it is again:
I used:

- 5" x 7" white card blank, tent style

- olive green card cut slightly smaller than the card front and glued in place

- snippet of white card, embossed using a Crafts-Too 'Lattice' embossing folder, trimmed slightly smaller than the green layer and glued in place. I just love this embossing folder, it always adds a touch of elegance

- snippet of white card onto which I stamped the sentiment using SU's 'Mossy Meadow' ink and an Inkylicious sentiment stamp called 'Wonderful Day'

- then, using the largest die from the Spellbinders 'Floral Ovals' set, die cut the sentiment panel then glued it in place on the card front. Tip, it's always much easier to stamp a sentiment first and then die cut it

- the fuchsia leaves and flowers were all die cut using olive green, pink and purple snippets of card stock and Joanna Sheen's 'Fuchsia' dies set, then assembled onto the die cut oval above the stamped sentiment. This was the most fiddly part of the card, but great fun to do

- there was a gap underneath the sentiment which looked a bit out of balance so I added a row of three fuchsia pink pearls

- final touch, a double layered sparkly 3D butterfly, in fuchsia pink with a touch of purple

I was totally thrilled to see that this card was selected to be in the Allsorts Challenge Top 5! I can so understand how delighted folk are when they're a weekly pick - the draw prizes are lovely to win but it's such fun to have your work personally selected isn't it :)

So let's move swiftly onto this week's peek at the picks:

I always think that patterned paper snippets are perfect for paper piecing and this darling card, made by Heather, is a perfect example of how just a small snippet paper pieced onto a dress suddenly pulls a whole card together beautifully. I do so like the way Heather used the Polaroid frame with the perfect sentiment too!

This is such a beautiful 'Garden' pop up card - made by Sonia. Loads of snippets, gorgeous detail and a really clever pop up mechanism - still trying to fathom out how it's done :)

This great New Home card, brought to show us by Janice, really caught my eye. Such a clever design with the offset square aperture and the sweet little key. The scen is perfect isn't it - and it really brought home (no pun intended) to me how I, rather foolishly, keep my landscape dies just for Christmas cards. Need to rectify that one for sure!

Meena is such a talented young woman, despite being as she so well describes it 'differently-able', and this beautiful tribute to her Mum really made me well up. Great use of snippets and so much work and love has gone into making this layout - you're a star Meena!

I love, love this nautical box, made by Tina! Just look at all the detail - what a beautiful and very clever Anniversary card for her hubby. Some wonderful die cutting there and isn't the little 3-D sailing boat just darling with its heart shaped sail :)

I think this Christmas card, brought to share by Loll, is absolutely stunning! So elegant and although it looks almost effortless, when you read how Loll made it, as well as studying all the beautiful details, it's clear that a lot of thought and great care went into this fabulous card.

That reminds me, it's Rudolph Days over at ScrappyMo's right now - until 30th June. I'll be playing on Tuesday and it would be lovely if you could join in as well.

No new Playmates this week - perhaps they took one look at Parsnip frantically sweeping and hosing round the Playground whilst muttering under his breath and they decided to run away - those Aylesbury ducks have something to answer for! As Mrs A says, they didn't come potty trained :)

Now for the prize draw, for the three Paper Smooches sentiments stamp sets, kindly donated by Tara of Seven Hills Crafts. And the winner is:
Congratulations Helen! I know that you've often been a weekly pick since first coming to play last year, but it's around eight months since your previous prize win - so, well done! I have your address here (hope it's the same as last August?) and will pop your prize in the post this coming week.

This coming week's prize is firmly connected to my snippets card, as I already said - although I haven't gone so far as to include a set of the Spellbinders 'Floral Oval' dies:
There's a Crafts-Too 'Lattice' embossing folder, an Inkylicious sentiment stamp called 'Wonderful Day' and a Joanna Sheen 'Fuchsia' dies set up for grabs. Either all as one prize or it can be split.

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 2nd July. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

A maximum of ONE entry 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 one or two of the items making up this week's prize, just say so in your comment and if you win then I'll do a further draw for the other item(s). 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 :) 

Di and, of course, Parsnip
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Friday, 24 June 2016

Simple thinking of you card

Made for a friend who recently lost her husband:
I used:

- 5.75" x 5.75" square white card blank

- a snippet of peachy pink card stock for the 'frame'

- snippet of white card stock for the top layer

- 'Thinking of you' stamped sentiment is from a now discontinued SU set called 'Sincere Salutations' - stamped using Memento 'London Fog'

- I'd already worked out where the textured floral rub-on poppy was to go before stamping the sentiment so it was just a case of rubbing the flower in place. It's from a set called 'The Tracy Hollins Elegance Collection' that I bought from QVC many years ago - sadly no longer available anywhere that I can find

The light has picked up what looks like an odd crease on one of the petals, in fact all the rub-ons in this set are textured with ripples here and there on all the petals to add dimension. They're best left well alone, if you rub too hard to try and flatten the 'creases' then you risk tearing the rub-on :(

Di
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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Christmas blues

I do love blue and white for Christmas cards and was inspired to make this when I stumbled across a card I'd kept to upcycle from last Christmas:
I used:

- 5.75" x 5.75" square white card blank

- a layer of navy card, cut just a little smaller than the card front and glued in place

- topped that with a one eighths of an inch all round smaller piece of patterned card stock - it's called 'Merry Mistletoe' made by Kanban - and is one of my favourite backgrounds although it's not always easy to find blues (apart from navy) that look right with it

- then I chopped the front of the small Waitrose Christmas card into a somewhat smaller square, still leaving a white border all around

- mounted the image panel onto a larger square of the same navy card stock I used for the first layer on the card front

- then glued the complete image topper with navy frame onto the card front

Such an easy card to make and I did think about kidding you that the word 'hope' had been die cut by yours truly :)

I'd like to enter this card into the current challenge over at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge 286, where it's 'Cute or anything goes' this week.

Am also linking into Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for June, where it's always 'Anything goes'.

Di
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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - 'Midsummer'

It's time again for a new fortnightly challenge over at Cuttlebug Mania - and the theme this time is 'Midsummer' to include flowers/floral wreath, just make sure you also include some die cutting and/or dry embossing.

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.

Details of our sponsor can be found over on the Cuttlebug Mania Challenge blog.

There certainly was a hollow laugh here when I was making my DT card last week ..... whilst rain hammered on the windows.

Of course I adore poppies and roses, but another great favourite of mine is the fuchsia - I think they look like little ballerinas dancing in the breeze. As luck would have it, I had a die set here that's been waiting for ages for a first outing and this is what I came up with:
I used:

- 5" x 7" white card blank, tent style

- olive green card cut slightly smaller than the card front and glued in place

- snippet of white card, embossed using a Crafts-Too 'Lattice' embossing folder, trimmed slightly smaller than the green layer and glued in place

- snippet of white card onto which I stamped the sentiment using SU's 'Mossy Meadow' ink and an Inkylicious sentiment stamp called ''Wonderful Day'

- then, using the largest die from the Spellbinders 'Floral Ovals' set, die cut the sentiment panel then glued it in place on the card front. Tip, it's always much easier to stamp a sentiment first and then die cut it

- the fuchsia leaves and flowers were all die cut using olive green, pink and purple snippets of card stock and Joanna Sheen's 'Fuchsia' dies set, then assembled onto the die cut oval above the stamped sentiment. This was the most fiddly part of the card, but great fun to do

- there was a gap underneath the sentiment which looked a bit out of balance so I added a row of three fuchsia pink pearls

- final touch, a double layered sparkly 3D butterfly, in fuchsia pink with a touch of purple

We'd love to see you over at Cuttlebug Mania, it's a great theme with plenty of scope and the challenge runs for two weeks.

I'd like to enter this card into Mrs A's current #56 Butterfly Challenge, where the current theme is 'Butterflies + O is for Oval and/or Olive'. I went for the lot :) 

I'd also like to enter it into the CAS Mix Up June Card Challenge (my second time this month playing over at this fun challenge). The theme this month is 'stamping + die-cuts ...... + my own choice of dry embossing'.

And, also the current Happy Little Stampers June Anything Goes with Dies Challenge. I was thrilled to be picked as a favourite in their May Christmas Challenge, where you had to use a gift on your card. Happy dance here :)

And last but by no means least - the fabulous Allsorts Challenge Week 368, where the theme is 'How does your garden grow'. It's been far too long since I played over at Allsorts so I'm delighted to be linking up this week!

Crumbs, I think that's record number of challenge entries for me with just one card.

Edit: Psssst, I can already see that a few of you love this fuchsia die set. Make sure you call in at the Playground from Sunday onwards there's one as part of next week's prize! Was keeping it secret but don't want folk rushing off to buy it without at least having a chance in the Snippets draw :)

Di
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Sunday, 19 June 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 234

This is all of the Sunday Snippets post in one go, despite my earlier warnings - yay!

Yesterday we were out at the local village carnival - from early morning, setting up and helping out with 'have a go' archery as well as wandering round the many stalls when given a little break! The weather wasn't too unkind, chilly at times but it stayed dry at least - and I must have been busy as the camera never made an appearance!

The atmosphere was just as expected at a traditional English village event, even the local vicar was sketching charcoal faces to raise funds for the church and of course the village WI were out in force - selling cakes and jam. There were loads of rides and the usual fairground sideshows, as well as too much icecream, Cornish pasties from the village bakery and candy floss!

Although very tired at the end of a long day, we both had loads of fun and a lot of laughs. There must have been a cider stall (as usual) but we never found it although, when I drove us home at the end after clearing up, there was a very 'wibbly wobbly' old biddy in shorts with various veined leggies (?!) and sporting blonde curls weebling along, totally oblivious to traffic behind her, on the narrow lane past one of the thatched cottages on our route :) Bet she'll sleep well tonight!

Long live English traditions - and hangovers :)

Here's my snippets make, it actually has no connection with the prize for this week, but I did use snippets of course. Yesterday was the 50th Birthday of a sweet blogging friend and this is the card I made to send to her:
I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- snippet of white card, onto which I stamped a Penny Black image using a pre-loved stamp called 'Coop Party!', using a Ranger 'Jet Black' Archival ink pad

- coloured the image using Ranger Distress Markers and a water brush before fussy cutting right round it

- then found a free image of chicken wire on the internet, resized it to suit and printed it onto a piece of A4 white card, right in the centre so I could trim around it to my heart's content later on

- I had just the one snippet of the right shade of green Core'dinations card stock (to match the stems and leaves of the little bouquet of flowers) to play with so the next part took a bit of planning out

- first I trimmed the green card to slightly smaller than the card front so I could use it as a border around the chicken wire layer

- next I die cut a square from the centre of the piece of green card (effectively 'gutting' it) and adhered the remaining outer part onto the card front

- something in me is a bit against gutting as I know there's a piece of card with a chunk cut out of it, albeit hidden by the next layer! So, I die cut another white square the same size using a snippet of white card and stuck that in place so that the surface was level again :)

- next I backed the die cut square of green card with Stick-It adhesive sheet and die cut the sentiment using the Joanna Sheen 'Retro Happy Birthday' die and then the 50th using Memory Box 'Classic Numbers' and Tattered Lace 'Alphabet' dies

- worked out how I wanted the end result to look and first of all trimmed the printed chicken wire layer into a square then stuck it in place on top of the green layer of card, using Collall All Purpose glue 

- then just stuck the cute row of chooks, greeting and 50th in place

I bet most of you will guess who this card was made for - hope you had a fabulous day hun!!

Time for this week's 'peek at the picks':

I know that Jules is often a weekly pick, but I just had to show you this brilliant idea for using up snippet strips! Clever or what? Jules is blogging much more regularly now (goodness knows where she finds the time!) so there are loads of lovely cards appearing on her blog to inspire you.

We have had pop up box cards in the Playground fairly regularly - I picked this one by Megan as I adore the little reindeer with the skyline buildings behind. Also, Megan has a really easy to follow tutorial on the blog post - well worth a read!

I picked this fun card, made by April, as it made me giggle. Such a cute card and next thing I knew Parsnip was all geared up in his stetson ready for a ride - but I vetoed the spurs he wanted to wear! Visions of him careering off into the sunset never to be seen again - grimly hanging onto the Llama :)

Here's another fun card - shared with us by Cornelia. Plus, even better, there's a great tutorial showing how she made this - hop over to Cornelia's and follow the link. I know that Livi, Len's youngest grand daughter in Germany, would absolutely adore a card like this!

We had two new Playmates this week:
Nancy sauntered in with this gorgeous scene to share. It reminds me so much of the sun setting over the hills and rock formations on an evening drive we did in New Mexico a while back - and how clever to add the sentiment on a snippet of the same background!

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Then Majda arrived, with this beautiful package to show us.There's no translation gizmo on Majda's blog but I'm guessing there might just be some chocolate hidden inside? And isn't the heart made up of buttons so cute?!

Now for the prize draw, for the Lawn Fawn 'Float My Boat' and Memory Box 'Breezy Waves' stamps and dies I used last week. Plus the extra set of Memory Box dies called 'School of Fish', kindly donated by Mary Anne. And the winner is:
Well done Pat! Each week Pat comes to play nicely - and I'm delighted for her! Plus, Pat always lets us in on her secrets on how she achieves such lovely end results - happy dance here for you Pat. I have your address from a previous win, which is well over six months ago so will post your prize off to you as soon as possible this coming week :) Do let me know quickly if you've moved house since your last win :)

This coming week's prize is also a bit of a bumper one and there's a little tale behind it. I quite often order stuff from Tara's shop called 'Seven Hills Crafts'. What I really love about about the shop is that, not only am I supporting Tara's business, but also she is one of the few UK sources of tons of USA produced goodies - notably dies and stamps, which would cost such a lot to order direct from the USA.

Tara used to play here before life became too busy (which is a good thing as it means the shop is doing OK!) and she queried a recent order of mine which was for more than one of an item. Of course I'd factored in a prize for the Playground but was grateful that Tara queried it anyhow. And then, she offered some goodies for the Playground as prizes! I was super thrilled when a lovely parcel arrived here with, amongst other items, these three Paper Smooches stamp sets:
The sets from left to right are 'Apologies', 'Smooches' and 'Graffiti'.

I'm offering all three as one prize - although you can of course just opt for one or two of the sets. There will be more lovely prizes (including more Paper Smooches stamps!) from the parcel in the near future. I'm delighted to be able to offer you these items and would love it if you would perhaps pop over to Tara's to see what she has in her wonderful shop:
Seven Hills Crafts Logo
 
The Snippets Challenge will run for one week (we're back to normal for the time being, yay!) and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 25th June. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

A maximum of ONE entry 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 one or two of the stamp sets, just say so in your comment and if you win then I'll do a further draw for the other item(s). 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 :) 

Di and, of course, Parsnip
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