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)


  1. Can't believe I am the first one cute, those little Robins on that branch. I already have that branch, so I am just playing for fun this week. Glad to read your eye is better - hopefully you are all back to normal by the time Christmas comes. I keep my fingers crossed for you!

  2. Happy Dance for Vinita! Congratulations! Your card is lovely, Di! The little robins look so cute! Thank you for another playground! Well done to the Pixie's Picks - it's always so fun to see them! I'll be back tomorrow to link up! I love to use up my snippets - especially for die cuts! Fabulous prize too - count me in!

  3. Forgot to say - your idea for the next challenge sounds fabulous to me!

  4. Great picks Di. I really hope you'll get some good news about your eye tomorrow.
    Hugs, Veerle x

  5. Congrats to Vinita on being last week's prize winner.

    What fun to be showcased this week . . . thank you so much Di - I am honoured. Congrats to all the other picks of the week too . . . wonderful work. Really like the use of the spent sellotape/dsst roll inner.

    Hoping all goes well for you at the hospital tomorrow. Feel better soon my friend.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  6. Gorgeous showcased cards, Miss Di, and I love your chequebook holder very much. Hope your eye improves quickly and you feel better soon. I do like the sound of your Christmas fortnight plans. Big hugs xxx

  7. I love the cheque holder with the Woodland Branch and sweet little robins and congratulations to Vinita and the other beautiful highlighted cards. I'm so glad that your eye is improving Di, and hope all is well when you go to the hospital tomorrow. x

  8. Hope your eye is on the mend huni - sounded well painful!
    Huge congrats to winner and picks - there are some seriously stunning creations up there which I hope to visit over the next week or two.
    Yes please for the goodies and make sure you really take care of you this week Miss Pixie Karen xx

  9. Love your card and the showcased creations. Merry Christmas to you and yours. I say "YES" to the prize this week. Hugs.

  10. Your card is adorable Di and your picks are just gorgeous, it never fails to amaze me at how talented people are!! Thank you too as my goodies arrived in the mail, haven't had time to play but maybe after Christmas I will get onto making Christmas cards for next year for once! Big hugs and hope the eye is doing much better and no more pain. Brenda

  11. Wow, the pop up card from Kate is amazing! Yes to half the prize please - love the stickers but don't die cutting facilities!
    Hope you are back to normal (what ever that is) as soon as possible x

  12. Great cheque holder.... and such cute robins.

    Congratulations to Vinita and a lovely selection of picks this week.

    Glad to hear that your eye is improving - good luck at the hospital tomorrow. xx

  13. Once again Di your card is gorgeous and what a lovely die and so cute are the robbins! beautiful showcase and congrats to Vinita enjoy your prize so pleased to read your eye is getting better and l think it's a great idea for the playground to run for 2weeks as you say lots of us are busy hope your not busy yourself take care and all the very best for Christmas and New Year xx

  14. Hi Di

    I hope all goes well for you at the hospital tomorrow. I shall be thinking of you.

    Can't believe it is two years since you kindly took over those playground keys!! How time flies!

    Lots of lovely inspiration from fellow playmates .. .. it's surprising what you can do with snippets!

    Just playing for fun and the lovely company Di.

    Love Jules xx

  15. Great cheque holders and love those little Robins.
    Great picks once again and that pop up card is totally fabulous.
    I think that over the Christmas period you maybe should have said that you can have 3 entries but in one post, then you would not have as many to look at but see them in one post, just an idea also it may be something for you to think about for next year.
    How 2 years have flown and what a great job you have done, thank you from a very poor Playmate, not done you justice, sorry.
    Hope everything goes well at the Hospital tomorrow and that you can be well cured before Christmas.

    Eye, eye, that's your lot from me.

    Kath x

  16. Hope you get on OK at hospital tomorrow and that the trouble with the eye really improves. I haven't been in the playground this past week - in fact, it's been difficult to be anywhere! We decided to have eight new internal doors put in on Wednesday - we only have a small maisonette, but lots of doors! Sawdust everywhere afterwards and family were coming for a pre-Christmas get together yesterday, so it's been a busy week, nevermind having to get cards, gifts etc ready for yesterday and lots of others for posting earlier in the week. I think I'll be glad when Christmas gets here for a rest! xx

  17. Cute little robins and as you said, a very useful die. I am glad your eye is getting better, albeit slowly.
    I am honoured to be given two mentions in your picks this week. Thank you so much.
    Kate x.

  18. OMGosh! I can't believe I am a winner!!!!! Woohooo! Thank you so much Di for these gorgeous folders!
    I am glad to hear that your eye is improving now. Your snippet creation is gorgeous with those lovely Robin stickers! Off to email you......

  19. GOOD LUCK with the review at the hospital

    Just uploaded my challenge card - sorry to be so late to the party but a busy weekend!!!


  20. Hi Di,
    just signed up my entry on the dotted line but I hope that I'm not going to get done for fraud as it was originally posted on Saturday?!!!
    Wonderful top picks and a fabulous make from you.
    I hope that you feel better soon and your hospital visit goes well.
    Take care. xx
    P.S whatever is easiest for you with the Christmas playground.

  21. Hope all is going well at the hospital Di, you're probably there right now! Love your sweet little card this week (yes please), and the picks are amazing, Kate's projects are just stunning, as are the other picks too. A busy coupe of weeks Chez Butler so a bit quiet on the blogging front from me lately! Not a bad thing though, lol!!


  22. Hi Miss Di, hope all went well at the hospital. Your little robins look super dancing on the twig and those picks are fantastic.
    Yes please to the prize draw - I'm a sucker for MB dies xx

  23. Hi Diane I love your cheque holders they are such a good idea. I do like the idea of the challenge over Christmas and New Year. This time of year is so busy. I hope your hospital visit went well. Hugs Jackie

  24. Hope you visit to the hospital went well today.

    Just playing for fun this week. xx

  25. Love the teeny little birds on this branch. I have this branch in my NBUS box. Time to get it out. Great picks, Di! Some of my favorites in there.

  26. Your little check holder is adorable. So glad to hear you are feeling better. Thanks for including me among the picks -- wonderful variety there this week.

  27. Hope your visit to the hospital goes well! Thanks for your continuing inspiration!

  28. Cute card Di, the cheque/money holder is a great idea for those last minute or hard-to-buy for gifts : )
    Yes Please for the prize : )

  29. Ohhhh Di love your card it is so very cute and yes agree on branch very versatile and am total sucker for robin.. we do have a robin red breast here but not the same totally... ours is black and red.
    Now this is record am back blogging after being away for three weeks.. not been well but hey back again so all good!!
    Great idea on challenge and think split prize that's my idea anyway for what ist worth :D
    Shaz in Oz.x

  30. You picked a great thing to do with those little robins Di and they look very excited hopping about on that branch. So sorry to hear about the eye and hope you are well on the mend now. Hugs, Vicky x

  31. WTG Vanita and all of the other inspirational creations entered last week! You ladies always inspire me!
    That's such an adorable card with those itty bitty robins Di! Cute cute cute! I hope the hospital visit went well and the eyes are healing as they should!
    I'm playing for fun this week, so "no thanks" to the prize! I already have this die :)

  32. Lovely showcases this week Miss.. (am thinking of taking Kate behind the bike sheds and slapping her legs cos she's waaaaaaay too clever with them lovely projects - the pop up card must have taken ages -0 and I love it. Send her my address please??????)
    Just for fun for me this week please and I hope your eye is better.xxxx

  33. Great showoffs this week Miss. I am trying to get back in the thick of things now as it is the final week before Santa arrives.
    Lovely card from you too. Just playing this week as I won the other week.

  34. Hi Di, I love your little cheque holder, such a good idea, and the tiny robins look real cute sitting on the die cut branch.
    I have just entered my card and would love to be in with a chance to win this week please.
    Your plan to keep the Playground open for two weeks over the holiday sounds like a good idea.
    Will try and get round to more commenting tomorrow, my computer is very slow just now and it makes everything very frustrating.
    Jean x

  35. Playing just for fun. hugs Mrs A.

  36. I have just entered a card for this week and please may I have an entry in to this week's draw. Hope your eye continues to improve Di.

  37. Hi Di, Oh how slow am l.....l thought l'd already done a post for this challenge and looking back l hadn't!! so a little late but l got there in the end busy with baby minding and christmas so l'm glad l had this one ready the background is from the other house that's how long it's been take care and all the best xx

  38. So many beautiful projects. They are all winners in my book. Glad I found a bit of time to enter this week. Just playing for fun this time, but I do want to wish all of the friends at the playground a wonderful holiday!

  39. Just popped in to drop off another couple of cards.
    Gifts bought, baking finished, house cleaned...Whew!
    Just in time for my spinal injection!

    Plan to crank up the tunes and wrap Christmas presents Saturday and Sunday. That always gets me in full Xmas spirit! Maybe I will even have a Baileys and coffee while I am wrapping!!! hic

  40. Oh, I do hope your eye is improving and that you'll be fine for Christmas day! I give a lot of checks and gift cards to my teenage nieces and nephews so this check holder is a handy idea. Yes please to the prize and congrats to Vinita!! I've been helping my daughter and her family move to a new home so not much time for crafting right now. However, I am trying like mad to finish my cards and tags so I have something for Christmas!

  41. Oh, I am so glad that I entered my creation in last 8 minutes left!
    Hope your eyes continues improve! Have you received my email!


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