Sunday 23 September 2012

Pixies Crafty Snippets Challenge 39 & roll call

At last, time to write a roll call this week after being 'missing in action' for a while. But first, my snippets card for the week:
Believe me, this sort of scene does actually happen in Albuquerque, New Mexico - sadly it's not until October so we missed it this time around:

Here's the real thing - I just bet it's an amazing sight:
Hundreds of hot air balloons all ascending into the beautiful blue skies of NM - fabulous!

Anyhow, back to the card.

I used:

- white DL card stock

- image stamped onto a white snippet of card and coloured using Pro Markers. The stamp is by Stamp A Mania and called 'Balloons Framed', the very first stamp I pounced on in Guadalupe Stamps in Santa Fe. I stamped twice and layered up the yellows and purples balloon with sticky pads for 'some perspective', grin

- a snippet of orange Core'dinations card, punched using MS PATP set called 'Double Loops' - I thought they looked a little like balloons :)  - and I also punched the front corners of the card, 'just because'

- sentiment printed directly onto the card by computer

And onto this week's roll call now.

First in this week was Sandra H, with a really elegant black and white card - also for Less Is More. And what a perfect example of LIM it is too Sandra. Love the image you stamped, onto white crackle card (I just found a pack of that here and it's fabulous in real life I know) - the touch of sparkle in the black ribbon compliments it beautifully too. A real example of LIM at its best.

Then Linby followed bringing cupcakes to the playground, and using a super MFT stamp set, beautifully coloured  - with a baking theme. I could almost see the little noses in the playground wrinkling at the smell of cooking :) I do love a lot of the MFT stamp sets Linby, they're simple and yet so effective. I love those like you used, no heads to worry over and perfect for colouring or paper piecing. For anyone interested, this is where I generally buy mine from: Dies to Die for

Laura was next with an adorable card for a baby boy, all in lovely blues.  Those of you who hopped over all loved it - the paper piecing of the 'all-in-one' using the same paper as the background works perfectly Laura :) And, why wasn't I surprised to learn that Laura's Mum is also a nursing professional - hence the number of gorgeous baby cards that Laura makes.

Amanda came to play twice this week - the first time was to bring this wonderful card dubbed 'Monkey DIY'. And it's really great - I did get a cold shiver 'cos it reminded me that there was mayhem going on in the playground as the tree house was being built :( But, how clever is the choice of backing papers? Brilliant! And next was an equally clever card for a new driver. Lovely backing papers again Amanda and an adorable digital image - plus the car is pink, sigh :)

Next to play was Sarn, on a real roll in her drive to 'use it up' and I suspect there's a lot more to come too Sarn? Fabulous 'Warren' image with such perfectly made to match papers, card candi and the final touch of a gorgeous Memory Box die cut. Just perfick indeed. Err, now, about that chikkin' coop you're leading the team on? Do we sell the eggs at the Playground gate along with the veggies we'll be growing?

Humpfhh, I happen to know that Sarn was at Ally Pally (craft event) yesterday so I suspect that the chikkin' coop might have to wait as she 'clucks' over her new purchases :) Hope you had fun!

Bless her, Jules still tries to make time to join in each week unless she's totally swamped with wedding orders and such. Have you seen this month's Quick Cards Made Easy magazine girls, Jules seems to be a regular contributor now, yay! So, Jules brought us a wonderfully cheerful 'flower card' using snippets this week. Wow, I love it Jules - and the stitching is brilliant, even round the flower stem too - I'm skulking away here, that's really so inspired!

I was going to say that if I see Jules in a corner of the Playground signing autographs then I hope she isn't charging :) That's due to a little scheming Fagin entrepreneur at boarding school in the Beatles early days of fame. She'd been at an airport in Germany, spotted them and scampered over to get their autographs on the back of an envelope. The little monkey then charged us about one Deutschmark a time to actually hold the autographed envelope that they'd also touched! What was so dumb was that we queued up to take our turn as well - plus our weekly pocket money was only about a couple of DMs at most!!

Tammy came to play three times this week - as always her cards are absolutely beautiful with daring, yet so right, colour combinations. This is the first one, just LOVE the bright pinks and greens and it's so pretty Tammy. The next card is  another fabulous mix of colours and papers, with a very modern take on an acorn as the centre image, a lovely double bow and bunting - go and see if you haven't already done so girls. And finally, we have a perfect Autumn/Fall card using orange, red and cream - love those pumpkins and all the other fabulous detail Tammy!

Then Bernie hopped in with something totally different - never seen these little beauties before. I do have lots of those little flickering tea lights around the house (since I almost set the lounge on fire someone here is very wary of me and naked flames) - but would never in a million years have thought to make them into the most adorable little cakes, with the flickering flame as the centre piece. Do go and take a look if you haven't already - and I so hope they sell well at your craft fayre(s) Bernie. If they don't, I'd be amazed!

Next was Victoria, getting back into the swing of work and school routines - we miss you honey but it's great that you came to the Playground to show us this brilliant card. I love the simplicity of the trees on a hill and the fresh greens too. Such a shame that SU have retired a few sets lately, thankfully I didn't totally miss out although Up, Up and Away was still on my Wish List :( Perhaps that's what drove me to buy the stamp I used on today's snippets card!? Hope you find time to come and play again soon Victoria!

Bonnie came to play twice this week, and the first time was to bring this 'not too scarey spider' card to show. I think she's rather sweet Bonnie, and a perfect take on the 'use an oval' Less Is More Challenge too. Love the way the web is embossed and the green paper snippets are just perfect! Next was a fabulous row of bright and cheerful banners on this card - isn't it lovely? Super colours Bonnie and perfect for the Paper Players challenge, as well as using up some snippets. I did laugh, Bonnie referred to 'the ladies in the playground' so I just had to comment like this: D'you really think the playmates are ladies though?! Hmmm, I reserve judgement having seen them waving hammers and saws lately. Am sure I even heard one of them wolf whistling at the boy next door!!

Next to play was Rach,  with a great 'starry card' - super SU stamps used plus hand cut stars, some made out of coffee cup holders (grin, I brought a load of those back from hols). Great card Rach, the glitter is a great finishing touch and your Dan really is a star for having his table to raise funds for the RNLI. As we all said, he mustn't be downhearted - every little bit does help and here's to better sales next time!

Darnell arrived next, with a fabulously elegant 'white on white' Christmas card. It works so well, using different embossing folders and an adorable white organza bow as a finishing touch - simply beautiful Darnell! Darnell's post was also as interesting as usual, with some very true observations about crafting bloggers being a great bunch of people. I think we're all blessed to 'know one another' through blogging and long may it continue :)

Maureen (aka ScrappyMo) was our next visitor - with this fantastic 'card for a guy'. Wow, it really sums up a sea scene perfectly Mo and there's a lot of detail to be checked out too - it's just great, love the netting and the little anchor as finishing touches. You must go and see girls, you'll smell the sea air I'm sure - be sure to take your egg sandwiches and bottles of pop ready for the seaside :)

Then last, but by no means least, Mary Mac came to play - and what a stunner of a card she brought too. It totally sums up Fall, or Autumn as we call it in the UK - such  glorious Autumn colours do make you want to put your wellies on and go out kicking through the leaves :) Super papers, lettering, leaves and even a hand made charm - just perfect Mary!

Our Hazel hasn't been to play at all this week, she's not been feeling 100% so we hope you feel better really soon Hazel!

So, that's this week's roll call - thank you for being so patient while I was off on 'Teacher Training'. Now all that remains is for me to say if you wanna join in the Playground and keep using up those snippets - the Playground is open all week and will close on Saturday 29th September at noon, UK time. See you there - I'll be waving a paint chart and fabric samples for the interior 'decor' of the tree house :)

Oh, and remember that from the 25th of this week it's also Rudolph Day over at Sarn's, there's a lovely stamp set to be won and if you're clever then you can always use some snippets on a Christmas card and combine the two!
Mr Linky is below as usual.


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. Just popped in to say THANKYOU so much for the card, and for your kind words. Yes, he certainly did take a piece of our hearts when he went...
    THANK YOU because I am not coping well with this at all, can't stop crying. I try to, have to, to look after mum, who although upset, is minded to keep shtom and bottle it up and carry on. SO once I'm alone, that's it, the sobbing begins all over again. Anyway. THANK YOU. I do love your kind words.

  2. Fab card, Di. Thanks for giving me a mention - hardly any crafting at all this past week, which has been a very difficult one, not only because I've been poorly, but because things have been very difficult with mum (can't go into it any more here) x

  3. Good morning Miss Di

    Great snippet make as always .. .. fabulous role call and a great photograph for inspiration too!!

    No fear of me EVER needing to do an autograph .. .. the only one anyone is bothered about is the one I put on the bottom of my cheques.

    I do have a slight concern though regarding the playground.

    Am I spending "too much time there" I wonder ?

    I am doing some work for a lovely lady who is celebrating her Golden Wedding next month. We have done "save the dates" and "invites". Now all that is left are place names for her guests.

    She called me on Friday evening saying "Julie, I am really worried".

    At this point my brain was in overdrive and my heart was thumping, thinking something had gone wrong somewhere along the line and I had let her down in some way.

    I asked why she was so worried and it boiled down to someone having given her the wrong Christian name for one of her guests .. which would mean the place name would be wrong.

    Bless her.

    I put her mind at rest and said I would get it changed and re-assured her that if anything else happened she wasn't to worry. Just let me know and we would put things right.

    BUT ........

    The words "DUN YOU WORRY ABOUT NUFFIN" nearly came out of my mouth!!! I don't know how I stopped them!! LOL!!!!

    Just playing with my snippets now.

    See you in a bit.

    Love Jules xx

  4. ROFLMAO at Jules' comment above. That is just HILARIOUS!

    Loving your balloon card Di. And, er, "dun you worry bout nuffin" . . . the balloon set you like is in the new SU cat due out next month. Sshhhhh!

    Thanks for the Rudolph Day plug Honey. Have a lovely Sunday. I have an appointment with my settee!

    Sarn xxx

  5. Oh how I've missed the roll call, thank you Miss and welcome home. Did you learn anything at teacher training apart from how to fit a large quantity of crafting stash into a suitcase???

    Lovely snippet make, the corner detail is very cute. There's a balloon festival every year near where we live but nothing like the picture you posted!

    Ok, go put those flaming fingers in something cool and let those smoking keys on your pc have a rest :)

    Big hugs xx

  6. Gosh .. .. can't believe I am first .. .. where are you all? I need someone on the other end of the see-saw!! It just isn't the same on your own :-(

    Love Jules xx

  7. Hello Di, great card - love the balloons stamp and the sentiment printed from your computer - very clever of you to do that :) I think it would be an amazing sight to see in real life - you'll be going back in October next time I think. I didn't realise that I hadn't submitted one, not one, snippet card last week - very remiss of me! Will probably make up for it this week - well, that's the plan :)) Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  8. OMG! I am not on the Roll Call!! How did that happen then? Don't fret...I will more than make up for it this week. You should see what I have done today! You don't get away that lightly! Hee Hee!

  9. This is my first snippet challenge, so I will play nicely I promise!!

  10. Can I come back in now to play please Miss?

  11. Beautiful photo and card to match. Seeing all the hot air balloons is on my bucket list for sure. Off I go to do some cooking. Have a wonderful week.

  12. Wonderful card Di! My lucky Sis just got to ride in one of those hot air balloons in Nevada. I’m so very jealous.
    Another fabulous roll call. Thanks for your sweet words.
    Hugs & Love

  13. Forgot to add that the balloons are lovely! I've always wanted to see a take off. It must be awesome!

  14. Love this card but love the photo inspiration even more.
    Great commenting once again.

    Kath x

  15. Lovely cards on the roll call Di - I didn't even mind the one with the eight legged beastie on it 'cos he looked quite tame!! Bearing in mind I have a huuuge phobia of the little beggars.

    Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

  16. Beautiful card Di! Yep, I've been to the Balloon Fiesta years ago. Since I'm not too "chipper" in the mornings I haven't been in years. They also have a special shapes day and a Evening Glow. Hmmm, maybe I'll head down for the special shapes and take photos from afar. I'll have to check the dates.


  17. Fabulous card Di with great inspiration too! thank you for your lovely comments l'll be back laters on Baby minding duties take care xx

  18. Oh those balloons are fantastic, Di!

    love Mags B x

  19. Gorgeous balloons...I have always wanted to see that! Great card. You were wise to get that stamp...congrats are in order that you managed to cram so many lovely things into your suitcase.
    I'll tell you my trick...DH bought a sort of soft zipper suitcase bag that folds up (sort of rolls up)and he brings that with us in his suitcase.
    Of course he has room to bring it cuz he never brings enough clothes and underwear. But I digress cuz that is another story in itself...
    If we are stuck he unfurls the rescue suitcase and we, well actually I, cram it full of our dirty laundry thereby freeing up room in our suitcases for my treasures...errr...purchases!!!

    My card is truly a snippets card...I was cutting those petals mighty carefully let me tell you...they just fit.

  20. Hi there Di wow this is really awesome this shot of the balloons and you card is so clever, and I am so glad you had such super time.. also very sorry it has been so long since been over to play take care, Shaz in Oz.x

  21. I will have a hard time hiding anywhere on the playground. I'm all sparkly from this card. Oh how I've missed playing in the glitter pot. I'll race you to the swings.

  22. Hiya, just a quick note to ask if I can come back to the play ground please after a long time away? xx

  23. Back again! I am just making sure I don't get left behind again!! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Better get off the roundabout now or else I will be 'ick!!

  24. Those balloons are fantastic Di - it certainly will keep your holiday memories fresh in your mind. Haven't joined in on the playground for a few week - cor what a difference! :-) Lynn x

  25. Hello Di, I'm excelling myself this week and just added my third card to the snippet tally. I think you might like this one - the colours are just your cup of tea :) Elizabeth xx

  26. Hi, Di! Just popped in for a minute to share some snippets. Hope you're having a good week.

  27. Looks like I might miss it this week, so just in case, I do want to pop on and thank you for another outstanding roll call!

    (I have used snippets this week, but then forgot to come by the Playground. I know, bad. I'm off to sit on the dunce stool.)

    You've made a perfect card from the fantastic inspirational Albert Quirky balloon rising!!

  28. Hi Di, I've just read Jules comment in full and I'm chortling away here - it's just so easy to get carried away :))

    Talking of getting carried away, you might be forgiven for thinking that I've gone into overdrive this week and even perhaps trying to keep up with Hazel, but it's just not so, I just had a wee backlog from a couple of weeks back and I'm now using them to fill in what would otherwise be a very sparse blogging week :)

    Hope you like tonight's offering - not entirely sure about it myself but the layout seemed a good idea at the time. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  29. Ooops! I fink I have got carried away with ensuring I will be on this week's roll call! Hee Hee!
    Sowwee Miss!

  30. SOZ for late entry Miss. xxxx


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