Sunday 21 September 2014

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 143

It's been a funny week for weather in the Playground, sometimes really quite hot and sunny yet at other times dank and misty. Autumn is on the way - and Spike thinks so too as he's visibly slowing down with less visits, and also he's eating less and less. Hibernation is beckoning him and the other little hedgies who pop in from time to time.

Anyhow, here's my snippets card for this week - and for a change the forthcoming this next week prize is totally unrelated. I was playing with Brushos the other day just using them as watercolours - and this was the result:
I used:

- an 8" x 8" card blank, cut down to make a tent style A6 sized card - and part of what was chopped off will now make two little 4" square cards as well

- a snippet of white watercolour card (Crafters Companion), Penny Black's 'Letters and flowers stamp and Ranger 'Jet Black' archival ink for stamping

- Brushos for the water colouring (a mix of turquoise and ultramarine plus emerald green and leaf green)

- the main image was die cut using a Spellbinders 'Resplendent Rectangles' die

- the image was then mounted onto a snippet of SU 'Wild Wasabi' backing which had been cut with the next size up Spellbinders 'Resplendent Rectangles' die

One thing worth mentioning about these dies, they really are fabulous but are very intricate so waxed paper or some similar method of releasing the card from the die is a must. I was in a bit of a rush and skipped that step, not a wise move!

So, let's have a quick skip through this week's picks:

I do try to spread the weekly picks around, but just had to include Val for two weeks running - isn't that the sweetest little robin? Made using the quilling technique and as if that wasn't enough - the holly leaves are also quilled! Wonderful and so intricate too.

Right, most of us know about Brushos now and loads of you have bought them and are playing - have you thought about using them with shaving foam as Sue did? What a fabulous background - I love this card!

And here's another technique - 'cracked ice' from Jean. There's a really good and detailed explanation over on Jean's blog if you fancy having a try - stunning results!

I do so love it when playmates come to show what they made with their Playground winnings - Bonnie won this sentiment stamp a while back, and didn't she use it perfectly?!

I know that lots of you have already seen and commented on this beautiful card, made by Carol L - so pretty and I think anyone would feel better if they received such a gorgeous make.

Making cards for men is something I always struggle with so this card, made by Kim, really leapt out at me. And that wonderful map background is actually stamped (must be one huge stamp for sure!).

And here's someone else using their Playground prize, gosh what a fabulous way to use the burlap background stamp Maarit - I absolutely think this deserves to be a winner over at Less is More!

So that was a pretty fast scamper through the picks, as always though, each entry was fabulous girls!

And let's welcome a new playmate:
Isn't this just super? Apparently it's the very first time that Carole has entered a challenge but surely it won't be the last?! Hi Carole, lovely to see you here and let's hope you come and play again really soon!

And, the winner of the three little stamps from last week is:

Congratulations Sarah, I'll pop your stamps into the post this week, I still have your address from your last win, which I think was about a year ago.

And the prize for this coming week is:
As I said at the beginning of this post, totally unrelated to my snippets card for once, it's a selection of Papermania Christmas goodies, kindly donated by Viv. There's an Urban Stamps set, four little pots of glitter and a packet of felt ribbon - just the thing for getting you going on those Christmas cards :)

As usual, the Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 27th September 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. As always, if you only fancy one or two parts of the prize then just say and I would do further draw(s) if your name pops out.

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 the usual happy wave from Parsnip of course)


  1. Your card is so gorgeous, Di! I have that intricate die, which I love, but you are so right about the waxed paper! Love seeing the picks as I've gotten behind on my blog reading. I'm not playing for the stamps or glitter, just the ribbon.

  2. Just uploaded my snippet entry. How spooky? I tried shaving foam and brusho's only yesterday though my attempt didn't look quite as cool as the one in post!!!

    Fab makes from you all again this morning


  3. Forgot to say that I'm only playing for fun this week!


  4. Love what you've done using the Brusho with the lovely floral stamp and thanks for the tip about the intricate dies. Thanks for featuring my card again this week. Please exclude me from the draw this week as I have sufficient seasonal stamps etc and really don't need any more, nice as they are.

  5. Hi Miss Di & the lovely Parsnip.
    congrats to the show cased cards, and the winner of the challenge.
    Super brusho paint work on your creation, and fa designing too.
    That die looks very lovely too.Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  6. Morning Di, another beautiful card and fully of snippety bits from you along with a stunning showcase of talent. So thrilled my name popped out of the hat this morning. If I'm incredibly lucky 2 weeks on the trot I'll decline the gift this week if that's ok and just playing along for the fun of it.
    Not sure if there are any deer in your playground but here's one!
    Sarah x

  7. Beautiful card, Di! Love your die-cut border and lovely stamp. I've heard of Brushos but I have no idea what they are, must go Google it! I always enjoy seeing your picks - what amazing cards people create! Lovely inspiration! I'll be back to link up with you. Wishing you a joyful day!


  8. Great card Di and fab pics and congrats to Sarah..sorry I haven't had time to join in lately but things have been a bit rough here lots of huggles Sue xxxxx

  9. So pretty is your card die and l'm loving the die too! another great challenge and what a showcase "WOW" stunning they all are and many congrats Sarah enjoy your prize xx

  10. Hello dear Di,

    Your card is very nice!! Great watercolor effect. Thanks for sharing the cards and tags -- all so lovely and beautiful.

    One of these days I'm going to join you in the playground!! Tee hee. Be watching for a little mischievous little girl!!


  11. Very elegant Miss. Yes please. stick me in the bucket this week.
    hugs Mrs A.
    p.s. Dang me if I haven't got 2 of dem dere Ellie's noshing on me
    Fuchsia bush!! They dun half eat a lot.

  12. Gorgeous card from you Di, love the die and the image.
    Weather been rubbish here.
    Once again great choices from the playground entries.

    Kath x

  13. I love the stamp you used on your card Di, and beautifully framed with the lovely die cuts.
    Fabulous showcase cards again this week, thanks a lot for including my tags and congrats to everyone else including Sarah.
    I'm playing just for fun this week thank you.
    Jean x

  14. Lovely card Di your image looks lovely on the pretty die cut panel


  15. LOVE that PB stamp coloured in with Brusho's . . . great choice.

    Congrats to Sarah on her win and also to the other showcased entries.

    Hoping to play along again later this week.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  16. Another great card, Di. One day I'll get round to playing with Brusho. Lovely picks too.

    Just playing for fun this week. x

  17. Beautiful card Di, I love the diecut frame, TFS the tip too re getting it to cut easily. Gorgeous picks once again too!
    I'm playing for fun this week (still need to use the prize I won a wee while ago!) Cathy x

  18. Those lovely Brushos - they are just fabulous - love the text behind those pretty flowers! Wonderful parade of cards, too! This week I am just playing for fun.

  19. I am throwing my hat in Miss!
    Gorgeous card and lovely picks Miss. Those Brushos are on the top of my wishlist!
    I hope you like my card! errr!

  20. Thank you for the mention, hopefully be back soon xx

  21. Beautiful picks as always Di. I also love your card - that is one stunning stamp! There is something very classy and very elegant about PB stamps and that one is fabulous. Gorgeous picks as always and I do love that quilled robin by Val. Off to have a look at Sue's as I never thought about using Brusho's with shaving foam Karen x

  22. It's great to be back as I've missed having a play. I love this card Di, and the PB image is gorgeous, and the SB die frames it beautifully. These Brusho paints have become so popular and I can see why as the colours are lovely. They are definitely on my wish list, but the trouble is my wish list is about 2 miles long! I'm playing just for fun this week. x

  23. Oh Miss, that is so pretty. Do I need Brushos or is it a silly question? Nice to be back playing and thanks for showcasing my card

    Hugs x

    ps - no thanks to the lovely prize this week

  24. Pretty card. I've never seen Brushos before but will look for them at my favorite craft store. I'm playing just for fun this time. Have a great day and thanks for the comments on my blog ;)

  25. Fab makes there, Miss .. and from our playground friends too!!
    ... and no thanks to the prize this week too - sorry Shaz in Oz.x

  26. Ooooh - such gorgeous cards and I LUV the quilling :-D
    Thanks for this Challenge :-D
    IKE xxxxx

  27. Your card is beautiful Di! I love the pretty colored image and decorative edges! Thanks for the spotlight this week, and I'm honored to be among such inspirational creations! Congrats to Sarah too!
    "No thanks" to the draw - I'm playing just for fun this week :)

  28. I love your card and the other shares are all gorgeous too. If I was to win I'd like the ribbons but I'm not interested in the stamps or glitter. Thanks
    Jackie x

  29. Hello Di, a bit late to the playground this week but just had to visit no matter what :) Another fab card ... you could try wiping your intricate dies with tumble drier sheets before cutting to make the release easier. Yet another terrific showcase, everyone a snippety winner. And the prize is super but please count me out. I have the glitter pots already ... they last forever ... and much as I'm addicted to ribbons and the stamps are lovely it would be just plain greedy of me to include myself in the draw :) Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  30. Love your card and that gorgous stamp. Just popped for a quick skip around the playground and to have a look at all the fabulous picks. Oh and I'm just playing for fun this week too xx

  31. Hi Di! Sorry I have been hit or miss with posting lately. I do try to stop and see what you are up to. I thought it would be fitting to share my card for Carol L.'s birthday, since she is so faithful to this challenge!

  32. Fabulous card you have made. Love the die cut edge and the CAS approach. I get so many ideas looking through the cards you have showcased every week. Thanks. I would love to have the prize this week with Christmas right around the corner *U*

  33. Hi Di
    Your watercoloured card came out beautifully.

  34. Back with two more snippety cards, Di ... and I've used the fabulous embossing folders won a few weeks back too :) Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  35. Just uploadedd my snippets card and saw the shout out for my card last week! Thanks Di! Don't know how I missed it on Sunday - but I did! Enterig just for fun this week.

  36. Love that PB stamp! Just playing for fun :-)

  37. Finally had a chance to pop by & say hello, enjoy all the fabbie entries, and your beautiful Brusho card. These look so luscious, but haven't found a source here in the USA as yet. (Dick Blick is supposed to stock in mid Oct I see). Love this stamp and those flower colors were stunning. A beautiful S/B to mat them to perfection. I hear you about the wax paper. Usually I think of it, as I'm trying to release the die cut. This is a real beauty. TFS & Big hugs to yourself & my little buddy bear.


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