Sunday, 10 May 2020

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #376 - results

 
What a glorious sunny weekend, so far, for the toned down VE Day 75 Anniversary. The most moving parts of Friday, for me, were when Charles and Camilla laid their wreaths at Balmoral War Memorial just prior to the nationwide two-minute silence. They looked so lonely walking from the church down the driveway, just the two of them and a lone piper waiting at the memorial and playing as they approached (and a TV crew of course, out of shot). It meant much more than any huge parade we thought. And the Queen's broadcast to the Nation on Friday evening was just perfect.

Let's move straight into this fortnight's picks:
I couldn't let this wonderful card, made by Liz, go without being a pick. You should pop over to Liz's blog to see it opened, and also to read the story behind it. In short, a wonderful gentleman called Captain Tom Moore here in the UK has, to date, raised over £32 million pounds for our NHS. He did it by walking 100 lengths of his (not pocket handkerchief sized) garden in the run up to his 100th Birthday at the end of April. The Queen has already approved him being made an honorary Colonel - and now a lot of fingers are crossed that he will be recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June. Such a lovely gesture from Liz as well to send him a card.
Love this card made by Kitty - too funny ............. and horribly like I suspect I might look first thing in the morning! Love the coffee bean embossed panel - and what a great way to use up a lot of different coloured snippets, by making fishtail banners to pop behind the image panel. All perfectly matching to colours in the image itself as well!
And, another very similar idea popped up with this fun card made by Lesley G. It's certainly a brilliant way to use up snippets and Lesley went a bit 'above and beyond' by even adding those dear little poppers made from the teeniest snippet of silver card.  What I hadn't realised was, in our 'mail quarantine area'. sat the very same card waiting to be opened! What a lovely surprise that was.

And we had one returning Playmate after a really long absence:
I adore this card, made by Lindsey - who came back to play with us (now using Instagram) after a few years absence. It's so elegant, as her cards always are - come back soon and play again please Lindsey!
So, that's my picks and I do hope they've given you some inspiration for ways in which you can use up some of your own snippets. I could have added many, many more picks, as I always say.

We had 48 entries in total - still going strong girls!
Now for the prize draw, which is for Pink & Main's double die set called 'Hugs'  and the set of complementing sentiments called 'Hugs Needed'. And the winner is:

Well done Jackie! I'm extra glad your name popped out as I know you're shopping for a few people who are unable to get their own groceries - so perhaps this truly is Karma working for you. I know I probably already have your address but can you please send it to remind me to package and post your prize. Please send me your address, with your full name at the top as well so I can copy and paste or just write straight from the email onto the envelope - for speed and ease. It's also confirmation that you still would like the prize of course and I'll post your prize once we're finally allowed out to play again! Please put Playground Winner or similar in the subject line of your email in case it drops into my junk mail. Email address is on RH sidebar as always.
I have a strong suspicion that Len and I will be in the group deemed to be almost the last to leave lock down. But I have kept good records of winners so your prizes will reach you eventually!

Remember folks, there's still almost another week to run on Challenge #377 - you can find it HERE. The prize is Clearly Besotted's Rainy Day stencil with their 'April Showers' set of stamps and matching dies.
Dudley is doing fine, he has a 'cool mat' which we keep in his corner of the main bathroom as he likes to lie on the tiled floor in there when it's hot. Last night before going to bed, I popped my head round the door to check on him and he was lying quite comfortably with his head and top half cooling nicely on the cool mat, even though it's big enough for the whole of him to fit on. Earlier in the evening, when we were downstairs, he was doing his impression of a star fish in the tiled hallway. He's certainly not daft when it comes to finding cool places!

I think I may have 'sussed' why he sits on his hind legs when I'm grooming him. It looks like the little tinker has worked out that possibly showing his tummy like that means I can't reach the rest of him such as his back legs, tail and rear end! I'm not sure just yet about his motives so am giving him the benefit of the doubt - it just means more moving him around and tucking him under my left arm!

And here's the little scamp, grubby face from playing in the newly mown grass, late Saturday afternoon. Playing up to the camera - he knows I have one of his favourite treats in one hand, as well as the camera in the other. I know, I know - we have a special soft doormat kept warm and dry in the garage, for him to happily doze on in the garden (to the RHS of the photo) whilst we sit and ruminate over the day's events:

Love from Parsnip, a happy wave and woof from Dudley - and of course hugs as always from me. Stay safe - it ain't over until the fat lady sings!
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20 comments:

Bunny said...

Perfect top picks. Congratulations to them and to the winner.

Do they make cool mats for adults? Some nights I feel I could use one. [Bunny]

LesleyG said...

Awww thank Di that was a nice surprise! Congrats to Jackie and love the other picks, and what a cute shot of Dudley. The fat lady made me laugh xxx

KandA said...

Amazing pucks this week and a super photo of Dudley xx

Kathyk said...

Congrats to the winner and picks - all totally fab

What a super pic of Dudders too - TFS

Happy Sunday, stay well

Kathyk

Aquarius said...

Great picks as always - you must find it so difficult each time with so many brilliant entries. Hopefully the easing of restrictions won't cause another surge in virus cases. Don't think I will be going far any day soon. Hugs to all.

Lindsey said...

Lovely post Di and thank you for your kind words. Dudley looks adorable! Amazingly clean and white! He does very well not to have a stained beard! Hug x

Sarn said...

Congrats to all the showcased girls and to Jackie on her win.

ADORABLE photo of Dudley!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Kath said...

Fabulous Top Picks and congratulations to Jackie too.
Kath x

Sandra H said...

Beautiful they all are n well deserved to be showcased congratulations to Jackie a well deserved winner too! Gorgeous photo of Dudley and your right perfect weather for some time and VE Day lovely to see Charles and Comilla enjoy your day a change in the weather but can’t complain it’s been pretty good during this lockdown x

MadeByMeghanK said...

Darling picks! I love the chicken one! And HI DUDLEY! Did you know it was National Dog Mom's Day yesterday (May 9th?) What did you get your awesome mom Di?

KT Fit Kitty said...

That's wonderful, Di! Thanks so much for the pick! That chicken still makes me giggle! Big congrats to the winner and other picks - I always enjoy seeing the cards! Dudley is the sweetest, as usual! I love reading about his antics!

ionabunny said...

Congrats t the winner and top picks. Dudley stealing the show again. So cute. Glad you are keeping well. I think there will be so very poignant photos/memories of these times. Take care. Hugz

Jackie T said...

Thank you Di for choosing me as a winner. I would still like the prize. I will email you. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Liz said...

Thanks for choosing my card as one of your picks, Di. Congratulations to the other picks and to Jackie on her win. Great photo of Dudley. I don't think he'll be looking to find somewhere cool for the next few days, just the opposite! xx

Pat said...

Great picks as always Di, with some wonderful uses of snippets, and congratulations to Jackie T for winning the lovely prize this time. Another cute photo of sweet Dudley earnestly pleading for his treat, and amazingly clean I think considering he has been snuffling about in the garden. x

Em Louise Fairley said...

Great picks, so congrats to the winners... and thanks for the adorable Dudley pic xoxo

Nicky said...

Lovely picks and congrats to the winner. Great photo of Dudley looking super cute and as if butter wouldn't melt lol

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Arrgh. Lost it. Mobiles.. sigh
Welll wonderful wonderful work by our ultra clever playmates!! Love them. Must try get around more ... chuckled so at someone's antics..you're prob right in your suss! Soooo cute though!
Now my card this week I so wanted to leave till nrxt weeks playground.. but didn't have anything else to share.. so it's today. However used a very ancient prize from 2015 I found out, bad me!
.. its all scrap snippets except base card again.

Thanks for sharing, and may God bless and keep you and all whom you love, in these different times.
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz. X

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Mary said...

Awww look at that happy boy! Nothing like rolling in fresh grass. Great picks, as always. I love then all, but that chicken by Kitty made me laugh. As always, thank you for brightening my day! Your card is gorgeous. And what a wonderful cause. There is so much goodness in these days of uncertainty.

EmmaT said...

Beautiful picks, that cockeral just made me LOL - i wonder if the amazing Captain Tom has seen all this thousands of cards yet - probably still working through them all. Hugs Emmax