Sunday 29 May 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 231

So, here we are once again - all ready to play! The sun is shining and maybe, just maybe Summer is peeking round the corner at us.

Here's my snippets card for this week:
I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" cream card blank

- patterned backing paper from a Kaisercraft 'Sweet Pea' paper collection, which was free with Quick Cards Made Easy magazine a couple of years ago. Cut to just an eighth of an inch smaller all round than the card blank and then glued in place

- snippets of deep peach and cream card stock, backed with Stick It adhesive sheet then die cut using a Frantic Stamper 'Good Friends Daisy Frame' die set

- stuck all the pieces in place then added Tim Holtz Stickles in 'Peeled Paint' to the centre of the daisy just to pick up the green in the patterned paper

Needless to say, the card isn't quite so pale looking in real life.

I love this die set and next time will use the inlay technique as am sure it would look really great. Plus, the frame could be used alone with a sentiment stamped inside - and of course the words, either 'Good Friends' or just 'Friends' could be used without the frame. Very versatile!

Time for this week's 'peek at the picks':
Two reasons for showing you this gorgeous card, made by Lynn (Linby). First of all - what a super way to use the left over pieces from die cutting. Shame on me for usually just sweeping mine into the waste bin :( A lovely design and perfectly topped off by the gorgeous flowers.

The second reason for showing you is really exciting. This coming  Thursday (at 11am and 3pm), Lynn will be on our TV screens, doing demos for Ooh la la Creations on Hochanda. It's a UK craft channel (for our overseas playmates who might not know). You can read more about it HERE on Lynn's blog. Wishing you all the luck in the world Lynn! Parsnip will be available everyone, selling Lynn's autographs behind the bicycle shed now that we've evicted Sarn!

As some of you might already know, due to a prolonged 'frozen shoulder', our Sarn is stepping back a bit from blogging and won't even be playing with us in the Playground :( We'll miss you loads Sarn and hope so much that things improve rapidly for you - these wretched computers have a lot to answer for!

I defy you not to giggle at this glorious card, made by Carol L. If you look really closely, that little chap has been partying a bit too much and even has bloodshot eyeballs! Isn't the card sunny - and such a great way to use up snippets too!

And another animal card, this time made by Jacky (Paddington Fan). It's hilarious I think - and the funky font sentiment and little music notes are just perfect touches! As for the puddy tat - I can see him ending up with a boot lobbed at him out of a bedroom window if he tries that one during the night!

I totally love this golfing card, made by Janice! Such a clever scene and beautifully made. Every little bit of detail is just perfection don't you think. And, to whet your appetite, before too long we have this very same die set up as a prize in the Playground - just as soon as I find time to make my own snippets card using it. It won't be a patch on Janice's card - but there's such a useful link over at Janice's blog showing exactly how she made this card. Lots of tips to be found there!

Wowser, what a stunning card this is, made by Sally. Such a wonderful scene (Sally is amongst the very best with her brayer!) and for me the real icing on the cake are the white pen highlights on the elephants and tree. It's often the little details that make such a difference! And using the black snippet to define the top and bottom of the image - so clever.

Sandra (Sandma) hopped in with this fabulous 94th Birthday card, made for an Aunt. It's just stunning, so pretty and very personal as well. It's plain to see that a lot of love and care went into this beauty!

I love this card, made by Sandra H! Such a lovely image and a really dramatic monochrome look too. Happy dance here as this is the first time for a long while since Sandra linked in as she's been taking a break from blogging since her beloved husband Dennis passed away last year. Welcome back Sandra - we missed you loads and it's wonderful to see you dipping your toe back in the water again. Huge hugs from all of us!

And I'm afraid I have to stop there for this week, as always I could add loads more picks but (a bit like Sarn) sitting at a keyboard isn't the best of things to do when you're trying to avoid aches and pains. And, the previous thumbnails are always there for you to hop back and check out at your leisure of course.

Now for the prize draw, for the Little Claire's dogs and cats sets of stamps plus the fabulous Anna Griffin set of stamps so kindly donated by Mary Anne. And the winner is:
Pen started playing with us in mid-February and this is her first win. Delighted for you Pen and hope you feel the same. I don't have your snail mail address so could you please drop me an email (my address is on the right-hand sidebar) and I'll post your prize off to you this week. The sooner I can post it the better so I hope you see this blog post with you as the winner soon!

I thought this might be the week the prize was split, but it wasn't to be - have to say that the comments were in favour of 'winner takes all', but you all had the same odds of winning one or more of the stamps of course!

This coming week's prize is your very own Frantic Stamper 'Good Friends Daisy Frame' die set, just like the one I used for my snippets card of course. Also, I'm adding in a Woodware 'adhesive eraser'. I have one of these and find it's really good at picking up any stray bits of glue or tape adhesive. It doesn't work on Glossy Accents unfortunately :) I added it into a recent craft purchase so I didn't have to pay postage and thought I'd pop it into the pot for this week as part of the prize:

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 4th June. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

Here's a little 'heads up' and take notice girls. I have a long weekend off for 'teacher's training' planned so you may well notice that my comments will drop off from the end of this week. I plan to be learning how to put up and also fold down  a pop-up tent without rolling on the ground laughing and trying not to wet myself in the process! That means that I'll be embroiled in said tent when I really should be doing the weekly picks and also the draw for the week.

In view of our lovely and very supportive pal Sarn's need to rest (thankfully it also means less empties to gather up!), I can't be in two places at once.

So this is the drill, the week will run as usual and let me know if you hit problems linking although some of the time I will be out of touch (bum in the air and trying to light the camping stove no doubt!). The Playground will close as usual on Saturday at 11am - by then I expect to be frying bacon and eggs over the camping stove - having eaten leftover sandwiches the night before whilst reading the camping stove instructions by torchlight until I sort of 'got a grip'.

It also means as I said, there will be a scheduled 'new week' with my snippets card, a new Mr Linky and of course prize(s) to be won from Sunday 5th June - but, I won't be publishing the weekly picks and prize draw until the following Sunday (12th June). 

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 wish to try for the die set or the adhesive eraser, just say so in a comment and if you win then I'll do a second draw for whatever it is you don't want. 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 :)

Wishing you all a lovely week, with more sunshine, and I hope to see you in the Playground.

Psssst: Some of you seem to think I'll really be going camping. Not a chance with my back, I like my home comforts too much!

Di and, of course, Parsnip


  1. Beautiful inspiration and great picks! Thanks so much for picking my elephants too. Hope they didn't cause any damage. lol! Hope you have a fab time with the camping. We had a pop up tent in the staff room and it took three of us lying on it to get it back in the packet, lol! Love to Sarn and hope she improves soon x

  2. Sweet card, Di! Frantic Stamper is in my neck of the woods--fun to see the prize from them. I'll play for both as I don't own an adhesive eraser. Lovely picks--very talented folks in the Playground, as always! Have a wonderful week!

  3. Very pretty card and you've chosen some lovely picks as always. Can I say a yes please this week - sorry it is fabric again and not a card!! Had to smile at your remarks about the 'dreaded' tent - I remember what you wrote about it last year. Enjoy - hope the weather is kind.

  4. You've picked great cards Di! And I love your card because of the colours and the gorgeous die.
    This week I will play for both!
    Lia xx

  5. Hello Di! I am back with my creation!
    Elegant and beautiful card with a soft look! Once again pretty picks!
    Yes Please-Play for both!

  6. Hi Di, a gorgeous card and a wonderful selection of cards this week, playing just for fun this week... have a wonderful long weekend... Megan

  7. Hope the tent erection goes well! Just playing for fun this week


  8. Just popping in to say what a gorgeous card you're displaying with that fab die.

    I'm still keeping my beady eyes on the Playground, even if I'm not around as much. Thank you for the shout out Di. I hope you feel better soon too. Also hope Teacher Training goes well, but I am currently picturing Carry On Camping in my head! LOL!

    FAB picks of the week, as ever, and congrats to Sunshine Pen on her win.

    Have a great Bank Holiday weekend everyone.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  9. Brilliant picks Di, your card is gorgeous with the beautiful frame and the wonderful designer paper. I'm here just for fun this week. Hope the camping goes well and that the weather is on your side.

    Love and hugs

  10. Morning Di, Some great picks again this week and again some exciting ideas. Your card is really pretty and I would love to be included for your great prize.

    Congratulations to Sunshine Pen on her win. She'll have fun with them.

    Good luck with your tent erecting. I'm hoping you'll be putting up a marquee in the Playground for August Bank Holiday to protect us from the rain! Barbxx

  11. Sweet card, Di, love very much this flower frame and the dp, it's a very clean card and the sentiment diecut is just fabulous!
    Adorable pics of the week, and I'm so glad to see another Carol's card, she makes always so clever cards and this isn't an exception! :D
    Congrats to sunshinepen!!!

  12. I remember this paper. I still have a tiny smidgen of it left in my stash. I like that scroll. Yes please stick me in the pot after the day I've had and it's not yet 10 am! Hotmail decided to chuck me out of my account. Took 3 goes to it back again but now I can't send anything or reply to anyone. Strewth I need a stiff drink. Hugs Mrs A.

  13. This is such a pretty card and the Daisy Frame looks great with that pretty background and with the contrasting colour for the petals and sentiment. Fabulous highlights again this week and congratulations to Sunshinepen for winning last week. So sorry Sarn is having to rest her poorly shoulder so will not be causing havoc in the Playground for a while but hope she will soon be back to normal. x

  14. Sorry I meant to say a card will be appearing tomorrow so I am a 'yes please' for the prize draw this week. x

  15. Love all the picks (again!) this week!
    Your card is so I'm a 'yes please' for the prize (just the die though, as you've just reminded me that I have an adhesive eraser...somewhere!)
    He;en x

  16. Gorgeous picks Di and congrats to the winner! I love the paper on your card it's so pretty and love that die!!! huggles Sue xxx

  17. Wow what a lovely surprise will email you shortly Di :)

    Thank you everyone for your lovely comments. Lovely prize again so just in case yes please.

    crafty hugs x

  18. Good afternoon Di...Daisy is snoozing so I'm quickly popping in. A super snippets card for today, such pretty colours and a great prize as always.Please count me in. Have a brilliant time off and get lots of R+R.Poor Sarn, I hope she improves soon but these things take time and staying off a keyboard is good.It's a quick hello as I'm enjoying a Pimm's and Daisy will be awake soon. Huge hugs xx

  19. Love your card Di and we all need good friends. Thank you so much for choosing my card as one of this week's picks. It was a lovely surprise as I scrolled down and saw it. Hope you enjoy the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend. Crafty Hugs, Sandra x

  20. Back again Di with this week's entry. Yes please, I would like to play for the prize, thank you x

  21. Hi Miss Di

    Another lovely snippet card from you and a great collection of show and tell cards!

    Hope the teacher training goes well .. .. and you manage to master the pop up tent! LOL!!

    Hope Sandra's frozen shoulder "defrosts" soon.

    Just playing for fun as always.

    Love and hugs

    Jules xx

  22. A great card and lovely pick this week too. I'll be in the playground later in the week and would love a chance of winning the prize. Have a great week and have fun too!
    Kath x

  23. Sounds to me that it will be a little bit like "Carry on Camping", or some sort of carry on.
    Lovely card, love those papers.
    Lovely to see Sandra back again and hopefully more often.
    Enjoy, whatever it is you are doing.

    Kath x

  24. My first time playing along and I got here because my friend, Lynn, plays here fairly often and I followed the link from one of her blog posts. Now that I know where to find you, I'll play more regularly. :-D

  25. Thank you for choosing my card as one of your picks this week Di! I'm sure you'll love playing with this die set, and you'll make a fab card for us all to see.
    You have selected some lovely makes from the other ladies too, and your card is so pretty.
    Wishing you a wonderful camping weekend, you have a fabulous sense of humour when describing it, I did chuckle.
    Janice x

  26. Wonderful inspiration card Di and lovely picks.
    Yes, I would love play for the prize.
    Valerija xx

  27. Flying visit to link up, internet and mail down more than up, posted this earlier and only just able get back to link up.

    Super inspiration and picks.

    B x

  28. Great picks as usual, Di and great card! Yes please on the drawing.

  29. Yay! I am in! (well, I try to have my card posted tomorrow so then I'll be in...and yes please for the prize/s)

    Fab picks from last week and a wonderful creation from you, hun. Congrats to the lucky winner!


  30. Oh my goodness, I hope your tent-erecting isn't being done in the atrocious weather we are having in Hampshire as I write this, or you'll get drowned, blown away (and not by all the lovely cards!) or both!
    Yes please to the draw

  31. Oh my gosh! Your playground picks really put my cards to shame. I'm loving all the inspiration though. Yes please to the draw. PJ

  32. Fabulou card Miss Di and super picks. I'm only playing for fun this week xx

  33. Beautiful card! That die is so elegant and goes perfectly with that soft floral paper. Would love the chance to win, thanks!

  34. A really very elegant and beautiful card Miss Pixie, yes please for the prize.
    Huge congratulations to all of the picks!
    A flying visit as I have been playing catch up all day! xx

  35. COngrats to everyone for the wonderful creations in last week's playground! I'm always amazed with the beautiful creations I find here, and thanks for including my "fiesta" card among them :) Your card is gorgeous with that die Di (tongue twister) and I really like the colors too! I'm playing just for fun this week, but thanks for another fun playground challenge! Have a good week ahead!

  36. Great card Di, and that eraser thingy looks very useful, so yes please to the prize

  37. Great picks Di, great card from you yet again this week yes please to the draw

  38. Oooh your card Di is so adorable and thank you for showcasing my card your so sweet and what a lovely showcase it couldn't of been easy as l have said before all so stunning and many congratulations to Sunshipepen enjoy your win and enjoy your day Di take care xx

  39. Sweet card Di! I love that pretty patterned paper, and that die is awesome!Yes please!Have a great day:)

  40. Hello, Di! I'm back after long last! Your card is adorable! That's a cute die-cut - please count me in for the prize! Congrats to the winner and picks - all beautiful! I'm so out of the loop with everything!

  41. Those animal cards are fabulous (and the rest, too!) I'd love a chance at the prize please :) It's nice to be back making cards again. Thanks for the incentive!

  42. your card is adorable, Di and I love your top picks, plenty of inspirations!

    Yes for the prize, please!
    Have a great weekend :)

  43. Wonderful card, as always, Di :) Yes please to the prize!

  44. Managed to miss the playground bell this week but I hope you have had a good week Di and mastered the dark art of pop up tents! Hopefully you haven't got a soggy bottom in the process!! Thank you so much for choosing my cat card as one of this weeks picks - you are so right, if he'd been singing under my window he would have got a jug of water over him! Loving the other picks, especially the beautiful elephants, BFN, love Jacky x

  45. Oops...forgot to leave a comment - hope I'm not too late.
    Love your picks and your delicate friend card. Yes please for a chANCE TO WIN THE PRIZE :) X

  46. Oops again....sorry for the capitals... didn't mean to x


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