Sunday 14 August 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 242

Hi there! Well, once again the forecast is for more hot weather - at least until mid-week. Bring it on!

Been a bit 'out of sorts' here this past week - nothing specific, just not firing on all cylinders and finding it hard to get enthusiastic about crafting - which is almost a first for me! So, my snippets card is a really basic one and this is my feeble effort:
I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- a square of blue card from the snippets folder which I checked against my SU card swatch and it's, aptly enough, called 'Marina Mist'. Trimmed to slightly smaller than the card front and glued in place

- then I trimmed down a sheet of paper from Bu Bunny's 'Barefoot and Bliss' collection ready for the sentiment

- using the Misti I stamped a two part sentiment from SU's 'Botanicals for You' set, using a Rangers Archival 'Jet Black' ink pad

- glued the patterned sheet onto the card front and called it done

So quick and easy, as well as suitable for a chap. One thing in my defence is that I did manage to use one of those patterned sheets of paper from the pack that tend to be left until last 'cos you don't really know just what to do with them!

Now for our weekly 'peek at the picks' - and what stunners I had to choose from - as always. I could include loads more as ever - so do please go back and check out last week's Mr Linky if you have time. I've tried to show you some really clever ways to use up snippets as well as some different techniques this week. There's so much talent and inspiration there!

Meena brought us a couple of brilliant Z fold cards to share - such a super way to use up snippets as well. If you hop over to Meena's blog HERE she's kindly left us a really clear tutorial on how to make one of these fancy folded cards.

I totally love this Christmas card, made by Carol L. Just look at all the work in making that fabulous door wreath! Carol punched loads of little snippets into ferns and then adhered them onto a round ring of card stock with Glossy Accents. I'm thinking that this is a perfect task to carry out when inspiration isn't forthcoming and you have time to spare - possibly working on a lap tray in front of the TV? Mind you, perhaps best to do all the punching beforehand :)

TrinaP only recently joined us but if you haven't been visiting/following her blog then you're missing some fabulous cards. This card is just so clever I think. Love the monochrome strips across the main part of the card with the cute little piggy holding the heart - but what totally pushed the card up several notches for me was the great idea of replicating the monochrome strips within a smaller white frame, topped by the 'hugs' die cut, and added to the card at an angle.

I know, it's 'Easter in August' - and what a card Greta made here! Love the leaping bunnies die cut around the sentiment and backed with different colours of spotted paper. Such a clever idea - and see those darling little bobtails as well? Squeal :) I love it!

I absolutely had to include this amazingly detailed card - made by Kitty. So much to look at here, tons of snippets used to create such a fabulous underwater scene - and the main image cracks me up! Look closely at the puddy tat's tail - there's a fish hook dangling from the tip! :) Super fun card Kitty!

And last, but not least, how about this utterly fabulous card - made by Sonia?! It's so pretty and delicate looking. I've previously featured cards made using the same fold here by other crafters (Janice and Liz) and to be honest this is a perfect example of how we enable one another in the Playground - some might use the word 'tempt' rather than 'enable' though :) And of course I also have the set (bought when I saw them over at Liz's) - but can't show my make just yet. Watch this space as it's a Sunday Snippets card in three weeks time - and you can guess what that usually means :)

Wow, I have more picks than I'd intended so best to bash on with the rest of this post.

We had one new Playmate join us this week:

We have another Sue (Sue T) playing along - and isn't this a gorgeous scene she created on her first entry? I can never get the elements of a scene to work together anything like as well as this one by Sue - so tranquil too. Beautiful!

A big welcome Sue, from all of us. Hope you come back to play again soon. Right now the Playground is pretty much calm as folk are on their holidays or having a little break from blogging - but we do have some crazy times when things are in full swing! At least the place isn't full of empty bottles hidden in the bushes behind the bike sheds - no names mentioned!

Having said that, 54 entries during what's usually a quieter time for challenges is pretty good going I think! 

Now it's prize draw time, for the Inkadinkadoo 'Humming Bird' stamp and the Inkylicious ''Learn to Fly' sentiment stamp as shown last week.

And the winner is:
Congratulations Mo!! This really was well due I think - just checked my little book here and I think your previous win was in July 2015! Please see the paragraph below about claiming your prize.

Sadly I've got to introduce something else for folk to do - from now on (even if I might well have your address already) I'm going to need you to drop me an email to claim the prize and also include your current address so I'm absolutely sure your address is up to date. Yup, I recently got caught out! Also, sometimes I've needed to hold packages back if folk are away on holiday and don't want them to arrive before they return home. My email address is on the right hand sidebar.

And here's this coming week's prize, which is in fact three BOLD stamp sets for you to play with. They will potentially all go to one winner - if the person drawn has said they would like to win ALL of them.

First of all is a Stampin' Up 'Botanicals for You' set, which is A if you want it. Kindly donated by Sarn, and I used my own set on today's snippet card:

Next is a Paper Smooches 'Kudos Two' sentiments set which is B if you want it, kindly donated by Tara of Seven Hills Crafts:

And also another Paper Smooches sentiments set called 'Have Faith', which is C if you want it, again kindly donated by Tara of Seven Hills Crafts:

All you have to do, if you want to be 'in it to win it', is to say in a comment if you'd like to play for all three, two or just one of the stamp sets. I've labelled them A, B and C to make it easier - or, just say ALL if that's your choice. If you win and only want part of the prize then I'll do a second/possible third draw for whatever it is you don't want. But, you can win them all together if that's your preference.

I would normally bundle all the stamps sets and say it's 'winner takes all regardless' - but I'm giving options as am pretty sure some of you will at least already have the Stampin' Up set :)

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 20th August. 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 a 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 :) 

I do still have one last sentiments stamp set which Tara donated (it's the really popular 'Sentiment Sampler' set, but will be offering that another week - along with something else from me :) I am trying to whittle the toy box down, it's overflowing despite me trying to put the brakes on always purchasing duplicates of stuff - one for me and one for the Playground. So coming weeks may have some bumper prizes, and I'm sure there's lots that you'll like as well!

Have a great week!

Di and, of course, Parsnip


  1. Hi Miss Di and the lovely Parsnip.
    Yes please if I'm lucky.
    What a very super snippets make this is.
    Great design and that stamp is super.
    Congrats to the picks of the week, and also congrats to Maureen on her win.
    My all the entries were as always so wonderfully created it must be a constant headache to choose.
    Thank you for all your hard work involved in this wonderful challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  2. Sorry to read you are out of sorts and hope you will soon be feeling better. Fab make (despite your feelings about it) and selection and well done to ScrappyMo.

    YES PLEASE - to set A


  3. Sorry to hear that your crafting mojo has gone AWOL Di, but you've still produced a beautiful card. Thanks for reminder of how to use those pieces of patterned paper that stay in the pad because we're not sure what to do with them. I've got quite a few of those sort of sheets! Great picks, there was so much inspiration in the Playground this week.

    Just playing for fun this week. xx
    PS hope your mojo comes back soon.

  4. Morning Di - hope the crafting fairy flutters back into your life soon! I'd like to be considered for a and B please, but not C.
    I'm just about to start a spell of four really hectic weeks when I don't think I'll have much time for crafting, so don't panic if you don't see me around for a while. I'll be back

  5. Hi Di, hope you will feel better soon!
    Great card, so striking with this background and the fab sentiment!
    I'm very glad to see three friends of mine in the pics of the week! :D Big congrats to Kitty, Carol and Sonia with their wondeful makes!! Congrats also to the others ladies, all their cards are very inspiring! And well done to the winner!! Enjoy!
    How many pretty prizes this week! I have already another card from my niece Aurora to enter. See you soon :D
    Hugs, have a lovely Sunday!

  6. Hi Di! Wow! I am pretty early with my card for a change! Your card is stunning - just love it! Yes please to B and C. Gorgeous picks, as ever and congratulations to Maureen. Hope you are feeling much better very soon. Hugs xx

  7. I entered my niece's work. :D
    Thanks for the chance to enter in the draw for All the prizes, stamps are always so useful!

  8. I love your card Di, a great make even if Mr Mojo is a bit wobbly at the moment, and that paper is perfect for a masculine card and the large sentiment finishes it beautifully. Fabulous highlights again this week and congratulations to Maureen for winning last week. If I get my card in this week I am a 'yes please' for just Set A. x

  9. You may be feeling out of sorts but it's still a fabulous snippets card Miss Di. Great picks again this week and congrats to Maureen. Just popping by for fun again this week. Take care and hope your enthusiasm returns soon xx

  10. Hello Miss Di
    so sorry to read that you are not feeling great - hope you find your mojo soon!
    Top picks are stunning and I love your surf dude card!
    Just playing for fun this week thanks.
    Hugs Eve xx

  11. Fab card Di - a great way to use one of the 'tricky' paper sheets!
    I'm a 'yes please' for sets A & B :0)
    Helen x

    PS - fab snippets picks once again!

  12. A wonderful card, Miss Di, and some wonderful picks too! I'll say a yes please to A, and thanks for the chance to win.

  13. Hellooooo! I'm playing just for fun thanks.

    Brilliant picks, as ever, and congrats to Mo on her win.

    Have missed playing in the Playground and am probably "back for one week only"!!!!! LOL!

    Old & new Playmates are invited to join me for a cocktail at the back of the Bike Sheds - but make sure you're not followed by Miss Di! xxxx

  14. What a great idea to make sure you get what you would use. I don't have a lot of Stampin' Up but I love what I have. These are all Fabulous stamp sets! I would like to know if you can play if you live in the USA. I would love to enter your challenge. Thanks so much! Hugs, Robin

  15. I can send Norm over if you like to do a few jobs. He is driving The Doc nuts as he keeps shadowing him and asking can he have a go at whatever he is doing!! Methinks he is a tad OCD too. Hugs Mrs A.

  16. Love your card Di, super backing paper too! Great selection of picks from your talented followers, and congratulations to Mo.
    I'm playing just for fun this week. Hope you are soon feeling tip top.
    Janice x

  17. Well first of all I don;t know how you have managed some good weather as it has been cold and very wild here, only to be expected as it was my week for having my hair done.

    Great card and don't we all just love it when we manage to use up an odd piece of paper that has been laying around for ages.
    Great picks and congrats to the winners.

    Kath x

  18. Awww sorry you're out of sorts Di :( I was thinking its a fab male card with that cool surfer dude in the corner!
    Yes please to be in the draw for A.

  19. I like your card. And your picks are just wonderful.
    Fabulous prizes, and if I could chose, I would like to win C.
    I'm thinking of you, Di, and wishing you all the best.

    Hugs, Liv xx

  20. Evening Miss Pixie! Love your card and wonderful picks too! Kitty's card is fabulous, must check that out! I would like to put my hand up for B please - I do love that Paper Smooches font a lot. Got to go as my bed is calling, am cream crackered Karen xx

  21. Very cool card! Absolutely perfect for a guy! Just playing for fun again this week.

  22. So sorry you are not feeling up to par, Di. I have blah days like that too! I'm sure your mojo will return very soon if it hasn't already! You say feeble effort but I say gorgeous! I love your card! That's awesome paper that you used and I like that it's a male card! Those are so hard for me! Then I scrolled down and - Eeee! - what a treat to see my funny underwater kitty card up there with your picks! Thank you, Di! I used some very old snippets on that one! I love looking at all the picks! They are gorgeous! Congrats to Maureen on the win - Yay! I'll be back to play along at some point, hopefully tomorrow! Please count me in for Prize A!

  23. A lovely card Di and I hope you soon feel better. Lovely picks this week too. I'm now back from my hols so will be in the playground later in the week - I would love a chance to win Set A please.
    Kath x

  24. Good morning dear Di..sorry Mr Mojo has gone a bit awol for you but it doesn't show in your lovely card....great sentiment and papers. Sometimes just stepping away for a few days brings Mr Mojo running back. I would love to play for sets A and B if that's Ok this week. The sun's up out to the playground..I'll be there with some Pimm's :0) Hugs xx

  25. Hi Di, I hope you will feel better soon! I love the 'picks of the week'!
    If I should win a prize I would go for A, please!
    Best wishes, Liaxx

  26. Good Afternoon Miss Di, sorry to read that your mojo has gone missing, I found mine the other day, I tidied up my box of ribbons and mojo was hiding in there, so much beautiful ribbon I'd forgotten about... would love a chance in the prize draw for set A only... many thanks to Sarn and Tara for their kind donations to the toybox... have a great week... Megan

  27. I like your card. Perfect for a young fellow and a good reminder we should all look thru our DP and see what is forgotten!
    Also like the wide and bold font for the sentiment image. I notice wide letters are so in vogue at the mo. Wide sentiment dies, wide stamped sentiments are very on trend my dear!

    Thanks for choosing my name! I am a very happy lady. I have emailed you already.

    You sure had some wonderful picks this time...that underwater scene was so cute!

  28. Aww so sorry Di to read this l think we have all been there hopefully it will pass pretty soon l do know what your going through l'm still no 100% myself sending lots of hugs...........your card on the otherhand is gorgeous as always and that Die is beautiful how nice too that Sarn has send in this weeks prize so kind and Seven Hills Crafts good luck to all that enter and well done Mo enjoy your prize and again an amazing showcase still can't be easy with so many beautiful enteries ...take care xx

  29. Sorry the crafting blahs found their way to your home, and hopefully soon they'll go elsewhere. Your card is beautiful and I love the colors swirled around that big, bold sentiment. Congrats to Mo on her win, and thanks too for shining a spotlight on my card this week. I'm honored to be in such good company with the other notables! I'm playing for fun this week but thanks for another great challenge! Hope you feel chipper again soon! (hugs)

  30. Thanks so much for including those of us across the pond! I am following you now too. I love all of these stamp sets...they are so pretty. I would love to have them. Thanks again! Hugs, Robin

  31. Ahhh, I know just how it feels to have misplaced your mojo Di. My month has been hectic to the nth degree and crafting has gone on the back burner. No energy left at the end of the day to even look at my stamps and paper but I'm hoping to get a small spark of creativity and join in. Yes please to your lovely prizes and congrats to the winners and top picks! Seeing all of these beautiful cards always makes me feel inspired

  32. Hi Di your card is gorgeous. Yes please to enter for the prizes. Enjoy the rest of the week. Hugs Jackie

  33. What a great masculine card, Di. Great for a summer, teen birthday too! I have that SU set and have used it a few times. I will just play for fun this week. My mojo has been in the dumper but I am feeling a spark to do a bit more as it is too hot to be outdoors. Have a great rest of your week.

  34. Your picks are great, as always. Maybe the heat has just zapped you of mojo and energy. Hope you're back 100% soon. I love this card you made and would be thrilled to have that stamp. It is so versatile for any occasion. I like that you used a pattern paper and made it so easy but so striking. I had a hard time entering this time and may have done it 2 or 3 times. If so, just delete the others.

  35. Hello Di, Sorry you've not been well and hope you are feeling better this week.

    A lovely card by you. I thought you'd been stamping and stencilling. What pretty paper it is.

    Congratulations to Mo on her win and again you've chosen some lovely and inspirational cards to spotlight. Gello to the new platmate too. Again some wonderful prizes and I would like to play this week for "A". Barbxx

  36. Hi Di, awesome card and i loved the colors very much and thank you very much for selecting my card.
    YES for the draw....


  37. Your card is great. Just match up some paper, stamp the greeting and POOF! a card is born. Great picks this week. I visited many of them already. We must frequent the same 'hoods.

  38. Yay! Finally made it over here. Love the card you made, brilliant use of the patterned paper.i always enjoy seeing your round up of the playmates, wonderful selection as always. Yes please to any of the stamp sets if the draw gods smile upon me! Hugs, Cara x

  39. I can't see Mr Linky! I will go and search again!

  40. Morning Di :) Well here I am with one of my canvas - do have a go it is great fun. Thanks for popping over to see me

    Love your card this week the background is just fab.

    Yes please to any of your prizes this week. x

  41. I made it back for a second week, thank you for the warm welcome you gave me. I'm sure I'll be back lots as I have LOTS of scraps to use up. Any of the prizes are welcome.

    Sue xx

  42. You might not think much of your card, Di... but it's awesome.
    Playing for fun. x

  43. Hi there Di, I hope that you're feeling better than you were when you added your post. I really like the card that you've made and the sentiment looks amazing so if I were lucky enough to win your challenge this week, then yes please to A. Thanks too to Sarn for donating the prize. Enjoy the rest of your week. Crafty Hugs, Sandra xx

  44. Thanks for a new challenge Diane.
    I love A B C so I say yes to all, but my favorit is A.

  45. wow, I love your card, Di, so interesting!
    Yes for the prize, please.
    I hope you are feeling better now.
    hugs xx

  46. I enter with a my work. Yes for the prizes A B C please :D

  47. Wonderful card and great picks.
    Im in for the prize A and B.

  48. Well done to Mo on her win and all the lovely featured makes. I love that bold sentiment on your card - it looks fab. I'm just playing for fun this week.

  49. Your picks as always are so inspiring and honored to be featured once again Di!! Am so thrilled. Would love to be in with a chance to win ALL.
    Dr Sonia

  50. Just for fun this week but with all those snippets on one card, I had to play. :-D

  51. Beautiful cards! Yes please to all the prizes :D

  52. Thanks for adding my pic. I will go for the prize please

  53. Love your card Di and wonderful picks too.
    Yes for the prize, please.
    Valerija xx

  54. Sorry to be sneaking in so late!! It's good to be back, though! Hugs, Darnell

  55. Loving your card this week, Di. But I think I need a trip to the Eye Doctor. I saw the surfer on your patterned paper and thought your stamped sentiment said, "Just For You....because you're insane!" lol... Seemed fitting somehow!!! Yikes! I blame it on having my granddaughter here overnight this week. :) :) :)

    Fabulous Top Picks this week. Great choices and well-deserved. Congrats to Mo for being the lucky winner, too.

    Please put my name in the draw for all of the fabulous prizes....and I thank you! Have a great weekend.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  56. Hello Di, thanks for the reminder to link to the Playground - I just had to try Meena's Z-fold tutorial. I've just made it into the playground before the gates close. Lynn x

  57. Finally made it by with a card, At the lake with my daughter and the grandkids visiting us for the weekend. I had a mountain of laundry from the last two sets of company and didn't have a chance to get my card posted till now. Hope I have managed to submit in time! Love your card!


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