Sunday 16 August 2015

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 190

I've had to manage the Playground all on my lonesome this week, even Parsnip went on strike 'cos he missed Eve :( It's been another busy week with loads of fabulous entries as always. I often have a little smile and wonder if your snippets truly are going down - or are they increasing, like mine?

My card today used up a variety of little snippets, and I even daringly threw some of the waste into the bin rather than snip a little square or rectangle from it to keep for another time:
I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- a biggish snippet of SU 'Real Red' card stock

- an A4 sheet of white card stock, onto which I printed the sentiment 'I love you to pieces', towards the bottom - when I trimmed it later, the unused strips were saved of course :)

- eight little snippets of coloured card, from each of which I punched two jigsaw pieces - making 16 in total. I used a Woodware jigsaw piece punch, which is almost 1" at the widest point

- using a very soft pencil I then lightly drew up a grid of 16 boxes above the sentiment, and also drew lines across and down the centre of each box to be sure of precise placement of the 16 jigsaw pieces (that OCD again!), then I glued the jigsaw pieces in place using a 'Zig Squeeze and Roll' glue pen.

- measured and trimmed down the SU 'Real Red' card stock and the white piece of card stock which was now decorated and ready to go. That way I could work out the right measurements to trim them down to - much easier to give oneself a bit of leeway and leave the finite measuring and trimming until the end in this case

- glued the red layer onto the card blank and then rubbed out the pencil lines on the white jigsaw patterned layer (they had helped me with measuring the trimming down, which is why I'd left them). Then glued that layer on top of the red one - both done using Collall All Purpose glue

I did make up the design myself, but I subsequently found loads of on-line fun ways to use jigsaw shapes, I'll be trying a few out over the coming weeks. And, the little jigsaw shapes made by using this super little punch do actually link together really neatly - in fact my first play was to make a solid block of the jigsaw pieces but then I decided to space them apart for this particular card.

Now let's check out this week's picks:

Cathy R made this wonderful card using such lovely MFT dies - and of course plenty of snippets too. I love the simplicity and such a perfect design for a baby with those 'blocks'.

How about this beauty for a riot of the most fabulous jewel-like colours, and of course some jewel like gems as well! Made by Jenny L.

A huge WOW from me when I spotted this fantastic make, brought to the Playground by Diane H. You absolutely must go over to Diane's blog and see all the wonderful detail - plus pointers to show how Diane set about making this gift packet - which she then inserted packets of seeds into for a gardening friend. Brilliant idea!

This card is a 'virtual thank you' from Lynn (Lynn's Crafty Corner), for her recent Playground prize. I do so love this die - and the ribbon is such a perfect match don't you think? It was actually a scrap from a package - just shows you should never throw even snippets of ribbon away!

I just love this Christmas card, made by Helen. Great little image and such a clever touch to add the faux stitched snippet strips of paper behind it! Great how the red in the patterned paper really makes the polar bear's little parcel on his nose 'pop'.

Having a little smile here, one of our Playmates has an aversion to penguins on Christmas cards as Santa lives at the North Pole and penguins live at the South Pole (and other places, but not at the North Pole). I'd never stopped to think about that one before. Added to which, quite rightly, she is adamant that the only place that penguins and polar bears would meet is in a zoo :) as polar bears live in the North. So it's possibly a little bit naughty of me to 'light the blue touch paper' - I know that there are quite a few LOTV Christmas images showing both polar bears and penguins together. Tee, hee - I wonder if I ought to send our little Playmate a card using one of them this Christmas :)

I think this is such a pretty card, made by Ileana. Lots of snippets and some beautiful colouring of the Saturated Canary image. Love how the embellishments (ribbon/flowers) match the image colours perfectly too!

This is another card and a great idea to layer the washi tape onto snippets of card stock and if you look closely at the glorious flower there's some wonderful sparkly gold dots to be seen - love it!

Maura always makes such fabulous cards and this one really caught my eye - isn't the sentiment with the pink flamingo so clever? Lots of snippets of course and a perfect design too. Ahem, and of course this card turned out to be an 'enabler' for me - watch this space :)

And last, but by no means least, Eve hopped in with this really gorgeous card. So elegant and I adore all the sparkly silver embossing, a card which just exudes style.

Wahoo, nine picks this week - I was ahead of myself during the week writing the basics of this post so had extra time yesterday to include more picks than usual. It's not something I'd have time to do very often though :(

And, we have a new Playmate this week:
It's a young lady named Annie, who is Linda's Grand daughter. We already have one Annie in the Playground so I'll refer to our new Playmate as Pixie Annie - one of her preferred names for the blog she wants to have includes Pixie in the name. Good choice there Pixie Annie, and a really lovely card, love all those flowers and lovely butterflies!

Time now to pick the winner of the Memory Box 'Prim Poppy' die and the Couture Creations 'Compassionate' embossing folder - and the winner is:
Wahoo, Meg's name came straight out (sometimes I have to run the Random Number Generator more than once if it picks someone who doesn't want to be in the pot for the prize) - and what's even nicer is that this is Meg's first Playground win. She first joined in the Snippets Playground in June 2014, so this was more than due!

I don't have your snail mail address Meg so could you please drop me an email ( with it and your prize will be posted off to you this week. Well done - good things come to those who wait :)

And here's the prize for this coming week:
It's two Woodware punches, approximately 1" or so in size, making up the one prize. On the left is a 'Jigsaw' punch and on the right is a 'House' punch. You might well remember the house punch when I went crazy over this fabulous card, made by Liz, the other week:
And of course I used my own jigsaw punch on today's card. Both punches have endless possibilities and, even though they aren't exactly lightweight, I will post them to anywhere in the World if the winner happens to live outside the UK.

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 22nd August. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

Maximum of three entries and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. Also, if you already have one of them or aren't really interested in winning both of the punches but still would like to play for just the one - please say so and if your number is picked as the winner then I'll do a second draw for the other punch.

However, the prize IS for both items unless I'm told otherwise in a comment. Do remember that you should also link back to the Playground in your blog post to be eligible for the draw.

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 :)

Di and of course, Parsnip!


  1. Hi Di, I love your card to pieces! Brilliant sentiment and snippets card. Thank you for the shout out too, I'm hoping my sister won't want her teddy stamp back too soon so I can make some more of these! Lots of lovely inspiration in the playground once again too. Yes please to throwing my hat in the ring for the prizes , although I'd like to help with the postage if I do win :) Have a great week, Cathy x

  2. Oh wow--just love your card & the picks this week, Ms Di! I'm playing just for fun this week.

  3. Your puzzle piece card in all those amazing colors is so clever and so fun, Di! I love all the amazing works of art you chose this week! Wow, we have lots of talented Playground mates!! BTW, have you seen Hammy playing with Parsnip? I've told him so many stories about Pixie's that I wouldn't be surprised if he stopped in there to meet you and Pars. Let me know, will you? As you can see, I am getting a bit out of control over here without him!! Hugs, Darnell

  4. Fab picks and loving your makes with those punches ....... just uploaded my snippet make ..... PLAYING FOR FUN this week as I already have one of the punches


  5. Great card and great picks this week Di. Love them all and such good ideas to be inspired by. YOu have reminded me that somewhere I have a jigsaw punch - need to get it out and have a play.
    Have a good week.
    Annie xxx

  6. I love the jigsaw card, Di - what a wonderful idea for all those little snippets (might do something like it, if that's OK). Hope you have a good week. xx

  7. I love, love, LOVE your card.
    And my snippets just seem to become smaller, not fewer, lol. x

  8. Morning Di, I do love your card. The most perfect way to use up those tiny snippets like Liz's card last week. Again what a lovely selection of picks from you this week. I would love to be in with a chance for the two great and very useful punches. Barbxx

  9. I love your card Di - I haven't seen that jigsaw punch before. I'll be joining in later in the week and would love a chance of winning your prize.
    Kath x

  10. Fabulous picks, Di, congrats to all! And I just LOVE your jigsaw CAS, such a great look it has!! This way to use snippets is very simply and versatile! Great idea!

  11. Hello Di, just a quick comment as I'm on my way out of the door. Love you jigsaw card - a great punch for using up lots of card snippets. As usual, the showcased cards are fantastic and it's great to see a new snippeteer join the playground. Love the prize for this week so wouldn't mind being included in the draw :) Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  12. Love your jigsaw card Di, what a great idea. x

  13. What a great card using this jigsaw punch Di and a wonderful use of all those different coloured snippets of card. Some beautiful highlights as usual and congratulations to Meg for winning this week. x

  14. Great puzzle card Di! Lovely picks too.. xx

  15. Thanks for showing my card
    Thanks for al the lovely comments on my blog.
    Gr Elly

  16. Thanks for showing my card Di...sorry that my 'penguin' will cause upset! It bothers me slightly when I see images containing both polar bears & penguins...but then again...I'm not sure that if they did meet in real life that they'd be such good friends as to exchange Christmas gifts...but it makes for a 'cuter' card than if the polar bear was eating the penguin! Ha ha!
    Love your snippets card - that punch is just perfect for using up tiny snippets! Please count me in for the prize.
    Helen x

  17. You jigsaw puzzle piece card is a fabulous way of using up snippets. TOP MARKS!

    9 picks? NINE? Wow you really went for it this week. And they are all brilliant too.

    Waving hello to Pixie Annie. CONGRATS to Meg on her win.

    See you on the swings.

  18. Great choices Di.
    Hugs Veerle

  19. What a cute jig saw card. The sentiment and those pieces are cute as can be. As always, these are great picks. I love the variety you always get in the playground.

  20. Great jigsaw Miss. I ought to buy it and give it To The Doc to piece together!! Hugs Mrs A.

  21. Wonderful card Miss Di, love those jigsaw pieces - and what fabulous picks this week. Will be back later to join in the fun xx

  22. Thanks so much for including my card in your picks for the week, Di! And I am so glad I was able to enable you.... I look forward to seeing a flamingo in your near future!! I love the jigsaw card, in fact I love it to pieces!!! :)

  23. Gorgeous card Di and great picks! Congrats to all.

  24. Hi Miss, finally getting a little respite from the travel stuff to take a quick peek at what's going on at the Playground. I admire how you've used your cute punch to create so many diverse colors of snippets to make this oh-so-cute card! It's just adorable and clever (and CAS too). Lots of great highlighted cards this week. Zipped over to a couple of them, for a closer look. Hope to see some more here later. Still catching up. Hope all is well with you & the crew! TFS & Hugs

  25. Morning Di-and Parsnip!(cooo eee Parsnip I have brought a lady Bear over to the Playground to meet you today!
    I am only playing for fun this week Di :)
    Nessa xxx

  26. Hi Di I love the cards you have made. Yes my snippets pile is growing and spreading. Yes please to the prize. Have a great week. Hugs Jackie

  27. Good morning Di,
    I am so sorry that you have missed me this week and please give Parsnip a big hug from me!
    You have chosen some wonderful top picks (rather you than me!!) and your jigsaw card is just perfect.
    I am just playing for fun this week thank you because...... I know that there is a Penny Black stamp which would go perfectly with that punch so if I was lucky enough to win the punch I would HAVE to go and buy the Penny Black stamp -- there is a method to my madness!!!
    I hope you have a wonderful week and don't forget that my offer is still there to be Prefect again.
    Eve xx

  28. I love your card Di, great idea!
    Yes please to the prize.
    Hugs, Valerija

  29. Yes, please on the drawing!!

  30. Another great showcase of cards Di. Love your cute, cute card too. That's a great way to use a whole bunch of snippets and just precious. I'm just playing for fun this week but did want to enter my card. Going to try to get around to more of the other ladies blogs too if possible.

  31. Hi Di, I like enter in this challenge with two cards by my granddoughter :)) and yes, please, I would like enter in the drawing for both the prizes

  32. Oh, I just love using bits and scraps of paper to make punched shapes so would love to be in the running for this fun prize. I have been known to sit and punch shapes all day long until the people around me beg me to stop!!!

  33. Missy Pixie your card is gorgeous! What an awesome way to use up snippets. I have a punch like that somewhere but struggle to use it cos of my nasty mitts. Thanks for another fun link up and please remove me from the prize list Karen x

  34. Oh goodness, there are some hilarious spam comments today, although I'm sure when you see them they will vanish and those who follow me will wonder what I'm wittering about! If you don't see me again, I've popped off to follow their advice....
    Anyway, I'm back from hols and playing again and as usual, totally blown away by all the gorgeousness up there ^^^. And yes please, I'd love to be in the hat for the fab punches.

    1. I zapped the spam! First time one (two in fact) sneaked through for ages - am off to check out an ATM tomorrow though :)


  35. Cute the sentiment! The punches look like fun..yes please for me! Have a great day!

  36. Another beautiful creation!
    I'd love to be in the pot for prize...thank you Di!

  37. Stopping by with a card to show you and Parsnip and to take a turn on the swing! Love your card and those punches but will let somebody else have them!

  38. First time I've entered, found your site through another blog and think this is a great idea to use up my snippets and to find great inspiration from you and others ...will be back to play again!x

  39. Hi I have entered again this week the ladybird card was made completely with snippets from my ever growing pile. Enjoy the rest of the week. Hugs Jackie

  40. I love how you've used the jigsaw punch, Di. I have this punch too, but haven't used it for ages. I must get it out again and have a play. Two great prizes for the draw this week.

    Great picks again and congratulations to Meg on her win.

    I won't be able to play this week. :-(...... sort of gone AWOL. Got a cheap, last minute deal for a holiday in Italy. Actually glad of the rain today to cool things down a bit! Good excuse too, to catch up visiting a few blogs. xx

  41. Hullo Miss, coo! I love the card with jigsaw pieces, and saw the other one made for it..

    .. and wow how many of the picks this week truly are WOW cards...
    Oh and just for the record my snippets are growing, hatching, multiplying.. even though am brutal occasionally, and actually throw some out.
    Will play for one punch.. the jigsaw one, as it is way too much to post other downunder, and not sure what would use it for either.
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

  42. Hi Miss Di & the lovely Parsnip.
    Congrats to all the picks of the week, and thank you sooooooooo! much for featuring mine too.
    Congrats to Meg to on her win.
    Sorry I haven't been around before, but I have had family staying with me.
    Your snippets card is super as usual.
    Love those wonderful coloured jigsaw pieces.
    Will be back with a snippets card soon.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  43. Yous snippets card is fabulous! Now that's using lots of snippets! I love all the colours and the cute sentiment! Punches are great for using up snippets - I love your prize - count me in! Congratulations to the winner and all of the gorgeous picks! Beautiful inspiration here!

  44. Love your card, Di. Fantastic use of snippets. I'm just playing for fun this week. ta ta for now, Kathy

  45. Love your card and clever sentiment - please put me in the draw for the fab punches.

  46. The puzzle piece is definitely a good way to work in a lot of snippets. Well done.
    Just playing for fun this week.

  47. I love those cute puzzle pieces on your fancy card! Great colors and a fabulous use for all of those snippets! The talent in the playground continues to amaze me each and every week! Congrats to Meg on her win, and I'm just playing for fun this week :)

  48. I will be in for the draw, but only the house one, as I already have a jigsaw one

  49. I am always puzzled about something, so that is the perfect punch! Like right now... I swear I left a comment before this, but I do not see it. Fantastic card! Congrats to all the winners.

  50. Hi Di. Entered my card very late last night so didn't leave a message then but please could I be entered for the prize draw this week. Thanks. x

  51. I'm feeling uninspired just now so coming here is perfect, except I'm dazzled by all the great ideas and don't know where to start. Yes please to the jigsaw punch. It looks as though it could be used in many ways, as you have been demonstrating. x

  52. Such fun punches and showcased so wonderfully with your puzzle piece card. Love the sentiment! Please put my name in the hat for them. I don't have anything like them in my stash!!
    I always enjoy seeing the top picks!! Some gorgeously elegant cards in there this week!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  53. dropping off a card. Will be back to comment properly and catch up on your blog. Heading home today so a sea of boxes and suitcases! lol

  54. Lovely cards and lots of fab inspiration. Yes please to prize and big hugs to you and Parsnip Xx

  55. I am popping in very late with a snippets card. I really love your puzzle piece card and would love to be in with a chance to win the fabulous little punches.
    Jean x


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