Sunday 31 March 2013

Pixies Crafty Snippets Playground - Week 66

First of all, I hope you're having a lovely Easter - wherever you are and whatever you're doing.

My snippets card for this week just had to be an Easter card, made for my step-mum - and they do look as if they could be guarding the entrance to the Playground:
I normally send her a card with a religious theme, but this year I thought this little scene might make her smile :)

I used:

- DL white card stock

- background inked with Tim Holtz Distress ink (Tumbled Glass), a duster brush and my own 'clouds' template - there's more about the process on this post here

- then I die cut grass to go along the bottom from a snippet of Kanban's 'Green Grass' card, using my Marianne Creatables 'Icicle' die. It works really well the wrong way up if you don't have a proper 'grass' punch or die 

- the 'twining leaves' were cut from a couple of green snippets using Cheery Lyn's 'Mini Fanciful Flourish' die and then sort of woven in and out of the fence before fixing it to the card. The fence was cut from another Kanban snippet of 'Wooden Fence' card using Cheery Lyn's 'Victorian Picket Fence' die and a piece placed at either side of the card. It's such a shame that Kanban have ceased trading - I do like many of their products

- teeny yellow flowers were added, punched from a snippet of yellow paper with a very small Tonic flower punch, and then some orange Hunkydory gems added to the centres

- the very tactile sheep family came from 'The Range' - so cute, Mr and Mrs Woolly-Jumper and their offspring - oh, and I added little googly eyes to Mr and Mrs - and used the whole set of sheep in one fell swoop

- at that point I put the card to one side, summoning up courage for three whole weeks before stamping onto the sky area. Why will I never learn, I always advocate stamping sentiments etc. before making up a card and I broke me own rools - but in fairness, this card sort of evolved as I went along without any real forward planning

- but hey, I managed to finish the card without any mishaps by stamping the sentiment, from the Penny Black 'Easter March' set and also a little flock of birds using Clarity stamps 'Small birds'. Phew - the relief!

I'm entering this card into two challenges:

It's Use it Tuesday's 'All about Spring Challenge'. I used plenty of snippets/scraps of card and paper as described above, the googly eyes I've had forever and a day,  the icicle die has hardly been used - and it was a first outing for the fence die, which (shame on me) I've had for months and months! It's my first time playing along in this challenge, but it won't be the last - a great way to bring out those goodies you haven't used for ages, or even more shamefully in my case, had for ages and never used at all :( Oh dear, I just looked back through this challenge and a winner last week sponged the sky and also used an icicle punch or die for grass - all I can say is that I did mine over three weeks ago, and I guess nothing is really new when it comes to ideas :(

And over at That Craft Place the current challenge is 'Animals' - I reckon that a family of 'Woolly-Jumpers' qualifies nicely :)

Now onto what you've been up to this last week - once again we have loads of lovely snippets makes - and we have three new playmates, Maudieroff, Asha and Sue. Do please go and say 'Hello', that would be so welcoming.

As always, the difficult part is to pick some of the work you've done for 'show and tell'.
I'm sure you'll all agree, this is just stunning use of snippets by Darnell! To see HOW it's done, go here - the magic of chevrons.
Sue is one of our new playmates and she brought this card and another one. This card shows how even those plain white snippets we all have can be given the 'gilding wax' treatment - brilliant!
Spring blossoms by cathroff 
Baby Banner by cathroff
Cathy R brought us two cards showing great use of snippets this week, link to the first one and link to the second one - I can't pick just one as they're both great and so clever. 

At this point I have to move on, otherwise I'd be here all weekend typing away - so many gorgeous snippets makes - which you can look back over here.

So, it time for the draw for the Stamp Addicts unmounted stamp set (kindly donated by Viv) called 'Playful Girls' - as I said last weekend, absolutely perfect for the Playground :)

And the winner is:
Well done Lynn! Please drop me an email ( with your snail mail address and the stamp set will be on its way to you ASAP.

This is really a bit spooky, I just checked back over who'd won over the time we've had regular prizes - and each time it's been someone different. Don't let that stop you from still being in the draw, it's just the way the numbers came out of Mr Random - but it's nice that the chances are being spread so well. 

This coming week's prize might appeal to you too - although I do know that some folk already make their own cloudy backgrounds in much the same way as I did on my snippets card for today, I still thought this was a nice prize for Easter:
A set of three Inkylicious dusters (double headed ones at that) - plus the same colour Distress Ink as I use to make clouds, 'Tumbled Glass'. Snigger, I expect you can cut your own template but I'd make some and enclose them if you really were desperate enough to rely on my cutting efforts :) And, of course, think of all the other things you can do with these brushes - not just clouds. Brushing over those snippet 'masks' left after die cutting to name but one use.

The Playground is open all of this coming week but it will close on Saturday 6th April 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 these brushes and ink pad.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, stay warm, safe and have a lovely week!



  1. Ooh Miss Di! Beautiful card, I really love it, the sheep are brilliant! Yes, I've been waiting at the gates, peering through to see if anyone was coming along with the keys to let me in! Turned out to be the little sheep who had the keys in their mouths, better check your card, there might be one missing!! Excellent prize, I want to get me some of those when I'm in England.


  2. Ewe made this card beautifully. Baaa.
    Hugss Mrs A.
    p.s Those sheep are roaming all over the playground!!

  3. Oh how cute. What fluffy little sheep. If they are on the playground you won't have to mow the lawn for a long time. Happy Easter! No Thank You It's a great gift...but I already have way too much.

  4. Love this weeks prize. I have never used those ink dusters but I am so wanting to! teehee

    Your card is fabulous. I think you would enter it in that craft a scene challenges that one of the 2 mother in law WOYWW ladies does. I think it is Shaz silverwolf or something similar...I would look it up but I am shattered...walked my *** off today with those damned poles keeping me company!

  5. Eeeee (girlie squeal) - those little sheep are just fabuuuuuuulussss. That is a lovely card. The others are fabbo too - love the chevrons one :-)
    I hope to play this time.
    IKE xxx

  6. Gorgeous card Di, LOVE IT
    Happy Easter to all here on playground.
    Fabulous prize,
    hugs to all
    Tamara P.

  7. Di, your card is BRILLIANT, I love your scene and all the elements, but those sheep are my absolute favourite. Happy Easter.
    Brilliant makes from everyone.

  8. I know I don't play in the playground with you, but I had to just pop in and say how much I like your little sheep family. I also use my icisle die for grass but it needs an awful lot of silicone paper behind it to get it out of the die without tearing. But I love the way you have put the card together and what a great use of snippets.
    Easter Blessings to you and yours.
    Kate x

  9. Just loving your Beautiful, happy Easter Sheep, watch the girlies don't stand in the poo in their new shoes lol.......... Easter Blessings to you all

  10. Oh Di - I really have just giggled at your card - I think the eyes of the sheep did it for me! I absolutely love it! I think 'wing and a prayer' cards like this, (when you don't have a real plan) work out really well - I have always liked mine when I start out without a plan. I bet your stepmum thought this was great!

    Big hugs to you Sue Pxxx

  11. Happy Easter! Your snippets card is a smile-maker, Di!! She will love it!! I'll be over soon to pet the little fluffy sheep!

    Thank you so much for the shoutout in your wonderful snippet highlight section!!

    No thanks on the giveaway, as usual. See you in a bit!!

  12. Love the sheep and, yes, they do look as if they're guarding the playground! Hope you have a good week xx

  13. Hi Miss Di

    Loving your Easter card very, very much! Those little sheep are simply gorgeous.

    A great little scene!

    Hope you are having a good Easter.

    Love Jules xx

  14. Baaarfect caaaaaard there Miss Di! Peeeeeerfect for Easter!
    I meant to link mine early this morning but in the excitement of Mr Sunshine I ran outside to do some playing at throwing and stacking wood, whilst Mr Hettie was chainsawing and chopping! Yeah! Wood for the next two weeks now!

  15. This is just stunning, I love it, brilliant in every way.
    Go to the top of the class.

    Kath x

  16. Oh Di lovely use of snippets -

    and came across for warning about glue had totally forgotten about snippets but glue warning post came up in dashboard..

    ... now that is scarey no comment box on it tried reloading it all different ways so if you dont get comments that is why

    Talk about some amazing snippets this week but think your deserves a prize too and know what you mean about evolving, I call it growing like Topsy :D Shaz in oz.x

  17. Back with another entry! Still enjoying viewing that card each time I open the playground. Their little eyeballs follow me around the page! teehee
    Let me know if you would like the card stand...I emailed you...Don't laugh but I found out it does work...I had the cards on it wrong!

  18. Hi Di, I love the little sheep, your card is gorgeous! Congrats to all the fab creations in the playground :) Thanks for the glue info too, will check this out a bit more Cathy x

  19. Can't stop grinning at those sheep! I showed the glue story to my husband and he fell for it too... which made me feel slightly better! :)
    No thanks for the giveaway... too busy binding things at the moment! Hope you're having fun playing with your new toys!

  20. Hello Di, hope you had a lovely Easter Sunday. Just popped in to see who was in the playground - I will be along with my card shortly. Your Easter card is fab, love those little sheep. AND, I realised I have won your little prize, thank you so much :-) xx Will e-mail you later. Lynn x

  21. Oh wow! Fab card, Miss Di! Can we have some lambs and chicks in the playground, PLEEEEAAAASE! Sorry I have been away for so long. I didn't run away with the fair, honest!

  22. Cute sheeps...!!
    I have gatecrashed the playground again this week - not even the guardsheep could stop me!! LOL

  23. Loving your card Di another of your great inspirations adorable images and just right for an Easter card and will make her smile! and congratulations to Lynn enjoy your prize xx

  24. great cards! Totally loving the sheep! How fun are those :)
    Thanks for joining our Spring challenge at Use it Tuesday this week.
    Tammy DT

  25. Baa utiful card! Still not really forgiven you for the April fool-you should have seen my face!
    I'll say no thanks to the dusters as I have some, and I will let another peep have a go for them.

  26. This is so sweet, love those sheep!
    Thanks for joining us at Use it Tuesday!

  27. I just love those fluffy sheep. What a fun card this has turned out to be x

  28. Me again...had some fun making a card so bright that you will need to leave some bloggy hugs to the others...
    No WOYWW this week for me either. We are in the midst of a huge overhaul in our garden. Seems like 7 zillion perennials need dividing!

    DH digs them and I sit at the table and divide them...dirty, boring work but somebody's got to do it...sigh...rather be crafting!

    Amazing how since he retired he thinks of so many projects that require my input!!!

  29. 3 out of 3 entries this week! Teacher's pet!

  30. Oh my goodness, you little lambies are so stinkin' cute with their big googlie eyes! Adorable card! Congrats to your notable winners from last week too! What wonderful creations!!!

  31. Loving the furry lambs (do lams have fur??) very cute!

    Debs x

  32. Never mind about the sheepies, have you seen wot the wabbits are up to in the playground? They have sticky tape and glue everywhere!!! hugs Mrs A.

  33. Sliding in under the wire in the last 4 hours. Whew!

  34. Love the fuzzy googlie eyed sheep! Great card. I'm with you--I don't usually leave the sentiment for last as that way lies madness (and mistakes).

  35. what an 'ewe'some card lol... thanks so much for playing in the animal challenge at That craft place xx


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