Sunday, 21 July 2019

Snippets Playground # 357

If you follow the lovely Di on her Snippets Playground Challenge you will have heard lovely stories about her adorable dog called Dudley and the super card she has made this time is made using the prize which one lucky winner will be able to own.  This set of stamps could have been made just for Dudley - Happy Birthday Dudley - he is a year old tomorrow.

I was going through some boxes of miscellaneous papers in an effort to prune them down somewhat because there are far more than I will ever use, all collected over the years.  I found lots of snippets in the boxes too - mostly part sheets of images which I'd printed from various CD's and part sheets of matching (sometimes) backing paper so I decided to use one such find for my Snippets card this time.  The image and background paper are from a Joanna Sheen CD which from memory has mainly silhouette images although I can't remember the title and it must be buried deep in a cupboard because I've not used it for years.  The paper was trimmed to fit a card blank and the image mounted onto a snippet of black card.  I then used the remaining scraps of the paper ( fairly heavy pearlised cream) to stamp some flowers on the reverse - these were then punched out.  The sentiment was printed onto a snippet of cream pearl card and cut out with a banner die and finally a couple of fern leaves die cut from a tiny scrap of black.

Image and Background - Joanna Sheen CD from way back
Sentiment - freebie sentiment set of stamps
Large Flower - Flower Shop stamp and punch from Stampin' Up
Small Flowers - Petite Petals stamp and punch from Stampin' Up
Banner and leaves -  dies from Sue Wilson

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Festive Things with Wings

Things with wings is the theme for this month on the Christmas Kickstart Challenge blog and this time I've used a seasonal CD to make my card.  I started by composing the picture within the software before separating all the elements onto an A4 sheet to print.  The background was trimmed to fit my card and all the other pieces were fussy cut with scissors before re-assembling the composition and sticking them into place.  I've not added a greeting because I felt it would detract from the scene and it is pretty obvious that this is another Christmas card to add to the pile.  There are some great ideas on their blog for inspiration so it is worth taking a look and maybe taking part.

Card composed using 'All Sewn Up for Christmas' CD from Dolly Dimples

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Baby Elephant

My friend Anne recently posted a baby card using a super giraffe die - not the same giraffe as I have but quite similar.  You can see it on her blog.  My die came with an elephant one as well and I've CASE'd her card to make one in a similar design using the elephant instead of a giraffe but I have used some die cut bunting which is what a liked about her card.  I found some pretty floral paper, die cut the ovals, the bunting and of course the elephant which was cut in two shades of pink so that I  could mix and match the tiny pieces.  I now have another one in the reverse colours to use on another card at some point.  The border was punched and the words stamped onto the bunting using a set of tiny alphabet stamps.  Two small flowers were punched from scraps of the pink card.

Scalloped oval die - Tonic
Decorative Oval - Spellbinders die
Elephant -  Sweet Dixie die
Bunting - unbranded die

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Another Male Card

Here is another of the male birthday cards which I need for this month - fairly quick and simple once I'd decided on an image to use.  Image was printed using Craft Artist, then die cut using an oval die with a larger oval layer behind.  I found some designer paper which picked out some of the colours within the picture and simply added a banner with a printed birthday message.

Image - Craft Artist Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
Ovals- Tonic dies
Banner - Creative Expressions die
Greeting - computer generated punched out using SU small oval

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Pixie Snippets Playground #356

I need three male birthday cards this month for various family members and I'm taking this one along to the Playground because except for the base card it is made using snippets.  I started with a fairly large snippet of 'wood' paper for the background and cut a circle from a smaller piece in a toning colour.  This circle was backed with a a slightly bigger kraft circle.  The penny farthing was die cut from a scrap of black and I'd found a piece of card which had been coloured with inks and embossed - this has been lying around for ages just waiting for the right card.  The words were popped onto a die cut label in matching kraft card and then I decided that in keeping with the male theme it might be a good idea to use a 6" kraft card for the base.  I'd like to have used up more of my smaller snippets but I'm still struggling with  blurred vision until such time as I can have my second cataract surgery but at least I have a date now even if it is some six weeks away; followed of course by the recovery time.  I must apologise for maybe not commenting on some of your blogs as frequently as I should although I do try to visit and at least look at the pictures - reading the text on screen is a bit of a challenge as are many of the crafty things I like to do.😩

Penny Farthing - Memory Box die
Circles - Sizzix stitched circles die set
Greeting Label 0 Tim Holtz die, Sizzix

Monday, 1 July 2019

Baby Boy

I met up with some friends recently for coffee and a crafty chat and was reminded of some dies which I bought a while ago - two together in a pack.  There was an elephant which I used at the time and also a giraffe which until now hasn't seen the light of day but now he appears on two cards.  I made two similar cards because the die was cut using two colours of card so that I could mix and match the pieces.  The giraffes were popped onto some die cut circles, set to one side so that I could trim the motif down to be placed along the edge of the card.  Both cards have borders added for interest and a circular sentiment.

Circles - dies from Tattered Lace
Sentiment - from Netty's Cards
Giraffe - Sweet Dixie Toy Giraffe and Elephant
Floral Border - EK Success punch
Ric-rac border - die from Crafter's Companion
Papers - from my stash

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Butterfly Challenge #124

  I spent lots of time yesterday searching for the 'HAPPY' die to use on the card for my great nephew but I was totally unable to find it so I had to change tack.  It is so annoying when that happens and not to be beaten I resumed the search this morning looking in various boxes where dies are stored.  I do have a small ice cream container in which I keep most of my word dies and this where I was sure I'd find the one I wanted.  Despite looking in there at least three times yesterday I didn't spot it.  Would you believe that as a last resort this morning I had yet another look and there it was - a smaller die than I'd remembered so I guess that's how I came to miss it.  Having at last located it I decided to make a card this morning using it.

The Butterfly Challenge is onto the letter 'H' with the usual colours/techniques to use in addition to a butterfly (or two).  Whilst having a bit of a tidy up after my search I came across this piece of background made a while ago and as it has a touch of green (Hunter's green) I've used it as the basis for my card.  The other colours asked for are hot pink and heliotrope (mauve/purple) and I've die cut some hexagons (another 'H' item and punched butterflies in the these colours.  The word die was used and a printed birthday word was added to complete the sentiment.  Tiny gems for the butterfly bodies and here we have my offering for the current Butterfly Challenge.

Background - Distress Oxide ink and Pixie powders
Hexagons - dies from Crafter's Companion Gemini
Large word - die given free with Crafter's Companion magazine a while back
Butterflies - punched with two sizes of punch from Stampin' Up

Saturday, 29 June 2019


One of my great nephews has a birthday next month and I remembered that this scooter die was given away with a magazine a little while ago.  There was also a set of stamps, one of which was of course for the scooter. The image was coloured using watercolour pens and then die cut.  My next move was to find some blue card and a piece of kraft card into which I cut a circular aperture.  A set of freebie stamps from an even older magazine was then brought into play to stamp a little scene.  Finally the greeting was stamped onto the top layer and the name  was die cut using separate letters from an alphabet set.  I don't think he is likely to see my blog so I thought it safe to share this today.

Scooter - stamped and die cut using freebie set given with magazine
Scene - stamped using another freebie set
Name - die cut using Sizzix alphabet sets (upper and lower case)

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Pixie's Crafty Workshop #355

There is a super card in The Playground this time around with three adorable little pigs so I really must enter the challenge this time to be in with a chance to be the lucky person drawn out of 'the hat'. There seem to be lots of 'paper-cut' style dies around nowadays and I've used one such die on my card for the challenge. The die was cut into a snippet of black card and I found another snippet to pop behind which had been coloured with distress inks and having cut it to size I enhanced the colours a bit by brushing over lightly with more blue and green.  This little scene was then backed with a snippet of white before mounting it onto a larger design paper snippet and a larger snippet of black slightly smaller than the card blank.  Finally the words were stamped onto a tiny scrap of white.

Landscape - Paper Cut style die unbranded
Background Paper - printed from Artylicious Essence of Nature
Sentiment - from a Stampin' Up stamp set

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Butterfly Challenge #123

As mentioned in my previous post I've used the second of my freebie dies to make a card for the latest Butterfly Challenge.  The letter on the wheel this time is G with a choice of three colours and three themes with the added choice of making a gatefold card.  I've chosen to go with Granny Smith and Gold for the colours and gems for one of the themes also the butterfly of course.  I chose some green pearl card which in reality looks very much like granny smith colour although it appears more turquoise here (sigh)!  The floral corner die was used to cut into one of the corners and then I backed it with some darker designer paper.  The oval decorative tag was cut from some gold card and backed with more of the green before cutting an oval to stamp the wording.  I originally decided to pop two butterflies onto yesterday's card but in the end settled for one so the 'spare'  has been added here along with a gem.

Corner Die - freebie corner from Diecutting magazine current issue
Oval - Sue Wilson fancy tag Zoe
Butterfly - Sizzix die
Sentiment - free stamp given with a magazine set

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Butterfly Birthday

It is quite a while since I was tempted to buy a crafty magazine but I risked a quick look while I was shopping yesterday and just had to pick up the latest issue of Diecutting which had two very nice corner dies as a freebie, both of which will cut into the card and also have separate matching outline dies as well.  There is a pretty floral one in addition to the lattice one which I've used here by cutting it twice into opposite corners of a square of cream pearl card before backing it with some golden yellow designer paper.  I added a banner across the centre on which I've stamped the greeting, finally adding a butterfly and some gems. After this was made I remembered Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge but sadly my colours aren't right for this month's 'wheel' but as there is still time to enter I might make something for that before I tidy away the butterfly dies. It is pretty wet and windy here today and also chilly so I'm staying in the warmth of the craft room to play and take my mind off the weather.

Lattice Die - freebie given with current Diecutting magazine
Banner - Sue Wilson die
Butterfly - Tim Holtz Sizzix dies
Greeting - from a set of free sentiment stamps I've had for a while

Sunday, 9 June 2019


I'd spotted a Christmas Card challenge earlier and as I had a die I wanted to try out, decided to make a card.  This  challenge was mentioned by two of my blog friends Rita and Valery but now the card is made I can't find a link to the challenge but I'm popping it on here anyway.  In hindsight and now I see the card on the screen I'm not too sure these creatures actually qualify as reindeer but high-ho at least I've made another Christmas card ready for later this year so nothing lost!!   At least is a change from my recent run of wedding themed cards.

I cut the die out using black card which was the right size for the card and backed it with a slightly lighter piece of snowflake print paper (left over from last year).  The snowflakes and greeting were die cut from pearl card and that's it - a fairly quick and simple card.

Main die - unbranded
Snowflakes - freebie die from magazine last year
Greeting - Tonic die
Background Paper - printed from Artylicious Seasons Greetings CD

Pixie Snippets challenge #354

I still had some snippets of cream and a slightly darker shade (sort of mushroom colour)of pearl card lying around on my desk as well as some of the dies I'd been using so at risk of boring you all I've used up pretty all the remnants and made another card quite similar to the one I took to the Playground for the previous challenge.  This is for an Anniversary and will go into my box of cards where I try to keep some for different occasions.  The cream card came in A3 size so there was a large enough piece to cut a square slightly smaller than the card blank and this was then embossed to give it some detail.  The panel and the hearts were all die cut using a mixture of the cream and darker shade of snippets with an oval die used onto which I stamped the sentiment in sepia.  I'm still living in a pretty blurred world so lining up the dies to cut out the intricate pieces has been a bit of a challenge but I got there in the end.  I've had my check up and all was fine so the wheels are in motion for the second eye to be dealt with - just a case of waiting patiently for the appointment to come through.

If you visit the playground you will see a lovely floral card with the usual excellent details of how Di made it - so helpful - and of course you will be able to guess what the prize is for one lucky entrant when the draw takes place.

Heart Dies - from Tonic
Panel - also Tonic dies
Oval - Creative Expressions die Austrian collection
Embossing - pin point A4 folder by Sue Wilson Creative Expressions

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Wedding Card

I've made another simple wedding card today or of course it could be for an anniversary.  Thank goodness die cutting is popular and of course I do have 'few' dies!!  because at the moment I'd struggle with colouring an image or doing any parchment work.   I've die cut some hearts in two colours of pearl card then layered them and simply added to a background with a strip of die cut lace and a couple of fancy corners.  The summer seems to have gone walkabout today as I'm actually feeling quite chilly and trying to resist putting on some heating.

Background - Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby designer paper
Hearts - Tonic dies
Lace - crochet lace dies by Sizzix
Corners - dies I've had for ages but can't remember the source

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Visiting the Playground

I'm afraid I've been unable to do much blog visiting recently due to the fact that since having had cataract surgery a couple of weeks ago I'm having some 'issues' one of which is difficulty seeing the computer screen.  The upside of having the procedure means that I can now read without wearing glasses - something I've not been able to do for many years.  Unfortunately the downside is that anything further away than I would hold a book is pretty blurred which is all a bit trying to say the least.  I guess that this is something I will have to live with until the other eye is operated on which hopefully won't be too long to wait.  I did as instructed and removed the lens from my specs, leaving the one for the non-operated eye.  Well that certainly didn't work - hopeless - I'm better off without glasses at the moment. 

I decided to have a go at making a card this morning to take along to the Playground challenge and it seems to have taken me forever to get it done.  My intention was to make a few cards to fill some gaps in my box of cards - one down, several to go - good job they aren't urgently needed.  This one is a wedding card so I've used up several snippets of white and pale grey pearlised card for the hearts, lace border and sentiment banner.  I die cut  three sizes of the hearts, a strip of lace, a banner and some flowers and leaves.  The wording was stamped in grey as I thought black would be too stark against the delicate tones.

Hearts - from Tonic Hello Beautiful Layering Hearts die set
Flower and Leaves - Finishing Touches - Cornflower die set by Sue Wilson
Banner - Stitched banners die set Sue Wilson
Lace - Sizzix Crochet Lace die set Tim Holtz
Sentiment - from free sentiment stamp set given with magazine a while ago

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Floating Frame

After my first dabble with the idea of a floating frame I had a closer look at the You Tube video HERE and also some other images online  and realised that my original frame wasn't actually 'floating'.  I thought I should have another go so I stamped some flowers and leaves, cut them out with scissors (no matching die sadly) and because I don't have any of the sticky film mentioned I tried using a piece of paper from a roll of masking paper which I've had for years and which has a non permanent tacky side to it.  The gems have filled in some of the gaps to help the illusion.  I still have the floating circular piece to make into a second card at some point,

Stamps used - Penned and Painted from Stampin' Up (discontinued I'm sure)
Sentiment - from a free set given away with a magazine

Monday, 6 May 2019

Two Cards for One

There seem to be quite a few 'floating frame' ideas floating around at the moment - pun intended!!  I just had to give it a try although I was unable to follow the method used HERE by my friend Anne because I don't have any of the sticky cling film and didn't particularly want to order a large roll and pay postage on top.  I had a bit of a think and decided it would probably work to a degree if I just added the stamped/die cut images to a previously cut square of card and once the glue was dry just die cut the circle through the double layers..  Of course in the original idea I imagine the die cuts were popped up with foam pads but too much of that does make cards more expensive to post.  Anyway I've made two cards from the one set of flower images and the square of white card and also used up a circular frame which has been hanging around on my desk for ages. The flower and leaves were stamped and coloured with watercolour markers before being die cut.

For the second card I simply used the circle cut out to form the frame on the first, a circle frame in blue and a banner with the word which was also in the die set with the flowers and leaves.

These cards actually look better for real than they appear on the screen but I'm not too sure it is a method I will be using very much.  In the picture of the 'get well' card it looks as if the centre sentiment and blue circle are raised up but in actual fact the piece of blue card is the base layer, the floating frame is on top on foam pads and the sentiment circle is stick in the middle, also on foam pads.

Flowers and Leaves - Stamp and die set given free with a current Papercraft magazine
Square and Circle Dies - Creative Expressions

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Butterfly Challenge #121

I'm fluttering in at the last minute with a card for the latest Butterfly Challenge - quite by chance really because after I'd made the card I decided to take a look to see if it would fit any of the challenge colours or items this time.  How lucky that I'd chosen a dark purple for my main colour.  I started by colouring a piece of watercolour paper with inks and Pixie powders and printing a suitable background paper.  A circle was cut from the inked paper and the sentiment stamped into the centre; then the floral ring was cut from some pearl card before adding individual violas die cut from the inked scraps.  Finally I die cut a flourish and three butterflies to finish off this card, adding a few 'diamonds' for a bit of sparkle.

Floral circle - Joy Crafts die
Scalloped Circles - Tattered Lace dies
Butterflies - Marianne dies
Leafy Swirl - Sue Wilson die
Background Paper - printed from Artylicious Peacock Summer Party CD

Monday, 29 April 2019

Snippets Time Again

It is time for the fortnightly Snippets challenge, #351 can be found HERE where Di has made us a pretty floral card for inspiration and of course the stamps she used are offered as a prize for whoever is lucky in the draw.

I've chosen to make a 'get well soon' card starting with an image made by using Mod Podge to adhere part of a paper serviette to a snippet of white card.  This was then die cut and layered up with various other snippets including an embossed panel left from a previous project, a pretty lace border cut from a snippet of pearl card.  There is even a tiny punched flower on the sentiment.  Some glitter was added to the seed heads but it doesn't show up well here.

Image - made from part of paper serviette
Lace border - Sizzix die
Scalloped Circles - Tattered Lace dies
Stitched Circle - Sizzix die

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Sewing Holdall

Well it really is beautiful weather and far too nice to be indoors but my excuse is that having mowed the lawns this morning I need a little rest!  I hope you are all having such lovely warm sunshine for the Easter weekend.

I've been sewing again during the week and this time it was to make a very useful carry-around holdall for my hand sewing bits and pieces.  I'd spotted something very similar being used some time ago and thought I'd like to make one so I did the usual search online and was lucky enough to find the pattern available to purchase from  The design is called The Sew Together Bag by Sew Demented and the pattern is very well presented and despite being a bit fiddly to make it has worked out well I think.  I used a selection of fat quarters from my Batik collection and for the three pocket zips and the longer top zip I've used continuous zip on a roll which is really handy for this kind of thing because you can just work with the tape part of the zip, leaving the slider well out of the way when stitching - as long as you remember to slide it into place before trimming off the ends of course!!!!  As well as having the three zipped compartments there is ample space either side and between them to store all sorts of items.  The bag is approximately 10 inches from end to end and of course the long top zip allows it to open fully to sit on the table.

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Pixie Snippets Challenge #349

I've used up some snippets of fabric today to take along to the latest Playground challenge - the three fabrics were all left over from separate projects and some of them were in odd bits and pieces but luckily they toned together nicely to make this bag.   I bought the pattern last week at the quilt show and decided to try making the plainer version to give the pattern a try out before going for the more complicated version which has applique houses on the front pocket and a pieced panel for the zipped pocket on the back.  Both versions are quite heavily quilted although I've actually not done quite as much as was suggested in the instructions.  I found the instructions to be quite clear to understand but the construction method seemed a bit more complicated than I was expecting but I got there in the end although it did take me much longer to make than usual.  All the while that I was stitching my mind was working out how it could be made using a much simpler method of assembly and I will probably play around a bit and then try adding the applique.

The pink panel on the front is a quilted and bound pocket and on the back there is another picket which incorporates a zip, the flap is fastened with a 'lucky find' button of the right colour after a little root through my box of odd buttons.

Bag Pattern - from Monkey Buttons - lots of lovely patterns and fabrics available from them

Thursday, 4 April 2019


I visited a quilt exhibition and show at the weekend with two friends and we saw lots of lovely work.  As always I was drawn to the stands which were displaying bags and other smaller items to make and spotted a bag very similar in design to one I'd made previously but this one had been made using squares of fabric.  I took careful note of the number of squares used so that I could hopefully replicate the design using some of my collection of lovely Batik fabrics.  It took some time to measure and cut the 48 different squares and to find suitable fabric to complete the outer bag, the handles and ties with of course something suitable for the lining.  Luckily I have quite a stash of fabrics so didn't need to buy anything for this project.  It has turned out to be quite a roomy bag which has ties at the side so that it can be quite compact (approx 12" square and 6" deep) like a handbag but if the ties are undone it opens out into more of a shopper.  There are pockets inside in the lining.  It fastens with a fabric loop and a large button.   The style of the bag is based on a design by Juberry Fabrics who produce quite a range of patterns, kits and of course sell lovely fabrics.

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Doggy Birthday

I wanted to make a card for my grandson which was a bit quirky and not the usual 'run of the mill' things produced for males so I had a little trawl amongst some of the miscellaneous files saved on my computer - many from some years ago and it was a good exercise in reminding me just what I do have stored away and pretty much forgotten!!  I eventually settled on this dog image which I printed and then cut out using some wonky squares dies which haven't been used for ages but I thought they were just right for this card.  I finally added a random strip of text paper, a greeting and the number along with a patterned background paper trimmed to suit and which was the last remaining piece from a pad.  He has a gorgeous Golden Retriever which is much more beautiful that this zany pup but I hope he will like my choice of image!

Everything apart from the base card can easily be classed as a snippet so this card will be taken along to the Playground for their latest challenge before I pop it into the post.

Image - from Animal Magic download, Charmed Cards and Crafts 2008
Dies - Wonky Squares set Spellbinders
Sentiment - Tim Holtz stamps

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Parchment Lace

I have another parchment card to share today with a pricked and snipped border made using part of one of the 'Queen' duo border plates.  I do enjoy doing this kind of thing but it is quite time consuming - keeps me out of mischief though!!  I simply added an oval with some grasses and a printed and punched greeting.

Victoria duo border Groovi plate

Wednesday, 13 March 2019


Time for another Christmas Kickstart challenge and this time the theme is 'Moves on Hooves' and I've chosen to include some reindeer moving across the sky  towing Santa.  The main image was made using a die which came free with a magazine a couple of years ago and once cut I backed it with small scraps of coloured card behind the cut-outs.  The outer scalloped square was also part of this very handy die set.  It is well worth popping over to their blog to see several ideas for using a variety of animals which have hooves - some great inspiration.

Monday, 11 March 2019

Twofer Card Challenge #14

The theme for this challenge is 'Balloons' as well as the usual idea of making two cards in different colours or style and for different occasions using the same stamps, dies etc.  As I have a set of balloon stamps which I know haven't been used for quite a while I thought I'd have a go this time.  There is plenty of inspiration by the design team if you pop over to the Twofer Challenge Blog.

For my first card I've stamped just one of the balloons and combined it with a die cut elephant to make a baby card.  I layered up some pink papers before die cutting two scalloped circles on which to pop the elephant and balloon.  A sentiment was added onto a smaller matching scalloped circle.

For the second I stamped three balloons onto a scrap of watercolour paper which had been coloured with Pixie powders and was left from another project.  In both cases the balloons were cut out with scissors although there is a punch available which matches the stamp set.  I sorted out some paper and card which matched the colours and die cut some banners.  Coloured string was added to the balloons and the computer sentiment was punched out before popping onto a scalloped oval and an odd die cut shape which was lying around just waiting to be used.  There was some over-stamping on the narrow sections of the banner.

Edited to add side by side picture - thanks to those who pointed out the 'rules' - should have read them more carefully!!

Balloons - Balloon Celebrations set from Stampin' Up
Elephant - Sweet Dixie die
Circles - Tattered Lace dies
Banners - Dies from Stampin' Up and also Creative Expressions
Sentiment - oval punches from SU, shaped plaque Creative Expressions die

Sunday, 10 March 2019

CAS Stencil Challenge - Ghosting

The March challenge on the CAS Stencil Challenge Blog is to use the Ghosting Technique and there are many examples and tutorials around on the internet and probably elsewhere.  I started by sponging  three colours of Distress Oxide in a fairly heavy layer onto some white card, placing a stencil on top.  This was spritzed with water and the stencil lifted immediately to avoid water running under the edges of the design.  After leaving the water for a short while the piece was blotted with a kitchen towel which has lifted some of the ink - causing the ghosting effect.  As this is a CAS style of card I simply glued the panel in place and added a die cut flower silhouette and a stamped sentiment.

Inks - Wilted Violet, Cracked Pistachio and Picked Raspberry
Flower - Tim Holtz die from Wildflower stems #2
Sentiment - magazine freebie stamp

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Snippets Challenge # 347

I'm still working hard to reduce my ever growing piles of snippets and several pieces of reasonable size have been used up on this card for the current Snippets Challenge.  Of course, as we all know, if you cut a piece from a fairly large snippet you are then left with at least one smaller snippet and so the heap doesn't really diminish.  For this card I've used dies from two different companies, an embossing folder and punches.  The two 'bow' pieces were die cut from separate scraps of matte gold card and put into place onto a large snippet of brown.  I found a strip of cream pearl card which had been embossed and was left from a previous project, and wrapped a snippet of brown ribbon around. My next move was to cut the various layers of the die cut shpes on the top layer again using gold, brown and cream snippets.  Finally I punched a sentiment from a partial sheet of computer generated greetings, punching a gold scalloped oval to pop behind it.  There are quite a lot of layers on this card so a reasonable amount of snippets used.  As always there is a great prize awaiting one lucky winner.

Bows die - Crafter's Companion
Embossing Folder - Creative Expressions
Central motifs - Creative Expressions dies by Sue Wilson
Punches - ovals by Stampin' Up.

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Parchment Lace

I'd sort of forgotten just how long it takes to emboss, prick out and snip a piece of parchment lace but at least by using one of the Groovi border templates there is not the 'prick 2, miss 2' way of going about it that there was in the past.  Mind you there is still a degree of concentration needed and it is pretty labour intensive.  I didn't time how long it took me but I do find it quite a mindful and relaxing thing to do, all the more so without the frustrations of the past when miscounting often came into the equation and usually when I'd nearly completed a piece.  I've popped this onto some patterned paper and added a central panel of flowers - another card without a sentiment because there didn't seem to be anywhere pleasing to place one.  Colouring was done from behind using pencils.

Lace Border Template - Victoria from Clarity Groovi Queens range
Flower - taken from Deco Poppies Groovi plate

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #5

I'm afraid I missed challenge #4 but here I am with a 'Beary Christmas' card for the latest challenge
HERE.  I started by printing off a couple of bear images using Docraft Digital Designer programme which is no longer available but still on my computer.  As I had two images I actually made two very similar cards using up quite a few scraps of seasonal papers which I couldn't bear to throw away - no pun intended!!  Do pop along to see the inspirations and maybe kickstart your Christmas card collection for this year.  It does seem a bit odd making Christmas cards when it is so mild and with the sun shining brightly even though it is still February!!

Image - printed from a Docraft Digital Designer CD
Papers - from various sources and in my scrap box.

Monday, 25 February 2019

Butterfly Challenge #117

I think I've just about managed to sneak in at the end of the time with a card for the Butterfly challenge.  We are on the letter 'A' this time with a choice of any or all of aperture, almond, apple green, amber, acetate, anything.  I've managed to use all but the acetate on my card where I started by cutting a shaped aperture from a piece of almond pearlescent card, popping in a piece of card which I'd coloured with Oxide inks and Pixie powders (amber and apple green).  A two layer butterfly was die cut using some of the same coloured card with a scrap of green for the top layer,  To add some interest I punched some fancy corners onto the almond coloured card and tied a green/yellow ribbon around (ribbon = anything).  I decided to leave this card without a sentiment because it is always handy to have a few cards in case anyone wants one in which they can write their own message not related to any particular occasion.  There is still just about time to take part in this challenge if you are quick and Mrs. A has made some great cards for inspiration - prizes to be had as well, so win, win situation!

Aperture - punch from Sue Wilson Greek Island collection Kefalonia
Butterfly - Tm Holtz die
Corner Punch - Stampin' Up

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Floral Parchment Card

I've spent some time this morning making inserts for a few cards before pairing them up with envelopes ready to pop into my box of miscellaneous cards.  I also had a much needed tidy up of the work-space and of course 'found' several bits and pieces  left over from recent projects which will come in handy for making even more cards - and probably producing even more 'leftovers'.  I  came across this parchment card which just needed finishing off and I'm not sure why it was abandoned half completed.  The lace work was completed first, followed by the floral motif which is a separate piece of parchment - couldn't resist popping a spare butterfly into the corner.

Designs - from various Groovi plates
Backing Paper - from Clarity

Saturday, 23 February 2019


I'm starting with an apology for my lack of commenting on your blogs but I've had problems with my shoulder and upper arm - of course it had to be my right one didn't it!!  I think it was probably down to spending a bit too long working on some needle felting which resulted in a repetitive strain injury although I've done loads of it in the past with no problems - advancing years I guess so will have to take things steady.  Anyway as a result everything I tried to do became quite a challenge, from getting dressed  to food prep and lots of things in between.  Typing was a definite no-no, hence my lack of comments but I have been visiting blogs in between sitting, resting and reading - such a waste of time because I do so hate not being able to craft in some form or other.  Today I've managed to get around to making a card using some stamps which I've had since they were issued some 10 years ago although they'd not been used for a while.

I started by colouring some cream card with Distress Oxide inks before stamping some random leaves around the edges and then two of the trees.  The smaller ones were second generation stamping so that hopefully they look as if they are in the background.  The 'Happy' word was die cut and I printed the 'birthday' word on black background to resemble  a Dymo label.  Another card which I think could easily be sent to a man so my box of cards is filling up with a reasonable selection I hope.

Happy - die from Crafter's Companion
Birthday - printed in label style using a Funky Hand programme no longer available
Tree Stamps - Tall Trees by Elusive Images  - obtainable from Chocolate Baroque I believe.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Snippets Challenge #346

It is worth popping along to the Playground to see a great Christmas card made using a die and would you believe there are three of these being offered as prizes if your entry is picked out of the 'hat'.  I decided to take along a baby card which was made using up various snippets of card from my ever growing collection of 'bits'.  I've used snippets of various patterned papers for the background and banner - the image was die cut from a sheet which I downloaded and printed.  A circular sentiment and a strip of faux ric-rac completes this card to welcome a baby boy.

Image - Lili of the Valley
Papers - various designs from my snippets collection
Sentiment - downloaded from Netty's Cards
Dies - Creative Expressions, Spellbinders and Stampin' Up.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Feline Christmas

The Christmas Kickstart Challenge this time is Feline Christmas and after some thought I decided that as I had nothing specifically feline and Christmas I would combine a very old Christmas stamp (some 20 years old) with a couple of stray die cut cats which were sitting on my desk.  The stamp is a wood mounted one - remember those?? - which I've certainly not used for a good while and it was coloured with watercolour Zig pens before die cutting the stitched rectangle, simply adding the two black cats.  Some seasonal background and a greeting finishes off this simple card which will go into the box for later this year.

Lamppost - wood mounted stamp from the '90's by PSX
Cats = Impression Obsession dies

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Playground Challenge #345

Another week has rushed by and it is time to visit the Pixie Snippets Playground again - maybe there will be a snowball fight going on, given the amount of snow many of us have had this week.  I've raided my box containing snippets of card/watercolour paper etc which have been coloured when I've been in the mood for spritzing ink, dabbling with ink pads and so on and managed to find enough of some watercolour card to cut a narrow panel and to stamp and cut out a selection of flowers.  Next move was to go through my normal card scraps to find a piece to match from which I die cut an octagon border.  Luckily I had a paper pad with just a few sheets left and there was one to match so I trimmed this to size and glued to the front of the card before stamping the words and then adhering the floral panel.

If you visit the Playground you will see a couple of fun cards and no prize for guessing what one lucky person will win this week!  Do go along and see what I'm talking about and have a go to use up some of your own snippets - we all hoard every scrap don't we??

Flowers - Shaded Peony stamp set from Sue Wilson
Border - Modern Octagon die from Sue Wilson

Monday, 28 January 2019

Thank You Blog Hop

Darnell who writes an 'oh so amusing' and fun blog has come up with the idea of a Blog Hop to thank the lovely Di for all her hard work in keeping the Pixie Snippets Playground running for such a long time.  Thanks to you as well Darnell for thinking of this super idea which is well deserved.  I won't waffle on any more but  will simply share my Thank You card and if you hop along to Darnell's blog you will be able to take a look at what I'm sure will be a large number of cards as word gets around.

In true 'Snippets' tradition I've used a fairly large scrap of previously inked card for the background (coloured with Pixie Powders I think) although it was done quite a while ago.  Some distressed text was stencilled onto this and the words stamped before adding a flower which was die cut from white card and coloured with Distress inks.

Flower - Tim Holtz Wild Flower Stems #2
Sentiment - freebie sentiment die set which I've had a while and often use

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Snippets Playground #344

It is time to pop into the playground again with another snippets card - goodness me the weeks seem to fly by don't they.  This time I'm taking along one of my masculine cards although I reckon this could be sent to anyone really as it definitely not pink or too 'fancy'.  Like the lovely Di I also started with a whole piece of paper from a small pad of woodgrain papers, just trimmed a little to fit the base card but everything else on the card was cut from various snippets of green card and watercolour paper.  I stamped the birds and sentiment onto the scraps before die cutting the banners but in the case of the spiky foliage I cut the banner first as I only wanted to use part of a larger stamp for this one.  A fairly simple card but I still managed to get one part wrong - gaily went along cutting out the banners and it wasn't until I came to put it all together that I realised the sentiment was facing the wrong way so it is lucky that I have so many snippets of all sorts to turn to!!  Now of course I have yet another 'spare' banner littering my desk along with various other left overs.

The card which Di has made for inspiration features a really cute creature along with hearts so with Valentine's day looming I guess it would be a handy prize to win.

Woodgrain Paper - pad from The Works
Banners - Sue Wilson dies
Birds and Sentiment - stamps by Stampin' Up
Foliage - stamp from Papermania (had it for many years)

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Butterfly Challenge #115

Time to spin the wheel at the Butterfly Challenge and this time the letter is 'Y' and I've actually managed to include all seven selections which are Yale blue, yellow, yew, yarn, you and finally your choice (yellow gems for me).  I started out with the intention of cutting four corners using some small pieces of Yale blue card but had forgotten that the die doesn't have an outside edge (not used it for ages) and I didn't have a larger piece of the right colour to cover the whole card. Best laid plans and all that so a rethink was required making use of the small piece of blue rather than add it to my left overs.  There was enough to cut one layer of the butterfly in blue with yellow for the background.  I happened to have a sentiment which includes the word 'you' on a scrap of white card so used two dies to cut out the two layers, adding some yarn on two corners of the blue rectangle.  The piece of yellow background was from an ancient Papermania pad and finally I added some yew leaves and the 'your choice' of yellow gems.  Whew that took a bit of explaining!  Do pop along to the butterfly blog to see some great inspiration and maybe win a prize if you take part.

Butterfly - Sizzix dies
Leaves - Joanna Sheen dies
Sentiment Plaque - Sue Wilson Greek Islands collection dies
Corner die - Papercrafts trellis die

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #2 - Bundle Up!

Time to visit the Christmas Kickstart blog for their second challenge and this time they are asking for a card with an example of wrapping up warmly for winter.  I've chosen to make a snowy scene using some stamps which were given away as freebies possibly the Christmas before last.  These images were stamped, coloured using Copic pens and then carefully cut out with scissors.  The trees were die cut as were the snowy hills.  A scrap of patterned paper was used for the sky and a greeting was stamped directly onto it.  The penguins are all wearing either hats, scarves or ear muffs and all these details were also stamped, coloured and cut out with scissors.  I then had a dry run to compose the scene before sticking everything into place - it's a wonder the penguins aren't dizzy from being shuffled about so many times before settling into place!!

Penguins and Signpost - free stamps from magazine
Hills - dies from Lawn Fawn stitched hills
Greeting - Stampin' Up

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Another New Challenge

I spotted a link (thanks Viv) to another new challenge for 2019, this time from the CAS people (Clean and Simple) who have decided to bring the use of stencils to the fore.  There are going to be a succession of techniques featured showing various ways to use stencils which I'm sure many of us have but fail to use as often as we could.  You can find the blog HERE if you want to go along and see what this is all about.

The first challenge is to use the stencil in a basic way by sponging ink through and of course the card has to be in the CAS style which is a little out of my comfort zone but I do have a go now and then.  I started by die cutting an oval from a piece of scrap paper to use as a mask to add some light colouring to the card before sponging one of the colours through a leafy stencil from my collection.  Next I stamped the bird and the sentiment with the aid of the Misti.  Finally a little border was cut and adhered because I felt it just needed a little something extra - hope it still classes as CAS!!

Time to pop along and take a look following the links above and then maybe looking at your own stencil collection.

Stencil - from Imagination Crafts
Inks - Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry and Fossilized Amber
Sentiment - from a Stampin' Up set
Bird - stamp from Elusive Images (very old) still available from chocolate Baroque
Border - Memory Box Tessatina die

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Monochrome - Well Almost!

This started out as an idea for a monochrome card but in the end I couldn't  resist adding a bit of colour to the ladybird.  The bugs were stamped using pigment ink and heat embossed so they are shiny.  I then die cut them which requires some care to make sure the die is lined up correctly and I had to have more than one attempt at that.  They were then adhered to a piece of white card which had  been stamped using a dictionary page stamp and this was in turn added to a script background and a circle of grey patterned paper from a pad I've had in my stash forever.  I'm still on a mission to make a few more masculine cards although this could be sent to anyone unless you knew they hated 'bugs'.

Bugs - Entomology stamp set with matching dies by Tim Holtz
Dictionary - stamp from Stampin' Up
Papers - from my stash
Sentiment - Tim Holtz stamp

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Masculine Cards

I have a good supply of cards made but noticed that I'm a bit short on ones suitable to send to men so I'm on a mission to redress the balance.  For this card I've used lots of items which I've had for some years apart from the wood grain background paper which is a recent acquisition.  A scrap of card was embossed with a clock embossing folder and highlighted with copper gilding wax. A clock face has been stamped on another piece and backed with a circle in a colour to match the embossed panel.  The cogs were cut from a scrap of card which had been coloured with spritzes of copper  spray.  Finally a sentiment was stamped on yet another scrap.

Clock Face - stamp from Stampin' Up Sense of Time
Embossing Folder and sentiment stamp - both by Tm Holtz
Cogs - dies from Papermania (Docraft)
Background - pad of paper from The Works

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

New Challenge

I've been sent in the direction of a new challenge called 'Christmas Kickstart Challenge' with the aim of making a seasonal card each fortnight to avoid the last minute rush when December comes around and you have loads to make and very little time.  I'm sure lots of us start out with good intentions of starting early but fail somehow!!  The rules are simple so why don't you pop along and take a look.

The theme this time is to incorporate deer and this is my card ready to add to the small number I had left in the box after Christmas.  It uses an image which I'd downloaded at least a couple of years ago so I printed off some of them to use.  Image was layered onto a piece of holographic card and then I sorted out a couple of white scraps of card; one of which was embossed with snowflakes and brushed over with blue ink while the other was stamped with a greeting before die cutting it into a banner.  A snowflake background sets it all off and I simply added a holographic snowflake.

It was the lovely Jules who gave the information about this new challenge and she has made a gorgeous 'Rudolph' card.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Pixie Snippets #343

Congratulations to the Pixie snippets Playground which is 8 years old - it was originally started by Jules whose blog is HERE and Di took it on some seven years ago.  I am sure there are so many people who appreciate all the hard work which goes into maintaining this sort of thing so a huge 'thank you' is in order.

Now it is onto the latest challenge and this is the card I've made this morning using up some small snippets along with a couple of larger ones and as usual I still have a few bits left over from this card as well - never ending snippet collecting!!!  It's just as well that I decided not to make any resolutions for this year because if I had, one of them would have been broken when I called at the newsagent to pay my paper bill on Friday.  You've guessed it - I was tempted to glance at the crafty magazines, which to be fair are just inside the door so can't be avoided.  I couldn't resist getting one which had a stamp and die set featuring a cute owl with some great little sayings alongside the pictorial stamps.  There were only two dies, one for the owl outline and one for a wing (only one).

I started with a piece of green card slightly smaller than my base card and embossed with a leaf design.  Next I stamped the owl onto a piece of fawn coloured card and added a little colour to beak, eyes and feet before die cutting.  When it came to the wings I obviously had to die cut two and then they had to be stamped afterwards so that there was a left and a right so one was stamped on the front and the other on the reverse side.  The leaves and bunting were stamped onto scraps of white card and cut out carefully using scissors.  The next move was to stamp the branch onto some white card, carefully placing an oval die over it to cut out the shape, then I resorted to using the Misti to place the wording and the bunting stamp in the right place.  Finally the coloured bunting, leaves and owl were all put into place with foam pads before adding a larger oval layer and a birthday greeting to the card.

Coincidentally there is a great article in the magazine written by Jules who has made a fabulous cork board project using wine corks - if you visit her blog you will see that she didn't actually have to drink that many bottles of wine to get the corks!!!

Background - Creative Expressions embossing folder
Ovals - Tonic dies
Owl Scene - stamps and die set free with Papercraft Inspirations magazine (current issue)