Sunday, 16 November 2014

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 151

It was touch and go whether there would be a snippets card from me this week - although the Playground would still have gone ahead as usual. However, by Friday morning I'd caught up with snippets commenting and managed to make this card whilst waiting for the bathroom fitters to arrive:
I used:

- 5" x 5" square white card blank

- a snippet of matt silver card, embossed using the lovely Darice folder called 'Snowflake Background' then cut slightly smaller than the card front

- next came the fun bit - using a Spellbinders Holiday die set called 'Picture Perfect'. The set comes with four dies - a large plain frame, the large tree and outline village 'scene', as well as two small dies with a little house, trees and a tiny light bulb (as you would find on Christmas tree lights)

- I used just the two large dies, firstly by die cutting the solid blue background using the frame die from a snippet of pale blue pearlescent card stock - and that snippet only just fitted in the die

- then I had to plan/think the next step right through before die cutting the 'scene' and frame. Took one square snippet of white Centura pearlescent card stock just a bit bigger than the plain frame die and covered the reverse with Stick-It adhesive sheet because the scene die is so intricate. Then flipped the white Centura card over and first popped a piece of wax paper over the card with the more waxy side facing uppermost. Next popped the frame die onto the wax paper covered card face down of course and just sat the 'scene' die inside - secured them in place with removable adhesive tape and then ran everything, all layered together, through the Cuttlebug

- success - the die cut popped out of the die easily and it was just a matter of making sure all the windows in the houses etc. were clear before peeling off the backing from the Stick-It adhesive backing and then lining up and carefully adhering the white scene complete with its integral frame to the already cut blue background

- after assembling the silver embossed snowflake background and the scene onto the card out came the 'bow maker' and two snippets of white ribbon (white with sparkly edged satin and plain white organza) to tie a double layered bow. Pushed a sparkly blue gem brad through the centre of the bow then just glued the bow onto the card using glue gun

To be honest, I really cribbed this design and colours from the illustration on the Spellbinders packaging as that's what totally sold the die to me in the first place :)

Onto this week's picks:
I picked this card, made by Neets, as it's a perfect example of how you only need three small snippets to make a really stunning card.Of course having an eye for design is imperative as well :)

On the other hand, Kath used quite a few snippets brilliantly here, in various sizes when she made this great card for a young 'chap' :) Love it Kath - inspiration for those of us who struggle with cards for boys!

This week I'd earmarked two possible picks from one of our playmates and this was my final choice - a darling and so cosy Christmas card - made by Sue J.

And, this week I upped the number of picks to four as this Christmas card, made by Lucy, struck me as absolutely perfect and I couldn't leave any of the other three out either :)

We  had no new playmates this week - but some of you played along for the first time in a while, which is lovely to see. Our lovely Jules is 'missing in action' but I checked and she's absolutely fine, just very, very busy.

The winner of last week's prize of the Kanban 'Let's Do Lunch' stamp set is:
Well done Pat! I just checked and it's 22 weeks since you last won so it was time your lucky number came up :) I still have your address and will pop your prize in the post ASAP. Let's hope it doesn't take as long to arrive as the last one did - I think that package walked to you!

Some of you might wonder why I run Mr Random using the full number of entries (52) rather than (say) the seven of you who said 'Yes please' this week. Easy really - some of you playing for the prize might have entered more than once and it's the fairest way I can think to give you that extra chance.

And I bet you girls already guessed what this coming week's prize is? Tee, hee:

Yup, it's a Spellbinders Holiday 'Picture Perfect' die set, exactly like the one I used today. And, as the 'scene' die is very intricate, I'll also include an A4 sized pack of 5 adhesive sheets of Stick-It for you to play with. Looking at the die it's reminiscent of some of the Memory Box village dies but I do like the fact that it already comes with the swirly tree and the frame.

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 22nd November 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. As always, if you're only interested in one or other of the items making up the prize, just say so and if you win then I'll do a further draw for whatever it is you don't want. But, do go for both if that's what you'd like of course.

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

Over the coming weeks we're probably going to have a few Christmas themed prizes - I have some lovely goodies lined up! Of course your snippets makes don't have to be Christmas themed though!

Let's just whisper this - when I get up this morning it'll be a test drive of the refitted shower room. If you see spouts of water and hear anguished screams from Hampshire then you'll know there's more snagging work to be done! Fingers crossed but am not holding my breath :)

Just a little peek :)
Di (and the usual happy wave from Parsnip of course)


Cathy said...

Stunning card Di, love the design and your perfect bow. Your bathroom looks pretty amazing too (we need a revamp here!).
Gorgeous showcase again, and I'd love to throw my hat in the ring for the gorgeous prize this week. Off to do housework before it heats up even more!Cathy x

Carol L said...

ohh, that's such a pretty card with those pale blue colors and beautiful die! Congrats to Pat and all the wonderful outstanding entries from last week's playground. Your new shower is beautiful!! I wish I had one so nice!!!

Sandy said...

Your card is so pretty, with that lovely shade of blue and the beautiful die cut.
Your shower looks luxe. Hope the work is done and you can just settle back and enjoy it.

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wow - your card is absolutely gorgeous! So elegant! If that die is the prize, then count me in! Fun picks this week! Congrats! Your bathroom looks fabulous! Love the tile! I'll be back to link up tomorrow!

New Creations said...

Amazing creation, This is an awesome die which is reflected beautifully in teal blue color with a gorgeous white bow, love it!
Yes! I want this amazing die as I don't have any die like this, finger crossed! I will be come back later with my new creation!
Congrats to winner, beautiful picks!

Diane said...

absolutely gorgeous card! And I love your new bathroom....and I hope I do not hear your shouts from across the ocean....I hope they did a perfect job!

Darnell said...

Positively stunning, Di, and I really love your snippets card, too! I've got everything crossed for you that it all goes well!! Hugs, Darnell

JennyH said...

Wow beautiful card Di, such a fantastic die, definitely count me in for a chance to win it plus the sticky stuff : )

Linby said...

Beautiful card, I've been using this die too. Only I thought the lightbulb was a snowman LOL! Oh dear.
Linby x

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful card.I try to make a card for this awesome prize.Love to win it.

Jenny L said...

Hi Miss Di & the lovely Parsnip.
My I do love this card.
That die and your creation with it is fabulous.
Great colour too.
Congrats to Pat on her winning, and also congrats to the featured cards, they are all so wonderful.
Your new shower cubicle looks ace, and I do hope there were no probs this morning with your shower.
Good job it's not us as we have a terrible jinx with lots of new items bought or installed.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

scrappymo! said...

Gorgeous! The die is so beautiful and your card as well.

Love the look of your new shower...can't wait to see more photos...the tile colours are lovely!

Julie C. said...

Your card is beautiful, Di! Love the pale blue colour with a bow on it!
God knows when was the last time I blogged. (Continue to make cards just no time to blog it!) Yes, please count me in for a chance to win the lovely die and Stick-It! ^_^

Jane Willis said...

Whew, I'm back and I did get chance to join in after all! Yes please to being put into the draw this time.

Sue said...

Gorgeous card Di!!! congrats to Pat and thank you so much for highlighting my card xxxx bathroom is looking stunning by the way...huggles Sue xxx

Sarn said...

Corker of a die cut card you have here Di. Simply beautiful.

Only playing for fun, as usual, thanks.

LOVING the card picks this week.

Congrats to Pat on her win.

Happy Sunday Hugs,
Sarn xxx

PS: Hope the trip to the shower was without snags.

Unknown said...

Aww thank you Di! Love the other cards you've picked out too! And what a gorgeous card you have made! Perfect Christmassy die and beautiful ribbon! Love it
Lucy x

Kath said...

A fabulous card Di - I would love to win the prize this week if Mr Random picks my number.

Your bathroom will be stunning if the shower is anything to go by - very posh! More photos, please!

Kath x

Brenda said...

Love, love, love your card Di!!! That die is just beautiful and I love your color combo-just beautiful! Great picks this week too, love them all. Now I gotta get busy to see if I can get something made for the playground this week! Hugs, Brenda

Sally H said...

Wonderful card, Di and I love the look of your sparkly new bathroom! Have been keeping my fingers crossed that the shower worked well today! The prize is very generous and gorgeous, I'd love to be counted in please xxx

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Congrats, Pat! Also, the entries were exceptional this week. That SB die you used is awesome, Di. I would definitely try cutting off the village part, and making the tree a year rounder. Love your card. Count me in, when my entry happens this week.

Karen said...

Oh my goodness those picks are stunning Di! Neets card is so stylish - the sort of card I would love to be able to create but can't lol!
Your card is beautiful too, that die is amazing! Yes please to enter this week and I hope to be back again but time will tell Karen x

Kathyk said...

Shower is looking lush - let's hope there's no snagging required! Your snippet make is great.

Just uploaded mine - hope you'll allow it!


Pat said...

Oooh, how lovely to be the winner this week. I'm sorry I have only just seen this as I have been out all day today. Love the highlights this week too, and your shower room looks great, and hope it's christening was very successful! I love your card this week and that S/B die looks lovely especially in those wedgewood type colours. x

laurie said...

Oh how I love your card!That die is AWESOME!

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

It's a stunning card Di, such a fabulous die, super picks as always.

Love and hugs

KandA said...

Love your fabulous card Miss Di. Great design and lovely soft colours. Wonderful top picks too.
Please can you put my name in the hat for the super prize, thanks xx

Greta said...

I envy you that gorgeous shower & I didn't hear screams so hope it's not that I'm too far away--LOL! LOVE your gorgeous card & would be thrilled to win the prize this week, so hopefully I'll have at least 1 entry. Such talented folks in the playground--wonderful picks, Di!

Jules said...

Hi Miss Di

Managed to make an appearance this week!! Hurrah!!

Loving your beautiful Christmas card. Gorgeous soft colouring .. .. and loving your shower too. It will be worth all the upheaval when the job is complete.

Just playing for the satisfaction of using up some of those snippets .. .. but a brilliant prize for someone that's for sure.

Love and hugs
Jules xx

Sandra H said...

Simply gorgeous card Di as always and full of lots of lovely details you are so creative .....gorgeous showcase again and many congrats Pat enjoy your prize and Di your shower looks stunning xxx

Hazel said...

The shower's looking fab and I hope the test drive was much enjoyed. As for the snippet card, it's an absolute stunner, Di. xx

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful scene, Di! That's an amazing die and I hadn't seen it before. Always, always something new to see and tempt us!

Bonnie said...

Meant to add that you shower looks lovely! I hope it worked perfectly and you are at the end of your construction.

Anonymous said...

That's an absolute beauty of a die, Di, lol!! Love the card you made with it too, so a resounding "yes please" from me this week! Love your top picks, always so hard to do! Hope the diy is nearly done, the shower looks great!


Kathleen said...

Stunning card Di and a fabulous die, you will be overloaded with 'yes please' this week.
Was really shocked when I looked at the picks this morning, I just saw the image and the 6 and before I scrolled down further I thought
b..... h..., someone has done a card just like mine... totally forgotten I had entered this card, to be honest I thought I'd entered the pink snowflake one .... doh!
Thanks for choosing it as a pick.
Love the others too.
Love those tiles, hope it is all finished soon and you can get a new border pasted round your bedroom???!!!!.

Kath xxx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi dear Di am absolutely thrilled with your kvey en suite read post above of the trial of it all but now great joy!! :D phew!
And wow aren't these playmates clever, such pretty cards.
I was away most of last week so not much going on here...

..and love the.. nay adore the new card skillfully demoed by you with snippets made to fit the teeniest shape.
Well done!! I will be saying yes please if get around to creating :D am sure I will all being well :D Shaz in Oz.x

Neets B said...

Thanks so much for choosing my card as one of your picks, Di. Choosing from so many different styles must be a hard job! Your card is gorgeous, that die combined with those colours is so pretty. Hopefully I'll manage to take part again this week, the last few days have been a bit hectic but hopefully I can fit some crafting in again soon :) xx

Hettie said...

Beautiful card there Miss. Love it! want that die now.
Sorry I am late coming round...been a little bit off looking at puter this weekend!

Brenda said...

Hi Di, I jumped in to play with you all at the playground this week! I love it when I can play along. lol Please include me in the prize drawling. Hugs, Brenda

Aquarius said...

Beautiful card - very seasonal. I've had my eye on that die so please include my name this week - thanks.

Mrs A. said...

This is such a lovely classic card. Gorgeous in the pale blue. Much as I like the prize on offer I have had more than my fair share of the pot so just playing for fun Mis. Hugs Mrs A.

Kathy said...

Your card is so beautiful. I would love to be entered in the draw for the die.
Your new bathroom looks great. The best thing about remodeling anything in your home is when it's finished.

jimlynn said...

Stunning card!!! WOW!

Jean said...

Gorgeous card Di, I love the soft blue colour and the beautiful die. I would love to be in the pot to win it please.
Congrats to Pat for her win and to all the brilliant showcased cards.
I have just added my entry for this week.
Jean x

mamapez5 said...

I love the die-cut on your card, so Yes please, I´d love to be in with a chance to win it.
It sounds as though you had some fun assembling this card but the result was well worth the effort. It is beautiful. Kate x

Carol L said...

I already commented above, but I'm playing just for fun this week. Thanks just the same :)

ike said...

Fabulous card - that is a STUNNER. I luv that die cut scene :-)
I hope the shower behaved itself and didn't give you any surprise drips !!!
YES PLEASE for the Prize draw. :-D

IKE xxxxxxxxx

Pat said...

I entered my card for this week last evening and as it was late did not leave a comment to say that although I won last week and therefore chance dictates that it is highly unlikely for RO to pick me again, this die is so gorgeous could I please have an entry anyway! Thanks Di. x

Liz said...

WOW Di! I love your card and the colours are just perfect! Bathroom looks great too!

Another great set of picks this week and congratulations to Pat on her win. I didn't get much time to look at the entries last week, so have a bit of catching up to do!

I'm a 'Yes please' to go in the pot for the prize this week - and what a fabulous prize it will be for the winner! xx

Karenladd said...

What a beautiful card! I just discovered your blog and challenge, and as I always use scraps and bits of leftover paper and cardstock for my projects this was perfect for me! Yes Please....would love to try for the prize!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Hi Di, I am back! Gorgeous Christmas card and that stunning bow makes it look extra festive! I am just playing for fun this week!

Bonnie said...

Sue found me out and reminded me to come over here. I knew I was forgetting something. Do you ever get that feeling? This time it was a true hint!

Cathy said...

Back again, I'm on a break at work as my internet is too slow at home, so will pop around and visit some playmates :) Cathy x

Sharon Fontenot said...

Guess I need to get a bathroom remodel so I can create such a masterpiece. Love the card; love the die.

Eve said...

Hello Di,
Wow! what a busy playground this week and I know why - you have made that die look stunning. 'YES PLEASE' could you enter me into the pot.
The top picks are getting better each week.
Get you with your posh new bathroom!!! It looks amazing- well worth the hassle.

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

Fabulous Holiday card. Love the pop of blue in the background. "Yes" I would love to own this prize. Thanks for the chance.

Debs Willis said...

What a busy playground! Love love LOVE your card, the blue really makes it pop. What a gorgeous die, Di (couldn't resist!) and yes please to the prize.
Debs x

Brenda in IN said...

I finished my Thanksgiving cards and wanted to enter one today. I love the bathroom redo and the heated towel bar. It turned out fantastic.

Sandy said...

Back with a card; I see many people are busy this week. Yes please on the prize.

Viv said...

Well Miss Di, I got a seg on me finger scrolling down to the bottom of all them entries to pop on my contribution to the frivolity in the playground this week... LOL. Yummy bathroom - want a lodger???? And yes please for that scrumptious die... cos I don't have it, have no pennies left to buy it and of course I WANT IT!!!! xx

Neets B said...

Loving your shower and loving your card. That die is gorgeous and I love the colours you chose for your card, so delicate. I'd love a chance to win x

Nicky said...

Wow love your card and your new bathroom and the card you have done for the less is more challenge - can you tell I have been nosing at your blog lol

Please include me in draw

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Another week of me skidding through the gates at the last minute Di - phew! just made it with my card for this week! Would love to be in with a shout for the prize this week and love your snowy scene on your card. Another amazing showcase. I knew Anita would be a winner with that one!
Loving your bathroom shots too - gorgeous layout and colour. My workmen returned yesterday to start the main bathroom which should be (fingers tightly-crossed) a much quicker job than the ensuite.
Have a good weekend.
Sarah xx