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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Animal Theme

I've often seen mention of the Cuttlebug Mania challenge (using manual die cutting machine) on the lovely Di's blog (HERE) - as she is one of the design team but I've never made a card for them.  It so happens that this time they are asking for an animal to be included on the card and as luck would have it I'd added a 'stray' cat onto this card which I made yesterday.  I was trying to use up lots of scraps of card which were littering my desk by die cutting a selection of garden related items to make a card suitable to send to a keen gardener. It isn't exactly animal themed and it was sheer chance really that the cat was found amongst the bits and pieces as I was clearing myself a space! Rather than keep this card for the next Snippets challenge I thought I'd pop over to the Cuttlebug blog to post it.

Details of what I used are shown below


Background - printed in Craft Artist, over stamped with Eastern grasses (Chocolate Baroque)
Squares - Stitched shapes dies from Stampin' Up
Garden Items - set of dies from Robert Adams
Cat - a 'stray' from a die set by Impression Obsession
Picket Fence and Tree - Sizzix dies
Sentiment - stitched banner dies from Sue Wilson


Monday, 20 February 2017

Floral Snippets for weeks 269/270

I've been using up more of my snippets for the Playground Challenge which is now a fortnightly event with prizes as before and also opportunities for Gold Stars or to be a guest designer if you wish.  For my card this week I found a large snippet of paper for the background, a piece of Centura Pearl card for the die cut panel and some smaller snippets of white card onto which I've stamped a selection of flowers and leaves.  Finally a snippet of green was used to stamp a jar to hold the bouquet.  The flowers, leaves and jar were cut out with scissors after stamping (triple stamping in the case of flowers and leaves).


Background - paper from Prima
Die cut panel - Regency Swirls from Crafter's Companion
Jar - from Jar of Love stamp set Stampin' Up
Flowers and Leaves - from Penned and Painted stamp set Stampin' Up
Sentiment - tiny clear stamp of unknown origin

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Sometimes You Just Need an Umbrella

We've had a few 'umbrella days' recently although I think this lady would have needed more than a floaty dress to keep warm and dry with the windy conditions.  The image has  been paper pieced by stamping onto different coloured papers and cutting out the dress and umbrella with scissors before sticking them in place.  Skin detail was done using alcohol pens.  I used the same paper for the background as for the dress then simply added an embossed border and a greeting. While I had all the bits around I made a second card with dress and umbrella in opposite papers - I will probably post this another day.


Image - from Beautiful You set by Stampin' Up
Papers - free ones from a magazine
Border - Embossing folder from Crafter's Companion
Greeting - free stamp on stitched shape die cut from Stampin' Up
Rectangles - Spellbinders dies

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Pixie Snippets weeks 267 and 268

Here is my card for the fortnightly challenge in the Pixie Playground and I have to confess that despite trying to stay away from the newsagent's shelves I did succumb to picking up the magazine which was giving away a set of pretty stamps along with a nice teacup die.  I've used the die and a floral stamp from the set to make this card using up various snippets of paper and white card from my stash.  The background paper is from a pad which I must have had for many years and everything else was using up bits and pieces.  The flowers were stamped, coloured using alcohol pens with a touch of pencil and then fussy cut with scissors.  After die cutting the teacup I used a snippet of darker blue card to pop behind the detail areas.



Teacup die - free with magazine
Flower Cluster - stamp from teacup set free with magazine
Doily - Docraft die

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

More Stitched Shapes

I promised you another card using the stitched shapes and this time I used ovals stamped with the same flowers.  A diagonal border has been added along with a birthday greeting - not much more to say about this card really except that I've used the same colours because they were the bits and pieces of card still lying around on my desk.  It is a really miserable and wet day here today so I guess a bit of crafty therapy is called for.


Flowers - Flowering Fields from Stampin' Up
Ovals - Stitched Shapes die set also SU
Diagonal Border - Die set from Sue Wilson
Sentiment - stitched banners die also Sue Wilson

Monday, 30 January 2017

At Last!

I can hardly believe I've not posted on my blog since the beginning of the month and here we are almost at the end!  I've not exactly been idle and in fact have made some cards but as they were special ones I wasn't able to show them in case they were 'spotted'.  I've also been doing some sewing which is still ongoing but today I've actually managed to make a card using up some of my many snippets so that I can pay a fortnightly visit to the Playground HERE.  I stamped the flowers onto scraps of white card and cut them out with circular dies - also did some oval ones which should appear on another card in the near future..  They were coloured using alcohol pens.  I then sorted out some mauve. white and yellow snippets to die cut a fancy square and a double ended banner and embossed a leafy pattern onto the mauve layer.  For the moment I've decided against adding a sentiment to this card because sometimes people like a plain card so that they can write their own message inside or even use it as a pretty notelet to send.


Flowers - Flowering Fields stamp set from Stampin' Up
Circle - one of the dies from the stitched shapes nesting set also SU
Banner - Sue Wilson die
Embossing Folder - Sue Wilson
Yellow fancy square - Sue Wilson Australian collection Sydney die set

Sunday, 8 January 2017

New Home Card

I was lucky enough to win one of the prizes in the big celebration give away (five years of the challenge) in the Pixie Snippets playground.  The whole set is actually intended as a Christmas shadow box die set with lots of small seasonal bits and pieces but I've just used the basic framework to make a New Home Card.  Rather than use the cutting dies to make 'windows' in the background, I reversed the process and have cut them separately and layered them on top.  A lattice border was embossed onto kraft card to put across the lower part of the card. I've used lots of snippets of kraft and coloured card and die cut some houses, a fence and tree - the houses were cut in three colours and the tiny details popped into the kraft layer (fiddly but worth it I think).  The sentiment was stamped and I then added a die cut heart and some flowers to the other 'windows' layer.


Main die cuts - Sue Wilson Christmas shadow box die set
Houses and Tree - Sizzix thinlits dies (also picket fence)
Flowers - Stampin' Up Botanical Builder die set
Lattice Border - Crafter's Companion embossing folder