Sunday 7 June 2015

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 180

Wow, what a lot of you played along this past fortnight - over 100! I imagine there could have been queues for the swings in the Playground :) We blithely refer to Parsnip - and one lovely Playmate asked me if he was a dog or a cat. For those who don't know, Parsnip is the softest, sweetest white teddy bear - given to me by a lovely Playmate a couple of years ago :)

Straight into my snippets card first, and it's an unashamed CASE of a card made by the talented Amy Rysavy HERE:
I used:

- 5" x 5" square white linen card blank

- a snippet of red card as the outer frame

- snippets of red, green(s) and white linen/Core'dinations card, backed with 'Stick It' double adhesive sheet, die cut using a Die-Namics MFT 'Quilt Square Cover-Up' die

- to assemble the patchwork I adhered the patchwork frame onto white backing card and then just popped in the pieces to build up the design (lots of spare pieces left over for more cards too!)

- the sentiment stamp is by PBX (F-1215), stamped onto vellum using VersaMark and then heat embossed with white embossing powder. I did find some plain vellum but this one with little dots on is much more translucent

- just a case of wrapping the trimmed vellum strip round the patchwork before assembling the whole card

And of course, whilst at it I made one more using some of the leftovers :)

Straight onto the picks for last fortnight and I'll have to scamper through as am off out shortly (Saturday):

This absolutely fabulous 'word book' just blew me (and a lot of you playmates) totally away. It's my star of the fortnight and I'm sure you will agree - made by Sue J, it's a real work of art. Just wonderful!

What a stunning Birthday card, made by Jackie T for a friend's 50th Birthday. It's absolutely beautiful!

And my third pick of the week is actually several from the same Playmate - do hop over to Sam's blog and see the wonderful selection of Christmas cards she brought to the Playground! All different and each one is a work of art in itself.

Of course, I could go on forever with picks as so many of you came to play bearing such wonderful work, but time ain't on my side right now. Plus you can always go back to the post HERE which has the thumbnails so you can do some hopping about.

And, we had three new Playmates join us as well:

3 colour butterfly
Anita (CiaoBella) brought this lovely butterfly card to show - great use of teeny snippets and don't you just love that sentiment too!

Wanda skipped in with this little cutie - could be one of our Playmates!?

And Steffi also came to play - but I can't pick up her card to show you as it's on Flickr. It could be that I'm missing a trick, but as I have to log into Flickr to comment I would have thought I could maybe copy and paste photos - ain't working for me though :(

Anyhow, a huge welcome to you ladies and I do hope you come back and play with us often. I have noticed that some folk just drop in the once - only hope we didn't scare them off :)

OK, onto the draws for those prizes - first up is the selection of goodies, the mountain valley stencil, the blending tools and the Lavinia 'Flower Fairy' stamp. And there's a little story behind this one too!
First of all, I'm not sure if many of you notice, but almost every single week Sarn (Playground Prefect) says 'no thank you' to the prize(s) on offer. And many a time her number is actually picked by the Random Number thingy and I just have to move on and run it again. This past fortnight I was surprised to see that Sarn actually was keen to win - and I also knew that, knowing fate, she would have diddly squat chance of winning - and 45 of you wanted at least some of the prize.

Anyhow, I ran the generator and checked to see whose name it was - it was someone who didn't want to be in the draw so I got ready to run the thing again - and for some reason I suddenly spotted that we'd had a last minute entry anyhow so I was running on an incorrect number of entries. Little Eve had scampered in at the last minute and I just hadn't spotted it. So, I upped the maximum to 110 instead of 109, pressed 'generate' and BINGO - up came number 79! YAY! I'm always delighted for whoever wins each week - but this really did have me hopping up and down in excitement - Sarn actually introduced me to that stamp ages ago and apparently, from the comment she left, over time and a lot of use, her own one has split. The mountain valley stencil is on her wish list - and of course you can never have too many blending tools. All of this is in Sarn's comment so I'm absolutely sure you'll agree that she is a really worthy winner - plus she has given the Playground unfailing support over the past almost three and a half years since I took it over from Jules. Well done mate - couldn't happen to a nicer person, and your prize will be in the post to you this week! And I think you maybe owe Eve a hug :)

Right, onto the two additional prizes - those stamps made by Visible Image:
In fact, having just been back to Sarah's snippets post I truly don't know why I hadn't included her entry on my picks - just look at this amazing canvas! So much work and so many snippets too!
Sarah was playing to win the 'Isabella' stamp set. If you drop me an email with your address ( Isabella will be in the post to you this week Sarah!

And the next choice is:

AJ wins the 'Tala stamp' set :) I think you liked both anyhow chick - I seem to have two addresses for you so could you please email me ( with your address and I'll send Tala off to you this week!

And the prize this coming week is of course a Die-namics MFT 'Quilt Square Cover-Up' die of your very own, just like the one I used today. A great 'snippets buster' and a lot of fun to play with - not just for Christmas of course :)
The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 13th June. The gates 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. Do remember that you should also link back to the Playground in your blog post to be eligible for the draw.

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 :)

Di and of course, Parsnip!

And this is Parsnip himself:


  1. Beautiful quilted Christmas card Di. Great design, especially with the vellum sentiment banner that lets the colours show through. Great pics for the weeks. xx

  2. What a gorgeous quilted card Di and congratulations to the featured card makers as well as to the winner! That squeal you just heard was me when I finally met Parsnip, haha! For some reason I thought that Parsnip was either a cat or a gerbil but he is, in fact, a handsome teddy bear!! I would love to be in the running for this week's die. As I don't quilt anymore, due to less than ideal eyesight, it would be wonderful to quilt with paper instead!

  3. A fabulous card Di and I'd love a chance of winning this week's prize, please. A lovely photo of Parsnip too!
    Kath x

  4. Fabulous cards and great Parsnip,
    have a lovely Sunday
    hugs Tamara

  5. Well I never for some reason I thought Parsnip was a rabbit - we are a funny lot. He is so cute. Love your card this week Di - that patchwork is gorgeous. Great pics as usual and congrats to all the winners. Annie xxx

  6. And I thought Parsnip was a dog! He's absolutely gorgeous.
    Your card is gorgeous, Di - and now I understand why you thought of die cutting my silhouette twice and putting the white window pieces in place, you'd obviously been hard at work doing something very similar yourself. I don't know why I didn't think of it, it would have given a much better finish.
    I'll be back to play later in the week

  7. Congratulations to the winners! glad you won that fairy stamp!

    Di...your card is swell. Love that quilted die. Perfect for a quilter friend!
    I may just have to get one as I craft at the lake with a group of ladies who quilt. I am the only crafter who does not! This would make perfect birthday cards for them!

  8. Fab make and an equally fab selection of picks too .... love the story of how Sarn came to win too

    Just posted my quirky entry this week


  9. I know mine is a weird entry but I really wanted to share and I did use scraps of white to make it. Honestly! Love your challenge Di - always such a fun post to read with my Sunday morning coffee. Annie xxx

  10. Fabulous quilted card! I have a similar, made and send me by my lovely scrap friend Carol L. This die is superfun, I hope to have some time to partecipate to the challenge.
    All your comilation of scrapper's works is stunning, great inspirations!!
    Congrats to all the winners!!
    Parsnip is too cute, I'm happy to have seen it! Thanks for clarifing my dubt
    Have a great weekend

  11. Miss, Miss, I'm here!!! (Waves madly)
    Well done to darnie Sarnie and to AJ and Sarah - hope they enjoy playing with the stamps!
    And fabby picks this week - brilliant talented peops in the playground.
    Great die but playing just for fun (cos I got no time for anything at the mo... LOL)
    Big huggy kissy for Parnsip. xxxx

  12. What a superb array of loveliness with your card and all those of the playmates ... and, of course, the lovely Parsnip himself! Hope you have a good week, Di ... see you on the swings (if there isn't too much of a queue!) xx

  13. Well all this time I was sure that Parsnip was your little dog LOL so this cracks me up! Thanks for sharing his pic! Congrats to Sarn and all the winners! Beautiful cards in your picks this week! Your card is gorgeous, Di, and I love the prize, so YES! Thank you!

  14. Parsnip looks so sweet in his red and white striped scarf! Love this quilt with the embossed stitching and the vellum sentiment! A warm and cozy Christmas card!

  15. I started over here yesterday and waited by the gate for a bit. We have 2 rambunctious boys with us this weekend and my wait ended when they came in the room! LOL, heaven knows what they would have done to Parsnip!

  16. Beautiful quilt cover up card you made. I always love your picks and this time is no exception. I'm so happy to "meet' Parsnip. He is adorable.

  17. Woo Hoo!!!! I'm a winner. Thanks Di. I sent you an email with my address.

    That is a really cool die and so perfect for a Christmas card. I really like the use of the vellum for adding a sentiment without hiding the lovely quilt background. Very pretty.

    As usual, you made some lovely picks to highlight. And congrats to the other winners.

  18. I love this Dye-namics quilt die cut and the perfect Christmas colours you have used are so pretty Di. Congratulations to Sarn, Sarah and AJ for winning this week and love the cards on show too. x

  19. Gorgous quilted card Miss Di, fabulous die but only playing for fun this week. Huge congrats to Sarn, Sarah and AJ on their wins and a big Hi to the new playmates. As for your top picks this week - what amazing creations they all are xx

  20. Before I ever got into card making I was a quilter so I just love your Christmas card and yes please enter me into the draw.
    All of your top picks are fantastic!
    So glad to see a picture of Parsnip! He's a real cutie!
    Ta Ta For Now

  21. WAHOOOOOOOOOO . . . . thank you SOOOO much Di - I can't believe my good fortune. Dead chuffed that Mr RNG picked my number. Congrats also to Sarah and AJ for winning the 2nd week's prize.

    Lovely showcased items too.

    Love the look of your traditionally coloured "quilted" Christmas card too.

    I'll be playing just for fun this week as I been so lucky in the Playground.

    BIG Hugs, Sarn xxx

  22. Hi Di lovely card really love that die and you have made it into a gorgeous Christmas card. Thank you so much for highlighting my word book:))) and congrats to all the winners huggles Sue xxx

  23. Yes, please I would love to be in the running for the draw!! First time in your challenge!

  24. I am just squealing with delight over the win by Sarn and the circumstances of how the draw came about! I love it when the fates work in the right way!! I love your card, too, Di! I don't blame you for doing a straight-on CASE of that one! Congratulations to all the showcased ladies and welcome to the new folks, too!! Hugs, Darnell

  25. Yah for Sarn! LOVE your quilt card, Di! I'd love to have that MFT die, but not sure I'll get an entry done in time--busy week. Lovely picks, as always!

  26. Hi Di
    Made a little mistake and did not notice my name still shows Little Mr P...could you change that for me? I have it wrong on #3 and # 15. His mind is on fishing these days so no card time with Grandma at the moment!
    Just popped by with a Christmas card...have only made 11 so far this year..yikes...better get my skates on!

  27. Good morning Di,
    your card and top picks are amazing again.
    So glad that my entry helped Sarn to win!!
    Just playing for fun this week thanks.

  28. Woo Hoo! Thanks. I did love both of these stamps. *U* I just emailed you my address. Love your Snippets card this week - very cool and festive.

  29. So Miss. Where 'd you per chase the sparkly tree die from then? Hugs Me.

  30. I thought Parsnip was a hamster! (Sorry, Darnell...I was thinking Hammy had a UK counterpart!! lol....) fabulous picks this fortnight!! My goodness, everyone really outdid themselves. I am honored to be in the company of such amazing artists. Truly.
    Love your quilt top card, Di. That is an amazing die and all I can think of is how many snippets you are left with when you use it on multiple colors!! :) Please toss my name in the hat...and I thank you for offering such a wonderful prize!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  31. I love your quilted card Di it looks great with those lovely Christmassy colours.I would love to be in the draw for this fab die please.

    Congrats to the winners this week and to those showcased, all fabulous makes.
    Jean x

  32. Love your 'quilted' card, Di, a perfect way of using up snippets. Tempting as it is, it's a 'no thanks' from me this week - I'm sure one of the other playmates will love it too. Congratulations to this week's winners :) Once again, your choice of cards to showcase are fab. Hugs to you and Parsnip. Elizabeth xx

  33. Love that quilted card - perfect for Christmas! Such a beautiful die! I'm in for the draw! I wanna cuddle with Parsnip - hug him for me!

  34. I have just uploaded my card and may I please have an entry into this week's draw.
    Thank you Di. x

  35. You already know how much I love this die, and the card you made with the vellum panel is something I'm going to have to try! Congrats to all of your winners, and thanks to everyone for such wonderful inspiration! I just love it here at the playground with all of you lovely playmates :)
    I'll say no to the draw this week, since I already have this fabulous die, but good luck to everyone!!

  36. Entry number 2 from me! Thanks for the challenge and the chance to win!

  37. Love this card Di, I bought the die when it was released and really need to use it. Thank you for your comment on my card, I think you might indeed have the stamp set, there is still one more image for me to use, maybe that will be my task for thus week. Hugs, Amanda x

  38. On my...I LOVE your quilted card....what a beauty it is...and "hello" glad to meet you!! And of course YES~YES to the question, what a spectacular has to go on my wish list for sure!! I have finally been able to join life has taken up all my time lately, but hopefully now I will have a little "me" time!! Have a great week!!!

  39. I'm back with my entry - and yes please, I'd love to have a go at piecing those die pieces together!

  40. That is one striking quilted card, Di! Nice to see Parsnip looking bright and perky! Sorry I have been absent, but I hope things will calm now, and I can get back in the groove. Yes please, for this weeks prize.

  41. Here I am Miss . . . playing for fun only thanks xxx

  42. Hello Di, Sorry but Mr Linky is playing hide and seek again so here is the link: I would really like to be in with a chance of winning this week's prize, loved what you did with it and a great way to use up all those bits and pieces. Thanks Di. x

  43. Oh my, this is a beautiful Christmas card Di! I love that quilt die, makes such pretty cards and trust me I have been admiring them all over blogland. lol I also love all the picks for this week, especially Sue's word book, that amazes me each time I look at it! lol Hugs, Brenda

  44. Parsnip is a darling! hope my entry pic is there .. .. and yes please!
    hugs, annie x

  45. YES PLEASE to the die - did you hear that LOL! I would love this die, if you google it you will see loads of interpretations for it - love it and your card is fab too.

  46. Great picks this week and well done Sarn, Sarah and AJ on your wins.
    Lovely to see Parsnip.
    I haven't been around much...decided to have some time away from the puter.

  47. I've managed to play 3 weeks in a row. That's a first for me. Woo Hoo. I will pass on the prize since I won last week. Plus I would feel bad having you ship a product across the pond when I live about a hour from the company that made it.

  48. Yay, I made it! I've missed all you girls! I went to the slides at the park near my house and it turns out that I'm too bottom-heavy and short now to push myself! I need my playmates!!! Hugs, Darnell

  49. Waving Hi! Thanks so much for showing my first card here at the playground. I'm back again for my second week. If my number is picked by the random draw I would love the die! Have a wonderful day!

  50. What a fabulous card! I love the colours you've used. Only got home today from a weeks holiday in North Wales, so not sure if I'll have a chance to play this week before the Playground gates close, but if I do I'll be a Yes Please for the fabulous prize.

    Great selection of picks this week and congratulations to all the winners. xx

  51. Ah! That lovely quilt die. It makes for a perfect cozy Christmas card!


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