Sunday, 31 January 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 214

Well, that's January almost 'over and done with' already - looks like this year will fly past! And this last week we had spot on 100 entries - thank you all so, so much! I knew it had been standing room only during a lot of the week but truly thought we'd stalled at 99 as the clock ticked towards 11am (I was sitting here writing this post) and then in hopped Hazel - yay!  

My snippets card this week was pretty quick and easy to make - once I decided on the design:
I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" white card blank, tent style

- snippets of SU 'Real Red' and black card stock for the backing 'frames'

- a snippet of white card stock, embossed using SU's 'Happy Heart' embossing folder and trimmed to size

- all the backing layers were then glued in place using Collall All Purpose glue

- next I die cut the sparkly heart from a piece of Xcut red adhesive glitter sheet using the Creative Expressions 'Expressions - Love' die set

- stuck the die cut onto a snippet of white card and then trimmed it right down - much easier to do it that way than try and position the die cut centrally on a ready trimmed snippet

- added a backing layer of black card stock from a snippet then stuck the 'topper' in place on the card front using thin sticky fixers

I really loved making this heart - firstly because the die set is so versatile. You can use it as I did with the 'word part' die taped inside the outer border die. You could die cut just the word 'love' without a border into a card front. Or you could use the plain heart die on it's own to cut plain hearts or heart shaped apertures - the World is your whelk oyster.

And the glitter sheet was a total delight to use! These are new to me (spotted something about them in a craft magazine when I was doing the 'grand cull' recently) and the red sheet I used came from the 'Dark' pack of 10 A5 sheets in five colours (red, lime, pink, purple and turquoise). There's minimal 'glitter shed', it die cuts perfectly, the backing which covered the self adhesive is sort of plasticised which makes removing it a doddle and it sticks really well onto card. Top marks to Xcut!

Onto the weekly picks now - and the usual hard time here whittling the picks down to just a handful:
Jane J made this wonderful 'Moment' layout after a fabulous visit for lunch to The Shard in London. Her blog post is fascinating to read, with tons of great photos both of the day/ amazing views as well as the steps Jane went through to make her 'Moment'. I just had to include it as there is so much detail about the day included - and that eye also keeps drawing me in!

Love this really clever card and great use of snippets, made by Jane W. I think this would make such a great get well card - or just to cheer someone up, as Jane suggests.

How cute is this card then? Made by Lynn H and I so love the sweet little racoon :) And such a clever touch with the hearts border - minus the red heart that the little 'bandit' is clasping so firmly - aw :) It's often those little details that totally make a card for me.

Love these little gift boxes, made by Carol L! They're a great way to use up little snippets and I know a few of us have been exclaiming over that wonderful 'heart cut out' paper. It's comes like that - and I've had a good search in the UK for it without any luck. Happily Mr Postie brought me some happy post from Carol the other day so I have a little supply to play with :)

The detail on this card, made by Jackie T, is absolutely fabulous. Lots of layers and snippets used and I just think it's exquisite! Jackie has a lot of information in her blog post about how she made it too.

Let's finish the week's picks with another Valentine's Day card - made by Laurie. Again, lots of snippets used and such a sweet design - brilliant sentiment too!

I'm typing this whilst waiting for a grocery delivery so am cutting the picks short this week. As always, I could keep adding more and more - wonderful work girls, even if you aren't a weekly pick!

We have two new playmates this week:
Such a cute (and pink, yay!) card, brought to share by Cara @ Crafting Bunnies. 

And I encouraged Heather to come and play after spotting her adorable stamped and paper pieced tags. So cute!

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

Now let's do the prize draw for last week - the Inkadinkado set of clear stamps, called 'Flower Garden', very generously donated by Mary Anne and the Taylored Expressions 'Twirls and Swirls' embossing folder. Our winner is:
Karen (Ladd)
Well done Karen! Karen joins in regularly and this is her first win in just over six months, someone's gonna be doing a happy dance I hope! I have your address Karen and will post your prize as soon as possible.

This next week's prize is very much connected to my snippets card. It's a three part prize this time - you can choose some or all of it - although it is being offered as one complete prize, if that's what you'd like and your number is drawn by Mr Random:

Yup, it's a Creative Expressions heart/love die set, a pack of that fabulous Xcut adhesive glitter paper (dark) and also an Xcut 'Hearts and Kisses' embossing folder. I'm hoping this prize (or parts thereof) will reach the winner(s) in time to be put to use for Valentine's Day - at least with luck and a following wind, should have done this prize a week ago really. Hindsight sure is 20/20 vision!

A slight difference though - the folder I used today isn't exactly the same (mine is a Stampin' Up one purely made up of hearts) but I suddenly thought just the other day, after making my snippets card, what a nice complete prize it would be if I offered the die set, a pack of glitter paper and embossing folder. Of course, Dumbo had left it too late to order the SU folder but I came across the Xcut one instead. And I like it - a lot :)

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 6th February. 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. If you only want to play for either the heart die set, the glittered papers or the embossing folder (or for two of the three items) then just say so in a comment - if your number comes up then I'll do a further draw for the remaining part of the prize. But, all three items are up as one complete prize if you so wish of course. 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 :)

Enjoy your week - whatever you have planned! So far I think my most exciting outing will be for a blood test - but, given some of the Spring-like days we've been having, I'm hoping for something more exciting than that to turn up!

Di and, of course, Parsnip! 


Loll said...

Am loving that glitter heart and love die Di! I have that heart embossing folder and need to get crackin' on some v-day cards. :) Great inspiration! And great picks from last week too. xx

Greta said...

Oh wow--what a neat die set & I adore your card, Di! I'll play for all of it, even though I have some glitter sheets. I love the idea of self-adhesive ones & mine aren't. Beautiful picks--so much talent in The Playground!

Brenda in IN said...

I love your Valentine card! The red heart with Love is so pretty. I like that sparkly paper. All of the picks this week are wonderful. I truly like the broken crayon verse. So perfect for anyone.

Unknown said...

Really gorgeous card I love the bold design and of course the glitter!!
Was just about to say I must search out those glitter sheets and you've popped a pack in the prize draw this week!!
Hope you're doing ok this week!
Lucy xx

New Creations said...

Wow! What a beautiful Valentine card Di! Gorgeous glittery red heart and wonderful embossed BG! What wonderful picks again! What a clever idea of broken crayons:)
Count me in for the prize draw!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Janis said...

A huge hooray for my pal, Karen, for being the lucky winner this week!!! Congratulations!!!

Di, I love that beautifully glittery valentine. Your design looks deceptively simple, but that fiddly die cut and all the matting takes time and skill to pull off. The beautiful embossed background is perfect with the stunning focal panel.

Yes, please, to this lovely prize. I haven't ever tried the adhesive glitter sheets. I can't imagine trying this intricate die on anything without its own stickum!! Thanks for all your wonderful prizes. Your cards showcasing them makes the items irresistible!!! I'll be entering my card later this week.

Hope your week is dazzling....with delights even more fun than having a blood test! lol...
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Dr Sonia S V said...

A big congrats on the century! and your picks and card as always are fabulous to look at. I must pop over to visit Jane! The prize this week is too tempting so I am in for the draw ie.. if I get time to play!!
Dr Sonia

Tina Z. said...

wow, I love your glittering card, it is so elegant. and top picks are fantastic.
yes for the lovely prize, please. have a great week.
hugs, tina

Lia said...

Goodmorning Di,
I love your CAS card very much! Your picks are also very nice to look at!
If I would be a winner this time I would go for the embossingfolder, because I like it!
Lia xx

Kathyk said...

Fab make and selection (as always), just uploaded my entrey, just playing for fun,mate


Kathyk said...

Well done on your two wins (here and at OneCrazyStamper) Karen


Aquarius said...

Well done for reaching the 100 entries last week. Great Valentine card you've made - love it (no pun intended). Playing for fun this week.

Jane said...

Good morning Di. I hope you are progressing with your trotter? I love your heart good are those adhesive sheets...brilliant. Thanks for including my Shard moment it was truly the best birthday treat for my Hb and we were so lucky with the weather. Your other picks are beautiful....such talented crafters playing in the playground. Please count me in for all 3 parts of your most generous prize I will be back later to link up. Have a mellow week and sending crafty hugs. Jane xx

Sarn said...

HELLO! Happy Sunday to you, Parsnip and fellow Playmates.

I brought the coffee for you all to cheer you up on this miserable morning after the all too brief sunshine of yesterday!

Your loveheart card with the great embossing behind is wonderful Di.

GREAT picks and congrats on making 100 entries this week, even though I know it's a lot of work for you.

Playing just for fun thanks. Gearing up for Pancake Day!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Cathy said...

Hi Di, love that gorgeous die and the sparkly paper is perfect with it. Would love to be in the draw this week. Great pics again and you'll need a holiday with 100 entries coming in!

Kath said...

A great card Di and I'll be in the playground soon. I would love a chance to win the whole prize, please.
Kath x

Valerija said...

Wonderful card Di, I love glittering heart and die you used! Great pics!
Would love to be in the draw for this lovely prize.
Have a nice week.
Hugs, Valerija

Whisper said...

Oooo what a fabby glittery Love card and congrats on getting 100 entries, i'm just playing for fun this week, Luv Sam x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Wow, your glittered card is so elegant, love the simple design, very impressive!
Great pics!

Carol L said...

WOW to your card today Di! I LOVE the LOVE you put into this with that beautiful glittered card, and the embossing looks perfect with the die! Awesome creation! Thanks for the shout-out this week, and I feel honored to be among the spotlighted players because they've all made such inspiring creations! Wowsah!! Yes please to the draw this week - one can never put too much love into a card :)

Barb said...

Congratulations to Karen on her win. What lovely picks from you again Di and lovely work from the new playmates too.

Your card is absolutely beautiful. I love that gorgeous red glittery heart but who wouldn't. Barbxx

KT Fit Kitty said...

Love your sparkly snippets card! Love, love, love this week's prize - I am a very big YES! I'll be back to join you! So many gorgeous picks this week, Di! Wow, I love looking at them! Congrats to Karen Ladd on the win!

jimlynn said...

Ohhhhhh.....I love your love card Di! The embossing, heart die, everything is just perfect. Beautiful card!
Thanks for the shout out on my little raccoon too.
Love the prize this week and will play along for sure.

LesleyG said...

Love your glittery heart card Di, and what a talented bunch of playmates! Congrats to Karen too xxx

Brenda said...

Wow, love this card Di! That die is amazing and oh so pretty cut in that red glitter paper. What fun picks this week, so many amazing and gorgeous creations. One of my favorites, because who can pick just one????, is the broken crayon one. Love that sentiment and how true it is. I am hopping to slip in her with a snippet project myself tonight, we will see! Hugs, Brenda

Princess Judy Palmer said...

LOVE!!!!! That glitter heart. Everything about your card is perfect. I laughed when I saw this weekly wrap up post because here the previous week I was all about how you encouraged me to use snippets and I hadn't cut into a single solid sheet in a week. SO then this week it turned out to be the complete opposite--nary a snippet anywhere! I'm hoping to join in this week and compete for that heart die. We'll see!

Lynne in NI said...

Wow, gorgeous Valentine Di, and great picks too!
I love the sound of that glitter paper, so I'd love to be in your draw for your lovely goodies :)

Kathleen said...

Totally stunning card Di, love it, especially as it was so quick to make, fabulous die and lovely EF.
Some stunning picks too.
Kath x

Hettie said...

Love your card Miss. Love your picks too. Some beautiful cards made.
Liking those goodies.
Now I am off to find a cozy corner for a cwtch with Parsnip.

Karen said...

Your card is gorgeous Miss! Love the die cut, the shimmer, everything! Yes please for the draw and as always awesome picks from you Karen x

Karenladd said...

Oh thank you so much for the fabulous prize Di! I'm thrilled to be the winner of last week's challenge and will have a ball with those fun inchie stamps and embossing folder. I love your classic and elegant LOVE card and all of your picks are out of this world! SO much talent here in the crafting world, isn't there?!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Love your snippet card Di! Red & White is one of my favourite colour combos. I'd also love a chance to win the prize this week too! Thanks for the opportunity! Have a lovely week! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

laurie said...

I love your sparkly heart, Di!It looks awesome with that embossed background. Thanks for picking my card,too, I am glad you liked it. Have a great week!

Craftdee said...

Gorgeous card... I love the die, I love ALL the prizes but wouldn't like to be greedy; I know how much postage to Australia can cost so would be happy with the die cut :-) Donna xx

Jane Willis said...

Wow, wow, WOW your card is so stunningly elegant and stylish! Absolutely gorgeous. And wonderful picks - with so many fab entries I don't know how you made your selections! Very chuffed to be among them again.
I was on your neck of the woods yesterday, at the Potato festival in Whitchurch.
I'll be along in the next day or two to play, and I'll definitely want to be in the hat for the lovely stash.

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous cards Di! I'd love to win the goodies too, if I'm lucky! :)
Em x

brenda said...

Great selection of favs as always Di and lovely card from you as well.

I posted earlier and totally forgot to add my snippet entry so just amended my post. No way could I miss out ob what's promised at the treehouse later.

B x

brenda said...

No sure if I'm allowed but just added another entry, if I'm not will take the punishment in the naughty corner.

B x

Janice said...

Gorgeous card you have made Di, I particularly love the die and embossing folder! I would love to be entered into your prize draw please.
You have chosen some super picks this week, as always so many ideas to share, thank you!
Janice x

KandA said...

Beautiful card and great design Miss Di. Amazing picks again this week. A big hello to the new playmates and congrats to Karen on her win.
I'll be back later with my snippets but only playing for fun xx

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

Love your snippets card Di. Fabulous cards in the showcase again this week. I don't know how you pick them, with so many great entries. "Yes" I would love to be in the draw for the prize this week.

Mrs A. said...

This is a beautiful card. Looks so elegant. Yes please stick me in the pot but just for the glitter pack.
Hugd Mrs A.

scrappymo! said...

Wonderful is always fun to read these "Picks posts"

Your card is so pretty.I love your is lovely! You are very efficient with the timepline of your Valentines cards. I have not even pulled out any red paper yet! Oooops!

Will pop by later with a card...have to write the post still!

Diane said...

Some fun and pretty picks this week! Love your card (pun don't you just love hearts?? I do!! Well of course I will say yes to this weeks prize.....what a fabulous one..good luck everyone!!

Donna said...

Simple elegance, Di :)

Pat said...

This is a gorgeous heart die and the background embossing is so pretty too Di. Wow, how wonderful to hit 100 entries and the highlights show very interesting and clever ways of using up snippets, also congratulations to Karen for winning last weeks lovely prize. I'm sorry I have been very bad on the card making front having been very busy and also finding the creative juices are not flowing at present but hopefully will get myself back in to it soon. x

Elizabeth said...

I'm chuckling here imagining your face when the count went from 99 to 100, Di ... I can just see you whooping in celebration :) Love your card and all those you've chosen for the showcase ... they are all so different, reflecting what a diverse lot we are. Congrats to Karen on her win. Much as I love the prize, do count me out ... it would just be greed not need to want them! Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Maura said...

Love your sparkly red, delicate heart card, Di! And congrats on how many entries you are getting to your fabulous challenge! Yes, please on your prize drawing!

Jenny L said...

Hi Miss Di, and the lovely Parsnip.
Yes please if I'm lucky enough.
Wonderful picks of the week as usual, and congrats to them all.
Congrats to the winner too.
Great snippets creation by you as always.
Love the gorgeous Red Shiny Heart very appropriate for this coming Valentines Day.
My that Sarn was up to antics behind the bike sheds again.
I do hope Parsnip wasn't bribed with too much Honey Ice Cream as it's too cold.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

CraftingMum said...

Hi Di, i have just come across your blog and i would love to take part in your challenge and to be in with the chance of winning such a lovely set. i hope i have understood the theme correctly 'snippets' is it bits of odd card paper left to use up?? thanks Louise

Susan Sudbury said...

Gotta dive back into my snippets, they're getting out of control! Thanks for a wonderful challenge :) would love to be entered for the prize

Swissie said...

Once again a great prize, and yes, please - I would be very glad to be a winner :)
Your card is just fantastic!
Hugs, Liv

Pen Sunshinepen said...

Hi, just joined for the first time and I would be very pleased to win anything. :)

Wonderful challenge and have used so many bibs and bobs to make my card.

Crafty hugs Pen x

Pippa said...

Love you card Di, simple but so effective. The white embossed backing really shows off the red heart well.

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

Just entered a 2nd card.

Erika said...

Hi Di, a couple of my blogging pals keep telling me to join you lovely ladies with the snippet challenge, so here goes today. Yes please, I'm loving what you've done with the heart die, though I am not the most romantic in the world, I usually make quite a cheeky card for hubby or even rude! He might think I'm after something!
Thanks for the challenge, hugs Erika. x

Craftychris said...

I love your card, its so gorgeous! Yes Please, I would love to be included in the draw to win the wonderful prize - thank you! xxx

Liz said...

Well done on making it to 100 entries last week!

Fabulous card, Di. The die cut is gorgeous and the embossing folder is just perfect for the background. Lovely picks - I especially love the little boxes.

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

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Such a pretty Valentine's Day card! And yet again such wonderful picks. Always such a delight to visit! I am playing for fun this week.

Karenladd said...

Feeling inspired tonight and managed to make a card to upload. Yes please to the die and glitter paper only this week!

kiwimeskreations said...

What beautiful DT work!!!
I have played, and I would love the total prize as I have few love themed supplies..

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

So many great picks! Love the Valentine and that sweet heart die. Glad I am getting play along, plus very happy to use up some goodies!

Jane Willis said...

I hear there's some monkey business going on over here.....

Heather said...

Thanks for the warm welcome last week. I had fun and decided to come back and play again this week; but just for fun.

Lynn said...

I really like this card - especially the emboss folder. Lynn x

Pat said...

I have just entered a card so please can I go into the draw for the prize this week. Thank you Di. x

Darnell said...

This is a brilliant Valentine, Di! And, as always, you pick the most fantastic entries to showcase! I think you're going to have another bumper crop this week as I'm #70 and it's only just gone Thursday!! I love how popular this has become with all your hard work!! I'm sure it's nothing whatsoever to do with the Saturday night hootchie-coos!! Hugs, Darnell

JennyH said...

Stunning card Di, love that "Love" die and all the sparkliness : )
and yes please for the prize draw.

Paper Lily Leaf said...

Wow! Your card is fab, Di. I love that glitter sheet! Wonderful, inspirational picks and a huge yes please to lovely prize Xx

LesleyG said...

Just playing for fun as I'm still enjoying my fab prize :) xxx

Jackie T said...

Thank you for choosing my card this week. Your heart card is gorgeous. I have the die so I would like to enter for the glitter sheets and the embossing folder. Take care. Hugs Jackie

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Great makes again Di! I'm being good and remembering my promise this year . . . so far! ;) Have a lovely day! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

jimlynn said...

I'm finally able to squeeze in a card for this week! Only a couple of tiny snippets, but at least it's something. My intention was to enter several, but that just didn't happen!
Hugs, Lyn

Diane said...

Hi Di,
Well I made it into the playground this week, and on time too!
Would love to be in the running for the prize, but more importantly I enjoyed the process of creating the card and It made me do a blog post!

Cara said...

Thank you for featuring my card last week. Yes, please to the prize draw. Hope you and the playground are keeping warm and dry in this weather. Cara x

Carole said...

Love your card, that glitter card looks great. Yes please to be in the running for the prizes........phew bit of a rush this week and a struggle to link up.........but all sorted now. Mr Selfridge is to go!