Sunday, 14 September 2014

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 142

First of all, a HUGE thank you for all your Birthday wishes, cards and gifts! It was a lovely day from start to finish :)

And straight into my snippets card:
I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- image and sentiment are from the Unity Stamp Itty Bitty set called 'Bouncy Blue'. I stamped the baby buggy using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured it using Whispers pens. The sentiment was stamped by colouring the stamp with the same blue Whispers pen and 'huffing' on it before stamping

- the turquoise card (SU's 'Tempting Turquoise' came from the snippets folder and the pale blue, plus the little snippets, are from Me To You's 'Spring Chic' paper pad

- the hexagons were die cut using Spellbinders hexagon dies - although I did the turquoise mat by drawing round the outside of the die I'd used to cut the image with and then cut it by hand

It had to be a super-fast make when we got back home from  a celebratory lunch on Friday!

This week's picks are:
What a fun card, made by Hazel - and the paw-print binding is a great touch!

I love this wedding card, made by Sam - tons of lovely die cuts too. I'm sure I saw a whisper somewhere yesterday that it's a very special Wedding Anniversary this weekend for Sam and her Simon - congratulations!

A really super 'screens' card made by Brenda - those adorable dresses and bags are fabulous snippets busters!

Who wouldn't love to be sent a Christmas card as beautiful as this one, made by Val. Just perfect.

Hazel (kbrandy4) made this stunning Christmas card - I love the idea of having an acetate front (you can just see it if you look closely enough) with a smaller image on so you can see the paper on the inside of the card.

Oh I did giggle at this super little snippets make, brought to share by Elizabeth. She's an Amigurumi penguin (named Priscilla!), crocheted using snippets of wool. So cute!

Lynn is one of our Playground jokers - and this week she came up with a real lulu of a card :) Tee, hee.

We had one new playmate this week, which was quieter than it has been recently - possibly due to the schools returning.

Can you please welcome Craft Nerd (aka Sarah) to the Playground. Hope you come back to play with us often Sarah!

The winner of last week's prize (the Woodware 'Tweet Birds' stamp set) is:
Well done Lucy! Can you please drop me an email ( with your address and I'll post the stamp set off to you this coming week.
And here's this coming week's prize:
It's a stamp set the same as the one I used today (Unity Itty Bitty 'Bouncy Blue'), another one the same as the one I used on Friday's card here (Unity Itty Bitty 'Happy Happy Happy') - plus a great Studio G stamp set called 'It's Your Birthday' - which was kindly donated by Cornelia. So a cute selection - just right for those smaller cards too.

As usual, the Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 20th September and will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

Maximum of three entries and please say 'No thank you' in a comment if you wish to still play but not be the winner of the prize. As always, if you only fancy one or two parts of the prize then just say and I would do further draw(s) if your name pops out.

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 :)

Have a great week!
Di (and the usual happy wave from Parsnip of course)

Friday, 12 September 2014

Is it a butterfly, a bug, a bee or a teddy with wings?

Either way, it's a stamp that makes me giggle - and so I inked it up for the first time for two challenges:

Darnell's 'NBUS Challenge #2' - to celebrate over 600 followers. Way to go Darnell and so generous too! There are five $25 vouchers to be won but I'm just playing for fun as I was really lucky and won the first time Darnell did this challenge. I used my winnings to buy some Spellbinders dies - which will pop up on here soon.

And of course, I want to join in with Mrs A's 'Butterfly Challenge' - where you have to include a bug, so it can join in the Ugly Bug Ball! I think this little chap  (wot I finks is really a teddy/bee pretending to 'bee' a butterfly) qualifies for sure :)

I used:

- 5" x 5" square white card blank

- papers from the MME 'Sunshine' paper pad. I die cut the hexagon (using a Spellbinders Nestie) out of the centre of the turquoise backing paper and the mustard coloured papers are snippets which were tucked into the back of the same pad

- the image and sentiment were stamped in Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink using  the Unity Itty Bitty set called 'Happy Happy Happy'

- then I coloured the image  using Pro Markers - sigh, and went over the edge so had to carefully fussy cut round him, and then I added some Clear Wink of Stella to the black markings on his wings

- the sentiment was punched out using a Hobbycraft Label punch and a small hole punch, before I added more Wink of Stella to the large 'Happy' word

- almost forgot, a strip of self adhesive ribbon to hide the join in the mustard papers, plus some domed 'sparkly' thingies - one on the label and three in one corner

Oh, and a stamp set the same as this one is one of three parts to next week's Snippets Playground prize too :)

We'll be out celebrating my Birthday today - but Parsnip is watching the Playground like a hawk, so no mischief please!


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

A touch of sunshine

I literally had about 10 minutes craft play the other day (if you don't include drying time) and rustled this up:
I used:

- a snippet of SU's 'Daffodil Delight' card stock to make the small card blank (it's about 3.75" square)

- black backing card, die cut using a Spellbinders square die

- a snippet of water colour card, sprinkled with little touches of lemon, yellow and orange Brushos, then lightly misted with water and left to dry

- a cone flower stamp which came free with Craft Stamper magazine, stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink pad - then I die cut the whole Brusho'd square, again using a Spellbinders square die

- three black round glossy Josy Rose nail heads

Job done :)


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Less is More- Week 188 - Colour Challenge

For this month's colour challenge over at Less is More it's


For a couple of days I thought that was it for me, inspiration had gone for a looooong walk, sigh.

Then, yesterday morning, I stumbled across a pre-printed sentiment - out of which this card was born washed out piccie but I weren't up to doing a whole repeat routine, sorry:
I used:

- Hunkydory slightly 'flittered' mint coloured card stock, just folded into A6

- plain chocolate satin ribbon, topped with narrower chocolate/white spotted organza ribbon

- the sentiment that started it all off - made by Craftwork Cards (many years old now!) and it just about sums up my view on dark 'chocklit'

- five Craftwork cards Candi dots in different shades of chocolate :) You can take the creamy white one if you like - me no likey dose ones - ack, bleurgh!


Sunday, 7 September 2014

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 141

And we're into September - already so soon. There are few few 'lurgies' doing the rounds and we've not been exempt here so I'll keep this quite short and sweet. First of all, here's my snippets card - a sooper-dooper fast make:

I used:

- A6 Kraft card blank

- robin and holly stamps from the Woodware 'Tweet Birds' set (in fact these little guys could be coloured differently to make little blue tits or such), stamped onto a snippet of white card and coloured with Pro Markers

- then cut with such a useful die from the Spellbinders 'Resplendent Rectangles' set and a little red gem added as the holly berry

- sentiment was stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black' using a stamp from the Personal Impressions 'Many Greetings' set

- the background papers are snippets from LOTV's 'Classic Christmas' paper pad

The current challenge over at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge is 'Do you hear what I hear' and, as I love to hear our local robin singing, this card fits the bill - oops, unintentional pun there! Of course I'm also entering this into Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for September, where it's always 'Anything goes'.

So let's run through this week's picks, as always such a difficult choice from all your beautiful work girls:

I love this fun card made by KT Fit Kitty - such a bright and cheerful splash of Summer!

And at the opposite end of the seasons - what a super Christmas card made by Sandra H!

I think this is such a lovely card, and the vellum flowers are breathtaking - made by Cathy R. And how clever to back one of them with solid card too - it just makes the composition perfect!

A trip to Sally's is a 'must' this week girls! The snippets are the image backings - and even more exciting is that Sally has videos showing you just how to create scenes like the one on this beautiful card above.

Isn't this such an adorable card - made by Ileana? Such a great idea to paper piece the birdies using a page from an old book - plus Ileana designed and handmade the little bird houses herself.

I really love this set of little note cards made by AJ - what a super way to use up little snippets :)

And I totally adore this beautiful card, made by Kate. Tons of snippets used and it's just so, so beautiful!

And, we have three new playmates as well:
Veronica brought us this lovely Christmas tree card.

This little sweetie-pie bearing flowers was made by Kathy T.

And Christi brought us this cute card, partying cats complete with little snippety hats! :)

What fun - our three new playmates all arrived almost one after another during the week. I'm always curious how peeps find the Playground - it would be great if you could pop over to say hello to them :)

The winner of last week's prize of the JustRite 'Burlap Background' stamp is:

Maarit has been playing with us regularly in the Playground since March and this is her first win, so well done Maarit! Just shows, the number 13 can be lucky :) Can you please send me your home address and I'll post the stamp to you as soon as possible (

And this coming week's prize is:

Yup, it's a Woodware 'Tweet Birds' stamp set, just like the one I used today. There are nine little birdies for you to play with, plus a couple of sentiments and two holly sprigs. The birds are about 1.25" in size.

As usual, the Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 13th September and will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

Maximum of three entries and please say 'No thank you' in a comment if you wish to still play but not be the winner of the prize.

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 :)

And a big PS from me - I don't know how, but some of you know I have a Birthday later this week. A few cards already arrived - but being like a kid I quickly peeked and then popped them back into their envelopes to appreciate properly on 'the day'.  Thank you so much and I'll be in touch once I legitimately look at them - it's really so very kind of you - err, please remember I pay our postman's tip at Christmas based on volume of deliveries :) Sooooooooooooo, just raise a glass wherever you are and take a big slurp for me - that will do nicely.

And, I actually went to bed this afternoon - Saturday - to read and then sleep for a few hours. That is just soooo out of the normal frame as I never, ever, just crash during the day however I feel, sigh. Len is currently heating me up some soup with nicely buttered (OK Flora'd if you really must!) and cut into dinky pieces of bread - bless him :).

I'm OK but am worried that our lovely friend Elizabeth is down with something similar so do please go and give her hugs. And also Karen has been having a rough ride lately, so she could do with some love as well.

Di (and the usual happy wave from Parsnip of course)

Saturday, 6 September 2014

The winner of Joanna Sheen's Voucher to celebrate 300 followers is..............

........................ a really lovely lady who quietly and quite loyally follows me, makes beautiful cards, plays nicely in the Snippets  Playground and always with such inspiring detail about her work. The only rather big problem is that she has never yet accepted my offer to carry her bags when she goes to visit her equally lovely sister (Kate) in Spain - and we would, all three of us have a blast, plus I know how to make my own bed each morning, sigh.

Each morning at boarding school, UK Forces one in Germany a lot of years ago, we had to totally strip our beds right down to the mattress, fold the bedding neatly on top (Army style!), do our allotted chores which were done on a rota (empty waste bin, shake bedside mats outside (a dressing gown was useful to protect school uniform from said dust!), dust surfaces and dressing table/drawer units, tidy inside wardrobes and drawers etc., sweep parquet floor, and then open all the windows wide (yep, in snow as well) before trotting off demurely from one building to another to be fed breakfast.

On our return we then had to do the reverse and make the beds up again and leave the 'dorm' spick and span'. If your drawers (snigger) weren't tidy enough then, whilst you were at lessons in the morning, Matron used to tip them out onto your bed and you lost precious 'room points' that term - sigh. Been there and got the T-shirt more than once.

You know what - I do blame Frau Haberkost (our lovely but formidable German Matron) for a lot of my rebellious ways in that I hate housework and order at times, until she hops onto my shoulder and nags me!!

BUT, it had a load of good points too 'cos as an only kid I learned to be with others (many of whom are my most, MOST loved friends to this day), I had a pretty stable and also 'bracing' environment from 13 to 18 years old .............and it was co-ed!! Yay - boys!! :) Oh - and of course a settled schooling which gave us the best chance as UK Forces kids of having a stable education at one single school :)

And did I already say there were boys? Snigger - I just deleted a whole paragraph here :)

ANYHOW - after all the rambling, I do hope you will all be as pleased as me to know that the winner of the £30 Joanna Sheen voucher is:

Well done Jean - can you please let me have your snail mail address and I'll pop the voucher in the post ASAP (

My love and thanks to everyone who joined in - as always I wish I had a voucher for all of you.

When we hit 400 then there will be another draw - until then, do come and play in the Snippets Playground where it's such fun, and I'm always truly happy to see a bit of 'mussed up' stuff after so many years of being a 'tidy bunny'.



Friday, 5 September 2014

300 followers celebration

Wahoo, after bobbing up and down like a little cork for what seemed to be ages - for now I seem to have stabilised at 300+ followers.

So, as promised, here's a little celebration. Not as huge as some I've seen but then we do have weekly Playground prizes which dips into my pocket money too :)

Violets Everyday £30 Gift Voucher - Click to view product

It's a Joanna Sheen voucher to the value of £30. What's good about Joanna Sheen is that they send post free - to the UK and also overseas - you get to spend the whole voucher on goodies. Plus, JS always has such a wide choice so you'd be bound to find something nice :)

All you need to do to be in with a chance is to leave a comment saying you'd like to be included. Simple as that - oh, and of course make sure you're following me :)

This will be a sticky post until I do the draw on Friday 5th September.