Sunday, 4 December 2016

Penguins in the Playground

I've brought three jolly penguins to the Playground this week - a fun Christmas card using up a few of my snippets with a stamp from another magazine freebie set.  The prize this week is a jolly useful gadget to help in removing all the tiny pieces from intricate die cuts.  I'm only playing for fun because I already have one of these and can vouch for the fact that it does work.  I stamped the penguins onto snippets of white card, coloured using alcohol pens and all the cutting out is done with scissors.  The snowy ground is a snippet left from a sheet of glitter card and the 'sign board' was one of a few left on a sheet of digital 'tickets' downloaded and printed a few years ago.  The trees were die cut and I managed to find a piece of suitable background paper lurking in the stash.

Penguins and accessories - stamp from a magazine freebie set
Background Paper - Docraft from some years ago
Trees - Crafter's Companion die
Sign - from digital ticket sheet - download from Cuddly Buddly (I think) some years ago

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Christmas Trees

I wouldn't say it is exactly warm today but certainly not as cold as it has been for most of this week - too cold for me to do much in the craft room at any rate.  However today I've had a little play (getting withdrawal symptoms) and made more cards to add to the Christmas box.  For this one I've used some stitched oval dies and stamped trees, lining them up onto a DL card - card shape I've not used for a while but as I have a good supply I might use some of them as a change from my more usual square format.  It is almost a week since I popped anything onto my blog but hopefully I will be back tomorrow with a Snippets offering.

Trees - Festival of Trees stamp set Stampin' Up (discontinued)
Sentiment and Snowflake - from free set of stamps (magazine)
Backing paper - free from magazine
Ovals - stitched shapes set from Stampin' Up (will be in their new catalogue I believe)

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