Sunday, 11 January 2015

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 159

And another week into 2015 - already, so soon. Due to various other things going on here, my card today really is a bit of a cheat. Super fast indeed:
I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- a backing paper from BoBunny's 'et cetera' collection - almost a whole sheet, shock, horror

- the pre-coloured image came from LOTV's 'Wild Flowers' Art Pad, die cut using a die from the Spellbinders 'A2 Distressed Edges' set

- yay, and a snippet of yellow card from the snippets folder, die cut using the next size up in the die set (which is the largest one at A2)

That was it - told you it was a fast one. I first spotted this die set on one of the blogs I follow and I'm almost sure it had been used to die cut round one of those large vintage Christmas postcard stamped images - it looked fabulous! So, with more time to spare, these dies really can be used in loads of clever ways rather than my easy peasy card.

Onto this week's picks:

I know, Darnell's fabulous cards often feature here - and this is just such great use of little snippets of paper/card it would have been wrong not to include it.

Plus, it reminded me about a little trick I read on one of your blogs this week (wish I'd written down just where!) - if you (say) only have little birds facing the same way in a die set - remember you can die cut them and flip them over and then gently rub them with a largish ball ended rounder on the front to make the reverse look as if they were cut that way in the first place. Did I lose you there?

I've chosen this card, made by Anne F, because I love all the work that went into making it - right down the paper piecing of those adorable flowers.


This card is Vinita's very first venture into making a vintage style card - and I bet you'll agree that she really has cracked it! There are loads of lovely pictures with more detail over on Vinita's blog - why not go and check it out?

Alison C used a snippet of parchment here, which is such a lovely touch. I've also included this card because the stamp set that Alison used is absolutely beautiful and it's very plain to me just how much time went into building the background up using  a few different stamps - and with such perfect placement too. I confess that I did go and peek to see what the stamp set consists of and then ran away in horror! Amazingly painstaking work indeed.


I really dithered over this card as I also picked out Lucy's Mother's Day card which you can see over here. But, in the end Lucy's happy little Mr Gnome won the day - so clever to make the frame using lolly sticks too :)

As I always say, there are tons of inspiring ideas in every single entry this week - so why not just browse last week's thumbnails when you have a time?

And, we have two new playmates this week:
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Cindy brought a host of beautiful cards to show, all featuring pennants. They're all really lovely and I was amazed at the variety too.

And Carole D skipped in for the first time, bringing this great card to show. Carole also does some amazing cake decorating - as well as card making of course!

Now for the winner of the Prima Paper pad and the Tim Holtz retractable craft pick:
Well done Viv! It really tickled me when I double checked back after your number was drawn and found that you'd commented that you hadn't bought any papers for almost a year and now wanted some :) I have your address and the package is already parcelled up to post, just as soon as I get to the Post Office.

And, all four packages from last week's bumper draw were posted off to the winners at the latter end of this last week. 

Next, if you haven't already guessed, this coming week's prize is:
Your very own set of Spellbinders 'A2 Distressed Edges' dies of course :) I do love that they've included two narrow and quite long dies, perfect for sentiments! I want to find time to sit and have a serious play with my own set.

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 17th January. The gates 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.

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 :)

Di and of course, Parsnip!

61 comments:

  1. Morning Di...........Gorgeous is your card the floral pre-coloured image from Lotv is stunning so colourful too! loving the die cut you used and the backing papers is stunning another great card as always.........beautiful array of cards and well done Viv enjoy your win l have those dies so l'm just playing along for fun good luck to all who play hope your keeping well Di xx

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  2. Lovely picks & so is your "cheat" card, Di! I noticed Viv's comment--bet she never thought her name would come up--how cool!















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  3. Beautiful quick snippets card! Love the die cuts - and I see that's the prize - Yay! Count me in! Hoping to be back to play along. Well done to the picks - lovely choices!

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  4. EZPZ works for me, as you know, Di, so I think your card is splendid! And so are all the picks! Oh, wait, that sounded wicked smug since I'm one of them! I don't mean it that way, of course. With all due humility, the other picks are fantastic!! That astounding card of Allison's ... I want to go look, but then I worry I'll faint! Have a great week and thank you for another fun challenge! I hope to have time to go visiting, especially to the new gals! Hugs, Darnell

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  5. Gorgeous card Di, love the coloured image and it looks fantastic cut that way. Please throw my hat in the ring for the prize as the dies look awesome. Gorgeous picks once again too, have a great week, Cathy x

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  6. More smashing makes today

    Just uploaded my snippet card

    Kathyk

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  7. That pretty card makes me think of Spring - really pretty image and I like the die shapes. Please include my name in the draw this week for the great die set - looks like a handy one to have.

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  8. Aww thank you Di!! I like it lots when people like my cards!! :-) xx
    Gorgeous card from you again! Lovely image the background paper you've matched perfectly with the jug! And the lovely bright yellow snippet finishes it perfectly!
    More lovely picks as always! Love Darnells colourful birdies!
    Lucy xx

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  9. Congrats to Viv for winning the prize.

    Love all the great cards you've showcased here Di.

    Really liking your pretty 'spring has sprung' card. Makes me feel happy!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  10. What a fab spring card, Di! Gorgeous image. Love your picks this week too. The stamp set that Alison used isn't as scary as it looks - they are clear and reasonably easy to match up.

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  11. Love your super quick card Di, think I have that stamp somewhere!! Fab picks too, Lucy's gnome was brilliant!! xx

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  12. A lovely card Di with the gorgeous Spring flowers and the great distressed edge S/B frames the flowers so prettily, and also some wonderful highlighted cards too. Sorry I didn't get round to playing last week but will definitely do so this week because I miss my friends in the playground when I don't. x

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  13. Your card is breath of warmth and what's to come when spring arrives! Just lovely Di!
    Congrats to Viv and all of the notables and the newbies for joining in! WOW, there's so much inspiration to be found at the playground each week!

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  14. love the Spring colours and flowers just what we need to cheer us up just now. Would love to be included in the draw.

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  15. Wow, your card doesn't look like it was a fast one Di, it's beautiful!!! Those SB dies look great with their distress edges, love that look! Oh my your picks are fabulous this week too. I just can't get over how talented people are, it always blows my mind. I did follow you on the die cutting and flipping to the reverse side-good tip to have! Oh and that Christmas card with the background that was hand stamped-well I definitely have to go check that out! Yes, great picks for sure! Hugs, Brenda

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  16. A lovely card Di - it would make a pretty Easter card. The dies are fabulous - please put my name into the hat for Mr Random.
    Kath x

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  17. Love your snippets card and the project you chose to showcase. Have a great week. I will be back in a few days with my snippets cards. (I have plenty of them (scraps that is) to probably last me 6mths or so.

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  18. Such pretty spring flowers and I love that die. Hoping to get caught up enough to play along, and I"ve awready gotten to enjoy some of the fab week's entries. Hope you & the crew are staying cozy & warm. TFS & Hugs too.

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  19. YYEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!
    So my self imposed 'buy no paper' ban is still in place and I get to play with some new ones instead of brushing off the dust from this mountain here!!!!
    I am a lucky girlie and thank you so much!
    Lovely card Miss too and a great showcase.
    Great to see more new playground mates too... but if we get any more you're gonna have to buy another set of swings....LOL xxxx

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  20. Well done Viv! Lovely spring card Di, and as usual lots of lovely picks. Tfs xxx

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  21. Hello, Diane
    I am very glad that I can once again join some of the fun. It's fun to be here with you.
    Greetings to all,
    Bozena

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  22. Well done Viv.
    I just love your card Miss. It is so fresh and spring like. Those dies are lovely too. Want them NEED them.
    Welcome to the newbies!
    Hugs
    xx

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  23. Hi Di . . . just added my entry, but I'm playing just for fun thanks.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  24. Love your 'super fast' card, Di.... although it looks like you spent ages making it!

    Some lovely picks again and thanks for the tip about flipping a die cut. Congratulations to Viv on her win.

    I've been sorting out my dies this weekend into a new magnetic storage folder I had for Christmas. It just so happens that there are a few empty spaces to fill, so I'm a 'Yes Please' to go into the draw for the lovely Spellbinders dies. xx

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  25. Love your card Di and another die that is perfect for the LOTV images, sometimes it is difficult to find a die to fit them.
    Great picks.

    Kath x

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  26. Lovely floral card Di I love these gorgeous LOTV images....
    Thank you for picking out my card and congrats to the winner

    Anne

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  27. Yes please, I love to play at your playground.

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  28. Yes, please! Thank for letting me play at your playground!!!

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  29. Lovely and fresh look of your creation, love the floral and backing papers! Thank you DI to pick up my creation:)D
    I love to play at your playground. And i am at my Mom's house and Many thanks for sending such a beautiful creation by U. love it! And Those folders are awesome!!!!
    Hugs from INDIA!

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  30. Ah, cheat cards as just as legitimate!
    Just for fun, thanks!
    x

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  31. Like Sue (Olliesman) I am also a bad blogger but I just had to pop over after seeing your new name on Sue's card (http://olliesmam.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/new-sunday-releases-with-digistamps4joy.html) I giggled for ages and you really cheered me up.

    I also love your card because the LOTV image is so pretty. Not cheating at all missus.

    Big hugs to you and a mwah from Fenton to Parsnip!!

    Sue Pxxx

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    1. I am still chuckling Di - especially as your pic has the flower from the cocktail in your hair. I tell you those Tena Ladies are a boon as I am still cackling.

      Big hugs for cheering me up Sue Pxxx

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  32. Lovely card Di, fab top picks too! x

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  33. Great picks Di. And OMG what a prize you have out of your sleeve this week !?!?!?
    Happy to play along again. Hugs Veerle Xxxx

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  34. Oh I love that quick spring card...makes me feel it is not too far away...Spring that is! Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog and for showcasing my card...I am so glad I have found your playground. Congrats to Viv........her comment made me chuckle about the swings......a see saw or roundabout would fit me better at present...lol

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  35. Hi your card is gorgeous I do like that die set it looks so useful. Thank you for sharing all the other cards. Have a great week. Hugs Jackie

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  36. It's not a cheat at all!!! It's just lovely and that image is so pretty! Love it all framed out that way too.
    I'm going to get my act together this year (hopefully!!!!!!) so you'll be seeing me around here much more often!
    I'll have to pass on the prize this week since I already have a die very similar or the same - and love it! Its' a great one!
    Lynn

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  37. Gorgeous card, Di! I love it! I'm hoping you'll be seeing more of me this year! I'd love to be in with a chance of the prize, so yes please xxx

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  38. Hi Di, I wandered this away following directions off Darnell ;) so glad I found your blog, I think it is a really cool idera :) And prize giveaways too!!!! yes please.

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  39. As always fabulous card from you Miss Pixie and beautiful picks too. No thank you for the prize huni. Hope you are keeping well Karen x

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  40. Great card and fun picks - as usual! I'm back with a snippets card, but only for fun this week. Make somebody else happy with those fabulous nesting dies!

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  41. Hello Di, lovely card. I have those LOTV images and never really know what to do with them.
    Great pics as usual - so nice to see all the different styles.
    I'm playing along this week, but you can leave my name out of the prize draw. It's a fab prize, but distressing is one of those things I can't get to grips with.
    Caroline xxx

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  42. Hey, there is NOTHING wrong with shortcut cards! Yours turned out lovely. Beautiful image and background. Thanks so much for the chance to win that fabulous die set. I would love to be the lucky winner of it. Already, my mind is teeming with ideas...... :)
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  43. Added my first snippets card. Would love to win this week prize.

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  44. Love Edward's balloons. Would love to win, but don't expect another so soon. Have enjoyed playing again xxx

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  45. You quickie card looks so pretty -- I think it's the combination of picking up the yellow from the printed image for the matting and putting in on an interesting but not-too-busy piece of printed paper.
    I had not heard the tip on using the stylus if you want to use the reverse side of a die-cut -- thanks for passing it along; now if I can just remember that when I needed it.

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  46. I have posted my card for this week Di, and please could I have an entry as I would love a chance to win that S/B die set. Thank you. x

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  47. Yes please Di, I would love to win this set

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  48. Yay, I get to play along this week!!! Yes please enter me in the drawling Di!! Hugs, Brenda

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  49. I do like these pre coloured LOTV pads for making a quick card. Iv'e done the same with Little Claire Topprs where I haven't had the time/or want to colour in an image. Love the yellow backing . Makes me think of spring. I have bulbs just starting to peek through in my troughs and planters. Bl----y squirrel has dug up my
    tulips in the front garden. A clean 6" empty hole is all I'm left with.! Yes please stick me in the pot this week. I could do with a warm up. Hands and feet are frozen.
    Hugs Mrs A.

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  50. Thanks for the challenge and the super Dieset,love to win.
    Gr Elly

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  51. ahhh Google just ate my comment .... fab card by you Miss and so amazing are the creations from all the crazy gang in the playground clever plus.. so warm here again today and you dear folk would say the sunshine is superb will bring some over there :D
    happy Snippets my dear (love Edwards card and sorry you are not well.. or weren't :D ) huggles from puggles and me, Shaz in Oz.x PS will say no to lovely dies thank you.. have a similar set.

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  52. Thanks for another fun challenge! I created a card using one of the embossing folder you send and I just love it, so many possibilities:)D. Hope you like it!
    Count me in for this beautiful spellbinder die.

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  53. YES, PLEASE let me thank you for alerting me to this fun-tastic challenge! What fun! I have just entered for the first time and hope to come back often! Happy Day to you ... your creation is adorable! A breath of fresh air with all the snow I see outside my window!

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  54. Beautiful card Di - Iike the background paper too! Lynn x

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  55. Gorgous card Di, those LOTV art pads are fabulous. Super picks and such great inspiration, especially love the new playmates.
    Yes please to going in the hat this week xx

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  56. Lovely Spring flowers for a new season of cards Di. I love that card of Darnells too´. They are all lovely of course. I don´t know how you ever manage to choose between them. Anyway, I have come along with something different to play with today, but I am only playing as I already have these lovely dies. Kate xx

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  57. Hooray! Thanks to your kick start email with the Brusho tip, I got 'er in gear, and did a card that fits here (Snippets) and Miz Darnell's NBUS. And I had fun too! Will get back to see some of the entries I've missed, but some I've enjoyed as I made the rounds. No thanks to the lovely die set..it will make a wonderful prize to somebody though. Big hugs and thanks for the inspiration today. TFS

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  58. Nothing wrong with your quick and easy "cheater" card. You made it so it is still homemade and quite lovely to boot. Anywho.... remember me? I'm baack! hee hee You've been warned.

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  59. This is the second time this week Di - I think I have just made a personal best! Have a good weekend. Lynn x

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  60. May be a quick card but it still looks lovely. yes please enter mine into the draw x

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