Sunday 19 October 2014

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 147

I've been pretty much locked in the craft room this past week - the excuse it that I'm within earshot and partial sight of what currently going on with the en-suite. It's looking good, although over running a day or two so we're not out of the woods yet :( And, as always with us, there have been some issues along the way - sigh.

For my snippets card I had time to sit and colour in quite a detailed image (in fact I did two cards exactly the same) - and it's another Christmas card to link in with this coming week's prize. No point in winning Christmas goodies when it's too late to play with them before Christmas is there?!

Anyhow, this is one of the two identical cards I made:
I'm sorry the photo looks a bit washed out, it's richer in real life, but this is the best I can do to pick up the slight twinkle of the Stella pen on the fur trim/ruffles. Tee, hee - even then you have to press your nose right up against the screen to possibly see the twinkle :)

I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- patterned papers (including the spotty snippet) came from the Milton & Co. 'Christmas' paper stack

- the green backing card I used came from the snippets folder, but I know from checking my little card swatch that it's SU's 'Lucky Limeade'

- the image was stamped using a NBUS stamp I've had for quite a while, bought with part of a very generous Stamping Bella gift voucher sent to me by a lovely blogger friend (you know who you are, mwah!). The Uptown Girls stamp is called 'Charlie Waits By The Chimney' - I craved this stamp for ages and have been dithering for just as long over using it for the first time as it's very detailed - but oh so fun and funky! In the end I used Faber Castell Polychromos pencils and touches of Sansodor blending solution plus clear 'Wink of Stella' on the white trim/ruffles. After trimming the image down to size I punched each corner with a Woodware fancy corner punch

- the sentiment is from SU's 'Good Greetings' stamp set, stamped with Memento 'Tuxedo Black'. There were loads of quite appropriate greetings to choose from, I picked this one 'cos a few more cocktails and Charlie will be singing 'Ho! Ho! Ho!' with gay abandon - only hope she doesn't topple down the chimney :)

Galloping rapidly on, here are my three picks for this week - out of some wonderful entries -  all of you girls never cease to amaze me:

I gasped when I spotted this card on my blog dashboard and rushed over to encourage Laurie to link into the Playground - isn't it just fabulous?!

I know, it's a pink card - made by Cornelia. You all know that I adore pink - but what also caught my eye here, along with the great use of snippets, is the gold embossing down part of the trees. I haven't seen that before and it really is so effective - you can check out how over at Cornelia's blog.

And last but not least, this card made by Sue P gave me a much needed laugh! I just love all the snippety bits (can't work out if Sue made the sunburst background with snippets or whether it's a single sheet but isn't it just great?!). And, Sue tells how she made those black records on her blog. Great card!

And we have three new playmates as well:
Wow! This would have been amongst my weekly picks if Neets (Anita) wasn't already being featured to welcome her. A perfect example of what the smallest of snippets can do!

Sammy has been peeping through the Playground fence at us for ages - and finally came to play bringing this fab card. What wonderful colouring as well as great use of snippets - how brave to also colour the background behind the LOTV image.

I love this card, brought to show by Vinita - who skipped back later in the week too. On her blog Vinita says she extended die cut for this - clever idea!

Welcome ladies - do please come back and play soon. Things are underway I suspect for a bonfire in the Playground 'cos Parsnip found a half made Guy Fawkes hidden behind the bike shed. Makes a change from sweetie papers I suppose :)

Do please pop over and say 'Hello' if you can - and here's hoping you both come back to play often!

Onto the winner of last week's prize, that gorgeous 'Dazzling Snowflake' die plus the 'Stick-it' sheets for intricate dies. Oooer, this was such a popular prize 'cos 21 of you squealed 'Yes please' and many added more than one card into the Playground. According to Mr Random the winner is:
Well done Carol! I have an address for you, to be on the safe side would you please drop me an email ( confirming you haven't moved and I'll post the die plus the Stick-it sheets off to you this week.

And, no surprise, this coming weeks prize is:
Your very own 'Charlie Waits By The Chimney' stamp. When mine arrived here, direct from Stamping Bella in the USA, I immediately ordered one for the Playground as well - thankfully Dies to Die For here in the UK also stock it! It's a good size too at approx. 4" x 4" and really is a joy to colour.

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 25th October and will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

Maximum of three entries and please say 'Yes please' (or similar) in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize.

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! And do remember, this coming Saturday is the 25th of the month and Rudolph Day over at Sarn's! I'm already planning the two card to make here :)

And here's a stroke of luck, over at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge it's 'Use something forgotten or never used'. This lovely stamp certainly hadn't been forgotten but it was a first outing and I've had it for a long while now.  And I'm also linking into Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for October where it's always 'Anything Goes'.
Di (and the usual happy wave from Parsnip of course)


  1. Oh Ek! I wos just coming back to shove some more stuffing up his legs too and maybe a fire cracker or two!! hugs not Me.

  2. Beautiful card, Di! Love the colour combo and gorgeous papers! I love your picks this week - so pretty! I always enjoy seeing them! Congrats to the lucky prize winner! I'll be around later to play along! Another great prize this week!

  3. Yippee!! I'm so surprised to see my name as the winner of that pretty snowflake die! Thanks so much Di! Mwah!!
    I love all the entries from the new players this week, as well as the featured cards that have been spotlighted!
    You colored your image so well, and I love those cute papers you used too! Sweet card - (love those notched corners!)

    I'll be playing for fun this week and for the next several weeks since I was fortunate enough to win today :)

  4. Gorgeous card Di, such a cute image and it goes perfectly with those pretty papers. Fabulous showcase again with loads of inspiration, and congrats to Carol. I'm just playing for fun this week :) Cathy x

  5. Pretty card Di, lovely background papers. Hope I can join in again very soon at the snippets playground. Still a lot on my plate just now. Bi hug from Veerle xx

  6. Very cool card and such wonderful Picks :-) I love that little stamp too so I shall be back to play later :-D
    IKE xxx

  7. Your coloring is great--such a cute card, Di!

  8. I feel for you with the en suite work - we've just had the bathroom done and it's almost impossible to relax when there's work going on in the house. Plus they almost always turn the water off just when you need to use the loo or the kettle!
    Lovely cards showcased this week! I'll not be joining in this time as I'm off to my Mum's for a week where there is no internet and no crafting space.

  9. YaY !! I played and YES PLEASE to be entered for the Prize xxxx

  10. What a fun card!

    Love your picks, Di, and congratulations to this week's winner. xx

  11. I'm just playing for fun this week - decided I shouldn't go for any more Christmas stamps!! Great selection of picks this week and good that new people are joining in as well.

  12. Lovely card Di as always and what a fun image too! congrats Carol and gorgeous showcase well done all........hope your room is finished shortly without any major hickups take care xx

  13. LOVE your pretty festive Bella card Di. Great image and beautifully coloured.

    CONGRATS to Carol L for winning.

    Well done to all the showcased entrants, all great picks.

    HELLO to the newbies!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  14. Hi Miss Di & the lovely Parsnip,
    Yes please to the prize.
    wonderful snippets creation, and a very lovely stamped image too.
    Your colouring of the image is perfect.
    I like your wording about your renovations, you sound just like us if something is going to go wrong it will happen to us, and never ask us to pick up electrical goods for you as we have a jinx on such things.
    Congrats to Carol on her win, and to your really fab picks of the week.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  15. Gorgeous card and what a fab prize I super duper love those uptown girls!! Better make sure I play along this week!! :-) x

    1. Where do we have to put 'yes please' for the prize??x

  16. Just stopped by to upload my make - some fab makes from you today missus!

    Happy Sunday


  17. Hi Di, don't know what's wrong but my card isn't showing up after i enter it.
    You can find it here
    Lovely card and fab image Di!
    Hugs, Hazel xx

  18. I love the uptown girls. After all we are two of them!! Will say no again for this week.
    p.s yer won't find were iv'e hid im now Miss. !!!!!!!

    Hugs Mrs A.

  19. Hi Di, glad to see you can multi-task by combining project management with crafting :) Your card is fabulous - love the uptown girl, though I'd hesitate to colour her too and for that reason happy to say no thanks again this week. You've put together yet another showcase and congratulations to Carol on her win. Still thinking about that pink card and have Rudolph Day very much in mind. Love to Parsnip and hugs to you, Elizabeth xx

  20. Gorgeous card Di and fab picks and congrats to Carol!! huggles Sue xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  21. Congrats to all of the great picks this week. Woo Hoo, Carol! So glad I am getting to play along this week. Welcome to the new playmates. Your card is very pretty, Di!

  22. Hello Di,
    I love your Uptown Girl card and once again your top picks are spot on.

    Glad to hear things are moving along with the renovating albeit with a set back - I won't tell you what decorating disasters have occurred in my house!! (DIY and my hubby don't go together!!)

    I'll say 'no thank-you' to the prize this week.

  23. the notched corners! They look fab. This is a hip looking image and the corners suit it so.

    Great card Di!

    I will not be playing along for the prize...just for the fun of it all and a chance to get away from the sorting and a chance to drop by everyone.

    We are finally feeling like we have got rid of enough to fit intot he new gardens and house. Just a few more outdoor things to sort and that is DH's work, methinks!

    Had the movers in to quote on the job and booked them straight off...old company, good name and good quote too.

    Just the packing to go now and that can wait till after Xmas!

    Crafty hugs

  24. Lovely card there Mrs and some lovely picks. Hello to the New Kids on the Playground Block.
    I see Mrs A is up to her usual mischief at this time of the year. We will have to hide the Chooks' straw!!

  25. No wonder I don't know half of what is going on when I jump straight to the comment form and don't read others comments, Mrs A is a force to be reckon with, you need eye's in the back of your head.
    Fabulous card and picks, especially love the pointsettia card, must go and tell her and Hi to the new entrants, hope they can summon up the courage to enter again.
    Glad you have had a nice and peaceful weekend.
    Hope I get to enter again this week and if I do thanks but no thanks to the prize as my Rudolph Day cards are similar but not as you will understand later.


    Kath x

  26. Thanks so much for the lovely welcome, I'll certainly be back to link up again :) xx

  27. Yay for Carol...she'll put this cute image to great use, if I know Carol. (especially when she does her Snarky cards too. I can see a fun creation there with this too). I imagine the glass with the fizzy in it, might taste quite delicious to you just now, with the remodeling hopefully winding down. These things never go smoothly, do they? Hope you can share some pics of the new look. Lovely to see some new faces here & I did have a few minutes to go & enjoy a closer look. Will try to get back later to enjoy some of the entries that I missed (although I got some earlier!) and hope to jump over to play myself later on. Tempted today as I had snippets on my CCCard post, but had to do some catching up first. Later! Hugs & TFS. Really loved what you did with the fun stamp.

  28. Cute little Santa girl! Looks like somebody is getting a lot of presents! And again - a wonderful parade of cards - wonderful to see my card among them! Thanks Di - you are one of my major fans, I think - so appreciated! Have a great week! - I have another card to link up here shortly - you'll see. I bet you'll like that one as well :)

  29. Hello Di, hope the ensuite work is coming along great - can't wait for some piccys! Just popping in with my entry for this week and although I adore your image and colouring I'll say 'no' to the prize this week. Another superb showcase and glad to see the lovely Anita (Neets) playing along too.
    Sarah xx

  30. Just added my snippets card for this week. I'll be a 'No, thank you' for the prize this week. Christmas seems to be coming far too quickly and I don't think I'll have time to colour in any images and still finish my cards in time for this Christmas! xx

  31. As always Di fantastic picks and you have coloured that stamp beautifully! I don't think I could manage that as it is such a detailed stamp - so no thank you for me please.
    Hope to be able to visit more often soon Karen x

  32. I love your fun Christmas image Di and some pretty colouring too. Some great picks from last week and congratulations to Carol. I'm playing just for fun this week. x

  33. Very Pretty card Di!!
    Thanks for picking my first creation here, a lovely welcome for me:)
    Congrats to winner!

  34. Hi
    I'd like to join in the challenge but don't want to receive the prize thank you

    Love your cards

    Jackie x

  35. Ooops Mr Linky won't let my add my second card to the challenge but both cards in the post are made from scraps and I'd like to enter both of them please

    Jackie x

  36. Im in the playground yippee! And a big yes please with cherries on top for the fabby prize this week! (Need I say!) :-) xx

  37. Hi Miss Di & the lovely Parsnip,
    Yes please to the prize on offer.
    Just popped by to leave another of my card using some snippets.
    Thank you for all your hard work involved in this challenge, and big hugs for Parsnip.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  38. This is a delightful image with so much coloring! Such patience! Just playing for fun this week. (I'm scared to even try to color all this!)

  39. Yes, Please! Love joining your challenges.

  40. Hi Miss Di & the lovely Parsnip,
    I'm back with my 3rd entry today.
    Yes please to the prize.
    Sorry I forgot to put 3 after my name.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  41. Hi Di I have just entered for the first time. Yes please to the prize. Your card is gorgeous and shows off the stamp so well Hugs Jackie

  42. I'm baaack! Hehe :-) you inspired me to get playing with my uptown girlies :-) xx

  43. I've not been in the playground for a while and to be honest this is a bit of a cheat because there is only a little snippet on my card. Still I have always maintained that size isn't everything!

  44. Thank you Miss Di for the mention above!!! You asked about the paper, well this was a 12" x 12" piece and I cut the 7" x 7" piece from the corner. I was look for something to go with my 'Rocker' and when I saw this in my stash it just yelled at me to be chosen! So glad you liked it.

    Have another one (of this type) to post soon - hope that one brings a smile to yer chops as well!!

    Hugs to you and Parsnip

    Sue Pxxx and Fenton

  45. Di,
    Your card is great and I love your coloring.
    I'm just playing for fun this week.
    Thank you.

  46. Back again just for fun and to say hi!

  47. I had so much fun playing along with all the welcoming folks here at the playground last week, that I absolutely couldn't wait to come play again!
    Thanks for having me!

    And That would be a "yes please" for the chance at that fabulous stamp! x

  48. I've just popped in with a second entry this week, still playing for fun though thank you.
    Jean x

  49. Just linked up an entry for this week. Great card using the Stamping Bella image and great co-ordination with your patterned papers. I'll say no to the prize this week but thanks so much for your generosity :) Hugs x

  50. Cute card Di. I don't do much glitter all year, but when I'm working on Christmas cards it just seems natural to add some sparkle.
    I always get great ideas from your picks, too. The gold embossing on those pink trees really caught my eye this week.

  51. I'm Here, I'm Here (jumps over playground gate)..... made somefink with a few snippets added in disguise as snowflakes so have come to play this week.... and yes please!!!!!!! xxxxx

  52. Just back to add I'm playing for fun this round.

  53. Thanks for entering both of my CHNC challenges with your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon. x

  54. Yeay!! Made it before you shut the gates! Thanks Parsnip for waiting!!
    Fergus sends his love!

  55. Very cute! That image is adorable and your papers are so fun! Thanks for playing with CHNCC2.


Thank you so much if you take the time to comment!

This is a public blog. Those leaving a comment on any post on this blog or entering a piece of artwork into a linky do so in the knowledge that their name and blog link are visible to all who visit this blog and in so doing have published their own personal details and consented to my use of that personal information should they be selected as a winner or to accredit work.