Sunday 24 July 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 239

Well, we wanted Summer to finally arrive here in the UK! And it sure did last week, phew!  What an exciting week for so many of us, Darnell arrived in the UK and is currently on her 'Grand Tour'. I wrote about it HERE.

Having been away for almost three days in Southampton with Darnell and others, there's been very little time for crafting so today's snippets card today is a repeat showing of one I made back in the middle of June - but it does lead us nicely into this week's prize. It's a Christmas card .......... in sweltering July:
I used:

- 5" x 5" white card blank

- square of silver mirri card, slightly smaller than the card front, glued in place

- square of white card, slightly smaller than the silver layer, glued in place

- more of the silver mirri card, backed with Stick It adhesive sheet then the dove and sentiment were die cut using Sue Wilson's Creative Expressions 'Dove of Peace' set

- adhered the dove and sentiment in place on the card front - clean, crisp and simple

All the silver card came from the snippets folder BTW. I always have loads of little pieces of leftover gold and silver mirri card - always handy for sentiments as well as smallish die cuts such as corners.

Now for this week's peek at the picks:

A great way to use up snippets, shared with us by Val. I love this quite abstract SU die set that Val used. It can be used for male cards, pretty girlie cards in say pinks and mauves, gold/silver for Anniversaries and Weddings, the long wavy die could be used for snowdrift backgrounds - the list goes on! There now, I've fully justified adding the set to my 'wish list' :)

I know that loads and loads of you are playing with alcohol inks and Yupo paper right now - producing some wonderful work. This card, using the technique, brought to share by Cornelia, really made me sit up - what a stunner! I think it's just breathtaking - absolutely beautiful background and the vellum panel sentiment is perfect!

And here's another brilliant Yupo paper/alcohol ink creation! This time Aileen created lots of backgrounds to play with and the LOVE die cut came from one of them. So striking and I'm all fired up to take the plunge!! Sometimes, in fact a lot of the time, I fear for my pocket money when I see all the wonderful ideas in the Playground!

I picked this card, made by Sam ( Whisper) because I think it's really pretty, lots of snippets, it's pink, a lovely design ........... and it sums up the weather right now down in the Playground :) So, so sweet and made with such care - the adorable hedgie really made me smile here.

Here's a card to bring you up with a start - made by the very talented Donna. Again using vellum so effectively and a fabulous new Poppy Stamps die called 'Sticks Frame'. I absolutely love this card and, quite rightly, Donna has entered it into the brilliant challenge run by Loll and Bonnie (both of them are Playmates here).

I especially like Loll and Bonnie's really friendly monthly challenge, called 'CAS Mix Up' - link is HERE - as it's two elements for each challenge, then you choose the third element from a standard permanent list. For example, Donna used Stamping + Markers and then added in heat embossing, die cutting and punching. So, it's great fun to pick the third element (or more if you wish, I've entered using a card with two additional elements this past week) ) to go with the weekly theme. And you get to make a CAS card, along with mixing  elements/techniques - so cool!

So, here's a snippets card made by Loll - co-owner of the challenge I just wrote about. You really ought to hop over to see her method of making the background, very clever and I think her craft room might resemble a Chinese laundry at times :) Love the peachy toned background, topped with the black die cuts and then the black and white sentiment. Just so pleasing to the eye.

And, to keep us a bit focused on the 'CAS Mix Up' challenge I'm writing about, this is one of Bonnie's DT cards - which uses snippets of course plus stamping, markers, dry embossing and vellum. One neat trick to share is that Bonnie wrapped the layer of patterned vellum over the top of the card blank and then added some sticky underneath the pretty butterfly panel to further adhere it to the card front. I really love this sentiment and am sure I have a stamp with a very similar one on .......... somewhere in here!

Well, I set out to show just three picks of the week and ended up with seven - and could have kept going as well!

Anyone spot a couple of trends going on? Yup, this week it's Yupo with alcohol inks and also vellum. Len will often say to me that surely there comes a point when there won't be any new products/techniques to try. I just quietly smile and shake my head knowingly :)

We had one new Playmate this week:
Christmas card created for Camp Create Fantastic Foiling, Send a Smile 4 Kids Christmas in July, MarkerPop 99 Die Cuts, and Naughty or Nice Anything Goes.
I know - squeeal - isn't this just adorable, and a style I wish I could master! Trina P brought this wonderful Christmas card to share with us. She's only been blogging since April this year so it would be lovely if a few of you could hop over to say 'Hello'. I just love the glossy sentiment too, you need to see it for yourselves :) Trina doesn't appear to have a followers gadget on her blog so it's hard to tell how many folk do follow her :(

Welcome Trina, please come back again to play - your work is so lovely.

Now it's prize draw time, for the MFT Die-namics 'Hello There' sets of dies ('hello', 'hi' and 'there'), I had three of these waiting to be won - and the winners are:
Well done girls! As luck would have it, I have each of your snail mail addresses and will post the dies off to you ASAP this week :)

Here's this coming week's prize:
It's a Sue Wilson Creative Expressions 'Dove of Peace' two piece die set, the same as the set I used on my snippets card.

I know, it possibly seems mad to be offering Christmas prizes in July! It's partly as I didn't have time to make another snippets card so had to cheat and republish a card from June where I'd used my own die set the same as this one which was in the toy box as a future prize. Plus, sometimes it's nice to have new stuff well in advance as an incentive to get cracking on with making those Christmas cards!

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 30th July. 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. 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


  1. Miss Pixie you sure have made this late to bed woman happy! It is so funny because I have been scouring EBay to find some word or sentiment dies in the hope that I would find a steal of a deal!
    I am doing the crippled crafter jig right now, lol, thank you Miss! I will be back later on this week/weekend with an entry but can let you know now that I don't want to win this week, too much Xmas stuff already lol! Karen xxx

  2. Oooh!! Happy dance here! Thank you so much Di, a girl can't have too many dies (or is that diamonds!)

  3. I'm way behind after being away, but did want to check in on The Playground. I make Christmas cards all year, so the prize is perfect & if I get something made I'd love to be in the pot for the drawing! Glad you got to meet Darnell--will catch up on those posts soon.

  4. Yippee.....I'm first....or just late for last week! lol... What a dazzling card you made, Di. That mirrored silver is amazing!!! I'd love to have my name in the hat for this week's prize.

    What brilliant entries you chose for your Top Picks! I am in awe...esp of the awesome backgrounds. Wow. Fabulous. Congrats to the picks and the lucky winners!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  5. A fabulous card and brilliant picks this week too. I'll be in the playground soon and would love a chance to win the prize please.
    Kath x

  6. Good morning from Tuscany dear Di. I'm sitting in bed drinking a cup of tea before a trip to Pienza today with Miss Daisy and Co.I'm glad you had fun in S'Ton. Lovely picks and good to see lots of peeps have found yupo's such fun with alcohol inks. Lovely peaceful card too and yes please to the prize...I plan a post from here today or tomorrow ....if it works...let's hope it doesn't come out in Italian..LOL.Hugs xx

  7. What a lovely surprise to see my card amongst your picks - thanks so much. What lovely ideas there are amongst those picks this week, great for when Mojo disappears and we need inspiration. Playing for fun this week.

  8. Your silver dove/peace card is wonderful Di. Great prize.
    Congrats to all THREE winners.
    . . . and what wonderful picks. LOVE the alcohol ink/Yupo ones in particular.

    Have a great week . . .
    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  9. Fab makes and a super selection

    Just uploaded my make (a little late as we've just put Darnell on the train!) ... just playing for fun this week


  10. This is an elegant cad. Love the silver mirri...makes it look so beautiful!
    Will pop by with my card later...

  11. You have surely have a lot of fun with Darnell and all the others ladies!
    Wonderful CAS, very elegant!!! The silver dove looks great! Fab pics of the week, too and congrats to the winners!
    I enter in the challenge with a card of my doughter and she says Yes, please, for the drawing :D

  12. GORGEOUS card and some lovely 'picks' - what a fabulous selection :-)
    I am soooooo jealous that you got to meet Darnell !!!!!!
    Nice to hear you have had some good weather for a change.


    IKE in sweltering Greece !!!! LoL


  13. Forgot to say no prize for me please

  14. Your CAS card is a real beauty Di, and I love the silver on white! Your picks this week are simply amazing, and I'm always so inspired by what I find here in the playground! Congrats to all of your winners - they certainly deserve it! I hope your time with Darnell was delightful, and I'm so glad she was able to make the trip to visit her/our blogland friends! I'm playing just for fun this week, so no thanks to the draw :)

  15. Firstly I did intend to get a card in this week but with all the excitment of the VIP visitation I'm afraid it all went out the window. Will try harder this week. I love your Dove of Peace Di and it looks great in the silver mirri, also that flourishy tail could have a life of its own on a card. Some really beautiful highlights and some innovative techniques used, and congratulations to Janice, Glennis and Karen P for winning the lovely word dies. I am a 'yes please' for the prize draw this week too. x

  16. Hello,
    I've been AWOL for a few weeks, but hopefully I'm back now. Love the picks this week! Congrats to last week's winners, too. Would love to be in the draw this week. Thanks x

  17. Woohoo, I can't believe I'm one of your lucky three winners.....thank you so much Di! I loved these word dies as soon as I saw how you'd used them. Really looking forward to playing with them :-)
    Love your latest card, a perfect and simple design but very elegant too. Congratulations to Glennis and Karen, and a great selection of picks as always!
    Janice x

  18. Gorgeous peace dove for Christmas Di. Love it done in the silver mirri paper. Very elegant and beautiful! Thanks so much for the shout out about CAS Mix Up! And thanks for including my card in your picks for this week!! Have a great one! xx

  19. Oh Di, I too feel strange making holiday cards in the midst of a heat wave but your beautiful sample inspired me to go into my craft room and pull out some dies and stamps for my own Christmas in July project. Your elegant silver and white card makes me feel cooler just looking at yes please to this week's prize.

  20. Di please can you delete my entry and I will link up with my snippets card I have made for Tuesday....I have got in a muddle by posting whilst on my hols and my tag is not the snippets one...that is in store for Tuesday...sorry hun...back later in the week!!!LOLOL xx

    1. Thanks my dear and I have linked up the correct card today...with plenty of snippets! Hugs from Tuscany xx

  21. A classy looking card, Di. I love how you've kept it really CAS, shows of the gorgeous die cuts perfectly. Congratulations to everyone who made one of the picks, lovely creations.
    I'm a Yes Please for the prize this week. xx

  22. Good Morning Di! I already love this silver creation, so elegant! Congratulations to all winners! Wonderful picks up again And I especially love Cornelia's creation, so eye catching!

    1. Forgot to say Count me in for this sweet snippet giveaway!

  23. OMG Pixie...Gorgeous silver Christmas Beauty! love all your favorite samples too. I am so into Alcohol ink creations...TFS Cornelia and Aileen's artsy cards. Have fun with all your crafty friends. Hi Darnell :-) Would love your prizes :-) Hugs, Nancy

  24. Good Evening Miss Di, it looks like many from the UK have been having fun with the VIP visiting you all. Love the silver mirror card and that sweet peace dove on your card this week and a fabulous selection of cards from the class too. Will have to catch up with some of the techniques later... glad that the playground is seeing some summer sun, brrr -4 windchill here. Count me in for the prize this week... Megan

  25. Wat a great silver creation !!!!!!

    Ineke X

  26. Gorgeous card, Di, and wonderful picks too.
    Em xxx

  27. Di your peace dove looks amazing and I think its such a versatile die to be used for all kind of projects. Do count me in for the prize.
    Dr Sonia

  28. Hi Di what a lovely card - beautiful = Christmas is coming a lot quicker that we think. Love a chance to win x

  29. Aaaah thanks Di, for picking me in your picks of the week, i had so much fun making this card and the design is so perfect for those small PB's too, Luv Sam x

  30. Gorgeous and more gorgeous! Love your picks this week! Cornelia's card knocked my socks off! Wowzers! Your peace card is so pretty, with the silver, I love it! Thank you for another linky - I just linked up my card - pretty much everything was a snippet on this one! And I'm definitely a Yes for the prize! Thanks so much!

  31. Forgot to say.... congrats to the lucky winners! I recognize those names - well done, ladies!

  32. Hi Miss Di, and the lovely Parsnip.
    Yes please if I am lucky enough.
    Sorry I haven't been around lately, but not had time to create something with my snippets.
    So at long last I did manage to use some and with one of my snippets winnings also.
    Congrats to all the featured cards, and also the winners.
    I love your crisp and clean design of this wonderul card.
    The mirri lokks so very lovely.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  33. Phew, such a hectic week here I didn't think I was going to get time to play, but here I am whirling in and whirling out again! Beautiful elegant card Di, but probably not the kind of Christmas card I'd make so I'm playing for fun this week

  34. Hi Di, loved the PEACE in the card very much.

  35. I love this classy card, Di! What a pretty dove of peace! Thanks for the shout out for CAS Mix Up and for showcasing my card along with all the other beauties!

  36. Love your card! I would love to play too please, I would love the die if I were to win. Fabulous pics and congratulations to the winners too! Its good to be back in the playground! xxx

  37. Back again to drop off a card. Don't really like this one though!
    Your is so pretty! Love all that gorgeous silver.
    Yes please for the prize!

  38. I love your card Di and it looks great in silver. Congratulations to the lucky winners and also to your special picks which as always are a beautiful selection of cards. Welcome to the new playmate. Yes please for the super prize. Barbxx

  39. Awesome card Di! I love the silver...and that gorgeous die....yes for me!

  40. I love, love your dove of peace card, Di! So elegant and lovely! I'm playing just for fun this week!

  41. Beautiful card Di! Very clean and elegant. I would love to play for the die this week! Your picks this week are just gorgeous!

  42. Beautiful card Di, fabulous pics, and I'm just play in' for fun thanks :) xxx

  43. I am so glad you and Darnell got to meet up Di and spend time together! I'm a little jealous but in a good way. lol Well it is Christmas in July I guess and every where is experiencing hot, hot weather! What the heck is going on?!!! Well I'm not going to complain as I love to hit the pool when it is hot out. Your card is just stunning Di, love the simple design and love the silver foil paper! I'm bowled over as usual with the picks you made. I'm just in awe at the talented people we have in this community!! I decided to play along this go around since I actually got a card made. Can you believe it?!!! Me either! lol Hugs, Brenda

  44. Hi Di, I entered also with a my card. Hope this is ok (the first card was by my niece Aurora...). If it's possible, I say YES for the lovely prize. too! :D
    If it is't ok, delete my entry, please.

  45. Beautiful card Di, fabulous pics,so elegant... yes for me, please!Best regards, Majda

  46. Hello Di
    your card is simply stunning and the top picks are wonderful.
    I'm just playing for fun this week thank you and I'm so sad that I missed all the fun with Darnell :-(....
    Hope you all had a fantastic time.
    Eve xxx

  47. Beautiful card Miss Di, love the white and silver. Amazing picks this week and a big Hi to Trina with her fabulous card. I'm only playing for fun again xx

  48. Just playing for fun this week, I've even managed to use the CRM stamp set you helped me track down.

  49. Fab make for us to enjoy this week. Love the color scheme.

    Congratulations all the lucky winners!! Great picks from last week.

    Yes please for the prize :)


  50. Beautiful, elegant Christmas design, Di. x
    Playing for fun again this week. x

  51. Such an elegant card and a gorgeous die, but i'm just playing for fun this week, Luv Sam x

  52. You have made a wonderful card. Love the cards you chose for the showcase again this week. Thanks for the inspirations. Yes I would love to be in the draw.

  53. Hey! That's still a gorgeous card. Great picks with such a wide variety of creativity. That's one thing I really like about your blog link-up, you get such difference in cards and projects. I've seen too many link-ups where everyone is basically doing the same thing. Dull!


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