Sunday, 17 December 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 309 and 310 - results

We're on the final countdown to the big day now - only a week left to go folks.

Bearing that in mind, I didn't ask anyone to be a Guest Designer for this coming fortnight - am sure there are more pressing things to be getting on with!

However, instead of a GD, there's an extra giveaway which will run for the next two weeks only. Closing time for entries is exactly at midnight (Sunday 31st December) as we swing into 2018. I'll use the Random Number generator to select the winners (you'll have to trust me as no way am I doing a screen capture, edit and then adding it into the blog post - times 20!) and I'll post the winners names during the first week of 2018. In order to enter, just add your name only to Mr Linky below - no snippets card is required. And the Mr Link is only for use with the prize(s) I've written about below. I do ask that you're already an active Snippets Playmate (no new people please).

A while ago, when I was moaning about a little ink smudge on a card I published here, Pat mentioned that the very talented Jennifer McGuire (who I always think is a great source of crafting advice) had been singing the praises of a Tombow 'Sand Eraser'. Well, you know me - off I hopped and ordered some to try out. They're quite small but should last for a while and they're great for removing little ink smudges and other 'glitches' such as even a little biro streak. They won't shift the likes of Pro markers (as you know, those alcohol inks soak right into card) but for surface marks they work brilliantly! And they don't scuff the surface of your card or paper - so long as you don't go at it hammer and tongs - slowly does it! And, as Greta rightly says, be patient and wait until any ink marks/smudges are dry, otherwise you risk spreading them further.

This is what they look like:
I was so pleased with mine that I have 20 of these to give away - partly as it's Christmas of course and also to celebrate that it's coming up to six whole years since I took the Snippets Playground over from the lovely Jules.

I actually got these at a really good price (no longer available) back in September. Something tells me that they might even have advertised the price wrongly (ie. way too low) as they're going for silly money elsewhere!

Am happy to post anywhere - so if you fancy trying one of these very useful little erasers out - just add yourself into Mr Linky at the end of this post.

This giveaway is in addition to, as well as totally separate to any other Christmas snippets linked prizes I may find time to offer over the holidays (on top of the usual fortnightly prize which will appear next Sunday as usual) - so I do recommend that you take a peek here over the holidays to see just what might unexpectedly pop up on offer :)

Time for the fortnightly picks now:
How about this for one very clever Christmas wreath?! Brought to share by Lesley - and apparently they take hours to make. Not surprised, but so worth it!

Fikreta (also known as Fiki/Bad Kitty) has been making shaker tags and also has a really helpful video on her blog over HERE. Such a great idea - one for next year as time just ain't on my side right now!

And finally, I just had to pick this fabulous card - made by Elizabeth. What I love so much about it is the fact that it's the negatives of the die cuts - a stunning result with the white against that pretty blue!

We had a total of 53 entries and no new Playmates joining in the fun. So, after watching numbers slide down, they're on the up again - even when we're all so busy.

Prize draw time now and our winner of the Woodware 'Huge Santa' stamp set and the unbranded 'Ho, ho, ho' stamp set is:
Well done Helen! I think it's a good while since you last won a prize so this is well overdue. Can you please drop me an email with your address and I'll post your prize off to you as soon as possible. My email address is on the right hand side bar.

Keep those snippets entries coming folks, you still have a week left to play HERE for weeks 311/312 remember! The prize is a Lil'Inker Designs 'Christmas Words Tree' die .

Love from the little white peril Parsnip (who is hopping up and down making lists, fretting and also whimpering now and then as he finalises things for Christmas). Do we really need me to make four dozen of my special sausage rolls I wonder? He's a little terror and ought to be locked up for December - I think! But I do love him to pieces of course :)

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Happy 60th Birthday

A great friend, from my last job before retirement, went unexpectedly quiet when I asked in an email if she was 60 this year. I was sure it was her 50th 10 years ago and there's a lesson to be learned there - don't put your year of birth onto Facebook if you don't want little Miss Marple to go searching :)

It all then fell into place why she zoomed off on holiday with her husband to The Maldives for a couple of weeks or more - about a week after we returned from Portugal. What a lovely way to celebrate!

So, this card is a bit late but it will be waiting for her return - just before the big fat man in the red suit arrives:
I used:

- white DL card, tent style

- backing paper from a 12" x 12" Studio Calico 'Snippets' paper pad - sent to me by a lovely blogging friend a while ago. So many designs to choose from, in the end I plumped for some pretty stripes (my friend isn't really a pretty, pretty flowers person)

- I cut the backing paper to just slightly smaller than the card front and kept it to one side

- next cut a strip of white card to the same width as the patterned layer, leaving space to trim it down above and below

- then, using the Misti, I stamped the fabulous Woodware 'Numbers' using Memento 'London Fog' - used the main numbers stamp plus one of the sentiments (just to let her know I'd discovered she is indeed 60 - me very bad!)

- the sentiment fit perfectly sideways but I did trim the top and bottom to suit

- coloured the numbers using two Pro markers, picking out a subtle colours for the majority of the numbers and bright red for the 60 :)

- trimmed the sentiment strip along the top and bottom then glued it onto the striped backing panel and then added the whole piece to the card front

A quick card, especially so as I skipped any paper piecing.

One tip about lining up the already cut to size (from one side to the other at least) strip of white card in the Misti. I use a home printed acetate grid for perfect placement in a straight line but was struggling to make sure it was evenly spaced at both sides of the strip of card. Then I realised another great thing about the Misti - once the stamp was adhered in a straight line in relation to the bottom of the Misti, I just needed to move the piece of white card slightly from side to side until I was happy. Then pop the magnets in place, stamp, and it worked like a charm!

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Weeks 311 and 312

This time in two weeks I can bet that many of us will be fluttering around in a bit of a last minute panic. The best philosophy is to do what you can, but don't make yourself ill in the process - mind you, I'm a fine one to talk!

And goodness knows how I found time to make not one but four snippets cards! Because of the design I chose to make, I was (ahem) forced to make four at once - you'll see why below:
I used:

- 5" x 5" white card blank

- a piece of 5" x 5" white card on which to assemble the die cuts - much easier to assemble and then die cut down to a smaller stitched square afterwards

- snippets of sticky backed glitter paper from the XCuts 'Darks' pack (red, purple, lime and turquoise)

- then die cut one complete Christmas tree from each snippet of glitter paper - apart from the star. I die cut all the stars from a snippet of bronze glitter paper from the XCuts 'Metallics' pack

- that gave me four Christmas tree die cuts in each colour and four stars all the same colour

- next I carefully snipped across the top of each 'Christmas' word and stuck it onto the white card square - leaving plenty of space for even die cutting later on

- did the same with the word 'Merry' in a different colour and popped it on top of the word 'Christmas' - thereby 're-assembling' the die cut but in different colours

- worked right to the top - making the four card fronts as I went then topped them with a bronze sparkly star

- ran each panel through the Cuttlebug using embossing plates and a large unopened embossing folder for pressure - this makes sure the letters are firmly stuck in place and (IMHO) often gives a more professional finish

- die cut the panels using a stitched square die sized 4" x 4" from The Works (you can't get those die sets for love nor money right now!). As I had plenty of 'wiggle room' I was able to position the tree centrally in the stitched square - so it paid off doing the sticking first!

- glued the Christmas Tree panels in place onto the card fronts, using a slightly smaller square of fun foam between the card and the front panel to add dimension

I wish I could recall where I spotted this idea of slicing across the Christmas tree die cuts and using a mix of different colours. If it was you please let me know and I'll update the post to give credit for a super idea!

I found it easy to stack the words on top of one another as they should be, but if you're unsure then just cut a template from plain card as a guide :) 

In real life the cards look so bright, cheerful and very sparkly - I'll be making more of these for sure, when time allows.

Our lovely Scrappy Mo, who runs the monthly 'Rudolph Days Challenge' has come up with a super little surprise over HERE. She's running an additional challenge which began on 1st December and if you entered every Rudolph Days challenge from January to November, you're eligible to link in! Yay! I'm not sure if you need to make a special something to enter or not but, in any case, my snippets cards above are Christmas ones and I entered every month. Sometimes it was a struggle but I did it :)

And, after not playing there for absolutely ages, I would like to enter Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge 363 (where there's an option of 'Sparkle') as well as Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for December.

Let's move onto this fortnight's prize:
Image result for lil'inkers christmas words tree die
Yup, it's a Lil'Inker Designs 'Christmas Words Tree' die of course. The light was just too bad here to take a photo of the packet without glare or total darkness, so this is copied from Lil'Inkers own website. Now you can see properly how the die looks. It's a lovely size at 3.5" square and can be used in one colour or very easily split up as I did. If you check on line by Googling the name of the die, you'll see that one colour looks really good (and a lot less work) - making it a really versatile die.

As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 23rd 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. 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 Woodware 'Huge Santa' stamp set as well as an unbranded 'Ho Ho Ho' stamp set and my picks from the past two weeks. I'm aware how busy everyone is so I haven't asked anyone to be a Guest Designer - but do take a look as I might just have some little pre-Christmas surprises to give away!

Love from Parsnip and of course from me,

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Sympathy card

I needed a Sympathy card straight after holiday:
I used:

- 5" x 5" square white card blank

- piece of baby pink backing card just slightly smaller than the card front, glued in place

- piece of white card, cut just slightly smaller than the pink layer of card - but not yet glued onto the card front

- snippet/band of SU's 'Pear Pizzazz' card stuck across the white panel (using tape runner all over the area green card for a firm stick)

- then I used a Memory Box die called 'Geneva Vine' to die cut across the green panel, reserving two of the green pieces which fall out in the process

- backed the cut out aperture with medium strength double sided sticky sheet

- die cut the same 'Geneva Vine' from a snippet of dark green card and pressed that into the sticky backed aperture, also filled in the two spaces with the light green card

- at this point I added the sentiment using the Misti, SU's 'Old Olive' ink pad and a sentiment from the Stampendous 'Happy Messages' set

- die cut the same die shape from a snippet of the baby pink card and tickled each flower with a pale pink Zig watercolour brush whilst it was still in the die itself, just to add some deeper pink to the flowers for definition

- snipped each flower from the die cut and glued them in place using a glue pen

- glued the whole front panel onto the pink backing panel (which was already on the card front)

What's different about using the die as I did is that the green single layer die cut piece sits quite embedded, as the backing is cut two layers deep. Then, adding the flowers on top, brings them level with the backing layer. A little point but in real life it certainly adds some dimension.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 307 and 308 - results

Little Parsnip has been in charge for a week whilst we had a pre-Christmas break in Portugal :) Home again now and it was a nice way to ward off our UK Winter for just a little bit longer ..... which seems to have arrived whilst we were away.

And here's our Guest Designer for this fortnight:
It's Shaz from Oz - yay! And this card is absolutely amazing, wonderful use of snippets and just perfect for Christmas. And, the backing started off life as a part of a cereal box! To find out more do hop over to Shaz's blog HERE and all will be revealed. Meanwhile, here's a little more about Shaz herself:

First of all, I want to thank Miss Di (and Parsnip) for the hard work in running this challenge each fortnight, my favourite challenge if truth be known! And thanks for the great honour of being your GD too!!

To my background ... I have been doing Calligraphy since early teens, and card making for many years as well, earliest card from kindergarten, age 5!

In 1990 I discovered in the joys of inky stamping and heat embossing (which will always be my first love :D). In 2009 I progressed to the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, and started blogging also in Nov. 2010.

I live on the magnificent beachy coast of northern NSW, Australia. I am a Christian, I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach. It was over 50 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service, it is only five mins walk from where I now live!

I simply love using snippets and exploring new ways of using them... just with this snippetty card I made a grand discovery! A cereal box makes the most amazing water colour paper! Take a peek here! What fun!

And, instead of a photo of Shaz, we have the beautiful header from her blog which is a gorgeous example of her calligraphy work.

Thank you so much for being our GD this fortnight Shaz and for being such a loyal Playmate as well.

Time for the fortnightly picks now:
Mrs A has been such a busy bee lately, and she still found time to scamper in waving some brilliant Christmas 'shaker' ornaments. The rings used to create the shaker frames are empty double sided tape reels (clever little sausage).

Then Heather nipped in with a perfect way to use up loads of snippets and end up with a brilliant, elegant and very sparkly Christmas card - love it!

And finally, Jules of 'Always with a Heart' brought a selection of her delightful 'teeny tiny' Christmas cards to share with us. I just love this sweet little robin (am almost sure it's Penny Black) and the tartan/plaid backing paper is such a lovely match to the image.

We had a total of 43 entries and no new Playmates joining in the fun -but those of you who came to play brought some wonderful makes as usual!

Prize draw time now and our winner of the Sugar Pea 'Nativity-Scape' die and the Paper Smooches 'Christmas Sampler' set of sentiment stamps:

I was so happy to see Connie's name pop out - she normally plays just for fun but this time was hoping to be in with a chance of winning - and her name came straight out. Do hop over and check out her snippets entry too - it was on my short list as a potential pick this fortnight. Can you please drop me an email with your address Connie and then I'll post your prize off to you as soon as possible. My email address is on the right hand side bar.

Keep those snippets entries coming folks, you still have a week left to play HERE for weeks 309/310 remember! The prize is a Woodware 'Huge Santa' stamp set along with an unbranded 'Ho, ho, ho' stamp set. I will split the prize if you only want to play for part of it.

Love from the little white peril Parsnip - and of course me,