Sunday, 20 July 2014


These 3 were made from panels created in a stencilling class I ran a few months ago. They've been sat in a drawer waiting for me to decide what to do with them!

And then at Newbury Art Stamps I bought this perfect set of Lili of The ValleyEveryday  Sentiments. I've been looking for a set of handwritten script type sentiments for ages & these were ideal - lots if ideas bumping around in my head for using these!!

So these 3 came together very quickly. They were originally stencilled using a mix of Glitzcraft & That Special Touch masks by Stamps Away. 

Top one,( bluebells I think, but could be snowdrops too!) is straight inked, mounted on a piece of toning card, then on a lilac card blank. 

The fuschias & dandelion clocks were inked, then Stickles added thru the mask.   For both I stencilled the card blank in a continuation of the main panel. Quite like the effect of stencilling on hammered card blank for the fuschias!

 The dandelions were mounted on a leftover piece of multicoloured glitter card that's been getting dog eared in my snippets box since the year dot. It was so dog eared I had to trim it severely, then found the stencilled panel was a bit big so had to trim that back too!! 

My snippets box is a big Really Useful storage box with hanging A4 files, snippets divided into colour sections, some sub divided with both plain & pattern sections!! And any leftovers go in there, so some quote small, ranging up to big chunks left from A4 or 12x12 being cut up. 

The only snippets that don't go in here are those taken from a paper pad - these go into an acetate bag and are stored inside front cover of the paper pad so they are always with the matching set. 

So am I completely OCD about my snippets?? How do you store yours? 

Off to the snippets playground to ask the playmates!

Thanks for stopping by

Debs x


  1. All lovely cards but my favourite is the middle one. Gorgeous soft colours.
    I have a drawer in a chest that has plastic pockets stored in it by colours and also themes. Small bits less than 2" x 2" go into a separate box and strips of paper get divided into two old Cassette cases. One for all white (handy for adding die cut sentiments to projects) and the other mulitcoloured. Then really titchy bits go into a separate container for all those small punch elements . Lastly the bits that come out of die cuts go into another pot for making up into flowers and anything my warped mind can conjure up. OCD nope! Just need to get out more .
    Hugs Mrs A.
    p.s. Forgot to mention the Cardboard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Love all three but my fave is the last one.

    I have a small set of plastic drawers for small snippets (colour sorted) and one A4-sized drawer of larger pieces (thrown in, not colour sorted!). Plus an A5 sized plastic bag for larger snippets of my SU cardstock.

    I keep control of my snippets by regularly using them up before going to whole pieces . . . and very occasionally having a clear out of the teeny bits that've been sitting around too long!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  3. What beautiful stencils, Debs! I keep my snippets by colors in gallon size plastic bags all contained in a plastic crate. I try to find a snippet before cutting into a hole or even and quarter size sheet of cardstock. My snippets of papers are all jumbled together in one box and it takes forever to find what I need!

  4. I used to store mysnippets very similarto your. I used an old rubbermaid type office file box that DH used to use in his office for carrying files to and from sites. It is bright blue and quite ugly! I have two of them...hangs head in shame.
    Lately, I went thru it and pulled out a bunch of various Christmas snippets and stood them on end in a woven ribbon basket that matches my other baskets. It sits at the edge of my desk where I create and remeinds me to use those papers up. Once it gets low, I just refill it. I have each colour divided into 6x6 card sleeves. That helps everything not get too tangled.

    Your sample cards are lovely. Great technique. I think the last one is so soft and is my fave! Three very pretty cards!!!

  5. Really lovely cards Debs! I need to seriously tackle some stencilling :)

    I store my snippets almost the same as you do although instead of hanging files I use one of those concertina files for all the plain colours with some odd patterns mixed in and a slot at the front for really mixed colour patterned snippets. Needless to say it won't close any longer! Designer paper pads have the leftovers popped inside the back covers in 'pockets' made from half envelopes and stuck in. Maybe one week we should have a 'show and tell' for snippets storage :)

    Hugs, Di xx

  6. Love these cards Debs well done. ... was looking at that LOTV set too. :)
    Re snippets use cellophane bag colour separated in drawers and designer paper store in front of the main 12 x 12 bag.. Shaz inOz.x

  7. All gorgeous cards, Debs. I store my snippets in two large drawers ... one for cardstock, in separate envelopes for each colour, and the other for patterned paper. That's not all, of course :) If the snippets came from a pad or a scrap kit then I keep them together ... saves me looking for coordinating papers when I want to use them.

    Elizabeth xx

  8. These are all lovely Debs.
    I store my plain snippets in an A4 magazine box. White and cream in one of my drawers, Christmas in a basket and patterned in a deeeeep drawer. I try and go to my Snippets stores before I cut into a whole piece in case I can use them up. I also have the "Tin of Shame"!
    Good luck in finding your way.

  9. Such pretty cards, gorgeous stencilling.
    It's great to hear these storage tips too! I have a concertina file in a box but it's got too much stuff piled on top of it for me to get to it easily, so my snippets are all jumbled in a cardboard lid. I need to use some of these other ideas instead!


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