Sunday, 17 January 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 212

And we had yet another really busy week in the Playground, with lots of lovely entries shared - 65 in total. As always, it's gonna be tough doing the weekly picks!

This is my snippets card for this week. I spotted the idea in 'Die-cutting Essentials' magazine and must confess I thought it would be really quick to CASE/make. But, I hadn't bargained on the lack of any measurements in the instructions so just had to play around with plain white paper templates until I was happy enough to cut into any snippets. Because I really wanted to use a new die on this card it became a mission and I wasn't gonna give up - otherwise I think the waste bin would have come into play:

I used:

- 7.75" x 7.75" square white card blank

- covered the whole front with Neenah 'Desert Storm' card stock

- the 'shirt' is made using SU's 'Whisper White' card stock. The layer for the shirt itself is just a square with a slit cut to the top left, lines embossed to make folding crisper and the 'collar' folded back and held in place with narrow slivers of thin sticky pads

- the 'tie' was drawn freehand and hand cut from a snippet of LOTV's 'Country Gent' patterned paper - after some fiddling around with a couple of prototypes!

- the pocket was cut from a snippet of SU's 'Whisper White' card stock - and to create the pointed end of the pocket I used a Spellbinders hexagonal die

- gosh it took umpteen tries to get the folded handkerchief right - cut from a fresh sheet of the same patterned paper as the tie in the end and I was almost at the point of despair

- the sentiment was die cut using another snippet of patterned paper, backed with 'Stick-It' adhesive sheet, and using a really great Joanna Sheen Signature die called 'Retro Happy Birthday', I'm sure I first spotted it over on a playmate's blog - as is usually the case!

Finito! And I'm not sure I'd ever make another one - but if you'd like to have a try here are the measurements for my attempt. I was a bit hog-tied by the size of the sentiment as it's 3" x 2" - pick a smaller sentiment and you could reduce the size of the card for sure.

Card blank, 7.75" square. Neenah layer, 7" square. Cut slit for the collar, 1.25" in from the left hand side and 1.25" in length - folded by approx 0.5" from the top edge tapering down to the end of the cut slit. Tie is 6" long overall and 2.25" wide - it tapers down for the point from 2" above the bottom of the tie. The pocket started off as a 3.125" square and after cutting the bottom point using the hexagon die it measures 3" from top to bottom. The handkerchief started off with much smaller snippets than I eventually used - in the end I used a 4.5" square piece of paper from a fresh sheet and sliced it across diagonally to form two triangles to get enough overlap - just chopped off the bottoms before sticking it to the reverse of the pocket.

The sample in the magazine had faux stitching drawn round the 'sewn' sides and bottom of the pocket - I really liked the effect but to be honest was at the stage where I'd have cried if it hadn't worked out properly! Just thought, I could have pricked holes down the edges maybe - too late now. 

Let's whizz through some weekly picks now:

I've had such lovely messages thanking me for your weeks 208/209 prizes - and just have to show you this card, made by Val using the stamp she won:
I really love how Val has used the same paper as the background sheet to paper piece the number 25. Really clever idea and it pulls the whole card together so well.

I just love this butterfly canvas - made by Cathy. It's truly inspiring and certainly makes me want to break out the mixed media box again and get mucky!

Kathleen made this absolutely adorable baby card, using a Woodware stamp and paper piecing. It's just so lovely and a great way to use up lots of toning snippets!

Love this card, made by Eve - such gorgeous colours and great paper piecing too. We seem to have a bit of a roll on paper piecing in the Playground right now :)


We have another Baby card, this time made by Sam (Whisper). I adore this stamp, my own one sits on a shelf right in front of my desk. It's a 'centre swing' card and is one of the few fancy folds on my quite short list of ones to try - so much so that I have a 'Card School' article beside me as I type - kept from a recent QCME magazine. Really so effective!

Janis brought this fabulous card to share - I think it's just stunning! Do hop over to see just how Janis achieved the look - using her 'molten technique'. Certainly one to try out here!

Isn't this a great card - made by Jane W. What a terrific way to use up lots of different snippets, punched into circles. I'm sure you'll all agree that every single week here brings yet more inspiration!

And last but not least of the weekly picks:
Sandma scampered into the playground with this perfect scene - I really love it. Such a beautiful depiction of the Northern Lights - yet another technique I want to try!

I have little scraps of paper here and there with notes about ideas to try out. Jannie of the Cuttlebug Mania challenge made me a beautiful covered A6 sized notebook for my Birthday - rather than just admire it, I've literally just now written this idea/technique in as one to try! So that's a perfect use for such a pretty notebook and a great way to tidy the desk a bit too..

We have three new Playmates this week:
Lia brought this card to share - I love the effect of the little butterflies soaring across the sun!

These darling ATCs were made by Susan (Renshaw) - so pretty.

And Jo L was encouraged to come and play with us by our own Jenny L. I just love this tag - gorgeous background, made using an inky snippet and those beautiful stamps. That reminds me, I have some similar stamps in the toy box here - for another week's prize.

Welcome to the Playground girls! We do hope you'll come back to play with us again.

And now for the prize draw for last week - the two embossing folder strips, kindly donated by Viv - and our winner is:

Wow, it's first time lucky for Susan! What a welcome to the Playground - do please send me an email with your address in Susan and I'll pop the embossing folders in the post to you ASAP. My email address is shown in the right hand sidebar.

And now for the next prize on offer - this coming week it's two Joanna Sheen Signature dies:
They are: a 'Forget me not' flower die, the same as I used on Friday's card HERE, and a 'Retro Happy Birthday' die, the same as I used on the pocket on my snippets card for today.

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 23rd January. 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. As these dies are quite small I would prefer to keep them as one prize but if you have a burning desire for only one or the other then just let me know in a comment - and if your number comes up then I'll do a further draw for the remaining die. Please 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 :)

Have a good week - I think we have a strong possibility of snow here in the UK. Let's wait and watch the whole country grind to a halt after a few flakes huh?

Better news on the 'foot front'. After the slight despair I felt after the hospital visit (which proved to be as much use as a chocolate fireguard) I had a progress appointment with my GP. He's begged to differ with the hospital 'experts' and says that it was in fact two flare ups of gout - back to back. Plus, he actually saw me laid up in bed - unable to do more than hop to and from the loo - right in the throes of the worst one of course. So, knowing first hand the state I was in, he will be putting me on preventative treatment. Yay! Sometimes I wonder if am my own worst enemy with hospital visits and putting a smiley face on! I don't like taking meds but almost bit his hand off!

It's a real balancing act to get the dosage right versus the acid crystals so it will involve blood tests before starting treatment and certainly regular ones thereafter to monitor progress and keep an eye on the dosage. But such a small price to pay. It isn't a guarantee, there may still be flares or I may never have another one - but any chance of prevention is fine by me.

Di and of course, Parsnip!
x

83 comments:

  1. I love your shirt, tie and pocket with handkerchief Di and the LOTV paper is just right and the die cut sentiment fits on the pocket perfectly. Fabulous picks again this week and congratulations to newby Susan for winning. So glad your GP wants to put you on preventative medication which hopefully will sort the problem. If I get a card in this week please may I be in the draw for these two fabulous dies. x

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  2. Such a cool card, DI - brilliant, if I may say so! Wonderful all those cards you showcased - always a pleasure to look at them!

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  3. Aww bless you Hun! Hope the treatment goes well! Fab snippets card! I like the birthday die!
    Lucy x

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  4. Adorable card Di. And great job sticking with it, because you ended up with a fantastic card. xx

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  5. Sorry Di, card just won't link up? I choose the image, but then the window just won't upload it? Sorry :( Hazel xx

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  6. I'm glad you persevered, because the card looks brilliant with the necktie and handkerchief! So glad your going on preventative care too with that foot - and hopefully in due time, this will settle down and never land on your doorstep ever again!
    Val made a gorgeous card, and I had to chuckle as I won the same stamp set and paper-pieced 2 cards today as well! There's always so much inspiration found here at the playground, so thanks to everyone for keeping us on top of our game, and congrats to Susan on her win! Yes please to this week's drawing - those flowers are so pretty!

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  7. I love the idea of necktie and handkerchief, a superb idea Di! Brilliant showcasing as usual!! And "yes" please to this week's Fabulous drawing!
    Glad to know you foot is improving! Congrats to Susan!

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  8. Hurrah for the doctor who knows you! Hoping you never have it again, Di! Terrific card & wonderful picks! I'll play just for fun.

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  9. Well done for persevering with the shirt, I've done that so many times where a quick copy turns out much harder than it looks! Lovely picks again, paper piecing is a favorite of mine,funny how so many used it. Liked the layered circles too. I still have my prize on the desk, awaiting play time which is illusive, but I enjoy looking at it :) I hope your meds help, can't imagine your pain, your gp sounds amazing.
    Xxx

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  10. What a wonderful masculine card! I've not seen anything like this before! Congratulations to the winner and picks - I always enjoy seeing whose cards will be spotlighted! You've really had a rough time with this foot - it just seems to go on and on and I imagine you are beyond ready to be done with the pain. I hope you get some relief soon! Oh and YES to the prize - I just linked up my first card and hope to be back again.

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  11. WOW loved the simplicity of your card and the butterfly mixed media project on your pick looks amazing....off to visit some of the ladies. I hope to squeeze in my entries early this week and a big yes to those amazing dies!
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia

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  12. Thank you so much for choosing my card as one of your picks Di. It was a lovely surprise this morning as I was scrolling through this post. Putting the techniques you want to try in a book is a great idea, I see so many that I want to try but then forget. I guess that's because I have a middle age, self cleaning brain these days! ;). I do hope you manage to get your gout sorted. My hubby had it last year. He was convinced that he had broken a bone in his foot as it was so painful. Off we went to A & E for an X-ray, only to find that it was gout. He ended up on medication which made him quite poorly so we seemed to be in a no win situation. Fortunately for him, it only lasted a couple of weeks and only one brief flare up since. Having seen the agony he was in, you have my greatest sympathy and I wish you well with it. Hoping to join you again soon but I just wanted to let you know how thrilled I am that you like my card and I can't wait to see yours when you make it. Enjoy your day, Sandma X

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  13. Good morning Di we have woken up to some of the white stuff here...brrr. What a great shirt card you made. I love all the elements to it and the patterned paper. The sentiment die is a lovely one and works so well on the pocket. Well done to the lucky winner and picks. I'm glad to here you are going to try some prophylaxis for your trotter it will keep the evil gout at bay. Please count me in for the lovely dies this week. Keep snug Jxx

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  14. Fab makes and selections again this week. Just uploaded my entry, just playing for fun this week

    Kathyk

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  15. Fantastic result with your Dr so pleased for you. Fingers crossed for you. I've been recommended fit flops to wear if you want to check them out. That's a brand and not flip flops as I first heard! I've just ordered some shoes in the sale.? Your card is fab and well done for persevering with it.

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  16. What an interesting idea - thanks for working out some measurements, very handy. Thank you for featuring my card in your picks for last week. If my name should appear in the draw this week I would like the floral die please but not the greeting as I already have that one - thanks.

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  17. Fabulous picks from last week. Seems there are still people in Christmas mood.

    Love your card too. Some new ideas for male cards (I have made one shirt+tie card, but you know it is good to refresh your old ideas).

    I will be going off town and was planning to have a card-free week but I saw the prize and I think I must squeeze in some crafting time before I leave because I _definitely_ would fancy winning those dies - both of them. Let's see if I manage to participate.

    Hugs,
    Eemeli

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  18. Lovely showcase of cards this week Di and congrats to the winner

    Anne

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  19. oh Di hope they can do something to improve your health - no more bad times. Love your card and the picks are stunning as always. annie xxx

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  20. Managed to make it nice and early this week Di, was a total no show last week. And never did get that promised mail to you so going to do it right now.

    Loved Kath's paper pieced card last week, great pick.

    B x

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  21. What a super masculine card you've made there Di. Top marks for persevering with it.

    TERRIFIC picks this week and CONGRATS to newbie Susan Renshaw on her win.

    Woke up to snow this morning, but not too much of it, so I'm whizzing over to the Playground all wrapped up nice and warm to see who's out playing in it.

    Those dies look great, but I'm playing just for fun thanks.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  22. Beautiful card Diane.
    Saterday my prize arrived with te post,thanks again
    For this time a big yes for those beautiful dies.
    Blessings, Elly

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  23. Beautiful card Diane.
    Saterday my prize arrived with te post,thanks again
    For this time a big yes for those beautiful dies.
    Blessings, Elly

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  24. How amazed was I to see first my ATCs featured on your blog – and then to be the Winner!
    Certainly first time lucky!!
    Thank you so much! Will be playing again this week - but someone else should win the prize!
    I am looking out over a snow- covered garden this morning...

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    1. Delighted to receive my prize today!! Will make something and post soon...

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  25. A great card Di - I admire your patience! I'll be in the playground soon and would love a chance of winning the dies.
    Kath x

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  26. Awesome card for a guy Di, love the display you put of people's entries....I have been busy as you know but will be back to play soon.xx
     {aNNie}

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  27. See, told you I'd be back and yes please if you want me to win something that would be cool...xx

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  28. Love, love your snippets card, Di - and so many lovely things shared in the playground this past week. I hope to be able to have more time to dally by the swings, although I think I need fur knickers on with the weather as it is now! xx

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  29. Fab picks as always Di. Love the tie card too!
    Hope Susan enjoys playing with her prize!
    Yes please for them there dies and into the playground for me with me furry hat and please can I borrow Parsnip to put round my neck cos I've forgotten me scarf??????

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  30. What a fun male card Di. Great idea for a snippets card. As always a lovely selection of highlighted cards. Yes please, those dies are lovely. Back shortly to do some visiting. Barbxx

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  31. Im back again to play Di, and yes please, I'd love a chance to win the dies. Love your card, it's a great idea for the men in our lives. Have a lovely week. x

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  32. Great male card Di, although it sounded as though it took you a while, but well done for persevering!
    I love your selection of cards this week, such great inspiration. I would love to be in with a chance to win these fab dies please.
    Thanks a lot.
    Janice x

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  33. Great guy card Di, I have seen variations of this but never got around to trying it myself, you have inspired me to have ago.
    Count me in for the prize draw, love both of these dies : )

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  34. Love your shirt and tie! Thanks for working out all the details and sharing them! I'm in for fun this week. Thanks. xoxo

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  35. Wow! Stunning card! Such a clever design for this card! It's perfect for any male and even for Dad's greetings!! Love it!
    Fabulous picks, so different one by the others and all so gorgous!
    I'm surprised from the word "Finito!" that you used here, Di... It's an italian word, and use perfectly! :D Are you learning italian?
    I entered in the challenge and YES, please, I wish be in the draw for both the prizes! Thanks for the chance.
    Hugs

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  36. It was worth persevering Di, it's a great card.

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  37. Hello Miss Di!
    Firstly thank you so much for highlighting my card - I am truly honoured. The other top picks are amazing.
    Well done you for persevering with you fabulous card. It reminded me of when I have been to a craft show and watched the demo's thinking.... that looks easy. Until I get home and have a go - not easy!!!
    I am so pleased that you are finally getting somewhere with the grout - at last!!
    YES PLEASE to the lovely dies this week thanks.
    Hope you have a great week.
    Hugs Eve xx

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  38. Lovely makes to showcase. I enjoyed your extra fiddly easy looking card. The card is nifty plus the story was a bonus and tells me I'm not the only one that tries these easy things that are actually major chores. Yes to the dress! I mean yes to the prizes. I'm sure something I show off this week will have snippets. I need to get cracking on some Bday cards.

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  39. Great card! I love the masculine feel and the cool design. You are a trooper to figure out all the measurements and share them with us!

    So glad your GP ut you on the gout medication. Hopefully they will get the dosage figured out soon and you will get relief from further attacks.
    hugs
    Maureen

    No card yet...have to get my card photo taken and it is dull and dreary here...

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  40. Oooh great job with your card Di, definitely well worth the effort!
    And great news about your foot too, hope the meds kick in soon :)
    (yes please to be in your draw!)

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  41. wow, wonderful masculine card, I love those cards! Great picks and congratulations to the winner!
    Yes, I would like to play for the prize, please!
    Have a great and healthy week!
    hugs, Tina

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  42. Oooo what a super man's card - i so love that pocket and the swirly sentiment too.

    I had to take 9 year son to doctors this week and even though i argued my case - i felt as if i was being treated like a Muppet !! - i so hope the tablets work and you are not in pain like that again.

    Thank you so much for picking me, in your Snippet Favourites and for the lovely comment you left me too, i now look forward to seeing your version, Luv Sam x

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    1. I promise you Sam - I'd love a one pound coin for every time I've been made to feel like a right Muppet in this life. Now I just have the permanent attitude of Miss Piggy - 'Hiiiyaaah - take that!!'.

      Hugs

      Di xx

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  43. You post really made me smile, it reminded me of the saying "I've started so I'll finish", can't remember where it was from now but, been there, done that as will most card makers. You are not going to beat me, I said to a PB stamp only last week - 3 days before I got it right.
    Thank you so much for choosing me in your picks of the week and also for your comment on my Allsorts post, Sarn's comment said she knew you would like it, made me grin, and yes, I could imagine you going out looking like that.

    Glad you Percy Veered with this card, it is great and a good choice of papers.

    Glad things are improving and hope your Doc keeps up the good work.
    Have a good week.

    Kath x

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    1. Oh bless friends like you and Sarn, my dear friends! One day I'll post some old photos here to make you larf :)

      Hugs

      Di xx

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    2. Well . . . true to your work, you posted up a couple of photo's today, but they didn't make me laugh, they made me go WOWWEEEE to the pink and girly one. You have a beautiful smile. xxx

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    3. Thank you so much :) It means a lot to an old biddy who's felt like she's age 90 over the past few weeks!

      xx

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  44. They are all beautiful Di!
    Been a while but I'm never far!
    ((hugs))
    The Crafty Elf

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  45. Awesome snippet card Miss Di, and all of the hightlights are wonderful and then some. I am glad to hear the your GP is doing better for you. My issue is the other way around - the hospital consultants are great but our GP is blooming useless. Take care of your foot and leg hun. Yes please for the prize this week I hope to get back to play again but not sure if I can lol! Karen xx

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  46. Hello Di! Fun card...I love that idea. I may try to make a few of those..I always have trouble with guy cards, and this is SO cute!

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  47. I love your freehand drawn tie, Di! Thought it was a die cut. Great idea for a male card. And bingo! I made a male/ boy card this week too. I will say "yes" to the lovely prizes! ^_^

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  48. Wow, I'm in awe of your card Di! Very cool looking masculine card. I can see why you had some times of frustration, I don't think I could have gotten a nice looking tie like that by hand drawling it. lol Love that sentiment, so cool looking and not a font you see everyday. As always you have fabulous picks from the playground, I enjoyed seeing each one that you picked and am in awe at all the talent. Hugs, Brenda

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  49. Great card! I love the masculine feel and the cool design. You are a trooper to figure out all the measurements and share them with us!

    So glad your GP ut you on the gout medication. Hopefully they will get the dosage figured out soon and you will get relief from further attacks.
    hugs
    Maureen

    No card yet...have to get my card photo taken and it is dull and dreary here...

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  50. You know how much I love masculine cards, and this one's a stunner! And thanks for picking me as one of your picks this week, among all that stunning work! Glad you are getting there with the gout treatment, and I echo Linby's recommendation of Fit Flops, I tried them when I had gout and plantar fasciitis and now I own about 6 pairs, they are so wonderfully comfortable I want to wear them all the time.
    I've not made a snippets card yet this week, so I'll be back in a day or two to play - and will definitely be playing for the lovely dies
    Jane

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  51. Thank you so much for introducing me and showing my butterfly card! Hope to play with you often because it's fun!!
    You made a great card!
    Lia xx

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  52. Glad to hear you're making progress with your foot, sounds like you're GP's a good one! Love this tie card, fantastic for lots pf male occasions. Yes please I'd love to be in the draw, and thank you for showing my canvas,as Shaz would say you're a great encourager, Cathy x

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  53. That is a handsome masculine card! What a great way to use up these little patterns. Hope you are feeling better. I am tired of being down with things and looking forward to spring. I love all the brilliant picks for this week, and a big congrats to the winner!

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  54. Love your card and great picks too! Thanks for your sweet comment on my last post and I'm SO glad I get to play today!
    Hugs,
    Em xxx

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  55. Glad to hear you are feeling better.
    I have vowed to work on holiday cards all year, so keep these awesome Christmas card ideas coming!
    Yes, please on the prize.

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  56. Yay, I can play along this time around! Enter me in please Di. Hugs, Brenda

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  57. Love your great masculine card, Di! And I can SO relate to a card taking much longer than it should!! Yes, please,on the drawing! Thx.

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  58. I'd like to play for that fabulous prize, thank you!!!

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  59. Love your tie card, Di and the very wonderful picks. Congrats to Susan! A big yay for the doctor and yes please to super prize! Xx

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  60. Wonderfčul card Di and great prize. Love this dies.
    Yes, please for the prize.

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  61. Managed to do it right this time Di! I think I'd quite like those dies, thank you for your generosity in offering us the opportunity to win them! Have a great day! Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

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  62. curiously Miss had seen a number of of the snippetty picks this week, that feels good, not to be so far from the playground!!

    .. and today have three cards to add, mm, methinks I am breaking records for me here. Lovely prizes on offer too :D Shaz in Oz.x

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  63. Back again this time with my entry - would love to go in the draw.xxx

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  64. Looks like I'm on a roll this week Di with two entries, and yes please for the dies. I love the cards that you've made, it's such a sweet little stamp and looks great in different colours. I forgot to mention too that I loved the photos that you posted. It seemed strange seeing you with dark hair as you look like a natural blonde but you looked really glam in the pink dress. x

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  65. Awesome card Di - hope you put the template somewhere safe!
    I'm a 'yes please' for both dies x
    Helen x

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  66. Superb card Di - definitely one to CASE if permitted. Please enter me into the draw. Lynn x

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  67. Di, Your shirt card is just fabulous!!! I am so impressed that you drew the tie by hand....esp since I am so completely inept at drawing anything!!! That's why I use stamps!! :)

    Thank you so much for choosing my Joyeux Noel card as one of your picks! I truly feel honored, because I am always in awe of the immense talent and boundless creativity that is represented here in the playground.

    The dies look gorgeous. Yes, please to putting my name in the hat! Thank you!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  68. Hi I love your thank you cards that is a very cute stamp. Yes please to the prize I love Signature dies. Hugs Jackie

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  69. Hi, love your masculine card, think I would have given up. Yes please to the prize draw x Amanda

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  70. Brilliant card Di and amazing picks this week. Just popped by with my snippets and to say Yes Please but only for the flower die.
    Will pop back later to catch up with your posts xx

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  71. Just catching up with my favourite blogs after being out of action with a heavy cold for the last few days. What a fun card, Di, a very clever design. Great picks again too.

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

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  72. Keep forgetting Di, I LOVE your very clever card! Great design! Yes please to the prize this week! Thanks for the opportunity my friend! Have a lovely evening! Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

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  73. Beautiful card Di!
    I love the design and the idea!
    Have a wonderful day!

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  74. I just got back from 4 days of scrapbooking with friends and have to say that I talked and ate enough to last me at least a week!! Not much scrapbooking but I did make a card or two. Wish I had seen your fabulous masculine card because that is such a fun design. Lots of wonderful picks of the week as always and such a variety of styles and techniques. Yes please to the prize and I'm glad to be back in my craft room!

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  75. I have a little cutie who's just flown into the playground this week!! And she's brought some perfect snippets :-)
    Yes please to the prize sweetie!
    Lucy xx

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  76. Hi Di,
    Your card is just great! And so are the other ones too.
    My card is full of tiny little flowers made of scraps, I hope it will fit in here.
    And the prize you offer is just wonderful. Sure I would like to get it ;)
    Hugs, Liv

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