First, my snippets card for this week, and it all came together so easily you could have slapped me with a wet fish! I have a sneaky feeling I've only ever used this stamp once in all the years I've had it - naughty girl!
- 7" x 5" white card stock (Hobbycraft sell these in packs of 50, I think, very reasonably priced with envelopes and also in cream)
- all other card and papers from the snippets folder, the colours just fell together too - amazingly
- Penny Black image 'Hedge and Ducklings' stamped using Memento 'London Fog' ink pad then coloured with Pebbles chalks and Dove blender pen (am still raving about this here!) plus some tiny touches with a brown Whisper pen on the seed
- sentiment stamped using an Elzybells sentiment then die cut with a new set of Nesties 'Nested Lacy Pennants', which also includes three sizes of banners. I know, I know, I could snip them myself but the embossing would be a different matter :)
- green ribbon from the ribbon box, yellow button from the button box plus my latest trim - green metallic string! I've long admired this on Jules fabulous cards, and when she kindly said where she buys it from I was off like a whippet out of a trap! Thanks Jules, once again I spent a few pennies more than planned :)
I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Penny Black & More At Allsorts - the April challenge is 'Oh So Cute' I think this definitely qualifies :)
OK, now to the main event - the roll call! Oh boy, Mr Blogger is taking ages to load each entry so I could be working until next Easter at this rate!
First into the playground this week (do you all take it in turns to camp outside the gate?) was Sandra H with this lovely card for a chap of any age, although with some glasses of beer perhaps not so much for kiddies?! :) It's a fabulous image of a 'boy racer Teddy' with great background paper and a couple of great star shaped buttons which are the perfect finishing touch.
Elizabeth was really early this week with a monochrome card using a beautiful die cut silhouette as the main image. Some super embossing and black and white spotty ribbon and spotty card candi were almost the finishing touches - but Elizabeth seems to have an eagle eyed husband who had triumphantly brought home some black and white 'trim' from Halfords, the car and bike accessories store. Yes, I do recall the days when it was all the rage to put 'go faster stripes' onto cars too :) It all added up to a really stunning make!
Then, still on Sunday, Carol hopped in with such a cute corner bookmark - to see it go here. It's the sweetest image and I love the colours so much (not pink in case you haven't been to peek yet) - gorgeous colouring Carol and I can see a few folk emulating (ha, ha, a big word!) this. Mind you, I'd be worried about losing such a pretty bookmark so would keep it in my bedside book! Love the punched edging too :)
Jules was next, also on Sunday, with a fabulous card, made after raiding her brown and pink snippets. This is it here, and I just love it of course. At first I wondered if Jules had stitched the hearts onto the backing paper - it wouldn't have surprised me! Later on in the week we had some fabulous buttonholes on another card made by Jules, not a snippets one, so perhaps stitched hearts are in the offing? Her post did make me laugh as we'd been clearing our loft out and had also disposed of a load of ancient boxes from electrical goods, kept 'just in case'. And men say that we ladies are hoarders!
Then Laura raced in for a quick play, waving such a sweet card for the arrival of a baby girl. Of course, it's pink - yay - and the image is just darling. It's a Forever Friends one and just perfect for a new baby card - lovely backing papers, ribbon and a button to finish off - beautiful. I've just spotted Laura's countdown gadget on her blog, less than 140 days now until she finishes Uni. - I bet there's going to be some celebrating! Almost there now Laura :)
Liz brought what Kath described so rightly as a very peaceful Easter card, which you can see here. It sums up the true meaning of Easter with a cross and some beautiful lilies - very serene. The colouring is just perfect, Liz hasn't said if she coloured the image or not, and having been caught out by Stickeroos I can't tell - even though (and I kid you not) I had my nose pressed right up against the enlarged image here. Whatever, it's just perfect Liz.
Our Hazel seemed to have a busy week so a few less visits this week - hope she hasn't been in detention or something! Anyhow, this card is a real stunner - absolutely beautiful and such gorgeous peachy colours. Hazel used so many elements yet successfully didn't fall into my own trap of it looking like a couple of dogs had been fighting over it. Truly gorgeous. Next was a super card for a boy - great backing papers and I do love the little bicycle stamps that Hazel used. This was followed by a card using Basic Grey's Marrakesh papers, and they certainly remind me of the vibrant colours to be found in North Africa, plus some crocheted flowers for good measure - in bright and brave blue, the perfect foil for those yummy papers Hazel. Then we had this delightful card for a youngster, is there anyone who doesn't like Pooh, Tigger and Piglet? Len's pet name for me is Piglet, he reckons that Piglet and I tied at the end of the queue for common sense! Sometimes it's amazing he's still around, sigh :)
This week we had two visits from Bernie - the first one was to show a card for her DIL Vona, and to share the good news that Vona is to begin nursing training soon. This is after a 14 year gap - everyone is rightly so proud of Vona - and Bernie's gorgeous card sums it all up. To see go here - I just love the old fashioned feel to the card, great image and using deep red, white and black to such good effect - I just bet that Vona will love it too. Then Bernie scampered back with two beautiful Easter cards and a very funny Easter tale as well. Do go here for a smile and to see the lovely cards - one has some very delicate overlapping of a single tulip, I can do large bits when die cutting but this is really delicate stuff - plus a cute little Easter bonnet on the other card.....in pink, I'm in Seventh Heaven :)
Gilly also paid us two visits, the first one was using resist embossing for her Less Is More entry - such a pretty card and elegant at the same time, do go here to see for yourself. Eeek, I've just this minute realised that I used the same stamp for my LIM entry, although our cards were totally different thankfully. I see so many ideas hopping round you playmates that I do wonder if there's some auto-suggestion going on here! Gilly's next visit was to show this super-elegant 'tufted' card - I just love it Gilly, especially the finishing touch of the huge bow! I can't make out if it's dark grey or navy with white but whatever, it's so worth a look!
We also had two visits from Tammy (our Button Queen) - firstly bringing an Easter card with a really beautiful image of a rabbit, I say rabbit rather than bunny because it's just so lifelike. The colours used by Tammy for all the gorgeous embellishments are just stunning too. Then Tammy's next card here featured a luscious handmade felt flower, plus lots of button and other delights - all in lovely colours. Tammy often uses pinks, turquoise and yellows on her cards - bringing them a style of her own, just beautiful and brave combinations.
Mary whizzed in next with the most gorgeous tag which you can see here. Ribbon, flowers, lacy doily, butterflies, swirls and even a teeny little pair of scissors - just perfect! Mary teaches crafting and I'm not at all surprised, her work is beautiful - she also has a shed load of snippets! I've offered to go visit hauling an empty suitcase to help sort them out - and very calmly Mary said, 'Fine, just give me time to sort out the guest room' :)
Then Irene arrived, with the most beautiful sepia, green, ivory and white card . As always, a really elegant card and I love the stamps that Irene used for the sentiment. Not a Stickeroo to be seen :) I know a lot of you have picked up on those, they really are great for quick cards and do check out eBay if you're looking for them - as well as Handy Hippo. Great card Irene and your backing paper is so lovely I thought you'd stamped it!
Kath paid us her first visit - welcome to the playground! And such fun, Kath brought us a new piece of playground equipment to play on :) That's me hanging upside down! I did spend a lot of time hanging upside down as a child, often with a pretty dress tucked hurriedly into my knickers :) And guess what, Kath used a Stickeroo - and the bunting is such a fun finishing touch to a really charming card. I had such a sweet email from Kath, fretting that she hadn't hopped over to say 'Hello' to you all and offering to do 100 lines! I know that life is very busy for her right now - plus, seeing as we now have a climbing frame I think the lines can be forgotten! Do please try to say Hello to Kath if you haven't already, newcomers to the playground do take a little while to get used to our antics!
Then Linby trotted in, with a really eye catching teal and black card - silhouettes are very popular right now it seems. The images of the ladies are raised, and like many of us, Linby struggled to take a photo of that but we know what you mean anyhow Linby. When you go and look, I think you'll agree that the clothing looks so 1940's - very elegant indeed, and the contrast between black and teal is so lovely!
Lynne arrived next, after a little break away from the playground - welcome back! And just wait until you go and see these beautiful cards - all featuring rolled flowers, they're really gorgeous. I think we all need to give Lynne a little bit of support right now too - her little grand daughter Ruby is currently undergoing chemo - before an operation, and it must be such a stressful time. Crafting is a good way to relax I know, but it doesn't take all the worries away. One of Lynne's daughters will be having a sponsored head shave soon to raise funds for The Candlelighters Trust, a Yorkshire based charity who support families with children suffering from cancer. Please think positive thoughts for Ruby.
Karen T was next in with such sweet cards and a darling little gift bag too - which you can see here. Chicks, bunnies and lambs all feature in Karen's makes with some real 'Easter colours', yellows of course, and pinks and blues. All lovely! I can vouch for that as we have one of the cards plus a goodie bag here right now - the goodie bag is hidden from the two-legged mouse until later today :)
Next to arrive was Sam, with a little clutch of Easter cards. Again very traditional and just beautiful. You can see them here - they really are stunning, when you hop over to look make sure you enlarge the images to see just how beautiful the colours are on the crosses. Wisely, Sam kept a couple back as sympathy cards - like me she can find them difficult to make on receiving sad news. Ah, and celebrations too - it was Sam's 200th post as well! Go Sam!
Sarn was next with this cute little chap. And, not content with a terrific image, Sarn also decoupaged the little fella! He's the sweetest little dog and wearing what any well-dressed dog should wear, a paw-print patterned tie of course :) I love how the colours all go together so well Sarn - brilliant card as always! That reminds me of when I had two little bichon frises (little white balls of fluff) and each Christmas Day I used to tie huge red satin bows onto their collars before their Christmas morning walk. A bit of quiet revenge there as I was always 'too busy getting ready for my ex-H's family to arrive for Christmas lunch' to go on said walk - bet he felt a bit of a clown!
Next, and a bit later than usual this week, was Brenda -with a really stunning Christmas card, almost white on white but cleverly using touches of blue and a variety of different embossing - it's gorgeous Brenda! The layout is really unusual and works so well - and, oh dear, that's another fabulous Penny Black stamp on my wish list. Such a simple and elegant stamp, perfectly foiled by the embossing and other touches. Great stuff Brenda!
Mrs A raced in next - our duckpond diva :) And, what a lovely Easter bonnet card too - a perfect shape and the most beautiful flowers, all hand painted in such vibrant colours too! Do go and see here - can't you just see Mrs A bobbing up and down on her pogo stick with this sliding over her eyes :) Actually, there's a more serious side to Mrs A - she truly does paint some fabulous pictures - here's one. But, the naughty side is never far away either - after I'd teased about her having inky violet coloured fingers the little minx quipped back that she'd been paying for everything with coins in shops this week for fear of looking suspicious handing over banknotes :)
Oh dear, that reminded me of a little tale if you have the time to read it:
A friend of a friend was visiting friends (still with me?) many years ago when plaque disclosing tablets had first come out. She was a nosy little soul and when she went to use their bathroom she had a poke round in their bathroom cabinet and found a packet of said 'disclosing' tablets. Betcha know what's next, in a moment of pure madness she popped on into her mouth to try it - and after about 20 minutes frantically swilling etc. realised she'd have to return to the dinner party (it couldn't have just been a quiet cup of tea just with them could it!!). Without saying a word, she sat down and then opened her mouth in a wide grin - to reveal one set of bright blue teeth! Those tablets had well and truly worked and once everyone had picked themselves up from the floor laughing her 'hostess' quietly turned to her husband and said 'Darling, do you think we should get a lock for the bathroom cabinet?'. Snort, snort!! Absolutely true, cross my heart!!
Oh dear, more giggles here at midnight - I found this little beauty from Mrs A - left in the playground for us all to see. I don't want to spoil the surprise but it did make me laugh and is so worth 'hopping' over to see what the Easter Bunny left for Mrs A :) Please do go if you want a smile - that Mrs A cracks me up, although sometimes it scares me too, knowing she lives somewhere not too far from me :)
Maggie raced in with four beautiful cards - all very different too. Three feature Clarity stamps - the first is a lovely barge scene, the second is a feast of flowers in a border, all beautifully coloured too and the third is a very elegant Christmas card featuring holly boughs. Do make sure that you especially enlarge the second card to see all the work that Maggie has put into the intricate colouring. The fourth and final card from Maggie is a really sweet Christmas card - and the image looks possibly German to me, it's very much in the style of Hummel. A little boy in the snow and so cute Maggie!
Lyn dashed in yesterday afternoon waving a really lovely egg shaped Easter card, decorated to look like a really special Easter egg wrapped in purple complete with ribbon and little flowers. It really is very pretty and some of the flowers almost look like the sugar paste ones that I remember from way back on very special Easter eggs. I love it!
Then, Mary H arrived with this lovely card - it's really stunning using the 'velveteen technique' and ferns plus a pretty butterfly! Do take a peek - and be sure to enlarge the photo, the detail is beautiful. OK, OK, I confess - the velveteen technique is a new one on me so I need to find out more - perhaps a little ferret round Mary's blog will help?! Mary is relatively new to blogging and this is her very first time playing with us so it would be really nice if you could call by and give her some encouragement.
Hope you're having a lovely Easter - I'm cooking us a mini Christmas dinner this evening. We both love Christmas fare so it's a turkey crown and all the trimmings here later, hmm, it's really Wintery weather here too - plus it means a couple of days with cold cuts etc. so I'm not really as stupid as I look :)
Mr Linky is below as usual.
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 :)