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Sunday, 26 November 2017

Winter Snippets

Well it is time to visit Pixie's Snippets Playground again - the weeks certainly seem to whizz by don't they?  It also happens to be time for Rudolph Days as well so my card covers two challenges this week - yay!!  Miss Di has made a super card this week using a really large word stamp with paper piecing and you need to read her post carefully for several really handy tips and tricks for this technique.  I have a similar stamp but with 'Birthday' on it and will certainly be following her ideas for that longer word when paper piecing - thanks Di.  I expect you can guess by now what the prize might be if you are lucky enough to be picked by Mr Random.

For my card I've gone with the Christmas theme and used the usual snippets of card, mainly white starting with a piece to fit the top half of my card blank and this I coloured using Sparkle pens with a watercolour technique, sprinkled with spots of water afterwards to give some detail in the 'sky'.  A snippet of pearl card was cut using a curved die for the snowy ground and on another scrap I stamped, coloured and die cut the gnome and the signpost.  The penguins and tree were left over from a printing session I'd had using some digital stamps so I was able to cut them out to add to this scene. Finally a snippet of red card was used to die cut the sentiment.


Gnome and Signpost - stamps and dies given free with magazine
Tree and penguins - digital stamps from Digistamp Boutique
Sentiment - die from Tonic
Snowy Hill - die from Lawn Fawn
Sparkle Pens - Crafter's Companion

Friday, 24 November 2017

Blue Flowers

I have parchment card to share today, this time using some blue parchment and a floral Groovi plate together with some corners which took my fancy.  The flowers have some white work on the petals and are coloured from behind using Pencils.  The layers are held together with some matching brads.


Sunday, 19 November 2017

Butterfly challenge #89

The butterfly challenge this time is all about chevrons and/or the colour purple and I started my card by making a background using Distress Oxide inks.  After the white card was sufficiently coloured I used a chevron mask to lift off some of the colour - this was done by spritzing the mask with water and pressing it onto the background.  Next I cut the square to fit a card blank, sponged the edges with purple and stamped some random text and chevrons.  The back layer of the butterfly was die cut from some of the leftover coloured card and the top layer from purple which was also used for the frame which has zig-zag stitch detail (more chevron effect).  The pearl card used for the white circle was embossed before sticking it all together and adding the butterfly.  A small sentiment was added to this centre panel because I really wanted the background to be an important feature.

There is inspiration for chevron/purple projects on the challenge blog - take a look and see if you can make something to be in with a chance of winning a butterfly themed prize.


Background - made using Distress Oxide inks, stamps and a chevron mask
Butterfly - dies from Sizzix
Circle - Dies by Sizzix
White Circle - Centura Pearl card embossed using a magazine freebie embossing folder
Sentiment - produced on the computer, punched using Stampin' Up small oval

Thursday, 16 November 2017

More Penguins

While I still had the jar stamp and die sets on my desk I printed off a few more penguin images from the download and coloured them with pencils.  The penguins were resized so that once coloured I could stamp the jar around them before die cutting the shape.  The sentiment was stamped onto white card and cut out with banner dies and some seasonal paper was used to make up the card.  A few silver snowflakes were punched and added for extra interest.


Papers - printed from Crafter's Companion CD
Penguins - download from Digistamp Boutique
Jar - Stamp and die set from Stampin' Up Jar of Love
Banners - Sue Wilson dies with SU sentiment from Comtempo Christmas
Snowflakes - X-cut punch

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Penguins in the Snow

The clever Jules regularly features in Quick Cards Made Easy magazine and this time around she has featured Christmas cards with some really cute penguin digital stamps.  I just couldn't resist CASEing one of her cards - not exactly the same as hers but fairly close.  If you visit her blog you will see that she also shows a card with foiling which was another article in the magazine.

I printed some snowy background paper and also resized some of the penguin images to fit with the size of the stamped jar - I'm not sure it would have occurred to me to use this set of stamps for Christmas but having seen the article there are lots of possibilities and I will probably try a few more while the stamps are on my desk.  The penguins were coloured with pencils and cut out with scissors as were the trees (also a digital stamp), the jar was die cut.  The snowy ground was a torn piece of card to which I've added some glitter.  A stamped banner sentiment and with some time spent assembling the components I have another card for the Christmas collection.  I'm actually fairly well stocked with seasonal cards for a change - usually they are a last minute job!!  Back to playing with the jar stamp set now and of course some more cute penguins.


Background - paper printed from Crafter's Companion CD
Penguins and Trees - digital stamps  downloaded from Digi Boutique
Mason Jar - from Jar of Love set with matching dies from Stampin' Up
Sentiment - from  Stampin' Up Contempto Christmas - Sue Wilson banner die

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Pixies Crafty Challenge 307 and 308

I can't believe it almost a week since I last posted on my blog - the weeks just seems to have flown by with not too much achieved on my part.  however I have come up with a card  for the Playground challenge using some snippets.  I recently saw some dies demonstrated on TV which were specially for DL size cards and was so nearly tempted, mainly because I have quite a lot of that size cards which need using up but common sense prevailed and I decided it would be a bit extravagant buying four sets of dies at some expense just for the sake of using up card stock (getting sensible in my old age!!).  I looked through my extensive range of dies and found some which could with a bit of imagination be used to fit nicely, then dug out some of my slightly larger snippets of brown and cream card and set to work.  This design required quite a bit of die cutting and layering but I was quite pleased with the result and of course I've managed to use up quite a few of my snippets in the making.  The main die and the backing layer were each cut three times and then a smaller die from the same set was added with a computer sentiment.  Some of the smaller snippets were used to cut a couple of flowers.

There is a lovely Christmas card on the Playground blog for inspiration and as usual the die and stamps used are being offered as a prize.  Di always gives us detailed descriptions of how she sets about making her cards along with useful tips and warnings if there are any pitfalls to be avoided.


Main Die - Sue Wilson Provence die set
Flowers - Dandelion clock die set Sue Wilson
Card - Brown card and cream Centura Pearl
Sentiment - Computer generated punched with Stampin' Up punches

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Buttermilk Butterfly

The challenge this time on the Butterfly Blog is Z for Zodiac and/or B for the colour buttermilk.  I'm afraid the Zodiac stumped me this time but I did colour a piece of card to a buttermilk colour using Pixie Powders.  I stamped a steampunk butterfly and embossed in gold and layered it onto some black.  Another piece of black card was embossed with an 'industrial' style folder and rubbed with gold to enhance the pattern.  Background was from a selection of kraft papers from Tim Holtz with some resist built in which was revealed when sponged with brown Distress ink.  Finally a sentiment was stamped onto a scrap of the buttermilk card and that's it really - my entry for the butterfly challenge this time.


Background - resist embossed kraft card from Tim Holtz
Butterfly stamp - from a steampunk set from Chocolate Baroque
Embossing folder - Sizzix Tim Holtz
Sentiment - Tim Holtz stamp set