Sunday, 24 June 2018

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #329

Hi there - and welcome to a new Snippets Playground Challenge fortnight!

The Carnival last weekend was absolutely freezing! Blowing a gale and we were only thankful the heavens didn't open as an extra treat! Numbers of stalls seemed to be down this year - and we got off to a slow start on the 'Archery Have A Go', which was a bit demoralising. The parade was such fun - little ones in costume from a handful of schools as characters from children's and we had Harry Potters, Tinkerbells, St. Trinian's which reminded me of school days and various other groups of 'book characters' tripping along wearing the cutest outfits (and little blue noses, bless them).

However, things really picked up as the afternoon went on and we had our best takings ever I believe! Wahoo - happy dance that all the trying to keep warm wasn't for nothing. And yes, we were well wrapped up and also under shelter - but try telling that to a determined wind! Thank goodness, my back didn't kick off either - wahoo!

The real highlight for me was the treat of being given a ride in an Austin 7 vintage car - magic! Sorry no photo - it all happened very quickly - but they really are tiny inside! Hood was down but still so cute and cosy - AND it had a form of cruise control, well that did surprise me I admit. Mind you, the tangle of legs and arms getting out was a sight to behold for sure :)

You'll need your sun glasses for this fortnight's snippets card - every snippet was from my stash of white ones:
 I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" white card blank, side opening

- Sizzix Flowers #6 stamp and dies set - very kindly donated to the toy box by Viv, and of course I loved it so much I went and bought one for me too! I stamped it onto a snippet of white card using a Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink pad then repeated it on two more snippets of white card so I could do some layering

- then coloured the main image in using a selection of bright Pro markers and then just the large flowers and leaves on the two extra pieces of card ready for die cutting

- trimmed the image panel to suit and set it to one side

- then I die cut the flowers and their centres (the set of dies is 10 in all!) plus the leaves. A confession here - I was in a hurry and in the end I fussy cut most of the elements (using the dies as a guide for which parts would be best to layer)

- set the cut out flowers and leaves to one side in a little plastic lid so they didn't get lost

- then used a Memory Box 'Sketchbook Imagine' die to die cut the word. Did it three times using white card which I'd coloured with the turquoise Pro marker and then backed with Stick-It before doing the die cutting

- layered all three 'imagine' words on top of one another and then added them to the image panel

- at this point I ran the whole panel through the Cuttlebug using embossing plates and a folder to add the right thickness. A little hint here - Stick-It will move very, very slightly so I recommend you use glue to add the layers together if you intend using the Cuttlebug to squish it down firmly (lesson learned there for me). It wouldn't be a real issue with just one layer of card, but when you've carefully lined up three layers it's a nuisance - OCD strikes again!

- then I cut another snippet of white card to a reasonable amount larger then the image panel and coloured all round it using the same orange Pro marker (best way to get a perfect match of course. Then trimmed it to just slightly bigger than the image panel, glued them together and added them to the card front

- finally, I layered the cut out flowers and their centres plus the larger leaves onto the image - using little snips of thin sticky pads

I really had great fun making this card - the stamps and dies are a delight to work with. And of course, you don't need to add layers - or you could just colour and cut out a few flowers and leaves to add to the corner of a card rather than have the whole panel. Choices, choices!

And here's this week's Snippets Playground prize:

First of all, it's a Sizzix 'Flowers #6' stamp and die set, just like I used for my card today - thank you again Viv!

And, I also just managed to get hold of a Memory Box 'Sketchbook Imagine' die from me to add.
This was a bit of a mistake really as I did think I had the die sitting in the toy box - but once the card was finished I went to find it to take a photo - and in fact I'd only managed to buy the one for myself some time back (they're really hard to get hold of here in the UK).

However, undeterred, I searched on line and eventually found one at Aldridge Crafts (here in the UK) - the very last one they had in stock! Phew. And, Jane who runs the business made sure I got it in double quick time ready for the challenge - and even popped the really sweet set of four hearts die in to add to the prize  - it's sitting below the Memory Box die! How lovely was that?!

Do hop over and take a peek at her shop HERE - it's now on my list of places to visit of course :)

I had other similar word dies in the toy box which would have done almost as well. BUT, I do like the word 'imagine' along with the psychedelic flowers - reminds me of John Lennon's era. Ah, I'm sure I had dresses just as bright and flowery as this card - and, of course the essential white boots!

As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 7th July. 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.

I've thought long and hard but have decided that the prize will not be split at all. As I've previously said, don't be afraid to play along and then if you do win, feel free to give anything away to a friend. It saves me keeping two lists and also saves on postage of course. Besides, I think all three items would work beautifully together.

Remember, if you link into the Playground and don't say clearly that you're wanting to be in the draw in a comment on here, 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' on the blog post - just in case you're playing only for fun - otherwise I ignore you on my little list..

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 Uniko ''Block Party Birthday' stamp.

The hedgies continue to visit - I posted a photo of three of them queuing for a turn at one of the feeding bowls on Wednesday. Mind you, I subsequently found out that mayhem broke out a little while later and there was quite a brawl! Len hadn't wanted to disillusion me - bless him :)

One last thing, I do still have some names on the GD list, and thankfully have a lovely playmate lined up for next week - but, can I please ask you to email me (address on sidebar) if you're happy to be a GD in the coming weeks. My big failing is the inability to plan well ahead and, although I do have about four names 'on hold' they're all wanting lots of notice. Which I do understand of course - otherwise I think we may dispense with GDs and just plunge into fortnightly picks instead.

Edit: Initial feedback and some more thinking since this post was published has more or less convinced me that you'd be happy just with the weekly picks and the prize draw result every other week. So, after our next Guest Designer's spot in a week's time, we'll take a little break from it being a regular inclusion.

Very busy here right now but I'll do my best to come and see your entries as soon as possible!

Love from Parsnip and of course from me,

60 comments:

  1. Wow!! Such fabulous funky card! Love so much how you coloured the flowers and all the layering look just amazing an so dimensional!!
    Seems that you have enjoyed so much the Carnival! Well done! :)

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  2. What a lovely bright card and well done for adding all the layers - labour of love I guess. I will be posting a card later on and would very much like my name to go into the 'hat' please.

    It is always nice to have guest designers but I'm sure we would all understand if it wasn't quite such a regular thing - maybe very occasionally. Having the picks every other week would be fine and I'm sure this would make things somewhat easier for you and anything that does that has to be worth trying because you put so much into this challenge one way and another.

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  3. Lovely inspiration Di and yes I would love to win the fab prize!
    Hugs Hazel x

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  4. A super card, bright and cheerful, just like the weather here today......and I now can't stop singing John Lennon's 'Imagine' song! Another lovely prize this week, so I'm a Yes Please for the draw.

    I agree with Val, your choice of picks gives so much inspiration, it might be less work for you if you didn't have a GD every fortnight. xx

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  5. I went wild and groovy with my card, too...so keep your shades on! Love the bright colors on your pretty flowers. Fabulous card. Yes, please, to this amazing prize package. Crossing my fingers.......
    Thank you for another fun playground challenge!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  6. A fabulous card Di - perfect for the summer! I'll be in the playground later this week and would love a chance to win the prize, please.
    Kath x

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  7. Such a fun card! Yes please to the prize. xxx

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  8. Di, I love your whimsical card. Please put me on the list for the prize. It would make great snippets for a layout. Fingers crossed!!!

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  9. A super bright card Di and the dies to match make this much easier for layering and give it lots of possibilites and a great MB sentiment too, so am definitely a 'yes please' for this beautiful prize. Thanks to Viv for donating the main part and thanks to you for adding in the sentiment, also to Jane for the extra pretty hearts! So pleased that the day turned out well for your carnival and that you made bumper profits. x

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  10. What a fun card Di! I love how bright and cheery it is. Love all the layering as well. Well done with those snippets! Sorry it was so cold and windy for the carnival but glad things picked up in the afternoon. Nice ride too!!! Hugs, Brenda

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  11. What a stunning card. I wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize.
    Hugs, Chantal S

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  12. Such a bright & cheerful card Di - love it!
    I'm a 'yes please' for the prize draw.
    Helen x

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  13. Very colorful and beautiful design, Di! It was fun to read further in your post about you having dresses like your card because that was my first thought on seeing it! I'm glad you eventually had a good day at the Fair in spite of the cold wind. The car ride sounds magical and I'm so relieved to hear that gathering yourself to get in and out didn't send your back into spasms! Your plan re GD sounds like a good one! Have a great week! Hugs, Darnell

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  14. I love that card and I love that stamp. I haven't seen that one. Or maybe it's your beautifully colourful presentation that makes me stop and pay attention. Thanks for the link to the shop. Or maybe not LOL. She has some lovely things that need me!!! I am playing for the prize please. Made a twinchie!! So my whole project is a scrap!! Hugz

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  15. A lovely bright and cheerful card, Di.
    Yes please for the prize

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  16. Very pretty & cheerful card, Di. I'm pretty sure I
    also had a dress just like it. I do so love flowers!!
    A yes, please, for the wonderful trio of prizes. :-)

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  17. A super card and a great post.

    Kath x

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  18. I absolutely love this card, Di. It took me back to my youth, flower power and the swinging sixties. I swear I had a dress in, if not that pattern, one very similar. And the white boots were the very devil to keep clean but obligatory nevertheless! And Imagine is one of my all-time favourite John Lennon number. For all those reasons, please, please me, and add my list to the draw. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

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  19. such a cheerful card, I love it. and those white boots sound fun :)))
    yes for the prize, please.
    a lot of sunny hugs, we are on our summer holidays.

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  20. Yay! I have joined in! So happy! I love your card - its so incredibly cool! I am glad your carnival ended up being such a success and 'Yes Please' I would love to be entered into the draw for this awesome prize! Thankyou and hugs! xxx

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  21. Just playing for fun this time, Di, but oh wow--what a fun, beautiful card you've made! The carnival sounds like such fun & I do wish I'd seen you getting in & out of the vintage car!

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  22. Hello Diane! Today I am happy to join wonderful challenge again! Thank you so much for chance about awsome prize! Have a wonderful day!

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  23. Eeek Di!! Your card is so fun and happy! I love the way you stamped it once and then added the 3-D effect with the stamped and die cut centers. All those colors would cheer anyone up. We've been having lots of wind lately here too, but it's been HOT, not cold. I can just imagine all those little kids in the parade, braving the shivery weather and I'm glad it all worked out. Yes please to this awesome prize.

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  24. Love this stamp and the colours you have chosen. It's a yes please for me in the draw x

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  25. It's gorgeous, Di! I've made a bunch of snippets cards this last weekend, and I'm sure I'll get one blogged in time to enter, so it's an advance yes please xoxo

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  26. What a shame the fete wasn't this weekend Di..such a difference in the weather. I'm so glad though that it was a success, so much work goes into these events. Wow what a great card, yes very John Lennon! Yes please to this awesome prize and I hope to come back to link in on Wednesday, all being well. I agree re the GD, if it's hassle to sort out the picks are always such lovely inspiration. Thanks for all you do, keep cool! Hugs xxx

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  27. This is a 'hot' card, love all those brilliant colors, and great idea to layer the elements. It's very pretty and dimensional with the layers as you did these. It makes me think "Fiesta" and such a super & beautiful way to use up a lot of snippety bits! I have enough "schtuff", so will say no thanks to this set which looks so versatile too. Thanks to Viv for donating and giving you the idea! Hugs to you and Parsnip. Stay cool. TFS

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  28. I love your card so bright and cheerful.

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  29. Oh, I really love this sweet, whimsical card that is full of color! The layered bits and pieces add great dimension and interest to a design that is already fun. Great tip to corral the leaf and flower parts so they don't get lost until you adhere them. I'm forever misplacing my small die cut parts before I add them to my card. Half the time I end up having to re-cut the pieces because I never did find the first batch, argh. Yes please to this lovely stamp and die set and thanks to Viv for donating such a fun prize.

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  30. Such a pretty card Di, lovely colours. I would love to have my name added to your draw please.
    Janice x

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  31. Gorgeous fun and colourful card Di so many snippets used too! our carnival day so wet l didn't get out to see it and l love going so hopefully next year for me gales don't help either do they...…….enjoy your week Di (only playing for fun) xx

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  32. Oh di that card is brilliant - the stamp looks just like the wallpaper I had in my bedroom in my teens, so I really HAVE to go into the hat this week, because if I won I would colour it in the exact colours of my room - bright yellow, bright orange, hot pink and lime green. It's a wonder I ever slept!

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    1. Oh Jane, I'm really chuckling at this! Only today, in the early hours of the morning when I couldn't sleep, was I going over the carpets and furnishings I chose for our sweet little new build maisonette first home (in a previous life many years ago). We did the bedroom purple on one wall and shocking pink curtains, it was very bright :) But then, we just couldn't run to the extra £300 or so to buy a centrally heated place at that time and so bright colours helped - a lot! Looking back, am glad we didn't go for the central heating as that was one of the things that pushed us to move up the property ladder after about two or three years in the lovely little 'nest'.

      Di x

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  33. Love your floral card. Just dropped off a Floral Mandala Note Card. Yes. I would love to be in the drawing for this wonderful prize.

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  34. Thanks for the John Lennon memories with this great card! Love all the colorful flowers and would love to be included in the draw, thanks much :)

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  35. Gorgeous, gorgeous card Di amd yes, can see how that snippets would be used up in such a beautiful card.. so yes please Miss, for this..
    AND yes, you can see I’ve finally used the Die you gave me, it really makes an easy card and I know I’m going make more with some snippetty cards and this die. I was as said on my post disappointed at the way they put the star in such a way as to not be able to use the top scene in relief from diecut, because of where they place it, why didn’t they use fine wires to attach it. Might be me I’m not sure 🤔 as I’m difficult!!!!
    Glad you’re hacks okay, love Shaz. Ps you can always call on me at shirt notice as I’m invariably making a card with snippets if you do GD choosing again.
    Hugs Shaz.x

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  36. Oh, Di, you have outdone yourself on your card for this challenge! It is amazing. And I'd love to win the prizes so that I could attempt to replicate it. Thanks for the chance to do so!

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    1. Oops. Yes I'll play and YES YES I'd love the win the prize:)

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  37. This is such a fun and cheerful cards. Love how you've added the layers for extra dimension. It'd be fun to see how this works with printed paper too. I'm a yes please for this prize.

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  38. Ooops, I left my comment on the wrong post but I'm actually going to play for the prize this time around. :-D

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  39. What a gorgeous and vibrant card Di - love it! Pity about the weather at the faire, but so good to know you were financially rewarded for your great tenacity :-).
    Yes please, I wish to play, and be considered for the prize.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  40. Fabulous card, so cheerful and FUN!! I haven't been to play in quite some time as it seems life has a way of getting in the way, so I thought I would join the fun here! I will say yes to the prizes (who can resist lol), but really came to join in. Have a wonderful day!

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  41. I am entering a gift tag and would love to be the possible winner of the prize.

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  42. Love your entry, Pixie - it looks so bright and cheerful!

    Here's mine - and yes, I'd like to enter, please.

    Thanks. Cath x

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  43. Gorgeous floral card Di, love how bright and cheerful it is! Yes please to the prize, as I could do with some brightening up in our chilly winter lol, Cathy x

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  44. Just playing along for fun Di! Hugs, Brenda

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  45. HI Di, would like to be entered into the draw for the lovely prize.

    Kath x

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  46. It's fabulous and funky!! My mum and dad had a duvet cover which had flowers like this in it. It was red and brown and they had it for YEARS! I mean years. Like they only got rid of it when I turned 35 and they had it when I was tiny..... Thanks for always being there for us to use our stash! xx

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  47. Oh my goodness I was a real flower power girl! I had a dress just like your card, and you should have seen my trouser suit, let alone my suede hot pants! OMG those days are well gone thank goodness, but I do still love bright colours! It will have to be a big YES Please from me, so I can reminisce some more :) xxx

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  48. Wonderful floral card. Love the colours.
    Yes for the prize please.
    Valerija xx

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  49. Back again after another break...would love the prize!!

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  50. Love your flower card - it has a cool retro vibe, and those colours are amazing! I finally got my act together and got myself over here to join your linky! I've been making a lot of CAS cards lately with not a lot of snippets, but today I used a cover plate die-cut that was a stencil for yesterday's card and intended to be thrown away; however, I liked it so much that I kept it and made it into a card! Hopefully that's considered a snippet! If not, no worries! But if that works for you, then I'm very interested in the prize! Thanks so much!

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  51. Love you card, have been busy making cards but running out of time to blog them, where does all the hours go! - Would love to be in with a chance of the prize
    Nicky

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  52. Love your flowers! I can never decide which I love the best, bold colors or soft colors. Love 'em all, I guess. Yes, please I'd love to win the great goodies this time.

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  53. Colorful and funky card! Yes for prize please

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  54. Lovely inspiration Di. Such a cheerful card, I love it. And yes, I would love to win the fab prize!
    Hugs, Majda

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  55. I entered in time! :D Yes please for the lovely "J.Lennon feeling" prizes! :D LOL

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  56. Back again with an entry and to say a yes please!

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  57. Very 1970's indeedy. Our first flat was bright orange for the kitchen with a big flower pattern wallpaper, the lounge was purple and pink, the bedroom pink and green and the bathroom sunshine yellow and we didn't have central heating either just a gas fire in the lounge. Those were the days.!! Yep stick me in the pot this week. Hugs Mrs A.

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