Sunday 9 October 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 250

Hi there! Just LOOK, we're at Week 250 of the Snippets Playground!

Autumn is really setting in now here, and of course the nights are drawing in as well. Soon be time for the hedgie family to hibernate. We have between four and six of them coming to feed each night so I hope they do decide to go to sleep and give Len a break from all the work feeding them - and clearing up their mess!

I think last weekend was good for the soul but not the back! And this is a bumper post so I'd best crack straight on. You might want to get a hot drink to keep you company!

Here's my snippets card for this week - not easy to photograph so I hope you get the general idea. I used exactly the same card stock for the entire body of the card but Autumn shadows don't help - I need a light box!
I used:

- SU's 'Perfect Plum' card stock, which I die cut into three peces to make an accordian fold card, using the Elizabeth Craft Designs 'Accordion Fancy Label' die - designed by Karen Burniston

- then I attached the three parts together to make the main accordian part of the card, then trimmed off the extra tags and joining strip at the right hand end

- used snippets of lilac pearlescent card for three shaped panels, again using the same die set, and glued them in place

- stamped two horses onto snippets of white card stock using VersaFine 'Vintage Sepia' ink and stamps from an Inkadinkado set called 'Horses' (Mia is crazy about horses and horse riding!)

- die cut the images using a smaller shaped die from the same set and glued them in place

- stamped 'Happy Birthday' using VersaFine 'Vintage Sepia' ink and a LOTV stamp from their 'General Greetings - Small' set

- die cut the panel and glued it in place

- then added Mia's name (Len's eldest Grand daughter) using number and letters dies cut from teeny snippets of lilac pearlescent card

- added a white die cut panel to the back of the centre panel for our handwritten message

- and only then was it time to attach the tabs to the back of two of the panels to make the accordian mechanism work

This card is winging its way to Germany and I'm hoping that Mia's Mama doesn't peek at the blog meanwhile! I wanted to use this die set as it's Week 250 and time for a special prize :) It was great fun to make too. One really big tip is to use thicker card for the 'base' than I did though - something like 270 or 300 gsm will be more rigid.

It shook me was when I realised that Mia is almost 9! And her younger sister is soon to be 7 - how did that happen?!
Time for a peek at Week 248's picks, as chosen by the lovely Jane and with her comments word for word as well:

Ruth A – really love this one (and not just because I’m so bad at making shaker cards). Lots of lovely elements inside the shaker, all those portholes, the slider and the sentiment all add up to a really special card.

Sonia – just amazing, as Sonia’s work always is! Masses of lovely detail.

Barb – wonderful technique and fab choice of images and papers to set it off – and of course great use of snippets.

Liv (Swissie) – absolutely gorgeous. The music and flowers are a fab use of snippets.
Meg – gorgeous card, lovely colouring, great way to clear the white snippet mountain and I’m going to have to CASE it!

Heather – lots of different papers used beautifully together, and great paper piecing.

Lucy – a beautiful card and a clever, inventive design.

Lia – fab die cut scene and embossed background, perfect for snippets and extra brownie points for writing her post in three languages.

Jackie T – just adorable, loved the image, the leaves and the washi tape frame.

I find Jane's choices absolutely fascinating. I didn't stay away from the Playground all week and of course I think (hope) I follow all of you so I did see your makes pop up on my dashboard even though there was no time to always comment. And, I would have made exactly the same choices as Jane! I've found this with Sarn and Eve when they helped out previously - on a couple of occasions I even quickly made a list of my own along the way just to check I wasn't just being influenced by their end choices! It's marvellous just how closely we all think!

It has been easier writing up the picks that Jane gave me a week later as I could 'pace it' over the week but I do like to try to keep the Playground as 'dynamic' as possible - so here now are my own picks for Week 249, which just closed. My comments will be quite brief as I really can't sit at the desk for very long:

A perfect and very elegant white on white card, made by Alison.

Sharon brought this great Halloween card to share with us - love it!

What a fun Wedding card, made by Erika! So personal as well - the Wedding was somewhere tropical and the groom had to be wearing a kilt :)

Love this fun card, made by Eemeli - really made me chuckle!

What a little darling - and so beautifully coloured too - made by Francesca!

Pat used a wonderful magazine freebie EF and stamps kit to create this beautiful humming bird card - those embossed leaves are so perfectly coloured as well!

Something different, still using snippets, an Autumn jar - made by Janis, so beautiful!

An amazing journal, made by Jenny H. So much work and detail went into making this - fabulous!

This card, made by Mo, sums up the seashore perfectly! I really love it - gotta giggle at those birdie legs ..... like bent toothpicks :)

And last, but never least:
A stunning Autumn card, made by Chris - who inlaid all those beautifully coloured leaves. Fabulous idea and perfect for any occasion!

Please don't be in any way downhearted if you're not a 'pick' - every single entry is wonderful and deserves to be seen. That's why I really do encourage you to visit one another - even if it's in 'slow time' just when you want a browse. I never delete the closed Mr Linkys so you can always look at past weeks - and I do try hard to make sure everyone gets a turn at being in the weekly picks.

We had no new Playmates last week or the previous week! But, it's still been very busy in the Playground! 53 entries in Week 248 and 62 in Week 249.

And it's prize draw time, for the prizes from both weeks. First of all, Week 248 which was the lovely set of Poppy Stamps 'Love Never Melts' stamps and dies, kindly donated by Megan:

And now for Week 249 - and we have a split prize for once!
Heather was only playing for the Joy Crafts 'Vintage Flourishes - Butterfly' die so I ran the Random number thingy again, and out popped:
And Liv wins the rest of the prize - which is the Marianne 'Doily Star' die set and the La-La Land 'Filigree Corner' die!
Congratulations to all three of you girlies! Can you please all drop me emails with your addresses in and I'll post your prizes off as soon as possible! My email address is on the right hand side bar.

Here's this coming week's prize(s) - three prizes, to celebrate 250 weeks since I took over the Playground from Jules:

The First prize (prize A) is of course the  Elizabeth Craft Designs 'Accordion Fancy Label' die set - exactly the same as the set I used for my card today. The overall size of each panel is just under 5" square BTW:

Then there are two runner up prizes, first of all a bumper pack of Hunkydory 'Little Dudes & Perfect Princesses' toppers (144 images in total - 6 x 24 different ones!). This is Prize B for reference and was kindly donated by Kim after our weekend of frolics.

The toppers are  6" x 4" and are a great selection for kiddies cards especially - although some are suitable for teens and cute cards as well. I personally think the whole range of Hunkydory pads will fit nicely into the niche left by LOTV when they discontinued theirs - albeit not printed on card but I always 'frame' toppers like these on a slightly larger piece of card anyhow and you get so many for your money!

And the other runner up prize, C for reference,given to me as a prize is a lovely Crafts-Too embossing folder (CTFD3108) which is almost 6" square - not a size you often find and so useful! The pattern is modern roses and really pretty, so much so that I've ordered the same one for myself now! Lovely for all sorts of occasions I told myself, sigh - as if I didn't buy enough last weekend :(

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 15th October. 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 one of the prizes. Just say which ones you're interested in (A, B and or C) - or ALL if you want to be in with a chance for each one. I will keep the three prizes separate so will be doing three draws to spread the love a bit further! 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!

Hugs from Parsnip (still in a strop 'cos he didn't get to go to the craft weekend!) - and of course hugs from me too (not in a strop but moving around rather carefully!).


  1. Always fun to see the picks--such a great variety of work! Your snippets card is so fun, Di! I'll play only for Prize C. Wish I lived near you--could just come play at your house & save my money--haha!

  2. WOW Di you made a Pop Up Card !!! I love them and its been some time since I made one. So thrilled to see my owl card as your pick..the funny thing was I thought about you when I posted it and knew you would like it...funny how we come to know our friend's tastes though we have never met!! Such gorgeous picks today...I have to go visit all the talented ladies.Please put my name for a chance at all are so generous
    Dr Sonia

  3. What a very fancy card you made Di! These always look so difficult to make and design but having a die made just for this would make it almost do-able! I often have problems trying to photograph my cards as well but can't say that I've had quite this much difference in each panel as you had. I actually think your card is beautiful, with the same card stock or different shades! Thanks so much for showcasing my Halloween card and congrats to the winners! Yes please to your prize.

  4. What a great range of beautiful cards! And mine is in it too and I am very glad about that! Thanks a lot,
    Lia xx

  5. Forgot to tell, that you also have made a superb card and you are always giving away great prizes and it would be great winning one of them.
    Lia xx

  6. I love your card today Di, what a super shape and I'm sure your granddaughter will love it! I would love to be entered into your draw please too.
    Great selection of cards from Jane and yourself this week.
    Janice x

  7. I do like this type of card and they are fun to make too with lots of opportunities for decorating. How lucky am I to win a prize - thanks so much and I will email my address. I'm playing just for fun this week.

  8. Thank you so much for featuring my card - I actually won the challenge I was entering :) I love your card - so intricate and clever. Xx

  9. thank you for the top pick with my robin card, it is a great way of using up all the left over white card.

  10. Wow Di . . . what a stunning accordion card you've made for little Mia. She's bound to love it with all those horses on it, not to mention the fun shape.

    Sorry to hear your back is playing you up after last weekend's adventures . . . hope it settles down again soon.

    Congrats to all the winners from the last 2 weeks. Jane did a sterling job of looking after the Playground in your absence. Fab showcased project choices by both of you.

    Super prizes on offer, but I'm playing just for fun thanks.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  11. Such a varied selection of picks this week, well done to one and all.

    Mia is going to love that card, I am guessing she is a horsey girl like one of ours.

    I detect a mention of a bad back again, do take care with it.

    B x

  12. Wow, thank you for choosing me as a 'pick'! I am honoured to be amongst the other truly wonderful picks! Your card is gorgeous! Mia will love it! Congrats to the winners too. I will be back when I blog my entry! Thank you again! xxx

  13. Wow, what a wonderful accordian card and I'm sure Mia will love it. Fabulous picks again for the past two weeks ans congrats to the winners.
    Super prizes for the 250th Snippets week but I shall be a very good girl and play just for fun this week.

    Take care of yourself and I do hope your back settles soon xx

  14. What a fabulous accordian card you made for Mia with the lovely Inkadinkado horses and such pretty colours too, I'm sure she will adore it. Thank you so much for highlighting my card from last week especially with all the wonderful creations there were to choose from, and congratulations to the three winners. Two hundred and fifty weeks Di, wow!! that's a mile stone, and thank you for the three prizes this week. I will be putting a card up and can I be entered for Prizes A and C please. x

  15. Hello Miss Di!
    Congratulations on your 250th week! Thank you for all of your very hard work and providing us all with lots of fun.
    I'm so pleased you enjoyed your time off but so sad that your back is not good - I wish you a speedy recovery...please try and rest.
    Well done to Jane for taking over and keeping all of the playmates in order!
    Wow what a fabulous array of stunning cards and Mia's card is simply fabulous.
    I'm just playing for fun this week thank you and I'm definitely NOT going to look behind the bike shed ;-)
    Hope you have a lovely week
    Gentle hugs!
    Eve xxx

  16. Hello Di..glad you are back and had fun. I love your accordion card..Mia will love it. SUch pretty colours too. Great picks from Jane, how kind she was to step in for you. I have linked up today and yes please to any of the generous prizes for your 250!! amazing and thanks as always for your work and kindness. Hugs xx

  17. There's so much eye candy here today, wow! Your horse-themed card is sensational Di, and must have been fun making it. Mia will love it I'm sure! Congrats to your winners and notables this week, and I'm glad you had so much fun while you were away "playing!" I'm playing just for fun this week, but thanks for another playground week :)

  18. Hello Di, lovely post, so much to see and catch up with. Your accordion card is lovely. From reading through how it was made I can see that the die you used is a very clever one. The showcased makes are all gorgeous and show just how well snippets can be used up. Congratulations to all the prize winners. I'd be delighted with anyone of this weeks fabulous prizes so count me in, please. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

    PS: As you have so many little hedgies, would you please send one or two up here - we would love to have a resident slug eater about :)

  19. I love your accordian card Di. What a fun and interesting shape and I'm sure Mia will be over the moon. Don't all little girls love horses.

    Congratulations to Heather, Val and Liv on winning the super prizes. Many thanks to Jane for choosing my card as one of her picks and congratulations to everyone else who has been a pick over the past two challenges. I would very much like to be included in the draw for the prizes this week. Barbxx

  20. Wow wow wow!!! Love this type of card! It looks fantastic! Love also the horses and the colour, one of my favourite!
    Big congrats to all the winners!! And such fabulous picks!! All very beautiful and inspirational!
    The prizes of the new week are so yummy...!! Hope to have time to play in the challenge!

  21. Hi Miss Di, and the lovely Parsnip.
    Yes I am playing.
    Congrats to all the wonderful show cased creations they were all so very super.
    ooooooooooooo! I love this wonderful shade of card you have made, and the super design also.
    I bet when it is received she will be so pleased with it.
    Thank you for all your hard work involved with this wonderful challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  22. Welcome back Di. Lovely picks from you and Jane. Yes please to the draw but only A please, 'cos I love your card!

  23. Hi Di! I'm glad you are back and had fun. I love your accordion card.I would very much like to be included in the draw for the prizes this week.
    Take care of yourself! Majda x

  24. A fabulous card and lots of lovely picks too. I'll be in the playground later in the week and would love a chance to win the embossing folder please.
    Kath x

  25. Super card for Mia. My eldest grandson will soon be 9 too. Eek!
    Just playing for fun. Still getting over last weekend.
    p.s. Shall I pop the plastic dish cloth in the post for you to use?

    1. Hop it - bad influence that you are - snort :) xx

  26. Di thanks so much for the mention, it fairly made my day.

    Hugs and happy crafting.

    Erika. X

  27. Wonderful selection of cards will look tomorrow in more detail just back from Cornwall. LOve to have a try at the prize. :) xx

  28. Such amazing and inventive work, we are all so clever in the Playground! Thank you so much for including me, I'm flattered.

  29. Congratulations on 250 Weeks of keeping us all in line in the Playground! What a stunning card for your 250th week, I'm sure Mia will be thrilled with it. Lovely to see all the beautiful picks from the last two weeks. I'd like to be put into the draw for prizes A and C please. xx

  30. Bet it's fun watching your Hedgie family come for dinner. We think we have one visits our garden but we've never actually seen him!
    Great picks, and your card is a stunner Di!
    Yes please to be in the draw for your folder and the toppers :)

  31. So many wonderful cards to look at. The one that really made me take notice was Heather's paper pieced pumpkin. To piece it with autumn patterned paper was such an eye opener for me!

    Love your multi-paneled card. I knew a lady who used to make cards like that back in the day before die cuts existed. Even with them it still sounds a bit fiddly but I'm sure nothing like it used to be (like there's a chance I could actually make one). Yes please for the draw.

  32. Hi Miss Di, Congratulations on your 250th Challenge! May there be many more... Thank you for all the Snippet's Challenges, the fun, mischief and sharing the backyard critters, hope you are feeling better soon... Have a great week... Megan

  33. FAB card and some super picks this week. Congrats on the 250 :-D xxxx

  34. Congrats on 250! Thanks for everything you do for us, Di. I love your card and would love to win the prize, so it's a yes, please, from me.
    Em xxx

  35. Hi Di....thanks for the mention the other week and congrats on 250 posts! I would like to be in the draw foe A & C please. Glad you had a good crafty break away and Thank You for 'The Playground' xx

  36. What a pretty and fun card you have created Di...those horse images are fabulous! I have finally made it back here to 'play...I have missed several weeks it seems. Wow...fabulous weekly picks, I truly enjoy seeing them, and even though haven't 'played' much lately I do take a weekly peek at the 'picks'! I am playing for 'C' only as I don't have the exact die you have used, but one very similar, which I need to use! I have a little something I am sending you (and I mean it is and it is for you, but if you find you don't want/need it or already have it, then feel free to add it to your will go out this week....have a great week!

  37. A gorgeous card this week Di, I love the horse stamps you've used. I'm playing for fun this, good luck to all those playing for a chance at the prizes.

    Sue xx

  38. Great multi fold card with those floating panels! Great picks this week, as always!

  39. Wow, what a largie post for this week's playground. Really enjoyed every bit of it!

    Love, love, love your creation. Those floating panels look stunning. I was actually not going to participate this week (because I don't have any card ready) but once I saw all the prizeSSSS, I think I must make something quick to join -- and yes please for all of them, if I make it in time.

    Thank you so much for picking my card from last week to be showcased. I am very honored to join those fabulous-looking creations from everyone else.


    1. Yay! I made it! So happy to be able to join in this week (and still, yes please for all of the prizes, lol)

  40. Hi Di! Wonderful card again. Congratulations on your 250th Challenge. I would like to be put into the draw for ALL prizes please.
    Have a lovely day, Valerija

  41. So glad to see you back Di, but glad you had a wonderful crafty time! I'm sure you are equal parts wishing you were still off playing, and happy to be home. The picks are absolutely amazing as always, with so many stunning designs! Yes please to the prizes, although I have my doubts that I could make as spectacular a card as you did!

  42. Sorry to hear your back is playing up again Di - could it be anything to do with your game of "tip toe through the cow pats", I wonder? Glad you agreed with my picks, and yours for this week are wonderful. I hadn't realised how difficult it would be when there is no restriction of theme or style so you have to choose between so many wonderful creations! It's not like comparing things that are broadly similar is it?
    Well done on your 250th week of the playground and your beautiful card. I'd love to be in the hat for any or all of the prizes please

  43. Missed you Miss!
    250??? Congratulations.
    Popped in JFF this week as it's been so long since I've been here. Hope Parsnip has been good and is looking after you and your sore back. xx

  44. Congrats on your 250th challenge!! That is a HUGE accomplishment ... and a lot of work! And you've made a beautiful card to celebrate Di. xx

  45. Hi Di,
    Congrats on your 250th challenge! And your card is just stunning - again!
    Also here I want to say a great THANK YOU, Jane and Di, for picking my wedding card among all the wonderful cards! What an honor!
    And thank you for the prize that I look forward for! Lucky me!
    This week I take place with another halloween card. And Di, look at the tiny stars! They come from the Spellbinders banner die that I asked for some hours ago.
    I would like to take place in the draw for prize A.
    Greetings from Switzerland,
    Liv Xx

  46. Lovely picks for last week Di and congrats on your 250th challenge.....hopefully your back is feeling a little better. Yes please I would like to be included in the draw


  47. Hi Di just chuckled my way through your post below at the show you did have fun of course, sorry that your back is making its presence felt maybe all that traipsing through the mud from car to said bus stop! oh dear wot fun.. or not :D
    Lovely make with your multi panel card, well done, and well every week am amazed at the clever peeps in the playbround!
    Shaz in Oz.x ps yes please to candy... A and C.

  48. What a beautiful card which she is going to treasure, I love those stamps just perfect for her. I'm playing along for fun this week. L x

  49. Oh, I'm just mad about that accordian card, Di! So this week, I'm going to play for just the die set in hopes that I might be able to try one of those myself. :-D

  50. Fabulous card Di - definitely worthy of challenge 250!
    What an awesome bumper selection of picks...such wonderful inspiration as always!
    I'm playing just for fun this week x
    Helen x

  51. I am back again with my entry! Yay! Please may I be entered for the die (prize A) and the embossing folder (prize C) draws? Thank you so much. Congrats on number 250! xxxxxxxxx

  52. Hi Di, firstly thank you so much for the lovely comment on FB, I was in a right state for about a week but have settled a little this week and started crafting again to shut my brain up, I'm doing my best to keep busy so they'll be some more cards made this month than is usual. Just the die for me to be entered into please. Love all the picks that you and Jane make, glad I don't have that job. Have a good week lovely lady xx

  53. Congrats on your milestone - 250 Playgrounds - what an achievement! And its going stronger than ever! You also made the right card for this celebration - looks like a work of love! I am just playing along for the sheer fun of it!

  54. Big congrats on 250 challenges Di.
    Lovely creations again.
    For me this time A and C please.

  55. Congratulations are in order for 250 challenges!!! WOW! Fabulous. Thank you for all these weeks of inspiration, giveaways and fun playtime! What a beauty you have shared with us this week. I am in awe! Congratulations to the winners and to the ladies with the gorgeous top picks....thank you for choosing my jar as one of them!! Yes, please, to the prizes this week and thank you for your generosity. I will scramble around and get a card in here before the barn door closes. Get feeling better soon!!!
    <3 J

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  56. Oooh wow congrats on the 250th challenges how quickly they have passed! again another card l just love how your put them together and your inspiring to us all..........great showcase many congrats all xx

  57. Hi Di. Wow, congrats on your 250th challenge! Boy, I missed out on a lot then 😱. Glad I found this challenge now. Love your fun fold interactive card. And yes, please enter me into the draw.

  58. Beautiful make and selection, just uploaded my own entry for this week, so sorry to be late


  59. Congrats on reaching 250! Loved all the creations on display! very inspiring for a newbie :) just linked my halloween themed entry to the challenge. Would like an opportunity to play for all 3 prizes. Thanks a lot :)

  60. Gorgeous DT work as always! I would like to play for the die please! Thanks!

  61. Beautiful picks and a lovely card of your own too, Di :) As usual! I would like to play for just the embossing folder please - Prize C!

  62. Hi, Di! What a fun card; I haven't seen a die that would do this before! I'm just playing for fun this week, thanks. I just received my butterfly die from last week's win, thanks so much; I can't believe it got here already.

  63. I would like to be a hedgehog and hibernate, too! This change of weather has had me unwell for weeks :(
    Very pretty purple card, Di. X

  64. Big congratulations on 250 challenges Di, you are amazing!
    Lovely top picks and I am totally impressed by your card, it is a masterpiece!
    Yes for the prize, please.
    have a lovely autumnal weekend!

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