Sunday 30 August 2015

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 192 - PLUS free Ally Pally tickets!!

Edit - Sally over at Crafty Salutations has two one-day tickets for Ally Pally (19th/20th September) to offer to one of her followers. You can go with a friend for one day or on your own for both days - it's up to you. All Sally wants is for them to go to a good home. My name is in the hat for sure - why not hop over and add yourself into the draw by 3rd September if you'd like to be innit to win it?! You just need to be a follower and leave a comment - plus Sally's blog is a fun place (she's a great card maker, especially backgrounds and scenes - swoon!).

Back to the weekly blog post about Playground antics now - so what happened there then?! 92 entries this week - wahoo!! I couldn't believe it, as fast as I managed to clear the commenting, more of you arrived - what a wonderful turnout - and also what a headache doing the picks!!

But before the picks, my snippets card this week was made using a lovely stamp that Elizabeth sent to me - the image was an absolute joy to colour:
I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- a large snippet of SU's 'Wisteria Wonder' card stock

- a sheet of diagonally patterned DP from Wild Rose Studio's 'Wintry Christmas' paper pack, plus a long straight spotted snippet from the same pack - adhered down the centre just to break up the expanse of diagonal stripes

- the image was stamped onto a snippet of white card stock using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and the charming Molly Blooms cling rubber stamp, sent by Elizabeth, called 'Herb Box', then coloured using Faber Castell Polychromos pencils and Sansodor blending fluid

- then I die cut the image using a die from the Spellbinders 'Floral Ovals' set and added it to the card front - all done using Collall All Purpose glue

- instead of adding a little sentiment, I added a little butterfly from the Inkylicious 'Flutters 2' clear stamp set. Stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black' ink, coloured and blended as per the main image then tickled with clear Wink of Stella before being fussy cut and popped onto the image with a little piece of thin foam pad. It shimmers so prettily in real life

Let's hop straight into the weekly picks now. I've managed to 'twang' my back, happens on a regular basis, purely by twisting awkwardly. So, I'll type for as long as possible doing picks but might have to cut it a bit short:

I picked this card, made by Darnell, as it's such a perfect example of white on white. It's lovely - and if you know about Darnell's NBUS challenges, you'll be pleased to know that there's another NBUS coming up really soon (September 8th to 18th) - a great way to finally play with some of your Never Been Used Schtuff :)

This great card, made by Jane, features a 'Penny Farthing' bicycle. It did cause a bit of confusion to one of our lovely USA Playmates, but Jane has explained it so well now in her post. I chose this card because not only did I love it at first sight but also because it's a perfect card for a chap and I'm aware that I don't tend to feature those as much as I should!

I chose this card by Em because the design is so eyecatching, and also what a fabulous way to use up 'snippet strips'! One to try for sure - I just bet mine wouldn't be as evenly placed though!

Our Kath ('Plain and Simple' blogspot) made this great card featuring Rudolph. It's a great card to begin with - but what a clever idea to use brown paper (from a paper bag) to paper piece Rudolph's face. Brilliant!

Hettie (aka Sam) has been busy doing other things lately but she did manage to hop into the Playground with this beautiful Christmas card - I chose it because I think it's really beautiful, plus Sam also stamped the patterned background layer.

I'm so pleased that I managed to include a card from Karen (Ladd) at long last. For ages I've wanted to, but didn't think I could as Karen uses Flickr. The other day, when I saw this great scene, I sat and worked out that I could download it, then save it to my own hard drive and then upload it from there! Wahoo! It takes a bit longer than just the copy and paste I can do from blogs - but really happy that you get to see this great card!

This is a perfect CAS card, made by Jenni. Fabulous water colouring and such a fresh looking card! I just hopped over to pick up the image and also the link back to Jenni's - and spotted that Darnell had predicted that this would be a 'weekly pick' in our Playground roll call! Too right - it's wonderful!

I know that loads of you have fallen in love with this gorgeous card, made by Sarn. I absolutely love it to pieces, wonderful colours, great design (isn't the sentiment perfect?!) and most of all I just totally adore how Sarn has used her Memory Box 'Modern Landscape' die by using the two halves in different colours. Genius!

An awesome and very beautiful card, made by Carol. Quite apart from the fact it's a stunner with gorgeous water colouring, I wanted you to see those leaves. Such a great idea, made by using a crimper! Here's a link to a tutorial that Carol made for Operation Write Home - way back in 2010!

Sarah squeezed into the Playground just before the gates closed with this fabulous 'smooshed background' card. I think it's absolutely stunning - see how even the little hearts have been die cut from some of the background waste . Another of those cards which you just stare at and and wish you could come up with such a great design. I did giggle though, over at Less is More this week the challenge is to use sprays/mists. Sarah is of course on the DT and apparently managed to get spray (err) everywhere - including her walls!!

Little toot of my trumpet here - I was utterly delighted to be showcased over at Less is More on Friday with this card:

I worked out that I manage to get into the LIM showcase once a year - and it always thrills me to bits! Then, I was lucky enough to win over at Hazel's this week! Really ought to go and buy a Lottery ticket I suppose! :)

So there you have the weekly picks - and I hung on in there and managed to do 10!!

And we have a two new little playmates this week:
Jane J (I added the J as we already have a Jane) popped into the Playground twice this week. Her first 'show and tell' is this gorgeous journal double page - fascinating to see the 'step by step' as Jane made this too! I've often come across Jane's lovely blog when peeking at challenge entries so am delighted we have a new playmate!

I've been a fan of our next new playmate for ages! It's Brenda of 'Floral Fantasies' - yay! I'm sure many of you know that Brenda works tirelessly running several challenges - including Stamping Sensations, Allsorts and Penny Black and More.
I totally love this card, so soft and gentle. Wonderful pale, softly sheened mistletoe and I truly thought at first that the sentiment had been stamped - in fact it's a wonderfully intricate Tattered Lace die cut!

Onto the draw for the Cheery Lynn 'Choo Choo' train die and the Memory Box 'Modern Landscape Border' die now - and our winner is:
Well done Shaz! It's a while since your last win (about a year) so this was certainly due! I have your address and will post your prize off to you ASAP this coming week.

This coming week's prize is probably quite easy to guess - first of all it's a beautiful Molly Blooms cling 'Herb Box' stamp the same as I used today (Elizabeth sent one for me and one for the toy box - thank you Elizabeth - so, so much!). I think this stamp would be brilliant for any gardener, of either sex, plus I've added in an Inkylicious 'Flutters 2' clear stamp set the same as I also used today, 'cos it was knocking on the toy box lid demanding to be added in :)
The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 5th September. 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 packets of stamps 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 one.

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. Please add me to the pot but only for the Molly Bloom cos I have the Flutterbys already.
    Super card Miss. I do like those colours. Hugs Mrs A.

  2. Another great showcase of cards Di. I LOVE yours! That image is so lovely and the frame around it needs to go on my wish list now. Just gorgeous!

  3. Your card is so pretty! Congrats to the picks and to Shaz in Oz as the winner! I like your prize - please count me in - I'll be back to play this week at some point. Thank you for another snippets challenge!

  4. Oooh, your card is so pretty Di! I love the gardening image and the fresh white with Wisteria Wonder. Thanks so much for going to all that trouble to show my are a doll!! Congrats to the winner and thanks for sharing all those fun card designs with us! I'm sure I'll be playing this week so count me in!

  5. Wonderful card, Di and gorgous weekly picks!

  6. What a lovely post Di, hope your back improves soon. Your card is beautful...such pretty colours. It's lovely to see all these creations here. Thank you so much for including me as your new play mate and sharing my journal pages. I will be back during the week to join in again, so glad to have found this fun. friendly playground ;0) XX

  7. All beautiful cards . Congrats to the winner.

  8. Adore your card today Di, both the soft lilacs and he design.

    Well done to Shaz and the others and thank you for highlighting me as well, do you know I've been working for TL for eight months now and I still go wow when I cut some of the intricate dies for the first time - and with one run through the machine - little things and all that.

    Hope to be back in a day or two, always up for a bit of fun so count me in.

    B x

  9. Love the soft lilac shades Di it's a beautiful card

  10. Totally beautiful card my lovely Di! And well done for getting showcased!!
    Lucy x

  11. There's so much to feast the eyes on with your picks this week that I want to CASE! Well done everyone, and thanks for the shout-out for my card too! Congrats to Shaz in Oz on her win too - woot woot! I just love your card with those beautiful papers and lovely image Di! I just love all things purple or lavender and you colored the image to perfection!
    I'm playing just for fun this week, but thanks for all you do! The playground rocks!

    1. I forgot to say Congrats on having your card featured on the LIM showcase! That may be one of the greatest CAS cards you've ever made! I hope your tricky back starts feeling better soon - there's nothing worse than not being able to sit comfortably :(

  12. What a lovely card you have there Miss. Beautifully coloured and die cut. How nice of Elizabeth to send you happy post with a duplicate stamp to give away.

    Ooh, thank you for choosing my card as one of your picks. Very honoured! Love all the other picks.

    And congrats to Shaz on winning the prize.

    Hope your back twinge gets better PRONTO.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  13. Woooooohoooo!!!

    Can you hear em Misss, yelling all the way Downunder????

    Doing a little happy dance as did love the card you made last week with the wee train and scenery too, wonderful!! Thank YOU so very much!!

    And have a superb card by Sarn to copy too, one of the many magnificent picks this week:D
    ...and yes, methinks that card of yours really deserved to be chosen over at LIM, I loved it at the time I saw it last week or so.

    Sorry very sorry to hear your back is giving you curry again, it really must stop that!! Not nice at all. :(

    Well best movie along should be in bed but doing quick peek around, will be back all being well,
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

  14. Your card is so pretty using the Herb Box stamp and the bp's are perfect with it and love the added butterfly from the Inkylicious set too, also congratulations for your top three placement at LIM, I thought this card would do it as it was such a clever idea! Congratulations too to Shaz in Oz for winning and also to all the wonderful shout outs this time. x

  15. Well done on being showcased at LIM and your win at Crafty Hazelnut's - both gorgeous cards and very well deserved. As for the picks this week, they are amazing and I'm chuffed as a butty (I bet not many playmates use that expression!) to be included. I can feel some serious CASE-ing coming on. I'd love to go into the hat for the gorgeous stamps please.
    I've had a snippet-tastic morning so I'll be out to play again in a few minutes.

    1. Oh and PS1 - I'm not going to enter for the Ally Pally tickets as I'll be away visiting my new baby grandson when it's on
      and PS2 (I'm beginning to sound like a games console catalogue) - a big hello to the other Jane! I always give my surname as well when I take part in challenges, just so you know it's me, as there are so many other Janes around. I wish I had a more unusual name like Darnell or Sarn, everybody knows who you mean when you mention those ladies.

    2. And PS3 - I was going to start my very first comment by saying how sorry I am about your back and I hope it feels better soon. Get parsnip to rub some Tiger Balm on it - I swear by that stuff!

    3. Squeal! I was brought up on Tiger Balm Jane! Also brilliant for mossie bites :) xx

  16. WoW - what a gorgeous selection of cards and congrats to you for being Showcased :-D
    I wish I could go to Ally Pally but it's a bit of a trek !! :-( Anyways - I shall just sit and think about all the money I saved by NOT going :-) hahaha LoL

    IKE xxx

  17. Wow, Di, I am SOOO honored to be one of your picks of the week! Thank YOU!!! Congratulations to all others and of course to you too for your LIM showcase!

  18. My niece Aurora want say: "Yes, please, I want play and be in the draw for the possible winner .... and I love both the stamps"

  19. Hi Miss Di, so sorry to hear your back is playing up and hope it gets better soon. I love the card you made this week and congrats on being showcased on LIM. Fabulous picks - I have seen and admired a few of them during the week. I love the stamps and would love to go in the hat for the butterflies xx

  20. Just stopped by to say HI and to drop off an early Halloween snippets card. Love your card and all the projects showcased. Have a good day / week. "Yes" I would love to be in the draw for this fab prize.

  21. Really pretty card Di and lovely colouring and layout.

    Great picks again this week and thanks for picking my card, and I certainly would have picked Darnell's and Sarn's and I said to myself when I saw their cards, these are picks of the week.
    I think you will know that I will not be in the draw for the prize this week!

    Hope your back is soon back to normal and stop trying to throw Len over your shoulder would help.

    Kath x

  22. Hi Di your card is gorgeous this week and yes please to the wonderful prize. There are two cards from me both from one decoupage sheet. Hugs Jackie

  23. I love your pretty card Di, just the sort of stamp that always catches my eye. The backing papers and colours are lovely too.
    Congrats on your LIM show case, it was a great card.
    Hope your back gets better soon, take care.
    Jean x

  24. So many gorgeous picks! Darnell's card is a swoon, my fingers get too inky to even try WOW so I admire it when someone else does. Love your card Miss Pixie, the image is very delicately coloured and I love it. Yes please for the chance to win the lovely prize too, have a load of snippets I'm trying to use up so hope to pop back soon Karen x

  25. Lovely makes from you and fab pix - Happy (soggy) Bank Holiday

    Just uploaded my own snippet entry


  26. Lovely card Di, can't go wrong with purple ; )
    Yes please to the prize draw, love the flutters set.

  27. Here I am Miss . . . playing just for fun thanks.

    Hugs on this wet and rainy Bank Holiday Monday.


  28. A lovely card and I'll be in the playground later in the week - I would love a chance to win your fab prize.
    Kath x

  29. Some fab entries. Sarn, your entry is looking particularly gorgeous though I must admit when I read your post I totally misunderstood and thought you were about to use the leftovers for a snippet entry. A winner if I ever saw one!


  30. Hi Miss Di, & the lovely Parsnip.
    Yes please if I am lucky enough.
    Well another super snippets card here Miss Di.
    I love the fab items used in this and your super design.
    Congrats to the picks of the week, and the winner of the challenge.
    I must say you must find it sooooooooo! hard to make your choices each week as they are all so wonderfully created, thank goodness I don't have to do it.
    I must commend my fellow playmates on their fantastic artistic creating every week with their snippets, and thank you so much Di for this wonderful challenge, and fab way to use up most our left overs from other cards we have made.
    Lots of crafty love to everyone. Jenny L.

  31. Wow that's a really pretty card Di. L love the colours you've used. They are all lovely stamps and I'd like to be in with a chance to win. Barbxx

  32. Oops! I forgot to give my Congratulations to Shaz in Oz and your beautiful picks. I did actually manage to pop in yesterday to have a look and visited all the winners but I hadn't got mine ready. Barbxx

  33. The scent of Tiger Balm has lured me back again ...... three snippets cards made in the space of 24 hours and somehow my snippets box looks no emptier

  34. I forgot to say Yes Please - throw me into the post for the Draw :-D xxxxxxx

  35. I'm back again to play and yes please enter me into the draw! xx

  36. I'm back again to play and yes please enter me into the draw! xx

  37. Yes please enter me into the draw.

  38. I'm back even surprised myself. And I think I need to say yes and I rather like the look of those stamps.

    B x

  39. Wow! What a selection of cards. There is so much inspiration. I'd love to be entered for the draw please. Thank you. Ruth xx

  40. Gorgeous card, Di, in my favourite colours! So many beautiful picks too.

    Hope your back is improving.

    I'm a Yes Please for the draw this week. xx

  41. Beautiful picks this week. Hello to the Newbies.
    Thank you awfully for picking my lickle card. I shall be making a few more of that ilk as it saves using up my precious patterned papers!!

  42. Congrats to the picks and to the winner!
    Gorgeous card, Di.
    Yes please to the prize draw.
    Valerija xx

  43. Wonderful snippet makes by you and all the playmates - and congrats on getting showcased at LIM (although I'm not surprised). xx

  44. Beautiful card....what a pretty, pretty stamp, are among my favorites!! Thank you for all you do and you can always count me in..yes please! Sorry I haven't been around the last few weeks, we have been on vacation then I was/am swamped with trying to get caught up inside and out and on the old blog!! Have a great week!!

  45. First and foremost, I'm sorry that you have twanged your back again, Di, and I pray that it is a minor slippage that soon rights itself! Your snippets card is so very lovely! You did a perfect job coloring that sweet image!! And thank you so very much for including me in your picks AND for giving my NBUS challenge a shoutout! You are the absolute best!! I love all your other picks!! You take care! Hugs, Darnell

  46. Hello Miss. Anyone fancy shoving over so I can play on the swings? Before I do that would you like an aromatherapy massage Miss?

  47. Finally got a card finished to enter. Will get a good catchup on your blog soon, I promise!

  48. thanks Di for heads up n CB Mania on post above have just joined over there too.. meant to say would decline these lovey stamps too Di. thank you! Shaz.xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  49. Just popping back to float my boat in the playground xx

  50. yeah I managed to enter this week Di. Always pop in and read your posts - love the ones you pick out each week. Just playing for fun this time. Annie xxx

  51. Beautiful cards! Yes please I'd love to be in the draw for the butterflies :)

  52. I would enter in the challenge and be in the draw for both the prizes with my work, thanks! :)

  53. Hello Di, your creation is, as always, beautiful!
    Please enter me into the draw.

  54. Oh big YAY to Shaz for her great win. Love this floral card...just the kind I so love. (and especially that wonderful & so very classy & versatile oval mat). Well done on all counts for pretty image, lovely papers, great design. I see lots of beautiful highlights, some of which I've enjoyed on my surfing - and also some great entries. Back later to enjoy at leisure, and hope the back will settle down shortly. You managed to get in lots of highlights despite the back! (and I'm the USA person who didn't know what Penny Farthing meant, and Jane was kind enough to take time to give a detailed and most interesting explanation!) TFS & Hugs

  55. Lots to admire this week!!! Your garden-themed card is lovely in every way, Di. Fabulous that sweet combo of colors and papers you used with those wonderful images!!! Please count me in for the prizes!!! And I thank Elizabeth for such a lovely contribution to the cause!

    Wonderful set of Top Picks, too! Big congrats, especially, to my friend Karen Ladd with her brilliant outdoor scene card. So glad you were able to figure out how to post it on here!! All the Picks were just fabulous, as always!

    Woo-hoo, Di, for being showcased card over at LIM!!! That card is gorgeous and a work of genius!

    Thanks, always, for letting us play at your Playground. It is so much more than just a challenge is a little community. :)
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  56. I love the softness of your card, Di! So pretty! And yes, please on the drawing!

  57. Hello Di
    wow!! what a busy week you had in the playground last week!!
    Well done you for picking fabulous highlights - I couldn't have chosen better myself!!
    Your card is absolutely beautiful so 'YES PLEASE' to the lovely stamp.
    Hope you are well and coping with the playground popularity!
    I have my leg up at the moment after being bitten in the garden which got infected and had to have the golf size blisters popped at the doctors today - not nice!!
    Hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Eve xx

  58. Hi Di, sorry to be so late with my entry but please could I be included in the draw this week. Hope your back is a whole lot better now. x

  59. I am so sorry this post is rushed. Congrats to everyone, and I hope I can come back early next week with a goodie to post. Phew, I need to retire so I can craft. Just playing for fun this week..... thanks! Your card is aces, Di! That SB oval die is one of my favs!

  60. Gorgeous cards, Di, but bad backs are rubbish! Hope you are feeling better soon. Yes please to prize! :-) Xx


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