Wednesday 31 December 2014

My five favourite creations - 2014

The lovely, and always very inspiring,  Debby, over at A Scrap Journey is running her annual challenge - to pick your five favourite creations, made by you during 2014. We already chose our five favourite Christmas cards so this is part two.

Join me on the 30th December

Looking back through the umpteen cards I made over the year, the ones I decided to go for are all where I was trying out something newly bought, a new idea or a different technique:

I chose this card because it was the first outing for the Taylored Expressions 'Mr & Mrs' plate, which was also on offer as a Snippets Playground prize, and I love how it turned out. More detail about the card can be found here.

I said at the time (here) that this was a total CASE of a card I found on Pinterest, great fun to make and this won't be the last time I use snippets of card to make 'Lego' for boys cards.

This was my first play with 'Brushos', a new craze in 2014 and a never-ending source of different results. More detail here and I doubt if you actually could create the same background twice!

Back in July, Less is More asked us to use recycling when we made entries for their latest challenge. I upcycled some Spellbinders packaging to make the flower using alcohol inks plus a flower die set and came up with this card - more detail here. To my delight, it was subsequently showcased - which is only an annual event for me so I was extra thrilled :)

This card was the result of me buying some Craftwork Cards 'Kitsch Collection' papers and embellishment sheets then realising just how much the little dog reminded me of the 'Radley handbags' dog. So, I devised a handbag shaped card, which doesn't need a template, for him to go on - and there's a very long but detailed step by step tutorial here - if you're mad enough you want to have a go as well.

Oooer, that's my five - but, please can I just sneak in one more - which was also a new technique/design for me:
I'd been in awe of the lovely 'cards in boxes' appearing in the Snippets Playground and this (above) was my first attempt - more detail here. I was doubly thrilled when it was subsequently published in Quick Cards Made Easy magazine :)

So that's my five (plus one) favourites - why don't you join in as well? And do make sure to check out Debby's own picks of 2014 - they're absolutely fabulous.

Hoping you have a lovely evening, whatever you have planned to bring in the New Year. We just have a quiet time here and only wish for health and happiness for the forthcoming year ahead. Wishing you all the same!


Tuesday 30 December 2014

And onwards to Christmas 2015

Tee, hee - I bet many folk are totally fed up of Christmas cards by now, but needs must when the devil drives and I'm really going to try and stick to making 12 Christmas cards a month through January to November (which would be 132 of course). It was such a help this Christmas just gone, even though the last minute panics were just transferred to other things :)

Some of the cards will be 'batch bakes' but I do want to still join in with my favourite year round Christmas challenges - and this card is for Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge where it's 'Anything goes' this week - and also for Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra where it's always 'Anything goes':

I used:

- 6" x 6" square cream card blank - tent style

- the image from a 2013 Christmas card, carefully trimmed/fussy cut - I'm already eyeing up the shop bought ones we received this Christmas!

- a main frame of red mirri card to pick up the red foiled frame around the poinsettia image, topped with a piece of designer paper from the My Mind's Eye 'All is bright' paper pad

- the sentiment was from the same upcycled card, trimmed down into a pennant and then two Josy Rose nail heads added as 'faux fasteners'

Of course there's also Rudolph Day on the 25th of the month and Merry Monday every week so that (quick count up) could cover at least nine cards a month if I don't double up.


Monday 29 December 2014

Oh go on

...........'ave a larf then. That wretched eye has flared up again - anyone got a parrot?


Not to worry, my next hospital 'emergency eye clinic' (excuse me while I choke laughing) appointment is a week on Thursday - so that's alright then. 

Meanwhile, back to upping the meds and pretending it's nice having sandpaper rubbed over your eyeball all the time :(

Great to see the Playground so busy - I'm keeping my good eye on you all :)


Sunday 28 December 2014

Dandelion Fairy

I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- snippets of turquoise and also SU's 'Perfect Plum' card from the snippets folder

- fairy image from LOTV's 'Set 6 - Fairies' Art Pad, which was bought pre-coloured of course, just tickled with some clear Wink of Stella'

- and then I paid homage to our Sarn. I love how she marries a lot of her backgrounds to the main image on her cards - without resorting to patterned papers. So, I already had a new Penny Black Cling stamp called 'dreamy' on my desk and it struck me that the dandelion clock went well with the image so I just stamped it once slightly off the side  using SU's 'Perfect Plum' ink pad

- the sentiment is part of a Hobbycraft one stamped using SU's 'Perfect Plum' ink pad again and then punched using SU's 'Word Window' and 'Modern Label' punches

Santa brought me a new camera for Christmas, I love it - although the online user manual is about 161 pages long! If I search for long enough there could even be a function for it to do the ironing (I wish!).

Don't forget, the Snippets Playground is open for a further week over the festivities!


Friday 26 December 2014

My five favourite Christmas cards - 2014

The super talented Debby, over at A Scrap Journey is running her annual challenge - to pick your five favourite Christmas cards, made by you during 2014.

Join me on Christmas Eve

Sheesh, running the Playground and picking a selection out of the super cards etc. made by others is bad enough. But, for the opposite reason, I took ages to pick my own five - mostly as I don't think they're that special. But here goes, not in any particular order:

One of my latest, which was such fun to play with, for the current Snippets Playground where there's a two week chance to win one of an assortment of prizes:
More details can be found here.

Folk who know me will know that I just love pink, so this card had to be included:
More details here, back in October. 

I just adore this die, and also the poinsettia ribbon I used to make the flower - really it's a card that almost made itself!

More details here, back in August.

This card is possibly, along with the pink one, my favourite one of all the Christmas cards I made this year.

More details here, back in November.

Gosh, so far every card has been made using dies, I realised the other day how hooked I am on dies and my stamps must be feeling neglected so here's one I stamped and coloured:

More details here, back in May. 

And another stamped image, which makes six (oops, sorry Debby!). I just adore this Penny Black owl stamp :)

More details here, back in July.

Do hop over to Debby's blog - her cards are so inspirational (and often a trigger for me ending up spending my pocket money!!) - plus there are some really lovely links over there already. I've spotted Jules, Kath and Carol L already and I'm typing this on Christmas Eve!

And a heads up too, it's most likely that Debby will be asking for your favourite five for 2014 at the end of the year or possibly earlier, not just specifically Christmas cards! Get those thinking caps on :)


Wednesday 24 December 2014

Crafter's Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, I'm stood by the tree,
and wondering what Santa brought just for me.
"Could it be card stock, ink pads or lace
or maybe some stamps" I said - with a smile on my face.

And that's when I heard him... "Hi Santa" I said.
He replied "You know, good girls should be in their bed".
"I know I should Santa and now I've been caught,
but I was just so excited to see what you brought".

"Well, let's take a look in this room where you work."
He shook his head quickly and left with a jerk.
I heard him exclaim as he put it in gear -
"You've got enough cr*p, I'll see you next year ! "

Hope you all have a lovely Christmas folks!


Tuesday 23 December 2014

Someone got an early Christmas present from Santa

Our lovely 17 year-old neighbour, Abi, passed her driving test - yippee - so I whipped up a card in double quick time:
I used:

- 6" x 6" white card blank

- a frame of gold mirri card

- the image is an upcycled card, but it seemed just so appropriate as if Santa is giving an early Christmas gift :)

- the L-plate was just copied and resized from the internet, printed onto glossy card, torn in half and placed so it looks as if Santa's throwing it away

- used gold peel offs for the 'Congratulations' and also Abi's name

I bet most of us can remember that heart in mouth feeling when we first took to the road without anyone sitting beside us. I certainly can!

Well done Abi, clever girl!

PS. Do make sure you join in the three year Snippets Playground Celebration party :) And I think I'm almost ready for Christmas - wahoo - that was a miracle!!!


Sunday 21 December 2014

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 156 & 157

Well folks, we reached a little milestone - this is post 156 since I took the Snippets Playground over from the lovely Jules, so we're celebrating three years of madness and mayhem over the next two weeks as a MASSIVE Thank You to all of you for being such fantastic playmates. Quite a few peeps say the Playground is a happy and fun place to come and play - and I always respond that it's all down to you lovely playmates! I just open and close the gates, hunt out hidden stocks of mulled wine at Christmas, console Parsnip when he has to wait in line for a turn on the swings - and keep the fire extinguishers up to date!

So, for the next two weeks the gates will stay open - you can come and play up to three times in total - and there will be three bumper Christmas themed prizes. Shaz in Oz suggested splitting the prize and to be honest it will split quite nicely into three - A, B and C - one prize for each year :) I'll explain more about how it will work later on in this post, but for now here's my first of three snippets cards featuring items that make up Prize A. And I'd like to enter this card into Merry Monday #139 'Winter Wonderland' challenge.
I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- a snippet of snowflake backing paper from the LOTV 'Frosty Christmas' paper pad

- the hillsides were die cut using a plain curved die from the Spellbinders 'A2 Curved Borders One' set, with Stickles 'Crystal Ice' along the edge

- the trees were die cut using a Marianne die (LR0136), snippets of white card covered with self-adhesive film which was peeled off after die cutting and sprinkled with Cosmic Shimmer 'Diamond Sprinkles'

- snippets of red and white card (plus a little scrap of white and red patterned paper for the long johns!) and the 'Santa's Laundry' die by Cheery Lynn, Then I attached the washing line to each of the trees and topped them with a Josy Rose silver star nail head

- the sentiment was die cut twice and layered, using a Crafts-Too 'Merry Christmas die'

Usually I wait until later on to show the prize contents but this week I'll also list what you can win after each of my three snippets cards. From the card above the following four goodies make up prize A: a Spellbinders A2 Curved Borders One die set, a Marianne Tree die (LR0136 ), a Cheery Lynn 'Santa's Laundry' die and the Crafts-Too 'Merry Christmas die'.

My second snippets make was such fun, using a Sizzix Hero Arts stamp and die cut set:
I used:

- A6 white card blank

- snippets of white card, one of which I embossed for the snowy background using a folder from the Hero Arts set of 2 folders called 'Christmas Words and Dots'

- the cute snowman was stamped and die cut using the Sizzix Hero Arts 'Snowman #2' set onto plain white and a patterned snippet (for the scarf), then pieced together (bought as a huge bargain over at Sizzix - and it's still on offer as I type if you don't want to risk missing out - £19.99 reduced to £4.99!!)

- final touch, the sentiment was stamped using a stamp from the Personal Impressions 'Many Greetings' set and SU's 'Old Olive' ink pad then punched out using SU's 'Large Oval' punch

As I said, this was great fun to make and would be a really easy 'batch bake' card.

So, three of the things I used make up prize B: the Hero Arts set of 2 embossing folders called 'Christmas Words and Dots', the Sizzix Hero Arts 'Snowman #2' set and the Personal Impressions 'Many Greetings' set. We have actually had the embossing folders as a prize once before, I had bought two for the Playground and then one went missing - found it the other week, wedged behind the back of a drawer here! Slightly crumpled acetate box but the folders are fine :)

My third snippets card was super quick and easy, mostly as I wanted to offer the Christmas stamp I bought for the toy box absolutely ages ago - along with something extra. And that has totally cleaned out the toy box of Christmas goodies - hooray! And, as this card truly was a last minute dash I'd like to enter it into Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Whatever is still urgently needed for Christmas' as well as Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for December:
I used:

- 5" x 5" square white card blank

- Penny Black's 'Mystical' stamp, stamped using VersaFine 'Vintage Sepia' ink pad

- tickles of Wink of Stella, which are probably hard to see, gold on the body, silver on the antlers and sparkles around them, and a clear line along the bottom

- a little snippet of the last of my red and gold ribbon to finish off

And if you didn't already guess, Prize C is a Penny Black 'Mystical Deer' stamp like I used today plus a set of three Wink of Stella pens in Clear, Gold and Silver.
So, that's a lot of Christmassy stuff to be won girls! I managed to get some good deals whilst shopping around and the purchases were spread out over time so it truly isn't bread and jam for Christmas dinner :)

Onto this week's picks:
I totally adore this very Scandinavian Christmas card, and all the more so as it was made by Jules, who started off the Snippets challenge in the first place.

This fabulous decoupage Christmas card made by Andrea really caught my eye (the good one!).

Such a gorgeous and so elegant Wedding Day card, made by Jenny H. Only the silver scroll used a snippet - but that's enough to come and play :)

I know, this is pick number four in an already busy post with a lot to digest. But I couldn't leave this wonderful 3D easel card out, made by Kitty!

No new playmates this week - just as well, with all the partying behind the bike shed and this comment left by Sarn 'Shy-eye-lent night (!) . . . ho-oh-leeee night . . . all ish kalm, all is bwighttttttttt . . . hic! No Mish, no hiccuping here Mish! Fancy a mince pie?????'. Then Sally left this comment just to add her two-pennorth 'Not shuuur what Parshnip put in the hot toddy, but it deffo is hittin the schpot, hic! We wishewww a mewee cwismus an a haaaaappppppppeeeeee neeewwwww yeeaaarrrr! Me an Sarn is goin to join a choir!'

Tee, hee, I rest my case!!!!! Anyone got some ear plugs?! Best move on while the going's good I think!

And the winner of last week's Memory Box 'Woodland Branch' die and the robin stickers is:

Well done Karen, I'll pop the prize in the post for you as soon as possible, I already have your address :)

So let's just go over the slight change in the rules for the coming fortnight:

1. The Playground gates will remain open for two weeks,  and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 3rd January and will open again at midnight UK time on the same day. Maximum of three entries over the two weeks.

2. There are three different 'bundles' on offer this week. I've labelled them A, B
and C for ease.

3. Here's how it'll work, I hope! As always, do make sure you say if you're playing along to be in the prize draw in a comment. You might already have some of the goodies on offer or just not fancy them - that's fine by me so don't think I would be at all offended if you say no thanks. BUT, if you want to be in with a chance for all or just part of the prize bundles (A,B and C) then please say which one(s). It's absolutely fine to say ALL - that's what this is about. But if you fancy just a couple of things in some of the prizes, then also say so - if your name is drawn for a prize first then you get first dibs! My plan is that at least three different people will be winners, maybe more if some of you only want part of a prize.

4. I think it might be a bit of a logistical nightmare for me but I'll be keeping an eye (the good one!) on your comments and building up lists of who's interested in what! Do let me know if this sounds like a right ole muddle - I've got it clear in my own mind - but then might not have explained it very 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 :)

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and everything good in 2015!

Love from

Di and Parsnip

Friday 19 December 2014

Playground reminder

Don't forget, the Playground will close as usual at 11am on Saturday 20th December (tomorrow), then it will re-open at midnight that same day for two weeks. That gives you some time to come and play if you are lucky enough to have a little 'lull'. Personally, I love those quiet times during holiday periods when I have an hour or so just to play :)

There will be three bumper prizes to be won - to celebrate three years since I took over the Playground keys from Jules.

I'm very quiet on the blogging front here - rushing doing last minute stuff (we need to eat!). even finishing the Christmas decorations and also juggling prizes and my snippets makes :) But am still watching what's going on in the Playground :) Did I just hear a hiccup from behind the bike shed?

Image result for image of bike shed


Wednesday 17 December 2014

Little Spike

This is not a very good image, but it was taken from a CCTV clip of 'Little Spike' the young Hedgie when he visited on Monday night. He's right at the back of the photo, behind his food bowl. You can see he's almost ready to curl up or run for home as he's so unsure of the spot light - tee, hee, this is one little chap that doesn't stand on his hind legs and do a little tap dance for the audience :)
What looks a little bit like another hedgie in the foreground slightly to the right of his food bowl is actually the lid that Len carefully covers the bowl with, with a little stone on top to stop any other wildlife from tucking in. Spike just flips it off with his snout - wise little guy that he is.

As you can see, there's always a dish of fresh water, plus Spike even has his own gazebo (aka an old garden coffee table) to protect him from the elements as he dines.

Bless his little cotton socks.  Oh - and he already dined this evening (Tuesday) as well 'cos he left his messy food flickin' bits behind :)

We're blessed that he comes to eat but also worried about how he'll cope with very cold weather as he really did ought to be tucked up snoozing right now. I still think we might be out in the snow at some point with a sieve to hand trying to scoop him up for our local wildlife sanctuary - help! Right now he's feisty and so fast we don't have a chance of rescuing him - silly little sausage :(


Tuesday 16 December 2014

Less is More #202 - Snow

Having missed playing over at Less is More a few times lately, and even though it's a 'One layer' week (which used to terrify me), I made sure I found time to join in:
I used:

- 5" x 5" square white card blank

- the snowman stamp is by Penny Black and called 'Warm and Cold', stamped using Memento 'Gray Flannel' ink then coloured a bit with Pro Markers. Shame on me (yet again!), I bought this adorable stamp almost half price in Hobby Lobby with Kay in New Mexico, over two years ago now and this is his first outing

- tickled the snow with 'Crystal Ice' Stickles and touched up the snowflakes around the snowman image using a silver pen

- the snowflakes above the little chap (I think he looks as if he's juggling!) is stamped in Encore Silver ink using a Stampendous stamp called 'Snow Swirl' - with just a few sparkly gems added  

- sentiment is by Personal Impressions from their 'MAny Greetings' set, stamped using Memento 'Gray Flannel' ink

I do like Memento 'Gray Flannel' ink for stamping certain images, it's softer than black, as well as still being Pro Marker friendly.

That's it from me, short and sweet today! Aw, bit like that snowman :)

Whoops, almost forgot! Apparently the eye virus is subsiding, medication has been cut down to three times a day instead of five - and I don't go back to hospital for another two weeks. Yay!


Sunday 14 December 2014

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 155

Well, it's been a funny old week - little done on the Christmas preparations side of things but my eye is better than it was and will know more after hospital tomorrow afternoon. Plus, I caught up with Playground commenting as well as very quickly rustling up some cheque holders which need to be popped in the post 'toot sweet':
I know, dreadful photo, but to be honest I truly haven't felt like tinkering around much. Please note, the idea of perching the little robin stickers came from the very talented Helen, over at It's All Fiddle Fart. I'm a huge fan of hers and both her blog and Mum's Monkey (which I do believe Helen has a little hand in, wink) are my first call of the day.

Although this cheque holder would fit nicely into Hazel's latest challenge (urgently needed Christmas creations) I'm not entering it as it wasn't my idea in the first place. Besides which, Helen's version is so much better than mine :)

I used:

- 8" x 3" long pearly gold cards

- snippets of LOTV holly paper from their 'Classic Christmas' paper pad - just popped a strip inside the back part of the right hand side of the holder and then used corner scissors to round the corner to allow easy access to the cheque :) before sealing down the left hand end with DST

- the tree branch was die cut  using a snippet of brown card and the Memory Box 'Woodland Branch' die

- then I popped some of the Paperchase 'Fingerprint Robins' stickers along the branch

- last thing, a greetings topper by Craftwork Cards

I made five of these in one go - certainly not my finest hour but they do the trick!

Moving quickly onto this week's picks:

Kate made this fabulous 'Shadow box', complete with its own lighting. Great explanation of how over at Kate's too!

I know, it's not often I show two snippets makes from one playmate in the same set of picks, but this week I truly couldn't pick between two, so Kate gets a second appearance with this fabulous pop up card. Something Len has kept suggesting I should try and I can see why!

This card, made by Sandy J, just stopped me in my tracks. I love the layout and use of snippets - but it's how well everything goes together that got me - right down to that perfect ribbon.

I just love the amount of detail in this great card, made by Ileana. Tons of snippets used and they all work so well together.

Sarn always makes such beautiful cards, and this is one of my real favourites. Beautifully designed and made - and I love how you feel drawn into the magic. Just gorgeous.

As always, I could go on forever with picks! But let's move onto our new playmate this week:
Lovely card Lulu - and the interesting twist is the ring where the elf is perched. It appears that Lulu keeps the inner part of spent rolls of double sided tape and upcycles them! Clever idea!

Welcome to the Playground, and do please come and play again.

And the draw for last week's prize of the two embossing folders - our winner is:
Well done Vinita! Can you please let me have your address ( and I'll pop your prize in the post as soon as possible!

And of course this coming week's prize is linked to the cheque holders:

It's a Memory Box 'Woodland Branch' die plus a couple of packs of the Paperchase Robin stickers to play with. I really dithered about buying myself the branch die but am so pleased I did and can see all sorts of uses, wouldn't it look sweet covered with little punched flowers a bit like apple blossom for example? And Helen has used hers to dangle Christmas stars from - told you, she's got shed loads of great ideas! Whatever you do, it's likely to help you use up some of those pesky snippets!

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 20th December 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. As always, if you're only interested in one or other of the items making up the prize, just say so and if you win then I'll do a further draw for whatever it is you don't want. But, please do go for both if that's what you'd like of course.

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

We've been trying to catch better images of baby Spike the hedgehog here - at one point we did wonder if we had a very wily rat. However, on Friday evening, baby Spike appeared - nudged the cover off his food dish and happily tucked in, at least three times. Any move by us to even open the back door in an attempt to catch him was quickly met with a rapid scampering away into the darkness. We just have to keep on feeding him and hope that does the trick.

NB I've been thinking about how we handle Christmas and the Playground as so many of us will be busy over the holidays. What I propose to do is to leave the gates open for two weeks - from midnight on Saturday 20th December until 11am on Saturday 3rd January. And, to celebrate Christmas and New Year as well as the fact that it will be THREE years since I took the Playground over from Jules - the prize will be a bit of a bumper one - or I might split it, not sure as yet! Any preferences?

I think we'll probably stick with a maximum of three entries over the two week period, partly as you'll all be busy but also to ease the commenting for me.
But this coming week runs as normal of course!

Di (and the usual happy wave from Parsnip of course)

Friday 12 December 2014

Sneaked into craft room

 ........and made a Christmas card for our lovely Postman, Steve. He brings tons of post to us throughout the year in all weathers, never points out to Len just how many parcels are for me and is unfailingly cheerful. He always gets a generous tip from us at Christmas and I'd seen a 'post box' card over at Lucy's blog here which I loved! In fact, it featured as a Snippets Weekly Pick and you really should check it out over at Lucy's - I made a simpler version for Steve:
I used:

- 5" x 5" square white card blank

- snippet of silver holographic card for the frame

- snippet of LOTV 'Frosty Christmas' backing paper

- the image is by LOTV, from their 'Winter Wildlife' Bumper Art Pad and I unashamedly copied Lucy's lovely idea which was to snip right round the curved top of the post box taking away the little bit of blue background at each top corner. That means the image sits so well on the snowy backing paper

- final touch, three snowflakes, punched out of white card which was covered with sparkly film - and a little clear gem in the centre of each
Update on the eye, eye, Captain Birdseye!

Progress is slow my lovely friends, but I think there's some improvement. Not quite as red, angry and sore thankfully, but still not too good (and so not a good look either!), sigh :(

However, we think I've also got a bug of some sort - not to put too fine a point on it I'm very good friends with the loo at the moment. Thankfully not been sick, although am fighting that as well. Bet you didn't need to know that :) Camomile tea is going great guns here right now.

But hey ho, I did find some time to at least work out this coming week's prize from Sunday, albeit not quite how I planned.  With luck the Playground will close as normal and reopen as usual with a new prize and a prizewinner from last week. I've spent some time catching up on commenting and hope to cover the weekly picks as usual. But bear with me if things don't go quite to plan.

Thank you for all the lovely get well wishes and comments - and some of the cheekier ones, which have cheered me up no end :)


Tuesday 9 December 2014

Word Verification fix - maybe!

I know, I shouldn't be sitting here at the laptop...........but, it's really been niggling at me that Word Verification is appearing on my blog when I don't have it enabled. Len just played with some of the laptop settings and it was STILL there.

But, I've just tried a little trick - and Word Verification immediately disappeared. I'm not saying it's a long term solution as Blogger are tinkering about a lot these days but here's what I did:

1. Went to my dashboard and selected 'Settings'.

2. Once that popped up I clicked on 'Posts and Comments'.

3. Under the heading 'Comments' there's a sub heading which says 'Comment location'.

4. I changed that to 'Embedded'. In effect that means it isn't a pop up or a new comment page - the comments just appear right after the blog post, and that seems to do the trick.

Teee, hee - I just bet someone now hops in to let me know that Word Verification is still there - but at least I can't see it. In fact I truly can't see it....... if I close my right eye :)


Reduced service in the Playground

Hi folks

Just to let you know things here ain't too grand on the vision front so commenting and crafting has had to take a back seat.

An old eye problem has flared up, which means blurred vision and pain in the affected eye, constant tears running down my cheek and basically I look like Len punched me in my left eye. Hey, what? Maybe he did?

In truth it's a virus from the same herpes simplex family which gives folk those cold sores - only sometimes it diverts down the nerve into the eye and causes ulcers on the cornea - and yes, it's very painful and just rotten luck. 

Been to hospital, got medication which usually works and  will be blogging ASAP. But am planning to take it easy for a few days if needs be. Be good and play nicely!


Sunday 7 December 2014

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 154

Not sure about you ladies, but blogging time is diminishing as we gallop towards Christmas. No doubt the point will come when we all breathe a sigh of relief and say 'What ain't done ain't gonna get done'. Just so long as that point isn't at around midnight on Christmas Eve!

My snippets card this week caused a lot of angst here, in fact I just don't like it but, as usual, it shows off this coming week's prize so I just kept going :( The mistake is the copper card, I don't like it in such quantity and neither does the 'in-house critic', white, gold or silver would be much better. I spied the main embossing folder on a pick of the week card over at Less is More, and folk did go a bit crazy over it - made by Loli. Anyhow here's my effort:
I used:

- A6 cream card blank

- snippet of gold mirri card as a 'frame'

- snippet of copper satin mirri card, embossed using Crafts-Too's 'Swirl Baubles' embossing folder

- snippet of cream ribbon tied in a knot

- gold Josy Rose nail heads here and there on the swirls

- and then I lost the plot! As I said, I really didn't like the copper but with little time had to soldier on, so I got out SU's Framelits 'Holiday Ornaments' die set and found a die that was close in size to one of the baubles. Using a knife I cut the bauble out of the copper card leaving a hole with the backing gold card behind

- my cutting wasn't too neat so that 'orrible 'ole had to be covered up. Some folk do carefully cut out all three baubles and then back the holes with pretty papers - they look fabulous! Or, just add coloured baubles on top of course - or easier still, choose another colour for the card!!

- marching firmly on, I die cut a bauble out of a little snippet of gold mirri card and then centred it on part of the pattern on another embossing folder (Couture Creations 'Constellations' and embossed it

- all that was left was to glue the embossed bauble into the 'orrible 'ole and take a photo which makes it look all ruckled/distorted, which it honestly isn't!

OK, enough of my deesasters dahlings, onto this week's picks, which were so much better:

This fabulous box card almost blew my socks off, it's stunning. Made by our Kath, and she went wild and even added some of her much loved (not) butterflies in for good measure :) Tee, hee - next thing you'll be trying out my Liver and Bacon Casserole recipe Kath!! It's here if you fancy a try :)

I decided to stick with 'fabulous' this week when picking the final makes to show you - and am sure you'll agree that this stunning Wedding card, made by Pat, is such a worthy inclusion! Pat always details just how she makes her cards and the amount of work here is quite something.

I love this chipboard based bauble, so beautifully decorated by Jane. It's going to be such a fabulous addition to the Christmas tree. And lots of lovely little snippets used in the process of course.

I know, I know!! My rule of three picks got broken again - but I just have to include Sam's Christmas 2014 album. To check it all out you have to visit her blog - the work in every album she makes is just phenomenal!

And we have one new playmate this week, SHartL over on Flickr. Such a shame I can't copy/paste her entries here but you can check them out by linking from last week's Mr Linky (numbers 50 and 51). Welcome and I hope you come back to play again soon! :

OK, so onto the winner of the Spellbinders 'Edwardian Door' and 'Holly Wreath' dies, and it's:
Karen only joined us very recently and her cards are also posted on Flickr rather than a blog. So, we have a bit of a mystery playmate, and I have no idea where you live Karen! Do please let me have your address (email me here: and I'll pop the dies in the post to you this week. If you're outside of the UK, they will be posted Airmail as I always do but we're getting into last posting dates for Christmas overseas post of course - but with luck they will reach you in time for Christmas.

It goes to show, beginners can hit lucky - it's happened a couple of times before :)

Onto this coming week's prize, which will be no surprise of course:
It's two embossing folders, the same as the ones I used on my snippets card, the 'Swirl Baubles' plus the 'Constellations'.

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 13th December 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. As always, if you're only interested in one or other of the items making up the prize, just say so and if you win then I'll do a further draw for whatever it is you don't want. But, please do go for both if that's what you'd like of course.

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

No update on Spike, I fear this sudden cold snap might have made him hibernate, regardless of being so small.

I know that many of you will have seen my tribute/post earlier in the week here about our lovely Bernie. I had another lovely email from Bernie's sister, Lori, just yesterday and this is what she wrote:
Hi Diane,

Your tribute was so touching and sweet! Thank you so very, very much.  I read through all of the comments and cried my eyes out all over again. Please thank those lovely ladies for me. Their outpouring of love has touched my heart in ways you will never know.  

And after some personal stuff, Lori ended her email like this:
Thank you for making Bernie's life richer and for reaching out and touching my heart.
Hugs to you and all of Bernie's blogland friends, 

Wasn't that lovely - Lori is referring to you wonderful ladies. I'm so glad that Lori thought to check out this blog and found all your lovely comments, which obviously meant so, so much to her. Huge thank you hugs from me ladies - and I vote we make Lori an honorary Playmate!

Di (and the usual happy wave from Parsnip of course)