Friday, 24 February 2017

New toys!

I finally got a set of Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers - yay!! There's a long way to go yet in terms of blending, getting used to lighter touches, using the right paper (thanks to me finding tips on Loll's blog it's Strathmore Mixed Media paper you should use) - and a whole raft of stuff. But, this is my very first play - put your sunshades on, it's BRIGHT!:
There were a few hiccups along the way, which I'll confess to as we go.

I used:

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

- piece of black card for the outer 'frame'

- piece of Tim Holtz 'Distress Watercolour' cardstock onto which I stamped an edging of flowers

- the flowers were stamped using a stamp from the Tim Holtz 'Flower Garden' set and Ranger Archival Black ink

- at this point I really wish I'd then embossed the outlines, although I did go to the trouble of making a mask of the flower (using a snippet of Woodware Mask-It sheet) and using that when stamping the flower outlines

- then I coloured in the flowers using Zig markers and a water brush. Walked away when I realised how bright and stark the flowers looked without any real shading - I now have the Strathmore Mixed Media paper which I hope will be better for blending

- on returning I then stamped the sentiment and botched it up - walked away again

- stamped the sentiment onto a piece of fresh card, several attempts. I now know that stamp is distorted right at one end and leaves a little smudge - a stamp now destined for the bin sadly (tee, hee - I popped my watermark over the smudge to hide it in the photo above!)

- trimmed the piece of white card with the best stamping of the sentiment I could manage

- fussy cut the flower border and glued it to the edge of the sentiment panel

- glued the whole image/sentiment panel to the black panel on the card front

- still didn't look right to me so I followed one of Loll's ideas and added white dots to the flowers, using a white pen

A long way to go - but it was great fun playing - despite battling a ripped nail which is all bound up making my right paw less dextrous than ever! Embossing the outlines is going to make life much easier and I hope the Strathmore Mixed Media paper which has a vellum surface will help too. It certainly feels lovely and smooth!

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - 'It's a Zoo out there'

We have a lovely theme for this fortnight's Cuttlebug Mania challenge, which starts today - 'It's a Zoo out there' and you can use any animal(s) on your entry.

Details of our sponsor/the prize to be won can be found over on the Cuttlebug Mania Challenge blog, but suffice it to say that Beccy's Place is involved - one of my favourite places to shop for digital images.

You do have to use a manual die cutting/embossing machine for Cuttlebug Mania entries (it doesn't need to be a Cuttlebug but it must be manual, not electronic). And, you can't mix the two, it must be all manual please. Then make your entry, link into the challenge, link to the challenge in your own blog post and and make sure that you also say what products you used for any die cutting/embossing.

This is my DT card:
I used:

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

- layer of white card, embossed using a Quickutz 'Flowers' embossing folder and glued to a frame of SU's 'Wild Wasabi' card stock before being glued to the card front

- the image is from the really adorable 'Ellie' set, over at Beccy's Place. Printed onto white card and then coloured using Faber Castell 'Polychromos' pencils - with a little bit of blending using Sansodor blending solution and paper stumps

- then I die cut the image panel using a Spellbinders 'Lattice Edge Rectangle' die and glued it onto the embossed panel

- next die cut the swirly leaves and tendrils from a snippet of SU's 'Wild Wasabi' using a Cheery Lynn Designs 'Fanciful Flourish' die and glued it to one corner of the image panel (thereby hiding a small tear in the edge of the border - ssshhh)

- die cut three daisies using my much loved Joy! daisy die set (6002/0024) and paper from the Wild Rose Studio 'Vintage Rose' paper pad and glued those in place

- topped the centre of each daisy with a white Josy Rose nail head - finished!

Oh boy, this really was a struggle to make in the middle of my loss of mojo the other week. Every single step was like wading through treacle!


Sunday, 19 February 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 269 and 270

And it's another fresh fortnight in the Snippets Playground! Thank you so much to everyone who came to play - loads of brilliant entries too!

This is my snippets card for the fortnight:
I used:

- 4" x 4" square white card blank

- snippet of white card, embossed using Darice's 'Picket Fence' embossing folder, then trimmed to slightly smaller than the card front

- next added the sentiment using Memento 'Gray Flannel' ink and a stamp from the Hero Arts 'Good Friends' set

- then die cut the flowers using Stick-It backed snippets of card and a Poppy Stamps 'Wildflower Patch' die. First of all I die cut the whole flowers from a green snippet, left the flowers in place in the die, carefully peeled the Stick-It backing away, popped the die on top of the embossed picket fence and then gently poked each flower straight onto the fence through the holes in the die - thus keeping them perfectly lined up

- next die cut the flowers again from snippets of Stick-It backed peach and mauve card, snipped off the flower heads and popped them alternately on top of the green complete flowers

- once that was done all that was left was to back the image panel with white fun foam and glue it onto the card front, using Collall all purpose glue 

And here's this coming fortnight's prize:
MFT 'Wildflowers' two- piece die set and a Darice 'Picket Fence' embossing folder. These were both kindly donated by the lovely Darnell - absolutely AGES ago! The die is similar to but not absolutely the same as the one I used today. It's lovely in that the flower heads die cut separately ready to just pop onto the complete flowers, and the embossing folder is the same of course. Plus, I've added a further Darice embossing folder to the bundle called 'Clouds' (you can see the design on the top right hand side of the packaging). I thought the clouds folder could be used as an alternative to the picket fence folder - or maybe in conjunction with it. I haven't worked out how the two folders could be combined - I'll leave it to the winner to have a play :) For that reason I don't want to split the prize up.

The Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks from now on and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 4th March. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

It's still 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 all three items as a single 'bundle' as I already said. Please also link back to the Playground in your blog post to be eligible for the draw.

Mr Linky is below - please let me know if you have any problems linking, it's easy for me to sort out so don't struggle on alone :)

Be sure to call back next week to see the winner of last fortnight's prize (the papers, flowers, bows, buttons and LOTV 'baby' stamp) and my picks from the past two weeks as well! And we also have another Guest Designer as well! The standard is so high I might have to do the final whittle down of my short list of picks by drawing straws - amazing stuff girls.

Look forward to seeing what you come up with this fortnight, I think this place is a real hotbed of crafting talent!

Psst, I made this card on Friday afternoon - I think my mojo put in another brief appearance, yay! 

Love from Parsnip and me,

Friday, 17 February 2017

Three Christmas cards - two whole days work!

I'm in serious trouble here, it took me two days (albeit not constant I admit - we do have to eat plus I broke out for a hair appointment and also did some housework plus a baking session) to make three identical Christmas cards. But, overall - the going is very slow and half hearted I fear. There was a lot of stamping and die cutting admittedly, but it's clear that am suffering from a real lack of enthusiasm. I still need to make my snippets card for Sunday in fact! Ooopsie!

Anyhow, less of the whining - this is what I made - one of the set of three identical ones:
I used:

- 5" x 5" square white card blank

- a frame made using gold ever so slightly sparkled card, SU's 'Real Red' card and a white panel on top

- the fabulous SU 'Wondrous Wreath' stamps set and matching dies. First I stamped the wreath using SU's 'Certainly Celery', 'Wild Wasabi' and 'Real Red' ink pads

- then die cut the wreath using matching dies - used my 'card template' method for perfect placement of the dies. I've described it loads of times but if you want a reminder then here's one link that will help

- stamped and die cut the red bow, same set of stamps and dies

- die cut the word 'Joy' from the same set of dies, using the gold card

- assembled the wreath, bow and word 'Joy' onto the card - using Collall Glue as always and a fine tipped applicator

And that's was it. The Misti was absolutely marvellous BTW, I'd have given up totally without it!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Skateboarding Ninja

One of our little neighbours is five years old later on  this week and Len came to the rescue again, when I was fretting over what on earth I should do for his card. He found a great little image on line (Luke is into his scooter, does try to skateboard and also likes Ninjas) - and this is what I made:
I used:

- 5" x 7" white card blank

- piece of red card stock from the snippets folder, with the top edge die cut using the super-useful Memory Box 'Grand Happy Birthday' die

- trimmed the red panel to size and glued it to the card front

- filled in the white parts of the sentiment by die cutting more letters with the Memory Box die plus white card backed with Stick-It then inlaying them, it just gives a slightly more professional look (IMHO)

- added the '5th' using a Memory Box 'Classic Numbers' die and Tattered Lace 'Alphabet' dies

- glued the image panel in place to suit the vertical space I had

- last touch was to add the name 'Luke', die cut using Tattered Lace 'Alphabet' dies

And that was it - done. Only took me about three hours, and I'm not kidding!

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 265 and 266 - results

Hello! It's halfway through the fortnightly challenge in the Snippets Playground so time for some 'picks' and the prize draw.

We also have a really cute Guest Designer snippets card this week, from the super-talented Jane Willis:
Such a fun card! Jane let me have the following details about how she made the card, but I do think it would be lovely if you could hop over to her blog and leave a comment there.

Jane said 'The dies I used are called Magnificent Christmas but I left out the Santa hats, by Yvonne Creations.  The owls and branches are cut from snippets, of course, and the border is a scrap left from a sheet of 12 x 12 that has made numerous cards. It had a scallop border all the way round, so I cut a strip with border and background from one side and then added a strip from another edge of the sheet. Instead of backing the owls in another colour or piecing in the breasts and beaks, I coloured them in with fine markers.'

And here's the lovely lady herself, I love this photo of Jane:
As most of you will know, Jane is a very prolific card maker, with a huge repertoire of techniques and styles to draw on, as well as a wicked sense of humour - which very often shows up on her cards :) She's been a loyal Playmate for ages and also was the very first person to put her hand up for a GD spot - so it was a natural choice. I wonder if you also know that Jane's a very good cook? She can whistle up some great dishes just from a quick rummage in the fridge and it's really worth checking her recipes out on her blog as well.

BTW, I have a list here of victims volunteers to be future Guest Designers and am happy to add your name if you haven't already stuck your hand in the air :)

So, let's move onto my picks from this past fortnight:

I chose this card, made by Alice, as it introduced me to a wonderful technique/art form known as 'Tangrams'. It's a great way to use up snippets and you can be very creative in the process as well - just Google 'Tangrams' to find out more. That's got you thinking I bet!

I love this 'New Home' card made by Helen. Plenty of snippets used and the single blue house packs such impact! A great idea, which I'll be pinching!

I think this card, made by Laurie, is a brilliant example of using up snippets really effectively. It has so much style and really stood out when I was looking for picks!

That's my three picks - as always a very hard choice, especially to keep down to just three. I focused very much on ingenious ways to use snippets which might inspire you - and could still have added loads more! We had 77 (whoop, whoop!!) Playmates joining in this past fortnight - with three new little friends joining us:
Sarah Mac
In the interests of speed you may have noticed that whereas I do adds a few words still about the fortnightly picks (mainly to say why I picked them) - I no longer add a few words underneath our 'new Playmate' entries, I hope you do go and say hello to them though!

And, I do so urge you to nip over and check out Sarah's account of making this sun catcher - some of you have already been and had a good giggle I see :) It will brighten your day I promise and perhaps we should appoint Sarah as our resident story teller/class comedienne!

Jeanne H

Welcome girls! Hope you came back and play with us again :)

Prize draw time now and our winner of the Sizzix 'Let's Travel' die set and the Avery Elle 'Handwritten Notes' sentiments stamp set is:
Well done Pen! Can you please drop me an email with your address in and I'll post your prize off as soon as possible! My email address is on the right hand side bar.

That was a really popular prize and, as so often happens, I just wish everyone could have been a winner - sigh.  

Keep those snippets entries coming, you still have a week left to play HERE remember!

Love from the little white peril and me

Friday, 10 February 2017


From my craft room window I can see some lovely clumps of snowdrops, and they (thankfully) prompted this card:
I used:

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

- snippet of white card stock onto which I stamped the Stamp-N-Stencil snowdrops, using Memento 'London Fog' ink

- coloured the image using Faber Castell 'Polychromos' pencils

- then used the stencil that came with the stamp set to add a tickle of clear Wink of Stella

- used a snippet of SU's 'Wild Wasabi' card stock, trimmed to slightly smaller than the card front and then die cut the aperture using a SB 'Labels Eight' die

- glued the image to the back of the frame

- added the image panel to the card front, with a piece of fun foam sandwiched between to just lift the front of the card

- the sentiment is from the Personal Impressions 'Everyday Words - Happy Birthday' set, again stamped onto a snippet of white card using Memento 'London Fog' ink

- punched the sentiment out using SU's 'Modern Label' punch and glued it onto the card front

- added a couple of matt green Josy Rose nail heads to the sentiment label

I bought the little snowdrop stamps and stencils set a while ago, whilst in Coventry with Mrs A. To be honest, once home, I wasn't sure I liked them. Mostly the fact you really should use coloured embossing pastes when stencilling put me off using them - but the tickles of clear Wink of Stella through the stencil really worked a treat!

I had such a struggle making this card yesterday. I have absolutely zero mojo at the moment and there's no sign of it returning. I've looked at all my favourite challenges to see if that will kick start things but right now, no luck! I feel OK in myself - just disinterested in card making and all things crafty. Maybe a bit of a clear up and sort out of my desk is called for to see if that helps. Perhaps I've literally 'worked myself into a tight corner' - snigger :)