Sunday, 12 October 2014

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 146

Really trotting into Autumn here, so I don't feel too bad that this week's snippets card is a Christmas one:
I used:

- 6" x 6" white square card blank

- smaller snippet of silver holographic card for a border

- a slightly smaller square of white card which was then die cut using a Memory Box die called 'Dazzling Snowflake'. Before doing the die cutting I adhered a piece of 'Stick-It adhesive sheet for intricate die cuts' on the reverse side of the card. After die cutting and encouraging the little die cut pieces out (in truth they had mostly parted company with the die anyhow), it was just a matter of peeling off the backing behind the die cut before sticking it onto a smaller piece of card which had been covered with a snippet of sparkly holographic silver film

- I then very recklessly bravely stamped the sentiment without the aid of a safety net, using a silver ink pad and a sentiment from the Personal Impressions 'Many Greetings' set

Debated about adding a centre gem but thought the die works beautifully just as it is :)

If you're wondering what this 'Stick-It' adhesive is, I posted on the blog about it earlier in the week HERE.

Onto this week's picks, three again girls, to keep my Saturday morning time at the laptop down, But, as always, you all brought some amazing work - you can check last week's links/thumbnails if you haven't already done so of course:

I picked this card, made by Eve, for the ingenuity - using hexagons to make such a realistic football! Very clever stuff.

I wanted to be sure you see these clever little rocker cards, made by Elizabeth. Plenty of snippets used and I think they make super little Christmas cards that have the added interest of movement, a die cut circle folded in half and away you go!

And I really love these Artist Trading Blocks, made by Kathy T - such beautiful Gelli Plate backgrounds and I love the images!

Although I'm only showing and linking to three picks, some others which I really think you should check out are Sam (aka Hettie) who made a beautiful album, Sue J made a stunning Autumn scarecrow card, and Carol L gave a brilliant hint on making leaves which look very realistic using a crimper!

And we also have one new Playmate:
Do please try to hop over and say a big 'Hello' to Jane Willis, who brought us this lovely butterfly card to show. Hope you come back again soon Jane :)

Onto the the winner of the House Mouse stamps sets, kindly donated by Ann.
This really made me laugh, am sure you remember me saying that I keep a note of peeps who said yes please and just repeat running Mr Random until he selects a person who has said they wanted this prize. It took me five goes to get a name to come up who wanted the House Mouse stamps - and it's our newest playmate:

Beginners luck strikes again! Well done Jane - can you please let me have your address and I'll pop the stamps in the post to you ASAP. My email is

The prize for this coming week might just interest a few of you:

It's a Memory Box 'Dazzling Snowflake' die of your very own, just like I used for my snippets card - what's different about this die of course is that it's the negative of the die cut that you use. Plus, one pack of  five 'Stick-It' sheets (large size, which are about the old foolscap size - any typists remember foolscap?). I find these sheets invaluable for intricate dies - especially ones like the 'Dazzling Snowflake' which does have a slight tendency to sort of 'dome' upwards very slightly when it's been die cut. This stuff cured that perfectly - I can't imagine trying to do it properly with glue..

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 18th October and will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

Maximum of three entries and please say 'Yes please' (or similar) in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. Feel free to say if you're only interested in either the die or the 'Stick-It' sheets.

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 :)

Have a great week! Tomorrow will see the tilers arrive so things are moving along at a good pace here.Not without some stressful moments of course - sigh.
Di (and the usual happy wave from Parsnip of course)


MagsB said...

Oh, Di, what a superb card! How clever to use the negative space of the die-cut! Also, welcome, Mary, to the Playground, and congrats on your win! :)

love Mags B x

Sandra H said...

Wow Di what a beautiful Memory box die your card is simply gorgeous as always and many congratulations to Jane enjoy your win Jane and another array of creations from last week xx

Mrs A. said...

Super snowflake card. You were very brave with the stamping . Looks great. Just playing for fun this week cos I have already bought packet of that stuff. Hugs Mrs A.

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Dazzling snowflake card, Di! Love that sparkle! I always so enjoy your weekly pick! Such creativity out there, have to swing by and say hi...Have a great week!

MaryH said...

Ah-Mazing card with this gorgeous die. It really sparkles & isn't this double stick paper a terrific tool? You have a lovely card, and some great highlights. Popped over to say Hello to the prize winner and become a follower. I'm still puzzled over the HTML code. Created a test blog, trying to compare the HTML in the new to the old, looks the same to me. I've about decided to just leave the bloomin' blog alone!!! Hope to get back later. Just have things going on at present. HOpe your remodeling is going well. TFS & Big Weekend hugs.

Cathy said...

Beautiful snowflake card Di, the sticky paper sounds very interesting! Gorgeous and clever picks once again. Yes please to the prize, I'm a Memory Box addict!! Hope your renovations are going smoothly :),Cathy x

Veerle said...

Hi Di, very CAS and very beautiful card you have made.
Hugs from Veerle xxx

Aquarius said...

The negative die cut is so effective - love it. Another generous prize on offer this week - please include my name - thanks.

Sarn said...

I am LOVING that snowflake card Di. Uber cool and classy.

Congrats to Jane for winning the HM stamps.

Lovely picks of the week too.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

ha ha... without the aid of a safety net! You crack me up. :-)
Stunning snowflake, Di.
Fabulous picks, as usual.
Caroline xxx

Liz said...

Love this CAS card. What a beautiful die, the result is stunning! You're much braver than me stamping straight onto the card. I would have messed it up!!!

I'm a 'Yes Please' to be entered into the prize draw this week please. Two fab prizes! xx

Liz said...

Oops! - forgot to say how much I like your picks this week and congratulations to Jane, the new Playmate, on her win. xx

Jenny L said...

Hi Miss Di & the lovely Parsnip.
what a lovely Christmas card.
I love your fab design of this.
Congrats to our new playmate on her win, and congrats to this weeks picks.
I do hope your decorating is going well, and you have had no more accidents with your guest bed.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

KandA said...

Hi Miss Di & Parsnip, sorry I've not been around much lately so just popping by for a quick visit. Love the picks and your fabulous snowflake card.Congrats to Jane and please can I go in the pot this week for the fabulous prize xx

Brenda in IN said...

This is a beautiful card. The die is gorgeous and I love that the holographic silver makes the snowflake really pop.

Elizabeth said...

Super card, Di, the negative die is very effective, especially with the holographic snippet behind it. I find holographic stuff hard to find a use for, too much does funny things to my eyes, but popping it behind a die-cut is the perfect solution.

Many thanks for including my little rocker cards in the show-case. Cornelia has asked for a wee tutorial so just as soon as I have a moment I will put one together for her ... I think she will be surprised at just how simple they are to make ... well, they would have to be for me :)

Congratulations to Jane ... first time lucky, hope she bought a Lottery ticket this week :)

Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Elizabeth said...

Oops! Forgot to say, count me out again this week. Much as I love the die, I'd much rather someone else had the fun of winning :) xx

Jane Willis said...

Thanks for the lovely welcome everybody, and for the surprise of the House Mouse stamps! I'm just back from a weekend away but will pop over and say hello on your blogs over the next couple of days


Neets B said...

Beautiful snowflake card, so intricate. Just entered and would love the opportunity to win, thank you :) x

laurie said...

I adore that die, and what a beautiful card you made with it. Lovely!

Yes please for me!

I did enter the Christmas card..thanks for your comments!!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

That is one utterly divine card Di and what a stunning die.Just added my card and if my name pops out this week I'd love to be in with a shout for it.
Hope your renovations aren't causing too many issues and you'll soon be straight again.
Have a good week.
Sarah xx

Sue said...

Beautiful card Di and thank you for mentioning my scarecrow card xxxxxx Sue xxx

Kathleen said...

Now don't you just love that snowflake die and it looks stunning with the multi coloured backing.
You are a better man than I am 'Gungerdin' I had to use a computer sentiment before I had cut out the flake, didn't trust myself to stamp perfectly.
But, Miss, why didn't you discover this Stick-it stuff before I did my 100 cards, you little Minx.
Glad to hear all is going well with the Home Improvemnets.

Kath xx

Pat said...

This MB Snowflake is lovely and your idea of using the glue sheets is great, and the holographic silver card is so pretty through the die cut snowflake. I will be entering a card during the week and would love to go in the draw for the Snowflake die, as last week I completely forgot about it when I linked up so thought I would say now in case my brain goes AWOL again this week. Congrats to Jane and the lovely makes you highlighted too. x

Greta said...

Oh my goodness--your card is absolutely stunning, Di! Yes, Yes, Yes--put me in the prize drawing--assuming I get a card made in time, of course--LOL!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Your snowflake card is gorgeous! Wow - so sparkly! Anyone would love to receive this card for Christmas!

It's always fun to see your picks! Great cards again this week!

As for your prize, that's a definite "Yes, Please!" Have a wonderful day!

Vicky Hayes said...

I adore your snowflake card Di and I bet the holographic paper backing is even more gorgeous in real life! What a gorgeous gallery of picks too - loads of inspiration there. Your prizes are always so generous but I'm playing for fun. Vicky x

Sammy said...

I'm so excited to have finally made my way to the playground for some fun!
You made an absolutely stunning card, and the top three picks are all gorgeous too. x

Sammy said...

Oh and forgot to add that I'd love to be in the running for the gorgeous goodies! I've had those stick-it sheets in online baskets several times recently, but was never sure whether to get them or not. x

Kathyk said...

Lovely featured makes, as always, Di

Just uploaded my snippet make this week


Kath said...

A very stylish card Di. Hope to join you in the playground soon as would love the snowflake die!
Kath x

JennyH said...

Stunning card Di, what a fantastic die, so I'll definitely say Yes please for a chance to win it : )

Carol L said...

Congrats to Jane for her win and creative butterfly card! Congrats to all the notables for the fun inspiration this week too! Di, that snowflake looks amazing and your card is so elegant! I realized that I don't have any snowflake dies, and I especially like this larger size, so YES PLEASE to the draw this week!

Jacee said...

Stunning snowflake card Diane, lovely!
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Bonnie said...

This is the most awesome snowflake! I love the daintiness of it and the sparkle.

Kathy said...

Di, I love your beautiful snowflake card. Wonderful Memory Box die and yes I would like to be in the draw to win it. Thanks so much for picking my artist trading blocks as one of the top three last week. Congrats to Jane on her win and welcome to The Playground.

Karen said...

What a stunning card Miss Di! So very clever and a really beautiful and elegant Christmas creation.
As usual wonderful picks from all the lovely ladies too - congrats to the winners.
Yes please for the prize - that die is fabulous and the sticky stuff looks fantastic too. Hope you have a great week Karen xx

Pippa said...

Lovely card Di, that snowflake die is wonderful and works so well with the sparkle behind it.

Debs Willis said...

Very clever card, clean and elegant. Maybe using this would cure my 'more is more' style lol :-)
Yes please Miss!
Debs xx

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card Di, MB do make the most amazing dies and I'd love to add that one to the box so "yes please" from me! Well done to the Top Picks and fantastic win for Jane too! How's the demolition coming on?


Jane Willis said...

I commented the other day before I'd uploaded my card, so I couldn't really say yes or no, but I've joined in now, and having been lucky enough to win last week I'll say "No thanks" this time - don't want to be greedy!

New Creations said...

Love your delightful and beautiful snowflake card with a holographic border and peeking through the snowflake! Excited to join here!! Yes Please to win this fab prize, count me in!

JennyH said...

Another entry from me.
Just noticed the bit about the Stick It sheets (was dazzled by the snowflake die before and didn't see it) I have a few intricate dies I can see using this for, must get me some.

Jenny L said...

Hi Miss Di & the lovely Parsnip,
Forgot to say yes please on my first entry.
just popping by to leave another entry into this weeks challenge.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Di finally getting around to blogging again.. love this card and Di so yes please... wonderful card you made and love the cards from our darling buddies in playground so sorry been MIA :D hugs, Shaz in Oz.x

Planetsusie said...

Oooer missus - I've used up some more of me snippets (result)!!! All I can say is Yes Please - what a superb die!!!

Big hugs to you and Parsnip from me 'n Fenton.

Sue Pxxx