Sunday, 27 November 2016

Snippets Baubles

Well that's another week gone whizzing by and it is time to visit the Playground again and as always there is a great card made by Di and as usual a prize on offer for one lucky person whose name gets pulled out of the hat.  Apart from the background paper, everything else on this card is cut from bits and pieces of kraft card and paper.  The baubles die only cuts the filigree layer but luckily I managed to find a circle die of just the right size amongst my 'collection' so that I could back them with some gold.  A gold pen was used to draw the 'strings' and a couple of stray red gems added to the bows.  After struggling with adding glue to this very fine bauble die cut I wish I'd remembered to add some 'Stick-It' to the back of the card before cutting them out.

Christmas Papers - from a pad which came free with a magazine
Baubles - dies by Marianne
Bows - cut using a punch from Stampin' Up
Layers - cut using Noble Pierced squares dies from Sue Wilson

Friday, 25 November 2016

Adding to the Pile

I'm still adding to my pile of Christmas cards and while going through some of my seasonal bits and pieces I came across this stamp which I won last year in one of the weekly draws at  I stamped onto a scrap of watercolour paper and then again onto red and green patterned paper so that I could cut out the holly and numbers to paper piece them.  A simple card but nice and flat for easy posting.

Stamp - Woodware
Background - various papers from my stash

Monday, 21 November 2016

Pixie Snippets Playground

This week I'm taking  quilling to the Pixie Snippets Playground with something I took along to make at my weekly craft group last week and managed to complete yesterday.  I saw an article on the Quilling Guild website which inspired to make this little tea light table decoration.  Now that battery operated tea lights are so readily available there are many items made from paper or card which can safely be used whereas with the candle type great care is needed to ensure that the flame doesn't cause a fire.  In my opinion it would be nice if the battery ones could be made to look more like the candle type rather than the glaring white plastic appearance but I suppose they would cost too much to manufacture and anyway in many instances they aren't actually seen if they are inside something and used to give a 'glow'.

As always there is a lovely card for inspiration and a prize for the lucky person whose name is picked in the draw - so why not have a go or just make something and play along for fun; just follow the link.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Christmas Quilling

I spent a very enjoyable afternoon yesterday at a Quilling Workshop with Jill of Jill's Quills.  As I'd attended some of her classes in the past I asked if I could possibly have a go at making a three dimensional Santa which I'd spotted on her blog.  If you follow the link you will see her version and I'm showing you what I managed to achieve which is far from perfect and I'm hoping to get a better photograph when the light improves (pretty dismal this morning).  I'm also planning on having another go at making him - practice makes perfect they say!!  The other people were making snowflakes to pop into clear baubles as well as a selection of robins, holly and the like.  As I said before a really enjoyable afternoon and as always we came away with lots of interesting ideas.

Edited - The light suddenly improved so I was able to take a better photograph, should have waited really rather than posting earlier!!

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Still Seasonal

I'm still going on with the Christmas cards while all the right bits and pieces are readily to hand and although these items are only used for a short time each year it is surprising just how much seasonal 'stuff' has accumulated over the years.  Each year I tell myself I don't need anything new but usually something or other takes my fancy and gets added to the pile.  The stamp used for the twig with berries is a new addition for this year with the poinsettia stamp and the backing papers were new before last Christmas.  The dies of course can be used any time of year although being cut out in red turns them into 'seasonal'.  Both sets of stamps are clear polymer which is handy because they all required double stamping - poinsettia was cut out with scissors.

Backing papers - Craftwork Cards pads from 2015, probably discontinued
Twig and Berries - Stamp from a recent magazine freebie set
Poinsettia - Stamp set from Stampin' Up 2015 Christmas catalogue
Banner - Stampin' Up die set
Circles - Tattered Lace dies

Monday, 14 November 2016

Seasonal Bear

Another Christmas card today using an image and some bits and pieces which were lying around on my desk.  The bear was triple stamped and the bow double stamped and punched out.  I then found some background paper and a sentiment border strip to make up the card, finally adding a couple of stray flowers and a swirl to match.  Purple seems an odd colour to use for Christmas cards but I seem to remember it was popular several years ago and I still have most of a paper pad  in those colours hanging around and it needs using.😍

Background - Papermania Christmas pad from a few years ago (Docrafts)
Bear - Stampin' Up polymer stamp set including the bow
Punch - Stampin' Up Holly punch
Flower and Swirl - from oddments on my desk

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Pixie Snippets Playground

I promised you a card with lots of snippets today and here it is ready for the Playground this week - do take a look HERE to see what Di has made for us and to see some of the lovely picks from last week's entries.  As you see this is another Christmas card and the actual tree is made by cutting a 'tree shaped' triangle from green card and then layering LOTS of little die cut fir tree sprigs over it.  I added a die cut flower pot and star and then would you believe I raided a little box of 'waste' bits of all shapes rescued from punching out fancy borders, die cutting and the like (I usually save any useful looking waste), sad I know but at least some of them have now been used!!  Luckily a good rummage revealed some tiny red flowers and a few matching small shapes so that I could decorate the tree which was then layered onto a white snippet circle which had been embossed before cutting off a small section.  Some more slightly larger snippets of seasonal paper and card for the background, a banner sentiment and that's another card for the Christmas box which is filling up nicely.

Background - paper from pad free with magazine
Flower Pot - Joanna Sheen die
Greenery - die cut from small snippets of various green card using a free die
Sentiment - Stamp from Stampin' Up on die cut banner (Sue Wilson die)
Embossing Folder - Stampin' Up