Sunday 15 December 2013

Pixies Snippets Playground - Weeks 103 and 104

Still busy in the Playground this week, despite most folk working flat out trying to get ready for Christmas :)

Here's my snippets make:
I used:

- A6 white card blank

- a snippet of SU's 'Bashful Blue' card to stamp the image and sentiment onto, using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink

- the stamp is by Woodware and is called 'Bethlehem'. Although it also lends itself to colouring, I had a plan - which is why I created some more snippets earlier in the week from LOTV's 'Krafty Christmas' paper pad, to do some paper piecing!

- just added a few touches of white in the sky using a white Signo pen and then mounted it onto a snippet of toning Core'dinations card before popping it onto the card blank

It looks a quick and simple card, it was the paper piecing that took forever the time of course. Afraid the stamping isn't perfick, do you KNOW how hard it is to stamp when it hurts to press down? I do believe there's a gizmo you can buy for such times - I might look into that one :)

Onto this week's picks:
I love this card made by Brenda - and the 'schparkle' is amaaaaazing. To check out what Brenda used, do go and see her blog.

Such beautiful elegance, made by Mary H.

A beautiful pillow shaped gift box made by Sarn - love the stamped feather tag!

A fabulous WOW creation, made by Viv. With the super tip of gently inking the edges  and other areas for slight contrast using Versamagic 'Narcissus'. Works beautifully!

A lovely Spring-like card, made by Carol - just to remind us that Winter will be over ........ in a few months.

As always, I could pick every single one of your entries, but time is marching on.

So onto the winner of the Penny Black 'Duckie and Hedgies' stamp:

I have your new address Sandra so will pop this in the post to you ASAP this coming week - can you just confirm that it's a stamp you want, I checked your blog and can see PB stamps being used but not this one so hopefully it's a new one to you!

And, as Christmas is almost here, I'm trying to ensure that in the New Year we revert to non-Christmas goodies as prizes. So over the coming two weeks we have three Woodware Christmas stamps on offer, all as one prize - even if you don't manage to use them for this Christmas I think they'd make a good start for next year's cards:
Of course there's the 'Bethlehem' stamp the same as I used today, then 'Christmas Hoot' (love that owl!) and last but not least 'Little Christmas Bird'. I hope Jules won't mind, this is the fabulous snippets card she made a while back using the same stamp and paper piecing:

Beautiful isn't it?!

NB. The snippets challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 28th December and will open again at midnight UK time on the same day. Maximum of six entries over the two weeks and please say 'No thank you' in a comment if you wish to still play but not be the winner of the prize. Now, some of you might already have one or more of the stamps (like Jules for example), or perhaps you might only fancy one of them - if so please do say and if you win I can do a second draw with whatever is left.

Mr Linky is below - please let me know if you have any problems linking, I can sort it out for you quite quickly and am always happy to do so.

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas! Gotta go, I can hear somone shouting something about the chestnut brazier being in danger of setting fire to the Playground bike shed - our Scallywag Sam is just giggling and trying to text me the news whilst Sarn is at least rushing round with her fire warden hat on shouting for fire buckets and a relay team to use up the duck pond water! The ducks have scarpered!!  I despair, really I do.

Di - and of course Parsnip


  1. This is a fab bit of paper piecing Miss and some fab stamps on offer this week. Would love to own the little birdie if I get pulled from the fire bucket dis time. Not much left of the bike shed I'm afraid! It could be worse though. At least you got no cows trampling all over the place like I have!! Mrs A.

  2. Di, your Little Town of Bethlehem nativity card is fantastic, great paper piecing, love the kraft papers : )

  3. I adore your card, Di! I was so happy to see that stamp is part of the prize. The picks for the week are amazing--wow, what talent!

  4. Oh I love your craft snippets card - it really works well. I'm afraid I've been making lots of one layer card s so no room for snippets but I'll be back soon Miss x

  5. Morning Di,
    Your card is fabulours - love it.

  6. Love this week's card Di - what a gorgeous stamp and very clever use of too.
    Have a fun day. Will be back with my contribution later in the week.
    Annie xxx

  7. Oooooh Yes Please l would love the stamp and many thanks for picking me as your winner l'm soooo happy can't wait to stamp it up!.....Gorgeous card again Di l can imagine it being sore but you managed a brilliant job the card and image is truly lovely l have just bought that paper too and it looks just right for the lovely image....another selection of wonderful creations too.....take care and have a lovely christmas and all the very best for the new year xx

  8. Just noticed my card Di with 3rd Entry pleased ignore l haven't woken up yet think it was for a 3rd entry on another xx

  9. Morning Di . . . LOVE your nativity card. Sorry it hurt you to make it.

    How kind of you to add my pillow box to your picks. Love all the other picks too.

    Shame about the bike shed . . . but you know that Mrs A will do ANYTHING to call out the hunky firemen!

    Hugs, Sarn x

  10. Ooh, beautiful card Di, you really are a trooper! Thanks you for the shout out (again) and congrats to all the other lovely picks and to Sandra for her win!. We should move the playground to Michigan, all the snow we have would put the fire out toot suite! Off to clear the drive (about 8" of snow).

    PS. Make three draws if I am lucky enough to win!

  11. Back again with my entry, now I've swept up some of the bike shed remains!

    Was laughing at Mrs A running around holding mistletoe above her head inviting the Firemen to play kiss chase earlier!

    OOH Snow in Michigan . . . let's relocate!

    Saying No thank you to the lovely stamps. Got no more room!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  12. Hi Di - beautiful card! Lovely cards you showcased this week! I wish you a great Sunday!
    Hugs, Cornelia

  13. Such wonderful paper piecing - it's a technique I regularly forget about Di so thank you for the prod! Gorgeous picks this week and thank you for the chance. Hoepfully not too much to do now, one or two more shopping trips and a few cards to finish!
    Rest your back this week Miss and I'll see if Mrs A can help rebuild that bike shed and tidy up my burnt fringe for me - never did like those blooming chestnuts lol! xx

  14. I love your card with the paper piecing - so lovely. This is always a fun challenge.

  15. I love your Bethlehem card. I haven't seen that stamp before. And I do have some cards ready to blog so I should be in the playground later this week, so you never know... You are very patient to be paper piecing this late in the day. My last cards usually have to be a quick and easy design.
    There were some beautiful cards in your 'picks' this week. Kate x

  16. Hi Miss Di

    A brilliant card .. .. you sure know how to suffer for the cause!!!

    Great finished look. Love all the kraft colours/patterns.

    Loving all the highlighted entries too. So much inspiration in the playground!!

    Have a good week everyone.

    Love Jules xx

  17. Yummy Bethlehem card Di... and I have to own that stamp that Jules did her birdie with... I have to own EVERY stamp that Jules has... and Sarn... and you.. and EVERYONE ELSE. LOL (Thanks for highlighting the lacy one too! x)

  18. Gorgeous card Di it's really lovely! and congrats to Sandra on her win and lots of fab cards by everyone huggles Sue xx

  19. Beautiful card Di and what a fabulous idea to P.P. the image it looks fab.

    Kath x

  20. Gorgeous paper piecing, Miss! Hope you can stamp without pain soon!

  21. I DO like this Bethlehem City stamp. It must have been so fiddly to paper piece all those tiny buildings, and you really made it pretty. Didn't see a thing wrong with your stamping either. Poor baby, trying to stamp when it hurts.Yet you keep on keeping on. Thanks for the highlight of my Silent Night. My jaw dropped again, when I had a few minutes this evening to pop round for a little enjoy. You have some really gorgeous entries already. Hope tomorrow is better backwise. Gentle Hugs

  22. Oh Di I really LURVE the Bethlehem stamp!!!!!!
    ..... and wonderful idea on paper piece work, on mobile in brief still not up and about - what aduffer I am.

    Thank you sooooo much for the beautiful card love it all, arrived safely today. God bless u for yr kind generous heart, special hug to Parsnipt from my sock monkeys.
    Lv Shaz in Oz.x

  23. OMG...all that activity on the Playground. I'm sad to say, I've never had chestnuts, so girls, I hope you got the fire out! I'm sure those little ducks have had quite a fright with all the banging of pails! Beauty of a card Ms. always.

  24. I was only trying to tell you in case you didn't know. Fancy Mrs A kissing the firemen - should have gone to Specsavers!
    Great card there and lovely prizes this week. Love the choices you have made.
    Hugs to you and Parsnip.

  25. I love your sweet and classic Christmas snippets card, Di! And well done, as always, picking the stars. It's a fun adventure now, as I go visit the other playmates to imagine which ones you would pick and then see if I'm right! You and I agree a lot! Continued best wishes for relief from your back pain, my friend. Hugs, Darnell

  26. P.S. Sorry, I forgot to say no thank you to your VERY generous offer!! xxoo

  27. I just love your card this week Di, and how it shows the true meaning of Christmas! Adorable!
    Thanks for the shout-out this week along with all the other fabulous notables! I'm in some very good company under that spotlight!!
    No thanks to the sweet prize for this week BTW.....I forget to type that in my comments more often than I should!!!

  28. Beautiful card Di and a fantastic showcase once again. I've just dropped by to add my entry for this week's challenge and would love to be in with a shout on those prizes if I'm lucky and my name pops out. I may not get chance to enter next week but will try my best as I don't think I've missed a week since I 'joined'. If not I'll be thinking of all the playmates and wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

  29. Hi Di,
    love your design card this week.
    Such a great image too.
    Still having a great time in the playground with all my New Friends.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  30. You have done Bethlehem beautifully, Di! I love the look of paper piecing but I find it very tedious to do. I'm not a good fussy cutter I guess! This is an awesome card and so is the beauty you sent me. Those sparkling bells are winking at me as I write. Thank you.

  31. Finally dropped by with a card...the last Christmas card I needed to make this year.
    If I make any more they will be for next Christmas...and that is a good feeling.
    Will go for a little catch up on your blog...I have been MIA as not getting enough sleep with this darned cough!

  32. Back again...great picks for the week. Usually I visit every blog but was not able this was fun to see who you picked
    Your card is lovely. The papers you chose to paper piece with are wonderful...the stamp and the papers give a peaceful look to your card.

    Will try to enter again as I am drooling over these stamps!

  33. Love your card and all that fabulous paper piecing. Those are really lovely stamps xx

  34. WOW! Fabulous paper piecing Di!

    Poor you - still not doing cartwheels!! I do feel for you.
    Have you tried a tens machine?

    Excellent pick of the week cards too.
    Apologies for my absence.
    Take care xx

  35. Beautiful card Di, I love this more traditional image too. Also the cards you made for your grandchildren are GORGEOUS! Brilliant idea to include their photo. Hope you are feeling better soon too :) Cathy x

  36. Lovely cards Di, your paper-piecing is great.

    i'll say No thanks to the prize

    Debs x

  37. Had some more snippets so thought I'd come see what's going on. It's pretty late so I think the Playground is prolly quiet! I'll check though.

  38. Thanks for keeping those gates open a little longer, giving me time to enter too - I'm stuck in Anniversary mode now having spent months stuck in Christmas card mode!

    Merry Christmas everyone


  39. The Bethlehem stamp is delightful, and the paper piecing just makes it perfect. The Kraft card looks great with the blue. A lovely card. So pleased you extended the challenge as I have had trouble with the computer which was only fixed at lunchtime. x

  40. Just submitted my second snippet, one of those cards we all hate to make.


  41. Little Mr P wanted to play along. Not for the prizes though...just for the fun. He thinks his sister should not be the only famous one! hahahaha
    I shall treasure my little reindog forever!
    She has made me a lovely too but can not show it yet as she made about 14 for gifts...cann't spoil the surprise!

  42. Some fabulous cards yet again-glad you extended the opening date and I am glad I am not the only one a bit behind!!


  43. Back again Di, Merry Christmas :) Cathy x

  44. Hi, back again with another make (no. 61) but this time it's from my dad. This is just for fun as I know he wouldn't want the stamps if he was lucky enough to be picked, Have a super christmas xxx

  45. Thanks for being sensible and taking the week off, Di! I made another entry; still no thanks on the pressie. Thank you for another year of delightful fun and for all the hard work you do keeping this going!!

    Merry Christmas to you and Len and Parsnips!! Hugs, Darnell

  46. Been desperately trying to come and play but the cows have been keeping me busy amongst other things.Finally found a snippet on my card of snowflakes so I can come and play. Yay!! hugs Mrs A.

  47. Me, again, and still no thanks, Di, but I just had to come and show the playmates my goofy party frog! I hope the winds have left and all is well with everyone! The twins will be heading home tomorrow and then Mister and I can come over and help with fence repairs and such. Hope you are finally getting some relief from the back pain!! Hugs, Darnell

  48. I love, love, love what you've done with the Bethlehem stamp. Too gorgeous for words. My goal of late is to be more aggressive using up snippets and that includes those odd hunks of ribbons, buttons, the lone brad, the odd random embellishment... If it goes well you'll see more of me on the playground. I'll bring Ju Ju Bees.


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