Saturday 24 March 2012

Pixie's Crafty Snippets Challenge - Number 13

Wow, what lovely sunshine we've been having over the past few days down here. I hope the sun has shone for you too - we might have to arrange for an ice cream van to start calling at the playground gates!

This is my snippets card for this week, quick and easy:
 I used:

- 5" x 7" white card stock

- all other card and papers came from the snippets folder

- the plain purple card was embossed using a Crafts Too 'flying butterflies' embossing folder

- image is a Penny Black Stickaroo from the 'sun-kissed' set - sold in the UK by Handy Hippo, and thanks to Irene for the inspiration

- the sentiment was stamped using my new Perfect Plum SU 'stampin' spot' ink pad (my not so little order arrived on Friday and I love these!! Thanks Sarn, I'm one happy bunny here) - the stamp was a 'magazine freebie' which I doubt I'll use again as it doesn't stamp at all well and it's a bit like chewing gum, but with writing the roll call I had no time left to re-do it. Am convincing myself it looks a bit 'shabby chic' - OK, just shabby then :(

- double lemon and purple organza ribbon from the ribbon box, wrapped round the card all in one piece and tied in a bow which worked first time, for once

- Josy Rose nail heads

And now for the roll call, lots of fun things this week too.

First into the playground was  Brenda, suffering a bit from being in the sunshine over in Michigan. Her card, here, was a Christmas stunner - super papers and such a cute Christmas Fairy! Then, on a second visit Brenda brought another fabulous card, such gorgeous flowers and a load of work must have gone into making it. It's truly beautiful and I've got it earmarked to be a challenge winner Brenda. Brenda's next card was another really super Christmas one, using tapestry stamps - if you haven't tried them yet, they really are huge fun to use and give terrific results as you'll see over at Brenda's.

Poor Sam had been rattling the playground gates during the night, when yours truly went to bed and forgot to open them up again :( She would have been first in to play so apologies Sam! What a great card she was clutching when she finally got in as well - very British and of course, featuring chickens! Do go and see it here, one to make you smile :) Then, later in the week, Sam hopped by again after suggesting that we sweep the gravel from the playground and play at wheeling one another up and down on her new pretty pink craft room chair. It's a beautiful chair - and so are all the cards that Sam posted here in one go (thanks). All quite different, and if I was forced to I'd probably pick the 'script and flowers' card but it's a very close call. Great stuff Sam!

Hazel's been really busy this week, and hopped in quite a few times with lovely goodies to share. Firstly, such a striking butterfly card here with the sentiment printed using Safmat, reminding me how useful that stuff is - if I can remember where it is! Then, some really fun sticky note holders - those animals are just too cute Hazel! A Christmas card was next, with a beautiful sentiment and two really sweet owls, followed by a reindeer Christmas card and the reindeer on the image in the centre has such a cute expression on his face! Altered notebooks are a favourite with Hazel and her first one this week just sings of Springtime, here. Then, Hazel brought a really bright and cheerful card with some truly zingy flowers on - sometimes I'd love to be given just half an hour to go and rummage through all of Hazel's snippets! Another beautiful floral altered notebook was next, in pinks - my favourite colour just in case anyone hadn't guessed :) Then Hazel kicked off her own Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge for this coming week with a Christmas card (of course). The theme is a house, home or part of a house such as a fireplace - and Hazel had chosen a house within a 'snow globe', really effective too!

Bernie was next, with one of her usual funny posts to make you smile - seems this past week a few of us have been battling with Mr Blogger :) And what a card Bernie brought to show too, here. The most gorgeous butterfly and lots of pretty flowers - a real beauty! Plus, a very clever trick to help disguise foam tape or pads. Thanks for that Bernie - and the profile photo is great, so well done on not giving up when Mr Blogger was stamping his feet!

Next was Sarn, with four cards in one posting - three Forever Friends Bear cards and a very delicately coloured card with horseshoes and flowers on, they're all beautifully coloured of course. I did laugh as Sarn has even used up some snippets sent to her by Sam - each card is lovely SarnSarn's monthly challenge - and also to see what her chickens are up to.

Gilly's card this week is very cute, a baby card with an 'all in one' baby suit, cleverly paper pieced and hung on a little washing line. The colours are gorgeous Gilly and I do so love that little suit!  I spend a lot of time here with my nose pressed against the screen peering at all your photos girls and even the little elephant seems to be paper pieced, and holding a little glossy heart in his trunk - aaaah, lovely Gilly!

Next was Jules, finding time to bring along this cracker of a card. If you haven't already been over to sigh over it, do go now. I love the stamp that Jules used and of course it's just perfectly composed and made, as always. The heart is easy to find as well :) It's good to see you Jules, this playground is growing and it's all down to you for starting it off in the first place. It's great that business is doing well for you - which reminds me I have some wedding invites to get on with ASAP!

Karen called by next, offering to tidy the skipping ropes. But, I'm going to do that job all this next week as punishment for not calling by to leave a comment before Saturday as I'm writing this. I'd missed such a lovely card too - a really elegant 'Thank You' card in white and lilac. Love the stamped background and all the pretty punched flowers Karen - it's beautiful, and I'm a very naughty girl for missing it on Tuesday! Forgiven I hope, now let me at those skipping ropes!

Next was Ali, on her first visit. Ali is a relatively new blogger and needs more visitors and followers so I hope you call by to say hello. Her card, here, cleverly re-uses a tag from a coat - a polo player no less, looks like a posh coat Ali! Picking up the same blue and adding some pinks has transformed something we'd usually throw away into such a great card. 

Carol brought a really beautiful card to show this week. White with splashes of orange - I totally love the Marianne Design border dies and the way Carol used them - combine that with those gorgeous flowers, the bow made with such pretty striped ribbon and a heart shaped button to finish it off, a stunning result! I'd be so delighted if I'd made this Carol, it's elegant and striking at the same time.

Then Liz hopped in, using one of those fabulous Marianne Creatables butterfly dies - teamed so well with the green spots in the backing paper. Very eye catching and a perfect result Liz. To see what I mean, hop over here to say hello! I can't see butterflies ever going out of card making favourites - they're so versatile and always add something special to cards I think.

Sandra H visited, fresh from an overnight break at a hotel I know well. She went with her OH and they got an amazing deal at the really nice hotel in beautiful grounds. Her card is so pretty, a delightful silhouette (crumbs, I managed to spell that right!) of a lady in a bonnet - mostly pale blue but offset so well with splashes of pink and red. Love it Sandra!

Next was Irene, with four delightful baby gift cards. Two for a boy and two for a girl, as always, beautifully made and really elegant. The blue and pink baby embellishments are the perfect finishing touch too. It was thanks to Irene that I bought a load of Penny Black Stickaroos - I used one on my card today. And thanks again Irene for sending me some sheets to try them out - fabulous for fast cards!

Linby's card was made for an expectant Mum - and it's perfect too. At first I thought the image was a Stampin' Bella one, quite similar in style and beautifully coloured and matched to the great backing papers too. I love the idea of cutting some of the flowers from the same BP to spill onto the white background - another neat trick I've picked up so thanks. No wonder your work colleagues didn't believe it was hand made - great result!

Then, Heidi brought a card with loads of techniques and colour - here. Lots of flowers, butterflies and such a sweet little girl all wrapped up cosy in pink - yay for pink! Heidi had been playing with a Tim Holtz rosette die and the results are super. By the way, the backing paper is by Kate Knight, called Spring Fling, and was a recent freebie with Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine - I know this as I just can't pass a magazine with free papers and not buy it!

Tammy was next - and shame on me again, another card I missed seeing this week. Sorry Tammy - it's gorgeous and I love the clever twist of the camera and the sentiments. You have to go and take a look for yourselves - plus more pink too :) I do think that Tammy is our button queen in the playground! Great card!

Next was Anne, with some lovely cards which you can see here. Four gorgeous cards, all different and all made whilst under the stress of her Mum being unwell and in hospital, plus some other issues. A worrying time Anne and we all send our love and best wishes for your Mum's recovery - better still girls, why not hop over and say hello. 

Shazza raced in on Friday waving a Christmas card - and it's really cute, you can see it here

Next was Debbie, with these beautiful 'memory tags'. Made for members of her nephew Nick's family, each year I think, and such a touching thought. The tags are beautiful Debbie, white with a blue bird and some really elegant lacy edging. I'm really glad you came back to play this week. I told you they're a fun-filled crowd in the playground and am glad to see that you agree! Good point about punching before embossing as well.

And, last but by no means least, Maggie arrived with five cards to show all in one go. I think, from her posting there was perhaps was a sixth but I could only see five images - here. They're all lovely, I have some of the Debbi Moore Art Deco ladies languishing somewhere waiting to be used up too - must do that as they're really elegant. Also, Maggie brought a very pretty card, coloured with Pro Markers - love the roses Maggie, as well as some cards that look almost as if they're made up of tiny jewels. Really lovely! Quick edit: Maggie has uploaded the sixth card - and very pretty it is too Maggie!

So, that's this week's roll call done. I hope you remembered to change your clocks in the UK? It'll be lighter this evening, whoop, whoop!

As usual, Mr Linky is below - have a great Sunday everyone, whatever you have planned, let's hope the sunshine lasts too. Hope to see you in the playground this week! 


The only conditions to playing nicely in the Snippet Playground are that your card (or anything else you wish to bring here to show) must be made by using up snippets (card, paper, lace and ribbon are all fine), and a link back to here in your own blog posting will mean that you'll be included in the Weekly Roll Call. Oh, and no nipping or hair pulling of course :)  


  1. Never one to turn down an invitation, so here I am! Love those Stickeroos, must look at some more cos they're incredibly useful. Love the lilac and lemon colours and I like the shabby sentiment!! Not suffering from the sun this weekend, I've currently got on three layers including a pole neck and a fleece top!! Below freezing is forecast here on Monday night, boo hoo!!!


  2. Very sweet card. I like how you combined the two colors of ribbon. I love reading your post about everyone who came to play. Very nice and I know this must take you a very long time. Thanks for bringing a smile.

  3. ...pretty pastels for springtime...lovely card Di...Mel :)

  4. Oops, thank you, Di, for pointing out I had missed uploading the final picture. The dog had stolen it - at least that is my excuse! On the other hand, it could have been that I was late posting and rushed the whole thing. It is there now, anyway. I love your pansies. they just happen to be one of my favourite garden flowers, and I intend to have loads of them in the garden this year. In fact, I am off to sew hundreds of seeds, once I have had my go on the swings. See you all later on. xx Maggie

  5. Morning Di, Hope your having this good weather again it makes you feel sooooooooogoooooood!! another great snippet card Di, so soft are your colours and what a lovely flower image beautiful ribbon, background papers and sentiments truly another stunner have a lovely day and thank you once again for your lovely comments so much appreciated:)xx

  6. YAY I have beaten my sis to the swings! WAHOO........Great card Di, and where is Mrs A with more cupcakes???? nom nom nom...xx

  7. Gorgeous snippet card Di, I LOVE the stickaroo. It looks gorgeous against the yellow background. The embossed background and two tone ribbon set it off perfectly.

  8. Love your card Di, it's a gorgeous colour combo. As always your post brightened up Sunday morning and made me smile.
    Waiting for the icecream van to arrive here for a Sunday evening treat - if you queue up nicely girls I may treat you all.....then again no one ever lets me on the pogo sticks or saves me a cupcake......
    Enjoy your week Di. Carol x

  9. THAT is one gorgeous card there Di. Bootiful! Sorry it is not yet Friday but it is a RD card!! Sorry! Hugs xx

  10. P.S. Can I have an oyster shell ice cream please? I cannot remember the last time I had one of those and don't know why I have thought of it now!

  11. Oh oh, someone's upset Carol! Where's Mrs A with the cupcakes when you need her!


  12. Hi Di

    A brilliant snippet make .. .. lots used up on this creation!!

    Your ribbons match your stickeroo colours perfectly.

    Love the sound of an ice-cream van in the playground. I'll go for a "fab" lolly with all the hundreds and thousands on top or one of those giant triangular jubblies (if that's how you spell it).

    You make the playground far more exciting than I ever did and the increase in numbers is down purely to all your hard work. Well done, and thank you for the mammoth write up.

    Love Jules xx

  13. Wow! what a roll call! Fab summary, Di - and love your snippet card today. I was getting worried earlier because I visited and saw the post above this and hadn't realised it was a sticky and thought the roll call was missing - was beginning to think you had had too much sunshine and hadn't been able to complete it - so glad to find you are safe and well and the roll call's complete x

  14. Gorgeous card, Di! Stand back girls... I've brought cake to cheer up Carol!

  15. Super duper card, and well, you could knock me down with a feather, you will never believe which PB stickeroo I put onto a piece of backing card last Thursday but got no further with it but now I must. Exactly this image you have used.
    Hope you had a good weekend and altering the clocks didn't play havoc with the snippets playground.

    Kath x

  16. Back again....I guess Rainy Days and Sundays make me craft! I'm going back to hop around and see what's been made since my last visit. Have a wonderful week!

  17. I KNOW it LOOKS like I'm late . . . but actually I popped in to read the Roll Call yesterday morning. Was giving typing a miss over the weekend (as much as poss), as my left wrist was aching. I hope you understand.

    Great Roll Call (as ever). I'm off to find Carol to see if she wants a go on the seesaw with me. . . .

    TTFN xxx

  18. Oh, and the pansy snippet card is simply lovely too . . . xxx

  19. Shut up! I promise I will use my snippets soon. Does it count for anything that I spread a bunch of them out all over my desk this weekend? Yes? No? The intention was there. It was a weird weekend for me. I started a lot of things. Finished none.

  20. I really like this, esp. the yellow and purple ribbon. I'd never have thought of putting those together, but they really work!!

  21. love your snippet card and the roll call, have been asked by a lot of you to bring my owl next time I visit, so that we can start a pets corner, what a hoot! will be back later with a card. heidi x

  22. What a pretty card, just right for spring! Lovely!

    love Mags B x

  23. A beautiful card, I'd love a 99 if you are going to the van! Be careful though as it may be part of a flash mob LOL!

  24. Gorgeous card, Di. Love the pansies, beautiful colouring, the mauve embossed matting is lovely and two colours of ribbon is stunning - love them. I've been busy, lots of snippets used in a flurry of cardmaking, so no less than three cards for you to mark up this week :) It's late so I'm off to bed now. Have a good day tomorrow. Elizabeth x

  25. Skippetyhoppityhoohaa! I have been a busy bunny all week and now I have come over to play! Make way on the slide!! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

  26. I shall be around later to see you all by the swings, when I have made the cheese scones to share with you all. Hope you have found a good stone for playing hopskitch. xx Maggie

  27. Please Miss honest Miss it's not my fault I'm late. I had to go and visit me Mum and then there was a huge queue at the garage cos some stupid offical person said there was going to be a petrol shortage. We tried to go to the front of the queue and tell the man that I needed the petrol before him cos the playground gates were going to close and he showed me his fingers. I said that's funny we used to make cats cradles using those fingers and then he showed me again and that is most definitely not how you make a cats cradle.!!!!!!!


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