Sunday, 30 April 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 279 and 280

Where did the last fortnight go to? Here we are, into May tomorrow (it's May Day Bank Holiday here in the UK so a long weekend off work for a few folk). Despite it being almost May, we've had a real drop in temperatures here during the week - and snow in a few Northern parts of the country. So we're not out of the woods just yet - and my woolly vest and warm bloomers are staying put for now!

As always, a huge thank you to everyone who came to play this past fortnight - loads of gorgeous entries.

This is my snippets card for the coming fortnight:
I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" white card blank, tent style

- snippet of dark rose pink card, trimmed to slightly smaller than the card front and set aside for later

- piece of white card stock for the front panel, die cut using a NBUS MFT 'Diagonal Strip Sentiment Cover Up' die

- then die cut the sentiment out of the plain wide strip, using a Memory Box 'Sketchbook Imagine' die - making sure to keep the little pieces of 'waste' from inside the letters

- next, cut a piece of double sided self adhesive sheet to a teensy bit smaller than the die cut panel and popped it onto a snippet of white card which I then trimmed down to the edges of the adhesive sheet.

- peeled off the remaining piece of protective sheet and carefully applied the sticky card to the back of the die cut panel so that the apertures were now backed with sticky. (TIP - keep the piece of waxed protective paper from the sticky sheet to cover up the panel in between working on the next stages)

- die cut the 'Sketchbook Imagine' die again, using more of the deep rose card and stuck it into the apertures on the card front - followed by those little pieces of white waste I'd set aside earlier

- selected a variety of little strips of coloured card stock from the snippets folder and die cut a set of strips, inlaying them onto the card as I went 

- ran the completed panel through the Cuttlebug to press everything down

- then glued the striped panel to the piece of deep rose card I'd set aside earlier

- glued both layers onto the card front - and called it done

This really is a fun way to use up snippets, I always seem to have a lot of little strips that I can't bear to throw away. Just think of all the colour combinations, a dark or black background would look fabulous, red and green for Christmas, and maybe silver and gold perhaps for a touch of luxury? Another way to use the die would be to stamp a sentiment onto the plain panel, either a really bold, wide one or perhaps a shorter one with a die cut flower beside it. And of course, the strip cover up die itself can be used the other way up - so that the plain panel runs across the top third of the card. Very versatile IMHO.

Probably don't need to spell out what this fortnight's prize is made up of:
Oops, got my reflection again :)

The prize is two dies, exactly the same as the ones I used today - MFT 'Diagonal Strip Sentiment Cover Up' and Memory Box 'Sketchbook Imagine'.

I will split the prize if necessary, both dies work beautifully together but would also work very well apart. I've seen a few really pretty floral cards using the 'Imagine' die as the sentiment. But, as always - both items are one complete prize if you wish to play for them as a pair.

The Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks from now on and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 13th May. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

It's still a maximum of ONE entry and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. The prize is both items together as a single prize, unless you really do only want to try for a 'split' - in which case I'd do a further draw for the other item. Please also link back to the Playground in your blog post to be eligible for the draw.

Remember, if you link into the Playground and don't say clearly that you're wanting to be in the draw then you will be bypassed if your name comes out of Mr Linky. I'm sure you all know I ask for a positive 'yes' just in case you're playing only for fun. Thanks!

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 :)

Be sure to call back next week to see the winner of last fortnight's prize plus my picks from the past two weeks - as well as another lovely guest designer too!

Love from Parsnip and of course from me,


Liz said...

I'm first through the gates today and I'm heading straight for the empty swings! Brilliant card, Di, what a great way to use snippets. The die Strip Cover Up die looks really versatile, it could even be used landscape way round, with the plain panel going down, decorated with punched flowers (from snippets of course!).
I'm a Yes Please for both the prizes this fortnight. xx

Pat said...

This is a really pretty card and a great design to use up those odd bits of card as you rightly say Di, and I love the colours you have used, they go together beautifully. I will be entering a card and would love to play for both dies. x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Wow! Your inspirational card is so striking and this die is really great to use little stripes of scraps! well done!
Also here we have a long weekend, it's the "worker's holiday"... And also here it's cold. Where has gone Spring? :(
Time to sleep, now... :) Hugs

Greta said...

Absolutely love your card, Di! The MFT die has been on my wishlist for awhile & the MB word is so lovely--I'll play for both. Wishing you warmer weather soon!

New Creations said...

Beautiful use of snippets Di! So elegant and beautiful, love it!
Yes please for the prize!

Janice said...

Super card Di, both of which dies I have not seen before. A great way to decrease our snippet pile!
I would love to be entered into the draw please for both, thank you.
Janice x

Jane said...

2 gorgeous dies and a perfect card Di....a really lovely prize ..yes please to being in the hat for the next 2 weeks. It's been so chilly hasn't heating is back on but really my garden desperately needs some rain. We waved at you via the A3 yesterday as we visited Southampton again. Enjoy the bank holiday weekend. Hugs xxx

Jane Willis said...

I absolutely love your card and the pretty colours you've used, so I'd like to go into the hat for both dies please. I can see that strip die having a multitude of uses - it would be great for masculine cards as the stripes could give a sense of speed when used as a background for a sports car or bike, and done with festive colours would be great for Christmas too. The inlaid strips could be patterned papers..... I could go on all day, but I must give Liz a quick push on the swings and then pop outside and do a rain dance. Mark's garden is looking terribly thirsty.

Aquarius said...

This is a great card, very colourful and so good that you've given us a detailed 'how to' with some really handy tips along the way - thanks. This looks like a handy set to have so please could my name be popped into the 'hat' this time. I agree about keeping the thermals handy - really chilly weather considering it is May tomorrow!!

Fikreta said...

that is so nice card!

Kath said...

A fabulous card - a great way to use snippets. I'll be in the playground soon and would love a chance to win these lovely dies.
Kath x

Robin said...

Wonderful card! I love the colors and the sentiment! I would love to win these. Be back soon with a card. Hugs, Robin

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Oh, this way I entered early :)
Yes please!! I would love to win these yummy prizes!
Hugs, have a lovely Sunday!

Kathleen said...

There's no heaven, I have been singing all day, thank you!
Yep, May Day tomorrow and new are having the weather to prove it... NOT another bitter day here but thankfully no snow or hail.
My first thoughts were, my goodness, how has she managed to get those stripes so perfect? A really lovely bright card, great use of snippets too.

Kath x

Preeti D. (aka Dutt Preety) said...

Beautiful card Di :) great way to use up colored snippets. Would love to play along for the wonderful prize. Thanks :)

LesleyG said...

What a fabulous die for the inlaid die technique, and like you say a great way of using up all those strips we have, I reckon you needed some patience, but well worth it xxx

Megan J said...

Hi Miss Di, a wonderful card and thank you for the tip about running the panel through the CB when finished inlaying the pieces, I will have to try it out. I have so many little bits that would work wonderfully with the inlaid stripes. I would love you to throw my name in the hat this week for both dies please (Yes from me). Have a wonderful week... Megan

Sarn said...

GORGEOUS card Di. Really nice and colourful and I adore the die cut sentiment.
I've got my wellies on and am carrying my brolly cuz it's rain, rain, rain later today - don't wanna get my card wet!

If I'm lucky enough be picked by the Mr Random, I'd like just the Imagine sentiment die please.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Janis said...

Bright and bold card, Di! Love it. Yes, please, to the prizes on offer this fortnight.

I missed last link up from being down with the spring viruses that are going around. Besides, I had trouble enough keeping track of when the linkups closed with the time zone differences when it was still weekly. Now I am completely discombobulated! Ha.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Bonnie said...

We had winter last week and we're now back to summer. We've had the craziest weather this year! I love your stripes and it's a fantastic way to use lots of those snippets. Imagine the color possibilities! Playing for fun! Have a great week!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Stunning card and it will be a yes please from me, when I get to linking up later this week :)
Em xoxo

Carol L said...

I'm a huge fan of inlaid dies, so your card really does it for me! I love the simplicity and fun colors you chose. Yes please to the draw this week, and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead! Thanks for another fun challenge!

Helen said...

Love the colour combination on your snippets card Di - so pretty!
I'm a 'yes please' for both dies...both look fab for reducing the snippets mountain!
Helen x

Amanda said...

love your card, great use of colours. Yes, finally playing!!

Loll said...

Your card is so pretty Di! It's a great way to use the dies ... and fabulous colours too. I'm playing along with a card that is all snippets except for the card base! xx

Eemeli said...

Fabulous! Clean and simple but at the same time very effective. And by switching the sentiment to something else you can turn this to fit for so many different occasions. Lovely make.


Sandra H said...

Absolutely amazing card Di and the die is gorgeous so effective too! just playing for fun hope you had a great bank holiday take care xx

Jenny L said...

Hi Miss Di, and the lovely Parsnip,
Yes please if I'm lucky.
What a super creation and such wonderful colour snippets used aslo.
Great design ing as usual.
Those dies are very useful for using up all sorts of snippets.
Hope you had a good Bank Holiday and the weather was kind to you.
Thank you so much for all your hard work involved in this fab challenge, and good luck to eberyone that enters.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Monica said...

Playing for fun.

Am not able to upload my card. So am pasting the link in this comment.

Linby said...

Fab card - and there was me thinking you had made it freehand LOL! Would love to win the dies if chosen - off to upload now.

NanaConnie said...

I love this card, Di !! What a great lot of work you did on such a CAS design, but it was certainly worth every minute you put in. I'm working with snippets on a card I hope to post by tomorrow and will definitely play to win this time around. If I'm lucky enough to win, I'll be thrilled, and if not, then I'll be off to buy these two dies. They simply MUST come and live at my house. :-D

Bunny said...

Thank you for the challenge. Love those dies.

I say yes to winning and I want it all!

Sharon Fontenot said...

I would be happy to have one or both of these dies. -higgledy-piggledy

Donna said...

What a fun challenge, thanks for the chance to win either of these wonderful prizes. Have a wonderful day!

Eve said...

Hi there Miss Di!
so sorry for my absence - I have got a letter and it is definitely signed by my mum.... not me ;-)
I love your amazing CAS colourful card and I would 'imagine' it was a bit tricky to make!!! ha ha see what I did there!!!
I'm just playing for fun this time thank you - hope all is well with you.
Love Eve xx

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

I stopped by to drop off a Birthday Card... Beautiful snippets card .. I am waiting at the see-saw, if you want to come over and play. Yes, I would love to be in the draw... thanks.. hugs..

Elizabeth said...

Fabulous card, Di, though it does sound a bit fiddly to make. The word is beautiful - lovely font. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Karen said...

Fantastic card! Love both of the prizes too, so yes please Miss Di! The script on the imagine is stunning, really gorgeous font! I have some hooch round the back of the bike sheds if anyone is interested lol? Karen x

scrappymo! said...

What a fabulous card. The inlaid strips look great and I like the sentiment. This is such a true snippets cards!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Yummy card, love CAS style you've made too... yes please to both, if name is out of hat. I'm in a rush as it's waaay late here already Friday.. night and chat later, trust you're well... pray so.

Carole said...

Love your card Di...I imagine that there is a lot of scope with this die and sentiment...sorry about the pun! Would love to be in the draw to win it.

Tina Z. said...

wow, what a wonderful card, I love all the colors and design.
yes for the prize, please.
have a great weekend.
hugs xx

brenda said...

Here Miss Di.

A very smart card, the chevron strips really draw the eye.

Hope all is well with you.

B x

Glennis F said...

Love this idea - yes please for the prize

kbrandy4 said...

What a fabulous fun card Di and yes i would love to win the prize!
Hugs, Hazel x

Karenladd said...

Wow, I almost missed this challenge and seeing your very trendy and impressive CAS card design Di! Yes please to this fabulous prize...and for showing us how simple can still be so dramatic!

Kathyk said...

Just uploaded my entry and YES PLEASE to an entry for the prize

Great make from you too

Happy Sunday


Cara said...

I love the colours you teamed together to make this card, so striking. I'd love to play for the prize this week. Cara x

Lady Joyful said...

Fab card Di, love how colourful it is. That MFT die looks like a really great way to use up snippets! Definite yes please to the full prize for me please :)

Mrs A. said...

Thas a nifty snippet Miss. Love those colours. Yes please for the pot. Hugs Mrs A.

Majda said...

Thank you for the challenge. I love your card and the pretty colours you've used - clean and simple :)
Definite yes please to the full prize for me please :)
Hugs, Majda

paperpapier said...

I love to win both dies, so versatile for card making and the sentiment is perfect for my scrapbook project too. Thank you for the fun challenge.

ionabunny said...

Hi Di, so happy to be playing again at the snippets playground. Would love to win so those gorgeous dies so please count me in. Your card is lovely and so many great ideas with those dies. Hugz

Lynne in NI said...

What a gorgeous colourful card Di! Yes please to be in the draw for your goodies :)

KandA said...

I'm a bit late Miss Di but at least I made it and brought the sunshine with me. Love your card and those dies are fabulous so yes please to going in the hat this time xx

Sandy said...

Gorgeous card Di, and a great way to use up snippets. However, I'm not sure I have the necessary patience to use those dies, so I am playing for fun only this week.

Jean said...

Hooray I have made it back here at last.
I love the yummy coloured snippets you put together for this card Di, and I would love to be in the draw for the prize please.
Jean x

scrappymo! said...

Great card design, Di.

We all have those long thin strips and this is a great use for them.

Finally getting my card entered...I almost forgot!

AlisonC said...

Phew, I just made it. Just playing for fun, I wanted a run around in the sun and to show off how many snippets I've used! x

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Oops, I missed the linky by a couple hours, but I was playing just for fun this month anyhow.

creationsnz said...

Yes please, I'd like to be in the draw, CarolG