Sunday 23 February 2014

Pixies Snippets Playground - Week 113

I made this card for a friend's husband. His wife, Sue, lost a long battle in our local Hospice last Sunday - and I lost a special friend:
 I used:

- 6" x 6" square cream card blank

- Penny Black 'Hello Sunshine' stamp, stamped using VersaFine 'Vintage Sepia', partially coloured with Whispers pens then mounted onto a snippet of brown card. The butterfly was die cut/embossed from a snippet of brown card using SU's Framelits 'Beautiful Wings' and three little amber coloured gems added down the body

- sentiment stamped using a stamp from SU's 'Sincere Salutations' set and VersaFine 'Vintage Sepia'

- to 'balance' the card I scored lines along one side and the bottom using the Hougie board. All I did was measure on the front where I wanted the lines to end to one side and above the sentiment then drew pencil lines to those measurements on the back as a guide to where to finish the score lines

Let's move onto this week's picks. As ever, tricky to decide :(

I picked this card, made by Sue J (Olliesmam) because it just screamed STUNNING at me. A beautiful example of white on white.

Here's another creation that brought me up with a real start - made by Sarn. Fabulous 'dangling' and I just love this really artistic card.

Again, I just went 'Wow' when I saw this card, made by Kate P!  Amazing use of lots of snippets - I totally LOVE it!

This card, made by Bonnie is soooo clever - it really does look like a patchwork quilt.This is definitely on my list to try!

I adore this fun card, made by Sam! It just made me feel very happy - so funny too! Some wag even asked how the chicken rode the bike when its legs wouldn't be long enough to reach the pedals :) Snigger.

Our Elizabeth has been missing in action lately due to a virus - but she managed to come and play with this beautiful creation. It's the dragonfly that used a snippet - but the detailed description of how Elizabeth made the fabulous background is sooooo worth reading!

And last, but not least, I picked this really eye catching card, made by Liz W. Such a clever way to use hearts and wonderfully effective don't you think girls?

And this week we also had two new playmates come and join us - please say hello too:
Jackie - who brought not one but three snippets cards in the same post!

And Shazsilverwolf who had been playing with gilding flakes - look, there are still some on her cutting mat below the easel :)

Lovely work ladies, and I do hope you will come back to play with us again!

OK, so now for the winner of last week's prize of the two 'Wild Rose Studio' stamps:
Jenny L
Well done Jenny! I do still have your address and will post to you ASAP.

And this week's prize is a stamp the same as the Penny Black 'Hello Sunshine' one I used today:
Please don't think this stamp is just suitable for Sympathy cards - it looks fabulous and very cheerful paired with sunshine yellow background papers or whatever floats your ark boat.

As usual, the snippets challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 1st March and will open again at midnight UK time on the same day. Maximum of three entries and please say 'No thank you' in a comment if you wish to still play but not be the winner of the prize.

Please NEVER be afraid to say you're just playing for fun - it doesn't offend me at all, and the Playground is first and foremost for us to have fun, the prizes are just a thank you for playing :)

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.

Also, the two-week Mr & Mrs die draw still runs during this coming week so if you haven't already qualified by entering three times you can make your total up to three and be in with an equal chance. Do please remember to add a 3 after your name when you link your third entry!

And finally (will she never shut up) - do remember that it's Sarn's Rudolph Day Challenge this coming week as well, beginning on Tuesday and running to the end of the month. It's a short month so you might want to start thinking - already so soon :)

That little lot will keep you out of mischief!

Di (and a wave from Parsnip)


  1. Looks like i am first again...I was waiting at the gates!!! After a couple of bright Sunny Days, it is pelting down snow. Huge big snowflakes and they are predicting 8 inches. So far not sticking to the roads and it has been snowing for hours.
    They coast thed the road with some sort of solution that helps it not so stick...hopefully it stays that way.
    Off to sleep over at the grandkids while my daughter and husband go to a fundraiser...I think they are pulling an all nighter as the hockey game is at 4am here and they want to see if the guys can play like girls...Canadian girls that is!!!

  2. drinkpoo here...just rushing and not using spellcheck!

  3. So sorry to hear of your loss, Di. I know this beautiful card will bring comfort. The scored lines are the perfect touch. Hugs, Greta

  4. So very sorry sweetie. Nothing I can say here will help with the pain but please know that you are loved by all of us and I am sure you friend loved you very much too - you are the sort of lady that sticks with a person and I bet she loved you being there for her when she needed you the most. Sending virtual hugs and sloppy kisses from Eddy. Beautiful picks as usual and congrats to Jenny. That stamp is stunning, thank you for the chance.
    Will be back tomorrow with a card, till then night sweetie xx

  5. Back again to comment on your card. This is a beautiful card for a sad occasion. The black butterfly is a fitting touch for these gorgeous sunflowers.

    Sorry for the loss of your friend. Sometimes making the perfect card to give helps you deal with the loss.

  6. Hi Di,
    so very sorry to hear of the loss of your friend.
    Love your really great card for such a sad occasion. Coloured in so perfectly too.
    I'm sure her husband will take a little comfort from such a lovely card.
    I am really excited to have won the lovely stamp in last weeks challenge.
    Thank you very much for all you hard work involved with the challenge.
    Lots! and Lots of special love today
    Jenny L.

  7. oh Di what a sad card to have to make. You've done it beautifully -= so sorry for the loss of your friend.
    This week's playground choices are fab as always - really enjoy looking at the selection of cards each week.
    Ann xxx

  8. I'm so very sorry to hear of your loss, a special friend's loss is always so hard to bear but I wish you luck and happy memories of your pal.

    Just off to upload my snippet and I am just playing for fun this week - your prize if fab but I've quite a number of similar images so would rather it went to a deserving home, should my name be picked!


  9. So sorry about your loss Di, but your card is beautiful and perfect for the occasion.

    A wonderful selection of cards - well done everyone.


  10. Such a perfect card Di and I'm sure it will bring comfort to your dear friend's Husband. Fabulous playground "picks" this week and congratulations to all, especially Jenny xx

  11. Sorry to hear about your friend Di. Beautiful card and I'm sure it will be appreciated
    Big hugs
    Debs x

  12. I'm sorry at the loss of your friend Di, such a sad occasion to make a card for, but this is beautifully done and very appropriate.

  13. Morning Di, Sorry for the loss of your friend you have made the perfect card for her husband so elegant and the stamp is just beautiful .......Many congrats to Jenny and what a lovely array of cards again you have chosen like you say it's hard to pick but you have chosen well take care enjoy yur Sunday l'll be back later with my entry xx

  14. Oh, di, that card is really special. I put butterflies on my sympathy cards when I can. I obviously haven't been here for a long time I clicked through from one of your old comments on my are all challengy :-D

    Hugs x

    1. Ok I do t understand the rules lol I will just back off into this corner over here and just x

  15. So hard to make a card for someone so close and with such a hard loss to come to terms with. It is important to look at the happy memories, which is not always the easiest thing to do at this time, but in the end, it is those happy memories that enable you to carry on. xxxx Maggie

  16. so sorry, Di. Such a difficult card to make. As Maggie says, hang on to those lovely memories. Sending you a great big hug xxxxx
    PS just playing for fun - I have way too many sunflowers stamps!

  17. Another beautiful showcase of cards Di and yours too although I guess it was difficult to make and so sorry for your loss. I'm playing for fun as I don't tend to use wooden stamps (I like to see 'through' what I'm stamping) but hoping to make another card before the week's out to enter the special Mr & Mrs Die prize. Take care. x

  18. A quick hullo and wave for Parsnip well done everyone but will say no thanks dear Di, love Shaz.xx

  19. The circle is close, and it comes time to say good bye but only here in this world in spirit, heart, mind memories our love-ones live for ever. I am so sorry Di-be strong
    you did a great card
    hugs Tamara

  20. Huge huggles Di at this sad time but your memories will always live in your heart and a beautiful card as well. Congrats to Jenny L and some fab makes from everyone and thank you for highlighting my card hugglesssssssssssssss Sue xxx

  21. Lovely picks from the playground this week. My germs are still keeping me confined to base.
    Lovely card too Di for such a sad time. Sending you hugs (from behind the kleenex...) x

  22. Your card is lovely Di, even though it was made with sadness.My condolences to your and your friend's family.
    a great selection of picks again this week. Well done to everyone and congratulations to Jenny.

  23. So sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. Gorgeous card and I am sure the family appreciated your kind thoughts.
    Lovely selection of cards. That pesky chikkin gets everywhere on her bike!

  24. Hi Di

    That is really sad news about your friend. I'm sorry. Her Husband will appreciate your kindness and thoughts I am sure.

    Great show and tell cards this week and well done to Jenny on her win.

    Take care Di.

    Love Jules xx

  25. Your card is lovely, and I'm sure it will bring comfort to your friend to know you thought of him on this sad occasion. So sad for you as well and it's never easy to say goodbye. I like the way you did it with this pretty card. Gosh, you had your work cut out this week to do some highlighting! I've enjoyed some of the picks already, but I'm off to see some of the entries, as I have been very remiss in my visitin'. Hope to take care of that, this afternoon. Big hugs to you - especially this week - and I hope the sorrow will ease when time passes. TFS & big Hug to my little white friend Parsnip too!

  26. A lovely card and sorry for the loss of your friend, my entry for this week is

  27. Never the best news to hear when a friend becomes an angel. Great card.

    Kath x

  28. Wow! Thanks for highlighting my card- thats awesome! Very sorry to hear you've had such a sad week, that was a lovely card for her Husband. The best comfort for you both is that she isn't suffering any longer. Hugs Shaz xxx

  29. Hi Di . . . sending my condolences and big hugs to you on your sad news. Really nice card you made to send out though.

    So kind of you to pick my card out for the "show 'n' tell" from all the other brilliant entries. Congrats to all my fellow showcasers.

    Gorgeous stamp prize this week, but when I enter, please leave me out of the draw.

    CONGRATS to Jenny L on her win.

    Thanks for plugging Rudolph Day for me too. Mwah Mwah! xxxx

  30. Thanks for the shout out, Di! I'm honored to be among these talented cardmakers. I got my 3rd in. Hope I added the 3 in the right place.

    I love these sunflowers and that little pop of color!

  31. I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend, but this pretty sympathy card will surely bring a smile to the recipient's face.
    Congrats to Jenny and all of the notables from the last playground entries! There's some wonderful inspiration there for all of us to draw upon!

  32. Happy Monday Di - just dropping by to enter my 3rd card in the 'special prize' draw. Sorry but I forgot to add a '3' after my name. xx

  33. Hi Miss Di, and the wonderful Parsnip,
    just popping this weeks entry into the playground.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  34. Hmmn! So many images to choose!

  35. I forgot to put my #3 after my name. Does that mean I have to make another 3???!! ! !!! hee hee

    And whaddya mean I'm a wag for asking how the chicken pedals the bike??! Inquiring minds need to know this stuff!!!!

  36. Hugs from me too Di, your card is lovely. I'm just having a play again this week, so no thankyou to the lovely prize, Cathy x

  37. Fantastic snippets card and showcases, Di! It's fun to be here; it's been too long! I hope all is forgiven by now. Just kidding, I just wanted to see if you were paying attention!

    No thank you for the generous prize! Hugs, Darnell

  38. Here I am, armed with the spuds for the bonfire later!

    And I've got the flags out too! Let's party!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  39. Super colouring on your sunflower even though for a sad occasion.
    Just playing for fun this time round.
    Will we right over with me grated cheese to go with me hot tatty.
    See you soon. hugs Mrs A.

  40. oh Di horrendous time trying to upload a photo today - I may be on loads of times or not at all.
    Tried 3 times - kept getting strange message.
    I'm not bothered for this week's stamp thank you but I have some very similar so it would be better to go to someone who needs it more.
    Ann xxx

  41. Hi Di got mine linked, getting quite good at this! Please take the first card of the two as my snippet entry. Thank you. x

  42. Hi, Di. It's me again. Forgot to put a 3 next to my name. Sigh...

  43. Back with a second card...I have two but don't think it is possible to link twice!

  44. Beautiful card for a sad occasion! Give Parsnip a big hug from me (anytime I use parsnip in my kitchen I think of you guys...) Great cards showcased! Hugs, Cornelia

  45. Sorry to hear your sad news xx

  46. Oops forgot to say I'm playing for fun again this week xx

  47. I am only playing for fun again this week, though I have entered three cards for the die draw. I have the lovely sunflower stamps, but i must say i love the way you have used it, even though the card was made for a sad occasion. Kate x

  48. Oops!I forgot to add a Thanks for featuring my card in this weeks picks. They are all so lovely. I don't know how you chose. Kate x

  49. Yeay a pink one from me AND I am wearing a pink shirt with dark pink scarf today!!!!
    I had a fab email last night from PJ thanking me for the iris folding patterns I promised her. I am not sure whether she was more chuffed about the patterns or the fact that she got the chicken on a bike card you featured. So funny!

  50. Err! Forgot my 3 when I linked up the last one! Threeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  51. The card none of us want to make, but beautiful Di. So sorry for the loss of your friend. Thanks for such a great challenge. certainly encouraging me to start using all the stuff in my bits box! Christine

  52. Hi Di, popped another entry in, I forgot about the die draw but am not sure if I qualify this week. Might squeeze in again with another entry!
    Cathy x

  53. Hi Di,
    So sorry to hear your sad news - sending cyber hugs your way.

    Just made it into the playground in time but have to sit down now as I'm out of breath!

    Take care xx


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