Sunday, 18 September 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 247

Good grief, from really hot and humid, we then had horrendous thunder storms on Thursday night over a lot of the UK. The air was much fresher yesterday and today (Saturday) it's positively Autumnal! Bit of a plummet in the temperatures overnight and it's not terribly warm even as today wears on.

Mind you, that might mean a few Christmas cards appearing in the Snippets Playground? :) I read somewhere during this past week that it's only 100 sleeps until Christmas arrives. OK, I bet you truly did so not want to hear that!

Let's move straight onto my snippets make for today - and the camera lies yet again, the 'pink' paper is actually peach in real life:
I used:

- DL white card blank

- I then made a lightly larger panel than the front of the card using thin white card and covered it with a snippet of peach dotty paper from Prima's 'Fairy Rhymes' paper pad which was then topped and tailed with snippets of a cream dotty paper I found in the snippets folder

- at that point I trimmed the whole piece of card down to fit the front of the DL card - so much easier than fiddling on trying to make sure the layers were exactly lined up onto the card front

- glued the whole panel in place on the card front

- used another cream snippet from the same patterned paper pad and stamped the flower using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a 2006 Penny Black stamp called 'dotted petals'

- then die cut the image panel using a die from the Spellbinders 'Labels Ten' set (I first spotted Carol L using these dies and thought they were such a lovely and very useful shape), and ran a ball tool around the edge before removing from the die

- stamped the flower head onto a snippet of the peach dotty paper and fussy cut around the outline before running a black Whispers marker around the edge (from experience a long while ago, don't use a Pro marker as it will most likely bleed and spoil the crisp black outline you're looking for)

- glued the flower head onto the cream panel and coloured the leaves using a green Whispers Marker before adding a tickle of Signo 'Gold Sparkle' to the stamens

- using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a stamp from the Paper Smooches 'Sentiment Sampler' set, I stamped the word 'thanks' onto the die cut panel

- finally glued the panel in place on the front of the card

Hindsight being 20/20 vision, perhaps I should have used a less 'bold' stamp with the delicate flower - but as you might guess, I wanted to use certain items to make this Sunday snippets card. It's been in my mind for a while, and the duplicate goodies have also been waiting in the Toy Box for a while too! Jules really kicked me into action with her lovely post about paper piecing (featured as one of last week's picks) as the stamp lends itself so well to that technique. I just checked back through the blog here and it's almost five years since I bought this Penny Black stamp from a lovely friend (pre-loved). And, shame on me, this is only the second time I've used it!

Time for a peek at this week's picks:
I picked this card, made by Lynne in NI, for a few reasons. Love the image, great colouring and use of snippets too. And the thing that pulls the whole card together is that lovely striped butterfly - clever idea to introduce just a little piece of the patterned paper into the main image panel.

Carole hopped into the Playground waving this fabulous card, which immediately went onto my 'tips and ideas' list. Quite apart from being a really beautiful and very feminine design - I just love the wavy die cut lace edge to the side of the card. Instant impact! I've spotted a few cards using this sort of 'vertical wave' idea, either flat part way across a card or down one edge and it's so eye catching!

I totally adore this wonderful and very magical looking card, made by Karen P. So much beautiful detail - the more you look the more you see. It's a bit like looking into fairy land - and great use of loads of snippets too!

I know that a few of you lovely Playmates have brought really beautiful cards made using 'That Folder', which was a prize won by a few of you recently. I just have to let you see this card, made by Jenny L using her embossing folder. Isn't it stunning? Monochrome at its very best!

Some people say in comments that they really don't know how I manage to choose the weekly picks - given my way I'd feature every single entry! I'm sitting here so conscious of the lovely makes I don't have the time to show you and do encourage you to get a cup of tea, coffee or whatever, and take the time to have a hop around each week's entries. There's so much talent and variety in this challenge!

Here's a great idea, from Barb. The basis of this really rich looking man's card is an image cut from a magazine! How clever is that then? And, I also love the embossed panel on the left hand side of the card - Barb made that by embossing a scrap of silver mirri card, giving it a good sanding and then rubbing a black Stazon ink pad over it! Two great ideas on one card :)

Yippee, we have a Christmas card! And a very special one too as it's a 'slider/spinner' card - made by Suzy (Ike). Really beautiful colouring of the mouse and also loads of snippets used at the same time - such a fun card :)

Shaz in Oz came to play again this week, I'm so pleased to see that slowly she's returning to blogging and feeling better as time goes by. I love this card and really do suggest you nip over the Shaz's blog for a closer look - the gold and red are just incredible! Always so difficult to take photos of gold/silver and certain colours, unless you're at a weird angle!

I absolutely adore this card, made by Francesca! So much pretty detail, a cute image and beautifully thought out and balanced - as well as loads of snippets used of course! A good while ago I attempted to make cards of a similar ilk and basically had to accept that they were out of my league!

I've saved this card, made by Jane W,  to the last as it sums up Autumn so perfectly! And we're fast heading into the 'season of mists and mellow fruitfulness' here for sure. I love those toadstools and the addition of the beautiful Autumn coloured leaves down one side is brilliant!

I'm stopping at nine picks - more than I usually have time for. Right now there's a basket of ironing calling my name so I'd best move along!

We had no new Playmates last week - but the turnout of 53 of you playing in the Playground is really great! Makes it all worthwhile :)

And it's prize draw time, for the  stamps on offer - House Mouse cling 'Rain Flower' and the Kaisercraft 'True Friendship' set of four sentiments.

And our winner is:

Well done Elly! I see that it's just over two years since you first came to play and this is only your second win - so I expect it's 'happy dance' time :)

Can you please drop me an email with your address in and I'll post your prize off as soon as possible! My email address is on the right hand side bar.

Here's this coming week's prize - bit of a bumper selection too:
From left to right we have: Spellbinders Labels Ten set of dies, Penny Black ''dotted petals' stamp (I was thrilled to find this available new on line to offer!) - and a final set of sentiments stamps from Tara of Seven Hills Crafts - one of my favourite Paper Smooches sets called 'Sentiment Sampler'. We actually had a sentiments stamp set the same back in February as part of a prize, which Jean won.

All of these items will make up one prize if the winner wants that. Otherwise, you can select one or two of the items only - in which case I'd do additional draws for whatever is left. But I do need to know in advance please.

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 24th September. 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 - either all of it or just one or two items. 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 :)
Have a lovely week!

and, of course, Parsnip


KT Fit Kitty said...

Your card is beautiful, Di! I love the flower stamp and your beautiful paper-piecing! Yes this does look pink! I like the tall shape of this card too! Please count me as a YES for the prize! I would love to win these goodies! It must be so fun picking out your favourites each week! These are wonderful! Congrats to the lucky winner Elly! I'll be back at some point to join the playground!

KT Fit Kitty said...

This is a first! I'm first to comment and first to enter!

Jane said...

Good morning from Rhodes dear Di...we're 2 hours ahead here. Wow amazing picks this week and yes Christmas is on it's way. However I'm typing this in glorious heat. I love your card...such a great image and die please count me in the draw. I will attempt to link up my card when later as I have scheduled a post. Huge sunny hugs xx

SHartl said...

What a pretty paper pieced flower, whether pink or peach! I can't stop admiring all the beautiful picks this week and love the prize giveaway, so yes please!

brenda said...

Great picks as always Di and love your paper pieced card, it's a great technique that is a real old favourite of mine.

B x

Kathyk said...

Either way, your make is just peachy!!! LOVELY selection again this week - just uploaded my humble snippet offering this week

Happy Sunday


Whisper said...

Oooo you know how much i love PB's and your paper piecing is simply devine.

We were lucky here in West Sussex that we didn't get thunderstorms, thank goodness, Luv Sam x

Lia said...

Your card and the picks are great again. I don't mind seeing it in pink....!!
Lia xx

Whisper said...

Sorry i also meant to say, yes please can i be entered into the prize draw, thanks Sam x

Aquarius said...

A great example of paper piecing and as usual you've chosen some great picks from last week - must be so difficult to whittle them down. Yes please to an opportunity for the prize as is or if someone wants it split I wouldn't mind any of the items if I'm lucky enough to be drawn.

ellyscard creatief said...

Wow, I won, what a great way to start the sundaymorning.
Thanks Di.
Today you show a lot of beautiful cards too, I love them.
Blessings, Elly

Un Arcobaleno di Colori said...

Oh my.... Thank you from the bottom of my heart Di! I'm so happy you chose my card.... I'm delighted! And thank you so much for your lovely comment! Thank you! You made my day! :-)
Hugs and Smiles

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

Good morning Di, what a gorgeous card you've made. I really like everything about it, the image is beautiful and I love the colours and the layout. Therefore, Yes Please, I would like to play along for the prizes this week. The project that I've entered today is the one that I mentioned to you in one of the previous comments that I left on your blog. I do hope that you like it and that it might inspire you to have another go at mixed media. Enjoy your Sunday. Crafty hugs, Sandra x

K M Meena Herale said...

Hello Di, beautiful card. Love the Penny black stamp.

hugs xx

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Very pretty and sweet card, Di! Love the peach dotty paper and the flower, and such fab frame with the Spellbinder die!
Congrats to all the ladies for the spotted works, they are always stunning!! Wow! Big congrats to te lucky winner, too!
I'm playing with my scraps and surely will have a card to enter in the challenge :)
Hugs, have a lovely Sunday!

Susan Renshaw said...

Lovely card Di - would love those spellbinder dies!
Fabulous set of featured makes too...

Sarn said...

I absolutely LOVE your beautiful paper pieced card Di. Great use of snippets.

Congrats to Elly on her win as well.

SUPER picks too . . . well done everyone.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Robin said...

Congratulations to Elly...enjoy your prize! Thanks for another chance to win! I would love to win this. This stamp from Penny Black is a fave of mine just haven't had a chance to get it yet and the die and sentiments are fabulous! Lots of hugs, Robin

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A beautiful card Di, I do hate it when the camera changes the colour for you but peach or pink the card is great. I'd love to be in with a chance to win this super prize this week.

Sue xx

Pat said...

I love your paper pieced PB flower sitting on that great SB label Di and the dotty papers work really well in the pink and cream, so fresh and pretty. Wonderful highlights with some very cleverly designed cards and congratulations to Elly. You have a very generous bumper bundle prize this week and if I get a card in I am a 'yes please' to all three items this week. x

Bonnie said...

That's such a pretty flower and fits perfectly on that die cut "frame", Di! Wonderful picks as always! I've got to say again how much I love your new blog look! It just sparkles like pixie dust!

Un Arcobaleno di Colori said...

Oh yes.... I'm here again Di.... ;-) I love your card, the dotted paper and the paper piecing.... I have to try this new technique for me.... I think I will have so much fun....
And, please,....I would like to be entered in the prize draw.
Thank you so much! Have a nice week!
Hugs and Smiles

Loll said...

LOVE your paper pieced card Di. The dotty flower image is just perfect for piecing, and I love that you've used dotty paper as well. Great picks from last week! Hope to join in soon. xx

Karenladd said...

Congratulations to the winner and top picks! I always love to see all these beautiful cards. Your design is sweet and pretty with the paper piecing and I love your tip to use a black marker around the edges of the fussy cut flower part. Yes please to the draw!

Sandra H said...

Your card Di is beautiful l like the simplicity of the paper piecing so delicate it looks too! congrats Elly enjoy your win and congrats to all who where showcased again another choice xx

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

I'm here again: I entered in the challenge and yes, please, for enter in the draw for the yummy prizes :)
Have a sweet new week

mamapez5 said...

It has been a while since I came to play, and it is nice to have something other than a Christmas card to link! I love your pretty pink lily, and there are some lovely cards among your picks. I like that wavy edge die too. I am looking forward to being a bit more productive now the cooler weather is on its way, (mid-thirties now instead of over forty!). Please enter me for the draw this time. What a lovely collection. I particularly like the shape of the dies. Kate x

Elizabeth said...

Hello Di, It's a pleasure to be back and using up more than a few snippets again. Your card is gorgeous. I love the paper-pieced flower. As usual your picks from the snippeteers are fabulous - very inspirational. I'd love to be considered for the draw and if you are splitting the prize I'd love the sentiment stamps. Off to watch Poldark now! Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Lynne in NI said...

Awww beautiful card Di - I love your pretty paper pieced flower!
It's brr chilly here tonight too, my feet are like slabs of ice!
Thanks for picking my card as one of your faves from last week :) And yes please to be in your draw for your goodies x

Kathleen said...

I thought I had that stamp and couldn't remember using it but it is one very similar but with two flowers on and can't remember the last time I used it.
Gorgeous card, love all the dotty paper and the die.
Some totally fabulous picks and entered this week.

Kath x

Craftychris said...

Your card is beautiful! I now have the urge to paperpiece! Fabulous picks as always and congratulations to Elly! Yes Please for being in the draw for the awesome prize! I bought the set of sparkle pens, I love them!!! thank you xxx

Trina P. said...

Hi Di. I made it back to the playground. Your card is beautiful.
This week I like to play for just the Paper Smooches stamp set. Thank you.

Kath said...

A fabulous card and lovely picks too. I'll see you in the playground later in the week and would love a chance of winning the prize, please.
Kath x

Jane Willis said...

Your card is gorgeous - and thanks for the tip about going round the edge with a marker, now I know why paper piecing never looks right when I did it. Thanks for including my card in your picks this week. I'd like to be considered for the whole package this time, but if somebody else wants just part of it, the bit I like most of all is the sentiment stamp set and I'd be more than happy with just that.

Sarah said...

We had the thunderstorms on Tuesday here in Somerset - weren't they dramatic?? Luckily we also had much warmer weather than you over the weekend as SD and I were in a field just outside Bristol - we both got a bit sunburnt! Pretty card Di :-) xx

Fikreta said...

congratulations to winner!
so many pretty cards!
if Im the winner I dont want whole prize,just dies :)
thank you!
lots of hugs

Di said...

Hi Jane

Julia's tips that I had as a pick last week are so helpful when paper piecing. She taught me all I know about it really!

Di xx

kbrandy4 said...

Beautiful card Di and i would love to be entered to win the fabulous prize!
Hugs, Hazel x

Carol L said...

That flower image was screaming to be paper pieced, and I'm loving the tall card with all the polka dots! Congrats to Elly and all of the inspirational picks this week - I don't know how you manage to sort through them all because they're all such great entries! Yes please to the stamps this week, but I already have the dies :)

Barb said...

A very pretty card from you Di. I love paper piecing and really like the background paper you've used for the label.

What a lovely surprise to see my card as one of your picks this week. Congratulations to Elly on her win and to the other picks for the week. I would love to be included in with a chance for your very generous prize this week. Barbxx

Jenny L said...

Hi Miss Di, and the lovely Parsnip.
Thank you so much for featuring my card this wek.
Congrat to all the others featured also, and congrats to the winner as well.
Not been very well this last few days I seem to have caught a bug so sorry about the delay in this comment.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Heather said...

Such a pretty card! I love the lined paper used as the background to that beautiful stamp! And I think the pattern you chose for it worked perfectly; it's beautiful!! I would love to play for the chance to win!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Dots and notebook paper! what a great combination. So fun!

Ruth Doman said...

Hi Di, I'm back in the land of the blogger! What a beautiful card. I would love to play for the chance to win. Thank you. xx

Darnell said...

I think your sediment is super with your image, Di, and I love the way you have framed it! The spotlight items are just getting better and better, aren't they! Each one was more WOW than the one before!! Hugs, Darnell

ike said...

Gorgeous cards and Congrats to Elly :-D
Thank you for highlighting me :-D

IKE xxxxx

Janice said...

I love your card, and the paper piecing is gorgeous. Great picks this week and congratulations to Elly.
Just playing along for fun this week. The label die you have used is one of my favourite sets, I was so pleased that I 'made' you buy them back in April! LOL
Janice x

ike said...

Such a pretty card Di. I would love to have a chance of winning this prize please.
IKE xx

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Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

thanks ever so very much Di, for sharing my wee poppy card, it is already in Brisbane for a birthday for my niece.. I had rush of birthdays etc.
Will say no thanks to the prizes, but lovely snippets card you've made with them all.
Better get wriggle on here too, thankfully no ironing ... but wa-aay behind none the less,
Shaz in Oz.x

Lia said...

I posted my comment on your nice card a few days ago, but forgot to post my card. So I am joining a bit late today....!
Lia xx

Helen said...

Beautiful card - I love that PB's been so long since I saw anyone use it too! Fab picks from last week - as always!
I'm a yes please fr the prize draw x
Helen x

Cathy said...

Such a pretty card Di, love that flower stamp so would love to be in the draw this week. Amazing cards in the playground lately too, thanks for the wonderful inspiration everyone! Cathy x

Karen said...

Been juggling so many eggs that it's been my first chance to come over. Thank you very much Miss Pixie! I loved making that card so much that I made another, lol, trying very hard not to become too obsessed with those stamps. Yes please for the prize too, that's a really good lot. Your card is stunning, I always seem to forget about paper piecing, must try to remember Karen xx

Eemeli said...

Sooooooooo pretty! I will probably not make being part of this weeks fun at the playground but hopefully I'll have a bit of crafting time this weekend so I can join again next week.

Hope your Autumn has been nice. In Finland we have had rain-free time for 2-3 weeks now so we have been able to enjoy the sunny Autumn days (well, of course it has not been shining every day but there has been glimpses of sun :)


Megan J said...

Hi Miss Di, a g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s card it is amazing how different lighting can effect colours love paper piecing too. There are some wonderful picks from the playground, I still have not gotten around o using 'that' embossing folder.... No to the prizes this week, I have already got some of those lovely prizes hiding in my stash... have a great week... Megan

NanaConnie said...

Fantastic paper piecing, Di! I'm playing only for the die set this week. :-D

Jenny L said...

Hi Miss Di, and the lovely Parsnip.
yes please if I'm lucky.
I'm back with my entry for this week.
Your card is so pretty, and wonderfully created as always.
The flower is a gorgeous stmp and you have used it so wonderfully with fab snippets.
Thank you for all your hard work involved with this wonderful challenge.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Sue MacLean said...

Hi Di, your card is beautiful! I find paper piecing so relaxing and fun! I would love to have a chance of winning this prize please. Thank you for this wonderful challenge!

Sue - said...

Hi Di, lovely card and great picks as usual. Yes please to the draw.

New Creations said...

Hello Di! After a long break I am back:)
I love your ruled paper in the BG popped up the whole image in soft pink with beautiful paper piecing! Congrats to winner and again great picks with some exclusive work!
Yes please, count me in for the draw!

Lady Joyful said...

Lovely card Di! Yes please to the whole prize - those sentiments are great and I really need more sentiments! The rest of the prize would be a bonus ;)

Liz said...

Super card, Di. I love the shape of the labels die, perfect for those tall images and the paper pieced flower is really lovely. Thanks for the tip about not using a promarker for going around the edge. Great picks again and congratulations to Elly on her win. I'm a Yes Please for the draw this week. xx

Valerija said...

Another wonderful card Di. Love the image and soft colours.
Yes for the prize, please.
Valerija xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Di, lovely card and great picks as usual.I would love to have a chance of winning this prize please. Thank you for this wonderful challenge!Majda xx

Nicky said...

Love the card you have made and the picks are great to such variety - I would love to be in the chance of winning one of the lovely goodies on offer, and sharing the chance with others :)

Wanda said...

Beautiful cards! I love the flower you used Di! I've added my card for the week and would love to play for the prize.

Lia said...

What can just ONE flower do? Shine on a beautiful card!
But if I would win a prize I would choose the sentiment stamps and/or the Spellbinders dies and give the flower stamp to someone else.
Lia xx

AlisonC said...

What a lovely dotty card, dots are always so cheerful. I'd like a chance to win this week but I do already have the sentiments so would be happy to share! x

Pen Sunshinepen said...

What a great selection of cards again today. Everyone is so talented. I would love a chance to win the Penny Black stamp if it is possible. I am glad to be back in the swing of blog land again, only away for a few days but it takes ages to get ready and to then recover from the trip to see Mum (500 miles + of driving )

NinaS said...

Very beautiful paper pieced card and your weekly picks are fabulous.
Yes please to the draw.

Carole said...

I love your paper pieced flower's gorgeous. Thank you for choosing my 80th card last week as a pick and I am here again to join in the frivolities ans a chance to win that wonderful candy.

Margaret said...

Love your card. Just playing for fun.
Margaret M

Greta said...

Wow--I really love your card, Di--not sure I've ever seen that wonderful PB flower! Great picks, too, as always! I'll play only for the sentiment stamp set.

Linby said...

Love your paper piecing and of course as its a PB stamp "yes" to being in the draw please. L x

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

Hey Di, Love your card for this week. Came by to drop off an early holiday card. "Yes" I would love to be added in the draw this week. Have a great weekend. Hugs

KandA said...

Running pretty late this week but managed to pop by for a quick play, Super picks again this week and another fabulous card from you Miss Di. Love the paper piecing of that fabulous PB stamp. Yes please to going in the draw but only for the stamps xx

ellyscard creatief said...

I love to play for the prize again.

jimlynn said...

I'm not throwing my name in for the prize, Di, but still wanted to bring my card over here. It's nice to blog again but it may not be a regular thing. Great showcase of cards last week and I love yours!

Tina Z. said...

Great paper-piecing, I love your stamp!
Yes for the prize please, it is gorgeous. Thank you for the chance.
have a great weekend!
hugs xx

Mrs A. said...

Just playing for fun this week. hugs Mrs A.