Sunday 1 November 2015

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 201

Phew, that was one busy week in the Playground, what happened? 107 entries, that's what happened!! Loads of celebrations, led by the usual renegades suspects needless to say :) Parsnip was on the hunt for illicit brewing - and judging from his massive hangovers during the week he was very successful!

I think the Playground gates may have closed an hour early yesterday, if they did then I'm really sorry - I did set the time right on Mr Linky but suspect that our one hour clock change might have messed it up. If you were left hammering on the gates, remember that I'm fairly relaxed about a teensy bit of back linking and you can enter your snippets make here and now.

I'll try and keep this as brief as possible so first of all, here's my snippets card for this week. It might look like a bit of a cheat so let me explain about the snippets. I cut, folded and made a load of white DL card blanks the other week - which left me with a pile of white offcuts aka snippets measuring approx. 3.75" x 8.25". So, I used six of them up by making three Christmas cards - and of course three of the DL blanks. This is just one, they're all coloured the same, just the coloured borders are different (pink, turquoise and mauve):
I used:

- white DL card blank

- a slightly smaller white offcut/snippet which had a Pro Marker run around the outside to create a border picking up a colour in the image (thank you Sarn for reminding me of this really neat trick!)

- the image was stamped onto another smaller again white offcut/snippet using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and Woodware's 'Christmas Bells' image stamp - and the sentiment is from the same set

- then it was just a case of sitting here colouring in with Pro Markers as well as a silver gel pen for the 'dangly bits'

- layered everything up using Collall All Purpose glue and hit my target of 120 Christmas cards by the end of October, hooray!

I'm entering this into the current 'Allsorts Week 335 Challenge' where it's 'Christmas'. Love the Allsorts challenge and must make more effort in future!

And, I'd also like to enter Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #253 where this week's theme is 'It's time to sing'. OK, so it isn't 'carol singers' per se, but the sentiment is a line from that oft heard song by Wizzard 'I wish it could be Christmas every day' :) I wonder how soon they'll be playing that in supermarkets and local hostelries? I've been missing in action from Hazel's challenge lately so I hope that can be remedied over the next few weeks.

The whole time I was working on the three cards I thought about our turncoat Prefect Sarn and her wonderful Sarntangles - I need to get her stamp set out again and have a play!

Oh my giddy aunt - no wonder I was thinking about her as I made the cards on Tuesday afternoon - in fact my ears should have been on fire - this is what I found on her blog:

Last night's Snippets Playground Party 

Hi lovely Playmates . . . oh my HEAD this morning! I can't believe you're up and about already after last night's Playground Party.

The Bond theme seemed to go down really well, and the rockets went up really well . . . which is probably the right way round!

I saw Jenny L lace Miss Di's Peppermint Tea with something "special" which, luckily for Di, allowed her to sleep right through the whole thing. This was part of the plan to enable her to have "plausible deniability" which we learnt about in the Politics class the other week. 

Jenny L also bribed Parsnip with some honey, so he'll keep schtum too! 

The donkey rides proved popular although half way through the evening, the donkey started being STUBBORN and we had to lace his water with some of Lynne in NI's Irish Whiskey . . . he seemed quite amenable after that! 

Kath's toffee apples got gobbled up early, although we howled with laughter at those unfortunate enough to nab the ones she fiendishly made with COOKING apples rather than the sweet & juicy Jazz apples!

Sally H's Scrumpy was also delicious and went down well with Carol L's marshmallows and weenies, (although I may have had few too many marshmallows)!

Later this week, Darnell is coming over with some of her very bubbly fizzy drink . . . so we're looking forward to that. If she offers you some "tea" from her flask, beware of negotiating steps afterwards (did you see what happened to the Mister after she gave him some of her special tea for goodness sake?) You have been warned!

Right . . . don't expect daily reports of the bike shed parties - because some of it won't be printable. 

You know what they say: What goes on behind the bike sheds, STAYS behind the bike sheds! Any snitches will be dealt with severely! 

So funny - I laughed until I cried - totally crackers the lot of you!

And now for the headache of choosing the weekly picks:

This idea is just brilliant for using up snippets, made by Lesley G. Little rolls of paper (done round a cocktail stick then slipped off and snipped to size to create a Christmas tree) - absolutely wonderful idea!

I totally love this wonderful piano card, again it's great for using up snippets (particularly for the key board) and also very elegant with the addition of the red roses, and even some music patterned paper inside. Brought to the Playground by Valerija :)

Wow! What a great way to use up snippets - and of course you can vary the size to suit (ha, pun totally intended!). Made by Jenny H and I so want to try this idea. Jenny did use a 'Santa's Belt' die but am sure you gals could improvise if you fancy having a try. Great way to whip up some quick and really striking Christmas cards!

I wanted you to see the three cards above as I do think they're clever/different use of snippets. Certainly some inspirational ideas there girls.

We had TONS of other really eye catching snippets makes too so here's a quick canter through a few of them:

This Halloween hat is just amazing! So much carefully made detail (made by Alice), and it hides candy inside too! A wonderful make indeed.

This fabulous card was one of two similar ones, made by our very own Darnell. Great way to use snippets, and of course Darnell had the patience to insert each piece of the mirri card into the Poppystamps die cuts :) Hmm, we're out of stock at sensible prices here in the UK but I'm on a waiting list for one for me and one for the Playground toy box :)

Quite apart from this being a really gorgeous card, made by Barb, there was also such a neat trick in the making of it. See the background? Barb just reversed the clear stamp and used the back of it with Distress Ink to stamp a perfectly proportioned background. One to remember for the future.

I picked this card, made by Lynne in NI, because it's a great way to use up snippets of course - and also it made me laugh. Just look at the pelican's 'thought bubble' - snigger :)

I know that a good few of you have already seen this brilliant card, over at Bonnie's. I've included it because it made me smile of course, and also 'cos I know a few of you have at least one of these amazing Memory Box 'Grand' dies, I have this Christmas one plus Happy Birthday. What a great, and different, way to use it by adding the image panel to the lower part of the card! I've never thought to do that and it works so, so well.

I picked this beautiful card, made by Meg, because it strikes me as absolute perfection. For a start, the fabulous House Mouse image is beautifully set off with the 'puffy parts' to the hats, the little baubles and that glorious bow - and then the gorgeous backing papers are just so very right.

And speaking of perfection, I just had to include this as the last (but not least!) pick of the week. Made by Eve, it's such great use of snippets and absolutely beautiful.

So, that was a longer session than I thought it would be - and of course I could have just kept on going with so many more of your wonderful entries.

This past week we had five new Playmates joining in the fun:
Janice hopped in with a lovely Get Well card for a friend. Fabulous use of snippets and I do so love the doily background - why do we forget these great ideas?!

I've shown you all 12 of the brilliant Christmas tags made by Megan J, a wonderful way to use up little snippets and some great paper piecing going on there.
Coni scampered into the Playground with a fabulous Autumn card, and had bravely used acetate as well! I just adore the leafy wreath with shadow effect. Do hop over to Coni's blog - her wonderful header photo is a lovely little fellow called 'Beau' :)

I always have such trouble making card for fellas, this one by Beebeebabs is brilliant! Such a fun image and I do so love the whole idea - it made me smile for sure!

I do so love this card, brought to us by Birgit. Really sweet image and what a great quilted panel by MFT, with just the red heart popped up it looks so right.

Thank you so much for joining in for the first time this past week - and we'd love to see you playing along with us again!

Bit of a drum roll now as it's time to choose the winners of the stamps and die sets, a bumper draw this time to celebrate 200 weeks of the Playground since I took it over from Jules.

And, I didn't say last weekend that in fact I had two of each of prizes B and C here, bought as I thought I'd like them for myself at the time. Realistically though, there are so many of you who would love to win one of them (especially the Tim Holtz set) that, as I've never opened them and am unlikely to, I've added them into the pot as well.

Prize A - the Flamingos die set and co-ordinating 'Tickled Pink' set of sentiments:

Prize B - the Tim Holtz 'Holiday Joy' stamps and dies sets:

Prize C - the Sizzix 'Ornaments #3' stamps and dies sets:
Crumbs, that was a bit of a marathon! I have addresses for all of you except for Sonia - so please can you drop me an email with your address Sonia ( - thanks!

Well done to all the winners - I do hope you have fun using your prizes :)

And the prize this coming week is:
Five stamps in total, making one prize unless you choose otherwise in a comment. It's the Woodware ''Christmas Bells' stamp set along with four adorable Snag 'em Stamps from the 'Colors of Christmas' set, kindly donated by Greta - they are from top left clockwise, three little baubles, Christmas owl, large single bauble and a hedgehog tied up in Christmas tree lights :) These would be fabulous for little gift tags or as a focal point on CAS cards.

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 7th November. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

Maximum of three entries and please also link back to the Playground in your blog post to be eligible for the draw. As always, I only include folk who say a positive 'yes' for the prize in a comment. In the past I sometimes had to do redraws after publishing winners so decided this was easier. Plus, some weeks the prize is made up of different items, some of which folk may or may not want. If you only want part of the prize then please say so and I can then do a second draw for the remainder if you do win.

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 :)

Have a great week and I hope you had a wonderful Halloween, no doubt we'll have been up and down like yo-yo's here as we do get a few callers - all of whom really do wear some fantastic costumes!

Bonfire night is next here in the UK of course! Oh deep joy, 'whizz bang pop' for another week!!



  1. wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee!! Wasn't that Coven party so much fun Di!!! That methoglyn is like rocket fuel isn't it?? I will bring you another bottle over some time soon hic!!
    Great pics this week and welcome to our newbies. I totally missed joining in with a card last week. We are having major BT issues right now!! Took me three hours tonight to load the photos up!! Grrrr! I did manage to see some of the Playground posts though during the week.

  2. So many gorgeous cards for the picks this week! I was particularly excited to see my friend Alice's witch's hat! Congratulations to all the picks - and to the winners too! By all accounts, you all certainly partied with style! Your snippet card is very pretty! If I get a chance to play this week, then please count me in for your prize. Have a great week!

  3. Well Hot Diggedy Dog!!! I cannot believe my name came up for the Tim Holtz prize!! What a stroke of good fortune to be among the lucky winners of some great prizes! I had such a good time at the playground party and I hope no one overdosed on those giant marshmallows I brought along! I somehow found one melted into my hair and I have no idea how that happened?! I may be forced into getting a new hair style now too! LOL It was a great party and we should consider having one every other month, right?? LOL
    Congrats to all of the winners and a huge thanks to you Di for keeping this playground so much fun! I love your card with those great colored bells, and I'll be back soon with a new snippets card :) Huge thank-you hugs!!!!! :)

  4. Wow, fantastic pics again, and thanks for sharing mine. Hope to join in the fun again this week, and I'd love to be entered for a prize :) xxx

  5. I wondered where the rocket fuel went to!!!!!!!! Hugs Mrs A.

  6. Oh my gosh, I am still chuckling over the antics at the Playground party...especially over the warning about Darnell's tea, given what happened to the Mister after he imbibed! Good thing I was home in bed early that night because I don't know that I could have stayed out of trouble with that crew!! What a lot of amazing projects from everyone, and a lot of excellent crafting tips too! Congrats to the winners and a big YES Please to this week's prizes! I can't believe it's getting time to make Christmas cards already but I pledge to start early every year so maybe this will be that year when I actually do!

  7. wow you really do work so hard at keeping your playground posts fabulous how you describe each project featured and I am so thrilled to win along with all the other lucky ladies. Will mail you later in the day...Sunday morning is rather busy at our home and I just sneaked in a peek!!
    Dr Sonia

  8. Thank you for your wonderful comments about my card every week you have some stunning creations which are so inspiring, love your card this week the colours are beautiful.

  9. well that was one hell of a party for sure! I obviously had too much of the old Irish Whiskey as I don't actually remember any of it! hahahaha
    PS Thanks for featuring my card :) I'm hoping to play along again this week, so yes please to your prize!

  10. Fab make, selection and the stories of the playground? Too funny

    Just playing for fun this week


  11. Just playing for fun this week - sounds as if you had great celebrations!! Love the Christmas bells card.

  12. Thank you to you and Mr Random for picking me for one of your fab prizes. I'll be in the playground later this week, but as I've just won a prize I'm only playing for fun this week (even though you have some lovely stamps for this week's prize!).
    Kath x

  13. Congratulations all winners and showcased cards, enjoy! The card certainly reminds me of Sarntangles, Di, it's lovely.

    Love and hugs

  14. YAY! Last week was a lot of fun wasn't it? And this week is all set to be as well . . . cuz there's a Bonfire Party on Thursday night! Mrs A has a few rockets left over that need using up.

    Brilliant showcased projects and MANY congrats to the winners.

    Waving HELLO to the Newbies too.

    OOOH . . . I love your dangley tangley bells card Di. Perfick! And THANK YOU for the shout outs. Glad my party post amused you. Although I think I may get double detention for all the shenanigans . . . but it was worth it!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  15. Hi there dear Misss, well rare lot of fun and games going on and I managed to sleep thought the whole lot for a change :)
    Vivid descriptions are running rife I can see.

    Will decline prize if manage to link over Di a very busy week wiht Syd. Drs visit on Thurs :( just checks and tests ...

    However do hope you will pop over to my blog please, and join in my FIFTH blogaversary candy which includes an illuminated work as one of prizes.

    So deeply appreciate very dear friends like you.
    Love Shaz in Oz.x

  16. I love the bells Di and so prettily coloured. Some wonderful featured cards again this week and congratulations to the five winners too. I see that Sarn has been getting up to mischief again and if she and Mrs A are going to be letting off some scary rockets on Thursday anyone with a nervous disposition should stay at x

  17. So sorry for the no show last week, especially as it was a bit of a special week but I promise I did a stunt on the naughty chair in the corner.

    I really like the clean crisp feel of your jungle bell cards Di and a very practical size for the post.

    Please leave me out of the draw this time, wold love for someone else to be lucky.

    B x

  18. Wow it must get harder every week for you Di this showcase is amazing and congrats to all the winners............your card is as always so lovely and the playground antics keep me going amusing take care xx

  19. Wow, I hope everyone's hangovers from last week manage to clear in time for this week's fireworks on the 5th (oops, have I let the cat out of the bag?).
    I really look forward to Sundays these days because I know I'm going to be treated to the sight of such wonderful work - unlike themed challenges, there is always so much variety!
    Yes please, playing for the prize this week - I can't imagine NOT wanting it after seeing your gorgeous card.

  20. Congrats to all the winners and a beautiful card from Miss Pixie and so many wonderful creations by the terrors too! Even though we were all little rascals and overdid the partying over at Sarn's, No thank you for the prize this week I have too many Christmas stamps: and that is something I rarely ever admit lol! Karen x

  21. Wow...what a gorgeous card you have, I just love any kinds of bells, well I love most! Fabulous snippets picks this week, I learned a few new things (techniques) just by reading through them! I will say yes please for the lovely stamps. I am adding my snippets card this week using snippets of a ribbon...thing i I love this ribbon so much I wish I had more or could remember where it came from...oh well, not like I don't have!

  22. There were some right shenanigans in the playground this week by all accounts, but it sounds as though everyone had fun.
    I was tickled pink to be picked for a prize this time, and on such a special occasion too. I think it is the first time I have won, so that makes it extra special. Hopefully i'll back to play some more soon. Kate x

  23. Thanks for have picked my witch hat, Di! :D You have picked a lot of stunning projects, very beautiful! Congrats to all! And congratulations to the lucky winners!
    Your bells card looks great! So clean and colourful, it's perfect for greetings!

  24. Skipping by a bit late as I've been feeling rather delicate today (must have been all that choklit I ate behind the bike shed).. anyways there was me oohing and aahing over your wonderful card Miss Di and then on to all the amazing picks (some great ideas there).... and then I let out a squeal of delight - I got picked for the TH set. Can't tell you how chuffed I am, Thank you. Will be along later to play just for fun xx

  25. Hello Di,

    Oh, I do love this post. Actually, every Playground post I visit has me smiling and enjoying it. The cards and Halloween hat are all very cool. So many talented ladies join in; no wonder you all have fun!


  26. Hi all the cards are stunning. I am joining in just for fun this time. Have a great week. Hugs Jackie

  27. Hello Di, I really love your card. The comments on the party really made me chuckle. I think there will be a few delicate ladies lying around this morning :-) Lynn x

  28. Super duper bells on your card. Yes please stick me in the pot for this week. I could do with a warm up. Hugs Mrs A.

  29. Oh my gosh, what a wealth of gorgeous pics this week. I am heading off to a few people's blogs right now...
    Love your bell card Di. Funnily enough, the technique challenge at Splitcoast last week was doing your own dangles like that, so the idea was fresh in my mind.
    Yes please if my number comes up.

  30. Dear Di I hope you got my mail. Joining in just for fun this week since I was lucky to win your 200 prize!

  31. Well Di your post had me laughing out loud your prefect seems to not be so perfect now tut tut hee he and gutted that I played hookey when all the fun was going on! loved your bell card so would love to have a chance to win that or if I'm being honest any of your giveaways would be perfect for me! x

  32. Thanks again to you and Mr Random in choosing my name for such a fabulous prize! I'm so excited! I forgot to welcome all the new players who joined us last week, but your projects are wonderful and so inspiring! I'm loving everything that's shared here in the playground - including the fun stuff going on behind the bike shed :) Mums the word :X Since I was fortunate enough to win last week, I'm playing just for fun this week. Have a great day!

  33. Hi Di, I did miss your linky on Saturday and thought it must have been the annoying hour change. I was gutted because I knew Parsnip would like my photo of the monkey with fluffy legs on my blog post!! He certainly looks as though he has had some of Darnell's 'special' tea :-) Yes please to prize. Have a lovely day! Xx

  34. Hello Di
    I am so sad that I missed all the fun goings on but glad that everyone had a good time!! Good luck keeping that lot in order!!
    Thank you so much for highlighting my card and well done to all - you have such a hard job deciding..... I know!!
    Just playing for fun this week thank you - looking forward to the bonfire party on Thursday! Ooops or did you not know about that?!!
    Hope you have a fab week.
    Eve xx
    P.S I love your bell-tangle card!!

  35. Hi, Di!
    Thank you so much for choosing my card as one of your weekly picks.
    Congratulations to all winners.
    Yes please to prize this week.
    Valerija xx

  36. Brilliant Halloween party last week behind the bike sheds. The apple bobbing in cider proved a great hit - can't wait to see what everyone has in store for Thursday! I'm on the hunt for some Jumping Jacks to start the party off with a bang! :-)

    Just love your card Di, such a modern design, beautifully coloured.

    Wonderful picks again this week and congratulations to all the winners of the lovely prizes.

    I'm a Yes Please to go into the pot this week.

  37. At first I thought Sarn had drawn that stamp! Love how you used it. I'm just playing for fun this week.

  38. Hi Di, what great picks again this week. Your card is great and I love the dangles you added. I'm popping in but just playing for fun this week. Hope it's not too foggy your end. Hugs xx

  39. We should see more bells at Christmas. I like the bright colours you have used. I think these are a lovely design, so I'm interested in the draw again this week please. Kate x

  40. Lovely card Di, The bells are great and so is the sentiment. so I would like to say yes please to the draw.
    Jean x

  41. Your hanging doodles and bell are fabulous, Di! So perfect for that shaped card too! I'll sit out again for the draw since I was a winner a couple weeks ago. Thanks for your generosity, Di!

  42. I came across your blog jumping from one blog to another and I fell in love how you have put together this blog. You are so lively, enjoyed reading your blogs :), will try to learn few tips for keeping the blog so lively. I will definitely make an entry for this challenge :)

  43. Hi Miss Di & the lovely Parsnip.
    Yes please if I'm lucky.
    No more honey for you Parsnip perhaps next time. LOL.
    What a wonderful snippets card, and I love those bells, talking of which I can still hear them after last weeks antics.
    Congrats to the winners, and congrats to the picks of the week there was sure some fab creations as there always is.
    Lovely to see a few new playmates joining us with their super creations.
    Thank you Miss Di, and the lovely Parsnip for putting up with our antics last week.
    Will be good till next time He, He,
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  44. A thoroughly enjoyable post, Di. I so enjoy the snippeteer humour especially around Halloween. Missed the party but after receiving Sarn's invite I'm coming to the Playground Bonfire Party on Thursday. She has suggested I bring something to keep the winter cold out ... that'll be my Damart vest and long johns, of course :) I'll also bring traditional treacle toffee and baking potatoes - there's nothing like the taste of potatoes baked in the embers of the fire! Love your card ... the stamp does have a look of Sarntangles about it. The showcase is as fabulous as usual. Congratulations to the prize winners. Enjoy the rest of the week. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  45. Yes please for the prize ...if I am lucky this week. Was very happy to read your post, Di. Have a great week!


  46. Beautiful coloring Di! The weekly pics are awesome!

  47. I have tried to get my entry onto your blog and have pressed done but with not success i wondered what I am not doing,
    Thank you lilian

  48. Love your card this week Di - I have a couple of larger Woodware stamps that I never know what to do will take inspiration from you!
    Great picks again!
    Count me in for the prize draw, Helen x

    PS - sending you get well wishes...I just read your post for today (love the origami tree by the way!)

  49. Thanks for the shout-out, Di! I'm just coming by for fun this week! Besides, I hear that the fun is about to begin! Maybe you shouldn't look out the window for a while! And earplugs might be handy!

  50. Playing only for the Woodware set--guess you probably figured that out--haha! The picks are always so inspiring & I just adore your card, Di!

  51. As I mentioned earlier as well, loved your blog and well this is my first entry and would like to win if you think so :)

  52. Hi Di, Sorry to be late. This is my first outing since last Saturday....
    Congratulations to the lucky winners last week and a big thank you for the shoutout you gave to my card along with your other picks.

    I love the card you've made with those lovely bells. This week I'm just playing for

  53. Congrats to all of the winner and what great prizes! The card you created with those modern bells is brilliant! Love the colors, too! Yes please to the draw, and thank you everyone for some fantastic inspiration!

  54. I'd love to be in the draw please...but having trouble linking up!...always do, don't know if it's just me!

  55. Would love to be in the draw! Great picks!

  56. I came back with another card because it's really based on snippets.

  57. Hello Miss. Hope your poorly gouty thingy is getting a bit better.... I have popped another card into the challenge this week - am playing JFF though, thank you.

    My card is called seeing stars.... saw a lot of them last night when Mrs A hit me over the head with one of her rockets.
    I escaped Darn Sarn who tried to stick a Catherine Wheel on me head and I had to rescue Parsnip when the others wanted to make him into a Roman candle (I thought the toga was a bit much for a bear to stand really).
    Am going to take a couple of headache tablets and pop down to the beauty salon for some new eyebrows... they were singed by Sparklers......

  58. Here I am with late entry again but I have used up a small pile of snippets. Hooray. Sincerly hope you feel a little better, also hope you stayed out of the way last night!
    Your bell card is cheerful and fun, so yes please enter me into the draw for that stamp only. Thanks.
    I'm right of inspiration now so going on a hop to look for some with all the lovely entries.

  59. thanks for you invitation to play, finally did it this week. Love everyones makes.
    Would love to be in the draw, but only for the small stamps xx Amanda

  60. I have just snook in with a last minute post again. I don't often make it to the playground twice in one week, but there is so much fun over there this week, I couldn't stay away. Glad to hear there is some, albeit small, signs of improvement in your foot Di. take care. Kate xx

  61. Would love to be in the draw for the prize this week Di - and I'm really under the wire getting it here. Love the showcase of cards this week and congrats to the winners. Love your wonderful card for the holidays too! So very pretty.

  62. So glad to have a chance to visit the playground at last!! This moving lark has really taken over the time ... hoping now to get my craft stuff sorted (had to be patient and leave this till last) ... am gradually beginning to get back into actually making!! xx

  63. I'm too late..I was asleep in New Zealand when the time expired to link up..never mind, will catch up next time..what a fun post to read and lots of gorgeous entries.

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  64. Love your Woodware Bells card!


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