Monday, 5 February 2018

Playground Challenge #319

A friend and member of the patchwork group I attend showed me a bag pattern from a magazine and sought my opinion as to whether I thought it would make a good workshop project.  Having read through the details I felt that the best way would be to have a go at the bag myself to see how it panned out - it was marked with three symbols showing the degree of difficulty - one symbol being 'easy'. 

As the first thing I needed to do was search through my fabric scraps to find sufficient to cut out 64  squares of 2.5 inches I decided that this bag when completed could be taken along to Pixies Crafty Workshop for the Playground Challenge.  Every square is cut from a different fabric and ironed onto some Vilene and after a bit more cutting the two resulting multicoloured squares were overlaid with a lattice work of ribbon or in this case tape because I couldn't find suitable ribbon locally and although I have boxes full of ribbons of one sort or another I certainly couldn't lay my hands on 11 metres of the same colour.  The original bag was designed by Brenda Dean and appeared in a Patchwork 'bag special' magazine from 2010.  I've adapted the top and handle section of the bag, again because the original required more fabric than I actually had to cut this part in one piece so I 'did my own thing here'.  I enjoyed using up some of my fabric snippets for this colourful bag.

Do pop along to the playground to see the beautiful card made by Di this week and read what a labour of love it turned out to be inlaying all those small die cut letters - wonderful result though.

Bag Pattern from Popular Patchwork Handbag Special 2010 - Brenda Dean design

Sunday, 28 January 2018

I'm Still Here!

Just to let you know that I'm still around even though I've been missing from my blog - yet again!  I do however have a card for the Playground challenge.  There are lots of die cuts on this one all cut from various snippets of card left over from other projects - can't bear to throw out even the tiniest of pieces as you know. Even the embossed background was a larger snippet of pearl card and the same embossing folder was used for the smaller layer behind the sentiment and this was coloured with matching Glitter Kiss.  The embossing folder and all dies are from Sue Wilson, Creative Expressions.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Pixie Snippets Challenge 315 and 316

Well so much for trying to blog on a more regular basis - not managed to keep to it this week which seems to have disappeared more quickly than usual.  It will be good getting back to normal where each week starts with the correct day with no Bank Holidays to cause confusion.  I have however been pretty busy trying to catch with a long outstanding stitching project which I need to finish so I've not been wasting time.

It is time for the first Playground Challenge of the year and I've gone for a floral card which uses up some snippets of watercolour paper which was coloured using Pixie Powders.  A fairly large piece was embossed and then some Glitter Kiss was applied to give  it some sparkle and then I found a spare frame lying around which had been die cut from silver pearl card.  The remaining snippets of coloured and silver card were die cut into flowers and leaves to enhance the oval frame (also assembled using snippets).  Finally a sentiment was stamped onto yet another snippet of white card.  There is an interesting and apparently very useful item as a prize this week - take a look and maybe enter the challenge for an opportunity to go into the draw.

Embossing Folder - Creative Expressions
Frame - Sue Wilson Noble Squares pierced die
Ovals - Sue Wilson die
Flowers/Leaves - also Sue Wilson dies
Sentiment - Chocolate Baroque stamp.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

New Year

Another year is about to start and I'd like to wish everyone all the very best wishes for  Happy, Crafty and Healthy times in the coming twelve months.   We so often don't keep to any resolutions we make at this time of the year but I am going to try to keep more up to date with the blog and also make an effort to  use what I already have rather than buying too much crafty stash (hard one this) !!

I'm just sharing a clean and simple card today which needs little explanation as to how it was achieved.  Simply a die cut feather using up some snippets of card combined with a few inky splodges and a sentiment stamped onto the background.

Feather - die from Sizzix
Splodges - stamp from a Stampin' Up set
Sentiment - one of a set of stamps given free with a magazine

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Christmas Wishes and a Visit to the Playground

I'm dropping into the Snippets Playground with this seasonal card and it is also here to wish a Merry Christmas to all my lovely blogging friends and followers.  I have to admit that I've been a bit short on commenting just recently for various reasons but hopefully normal service will be resumed very soon.

If you visit the Playground you will see an interesting Z-fold card made by the lovely Di, using a super stamp which is of course the prize for a lucky person this time around.  There are also going to be other opportunities for goodies throughout the holiday time so do keep an eye out for future posts and follow Di's detailed instructions to be in with a chance.

For this card I've used up some more of my snippets starting with a square of red card which has had the centre taken out for another project (called 'gutting' I believe) although I'm sure there could be a nicer description of the technique!!  Next I found a snippet of blue printed paper, also a left over; some pieces of white pearl card were cut using a stitched hills die set and also for the label and frame.  Finally I raided the red, white, black and green boxes for some smaller pieces to die cut and assemble the Santa, poinsettia, Christmas trees and the sentiment.  The holly on the sentiment frame are part of the cut and have been carefully coloured with a marker pen.

Hills - stitched hills die set Lawn Fawn
Santa and Sentiment - Tonic die sets
Poinsettia - Marianne die
Trees - die from Crafter's Companion

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Popping into the Playground

I normally make a card specifically for the Pixies Snippets challenge but this time I hope I will be forgiven for popping in Blue Peter style (here's one I made earlier)!!  Luckily many of my cards are made using plenty of snippets!  The reason I'm all behind at present is because since last weekend I've been very under the weather (no pun intended) due to a random person very generously giving me some of their germs resulting in lots of sneezing, nose running like a tap, nicely followed up with a cough - too much information I guess.  I ought not to complain because I know that I've certainly not had so much as a sniffle for at least ten years so maybe it was my turn but, given a choice, I would happily of passed on this 'donation' especially at this busy time of year.

Anyway on to the card which I made fairly recently and happens to be another Christmas one, this time using more freebie dies - the penguins and fish - along with stamps from my collection.  The top of the card was brushed with blue for the sky, trees stamped and glittered with a snippet of card cur with a curved stitch hills die for the foreground.  Penguins were die cut from scraps and a stamped greeting added.  I backed the penguin with a smaller scrap of card which of course doesn't show and  the snowflakes  were popped into the apertures after assembly.

Penguins - dies given free with magazine
Trees - Creative Expressions stamp, as is the greeting
Foreground - stitched hills die Lawn Fawn I think

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