Sunday, 28 February 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 218

A HUGE, HUGE thank you to Sarn for looking after you for two weeks running. I can't truly express just how much it helped me! What a STAR!! I'm back (ha, ha) in the saddle again now - and no doubt Sarn will be back to her illicit hooch shenanigans!

My snippets card today is a Christmas one as I want to enter Rudolph Day over at ScrappyMo's and also Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge (use a sentiment) as well as Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra where it's always 'anything goes':
I used:

- 4" x 6" white card blank, tent style

- a slightly smaller piece of SU's 'Real Red card stock, topped with a smaller piece again of white card stock

- snippets of red, brown, white, green and black card from the snippets folder - all were then backed with Stick-It adhesive sheet apart from the wing and the main body of the bird (which is all white before the layers are added. I backed the white body with medium sticky sheet as there was gonna be a few layers (ie, a bit of weight) added

- then die cut the sentiment using XCut gold adhesive sheet and popped it in place on the card front

- die cut the robin parts and his little frond of greenery from the little snippets of card mentioned above and set about assembling him but I left his wing off for the moment. The die set I used is one I've been itching to play with - it's a Marianne Collectables set called 'Eline's Bird COL1392'. 

- stuck the robin in place on the card front, sitting on the straight glitter strip alongside the word 'Happy' in the sentiment die cut, placing the greenery behind his beak at the same time

- lastly, added the robin's wing using a little piece cut from a thin sticky pad

I did so enjoy making this card, so much so that I made three at once whilst all the goodies were out - in little bursts over the past couple of days There are two robins in the set, facing in opposite directions and there are minuscule differences between the two plus a pretty star shaped die as well. I bet a card would look lovely with two of the robins face to face :) And, I'm going to try this die set in brown and blue to see if it resembles a blue tit at all.

Let's move onto our 'peek at the picks' - chosen by Sarn:

Sarn said: I love the soft colours and the crisp fresh feel of this card . . . plus I have photo-taking envy! How does she DO THAT? LOL!

Isn't it a beautiful card - gorgeous frames and totally agree about the photo skills too! Laurie triumphs again!

Sarn said: Love the composition and the elegant delicacy of this card. It's SOOO pretty.

Once again, Sarn and I are totally on the same song sheet here - I'd already spotted this lovely card made by Jean as well and was so pleased that Sarn picked it!

Sarn said:  I think this is a brilliant set of cards, beautifully coloured and doodled on . . . and perfect for either sex. The dog images are lovely and I like the simple and pleasing card composition.

I totally agree with Sarn - Helen made a set of three cards and each one is brilliant!

And we have one new Playmate this week:

Carole J popped into the Playground with this fabulous tag to show. Lots of really pretty details and even the back is nicely covered too. BTW, we have some duplicate names in the Playground so that's why it's Carole J :)

AND, we have a celebrity in our midst girls! A few of you will remember who first started off the Snippets Challenge, it was the lovely Jules of 'Always With A Heart'. I took the challenge over from Jules after she'd done it for a year, and here I still am .... four years later. Over that time I've had so much support from Jules, both personal and craft related - she's a true and very kind friend to so many of us. Jules still finds time to come and play in the Playground now and then - and her cards are always a real delight even though she's a very busy lady with her own Wedding Stationery business plus she's a regular and very talented contributor to Quick Cards Made Easy magazine.

So, it was no surprise to see that she'd been nominated for 'The Favourite Designer Category in the British Craft Awards'. These are voted for by you and me, aka Joe Public, and to my mind are all the more special. And, wait for it .................:
Squeal! Look who won!!!!!!
Jules, of course!! 'Mr Heart' is really supportive so deserves to have his photo and name up in lights here too :) Well done Jules - richly deserved indeed! How lovely to see such a delightful lady win recognition from her many fans. No prize for guessing who I voted for then!

Onto the prize draw now, the Memory Box 'Perky Poppy' die and Paper Smooches 'Sentiments Sampler' stamp set. Our winner is:
Congratulations Jean! I'm not 100% sure but I do think this is your first win in the Playground and I don't have your address. And also you're a Pick of the Week - perhaps you ought to buy a lottery ticket :) Can you please drop me an email with your snail mail address - my email addy is on the RH sidebar. Thanks - and I'll post your prize off as soon as possible this coming week.

This next week's prize is pretty easy to guess:

It's your own Marianne Collectables 'Eline's Birds' die set as well as a Creative Expressions 'Festive Collection - Happy Christmas' die. The same as the dies I used on my snippets card of course.

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 5th March. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

I'm in charge again as already said, I just hope I can do as good a job getting round you all as swiftly as Sarn did!

And, I did post here on Friday, saying that we'll stick with one entry per person per week - it certainly seems a popular choice with you girls (thank you again for all your input and supportive comments).

So, a maximum of ONE entry per week (any additional ones will just be deleted in the nicest possible way from Mr Linky - don't fret over it, this may take time to get used to) 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 'birds' die set or the 'sentiment' die 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, both 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 - remember it's Rudolph Day over at ScrappyMo's (only until the end of the month though so do hurry!).

Di and, of course, Parsnip! Oh crumbs - the little white rat bag is hiding and tooting away on the whistle I confiscated from Sarn - help!!


Nicky said...

Love that little Robin he is so cute great card and congratulations to Jules

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wonderful! Congrats to your friend Jules! That's exciting news indeed! Your robin card is adorable! It's always great fun looking at the picks! Congratulations and well done to the picks and to the lucky winner! Hope to be back to play this week and if so I would love to win your awesome prize! Thank you! Have a great week and stay healthy and pain-free!

New Creations said...

Really glad that you are back in the form Di! Miss the voting.
Love this beautiful piece of snippet creation, the robin bird is so attractive with a pop of golden sentiment! Great choices always! Count me in for this beautiful prize! Congrats to Jules!

Sarn said...

Have just rugby-tackled Parsnip for the whistle. Toot toooooooot!

Lovely Festive robin card Miss.

Congrats to Jean on winning the playground prize & to Jules on her well deserved craft award.

C u in the Tree house laters! Xxx

ike said...

Such a pretty card Di :-) I haven't managed to do a Rudolph Day for aaaages !!! I keep forgetting :-(
Such fabulous picks this week and how wonderful for Jules !! That's amazing and so well deserved :-D
I am loving that little Robin set :-D

IKE xx

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Greta said...

I just love the little bird & the sentiment die cut from glitter paper--lovely card, Di, & I'll play for both prizes this week. So glad you're feeling better. Congrats to the picks of the week & to Jules!

Kathyk said...

Hope you get that whistle away from Parsnip!!! Fab makes and picks from this your week.

Just uploaded my single entry for the week - just playing for fun

Happy Sunday


Cara said...

Oh my goodness, your card is just too cute! Glad you're feeling better. Cara x

Jane said...

I have not known about your friend Jules. .. what fantastic success..very well done to her. Welcome back Di and thanks to the lovely Sarn. What a gorgeous card....the robin is a sweetie. Lovely work from everyone. Bear has gone home to my son so no crafting buddy now. .lol. please count me in for the super prize this week and I will be back soon to play. Keep well and have a lovely week ahead. Hugs xx

Lia said...

Goodmorning Di! So nice to read your story baout everything!
I love your card and guess what: I am joining with a 'birds card' this week!
Have a nice day,
Lia xx

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

Hi Di, so glad you're feeling better. Thanks to Sarn for holding the fort again last week. I would love a chance to win the Christmas sentiment die, many thanks and I wish you a lovely, pain free week. X X

gail said...

love the bird christmas card, count me in for the prize. Gail

Valerija said...

Wow, such a wonderful robin card. Love both the dies you used.
Thank you for joining us at the Rudolph Days Challnege. Good Luck.
Valerija - DT member.

I will come back later, to play with you.

Aquarius said...

What a great Christmas card with the jaunty robin. Playing for fun this week but I have used part of my prize.

Liz said...

Super CAS Christmas card. That little robin is SO cute. Visiting your blog today with my Rudolph Days DT members hat on. Thanks for joining in the challenge - good luck!

Congratulations to Jules, what a great achievement! Lovely picks by Sarn and well done to Jean too on her win.

Will be back later to play and I'll be a Yes Please for the prize draw this week. xx

Kath said...

A lovely snippets card and great picks this week too. I'll be in the playground soon and would love a chance of winning the prize, please.
It's great news for Jules - I'd already seen this on her blog and sent her my congratulations.
Kath x

Stamps and Paper said...

Lovely card this week Di and congrats to Jules are cards are amazing


Barb said...

Your card is really pretty Di and I love that sweet little bird.

Congratulations to Jean on her win and congratulations also to Sarn's picks this week. Well done to Jules on a great win. Barbxx

Barb said...

Sorry Di I meant to say I'm just playing for the little birds this week. I bought the sentiment late last year. Barbxx

Di said...

OK Barb! Have made a note :)

Carol L said...

Oh my gosh, what a cute and fun card Di! I love that little bird and great sentiment too! Congrats to Jules and Jean and to all the other notable creations in the spotlight this week! Playing just for fun but happy that I remembered to link up this week!

Pat said...

I love your card with its cute robin sitting on that pretty glittery sentiment and so pleased that you are feelkng better Di. Thanks again to Sarn for taking overvthe reins for the last to weeks and love her picks so congratulations to them and also well done to Jean for winning! Congratulations too to Jules for her craft award - fantastic! I hope to enter this week so will say 'yes please' to the super prize. x

Jane Willis said...

Good to see you back in circulation Di, hope you're going to STAY fit this time! Love that robin card, yes please to the prize if I'm picked.
And very VERY well done to Jules!

Jean said...

WOW!! A double surprise. Thank you for showcasing my card this week and for picking my number for the prize. Well done to the others showcased too, and to Jules for her award.
I,m so glad you are well enough to be back in charge this week, and thanks to Sarn for the brilliant prefect job she did.
I love your robin card and the glittery greeting looks great.
Jean x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Adorable robin, Di, your CAS is a delight!
Congrats to all the ladies, the pics are wonderful and Big Congrats to the winner. Sarn has been very kind to support you in the challenge!
Congrats also to Jules, also if I haven't understand very well the reason of her won (for my bad english), but she seems very glad and surely has well deswerved it.

Helen said...

Thanks so much for choosing my card in the Top picks this always I love the other choices - there's always so much inspiration to be had here!
Helen x

Unknown said...

What amazing cards everyone has done. This is my first time playing in the playground, of which I hope there will be many visits. Yes please to the prize if I am lucky enough to be chosen.

Kath said...

I also forgot that I was also leaving a comment with my Rudolph Day DT hat on! Thanks for joining us and good luck!
Kath - DT member

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

I played in the challenge and yes, I would be in the draw for both the prizes, thanks!

Janice said...

Welcome back and a Lovely card Di, I just love the robin! Please enter my name into your draw and congrats to your friend Jules, so well deserved!
Janice x

scrappymo! said...

Your card is so lovely. These are two beautiful dies! I will get a card into the draw as soon as I can!

The wee bird perched on the line of the sentiment die is so pretty! Good on you for making three cards

Thanks for taking part in the February Rudolph Days Challenge. Good luck in the prize draw.

Kathleen said...

A fabulous RD card Di, and such a cute Robin and how well he perches on the sentiment.
Great picks and some lovely entries.

Kath x

Marie Bingaman said...

Hello Di! Your sweet little robin is adorable perched on the sentiment like he is! I love his peace offering of the branch too...Thanks so much for sharing this cutie with us at CHNC Extra! :)

~Marie B -DT

Tina Z. said...

Wonderful card, the robin is so sweet.
Congratulations to your friend Jules!
Yes for the prize please.
Hugs, Tina

Darnell said...

Your Rudolph snippets card is so sweet, Di! I love that darling bird!! Well done to you and Sarn for the awesome picks! And, wow, congrats to Jules!! I don't think I'll ever beat my last week's entry for amount of snippets used, but your challenge keeps me on my toes and I appreciate all your work and the work of your helpers and Parsnip and originally to Jules! It's a LOT of work keeping this going!! I hope your back is better! Now, where is that hooch ...! Hugs, Darnell

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Di, thanks so much for popping over... ..and yes love the dies, if get back to link over later in the week, although guess shoulda done of the two cards today. Rather think may get to link a better one later in the week.
Love your card too, am dso glad you're starting to feel better, trust that Parsnip is more obedient now after we locked him in the toolshed for giving us all headaches with his whistle blowing.. ;)
Hugs, Shaz in Oz.x

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Viv said...

I have removed the pea bit from Parsnip's whistle.....
Great Rudolph card Miss.. and loving the picks again this week as always.
I had a teeny headache after the G and T on Saturday night.. perhaps i should have stuck to the hooch instead!
Have a week free (YAY!) before the overseas tour so hope to get back a bit later in the week. xx

Swissie said...

Hi Di,
I'm so glad you are back and that you feel better.
Your card is wonderful! And so are the prizes, - so I say yes, please :)
Hugs, Liv

Bonnie said...

Glad you're back. Hope you'll be feeling lots better now. Love your sparkling sentiment and sweet robin. Love the picks and thanks for the heads up about Jules honor! Woot!

Eemeli said...

Lovely Christmas creation for this week's inspiration. Happy to see that you joined our Rudolph Day challenge too (this being said wearing my new DT hat on, lol)

Fab picks from last week, congrats to the lucky winner and YES PLEASE for the prize (busy with my new work but I try to come up with something for the challenge this week)


Jules said...

Hi Miss Di

Tee hee!! Sorry, had to remove my first comment. It didn't quite make sense when I read it again.

Thank you so much for the lovely write up you have given me . .. . you are very kind .. .. and thank you for all the lovely comments other playmates have also added. If I turn the Champagne into ice lollies will they be allowed in the playground please?

Loving your Christmas make. That robin is super cute. I am supposed to be making Christmas cards all year this year and have managed one so far!! :-(

Just playing for fun here (and to use up some of those ever growing snippets).

Love Jules xx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

What a nifty die cut Christmas birdy card! Quite a sweetie. Don't be looking for me on the playground this week. The only tools I have to work with this week are cardboard boxes and packing tape. While, I'm sure I could come up with something fabulous with those I have such an abundance of both that no way could I pass them off as snippets!

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

Love your card this week. It is always fun to visit and see all the great showcased projects and the linkups. YES I would love to be in the draw for this fabulous prize.

Heather said...

Welcome back, so glad you are feeling better! I'm just playing for fun this week, thanks!

Hazel said...

I love, love your snippets card - what a darling robin - and thanks for entering this for both CHNC challenges. Big apologies that I entered a second card ... I must go around with my eyes closed because I hadn't realised it was now one entry ... sorry. xx

Pam said...

So glad you're feeling better! What a lovely card! I'm saying yes, please to prizes.

Sue - said...

Great picks again. Well done Sarn! Playing jut fro fun this week.

Jackie T said...

Hi Di I am so glad that you are feeling better. I hope my card counts I used old jeans to make the flowers. Yes please to the fabulous prize. Have a great week. Hugs Jackie

Linby said...

I love how you used the sentiment die, I have the birthday one but not this one, so just playing for the die please.

Karen said...

Hello Miss Pixie! I hope you are having a lovely week and all that nasty pain had gone away. Yes please for both the prizes, would love that little birdie especially! Just linked up mine for this week and I hope you like it! Karen xx

laurie said...

I'm glad you are better Di!I LOVE that sparkly gold sentiment...a beautiful card, as usual!I always like to stop here for a visit to see what everyone is up too.Yes for me please. Thanks for mentioning my card,too Sarn. BTW...I use a lamp pointed to the right of the card, a cheap OLD camera, and the sun behind me to take my photo's. Pic Monkey helps me with cropping,etc. I am hoping someday to get a nice camera, but for now this is it! Have a great day!

Valerija said...

I forgot, Yes Please for the prizes.

Diane said...

Oh...I love your fabulous Christmas Card!!...Full of lovely glittery sparkles and holiday Joy!! Yes to the prize, who wouldn't love that adorable little bird and Christmas greeting!! Great picks this week, I have to say every Sunday morning, I grab me a cuppa sit down and come here first to see all the lovely selections....I don't always have time to enter each week, but I never miss a week...have a great day!!

KandA said...

What a lot of good news this week. first huge congrats to Jules, second so glad to hear you're much better and thirdly Sarn's back in charge of the Tree House so unless that little Parsnip blows the whistle on us we'll be having a bottle or two of hooch.
Great picks by Sarn, Hi to Carole J (gorgous tag) and congrats to Jean.
Love your Rudolph card Miss Di and love those fabulous dies so yes please to going in the draw this week xx

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

Super cute card, Di. Love the robin and I have just discovered those XCut adhesive sheets. My new fav thing :-)
I'd be happy with any of the prizes up for grabs, so thanks for the chance to win. xx
Big Congrats to Jules - what a fab achievement. xxx

CraftingMum said...

Hi Di. I would like to take part in your challenge and be in the draw for the prize, many thanks Louise (Craftingmumlouise)

Karenladd said...

Wow, congratulations to Jule son her British Craft award! I actually read a couple of craft magazines from the UK and so am familiar with this annual set of very impressed! Your sweet little Christmas card is delightful and I would love to be in the draw for the prize!

Annie said...

Oh how exciting to see Jules get recognition. I always loved her 'heart' addition on her stuff - she is just brilliant. Didn't realise it was four years since you took over Di - oh my how time flies. Love your card and the prize is totally scrummy. The picks as usual were just wow. Have a good week. Annie xxx

Sarn said...

Aha . .. Thanks for sharing your secrets! Your next glass of hooch is on the (tree) house!!!

Sarn said...

Aha . .. Thanks for sharing your secrets! Your next glass of hooch is on the (tree) house!!!

Carole J said...

Hello Di, Thank you for your warm welcome to the Playground last week. I'm loving the robin card and the glittery gold sentiment is gorgeous, so its a big 'yes, please' to the prizes. x

Karenladd said...

I forgot to say that all the weekly picks are just gorgeous. Each pick is completely unique and different from each other...but all are fabulous. Thank you Sarn for doing such a great job helping Di out, and thank you Di for leaving sweet comments on my Flickr acct. I can also credit you for pointing me towards several new challenges that I've begun to follow as well.

Donna said...

Such a beautiful card. I love everything about it. X

Jean said...

I have just entered my card but I am plying for fun this week thank you.
Jean x

Mrs A. said...

Just playing along for fun this time. hugs Mrs A.

SHartl said...

Your card is so cute Di! I love that darling little bird and I would have made several at a time too! Yes please for the prize and congrats to the winner and weekly picks!

Pen Sunshinepen said...

Lovely selection of cards so far and hope my card is OK. Would love to win the prize if I am lucky enough. But so enjoy coming along to you with my card.

Crafty hugs Pen x

Paper Lily Leaf said...

Hi Di! Glad to hear you are feeling better. Great picks, Sarn! Yes please to lovely prize. Your robin card is so cute! Xx

Janis said...

How adorable! Your card is just wonderful, Di! I love the look of the European Robin...or whatever it is called. They are quite different from American Robins. Super-cute. Yes, please to both prizes.....I am dying for a sweet bird die set!!!

So glad you are feeling some better. Thank you to SARN for her great work and congrats to each of the winners. I, too, am having photo-taking envy! Wow. Fabulous. Congrats to Jules, too. What a honor...which I am sure is VERY well-deserved!!
<3 J

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Hazel said...

Thanks for entering both of my CHNC challenges with your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon. x