Sunday, 17 August 2014

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 138

Well, there's been a decided change in the weather here - there's almost an Autumnal nip in the air at the moment. But, that hasn't deterred lots of you (65 entries!) from coming to play in the Snippets Playground :)

This is my snippets card for today - it makes me think of holidays in Europe:
I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- snippets of SU's 'Real Red' card stock plus snippets of paper from the MME 'Sunshine' pad - the black and light ochre band across the middle has a gap in the centre underneath the image 'cos the patterned paper wasn't wide enough

- Penny Black stamp called 'Venetian Summer', stamped using Versafine 'Vintage Sepia' ink pad and coloured with Polychromos pencils and Sansodor blending solution. My original plan was to paper piece the dress, hat and bag/purse but I switched horses mid-stream after one failed dress cutting session! Before and after after mounting the image onto Real Red card stock, I ran a Gold Calligrapher pen round the edges to link up with the gold edging on the ribbon I planned to use

- the ribbon was a little snippet tucked in the ribbon box

- the corners were die cut using a small Real Red snippet with Whimsy Corner dies and then some black gems popped into the holes in die cut shape

Quite a quick make really. Next time I'll Percy Veer with the paper piecing and perhaps keep the backing very plain - but I wanted to use a few snippets this week having cheated a bit recently :)

OK, now for this week's picks - my list built up over the week was HUGE so in the end I numbered the possibles and then drew the names out of a hat. With the exception of one very special snippets make - you'll see that at the end of the list :)

This great card, made by Cathy R really shows what a few snippets can do - an idea well worth stealing emulating :)

I love this hollyhocks card, made by Carol L. So pretty and a lot of patience went into sticking those flower centres in I should think!

Well? I defy you not to  grin right back at this clown - isn't he great - all made by Sue using die cut and punched shapes. Even better, Sue told us just how she did it too!

Loads of you really loved this Christmas card made by Bonnie. It's absolutely beautiful and that pine cone looks set to pop right out of the screen :)

I just love this card, made by Karen P. Brilliant use of leftover inks and the way the butterfly fits in with the lemon/yellow band is perfect!

Lucy W made this lovely card for her Mum. I'm a pushover for GorJuss Girls anyhow and, quite apart from this being such a pretty card, I love the idea of adding similar patterned paper to the centre of the doily.

Sam went wild with snippets this week and made not one but eight snippets cards - all using the same brilliant stamp, but subtly different :) Great work Sam - the one above is on my desk here as I type :)

Isn't this a darling card, made by Greta? Lovely paper piecing and the background just ties it all together so well!

I think this card, made by Liz C, is brilliant! Rainbows always look lovely on cards and I just love the design.

And - we have a very special final snippets make of the week:

Yay! After a blogging break - here's our playmate Victoria and her 'Princess Snippet' :) What a gorgeous photo and how nice to see you Victoria! I bet there'll be a little queue of folk wanting to come and take a peek now, play nicely girls! :)

No new playmates this week - unless you count Victoria's beautiful little baby girl of course.

Time for the draw for last week's prize - the Memory Box 'Tapered Candles' die plus the goodies to make some ribbon flowers.

Before I do the draw - just look at the lovely snippets card that Kath made, we must have been working on them at almost the same time totally unaware what the other one was planning! I love the simplicity of this, in contrast to the one I made, and plan on making a batch bake of them.

And the winner is:
 Cathy R
Well done Cathy! According to my little book here, it's  over a year since you last won a prize. I can't find your address so could you please let me have it and I'll post your prize off ASAP (

And here's this coming week's prize:
Of course, it's a Penny Black 'Venetian Summer' stamp. Although I didn't use it, the set also has the word 'Gorgeous'.

As usual, the Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 23rd August 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.

Mr Linky is below - please let me know if you have any problems linking, it's easy for me to sort out so don't struggle on alone :)

Tomorrow is the follow-on from my Creative Blog Hop post. First of all, thank you for your lovely comments and secondly, why not head over to Elizabeth, Sam and Mary H to see what they've written.

Sigh, I found some prizes that I'd forgotten to post still languishing here - I'll be hot footing it to the Post Office tomorrow. Have a great week!
Di (and the usual happy wave from Parsnip of course)


Hettie said...

Some great picks this week Honey and fankoo for picking my lickle efforts. Glad you like.
Doesn't Princess Snippet and her mum look great!

scrappymo! said...

Some fabulous picks again this week...don't know how you did it each week as I always find there are so many fabby ones. I like the idea of the

Love, love, love that gorgeous PB Venetian stamp. off to make my 3 entries...oh wait...I already have them done! teehee I crafted yesterday and again today as it poured rain off and on.
Stopped now but there is a decided chill in the air.

I am hoping to walk up tot he Farmers Market tommorrow so have my fingers crossed for a bit of sunshine!

Liz said...

Love your card! What a great stamp! It reminds me of an Italian holiday this summer with my daughter, when we had a day trip to Venice. Thanks for choosing my card as one of your picks - there were so many great cards this week. What a super picture of Princess Snippet and her Mum!xx

Karen said...

Fanks so much Miss! Eva so 'onored I is that you liked it. In fact I 'ad some lovely remarks and I didn't notice the yellow on yellow when I made it lol!
I've edited tonight's so I could enter like you said and I'm first - wow first time eva! Fank you so much Miss - off to bed now! K xxx

Sandy said...

Your card is gorgeous Di, even if you didn't use that sentiment. Love the pop of red against the browns.
You did have a wealth of great picks, didn't you? And I do see several ideas worth emulating...
Be back later this week with a card.

Cathy said...

Wow, thank you Di, so excited to have won this gorgeous candle die! Thank you for the shout out too, so many gorgeous makes and loads of snippets inspiration, Cathy x

Greta said...

Your card is so chic & elegant, Di! Love the gold! The picks are super this week--thanks for including my card. What an adorable mom & baby--welcome back, Victoria!

ike said...

WoWza - what a gorgeous collection of snippets and I just LUV Baby Snippet :-D
Your card is just super chic and I really adore that stamp you used.
Fabulous :-D

IKE xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Veerle said...

Hi Di, Great card you've made with the Penny Black stamp.
I had so many obligations this past week I hardly had any time to craft. I only could make my tea pot. sigh sigh. So I really do hope I can play again at the snippets playground this week.
Lots of love, Veerle xxx

Cathy said...

Love your card Di, the image is so chic! Love the combo of papers too. I'm back with a card but I'll just be playing for fun this week, Cathy x

scrappymo! said...

Just dropping off my first card!

Hazel said...

It's always so lovely to come into the playground Sunday morning and see such inspirational beauty here with all the chosen cards and with your snippet one, too, Di - love the European look. And Victoria and her sweet baby girl is such a bonus picture - gorgeous. Have a good week Di and all snippet friends, not forgetting Parsnip, too, of course. xx

Sue - said...

Super snippet picks - thank you so much for choosing mine - Snippet of the week is gorgeous! Did I notice a "Darnellism" sneaking into your post?:-)

Debs Willis said...

What a lovely summery card, very chic! And some gorgeous gallery pics this week too :-)
Debs x

KT Fit Kitty said...

Your card is gorgeous - love the colours you used! Lovely stamp too! It's always so fun seeing your picks - well deserved - really some beautiful cards! I linked up this week - trying to ease my way back into crafting after a month-long break. Have a great week!

Annie said...

Brilliant card as usual Di - love your Sunday selection. Please don't add me to the draw this week as I've just bought tons of stamps.
Ann xxx

LesleyG said...

Love the look of venetian summer, and what a cutie the new snippet looks - congrats Victoria! Lovely pics espesh the diamond butterfly xxx

Greta said...

Just playing for fun, Di

Linby said...

lovely card and yes it is getting autumnal.
As for the comment you left on my blog re knitting with cats and purrr - made me laugh!

Jenny L said...

Hi Miss Di & the lovely Parsnip.
First of all sorry I didn't enter your challenge last week, as I was very busy with family things.
Thank you soooooooo! much for featuring my rose card last week.
Cograts to the winners of last week and this week.
Another very fab snippets card you have created this week.
Love that very fab stamp,- sigh- oh how I would love to holiday in Venice, but saly I don't think I will ever go there.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Sarn said...

Well, I absolutely ADORE that stamp and the lovely card you've made with it Di.

Wonderful showcased items too.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Unknown said...

Gorgeous card Di love the stamp! Thanks for showing my card :-) some really great ones you've picked out too! Lots of talent in the playground! :-) x

Jules said...

Hi Di

What a gorgeous card .. .. love your colour combo and papers. Neat image too!

Great snippet shares but isn't Princess Snippet just scrummy?!?! She has stolen the post and looks so happy and contented!!

Have a good week Di.

Love Jules xx

Neesie said...

Wow Di, there's such a lot going on at your place... I had no idea ;D
There's so much to take in that I'm going to have to go back and take a second peek!
Have a great creative week
p.s Muffy says 'hi' ^..^

Sandra H said...

Hi Di, Oh what a lovely stamp and how you have created such a gorgeous card using it too! love the colour and the layout of your card great backing papers and ribbon love that touch of gold and gems added to the corners another one of your stunning makes Di........Another gorgeous showcase and congrats to Cathy take care x

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Di,

What a great collection of snippet cards. There are so many talented cards in the bunch. I imagine using the random generator takes the pressure off having to choose!

The baby is very adorable - what a smile!


Kathleen said...

Lucky you been more like Winter here this week.
Fabulous card, great image and fan colouring.
Thanks so much for the mention and some great choices for the show cases.
Have a good week Di.

Kath x

Kathyk said...

Just uploaded my entry - not sure if you'll like it, Di! Sorry to be late to the playground, had a playdate/sleepover weekend .... forgive me?


Stamps and Paper said...

YOur card is lovely Di just love that image and great layout...


Pat said...

This PB stamp is lovely Di, and the colours you have used are so pretty with the spots and flowers. Congrats to Cathy R for the win last week and what lovely highlighted cards too. Hope you had a good weekend. x

Eve said...

Hello Di,
love your card - OH La La!!!

Fabulous top picks once again and baby is sooooo cute!!

mamapez5 said...

A lovely card Di. She is very elegant. I love the stamp but I am only playing this week Thanks, as I don't think i would put it to good use.
You found some beautiful picks again this week. I love the hollyhocks and the little girl with matching background. Kate x

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Thank you for reminding me Di super picks and fabulous photo of Victoria and her princess. Your card is fabulous, I just want to say "Oh la la!"

Warm hugs

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

Fabulous, classy card Di. Love the red and gold combo, it suits the image so well.
Great selection of snippets cards. I'm off for a closer look at that amazing pine cone.
Caroline xxx

Elizabeth said...

Oh dear, Di, what with all the preparation for the Creative Blog Hop, I totally forgot to leave a comment here yesterday. I absolutely love your card - that image is fabulous. What an elegant lade, wish I still had a waistline as tiny as that. Another terrific showcase too. Congratulations to Cathy on her win. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

MaryH said...

Love this bright sophisticated card. Those pattern designs & combinations were so right for this traveling gal. Really liked that design aspect. You must have had a really hard time picking highlights this week, so many beautiful ones. Some I had seen around Blogland, and it was so lovely to enjoy them again. The last sweet little snippet was just precious. What a wonderful surprise that was, and she & Mommy are both absolutely precious! TFS & try to get back over later. Hugs

Mrs A. said...

Just or fun again this week those I do like the image mucho. Can you tell me where you purr chased it Mis.
Hugs Mrs A.

Carol L said...

I'm playing just for fun again this week DI, but thanks just the same! I love your swanky card with that great stamp and the gold ribbon is over-the-top! Thanks for including my card among the notables this week, it's quite an honor to be in such talented company! Congrats to Cathy on her win, and welcome to that bitty baby parsnip sitting on her mommy's lap! How adorable!!!

scrappymo! said...

Fluttering by with an inky card. I have so much to learn about this.

Jenny L said...

Hi Miss Di & the lovely Parsnip,
just dropping by to enter another card this week.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

aussie aNNie said...

Hi my snippy friend, sorry for being MIA but apart from DT cards had a very emotional busy coupla weeks...I know you forgive this ol gal....anyways I have put a card up and my snippets are old printed up paper I used for my rose, thanks for putting up with me.xxxxThe Journey is the Start

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

Love your snippets card and the cards you have chosen to showcase this week. It is always fun to see what we can do with the leftovers on our desks. I would love to own this lovely stamp.

Eve said...

Hi Di,
I'm back with another card but forgot to say that I'm playing for fun this week thanks.

scrappymo! said...

Just dropping off my third card.

LesleyG said...

couldn't sneak out the house last night, so bit late but this is my third.....wonder if I can keep it up?!.....silly question...I can 'schedule' my posts, but can I somehow 'schedule' linking it to playground? ...only if you get a minute! xxx

Kathleen said...

Sorry Di, forgot to say that I am playing for fun.

Kath x

Debs Willis said...

Me too, forgot to say no thanks to prize :-)

Debs x

Hazel said...

Oh dear .... 72 seconds too late to link my card!!! xxx