Sunday 23 October 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 252

Funny old week here really. It appears that this awful stabbing back pain is more than just muscular and joints! Turns out to be a bout of shingles - a first for me, and hopefully the last! On so many different pills right now that if I jump up and down I'd rattle! Enuff of the medical stuff already - here's my snippets card for this week:
I used:

- 6" x 6" white card - to be honest it's a tad under that size as I check the 'supposedly matching' envelopes before making a card these days!

- snippet of red tartan card stock (called 'Red Christmas Tartan' made by Kanban) trimmed to slightly smaller than the card front and glued in place

- snippet of black card stock, die cut using the Tonic Studios 'Rococo Scotty Dog' die' - I carefully saved the cut out pieces from his eyebrow, legs and underneath the tummy and am so glad I did!

- for this card I wanted a solid tartan coat but the die does cut out a 'Winter doggy's coat' area. So I die cut a sacrificial Scotty from a scrap of card stock and then hand cut around the total area that I thought would make a decent winter coat for him to cover those cut outs

- flipped the 'coat' template upside down and then drew around it in pencil on the back of a little snippet of the tartan card stock (doing my best to at least make sure the lines were parallel with the background panel). Doing the flip routine meant that I could draw the pencil lines on the white backing of the tartan card snippet where they wold be visible for the cutting process and it would be the right way round when I flipped the cut out tartan coat over

- fussy cut round the pencilled outline of the coat then held the coat up against the Scotty and slightly trimmed it until I was happy that both layers would match and ran a red Whispers marker around the outside of the coat to cover the white core of the card before gluing it in place - using a fine line glue bottle

- found a snippet of white card stock, trimmed it to half an inch smaller all round than the tartan card stock, to leave a decent border, then used the Misti to position and stamp the sentiment using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a stamps from the gorgeous Inkylicious 'Seasons Greetings' set

- glued the white panel onto to the card front  

- glued the Scotty dog, with his coat in place, onto the white panel and then popped the black die cuts I'd saved back into their respective places. I think that's an important step as online there are some cards which have been lovingly made but the cutouts have been left blank and it just looks a bit odd to me (IMHO of course)

- final touch - added a googly eye :)

Must search out some more tartan paper or card as this was such fun to make (once I worked out a few of the little tricks) and would be a lovely Christmas card for a few Scottish friends. 

I'd like to enter this card into the current Merry Monday Challenge #218 where the theme is 'Plaid' - or 'Tartan', as we British call it.

And also into Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #304 'Use a Sentiment' and well as Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for October where it's always 'Anything Goes'.

Hedgehog update - the little perishers are going berserk! We think there could be as many as NINE different ones coming to feed over the course of a night. Len was awake in the early hours of Wednesday morning and heard a regular clattering from one of the hedgie feeding stations. At 4am he dragged himself into the garden to investigate (bless) and there was one very irate hedgehog - impatiently flipping the lid up and down on an empty bowl! I sure hope they all decide to have a sleep this Winter as we're becoming victims of our own success with them!

Lets move straight onto the weekly peek at the picks:

I think this is such a clever way to use up strips of snippets, by making them into book spines as Megan has!

From Kim we have a 'twisted pocket' card - what a great design and I had no idea how it's done but did find a YouTube link which gives the general process very clearly.

For anyone looking for a really elegant Christmas card design to do some 'batch baking', Viv's card above is a real beauty!

I LOVE this card, made by Bonnie as part of her Merry Monday DT work - where the theme is 'plaid' right now (hence my Scotty dog card of course!). Such a super idea to make a 'package' and that Rudolph tag is just so cute:) I worked out that the antlers are made from a punched snowflake!

A touch of Halloween next, made by Helen. I love the simplicity of this design - and it's fun as well! Err, unless you're have arachnophobia I guess! 

This is such a sweet card, made by April - using the SU 'Best Bird' stamp set, which is now on my wish list of course. Love how well the colouring of the bird goes with the polka dot paper.

Totally adore this card, brought to share with us by Shaz in Oz. Wonderful use of lots of snippets and such a darling image as well. Beautiful work Shaz!

Francesca hopped into the Playground with this terrific Christmas card to share with us. I love all the little details and such a fun image too!

Calling a halt there - my time at the desk is almost up! But I just had to share this final pick of the week - made by Karen P. Such a pretty card with loads of snippets used too, The fascinating thing for me is that beautiful soft image and it did take me a while to work out that Karen had wrapped vellum over a coloured image. Clever stuff!

Vellum certainly is really popular right now - I see that this week's Less is More challenge theme is to use vellum or acetate.

We had no new Playmates last week but 55 of you came to play in total. Yay - what a lovely turnout and so many fabulous makes as well.
And it's prize draw time, for the prize from last week. Our winner of the Penny Black set of hedgie stamps called 'Loads of Love' is:

Congratulations Lia! Lia has been playing here since January and, although her lovely cards have often featured in the weekly picks, this is her first win - so I think that extra congratulations are due :)

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.

This coming week's prize is:
Yes, it's a die exactly the same as the one I used for the doggie (Tonic Studios 'Scotty Dog',  and you can see what I mean about saving the little cutouts. There's also the Inkylicious sentiments stamp set called 'Seasons Greetings'. I've used my own set a few times over the past few weeks on here (as well as today) and as people have already commented, the fonts are really lovely.

Some more snippets of news:

It's time for Rudolph Days on Tuesday over at ScrappyMo's - runs from 25th to the end of the month and an ideal opportunity to make a Christmas card with a sentiment on for Hazel's challenge, anything goes for Mo's challenge - and if you use a snippet then you can link up here as well!

And, Penny from sunshinepens rambles  has very kindly offered a pair of tickets to the Crafting Live Show at Peterborough, which is on Friday/Saturday 11th/12th November. I think the easiest way to pick a winner of these tickets is also to use Mr Random, although I do realise that Peterborough won't necessarily be easy for some of you to get to :) If you follow the link above you'll see that there are some really well known companies exhibiting their tempting wares! So, if you would like to win these tickets then just say so in a comment please and I'll keep a note and run the random number thingy before next week's post is up and running. I have the tickets electronically so you wouldn't have to wait for them to be posted.

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 29th 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 the prize. I think both items work really well as a pair but if you have a burning desire for just the die or the sentiment stamps then please feel free to say and if your name pops out then I'll do a second draw for the item you don't want.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 - caught him rootling through my makeup drawer the other day, flinging stuff hither and thither. Only looking for green eye makeup .......... so he can plaster his face and whiskers in order to scare the local kids at Halloween when they come knocking!


  1. Whoop whoop! I'm first here! Lovely though the prize is, I am just playing for fun this week, Miss Di. Got to find room for the stash from Doncaster yet!

  2. Seeing the die cut I totally get the need for keeping those little bits . Love your card. Hugs Mrs A.

  3. Sweet card Di. Love the tartan! Sorry to hear about the shingles ... so painful. Take care of yourself. xx

  4. Aaah, your Scottie in plaid stole my heart, Di! The Mister and I owned one for a few years. She was berzerk like your hedgies (wow, so many of them!!!), but gosh she was a beauty like yours! Great picks, as always.

    I'm so sorry you have a case of shingles. They can be so terribly painful. :( I hope you have a light case and are over them soon!

    Now I have a request for photos for each of you: Len, please grab your camera when you get up to instigate, I mean investigate the hedgies, and Di, we gotta see a photo of the Parsnip all dolled up for Halloween!! Love and hugs, Darnell

  5. OH dear Di, shingles is not nice at all, feel better soon.

    Absolutely love your scottie dog and great selection of picks this week, well done one and all.

    B x

  6. Ouch, so sorry to hear about the shingles, what a horrible thing to have. Hope you get rid of it as quickly as possible.
    I'm just playing for the stamp set this week - I already have a lovely Scottie die and I'll not be able to get to Peterborough that weekend

  7. Hi Miss Di, Sorry to hear that your back is still playing up and now have shingles, hope you are feeling much better soon!! Thank you for choosing my snippets card this week! The card went down very well with the gentleman... have a lovely week... Megan

    1. Hi Miss Di, just dropping by with my card for the week, I'm playing just for fun this week on account that another brand of Scotty is sitting on my table! Have a great week!

  8. Poor you having shingles Di...take it easy and get well soon. Your scotty dog is very sweet with his tartan coat. Those hedgies know a good thing don't they...they've obviously told their mates. Lovely picks and yes please to the scrummy prize. Have a restful week..Len and Parsnip should be bringing you chicken broth ;-) Hugs xx

  9. Goodmorning Di!
    I am thrilled by seeing that Random has 'chosen' my name as a winner and that these stamps will be coming to me soon! Hedgehogs: I love them and they are my most favorite animals. So that could not be better and you made my (sun)day! I hope 'your'the hedgies are doing well and ofcourse I also hope, that your back will be recovered very soon.
    Thanks a lot and I will send an email.
    Lia xx

  10. Totally sympathise with the painful shingles and hope u feel better soon Honey. Your Scotty dog in tartan coat is lovely. Fancy having irate hedgies in the garden in the early hours!
    Hugs, SARN xxx

  11. Playing for fun this week. I do love the very smart scottie but agree about the cut out pieces, good job you saved them. Sorry to hear about the shingles and hope it goes away quickly, take care.

  12. Ooooh loving your card Di and that Scottie die is gorgeous! brilliant choice of paper too!.......take it easy with having shingles they can be really painful as your probably well aware of! l put food under the nose of my hedgehog while the grandchildren where here they saw it too and was so excited not sure if l still have two only see one at a time your choice of picks and congratulations Lia enjoy your win.........have a good week ahead Di hopefully free of pain x

    1. Just playing for fun Di thanks enjoy your day xx

  13. A wonderful card Di, such a cute Scottie. I'm just playing for fun this week. Hope the shingles soon gets better.

    Sue xx

  14. So sorry to hear about the shingles, Di ... I've had experience of it and I know the pain it causes ... hope it clears soon. Keep taking the tablets - lol! What a delightful snippet card - I love that dog - thanks so much for sharing your lovely crafting for both of my CHNC challenges - I always love to see you there. xx

  15. Morning Miss Di .. .. sorry to hear about your shingles! Hope it doesn't stay around too long:-(

    Looks like we are both feeling the tartan love at the moment .. .. and funnily enough I am also working on a scotty dog card which will hopefully make its way too my blog tomorrow. How spooky!

    Apologies for being a non-attender for a while. Things have been super busy!

    Lots of lovely inspiration as always from the playground pals and your card is so cute and lovely!

    Just playing for fun and in an attempt to reduce my snippet mountain.

    Love Jules xx

  16. First Di I'd like to say how sorry I am to hear that you have shingles. I've been told it really is very painful. You certainly are going through the mill.

    Your card is a real beauty. The little Scottie dog is absolutely adorable and I would love to be included in with a chance.

    Congratulations to Lia on winning your great prize and congratulations to your super picks of the week. Barbxx

  17. Hi Miss Di & the lovely Parsnip.
    Yes please to the stamps and die if I'm lucky enough
    Congrats to the featured cards, and Lia on her win.
    I can't beleive we were sort of thinking on the same lines here.
    Love your super card as I am such a big fan of Scottie dogs as that was my nick name at school so I just can't resisit anything to do with them.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  18. Ahhhhhhh, what a cute and spiffy scottie he is, all decked out in his pretty plaid coat! What a fun card Di! That's such a bummer to know you've come down with those nasty shingles, but hopefully you'll just have a light touch of those and be done with it. No fun dealing with that I'm sure.
    Congrats to your winner and notables this week too - yay to everyone!
    I'm playing just for fun this week :)

  19. SHINGLES! Oh No, poor you .. hope you will be feeling better soon.

    Lovely make and selection again this week, just uploaded mine but I'm only playing for fun this week


  20. Fabulous scottie dog card Miss Di and super picks again this week. I'd love to go in the hat but just for the stamps.

    Do hope you feel better really soon xx

  21. Shingles, poor you Di, hope you feel better soon. I had shingles 14 years ago and can still remember "them". Keep taking the tablets and try to rest .... please.

    Great card. Would love a chance to win the Scottie please.

    Thank you for offering the tickets for me. Fingers crossed someone will like them :)

    Big gentle hugs xx

  22. It seems to me to hear that you aren't feeling well. So sorry for you!
    This cute doggie looks so fun with the giggling eye, and the scottish plaid is just a perfect dress for him! :D
    Congrats to all the picks of the week and to the lucky winner!


  23. Hello Di, such a cute Scottie card. I am just playing for fun this week. Hope you gets better soon.

    Hugs xx

  24. So sorry to hear that you have Shingles Di and hope that it will clear up soon as I can imagine how painful it must be. I love your Scottie dog with his wonderful tartan coat and in the background too, and the stylish sentiment goes so beautifully. Lots of great highlights again this week and congratulations to Lia, and finally I am a 'yes please' to the prize draw this week. x

  25. A cute card Di and lovely picks too. I'll be in the playground soon and would love a chance of winning the stamps please.
    Kath x

  26. Hi Di your card is gorgeous I love the cute doggy so yes please to the prize. I do hope that you feel better soon Shingles in no joke. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  27. Lovely Scottie card Di...and wonderful weekly picks too. Hope the shingles gets better soon my love. xx

  28. Great card love the doggy and would love to be in with a chance to win - hope you are feeling better soon

  29. Hello Di, late but just popping in to say I love your card. Well, I would, wouldn't I? :) You went to a lot of trouble to make his little tartan coat too. We went for a walk along the riverside today and saw several little Scottie dogs on the way. Brilliant showcase again this week - every one a winner. And speaking of winners, congratulations to Lia on being picked out of the hat too. Needless to say, I'd like to be included in this week's draw but count me out for the Peterborough show - it's a tad too far away for me but I'm off to the craft show at the SECC in Glasgow this coming Saturday instead. So sorry to hear you've got shingles. I believe it is an extremely painful condition so I hope you recover very quickly. Hugs - loads of them - Elizabeth xx

  30. This little Scottie dog with his plaid poncho is just the cutest, Di! A wonderful way to use plaid! Thanks for sharing him with us at Merry Monday and thanks for the shout out on my Rudolph card! I'll be back tomorrow to play at the playground.

  31. What a cute card and oh so precious with the Scottie dog with the plaid coat!

  32. Such a cute little ball of woof! Rest up and feel better. My prize from last week arrived safe and sound. Now just need time to play lol.
    Em xxx

  33. Oh Di, I'm so sorry to hear you have shingles. I hope your meds help to keep the pain away and it doesn't last very long. My thoughts are with you. Your scotty card is just adorable. I love that you made him such a darling coat. Great job! Your picks this week are all good ones.

  34. Cute Doggy Miss Di - nasty shingly things. Terrible painful, am feeling really sorry for you. x
    Thanks for showing my humble Christmas card in your picks this week - some clever playmates I am sharing the swings with!
    Playing just for fun this week - but at least I managed to come in! x

  35. Love the Scotty dog in his wonderful tartan! I had no idea tartan and plaid were the same thing. I always thought tartan was a special design or fabric of plaid. See, your blog is entertaining AND educational.

  36. Sorry to hear you're poorly Di, I do hope the shingles doesn't last too long for you, so painful. Love the picks this week, and your card is fab. Congrats to Lia.
    Janice x

  37. I entered and yes pleas to enter also in the draw for both the prizes

  38. Awk Di, sorry to hear you have Shingles, hope you're feeling better soon!
    Fab card, yes please to be in your draw - I reckon I could cut him in white instead of black and he could be my little Westie, Ruby :)

  39. Hi, Di :) I love your scottie dog and great selection of picks this week. Yes pleas to enter also in the draw for both the prizes. Best regards, Majda

  40. Ooh Di do post more photos of the hedgies!! And hope you get better soon. Love the prize this week...keeping all my fingers and toes crossed that you pull my name for the prize!!
    Will try and link up a card soon
    Dr Sonia

  41. Hope you get well soon ! do take care :) love the card with the tartan pattern paper, so cute ! that dog is adorable. I will be linking up a card soon and sure would like to play for the prize. love all the creations being linked up here, I will try to visit as many as possible :) so many ideas and creativity. Its awesome!


  42. I have just posted my card but you can give the prize to another crafter, because I have won the hedgies last week!
    Lia xx

  43. First time participating the challenge here. Love to win the sentiment stamp.

  44. Yay, Iv'e used a snippet so I can come and join in. Hugs Mrs A.

  45. Hello Di, I love your Scottie dog, and it appears that tartan is in fashion again. I would love to be included in the draw please. I do hope that your attack of shingles calms down soon and you feel a little better. Lynn x

  46. Please count me in for the cute scottie dog, and the stamp prize

  47. Di, I'm so sorry to hear about your shingles outbreak. I've been suffering them for 20 years and they are miserable. On the bright side, I adore the scotty and that gorgeous plaid paper!
    Congrats to Lia!!
    I'm playing along just for fun again this week. :-D

  48. Hi Di, You Scottie dog is cute. Thanks for offering the challenge.

  49. Oh, Di! Poor you. :-( Hope you feel better soon, shingles can be a really unpleasant thing to get. LOVE your scotty dog card and the tartan is just perfect to show him off. Great picks too.

    I'm a Yes Please for the draw this week. xx

  50. Yes please for the prize this week and thank you eva so much Misses, cor I got a shout out again this week lol! I'm late doing blog and other stuff because a hospital trip myself, nothing too serious though.
    As for the shingles I am so sorry to hear that hun, I've had that and it were blooming nasty, my weakened immune system didn't help and then it got blooming infected too, I'm sure you can imagine that the swear words coming out of my mouth Di.
    Make sure you take plenty of rest. If they've put you on antibiotics they will help, promise, you may be a wee bit weepy too huni, it's normal. I was in a right state by the time they diagnosed mine, lol, I thought I'd been bitten by insects and it wasn't clearing up so I went to pharmacy to see if they could recommend anything and that was it they told me to go straight to see my GP saw the nurse then the GP then on tablets but I'd been ill with it for over six weeks by then.
    If you need any help here just yell sweet lady xx

  51. Eeek, shingles. I have heard they are just miserable. Hope you feel better soon. The scotty dog is so cute.
    Should my number come up, I would be interested only in the sentiment set (if that's an option). I'm afraid Peterborough is probably about 4,100 miles too far to go to a craft event. -- I just goggled it, it's 4,150 miles away.

  52. Oh Di, I'm so sorry you have shingles. Hope you start feeling better really soon. I would love to play and have a chance at the prize.

  53. Hope you're feeling better soon, shingles can be really nasty. Yes please to the stamps but not the die.

  54. I swear my little brother had a cuddly dog that looked exactly like the one on your card!! I'll play for the sentiment set please Di. Hope you feel better soon!

  55. Hello, Di! So sorry to read you have Shingles. My parents and brother have all had them and I understand they are extremely painful. I'm so glad to read you are taking the medication as it's very important, as I understand it. I hope you heal quickly and don't suffer too much. Your little Scottie dog is soooo cute! And you are right on trend with the plaid paper! Congrats to your winner and picks, all so beautiful! Your prize is awesome and I would be thrilled to win! Thanks so much! I just linked up my card! Feel better soon!

  56. Oh poor Di! I have never had the shingles but some of my family members and friends have and it's no joke. Hope you kick it soon and are feeling better. Yes please to the adorable die and beautiful stamps. That scottish terrier is so fun!

  57. Sorry you're struggling health wise again, Di... hope you are on the mend by now.
    Yes please to the lovely prize on offer. Your card is awesome. x

  58. Hope you aren't too pawly now and getting better. Love the card - so cute in the tartan. Just playing along for fun x

  59. Hello Di
    so sorry to hear about your shingles - not nice :-(
    Hope you feel better soon.

    Fabulous top picks and your scotty card is just adorable.
    Please could I go in the draw for the sentiment stamps.
    Hugs Eve xx

  60. Back to play Di...but just for the sentiments please.!

  61. I hope you feel better very soon Di, just keep taking those pills! I love reading about your little hedgie population and I know they appreciate your support as winter approaches. Yes please to this fun prize, and thanks for your wonderful challenges.

  62. Thanks for joining us at CraftyHazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for October and good luck!
    Monica - DT

  63. such a cutie, Di!
    I hope you feel better soon.
    hugs xx

  64. Di, I'm so sorry to hear about the Shingles. I hope you are feeling much better soon. Thank you for picking my card! Yes please to lovely prize, no thank you to Peterborough (sadly a bit far!) Hugs Xx

  65. Gosh...I'm running behind this week...hope you're now feeling better!
    Thanks so much for including my spidery card in the picks :0)
    Helen x

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