Sunday 2 March 2014

Pixies Snippets Playground - Week 114

Wahoo, another lovely lot of playmates in the Playground this week, 68 entries! The fence has been totally replaced and we're all tickity-boo once again. There's also a new gate but I made sure they used the same lock so that your Playground keys would still fit. Aw, and they even fixed the gate so that there would still be room for Spike the hedgehog to get underneath on his nightly travels :)

Whilst musing about my snippets card, and also that the Playground is such a happy place, I remembered a sweet little stamp I bought ages ago, and from that, this card took shape:
I used:

- 5.75 x 5.75 square pink card blank

- stamp by Flonzcraft called 'Kindergarten, Children Swinging', stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink pad

- I then stamped the sentiment using a stamp from Kaisercraft's 'Life Sentiments' set and Memento 'Tuxedo Black ink pad

- one whole pink backing sheet and various snippets from First Edition's 'Bird Song' paper pad. To create the 'sunburst' effect I followed this great tutorial - perfect for 'snippets busting' :)

- snippets of SU's 'Certainly Celery' card from the snippets folder

OK, onto this week's picks:

Lynn (Linby) made this absolutely gorgeous white on white card. A great way to use up those white snippets - I seem to have more white and cream snippets than any other colour in the snippets folder!

Sally brought us this beautiful mauve card - I just so admire the way Sally uses her ink duster brushes and that butterfly is amazing.

Sue J really cheered the Playground up with this adorable Easter card - love the fresh and zingy Spring colours.

This card used Ryn's amazing water droplets stamp and is so realistic, Cornelia did a fabulous job and has also explained really well in her blog post how she achieved the end result - do go and see.

Caroline made this stunning and very clever snippets card also for a challenge where the cue word was 'Paint'. What a brilliant idea to use a paint swatch - love it!

And we also have some new playmates:

Lisa brought us this lovely card to see - I'd seen the sketch Lisa followed and ran away in horror but she really cracked it!

I was delighted this week to see a little blogging pal suddenly reappear, and after some nudging Gail joined in with the Playground fun. This beautiful album is the first of three entries and features her lovely grandparents - to see more do hop over to Gail's blog.

A huge welcome to the Playground girls and hope you both come back again to play soon.

There are two draws this week of course. First of all the weekly prize of the Penny Black 'Hello Sunshine' stamp was won by:
Well done Sam, I have your address and will post the stamp to you ASAP :)

And now for the Taylored Expressions 'Mr & Mrs' die plate.

19 of you entered at least three times in total over the two weeks so I numbered the qualifiers and ran the Random Number thingy. I did try to check that you hadn't forgotten to add a 3 after your third entry. And the winner is:
Congratulations Ann, your first Playground win too! I do hope you have lots of fun using that beautiful die. Can you please drop me an email with your snail mail address ( Sigh, I only wish I had another 18 to give away!

This coming week's prize is of course linked to my snippets card.
It's a Flonzcraft stamp the same as the one I used today (isn't it strange, their clear stamps are produced on orange coloured polymer), a Kaisercraft set of sentiments - again just like the one I used today. These are lovely sentiments, some are quite small but I do love the words. Plus, as I found it in the Playground toybox and it's a silhouette like the Flonzcraft one, there's a set of two little stamps by cArt-Us (sic) called 'birds on branch' which would be lovely on ATCs for example. I do have another little set of perched birdies that Shaz in Oz. kindly sent me a while ago but those will appear another week :)

As usual, the snippets challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 8th 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. Do also say if you're only interested in part of the prize as I can then do a further draw for the remainder.

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.

Di (and a wave from Parsnip)


  1. Ohhh...these are such pretty stamps and your card is so lovely.
    I have long wanted to try that sunburst idea so off to check out the linky...
    Also...congratulations ladies!

  2. What a lovely card showing off the playground! What a fun, fun stamp that is. I suspect they made it orange so you don't accidentally throw it away because it is clear and you can't really see it. Not that any of us have done that... no siree!

    I have my card ready but it's not yet Sunday where I am and I don't want to put up my blog post until Sunday. I don't want all sorts of time traveling issues.

  3. First again! What an honour.
    Off to make a card for Mrs where did those butterflies fly away to!

  4. Lovely sample card Di and wonderful picks. I don't know how you choose as everyone does such brilliant and different cards! x

  5. oh my goodness you've just made my day. I've just emailed you about something else too! I'll have to go back to hotmail and email you again now.

    ooooooooooh that die is absolutely gorgeous - can't wait to use it. Thank you so much for picking me out of the hat. I'm a lucky lady.
    Your card this week is totally wow as usually and don't the playmates do some fabulous stuff - every week I scroll down and am amazed by the talent.
    I won't be able to play for a little while now as explained in my email, but I'll be back with avengence I promise.

    big hugs Ann xxx

  6. LOVE all the different patterns on your lovely card. Wonderful technique for lots of snippets! Such a sweet image, too.

  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE your pretty sunburst card with the sweet playground image. Will check the link out shortly - thanks for sharing.

    Terrific showcases as per!

    Congrats to both your winners.

    Will be back soon with an entry.
    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  8. A brilliant card Di, I love the sunburst technique and fabulous, gorgeous stamps.

  9. Many congrats Di on all of the enteries and well done Sam and Ann your winners great showcase too! and Wow you did it l tried after seeing Mrs A's card but it didn't go according to plan!!.... will have another go though! this is beautiful lovely papers and gorgeous stamp another of your stunning makes Di..enjoy your Sunday xx

  10. Gorgeous card Di, love the patchwork of pink papers it's such a pretty background. More amazing picks again, congrats and thanks for the inspiration :) Cathy x

  11. Lovely set of stamps and your card is so pretty. That sunburst with the papers is very effective. I love the picks this week, especially Sally's lilac one. Kate x

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  13. What a lovely snippet card, Di - love that Flonz silhouette stamp (love a lot of theirs!). And such a lovely array of inspiration in the playground this week, especially those you've shown and lovely to welcome new playmates too (sorry about the deleted comment - big senior moment!) x

  14. Fabulous picks this week, have a soft spot for Sue's bunny though! xx

  15. Thanks so much for showcasing my card this week.
    Love your card with that wonderful silhouette stamp, must check out that fan technique too, you did a fab job with it.

  16. Just popped back with another card Di, now off to do the ironing, groan! Cathy x

  17. Hello Di, fabulous card. Love the silhouette on the pink background. It remind me of when I was a kid, playing out long into the evening - not a mobile phone or ipad in sight!! ;-)
    Thanks for adding my card to the showcase selection. So thrilled to see it there. Congrats to the others - brilliant work.
    Caroline xxxx

  18. Lovely card Di. I like the sunray effect you've created with snippets - an inspired way to use up scraps. And the cards, etc., you've chosen to showcase are fabulous - more inspiration! Good to hear the playground is now securely fenced off again and touched that there's been a gap left for Spike to wriggle through :) Hope to catch up with everyone in the playground this week ... well, I'll be doing my best. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  19. hi di i thought imight try and play along thiz week promises ..... time and all that.
    if i doand in the unlikely event i get picked i already have the sentimens stamp.
    have fun .... greatzcards

  20. Oops... sorry didn't realize it said #2 after my name still. I hope I'm not in #2 for that!

  21. What a lovely variety of picks Di! These are all beautiful. I love the 'rays' of paper patchwork on your creation - ingenious! I have entered my snippety snowflakes (the keys fit the gate by the way)and may be back to enter my snippety Donny and Blossom card - which has a GREENFLY sitting on the bottom left corner!!! A real one!

    Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

  22. What a lovely card that reminds me of fun at the playground!

  23. Love your card Di. Fabulous stamp and the way you cut the background papers is so effective. Wonderful assortment of showcased cards too xx

  24. Congrats to Ann and all of the wonderful notables this week! I always leave the playground inspired!
    Di, your card is just lovely with those beautiful papers cut into a sun ray design! Such a great idea!

  25. Lovely, those patterned paper sunrays - so cheerful, your card. Reminds me about spring - don't know if its going to happen here any time soon - its going to snow again tonight....
    Thanks Di for once again featuring one of my cards - too kind of you. I am getting tons of traffic from your site. I like that :)
    Hugs for Parsnip!

  26. Gorgeous card Di, love the patchwork of colors and paper.

    Hugs diane

  27. Just love this card Di, the papers look stunning and the image sits with them perfectly.

    Well done on the showcase, some fab choices.

    Kath x

  28. Oo! Oo! Oo! I see my name has come up - woohoo! Thank you Miss. Glad I gave you more rice this morning now!
    Great card you have done and lovely picks of the week too.

  29. Your sunburst card is lovely Di and of course the colours are just so up my street. Got a lot of catching up to do on everyones blogs. Had a stressful week organizing The Wimps visit to the vets for his MOT and then his holidays. Had to change dates and catteries to get him fixed up. Hope he has a nice time whilst we are left alone to fend for ourselves!!!. Hugs Mrs A.

  30. All of the cards you picked are absolutely stunning and so gorgeous Miss. A really lovely choice and big congrats to the winners too!!!
    I love what you have made, the colours are stunning, so perfectly pink! Will check out that tutorial when I can manage to. Have a lovely week xx

  31. Used me snippets up Miss and what a surprise a flutterby snuck in too. Hugs Mrs A.

  32. Hi Miss Di,and the wonderful Parsnip,
    what a super style snippets creation.
    Love all the wonderful colour papers, and design.
    Just popped my card into this weeks challenge.
    I received my winning stamps safely on Saturday, so thank you very much.
    Can't wait to use them.
    Will be popping a thank you card and a little fridge magnet butterfly in the post for you and Mrs A as I don't know her address if that is okay, with you as I know your are friends.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  33. I've stopped looking from the sidelines and have joined in - thanks for pushing me :)

  34. All linked in successfully x

  35. I left a comment earlier, but since I added my card today, I'll add another comment. I'm playing just for fun this week, so there's no need to add my name to the draw :)

  36. Beautiful snippets card, Di! So perfect for spring! I love all your showcased creations this week, as well. What a tough job that must be!!

    I can't wait to see the new fence! Thank you for all you do, if I haven't said that for a while. And for even remembering that Spike needs room to get under!

    No thank you for the delicious prize offer. Hugs, Darnell

  37. Hi Di! I've just found your blog and entered my first card. I hope i've followed the rules correctly!
    Hugs, Hazel xx

  38. You have made a beautiful card. love all the pattern papers and that image/sentiment *U*

  39. Finally got by with a card! Slow on the uptake with the photos and post writing, I'm afraid.

    Good news is when i get behind it can be that I have been busy creating!

  40. What a lovely way to use snippets. Well done

  41. Here I am with my entry Di. Hugs, Sarn (just playing for fun, no to the prize thanks).

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  42. And I'm in again. It's amazing that I can use so many snippets and still the snippet bags stay full!

  43. Hello Di,
    I love your card - must check out that tutorial.
    Fabulous top picks again - lot's of inspiration.
    I can casually jog into the playground this evening with time to spare!
    Hope you have a lovely weekend. xx

  44. Love the card, and great stamps. Lynn x

  45. Another batch of beautiful cards.


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