Sunday, 10 March 2013

Pixies Crafty Snippets Playground - Week 63

First of all - Happy Mothering Sunday to all you Mums! My extra big snippets card for this week (the image was partly finished and lying on on my desk on WOYWW) should be with my step-mum up in Northumberland by now:
I used:

- Craftwork cards 8" x 8" white scalloped card stock

- image is a Penny Black stamp called 'Butterfly suite'. Stamped using Memento 'London Fog' ink, coloured with Pro Markers. Then die cut using Nesties Labels Eight, and I used Mary H's trick of tickling the edges with ink before removing from the die using TH 'Milled Lavender'. A second layer of butterflies were added, after being tickled with 'Iridescent Violet' Twinkling H2Os, popped up on little strips of sticky pad and lavender pearls were added to the hydrangea and white ones to the butterfly bodies

- snippets of SU's 'Wisteria Wonder' card

- patterned paper from the snippets folder

- a strip of white self-adhesive ribbon from Hobbycraft - already had the little diamantes on

- Couture Creations 'Tied Together' embossing folder, a snippet of white card and a lorra white pearls :)

- sentiment is a pre-loved SU stamp, stamped using Brilliance 'Pearlescent Lavender'. punched with SU's 'Decorative Label' and mounted onto another 'Wisteria Wonder' snippet which was punched with the same punch and split in half, trimmed a bit and stuck behind the sentiment

- the very last snippet of lavender silk ribbon to my name, from The Ribbon Girl,  tied in a bow and then a little dragonfly charm added using an iridescent cord bow

Of course I then had to wrap the card in tissue paper and make a box for it - to protect it from the vagaries of Royal Mail  :(

I'd like to enter this card into the current challenge over at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge for March - the theme is Spring into Spring. Well, I saw a butterfly the other day,  buds on the hydrangea in the garden and of course this card is for Mothering Sunday. So, I hope it qualifies despite not having bunnies, chicks etc on.

BTW, the embossing folder I used is now as rare as hen's teeth. They sell on eBay for stupid money and thinking I'd never be able to buy one at those prices I actually bought some pre-embossed packs of 'Tied Together' card, which I was more than happy with. Then, by an absolute fluke, I did manage to obtain a pre-loved folder - stroke of luck there - and great for larger cards 'cos you can move it about and match the repeating pattern easily. A little tip - if you find a Couture Creations embossing folder that you really love, don't just write it on your wish list for a potential future purchase as they regularly revamp their range and discontinue even bestsellers. Totally crazy to my way of thinking :(

Onto last week's lovely snippets makes, loads of inspiration there:
Sam's been painting this week - using chipboard snippets, and what a result!
Lynne made this fabulous 17th Birthday card, and the flag is all made up from carefully cut and positioned snippets.
Kath brought a wonderful splash of Spring with her with this card - fantastic stamping too.
And Bubbles has been upcycling a mirror, with this amazing result.

I could go on and on of course, but remember that you can see all of last weeks lovely creations by going to Mr Linky here.

And now for Mr Random number thingy to do his work - and the winner of the funky stamp set is.............................

Well done Mary! 

Some weeks my own snippets card features the coming week's prize - not every week though so don't be fooled :) As often happens though - when I bought the Penny Black 'Butterfly Suite' stamp I used today, an extra one for the Playground hopped into the basket before I checked out:
Sadly, I know some of you do already have this particular stamp. But even if you don't want to be in the draw it would be great if you still come and play - snippets are the main reason for the Playground, not just prizes.

The Playground is open all of this coming week but it will close on Saturday 16th March at noon, UK time and Mr Linky is below as usual. Just enter a snippets make into the Playground this week and I'll do a draw after the Playground closes next Saturday. But, as usual I am asking for a snippets make please, maximum of three entries and please say 'No thank you' in a comment if you wish to still play but not be a winner of this lovely stamp. 

Enjoy today and have a lovely week!


Cathy said...

Hi Di, your mothers day card is gorgeous. Purple is one of my fave colours! I love the look of that soft colouring around the edge of the diecut. Sets it off beautifully.

We don't celebrate here until the 2nd Sunday in May, so I still have time to think about mine.

It's Sunday afternoon here and I should be thinking about cooking dinner! Sigh... :) Cathy x

Sarn said...

WOW - Di - that is a STUNNER of a card. I absolutely adore it and I'm sure your Stepmum will too. I love how you coloured it and I love the decoupaged butterflies.

Congrats to Mary Mac on winning last week's prize too.

Sarn xxx

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Di, gorgeous card,
I hope I will found time tommorow to come and play with you.
Hugs Tamara

Sandra H said...

Congratulations to the winner enjoy your prize, great cards from Sandra,Lynn and Kath and a lovely recycled Mirror from Bubbles... Di what a beautiful Mothers day card and your Stepmum will adore it your stamp is gorgeous and the butterflies l like how you have added the pearls and the box but mostly the colour and emblossed paper its really stunning have a lovely day too! xx

Annie said...

Your Mother's Day card is gorgeous Di and your selected snippets makes for this week are really fab. What a talented lot come to play in your playground. :-)
A x

tilly said...

what a beautiful card, love lilacs/lavenders for cards, bet your box was pretty to, a lovely stamp

Irene said...

Hello Di

I must agree with Sandra, your card is a STUNNER, so soft and gentle and the colours are gorgeous. Your stepmum will adore it.

Just found out I can enter three cards, will will remember for future.


Carol L said...

Your card is divine with those pretty pastel colors and beautiful image! I love all the pearls and embossing, and of course that luscious ribbon! Gorgeous! TFS all the wonderful inspirational cards, and congrats to your winner and notables from last week!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card Di, love the colour choice too. Last week you said how we have scarily similar tastes, well we've done it again, I'll be finishing my Mother's Day card today using that exact same stamp! Totally different look though. We tend to observe the American MD in May though so she won't see it for a while.


Hettie said...

What a beautiful card there Miss Di! Love that stamp and it is on my Wish List for Ally Pally next week!
Been painting again this week!

Lynn said...

Hello Di, I am sure your Stepmum will love her card, it is simply gorgeous. The colours are so delicate, and the pearls and charms gives it such opulence. I will nip into the playground later this week. It's about time the easter egg hunt was organised doncha think, lol. Lynn x

Jules said...

Hi Di

A fabulous card for your Step Mum .. . I am sure she will love it!

Gorgeous image and colour combo.

That is a fabulous prize and one that is on my "one day I would like list" .. .. my list is nearly as big as my stack of snippets LOL!!!

I hope everyone has had a good Mothering Sunday.

Love Jules xx

Jules said...

Hi Di

A fabulous card for your Step Mum .. . I am sure she will love it!

Gorgeous image and colour combo.

That is a fabulous prize and one that is on my "one day I would like list" .. .. my list is nearly as big as my stack of snippets LOL!!!

I hope everyone has had a good Mothering Sunday.

Love Jules xx

Elizabeth said...

Hello Di, your card for your step-mum is just gorgeous. The stamp is beautiful and the colour choice perfect. The snippeteers did do well this last week, I think I managed to visit most though it's been tough rearranging the craft space - never again, I hope!!! Congratulations on finding that embossing folder - I'm still searching :( Hugs, Elizabeth xx

PS: love that stamp

Kath said...

I love your mother's day card - and I'm sure your step-mum will too!

Lovely Penny Black stamps - my fingers are firmly crossed that Mr Random will choose me!

Kath x

Kathleen said...

Who's that immposter above.
Stunning card Di, love the way you have used the paper with a small amount of the e-folder a great idea.
Beautiful image and love all the pearls.
Thanks for choosing my card along with the others.

Kath x

Linby said...

Absolutely beautiful card, you used the stamp to great effect. Know what you mean about the folders, doesn't seem to make sense to me either, unless they think more people will buy but then they don't seem to promote the ltd edition bit!

Anne said...

Your card is beautiful Di. Hope to get to play in the playground again one of these days. Where is the time going? Anne x

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful card, Di! I love hydrangeas, butterflies and music! So this is the perfect stamp! The embossing, pearls and pretty bow make for a very elegant card!

MaryH said...

Sigh, this card is just beautiful. I kept reading the specs, then going back enlarging the pic to take it all in. So much loveliness to see. I especially liked your pearls on the EF. Nice touch, so elegant. Coloring was most gorgeous too. Wonderful B/flies... If I can get something finished, might come play. Hope you enjoyed the edge's an easy technique. TFS

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ah Di your card is just terrific as usual and love it..

..and the stamp on offer, just BEE-YOU-TEA-FUL!!

I saw the various ones on top three list too was better at hopping last week first time for ages. yay! soo man already linked over better get a move on hadn't I!? Shaz in oz.x

ike said...

OMG - that card is breathtaking.... how orgasmicly AWESOME !!!!!
Yes please - I would love a go at winning that Stamp :-D
IKE xxxx

Hettie said...

Brrrr! Get the brazier on Miss! Bringing a bucket of coal over!!

Sarn said...

Flippin' 'eck its fr-fr-fr-freezin' out here! C'mon Miss . . . we NEED that brazier!

I've bought along a titchy card for my show n tell this week! COMPLETELY made with snippets which I'm feeling pretty smug about it!

Right . . . that's it, I'm not coming out of the treehouse today! xxxx

(Oh, and even though that stamp is GORGEOUS, please don't include me in the draw. Thanks).

Mary said...

Di, Thank you sooooo much for your generous gift. I'm jumping up and down, which has my husband quite perplexed! :-) Off I go to share the news with my cropping group! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Mary said...

Me about your beautiful card. How beautiful it is.... This is a card I'd have trouble giving to anyone. Oh so gorgeous. I love all the pearls and the coloring and choice of colors.....everything goes together to create a real beautiful card....

Debs Willis said...

Di, that card is just gorgeous! Bet your stepmum loved it.

Off to have a snowball fight in the playground1

Sarn said...

OK Miss . . . as requested . . . I've included my little punchy party trick! xxx

Sarn said...

Oi! Which one of you little herberts threw that snowball at me? xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Di, your card is so beautiful! Love the colours and that gorgeous stamp. The embossing looks lovely too.

scrappymo! said...

Oh my gosh...I love everything about this card! That stamp is divine and your card is gorgeous. I bet the twinkling H2O's look even more fab IRL...and they look fab here too !

Gorgeous card!

Off to make some cards from scraps before the draw ends!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

forgot to say Di love the pearls on the card just delightful and love the "sunglasses needed" one today too...

.. here is my humble offering, love Shaz.xx

Darnell said...

I didn't think I'd play this week, but I just remembered I used a snippet on my card, so here I am!

I love your snippets card, Di. I have that beautiful stamp, too, so no thanks on the draw, but thanks for the inspiration! And great job, as always, on the showcase!!

I will try and visit the other girls in between all that needs doing at my sister's. If I can't do many, I'll make it up next week.

Love to all! Darnell

Anonymous said...

Wonderful, stunning card Di, LOVE the stamp as you know so would be very grateful of the chance to win it :)

Well done Mary on your win.

Happy WOYWW xx

Hettie said...

Brrrrr! Anyone lit the fire in the Treehouse or is it against Elf 'n' Safety nowadays??
The Girls' beaks are frozen!!

Elizabeth said...

Finally managed to make a card this week though there's not much of the snippet used visible! Got to agree with the above - it's pretty darned cold. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Liz said...

I have come back to play in the playground again but everyone seems to be sheltering in the bike sheds ... is there room for me too?

Elizabeth said...

Two cards to share with you tonight - both using up loads of cardstock snippets and a few leftover toppers too. My personal challenge to tackle the topper box is paying off. Hugs, Elizabeth xx