Saturday 28 April 2012

Pixie's Crafty Snippets Challenge - 18

I just closed the challenge as am off to bed with painkillers for company and a buzzing head after a brilliant day. The wedding stationery was collected and much loved and I had a great late afternoon/early evening too :) So, if you're early - this is gonna be posted right now and you might be first into the playground - have an extra go on the swings, but strictly NO go-karts Sam!

Normal service has had to be curtailed a bit, and not as much of my sad humour, but I couldn't let a week pass without doing the roll call. The card I'd hoped to publish today appeared yesterday in a different post altogether (not planned!) and there just wasn't time to make another. The snippets I used were for the sentiment - for more detail, just hop back to yesterday here :)
Guess who!!? And, although it's twice published, 'the birthday' was ages ago so it's allowed :)

Err, we did meet early yesterday evening - just imagine one short quite plump mouse with cold sores (me!) against a very elegant and bubbly lady. I say no more, but we had fun in the short time we had.......and I didn't get a single Gibbs slap - probably as I'd worked out how we could leave the hotel without doing a tour of the local area :) Nightmare! A great intro. when your pal has to run to the car and direct you out of a dead end - thanks Sat Nav. - and thanks Sarn for a lovely meet! xx

Another really busy week in the playground, despite the rain - or perhaps due to the rain keeping us all producing crafty things:)

Judy hopped in first this week, with two lovely bright and cheerful snippets cards which you can see here. Lots of lovely colours and certainly what we needed, and with her usual sense of humour Judy even showed us her mess, tip, err crafty stuff on the floor and everywhere else! What tickled me was Judy saying she needs to have a word with the maid - I guess we must share the same maid then :)

Next was Sandra H - pipped to the gates this week. And what a great Penny Black Christmas card Sandra brought along to show - lots of lovely embellishments and the cutest hedgie image as well. To see what I mean, go here - isn't it super? I love the red and gold Sandra - the swirls are such a lovely finishing touch..

Carol was next with this fantastic Christmas gift bag - amazing what you can do with a plain white bag as a starting point, plus snippets of course. A whole load of work has gone into this, a gorgeous snowman image perfectly set off with fabulous embossed backing and plenty of snowflakes too. Crumbs, even lace, tinsel and a charm as well - someone is going to treasure this bag as much as the contents I suspect.

Next was Linby (Lynn) with this really beautiful card. I love the lettering and the teal goes so well with the crispness of the white. So clever to use the negatives from a previous card too - I wonder how many of use would have thought to keep those and come up with this lovely result? And the butterflies are a perfect finishing touch. Oooer, Lynn also brought rhubarb and custard sweets - amongst my favourites so I pulled rank and had 'first dibs' :)

Helen brought a super Christmas card to show - to see for yourself hop over here. I just love the die cut bauble and the gold mesh reminds me I have some hidden away somewhere too - it's such a lovely card Helen. White, red and green are always perfect partners for Christmas cards - and this works so well making a really striking card!

Next was Tammy, with this really beautiful card, predominantly pink and turquoise - colours that Tammy always uses so well together. A really pretty bow and some lovely roses too Tammy. I know a lot of us were saddened to read the rest of Tammy's post - the price of war never comes cheap sadly :( Later on in the week, Tammy hopped back - this time bringing such a pretty 'Thinking of You' card in lovely soft shades, with a perfect touch of turquoise again. I do love how Tammy uses burlap so effectively as well. If I tried that it would look as if I'd raided a sack of potatoes or something :( Brilliant cards Tammy.

Gilly found time to break off from wedding preparations and brought this super  'Card Purse' to show - complete with a link to instructions how to make it. It's really elegant and the combination of black and turquoise is fabulous Gilly. Which reminds me - talking of weddings - are you all making snippets confetti and polishing your trimmers to form a little guard of honour for Gilly's big day soon? :)

We had a lot of visits from Hazel this week, after a quiet week last week your sure have been busy Hazel! Firstly we had this great set of five Christmas cards, then some of the cutest little Easter inchies - inchies sure are popular right now - then a super set of ATCs here - there's been a little batch production line going at 'Chez Hazel' this past week. Then Hazel brought a Christmas card, using a traditional image but more contemporary papers etc. - and they work so well together too. A beautiful 'foiled' bicycle image featured on Hazel's next card, and I'm sure it's a penny farthing too? We have a very small framed picture of a similar bicycle here which was made using an old English penny and a farthing - it doesn't say 'break glass in case of emergency' though :) After that, Hazel hopped back with such a cute Baby Card - made using mulberry paper - I bet a lot of us remember wetting and tearing that at some time? Such a sweet card Hazel and I love the embellishments you used. Aha, then there was a card using an owls image - and what a stunning image too - love the blue papers and flowers, which don't detract from such a gorgeous picture. Then, one of my favourite Penny Black images - those cute little hedgies doing a crossword which you can see here. Love the way you stuck to black and white Hazel with the backing papers and ribbon snippets, brilliant! Next, told you Hazel's been busy, another owl card - but so different to the one I mentioned above - yet really great as well. I wonder how many of us QVC shoppers have some of this little cutie in our hidden supplies? I sure do, it's from a Dawn Bibby kit which came with absolutely loads of toppers, card stock, sentiments and trims. Hazel didn't use the matching card from the original pack - and showed that you can be brave :) What a haul this week Hazel - great stuff!

Jules made it to the playground last Sunday - with a male card to beat most here. Well, I bet most of you have already seen it but if not - go and peek now. I love the shirt and the clever touch of shirt buttons (bet we've all got loads of those) - plus the little ties and absolutely perfect backing papers really make this into one brilliant card. I'm so pleased that Jules still hops in as we know (only too well) that making wedding invitations is a time consuming business - thanks for starting all this off Jules :)

Next was Irene - with such a pretty 'inchies' card, absolutely perfect for using up those little snippets. I know I never throw away even the smallest snippets if I can help it and this card is a perfect example of using them just brilliantly Irene, so well balanced too. Then, Irene came back with another way of using inchies - here - plus a Penny Black Stickeroo. A really soft and very pretty card was the result - the colour combination from the Stickeroo is so perfectly echoed in the inchies Irene! Aw, and I do love the tiny gem in the sentiment :)

Carys has been very quiet lately - but she hopped into the playground with a really clever card this week, for an 18th Birthday. I think I was a bit slow on the uptake - I saw a really great guitar card, but didn't realise right away that it was formed out of a 1 and an 8. So clever Carys! Hope you come back to play again really soon as you have some brilliant ideas!

Then Rach arrived with a 'Bon Voyage' card - all red, white and blue and using a great digi image from Spyder's Corner. I love the way it all echoes the Australian flag Rach - really super make. A lot of thought has gone into making this a really perfect card and I did smile about children being taught to empty their shoes before putting them on for fear of nasty creepy crawlies, that brought back memories of life in Singapore :)

Karen hopped in twice this week, firstly with the sweetest little mini-book - plus really good instructions on how to make it! Oh, I do love little tutorials Karen, thanks so much for showing how it's done, and what a lovely result too, a perfect way to use up snippets as well. Then we had another visit from Karen, this time with a card combining both snippets and Rudolph Day and there's still time to nip over to Sarn's with a Christmas card for Rudolph Day - you have until 8pm UK time on Wednesday 2nd May :) Karen's card here is so pretty, lilacs and white with snowflakes and the cutest snowmen - just perfect for Christmas, I love it! Like so many of us, Karen's heart was in her mouth when doing the direct stamping - I know just how many cards I've ruined right at the very last stamping :(

Next was Lynne, and first of all - Ruby had her operation and is running round very happily already. Lynne's card is absolutely fabulous - a Get Well card, made for Ruby. Such gorgeous bright colours and the cutest image of a little girl with a watering can (I bet loads of us know of little ones obsessed with watering cans) - plus luscious ribbon and lots of pretty flowers. I bet this was a real hit Lynne! And great news that Ruby's operation went so well - fingers still need to be crossed for continued progress.

Mary Mac was next - with a brilliant WOYWW post. Yes, there's a terrific snippets card of course, love the red and white Mary. I'm not sure if the second card used snippets or not, but it's beautiful. Plus, lots of other lovely photos - and, a video of the blue jay Mummy feeding the nestlings! So worth a visit to see - I was enthralled Mary - and I expect they will have changed a lot when you return from your trip. Hope you had a great time!

Sam paid us two visits this week - firstly with a super layout, featuring Dobby the dog :) Great papers and embellishments Sam - and I wonder if you have to physically eject Dobby from his very comfy place when you want to sit and watch the world go by? Love the mix of colours you used too. Then, next time Sam brought no fewer than 30 Christmas gift tags to show. All using the same stamp but with different coloured card, ribbons and colouring to match. A brilliant way to use up more snippets Sam :)

Next was Lyn, with a card that really made me smile entitled 'Dancing Donkey'. Not only is it a really great card but the story is also very funny - I do see a bit of a resemblence to 'Donkey' in Shrek films. And, from the story I bet it could well be saying 'Are we there yet'. Do go and take a peek if you want a smile - thanks Lyn!!

Laura was next, in between a lot of studying and also working on her dissertation for Uni. This is what Laura had made - a really clean and crisp Christmas card - great LOTV image, super papers and an all round winner I think. The end of studies is in sight for Laura - hang in there girl :) But hope you still find time to come and play for some light relief.

Maggie was next, with a card also made for the Less Is More challenge, to use a charm on a card. And what a beautiful card Maggie made - an oriental lady with a fan shaped charm, just perfect! The image is so elegant and the fan shaped charm works perfectly Maggie - love the colours too. Not only that - using those mica powders created a fabulous effect to go with the Dufex image as well.

Next came Bernie, with a tale about Spring storms that almost sent me diving for cover under the bed! Plus, such a fabulous Thank You card - another one of Bernie's makes that you just say 'Wow' at! You really must go and see if you haven't already been - the Morning Glory scrambling up the trellis is a fabulous touch Bernie - and the colour is just perfect. A finishing touch of a beautiful butterfly just makes this so lovely. 

Elizabeth was our next playmate, with a really lovely Christmas card - and a shaped one at that. It's true I think, these aren't easy to make but you sure cracked it Elizabeth! Lots of fabulous detail and layers, making for a really vintage look - lovely papers, ribbons, flowers and pins to name but a few. I love it, and the Bo Bunny image is just beautifully set off by the rest of the card.

Next came Tara - with this fabulous card. Go on - don't tell me that some of you can't relate to it right now?! It's brilliant Tara - love the colours and that image is adorable, But, it's the sentiment that really sums it all up I think! When you hop over, make sure you look really closely at the gorgeous paper piecing Tara has done - it's really fine trimming there and just perfect. A hit Tara, especially this week :)

It was great to see Brenda back playing, fresh from holiday, and bringing a really elegant Christmas card to show. Turquoise and browns always go so well together and this is no exception - I love it Brenda! I did smile about the sentiment stamp being a 'No Name' one - shame as I bet a few of us would really love to have that one, The snowflake is a perfect addition too.

M paid us her first visit this week, with this terrific card. It's been made for a friend who is currently going through the loooong selection process of joining the RAF. Do go and take a look as M is a fairly new blogger and encouragement is really uplifting when you start out. It's very clever - he's apparently a film buff and the play on the words 'Admit One' is brilliant. Love the music background too M - hope you come back and play again :)

OK girls, that's this week's roll call - I woke yesterday morning hardly able to walk or sit down and am amazed I managed to do this posting at all. The power of painkillers eh?! I had a dream that I was fighting a polar bear and think I perhaps lost as well :(

Mr Linky is below as usual. Hope you have a great week, and that the sun finally comes out to play a bit - I'm fed up of emptying your wellies out:)


The only conditions to playing nicely in the Snippet Playground are that your card (or anything else you wish to bring here to show) must be made by using up snippets (card, paper, lace and ribbon are all fine), and a link back to here in your own blog posting will mean that you'll be included in the Weekly Roll Call. Oh, and no nipping or hair pulling of course :) 


  1. Hello Di,

    It sounds as if you've been sickly. I hope you feel better soon!! I always enjoy reading the snippets post but have yet to come play.

    Take care,

  2. Hi Di

    So pleased you had a good day.

    Is that a drink induced headache I wonder? LOL!!

    Joking apart I hope you feel much, much better when you wake up tomorrow.

    How can I be first in the playground? I haven't even rummaged in my snippets yet!!

    See you tomorrow.

    Love Jules xx

  3. Heh Di, sorry to hear you've had to go to bed early with tabs, maybe it was too much laughing or crafty technique overload this afternoon. Either way l hope you feel better in the morning Mrs.

    Thanks for another great write-up, your truly are a star.

    Sleep tight, big hugs Rach xx

  4. Sorry to read that your otherwise brilliant day has ended so badly and I wish you a speedy recovery. Afraid I won't be first in the playground either, not even got out my box of tricks today. Wishing you a better day tomorrow. Hugs, Elizabeth x

  5. Aw Di, headaches and cold sores don't sound the least bit fun. You need to elect a playground monitor so you can get some rest. Hope you will be feeling better real soon. Glad to hear the invites are behind you and you had a nice visit with Sandra.
    The moment I saw your card yesterday I knew who it was for. Fantastic job on the chickens. Love that image and, and well its blue Di, you know I love it. :)
    Get better.
    Hugs & Love

  6. Ouch! I hope you are feeling better! I have headaches/migraines and it's miserable. I wonder if it's from blowing your whistle trying to keep everybody playing nicely and out of the mud in the playground???'s been plenty wet on my side of the pond too!

    Hope to find some playtime this week. My son put me on red which means I am in time out!

  7. Good to read that you had a great day, although I do hope you headache has eased this morning [[hugs]].

    Great post as always and a gorgeous card, its beautiful :)

    Enjoy your Sunday, Hugs, Karen xx

  8. Morning Di quick post as getting ready for going out Thank you once again for your lovely comments and another great challenge too! number 18 time is going so fast, love your entry as always there are some really beauties and great inspiration to be taken from all ..............have a lovely day:)xx

  9. Great snippets roll call, as ever Di. Only sorry I didn't get a chance to play last week. Extra homework for me this week.

    LOVELY to meet you properly at long last. Am hoping you feel much better today.

    You know I love this snippets card!!!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  10. Hope you feel better soon. I've really enjoyed using some scraps up this afternoon. Thank you xx

  11. Here at last .. .. sorted my snippets!!

    Hope you are starting to feel a bit better Di .. .. perhaps you spent too long out in the rain on playground duty last week!

    Love Jules xx

  12. Hope you're feeling better Di, nowt worse than a buzzing head!
    Hope the playground dries up a bit this week cos I got my knickers all wet coming down the slide on my way in!
    Still like your card:)
    Carol x

  13. Doh, l forgot to link yesterday. Thanks for the reminder Di, hope you are feeling better?

    Soup smelt amazing last night, can't wait till lunchtime :)

    Have a great day xx

  14. Just realised in my haste to post that I forgot to leave a comment! Really hope you're felling better by now Di, was it the shock of meeting up with Sarn, lol!! Sorry Sarn!! Sounds like she really loved this card, so glad you didn't have to have a Gibbs slap too!!


  15. Sorry to hear you were poorly - hope you're back to normal by now (meant to leave a comment earlier, sorry) - love your snippet card, very pretty. Hope you have a good week - keep your wellies close by x

  16. Hi Di, sorry just catching up! Hope you are feeling much better now. I posted up a snippets card yesterday and have only just realised I didn't link it. Duh! Done it now though :) Thanks for the lovely mention in the roll call, people will be sick of the word 'dissertation' soon on my blog!
    Laura xx

  17. Sorry I missed the playground last week, too many hospitals got in the way. Catching up this week! Karen x

  18. Hello Di, skipped in to link my snippet homework - and not late this week which is something of a change for me :) Off to catch up on your recent posts. Elizabeth x

  19. I'm with Elizabeth, I am linking and then I'm skipping off to see what everyone's been up to. Being on Holiday for a week, I'm behind on everything! See you on the playground.

  20. Hope your cold sores are healing up nicely. I'm slowly drying out from the wet weather at the weekend. Most of the pictures had to be taken inside. After carefully sewing ribbons onto the ring cushion and them making their way down the aisle without mishap, the Vicar untied them placed them on her order of service and promptly dropped em on the floor!!! They were found minutes later under her robe. (Reckon she had been sipping the alter wine meself.) This isn't actually what I had intended to do this week but as it fits the bill why not. Will add the proper one after I have done a bit of safe cracking. (Got a couple of keys to alter first).
    Hugs Mrs A.

  21. Hello Di, you've already spotted my latest creation, before I got a chance to message you, so just saying thanks for your kind comment. Hugs, Elizabeth x

  22. Hello Di, I'm afraid I'm keeping you rather busy this week. But I've really got through an awful lot of snippets so I'm skipping with glee :) Elizabeth x

  23. So what time is the rave starting? Have I missed it already?
    My plastic bags worked a treat . Hang on I think I spie smoke coming from over behind the bushes. Will pop back later if there is time. Hugs Mrs A.


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