Sunday, 21 August 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 243

Hello, and welcome to the Snippets Playground! And, if you didn't call by here since Friday 19th August, you ARE in the right place as Loll has kindly given my blog a face lift. And I LOVE it!

Here's my snippets cards for this week - really quick and easy, as well as great for using up decent sized snippets. Once I've cut into a sheet of card or paper, the remainder is usually popped into the snippets folder - which probably explains why it's about to burst at the seams, ha, ha:
 I used:

- 7" x 7" square white card blank

- a piece of orange card stock from the snippets folder (SU's 'Tangelo Twist'), cut to 6" square and glued onto the card front 

- a piece of SU's 'Hello Honey' card stock, also from the snippets folder, embossed using the folder from the All-occasion 'That Folder' embossing folder and stamp set (more about this set below)

- cut a half inch wide strip of the 'Tangelo Twist' card and stuck it across the lower part of the embossed panel. I used red line tape rather than glue just to be sure I didn't get any ridges from the embossing underneath and as always I left an overlap at either end and just trimmed it flush to the edges from behind with scissors

- glued the two panels to the card front using Collall All Purpose Glue

- using the Misti I stamped the sentiment (it's one of the two in the set) onto a snippet of white card using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and punched it out using SU's Extra-Large Oval punch

- glued the sentiment oval onto the orange strip and called it done 

I was tempted to add some pretty flowers across the wavy dotted area but, for speed, decided to leave well alone. I first saw a card using this folder 'in real life' when Janice sent me a lovely card where she added flowers and diamantes across the wavy area and it's so pretty. I know I'd also spotted it being used elsewhere around blogland as well (turns out it was one of those craft items that took the craft world by storm - while I was probably sleeping). Of course, you can trim the embossed area down to fit smaller cards as well :)

Here's the weekly 'peek at the picks':

Jenny L was straight into the Playground with this amazing mini book. So much love and work has gone into it - do hop over and be inspired! It's a tiny and perfect work of art - and the cover measures just 3.25" x 3.25". A LOT of patience an eye for detail there Jenny!

I picked this card, made by Helen as it's got a snippet of watercolour paper for the stamped tulips image - and we all have loads of white snippets I bet. But, apart from it being such a beautiful card, I wanted you to see the technique that Helen used - which was to stamp the image using Versamark, then heat emboss using white powder - and then water colour the background flowers and vase. I think it gives such a light modern feel. Gonna try that one for sure!

Jane J posted about her Journal of their recent holiday in Tuscany - and if you haven't already been to take a look I truly recommend that you take time to do so. Her darling grand daughter Daisy features a lot in the post of course, the journal is divine and it's one of the happiest and most loving posts I've read in a long while. You'll come away with the 'fuzzy happy/warms' I promise!

I adore this card, made by Brenda in IN! It's so reminiscent of a William Morris design, but this is cleaner and 'less busy' - in my eyes anyhow! Really pretty and such lovely colouring too.

Isn't this utterly adorable? A sweet card to welcome some friends' new puppy, made by Barb. I love the layers and snippets used - so pretty - and that wee pup is just too cute! The new puppy's name is Myrtle - isn't that a darling name too :)

I just love this fun card, made by Nina! So cute, did you ever see a little frog wearing swim shorts - well now you have! :) One of those cards that makes you smile, however you might be feeling at the time!

I encouraged Lynn to link this fabulous card into the Playground. It's based on Meena's Z fold card which I featured here last week. This is most certainly a fold to have a play with - see how the vase nestled between the front and back Z folds? Just beautiful Lynn - and thanks again to Meena for her great tutorial! Go and see!!

Well, for wanting to scamper through with three or so picks, I still ended up with seven - and could have kept on going! So many wonderful makes and inspiration from everyone who came to play - do try to visit one another as there's a lot of very clever stuff to be found.

We had one new Playmate this week:
I had a sweet comment left during the week asking if folk from the USA could play along - of course I rushed over and almost scooped Robin up to join us! If anyone, from anywhere, is looking in and wondering about playing along - just take the plunge. LOVE this card - what fabulous colouring as well! Hope to see you back with us regularly Robin!

Now it's prize draw time, for the sentiments stamps sets from last week:

And the winners (yes, at last, a split prize!!) are:
Liv was actually the only person playing purely for stamp C, and her number popped straight out! Liv has been playing since January and this is her first win, yay!

I then ran the Random Number Generator again, and out popped someone who was just playing for stamps A and B:
Well done Jane, first win for six months so it was due! You'll have some fun with these stamps I'm sure.

Can I please remind winners that now they have to drop me an email to claim their prize - as well as including their current address. My email addy is on the right hand sidebar as usual!  

This coming week's prize is, of course, the All-occasion 'That Folder'. Thought it was time for a change from stamps and dies - and yes, there are three there to be won!:
It's a funny one really as I tracked it down immediately after Janice sent me her beautiful card. I found it in an online shop that I use quite a bit and apparently the set was originally free with a craft magazine well over a year ago and folk went crackers over it. It turns out that the supplier selling it is linked to the magazine and someone probably recognised that demand was sky high for this set.

Anyhow, there was a limit of four per person - so I ordered four - one for me and three for the Playground. It went out of stock for a while but is now available again - drop me an email if you want to know where.

I just Googled it and there are tons of Pinterest boards dedicated totally to cards using the set! It looks gorgeous with flowers in the top or bottom panel as well. And both the sentiments are wonderful to use with or without the embossing folder of course. So, there are three chances to win one of the sets if you feel so inclined :)

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 27th 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 :) 

A couple of challenges to watch out for in the coming week:

Rudolph Day over at ScrappyMo's, which runs from 25th August to the end of the month.

Darnell's NBUS challenge, in which you use something Never Been USed before - hangs head in shame here as I could enter this umpteen times over and still have loads of unused goodies! It runs from 27th August to 5th September.

Have a great week! Big hug from Parsnip, and of course me.


Barb said...

I hope you back is getting better Di. A super card by you. I love the colour. I got this great embossing folder with A magazine I subscrubed to so only playing for fun this week.

Thank you for including my card in your picks this week. What a lovely surprise that was. Congratulations to the lucky winners and welcome to the new playmate. Barbxx

Greta said...

Oh wow--what incredible picks this week! 2 of them were some of my recent favorites--great minds think alike--haha! Guess I'm behind the times as I wasn't aware of the folder & even though my stash is jam packed I'm going to play for a chance at one of these as I just love your card, Di!

Greta said...

Forgot to say I absolutely love your blog's new look! Of course, being a lover of pink it immediately called out to me! One of these days I'll have to get mine changed as it's feeling old now.

Pat said...

This embossing folder is extremely pretty Di and I love the green and orange you have used, and I can see why it was and still is so popular. The quality of freebie goodies is so high these days, and unfortunately I tend to be an addict as you can tell from my The highlights get better and better each week and congratulations to Liv and Jane for winning. I am definitely a 'yes please' for the prize draw this coming week and I will try to get my card in a little earlier than I managed this time. Mind you I was surprised to see there were quite a few entries after mine. x

Janis said...

Love the new look of your blog! So fresh and pretty. Woweee....those Top Picks are fabulous works of art and love!! Congrats to them and to the lucky winners this week. How cool that the random picks coordinated so well with their designated prize choices!!

The pretty embossing folder you used and that you have for prizes this week is a new one to me, so I will definitely be playing along and saying "Yes, please!" to having my name in the hat! Your card is simple and pretty and really lets the wonderful embossed design shine!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Megan J said...

Hi Miss Di, What a fantastic selection of cards from the students in the playground loving the z fold card at present, so simple and so effective. Your card is a gorgeous make this week, I have this folder hiding in my stash having been given a subscription to a magazine, it really is a pretty folder. Playing just for fun this week... thank you for your lovely comments... have a great week... Megan

Juls said...

Fab collection of snippet makes xx

Liz said...

Super CAS card, Di, just the right colours to brighten up a a dull day like today! Fab picks, as always, and congratulations to the two winners of the prizes. I bought the magazine with this embossing folder after seeing it used on a couple of blogs. Hanging my head in shame as it's still in my NBUS pile! I must get it out and have a play soon. Just playing for fun this week. xx

Kathyk said...

FAB make and selection this week. Well done to the winners. YES PLEASE to the prize this week too - just uploaded my entry

Happy Snippet Day!


Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

Morning Di, Love your cards and fabulous pics. I'm just playing for fun this time. Crafty hugs, Sandra x

Aquarius said...

Loving the new look to your blog - very swish. I spotted this super folder as a freebie and was quick to buy the magazine - you are right it is so versatile and a 'good' gift (they aren't always as brilliant). Sorry I've been missing from the playground, will try to do better!!

Kath said...

A lovely card and great picks this week too. Just playing for fun this week as I already have that EB.
Kath x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Lovely quick card, Di. This EF is so beautiful and versatile, I have thought of buying it, sometimes. Beautiful picks of the week and I'm so glad to see also the sweet Barb's card!
Have a lovely Sunday, I'm working with snippets and will enter soon! :D

Kimbo said...

Fabulous quick and classy card Di, love the bright colours. I got that set with a magazine - goodness knows where it is though! I'll be playing for fun this week x

kbrandy4 said...

Beautiful card Di and i would like to be in the draw for one of the fabulous prizes!
Hugs, Hazel x

Jenny L said...

Hi Di,
thank you so much for showcasing my little book this week.
Congrats to the others showcaesed they were all so very fab, and it must be so very hard to choose from all the wonderful entries each week.
Also congrats to the winners.
Thank you for all your hard work involved in this super challenge.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Jane Willis said...

What a lovely fresh new look, I love it! Gorgeous card too, but I have that wonderful embossing folder and stamp set already, so no thanks to the prize this week. However MANY thanks for picking me last week - email coming right up!

Sarn said...

Fabulous embossing folder and I love the card you've made with it.
Congrats to Jane and Liv on their win from last week. Good luck to the 3 who will win this week's prize.

I enjoyed the summer cocktails with fellow playmates last week. You'll have less empties to pick up this week! Parsnip didn't always do a good job clearing up after us!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Jenny L said...

Hi Mss Di, and the lovely Parsnip.
Yes please if I'm lucky enough.
I'm back with my entry for this weeks playground.
Forgot to say earlier how wonderful your new blog face looks.
It's so very summery and fresh.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Helen said... your new look - gorgeous colours in the header!
Thanks so much for choosing my simple card in the picks from last week :0)
Love the embossing folder you've used on your card this week (I must have been hiding underneath a rock as I've never seen it before!) - just perfect for a simple & elegant I'm a 'yes please' for the prize draw.
Helen x

Swissie said...

Oh Di, Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU! You made my day!
I'll contact you later.
Hugs and kisses,
Liv xxxx

Janice said...

Lovely card today Di, I'm so pleased to have encouraged you to do some more shopping! Lol
A great selection of picks this week as always, so much talent! Congratulations to Liv and Jane. I'll be popping a card on later but of course, playing just for fun!
Janice x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Forgot to say Congrats to the lucky winners! :D

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

I entered in the challenge and YES, please, for the chance to win one of these fab EF :)

Karen said...

Wonderful picks and gorgeous card! No thanks for the embossing folder Di, I am not using my own embossing folders much right now Karen x

Wanda said...

Fantastic Card Di! I also have to comment on the face lift of the blog, love the new look. Congrats to all the winners. I love seeing the mixed media projects from Jenny and Jane. I'll be back to play in the playground really soon for this amazing prize. Thanks for the chance.

Kathleen said...

Really Lovely card and fabulous picks, I am playing for fun.

Kath x

KT Fit Kitty said...

Your card is so adorable, Di! Love the embossing folder! So many gorgeous cards in the picks today! I love seeing how people use their snippets! Congrats to everyone! I will be back to join the playground this week at some point - I am most definitely a YES for the prize - I love it! Have a great week!

Sandra H said...

Wow Di this is gorgeous l love the coloured card you used for the embossed folder background and the hint of tango simply gorgeous as always....lovely showcase l really do not know how you manage to pick them out all are stunning and many congrats to the winners enjoy your prizes l'm on a delay with my blog l have entered my card and only playing for fun so hopefully it will appear shortly if not l will do it again take care xx.....on another note l have 2 spikes in my garden saw them just the other night making noises on aproach one scarpered and the other played dead until we moves so pleased to know they are there xx

Jane said...

Good evening my dear Di.What a lot of loveliness here today. I'm just getting over the fab BBQ we enjoyed with Daisy and Co yesterday. Your card is brilliant and yes please put me in the hat to try to win...fab prize, I have'nt seen it before. Thanks so much for sharing my hoiday journal and your very sweet comment...can you tell I love Daisy just a bit ;0) Lovely work from everyone this week...there is a lot of kind talent over here. Take care of that back and enjoy the rest of the evening, thanks as always for all your hard work here. Hugs xx

Brenda in IN said...

Thank you for picking my card for one of the weeks picks. I am honored to be chosen among the other fantastic designers. This is a gorgeous embossing folder on your card and one I've never seen before. I wish I had gotten that magazine with the giveaway! I love the color combo you used to make your card.

Sally H said...

Hello Miss Di, Hope you are on the mend! Your card is a beauty. Very classy! Gorgeous picks too. Thanks for the chance to win xxx

scrappymo! said...

Fabulous picks as always!
Your card is lovely. I really like this embossing folder so will Yes please to the prize!

Pen Sunshinepen said...

Wow lovely cards this week All great. Your card is lovely. I so loved your new blog design I went and changed mine too. Love a chance to win a prize and good luck everyone. Crafty hugs x

Robin said...

How very sweet of you to put my card up like that! Thank you!! I love how your card turned out with this embossing folder! So pretty!! I would love the chance to win it. Congrats to all the winners this week. Hugs, Robin

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous cards Di.
Em xxx

Carol L said...

Your card is just beautiful Di, and how generous of you to offer 3 prizes! I love the spotlighted cards this week, along with congrats to Swissie and Jane for winning! I'm playing just for fun this week, but thanks for another fun challenge! I wish you continued healing and well wishes Di - thanks for all you do each and every week! (hugs!)

Robin said...

I actually messed up the release date on my card. Please delete my entry. Hugs, Robin

KandA said...

Loving the blog makeover Miss Di, lovely freah colours and super flowery header. Fabulous snippets card too and lots of super picks again this week. Just here for fun again this week xx

Di said...

Deleted Robin!


Di xx

Diane said...

Your card is fabulous!! Wow, what a cool, cool EB folder so Yes, yes, please. Great picks for the week too. I love coming here every Sunday morning with my morning coffee and see the picks, see your new card, and then see all I might have missed for the relaxing!

Donna said...

Lovely idea, Di... Showcases the EF beautifully.
Playing Just for fun, my love. X

Maura said...

Ooooh, Di, I love that embossing - so simple, yet classy and elegant!! Playing just for fun this week.

Trina P. said...

Hi Di.
Playing for fun this week. Thanks.
And I love the new facelift look.

Eemeli said...

Love love love your card! The embossing looks just fabulous.

Count me in for the prize draw, will be adding my card in a short time. And once again, thanks for the fabulous dies I got as my prize from a previous challenge, luckily they did arrive to my "new" address :)


NinaS said...

Love the simple card you made and the blog makeover.
Thank you for including my card in your picks this week.
Love a chance to win a prize.

K M Meena Herale said...

Hi Di, thank you for mention me again. Lynn your card is sooo beautiful.

A big yes for the draw

Meena xx

Lady Joyful said...

Hi Di! What lovely cards - aren't they always though :) Yes please to the draw! Thanks :)

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

I am really lovin' your CAS beautifully finished card. "Yes" please add my name in the draw for this awesome and fabulous embossing folder/stamp set. I took a look a Lynn's blog and I am going to have to try this z-fold technique sometime. Have a great week. Hugs.. AJ

Karenladd said...

Congratulations to both winners and to the picks of the week! So many beautiful cards always inspire me. I am tickled to have finally gotten into my craft room today to make a card after weeks of missing it. I've been buried under all sorts of grown-up responsibilities and was so happy to play with my papers and ink! Yes please to the beautiful embossing folder!

Glennis F said...

Yes please for the prize this week

SHartl said...

That embossing folder makes for such an easy but really elegant card and you did a beautiful job with it Di! Yes please to a chance for my own folder as well!

Darnell said...

Ah, it's good to be back in the Playground and not squeezing through the gate! Love your snippets make, Di, and your picks are all fabulous! Thank you so much for the NBUS Challenge announcement!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

Linby said...

Great picks as always - I'm just playing for fun this week. Love your card, I must get my embossing folders out more.

Heather said...

Wow! Fabulous card! So simple, but that embossing folder really makes it look elegant. Would love for the chance to play along to win this week. (I'm a sucker for Damask!)

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Third week on the trot, but my stack of scraps is not dwindling very quickly, I think I add more than I take out. I love the embossing folder and would love to go into the draw for the chance to win one of them.

Sue xx

Bonnie said...

Wow! I love that embossing folder and your card, Di! I would love a chance for one! Great picks as always! I know it's hard to narrow it down.

Valerija said...

Great embossing folder. I love it and your card. Yes please, for the prize.
Valerija xx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I know all about That folder. I looked all over for it for a friend. I did eventually find it. I wonder if she ever got it or not?! Great card and great picks!

Margaret said...

Just playing for fun Di. love the card you made and all the picks there are some truly talented people out there.
Margaret M Nearly forgot to push publish.....DOH!

LesleyG said...

Just playing for fun :) xxx

mamapez5 said...

I must admit, that embossing folder had passed me by too, but I looked it up on Pinterest, and you right, it is very versatile, and looks so pretty with the added bling. I would certainly like to add this one to my stash (though I am trying to be good and not buy much more craft stuff, but winning prizes doesn't count does it?!). I am hoping as the weather cools down - soon I hope - that i will get my mo-jo back. I haven't done much all summer, but I want to get crafting again now.
By the way, I love the new look to your blog. Very Pink and pretty! Kate xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi dear Di, nearly didn't recognise your blog, thought I'd strayed to the wrong spot. Love it so light and airy well done!
Lovely card with larger snippets also great playmates shares too.
Will say no to prize cos believe it or not I found it downunder on an Aussie craft magazine recently how kewl is that?
Shaz in Oz.x good to be in the playground again, but shall be quiet in the book corner for a while I think. 😊

Craftychris said...

Love your card and would so love to win the folder so am definitely playing!!! Sorry not to have joined in for so long. Congratulations to the winners and the fab top picks! xxxxxxxxxxx

Sandy said...

The embossing folder is gorgeous -- I can see why you rushed out to get it. (That's also a Yes, please include me in the draw.)
Love the technique you pointed out on Helen's card and I definitely want to try that.

Susan Renshaw said...

Love the new look! Ages since I looked in on you! Glad to play again...

Lisa :) said...

Another lovely make from you! I'd love to be included in the draw, it's such an amazing folder! :)

NanaConnie said...

Have t play for the set this week - it's just so fabulous! :-D

Tina Z. said...

Hi Di,
I love your stunning elegant card - I have lots of embossing folders but I always forget to use them, uf ...
Yes for the prize, please.
Have a great weekend!
hugs xx

Swissie said...

Hi Di,
Here I am again with a new card, and the tiny snowflakes are my snippets.
I find your card so wonderful, and I would like to be included in the draw. If I may once again ......
A nice weekend to you!
Love, Liv xx

Paper Lily Leaf said...

Hi Di, the new-look blog looks amazing! Fab picks and I love your card too. Yes please to fab embossing folder! Have a lovely BH weekend, hugs xx

Dr Sonia S V said...

What a beautiful embossing folder and you are sooo right about we crafters enabling each other....A yes for me for the prize this week !! ANd as always such beautiful picks...I have to visit some of these talented souls
Dr Sonia

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

My niece Aurora would play in the challenge, please :D And she says "Yes" for being in the draw, too. She likes embossing folders :D

Helen said...

Hi Di, thanks for commenting on my blog, and yes, this is the first time I've played along with your challenge. I've linked the challenge on my blog. I'll say "yes" to the draw - thank you.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Hi Di! You know life is hectic when you can not remember if you commented on a post. Sorry. Sick doggie is keeping me busy, along with new store opening at work. Congrats to winner and spotlights. Just playing for fun and I do so love your CAS embossed card.

Anonymous said...

Just to let you know that the embossing folder is back in stock at your favourite online shop!! We had a delivery on Monday!