Sunday, 13 August 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 291 and 292 - results

What a week! Rain, rain and more rain! I had to drive over to my dentist for a routine six-monthly check-up on Thursday - and on Wednesday afternoon was convinced it would be a canoe trip! Thankfully the weather did clear up so I used the day to do quite a few errands as well while the going was good!

Last week I really thought we'd have Parsnip posing in his shorts instead of a Guest Designer! However, more than one of you lovely ladies jumped straight in to say you would love to help out - for which I am so very grateful. I already have some of you lined up for particular dates and will find time to sit and draw up a proper schedule ASAP - watch your emails!

The first person to respond was our lovely Liz of 'Crafty Sunflower', probably within minutes of my blog post appearing - and here she is:
Liz has been a GD for the Playground before, see HERE, and is a regular player, very supportive and also I'm glad to call her a very sweet friend as well. Do hop over to Liz's blog if you aren't already a follower - and also if you have time then try to read the previous post I wrote about her last appearance in the Playground, see 'HERE' above. Suffice it to say that Liz makes gorgeous cards and is often the driving force behind me rushing off to buy a particular die :) We prefer to call it 'enabling' one another!

Liz's GD card(s) are perfect examples of how to use up snippets - one with a patchwork die and one by making your very own snippets patchwork - so clever!

This is what Liz sent me:
"I was delighted to be asked to be a Guest Designer again in Pixie's Snippets Playground.  I'm sure I'll never run out of snippets, but I usually forget to use some of my growing pile of patterned paper snippets.  
The die is a Die-namics 'Diagonal Quilt Square Cover-Up' die.  I used two punches to make the flower. The patterned paper and red card were all cut from snippets. When I was making the card, I was reminded of the time many, many years go when I went to patchwork classes, stitching the blocks by hand.  There are so many fabulous patchwork designs, I thought I'd try to make a notelet, with a simple patchwork block design, using just snippets, a guillotine, scissors, a pencil and a ruler.
I started with snippet of card 4" square and I drew a pencil line across the middle vertically and horizontally.  This can be any colour as it's covered up. The red and floral patterned papers were cut into 1" x 2" strips.  Then I cut off the corners, as shown in red on the diagram to get the shape I needed for the red patterned paper.

For the floral patterned paper I need to reverse the corners I cut off, like this. 

The cross in the middle of the 4" square made it easy to line up the pieces of patterned paper.  I found it easiest to cut the blue squares and triangles slightly bigger than I needed, then trim any excess off after they had been stuck down in the spaces left. When the patchwork was complete, I layered it on a piece of yellow card slightly bigger than the 4" square and attached to a 5" square card blank."

I left Liz's words just as they were as I couldn't have explained it nearly so well. And what a clever way to use up snippets to make your own patchwork cards - even if you don't have any suitable dies!

Thank you so much for being our Guest Designer for this fortnight Liz, especially as I was in a bit of a spin. Plus, Parsnip is eternally grateful as well!

A little tale - when I lived 'oop North', the largest City close to us was Newcastle Upon Tyne. Not sure if many of you UK girls will know of Fenwicks of Bond Street in London - quite a renowned department store, with quite a few other branches around the UK. Well, the Fenwick family were from the North East and in fact their first and main Fenwicks store was (and still is) on Northumberland Street in the centre of Newcastle. 

A typically Northern expression was trotted out by some folks when they thought something was so wildly untrue or unlikely to happen that they'd almost stake their life savings on it. The expression was 'Way aye, an' if THAT ever happens - ah'll bare me bum in Fenwicks shop winderr'. They tell it as it is up there for sure :) Oh I do miss lots of things about the beautiful North of England - the scenery, the people, wonderful fish and chips and all the lovely local foods, apart from black pudding (shudder). Why can't we get stottie cakes down here for example?! All this came back to me when I was thinking about poor Parsnip being threatened with having to pose in his shorts!

Now for my picks from this past fortnight - as always, picking just three was nigh on impossible and I sat here for ages wondering how to possibly bring the number of picks down so they were manageable. So, once again I chose a sort of 'theme' I'd noticed running through some of the entries - and it's 'using waste/negatives from die cutting'. I confess that my waste generally is lobbed straight into the paper bin under my desk without so much as a second thought.

See what you make of these picks girls and they might just make you look at you die cutting waste in a new light! I think I will for sure:

This was the first 'waste from die cuts' make that caught my eye - cleverly made by Maxine. Love the black against the gold - a perfect card for a chap!

Then Darnell arrived, hot on the heels of Maxine. This card is her entry and the first one she made - now hop over to her blog to see what she did with the waste she had left after die cutting the snowflake out of that blue background! Brilliant.

And blow me, in quick succession -  in popped Barb - with this amazing Wedding Anniversary card - also made use the negative waste technique! Great stuff Barb, love the 'splatted' background and the torn edge is a lovely contrast!

And as I spotted four cards using up die cutting waste I extended the picks to four this week - so, last but not least:

Janis brought this beautiful card along to share with us - again using die cut negative waste. I love the colour combination and the fact that Janis popped a few negative scraps back in the holes as well.

I hope I covered all entries which used waste in this way - if not, blame Parsnip - the little perisher has been hyper-active this week when the rain stopped him from going out to play!

66 of you played along last fortnight and we had one new playmate joining in with us as well:
Lovely Linda
Welcome to the Snippets Playground Linda, and I do hope you return to play again soon.

Prize draw time now and our winner of the MFT 'Stitched Cover-Up Companion - Diagonal die plus the Clearly Besotted 'Aloha' stamps set is:
Well done Carole! Can you please drop me an email with your address and I'll post your prize off as soon as possible. My email address is on the right hand side bar.

Keep those snippets entries coming girls, you still have a week left to play HERE remember! The prize is a Polkadoodles 'Ribbon Gift Frame' set of dies and an Altenew 'Carousel' set of stamps. I will split the prize if you only want to play for part of it.

Finally - a snippet of news:

Mrs A's very talented daughter Faye has a set of stamps out, made by Whimsy.  They're doodled borders and, for me who can't draw for toffee, would be super-useful! You can buy them in the UK from Dies to Die For here. Out of stock right now but new stocks are due at the end of August apparently.

If you hop over to Mrs A's blog she's currently giving one set away as well - whoop, whoop - and a sneaky 'Yaay', especially for Sarn :)

Love from the little white peril - and of course from me too




Friday, 11 August 2017

Max and Charlie are six and four

The dear little boys who live next door to us have Birthdays just a month apart. This post is really as much for my own records so I can look back and try not to repeat the same cards from one year to the other.

Having said that, my in house critic did the image panels for me on his computer and all I had to do was to print them out, cut and glue some card backing as 'frames'. Such a huge help - thanks Len!

Max and Charlie are still very much into playing at being builders and they spend hours happily moving stones and soil around their garden. It's so lovely to see children actually playing and using their imaginations - what cracks me up is the 'Beep, beep, beep' sound piping over the fence whenever one of them is reversing one of their many builder's vehicles!

Both cards are 5" x 7", tent style:
Apart from using the guillotine, the only cutting I did was the little 'age' rosettes, which had even been thoughtfully duplicated by Len underneath the image so I could pop one on top of the finished card with a little piece of thin sticky pad :)

And, MANY thanks to those of you who jumped straight in and offered to be a Playground Guest Designer. It's times like this you realise just what a great bunch our Playmates all are! I wonder, would Len take a turn perhaps? :)




Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Four quick Christmas cards

Trying to push towards my Christmas card making target for July a couple of weeks ago, I whipped up four very similar cards - here's three of them, all a little bit different. The one in the centre is duplicated exactly, making numbers up to four:
I used:

- 6" x 6" square scalloped white card blanks, made by Craftwork Cards and sadly neglected here

- backing papers are from Wild Rose Studio's 'Annabelle's Christmas' paper pack, trimmed and glued onto the card front

- the images are also from a matching 'Annabelle's Christmas' set, die cut using one of The Works 'Stitched Square' dies

- next I stamped sentiments onto the image squares using the Misti, Memento 'Grey Flannel' ink and stamps from the Personal Impressions 'Many Greetings' stamp set

- then the images were glued onto deep red slightly shimmery squares of card which had been die cut using a Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Scalloped Squares' die

- finally, glued the image panel in place on the card front - done!

It was a wet and miserable day when I made these - much easier than sitting in baking hot weather trying to feel a bit festive! At this point I'm still a bit behind on the target but with the rain we've had lately it looks as if that's soon gonna be rectified!





Sunday, 6 August 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 293 and 294

Well, August got off to a wet start for sure. But, we seem to be in for a sunny weekend here in Hampshire - fingers crossed.

And, it's time for a new fortnightly challenge in the Snippets Playground folks! As always, a huge thank you to everyone who came to play this past fortnight.

Let's get straight in - here's my snippets card for the coming fortnight:
I used:

-  6" x 6" white card blank

- a snippet of pinky/mauve Core-dinations card stock, trimmed slightly to a bit smaller than the card front

- a smaller snippet of powder blue card (sob, it's my last decent sized snippet of this gorgeous matt baby blue card)

- a piece of 200gsm white card stock - deliberately chosen as the die I was about to use is quite intricate and I've discovered that slightly lighter weight card is best for fiddly designs - backed with Stick-It self adhesive sheet as well as using a piece of waxed paper to ensure the card dropped out of the die easily. Talk about belt, braces and double knicker elastic!

- die cut the white 'frame' panel using the main die from the NBUS Polkadoodles 'Ribbon Gift Frame' set and removed the protective backing from the adhesive layer

- found a snippet of narrow 'Cadbury coloured'  purple ribbon and threaded a piece through either side of the white die cut, wrapped it over and stuck it in place on the back of the panel

- then glued the white panel onto the blue one. Tip about centering this die cut - I drew very light pencil lines to mark the centre of the card, up and down - which made alignment a breeze.

- then glued the blue panel onto the pinky/mauve piece of card

- I now had a flat panel to work on for the stamping stage, with no exposed pieces of ribbon at the back

- fiddled around a lot working out where to place the stamps - from Altenew's 'Carousel' set. It's just a small set but so crisp and very pretty too

- then stamped the image and wording all in one go using the Misti and Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink

 - stuck the whole card front panel to the card blank

- I had intended to just use the silhouette outline but decided to add some colouring using Faber-Castell Prismacolour pencils and Sansodor blending fluid

- the final touch is a loopy bow, cut using a little snippet of the mauvy/pink card and another die from the same set as before

Looking at the stamp set again, I can just see it coloured in red and green, perhaps with a spot of gold, on a Christmas card - with a different sentiment of course! Just a thought. 

And here's this fortnight's prize:
It's a Polkadoodles 'Ribbon Gift Frame' set of dies. There are five beautiful dies in the set - I had intended to use one or other of the corner dies as well but because I'd layered other card (and my card blanks are actually just under 6" x 6") there wasn't room - but there are some fabulous hand made cards on line which use the corners as well. And of course, all the elements in the set of dies can be mixed and matched how you wish. Plus, there's an Altenew 'Carousel' set of stamps - they're small but so detailed, the carousel looks lovely just left as a silhouette and they stamp perfectly as well. I will split the die and the stamps if you only wish to play for one or the other.

The Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 19th August. 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. The prize is both items together as a single prize, unless you really do only want to try for a 'split' - in which case I'd do a further draw 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 (MFT's 'Stitched Cover-Up Companion - Diagonal die, plus the Clearly Besotted 'Aloha' stamp set) and my picks from the past two weeks.

We're beginning to run a bit low on Guest Designers, I have about five names left. So, if you would like to be a GD do please let me know - my email is on the RH side bar or even just leave something in a comment on this post.And for this reason we very likely won't have a GD next week as many of you seem to be busy and/or on holiday. I'll just have to persuade Parsnip to strip down to his shorts and pose for you instead :)

Love from Parsnip and of course from me. He's currently rootling around looking for sun lotion ready for spot of sun bathing so he has a 'golden glow' for his Playmate of the Week spot! Sigh, I despair at times - it's not gonna happen!

Friday, 4 August 2017

Filling in time on a wet afternoon

More rain here last week, so I whipped up four more Christmas cards.

The cards were finished and sitting on my desk waiting for me to write this blog post when I spotted that Bonnie had made a 'not totally dissimilar' card HERE. Bonnie used stamping but it shows that I could be 'on trend' as they say - that would be a first for me!

I made four cards, all the same design and two of them have the backing frame and 'Noel' in gold with the tree in silver - and the other two have the metallics reversed. I like both versions but for some reason the ones with the frame in gold just seem to stand out more - possibly as the frame is 'stronger' in gold than silver:
Needless to say the cards were really 'tricky-woo' to photograph!

I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" white card blank, tent style

- piece of mirri card trimmed smaller than the card front and glued in place

- piece of white card, die cut using a die from the Lil' Inkers 'Stitched Rectangles' set - and then kept to one side

- then die cut the tree using a NBUS Tim Holtz Sizzix die called 'Woodlands' and either gold or silver metal effect adhesive sheet made by X-Cut, a dream to use

-also die cut the word 'noel' using a Poppystamps 'Noel Snowflake' die and either gold or silver mirri adhesive sheet as above

- then placed the tree and the sentiment (I snipped the dangling snowflake off the sentiment for this card) onto the piece of die cut white card and ran it through the Cuttlebug, using the embossing plates and an embossing folder as a 'shim' 

- glued the white card layer onto the card front, already nicely decorated with the tree and sentiment

I've had the Sizzix tree dies for ages (comes in a set of two, the one I used is slightly narrower than the other one) and of course now I can't understand why it's taken so long! Love them!

As I've said before, running the piece of card through the Cuttlebug after the die cut pieces were put in place really 'sets' them and also gives a beautiful finish with mirri card or this X-Cut adhesive sheet in particular, almost as if the card has been foiled.





Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Less is More #339 - Pierce Your Project

Happy August folks!

Another great challenge over at Less is More this week - 'Pierce Your Project'. You can do this in a variety of ways such as paper piercing, brads, eyelets, sewing and a whole host of other things. I opted to use pierced 'faux stitched' dies to frame a fun frog:
I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" white card blank, tent style

- then used the largest die in the Lil' Inkers 'Stitched Rectangles' set to add a frame of 'pierced stitches' to the front of the card. I actually did this before trimming the card down to size but using low tack tape it could just as easily be done to a card already cut to size

- then die cut a smaller panel using a die from the same set and the same shade of white card

- stamped the frog and the sentiment onto the panel using the Misti and a Misti magnetic Creative Corner to make stamping in the corner easier. In truth, I could have stamped with the card panel over to the top right of the Misti and skipped the use of the additional Misti Creative Corner - but am a creature of habit and I always stamp in the bottom left corner of the Misti :)

- for the stamping I used a piece of clear acetate with grid lines on to position the frog and the sentiment - just to make sure the sentiment was straight. I find this an invaluable help and the NBUS stamp set I used is by Joy Clair, called 'Hoppy Birthday', such a fun set as well!

- used a Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink pad and then coloured the image using Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils - blending using Sansodor blending fluid

- backed the image panel with white fun foam and glued it onto the card front

- final touch, added Glossy Accents to the eyes

A couple of little tips about using Sansodor blending fluid:

I popped a small piece of foam (from a make-up sponge - or a small piece of white felt would work either) into a little plastic jar and sprinkled a few drops of Sansodor on to moisten the sponge - absolutely ages ago. It rarely needs more drops adding and also ensures that you don't flood your work with blending fluid as you only need the tiniest amount on your blending stump.

I have a variety of different sized blending stumps but, again ages ago, I was given a great tip by Irene who was a UK bloggy friend. She sent me some really dinky pointed 'blending tips' that I believe are supposed to be used in a holder and changed when necessary. I know I have a spare packet of them with the brand name on, somewhere in here, but can't find it right now. Such a shame as I much prefer them for small areas and they seem to be almost made of a plastic like material which doesn't go at all 'blunt' like traditional cotton or paper stumps or tortillions. Yet they are slightly absorbent - if anyone knows what I'm talking about I'd love to know who makes them please! Sadly, Irene has given up blogging and I don't have her email address to ask her, sigh.

Edit: HOORAY, first Chris S and then Cara got in touch and the 'nibs' are from the Ranger 'Cut 'n Dry' range - try Amazon HERE if you're in the UK. IMHO you get more control using the wee little things without a holder! Thank you so much ladies! :)




Sunday, 30 July 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 289 and 290 - results

Gosh, it's been a bit busy here lately, and of course the kiddies are now on their Summer break in the UK so I expect that many of you will have your hands full :)

Let's go straight in with our Guest Designer:
 Jenny L made this fabulous snippets card - I think it's absolutely dreamy!
Shades of lavender and purple come very close to being my favourite colours (after pink) - and there's even a bit of pink as well! As always, Jenny has made a beautiful card with lots of clever little touches.

I'm sure most of you already visit Jenny's blog - if not then I do urge you to hop over and have a browse! For starters, you'll no doubt find out more about today's snippets card - although to whet your appetite this is what Jenny sent me about how she made the card:
I cut a 6"x6" size card with Couture Enchanted Escape Die for the shape. I used the size that is 4"x5" for the base of the card. I then used a snippet of paper left over from another card cut out an aperture with the smaller die, and glued some more snippets from another die cut left over from yet another project to the inside of the aperture.
Placed this on the card blank with foam tape.
Cut out some little flowers that came with the same die and glued them to the side, and added some gems, and a couple of butterflies that were given to me.
Finally I stamped thinking of you with London Fog Ink for the sentiment.


And I also picked up some background information about Jenny from her blog profile:
My name is Jenny Lawrence and I live in Kent. I am married to Tony, my dear and wonderful hubby. We have been married for 34 years. I lost my first Husband to the big C when I was quite young. I have 3 children and 3 stepchildren. 12 Grandchildren and 3 Little Great Granddaughters and a Great Grandson. I have been card making for about 17years. I have made things all my life as my Mum and Grand Mother taught me lots of hobbies. I have made my own clothes, knitted garments, hand embroidered items of clothing, and crocheted items too. I love to bake my own cakes as well.

So girls, we know who to turn to when it's time for cakes in the tree house! :) Thank you so much for being our Guest Designer this week Jenny, especially as it originally looked as if you were to tied up - I really appreciate it!

Now for my picks from this past fortnight - and as always, picking just three was nigh on impossible - and in the end I had one card that screamed out to be a Gold Star pick:
Valerija just blew yours truly, and all her commenters, away with this adorable Christening dress/card with matching box. It's stunning and a worthy Gold Star winner - please take your badge from the sidebar Valerija - with our love.

Then, for my three picks I had such a long list of possibles. So I looked for something of a theme and came up with 'Summer' to help me with the final choice. And here they are:
 
This is such a fun card, brought to share with us by Sue J after quite an absence. It's always lovely to see folk hopping back in for a go on the swings, no matter how long any of you are away - there's always a welcome waiting for you! Back to the card, every bit of detail has been so well planned - right down to the little porthole and the brilliant backing paper too.

Preeti  made this fabulous card using coloured snippets and (amazingly) a variety of stamps which have nothing to do with fruit! For instance, the pineapple began life as a penguin :) To find out more just hop over to Preeti's blog HERE. Well worth a visit as Preeti is always coming up with clever ideas.

And to round up the Summer theme - Charlotte (Lady Joyful) brought this really super bikini themed card to share with us. I love how the whole card 'flows' so beautifully with the vellum allowing the bikini to stand out . Love that sweet little bikini - which picks up all the different colours in the DP too. And a great sentiment as well!

That's my 'Gold Star' for Valerija, plus a further three picks - I do hope they will inspire you as well girls. Of course we had loads of fabulous ways to use up snippets and I really had to be very firm with myself and not add in at least two more cards from the final short list.  I highly recommend that you grab a cup of coffee and spend some time visiting blogs - the thumbnails with links are always there for you to look back over.

55 of you played along last fortnight and we had one new playmate joining in with us as well:
Linda W
Do hop over to Linda's blog post - it's full of great ideas for using up snippets, and her blog is well worth a good ole nosy around too! Welcome to the Snippets Playground Linda, and I do hope you return to play again soon.

Prize draw time now and our winner of the Concord & 9th 'Heartstrings' die set and a 'Label Maker Sentiments' set of stamps made by MFT is:
Barb (Williams)
 
Well done Barb! Can you please drop me an email with your address and I'll post your prize off as soon as possible. My email address is on the right hand side bar.

Keep those snippets entries coming girls, you still have a week left to play HERE remember! And the prize is the MFT 'Stitched Cover-Up Companion - Diagonal die plus the Clearly Besotted 'Aloha' stamps set. I will split the prize if you only want to play for part of it.

A couple of snippets of news:

- our lovely Playmate Sue (Morris of Zouave Cards) has been on tee vee!! Sue is involved with a fabulous scheme here in the UK where ladies crochet (and I've since learned they can also be knitted!) little octopus toys for premature babies to have with them in their incubators. The idea is that the tentacles can be grasped by the little 'preemie' in lieu of the umbilical cord - which apparently they play with pre-birth whilst still tucked up 'indoors so to speak'. Who knew? I certainly didn't. It's a great idea, the standards for making the toys are set very high (as they should be) and Sue is a co-ordinator who takes along the toys to local hospitals. There I was, sipping my wake-up cup of tea idly watching TV and there was a news item about the scheme - with a face I knew but couldn't quite put a name to! Anyhow, to find out more just hop over to Sue's blog HERE where there's a link to the news item.

Edit: Sue has quite rightly pointed out that although many places do refer to the little octopuses as 'toys' - the correct term is 'calming aids' :)

- and, our Playmate Jane of Jane's Journal is celebrating her 7th 'bloggerversary' with a giveaway, which runs until 9th August. A choice from three prizes for the lucky winner -

Ooopsie, my own 7th 'bloggerversary' slipped past me in March! But, every fortnight is a giveaway/celebration here so maybe it's OK :)

Love from the little white peril - and of course from me too (with a special punch of the air and a 'yaay' for Sarn from Parsnip. Private joke but it's catching!)