Wednesday, 7 March 2018

It's Been a While!

Yes it certainly has been a while since I actually made a card, mainly because my craft room isn't the warmest in the house and I've been doing things like stitching, crochet etc which can be done sitting near the fire.  I was asked for a baby card this morning which of course I didn't have so I set about making one but it took me ages longer than it should have - so out of practice!!  I used a three stage stamp for the bear and bow, making use of the Misti of course.  Once stamped this was cut out using a circle die and a frame was also made using the same die set.  Some suitable background paper came to light along with a computer sentiment which was punched out with a small oval punch and backed with a label punch using a snippet of pink card.  Another snippet of cream card was embossed and sponged with pink to add to the composition.  A pretty simple card really but hopefully it will fit the bill and of course because I used up more of my snippets I can take it along to the Playground for the current challenge which is #321.  There is a very tempting prize this time using stamps and a technique both of which are quite new to me - always something new coming along to tempt us to part with crafty money!!  Follow the link to see what Di has done and read her helpful and detailed description.

Stamps - Baby Bear three stage set from Stampin-Up
Circles - Stitched circles dies from Sizzix
Embossing - freebie folder from magazine
Sentiment - computer generated, punches from Stampin' Up

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Pixie's Crafty Challenge #320

I'm making a quick dash into the playground with a card using some snippets of patterned paper before I go and sit by the fire again.  It is a beautiful sunny morning but goodness me it has turned very chilly again in the last few days and we've even been threatened with snow.  I have quite a few stamps which are suitable for paper piecing techniques and what a great way of using up even the tiniest of scraps which we can't bear to throw away.  I started with a fairly large snippet of watercolour paper which had been coloured using Pixie Powders from which I die cut a square.  The flower stamp was first stamped onto this background and then again onto snippets of three different patterned paper scraps which were then carefully cut out using scissors before sticking them over the stamped image.  The sentiment was stamped onto the background using the Misti stamp platform - such a great invention these platforms!!

Stamp - from Woodware
Sentiment - stamp from my stash probably a freebie.

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