Sunday 3 April 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 223

Hope that everyone has recovered from the 'chocolate-fest' of Easter - and that Spring is finally showing her face wherever you are. We had rotten weather over Easter but it's improved as the week's gone on - thankfully!

My snippets card today is linked to the prize for this coming week - but nothing I used on the card is part of the prize. Ha! Bet that makes a lot of sense - not! You'll find out the link if you read on - this is my snippets card, and once again the camera tells a big fat fib 'cos the green wood is very green IRL, sort of olive/leaf green:
I used:

- 5.75" x 3.75" white card blank (I made it this size to fit the snippets I wanted to use, rather than the other way round)

- the backing papers are snippets from LOTV's 'Heartfelt' paper pad - glued together then trimmed to size

- then stamped the image using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a Stampendous stamp called 'Heart Stack'

- using the same stamp and ink I then stamped another image onto a snippet of pale pink paper from the same LOTV paper pad

- fussy cut the hearts and glued them in place onto the image I'd stamped onto the green background part of the panel

- wrapped a snippet of pink ribbon round where the papers overlap and glued the front panel onto the card blank

- using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a stamp from SU's 'Good Greetings' hostess set I stamped the sentiment onto a little snippet of the pale pink LOTV paper and punched it out using SU's 'Word Window' punch

- punched a backing layer for the sentiment using another snippets of the darker pink paper and SU's 'Modern Label' punch 

- stuck the sentiment to the backing layer then stuck it onto the card front

- finished off with a small white pearl either side of the word 'celebrate'

There are clues to this coming week's prize in this card - the word 'celebrate' is one and also 'hearts' is another. Tee, hee :)

Let's move straight onto this week's peek at the picks:

The lovely Sarn has been really busy this past week - loads of lovely cards on her blog. This one has been so admired by many of you, it's a stunner isn't it. And, if you haven't already checked it out - the inside holds a great secret - a star shaped aperture pop out thingy (there must be a proper term for it!). I just spotted that Princess Judy had been wondering if a die could be used for the same effect and am sure she's on the right track - just a bit of careful measuring, placement and cutting of the aperture with a die and some scoring to create the pop out piece. Such a great idea too - love it Sarn - really pretty as well.

I know that Easter has gone but am sure you'll love this idea brought to us by Carol L. Darling little holders for choklit - and those sheep are brilliant! One to refer back to next Easter :)

Still on the subject of Easter - I have to show you this adorable photo of (KandA) Andrea's little grand daughter/Easter Bunny:
So, so cute!!

How about this for an utterly fabulous Golden Wedding card then? Great use of snippets and such a lovely design - brought to share by Viv. Love it!

Hettie (Sam) has been really busy with other things lately, so it was lovely to see her hop into the Playground waving this absolutely gorgeous Christmas card. It's a real stunner isn't it - great work Sam!

I'm very aware that a lot of you haven't signed up the Flickr and can't comment on a couple of our Playmates' entries. But, I really wanted to let you see this beautiful CAS card, made by Karen Ladd - I think it's terrific, so elegant!

Lynn of Lynn's Crafty Corner made this stunning card to share with us. I really love the layout, colours and wonderful stamping. The clincher for me was the background of birds behind the plane - really clever touch. And of course, lots of snippets used as well!

I absolutely could not leave this fantastic card out of the peek at the picks - to me it's outstanding, beautifully made and such a perfectly composed design. The sentiment is just perfect!  Diane H made this stunner and I totally love it! Another snippets buster too of course.

As always, I could include every single entry here - so I really do urge you all to try and take a peek at the entries. Even if you don't have the time to comment - although comments really do make people so happy I'm sure.

We have one new Playmate this week:
Sharon brought a lovely set of Christmas cards to share with us - featuring LOTV images of course. I still grit my teeth at the fact LOTV discontinued such a successful product - lovely work Sharon!

Time now for the prize draw for the Frantic Stamper 'Thanks Word Band' die. And our winner is:

Well done Sue, and it's lovely to know that Roy has improved enough to be 'released' from visits to the rehab unit for checkups. Keep on at him to continue the exercises though - threaten him with us lot if you have to :) I have your address here (your last win was almost four months ago) and will post your die off to you ASAP this coming week.

Now for this coming week's prize(s), plus a bit of an explanation first of all.

I'm sure that many if not all of you will be well aware that Jules, of 'Always with a Heart', first started this challenge off - over five years ago now.

Since then she has gone from strength to strength with her bespoke Wedding Stationery business, her gorgeous work for Quick Cards Made Easy magazine - and of course her really inspiring blog. It was such a thrill recently to hear that she won Favourite Card Designer in the 2016 British Craft Awards and, being Jules, she did a surprise giveaway on her blog a couple of weeks ago as a thank you to everyone who had left supportive comments. This was the prize, won by our very own Playmate Eve:

A fabulous selection of goodies ranging through two lots of luscious papers, die cut labels/tags, pearls, hessian die cut flowers, twine, some lovely daisies that I know Jules will have made using her daisy loom, pretty charms, stencils (hearts of course, and cogs), mini album components, a really great edge punch - in fact everything you see in the photo above.

It's a super selection of goodies - and Jules sent a duplicate to me to offer as a Playground prize!! It's open to anyone who submits an entry this coming week. How generous is that?! I pinched the photo from Jules' blog but the goodies she sent to me are identical. So this week's prize is a real bumper one!

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 9th April. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

A maximum of ONE entry and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. The prize is everything you see in the photo, and won't be split in any way - the winner takes all :) 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 :)

Di and, of course, Parsnip! (who is restored to his usual pristine white self - phew, it took three goes through the washing machine though............just kidding!)


  1. What a very pretty card you have made Di and I love all your clues to the prize this week with the beautiful stamped hearts and the LOTV papers and the 'celebrate' sentiment, and how fantastic of Jules to give you all those gorgeous goodies as the prize this week in celebration of her fantastic achievement! I love all the wonderful picka from last week and how cute is Andrea's adorable granddaughter. Congratulations too to Sue for winning. I will be playing for fun this week plsease Di. x

  2. A lovely card Di and great picks too! A very generous prize from Jules (and great news that she won - well deserved, of course). I'll be in the playground later in the week and would love a chance to win these lovely goodies.
    Kath x

  3. Wonderful card Di, such a pretty combo of papers. Great showcase again too! I'm just playing for fun this week, Cathy x

  4. Happy Sunday Di - wow five years it doesn't seem two minutes since the playground opened. So pleased for Jules - her work has always been stunning. See you with an entry providing this week goes better than the last few months!! Annie xxx

  5. Love your card with the hearts and as always some great picks from last week. Congratulations to Jules on her win and with such a generous prize on offer I'd like my name to be included this week please. Visited (briefly) her blog which I've not seen before - some great work so I will visit again.

  6. Here I am bright and early! Bit sleepy really!

    Love your pretty hearts card and what a fab prize from the amazing Jules.

    THANK YOU so much for making my card one of your picks. Am chuffed to bits. Will behave this week . . . for a change!

    Congrats to Sue on her win.

    Hugs to all.
    Love Sarn xxx (playing just for fun)

  7. You've made a really pretty card this week Di, I love anything with hearts on!
    As always your selection of picks is incredible, so much inspiration for us all.
    How kind of Jules to give you all the crafting goodies as your prize this week, I would love to play along, thank you.
    Janice x

  8. Hi Di your card is stunning I love the design. I would love to enter for the fabulous prize this week it is so generous. Have a great week. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  9. Good morning Di. A quickie from me as it's my birthday lunch today and everyone is here!!Gorgeous card and what a fab prize this week, how kind of Jules. What a success she is...good to read about her. Lovely picks too....please count me in for the prize....OK Daisy is just helping me type...LOLOL xxx

  10. Morning Di, So pretty is your card so amazing how you can put together using snippets goes to show never throw anything away so beautiful again are your picks must take some time as all entries are stunning and congrats to Sue enjoy your prize .....l am hoping for the sun to come out today as it's dismal here not too good a day yesterday either take care and enjoy your day xx

  11. Pretty card Di! (And what a fab bunch of goodies from Mrs Heart!)
    Thanks for including the anniversary card too - honoured to be amongst fab picks.
    Sun is out so have been all housemaidy this morning, stripped bed etc and now out on the line... well it will be if I remove myself from this chair anyway! have a great week. xxx

  12. A lovely card Di, I really like the colour combination. The hearts are super sweet and I'd love a chance to win them, thank you. Thank you also for another great challenge and for all of your hard work, week after week :) xx

  13. Lovely card, Di! So sweet! Love the light green and pink, and fab details!
    ...But the sweetest thing of your post is Andrea's little grand daughter with her Easter Bunny dress.... Ohhhh.... Such a delightful little baby!! :)
    Congrats to all the ladies, well done with their works!
    I enter in the challenge and YES, please, I wish play and be a possible winner of this fabulous prize! :D

  14. Hi I've come across you blog and fancy playing but may be being a bit thick here - am I right in thinking that 'snippets' means bits of papers and card stock to be eligible? I'm in Hampshire too! nice to 'meet' you

  15. Hi Miss Di, and the lovely Parsnip.
    Yes please if I'm lucky enough.

    Congrats to your picks, and congrats to the winner.
    Super card design as always Di.
    Love the wonderful layout, and everything you have used on it.
    It sure has given me some inspiration.

    May I say a big thank you to Jules for donating the lovely prize, and congrats to her on her on her well deserved accolade.

    Isn't Andrea's little Grand Child so cute in that Easter outfit.

    Thank you so much for all your hard work involved in this super challenge.
    Big hugs for Parsnip for his help.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  16. Absolutely stunning card Di!
    Lucy x

  17. Fabulous card Di!Love that pretty ribbon. Have a great day!

  18. Great picks and a lovely card, Di, and well done to Sue. Yes lease to being in the draw for this really generous goody bag

  19. What a pretty card you've shared today, and I almost always have issues with photographing any green color! I haven't known anyone other than you to host the Snippets Playground, so I enjoyed hearing the story about Jules and a big congrats to her for her generosity and especially her talent! Congrats to Sue on her win, and thanks for featuring my Easter treats along with all of the other notables this week. That little baby looks beyond adorable and how cute is her Easter outfit?! Oh my, I can't stop smiling over how precious she is!!
    Yes please to the draw this week, and thanks again for all you do to keep the playground running and allowing us to have all this creative fun!

  20. A very pretty card Di using my favourite colours too. Congratulations to Sue for her win and also to your lovely picks this week. What an adorable photo of Andrea's beautiful baby granddaughter in her bunny outfit.

    Many thanks to Jules for donating a wonderful prize this week. Barbxx

  21. Oh, I've been having trouble photographing some of my cards as well...only it's the blue that never comes out right! Either way, your card's beauty shines through Di...and is so fresh and spring-like! Congrats to all the winners and thank you so much for showcasing my CAS card. I have to say that I am really impressed with the card by Sarn and am going to have to go check it out more closely to see how it was put together. I have been learning to use dies more effectively on my cards, and to combine them with love seeing the way other crafters incorporate them. Yes please to this week's draw and a big thanks to Jules for the prize!

  22. Beautiful card Di, and great picks too .... all out shone of course by the little Easter bunny, what a cutie!
    Yes please to be in your draw for Jules' fab prize :)

  23. Great card Di, and I spotted the hearts straight away.
    Fab choices, great minds think alike and all that.

    Kath x

  24. Hi Di, I think I have done the linking correctly...if not I will have to get the help from Sarn yet again!!!!
    Yes please for the goodies this week, and I love your card hon...always inspiring.xxxx

  25. Thank you for coming to my blog Di - I've joined in - hope its correct.

  26. Yes please to the fab prize Di - I'll only add one card this week I promise haha! Totally missed the rule change the other week - soz :-)
    Lucy xx

  27. Di and Sarn's cards are beautiful...lovely cards.....this time i am playing for the goodies...a big yes...

  28. Gorgeous cards and amazing prize! If I get my act together I'm hopeful of getting an entry in! In which case it will be a big YES to the prize, please!

    Em x

  29. Great card Di. And what a lovely gift from your predecessor for prizes ... very generous. Wonderful and creative picks from last week ... but the sweet bunny baby stole the show! ADORABLE! xx

  30. Lovely card Di and once again some great picks. Really chuffed to have won the die too- thanks so much!

  31. Great cards.I would love to enter for the fabulous prize this week. Hugs Petra

  32. Yay finally linky played ball, maybe overload of everyone rushing over to the playground to play! What awesome Jules with a Heart candy Miss and such lovely makes over there too.
    Thanks for running so faithfully this fabby Challenge.
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

  33. Fabulous card from you Miss Di and fantastic picks too. So chuffed to see my little easter bunny there.
    That's a super prize from Jules but I'm just playing for fun again this week xx

  34. Hi Di. Sorry I haven't been around much just lately. My new obsession is crochet and as I don't need so many cards during this part of the year, I haven't been so busy down here in my craft room. But it is lovely to com back to such a gorgeous collection of cards. That Golden wedding one is amazing and I love everything that Sarn makes.
    I don't make a lot of cards with hearts on but yours is so pretty. I thought the lovely rose paper was going to be raspberry Road but I see it is from a LOTV pad. I am with you on the colour changes in our photos. It is almost impossible to get the lighting just right, and that's in our bright daylight. It is even harder using artificial light.
    I'm glad to hear you are so much better. Take it easy now and don't do any rushing around. Hugs Kate x

  35. I meant to add what a fabulous and generous prize. A big Thank you to Jules for donating it, and Yes please, do include me in the draw. Thanks. Kate x

  36. Beautiful card, Di. I love the woodgrain and the lovely floral background print.
    Fabulous picks this week, too. Wow! I love them all. Special congratulations to my bloggy pal, Karen Ladd, for that stunner!
    Thank you to Jules for offering such a super-duper prize package. Yes, please, to tossing my name in the hat!! I'll get a card in here in a few days.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  37. Such a gorgeous prize from Jules! I'll be back in the playground tomorrow with my card and would love a chance to win the goodies.

  38. Lovely picks as always as is your own card. What a fab prize from Jules but as I am trying to decrease stash I will play just for fun this week. L x

  39. Hi Di, what a lovely selection of cards really beautiful. Fab prize from Jules. Love a chance to win. Good luck everyone and I so enjoy seeing everyone's work.

    Crafty hugs Pen x

  40. Your heart card is very nice. I like the heart paired with the woodgrain. Great bunch of cards to look at and ogle, as always!

  41. Beautiful card Miss Pixie and I loved Sarn's too! There are always so many beautiful picks and not enough time lol! I love all of them and yes please for the prize Karen xx

  42. So many really cute cards this week, and I loved learning more about Jules. I've only been entering the challenges here since you've been running them, so it was fun to hear how it all started. Yes please to this generous prize, and happy spring to you all!

  43. Hi Di,
    I am still not sure whether your Mr Linky has worked or not but fingers crossed.
    I have DAWDLED [I wonder if anyone ever uses that word now when I was small it was always "Come along hurry up and stop dawdling"]
    Anyway I have dawdled through your blog and everyone seems so excited with the Misti and I can see the advantages but isn't it over priced I wonder?
    Know what you mean about those XCut punches. I have a leaf which is fine as it cuts right out and a flower which does not cut out completely so it is a raised image but it is hopeless to use it as that as you have to guess where it is coming out.
    Love all the cards wish I had more time to visit but my life is hectic. Just playing for fun.
    Margaret M

  44. Hi Di, I'M HEEERRRREEEE. Can you come out and play after dinner. I have left a card for you to look at and love the card you made. Lots of visitors here and wow isn't that prize something. I'm always happy to be a winner but not sure the postage might be too high for Australia so will leave it to you to decide.
    In reference to the Misti I love it, I suffer from that crooked eye syndrome and even with the postage that shot it through the roof I couldn't be happier. One of the top tool I invested in. So good for straight stamping and double and triple stamping when its a big stamp or stamping on bumpily paper that does stamp clear. worth every little cent I reckon. Was thinking of getting mine blinged up too.

  45. Morning all

    Sorry to be so late to the party, busy weekend! LOVELY makes and picks, adorable pix and sheep!

    Just uploaded my entry although I'm only playing for fun


  46. Okay, first I have to say I don't even know where to start. So I do want to say your card is very pretty...I love the delicate papers you have used on the left of the gorgeous!! Next I want to thank you for showcasing my card and the wonderful and very nice comments about, it sure made my day. Next I want to thank you for the nice comments on my blog too, and you had me laughing out loud at your description of 'drooling' at the post office...but I do appreciate it...and then thank you again for the lovely prize it arrived the day before yesterday, but I just got it yesterday morning as I was too 'pooped' to walk out to the mailbox the day before, so what a nice surprise and I hope to stamp with it this week!Then I want to apologize for getting here so late to thank brother went back to work and my sister is on vacation, so it was up to me to drive my Mom all week to radiation all this week and it takes up most of my days...and I would love to have your mailing address if you could send it to me at Thanks again and have a wonderful day! O wait yes to to the offering (of and I will be back later with a card too (also of course)...see ya!!

  47. Very pretty card. Love the hearts and papers.
    Wow, what a great prize. Would love the chance to win, please.
    Hugs, Valerija

  48. Beautiful card, Di--love the papers, ribbon, image--everything! What a generous prize from Jules & I'll throw my name in the pot! Amazing work by everyone--terrific picks!

  49. Seems that everyone is starting to feel more and more spring based on last week's picks and also your lovely creation for this week. Spring colors at least (well, our newest player still has some Christmas mood :)

    Fabulous prize. I am definitely in (now just have to find time to make a post for one DT card that was supposed to be published already on Monday)


  50. Just added this week's card but just playing for fun!

  51. Beautiful card, Di. It features one of my fave color combos. Lovely pics, too; I like the great variety they have.
    Of course yes for the prize (although we are about to move house and I'm afraid my husband is going to realize how much craft stuff I own).

  52. Lovely card, Di, so pretty.

    Great picks again, I think I might have to CASE one or two. ;-)

    What a brilliant prize this week from Jules - I'm a Yes Please this week. xx

  53. What a fabulous prize! Definitely yes please to that.

    I love your card, and such great picks too. I especially adore the sheep!

  54. Beautiful card, Di and great picks this week. Yes please to the chance to win the prize! Thanks. xx

  55. Just playing 4 fun this time as I have just won Brenda's Tattered Lace goodie bag. Can I just say twas not me that used bostik for gluing in the tree house. Hugs Mrs A.

  56. Well done with your snippets card, Di! Beautiful no matter what color the camera likes it to be! And great pics ~ especially the baby bunny!! Congrats to all those showcased and to Sue for the win! Jules is very generous, but I'm playing just for fun! Hugs, Darnell

  57. Love your heart stack Di, and all the picks are fab as usual, such clever peeps! Would love to go in the draw please Happy Weekend everbody xxx

  58. Hi Miss Di and lovely playmates

    Thank you for the fabby "write up" Miss Di and for the lovely comments everyone is leaving. So happy that the prize has gone down well.

    I was hoping to have time to play along this week but sadly there have been just too many deadlines to meet - and they aren't all met yet!!! Eeeekkk!!!

    But I haven't given up hope .. .. the gates will still be open for a little while yet .. .. and I am sure I could find a few snippets from somewhere if I look hard enough LOL!!!

    Good luck to everyone who has asked to go into the draw.

    Love and hugs and thanks again

    Jules xx

  59. such a sweet card! Love that bit of rose paper down the side. Would love to play along for the prize this week.

  60. wow, very pretty card, Di, love the hearts and papers.
    And what a great prize - yes for the chance to win it, please.
    Have a great weekend,

  61. Beautiful card Di, love the woodgrain and floral together, almost a vintage wallpaper and panelling look : )
    Count me in for the prize draw and thank you Jules for the lovely prize : )

  62. Yes, it's my first time in here!! Your card is so beautiful, love those papers and colors!! And what a GREAT prize!!Hugs, Pirjo and I will come again!!


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