Sunday 17 June 2012

Pixies Crafty Snippets Challenge - 25

Phew, what a week it's been. Dashing about here and there, trying to dodge the rain and keep an eye on the playground whenever possible.

I truly thought there would be no snippets card this week but a rummage in the freezer revealed that I didn't need to go to the supermarket after all yesterday so that was a bit of unexpected time gained - which was used to make this:
It's also for Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge, this week the theme is 'Things with Wings'. You know, I'm not too sure if penguins have wings or flippers now I've made the card :) ............... Yay, I just Googled and they are wings - albeit used for swimming - oh dear, laughing here, someone asked why penguins have wings like flippers, the reply 'So they can swim, idiot!'. A much needed bit of hilarity as I launch into the roll call after a bit about the card.

I used:

- 6" x 6" white square card stock

- rub-ons from an ancient set by E-Z called 'Penguin Snow Angels'

- backing card and papers from snippets folder

- border strip, tag and sentiment from HOTP's Forever Christmas Cards paper stack

- Josy Rose nail heads

Len said I was 'Weird' when he saw this card and what I said about to him about it :( My view is that the melted snowman was called El and the sentiment just reflects what the bemused little penguin (with his wings) is thinking - 'No El' :)

Roll call time now:

Bernie raced in first this week with a real beauty of a card using some fabulous stamping and embossing. Brown, greens and some white to make it 'pop'. I just love the fern stamp Bernie - a gorgeous card beautifully finished with the raffia - as always a fabulous make.

I then laughed out loud at the next card, brought by a new playmate called Darnell. It's such a cute card, with some brilliant paper piecing too - do go here to see, and have a bottle of calamine lotion handy at the same time. I don't want to spoil it by saying too much but it's hilarious! And, whilst there - look at the right of Darnell's blog for a trip round the most fabulous playhouse ever!! How about one of these in the playground for rainy days huh? Hope you join us again Darnell :)

We had a few visits from Hazel this week, back from holidays and into the swing of card making again. Firstly, this was another Christmas card to make me smile, go Rudolph on those skates! A reminder girls - Rudolph Day is approaching in just over a week! And, this was followed by a skating robin, which you can see here - fantastic images Hazel! And both card are lovely too. Then, Hazel popped back with another Christmas card - featuring a snowman wrestling with Christmas lights (I kid you not!) - all in lovely shades of blue. This was then followed by the most elegant, and perfectly made 'all white' wedding card. It's absolutely stunning Hazel - I love the lace and pearls, such a complement to the beautiful image! Next was a 'Let's Celebrate' card in red, yellow and orange - just so bright and cheerful , you can see it here. Lastly, yesterday morning, Hazel nipped back in for a play on the swings bringing a card made for her own Christmas Card Challenge (the one that Mr Penguin and El the snowman, my snippets make, are entered in). It's lovely Hazel - such a gorgeous image and a perfect card for a monochrome challenge too.

Next to arrive was Sam, with the first of three visits this week - yay! First with two adorable House Mouse cards, using the same image but just see what a difference changing the colourways makes - absolutely great Sam! Then Sam brought this brilliant card for her brother (cheeky minx had waited until someone had dried the slide with a towel) - it's just great Sam, must be a Penny Black? I love it - those chooks are so funny :) And finally, something really different - an altered fob watch! Yup, you read that correctly - to see just hop over here.  So much clever detail, and it'll be interesting to know whether you do wear it at Christmas Sam (I certainly would!) or use your other option of putting it on the Christmas tree.

Linby arrived next, bringing a lovely 'Thinking of You' card, with a great sentiment. Super image of a chair (by the lovely Kirsty Wiseman) and fabulous Kate Knight backing papers - a delight in shades of purple and red (yup, red) Linby! The poppies go so well with your great blog background too :)

Jules is back in town, after a couple of weeks break to play catch up on Wedding stuff etc., folks! And it was Jules who hopped in next with one of her beautifully designed and made cards (and the sewing machine had been out to play as well) - do go and see here. The papers sewing (of course) and sentiment are brilliant - as always a really lovely card and I adore the lavender shades. Grin, as you might already know, every one of Jules' cards has a heart on it somewhere - I wonder if you all found this sneaky one? Great to see you back Jules!

Mary Mac came to play three times this week - before setting off on a three week holiday. Hope you have a great time Mary! Firstly, Mary brought us these cards to show - beautifully made and the colour combination of oranges and green works brilliantly. Next was a pink and white card, so elegant and made using a Martha Stewart Punch All Over the Page punch - just fabulous Mary! And, the inside is beautifully decorated as well, sigh. And finally for now, another card sort of dedicated to me which you can see here - in pink and white again and using that brilliant MS punch. Ooops, it just hopped onto my wish list here :) Gorgeous cards this week Mary - goodness knows where you found time but great that you did!

Next was Sandra H, who never misses a week, with this adorable Christmas card - you've just gotta love the tummy on that Teddy :) Great decoupage and the mix of red, greens and silver works so well Sandra. Such a cute card yet perfect for a husband - or are they cute as well?

Tammy came to play three times this week - firstly with a fantastic 'man card', and no struggles for Tammy here. I just love the kraft card with red polka dot paper and some great stamping. And even some ribbon, which looks absolutely right! The next card is here, and it's so bright and cheerful - just what we need in this miserable Summer we're having in the UK. And, the crochet circle is a perfect finishing touch to a great card Tammy. And then, flushed with her previous success, Tammy came back to play bringing another 'man card' , this time for Father's Day and with some great paper piecing as well as a great colour combination. I do love the way you used the library cards Tammy! Three really great cards this week.

Next to play was Andria, after a little break from crafting, bringing a card and a bookmark made using snippets, as a gift set. What a great idea and the beads on the bookmark are a great finishing touch Andria! Super idea to use old jewellery - grin, it sent me scurrying into the bedroom to do some checking out :) Hope you manage to come back and play soon!

A non-crafting tip here: no good if you have sliding wardrobe doors though. I hang my non-precious jewellery such as beads and chunky pendants from self-adhesive plastic little hooks inside my wardrobe doors. A great way to keep them tidy and easily accessible - cup hooks are the best size to look for.

Lynn arrived next - having played 'hooky' last week. Yup, I did notice Lynn :) Lynn's card is here, and what a lovely combination of colours - turquoise, tan/kraft and brown - just super. Great design too Lynn, taken from a Tui Nathan design but can I please say I like yours better - or isn't that allowed? Mind you, I just had a peek at Tui's blog and she does make some lovely cards.

Next was Rach with a beautiful card, made for Sarn (who played hooky this week, bad girl) and what a stunner. I love the snippets you used Rach - the papers all go together so well too. Perfectly co-ordinated - that's SU for you. But, it still takes an eye to pick and put them together on a card as well as you have - and the candi is a lovely finishing touch, along with the ribbon of course!

Heidi trotted in next, with such a cute 'chimps' easel shaped Anniversary card - another smile here :) Love the image Heidi and very clever to use blues as it's a Sapphire Wedding Anniversary card. Brilliant layout, ribbons and lace - plus very brave to bite the bullet and use a big brad which you'd rather be stroking in your pile of goodies :) I'm sure we all feel there are things we'd love to hang onto but I just bet this card was totally loved by your parents, so it was a good sacrifice on your part Heidi :)

Next was Laura, on the homeward stretch of her studies, with a really great Father's Day card. Another one to make you smile - why do men love to be in charge of a BBQ?! At the time I commented that all Laura needed was to add the smell of singed sausages and burgers to it! Some super paper piecing there too - brilliant way to use up snippets Laura.

Colleen was our next new playmate to visit - and the first thing that hit me when I hopped over to say hello was the fabulous blog header, such vibrant colours on those hydrangeas! Do go and say hi to Colleen - and these are the great cards she brought to show - wonderful colours and great use of snippets Colleen. I do agree that the flowers and pearls you added are a super finishing touch!

Victoria was next, so we haven't frightened her off with the playground antics after all, and what a lovely card too. I just love the peachy pink and grey together, they work perfectly. And, I have the Simply Soft SU set here. I admit I struggled a bit with the over stamping so it was great to see the stamped image being coloured as a change, plus the little pot is adorable Victoria!

Next was Brenda, bringing a great pair of 'man cards' - both are here. They feature the same super stamp of a Mini, and the designs are similar but the different embossing folders and strips of paper snippets used by Brenda make them quite different really. I did snigger at the passing idea of 'Mini Happy Returns' which Brenda abandoned in the end :) Super cards!

Mags was next to come and play, with a totally brilliant 'pirate' card - perfect for a young, or even older, chap. Crumbs, what's going on - quite a few male cards this week now I think about it! Anyhow, do go and peek at all the 'piratey elements' that Mags included - along with the inside being decorated of course. Great work Mags - love the skulls and the big button is reminiscent of a compass!

Then Mary H hopped in with one of those cards to produce a gasp - it's fabulous. Go here to see - well, isn't it gorgeous? Especially when you read the detail of all the work and techniques Mary used when making it - I won't repeat it here but I promise there's one heck of a lot of work there. Love the lime green and aubergine combination Mary!

Next was Karen T, with a sweet 'cats' card which you can see here. Pretty pinks and lime green, a lovely colour combination - along with some really sweet embellishments such as glittered flowers and a butterfly. Everything goes together so well - nice one Karen.

Right, that's the roll call done. Now for something else - the Pro Marker draw - I almost forgot that. Wait here while I check the comments and do some slips of paper.

Right, I'm back having folded pieces of paper and got a bemused Len to pick one out of my trusty sun hat (ha, not that it's getting much other use this Summer!). I'd included those who were hesitant such as Kath and Andria BTW - but there could only be one winner this time and it's Sam aka Hettie. Well done Sam, do drop me an email saying which one of the sets you'd like chick (or should that be 'chook'). Snort, snort! :)

Mr Linky is below as usual and the playground will close at noon on Saturday 23rd June. Hope you have a great week and please remember to follow the conditions below.


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. Lovely snippet card Di. I thought penguins had flippers so they could get the wrappers off their biscuits lol

    Another great role call, you must have more hours in the day where you live, you couldn't possibly fit everything in otherwise!

    Well done Sam on you win :)

    Have a lovely Sunday, take care xx

  2. Fab roll call today, Di - and I love that Christmas card - El is delightful and so is the penguin!! It brought a smile to my face - thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge 77 - hope to see you again soon. x

  3. Brilliant play on words and I feel for El, super card Di, xxx

  4. Brilliant Christmas card di, Love the little fella with wings or flippers.

  5. Di, I had fun playing here! Will certainly do so again. :) Your penguin is just adorable, and not at all 'weird'! I think it's cute. :)

  6. Di, I love your whimsical card. One could make up any number of stories for it! But I love your play on words with no El!

    Thank you for the warm welcome to the playground! I would love to come back and play again. I am still in awe of how generous you are with your time, putting together that great complimentary roll call for all of us!

    I'll be back! Hope you have a week with lots of lollipops and ring-around-the-rosie!

  7. Poor Noel snowman, just a puddle of cold water, maybe put him in the freezer next time Di!! Cute card for Christmas (if I dare use that word in June!). Have a well earned rest this evening. Karen x

  8. Hi Di

    Thanks for another brilliant post .. .. it seems to get longer and longer every week. Your little fingers must ache by the end of it all!!

    Fabby Christmas card. Can't help wondering what the snowman used to look like LOL!!

    Love Jules xx

  9. Awww...your card is so cute. Love the fresh green colour and lovely layout.
    Hope your having a lovely Sunday.
    Diane xx

  10. From the look on the little penguin's face I think he is saying, "What the el?" and maybe a bit worried about his fate! Great card.

  11. Great Card Di! LOVE the BG story.

  12. LOVE the penguin snippet card and the your funny tale that went with it!

    Also laughing at Rachel's comment about the need for flippers!

    Fab roll call . . . will make visits to playmates shortly (gave myself the weekend off from commenting).

    Sarn xxx

  13. Yaaay I have managed to join in at the playground this week! Fab card Di, hope you are keeping well

  14. Hi Di, Had a little truouble linking up but hopefully it's there if not l will do it again, Fabulous card l just love this image and the melted Penquin is so cute and so is your card its gorgeous and great for Hazels challenge and they are wings thank you again for your lovely comments regards last weeks playground you must be exhusted with all this running around and then typing all these lovely comments you need another holiday Di, have a great week:)x

  15. Oh Di, that poor snowman! "No El..." Oh dear, that is a terrible joke, I'm giggling like mad now!

    It's a great Christmas card, such lovely soft greens. Nice!

    love Mags B x

  16. Fabulous card, so love the image, been a stamp I would have splashed out and bought it. I didn't think your comment was weird, I thought it very clever.
    Pity there isn't an Olympic event for commenting, you would win hands down.

    Kath x

  17. Oh I love the play on words! The little hat by the puddle is precious! Clever, and beautifully done. TFS

  18. I always got in trouble for talking out of turn in school. I've done it again. I commented BEFORE I linked. This is my comment AFTER I linked. I'll go to the corner.

  19. Phew Di just rushing into the playground for a quick hi and say yep! have made it this week and awf'ly sorry about last week an' all that!! and think your little No-El is just perfect :D thanks for sharing Shaz in oz.x

  20. Little late this week due to being away for a little break. Great card, love that image.

  21. Mrs F's comment really made me laugh about having flippers to get the wrappers off biscuits! Great card Di, thanks for the fab roll call. So glad I have been able to play twice this week!

  22. Just realised I linked up and didn't leave a comment - shall I give myself lines?
    I must be a better playmate.
    I must be a better playmate.
    I must be a better playmate......
    Sorry Di - fab card - love the melted snowman. Great roll call this week too - some brilliant cards.

  23. Me again! This challenge blog is totally working and I'm using SCRAPS, er, SNIPPETS! Thank you! I tend to post a lot, though, do you have a limit on how many turns you get on the linkmobile? I want to be fair. (Teacher's pet.)

  24. When you spoke about rummaging in the freezer I thought you were going to say you kept snippets in there too! Haa Haa!
    Love this card Di. Yes! The soldier stamp is PB and I love it!!

  25. OMG! I have just looked down the bottom and it is ME!! Woo Hoo! I was planning to have a good gander at this Roll Call tonight as I have been gallavanting this week! Woo Hoo! What a fab end to my special week! xxxx

  26. Well hang a carrot, I've missed the deadline!!! Been a bit busy this week trying to keep all the boys under control. Hugs Mrs A.


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