Sunday, 5 April 2015

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 171

Happy Easter everyone! I hope that, however you're spending the weekend, it's going well.

Let's dive straight in, and then you can get back to scoffing those Easter eggs :) This is my snippets card:
I used:

- A6 white card blank

- a snippet of buff coloured card, just glued onto the card blank front

- a slightly larger snippet of dark brown card, firstly with the oval position calculated (tell you why in a minute) and then die cut with a Spellbinders oval die

- next, I ran the piece of card, with the aperture already cut out, through the Cuttlebug using the Sizzix Tim Holtz 'Woodgrain' die. 'Cos of the earlier calculation before cutting out the oval, I managed to cut out the big 'knot' in the bark of the tree as planned:)

- layered the embossed piece of card on top of the buff coloured card, using thin sticky pads for dimension and added a few 'squiggles' to the inside of the aperture with a light Whispers pen just so it didn't look too perfect

- then added some owls, foliage etc, from the Hobby Art 'Owls' clear stamp set - love this set! They were stamped in Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured using Whispers markers before being fussy cut and stuck on with Glossy Accents/thin sticky pads

Onto this week's picks, as always so difficult to choose. Some stunning entries again this week - you truly are pushing the boundaries with those snippets girls:

As it's Easter, although this card was made by Liz for a Birthday, I thought we should begin with this adorable bunny! And, here's the inside of the card:
What a great design - tee, hee :)!

I totally love this card, made by Kath. What a fabulous stamp and such lovely use of the patterned snippets too. See how beautifully the top right paper echoes the design and colouring of the gorgeous Woodware stamp - I do notice these things :)

Sigh, I loved this card so much that of course I whipped onto Google and found a local stockist so we now have one waiting in the toy box for a future draw - ha, and one for me of course!! Thanks for that Kath - bread and jam agaaaaaaaaaain here :)

I just couldn't leave this really beautiful card out - made by Anne F. Wonderful die cut honeycomb, leaves and such a pretty framed image  - and how clever to also do some sponging by using the honeycomb as a stencil!

More stenciling, this time from Cornelia. I promise you, there was a really sharp intake of breath here when I spotted this beauty! Just stunning as always!

What did I say, this week has been totally amazing in the Playground! Greta skipped in with this really divine card - absolutely loads of work and tons of dimension. I love it!

And last, but by no means least, Mrs A (fighting her way through internet connection problems) whizzed in with this amazing 'Block Step Card'. Another 'jaw dropping on the desk' moment here,  it's just fabulous and a really great way to use up lots of little snippets of paper and card. You can find how to make this style of card here BTW. I already have one under way :)

I think we can safely vote this our star of the week? Hooray for Mrs A - come on everyone, wave those hockey sticks!!!

Oh dear, I hate to say but this reminds me soooo much of the hockey pitch at school in my younger days, snigger :) I promise you - it was a bit like scenes from the film 'Gladiator' at times!

And we had one new playmate join us this week - yay:
This darling card was made by Sam (Whispers) - isn't it just adorable?! Beautiful scene with the hedgie - and just look at the detail of adding the line down the middle of the road using bakers twine! Clever!

And it's time to pick the winner of last week's prize (the 'Congrats' die and the 'circles' stencil)
Well done Julie! This is a first win for you so can you please let me have your address and I'll post the prize off to you this week -

I actually had this card, made by Julie, earmarked to show you - isn't it great?

Last week's prize was another of those where I truly wished I had several others up my sleeve as extra prizes, sigh :( Especially the stencil - which you can get (in the UK) here. They're closed for holidays until 13th April folks, so any orders won't be sent out until after that date.

You might have an inkling what the prize is for this coming week - as a change from dies and embossing folders, it's the Hobby Art 'Owls' stamp set, just like the one I used today:
The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 11th April. 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!


Unknown said...

Awesome card Di! Love how you've made it look like they're all in the tree :-)
What fab stamps! My mum is owl obsessed right now and I've been having trouble finding some good owl stamps for cards for her! I keep using them same one lol! These would be peeeerfect!!
Oh I love the bunny card to what a brilliant design with the bunny inside!! Hehe
Lucy x

MaryH said...

Whee! These guys look like they are having so much fun! Cute card, and congrats to the last prize winner. I see you've already got some fab highlights. Just saw that you were a prize winner at Hazel's so wanted to pop by & say Hooray for you! We're still away from home.Each day have pushed back departure for one reason or 'tother. Think tomorrow will be the day though, as our friend with us, has a Tuesday flight back to his home. Have had lovely weather, relaxed some. Big Hugs & Happy Easter too. TFS

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Your owl card is just soooo cute! You should link that with Addicted to CAS - cute is the theme there! Thanks again for showcasing my card and all those other stunning beauties!

Hettie said...

Your card is a hoot! Great card picks this week.

Hettie said...

ps....Mr Hettie thought I might like a Marmite egg....anyone wanna help me eat it? Blech!

Mrs A. said...

Thankyou Miss for Showing my Card. Internet up and down all day again today. Get one comment in and then it stops working for 5 mins then back on for another 5.
Your owls look so cute in their tree. That EF is super . Just playing for fun if I can get anything loaded that its. hugs Mrs A.
p.s. Thats me on the ground having just glugged a whole bottle.

Karenladd said...

Oh my, that little owl card is adorable and LOVE how you used the wood grain embossing folder for a tree!! What fabulous projects in your showcase this week and Miss A's block card is so impressive! I would love to be in the running for this prize and I just uploaded my first project!

Greta said...

Very clever & adorable, Di! Your card is the best use of a woodgrain folder I've ever seen! So sweet of you to include my card in the picks with those talented ladies! Hoping to play but just for fun. Happy Easter!

Sarn said...

Is he maaaad? Ugh! X

Kath said...

A lovely card Di - those owls are so cute. Will be in the playground soon and would love a chance to win the stamps.
Kath x

Kathyk said...

Just uploaded my entry - just playing for fun this week.

Loving your makes and selection, Cornelia's card was amazing


Annie said...

oh my gorgeous card Di and wowza to the cards you have picked out to showcase - stunning. Ann xxx

Eve said...

Wow! what amazing showcases once again Di and your owls are just too cute!
'Yes please' to enter the draw this week thank you.

P.S Your ears might be burning ;-) xx

Liz said...

I just LOVE your card Di, a fabulous scene. It reminded my straight away of one of my favourite children's stories, 'Owl Babies', about three little owls waiting in a tree for their mother to return. I guess I must be the teacher owl sitting in the tree looking after them. ;-)

Thanks for choosing my card to be one of your picks this week. Love the other picks. I remember seeing Kath's card earlier in the week and thinking how gorgeous it was. I was in a little craft shop yesterday and saw the lovely stamp she used, but couldn't work out why it looked familiar. I came home with my new purchase and when I saw this post today, there is was in your picks!

Well done to Julie on her win.

I'm a 'yes please' for the draw this week - who can resist those cute little owls?? xx

Neets B said...

Wow, what wonderful cards in this post. Your little family of owls with the woodgrain is fab! Would love the chance to win this lovely stamp set x

Pat said...

You have made a splendid card with those cute owls Di and congratulations to Julie C and what lovely picks this week. Sorry I didn't get to play this week but have had so much going on in the last few weeks. A couple of the things we were involved in organising are finished now so hopefully will have more crafty time this week! x

Kimbo said...

Love your little owl card Miss, so cute. Some beautiful picks again but I can't wave my hockey stick at Mrs A as it's propping up our broken fence at the moment. No thanks to this weeks fab prize - it's in my stash already x

KT Fit Kitty said...

Your snippets card is cute, cute, cute! I love those adorable owls! Great embossed background too! I always enjoy seeing the picks - great job, ladies! I am in awe of Mrs. A's fabulous creation - wowzers! Congrats to the winner too! Thank you for another Snippets Playground - you are so generous to dole out these fabulous prizes each week - please count me in for the prize!

tilly said...

Hello Di
Thank you so much for your just seems to have been so busy this past 6 months.....don't ever believe retirement is time for yourself! you wonder how you found the time to work! I really do call by very often but I will make more of an effort to join in the playground, saying that, I go away in 3 weeks and home for 2 then away for another week lol. hope you are keeping well.
Tilly x

tilly said...

Sorry I forgot to add that I love your card, owls are a fave of mine x

New Creations said...

A cute owl card Di! Another beautiful creation, love that superb embossing with brilliant designing! Superb picks and mind blowing work done by Mrs. A! Please count me in for this super cute owl stamps!

LesleyG said...

Happy Easter Di! Your card is a hoot! Owl be back soon to play hopefully (sorry!) Lovely picks, I've not stopped by for some time, my bad, oh, and I remember hockey well, and the bruises, ouch! xxx

Sarn said...

Your card is definitely a hoot, and like Lesley said above . . . owl be back with a snippets entry (tomorrow). Those owls are CUTE and I love how you cut out the tree knot. GENIUS.

Fab picks and congrats to Julie C on winning that lovely stencil.

Easter Hugs,

Sarn xx

KandA said...

Happy easter Miss Di and playground buddies. Love your super owl card and all the fabulous top picks and I definitely waved my hockey stick for Mrs A (that piccie brings back a lot of schoolday memories!)
I'm just skipping in for a bit of fun this week and maybe I'll have a sneaky look around to see if Parsnip missed any of his choccie eggs xx

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

The owls are so cute in there tree, fabulous and very inspiring picks, I had to stay five minutes admiring Mrs A's fantastic project, congratulations to Julie, Happy Easter!

Love and hugs

Kathleen said...

Twit to whoo, thank you, for the showcase and some great ones too.
Love your card, the owls are fabulous and the embossing folder is just perfect, I know, that's why you have used it, doh.
Love the jolly hockey sticks images

Happy Easter.

Kath x

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Since I just won I'm going to say no thank you, to give others a chance as well! Happy Easter, Di!

Unknown said...

Adorable card & I would LOVE to win that stamp set!!

Sarn said...

Morning All . . . Happy Easter Monday . . . I have my bonnet on and I've skipped over here to play.

Playing just for fun thanks Di.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Sue - said...

Happy Easter Monday - beautiful picks again this week. I'm playing just for fun Di.

Carol L said...

It appears that some of us have gone from bunnies straight to the owls this week! LOL Fun card Di, and I love all those owls living in your "tree" :) Congrats to Julie C and I'm so inspired by this week's contributors! I actually learned to make a block card after you posted the link to a tutorial! Thanks everyone!
I'm playing just for fun this week, as I already own many owl images! Have a great week ahead!

Jane Willis said...

Wowee, what a fantastic display of cards - all of them! I've just popped my first, slightly off-the-wall card into the linky and will be back with something more conventional later. Yes please to going into the hat this week

Bonnie said...

I love the expressions on these little guys and how you've placed them on the "tree". Great picks as always! Hope you have a wonderful week!

Brenda in IN said...

Hope you had a wonderful Easter holiday. I love these owls and they are perfect for graduation this time of year. It's so clever to have him looking out of the tree! I was able to pop in and add a card this time as I used snippets. No gift please.

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

Love your Snippets card this week. The owls are cute. Would love to win this set.

Jackie T said...

Hi Di your card is gorgeous I love owls so yes please to the prize. Have a great week. Hugs Jackie

mamapez5 said...

Di I just love that card. Well done on the design too. I´d certainly like to be in with a chance to win them please. Kate x

Scrapcat 1 said...

I love your owl card so much fun xx

Lynn said...

Those owls are just the cutest. Wonderful picks again Di. I must look how to make that block step card. Please put me into your prize draw. Lynn x

Debs Willis said...

Lovely owls Miss! And Mrs A's block card is fab! Have to go check that out
Thanks for the prod, have been a bit of a hermit lately :-)
Big hugs
Debs xx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Julie has a stamp of a super hero kitty?!?!?!!! Never mind anything else, I have to see that.

Now back to our regularly scheduled playground stuff--love all your owls! And the picks were fab as usual!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Finally back again to play Miss, but boy have you some nice cards in posts above and in this one by the playmates heaps going on while have been way from blogland.. two similar offerings today but will say no thanks to the luffly stamp set, thanks very much .. have few owls m'self y'see :D
Shaz in Oz.x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

PS BTW Miss, I was knocked out in our hockey with a stick one time, black eye to boot - dont member much tho'!! :D

Linby said...

Lovely card Di.
Well done to all those featured, especially Mrs A - off to look how to do that now and also the fab superhero card - how cute.

ellyscard creatief said...

For me a yes.Thanks for the challenge.

Mrs A. said...

Just for fun this time round. Hugs me.

JennyH said...

Cool card Di, I've got the same embossing folder, bought it specifically for cutting the knot out for owls to sit in : )
Great owl stamp set too, so count me in for the prize draw.

Sandy said...

Wonderful variety of pics this week and lots of great ideas.
Just playing for fun.

Jane Willis said...

Ha! I was wondering which "hat" you would be wearing when you commented on today's card..... And there you are wearing both at once. The two hatted look suits you!
I should think the parcel tape trick would work on the Bug plates too. It didn't leave any sticky residue at all. I think the trick is to use the cheapest tape you can get. Mine came from a pound shop and sometimes when I use it on a package it worries me that it's not sticky enough to hold the parcel safely shut, but it was plenty sticky enough to clean the embossing mat

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

Just stopping in to say hi. I just entered my 2nd card this week.

Sally H said...

Wow, Miss Di! I love your wonderful owl card in those tawny colours! You picks for this week are gorgeous too x

Karen said...

Such a gorgeous card - love it - so very, very cute! Just playing for fun Miss Di and sorry to be so late to the party - just in time and I'm going to go on the swings next - been a rough week Karen x

mamapez5 said...

Well I´ve actually had time to make something this week, so I back a second time, So it´s a second Yes please for the little owls too. (or Twoo). Kate xx

Carole said...

Just in time! Had a bit of trouble linking so if I appear twice please delete one! Yes for the owls please...lovely weather for a playground frolic!

Paper Lily Leaf said...

Yes please to the owls! Lovely cards - very inspirational! April Xx

Elizabeth said...

Phew! Just made it with minutes to spare, Di :) Love the owls and your card is delightful, I like the embossed wood effect and 'head teacher' owl instructing his class of baby owls :) It's a yes, please, to the owls - they are just too cute to say no! As usual the cards you've showcased are fabulous too. I'm not sure when I'll get back to the days of three entries in one week but I'll keep trying - otherwise the snippet mountain will never get any smaller. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Unknown said...

Those owls are adorable. I really like how you created a tree house for them. Fabulous picks as always.