Sunday, 26 July 2015

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 187

Well, I bet this might have some of you flummoxed - 'yes' you did see my snippets card for this week over at Less is More yesterday and also on my blog. This week's challenge over at Less is More is to use snippets and I would be so thrilled if you could try to join in. To be honest, a clean and simple card isn't always easy using snippets - but if I can do it then am sure anyone can. To recap, and to save making another snippetty card for today (me not as daft as I look), this is what I made:
I used:

- 5" x 7" white card blank

- then I stamped the sentiment using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a stamp from the 'Good Friends' set by Hero Arts - I do usually stamp sentiments first, purely to save spoiling a finished card which could have taken ages, with a smudge or whatever :) And it IS straight I promise, it's the photo that's 'on the wonk'!

- next I masked off a panel across the card using Scotch removable tape, plus some Post-its for good measure, before adding clouds using a duster brush, Tim Holtz 'Tumbled Glass' ink pad and an A6 stencil by Dutch Doobadoo called 'Clouds'. It's fine to use this stencil on bigger cards, just remember not to go right up to the side edges before moving it across a bit

- then came the snippets fun :) I first of all die cut the balloon from a snippet of black card using a fabulous Joanna Sheen Signature die called 'Hot Air Balloon'. I'd backed the black card with 'Stick-It' adhesive film which did make the whole process much easier. I then stuck the balloon onto the cloud panel - my measuring had worked a treat as I wanted the gondola itself to be against the white background rather than the sky

- next I lined up six little snippets of card and backed them with 'Stick-It' adhesive film. They were literally just little strips of snippets so I did have to take great care to make sure I cut and lined up them properly when cutting out the little panels, one by one, sigh :( Never choose the easy route of course!

And here's a tip - after I'd stuck the black outline die cut of the balloon onto the card front, but before adding the coloured panels - my OCD kicked in. Even the microscopic width of the cut around each panel could have meant some white card peeking from behind - so I inked around the inside of each panel with a black Whispers marker! It made the visual lining up of the die cut panels much trickier I must admit, but with the aid of a really strong pair of specs and my daylight lamp it was feasible and of course when properly lined up they do sort of 'slot down' into place :) And no 'white bits/bikini marks' as they say :)

And it was also a special Birthday for Chrissie over at Less is More, she's celebrating being 70 years young, which made it all the more exciting :)

OK, back down to earth (pun totally intended!) and here are this week's Playground Picks - and I've had to limit my choice this week. After the Less is More post went live yesterday it was mayhem here, I really was blown away by how kind everyone has been about my GD spot - mwah!! And, as the icing on an already  luscious cake, my 'Graduation card' made it into the top five over at The Allsorts Challenge - everything seemed to come along at once:

Shaz in Oz made this fabulous card to show us, I especially love the gold embossed panel - looks so rich and just perfect for the clockwork theme. And a perfectly designed card I'm sure you will agree.

Isn't this just the cutest norwhal ever (they're also known as 'The Unicorn of the Ocean'). Wonderful watery background and if you look closely at it you'll see that April used a really neat trick for the circular bubbles - the end of a sponge dauber and a marker dipped in white ink. My guess is that it's the hollow opposite end to the sponge itself that April used - very clever!

Now this image above is just the tip of the iceberg! ScrAPamondo scampered into the Playground and brought an amazing mini album - crammed full of wonderful detail and using up many, many snippets. This is the cover - and you really do need to hop over and see how the cat was cleverly created from a modified Sizzix die cut.

And finally, this was one of Sazzle Dazzle/Sarah's fabulous snippets cards made for Chrissie over at Less is More. I totally love the vibrancy and how clever to die cut the numbers from chevron pieced card stock. Wonderful!

I do hope you understand why I've cut down on the picks a bit this week - there were loads more I'd have loved to include, given the time. Remember, the thumbnails are still on last week's Playground post for you to check out.

And we had one new playmate this week too:

Dana brought this super card to show. Now, Dana is also a relatively new blogger with just a handful of followers, so it would be brilliant if you could hop over to say 'Hi' - and no doubt frisk her for sweeties whilst there! I did giggle, like quite a few people who come to play for the first time, Dana admitted to 'stalking' the Playground for a while.So glad you finally joined in!

And onto the draw for last week's prize, which was the Just Inklined 'Tutu Cute Washing Line' stamp - and our winner is:
I still have your address honey and will take a trip to the Post Office and send the stamp off this week.

Now let's see the prize for this coming week, which is all connected to my Less is More Snippets card:
And we have a Dutch Doobadoo 'Clouds' stencil, a Joanna Sheen Signature die called 'Hot Air Balloon' - plus a packet of A5 sized Stick-It sheets to make fiddly die cutting and sticking easier - all the same as I used on my snippets card above.

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 1st August. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

Maximum of three entries and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. Also, if you already have or aren't really interested in part of the prize but still would like to play for one or two items - please say so and if your number is picked as the winner then I'll do a second draw for the rest of the items. However, the prize IS for all three items unless I'm told otherwise in a comment. 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 - please let me know if you have any problems linking, it's easy for me to sort out so don't struggle on alone :)

Finally, remember that it's Rudolph Day over at Scrappymo's - you have until the end of July to enter, and the prize is a fabulous Memory Box 'Merry Christmas' die.

Di and of course, Parsnip!


Mrs A. said...

Well deserved Miss Di. I love the bright colours . Very eye popping and CAS ir most certainly is. A hard act to follow. hugs Mrs A.

jimlynn said...

Di, your card is absolutely fabulous!!! Great way to use the snippets too. Love it!
Congrats to the winner and once again, a great showcase of cards.
I'm going to have to play along this week for sure.

Janis said...

Di, your hot air balloon card is just wonderful!!! Great use of the snippets. LOVE the sky background, too!! Yes, please, to the tantalizing prizes this week!! What fun it would be to win any or all of those. My cloud backgrounds definitely need help!!!
My, oh, my.....what lovely top picks. I am partial to that AWESOME kitty!!!! WOW!!!! What a talented bunch you have here!!!
Have a lovely week!!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Jane Willis said...

What gorgeous picks! And I'm still smiling about your GD spot at LIM - you're really going to have your work cut out this week! For my Snippety entry this time I've done something a bit different - teamed up with my 6 year old granddaughter - it's the first time she's entered a craft challenge! And yes please, we are playing for the prize.

Darnell said...

Congratulations again, Di! I'm so tickled with you and for you! I couldn't wait to play along! Your snippets card is terrific and so are all the picks this week!! Huge Hugs, Darnell

Lynne said...

Love your hot air balloon, a great way to use snippets. Thanks for commnt on my blog, I always intended joining in this week and hopefully get back in the swing of joining every week again.
Lynne xxx

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Ooooooh! My card has been showcased! Thanks Di you are so kind and glad you appreciate me snippety bits! Popped across to see if any limmets had entered and thought hey I recognise that card!!!! Well done to the winner other showcases too. Have a great week! X

Kathyk said...

Lovely makes from all concerned and a fab prize too, like the look of that stencil


Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ahhh Di..Sorry in haste just wrote long comment on cap lock.. :(
.. Will pop back.. thanks for wonderful make yes did see it .. lovely prize to... and thanks too for choice of my card in pick even more honored cos were so few :D
Shaz in Oz..X

{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

Kath said...

A fab card Di and great news on your GD spot too! I'll be in the playground soon and would love a chance to win this weeks prize.
Kath x

Annie said...

Hi Di well done on GD spot well deserved. I'm late for last week and early for this week. One day I will get it just right. Yes would love to be included in the draw.
Happy Sunday. Annie xxx

Sarn said...

As you know, I LOVE your balloon snippety card Di. Just right!

Congrats to Mary Anne for winning the prize.

LOVELY showcased items too.

Have a super week. Will TRY my bestest to join in this week, honest!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Barb said...

Congratulations to Mary Anne for winning. All your picks are lovely Di . I would love to be included in the draw but I already have a cloud mask. Enjoy your weekend Everyone. Barbxx

Barb said...

Di HELP! sorry I seem to have entered my card twice (numbers 10 & 11) can you delete from your end. I seem unable to do it. Barbxx

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Good morning Di and you all (...and Parnsnip, obviously :)) ) !
I'm so glad you have picked my mini album with the kitten! :D
Congrats for your top five over at The Allsorts Challenge! And congrats to Mary Anne for her won.
Have a great Sunday

Di said...

All done Barb!

Liz said...

I bet you're still happy dancing about being a Guest Designer on LIM, Di! Well deserved and such a great card you've made for inspiration.

Lovely picks again and congratulations to Mary Anne on her win.

I'm a Yes Please this week to go into the draw for the bundle of lovely prizes. xx

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

I wish I could wake every morning to see my name in lights! Thanks so much, and congrats to everyone who entered, as you give great inspiration, especially the cards in the spotlight. I will be back with an entry soon, but in the mean time, tether that snippity balloon, Di, so you don't float away on us. (love it) Great CAS!

Pat said...

Firstly congratulations on the GD spot on LIM this week Di, how exciting!!! I love the wonderful die cut balloon with the different colour snippety inserts and pretty clouds floating by in the background and congrats to Mary Anne and all the great highlights from last week. I will definitely be back to play this week. I was away for a week so this week have been catching up on things and my most recent card was scheduled whilst away so couldn't link up. I did link one before I went away which was made using the Kanban stamps I won here in the playground but when I came home I realised that it never linked so you didn't get to see it so will have to make another for a future challenge. x

Carol L said...

Congrats for designing for LIM, and I love the simple card you created for the challenge - even if it wasn't so simple to create! Congrats to my buddy M.A. on her win, woot woot! I am always so inspired with all of the fabulous cards I see here that you've spotlighted, so thanks Di and thanks to everyone for always keeping us going in the world of cardmaking! Happy stamping everyone!

laurie said...

Hi! What a cute the die! I'm a yes please,too. I sure would play along at less is more...but my card today has quite a few snippets and not much white space. They would throw me out LOL! Maybe I will get time to play later this week!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Hello, Di! Looks like all is going great at the Playground while I have been on my blog break. I think I will be popping back a bit later to link up a snippets card today! Congratulations on your GD over at Less is More! Well deserved! Your CAS card is gorgeous! I love the hot air balloon - I see that is part of the prize - Yay - count me in, please! Congratulations to the winner and all the beautiful picks - especially to ScrAPamondo - I love the kitty album!!!!

Dana M said...

Wow! Thank you Di and all of the wonderful folks in the Playground for the VERY warm welcome! I had great fun playing and hope to join again soon.

Sarn said...

I tried and I tried and I tried . . . and FINALLY I managed to make a snippets card that's got enough white space for LIM too. So here I am Miss, back in the fold after being MIA for a couple of weeks.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Jules said...


Tee hee!! Far too many snippets on my makes to be a LIM entry .. .. many congratulations again on your GDT spot.

Love Jules xx

AlisonC said...

Congrats being the guest DT, how exciting. I've been following along both blogs while I've been otherwise engaged and seen many lovely cards. I am in awe of all the talent and ingenuity.

Barb said...

Hello Di, sorry I forgot to say I'd love to be in with a chance to win the Balloon die or the Stickit sheets. Barbxx

Lynne in NI said...

Beautiful balloon card Di!

Theresa said...

happy Birthday! love your CAS card. so precise xx

Kathleen said...

Huge congratultions Di and a wonderful card, feel I have already commented on this, great picks as always and wonderful to see Sarn back in the playground although it also worries me a little bit .

Kath x

Tara Cardwell said...

Congrats on the GDT spot Di - totally deserved - sorry I don't get much time to hang out in the playground anymore :(

Karenladd said...

You did a wonderful job on your DT card...clean and simple and fabulous !! LOVE all the picks, especially that adorable kitty design and would love to be in the running for this challenge prize!


Great work with balloon, this is a beautiful CAS card! I would love to be included in the draw.
Big higs, Ileanaxx

Eemeli said...

Congrats on your GDT spot. And what a wonderful CAS creation you have made, I totally love it.

Will be back later today with my card for the challenge. I'd also fancy to win that fab prize...keeping my fingers crossed.


Nessa's Crafty Place said...

Congratulations on your Design Team spot Di :) XX and thank you so much for choosing my New Home card as a weekly pic last week :)
Love your little hot air balloon-beautiful paper piecing!
I am playing this week,but please only include me for the cloud stencil.
Have a good week,
Nessa xxx

Eve said...

CONGRATULATIONS again Di on your guest design spot with a fabulous card.
Well done to all of the top picks and the winner.
Just entering for fun this week thanks. Hope you have a lovely week.

Jane Willis said...

I'm back - but on my own this time, no little helper today!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

HI Di - such gorgeous cards you are showcasing again! Have to pay those ladies a visit! And this time I am playing for real - not just for fun ;) Have a great week, my Dear!

gail said...

gorgeous card for your DT spot, I am playing for the first time and would love to be in the draw. xx

Viv said...

Clever girlie! A DT Spot... 10 out of 10 Miss.
And love this balloon card too.
It's been sooooooooo long since i have played in the playground and am hoping to this week as I am at home until Thursday - hope everyone is being good and not tormenting poor Parsnip or pulling each others pigtails.
Missing you all loads. xx

Kimbo said...

What a clever CAS card Miss, congratulations on the DT spot. Hope to play along this week, just for fun though x

KandA said...

Congrats on your well deserved GD spot Miss Di and with such a fabulous CAS card too. Sorry I missed the playground last week but I'm here now and I'd love the chance to be in the draw this week xx

Joan said...

Saw your lovely balloon card on Less Is More and popped over here with my snippets card to join in. I would love to be included in the draw this week

Hettie said...

Well done there Miss. Gorgeous card and great picks.
Sorry I been missing but Mr Mojo went AWOL for a while but I tracked him down and fed him chocolate and now he is too cat to leave me 😁

Maura said...

Yes, please on the fabulous prize this week, and CONGRATS on your GD spot at Less is More!!!!!!!!
Love your card, by the way - the soft clouds behind the pretty air balloon are lovely!!

Jenny L said...

Hi Miss Di, & the lovely Parsnip.
Yes please if I'm lucky.
Congrats to last weeks winner, and also congrats to your picks of the week.
My that snippets card of yours is so wonderful.
Great colours, and lovely work on the balloon.
What a great new watermark on your work.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Glennis F said...

Yes Please, for the prize draw
Love your balloon card too

Veerle said...

Hi Di, it's been a while since i've played. Holiday and stuff you know LOL
Congrats on your GDT spot at Less is More. Awesome card you have made.
Except for the base i managed to build up my entire card out of snippets ;-)
Hugs Veerle x

Linby said...

Big congrats on the GDT Di and this lovely card. Yes please to playing for the prize.

LesleyG said...

Congrats on your GD spot! Fab card, love the bikini line tip! Great pics too, will pop back to play proper like, and would like to enter too please :) xxx

Karen said...

Way to go Miss Pixie! So proud of you and big whoop for the GDT position: yay!
Just entered one for this week, hope to play along more but don't know if I can, so yes please for the prize.
So many beautiful picks too - I got to make some free time soon to go look at everyone's gorgeous creations. Love, love, love your card! Such a clever die and a wonderful look Karen x

Bonnie said...

Congratulations on your GD spot at LIM! Yay! Love your pieced balloon! Wonderful bright colors and a terrific design! Wonderful picks as always.xoxo

kiwimeskreations said...

Congratulations on your marvelous CAS card!! Yes please to the fabulous prize!

Helen said...

Fabulous card Di - that balloon is so colourful & happy!
I haven't played along with a snippets challenge for years - I often used to join in the fun with Jules...and now my craft room is overflowing with 'snippets' - it was fun just playing with scraps again, so I think I need become a regular player!
Thanks for offering the fab prize - the cloud stencil looks awesome on your card!
Helen x

Bonnie said...

Back again!

Susanne Vargas said...

Woohoo - I made it! It has been too long, I know...
(Hope it worked...)

cotnob said...

Fabulous card Di, I haven't played along in your snippets challenge before, I'll definitely be back!
I would love to be included in the draw for your wonderful prize.

Lynn said...

I love your balloon card Di. Well done for being invited to team up with the LIM ladies. I will have to be back with a more clean and simple card. I will be back! Lynn x

Carole said...

Brilliant balloon card. Yes please I would like to join in for the prize. haven't been to the playground in ages and still having to bring a brolly!!

Cathy said...

Hi Di, congrats on your GDT at LIM! Wonderful card and great showcase as always. Would love to be in the draw for these goodies. Cathy x

Sandy said...

I don't think I've ever seen anyone but you use snippets as a challenge theme, so it's nice to think it might catch on. I have so many of them.
Very clever to use your snippets on that hot air balloon. They are always so multi-colored and you captured that beautifully.
Great picks as always.
yes, please on the prize.

Lynn said...

I'm back Di with a snippets for Chrissie card. I would love to be entered into your draw too. Lynn x

Pat said...

Now I have my two entries for this week I am back to say please can I be entered for the prize this week. Thanks Di. x

Paper Lily Leaf said...

Hi Di, congratulations on the GDT! Thank you so much for featuring my card and yes please to prize. April Xx

Maura said...

Yes, again, Di!

Taunya Butler said...

Awesome challenge blog and YES PLEASE to all the prizes, I could put them all to such good use!! Thanks for what you do - it looks like so much fun - this is the first time I have linked up and it was fun!!!

New Creations said...

Congratulations on your GDT! Love your colorful balloon card, its Fabulous! I was not well last month, so today I am able to play in your snippet challenge! Count me in please! Congratulations to winner and all are gorgeous creations as well!