Sunday 26 February 2012

Pixie's Crafty Snippets - Challenge Number 9

Yikes, the playground got off to a flying start this week - Brenda hopped in during the wee small hours.

It sounds quite crazy I know, but I can vividly imagine the little pigtails flying when playmates rush into the playground and I hate the gap and silence when the gates are closed so I can finish off the roll call.

Anyhow, here's my snippets make for this week - wow, number 9 already!

I know, I know - it's very pink and therefore very 'me' - but it all started with the GorJuss Girls image, which I thought cried out for soft pink!

I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card stock

- GorJuss Girls image 'Guardian Angel', stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured with Pebbles Chalks and Dove blender pen - as raved on about on WOYWW this week. Then die cut with a Nesties oval die and layered onto a pink scalloped Nesties die cut oval

- papers and other card all came from the snippets folder although the 'rosebuds' background paper was a whole piece from the Pink Petticoat 'Vintage Rose Collection' which was a freebie with Quick Cards Made Easy magazine quite a while ago

- heart borders were punched using a MS punch

- the sentiment is from the LOTV set called 'General Greetings - small'

- pink organza ribbon from stash and the bow was made using this great tip from Enfys, I used a pink pearl brad

- leaves punched using a MS punch, little piece of feather and the flowers/roses were from stash- Dee sent me the beige coloured roses (probably Wild Orchid Crafts), I love them Dee!

So, that did use up a few snippets at least - amazing when you have enough of them to be able to co-ordinate how often they come to the rescue.

OK, roll call time!

Brenda whipped in like a greyhound chasing a rabbit as soon as the gates opened on Sunday with this terrific 60th Birthday card. Bless, it was a last minute make for a 60th birthday she's known about for ages (how often do we all do that huh) - and Brenda had to fling her knitting to one side to race off and make it. A stunner too and one to really make you smile - just think Terrible Twos Tantrums, better still, hop over and see for yourself.

Not long after that, Linby hopped in clutching a really 'lovely in lilacs' monochromatic card - it's so pretty, a lovely Tiddlyinks Parisian lady against a perfect background. Every element goes so well together on this card Linby - to see it if you haven't already hopped over for a peek during the week go here, and be prepared to be tres impressed :) I love it!

Irene brought the sweetest LOTV card with her, made for her sister-in-law - the colours are so soft and delicate, blue and brown teamed up perfectly! The addition of little pearls to the necklace is a lovely touch - to see what I mean, hop over here to have a little peek.   Gorgeous isn't it?

Next in was the gentle soul Sandra H - we've never met but I always envisage her as being very caring and quite quiet. I could be totally wrong though because just take a peek at the funky card she brought to show us Whoop, whoop - go Sandra, really bright and I think very different, love it loads! Great colours and I just  love the spare set of shoes :) Do go and check it out if you already haven't - and get those glasses, plus the hairdo :)

Hazel's first card of the week is here and it's a real Christmas cracker - err, a Christmas pudding actually:) One of the sweetest images for a Christmas card and the delicious backing papers go perfectly too - and I wouldn't mind a scrabble through Hazel's Christmas snippets! Next was this card - what a cheeky chappie the reindeer is too. Then we have some inchies - using a heart stamp that I just know Jules will sigh over :) Does anyone know the name of the stamp as Hazel doesn't? On Wednesday Hazel had used some stickers on this really elegant card - and again is unsure of who makes them - any ideas?Also on Wednesday, Hazel hopped back for another go on the slide and brought a really eye catching 'black, white and a touch of yellow' card to show us - it's here. A great combination of papers and stamps too!  I did laugh at this next card - it truly made me think of you all - err, anyone wearing blue bloomers out there? To see what I mean - go here as it's such a fun card! Then on Thursday, Hazel nipped in with this bright and cheerful Christmas card - all in reds and with a Tilda image cleverly given a Santa hat, complete with pom pom :)

Next into the playground was Shazza with a lovely card which you can see here. It's all flowers and such a pretty make - love the stamping on the background too! Do go and take a peek, Shazza is on a roll with her recycling and constantly surprises me - a real knack of using recycled goodies without them looking like a couple of dogs have been fighting over them, as is normally the case if I try that!

Sarn, who is Shazza's sister, arrived next - complaining that she'd only been beaten in the race to the playground 'cos she stopped to tie her shoelace! :) But, the two gorgeous cards that Sarn brought were well worth waiting for too - both 4" square ones and really fresh and clean looking. I did tease Sarn about the 'arty' flowers in front of the cards too :) I can't choose a favourite - can you?

Next to dash in was Gilly, fresh from making her wedding invitations - don't forget we want to see them Gilly so when they've been sent out, if you post a photo etc. on your blog, which I'll know about from following you it will be linked into the Playground. Anyhow, Gilly brought with her a really super card, using ribbon in such a clever way - to see go here. Very clever isn't it, and such great colours.

Liz's first card used paper piecing - yay! I love that technique and this card is really pretty in pink - always the way to my heart :) Ha, it could even be one of you little scamps waiting patiently for a go on the swings! Liz's next card is here and in total contrast - black and white used in a stunning way. Brilliant result Liz!

Next was Elizabeth with pink (more squeaks of happiness here) - beautifully married up with  black and following the theme of 'shopping in Paris'. Do go and sigh over the gorgeous dress that the very chic shopper is wearing - in fact everything about this lovely card - here. The background papers are just perfect and pull it all together so well Elizabeth!  Next time, Elizabeth brought another really beautiful card with her - to see it go here. I love the way Elizabeth started off with an aperture card which already had a little floral design printed on it - they were ideal for mounting cross stitch in and I'm sure there are still some lurking here. Taking that and building a gorgeous creation so that it flows seamlessly into the centre of the aperture and also to the far corner is really clever - plus Elizabeth used gilding flakes, which add a fabulous finishing touch. Then Elizabeth hopped back in with a really cute image of a puppy on a rather chic card - monochromatic and really one to stand out in a crowd - such lovely little puppy paw prints too - go here to see, I love it!

Karen was next with a real stunner - using vellum to make butterflies and they really do look ready to fly off the card, fabulous vibrant turquoise and gorgeous embossing too Karen. To see what I mean, hop over and see for yourselves -  there's a lot of work and detail to be seen - I really love the result, I'd be very proud of my efforts if I was Karen!

We then had a visit from Jules - big cheer! She was such a happy bunny, having found a terrific bargain of a Sizzix die she'd been lusting after wanting for some time. And to see the result, hop over to Jules and see what I'm wittering on about. Great isn't it - the pale blue and bright pink work so well together - and that die was well worth waiting for Jules!

Carol popped in next with this lovely Christmas card. What a stroke of genius too, using an image on the bauble Carol, it's a really super result - very soft scene and really cleverly done. I didn't even know you could get Nesties dies in bauble shapes! Then, later in the week Carol hopped back with this beauty. At the same time, checking whether the patio heaters had been installed in the playground :) It's another Christmas card, with all the things I love, lace, ribbon, punched edging and such a lovely image - do go and see, super!

Our Laura was next to come for a whizz round the playground, bringing this card - isn't it just great. Really fresh and so eye catching - the combination of white, black, grey and honey colours do go together so well - and the images are gorgeous. After time away on a placement it's great to see Laura back in the fold with us :)

I spotted the next card on Judy's WOYWW blog posting and persuaded her to bring it along to show you - but it comes with a health warning. Before you hop over here and take a peek, you'll have to pass through Judy's living room - which is the most amazing Aladdin's cave of crafting stash I've ever set eyes on! Once you finish gasping and reach the card, it's really pretty and the colour combination is perfect - and only made by Judy because the cat refused to do it! Who else would hop into the playground exclaiming 'You have POGO STICKS now? I'm going to break my fool neck.' :)

Tammy arrived next with this really cheerful card - I think we're all into butterflies at the moment - and I love the way that Tammy even used the punched heart leftovers. Definitely waste not want not - and so effective too. Love the sunny colours, it reminds me that perhaps we'll have a Summer yet. If you need a little bit of sunshine go and take a peek.

Our next visitor was Jackie with a lovely 'pretty in pink' card - using one of my all time favourite Penny Black stamps. To check it out, go here. Don't you just love the little mouse standing on tippy toes to blow out the candle? The papers and sentiments are all Craftwork cards ones and they go together so well Jackie! And, I think you did a pretty good job making and decorating that birthday cake too.

Maggie brought a little satchel full of seven Christmas cards to the playground in one go - dual purpose as they are also for Rudolph Day, which is run by Sarn. I'll mention Rudolph Day again further down, but what a great selection of cards Maggie brought with her. Decoupage, a waterfall card (mine always work like they have arthritic joints Maggie!), Crafters Companion, Thomas Kinkade - they're all here, and they're all gorgeous too. Do go and see for yourself - and thanks Maggie for bringing them in one go :)

Next in was Lyn, with a card made in a style totally suited to using up your teensy little snippets - a nine square card, topped off with darling little punched flowers which you can see here. It's gorgeous Lyn, and the faux stitching round the edge is a great finishing touch - and, belated birthday wishes from your playmates too. Good job we didn't know earlier - you might have been subject to 'the bumps' - do kids still do that now I wonder? Or has 'Elf and Safety' put a stop to it?

Aw, after a little absence, Sam (Hettie) flew in on Friday evening clutching a selection of cards too - all in one go as well. Phew, a real variety of work here - take a peek as there's a lot to see. Birthday cards plus one Anniversary card so there's a lot to look at - all done beautifully of course. If I really had to pick a favourite, it would be the one with chickens on - but there's a lot to choose from so perhaps you should go and decide!

So, that's the roll call for this week girls. Mr Linky is below and the gates will be open as normal this week, closing at midnight on Saturday. Hope to see you coming into the playground for a quick spin on the roundabout maybe?

To those of you who posted a few snippets all together, thank you, it makes the linking much less arduous. I don't want to put people off though, so if you need to enter challenges during the week and the card is also made from snippets then please carry on. Or maybe you just want to post snippets cards one at a time - I'll keep trundling on and will shout if it becomes too much, the main thing is not to have rules if we can help it - apart from no pinching or hair pulling :)

Don't forget, yesterday was Rudolph Day - each 25th of the month Sarn hosts Rudolph Day in a bid to help you to make a few Christmas cards during the year. There are no limitations on what you make - any shape, colour, style is fine - and you still have almost a week to enter! And, you can be like Maggie - use up some snippets at the same time and make a card to link into here and Sarn's blog. We don't mind at all - we're here for the fun first and foremost :)

Finally - Sam suggested a button for the sidebar that you can pick up for your blogs if you like. Great idea, and I have the image of the playground keys from the lovely Jules - only, I can't find out how to do the button :( Can anyone link me to some decent instructions in 'idiot' language please? I can happily fiddle with HTML but just can't find a good starting point :( 



  1. Hi Di

    Well a good few snippets were used up on this lovely creation .. .. the soft pink is just perfect!!

    Sorry, I can't help on the sidebar button. Computers are not my strong point.

    Any changes I make to my blog I do with one eye shut as I press "enter" or "save changes" .. .. LOL!!!

    Have a great Sunday and I will see you in the playground later once my sandwiches and everything are packed into my tuck box.

    Love Jules xx

  2. Your snippet card is simply divine Di! I love everything about and the little touch of feather is genius.

    Great write up and THANKS for the Rudolph Day plug my friend. xxx

  3. Hi Di

    Posting my LIM card from yesterday as I just missed the gates closing when I posted it and had already put a link in.

    To add the image to your sidebar is easy:

    Go to design view
    You'll see "add gadget" at the top of all the links in your sidebar - click it and find "add picture" from the list
    use the search to find the image on your computer and press OK.

    The only complication will be if the image is too large - if it doesn't work give me a shout and I'll mail you some instructions on how to resize your images.


  4. Gorgeous card Di, so soft and subtle.
    Well I am first in the playground because Less is More had the same idea this week!
    Thanks for the lovely write up about my card last week.

  5. Really sweet card Di, love the image and the pretty papers.
    You could have your work cut out this week with the LIM challenge.

    Kath x

  6. Gorgeous snippet card - or I should say Gorjuss! And such a fab summary of events in the playground - I expect I'll be back in there soon! x

  7. me again - I am guessing you want to do a link not just a picture, just found someone who has done this and the html is shown, so maybe you can figure from this??

  8. What a beautiful card Di! You make using snippets look so good! You rock!

  9. Love the card and so enjoy following your blog but particularly your write up of our escapades in the playground.

  10. Hi Di, did you mean you wanted a small button for everyone to use that had the name of the snippets challenge instead of the photo of the keys? Or did you just need to know how to add the pic to the side bar? If so I think Tara has answered your question.
    Lovely card!! Really like the feather and all the pink.
    Thanks for the mention :-) it's certainly great to be back at the swings xx

  11. Hi Di,

    Cute little card! I'm finally getting caught up on the blogs that I follow. I should have started this last night.

    Glad you got your envelope of information. It was fun collecting it. I was disappointed that the 2012 Visitor's Guide hadn't been published yet though. You get an idea of all the offerings.


  12. Beautiful card Di, what a great stamp too. Hoping to swing past the playground tomorrow to join in the fun

  13. Such a pretty card Di and unusual to see a pink card too!
    As for button, why not ask Julia D for tips as she has the WOYWW one? Just an idea!

  14. Think I'm more like the rabbit than the greyhound this week! Super cute little snippet make, I used a tiny bit from that same Pink Petticoat freebie too this week! Bit of a crazy week for us here, you can read all about it on the snippet post, but I warn you, settle down with a cuppa first!!


  15. Lovely card Di, great image too, I'm a fan of those GorJuss Girls. Now then, Elf and Safety would most definitely have become involved had the playground pals tried to give me the bumps. I can just hear the loudhailer now 'OVERLOADED, OVERLOADED', hahahaha, not to mention the state of your poor backs afterwards. Thanks for the birthday wishes. Take care, Lyn x

  16. Brilliant card Di, so soft and gentle
    with an adorable imge.

  17. Loving your card Di, the colours are so soft and gentle. Enjoyed the playground adventures too - but Miss those big girls keep hogging all the pogo sticks and not sharing!!
    Sorry can't help with the button.
    Carol x

  18. Hello Di, a very pretty card, great image beautifully coloured - some little girl is going to love it. Can't help you with the button thing ... I just about get by in blogland as it is :) You'll find my latest venture into the playground is not with a card this time but with an altered notebook - well the covers are altered and I've tried a bit of collage for the first time too - something a bit different in the war against snippets :)) Elizabeth x

  19. Another gorgeous card, I too love the pink! A beautiful stamped and coloured image, just perfect :)

    Luv Karen xx

  20. Hi Di, Another great challenge and going so fast number 9 already where is the time going?!! your card is another fine example Di, great image coloured with chalks l'll have to get mine out and see if l can colour as lovely as you have done here, love the backing papers so soft and the flowers, ribbons, die cuts, and sentiment just another stunner and also the bow making what a great idea l have copied that as l'm not good at doing bows have a great day and thanks again for last weeks comments for challenge no 8 so thankful:) Sandra H

  21. Beautiful card! I love the pastel color palette!

  22. Such a gorgeous card and the playground is growing each week, may have to form an orderly queue to the swings soon. Hugs, Amanda X

  23. Woot woot . . . forgot my satchel Miss . . . but I ran back home to get it . . . here's my homework. xxx

  24. Iv'e had a terrible week. Would have been here sooner but I tell you those Pogo sticks are lethal. For starters where the heck is the steering wheel and more inmportantly the brakes? What about the indicators. Yes exactly!
    The one caked in mud and don't even ask the rest is over on the grass. Still getting bits of duckweed and feathers out of me hair after my untimely encounter with the duck pond.
    Don't save me any salmon pie now cos I have seen enough fish for this week. Hugs Mrs A.

  25. p.s. or whatever. Just realised never said nought about your card. Its gorgeous. Love all the pink. Very delicate which is how my head feels now. Sorry drunk the whole bottle of wine over tea (chicken casserole with glazed parsnips and croquet potatoes, eat your heart out)after phone call from sis, ref mother (muvergate). Good news is that the salmon is now defrosting in the sink for tomorrows tea and the bad news is I have to make the shortcrust pastry by hand. Anybody got a recipe book. hic. Hugs Mrs A.

  26. That is not me peeking through the fence.... Ok, it might be me..The time difference always confuses me. I've brought my sleeping bag and this time I'm just going to curl up outside and wait... I think I saw Brenda and Mrs. A snoozing next to a tree. I'm being very quiet! Wonderful card Di....I'm sure the angel was modeled after you...right? See you in a few hours....


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