Sunday 8 May 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 228

Well, it's certainly a lot warmer and very sunny in the Playground and no doubt the swimsuits will be out before too long. Lots of you seem to have caught bugs etc. lately - let's hope this sunshine soon chases them away!

The image on my snippets card today is cute, cute, cute - using one of my very favourite Penny Black mouse stamps:
I used:

- 5" x 7" white card blank

- snippet of white card, Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink pad and Penny Black's 'gifts for you' stamp

- previously I've always coloured the daisy edges pink but fancied using mauve/purple so I picked out snippets of SU's 'Perfect Plum card stock and matched them to a daisy patterned snippet of paper tucked inside the back of a Daisy and Dandelion 'Picnic Patch' paper pad

- only then did I colour the image to match, using Faber Castell Polychromos pencils and Sansodor blending solution. Then added a tickle of Wink of Stella to the bee's wings and the flower head/petals

- die cut the image using a Lil' Inkers 'Stitched Rectangle' and backed it with a slightly larger plain rectangle of SU's 'Perfect Plum'

- the sentiment was stamped onto a snippet of white card using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a sentiment by Inkylicious called 'Some Moments' which I thought went so well with the sweet image

- then I punched a snippet strip of SU's 'Perfect Plum' card along both edges using Martha Stewart's 'Daisy Dot' punch, making sure the pattern lined up top and bottom

- trimmed the sentiment strip to size then trimmed the sides off the purple puncheddaisy edged strip and stuck them together

- used another snippet of 'Perfect Plum' to back the panel of the daisy paper I chose first off

- then I just stuck everything in place using Collall glue

My recent little win over at The Craft Barn means I finally have some Woodware Ultra Fine Tipped glue applicators. I've decanted some Glossy Accents into one and Collall glue into another - LOVE them. Although you have to take great care to store them upright as am sure the pin which you use to 'seal' the opening at the tip could easily pop out.

I'd like to enter this card into this month's Penny Black and More challenge for May - where it's 'Anything Goes'.

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

This brilliant card was made by Carol L - fabulous design and such a great way to use up little snippets in the 'honeycomb'. This is such a terrific embossing folder and Carol used it perfectly - topped with the lovely butterfly.

Our Founder and talented friend Jules hopped in with this fabulous card - following one of her own sketches. I love it and a great use of loads of snippets too.

Jules has been such a busy bee this past week, carrying out her resolution to blog a card each day - with a different theme for each day of the week as well. Loads of great ideas over there so I do suggest you take a good peek :)

What a sweet shaker card this is - made by Cara. Such a lovely design and another great use of snippets too. These little 'super heroes' are brilliant - so far I've resisted buying the set though!

Lynne in NI called by for a play on the swings and to show us this terrific card. It's just a perfect get well card isn't it - and of course the striped banner snippet just makes it 'pop' perfectly.

Daisy Delight
I love this card, made by Susan (Eden Land). It's been a while since Susan last came to play with us - and she stormed back in with this beauty! Wonderful image and all those lovely flowers and butterflies were cut from snippets - and the sparky wings are gorgeous.

This is one of Jane J's 'Moments' and the story behind this gorgeous creation is about 'hooch'! Not far from the Playground, there's a place called Laverstoke Mill, which is where Bombay Sapphire Gin is distilled - it comes in glorious blue bottles. Jane summed up her day so perfectly with the brickwork, bottles, blues, plants and of course the beautiful dragonfly.

Just six picks this week, mostly as the sun is shining in the Playground and it seems a good day to soak up a few rays out there. As always though, I really recommend that you try to peek at a few entries on last week's Mr Linky - there's always a ton of inspiration there!

Now for the prize draw, for the set of MFT Chevron dies and the Kaisercraft 'True Friendship' stamps set. And the winner is:

Congratulations! Tina first joined us in the Playground in November last year and this is her first win :) Can you please email me your address Tina (address is on my right hand side bar) - and I'll post your prize off to you this week.

This coming week's prize is made up of a couple of items, the same as I used for my snippets card:
You guessed! It's the same Penny Black (wooden) 'gifts for you' stamp plus the sentiment stamp by Inkylicious called 'Some Moments' - both are new and unused of course.
The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 14th May. 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. If you only want to play for either of the stamps, just say so in your comment and if you win then I'll do a further draw for the other item. 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 :)

Hope you have a lovely week and I look forward to seeing you in the Playground.

Di and, of course, Parsnip


  1. Woot, woot, I am the first one to comment!! Beautiful Mothers Day card - so sweet and Happy Mothers Day to you, my friend!

  2. Ooooo love this cute stamp and sentiment...yes please for the draw...( I think I have done it right?) Grfeat picks again this week Di, and I love your card , such a cutie! xxx

  3. I really love your sweet card, Di--such a wonderful sentiment! The picks are always so inspiring!

  4. A cute card Di - lovely colours too. Super picks too. I'll be in the playground soon but am only playing for fun this week.
    Kath x

  5. Great picks again Di and love your cute PB mousey, a perfect card for our theme this month, many thanks for joining in at Penny Black and More challenge.

    Now about this diving board, I'm a tad worried about getting into that murky water, not to mention being chased off my a broody duck or two (how do I know they act like that ?). But have another idea, a newt fishing competition, Kath could even run a book on it ?

    B x

  6. Good morning dear Di...aww what a cutie your card is...I still love the Penny Black critters and yes please count me in for the prize this week.Great picks and thanks for including my Moment...perhaps we could sneak down and run a pipe from there to the duck pond and have hooch on tap ;0) Enjoy the sunshine we're off to S'Ton, the beach and a BBQ..woop woop. Huge hugs xx

  7. Such a cute card Di love that stamp!! congrats to Tina and great picks too huggles Sue xxxxxx

  8. Morning Di beautiful weather so nice just to have a lovely day.... your card and image is gorgeous as always and the colour scheme used is lovely too! another great showcase congrats all and well done Tina on your win take care and enjoy your day what ever your plans x

  9. Absolutely adorable snippets card with the cute PB Mouse and the fab sentiment.

    As usual, you have made superb picks Di. Congrats to Tina Z too.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

    PS: Playing just for fun thanks.

  10. What a pretty card you have made Di and the image is so sweet and the pretty floral paper and the punched daisy border round the sentiment both beautifully complement that cute mouse. Lots of great highlights again and congratulations to Tina Z. Enjoy the sun Di and hope Mrs A is feeling well enough to be up to mischief here again soon. x

  11. Sorry I meant to say that things are a bit crazy round here at the moment but if I do get a card in this week then I would like to be in with a chance of winning the cute mouse and sentiment. x

  12. Morning playmates, just uploaded my entry.

    Fab make and picks this week, playing for fun again though


  13. Congrats to Carol and to the others ladies for the picks, great inspirations! Congrats to the winner, too!
    Your sweet card show very well this adorable mouse with daisy, such a cutie it is!! Great design with the matching patterned paper and the sentiment between the lovely strips looks so well!
    Hugs, have a great Sunday!

  14. I finished with a card almost nothing but snippets earlier today. Then realized I had already participated in this week's challenge. Soooooo glad to remember new weekly snippets challenge starts already on Sunday, not Monday as I thought.

    Great inspiration project and YES PLEASE for the prize. Congrats the the lucky winner!


  15. Afternoon Di, just in from the garden and boy its warm out there today. Beautiful art work this week from everyone.

    Your card is so cute and would love the chance to win that adorable stamp.

    Crafty hugs Pen x

  16. Lovely card Di, I like your purple flower and the matching papers.

  17. Love your card this week Di, really sweet, and I'd love a chance to win the stamps. Fab picks too and I just had to go and read Jane J's post - crafting, gin and dragonflies are three of my favourite things!

  18. Hi Di

    Loving your card very much .. .. a super lovely image .. .. and your cute little mouse is coloured perfectly.

    Thank you for choosing my little entry as one of your "picks" of the week. It was actually a card made for my youngest Son to give to his Sister in Law.

    Love the other picks too and well done to Tina. She will enjoy last weeks prize .. .. it looked amazing.

    I am just playing for fun as always Di.

    Will the paddling pool be out later or is it just the hosepipes again whilst there isn't a ban in progress?

    Love and hugs

    Jules xx

  19. Hi Di! I'm finally able to scoot back over here for a while hopefully!
    Love your cute and pretty card - and that precious stamp (that I'd love to win too)
    Great showcase this week of wonderful card.

  20. I LOVE that sentiment, what a sweet card Di!Perfect for that cute image!

  21. Hello Miss Di
    Your PB card is just adorable and your top picks are spot on - so glad to see Jules in there ;-)
    A HUGE YES PLEASE to this weeks prize - you know how much I love PB!!
    Hope you have a great week.
    Hugs Eve xx

  22. Awwwww.... your card is very sweet Di!!! Love the little mouse and the patterned paper you used!
    If possible, I would love to play and be a possible winner of your amazing prizes! Thank you so much!
    Hugs and Smiles

  23. Beautiful card Di....such a cute adorable I love those PB stamps.

  24. Amazing card Di, love this image and lovely sentiment. So yes please for the prize.
    Hugs, Valerija

  25. Penny Black certainly know how to do cute - love your card and it's a 'yes' please' from me for the draw this week.

  26. wow, lucky me, thank you so much, Di, I am so happy :)))))
    your card is so sweet, I love those stamps. I will come back later with my card ... now I am going to write you an email, woo-hoo ...

  27. Hello Di, What a sweet card you've made. The colours are so pretty and I think the PB critters are always a hit. I really like the sentiment on the daisy punched background.

    Congratulations to Tina on her win and your top picks which as always are a lovely selection from playmates. Yes please for joining in for the super prize. Barbxx

  28. Love the image, papers and colours, wonderful card.
    Great showcase too.

    Kath x

  29. Hi Di and Parsnip,
    I've been peeping over the fence for a few weeks but this is my first proper visit to the playground. It looks great in the sunshine, although I'm not too sure about diving in the duck pond??
    Love your super cute PB card - my all time favourite stamps, so yes please I'd like to play along for the prize too if that's OK??
    Love Jacky x

  30. What a sweet little card you made Di, and your coloring is wonderful. I am also so impressed with the top picks, especially that one with the embossing folder and hexagons. I don't think I would have the patience to do that but it's really eye catching. Yes please to that cute little mouse stamp and sentiment and happy weekend!

  31. Lovely card, Di, the image is so cute and I love the sentiment. Great picks as always and congratulations to Tina on her win.

    Just playing for fun this week. xx

  32. Loved your card but then I am a sucker for PB cute and cuddly so count me in this week please.
    What is Parsnip up to I saw a dirty little face peeping at me from behind the bike shed when I came in today. Not been in the duckpond has he?

  33. Over here it's also almost like summer and I love it.
    Just as I love your card with the adorable mouse (which I would very much like to 'catch'!)
    Lia xx

  34. Here I am Miss . . . bit late . . . but I've got a note! xxx

  35. It's a fabulous card Miss Di and I love the PB stamp.

    Just off to have a dip in the duck pond - thought I may as well as Parnsip has just showered me with the hosepipe so I'm already soaking wet! xx

  36. Lovely card Di. Beautiful layout too.
    Thanks for the challenge and for me a YES.

  37. Such a cute creation. The image is adorable and wonderful sketch. Thank you so much for joining us this month at Penny Black and More!

  38. Love the card you made. Thank you for highlighting my super bunny. Hope you don't melt too much this week. Cara X ps yes to the draw please.

  39. Thanks for letting me play on your swings Di, and thanks too for the shout out for my get well card :)
    I LOVE your little mouse card, you've coloured him beautifully - yes please to be in the draw for your fab goodies x

  40. Ah, you can't beat a PB mouse card done up as well as this!! I love it, Di! And I love all the wonderful featured art you have spotlit!! Hugs, Darnell

  41. lots of lovely creations again, I especially love that get well one!
    What a super cute card Di, and I just have to enter for the prize draw pretty please! xxx

  42. Great picks again Di. Been AWOL nursing a patient! Leaving me nurses outfit on (ooo err Missus) and coming to play this week... and yes please for these stamps (cos you know I haven't got enough!) x

  43. Such a lovely card and beautiful picks! I will just play for fun this week as I have those already!

  44. Hi Di & Parsnip, gorgeous card love the purples, playing just for fun this week, I don't know if I fancy a dip in the pool just now... 10C with 100km winds down here.... have a great week... Megan

  45. Hi Miss Di, and the lovely Parsnip.
    Yes please if I'm lucky.
    Congrats to the winner of last weeks challenge, and what super picks of the week.
    I am in awe of most of the super entries each week, and you must find it so hard to whittle it down to just a few.
    So congrats to all of them featured.
    Love your super card, and that mouse stamp is so cute, and the sentiment is just perfect.
    Wonderful paper used also, and superb colouring of the images as well.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  46. Hi Miss when linked up had to go out straight way as was late already for my walk cos it's autumnal downunder the days close in quickly so find get going earlier and earlier.
    Ohhhhhh I'm in love, I'm such a sucker for these cute meece, and the saying is really so suitable for the wooden stamp so both hands feets all waving yessss pleasssse!!!
    I love how you've coloured it too, as daisies are in all colours not just yellow. So artistic liberty is just fine.
    I planted my sweet peas today, a bit late as was away in end of April/ early May and didn't want to lose them, our climate hasn't seen any cold nights though till tonight, so that is well timed. It's still mid twenties in day though so will shoot well.
    Hope you're well, I am pretty well but treating my back with great respect and doing just little in garden each day till it's completely happy again.
    Thanks so much for the inspiration,
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

  47. Awww Di, your card is just adorable and I love the image and beautiful sentiment! I'd love to be in the drawing this week, thanks! Thank you for spotlighting my butterfly card, and Congrats to Tina for her win! There's so much wonderful inspiration in the playground this week too! Have a great week ahead!

  48. Hello Miss Di! Your card is so so beautiful, I love everything about it and the little mouse stamp is absolutely adorable! <3 I`d love to be in the drawing for these gorgeous goodies! Hugs from France! xx

    Renata S.

  49. Just for fun this week. hugs Mrs A.

  50. Such an adorable card! That mouse is really sweet. Just playing for fun this week, thanks!

  51. Your card is so cute Di, love the stamp and the colours you have used.
    Janice x

  52. Oooo what a great layout and i'm loving that adorable PB too, Luv Sam x

  53. This sentiment and stamp pairing is really lovely, Di.
    What a well fed mouse he/she is.
    Better hide from Parsnip!

  54. Adorable cards. I love them all. I would like to play and win so enter me in. (hey that rhymed)
    Off to play on the monkey bars (visit a few cards,) while I have time. Thanks Di for everything you do.

  55. Glad I could join in this week. Love your adorable PB card! I just love mixing and matching my sets, and this was done perfectly. Yes please for the draw this week. Congrats to Tina Z, and hurray for the spotlighters!

  56. I have been dipping my toes into the duck pond all afternoon Miss Pixie! I got to play with some snippets and recycled packaging so could play here and with Mrs A's challenge too. Yes please for the prize too Miss Pixie I would love this weeks goodies Karen x

  57. Lovely card, the little mouse is so sweet and a perfect paper match too.
    Thank you for sharing at Penny Black & More May challenge and good luck x Susan x


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