Sunday, 12 August 2018

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge # 331 - results


Wahoo - we had a HUGE downpour here on Friday afternoon - and it's a bit cooler right now, which is quite welcome I must confess.

No Guest Designer and no trip down Memory Lane with one of my old cards this time as I'm in a bit of a rush here - let's get straight on with the picks for this fortnight. I looked at my list of potential picks and spotted that three of them were in pretty shades of blue, so that's my 'picks theme' this time around:

I chose this Wedding card, made by Katrina B as it's just enchanting and such a lovely shape as well! And, if you hop over and look at Katrina's post you'll see just how beautifully it matched the Wedding theme! And of course it used up some snippets too.

I adore this sweet little kitty shaker card - brought to share by Nina. It's beautifully made and so professionally finished. I've obviously just been over to Nina's blog to pick up the image and was so surprised to see only two comments had been left. Do please hop over and say 'Hello' - and perhaps become a follower as well. It's really hard blogging when at times you feel as if there's no-one out there really looking at what you do.

And last, but not least, Chris turned up with this fabulous sea themed card. I always love anything with seahorses on - they're such gentle creatures and fascinating to watch closeup. Love the background that Chris created and the addition of some little shells and the netting gives the whole scene such great dimension. Love it!

No new Playmates this time round - and we had 47 entries.

Now it's prize draw time, and our winner of the MFT 'Cross Stitch Label' die set is:
I think this might be Susan's first Playground win (hooray!) - and if this had been a few weeks ago I could have handed the prize over in person as we met at the fairly local Copics Class recently :)

Do please send me your address Susan with full name at the top as well so I can copy and paste - for speed and ease. I don't keep addresses of previous winners, even if they might be in my private address list - if that makes sense! It's also confirmation that you still would like the prize of course, not that I doubt it really! I'll be off to the Post Office once I hear from you. Please put Playground Winner or similar in the subject line of your email in case it drops into my junk mail. Email address is on RH sidebar as always.

Remember folks, there's still almost another week to run on Challenge #332 - just check back a bit and you'll easily find it. The prize is a really fun Your Next Stamp 'Scratch Pad' stamp set - so (especially if  you like crazy cats) then do come and play!

Hope you all have a lovely week ahead, and little Parsnip sends his love too!





Friday, 10 August 2018

Santa's Hat

Very recently I spotted some adorable tags over on a lovely friend's blog, made using the Penny Black 'Santa's Hat' stamp AND a matching die!

That was news to me - my stamp, as is my friend's, is wood mounted and the date on mine is 2012 - and I'm sure there certainly was no matching die back when I bought it a few years ago. In fact, I've subsequently seen matching dies for Snowy (another PB favourite) - and he's been around for many years!

Before I tried to get hold of a die (can't find them in the UK right now), my friend offered to lend me her own die to check it out just in case the size had changed - Penny Black sometimes do that when (for example) they add a much loved image into a polymer set. I was so glad of the offer, but said just a die cut would be good enough for me to check. By return of post, six plain die cuts arrived! And sure enough, they're the right size. And, being me, I decided to go ahead and make six little die cut images of course - waste not want not. Not as easy as you might think!

Here's the card and below the usual 'I used' blurb I've added a bit more about stamping onto blank dies using a wood mounted stamp - when you can't use the Misti of course, so you really are working 'blind'

So, I ended up with six of these:
I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" white card blank - side opening

- the Penny Black 'Santa's Hat' die cut and my own 'Santa's Hat' stamp - and Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink

- details of how I got round the 'stamping blind' part are below, if you're interested as I already said

- once the little fella was stamped I then coloured him using Pro markers and put him to one side

- the embossed layer used a real favourite folder of mine by Quickutz called 'Holiday Words' - probably one of the first embossing folders I ever bought - and white card

- mounted the trimmed embossed layer onto a background of red card stock just to add that extra pop of colour and glued it to the card front

- added the hedgie to the card front, using thin sticky pads - and then just tickled the fur and pom pom on his hat with clear Wink of Stella

The fur and pom pom on his hat look a bit grey in the photo - that's the Wink of Stella for you - here's a closer look of the subtle shimmer. Coo, isn't a close-up unforgiving:

I had to really give some thought about stamping onto ready cut dies. It's not how I would normally work, even with clear polymer stamps I stamp first and then cut (although I know others might do it the other way around)  - and even then I die cut a template to make sure the die is placed perfectly evenly on the image.

However, it can be done with a whole lot bit of fiddling around - like this:


Out came my trusty Stampin' Up 'Stamp-a-ma-jig first of all and I stamped the hedgie as one would usually do, onto the acrylic sheet. I then took a die cut hedgie and adhered him to my glass work mat, using removable tape runner. That allowed me to maneuvre the image on the acrylic sheet in place over the plain die cut and butt the T-shape where I wanted to stamp. The photo above shows it all set up ready for me to remove the acrylic sheet and then do the actual stamping onto the die
This is the hedgie being stamped, the die cut is hidden underneath.
And out he pops, ready to be coloured - as good a stamping as I could get! I did discover one minor thing in this journey - apart from the fact that I really do need to see a shrink for attempting this one! When you use a Stamp-a-ma-jig in this way, it's impossible to line the stamp right into the side and top of the T part of the gadget. So, I moved the acrylic image which was placed over the die cut piece of card the tiniest fraction as I positioned it and the actual stamping compensated - if that make sense! Out of the six images, I had one that I'm really happy with in terms of equal borders, shown above - and of course that finished card I chose to take a photo of wasn't using the best placed image, but it's too late now anyhow 'cos it takes ages for me to take and then edit photos.

Would I do the same process again? I guess so but it was very fiddly and I truly believe that it's very hard to get the alignment absolutely spot-on, but a blind man on a galloping horse wouldn't notice - with luck! Meanwhile, the same lovely friend has sent me her die so I can now stamp a load of hedgies and then die cut them afterwards using a template to cope with my OCD - wahoo! The place will be awash with little prickly beasties :)

And, it's been far too long since I joined in with Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge (now on #397). So I'm remedying that right now - it's always anything goes but this week I also cover the optional extra of wet or dry embossing. Hazel is a real trouper for juggling so many balls with her challenges  - why not play along as well?

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #332

Here we are again, ready for another fresh Snippets Challenge - anything goes so long as you use one or more 'snippets/scraps'.

Least said about the continuing heatwave the better really - but we'll surely pay for it later on in the year due to cattle needing their Winter feed already and the lack of rainfall also affecting crops.

My snippets card for this week is still here on my desk as it really makes me smile. In fairness, I'd seen this idea with the torn top pieces a good while ago - and my  memory was jolted when I spotted a very similar set of stamps and also a sample card. The stamps were at the Dies to Die For pop-up shop the other week and maybe that's where I spotted the sample card, or it could have been on line last week when I was browsing. Anyhow, here's my snippets card - and I defy you not to smile:

I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" white card blank, tent style

- a snippet of pink card from the snippets folder, which was almost the right size but I held off trimming it right down until I'd made the image panel

- a snippet of white card, bigger than I would need for the eventual size

- stamped the cat, claw scratches and also the sentiment using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and stamps from the delightful Your Next Stamp 'Scratch Pad' set of stamps

- next coloured in the cat using Faber'Castell Polychromos pencils - matching the pink on the cat to the snippet of pink card I'd chosen

- then had to do a bit of measuring and working out how big I wanted the image panel to be - trimmed it to size and also trimmed the snippet of pink card to form a frame

- heart in mouth lest I wrecked the thing, it was time to do the little 'rips'. I used a water brush to just moisten a couple of lines down the card, above the claw marks and carefully tore down the lines before folding each side back - took me back to my mulberry paper tearing days!

- then just glued the layers together onto the card front and called it done

- am still thinking about whether or not to add glossy accents to the cat's eyes - am leaving it as it is for now

Oh what fun this stamp set is and this particular card isn't the only fun design of course. It was so quick and easy to make, with minimal colouring needed, and purrfect for a cat lover of course. Or anyone needing a bit of a laugh or cheering up. When you turn the card upside down, the expression on the cat's face is priceless!

AND, it qualifies for the current Less Is More Challenge #377, which is 'Pets' - yippee, I love to play over there :) There might be a bit too much on the card, but I hope not as I still see plenty of white space and it really was such a joy to make. A few stamps, little bit of colouring. a couple of rips/tears and some layering. Oddly enough, one of the DT has a card using the torn paper idea - I made this last week well before the new challenge appeared though.


And of course, here's this week's Snippets Playground prize:
It's a Your Next Stamp 'Scratch Pad' set of stamps, same as mine. We had a doggie set of stamps recently so I figured it was time for some feline friends to take centre stage and also be a prize.

As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 18th August. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

It's a maximum of ONE entry and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. Please also link back to the Playground in your blog post to be eligible for the draw.

Remember, if you link into the Playground and don't say clearly that you're wanting to be in the draw in a comment on here, then you will be bypassed if your name comes out of Mr Linky. I'm sure you all know I ask for a positive 'yes' on the blog post - just in case you're playing only for fun - otherwise I ignore you on my little list.

Mr Linky is below - please let me know if you have any problems linking, it's easy for me to sort out so don't struggle on alone :)

Be sure to call back next week to see the fortnight's picks and the winner of the MFT 'Cross Stitch Tag' die set. Not as many entries so far this fortnight but who can blame people with the heat, holidays and also cross stitch isn't everyone's idea of spending time crafting. But it's lovely to see so many people still entering just for fun.

Hedgies are still doing fine it seems (still eating and drinking every night) and the other wildlife here is much the same as ever. The birds are very grateful for fresh supplies of water twice a day - thankfully we had a bit of rain about a week ago which filled up the water butts. That will keep the bird baths going for a while. One hint, blackbirds absolutely adore apple cores - but better than that, they go crazy over an apple cut in half and laid face up on the grass (I buy the 'less than perfect' ones from Ocado. I think it's the juicy fruit pulp they love. Some evenings we'll go out to sit in the garden and there will be a blackbird pointedly kicking around the empty shells of both halves of an apple - waiting for fresh supplies! Perhaps they're secret cider drinkers ☺☺☺

Love from Parsnip and of course from me,


Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Rudolph Days - July 2018

I know, it's now August, but Mo has had to delay the July Rudolph Days Challenge - so it should now run from 1st to 7th August.

And it gave me some much needed time to come up with my entry this time around. The other Saturday I met up with Mrs A, down here in Hampshire, at a Copics Class being run by her lovely daughter Faye. And, Tracey of Dies to Die For was there with a 'pop-up shop' - so it really would have been very rude not to buy something of course :)

Amongst my (ahem) haul there was a lovely little set of stamps with various sentiments, some Christmas gifts/parcels and three sweet little deer. So, not being one to do things the easy way, I stamped eight of each of the three deer and the same with the little Christmas parcels. I then happily coloured them whenever the mood was right. And then it was time to cut them all out - sheesh, I KNEW I ought to have bought the matching dies. In fairness Tracey didn't have any left so I took a close look at the dies on line as well as some die cut images on cards, which I found as examples on line. Ha, I can do that 'she said'. So far I've cut out all the little (18 that I stamped and 24  coloured)parcels and just ten of the deer as they really are a bit tricky-wool. I still have slight reservations about images which are die cut leaving a white border right round - it's almost the 'norm.' now and all I can think is that it allows for a little bit of 'play' when you're doing the die cutting.

So, I used one design of deer and one design of gift/parcel to make my entry for Mo's challenge - times eight of course, in an attempt to boost my flagging Christmas card target for this year:
I used:

- 5" x 5" white card blanks, side opening

- in fairness, as I said, the little deer and parcel were both already coloured and cut out. I'd used Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a couple of stamps from The Greeting Farm's 'Dashing' stamp set - and the Misti of course! Do be aware that MFT have stamps and matching dies also called 'Dashing' so if you like my little fella be careful to order the right one from the right company!

- I'd then coloured the little deer with Pro markers, as well as the parcel. I also added a few little white dots to his back (using a Signo white pen) just to add some interest as I hadn't done any fancy shading and it broke up the expanse of his back (as well as looking cute of course). Also added clear Wink of Stella to the fur and bobble on his little hat for a little bit of glisten

- so there I was, with a little deer and a Christmas gift/parcel and absolutely no idea what to do next - so I walked away and had a think for a day or two

- ping! Then it just hit me - he needed to be framed (obviously) with some form of background, so this is what I did

- die cut a Lil' Inker 'Instant Camera' frame from white card stock then stamped the sentiment 'Jingle all the way' using the Misti, Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and one of the sentiments from the 'Dashing' stamp set

- I backed the aperture in the frame with a snippet of pale blue patterned paper I found tucked in the back of the LOTV 'Frosty Christmas' paper pad. I found six in fact, obviously left from a previous play, and also a further two with snowflakes on (I do prefer the little trees though for this particular card). Backing this frame can be a bit tricky and I find that the very narrow red line tape works a treat if you're careful as it's unforgiving if you make a mistake

- for sturdiness I then backed the area of the aperture behind the paper using the waste fall out from when I die cut the frames (again with red line tape) - an extra step but it certainly makes for a much better finish (IMHO) as you end up with a nice solid little topper for your card

- added the Christmas gift and the little deer onto the blue background using a glue pen

- then cut a square of white card stock just about quarter of an inch smaller all round than the card front, using a die from The Works 'Stitched Squares' set of dies 

- embossed it using a Darice 'Snowflake Background' embossing folder

- glued the embossed panel to the card front

- finally added the little framed scene at a jaunty angle to the card front, using thin sticky pads

And, it's still slim enough to post at our standard letter rate - result!

And now to carry on with the other 16 little deer and 16 parcels - sometimes I start things and really don't think it through just how long it'll take. But, I won't be beaten - even if it's a couple of weeks until I tackle them!






Sunday, 29 July 2018

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge # 330 - results

Having struggled to do much commenting or blogging all week, now there's a bit of a scramble on here to say the least! It's been just like being in a sauna, with no respite, down here in Hampshire. We've had six fans running on full the whole time - but to be honest they just seemed to be pushing hot air around. It's a little bit cooler today (Saturday) with a refreshing breeze - and we even had a few pitter patters of rain later on yesterday, although the thunderstorms have given us a miss for now - unlike in some areas of the country.

In the absence of a guest designer, I thought I'd give you a laugh and show you some of my early card creations now and again.

My very first attempt at paper piecing - way back in May 2010, here if you want a closer look. At the same time I made another card almost the same, using pink of course. I still have this stamp set (I hope!) and it's overdue for an outing! Just laughed here, I didn't get one single comment - the blog was only a couple of months old at the time :)

Let's do a very quick scamper around my picks for this fortnight, no particular theme - just entries which caught my eye:
This is such a great idea - brought to share by Sandy. It's not dissimilar to a card in my last lot of picks where letters 'dangled' from strips of card. This time, the negative card from the bauble die cut is cut into a strip and placed above the die cut itself - so clever! Really great idea for quick Chriatmas cards with a difference and an idea I'm likely to pinch!


I chose this card, made by Charlotte as it's so bright and cheerful - and such a lovely design of course! Charlotte has a video over on her blog if you'd like to see how she made it! Citrus colours really are so perfect for Summer cards - and the little bird totally tones in with his background of course :) 

And finally, I picked out this card, made by Gail (Ionabunny) as it brought a huge smile to my face. I love the simplicity of Gail's design and the giraffe wearing his Santa hat is just adorable! And the red sparkle is so festive - great card and such fun as well.

So that's just three picks from a host of fabulous entries. Some entries are really detailed and some very CAS - but every single one is worth checking out I promise you!Why not have a browse if you haven't done so already.

No new Playmates this time round and 56 of you came to play! I'm hoping that we'll have a few more entries than we have at the moment for the current challenge as that stitched tag prize is such fun - and you certainly don't need to be a master seamstress either! But, it's holiday time and also many people are suffering from high temperatures - and not just in the UK.

Prize draw time now and our winner of the Art Impression 'Doggy Kisses' stamp set is:
Well done to Carol, it's a while since her last win although she's often up there with the fortnightly picks. What's extra nice is when I double checked Carol's comment it turns out she had at least one dachshund in the past - I call that serendipity (AND the fact that Darnell's name came out twice before Carol's popped up on the third run of the Random number thingy - Darnell wasn't playing for the prize so I had to re-run the gizmo).

Do please send me your address Carol, with full name at the top as well so I can copy and paste - for speed and ease. I don't keep addresses of previous winners, even if they might be in my private address list - if that makes sense! It's also cofirmation that you still would like the prize of course, not that I doubt it really! I'll be off to the Post Office once I hear from you. Please put Playground Winner or similar in the subject line of your email in case it drops into my junk mail. Email address is on RH sidebar as always.

Speaking of prizes, one prize I sent to Canada has finally arrived there - TWO whole months later! Phew - relief as I don't seem to be able to replicate the goodies at the moment.

Remember folks, there's still almost another week to run on Challenge #331 - just check back a bit and you'll easily find it. The prize is an MFT 'Cross Stitch Label' die set - and if you don't have any threads of your own, and you're the winner, I'll be happy to enclose a little selection of ready wound bobbins!

Hope you have a lovely week ahead, and that you come and play - if you haven't done so already!

Love from the little white peril Parsnip - who has emerged from the duck pond at last! So now we have a little green bear .......... he forgot about the algae didn't he .......... and he stinks! Someone's going in the bath tub later on, sssssshhhhhh :)





Thursday, 26 July 2018

I spy with my little eye

When we were over in Germany we took a trip down to The Lake, which is known as Constance/Konstanz, for a lovely family evening meal with our DIL's fabulous and so young at heart parents, right beside the water's edge.

The lake is such a calm and beautiful place and very special to me as, aged just 15 or so, I went camping down there for two whole weeks with my own parents when we lived in Germany. In fact, it rained every day that we camped out (bar three days at the very most) and I do recall my Dad trying to sleep in his sleeping bag holding an umbrella over him as one of the zips had developed a dripping point! AND, he'd snickered when my Mum packed the umbrella in the first place! But, it stayed really nice for our visit the other week.
NOT my photo - but just perfect view of what we saw as the sun went down
After the meal there was time for walks and to watch the sunset and then it was time for our little family to drive back 'home' with two sleepy girls and also trying to keep our much loved daughter in law, who was driving, wide awake. Soooo, we began a game of I Spy - not easy in a moving car but we managed.

The rounds went on and on - with the adults more often than not giving their turns to each of the little girls, Mia and Livi ..... as you do with little ones playing along.

Round and round we went and Len and I seemed to be mind readers at guessing one another's 'spy item' - spooky or what?!

So, this time round Len guessed my word at once (bear in mind these little ones are bi-lingual so it wasn't always easy for them as English is their second language but they did brilliantly) - and so the baton passed to him.

Before Len could even nominate one of the girls, a little voice beside him (Livi) piped up and very definitely said 'I spy with Len's little eye - something beginning with .....). 

Needlesss to say we all cracked up and Grandad Len was scuppered! She totally stole his turn - in such an enchanting way :) Kids, they really are so cute and also wise. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. :)

No card from me right now - with this heat you really gotta be joking'!!





Sunday, 22 July 2018

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #331

Here we are again, ready for another fresh Snippets Challenge - anything goes so long as you use one or more 'snippets/scraps'.

There's been little let-up in the current heatwave - although we did have one heavy downpour a week ago and boy was it welcome. Hosepipe bans come into force shortly for many UK folk - not us just yet but we'll surely follow if this continues. We've always been believers in using rain water as much as possible as we live on chalk for starters - a couple of big water butts collect rain water flow from the house and, so cute, Len's guttering (using cable trunking enclosure plastic lengths) they just open up into halves then attach along each side of the shed roof and feed into buckets with the help and guidance of cable ties. Len has all sorts of Heath Robinson things set up here - sometimes I despair - and then a lot of the time I find it so amazing to be able to look at a potential problem as he does and find a way around it. Let's forget that he once made a food blender using a Black and Decker power drill - cabbage on ceiling - so NOT a good look. Before my time with him I'm happy to report! Meanwhile, let's just make the most of our weather!

My make this time round isn't a card - which is really unusual for me! In fairness, it may end up ON a card, at an angle and with a sentiment perhaps, but for now I'm leaving it as a tag in its own right. There's a lot of words about the making and what I discovered through research and trial and error - feel free to skip it if you wish:
I used:

- snippets of card from the snippets folder in kraft, green and red, no full pieces of card, ribbon or twine were harmed in the making of this tag :) 

- using the MFT 'Cross Stitch Tag' set of dies I cut a tag from kraft card with the holes in first of all. You use two dies for this but it's easy to hold them in place with washi tape or similar. MFT recommend that you use a metal plate underneath the die but my Cuttlebug wasn't playing ball and seemed in danger of flying apart so I just ran the paired dies through a few times with folded paper shims on top of the plates - and then poked out each little hole. There's no real way to avoid this from what I've seen - and it's quite therapeutic once you get into a rhythm. I did use waxed paper between the die and the card which ensured that it just dropped out of the die

- then die cut the other parts I needed - a full tag without holes from kraft card, the green top for the tag and the little ring thing which goes around the tag slit - from red card. Put them to one side for safe keeping in a little plastic lid kept for the purpose, it's one of those deep lids from a large tub of cotton buds and ideal for this!

- the pattern I wanted to use is on the MFT website HERE - along with quite a few others. Some are much more simple with a lot less stitching but I always go for the long route!

 - next I got out my cross stitch threads, almost untouched for many years, and matched up the red and green and also picked out a bobbin of white - all Anchor as it happens, purely coincidence. When I was really into cross stitch I always wound embroidery skeins onto flat cardboard 'bobbins' so they were kept untangled and also fitted into special partitioned boxes where you can see the range of colours at a glance. I must have been keen - I have three large boxes with every colour under the sun!

- and then spent quite a while actually sewing the sleigh - I used all six strands of the thread btw rather than split it, those holes are quite big. My guess, as I'm slow and picky and the image is quite solid, is a couple of hours or more. So not something to do if you're in a real hurry - ideal to do in front of the TV if football is on for example

- once the image was stitched - making sure that all crosses were all formed the same way,  just as you would when doing stitching on Aida fabric or linen - it was time to assemble the tag, and that was super fast and easy!

-  just backed the stitched tag with the additional kraft tag (this hides the back of your work and gives somewhere to write on if you just use it as a gift tag!) using narrow red line tape around the edges - glue would ooze through obviously

- then stuck the green top of the tag in place, using red line tape again and added the red 'ring' around the tag slit using a glue pen

- finally,  found one lonely snippet of white ribbon waiting patiently to be used, threaded it through the tag slit and tied it using a snippet of brown twine saved from a brown old fashioned label. Trimmed the ends of the ribbon and the twine to suit and that was it - done!

Here's some additional stuff I found out along the way. You can just draw the crosses onto the die cut tag - but I (personally) can't see it looking as effective without the tactile element- and there are lots of lovely patterns to be found, not only on the MFT website. Check out Pinterest for example or just small cross stitch patterns in general, on line, for ideas. My tag is an unashamed copy of one that MFT use to promote this die set :)

A hint I read is to pre-colour in the design, by drawing crosses using pens matched to your chosen threads (like the suggestion to not use threads) - and then stitch over it to ensure full coverage. I did start off this way and thought 'This really is a mug's game - I'm doing twice the work here' so I switched straight to using the thread and, because it's six strands thick, it covers perfectly anyhow. Also, I made a couple of (I corrected them - so don't check!) sewing mistakes along the way and of course you can't really unpick a Pro marker marker cross can you!
 
MFT also make a plain cross stitch rectangle die, and perhaps others - but it would be so easy to cut out the punched tag and just slice across the top. I might try that one next - maybe in an aperture - although there are some lovely and very effective patterns specifically for this die set. There's room to stamp a smallish sentiment on the green top part of the tag as well. Crumbs, anyone would think I worked for MFT. Sales pitch over!

Without you needing to guess, here's this week's Snippets Playground prize:
Yup, it's an  MFT 'Cross Stitch Tag' die set for the randomly selected winner - and of course, you can omit the cross stitch part if you really must and just make tags to stamp on by not using the 'holes part' of the die - choices, choices :) I'm so excited to have this 'find' to share with you as a prize - I really love it!

As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 4th August. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

It's a maximum of ONE entry and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. Please also link back to the Playground in your blog post to be eligible for the draw.

Remember, if you link into the Playground and don't say clearly that you're wanting to be in the draw in a comment on here, then you will be bypassed if your name comes out of Mr Linky. I'm sure you all know I ask for a positive 'yes' on the blog post - just in case you're playing only for fun - otherwise I ignore you on my little list.

Mr Linky is below - please let me know if you have any problems linking, it's easy for me to sort out so don't struggle on alone :)

Be sure to call back next week to see the fortnight's picks and the winner of the Art Impressions 'Doggy Kisses' set of stamps.

Hedgies are doing fine btw - eating for the UK it seems! No pitter patter of tiny paws yet - but Len is only reporting one or two hedgies each night. I'm keeping quiet but I think there could be at least one Mum in the undergrowth nearby with a little brood of new prickles waiting to descend on us. - he hasn't thought of that one as yet!

Love from Parsnip (on his prayer mat right now whimpering for rain - silly bear, he thinks we'll ALL be showering together with the birds and even Spike and friends if water restrictions come in!) and of course from me,