Sunday, 26 November 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Weeks 309 and 310

Oh good grief, one month today Christmas Day will have been and gone. Mind you, I love the days following Christmas when there are plenty of leftovers to nibble at, repeats galore on TV (not so exciting) and finally we can relax.

Remember, from yesterday it's 'Rudolph Days' challenge over at ScrappyMo's, so this is my entry for November. You have until the end of the month to join in - loads of us from the Playground play over there so you'll find quite a few familiar friends.

My card today was such fun to make and used up lots of little LOTV snippets:
I used:

- A6 white card blank, tent style

- a piece of plain 'Kraft' paper from the LOTV paper pad called 'Krafty Christmas' as a backing for the white layer, cut slightly smaller than the card front and glued in place. Then set the card aside whilst I worked on the image layer

- piece of white card for the image and sentiment, cut slightly smaller than the Kraft layer

- using the Misti I stamped the image using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and the main stamp from Woodware's 'Huge Santa' stamp set

- I left the Santa stamp in place and stamped once again, onto plain white paper this time and I'll explain why in the next step

- now I had the stamp still sitting on the lid as well as a stamped image held in place in the base of the Misti. This meant I could position my little snippets for the individual letters easily, one at a time and making sure that each letter in turn on that piece of white paper I just stamped on was completely covered 

- at this point I stamped the sentiment 'Ho Ho Ho' using the Misti again. It's always good to do as much stamping as possible before adding a lot of work (paper piecing in this case) to a card that might be ruined if you have a 'mis-stamp'

- btw I stamped the 'Ho Ho Ho' sentiment onto the image panel using the same ink pad and an unbranded stamp bought from eBay (more about the lovely seller below folks!). The sentiment comes with twirls at either end but I masked them off so the 'Ho's' would fit

- now I had the five letters ready to fussy cut - they all came from the LOTV 'Krafty Christmas' pad (stored in the back of the pad in an envelope 'pocket'). The hat was from a little snippet of red paper tucked away in the back of LOTV's 'Merry and Bright' paper pad and the fur trim and pom pom were stamped onto white card

- fussy cut all the pieces and have two little tips. I used a small SU round punch to punch out the white pom pom and also used the same punch to cut the pom pom away from the bottom of the hat on the snippet of red paper so the curves would match up

- the other tip is something I learned a good while ago through trial and error. See the centre of those 'a's'? It's so much easier to use a small hole punch (1/8th") to punch out the centre and then cut the rest away - in fact I also did that where the letter 'a's' curled over. Much easier for access and certainly less likely to fail than using a poky tool to start it off

- then ran a black Whispers brush ended marker round all the fussy cut letters - it adds definition, hides the white edges of the paper ......... and also disguises where you may have trimmed too much off 😉

- glued all the letters in place followed by the hat and trimmings - using a Zig glue pen and (as always) putting the glue onto the stamped letters on the white card - not onto the fussy cut letters (a really handy tip I picked up from Jules)

- lastly, added a coating of clear Wink of Stella for a little bit of sparkle to the hat trimming and pom pom

One final tip about these Woodware huge letter stamps is, if you're paper piecing them (although coloured markers would be fun, as well as easier), lay the papers you want to use side by side and shuffle them round to get as best a balance as possible. And if you forget how the letters are 'stacked' then either check back here or Google for an image - they're placed in the following order on my card: S,first a, t, n and the last a - then the hat finished off with the trim and pom pom.

And here's some low-down on the 'Ho Ho Ho' set of stamps. All my 'Ho' stamps were quite small (in fact the Woodware stamp set comes with a little 'triple Ho' which I've used separately elsewhere). But - I wanted a 'triple Ho' as more of a statement and after Googling I found a lovely set of stamps on eBay. The seller (a lady called Liz who is here in the UK) is a delight to deal with, super fast service and she has a lovely selection of goodies in her eBay shop - which is HERE

Let's move onto this fortnight's prize:
Yup, it's a Woodware 'Huge Santa' stamp set as well as an unbranded 'Ho Ho Ho' stamp set (I was so pleased with the sentiment being bolder and bigger than others I've seen that I had to run back and buy a set for the Playground).

As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 9th December. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

It's a maximum of ONE entry and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. As I already said, the prize is as above and I will happily split the stamps sets, in which case I'd do further draws for the other item. Please also link back to the Playground in your blog post to be eligible for the draw.

Remember, if you link into the Playground and don't say clearly that you're wanting to be in the draw then you will be bypassed if your name comes out of Mr Linky. I'm sure you all know I ask for a positive 'yes' just in case you're playing only for fun. Thanks!

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 :)

Be sure to call back next week to see the winner of last fortnight's prize which is a Sugar Peas 'Nativity-Scape' die and a Paper Smooches 'Christmas Sampler' set of sentiment stamps, another lovely Guest Designer and my picks from the past two weeks.

Love from Parsnip and of course from me,

62 comments:

  1. OMG I am the first this time! Yes please for the prize

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  2. Morning Di - absolutely LOVE your card and thanks for all the tips on using the Santa stamp, it looks perfect for paper piecing. I'd love to go into the hat for both stamps but if anyone is just after the Hohoho set, it's the Santa one that I really have my eye on.
    Jane

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  3. As I am very busy at the moment I have not been playing around for a while but that does not mean I am not visiting your blog: I do! And now I have to say that i LOVE this card! Wow!! (I will try joining with snippets later on!)
    Lia xx

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  4. Just checking in Di, do love a bit of paper piecing and your sample looks superb with that rather nice stamp.

    B x

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  5. Brilliant hints and tips as always and this card is great. Can I say a 'yes' please this time around for an opportunity - I have the birthday version of this stamp and a seasonal one would keep it company nicely if I'm lucky!!

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  6. Wow Di that looks tricky but so effective. A really fabby card, I love it! We really are on the countdown to Christmas now! Are you ready..??;0) Yes please to this super prize..back soon. Hugs xxx

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  7. Yes pleeeease! Love your card Di, and thanks for all the tips, I love a bit of paper piece!xxx

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  8. Wowsie .......I would say it's understated and incredible Christmas card.

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  9. Love your card Di - that stamp makes such an impact!
    I'm a 'yes please' for the prize draw :)
    Helen x

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  10. Wow Di, this card is amazing! I love the paper piecing you have done and I thank you for the tips you shared as well. Both stamp sets are fabulous and I am hoping to play along since it has been a life time ago since I've played. Hopefully I will be back! Hugs, Brenda

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  11. Amazing, fun and so creative card, Di!! Love your paper piecing and thanks for the tips! :)

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  12. Love your card Di as the Kraft card really pops against the white background. Yes please, I'd like to play this time for the lovely stamps and you've just shown us how great they look :) Crafty hugs, Sandra x

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  13. A fabulous card Di, you've used one of my favourite LOTV pads too! I'd love a chance of winning this weeks prize, please. Thanks too for the link to Liz's shop.
    Kath x

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  14. What a cute card, Di. I love the papers you used and this is cute as can be.

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  15. Fabulous card DI using that paper piecing. great tips too! xx

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  16. Super card Di, I do love paper piecing! I would love to be put into the draw for these fabulous stamps, thank you!
    Janice x

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  17. A wonderful card Di using the Woodware stamp, and the 'Santa' is a good size and love the paper piecing, and the sentiment from the other set goes beautifully. I am not sure if you would want to split the prize but if so I would like to be entered for just the Woodware stamp set, but please don't worry if you feel it is not appropriate to do this. x

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  18. Your card is absolutely wonderful, Di! I'm in awe of your paper piecing! Will just play for fun this time. Sending hugs, Greta

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  19. Entered with a birthday card :) and YES please for the lovely stamps

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  20. This is a cute card and I can imagine it was fun matching up the papers. I have added my card(s) as I used a lot of snippets, but I am only playing for fun. Kate x

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  21. Great card and lots of handy hints too

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  22. Hi Di,
    Happy Rudolf Days.
    what a very wonderful card and as usual you designing is excellent.
    Such wonderful use of snippets too.
    Thank you for the tips on this.
    Will pop back later this week with my entry to the playground.
    Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  23. Your card is amazing! And I love both of the stamp sets. Was actually planning to put them on my wish list... so I'd love to win them! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  24. Hi Miss Di and the lovely Parsnip.
    Yes please if I'm lucky enough.
    Decided to post tonight instead of tomorrow.
    I won't comment on your wonderful creation as I have already done so .
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  25. I enjoyed reading about the creation of this fun card, especially all the good tips to remember! I love the paper piecing and how you accomplished that great look! Yes please to the draw this week and thanks for another fun playground to play in :)

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  26. I love paper pieceing, and this is such a fun example.
    (So yes please for the draw).

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  27. Super card, Di, looks great paper pieced. The Ho Ho Ho goes really well with the 'Santa'.
    Just playing for fun this time. xx

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  28. FAB make a a super prize - just uploaded mine so .. yes please this week

    Happy Monday

    Kathyk

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  29. Hi Di I love your card it is brilliant that is a fabulous stamp so yes pleased to the prize. Have a great week. Take care. Hugs Jackie

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  30. Love this card! I love winter and snow very much!
    this is great prize! I will play! thank you!
    hugs

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  31. der!!!
    ... am sorry, I linked over the wrong image Miss!
    Just so you know, the snippets cards are first ones not second lot, sorry dead brain here... will say no thanks to the offerings this week!
    and thanks for sharing your great piece!
    Shaz in oz.x

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  32. What a fabulous Rudolph Day card Di. Belated Happy Rudolph Day!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  33. Brilliant paper piecing - it looks lovely.

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  34. Oooh super cute Di is your card l love the sentiment and the paper piecing your so talented l am only playing for fun xx

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  35. Fab card Di, I love those big letter stamps, they’re perfect for paper piecing.

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  36. This is a great card. i always love the paper pieced woodware stamped images.
    This one is a keeper. Also love the soft kraft colours here.

    Not sure if I will get a chance to enter. Depends on how fast I feel better. Have some cards made but have not written the posts as of yet.

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  37. Fantastic way to do the large Santa letters, Di! I'm so impressed with the different patterns. :-D I think I'd like to play along for the prize this time.

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  38. Super card Di, lots of work with the help of the Misti, great results

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  39. Oooo fabby hun and what a great stamp, great for those akward men ;-), Luv Sam x

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  40. I love your fun and festive card, Di! Sorry I've been a stranger. Between Thanksgiving, company, and migraines, I've been offline. Now I have to kick it into gear!! Hugs, Darnell

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  41. Super fun and filled with the Christmas festive spirit with those colors and that Santa hat perched on the first letter.

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  42. A am so loving your awesome card and thank you for the tricks and tips! Yes Please! I would love to be entered in the draw to win the fabby prize! Hugs xxxxxxxxxx

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  43. Oh Di, your card is amazing and I love all the tips and hints. Not sure that I would have the patience or skill to do all that paper piecing on the sentiment but what a great result! Your card is the perfect mix of beautiful design and cheer! Yes please to the prize. I'm hoping to have time to make a card before things get even more hectic!

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  44. Love your card Di, the paper piecing looks great, thanks for the hints and tips for achieving this super effect. The Woodware big word stamps make such fun cards. I have just entered a card but I am just playing for fun.
    Jean x

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  45. I love your paper piecing, a super card and get tips. I'm a "yes" for the prize too please x

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  46. Playing along Di and I'm a yes for the prize too please. Hugs, Brenda

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  47. Oooh, in the playground early, time for a quick go on the roundabout. Yes please for the prize. Love those big sentiments. Great card Di. Hugz

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  48. Super card Di as usual I am playing for fun as I have no spare room in my craft room for any more "stuff".
    Hugs
    Margaret

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  49. Hi Di,
    Great card from you! This time I only want to play.
    I wish you a wonderful December.
    Hugs, Liv Xxx

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  50. Yes please. I'd love both goodies. Di - I took your advice and am playing along with recent card with snippets.

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  51. Lots of fun inspiration. And yes, I would love to win some goodies.
    Di, I love how you paper pieced the Santa - so pretty!

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  52. Great paper piecing Di! Have managed it this week! And yes please for the name in the hat.... x

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  53. Fabulous card Di and please include me in the draw for the super prize!
    Hugs Hazel x

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  54. Well, Di, it's taken me long enough but I finally managed to make a snippet card so that I can join in with you again. Love your card - the huge Santa is fab and I like the placement of the 'Ho, Ho, Ho'. I have a few of those huge Woodware words somewhere - I should dig them out and make more use of them. I'm just joining in for the fun so no need to include me in the draw. Hugs, Elizabeth x

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  55. Finally got by to drop off a Christmas bauble for my tree. Similar to MRsA, I have been recycling...but mine are electricians tape containers. My daughter has every electrician at her work, saving them...

    I hope to make many more during Jan and Feb as this is such a busy time to batch bake!

    Hugs
    Mo

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  56. Me again...yes please to this lovely prize!

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  57. Gorgeous chrissy card Di, love the neutral tones. Have a Merry Christmas! Just playing for fun this time, Cathy x

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  58. Gorgeous card Di, I'm playing along for fun this time.

    Sue xx

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  59. I love your card Di. I love paper piecing and was interested to read your useful tips. As I have a couple of these super Woodware stamps, including Let it Snow which I haven't used yet I would be happy to play for just the Ho Ho Ho set. Barbxx

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  60. Wonderful card, I do like the paper piecing! This time, I am just playing for fun! Have a great day!

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  61. great technique and so much work, the card is amazing.
    yes for the prize, please.
    have a great weekend.
    hugs xx

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