Sunday 13 July 2014

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 133

It's been a mostly sunny week in the Playground with just a couple of spells of rain - thankfully in the evenings.

Here's my snippets card for this week, and I made two the same in the ongoing quest to make 12 Christmas cards per month:
I used:

- A6 white linen card blank

- white linen card for the embossed layer, embossed using a Darice folder called 'Snowflake Swirl' and the corners rounded using a Woodware corner punch

- snippets of Christmas green and white card for the tree. The tree was die cut using a 'Winterland Tree' die as well as a 'Winterland Tree Background' die - both by Memory Box. After some thinking I decided the tree needed a little slightly rounded 'pot', which I punched using SU's 'Word Window' and then just cut the bottom flat

- the sentiment is an old favourite made by Funstamps called 'Small Merry Christmas', stamped onto a snippet of white card then layered onto a snippet of Christmas green - both punched using SU oval punches

I liked how the swirly embossing is similar to the tree die :)

I'd like to enter this card into this week's Merry Monday #116 challenge which is 'Green and white'. The green looks very dark in the photo, it's actually what I'd call a real Christmas green!

Swiftly onto this week's Playground Picks:

Annie called by early on in the week to share this beautiful card. I love the use of snippets but was also blown away by the fabulous colouring - we have a great artist in our midst girls! It's also lovely that Annie is already hopping round to say Hi to you - that's what I love about the Playground, such a friendly and supportive place to play.

This card was made by Cathy, using snippets of metal sheet as well as shimmer paper. I do love the effect of the alcohol inks on the metal and such a lovely design.

So many of you absolutely loved this simple but so clever card made by Sarn. As always, a terrific make!

I'm still giggling over this wonderful Wedding card for a farmer, made by Sam! So many snippets used - as well as some very careful masking of the 'lower region' of one of the cows to ensure it was miraculously transformed into a 'boy cow' - err, as opposed to a cowboy, groan :(

Each week I could show more than one of Carol's cards, and I think a few of you will have become aware of a lady called Edith who is fighting really hard against devastating illness right now. This gorgeous card is for Edith - to find out Edith's story and to make a card to send - you can visit Carol, Mary H, and I'm sure other playmates who are joining in.

I absolutely love this card, made by Kate. What a great way to wish someone a Happy 60th Birthday, so clever Kate!

I just love this card, made by Cornelia, using an abstract stamp set and combining three of the stamps so cleverly. BTW, the tiny hearts are the snippets here :)

I'm wondering if Cornelia will enter the Less is More challenge this week where it's one layer and 'Adapt a fingerprint'? I bet with such an imagination we'd be in for a real treat from Cornelia. So far, I'm stumped and will probably be sitting on my clean and very un-inked hands all week here!

But, I was tickled pink to see that this card of mine was showcased in Less is More:

I tend to hit lucky about once every 13 months or so - not a very good record but nonetheless I'm always absolutely delighted!

And finally, I thought we'd finish with another giggle:

Sue J had me in a spin on Friday, rattling out card like a machine gun - this one cracked me up, and of course the plaid papers are just so perfect for the whole theme of the card!

No new playmates this week but it was great to see so many of you nipping in and out of the Playground!

Right, now for the draw for the Penny Black 'Soft Wings' stamp from last week. And the winner is:

Jenny hasn't been too well lately so I squealed when her name popped straight out - especially as I do know from Jenny's blog, that she's a huge fan of butterflies! Ahem, unlike our Kath of course :)

I know that a few of you really loved this beautiful stamp (about two thirds the size of SU's very similar Swallotail Butterfly stamp) and really wished I had more to give away, sigh.

So, I just ordered a further three stamps for one of the 'two-week draws' I sometimes do as I found a place selling them at half what I paid for the original ones!

All you have to do to be in with a chance is to enter a total of three times, over this coming week and the following one. That's not three per week - just three spread between the two week although you can of course enter three times each week if you like :) Then, when you add your third entry, if you want to be in the extra draw for the butterfly stamp just leave me a comment or (preferably) add a 3 after your name on the third entry.

And, the prize for this coming week is, as almost always, related to my snippets card:
It's a Darice 'Snowflake Swirl' embossing folder and a Woodware corner punch - both the same as I used for my card.

As usual, the snippets challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 19th July 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. And of course, if you're only interested in one or other of the items, then feel free to say so as well.

Mr Linky is below - please let me know if you have any problems linking, it's easy for me to sort out so don't struggle on alone :)

Have a great week!

Di (and a wave from Parsnip)


  1. Great picks this week Di. The wedding card is simply too much fun (every bride and groom deserve a little whimsy), and I'd admired Sarn's card in some challenge without noting it was hers. I was also glad to see yours honored by LIM.

  2. Wheee! I've never been first at the gate before! Hey Little happy to see you again. Back later to view the highlights from last week. Hugs

  3. Very Nice Christmas Card...Smart add your little pot. Good thinking! I can see why you like your sentiment. I love it when I find something that I can use over and over and never am tired of using it. Great links this week and I have to say Sue gave me quite the giggle! Happy Crafting Di... I'm going to say No Thank you. Though I love the offering, I'm trying to use what I have...

  4. Hi Di - I am definitely planning on the LIM challenge - I am thinking.....Have done fingerprint cards before and don't want to repeat myself... Wonderful Christmas card you made - love that combo of embossing folder and that wonderful Memory box tree die! Thanks you for your kind words - I knew you would like the doggie card...
    Sue's card is just hilarious!!!

  5. Great showcased cards, Di!

    I am the perennial thorn in your side with the numbers by my name...
    Just submitted my first card this week and did not notice my autofill shows card 3! Sorry 'bout that!
    20 lashings for me!!!
    Your card is so elegant. That die is fabulous on that EF background.
    A stunning, elegant card!

  6. Just uploaded my snippet card

    Happy Sunday


  7. Nice work in the Christmas cards Di.. would love to emulate your record in as many cards a month for Christmas. Might need to pull out all stops for Rudolph day soon. Great other shares and prizes tooo Miss... love the butterfly too. God bless your week.
    Might get time to craft soon. Love Shaz in Oz x

  8. Ooh . . . I love your swirly Christmas tree card Di. Very pretty indeed.

    Thanks so much for adding my card to the Show & Tells. I am chuffed to pieces. Love all the other picks too.

    Oh how lovely the Jenny L won the prize - that's sure to cheer her up a little.

    Playing for fun as usual.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  9. An elegant Christmas card and good luck in your quest to make them regularly through the year. I'll say no thanks to the punch but would like to be included in the draw for the folder please. Will try and go for the trio as well for the lovely butterfly.

  10. So creative again Di is your card and the lovely embossed background and Christmas tree go so well together ....beautiful showcase and congrats Jenny enjoy your prize take care and have a lovely day xx

  11. Hi Miss Di & the lovely Parsnip.
    Well I'm so pleased to be the winner of this fab stamp.
    Thank you sooooooo! much.
    Just what the doctor ordered as a pick me
    My you are going to have a wonderful collection of Xmas cards by the C time.
    Your snippets card this week is wonderful, and I love that embossing folder used, and also the lovely tree die.
    Love all your super picks of the week.
    They are all fab in their own way.
    I bet the wedding card went down a treat, and my good friend Sue's golfing card was a good laugh to the recipient.
    Many thanks to you and Parsnip for all your hard work.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  12. Beautiful Christmas card Di, love the tree : )
    Thanks for another chance to win that gorgeous butterfly stamp, definitely on my wishlist.

  13. Aww thank you for picking my card Di xx Congrats to Jenny xx some fab pics this week and your card is lovely huggles Sue xx

  14. Your Christmas tree card is just stunning DI! I have that tree die and rarely use it, so thanks for the inspiration to dig it out!
    I've been inspired by so many notable creations this week, it just blows my mind! And Congrats to you Di for making that phenomenal card from throw-away packaging! All I can say is WOW!! Thanks for putting my card in the spotlight this week, and hopefully more will send Edith an encouraging card!
    I'm playing for fun this week - I already own this gorgeous embossing folder :)

  15. Wonderful display of crafting from the playground girls and I love your snippet card - very elegant (don't forget CHNC - would love to see it there) x

  16. Hi Di

    I thought I was doing well with my 6 a month (one a week for the playground and two for Sandra's Rudolph Day) .. .. you are doing twice as many as I am!!

    Well done for being showcased at Less is More .. .. it was a very beautiful card.

    Lovely show and tells again this week and well done Jenny for winning that beautiful stamp.

    Love Jules xx

  17. I'm loving that die cut tree in your Christmas card - Thanks for joining us this week at Merry Monday!

  18. Gorgous elegant xmas card Miss Di - love that embossing folder. Super highlighted cards xx

  19. Very pretty Christmas card! Thank you for joining us at Merry Monday!

  20. Your Christmas card is just delightful! Such a pretty diecut! Thanks for playing with my Merry Monday challenge this week!

  21. Huge congrats, Di! Your LIM card is so deserving--fabulous work! That embossing folder is just perfect with the MB tree! Love all the picks, especially that incredible doggy!

  22. I'm so glad to see that your beautiful card got a wink at Less is More! And I always love this delicate swirly tree! It's so pretty with the swirling snow behind it! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Merry Monday!

  23. Congratulations on being showcased at LIM, it's well deserved, your card is a winner in my eyes Di. Great variety of picks, they are always very inspiring.

    I say no thank you for the punch.

    Love and hugs

  24. Forgot to say, I'd let someone else have the corner rounder if Mr Random picked me.

  25. Lovely C card there Miss. Great picks this week and thank you for picking my wedding card!
    Love that embossing folder you used.

  26. So pretty! Thanks for playing with us at Merry Monday!

  27. Beautiful card and fabulous picks this week Di! If you want to see another little sneaky peak of my painting you will find it here
    Hugs, Hazel xx

  28. oo Miss just saw the corner punch too and the folder!!
    ... ahh esp the corner punch need one of 'dem! :D
    More snippets bit the dust but so many more to go! literally have pile to left of table I ferret through each card. :D
    I never show that side for good reason! Shaz in Oz.x

  29. Just popping by with my second this card I made so much better than the last one!

    Home for a week. Time to kit up some cards and cut a zillian diescuts...and then we head back for another three weeks. It was 39 today at the lake...a good day to be heading home...think it was around 34 here...a much nicer temp!

  30. Looks like a fun challenge this week!

  31. Just zipped by to say how much I love the way you've used this MB tree. So very pretty with the green companion die bachground. Loved how the swirls in the tree worked with the swirls in the EF. Very festive, very glamorous too! TFS & Hugs.

  32. Fabulous picks as always Miss Pixie and your card is fabulous, as it is always too!!! Karen xx

  33. Love the green and white Christmas card. There is such a nice swirly feel to your card, like snow flurries only not as cold.

  34. The day just about got away from me without linking up! Geesh! Are we going at warp speed?

  35. Love your card mrs I must be a dumb blonde, here I was only entering one card any you want three......three....gee wizz well you have three now and they all have genuine snippets on them...whoo

  36. Hello Di, As usual I'm like the coo's tail, all behind, but had to pop in and participate ... got to keep the snippet mountain a manageable height!!! Your card is beautiful, as are all the ones in the showcase. And tickled pink for you too - loved your flower on the LIM card. Congrats to Jenny - and wishing her a speedy recovery! Please count me out from this weeks draw - I have both the fab items already. Somebody is going to love winning these :) Off to buy hubby's anniversary present now. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  37. So many beauties from last week! Love the work you have been doing with the Christmas cards! I can never motivate to do them early. Have a great finish to you're week!

  38. Just entered my #3 card, love love love that butterfly stamp : )

  39. Back with my 3rd card Miss Di xx

  40. I love the card Di and such a pretty embossing folder, and the MB Christmas tree goes with it so beautifully. Please can I say 'no thanks' to the corner rounder as I already have one, but I would love to be in the draw for the embossing folder. Well done to Jenny for being last week's winner, and what a lovely selection of Show and Tells. x

  41. Can't let a week pass without linking up....just don't include me in the drawing....

  42. Just dropped by with my third card this week.
    Getting ready to leave for the lake again on Tuesday. I have been hanging out in my craft room packing supplies and is the coolest room in the house as it has been hot here!

  43. Hi Di, I'm sorry I am coming back the next day to comment after entering. It was extremely early in the morning when I entered and I had to go to bed.

    I love your card and all the highlights! Such talented snippets gals are joining in each week! Thank you for all your hard work commenting and selecting the works of art to be showcased in your wrap up post!

    No thanks from me; just playing for fun! Have a grand weekend! Hugs, Darnell

  44. Gorgeous card, Miss Di - Very elegant! Last minute dash in for me!


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