Saturday 18 August 2012

Pixie's Crafty Snippets Challenge - 34

Snigger, I bet this caught you out - am off to read in bed for a change - so I've posted this early (and already linked to In the Pink even) just for you night owls, who could already be jumping up and down clattering the Playground gates, wanting to come and play:)

I do think someone stole this last week, but the sun is shining at last! My snippets make is also for the new challenge called 'In the Pink', where it's Anything Goes'  (grin, or 50 Shades of Pink) right now - a few friends have kindly pointed it out as being 'slightly to my taste' but it was already 'on the radar' here, my eyes miss nothing pink in the crafting world:)
I used:

- 6" x 6" white petal edged card stock

- all papers came from the snippets folder, the patterned one is originally from the truly lovely 12" x 12" DCWV 'Preppy Princess paper' stack

- dies used are the Nestabilities Moroccan set which were then embossed wiv me new Swiss Dots folder (the dies work brilliantly now that I've added some Release Foam) and  a couple of rose leaves from a Marianne Creatables spiral rose set.

- butterflies are punched with my much loved Xcut Dimensions Butterfly Punch and then some pearls (from Hobbycraft) added

- the huge flower came from my big box of flowers, ribbon from the ribbon box and more pink pearls added along the petal edge with a strip of the patterned backing paper on the back piece of the card behind

Yay, just one week's roll call this time :) It's still quite a long one so I hope you don't mind if I rattle through them a bit - the sunshine is calling.

First in was Hazel with (as I write) 6 entries this week. Bless, she has said that really with as many as hers she'd probably just say go to Hazel's blog Here - but, when I can, it's only fair to try to cover each card. First up was this sweet (literally) Christmas card - love the gingerbread man and I bet Jules will adore the hearts! Next was this baubles and bows Christmas card, love the way they seem to pop out of the screen at you, then a yummy pink cupcake card (I might have missed but don't think this was entered into In the Pink Hazel, and it would have been perfect - although I think perhaps they limit the number of other challenges you can enter, and our Hazel sure manages to find shed loads of challenges to enter). Next we had a trip to the beach - this card reminded me so much of building sandcastles and watching sadly as the tide came in and washed them away :( Great the way the papers go together too. After that Hazel brought such a great card for a man, absolutely perfect and the sentiment is spot-on Hazel! Finally, this super 'include a building' card for the latest Christmas card challenge that Hazel runs - grin, I wonder if a bird house counts as a building Hazel, I have a very cute LOTV stamp that would be perfect :)

Jules was next, still as busy as ever but still using snippets and calling in each week. It's a delightful card - and guess what, I couldn't spot the heart and have only just seen it when writing up the roll call. Need to go to Specsavers I think :) Love the fresh look and the way you used the die with such lovely flowers is great Jules.

We had two visits from Sarn this week - on a roll using up LOTV Cute Squares. The first card is here - and perfect for the playground too - a bunny on a swing with great matching papers too. Mind you, I don't see a little queue of bunnies waiting for their turn :) And next was an adorable little LOTV girl admiring herself in the mirror, just perfect for Pretty In Pink's challenge and again such well matched papers Sarn. Two lovely cards.

Sigh, that reminds me of a quick tale that I did write about here ages ago, when I think perhaps I had less than a dozen followers:

As a kid I loved dressing up - and one of my most humiliating memories is from my early days at Infant School. One afternoon, every week, they had 'dressing up' time. For weeks I dressed up in things pulled from a huge trunk BUT longed for it to be my turn to dress up in the pale blue taffeta 'Princess outfit'.......I had a bit of a wait as my surname is waaaaay at the end of the alphabet and that's how they deemed it to be 'fair' so that all little girls had a turn. Come the big day I felt so ill and sickly I could hardly drag my little legs to school, but it was so important that I managed to hang on until the afternoon and my longed for transformation into Princess Diane. No sooner did I have the dress on than 'Wooomph'.......I leave the rest to your imagination but my lunch sure went a long way down the front of that beautiful dress, which of course was ruined. Amidst squeals of horror from the other kids I then promptly keeled over in a messy heap. Hey, ho - it turned out to be Whooping wonder I felt like sh*t so poorly!!

Rach came to play twice this week as well and this is her first card - so pretty and you would never guess it used a leftover Betty's Tearooms cake box would you, love the butterflies too of course. Harrumph though, I see that the contents were eaten and not brought to the playground to share out! Next was such a sweet card called 'Team Effort' and it's adorable Rach. Do go and see, and if you look closely you'll also see that the little flowers at the bottom of the main image have been paper pieced - clever stuff!

We also had two visits from Irene this week - such an elegant card first, which features a photo of a cornflower taken by Irene herself, It's beautiful Irene! And then Irene returned with one of her her now finished cushions, also in blues and mauves and really pretty too - of course snippets of wool qualify - a snippet is a snippet in my eyes. And, just look at the baking session results in the same posting - cheese scones are my all time favourite too!

Then Sally arrived, having recovered from a brilliant get together which included our Jules and Lynn (Linby) - go here to see what a happy bunch they look, and she brought two great snippets cards to show. One is a 'maternity leaving card' (all pinks too) and the other one just perfect for a guitarist (I know Len would love it) - super cards Sally.

Sam hopped in twice as well this week - firstly with a great birthday card for a 10 year old, lovely image and great colours. I especially love the way the buttons pick up the embossing folder Sam used (it might be the Boofles Tri-Boss 'Mixed Buttons' folder?). And then, we had a really clever layout - do check it out, the laced corset effect is brilliantly one Sam. Grin, Sam's at a quilting exhibition just now so I don't need to be quite as wary of being run over in the playground.........for the moment!

Lynn A arrived next, with a really cleverly made card. Firstly though, I owe you an apology Lynn, we have a few Lynn's coming to play and Dumbo here got mixed up and thought it was your first visit - absolutely wrong :( The card is such beautiful colours and I love the paper folding technique, which I'd also been eyeing up in QCME magazine this month - brilliant result Lynn!

Next was Victoria, bringing the most adorable washing line of baby clothes to show - to see the delightful card do go here. What's even more clever, as if the card and the take on a sketch wasn't enough, Victoria used part of SU's owl punch for the little dresses, and also cut the grass free-hand! Lovely pinks too :) And for a smile, do scroll down to see the cat who caught the fly at the bottom of Victoria's post - hilarious! :)

Elizabeth hopped in three times this week - and this is the first card, a 21st card which any young chap would love - a saucy mink Kenny K image, and coloured to perfection Elizabeth! Next was a posting, showing the waxing/inking technique - certainly one to read girls and the results are fab - there are a few terrific cards as examples to see! And then a lovely clean and crisp butterflies and bunting card, just perfect for a little boy Elizabeth.

Next was Sandra H, with such a sweet and very pretty card - showing how Kraft card can be prettied up beautifully. Lots of lovely embellishments and die cutting have transformed plain old Kraft card into a very special end result - that's good news here as I have a huge pack of square Kraft cards and have hardly used any of them as yet. Thanks for the inspiration Sandra :)

Linby was next, with this really great 'dressmaking themed' card. Love the tailors dummy Lynn, and I totally adore the perfect embossing folder you used. Do go and see girls, Lynn didn't give the name of the folder but I think it's the Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Sewing & Measuring Tape Set - just brilliant and the highlighting with TH Spun Sugar works a treat! Snort, it IS that folder I just said - ahem, bad girl Lynn as I have lots of sewing stamps and this folder (just ordered) is gonna be lovely!

Next to play was Lynne, and she brought us such an elegant, and pretty at the same time, card - using some gorgeous dies. Do go here to see - love the soft colours Lynne and the organza ribbon, flowers, pearls and pin are the perfect finishing touches. I read with interest about the rubbing a candle trick over 'hard to remove' dies. I said above that I've just used some Release Foam on a very tricky set here - it works brilliantly but I'm all for saving pennies :)

Darnell 'mosied' into the playground this week with a card following a sketch which she'd twisted (ha, supposedly whilst doing neck exercises - nice one Darnell) - and I really do prefer the twisted version that Darnell came up with. It's a lovely sugar pink, green and white card too - really fresh and elegant (lots of elegant cards in the playground this week!). Love it!

Next was Mary H, still making good progress after her op. and certainly becoming a lot more mobile. To see the card hop on over to here - such a lovely swirled embossed background and the bird and flowers image is gorgeous - terrific colouring too. Lovely to see you back playing Mary, we'll play nicely until you have a fully clean bill of health :)

Mary Mac dropped by twice this week, the first time was with cards in the making and one finished one, using lime green on the finished one - lovely designs and fabby papers Mary! Oh, and Mary also has a giveaway coming up to celebrate her Blog-aversary too - all the more reason to drop in to say Hi. Next time, Mary brought us a wonderful Christmas card, cleverly using Bo Bunny papers just divided into three (as picked up from our Brenda's blog) - what a great effect too. AND, further down the posting there's a delicious chicken recipe to try out - it sounds fab. and I'll be giving it a whirl for sure.

Brenda B was next to arrive - and she brought the stunning Christmas cards which had inspired Mary Mac, they really are beautiful Brenda. I love both colours you used, one in greens and one in purples/lilacs - and the hand stamped backgrounds are absolutely perfect, along with the great sentiment. I can see a few of us following suit with the 'triple split' design - it works beautifully Brenda!

So girls, that's the roll call for this week - I wasn't as fast as I'd hoped but there's still a few hours left here to go and sit out in the sunshine, gotta make the most of it!

Have a great week, keep using those snippets - the playground is open all week and will close on Saturday 25th August at noon, UK time. Grin, I hope to keep up this coming week and begin the roll call early - am braving the hairdressers on Saturday morning ready for hols and my bet is it could be hard to type whilst wearing a brown paper sack and weeping at the same time :( JUST a very little trim please................why did I pick 'Edward Scissor Hands' when my previous hairdresser left?!!

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 :) 


  1. Beautiful card - lots of pink and I love the flower/die/pearl assemblage.

    I'm awaiting delivery of my order for petal edged cards - they were out of stock so it will be a few days yet - can't wait :)

    Another fairly long roll call again this week but written with your usual flair and very readable.

    Thanks for the kind comment about my colouring ... I always end up totally traumatised after colouring a complex image with Promarkers which is why I avoid it if I can.

    Will take a look at those I've missed tomorrow and catch up.

    Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  2. A fabulous pink card, love the flower and the butterflies are good, actually, like the pearls in the middle.
    Good write up for the snippets, well done you.

    Kath x

  3. Lots of lovely shades of pink on this beautiful card Di, and that's exactly what we like at INP!! The flower and butterflies are gorgeous, and the pearls add a perfect finishing touch.

    Thank you for joining in the fun at our first INP Challenge - hope we will see again next time!
    Sylvia x

  4. This is so lovely and Elegant Di, l'm tempted to be the 1st into the playground if l'd made my card earlier as l planned but somehow my glass of wine stopped That background papers is so elegant l like the butterflies and what a lovely die cut and different shades of pink so ideal for your "In the pink challenge" beautiful flower and pearls and gorgeous card too have a great day tomorrow l'll be back with my card later, xx

  5. Hello there fellow Pink lover. Isn't it fabulous about the launch of In the Pink? I stopped in for a closer look at your card. I'm linked at #1 & #103 this week, I'd love it if you stopped by to say hello.

    Hello Di, this is simply elegant and gorgeous, I love that it's CAS, the beautiful nesti just stands out brilliantly.

    Kasey ~ in Oz

  6. lovely card, Di! A fabulous roll call too. Hope you managed to get some sun. It was paddling pool weather here - looks good for tomorrow too

  7. Did you see me peering through the gate. I can't believe I was first. I'm usually somewhere close to last. I've been so inspired this week. I've been in my craft room for days. I've got to say, I am having a very crafty week. Loved your childhood story, poor dear...your card is lovely as always. Pink....a challenge for pink people...will we ever see you again, I think you might just move in. I'll have to jump over and give them a look. Have a most wonderful week. And thanks for passing on the info about my blog-aversary. Someone will be very pleased I think....

  8. oops....I forgot to link another Christmas card...I think I'm done for the week.....Again...lovely roll call, now I over to see what everyone has been making.

  9. Hi Di..

    Well I'm very glad we'd featured on your radar... we're the PINK place to be seen!! LOL! I love your card... the layout, butterflies and pearls are fab...... but that flower.... soooo gorgeous!

    Thanks for joining in our very first challenge at In The Pink.... Good luck and hope to see you again soon!

    Christine (AKA Posh!)

  10. Very pretty pink snippet card Di.

    Please let me details of the ejection foam you used on the Moroccan die.

    Terrific roll call again. Hope you managed to catch some rays.

    Sarn xxx

  11. Glad to be back, Di, and thank you for linking me in for this week. I love your pink card, really pretty and girly. I have been so short of time to do any crafting and I felt it was unfair to post things and expect others to comment when I did not have time to comment myself. Hope to be back in the swing of things. xx

  12. I nearly entered this and another pink challenge but then thought I might not be pink enough, a chance to make another card me thinks! Yes, it's hot here, Hubby wants to go walk along the sea wall, it's nice if there's a breeze, you're cooked if there's not!
    At school, I always wanted to play with the dolls house...I waited and waited for it to be 'my turn' and when it was, I was standing in the dunce corner for talking while the teacher was on the phone. I wasn't talking! Just miming! And the cruel thing was..she forgot I was there! I could've nipped off and played!! The little girl two desks along, while Teach was on the phone, was bursting to 'go' She ended up moping it all up with her beautiful dress...teacher never put her in the corner, and she talked! telling everyone not to tell! Course I would not have told, She looked like a little princess, with her long blonde curls, but I was very angry with the teacher for not realising (her name was Debra!)her problems! So that was why I was mimimg to the others and pretending to do things to make the other children look at me and not poor Debbie. I didn't talk! ...and I missed playing with the dolls house! Things you remember from when you're 5!

  13. Beautiful card, sorry I tempted you to buy the sewing folders hee hee! But they are lovely.

  14. I'm here for my usual Sunday fix - such a great roll call again this week, Di. And, yes, a bird house is a little building - I'm looking for variety, so I'd love to see it. As for In the Pink, no I didn't put that card in because of the restriction, but I've already entered one. Love yours. Hope you have a good week ... and I'll be looking for the bird house. x

  15. Ooooo sneaky, catching us off guard like this by changing the time! You like pink? Really? You like pink a lot? I had NO idea. Maybe if you used pink a bit more we might have picked up on it.
    A beautiful combination of lots of pinks. That flower is lovely.
    Another fabulous roll call, Di. You have such a great writing style and I love reading it!
    I'm playing for the sympathy vote this week with my silly mistake so maybe I can have an extra go on the slide? I also wanted to ask if there were trees in the playground and if there are, please please please, can we build a treehouse?!

  16. Haa Haa! I am back. Spent out and shattered! Great time was had and lots of new quilting ideas in my little head, but need a six month sabatical from work now!
    Well spotted on the embossing folder - yes it is a Boofle folder!

  17. Beautiful card Di - certainly fits in with the "fifty shades of pink"! Have a good week. Lynn x

  18. Very beautiful card Di, I love how you've framed the flower.
    Laura xx

  19. So when will the Treehouse be open then? Will there be a "do"?

  20. Love your pink flower, pink butterflies, pink everything card!!

    Thanks for another romping and fantastic roll call of all the kids in the playground!

    I can't believe you are off to the hairdresser again after getting buzzed the last time. Oh, help! How did it turn out? I'll have to read forward and see if you've told us ...

  21. Hope there is enough pink in my card. Everything is leftovers from the white drawers at my Grandma's house!
    She says they are called snippets.

  22. Love the pink! I can tell you are truly a PINK girl...what you did with this S/B is fan-tabulous. I have the die, but never made anything THIS gorgeous. TFS. (PS...I like pink too, but it does not like wearing apparel anyway!:-)

  23. Hi Di. I just had to bring a card over on this visit. Hope you like it!

  24. Di, I've got to say, you keep me focused. Question....why isn't my snippet box getting any smaller? Really it is...but it's so stuffed from years of saving that I've got many more to put together. I am using many of them for kits to be used with my ongoing Operation Write Home project.

  25. Hi Di, all the sorting out I've been doing has meant that I've managed to make three wee cards using up a variety of snippets - I'm quite chuffed with that :) Elizabeth xx


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