Sunday, 20 August 2017

Pixie Snippets Weeks 295 and 296

Despite Di's opening remarks on the Playground post this week she has made a beautiful card for us as inspiration to use up our own snippets and as always has given us details of how the result was achieved with hints and tips as well thrown in.  Just follow the link in my next paragraph to take a look and maybe use up some of your own snippets to enter for an opportunity to have your name put into the draw for the prize - of course you can just play along for fun if you already have these super items.

I decided to make another Christmas card for the Playground challenge this time around and actually dusted the cobwebs off my parchment tools to use up some vellum snippets.  I've made some poinsettias by die cutting them from the vellum and then embossing in the traditional way using ball tools which I quite enjoyed after a seriously long break of several years since I last did any of this type of thing.  This is such a relaxing activity and I'm really not sure why the tools have lain abandoned for such a length of time and you could be seeing more parchment work from me at some point.

A piece of background paper was printed and trimmed to fit the card; two circular frames were cut from snippets of red and gold card; a sentiment stamped onto another snippet and die cut into a banner; greenery die cut from even smaller snippets of card and then the card was assembled adding two layered poinsettias with some gold Stickles for centres.  Cutting the circular frames has of course left me with two smaller red and gold circles to use on another card or two.

Background - printed from Artylicious Seasons Greetings CD
Banner - Sue Wilson stitched banners die with stamp from Stampin' Up
Greenery - Tim Holtz Festive greenery die set
Poinsettias - Marianne dies from many years ago, not sure if they are still available
Frames - circle dies from Spellbinders

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Colour on Black

While I was playing around with black card and coloured pencils I made this card as well as the one I showed recently.  This time I used another stamp from way back which has always been a favourite but again not used for a while.  I used the same technique, stamping with Versamark and embossing with clear detail powder before colouring the image using coloured pencils.  The panel was cut to a narrow width with opposing corners rounded before adding another layer behind cut in the same way.  The sentiment was stamped directly onto the background paper - good old Misti aided the placement.  Finally I wrapped some twine around the panel and used some scraps of card to die cut a short border which was backed with an even smaller scrap of patterned paper.  The scrap was cut to width first using an edge die before cutting the trellis detail using a different die.

Stamp - Poppy seed heads from Chocolate Baroque
Paper - printed from Artylicious Essence of Nature CD
Sentiment - also from a Chocolate Baroque set of stamps
Border - Sue Wilson die for trellis and Stitched scallop edge die from Die-namics
Pencils - Polychromos

Tuesday, 15 August 2017


My pile of Christmas cards is growing and now includes this one made with an image from Lili of the Valley featuring this robin amongst the berried branches.  Colouring was done with pencils and the backing paper was from my stash.  A piece of pleated ribbon and printed sentiment were added and the snow on the branches was glittered although I'm not sure it shows here.

Image - from Lili of the Valley
Sentiment - free download from Netty's Cards
Pleated Ribbon - Stampin' Up from way back (no longer available)
Square Dies - Tonic scalloped square, Sue Wilson Noble Pierced square

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Frosty Trees

It does seem odd thinking about Christmas cards when the sun is shining from a clear blue sky but most of us seem to need quite a few and it wouldn't be the best of ideas to leave the making until December - I'd hate to be forced to go out and actually buy cards!!  I had a play with some of my favourite Pixie powder yesterday in just the one colour but once dry the particles separate out to show others.  Water colour paper was used and while it was all quite wet I sprinkled with sea salt flakes and left to dry thoroughly before brushing off the flakes.  A tree die was cut twice using pearl card and partially overlapped behind a stitched hillside strip.  All that was  necessary then was to pop this onto the 'sky', add a word and we have a relatively simple Christmas card.  The letters for the word were cut from a scrap of the 'Pixied' background.

Pixie Powder - midnight blue
Trees - evergreen trees die from Sheena Douglass
Snowscape - stitched hillside die from Lawn Fawn
Word - Brushed Alphabet dies from Sizzix
White Card - Centura Pearl from Crafter's Companion

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Butterfly Challenge #84

The theme for this butterfly challenge is 'Y for You Choose and/or Wedgewood Blue'.  I've chosen to use a stamp from way back and have coloured the butterfly in two shades of blue which are sort of the right colour.  After stamping I masked off the butterfly and one of the smaller flowers before applying two different yellow Distress inks to an acrylic block and spritzing with water and pressed it over the image.  I then removed the mask and coloured the butterfly with pencils.  Another image was stamped so that most of the flowers could be coloured (using Distress markers) and cut out carefully with scissors to pop on top of the image for a bit of dimension.  Gems were added to the butterfly body.  The image was die cut and layered onto a blue background; a yellow lacy border was die cut from a scrap of card and a computer sentiment punched out and popped onto a die cut oval.

There is plenty of time for you to enter this challenge because it is going for longer due to school holidays.

Stamp - Harlequin Butterflies by Chocolate Baroque
Lacy Border - die from The Works
Oval - Stitched shapes from Stampin' Up

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Black Poppies

They aren't in fact black poppies but they are stamped, embossed and coloured onto black card.  I stamped the image with Versamark and embossed with clear detail powder then coloured with pencils.  I quite enjoy a bit of quiet colouring and actually did a few while I was on a roll.  Background is paper printed from a CD and I just added a ribbon and simple banner sentiment. Any marks on the black area are down to the fact that my scanner glass needs cleaning - the card is pristine.

 It has been a reasonable day today although a bit dull but now it is looking as if we are in for yet another wet evening.

Image - stamp from Chocolate Baroque
Background - printed from Essence of Nature CD Artylicious
Banner - Stampin' Up stamp on Sue Wilson banner die cut
Pencils - Polychromos with just a touch of metallic pencil

Monday, 7 August 2017


I was contemplating getting my hands on a snowman die and thinking that really I ought to resist when into my head popped a memory that I actually had one somewhere, but where.  The die I'm talking about was a very early Spellbinders one (I'd say probably from more than 10-12 years ago) from when die cutting at home was in its infancy, as was card making if we think about it.  The die came in a CD case and was a square of metal with all the various parts for cutting just holes, with cutting edges obviously but this format does make it a bit more difficult to cut out pieces in different colours - so much easier when each shape  nowadays is usually a separate die, however small.  I knew this die wasn't amongst my current storage system but a search proved fruitful so there will be no need for me to spend out for a snowman.  This was a box I'd not looked in for absolutely ages and of course I rediscovered various other quite old dies, mostly of the thicker type with foam attached (not the really thick Sizzix Bigz ones - I know where they are and use them). In the main they were Cuttlebug ones and I'm not sure they even produce dies nowadays although of course they still sell their machines.

Anyway onto the card - I cut out and assembled the components for the snowman and also die cut some trees and a curved snowscape onto which I stamped the sentiment - aided by the Misti of course.  A piece of  snowflake paper left from a previous project and now I have another card for the Christmas collection this year.

Snowman - Spellbinders die from many years ago, no longer on the market I guess
Trees - Creative Expressions die
Snowscape - Lawn Fawn stitched hills
Sentiment - a Docrafts stamp, also from way back
Sky paper - printed from Artylicious Season's Greetings CD, again from way back

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Christmas Snippets

I've used one of my die cut Santas for a Snippets challenge card this week - quite a few snippets to make up the Santa and the curved strip across the card, the holly and of course the sentiment. However I'm still not even getting near to running out of small pieces of card which need using up - must try harder.

I found a piece of paper suitable as a background and the Santa was one left from when I cut and assembled several of them to use.  Some snippets of red and white card were used to make the curvy section and a snippet of red for the sentiment.  Finally I dug out some green snippets and cut three holly leaves and used tiny scraps of red for the berries.

As always there is a super card from Di this week, again with a detailed description of how it was made along with the usual helpful hint here and there.   If you take part in the challenge for an opportunity to go into the draw there is of course a terrific prize on offer - the dies and/or stamps used in her card although of course you can always play along just for fun if you don't NEED any new 'stuff'.

Santa - Tonic die
Curved Strip - Die-namics stitched scalloped edges dies
Sentiment - Tonic die
Holly - Joanna Sheen dies
Background - paper from Stampin' Up.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Embossing Folder Technique

I tried a letterpress technique using an embossing folder and distress Oxide Ink - the piece was not embossed.  I rubbed the ink pad directly and partially onto one side of the folder and spritzed with water before carefully pressing a piece of white card onto the inky surface.  While it was still wet I sprinkled with salt and left to dry which has left some interesting texture and also slightly changed the colour of the ink in places.  Not wishing to cover up too much of the resulting pattern I've cut a panel using edge dies, stamped a sentiment and then simply overlaid a die cut flower.

Background - paper from Artylicious which I seem to have had forever
Sentiment - from free set which came with a magazine
Flower - die from Tattered Lace
Edge dies - from Lawn Fawn (curve) and Die-namics(straight edge)

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Card for a Gent

I was awake at really silly o'clock today with no hope of dropping off again - trouble is that it feels like elevenses time already and makes for a long day.  I had an idea for this card while I was eating breakfast so my next move was into the craft room while it was still fresh in my head.  The background paper is from a pad which has been in my stash forever and the other elements are various die cuts and a bit of computer work for the 'birthday' word.  Once the pieces were cut it was just a case of assembling them into this 'card for a gent'.  Details of dies below as usual and now I think I'm off for my mid-morning coffee (early) and then maybe onto some boring domestic jobs.

Face - Looking Dapper dies from Sizzix onto Sizzix heart die shape
Splat - Splatter die from Sizzix
Happy Word - brush alphabet lower case dies from Sizzix
Birthday Word - produced on the computer and cut out with scissors
Banner - die from Stampin' Up embossed with Sizzix cogs die

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Christmas in August

I've used up some more of my smaller pieces of scrap card for die-cutting three Santas ready to be made into cards.  This of course entailed cutting in red, white and black as well as, in this case, a silver layer for the backing pieces - a quiet sit down was needed to pop all the little detail pieces back into the shapes to build them up.  I know this sort of job would really irritate some people but I actually find it quite therapeutic, as long as I'm careful not to lose any of the bits, which can happen.

Anyway for this simple card I've used a piece of white pearl card and embossed using 'that' popular embossing folder which now has some companions (which I don't have) and a die set so that the curved strip can be cut to overlay nicely onto the background.  There is also - of course - a set of sentiment stamps which fit the curve beautifully.  These marketing people know what they are about don't they!!!  A piece of green card slightly larger than the embossed piece was the bottom layer and the sentiment was stamped in red onto the curved strip, sponged lightly with matching green.  The smallest of the Santas was popped onto the bottom and that's it - a CAS Christmas card, albeit there is more than one layer.  I used plain white card for the curved strip because I've found that stamping doesn't work too well direct onto the pearl surface as it often stays wet for a long time and smudges.

Embossing - folder which came free with magazine now available to buy from Craft Stash
Die set (curve) - Banners and Blooms from Apple Blossom - Craft Stash
Sentiment - set of mixed Wavy Sentiments from Apple Blossom
Santa - Tonic die set

Monday, 31 July 2017

Another Acronym

Today's acronym is CAS which could actually stand for the same as yesterday's card but in fact this time it is 'clean and simple'.  Quite often a CAS card is only one layer but this isn't necessarily so, provided it has plenty of white space and isn't overly decorated.  Using a Misti or something similar certainly helps with this style of card, particularly when it comes to placing a sentiment direct onto the card - something I always used to avoid because I found when I was actually trying hard to get it right something invariably went wrong by way of a smudged or badly stamped image and the card ended in the bin.

For this card I used a paint sample card, easily picked up from the DIY stores and in a good range of colours.  A few 'splodges' were stamped onto the background before popping on the paint sample and a die cut wild flower.  Finally a sentiment was stamped - that's it a CAS card and with no smudged fingerprints!!  I could maybe get used to this style but I do like to work in whatever takes my fancy from time to time - variety is the spice of life.

Background Stamping - Splodges Stampin' Up French Foliage, texture from SU Birds and Blooms
Due Cut Flower - Tim Holtz wildflower dies
Sentiment - from a set of free sentiment stamps given with magazine

Sunday, 30 July 2017


Don't you just love (or hate) acronyms!!  I'm familiar with the concept of CASE and have often done it but didn't really know what the letters actually stood for and thought I'd find out.  Apparently it stands for 'copy and share (or steal) everything' - I prefer the word share I must say.

I spotted one such CASEd card on Loll's blog and although I don't have the same dies to use I've made a card very much along the same lines using up a scrap of DOX background left over from another project.  I stamped an image onto this piece and trimmed it to size before popping over the base card which had a couple of die cuts added behind the image, a stamped sentiment and finally a die cut treble clef.  This is far from my usual style of card, mainly because I have trouble keeping grubby fingermarks off all that white space - managed it this time though.

I was thinking because quite a few snippets have been used this card would be good for the Playground until I realised that this is the 'alternate' week where there is inspiration from a guest designer.  Silly me, but do hop over to see the pretty card and also of course the announcement regarding the lucky winner.


Stamp - from very old set by The Stamp Man - classical musical instruments
Treble Clef - Marianne die which I've had a very long time
Sentiment - from same stamp set as trombone
Background diecuts - Tattered Lace die

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Butterfly Challenge #83

You might need dark glasses to view this card made for the current Butterfly challenge where the theme is Jagged Edges and/or Kiwi Colour.  I think I've covered both options although the jagged edges (on the sentiment) are only small.  I started with a piece of card which had been treated to some Distress Oxide inks and on this I stamped an image using Archival ink, layering this piece onto black card.  The base layer is Centura Pearl card in 'kiwi' green and was embossed to give it some detail.  Finally a sentiment was stamped and layered onto a strip of black with both ends cut using an old pair of fancy scissors - remember those from way back???  Once the inky background was made this was a fairly quick card to put together but you have to admit it is a bit GREEN.  The butterfly stamp is one which I've had for several years and I'm pretty sure it may only have been stamped once before, if at all but it is the sort of image which seems to work well on these inked backgrounds.

Main Image - from Butterfly Beauties stamp set from The Stamp Man
Sentiment - Crafter's Companion
Embossing Folder - Sue Wilson A4 folder called Sea Grass or similar (no name on folder)

Friday, 28 July 2017

Gingerbread Family

Yesterday I die cut this little gingerbread family - cutting in kraft, blue and white before popping all the tiny details back into the kraft layer with the help of a 'sticky pick-up tool'.  This is a gadget for picking up small gems and the like and I'd completely forgotten about but it suddenly came into my mind that it could be handy for picking up really tiny die cut pieces and I was right YAY!!  Of course I didn't have such a tool but managed to source one on a favourite auction site and it arrived yesterday.

Once the family was ready I then had to decide how I was going to incorporate them into a card and here is what I've come up with.  Some printed background paper; a white border strip with stamped snowflakes; a die cut sentiment and a holographic snowflake which is actually silver but hasn't reproduced too well.  The sentiment was plain white card brushed with clear Wink of Stella which looks OK for real but again doesn't show up here.  As usual details of what I've used are below the picture.

I've just spotted a mention of the Rudolph Days challenge which is new to me but I think this card might fit the bill as apparently it is 'anything goes' as long as it's Christmas.

Background - from Artylicious Season's Greetings CD (probably no longer available)
White strip - edges cut with Die-namics stitched scallop edge
Snowflakes - stamps from a Phill Martin set in various sizes
Gingerbread People and Sentiment - Tonic dies
Large snowflake - Docrafts die

Thursday, 27 July 2017

So Many Techniques ...

There are so many ideas and techniques around that some inevitably get forgotten or at least make their way to the back of our minds.  I was reminded recently about stamping and white embossing onto kraft card, colouring images with pencils which is something I'd not done for a while.  I have two similar, but different, cards to share today using the same stamped image in two colourways and with a selection of paper and card from my stash.  I've not bought any design papers for simply ages but the 'mountain' doesn't seem to diminish much!!  Both cards feature dry embossing and/or die cutting as well as the stamped and coloured images.  The sentiments were freebies downloaded from the generous Annette HERE and I resized them using My Craft Studio to fit a punch size that I have - printing a page of them so they are handy to punch out as and when required

Flower Stamp - Crafter's Companion
Pencils - Polychromos which are good for colouring onto kraft
Sentiments - downloadable (see link above)
Oval and round dies - Spellbinders
Borders on Blue Card - Scribble swirls die set Stampin' Up

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

To Brighten a Rainy Day

The weather here was lovely yesterday with plenty of sunshine but this morning is grey and rainy so I'm sharing a second sunflower card to brighten things up.  I actually stamped and coloured two images the other day and decided to make two slightly different cards with them (rarely make the same design more than once).  You've already seen one of them; here is the second and this time I incorporated the flower pot and some smaller flowers from the same stamp set along with a spare fence, trellis, some grass and a couple of leaves from the die cut scraps 'pot'which sits on my desk.  Again the image was coloured with Inktense pencils and the background paper was another one from the free pack which came with the magazine.  Scissors were used to cut out the pot and tiny sunflowers which are 3D.

Flowers and Pot - free stamp set from magazine
Fence - cut using a free die from another set
Trellis - left over from another project, part of a Tonic die
Sentiment - from free stamp set and stamped onto Stampin' Up stitched shape.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Distress Oxide Ink

Inspired by the card posted yesterday by the lovely Di HERE and some useful information amongst the comments as to the best mat to use for various inky blending techniques - apparently NOT a glass mat which is what I've been using since I acquired mine!! I had a little play session with some DOX (technical term!!) yesterday and have now used one of the backgrounds for this card.  As well as the 'smoosh' technique I also did some double stencilling inspired by Karen D on her blog (scroll down to see some beautiful background ideas) - of course there are many others who do similar techniques and looking around blogland shows up a wealth of inspiration and ideas.

I cut a square of the DOX/stencilled background and then a frame of the same size, followed by stamping and colouring a die cut bird and adding a twiggy branch - only scraps of card used for these of course.  The faithful Misti came into play for stamping the two sentiments and was also handy for stamping on the bird as well. I wouldn't have attempted stamping direct onto the background without the stamp positioning gadget because it was so easy to get it wrong previously.  There are many such positioning tools around now and they are considerably cheaper nowadays but heigh ho, I'm happy with mine although had I not been impatient to try it I would have saved money!!

Frame - Sue Wilson Noble Pierced frames
Background - Distress Oxide inks
Two Stencils - honeycomb Tim Holtz, and trailing leaves Imagination Crafts
Bird - Birds and Blossom stamps and dies Stampin' Up
Branch - Sue Wilson die
Sentiments - from set of freebie stamps

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Snippets Old and New

My card for the Pixie Snippets challenge this week has used all snippets apart from the base card.  A fairly large snippet of cherry red card was lying around after I'd used that colour for some die cutting (Christmas cards); the two separate lacy border pieces were odd scraps of Centura Pearl card; the coloured strip across the centre was a bit left from a larger piece which had been coloured with Distress ink and stencilled with leaves - I stamped a sentiment along one side of this using the Misti which is great for positioning stamps; I have a pot on my desk with lots of really miscellaneous (some of which are quite old) die cut bits and pieces and from this I managed to rescue some bits for the flower and leaf; the pink layer is a precious snippet of a really old Tim Holtz vintage shabby paper - I will be so sad to get to the real end of this pad, not much left now but I have had it for several years so can't complain.

I'd certainly recommend a visit to the Playground to see a lovely tropical themed card made using the so popular Distress Oxide inks and a clever die which I've not seen before.  No awards for guessing what is on offer in the draw this time if you make something using up some of your snippets.

Lacy borders - Crafter's Companion Edgeables die
Flower - bits found in my oddments pot Heartfelt Creations I think from memory
Leaves - just part of a larger leaf diecut from the 'pot' Sue Wilson I think
Sentiment - free stamp

Saturday, 22 July 2017


The weather today is more of the 'stay indoors' type - not as bad as the wind and rain yesterday but still none to special.  I thought it was time I tried out a recent freebie stamp set and as it features sunflowers should remind us of real summer.  It is quite a simple card because the flower stamp is fairly large, not leaving much extra space to be filled on a card.  Image was coloured with Inktense pencils and I've used some of the free papers which came with the magazine, reasonable quality paper rather than some which I always think are too shiny and flimsy to use.  The word stamps were also part of the set and I did colour and cut out a flower pot but somehow it just didn't seem to fit onto the card anywhere so that will be saved for another occasion.

Stamps and papers - freebies from recent magazine
Labels die - Spellbinders
Banner die - Sue Wilson
Image colouring - Inktense pencils/water

Thursday, 20 July 2017


Unfortunately we all need sympathy cards from time to time so I made this one to pop into my card box in the hope that it isn't needed anytime soon.  It has been made with a mixture of stencilling and die cutting along with some pretty paper from my stash.  I used the waste from a previously die cut wild flower to use as a stencil onto a circle of card before popping this behind a circular frame using a die I've had forever but hasn't been used for such a long time.  That came about from having a sort out of dies etc reminding me of what I actually have!!  The square was waste from a frame cut for another project and I cut the other wild flower from a scrap of white, sponging with distress ink to colour.  The die cut sentiment matches the square and is popped onto a couple of banners cut from bits in the scrap box. Unfortunately I've not been feeling up to par for a few days, hence no post since last Thursday - sorry.  Hopefully I'll be back to normal (whatever that is) soon.

Circle die - Marianne dies
Background Paper - Stampin' Up
Wildflower - Tim Holtz dies
Sentiment - Crafter's Companion dies
Banners - Sue Wilson dies

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Butterfly challenge #82

This time the butterfly challenge has been mixed up a bit and they are asking for M is for Matching Pairs and/or the colour of orange peel.  I gave this some thought before deciding to go for a three panel card using die cuts and Pixie Powders.  I started with the powders and a little Brusho as well to make a background which has a shimmer which unfortunately doesn't show up well in the picture.  I die cut three panels and the top layer of two matching butterflies from this and then used some orange card to cut the decorative top layer of the panels with a scrap of green for the bottom layer of the butterflies.  A birthday greeting was added to the centre panel.  As always there is a draw for a butterfly related prize and some great inspiration to give you some ideas if you want to have a go at the challenge.

Panel Dies - Silhouette Scenes by Tonic
Butterflies - Detailed mini from Sizzix
Sentiment - die from Crafter's Companion
Pixie Powders and Brusho
Card Colour - Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Up (colour of orange peel)

Wednesday, 12 July 2017


This was one time when I wished I'd not bought a magazine with freebies (well almost anyway!!). When I came to use the stamps I discovered they were so firmly attached to their packaging that it was a really hard tussle to get them peeled off and unfortunately once that was achieved for the one I wanted to use I found it was very reluctant to adhere to my blocks satisfactorily, thus making them quite difficult to use.  I'm surprised they actually didn't tear or stretch when I was pulling them off.  However, that said I did eventually manage to get this card made so I will share it.There was a die set also to cut out the unicorn (or horse - the horn is separate) and I stamped the carousel onto a snippet of die cut patterned paper before popping the unicorn in place.  I had this matching piece of pink floral paper in my stash and the narrow border ribbon is the reverse of this paper.  Finally I cut a zig zag strip and some fancy corners from the same patterned card as the main image and added a simple sentiment.  Even if I don't manage to use the stamps at least I have the unicorn die which will be good for making 'small girl' cards.

Unicorn and Carousel - free dies and stamp set with magazine
Background paper - Stampin' Up
Patterned card for image and corners - from my bits boxes
Sentiment - computer generated on punched shapes from Stampin' Up
Main die - Spellbinders fancy labels

Monday, 10 July 2017

The Rest of the Batch

I did my bit of batch making and have made five more Christmas cards to go into a pack with the Santa I shared on Saturday.  The second Santa one is very similar to the first and I've also done two with gingerbread people and two with reindeer.  I did have to cut into some new sheets of card for the blue circles but apart from that all the other bits, apart from the card bases of course, came out of my bits boxes.  It is never ending though because now I have more blue scraps to save!!  The circular sentiments (Winter Wishes and Believe) were freebies generously offered by Annette HERE where there are plenty from which to choose whatever the occasion.  I saved the single images then took them into My Craft Studio to alter the size so that it fitted one of my punches before producing a whole sheet which I've printed off.

Sorry if they look a bit wonky, shifted a bit when I closed the scanner lid!

Reindeer and Gingerbread People - Tonic dies
Circles - Sizzix dies
Papers - Stampin' Up and one Docraft from years back
Snow - Lawn Fawn Hillside dies
Trees and houses - Crafter's  Companion dies
Sentiments - free from Annette - see link within the message

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Pixie Snippets challenge weeks 289/290

The lovely Di has done some clever re-assembly of die cut snippets to produce an elegant heart on her card this week and no prizes for guessing what the 'prize' could be if you enter the challenge and are lucky enough to be a winner in the draw.  My card for the Playground Challenge this time has been made using yet another of my collection of freebie dies and of course some of my snippet mountain.

While I was having a sort out recently I came across a fairly large snippet of white card which had been embossed with a script folder.  I got out my pot of pearlescent acrylic medium and a scrunch of cling film to dab randomly over the surface.  Once dry it was then sponged with two colours of Oxide ink - the pearl resisted the colour of course.  A square was cut from this piece and then I searched through my scraps to find small snippets to cut the main die (circle with leaves and flowers) and also some extra flowers and leaves which were all assembled onto a die cut circle, carefully saving the tiny flower centres from the die cuts to pop back into the flowers.  The 'happy' word was also part of the die set which included some small word stamps to complete various sentiments.  The Misti came in very handy for placing the 'birthday' word in just the right place.  Finally I punched a couple of tiny butterflies from scraps of the remaining background, leaving me with a small strip which I've used on another card so that's one less large snippet hanging around - still plenty of small ones though!

Circle - Sizzix circles dies with stitched detail
Central motif and Flowers - Free die/stamp set with Die Cutting Essentials magazine
Butterflies - punch from Stampin' Up

Saturday, 8 July 2017

First This Year!

First Christmas card this year! Despite my resolve to refrain from buying any Christmas related 'stuff' (in the craft line anyway) I felt I just had to have the Santa die used on this card.  It is handy in that it is a two die set which includes a shaped backing layer thus making it easier to do the required paper piecing and layering. It has turned out to be a bit more fiddly than I envisaged but guess it doesn't take any longer than carefully colouring a stamped image.  The Santa cuts out in one piece apart from the two belt pieces and buckle so I actually cut it three times (red, white and black) before doing a bit of scissor snipping to get the details cut out from the right colours.  I didn't think it was worth cutting a yellow layer just to get the tiny buckle so just popped a tiny scrap of yellow card behind the red layer.  Once I had all the 'bits' I glued the main red layer onto the white backing layer before adding the black and white details - the face is part of the beard area and was coloured with a flesh coloured pen.  There are actually three Santas of varying sizes in the set so six dies in all.  A square of backing paper from my stash, two die cut circles and a sentiment - the large circle was randomly stamped with snowflakes.

I'm not a great fan of batch making but I think I might make a small batch of similar cards to pop into a pack with some envelopes - possibly another suitable tombola prize?  I have plenty of bits and pieces of Christmas papers about so they will be 'the same but different' - varying colours of the backgrounds. Onward and upwards now to make the rest of the batch!

Santa Die - from Tonic - actually a trio of Santas in varying sizes
Background - paper from Stampin' Up (not this year's design)
Greeting - from file on computer, not sure of the source (had it ages)
Circles - Sizzix dies with stitched detail
Snowflake - very old wood mounted stamp with no name

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Queen Anne's Lace

I have a floral card to share today using a selection of die cuts and bits and pieces of card from my bits boxes.  Apart from a scrap of green for the stems and blue for the top layer of the vase I've managed to use up just a small part of my white card 'mountain'.  The background paper was from a pad which seems to have lost its cover; the flowers were cut once in green then again in white and the
white areas were snipped off, touched with glitter and then popped on top of the stems.  The vase is a two layer die.  An oval of white card was cut and embossed before dusting over with some green ink using a brush for a delicate effect.  A larger white oval and trellis border were added along with a simple greeting popped onto matching punched labels.

Background - paper from Docraft I think but unsure as I've had it a long time
Large oval - Sue Wilson die Austrian collection
Flowers - Sue Wilson Queen Anne's Lace dies
Vase - Joanna Sheen die
Trellis Border - Sue Wilson die
Greeting - from computer on Stampin' Up punched labels

Monday, 3 July 2017


I've been having a fairly serious tidy up and sort out of my craft room and shock, horror, have actually ditched a few things which I've not used in ages (it was hard though!!) AnywayI found a scrap of 'Pixied' watercolour paper just large enough to cut a butterfly so decided rather than throw it out I'd make another card for the Butterfly challenge where the theme is KEY and/or VERMILION.  This is where I have to confess that it was my intention to cut the plain red  for the top layer of the butterfly and the bottom layer would be the scrap of paper coloured with Pixie Powders.  In a moment of inattention I managed to cut them the opposite way round - nearly gave up the whole idea - but then I decided I quite liked it this way and added three red gems for the body.  The scrap of blue spotted paper was in one of my scrap boxes and luckily I found a larger piece with pretty well the same colours.  The sentiment was stamped onto a white square, layered with red and blue; finally three tiny banners were punched from the last of the red card to add a bit of interest to the layout.  The edges of the papers were sponged with red Distress ink.  I'm off next to see what other people have made of the key/vermilion idea - well worth a look now and again to catch up during the challenge.

Scalloped Squares - dies from The Works (good value)
Butterfly - Tim Holtz detailed butterfly dies
Tiny banners - punch from Stampin' Up.
Sentiment - stamped using freebie stamp.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Dapper Gent

I reckon one of the reasons some people have a problem with making cards for men is that there is such a lot of sport or drinking 'stuff' out there but not all gents are into sport or drinking.  I've made this fairly quick male card mostly using up small bits and pieces of paper and card and a die set. I used background paper from a script pad which I've had a while; a die cut kraft card circular frame; a scrap of fairly plain paper from the same pad which I over stamped with a dictionary stamp; another piece of the same paper was cut with a banner die for the die cut sentiment and finally some tiny scraps of card for the specs, tash and bow tie.

Summer seems to have returned but thankfully it isn't as hot as it was a little while ago.

Background - Prima script paper pad
Circular frame - Sizzix die with stitch detail
Dictionary Stamp - Stampin' Up
Banners - Sue Wilson dies
Sentiment - Crafter's Companion die
Specs etc - Sizzix Dapper Gent die set

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Butterfly Challenge

The challenge on the Butterfly blog this time is the word KEY and/or the colour VERMILION.  I'd been working on some background pieces using Distress Oxide inks and it so happens I'd been going for greens/blues so this time I've only managed to comply with the KEY part of the challenge.  The background was done with the Oxides before applying some normal Distress ink and a little white acrylic paint using stencils.  Some text was over-stamped in black onto the background as well as the sentiment; the two layer butterfly was die cut using a left over piece of the background card for the back layer and a key was die cut from black card.

Sentiment - stamp from a Chocolate Baroque set which may no longer be around
Butterfly - Tim Holtz Sizzix die detailed butterfly
Key - Couture Creations Die
Background - Distress Oxide inks, Distress ink and acrylic paint dabber in white

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Garden Scene

I'm sure most of you are aware of my addiction when it comes to magazine 'freebies' and I have to confess that sometimes it is a while before I get around to actually using them (if at all sometimes!!). However I've been using the ones which I picked up recently and here is another card which incorporates the free embossing folder, an image from the free papers supplied and various die cuts.  I've also used a couple of dies from my collection to add to the scene.

I started with a square of green card which was layered onto a square of one of the pretty papers in the set.  The archway was embossed onto some white card and sponged with matching green ink before cutting away the actual arch so that I could pop one of the free images behind.  The trellis was die cut along with a good selection of flowers, butterflies and leaves.  The grass along the bottom was cut with a die from my collection as was the large flower pot and a ladybird.  The trellis die wasn't really long enough for this card so it was cut twice and joined - hence the flower pot to hide the join - cunning or what?

Embossing Folder - free with Die Cutting Essentials
Trellis, flowers, leaves, butterflies - free with same magazine (also free papers and images)
Flower pot - die from Joanna Sheen
Ladybird - die from my collection, not sure of source but I've had it a long time
Grass - die from Dienamics, My Favourite Things
Sentiment - from computer popped onto stitched circle Stampin' Up

Monday, 26 June 2017

More Home Decor

I was given two small box frames to decorate and it occurred to me they would probably be acceptable as Tombola prizes so I had a bit of a play.  The first one is fairly simple with three stamped and die cut feathers on a border strip backed with an embossed piece of card.

The second one is more pictorial using some free dies (yes another of my magazine purchases although I came back from shopping today without a magazine!! I used a piece of sky/cloud paper as a background, stamped with the words.  A scrap of card was stamped with a woodgrain effect before popping on the trellis die and adding leaves, flowers and butterflies.  Some die cut grass and a couple of stamped flowerpots (cut out with scissors)

Image size of both these frames is only 3" so quite small areas to decorate.

Feathers - stamps and matching dies by Stampin' Up
Embossing folder - Stampin' Up
Border strip - Tonic die
Flowers, Butterflies, Trellis and Flowers - free die set from magazine
Pots and words  - free stamps which came with the dies

Sunday, 25 June 2017

A Problem Solved

Well actually more than one problem - my regular readers will probably remember my story about the gift box and my mad behaviour measuring soap and other items in the supermarket - HERE.  A friend very kindly gave me some smaller tablets of soap which she hoped I could use and then yesterday I saw a taller version of the box while watching a Tonic programme on Hochanda.  Unfortunately there wasn't a demonstration or any information as to how this taller box was made and a quick search on the internet didn't come up with the answer either.  Not to be beaten I had a try with some odd pieces of card and managed to work out how to make the taller box so I then did a 'proper' version in some nicer card with toning colours for the decorative panels (needed twice as many of those).  I've now folded a nice facecloth into the bottom of the box and popped one of the soaps on top - hey presto another prize for the Tombola stall.  Having a taller box will have widened the choice of items to pop inside.

This Tombola will be at a quilt exhibition in September and the money raised will be going to our local Hospice. It was decided to move away from the Bag Tombola idea which we've done for a few years (members made a selection of bags as prizes) and try a general stall with a variety of more general prizes - I reckon we've probably flooded the market with bags!!

Die - Tonic Marquee box (made twice as tall)
Card - Stampin' Up Perfect Plum and Pale Plum

Pixie Snippets Playground Weeks 287/288

It is time again for the fortnightly challenge in the Playground where I imagine it has been very hot for most of the past week. I see it is a week since I last posted and  I'm sure I'm not the only person bemoaning the waste of crafting time because it has been too hot to do anything much apart from trying to cool down which was virtually impossible.  I've done a fair bit of reading and solved crosswords and Sudoku puzzles rather than being completely idle! Fortunately the temperatures have dropped a bit and I managed to make a card yesterday which, apart from the card blank and one base layer has been entirely made using snippets and left overs from other projects.

I started with a 7" white card blank, adding a die cut square which is slightly smaller.  I then set about scrabbling through my bits boxes to find snippets of card the same colour (Rich Razzleberry, a favourite of mine) and also some snippets of white Centura pearl card.   I had a pile of watercolour papers which had been coloured using Pixie Powders and also the last remaining die cut flowers left from a recent project. Four 'trellis' pieces were die cut along with four backing pieces from the same die set - yet another magazine freebie.  I pulled out a doily die which hasn't seen the light of day for a very long while, layering this onto a white scalloped circle with another smaller one on top for the die cut sentiment.  Going through some of my older dies I came across another neglected set which I've used to cut some leaves to back the flowers.  Would you believe I actually saved the waste shapes from the trellis die and you will spot three of them as flower centres - you don't have to be mad, but then maybe you do ... LOL.

As always it is well worth visiting the playground to see the pretty card made by Di and maybe you could use up some of your own snippets to make something - another opportunity to go into a draw for a crafty prize.

Trellis Dies - free with  Die-cutting Essentials magazine
Doily and Leaves - Marianne dies (different sets)
Scalloped Circles - Tattered Lace Dies
Sentiment - Crafter's Companion dies
Flowers - Stamps and dies by Sue Wilson Shaded Peony

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Guest Designer Spot

I was surprised and flattered at being asked to fill a Guest Designer spot in the Playground.  I do try to pop along there with a card for every fortnightly challenge and always enjoy seeing how others use up their snippets.  I've been making cards for quite a while and needless to say have accumulated a mountain of snippets of all colours and sizes - in particular I seem to have quite a lot of white pieces so in the main that is what I've used for this card.

I started with a fairly large square of Centura pearl card which was the 'waste' left from cutting a frame for a previous project and from this I cut out a scalloped window (incidentally leaving yet another 'waste' snippet for my collection).  A mauve piece of card was put onto a white  6" card blank as a base.  The coloured area seen through the window is a snippet of a larger piece resulting from  an experiment with a technique flagged up recently by Loll  HERE - an interesting way of using Distress Oxide inks.  This coloured piece was glued into place on the base layer before popping the white square on with foam pads to raise it slightly.  Four die cut corners were added using Centura pearl and the blossom added along with a tiny stamped and punched sentiment.

I don't think I'm ever going to get to the end of my snippets but it is great fun trying!  I recommend a regular visit to the playground to see lots of inspiration and for an opportunity to possibly win a lovely crafty prize.

Scalloped Circle - Tattered Lace die
Square - Sue Wilson Noble Pierced squares die
Corners - Marianne dies which I've had for many years
Blossom - Free die with recent Tattered lace magazine (couldn't resist)
Coloured panel - Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks and white acrylic paint

Friday, 16 June 2017


A quick post this morning before I go off to craft group - this is mostly made from scraps of card, apart from the base card and background paper .  The image was coloured using alcohol pens and die cut into an oval which fits the larger de-bossed oval.  The diagonal border and the little floral spray were cut from Centura pearl card and finally the sentiment was a printed one on punched shapes.

Image - Beautiful You Stampin' Up
Ovals - dies from Sue Wilson Austrian collection
Floral Spray - Sue Wilson die
Diagonal Border - also a Sue Wilson die set
Sentiment - computer printed, punches from Stampin' Up

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

3D Embossing

I love the 3D embossing folders and there are numerous ways to use them for different effects.  Today I've made a background by sprinkling Pixie Powders onto watercolour paper before embossing.  I'd made a piece large enough to stamp and die cut some flowers too and there is still a reasonably sized piece left for another project (and a few spare flowers).  The embossed panel was cut down to fit a square card and some frames were cut to fit using card the same colour as the stamped detail on the flowers; I also used some pearly gilding polish to enhance the embossed design.  The sentiment has been popped onto a layered die cut and flowers and leaves added just in the corners because I really didn't want to cover up too much of the beautiful embossing.  One of the advantages, or drawbacks depending how you look at it, is that when cutting frames you are left with lots of 'waste' from the centres so I think I must apply my mind to deciding what I can do with a pile of miscellaneous squares.

Frame and flower detail - rich razzleberry card and ink from Stampin' Up.
Frame - Sue Wilson Noble Pierced squares dies
Embossing Folder - English Rose 3D by Crafter's Companion
Sentiment - computer generated and punched oval Stampin' Up
Sentiment Plaque - dies from Sue Wilson Greek Islands collection
Flowers - Shaded Peony stamps and matching dies, Sue Wilson
Pixie Powders and Gilding Polish - Cosmic Shimmer

Monday, 12 June 2017

Racing By...

Well I'm afraid my resolution to stay away from the newsagent shelves has wavered somewhat when I spotted this set of dies and stamps which I just couldn't resist.  Originally I'd thought that maybe these 'freebies' would be of lesser quality than dies you could buy but this isn't the case because they always seem to cut really well - this set is no exception and I can see there will be lots of ways to use them.  I've incorporated a die which I already had to cut the hill and houses, the 'grass' layer was a piece of waste from cutting a border for another project and the main part of the scene has used just some of the dies and stamps in this current free set.  Oh, and the picket fence was another free die from a previous magazine give away.  I had fun cutting out all the pieces and assembling them into a cheery scene and of course all of the pieces apart from the base card are from my bits boxes.

Houses on Hill - from Christmas die set by Crafter's Companion
Picket Fence - free die from recent magazine
Car, Trees etc - all using dies from Enjoy the Journey set free with Die-cutting Essentials
Stamps - detail on tree and sentiment etc - from same set of dies/stamps

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Home Decor for the Playground

It's time for the fortnightly challenge in the Playground and I thoroughly recommend a visit to see the great card made by Di with some oh so cute little elephants. This time I've made a home decor project using some of  my snippets - mostly tiny ones though so I still have loads left!!  This is a deep box frame with a 6" aperture and the two large squares are 'waste' from previously cut square pierced frames.  Two narrow strip snippets were used as a 'perch' on which the peacock sits but it is the bird himself which has the large number of tiny snippets used for the tail feathers and wings - even the body was cut from a larger piece in the blue snippets box - and yes I do have them colour-coded!! I was so pleased that I have a small die cutting machine because it would have seemed a bit silly cutting those tiny tail feathers on an A4 model!! I added a simple quote - more snippets of white and blue card and there it is - a piece of home decor for a change. I dithered about painting the frame but decided in the end to leave it 'as is', at least for the time being.  Apologies for the quality of the photo but the light wasn't too good yesterday afternoon.

Peacock die - Sizzix designed by Pete Hughes
Perch - embossed with a decorative strip die by Tonic
Words - from a Sheena Douglass stamp set (Indian tiger etc)
Plaque - Sue Wilson dies from Caribbean series
Squares - Sue Wilson Noble Pierced squares dies

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Use at Least Two Dies

This is the challenge offered to us on the Allsorts Challenge blog where there are some great inspiration ideas from the Design Team.  I do love die cutting and most of my cards feature the technique one way and another - there were twelve different used dies on this one which I can show now as my friend will have seen her card by now.  I cut the apricot layer (1 die); outer pierced frame (2); the plaque for the greeting (3); the leafy spray (1); the flowers (3) and the numbers (2).  The area behind the frame was a piece of card coloured using Pixie Powders and then put through an embossing folder. The flowers were stamped onto some of the Pixie Powder card before being die cut.

 The sentiment and the apricot flowers were actually punched so they don't count!  Details are given below of the items used

Oops!! senior moment - just realised the picture was taken before I added the age numbers in bottom RH corner within the frame.

Frame - Noble Pierced squares dies Sue Wilson
Plaque - Sue Wilson Caribbean series dies
Leafy Spray - Sue Wilson Daisy corner die
Flowers - free stamp and die set given with magazine
Numbers - Crafter's Companion dies

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Vintage Locomotive

For this card I've used another of my 'transformed' background papers - garish colours painted with a thin coat of gesso to tone them down and over stamped with various textures.  looking through my stamp collection I came across this image and as it reminded me of a blueprint drawing I stamped  with blue ink and clear embossed.  Two more stamps from the set were used in the same way before cutting out with scissors to add to the layout along with a label birthday greeting.

Stamps - from vintage sets by Creative Expressions
Sentiment - Tim Holtz stamps
Stamps used on  background - also from Creative Expressions

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Partial Die Cutting

In the current issue of Quick Cards Made Easy there is an article on double partial die cutting by Jules of Always With a Heart.  I've seen partial die cutting but the double bit seems to be a step up from what we are used to and the article gives very clear instructions, well illustrated with examples.  I thought I'd like to try this and have been thinking over what dies I have which might work and I've come up with something and I will attempt to describe the steps which I must say took quite a bit of thought to get it all to 'happen' in the right order. WARNING - this is turning into a long post!!

Started with a piece of cream card 5 1/2" square and drew a light pencil line where I wanted the picket fence to be, ran it through the die cutting machine with the part I didn't want to cut 'hanging over the edge of the cutting plates (Jules describes this so well in her tutorial).

The next stage was to do the same thing with a circle die to make a frame around the fence, cutting carefully along the pencil line between the edges of the circle and the bottom of the fence.  So far so good but I'd not really decided what was coming next except that I thought a 'scene' behind the aperture would be good so I brushed some blue and green ink for sky and ground, then stamped some grass onto a piece of white card.

This all looked a bit bare so a tree and foliage were stamped onto the background and a line of stamped flowers which actually don't show much now the card is complete - heigh ho!!

Having popped the scene behind the window I set about making a bit of foreground by partial die cutting a smaller picket fence on the top of a strip of kraft card; also die cut a strip of foliage with flowers and a tree which I've turned into a shrub.  Two die cut black cats more or less dealt with the scene and foreground.  I then cut a fancy border in cream card, adding a printed sentiment. Some tiny pink flowers were added - these are the 'waste' from a border punch (always have to save these so it is good to use a few).

I hope you are still with me - details of items used are at the bottom

Circle Die - Spellbinders
Cream picket Fence - freebie die given away with recent magazine
Tree and Foliage in background - Sheltering Tree stamps from Stampin' Up
Row of Die Cut Flowers - die from Sizzix
'Shrub' - Tree die from Sizzix
Kraft picket Fence - die from Sizzix
Cats - Impression Obsession dies
Lacy Border - die from a set bought in The Works (they have an interesting range at good prices)
Sentiment - computer generated on Stampin' Up punched shapes
Tiny Pink Flowers - waste from a border punch

Gift Box

I'm not at all sure when this post will actually appear although I have scheduled it for a specific time just to see if this function is working properly after recently having to replace the battery in my 'tower'.  It never seemed to work previously which is why I rarely do it.

I promised a friend that I would take a photo of a little gift box made using a Tonic die which I've had a while and it has been waiting patiently to be used.  I got the impression when I saw the die used on TV that it would make a larger box than it does in reality and I've had a little 'glitch' in trying to find suitable small items to pop in as a gift.  In fact I was going around the supermarket and Boots the Chemist this week with a 6" ruler measuring things like tablets of toilet soap (too large)
and I guess next week I might be measuring up confectionery to see if anything will fit nicely.  I finished up by folding some socks up quite tightly to fit inside this one!

The die cuts the basic box and also has decorative panels to cut in two different designs

EDIT - I see the schedule worked which is great news.  Also forgot to say the box measures 3" x 2" so quite small really in terms of finding suitable contents

Tonic Graceful Marquee gift box die

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Hey, Chick

I'm sure 'free' must be a favourite price with most people and that includes me.  This is how I came to have this chicken stamp as part of a set on offer from Stampin' Up - I thought it deserved an inking so here is the card I've made with just one of the chicks.  There are others in the set too and I've seen some quirky ideas for using them when I get around to it.  The chick was stamped, coloured brightly using alcohol pens and then cut out carefully with scissors.  I took a snippet of white card, lightly stamped some grasses and then die cut a scalloped circle and glued the chick into place.  More snippets were used to cut another circle and a strip in orange; a wire netting stamp was used to stamp onto a strip of white; turquoise card was used to cut a banner; sentiment stamped and cut out with another small banner die.  All the layered pieces were chosen from my scraps box to match up with the bright colours in the background paper which was from my stash.  A random frame was drawn around the edge using a fine liner pen.

Main image - from Hey, chick stamp set by Stampin' Up
Background grasses - from Wetlands stamp set by Stampin' Up
Netting Stamp - clear stamp from unknown source which I've had forever
Sentiment - Bitty Banners stamps and dies set by Stampin' Up
Turquoise Banner - Sue Wilson die
Scalloped Circles - Tattered Lace dies

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - Frame It

The challenge on the Cuttlebug Mania blog this time is to incorporate a frame or frames into a design, obviously using a die cutting machine and die/s.  For my background I've used Pixie Powders onto white card and run it through with a 3D embossing folder, following up with some copper gilding.  A small white frame was die cut with a matching backing of some of the coloured card with a simple sentiment and a few stamped and punched flowers and a leaf to use up the scraps.

Embossing Folder - Crafter's Companion
Leaf - from Botanical Blooms Stampin' Up
Flowers - Petite Petals also SU with matching punch
Copper Gilding Polish - Cosmic Shimmer
Frame - Sue Wilson Die with computer sentiment

Monday, 29 May 2017

Paper Transformed!

Each time I go through my designer paper pads looking for something suitable for a project I keep coming across some designs/colours I just don't seem to be able to use - either the colours or the designs (sometimes both) are too garish and 'in your face'.  Now the sensible amongst us would suggest either binning them or maybe taking to a charity shop in the hopes that someone else would love them.  Did I do that ...  NO!  I took a few of them out and gave them a thin coat of white gesso to take away the harshness of the colours and once dry I searched for a selection of texture stamps to overstamp and hopefully transform the papers into something usable.  You don't have to be mad but it helps!!  The original paper in this case was a bright pink, brown and garish green combination - ugh!!

Here is a card on which I've used one of these 'transformations'.  I stamped the quirky bird onto some kraft card and embossed with white detail powder; painted the image using Pixie Powders mixed with water; stamped the words onto cream card and cut them out into little strips; rooted out a set of ticket stamps with lots of options and made a little sentiment ticket - this is where the Misti has come in so handy - much more successful than early efforts with these stamps some years ago when it was very much hit or miss - lots of miss in my case even though they are clear stamps.  While I was tinkering around with gesso I transformed several pieces of designer paper so I'm sure you will see more cards in due course.

Stamp - from Steampunk Birds set Chocolate Baroque
Stamp Colouring - Pixie Powders mixed with a little water and painted
Small Words - from same set of stamps
Background Stamping - various texture stamps by Creative Expressions
Ticket - from Just the Ticket stamp set Imagination Crafts

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Pixie Snippets Weeks 283 and 284

As always Di has made us a super card as inspiration for using up snippets and has given us her usual detailed  and helpful description of how it was achieved.  You can see it and details of the great prize on offer if you go HERE.  For my card this week I've used up some narrow snippets of watercolour card which had been coloured using Pixie Powders - yes my current favourite thing!!  I also die cut some flowers from snippets of black but when doing this I was careful to place the dies so that the 'waste' piece of black could be used to make another card which I will post at some point soon.  I know we all hate to throw away bits and pieces of card and paper and with a little forward planning you can accumulate even more  useful 'snippets' - it gets to be a bit of an obsession I fear!!  More snippets were used to die cut the sentiment panel and the background was a larger snippet embossed and sponged with Distress ink.

Banners - strips of coloured watercolour paper with ends punched into a 'V' Stampin' Up punch
Flowers - Tim Holtz wild flower die set
Sentiment Panel - Sue Wilson Dies, free stamp from magazine set
Background - Pinpoint embossing folder Sue Wilson
Pixie Powders - Cosmic Shimmer