Sunday 19 February 2012

Pixie's Crafty Snippets Challenge - Number 8

So, more lovely snippets creations this week - the playground has been a bit quieter, just as well since our internet connection has been offline a lot due to 'in-house IT security support' fiddling about fine tuning. Maybe Len and I need to start working alternative shifts :)

First of all, my snippets card for the week, I just love paper piecing and this stamp really lends itself to it:
I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card stock

- Penny Black stamp ' Love Blush', with the roses and leaves paper pieced with snippets plus a little bit of colouring of the tiniest bits with Pro Markers

- one whole sheet of backing paper from the Prima 'Annalee' collection

- all other papers are snippets, from the same collection - some are so small on the paper piecing it might give you an idea of what a squirrel I am with snippets :)

- sentiment from the LOTV 'General Greetings - Small' set

- a couple of Josy Rose nail heads to finish off. I was originally going to put ribbon down the left hand spine but decided not to in the end as I felt it was going to just be too much - that meant I moved the vertical strip of rose patterned paper to the left (the one I also paper pieced the roses with) and, as the sentiment was already stamped (duh!) there was a little gap to be filled :) 
Right, onto this week's roll call, which is probably why you're gathered in a little group in the playground - socks to be pulled up please and no whispering at the back :)

Jackie shot in like a little rocket, almost as soon as the playground gates opened, waving such a gorgeous wedding card which you can see here. It features the lovely 'I do' LOTV Wedding couple, flowers and all things deliciously 'wedding-like' - fabulous! Later on, Jackie returned with this beauty - a Valentine's Day card to beat most. Totally adorable and very elegant at the same time - go and have a peek to see what I mean. Later on again, Jackie returned with a Flippin' Men card - totally different to the first two cards and perfect for the football loving men in your lives. Great cards Jackie!

Carol's card this week was a lovely Christmas card - with the theme of snowflakes. Quite apt given the weather we had a week ago - the blue and silver worked a treat and the card was round and beautifully die cut, go here to see for yourselves.

Next in, still on Sunday, was Sarn 'hopping in' with a great Easter card - featuring a LOTV image of a bunny on a pogo stick. It's really lovely and so beautifully coloured too - to see it go here. I have this stamp too and after seeing Sarn's success I might quietly forget it :) Eileen has suggested that Sarn is ready to move onto Pan Pastels - I totally agree, and it reminded me of a load of neglected chalks I have here so watch this space, but do 'hop' over to see Sarn's card for yourself.

As always, Irene's card here is so elegant is almost hurts - I adore it. The combination of white, navy and just a touch of amber makes for a totally beautiful card - do go and take a peek if you haven't already, there's some inspiration there for sure.

Jules brought us two cards at once this week. The first one in vibrant pink and grey and the second one is such a beautiful Christmas card - both really gorgeous and of course perfectly made as always - to see both of them, go here, although I guess lots of us follow Jules blog avidly and you could well have visited already...but another little look wouldn't hurt :)

Next to visit was Lyn with this lovely little card. I've hopped back as I'm writing this up and from the comments it's amazing how many of us have some of those Flower Fairy tags that Lyn used - to see how well they work do hop over if you haven't already done so. They go so well with the BP, lace and hearts that Lyn used. Then, you could be scrabbling through your stash in search of those tags which were a freebie with a magazine quite a while ago. Visions here of you hopping up from the computer and diving into your stash right away :)

Our Princess Judy returned to the fold this week with a great use of snippets - her posting is here, the terrific snippets and 'just perfect for Valentine's Day' card is the third one down but do take time to check out the others, and also to read Judy's words. She totally cracks me up - even in adversity, her wry humour was never far from the surface.

Shazza was next in for a go on the swings - clutching this gorgeous little make, all in pink and white and also perfect for Valentine's Day. As Shazza said, this really was a true snippets card - loads of goodies were used up here, but done perfectly as well. Brilliant! Plus, Shazza and Sarn haven't yet ganged up as the Terrible Twosome (sisters) to cause mayhem in the playground.......yet!!

Hmm, no sign of Brenda this week - but, I think she's a bit busy admiring the amazing socks she just finished knitting :)

After Shazza, Linby arrived with a card made in a collage effect, I thought it super to be able to pull so many snippets elements together and produce something that works so well, ribbons included - to see what I mean, go here. It's good to see snippets of ribbon being used too. I have a really weird knack of being able to cut a length of ribbon to almost the precise length just by guess work so I rarely have ribbon snippets. Shame really as there are loads of uses for them - maybe I should attack my ribbons box like Edward Scissor Hands and see what flies out :))

I must digress quickly here - on Friday Jules posted something that really made me laugh - she secretes her ribbons in a bedroom drawer as 'overspill' and she's been rumbled by her husband, who sounds a jolly good sport about it anyhow! I was still chuckling about it when I hopped into bed and Len asked what was amusing me, so 'big mouth' here told him. Yesterday morning, as I was in the shower, I could hear every drawer in our bedroom being stealthily opened and checked for intruding stash :)) Nothing was found - but Len didn't think to check the drawers under the bed did he, snort, snort!!

OK, back to the roll call.

Andria arrived next with 'two for the price of one' - a matching card and sweetie bag, so adorable too! To check them out go here, beautifully coloured and the peach tones and turquoise go together perfectly. I bet there was one happy young lady on Valentine's Day - really lovely Andria.

Next was our birthday girl, Tammy, it was her birthday on Valentine's Day. Belated birthday wishes from your playmates Tammy! She brought this really bright and cheerful card - red and turquoise proving how well they can work together. Check out the icing on the cake too - that embossing worked a treat. Hope you had a great day Tammy!

Hazel was following a sketch with her first card of the week - and she did it brilliantly. The papers are great and just see the adorable PB image - here. Hazel's next card is all hot pink, black and white and those colours go together so perfectly too. I'm seeing more and more of this combination and have yet to see them not working together. Go and check out Hazel's great card for yourself here. Then Hazel hopped back with this lovely Christmas card, using snippets of course but also for her own Christmas Card Challenge which is currently 'Create a Scene'. Hazel's next card will make you hungry I think - lovely cupcakes using brown and pink papers and KanBan cupcake stamps (another set I think I have languishing here that haven't been used for a while). Plus another one using the same stamp set and papers here. The pink and brown works so well together Hazel! And finally a real sweetie here - perfect for a bridesmaid or flower girl, using a Fleur Anya stamp and lots of pretty pink. Whoops, not quite finally - Hazel whipped in just before the gates closed with a lovely card here - all in blues with some lovely pearls. Super backing paper too.

What a gorgeous card Sandra H brought along to the playground this week - it's here - the most adorable baby card using decoupage. I bet the recipients would have been over the moon with this card Sandra - love the baby sleeping on the cloud too :) The sentiment is lovely 'A Baby is a bit of Stardust blown from the hand of God' - I'd probably have been tempted to add the words 'especially when fast asleep' :) Just beautiful!

Sam posted her offering, all the way from Prague! She was having a romantic break there but didn't forget us - her gorgeous card is here (a Valentine for hubby) plus some great photos of Praha too. Nowt like rubbing it in Sam :) Back to the card, a load of thought had gone into making this as it was themed on Praha - aww, you little romantic Sam!!

Next was Liz with a really cute Christmas card - using a LOTV stamp. Perfectly matched to the papers too - you can see it here. Then Liz popped back with this lovely card - like her, I adore Bo Bunny papers :) Liz used such soft colours and made a perfect background for a ready made distress tag from a swop. Marvellous Liz!!

I hadn't seen Yogi in the playground ever before (although she's a regular on WOYWW), perhaps she played when Jules ran the challenge? Anyhow, she hopped in with a really delicious card this week - it's so cheerful and truly good enough to eat too - you can see it here and judge for yourself. Oh boy, now I have a craving for cherries Yogi!!

Sally H then brought a really beautiful card with everything so perfectly done and balanced - making for a truly chic result. And of course, using snippets in pink, white and black - to see what you think go here - I think it's absolutely elegant, great card Sally! The main image is by Inklicious and it's a real beauty too.

Next was Elizabeth with two lovely cards - and I do think her second one has the current record for being the smallest one in the playground :) To see them both, hop over here - the first one was for Hazel's previous Christmas card challenge with the theme of angels, beautiful, with a lovely pearl swirl! The second one is the tiny, but perfect, one that I referred to just now - and Elizabeth is on a roll using up her stash right now too. It's fascinating to see what you're all using up at the moment!

And last, but by no means least, Maggie arrived with these six gorgeous cards. Maggie is finishing off lots of half done projects as well as really putting her Silhouette through its paces - especially with some really stunning photographs. Ha, I struggle taking a photo of a card to post on here, let alone anything anywhere near good enough to actually make into a card :( Do go and take a peek - every one is really super. All fantastic cards Maggie and good that you got to the playground in time - I'll wash all the swings and tidy the skipping ropes, if you lock the gates when we leave :)

I did close the gates at quarter to midnight so I could finish this roll call off and post it before going to bed - a fresh week begins now. Mr Linky is below as usual - but there's a shorter time this week for entries. I have to drive up to beyond Oxford next Sunday for the day leaving here really early, at the crack of sparrows in fact, and will have to finish the roll call off on Saturday afternoon and schedule the post. So, Mr Linky will close at noon UK time on Saturday. I don't expect this to happen very often but now and then life gets in the way and I'd rather post the roll call as normal on a Sunday.

Thanks so much for joining in and hope to see you again this week!



  1. I thought I'd pop in early and surprise you seeing as you obviously missed me!! I love you paper pieced card, you know, that's something I've never actually tried before! Shame on me as it's such a great way to use up those tiny snippets! Hope someone else arrives soon, it's a bit lonely in here at the moment!


  2. I'm right behind you Brenda! The early bird catches the worm so they say. All I can see at the mo is moles though. Actually I'm not early I was late for #7 by 18 mins!!
    Anyways love your pieced card. that is next on my list to learn.
    Might not be around for a bit cos Mum was rushed into hospital Saturday evening and Dad has been placed in a care home so chasing off in a few hours time to see whats what. Hugs Mrs A.

  3. Hi Di

    Couldn't leave for the wedding fayre without calling by the playground first.

    I might not be able to play today as we don't pack away until 3.30pm .. .. but I will certainly be around later in the week.

    Love your card. I have this stamp and although I paper piece most of my stamps I have never done so with this one for some reason. Must give it a go .. .. thanks for the inspiration.

    You really made me smile at the thought of your husband checking the drawers in your bedroom!! Can't wait to tell my hubby!!

    I had got away with having the ribbons in the bedroom for weeks .. .. he would never have found them if I hadn't left the drawer wide open for the whole world to view!! LOL!!!

    Brilliant post again Di. Thank you for providing us with a lovely place to meet and play!

    Love Jules xx

  4. Lovely card Di, great write up as ever, and YES me and my sis are behaving very well in the playground!!! But I was never good at being consistent, so watch this space!

  5. Hello Di

    Oh my what a beautiful card, it's just GORGEOUS, so elegant and beautiful. The paper piecing is fabulous.

  6. Wheeeeeeee running around with rosy cheeks here after doing the slide, I'm off to the swings . . . look out everyone!

    I'll be over tomorrow with TWO snippet makes.

    LOVE that image and it looks great paper-pieced. Very pretty indeed Di.

    Off to catch up with last week's Truant . . . Brenda . . . TTFN x

  7. Just love that paper piecing - what a beautiful card. I am in the playground early this week, my box will be empty in no time at this rate LOL!

  8. OK Di, I did make sure the padlock was on the gate, and collected up the litter that had blown in - none of our friends would leave litter, would they. I am glad I crept in just in time, and thank you for all your lovely comments. xx Maggie PS see you soon

  9. Ha, ha Maggie! If it was chocolate bar wrappers they might have fallen out of their pockets maybe :) Di xx

  10. Hello Di, beautiful card, those papers are a real treat and I love that stamp and the paper piecing ... now hunting through my stamps for those that might be suitable for paper piecing :)

    Enjoyed reading through the weekly report ... everyone, apart from a few notable absences, has been super busy with their snippet homework.

    Off to visit as many as I can before going for a walk ... it's a lovely day here.

    Have a great day,

    Elizabeth x

  11. ...gorgeous card Di...really nice colour combo...Mel :)

  12. Another stunning card Di for snippets no 8 l love Penny/Black flower stamps they are so pretty and yours is coloured beautifully, great choice of background papers and lovely sentiment thank you for your lovely comments for last weeks snippets yeah your right l should of added while asleep!!........l'll be back laters as its babyminding duties later today and a stay over for her have a great day:) Sandra H

  13. Well, I managed to get my card done before baby arrived and l have just placed my entry Di, the image used was a candy win from Wimpsy and hadn't used it before so thought it would be great for the snippet challenge the Handcraft stickers are from my stash that l have had for ages and was left over from a card l made for a friend and the card is old l don't used straight cards now so l used my trimmer to give it a nicer edge have a lovely week ahead of you whatever you have planned:) Sandra H

  14. This card is a beauty, love the shades of pink , the piecing is fab and the whole card looks lush.

    Kath x

  15. Love these colours and the flowers are beautifully done x

  16. Hello Di, I'm earlier with my snippet offering this week - but then it's the only thing I've made for some time, so not surprising :) Elizabeth x

  17. A gorgeous card Di, I especially love the pretty colours :)

  18. Gorgeous snippet make Di, love your paper piecing the papers are very pretty.

    It's a wee bit chilly in the playground do you think we could have some patio heaters please!!

    Carol x

  19. Great snippet make Di! I hope to play on the swings this week, but lots of things on the ol to do list!

  20. Your card is gorgeous Di, I love the papers and the paper piecing! I have just added a snippet make :-) Glad to be back in the playground again!!
    Laura xx

  21. Much to my own surprise I've found time to make another snippet card this week with probably the oldest card base ever, found when I was looking for my get-up-and-go among my messy drawers :) So back to the playground again for me :) Elizabeth x

  22. You have POGO STICKS now?

    I'm going to break my fool neck.

    I feel kind of like I may be cheating with my snippets card since the parts where in parts drawer and not the official snippet place. Parts is different from snippets and everyone knows that.

    But it was a very snippet-ish card so I guess it counts. You know, papers already sorted, card already folded, border punch already punched... I just had to stamp, color and add that whirlygig thing (which was the 4th whirlygig thing I tried and only a piece of one at that).

  23. Back again. It was the promise of two goes on the Pogo stick that clinched it. I did use snippets of lace up and of course the wally button was a snippet of shrink plastic. Ok. Who has the stick cos I'm next!!!!! Hugs Mrs A.

  24. Yes but the A in Mrs A. Dosen't stand for Anne you see!!!!!!!
    Having trouble blogging at the moment so can only do comments this way. Hugs Mrs A.

  25. Popped back to see if the patio heaters had been installed lol Nay luck there then!!
    I'll leave my card and go home to bed I think! Carol x

  26. Hello Di, sorry, I seem to making all snippet cards this week so here's another one for you to report on - I see I've linked with my Sunday name too ... I'm not trying to confuse you, honest :) Elizabeth x

  27. Gosh, I can't believe I am so late but I haven't been allowed out to play :(

  28. I did pop in to play for a while earlier in the week, but I am back today. I need permission for leave of absence tomorrow, though. We are going to the 40th birthday party of our friend's daughter, and don't know how long we shall be away. I will check in again, though, when I get back home, and I shall be out to play again next week. Have a good week, everyone and play nicely. xx Maggie

  29. Not had much time at all to craft this week, been a busy bee. Just managed to squeeze in a quick one. Take care, Lyn x

  30. Good Grief Di - I am number 32!! Wow people have been busy this week!


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