Sunday, 22 September 2013

Pixies Crafty Snippets Playground - Week 91

Helloooooo girlies! I think this last week was a bumper one in the Playground, over 50 entries and they were still trickling in as I type this on Saturday morning, a couple of hours before locking the gates at 11am UK time. Later on: Final count - 54, wahoo!!

My snippets card first - really clean and simple, although carefully cutting out the insides of the letters to paper piece was a little bit tricky-woo, but I think that was due the the paper being almost card thickness:
I used:

- 7" x 5" white card blank

- Woodware Clear Magic stamp called 'Huge Noel' - and it is big and bold at 5.5" x 2.5" - a real 'statement' stamp

- snippets of paper from Echo Park's 'Season's Greetings' double sided paper pad - I always tuck snippets inside the front cover of patterned paper pads and every single letter came from a little snippet. A little tip that Jules gave me ages ago - always use the glue pen or whatever on the main image, it makes life much easier than trying to fiddle with sticky pieces of paper

- sentiment is also from the same stamp set, stamped in Memento 'Tuxedo Black' with heart in mouth after the paper piecing was done. Normally I'd always stamp any sentiment that's going straight onto a card before adding images etc. - for fear of wasting a lot of other work if it goes 'wonky'

- had thought about adding strips of other paper from the same pad around the edges as it looked a bit stark but instead opted to emboss double lines right round using the Hougie board - less is more :)

And what a task you've set me this week - your snippets makes are going from strength to strength. I don't want to just select using the random number thingy apart from prizes, am not keen on having a voting system and don't have a team to help me out. To be honest, in my only foray into a DT (you didn't know about that did you?!) I could see that collating the views of several people would be a nightmare. Maybe you disagree and have other ideas though?

And if you're curious abut the DT business, it was about 18 months ago when a team was being reformed. During the run-up to the relaunch, and I was even making DT cards for forthcoming challenges by that point, I found out that the challenge would in future be published on Sundays so I stepped down 'cos the Playground is more important.

Anyhow, enough drivel, here are what I think are the picks of the week:
Kay brought this gorgeous riot of colour on her first trip to the Playground. I wanted to introduce you to Kay plus  this card is brilliant use of snippets. Do check out Kay's other makes this past week too - welcome Kay!
Just had to show you  this fantastic use of snippets, made by Tilly. Such a clever result purely from using punched circles, a couple of googly eyes and a great sentiment! It really made me giggle.

I picked this card, made by Cathy R, because not only does it use snippets but take a closer look at those butterflies! I have this die set of two butterflies and would never have thought to carefully fill in the top 'lacy' layer with a mix of the black and rust colours. Brilliant idea Cathy!
Nessa is also new to the Playground, and has stormed in this week with three really great cards. I got dizzy trying to pick just one, in the end I opted for this terrific card - love those little paper pieced snails, and even the tiny little parcels were paper pieced. And now I'm gonna show a second card of Nessa's anyhow - sometimes I can pull rank ............ can't I.........please? :)
Amazing use of teeny snippets for the bunch of flowers and isn't the bear fabulous! Plus, here's a neat trick I've never thought of doing, and thought you might well like to try it too. You know those lovely embossing folders we probably all have with a pattern winding round some or all of the edges? I've always thought they were only good for sentiments or handmade flowers but how about what Nessa did - die cut a shape and back it with a snippet? Clever stuff!
How about this for brilliant co-ordination of papers by Victoria? And the snippets owl is adorable isn't he? :)
And what a great Halloween card! Made by our Mary H, spooky and just perfect don't you think? And just look, what a brilliant idea to use a little wisp of cotton wool for the fog in the tree :) A really clever card Mary.

I could add tons more as every single make is fabulous girls - please don't be disappointed if I didn't show yours, it certainly doesn't mean they are any less wonderful.The best way to check out all the lovely entries, if you haven't done so already, is to nip back to here and look through Mr Linky.

OMGosh, I need a lie-down after all the brain wracking here.

But, if I'm to bake a cake and also do some ironing (ack) I have to move on so it's this week's winner of the Memory Box 'Bells are Ringing' die and the Inkadinkado Christmas Silhouettes stamp set:
Nessa
This really has tickled me no end here! Nessa is currently running a Frugal Christmas Challenge over on her blog - 'cos she disposed of most of her Christmas card making goodies!! The idea is that we make a Christmas card, or several, using non-Christmas stuff - although Christmas sentiments and paper ARE allowed. It runs until 29th September, when I last peeked there were 11 entries and so far Mrs A has entered four cards - harrumph, methinks someone is keen on the lovely butterflies prize 'cos she's threatening to make at least a dozen! :)

Well, now you have a few things the stamps to get cracking with Nessa! Talk about first time lucky. Can you please send me your snail mail address and I'll post your prize ASAP (di_wray@hotmail.com). Well done!

And the prize this week isn't exactly difficult to guess is it?

Yup, it's a Woodware stamp the same as the one I used today -  and it comes complete with four small sentiments too :) I think it's brilliant for snippets paper piecing and could look stunning if you used double sided adhesive sheet (which I think you'd need to stamp on one side of the unpeeled adhesive so you do get the outline, using Stayzon or similar so it doesn't smudge) before snipping out each letter, peeling off the backing and then one at a time fixing them over the main stamped image and adding coloured fine glitter, press it in firmly and whisk off any excess (I use a huge soft Avon blusher brush) before moving onto the next letter in a different colour. Just a thought, although I haven't tried it yet! It might just end up like a sticky mess :(


The Playground will run as usual this week with the gates closing at 11am UK time on Saturday 28th September. 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 this week, as shown above. It might be an idea to also say if you're trying for the 'Rising Bubbles' stamp - sometimes I have to second-guess. You still have time, some people have already qualified by making three cards already, but remember that your three entries can be spread over last week and this coming week, or even all three this week.

Mr Linky is below - do please let me know if you have any problems linking, I can sort it out for you quite quickly and am always happy to do so.

And, once again I have a card all ready for Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge - 'cos the theme is 'stamp, stamp, stamp'. And, being ahead of the game, I might be tempted to have another go with something different. And it's also for Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra which is always 'anything goes'.

PLUS, please remember that on Wednesday it's Rudolph Day over at Sarn's - always a fun challenge so perhaps this coming week we might have a few more Christmas cards on here that are also for Rudolph Day :) You've gotta start sometime. 

Edit: Nessa has very sweetly asked me to put the Memory Box bells die back into the Toybox and give someone else a chance to win it. Soooooooo, rather than muck about, I'll just use it as a future prize. Perhaps on a week when I can't make a snippets card tied into them there bells :)

Di (and a wave from Parsnip)
x

47 comments:

  1. Very nice card Miss. Looks perfect with the scoring around. It really was all that was needed. I would like a chance this week please.
    Hugs Mrs A.

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  2. Fab card Di love it, it's really gorgeous, glad to be back lol lots of huggles hun Sue xxxxxxxxxxx

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  3. Love, love, love your card! I have to admit when I first saw it I thought cor that would look wonderful glittered - so great minds think alike lol!
    So happy to hear Nessa won - she stormed into the Playground this week and her cards are real beauties. In fact they're all real beauties. Will pop back later on this week with a something or two to enter both draws, hope that's not too greedy. Have a lovely week Karen x

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  4. Hi Di, the gates clanged shut as I was racing in last night so I hope it's ok to enter the card this morning?
    It's wonderful to see so much creativity in the playground, lots of fantastic inspiration from everyone, :) Cathy x

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  5. First of all ... LOVE your snippets card. Paper piecing is one of my favorite techniques. The papers you've used are so perfect!

    Beautiful cards that you've highlighted from last week's challenge ... such gifted and creative card makers! And congrats to Nessa for winning the stamp set! Loll xx

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  6. OMGoodness - your card is AMAZING !!! I just adore how you did that. :-D
    The samples are exquisite - such clever people out there and Congrats to Nessa :-)
    YES please - I would love to win that stamp so I am off to create now :-D

    Pity I don't have you on my DT !!!!

    IKE xxxxx

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  7. Another beautiful Christmas card Di - you must be filling those boxes with them. Thanks to Nessa's challenge I've made a couple this week but still a long way off! I've just posted my entry for today and that makes 3 in 2 weeks so yippee...a chance in the drawer for extra goodies. Have a fun day. Sarah x

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  8. Great job with those snippets, all go so well together

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  9. Thanks so much for highlighting me,my first time ever :-) congratulations to Nessa and your gorgeous noel card has just reminded me of a card I can make for this week x

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  10. Oh,my golly!! Wow :)
    Don't you just hate that-the new girl in the class comes in and on the first week she gets the book prize-nooooo that is SO not me! I will have the playmates all hating me now and trying to steal my teddy 'n fings.
    I am soooo thrilled to have won,more thrilled though at all the lovely new friends I have made here this past week-so if it is ok with you Miss Di I would love to take the stamp set thank you xx ,but can you put the lovely Bells die back in your playbox so someone else can have a chance to win it please? :)
    I love how you have made your card today Di all that snipping was really woth it(oh,lordy-now they will think i'm a creepin too LOL!)I'm off-c'mon Teddy......run!
    Have a lovely sunny Sunday folks,
    Nessa xxx



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  11. Oh my goodness...your card is fabulous. I have the GOLF and the FISHING versions of this card...but this NOEL is fabulous. Love your paper piecing and love your colours!

    Stuck up at the lake but have been colouring images so will be creating and then submitting my next two cards, soon as I get home!

    Sarn's is made already, thank goodness.

    Love the cards you highlighted this week. There were some fabulous cards again!


















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  12. Morning Di . . . WOW - am LOVING your brilliant festive card - it's superb. Congrats on having the patience to cut the letters out so well. The scored edges are just the right extra touch too.

    Thanks for the Rudolph Day plug.

    The showcased cards are great too.

    And Nessa - don't worry Honey we certainly DON'T hate you for winning in the first week. It's the luck of the draw. Congrats on your win.

    Di: I'm playing along just for fun, so am saying "no thanks" to the prize Miss

    Hugs
    Sarn xxx

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  13. Morning Di.....You've nailed it again with your fabulous card you really are so talented ....Congrats to Nessa, still no craft space ready but hopefully will get there soon take care xx

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  14. Wow! Di, you've really pulled out all the stops with this one - LOVE the stamp and what you did with it - and like the idea of stamping on the reverse before cutting the papers - I could run through my xyron and then do that - gives me food for thought. Thank you so much for entering this into both CHNC challenges - and I really think I might see you again this week, but, in any case, hope to see you around in the playground - it's about time I used some more snippets. xx

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  15. Replying to your question for CHNC challenge 143 - yes, stamping just a sentiment is fine - I've just added it within the blogpost for anyone else who's wondering ... happy stamping! x

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  16. Hi Di - love your creation this week - very sophisticated I think. I am hoping my internet issues are over and I get to post 2 more creations this week... will try hard - hugs Mxx

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  17. Just gorgeous, your paper piecing and the scoring adds elegance!

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  18. Love, love, love that stamp and your card, Di!!

    Gorgeous snippet cards in the gallery.
    xx

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  19. Hi Di,
    super card. I love that stamp., and your snippits to make it.
    Must try and have a go at this.
    Have a wonderful crafty evening.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  20. I love your card and that stamp! I can see I need to put away my full sheets and break out my snippets for a chance to win it. I'm so glad you showed the card you did because I love paper piecing and the fact that it exists fell out of my brain. It is good to be reminded of things sometimes. I think you picked great cards to show off and it is always fun to see what catches your eye from week to week.

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  21. Hi Miss. Came by and saw your post this morning. Great card. Lovely picks too.
    Just passing by quick as Downton is just starting.
    Hugs
    xx

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  22. What a star you are, another fabulous snippets post and with so many entries.I so admire your energy and your choices of showcase, it must be very very hard.
    Love your card and the paper piecing, just perfect.

    Kath x

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  23. Hi Miss Di

    Yay!!! I managed it this week!! Woo hoo!!

    Loving your snippet make. Great stamp and you have used gorgeous snippets too.

    Well done on a bumper playground attendance .. all down to your hard work. OFTSTED will be well impressed when it comes to the next inspection I'm sure.

    Love Jules xx

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  24. What a wonderful stamp for paper piecing, Di! Love the colors you chose and great picks for last week. All are amazing!

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  25. You paper piece with the best of them, and your card is gorgeous! I love the CAS design! Congrats to all of your notables from last week's playground meeting! Well done everyone!

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  26. Fantastic paper piecing on your card Di. So pretty. Great cards by everyone being showcased!

    This is my third card for the two week try at winning that fabulous Rising Bubbles stamp along with this weeks challenge.
    Lynn

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  27. Hi Di,
    I am having probs with the widget thing.
    not used this type before so maybe I'm doing something wrong.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  28. Hi Di,

    sorry brain wasn't working as it's late. Have managed now.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  29. I am in total awe of your paper piecing skills (trying to do a very small & simple one tonight. It ain't that easy, Miss!) Yours is fab; love the papers you used on those lovely letters. That's a nifty looking stamp too. You had your work cut out for you this week, (& thanks for showcasing mine Halloween!). Will be back later for a longer look & enjoy of the ones you've highlighted. Nice to have some new friends to play with us & boyo, did they bring some purty cards too! Go rest now, dear, cuz I know you must be all tired out from the blog roll. TFS & Hugs

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  30. Hi Di! Your card is incredible! The paper-piecing looks like so rimrod straight and perfect!! Love the patterns you've chosen. And I love the cards you've chosen to highlight, too! I think I've sent you a thank you comment or email; not sure why it isn't on this post and hope I didn't dream it! We wouldn't have any of this if it weren't for you!

    I'll say no thank you again this week and a heartfelt congratulations to sweet Nessa for a homerun at her first time up to bat!! It couldn't happen to a nicer gal!

    I've heard a rumor that now we have a pig to play wif? The parrot never took off (so to speak) did she? To many foul words from her fowl mouth, was that it? Sorry, Miss.

    Hope you have a lovely week! Big hugs and mwah! Darnell

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  31. Love the paper piecing, looks great with that fabby stamp - what a nice, simple card but really effective

    hugs

    debs x

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  32. Hello Di, another fabulous card and the paper piecing was, however tricky, well worth the effort. And stamping the sentiment without the aid of a safety net was brave indeed :)

    As usual your showcase is fabulous ... though I can understand that selecting just a few each week must be very difficult. You're doing a grand job :)

    Congratulations to Nessa on her win.

    Off to check out what the playmates have been making already this week.

    Hugs, Elizabeth xx

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  33. Hi Di,
    I am on role now here is my 2nd entry to the challenge.
    Thank you for such a great challenge,
    and what a fab way to use up all your snippets.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  34. Finally back with a second card! Hopefully will see you again soon with my third.

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  35. wonderful inspiration all around with playmates as well as you Miss thanks so much for being be blessing, love Shaz in Oz.x

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  36. Me again, doing not too badly finding time to craft and using up plenty of snippets too :) Hugs, Elizabeth xx

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  37. Hi Di,
    just finished another of my snippets.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  38. Me again, a last little effort for you this week, Di - I promise not to submit another until Sunday :)) Hugs, Elizabeth xx

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  39. Hello Miss-I am playing again today-only just for fun this time though-not for a prize or anything-just because I used a snippety bit of ribbon on my card today(and because teddy is a bit fed up and hasn't got out much this week-so I promised her a play on the slide!)
    Have a lovely day,Nessa xx

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  40. It's my last entry too Di! Cathy x

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  41. Whew! Finished my third card and would love a chance at this gorgeous stamp. I actually tried to order this one at my stamp store but they can not guarantee if they can get it in!

    You did a fabulous job on yours...all that beautiful paper piecing...oh my!

    Off to tidy the craft pit...errrrr. craft room as the kiddies are sleeping over and Little Miss C is counting on a serious cardmaking session! She has her images all coloured and is ready to roll some dies off on my Big Shot and put her glue to work!

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  42. Can't believe how many of those 'C' Cards you now have! I think this stamp is brilliant for so many techniques - love it paper pieced!
    Debs x

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  43. Hi Di - #3 posted whew!! Have a great week... Mxx

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  44. I am desperately trying for the rising bubbles stamp - entry no 3 on its way.
    Linbyx

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  45. I love your paper piecing Di. I have a few of the Woodware dies and they are fantastic - especially for those pesky male cards but I have enough Christmas stash to play with so I'll say no thanks this week x

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  46. A simply gorgeous card, Miss Di! Love the paper piecing. I may have to buy that stamp, now! I would like to say a huge YES PLEASE! to the chance to win the stamps by Ryn, as I have now had one entry last week and two this.

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