Sunday, 4 March 2018

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #321

Well, what a week for weather here in the UK! Some of you suffered quite badly, some were just middle of the road like us and others barely saw more than just a sprinkling of snow. We were pretty much locked in here for a couple of days as we live quite high up in Hampshire and also on a sloping and reasonably steep road. Of course, there will always be those who venture out regardless (perhaps through need rather than desire I must admit) and quite a few cars were literally just sliding back down the hill.

Anyhow, today (Saturday) has seen a dramatic lift in temperature and thankfully the snow is rapidly melting.

Enough of the weather - let's move onto Playground stuff.

I'd been eyeing up the Concord and 9th 'Turnabout' stamps for ages and finally took the plunge a few weeks ago. Of course, then it was a case of choosing which design to go for. I figured that the new 'Sprinkles' set of stamps would be good fun and it could also be used at Christmas time to make card backgrounds in Christmassy colours.

Here's my snippets card, using the set: 
I used:

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

- snippets of SU's lavender coloured 'Wisteria Wonder' card and also snippets of white card from the box where I keep card for stamping (it's categorised between brands and uses so I know the white shades will be the same)

- the first thing was to stamp the 'Sprinkles' background using the main 'Turnaround' stamp. I subsequently found several videos about using these stamp sets and, IMHO, this is the best one so far, produced by Hedgehog Hollow. Even better than Jennifer McGuire's videos about using the Turnabout stamps and that's really saying something as I'm a huge fan of hers! I think the Hedgehog Hollow video scored higher marks for its clarity rather than galloping a bit - as well as the idea of laminating the 'grid'. That isn't essential but I like that it would then make it wipe clean

- of course, if you haven't come across these stamp sets then you'll be wondering what on earth I'm on about. It's too complicated to explain quickly - but suffice it to say that the principle is generally the same - using a background stamp you stamp in one colour (using the Misti for ease), then do a quarter turn of the piece of card leaving the stamp on the lid. Clean the stamp and ink it using a different colour before stamping again. You can do this for all four 'turns' and build up as busy a background as you wish - or just do it twice for 'less is more'. The really important part is finding and marking the centre of the stamp itself before placing it onto the Misti - my card isn't absolutely right but it's very close and next time I now know (from the Hedgehog Hollow video) exactly how to set the stamp up. So easy ....... when you know how!

- I stamped the 'Sprinkles' background using four colours of Dewdrops Brilliance Pearlescent ink pad - Yellow, Orchid, Lavender and Sky Blue and set it aside

- next stamped the sentiment onto a snippet of white card and the cupcake outlines onto another little snippet of white card - using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink

- then stamped the cupcake cases onto another little snippet of white card using some of the ink pads from the background

- also stamped some sprinkles onto the frosted topping on the cupcakes before fussy cutting around the cupcakes and the cases

- layered the cupcake cases onto the cupcake outlines using a glue pen - and also checked that they would fit onto the sentiment panel once it was trimmed down!

- ready now to do the final trimming and layering of the 'Sprinkles' background and the SU 'Wisteria Wonder' backing 'frame' and glue both pieces together and then add them to the card front

- trimmed the sentiment panel to suit and backed it with some SU 'Wisteria Wonder' just enough to peek out on either side and glued those together before adding it to the card front

- lastly, added the little cupcakes to the sentiment panel using this sticky pads to add some dimension

This stamp set was such fun to use and such a clever idea by Concord and 9th as well. The designs are growing and many of you will have at least spotted the triangles stamp on your travels around Blogland. I would certainly buy more stamps in the series now that I know all the little hints and tips :)

There are a few sentiments and various combinations of cupcakes - another reason I chose the set as it's pretty good value for money due to the additional stamps

So, here's this week's Snippets Playground prize:
Of course, it's a set exactly the same as the Concord and 9th 'Sprinkles' Turnaround stamp set I used today! Ha, if you like I'll also add in some white snippets :)

As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 17th March. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

It's a maximum of ONE entry and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. 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 winners of last fortnight's 'Sugar Pea 'Home Sweet Home' die and the matching Sweet Pea Sweet Sentiments 'Home' stamp set.

Parsnip's latest calamity adventure was helping me to clean the different stamps as I was making this card - thank goodness for the Shammy as there is a fair bit of stamp cleaning to do along the way. Of course, he demanded payment in choklit! However, I have absolutely no idea how a little white bear could end up with yellow ink inside his ear as well as sky blue underneath his chin. I think he must have had a couple of itches and forgotten the dangers of scratching oneself whilst having inky paws. I didn't look any further, for fear of where else on his fluffy little white body he might have been spreading the stuff - I shudder to think!

Love from Parsnip and of course from me,

69 comments:

  1. that is so adorable card!
    hugs

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  2. I loved the first turn about set I saw, but haven't splurged for one yet. Love your cute card, Di, & I'll hopefully get an entry made to be in the drawing. Glad the snow is melting & that you stayed put rather than risk going out!

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  3. Your card is fabulous, Di, I haven't come across these stamps before, but they look really fun to use. I'll be back later in the week to play and I'll be a Yes Please to go into the draw.

    We had about 4 or 5 inches of snow, but the winds made the drifts much bigger in places. It was good to see the community spirit, with strangers who were out and about talking to each other and people checking that neighbours were okay. Several local 4 x 4 drivers spent most of the last couple of days transporting hospital staff to the hospital so they could work their shifts, as all the buses had stopped running and the road were treacherous. Local heroes! xx

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    1. Same here Liz! Mind you, we felt ancient when our lovely next door neighbours came to ask if we needed anything and then also cleared a pathway down the drive for us! The drifts were pretty deep in places as you say.

      Aren't some people wonderful :)

      Hugs

      Di xx

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    2. I felt ancient too when my daughter expressed concern that I was going to walk about 1/4 mile to the hairdressers in the snow. LOL! xx

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    3. Ha! We just had the hall, stairs and landing decorated - with the snow stopping play for a few days of course. When the quote arrived the other week, we'd been given 10% discount - for being 'Seniors' :) Didn't know whether to laugh or cry really.

      xx

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  4. Yummy card Di, love the look of the stamps and I would say a yes please once I have my card made....
    Still hot and humid here downunder.x

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  5. Hi Di, a pretty card, love the stamps you used, does it look like the sprinkle (turnabout stamp) is like real cupcakes with sprinkles stuck to the packaging is it just me... have a good one... stay warm... Megan

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    1. Perhaps that's what gave them the idea Megan - someone brought in a box of cupcakes for coffee time :)xx

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  6. Delicious cup cakes! The sprinkles looj awesome

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  7. What a pretty card and of course the usual detailed explanation. This idea is completely new to me (missed seeing any mention of it elsewhere). I will definitely watch the video. Hopefully will be back later with a card now that temperatures are creeping up to 'normal' again.

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  8. What a fun card. You've made me feel hungry now! Love Concord & 9th stamps, but haven't seen these before.

    Glad you & Parsnip are safe &sound & that he's up to his usual tricks! Xxx

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  9. Sweet card Di (pun intended lol!) Sounds a bit tricky using the sprinkles stamp but looks well worth it! Stay safe and warm! Cathy x

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  10. My, is it that time already again Di, must see what I have, where has the last fortnight gone ? Yes, it's been a rotten week weather wise but at least your card is bright and cheery.

    B x

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  11. A fabulous card Di. I've just watched the Hedgehog Hollow video, which is excellent. I would love a chance to win this great prize - especially as I now have my magical MISTI. The weather in Devon has been 'interesting'! We've now got rain so most of the snow has gone - thankfully!
    Kath x

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    1. Kath - I have a really great idea to use with the Misti - which I'll do a post about once I've made a card.

      Hugs

      Di xx

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  12. I have seen this and other turnaround stamps used at Jennifer McGuire's blog. They are great idea to get an all over pattern, and the added sweet cupcakes make this a great set of stamps Di and such a generous prize. I love your card using them with the beautiful panels either side and then the cupcakes and sentiment down the middle. You are such a perfectionist and it shows in this wonderful card. x

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  13. Oh WOW, stunning effect!! CarolG

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  14. Oh, I LOVE that sprinkles stamp, Di! Well used on your card. I have several cupcake stamps in my collection w=but the sprinkles are something completely new. I think I'll be playing along this week (if I get my card finished) but I'll play for fun this time around. :-D

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  15. Well you are right, some of us (me!) had never heard of a turnaround stamp before. The Playground is a wonderful place for catching up with news and trends.

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  16. A so yummy card, really SWEET! :D Love the two panel that matched the sprinkles on the cupcakes!
    Yes please for the prize
    Hugs

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  17. What a fab card Di and I no hadn't heard of those stamps...they sound really fab! Yes please to the great prize this fortnight. Our snow melted this morning thank goodness as I really had enough of it...it caused all the family major probs including my poor son and his GF losing a day of their skiing hol as the flight was cancelled. Never mind it's gone and here's to a better week. I'm glad you fared OK and I think Parsnip should get his choc! Hugs xxx

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  18. What a yummy card and stamp set. So... I'll say "yes please" to the great prize. (However, I have to say that the sprinkle stamp made me think of ants at first glance. We had a bunch of them on our deck last fall and they kinda resembled that rabble!Eewew!)

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  19. Oooh so pretty Di is your card as always and you make it look so easy that turn around stamp is gorgeous can be used for so many cards xx

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  20. Super card and lovely colours and design, great images too. I have papers with sprinkles on a tad easier than stamping but once it's gone it's gone, while a stamp is there forever.
    Have a great week..

    Love

    Kath x

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  21. Your card is so fun, Di! A definite "yes please" to the prize. I've not had the chance to play with a turnabout stamp yet, but would really love to!

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  22. Fab make and giftie but I'm just playing for fun

    Kathyk

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  23. Hi Di your card is gorgeous I love it. I am here just for fun this time. I am glad the snow has gone. Take care. Hugs Jackie

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  24. Gorgeous card, Di! I'll be playing in a few days, so it's an advance yes please to the prize from me xoxo

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  25. Mmmm yummy card Di, love the sprinkles effect! Parsnip is such a sweetie helping you clean your stamps instead of out building snowbears. Though it you pay in chocolate I'll pop over and give him a hand ;)
    Playing just for fun this week x

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  26. Your card is amazing and what a 'clever' stampset is this! Well, I am taking in a splunge into my snippets box and have to create a card for the challenge. When it's ready I willl show it!
    Lia xx

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  27. So cute! and so true...haha! Yes please!

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  28. Wow! A wonderful cupcake card! Great stamp set as the prize. So I say "Yes, please, I want to take part in the draw."
    Hugs, Liv
    Xxx

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  29. Your cupcake card looks great. I love the idea of how you did the sprinkles.
    The grandkids love decorating cupcakes and sprinkles are their fave! i keep a container of all different types and colours and they go wild at decorating them up for their Dad and Mum...
    Dropped off a card but just playing for fun this time.

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  30. Love your yummy card, those sprinkles are super duper neat!! I have to add this set to my want list, you have 'enabled' me more then once to buy the prize you are giving away..how fun! So of course I say yes, please..have a great day!!

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  31. Just posted a very snippety card. Yes please on the draw.

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  32. Oh Wow, Di, your card is so cute! Love the sprinkles turnabout stamp and adorable cupcakes! I've seen these stamps somewhere but have never tried them - love the colours you used! I'm a YES for the prize, please!

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  33. What a fun new creation you made and the prize would be wonderful. Yes, please put me in the draw.

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  34. Managed to make a card - yes please this time around if I may.

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  35. How fun!! Love the yummy colors of your card to go along with the yummy cupcakes. I've seen a couple of these type of background stamps before, would love to be entered to win one of my own.

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  36. Fab card Di....could just eat a cup cake!....clever idea turning the card for the multi coloured background. Yes please to the prize. Hugs xx

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  37. Super sweet card Di! Love the yummy cup cakes! Yes for the prize!

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  38. Awesome card Di - that stamp set looks fab (what a wonderful idea!), so I'm a 'yes please'!
    Helen x

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  39. Hi Di, love your card makes me hungry lol, I am a yes of a chance at the stamp set,please

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  40. Oh Parsnip, I'm so glad I'm not the only one who ends up with ink in my ears (not to mention glitter in my eyebrows)! Beautiful card, Di, that turnabout stamp looks really fun, but I'm not playing for the prize this time as I've had several crafty wins in the last couple of weeks and I must give myself a chance to play with everything!

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  41. I have seen one or two of these turnaround stamps, but not this one! This is very cute! I like the colors you used and it is so fun! Thanks for sharing. I did play along and would love to win. Have a good day!

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  42. What a fun birthday card with those yummy little sprinkles all over it! Cute cupcakes too! Yes please to the prize this week :)

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  43. Love this birthday card! Yes please for the prize Miss. xx Thanks

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  44. This is such a fun Birthday Card, love the Sprinkles design on the paper. I would love to be entered in the prize draw. Marlene

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  45. Hi Di! I'm here to play again and I really would like to win! I have a SU set similar to this...maybe I'll get it out and use it on the playground. Have a great weekend.

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  46. What a beautiful card Di, gorgeous stamps and design. Yes for the prize please.
    Valerija xx

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  47. What a fun and festive snippets card, Di! Love the colors and design! I do hope your weather stays calm now and soon turns to springtime!! Thank you for another Snippity Playground adventure and love to Parsnip! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  48. Yes please for the yummy prize :o)
    Katrina x

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  49. Oh what a sweet card Di - love the way you have used the sprinkles stamp. Yes I would like to play, and be considered for the wonderful stamp set.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  50. Gorgeous card, Di! Inspired by Kathy's fab motorbike card, here is my Black Ice effort. Just playing along for fun - great inkpad swiping technique that is just perfect for getting ink on your ears!! Hugs Xx

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  51. Hello Diane! I'm very happy to join this challenge again. Thank you for wonderful challenge and prize. Hugs,

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  52. This is a fun bright card and there is always something new to learn in stamping! I've only seen this idea once. I hope Parsnip has returned to his usual colour but perhaps with Easter on the way there is no hope. Just playing for fun. X

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  53. Fabulous card Di and I remember sneaking into the kitchen cupboard to pinch a handful of those sprinkles when I was little! Only playing for fun again this time xx

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  54. Hello Di, sweet card - love the sprinkles matching the yummy cupcakes :) Playing just for fun this time around and thanks for stopping by my blog... always appreciated x

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  55. Hi Di, I've missed you. Life seems so busy but it's mostly all good stuff. I'll take a quick hop, skip and jump through the playground! Hope to catch sight of Parsnip on the way. Playing for fun.

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  56. Forgot to mention how fun those sprinkles are with the yummy looking cupcakes!

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  57. I'm not playing for the prize but just wanted to enter. It's been too long since I've played and I finally made a card I felt was "snippet worthy"! Love the card you made. Looks yummy!!!!!

    (Also loved the comment on my post - I really had to laugh about the workers and frogs! LOL!!! If it'd been a snake I would have been right behind him - or maybe in front of him! I actually LOVE frogs though. Even like to hold them. They're just so cute as far as I'm concerned.

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  58. What a fabulous stamp set and your card is yummy! Yes Please to be entered into the draw! Not a very adventurous use of snippets on my card but I really wanted to enter and not sure if I will be able to blog again before the weekend! I hope Parsnip is ink free now! Hugs xxx

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  59. Hi Di...it's been ages since I visited the playground! Anyway my linked post included lots of playing with a new stamp!

    Love that sprinkles stamp - would love to play with that - and love how you have used it!

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  60. Hi Di, hope you are well and enjoying hopefully the lovely weather we have in this neck of the woods where you are today.

    What a wonderful card. Would love a chance to win you prize please

    Crafty sewing hugs Pen x

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  61. I too love the sprinkles. They do look good enough to eat! Yes to a chance to win the prize. Thanks!

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  62. Super card and lovely colours and design, great images too.
    Only playing for fun again this time :)
    Have a great weekend, Majda

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  63. I love cupcakes and your card is soooooooooo cute, great design and sentiment :).
    yes for the prize, please.
    have a great weekend.
    hugs xx

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