Sunday, 19 January 2014

Pixies Snippets Playground - Week 108

One of my New Years Resolutions is to make sure I have Birthday cards already made the month before they're needed - so long as I remember to check my 'Birthday Book' of course :) So this card was made well in advance - for four weeks time. Just spotted over at Sentimental Sundays that the current challenge is 'More than three layers - plus a sentiment' so I'm entering this card as it has six layers if you count the 2 on the little sail:

I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- all papers, a lot of them snippets, came from the Forever Friends 'Best of British' paper pad - I just tuck my snippets inside the front cover of the relevant paper pad

- the stamp is made by Woodware, called 'Patchwork Boat', paper pieced with snippets. I then rounded the corners of the piece of white card using Woodware's 'Corner Rounder' - and the little boat also comes with three stamps very suitable as names, I used 'Petit Bateau'

- the number 2 was in my little box of die cuts (thanks Sarn!), and I just coloured it with a red Pro Marker

- sentiment was computer produced and then hand cut into a pennant/fishtail shape and mounted onto a snippet of dark blue paper. There's a little 'how-to' which I posted yesterday afternoon here if you have trouble hand cutting even sized fishtails - it works for me :)

- red Josy Rose nail heads to finish off

Onto this week's picks, as always sooooo hard to choose:
I chose Greta's card because not only does it use loads of snippets but the design just jumped out of the screen at me - absolutely beautiful!

This layout, brought by Sam to show, has so, so much lovely detail - lots of layers and snippets too.
This was another card that jumped out at me - love those hexagons and Sue also used up quite a few snippets too.

This card, made by Maggie, is a lovely example of how you can use a snippet of Nature to create a fabulous card - have you guessed yet? It's a piece of silver birch bark die cut to make the two hearts! Very clever.

I think this card, made by Sue J, is absolutely divine! Beautiful colouring, plenty of snippets used and Sue's 'little pearl dots trademark' as well :)

Do please remember that these are just my picks, although I often notice when you girls are really enthusiastic about snippets makes in your comments too - which sort of confirms my own thoughts :)

Moving on, as am still limiting my time sitting over the laptop, here's the winner of the little brass easel:
Well done Mary! I have your address and will pop it in the post to you as soon as I get to the Post Office.

This week's prize is a little something the same as  I used on today's card:

Yup, it's the Woodware 'Patchwork Boat' stamp set. So cute and perfect for cards for little chaps - or even older ones maybe :)

The snippets challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 25th January 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. Please NEVER be afraid to say you're just playing for fun - it doesn't offend me at all, and the Playground is first and foremost for us to have fun, the prizes are just a thank you for playing :)

Mr Linky is below - 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.

Ahem, and anyone thinking of building a rollercoaster at the end of the Playground can think again. Since we had a gardener in to clear stuff ready for a new fence there have been a few scurryings in the extra space behind the bushes - I'm onto you! :)

Di - and of course Parsnip


MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Try this blog post from Maria too. xx Maggie

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Forgot the link.

Anonymous said...

Good morning Miss-That is a lovely little sailing boat,and yyou made a beauutiful card with it-I could just hop on board and sail away.... :)
I love paper piecing it will always be my favourite technique I think-and this stamp is perfect for it.I have brought over some Butterflies to the Playground this week-hoping that Mrs A doesn't have her butterfly net(eeek!!)I am only playing for fun again this week :)
Have a happy Sunday and rest that poorly back,

scrappymo! said...

Just playing for fun this week! Your petite Bateau card is really cute. Perfect for a little boy.

Love all the showcased card this week...the use of nature one is so fab!

Sandra H said...

Oh gorgeous card Di any child would love this and many congrats to Mary and another great showcase of brilliant cards all so talented xx

Annie said...

Oh my goodness you're card this week is just magical - I'm a great fan of paper piecing and this stamp is just perfect for that. I love the shades of blue you have used. They remind me of the insides of envelopes. Did you know the Dutch used to use them for iris folding. I haven't done that for a while - hmmm so many things to do and so little time. Congrats to all those chosen for the gallery - some fab creations yet again.
Will be back with my entry soon.

KandA said...

Love your card with the paper pieced sailing boat, it really is super for a little boy. Just playing for fun again this week xx

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous boy card
love this stramp
amazing creations
hugs Tamara

Sue - said...

Must be the week for paper piecing Di. Love your card - perfect for a 2 year old! Thank you so much for picking my card out. It cheered me up no end after a VERY difficult week!

Mrs A. said...

Dun funk it is a roller coaster Miss it's a bit too vertical for that!!!! Thanky you for showing my little footy shirt. In case yer wos all wondering Its 'Huddersfield Town.'
Will stay outta the hot pot this week.
Hugs Mrs A.

Sue said...

Absolutely love your card Di! fab paper piercing and congrats to Mary and thank you so much for your lovely comment about my card lots of huggles Sue xxx

Mrs A. said...

Super little boat card. Can we take it out on the duck pond Miss. We won't sink it!! Hugs Mrs A.

Anonymous said...

I was here really early Miss but the gates were shut, so I snuck round the back and squeezed in where the fence panels are damaged. I played on the swings and roundabout for a bit, but got bored cos there was no one else there. Even looked behind the bike shed for Mrs A but noffink doing so I wandered off home again.

Lovely card for Luke, brilliant paper piecing. Fantastic picks again, love them all.


Carol L said...

I'm early this week, so your gardener can get a little rest for a change! The notables are fantastic this week, and congrats to Mary H! Love your cards this week Di - that little sailboat is so cute!
I'm playing just for fun this week, so no thanks to entering for the prize!

Jules said...

Hi Miss Di

Gorgeous paper piecing. All super neat and using fabby papers too.

That sounds like a great new years resolution .. .. but not one I would be able to keep! Mine always end up last minute!!!

Great show and tell makes. So much lovely inspiration.

Have a great week.

Love Jules xx

MaryH said...

Oh Wow! While waiting for the camera battery to charge up, I zipped over to check on Parsnip & saw my name! What a fantastic surprise on a Sunday afternoon! Can you see me dancing again?!!! This has been an eventful week. Back later to check on these gorgeous highlights - some I've seen on blogs awready, but some I missed. Thanks Miss, ever so! Hugs

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Hello there Di and friends ... Happy New Year. So sorry I've been missing all the fun and challenges in the playground for a couple of weeks. Don't know where the time went and somehow didn't make anything snippety (if that makes sense). At last I've just posted an entry though and what a great collection of cards already in the 'bag'. Well done ladies. Sarah x

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Seriously?!! A WHOLE MONTH in advance. what are you, superwoman or something? I'm perfectly content to have the card made and mailed before the birthday which is total about face from last year. Cute card. I have my snippet card made but I'll upload it another day as there may be another one lurking inside me.

Quirky Shepherd said...

I love using snippets it makes me think of something different and this one is a fabric snippet and an old brooch back.

Kathleen said...

Just love your card, all the snippets look fabulous on that image. Would actually be useful for a baby boy card.

Once again great showcase choices.
Have a good week.

Kath x

MaryH said...

Finally had a chance to mozey back over to enjoy all the highlights, and you sure had your work cut out this week, Miss. Some really super entries, each so unique & beautiful. Loved your little fella card. Really cute stamp and you did a fab job with the paper piecing. What a fun way to use up a bunch of pretty snippets. Luke is going to be so thrilled to get his own little blue boat with his age stamp. What a memory it will bring when age 2 is just a long ago time for him. TFS & oh, many, many hugs. I hope Parsnip is all recovered from his bowl on the head gig, and if you & Mrs. A sail this on the pond, let me know so I can come over to watch!

Hettie said...

Gorgeous card there Miss. Pleeeeeease can we take it out on the pond?
Lovely picks there too.

Pat said...

I love this sweet stamp, and it looks great with all the different papers you have used, just right for a little boy of two. A really cute card Di. Congratulations to Mary for being last week's winner, she snuck in at the last minute, but well deserved. There were some lovely cards in there, but I must say I saw Mrs. A's blog the other day and marvelled at how great it was to have made such a wonderful card from old envelopes. x

Greta said...

Your card is adorable, Di! What a neat stamp set--great prize. I so appreciate you highlighting my card--made my day! Lots of talent in the Playground, as always!

Laura said...

Love the boat :)
and the card made form envelopes is a tad genius!

Vicky Hayes said...

Such a good idea to make cards in advance Di and to put them in a special birthday book (one of those is on my list to make this year!) I love the cute boat motif on your card and it's perfect for a small boy. The Playground picks are fabulous and inspiring as always. Vicky x

Elizabeth said...

A great card for a little boy, Di - love the petit bateau. And it's one of my goals to make cards in advance ... however, it's surprising how often I end up making one with an hour or so to spare! All the cards showcases are, as ever, fabulous, but then everyone who joins in makes such good use of their snippets. Congratulations to Mary H - that easel is going to feature in all her photos I'm sure. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Sarn said...

Hi Di, Parsnip and fellow playmates. I've bought the bunting with me this week. No, I don't know what we'll be celebrating either, but there's bound to be something!

I love your paper-pieced boat card Di. Perfect for a toddler.

Great showcases too.

Playing for fun only thanks.

Congratulations to Mary H for being the winner of the cute easel.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Mrs A. said...

Ok! So who is gonna own up to pouring water down the slide before we went home last night eh?
I went down it dis morning and ended up right over the other side of der duck pond!! You should see the freezer burn I is sporting!!! hugs Mrs A.

Karen said...

Beautiful picks Miss, would love to know how Sue gets those pearls so small! All of them are real stunners and I love the stamp you have used on your card and the paper piecing is fab!
I hope to get something in later this week and apologies for not being around much at the moment xx

Liz said...

Some lovely cards you have showcased. Love the card and the paper piecing.

Colleen Dietrich said...

What a darling 2nd birthday card, Di!

Bonnie said...

Sweet card for little Luke! What a great job of paper piecing! Great picks and I heard Mary H. jumping up and down with delight! Just coming in for fun this week. No thanks.

Rose said...

super cute and i love the paper pieced boat :) So glad you joined us on Sentimental Sundays this week. :)

Patricia said...

Super card, Love the image, papers and your fantastic paper piecing

Patricia x

Kathyk said...

Congrats Mary on your project.

Lovely projects on this post.

Bet it's chilly in the playground this morning!!!

Just uploaded my own snippet entry


Eve said...

Perfect card Di, perfect paper piecing, perfectly placed nail heads and perfect fish tail cutting!!
How are the cart wheels coming along?!?!

Jenny L said...

Hi Di,
another of your superb snippets cards.
I always love everything you create, and want all the fab goodies to be won. As they would come in very handy.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

MA-MI said...

Hi, I'm the 1st time here. I saw your work at Sentimental Sundays and I love your boat. So I came here and discovered a lot of taste in your cardmaking. I love your cards!
Hugs, Maja from Slovenia

Rachael said...

Fabulous paper piecing on the boat - a gorgeous card for a little boy! i love it! Thanks so much for stopping by at Sentimental Sundays. Rachael x

Cathy said...

Hi Di, gorgeous little boat, this is such a versatile looking stamp. Fab showcase again. Cathy x

Darnell said...

Luke is going to love his precious boat card, Di! You are an inspiration getting your cards done a MONTH ahead of time!!

Great choices for the Hit Parade and congratulations to all selected!

I'm a bit peaked from a nasty bug, but I hope to get around to everyone in the gallery. It's so lovely to see new faces around the playground!! I'm always disappointed if I don't get to all, especially if it's because I'm wasting time plotting some mischieves, er, I mean potting some radishes.

I'm sorry to hear you are still tender, my friend. You are wise not to sit too long. Thanks, as always, for your hard work and no thanks for the chance at the cute boat! Hugs, Darnell

scrappymo! said...

Popped by with a quick card...but a crard never the less!

Anonymous said...

Some lovely looking cards entered already. Have just added a very quick make. Happy crafting everyone. :)

Eve said...

How's about this then - two entries from me this week!
Did you notice the fish tail hearts instead?!

Hettie said...

Hi Miss. Just when you thought it was safe here!

~Tammy~ said...

Seriously the cutest sail EVER!!! The PERFECT boy card!

Karen said...

Just entered a second card Di, sorry I'm not around much at the moment, I am suffering from my usual issue so not upright for long! xx

Sally H said...

Great cute card, Miss Di! Bringing some hot toddy - you will need some after dealing with the ice. What has Mrs A been up to?!

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Thanks for sorting out the problems, Di. It seemed to be a total collapse of Google and Blogger for some reason. xxx Maggie

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

PS We need to get the bird feeders refilled so that we can count the birds this weekend. I can bring the mealworms for the robin. xxx Maggie

Bonnie said...

I'm back with a few more snippets saying lots of love. Still no thank you.

Mary said...

Perfect little card for what I'm sure is a perfect little child. I wouldn't take Mrs. A's advice though, I don't think the ducks are ready to share the pond. Much as I love the stamp....please leave me out of the drawing. I'm trying to downsize...note I said trying. Wishing you a wonderful week! I hope this comes through. My internet provider is not playing nice! I think a trip behind the wood shed is in it's future!

Hettie said...

Tee Hee! I am being a rebel and sneaking another one in under the wire!
Now where is the Haggis?

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Forgot to say in all the kerfuffle of trying to beat blogger etc, I am just playing along for fun, Di. Once I have done the bird count for this weekend, I will do the other thing I enjoy which is to look at other people's entries. What I really, really love is that swing and the hopscotch area. See you there on Sunday. xx Maggie

Tracey said...

wonderful card di & perfect for any little fella :o)
thanks for joining us at Sentimental Sundays & good luck! xx

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

I never use to pay much attention to the kiddie age stamps, but now with the grandson, I sit up and take notice. This is such an adorable card. I am starting to plan for our first birthday with him. Congrats to all of this weeks standouts.