Monday, 2 February 2015

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 162

For a change, my snippets card has nothing to do with this next week's prize, but it does show a great way to use up little snippets by making 'faux patchwork':
I used:

- 5" x 7" white card blank, tent style

- snippets of white and patterned card - the patterned card came from some leftovers in the My Mind's Eye 'Quilting Bee' paper pad

- I punched eight white 1" squares, plus four 1" squares from each of the two patterned papers using SU's 1" square punch

- then, each patterned square was cut in half diagonally, and four of the white squares were also cut in half diagonally

- to assemble the patchwork I covered a piece of card with double sided sticky paper and just pieced the pattern together. There are loads of blogs showing ideas how to do 'faux patchwork' - here's one I found

- after assembling all the pieces I ran the piece through the Cuttlebug using the lovely Cuttlebug Anna Griffin embossing folder called 'Rosa' (a gift from the lovely Mo some time ago)

- then I layered it onto snippets of matt red mirri card and grey Core'dinations card before adding a 'flower' to the centre, using SU's 'Petite Petals' and 'Itty Bitty Round' punches

- the sentiment is from Winnie and Walter's 'The Big, the Bold and the Happy' stamp set, stamped using Memento 'Gray Flannel' and SU's 'Real Red' ink pads

Here's something I would do differently, I think. Although each square was punched with the same punch and the same thickness card stock( as even the patterned paper was nice and thick), I can see some teeny gaps in the patchwork - made more obvious by the fact it's red card stock behind! Next time I'll try using Collall All Purpose glue - sure it'll be messier and will also take longer, but the double sided sticky adhesive sheets are totally unforgiving if you're just a smidgen out when placing the pieces 'cos you have no room for manoeuvre :(

So, onto this week's picks and as I was out all day Saturday and have other stuff to catch up on today (am typing this on Sunday), I've whittled the picks down to just five. I always say I'll just pick three but it's just too difficult:

Kimbo (Kim) made this absolutely stunning butterfly card. Its only got one snippet on there according to Kim (the sentiment) BUT - just look at the amazing use of brads! Truly a one-off card Kim!

Just had to show this wonderful duo of a tissue box and get well card, brought to us by Veerle. Just perfect for cheering someone up who's feeling under the weather :)

I adore this beautiful fairy card, made by Jackie T. It's soft, gentle and uses plenty of snippets too.

I know I often feature cards made by Laurie, and this is one of those weeks! What a terrific Valentine card and isn't the heart clever?! Look closely, it's a jigsaw :)

And this card, made by Sam, really caught my eye. That snowflake background which you could think is designer paper, actually started out life as a snippet of plain white card!

We have four new playmates to welcome to the Playground:

Helen J made this   bright and cheerful card, tons of impact and it looks so fresh too.

Chris brought two lovely cards, both showing very different ladies indeed :)

This super mosaic Valentine card was brought over by Denise - great way to use snippets.
Diane H (yay, we have yet another Diane!) brought this stunning Valentine card to show - isn't it just gorgeous?!

Hope you all come back to play regularly girls!

And now for the draw for the ever-so-longed for die from this last week - the Memory Box 'Piestra Tile'. And the winner is:
Oh I did squeal when Lynn's name popped straight out, Lynn makes terrific cards (often very funny ones too!) and is a regular playmate. Also, this is the first time Mr Random has picked Lynn since Week 86 - almost 18 months ago). Can you please drop me an email with your address Lynn and I'll post the die off to you ASAP (

Gosh, we had 90 entries this past week, that die sure was popular as 32 of you were keen to win it!

Onto this coming week's prize now, thanks to Viv who sent along goodies for the toy box (as did Eve) - thank you girls! These stamps came from Viv:
It's two adorable Joanna Sheen/Faye Whittaker 'All Our Yesterdays' stamp sets. One is called 'Dolphin' and the other one is 'Happy Birthday'. Both sets make up one prize. They do remind me of the Playground :)

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 7th February. 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. 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, please 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 :)

Di and of course, Parsnip!


Liz said...

Love your card, Di, a great way to use up all those snippets of patterned paper. It brought back memories of a wall display I did in school with five and six year olds many years ago. To understand tessellation, the children made a 6' x 3' patchwork quilt out of patterned wallpaper, using 12" traditional patchwork blocks.

Great picks again - so many to choose from! Congratulations to Lynn on her win. It's a fabulous die to use. I'm just playing for fun this week. xx

jimlynn said...

I'm so excited I can hardly think!!!! WOW! Can't wait to play with that die now! This is such a wonderful challenge Di and everyone over here is so warm and friendly. Will email in a minute or two.
Great picks and some gorgeous cards to showcase! I love yours too Di. That just makes me want to curl up in a nice cozy quilt! However, it's just not cold enough today. Got up to 79 here and I thought I was going to have to drag out the short shorts! LOL!

Janis said...

How sweet of Viv to share some goodies for the toy box!! Thank you, Viv!!! I would love to be in the drawing for these adorable stamps!!!!

What a lovely quilt star card, Di!!!! So very pretty dry embossed like that. TFS!!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

KT Fit Kitty said...

Gorgeous snippet card! I love the quilted look! So happy to see that Lynn was the lucky winner - Yay! I enjoyed seeing your picks! Thanks for another linky! Have a wonderful week!

Greta said...

I love your card, Di--need to try making a card like that! Great picks, as always! Hope to play, but just for fun this time.

Juls said...

Fabulous, always love seeing your snippet makes :-) xx

Veerle said...

Love your card Di and thanks for picking out my tissue box and card.
Hugs xxx

Kath said...

I love your patchwork card - I must try that myself. I'll be joining you later in the week, but just playing for fun.

Kath x

Annie said...

Love the patchwork Di and yes I think Colall would do the job better - think I may have a little patchwork play this week. Love your pics - oh wow people are just uber talented.
Ann xxx

ike said...

Such fantastic cards and Congrats to the Winner :-)
I love your patchwork effect card - that is sooo lovely :-D

IKE xxx

Kathyk said...

Fab makes from you and a great selection .... just uploaded mine!

Happy Monday


Sue - said...

Fab picks as always. Love your patchwork card-try rubbing Pritt stick or similar over the double sided stuff - it gives it a bit of wiggle room. Works on foam pads too!

Jenny L said...

Hi Miss Di and the lovely Parsnip.
Yes please to the prize if I am lucky.
what a very super snippets creation.
The work involved in this delightful creation must have been very time consuming.
Congrats to the winner, and what very super picks of the week.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

Ooh.. great minds think alike! I was just searching out some quilt style cards on pinterest!! Yours is gorgeous, Di. Love the paper combo - so striking.
Great picks this week. Kim's butterfly is awesome!
I blogged my snippets card yesterday ( forgot about the extra day we had), but I'm just playing for fun this week anyway :-)
Caroline xxx

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

gorgeous cards
hugs Tamara

Jackie T said...

Hi Di I have often wanted to make this type of card, yours is amazing. Thank you for all the tips as well. It was lovely seeing my card selected. Yes please to the prize you can never have enough stamps. Have a great week. Hugs Jackie

Brenda said...

I love these "quilt" type cards and yours is stunning Di! Yes, maneuver time when doing these kinds of cards, but yours still looks fabulous as I'm not seeing any red showing through. lol Love that embossing folder too and I love the papers you picked for your "quilt". Oh my I am loving your shout outs and some I even know! Love that butterfly made from brads-how impressive is that?! And I nearly shouted the roof off when I saw that Lynn had won! Oh my goodness, but I love her cards, she is a hoot for sure! Now I will have to see if I can get something made with my snippets and come to play this week. Hugs, Brenda

Pat said...

I love your faux patchwork Di and a great tip about the Collall glue. I use the photo glue nearly all the time as if you are a messy crafter like me it will rub off the surface. Congratulations to Lynn and some great picks too, and thanks to Viv for providing this weeks pretty vintage feel stamps. x

Carol L said...

I'm loving your quilt card Di, and I love using snippets to make those cozy quilts! The spotlighted cards were amazing this week with such crafting genius!! Congrats to Lynn for the win too and thanks going to Viv for her generosity in providing this week's prizes! I'm playing just for fun this week so good luck everyone!

Stamps and Paper said...

Lovely card this week Di and as a Patchworker I love your card....great picks this week too..


Hettie said...

Done it again....lost me comment!
Lovely card there...right up my street. Lovely picks too! Hello to the Newbies!!

Sarn said...

Playing catch up here . . . no I said CATCH UP not KETCHUP! What are you like?

Not seen this quilting style done before, and I think it's really lovely. We know someone who'd like it don't we!? Oh, I see she's already said so above!

Congrats to Lynn on her win (very poetic!).

Lots of lovely picks as usual . . . off to visit and say Hi.

Will try and make it into the Playground this week.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

So many gorgeous cards in the spotlight, this week. Also winner, winner, chicken dinner for Lynn! I do believe that once my friend gets her backordered quilt die, and we have at all of the accumulated scraps, there will be lots of quilt cards. I do love you're card so. Thanks for my visit, and yes please this week.

Lynn said...

A very beautiful card. Some wonderful spotlights this week Di, you must have had a terrible job making your final decisions. Lynn x

Lynn said...

A very beautiful card. Some wonderful spotlights this week Di, you must have had a terrible job making your final decisions. Lynn x

Mrs A. said...

No room to manoeuvre here either miss. Packed in like sardines. Having to clamber over furniture to get to me desk. The coving is up already! Peter the Painter does'nt ang around . Mind u he might have been spurred on by the two custard donuts wot accompanied his coffee!! Like the patchwork effect. I've joined a patchwork block a month swap for this yr. Last months block I sent out was very bright but my partner for this month has requested more genteel colours just like we like so I'm a happy bunnie if I can find the sewing machine and a spare socket to plug it in to. My sockets seem to have sudenly been overtaken with house phone, camera and mobile phone chargers from The Doc's office. hugs Me.

KandA said...

Super card Miss Di, I really love the patchwork effect. Fabulous highlights this week and congrats Lynn on your super win. Methinks I shall have to hop off to the shops and treat myself to that die.
Will be back later to play but just for fun as I have the Faye Whittaker cd xx

Sandra H said...

Oh wow Di this is gorgeous the patchwork effect is stunning and the two colours used are well balanced to create such an adorable card ...l just love it! great showcase too and many congrats Lynn enjoy your prize xx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Love the patchwork effect and the fact that it is embossed really adds to it. I have a paper patchwork pattern (say that three times fast) stuck away somewhere that I should pull out 1-because I love patchwork and 2-SNIPPETS!

Karin said...

Lovely patchwork card! Fantastic picks too! It is my first time here on this challenge blog, so yes please to the prize, because these stamps are gorgeous!

Pat said...

I have downloaded my card Di and please could I be entered in the draw for these pretty stamps. x

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Your quilt card is fabulous, Di! And such great cards you again showcased! Must be fun to pick them! I am playing just for fun this week. Have a great one!

Veerle said...

Hi Di,
I'm back for another week of snippets fun. gain a lot of snippets used on this card.
Thx for showcasing my previous card in the top 5 from last week. Hope you will like this one too, it's Tim Holz inspired. Have a great day, hugs, Veerle xx

Diane said...

Well, thank you for welcoming me and showing my card....I feel honored!! And congrats to Lynn for winning and actually, as I subscribe to her blog, that is how I found you! Love your gorgeous quilt card as I like doing them myself....and yes, yes for the prize (of course) and I will be back tomorrow hopefully with my entry!! I kept an old quilt pattern book for card ideas, so I might "show up" with one of!!

Hettie said...

I am back.....I am playing just for fun though!

Aquarius said...

Just playing for fun this week

Kimbo said...

Love your quilted card Miss - very effective. Thanks for showcasing my card amongst all the other lovely makes. No thanks to this weeks prize x

Elizabeth said...

Your card is lovely, Di. The patchwork does look fiddly but the end effect is worth it. Another great showcase this week and all so different. The prize for next week is super but, as usual and for the usual reasons, it's a no thanks from me. Have a lovely week. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Denise Price said...

Thanks for introducing me (and my card) to the group. It's nice to meet you all. :)

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

wow Miss that is one clever card making it with the square punch well done!!

I am finally back again to play, I seem to be away a lot this year..

Beautifully executed work also by our playmates, too :D oh and really do love those two stamps .. they are lovely!
Shaz in Oz.x
{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

LesleyG said...

Love your patchwork Di. I agree, glue gives a bit wriggle time. I also did it once onto copy paper. I also noticed the other day how embossing stretches the card quite a bit, so that may have made your gaps.....not that I could hardly see them! If I were lucky enough, one of the sets would be enough. Thank You xxx

New Creations said...

Love this patchwork creation Di! Another great showcase projects! Love that Butterfly creation totally stumped me and other are great choices too!
Yes, count me in!

Eemeli said...

Beautiful patchwork. I will be linking my card tomorrow and YES PLEASE for the prize :) Thanks for the chance to win.

Jane Willis said...

What a gorgeous selection of cards, yours, Di, and all the winners and newcomers. What an inspiration! Yes please for the gorgeous stamps.

scrappymo! said...

Great picks this week! And a big hello to the newbies...waving from the west coast of Canada...

Great card too Di. Quilting is all the rage once again so it is always wonderful to see it on cards too. I have a pinterest board for sewing/quilted cards...I guess I had better start making some rather than just pinning them...teehee

Sally H said...

A stunning card from yourself, miss Di and beautiful picks too. Yes please for the stamps too x

Sandy said...

Your piecing on the quilt card looks perfect -- You have to be really precise to make it look so good.
Yes please on the prize.

Bonnie said...

Here I am again. Just coming by for a quick push on the swings and to say hi! Lots of beauties in this gallery. Hope to come back and stay longer.

Karen said...

Beautiful paper piecing Miss!!! Huge congrats on your new DT position too - so happy and proud! Glorious picks, as always. Sorry to say I won't be around so much for the next couple of months but will be doing stuff now and again!
No thank you for the stamps Miss, think I already have them or similar to them - must check as I won't use them again Karen xx

Jean said...

I love your quilt card Di, super colour and pattern combination.
Well done to all the makers of the lovely showcased cards, and to Lynne for winning the prize. Nice to see some more newbies coming to play as well.
I have just linked up my card and would love to be in the draw for the lovely stamps.
Jean x

Janis said...

I thought I had commented on here but don't see it.... Either it got lost in cyberspace or I'm just soft in the brain!!! I am not going to speculate on which is more likely!!! Ha. Okay, now I do see my comment.....hahahahaha!!! Yes, I (still) would love to be in the drawing for these very fun stamps. :)

Be sure to stop by my blog to see where I introduced you as a new follower!!! Thanks, again.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Liz said...

What a great snippets card and I love the showcase cards, such a selection. Yes please to the chance of winning stamps. Thank you Viv for donating them.

Carole said...

Yes to be in with a chance please. I seem to be making hard work of linking!! so if I have done it more than once please remove me. Thanks.

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Sneaking another card in - to keep you busy :)
PS : Don't forget - just playing for fun this time!

Mrs A. said...

Here we go Miss. Just playing for fun this week. hugs Mrs A.

Karenladd said...

Oh, I just love your faux quilted card, and what a great way to use scraps! How is it that I have more scraps than whole sheets of paper anyway??? Yes, I would love to be in the running for this adorable stamps and am happy to be back crafting after a month away from my stamps and ink!

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

Love your card and the cards showcased. Yes, Please include me in the draw.