Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Mia is ten!

How ever did that happen? Len's eldest grand daughter was ten years old yesterday and, like a lot of little girls, she's very much into horse riding as well as ballet. I made her a 'horsey' card last year so it was an 'easel style ballet' theme this year:
I used:

- 6" square white scalloped edged card, by Craftwork Cards

- a second card the same, sliced in half across the spine

- scored the main folded card right across the centre and folded it to act as the 'prop' for the easel

- two identical pieces of designer papers from the Wild Rose Studio 'Vintage Rose' paper pack, trimmed down and glued onto the inside of the easel, as well as onto what would be the 'standing up front piece of card' (there must be a technical term for this surely?!

- then stuck the easel front onto the folded section of the base card using red line tape - I did have to fiddle a little with cutting a smidgeon off to line up the scallops

- die cut the ballet shoes and ribbon using a Joanna Sheen Signature Die called 'Ballet Shoes - SD207' and a little snippet of pale pink card

- then die cut it again using a snippet of white card, backed with Stick-It, for the ribbons

- snipped the white ribbons (they did need some careful trimming, I will not lie!)  and fixed them in place onto the shoes

- despite using the embossing plates and rubber mat for the pink shoes themselves, I didn't feel there was still enough 'definition' and they looked just like a clump of pink, so I deepened the embossing using a ball ended tool and a soft mat behind the die cut

- then glued the shoes onto a square of deeper pink card (yet another snippet) which had been die cut using one of the dies from The Works 'Stitched Squares' set - and glued that onto the easel card front

- die cut the letters and age and glued them in place - using my usual trusty sets of dies

- then die cut an oblong using a die from the Lil'Inkers 'Stitched Rectangles' set of dies and a last little piece of pale pink card

- used the Misti and the matching 'Creative Corners' to stamp the sentiment using Versafine 'Vintage Sepia' ink and a stamp from the Penny Black 'Special Thoughts' sentiment set

- fixed the sentiment panel in place using thick sticky pads to act as a 'prop'

Adding the white ribbons with some careful trimming worked wonders - but, truth be told, I found this to be a hard die to work with. It cuts brilliantly but one really shouldn't need to do all the eyeball trimming and tweaking I resorted to. Bit of a thumbs down for one of my favourite range of dies there I'm afraid, sigh.

After taking the photo I did add some clear Wink of Stella to the white ribbons to give them a bit of a satin sparkle :) It probably wouldn't have shown up on the photo in any case.

Next Birthday coming up is Mia's younger sister Olivia. That's going to be so different - think football, horses, scuffed knees, dragons and such, then you'll be on the right track! I might need to shout for help from Len!

What peculiar weather we're having - it's impossible to really plan full open air days so for now our trip to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is on ice. Ha, the following week is half term when we usually avoid being swept along in hoards of kiddywinks. We'll see - decent weather is the most important thing. I can always take a little pitchfork to move the little perishers out of the way!

Wasn't that yellow/orange sky amazing on Monday!? 

As I type this am a little bit behind on Playground commenting - never fear, Parsnip and I are watching what's going on and I'll be hopping about your blogs ASAP. He really is a school sneak if he thinks there's any rattling of bottles behind the bike shed!

 




Sunday, 15 October 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 303 and 304

Happy Birthday for today, Len! Here's hoping you have a great day and that the weather is kind for things we have planned - even if we have to wait until later in the week due to high winds forecast.

My snippets card today is also Len's Birthday card - besides hedgies in the garden, we have a few resident frogs. No pool or pond to speak of, apart from a ground level tray with water in for birds when they're too lazy to use the 'upper pool' - but those little frogs manage to survive. So here's what I made:
I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" white card blank

- snippet of white card stock, Strathmore's Mixed Media, onto white I stamped the images and sentiment using Black Archival ink and stamps from the so sweet Avery Elle 'Ribbit Ribbit' set

- then I chose a rust and beige patterned snippet which was tucked in the back of LOTV's 'Country Gent' paper pad, to match the colouring I wanted to do and backed it with white card just to make it more sturdy

- also found a green snippet for the backing layer - then I coloured the stamped images using Ziggies (which are pretty unforgiving in photos I see - in real life the blending looks quite good, sigh)

- fussy cut round the images leaving a narrow white border and set them aside 

- die cut the sentiment using a die from the MFT 'Stitched Fish tail STAX' set of dies and set it aside 

- using MFT's 'Rectangle Peek-a-boo Window' die, I die cut an aperture in the patterned paper layer and backed it with a snippet of white card

- ready to assemble the card now, so first of all I added the sentiment banner where I wanted it to go and snipped away the excess overhanging the left hand side of the patterned layer

- glued the patterned layer to the green snippet and then glued both to the card front

- assembled the little montage of images onto and into the aperture area using Collall All Purpose glue and also teeny pieces of thin sticky pad to add dimension

- then added googly eyes to the frog and clear Wink of Stella to the butterfly, bulrushes, lily and lily pad

- final touch was two shiny green Josy Rose nail heads to the left hand end of the sentiment banner, ages since I used those little cuties!

This is such a cheeky set of Avery Elle stamps, with some very 'froggy' sentiments. I now know there are matching dies (duh) but to be honest the images in this set are very easy to cut out freehand. And they're great for those difficult male cards too. I also used 'that' MFT stitched aperture die yet again (one of my very favourites needless to say!), and realised that the stitching doesn't show up too well on heavily patterned paper. But, it was a bit too late when I realised - plus of course I was planning around this fortnight's prize(s)!

And that leads nicely into our prize(s) this coming fortnight, which of course are:

Avery Elle's 'Ribbit Ribbit' stamp set and MFT's 'Rectangle Peek-a-Boo Window' die. I know, we've had the stitched rectangle die as a prize at least once or twice previously - but it's always so popular I thought there would still be people who would like it - and of course the prize can be split.

The Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 28th October. 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 die and the stamp set, 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 which is a MFT's 'Bold Stripes' Cover-up die plus MFT's 'Essential Sentiments' set of stamps, another lovely Guest Designer and my picks from the past two weeks.

Love from Parsnip and of course from me,


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Another four Christmas cards - yay!

Happy dance here as my Christmas card making target total is up to date - for now and I did sort of enjoy making these four cards after such a loss of mojo. I'd been told to take it easy for a couple of days last week - so I spent the time quietly crafting ................. and left the ironing leering at me from the laundry basket.

I made four of the same design but changed the backing paper as I was using up small LOTV snippets - so there are two of each exactly the same:


I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" white card blank, tent style
 
- a piece of white card stock, die cut using the MFT 'Stitched Cover-up Companion - Diagonal' die

- then I backed the white panels with snippets of LOTV patterned paper - holly print and tartan/plaid from the (sadly discontinued) 'Classic Christmas' paper pad

- added a layer of fun foam, cut just slightly smaller than the panel to the back

- die cut holly leaves and berries, using snippets of plain paper from the LOTV pad (best way to get a good match for the red and green). The dies I used were holly leaves from the Dees Distinctively 'Wreath Builder' set and the berries are from the Poppy Stamps 'Stitched Holly Leaves and Berries set'. The only reason I mixed the two sets was because I wanted very slightly larger holly leaves 

- used the holly leaves and berries as a guide to position the sentiment in place, using the Misti of course. The sentiment is from the Inkylicious 'Seasons Greetings' sentiment set and I used Memento 'Tuxedo Black ink

- glued the foam backed panel onto the card front then added the holly leaves and a berry - using Collall All Purpose glue in a Woodware ultra fine glue applicator

It was interesting stamping the sentiment onto the card panel which was already backed with fun foam - I left the black pad in the Misti - but the magnets held well and the stamping came out crisp.

One really useful tip when using the Misti - when you've positioned your stamp and it's attached to the lid it's a real help to pop a full pad of Post-Its underneath the opened out lid (underneath the stamp is a good place of course) before you begin to ink your stamp up. The thickness of the Post-It pad supports the flipped back lid and also helps with an even covering of ink. Goodness know where I spotted that idea but I've always done it and find it works really well. I think I'd cry if those hinges ever snapped!

Of course, adding the fun foam to the card panel gives it a good 'lift' from the card base which looks better in some ways. Sigh, it also takes the card up into Large Letter size. I have a postal gauge here and it's such a help checking card sizes. I hesitating for a nano second - then decided to still use the foam anyhow. Threw caution to the wind as they say :)

Just added this - GUESS WHAT! LOTV now have some Christmas background papers to download and print for yourself. Three of my very favourite sets are in the collection so far - including the papers I used for this card which are my favourite set of all time!  I only found them when searching for some images I wanted - result - woo, hoo!! Happy dance here :)

To be honest, I'm NOT a printer of papers but was delighted to find what I though were some a long lost designs :)






Sunday, 8 October 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 299 and 300 - results

It's been a funny old week, more stuff went to the charity shop on Monday - hooray! I caught up with September's Christmas card target - double hooray. Discovered that buying A6 cello bags from Amazon (including postage) is half the price of buying from Hobbycraft - triple hooray but a bit of a black mark for Hobbycraft. Recovered nicely from having a wisdom tooth removed - quadruple hooray!!

Let's get straight on with our Guest Designer for this fortnight:
I adore this card, such a great way to use up snippets with such impact. And, it was lovely to see that Greta used a Playground prize as well! The colours and patterns work so well together.

This is what Greta said about her card:
Most of my snippets are white card stock, as I seldom cut into my huge collection of patterned paper.  However, I have made some cards with the beautiful papers in DCWV Harvest House & want to use every bit of them.  My Playground prize of Spellbinders A2 Curved Borders One dies was exactly what I needed.  No stamping on this card as the paper stack includes a page of sentiments.  Heidi Swapp glitter tape was used for a mat & a simple twine bow finishes off my card.  Thanks for having me, Di & I look forward to seeing everyone's cards in the gallery.

And here's a lovely photo of Greta and a few words about her:
Hello playmates!  I'm happy to be Guest Designing in The Playground all the way from the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  I'm a newly retired Registered Nurse who loves to make cards.  Fortunately, my hubby of 38 years doesn't mind that my crafting took over the dining room table years ago.  I'm a doggy momma to Fritz, our 4 year old Standard Schnauzer who helps me get exercise with frequent walks.  I love elegant, uncluttered designs, but also like to try a variety of techniques & styles.  I began my blog, http://www.ggnursecreations.blogspot.com/, 6 years ago & am blessed with friendships all over the world.

Huge thanks to Greta for being our GD this fortnight and also for being such a loyal Playmate over a good few years now.

Drum roll - it's time for the fortnightly picks and, as always, I nearly wept at making any decision as ALL your entries are so brilliant:
Carol L made this amazing card - such a perfect way to use up snippets as banners. One to keep as inspiration for sure! Which is so appropriate as Carols's blog is called 'Our Little Inspirations' - I'd never made that link before now, perfect!

There are lots of new and really interesting folds appearing in Blogland right now - and I just love this card in such pretty colours, made by Maxine showing a 'Quatro Fold' card. There's more detail about the card plus a link to a really clear tutorial over at Maxine's blog! Another one on my 'must try' list and a great way to use up snippets!

And, my final pick is this really lovely card, made by Sandy J! I've spotted a few 'vintage shaped' caravan stamps and dies being used in Blogland and they always look great for New Home cards or in fact any event! Wonderful use of little snippets and great paper piecing too. Oh, and some little banners as well - banners are really 'in' right now - as shown on Carol's Christmas card.

Prize draw time now and our winner of the set of stamps with matching dies by Lawn Fawn called 'Hang in there' - as well as a set of The Works 'Stitched Circles' dies is:
Well done Janis! The fact that the envelope on my lovely Birthday card from you had our Postie rolling round laughing when he delivered it has absolutely nothing to do with this! I did a double take when your number popped out to be honest - the sun shines on the righteous - or even the naughty! :) Can you please drop me an email with your address - 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 girls, you still have a week left to play HERE remember! The prize is a MFT's 'Bold Stripes' Cover-up die plus MFT's 'Essential Sentiments' set of stamps. I will split the prize if you only want to play for part of it.

Love from the little white peril Parsnip, who has been surprisingly well behaved this past week. I suspect he's aware that Guy Fawkes night is approaching and he never really got over the suggestion a few years back in the Playground that he should be tied to a rocket and launched into space. I did notice that an old goldfish bowl shaped glass vase destined for the charity shop went missing - so perhaps he's building his own little spacesuit just in case!

Friday, 6 October 2017

Little update

Image result for cartoon image of moug th full of teeth

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments and messages re. the wisdom tooth removal. Am doing fine so far - fingers crossed.

Back on Sunday with Playground results, another lovely Guest Designer and of course the winner of the sloth stamp plus dies - as well as The Works 'Circular Stitched' dies.

See you then! x






Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Post early for Christmas

Well, perhaps not this early though! I had a pre-loved Penny Black Christmas stamp lying on my desk witing to be used, recently bought from a very sweet blogging friend (and if you're reading this, I haven't forgotten my promise either!). Am sure it still counts as NBUS for Darnell's latest challenge 'cos I've never used it before. I made a batch of six cards all the same, just like this one:
I used:

- 5" x 5" square white card blank

- slightly smaller piece of white card, embossed using Darice's 'Snowflake Background' embossing folder and glued onto the card front. Over time I've learned that if possible it's best to trim your card to size before embossing it. Sometimes, if you guillotine it afterwards, you find the card fibres have been broken down a bit and your cut line won't be as sharp

- the images were stamped onto white card using Ranger Black Archival ink and such a cute Penny Black stamp called 'Royal Mail'

- then coloured the images using  my Zig brush pens and added some shading using Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils

- die cut the image using one of The Works 'Stitched Squares dies'

- added the sentiment, using Ranger Black Archival ink and a stamp from the Hobby Art 'Christmas Post' set

- mounted the image panel onto SU 'Real Red' card as a frame

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

- final touch, clear Wink of Stella to add some subtle sparkle to the snow

I almost did a big boo-boo with these cards - although I used the right waterproof stamping ink for Ziggies, I forgot to use water colouring card instead of my usual stamping card, which is fine for Pro markers and coloured pencils - but 'pills' at any sign of water if you try to do some blending! Too late I realised, fortunately when working out colour combinations on a scrap of the same card. I'd already done practically all of the colouring using 'neat' Ziggies with no problems (yup, on six images!) and just wanted to add some additional depth to the scarf and envelope, as well as the hedgie's cheek and skin. Tried the Polychromos pencils and they saved the day! One to remember, don't be afraid to try mixing different colouring mediums - although I did test the theory out on some scrap card first! :) Me not totally stooopid!!

I was going to delay this post due to the very sad events in Las Vegas. However, I'm having a wisdom tooth out today and truly don't know how I'll feel afterwards. The extraction itself isn't worrying me but I don't always react well to such things so thought I'd best post this and link up to Darnell's NBUS whilst am still in charge of my faculties, sigh.

And a bigger sigh over Las Vegas - makes our day to day worries seem minuscule in comparison.





Sunday, 1 October 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 301 and 302

What a peculiar week for weather here - ranging from a real Autumn nip in the air to warm and sunny - with rain thrown in for good measure in between times of course! Hedgies are still feeding with no sign of slowing down - same with the local bird population.

My snippets card today was a little bit fiddly but not exactly challenging as the die and the stamps did most of the work - once I'd had a couple of false starts on how to do all the sticking down! I'm sure there are many options for sticking, but I ended up doing what I felt most comfortable with in the end:
I used:

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

- snippets of green, pink and blue SU card stock plus a snippet of white for the sentiment stamping

- using the green snippet I first backed it with medium weight adhesive sheet and then die cut it using MFT's 'Bold Stripes' Cover-up die

- then carefully added it to the card front - easiest way with die cuts like this, and even uncut layers of card with adhesive backing, is always to gently line up one side first before peeling off the protective backing very slowly as you smooth the die cut in place across the card

- then I was left with seven stripes to fill. My initial idea had been to back the whole die cut with self adhesive sheet before adding it to the card front but the very marrow margins gave me the heebie-jeebies. So, I whipped out my 6mm wide reel of red line tape and stuck a strip right across each cut out area

- then die cut the pink and blue strips and popped those in place, using the red line tape to hold them down firmly

- hunted high and low for my MFT 'Essential Sentiments' set of stamps - they were hiding! Stamped three sentiments onto a piece of white card using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink

- then die cut each sentiment strip - the beauty of these is that all the strips are the same size which makes it easier :)

- stuck the sentiments in place and called it done

There are so, so many ways to use this die, along with - or even without - the really varied sentiments. For a start, there are seven cut out strips, same as the number of colours in a rainbow! How cool would that look? Black and gold, topped with a flower or a die cut word would look gorgeous. Patterned papers, DI Oxide backgrounds, pastel colours for a new baby, dark colours for a chap, don't fill in all the spaces with a contrast (use some of the main background cutouts)  - the list goes on ........... and on! Just Google the name of the die and there are loads of ideas, I really didn't do it justice, sigh.

However, I chose to keep it very simple to just show the die plus some sentiment stamps (brilliant for snippets!!) and am sure you already know why, which leads nicely into our prize(s) this coming fortnight, which of course are:
MFT's 'Bold Stripes' Cover-up die plus MFT's 'Essential Sentiments' set of stamps.

The Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 14th October. 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 split the die and the sentiments in which case I'd 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.

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 (that really cute set of stamps with the sloth plus dies by Lawn Fawn called 'Hang in there' - as well as a set of The Works 'Stitched Circles' dies.), another Guest Designer and my picks from the past two weeks.

No further photos of our Leeds Castle 'sojourn' as yet. Although I used my camera, Len used his phone for photos and (just 'between us') they turned out brilliantly so am waiting for him to upload them for me.

Love from Parsnip and of course from me,


Friday, 29 September 2017

All puffed up for Christmas

I love robins, especially when they 'puff' their feathers up to keep warm. So I was delighted when a sweet friend offered me a set of pre-stamped images to use for 'batch baking' some Christmas cards. I made eight cards the same in this run - and still have some robins left to play with:
I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank, side opening

- once I'd made the 'toppers' and could work out the spacing, I stamped the sentiments before gluing anything at all to the card front - using the Misti, Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a stamp from the Paper Smooches 'Christmas Sampler' set of sentiments

- the adorable puffed up robins were already stamped and I then coloured them using Pro markers

- die cut the image using a die from the Tonic Studios set of plain circular dies and ran a ball ended tool around the inner edge of the die cut whilst it was sitting inside the die

- then I just cut eight squares of 4" x 4" card from a 12" square sheet of SU's 'Real Red' card stock (nine in fact, so that's now in the snippets folder)

- then topped the squares with slightly smaller squares of holly patterned paper from LOTV's ''Twas The Night' paper pad

- glued the layers together and then popped them onto the card front

- asked in-house critic if I should add googly eyes, the verdict was 'nope', so I obeyed! Ha, and probably stopped the cards from leaping over the thickness limit for normal sized letters :)

Breathed a huge sigh as am slowly getting back on track with the self-imposed Christmas card making target!

I was still short of inspiration though and was so thankful for these lovely images to kick me into action! I've since found out that they're from a set of three by Hobby Art called 'Round Robin' - what a perfect name :)

Crumbs, I almost missed ScrappyMo's Rudolph Days for September challenge this month! Entering this, at the gallop :)






Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge #85

Screeching in at the last minute here for Mrs A's latest challenge #85 Butterflies + S is for Silhouette and/or the colour Indigo. Hope I'm not too late :(

And, it's one of Darnell's NBUS challenges, and as it's a first outing for this gorgeous die I'm linking up over there as well. There are lots of lovely prizes to be won too! As always, it's anything goes with Darnell - ssshhh, I won't tell :)

I was recently sent a really lovely 'unbranded made in China' die by a sweet blogging friend (thank you again! xx) and it immediately came to mind for this challenge - here's what I made:
I used:

- A6 white card blank

- a smaller piece of thin indigo coloured card, which has a slight shimmer to it, for the backing frame

- trimmed a snippet of white card slightly smaller than the indigo card and glued those two pieces together

- then die cut the fabulous butterfly die using indigo card again which was backed with Stick-It adhesive sheet

- popped it onto the piece of white card and ran it through the Cuttlebug with the embossing plates as well as a large embossing folder to give the right thickness (don't put the embossing folder next to the card as I think you might get a slightly rippled surface even though the folder would be closed)

- then used the Misti to position and stamp the sentiment using SU's 'Melon Mambo' ink and a sentiment from MFT's 'Tickled Pink' set of stamps

- glued the whole panel to the card front and added little bright pink KanBan self-adhesive diamante gems to the butterflies and flowers

The indigo coloured card is a very deep, deep 'jeans' blue - although it looks a bit black in the photo needless to say! Mrs. A bought some at the same time on one of our 'let's wreck a craft show' outings so she knows the colour well!

Ha, I almost had a moment of total madness when I set out to make this card by pondering over actually inlaying the die cut! Can you imagine putting all those teensy little pieces of white back in place? Although by running the whole panel through the Cuttlebug as I described above, you do achieve the impression that the die cut is inlaid anyhow.

It's absolutely ages and ages since I dug around in my quite large box of self-adhesive pearls and gems and I must have almost a gazillion sheets of those multi-coloured KanBan gems. Seems to me like they've been breeding on the quiet. 😉






Sunday, 24 September 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 297 and 298 - results

Well, that week raced past for sure! Autumn is definitely on the way - Spike the hedgie and his huge tribe are almost eating us out of house and home. We have no real idea just how many hedgies are visiting us now but word certainly must have got around.

We're doing a huge declutter here and a lot of time is being spent sorting and either Freecycling, taking to local charity shops or dumping stuff that's been accumulated over donkey's years. In fairness, little will be dumped as one man's rubbish is usually another man's treasure as they say :)

Let's get straight on with our Guest Designer for this fortnight - it's Elly of Elly's Creaties with this fabulous card:
Here's the front
A little peek inside
And a look at the snippets that Elly used for her glorious die cut flowers
What a brilliant card! I just adore the depth and texture Elly has incorporated into this stunner for her first Snippets Playground sot as Guest Designer.  I do hope it won't be the last as Elly is so talented and her cards are always beautiful.

This is what Elly said about her card:

I have used two snippets for my flower die.

First I layered my card with designer papers and then I used a stencil and made the brick wall with texture paste .

I stamped the butterfly and colored it with markers.

I also layered the inside with designer papers.

The sentiment/textt is on vellum.

I hope you like it. 
And a few words about Elly:

Thanks for the opportunity to be a Guest Designer for this challenge.

My name is Elly and I live in the Netherlands.

I've been married to Jan for almost 48 years and we have 2 beautiful daughters and 2 lovely sons in law + 4 granddaughters.

I've been making cards for many years.

I love all kinds of styles and I always like to try something new.

You can find my blog here..https://ellyscardcreatief.blogspot.nl/

Greetings, Elly.
And here's the lady herself:
Little Miss Marple here noticed that the file name of the lovely photo of Elly implies it might be a passport photo - so why do my passport photos always look as if I'm under arrest?

Huge thanks to Elly for being our GD this fortnight and also for being such a loyal Playmate.

Drum roll - it's time for the fortnightly picks! And we have a Gold Star again this time!

 
Sonia made nine of these marvellous tea light bird houses as gifts for her daughter's teachers. I adore them and as always Sonia has given lots of lovely detail about how to make them for yourself over on her blog HERE. I'm sure you'll all agree that these are well worth a *** Gold Star *** award - do collect your badge from the right hand sidebar Sonia and well done!

Now for my other picks from this past fortnight - and I struggled as always but here are the final three I chose to show you:
This is such an eyecathing way to use up some of those little snippets strips we all seem to hoard! Made by Kath and, although it might look easy, I bet she spent quite a while arranging those colours to achive such a lovely result. Love it - one to remember!

Mrs. A popped into the Playground to share this lovely card. Love the design with the distressed edges looking a bit like frayed fabric - and the addition of the reel of real thread is brilliant!

And last, but not least, I picked this really elegant card, made by Steffi H for you to see. I know, I know - we still have three months until Christmas, but time will fly past. This card is so lovely - and as well as using snippets it's a possible for 'batch baking' :)

49 of you played along last fortnight, with two new Playmates joining us:

Lavinia - with these adorable pop up box cards
And Gwendolyn, whose card image I can't copy to this post, but do hop over and take a peek if you can!

Prize draw time now and our winner of the Darkroom Door stamps - 'Butterfly' and 'Stand Out' (very kindly donated by Megan) and the Joanna Sheen 'Pressed Flower' stamp set is:

Well done Kathy, from what I know of your lovely work these stamps are right up your street, particularly the Darkroom Door ones! Can you please drop me an email with your address - 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 girls, you still have a week left to play HERE remember! The prize is a set of stamps with matching dies by Lawn Fawn called 'Hang in there' - as well as a set of The Works 'Stitched Circles' dies. I will split the prize (ie. the Lawn Fawn stamps and matching dies together or the Works set of stitched circle dies) if you only want to play for part of it.

Love from the little white peril Parsnip, who sat sobbing on the hallway floor yesterday when he saw me nipping off to the local charity shop with a huge bag of soft toys - I think he thought he might be next! Never fear little chap, you're here to stay for always - I need a little 'troublemaker and spy' in the Playground!






Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Rushed card for a chap!

Good grief - I suddenly realised it was one of Len's great nephew's Birthdays coming up and made this on Sunday in one heck of a hurry I can tell you:
I used:

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

- snippet of black card as a frame

- snippet of white card, die cut using a die from the Lil' Inkers 'Stitched Rectangles' set 

- stamps from a pre-loved SU set called 'Sky is the Limit', stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink

- glued the layers together and popped them onto the card front

- ack! Noticed a faint black smudge at one wing tip but had no time to make another card so I die cut Joe's name using Tattered Lace 'Alphabet' dies and glued the letters over the smudge!

A case of 'more haste, less speed' as my Mum used to say but at least it will arrive in time :)

Entering this into the current Less is More challenge #346 'Take Flight', even though it's not really imaginative enough. Still, it got me out of a pickle plus, it's too long since I joined in any challenges - watch out Mrs A - butterflies might be next!






Sunday, 17 September 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 299 and 300

Phew! What a last minute panic to make this fortnight's snippets card! Loss of mojo, trips away, catching up on chores (sigh) etc. have been taking me away from crafting lately.

The latest venture forth was for my (ahem-th) Birthday and we tootled off to Leeds Castle in Kent for a short break. I'll try to add a photo to this post - we took loads but I'll do a post with more about our trip next week - with luck. It truly is such a beautiful place and the Castle itself is stunning.

And HUGE thanks for all the lovely Birthday wishes, cards, gifts ........ and for just all being you - mwah!

So, here's the snippets card I managed to make, just yesterday:
I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" white card blank, side opening

- snippet of pink spotty paper which I did in fact glue to a slightly larger card blank before trimming it down to size. So much easier and accurate as well!

- snippet of white card, trimmed to leave a decent border of pink spotty paper around the edge of the card

- die cut a pale blue snippet into a circle using a die from The Works 'Stitched Circles' die set and kept it to one side

- dug into my hoard of white snippets and stamped the little sloth (with Memento 'Tuxedo Black ink) and also a load of leaves using Lawn Fawn's 'Hang in there' adorable set of stamps and coloured them using Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils and Sansodor blending fluid

- then I used the matching die set to cut the sloth image but I did cheat a bit and just fussy cut the leaves even though the set of dies does come with dies for the leaves, as well as a party hat :)

- at that point I knew where I wanted to position the image and blue backing circle so I used the Misti to stamp the sentiment (Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink again)

- the stamp set comes with an exclamation mark as well as a bracket, but I was finding I was all fingers and thumbs so I just used a black fine line pen to add brackets

- then added the white panel to the pink 'spotty card front, with a layer of fun foam as backing to add dimension

- then just glued the blue circle, cute little sloth hanging from his branch and a selection of leaves in place - using a Woodware Fine Tip glue bottle

- finally, added a little bit of 'Glossy Accents' to the 'little chap's' eyes

This is obviously a Get Well or similar card - but the sentiments do include a selection for a 'belated Birthday' card as well, such as 'Sorry I'm slow'.

And that leads nicely into our prize(s) this coming fortnight, which of course are are:

A set of stamps with matching dies by Lawn Fawn called 'Hang in there' - as well as a set of The Works 'Stitched Circles' dies -still amazes me that they give you eight dies in a set.

The Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 30th September. 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 a set of stamps with matching dies by Lawn Fawn called 'Hang in there' - as well as a set of The Works 'Stitched Circles' dies. I will split The Works 'Stitched Circle' dies from the matching Lawn Fawn ' Hang in there' stamps and dies (which do come as a pair), in which case I'd 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.

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 (two Darkroom Door stamps - 'Butterfly' and 'Stand Out' (very kindly donated by Megan), plus a set of Joanna Sheen stamps called 'Pressed Flower' from me), another Guest Designer and my picks from the past two weeks.

And, here's a sneak peek at Leeds Castle where we spent a few days last week. We were incredibly lucky with the weather, which is always a bonus of course:

Love from Parsnip and of course from me,


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Taking a little break for now.

Things have been busy here and will be so for a few more days. I'm about and watching - plus the Playground will still operate as usual, even if my commenting is perhaps a little bit later than I would like.

Normal service will resume ASAP :) Whatever 'normal' is of course! Parsnip is still on regular patrol and any misdemeanors are reported back to me 'toot sweet'....with huge relish! The little white fluffy 'snitch' :) x





Sunday, 10 September 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 295 and 296 - results

Oh what a fun time we had in Swindon last weekend! The 'Monkeys Convention' went down a storm and we spent most of the time laughing. I've added a few photos at the end of this post - but more can be seen over at Mrs. A's blog - HERE. And I also recommend that you hop over to Helen's blog - HERE to read how the whole weekend unfolded, written from a monkey's viewpoint of course :) Just make sure you aren't drinking a cup of coffee at the same time - cough, splurt!

Let's get straight on with our Guest Designer for this fortnight - it's Charlotte of 'Lady Joyful'! This is Charlotte's first time as a GD in the Playground and I'm delighted she offered to share this lovely snippets card with us:
What a brilliant way to use up snippets of vellum! I love the translucence where the balloons overlap one another - a great idea and one to keep for the future!

This is what Charlotte said about her card:
For this card I started by stamping some balloons over the background of the card. I then used two different sized circle dies to cut some snippets of vellum that I had covered with double sided sticky tape. I arranged the vellum circles on the card how I wanted them, adhered them down and trimmed off the overhang. I then used a few of the off cut snippets around the edge of the card to give the impression of even more balloons. The balloon stamp set has a stamp for the string, so I used that to stamp strings on all the balloons - both the stamped ones and the die cut ones. I stamped on a happy birthday sentiment, and ended up restamping "birthday" onto a snippet of grean pearlised card (because I'd stamped it wonkily on the card base!)

And a few words about Charlotte herself:
I'm Charlotte a.k.a Lady Joyful. I'm a Brit living in Finland with my husband and our three cats. During the day I work as a nanny for two little boys, and when I'm not working my time is filled with blogging, photography, and, of course, card making!  I started making cards at the beginning of last year and quickly became addicted. I still consider myself to be a newbie and feel that my style is still developing, but I lean towards CAS. As I'm quite frugal I do tend to horde all the bits and pieces of snippets from my cards, and I'm always looking for interesting ways to use them up.  I'm very excited to be guest designing for Pixie's Snippets Playground this week - thanks Di for having me along!

Huge thanks to Charlotte for being our GD this fortnight and for showing us such a neat trick with those balloons as well! And I did love her honesty about covering up a wonky 'birthday' stamping - I think it adds dimension in any case, so a fortunate 'accident' indeed.Do hop over and say 'Hello' to Charlotte!

Drum roll - it's time for the weekly picks!

One card totally blew my socks off last fortnight and is certainly very worthy of a Gold Star:
 
Jenny L made this utterly scrumptious Christmas card for her slot as a Rudolph Days Challenge designer and she also brought it into the Playground to share with us. It's absolutely gorgeous with so much detail - someone is going to be over the moon to receive this at Christmas! Do please take your Gold Star badge from the right-hand sidebar Jenny - and very well deserved is too!

Now for my other picks from this past fortnight - and I 'homed in' on 'scenes' this time. In fact I also picked scenes last time - but these ones don't necessarily include any up cycling and also it does seem to be quite a theme at the moment: 

I'd already picked this fabulous scenic card, made by Charlotte (aka Lady Joyful), regardless of the fact that she's also our GD this fortnight. I think this is fabulous! There's a whole load of inlaying of die cuts going on here - so clever.

Love this card, made by Carol L. Who doesn't like Penny Black stamps - and it really did make me smile! The sentiment sort of sums up last weekend's 'Monkey Convention' really!

And, how about this delightful shadow card, made by Fiki?! Do hop over to her blog, there's a step-by-step 'how to' and I'm sure you'll be very tempted to have a try!

53 of you played along last fortnight, with no new Playmates joining us. I bet loads of folk were running round getting ready for the little ones to return to school - it seems so quiet without Max and Charlie playing happily in the garden next door. Sigh.

Prize draw time now and our winner of the Memory Box 'Dragonfly stems - Left Corner' die and Clearly Besotted's 'Say What?' set of assorted sentiments is:
Well done Meena - I think this might be your first Playground win! Can you please drop me an email with your address - 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 girls, you still have a week left to play HERE remember! The prize is two Darkroom Door stamps - 'Butterfly' and 'Stand Out' (very kindly donated by Megan), plus a set of Joanna Sheen stamps called 'Pressed Flower' from me . I will split the prize if you only want to play for part of it.

And here are a few photos of our 'Monkeys Convention' in Swindon:
The formal giving out of our surprise gifts from Monkey, Darrell and Nigel - matching tee shirts! Yaaay! What a brilliant idea of theirs and we happily paraded all over the hotel with chests puffed out - well, the monkeys did at least!
All dressed alike and posing for the official photograph. Love how Marvin is perched so casually :) So, we have Marvin at the front left then (left to right) Monkey, Sammy, little Nigel and Darrell. And at the back, Hank and Norm.

Monkey, Darrell and Nigel all live with Helen. Norm and Sammy live with Mrs. A. Hank and Marvin live with me.
Things degenerated into a card school while we 'grown-ups' sat and talked for England!
And that night WHY did they decide to have a sleepover in MY bed? 
Time flew past and it didn't seem long before we sadly had to part company and go our separate ways. Little paws on top of one another to take the solemn vow to meet up again for another Convention, same time next year - if not sooner!

Love from the little white peril Parsnip, who stayed home with Len to keep him company - and of course from me too,