Sunday 30 September 2012

Pixies Crafty Snippets Challenge 40 & roll call

Quite a busy week in the Playground I see, despite the need for wellies, waterproofs and such - rain didn't stop play here then!

This is my snippets card:
I had such fun making this, using ideas from September's Quick Cards Made Easy magazine. The teabag folding was very therapeutic, a great way to use up snippets and also easy once you got going. I was at a friend's on Friday afternoon doing my 'IT support' bit (I fixed it but don't know how, which is disconcerting to say the least) and, despite her initial scepticism, after showing her how to make a rosette she was fired with enthusiasm as well :) 

I used:

- 6" x 6" square cream card stock, in a tent fold

- Wild Rose Studio's 'Butterfly Garden' paper pack for the backing paper

- dress form stamp from Lawn Fawn's 'Sew Lovely' stamp set

- sentiment from LOTV's 'General Greetings - small' set, stamped in Memento black ink

- snippets of more Wild Rose Studio's 'Butterfly Garden' papers (left over from previous makes) to paper piece the dress bodice and then make the skirt and rosette. I used a one and three eighths size SU circular punch, smaller than the two inches punch used in the QCME projects but more in balance with the smaller dress form - snigger, and I don't think I have a two inch punch anyhow :) A bit more fiddly perhaps, but as I said, such good fun. Ideal for taking a whole load of punched circles, some brads and a glue pen in a small poly box when travelling maybe?

- a Fizzy Moon brad from the 'flowers' pack

So, that's my snippets offering, onto the roll call now.

I laughed at our first playmate this week, it was Jules and she was missing anyone to play on the see saw with her. Now, that brought back a memory, as an only child I often had to make my own entertainment - and believe me there's nothing much sadder than a little girl perched on one end of a see saw hopping up and down like a demented frog trying to play on her own :( Anyhow, Jules brought a brilliant Penny Black make to show - gotta love that duck perched on the top of all those parcels - and of course the lovely backing papers, bunting and stitching. So pleased you still find time to come and play Jules and I love the tale about you almost saying 'Dun you worry about nuffin'' to a client!

It's true, sometimes this Playground really gets to me too - I read on one blog yesterday about having a little bonfire in the Playground and leapt straight in and commented back 'NOT under the tree house' - the lines between the Playground and 'real' life are becoming blurred at times :)

Next was Elizabeth, with a total of four visits this week. On one of them she said she was waiting for some paint to dry and Dumber here asked her to send hubby down here when he'd finished the decorating. How silly of me - it was paint splattering techniques on paper that Elizabeth was trying out :( For her first card, Elizabeth brought a really pretty pink teacup card, made by recycling a birthday card and isn't it gorgeous? Love the satin bow as a finishing touch too. Then, there was this utterly stunning 'fishy themed' card - which blew me away with all the gorgeous detail. It isn't entered into any other challenges but I bet it would have been a winner Elizabeth, every time I look at it there's more to see. Next was a delightful card, in pinks and mauves mostly, so pretty - and I do agree with the idea of rounding the corners of the main backing paper to those lovely rosebuds to link into the scalloped card. Hark at me, what would I know anyhow :( And finally, a card featuring a cat in a bag - how adorable :) I think the image is so cute, the double bow is brilliant (despite your misgivings Elizabeth) and the tassel is a super finishing touch. I have a few of these somewhere too - thanks for a great idea!

Kate M was next to come and play, and it was her very first time in the Playground. Welcome Kate, I see that a few of you already hopped over to say Hello. If not, then this is the super Kraft Christmas bag that Kate made. Isn't it fabulous? I love the Christmas Tree so cleverly made out of scalloped circles topped with little punched shapes - it's brilliant Kate. Hope you come back to play regularly with us with more fabulous makes.

Our Sam has been busy this week - we had four visits from her too. First was to show a totally gorgeous Birthday Card, which I know is absolutely beautiful in real life 'cos it was waiting here when we arrived back from holiday. Of course I love the pink and so many super touches - the fibre instead of ribbon is great and a card I'll treasure! Then, Sam brought a Rudolph Day card to show - and what a fun image too. Sam won the stamp last month and made a brilliant card using it! This was followed by what I'm pretty sure is a card using a Kenny K image for a young lady - and I already commented that Sam has such a great ability to go from one style of crafting to another. Love it Sam! Finally, we had a super Christmas card featuring a pair of lovely plump robins - gorgeous colours there Sam and perfect embellishments.

Mary Mac paid us two visits this week, firstly with two cards, using a Spellbinders 'Cut and Tuck' die and  Martha Stewart punch to brilliant effect. One card is yellow and the other blue - and how different they look Mary. Gorgeous! On her second visit to play, Mary brought a truly lovely Christmas Card - I love the traditional Father Christmas image Mary, and the stamp, glue and glitter technique works brilliantly. To check out how it's done, go and see what Mary made and then follow her link to another blog which shows you how. I agree it would mean a lot of cleaning of stamps as you go Mary, but so, so worth it!

Next was Mags, with an adorable LOTV image on a card for a chap, young or older - it's perfect! It's been some while since you came to play Mags and it's great to see you venturing back again. I love the card you brought - beautifully coloured image and the layout/backing papers and twine are lovely together. The gems look like bubbles :) Hope to see you more often, I see a few playmates already called by to say Hello.

Maureen (aka ScrappyMo) came by this week - bringing a poinsettia card with a difference - think pearlescent shades of ivory, taupe and Kraft card! The sparkle just adds that extra something I agree - although I love both the before and after :) Right girlies. Maureen (Mo) is heading into hospital for an op. on her back this week - so I hope you'll all join in sending our love and get well soon wishes. Hope the op. does the trick and that once recovered you'll be pain free and able to fly round on the carousel without a care in the world!

We had a visit from Shaz in Oz too this week, again after a little absence. I think news of the tree house is spreading :) Shaz brought us such a beautiful 'scenic Christmas card' - using brayering (ack, that's my Achilles heel), delightful shades of purple and blue, with the moon shining through conifers - a truly perfect winter scene. I love it Shaz and so good to see you playing along, come back soon - and please bring some sunshine with you :)

Sandra H was next, also with a Christmas Card (there's no hiding I'm afraid, even the shops are getting their Christmas goodies out already) - it's so cute Sandra, such a happy teddy image and the monochrome is just perfect too. A bit of sparkle and the lovely leafy swirl plus the corner flourish are beautiful finishing touches - a card anyone would love to receive!

Next was Lindsey, with this elegant, clean and simple card - just some lovely yellow backing papers, carefully positioned and a single butterfly. A perfect Less is More design Lindsey and really eye catching too. The addition of two diamantes just adds that finishing touch - really beautiful result!

Jackie hopped by, after a little absence, and she brought two Christmas cards and a brilliant 'Rule Britannia' notebook to show. Fabulous use of snippets Jackie - love them all but the notebook is my favourite. How lucky to have so many super Britannia scraps to use up. Err, correction here - as I write the roll call I'm hopping to and fro when I write about each entry and in fact now I can't choose between those lovely Kan Ban Christmas cards and the notebook! Len always says that I'm someone who used to be indecisive but am now not so sure :(

Hazel has been having a tough time lately, both in herself not feeling well and also concerns over her Mum. I hope things are settling down for you now Hazel. We had three cards this week - the first one is here, the next one is here and the third one is here. The style of all three is very similar - but the end results just have to be seen. They're all 'concertina cards' but so different - birdhouses in pink,  dressmaking forms in shades of pink and raspberry and blue butterflies. Lots of lovely detail and definitely some food for thought as a card design to try out Hazel. Thank you for showing us these beauties!

Next to play was Lynn A with a super Christmas card. Gorgeous colours Lynn and I love the colours you used, along with stitching round the edge as well! Do please go and see if you haven't done so already - a few of you make cards with a sentiment/wording as a focus and this works so well. I need to get away from thinking I always need an image maybe :(

Bonnie was next, bringing the most breathtaking Autumn tree on a card. It's fabulous and those of us who've called by have raved about the main image of the tree and how beautifully its been coloured in the richest shades of reds, oranges and browns. The addition of just two strips of toning paper and a 'thinking of you' sentiment are the perfect finishing touches Bonnie - it's gorgeous!

Then Mary H hopped by to play - now I don't think she literally hopped in as I think the op. was a total success and she's well on the way to recovery now from what I can gather. Great news! Mary brought us this little beauty - it really made me smile as I love this 'guitar playing hedgy' image (once used it on a Birthday or Valentines Day card for Len as he plays guitar) - Mary coloured it beautifully and I love the darker papers used! Gorgeous Mary :)

Laura was next - with news that she's on the final run to buying her first home with Sean. It's a nerve-wracking time, and all our fingers are crossed for you Laura. Laura brought this delightful Birthday Card to show - pink (yay!) and a Forever Friends image too. It's great Laura and good luck with selling cards at work - I'm sure you'll sell loads of your lovely creations. Be sure to keep the money to one side to feed you craft supplies :)

And last, but never least, was Sarn - and what a busy week it's been for her. Rudolph Day this month has gone ballistic - loads of entries and there's still time for you to join in as the challenge doesn't close until 7pm GMT on Tuesday 2nd October. You know it makes sense, plus there's a super stamp set to be won :) Enough of the plug - send your cheque to me at the usual address Sarn ;) So, this is Sarn's fabulous snippets card for this week - it's a fabby z-fold card. I know, it was sort of new to me, particularly with the wonderful band to hold it closed. Just love the colours you used Sarn, papers are fab - and I neeeeeeed to know what colour the plain rich purpley blue is please. I bet it's SU - I love it!

Tell you what girls, you could make some fabulous Christmas cards in this style! My guess is that the starting point is a card base made from a 12" sheet cut into four 12" x 3" strips for the main cards and then the bottom 12" x 3" strip used to die cut the scalloped circles Sarn? That's the extent of my butterfly brain here - sitting sketching how to cut to make the most of a 12 " square sheet of card - no wonder my Saturday roll call takes so long :)

Edit: In case you don't spot it, Sarn has kindly commented about the z-fold card measurements : The Z-Fold card is 3" x 9" scored from the left at 1.5", 3", 6" and 7.5". Wrap was 1.5" x 7". The wrap is 7" long so you can overlap it to stick. Used Nesties for the circles on the wrap. Thanks Sarn!!

So, that's the roll call for this week girlies - I hope I covered everything - if not please let me know. I'm gonna get my trimmer out and have a play with Z cards here - err, no I'm not. There's another pile of ironing leering at me from the utility room :(

If you wanna join in the Playground and keep using up those snippets - the Playground is open all week and will close on Saturday 6th October at noon, UK time. See you there - I'll try my best to do a roll call but am out a lot next weekend so can't promise.

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. Now how about that Di, it looks as though I'm first through the gate this week! That's definitely a first :))

    Lovely card and I do like the fifties style skirt on your mannequin. Like the Wild Rose paper too.

    I'm off to bed now - should have their half an hour ago. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  2. You're a real star for running the Playgound, you know, Di?! What a gorgeous card you made, the iris folding gives such wonderful dimension! Brilliant job, hun!

    love Mags B x

    PS I suspect I'll be playing a lot more, since my 2 boxes of snippets are bursting at the seams and will soon be taking over my craft hovel! Jules has a craft pod - I have a hovel! xx

  3. wow Di that Elizabeth is quick oft the mark - her paint has obviously dried well and truly :D and you talk about Mrs A. having you with tears rolling down your eyes - what do you think your roll call does to us.. sending bucketfuls of sunshine :D it is such a beautiful clear sunny day here again.. and we are very very blessed..
    May not be playing this week, as eye surgery on Tues 2nd but not sure how limiting it will be.. have several cards unpublished in the wings but not sure if snippets too early for me to think clearly here, and thanks for your lovely kind cheering comments 0 you make my day! God bless, Shaz in oz.x

  4. By end of comments - my brain totally forgot there was a lovely card at the top to comment on - love the pale pink lemon, and way you did 3D on it! together!!Shaz in Oz.xx

  5. Wot u mean where not real!!! Are you saying the tooth fairy dun exist either!!!! Sulking behind the potting shed now.

  6. Come out Mrs A - I didn't mean it, besides which there's goblins behind the potting shed! Di xx

  7. PRETTTTTTTY snippets card there Miss.

    Love all your tea bag folding.

    The Z-Fold card is 3" x 9" scored from the left at 1.5", 3", 6" and 7.5". Wrap was 1.5" x 7". Used Nesties for the circles on the wrap. The blue cardstock you liked is an ancient scrap, not SU, Soz xxx

  8. PS: The wrap is 7" long so you can overlap it to stick! xxx

  9. Di, great little snippet card. Love the fluff. Made me want to grab by saddle shoes and my crinoline and start dancing. Your little fingers must be tired after all that typing...great roll call. Lots of talent out there, that's for sure! Thanks for all you do to let us play and the friends I've made....priceless!

  10. Well Miss Di .. .. after being super early last Sunday I am super late this.

    Perhaps we could have some special lighting as I needed a torch by the time I arrived tonight!!!

    Another brilliant roll call (and this week I will spell it right). I put the word into my spelling book and have been looking at it all week LOL!!

    Your card is gorgeous.

    My pal Katina did the Iris Folding in the magazine. Brilliant for those snippets!

    Love Jules xx

  11. Morning Di, Wow Challenge 40 already where oh where is the time going?!! Another brilliant card from yourself totally stunning papers and the colours are gorgeous too! that dress is brilliant and how nice you have decoupaged it it's stunning and of course your teabag folding something which l have never done but l suppose theres always a first time l might just try it out having got results like this its stunning another string to your bow! Thanks again for your lovely comment they mean so much have a great day xx

  12. Another great card, Di, and hysterical roll call! You really are the best at this!

    You took me back to when I would sit, alorn and forlorn, on one end of the see-saw, jumping up high and smacking down. Maybe that's why we have back troubles today!!

  13. Another great roll call for all your lovely playground buddies, I am the oe sulking in the corner as I am a bad girls blouse and never seem to get round or forgetting to enter.
    Great card though.

    Kath x

  14. Great card Di, I love that Lawn Fawn set. Off to have a catch up with the rest of the girls in the playground

  15. Hey Miss. I am back! Did you miss me? No chance, I know! LOL!

  16. Hello Di, a wonderful roll call, and some amazing cards from the friends in the playground. Your card this week uses the fab folds that I want to try out. I really NEED the Sizzix Sewing Room die. I have seen it soooo many times on Jules blog, she is really a bit of a tease, lol. My entry is on its way. Lynn x

  17. Woop woop l've got a snippet card to share lol

    Have a lovely day Di xxx

  18. Phew! Made it . . . a bit earlier than last week! Wahoo.

    Off to play on the swings . . . xxx

  19. Much to my surprise, I've managed to produce another snippet card, and before it's too late to submit it too ... wonders will not cease :) Elizabeth xx

  20. It's been a tough and busy week yet again, so only a flying visit this morning! x

  21. WooHoo!! Just able to sneak one in under the wire!!
    What a beautiful day it is today. Think I shall make the C puddings!! Mmmmmnnn!!
    Have fun Honey....only 7 more sleeps!

  22. Hi Di, I love this card and I'm chuffed to bits that my efforts inspired you to make it!

    The papers you've used are perfect.


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