Sunday, 23 August 2015

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 191

Another little neighbour had his 2nd birthday during this past week - it's Max's little brother Charlie this time. I'd asked his Mum what Charlie liked, having made the excavator card the other week for Max, and amongst Charlie's favourites things are trains - so a train it was! And this is my snippets card for the week, every single scrap of card came from the snippets folder too:
I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- a (large) snippet of SU's 'Real Red' card stock

- snippet of 'cloudy sky' backing card, made by Kanban and bought ages ago, stuck over the 'Real Red' layer

- snippet of SU 'Mossy Meadow' card stock, die cut using a Memory Box 'Landscape Border' die, trimmed down to fit and then stuck over the 'cloudy sky' backing card

- snippet of SU 'Certainly Celery' card stock, die cut using a Spellbinders 'A2 Curved Borders One' die, trimmed down to fit and then stuck over the 'Mossy Meadow' layer

- snippets of red and blue card stock and Memory Box 'Tiny Village' die set, which was a present from ScrappyMo,  added these to the hillsides

- a snippets strip of dark brown card stock to sit the train on

- snippet of SU 'Real Red', die cut using a Cheery Lynn 'Choo Choo' train die - which was then stuck along the top edge of the brown strip. I was quite concerned that the die cut might not be too easy to remove from the die itself - but it worked like a dream without any need for waxed paper and all the little windows etc. popped out beautifully 

- also die cut more of the 'Landscape Border' just to fill in here and there on the 'Certainly Celery' Layer, along with a further little house

- printed 'Happy Birthday Charlie' onto white card stock and just drew and then fussy cut a 'puff of steam' around it

- drew and fussy cut another 'puff of steam' and topped it with a '2' which was die cut from a snippet of SU 'Real Red' card stock using a Memory Box 'Classic Numbers' die

- drew and fussy cut one more small puff of steam - then stuck all three onto the card using thin pieces of sticky pads

And moving swiftly onto this week's picks:
This was immediately going to be a pick of the week, brought to the Playground by Lynn (Jimlynn). A brilliant card, such a cleverly made scene (get the crab's eyes!) - and I love how the darling bear (possibly Parsnip with a suntan!) 'planted' his surf board in the sand :)

But, even just as important is that fact that our much loved Playmate Lynn found the time to make and blog this card. I posted here a little while back that Jim (Lynn's husband) had a stroke and I know that so many of you pitched in to send cards, keep Jim and Lynn in your thoughts and prayers. Well folks, Jim is coming along nicely - certainly out of hospital and I think also home from rehab. Your positive thoughts are still needed please - and even though Lynn is obviously shorter on free time right now to blog hop and comment in return - I bet she'd appreciate a little hello from you. AND, if you do hop over - please peek at this card too - I loved it straight away, but then rolled round laughing at the irony of the sentiment combined with the 'little blue bird of happiness' - I've never seen such a perturbed/disturbed expression on a bird! :) Lynn's sense of humour is still the tops!

Isn't this a fabulously rich and beautiful card? Made by Greta and I just think it's gorgeous - wonderful gold stamping on the brayered background. Perfection - there's just something so luxurious about it!

Sue J hopped into the Playground three times this week, each time with a potential pick of the week - but I stuck to my original choice in the end. Plenty of snippets and little details such as the 'poinsettias' being made from the alternate background papers really added to this already lovely card - and of course that LOTV image is one of my all-time favourites. I always giggle over the wee angel's dingly, dangly socks hanging from her feet :) Sue is someone else who's been in the wars, now almost recovered from what sounds like spectacular acrobatics over Woody, one of her pooches :(

The next couple of cards were brought to us by Playmates who are regular picks of the week - but there's absolutely no way I want you to miss these makes!

Laurie blew me away with this card, everything about it is just so 'right'. See how the backing paper goes so well with the snippets tree? It's in the Merry Monday challenge link ups too and must be a winner for sure!

Pat is another one of our regular picks, and there was just no way this fantastic Golden Wedding Anniversary card wasn't going to be shown here.The front of the card is acetate, a super idea - and Pat carefully backed the heart etc. so that it looked perfect from the inside as well!

Minions really are taking the World by storm right now - and Mary Anne brought us this really great little chap to show - so clever! I keep thinking I should knuckle down and make a Minions card - there are lots of tutorials out there to follow :)

This is such a pretty card, made by April. I love the colours and also the jaunty placement of the top layer. I did grin, April apparently 'pinched' some snippets from a friend for the flowers - I've offered to post her a box full of mine if she likes :)

I just love this card, made by Jean! So wonderful how the colours of the background ribbon and the orange layer are perfectly matched to the colouring of the image and that gorgeous butterfly. Which, has some clever touches added by Jean - nip over and read about the antennae!

Time is zipping by (writing this on Saturday morning), a very generous neighbour who goes fishing called by with some fish for us and I ended up standing chatting to him for quite a while! My fish pie is on the menu this week now - if I remember I'll jot down the way I make it, take a photo and post it on here sometime soon. It's ages since I posted a recipe on the blog! Too busy cooking up a storm with snippets I suspect :)

Best press on with our three new Playmates now, and two of them are the grand children of our Playmates - start 'em young:

These really cute cards were made by ScrAPamondo's nine year old niece - aren't they just adorable? I love the patchwork look to those owls :) And I found out that the little crafter is called Aurora - what a beautiful name!

Nate, who is the grand son of Karen (Hasheck) made this terrific Minion card (told you they're popular!) for his - as yet unborn - new cousin. So talented of Nate to make the card in such a clever shape too! I think, but am not 100% sure, that it's also Karen's first trip into the Playground - hope to see you again soon Karen!

Jenni hopped in waving this totally stunning card - another entry which literally brought me up with a start this week! It's just perfection isn't it?! And you truly have to hop over to Jenni's and read her funny comment after her hubby asked what sort of person would she send a card to with the lifesaver sentiment on. I giggled for ages over it! And, whilst there, do check out her cards - some wonderful inspiration to be found - so we hope you'll be back to play with us regularly Jenni!

Now for the prize draw, the Woodware 'Jigsaw' and 'House' punches if you remember, and I do so wish I had loads of them to give away as many of you thought they would be such fun to win. But, with only one winner, this is who popped out of the Randon Number Generator:
And it just shows how random Mr Random is - Helen only began playing with us at the beginning of August (although she did play when Jules was running the snippets challenge) so a nice quick win there kid! Can you please drop me an email with your address and I'll post the punches off to you this week (

And this coming week's prize is:
Yup, it's linked to my snippets card (as is the case when I can manage it) and this time it's a couple of dies the same as I used for little Charlie's card, a Cheery Lynn 'Choo Choo' train die and also a Memory Box 'Modern Landscape' die (which is so, so useful for many cards - fabulous for Christmas backgrounds of course!).

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 29th 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 one of the dies or aren't really interested in winning both of them but still would like to play for just the one - please say so and if your number is picked as the winner then I'll do a second draw for the other die.

However, the prize IS for both 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 :)

And do remember, it's Rudolph Day this week - starts on Tuesday 25th and runs to the end of the month - over at ScrappyMo's, and there's a lovely Memory Box 'Stitched Holly Leaves' die as a prize. I'll be playing as usual - why not combine a snippets card with a Christmas card for Rudolph Day (whisper, after this one there's only three more until the real thing!).

Di and of course, Parsnip!


Cathy said...

Your snippets card is adorable Di, I love the sentiment in the puffy clouds! Gorgeous showcase once again too. I'd love to win the train die but I already have the MB landscape one. You've inspired me to get it out and have another play with it, Cathy x

tilly said...

Love your train card it's super......must make some time to join in with your snippets again, you have a great choice there !

Darnell said...

Your choo-choo train is perfect for two-year-old Charlie, Di! He will love it! You did an amazing job picking out the featured cards and it's wonderful to see new Playmates every week for your fun Playground challenge!! Hugs, Darnell

Kathyk said...

FAB make and selection today, who doesn't love a minion!

Cool die too,just uploaded my entry


brenda said...

Morning Di,

As promised I did remember to add the logo and link to my sidebar, now I just need to actually make a card, got as far as my craft room but think my mojo is still cruising. Hope to be back in a day or two.

B x

brenda said...

And mean to say adore your vibrant train card, it's fab.

B x

Kath said...

A great card Di - I'm sure Charlie will love it. I'll be in the playground soon and would love a chance to win the dies.
Kath x

Sammy said...

That's a fantastic card Di!
And I may have to use some of this minion-inspiration soon... My teenage daughter is obsessed with them, and would probably be most upset if I made her a card that didn't feature them! x

Jane Willis said...

What fantastic makes, yours and the wonderful picks! Back into my crafting routine this week so I suspect this won't be my last entry for the week.... Yes please to going into the hat

Mrs A. said...

Fabulous little card Miss. Just playing for fun this week. We have a sudden hail storm here at present. Came out of nowhere. Need to go out in the card shortly so not looking forward to getting wet. Hugs Mrs A.

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Wow, thanks for the pick of my niece Aurora's owls!! :D
She will be very excited to see her cards also here! :D
Congrats to all the others playmates, and to Hasheck, the grandson of Karen. His Minion card is really stunning!! :D Such a creative work!!
Your birthday train card is so lovely! Perfect for a little boy! Love the smoke and the background!! The dies you used and put as prize of this challenge are just fabulous!
Have a great Sunday!

Eve said...

Good morning Di!
Your choo-choo train is adorable - just perfect for a little train spotter!!
Wow! the top picks this week are amazing - I do not envy your job one bit!!
I am just playing for fun this week thank you.
Eve xx

KandA said...

Fabulous train card Miss Di and perfect for a little one. Amazing picks again this week and wonderful cards from the young playmates.
Please can I go in the draw for the MB landscape die - the train die is super but doubt I would ever get round to using it xx

Sarn said...

Oh your scenic choo choo card is just PERFECT Di.
I have managed to make a snippets card that also fits in with RD day . . . so will be back with it on the 25th! (Will be playing just for fun)

BEAUTIFUL showcased cards.

Congrats to Helen on her win.

Waving hello to the newbies!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Carole said...

Love your card Di.....brilliant! and so are all your picks this week! Would love to be in the I can't make up my mind...brolly or suncream for the playground?

Pippa said...

Hello Di, don't fall off the swing in surprise! I know I've not visited for a while but I have actually made a card with a snippet. As usual Mr Linky does not like me so here is the link:
Love your cards, the train one is super.
Many thanks.

Unknown said...

Wowee ur card is absolutely fabby!!
Love the scene you made and the clouds!!
Lucy xc

Aquarius said...

Not entered for a while but I'm still around - yes please to the opportunity to maybe win the dies. Thanks.

Aquarius said...

Sorry hit 'send' too soon. The card you made is great for a small boy

Barb said...

What a fantastic card you've made for little Charlie. I bet he'll just love that. Congratulations to Helen for winning. Again you've picked some super cards to showcase again this week and what lovely cards from the young cardmakers too.

I would love to be in with a chance of winning the prize this week. Barbxx

KT Fit Kitty said...

Such a cute card, Di! I love scene cards! Those dies are fabulous! Yes, please count me in for the prize - I'll definitely be back to play along! Congratulations to all the picks, the talented young crafters, and the lucky-duck winner! All of the displayed cards are beautiful!

Jenny L said...

Hi Miss Di, & the lovely Parsnip.
Yes please to the prize if I'm lucky.
Well what can I say your card today is a stunner.
I love it, and that wonderful little scene you have created.
I bet Charlie was sooooooooooooo! pleased with it.
It's so bright, and cheerful.
Congrats to your picks of the week they were all so fab, and congrats to the winner too.
Sorry I just couldn't manage to get here last week, even though I have some snippet cards waiting in the wings to be posted.
Thank you sooooooooooooooooo! much for all your hard work involved with this wonderful challenge.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Pat said...

Firstly sorry not to have noticed before but have been out all day and a big thank you Di for making me one of the hightlights this week, especially with so many other beautiful cards on here this week. Also congratulations to Helen for winning the punches. What a fantastic card using the MB Tiny Village die and the fabulous CL Choo Choo Train, and a wonderful card for little Charlie who will have been thrilled with it I'm sure. x

Jean said...

I love your scenic card DI, The super little train and bright colours are perfect for a small boy's birthday.
Thank you for picking my card for your showcase this week, and congratulations to all the other fabby picks too and to Helen for winning the punches.
Jean x

Lynn said...

Hello Di, what a gorgeous scenic card. The train is a lovely die, and I bet Charlie was
really 'chuffed'. I would love to be in with a chance to win these goodies. Have a good week. Lynn x

Kathleen said...

Love your card Di, so perfect and so colourful, great scene too.
Some gorgeous picks as well this week.

Kath x

Jenni's Jems said...

Thank you for the lovely comments and giving my card and blog a shout out this week.I will be back to play! And may I say.... love Charlie's card x

Helen said...

Oh wow - I won...yippee! Thanks so much!
Love your snippets card this week Di - well done for making it entirely out of snippets! Great picks from last weeks challenge too - love those minions!
Helen x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

I wish to play and to be the possible winner of these fabulous prizes, thanks for the chance! :)

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

What a cute card, Di! And again such fabulous cards for us to admire! Have to visit some of those ladies.... As for your die cut - I'll own it already, so just playing for fun!

Eemeli said...

Fabulous creation, Di. Lovely picks too.

Prize looks something that I'd fancy so definitely a "Yes please" for it.


ellyscard creatief said...

Lovely creation Di.
Thanks for the chance to win too.

Carol L said...

What a fun little village you've created! Those are such cute dies and I love all the fun colors you used! Congrats to Helen and all the featured card creators this week - you folks continue to inspire and delight me with your playground entries! WTG!!
I'm playing just for fun this week Di, but thanks just the same :)

Liz said...

What a fabulous scene, Di. I'm sure it was Charlie's favourite card! I love the bright colours, perfect for a little one.

Great selection of picks and the cards by the junior Playmates are just wonderful! Congratulations to Helen on her win.

I'm a Yes Please for the draw this week. xx

Maura said...

I love that birthday scene, Di! Just adorable (and I also love the candle card you just posted today - lovely!) Yes, please, on the drawing!

Valerija said...

A great train card Di.
Yes please for the prize this week.
Valerija xx

Sarn said...

Here I am . . . playing just for fun thanks xxx

Kathy said...

Cute, cute, cute card! Love those dies and yes, please count me in for the drawing this week. Your card picks were awesome again this week. ta ta for now, Kathy

Julieanne..aka pinkjools said...

Beautiful card....Cute train...Love the put my name in the hat for the draw....Regards Joolsx

Karen Hasheck said...

Thanks for featuring Nate's card in your round-up! He and I had so much fun making it together. I am new here, but will be back!

Sally H said...

A gorgeous card and wonderful picks Miss Di! I ain't been playing truant really. I've been here in spirit, hic!

Karen Hasheck said...

I am entering your challenge tomorrow and leaving town early for the day, but wanted to comment that "yes, please" I would love to win your prize:)

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

My grounddoughter Aurora says: Yes please, I want to play AND be a possible winner in this challenge! :D

Karen said...

Super cute card - love the colours you have used! Super cute dies too. Thanks for another great challenge Miss Pixie I hope you are having a fabulous week. Yes please for the prize too. Hope to be back with another entry Karen x

Hettie said...

Gorgeous card there Miss. Love the lickle choo choo!!!
Not been round much but been busy with life recently. Gets in the way sometimes.
Lovely picks and hello to the new members.

MaryH said...

Congrats to Helen for her win...big Yay! This tiny train is going to be a super hit with this youngster. It is just darling & delightful, with the motifs, and all that bright color. Just the thing for this sweet boy, and how lucky he is to have a thoughtful neighbor make such a special card themed for his love of trains. You nailed it, Miss! Be back later to enjoy all the entries...some of the great highlights I saw on my rounds. Wonderful choices I might say. TFS & Big hugs.

Victoria said...

Lovely picks and a great die cut snippets card. What a special card! Enjoyed reading your round-up as always (even if I don't get chance to comment most of the time).

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Also I want play in this challenge (Aurora entered by my blog, with her card). and Yes, please, I want enter in the draw to win the cute dies and cross my fingers :D

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Oh yesss, please Miss for the prize :D
And what a luffly card.. so colourful and snippety. :D

And some really clever makes too around the playground.... and scrolling down here .. you reminded me that is Rudolph time.. sigh.. will get in, must do.. have bits and bobs half done, so just need to assemble them. don't I?
You now, the battle is not making but blogging. I have lots of unblogged cards at the moment.
BTW had stitches out of elbow SCC today (wasn't melanoma :D God is good) and had the back one and calf SCC done today too ... so all good, hopefully done for a while, once today's stitches are out.
Hugs, Shaz in Oz.x

{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

Susanne Vargas said...

What an adorable card for little Charlie! Love how you put the sentiment and his age on the puffs of steam from the cute train!

Janis said...

Such a sweet card, Di!! Love that little train and the lovely landscape die!! Please put my name in for them both!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Greta said...

This is the second post where my comment is missing, so hope this one takes. So sweet of you to include my card in the picks this week, Di--thank you! Love your darling scene & I'll be in the drawing only for the Memory Box die.

Eemeli said...

Just added my 3rd entry. This is the first time I am reaching the max limit :) See you next week!


JennyH said...

Cute card Di, love the little scene you have created. Yes please to the prize draw so I have a chance to make a scene too : )

Pat said...

Hi Di, I have just linked up my card for this week and please could I be entered into the prize draw. Thanks. x

Jackie T said...

Hi your card is fantastic and I love the dies you have used to create the scene. So yes please to the prize. On my card I used so many snippets as it is so big. Have a great week. Hugs Jackie

Paper Lily Leaf said...

Hi Di and high-five to Parsnip! Thank you so much for show-casing my card - so kind! Congratulations to Helen and the lovely card picks. Charlie's birthday card is adorable! Yes please to prize :-) Xx

Sarn said...

Back again . . . still playing for fun! You can see I already have that die! xxx

AlisonC said...

It's so good to see such young playmates and so full of good ideas too. Will we have to push them on the swings?

Jane said...

Ooohh this looks really fun, I have just joined you and would love to play along. Thanks so much, there are some fab projects here. Crafty hugs xx

Jane said...

...and this is my 2nd entry xx

Jane said...

PS yes please to the prize if I was lucky enough to win xx

Kathy said...

I'm back again with a second card and please enter me in the draw. Thanks Di.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

This is the first time this week to come and say Congrats and thank you for enjoying my Minion! I do so love this little scene you have created here. It is such a happy place! Yes please if I should be so lucky!

brenda said...

Well I made it here but got it all wrong Di, seems I uploaded a picture from my blog header instead of card, just goes to show how long since I used a linky and don't seem to be able to remove and start again. Novices ah !!

B x

brenda said...

OK sorted it, that extra espresso helped no end.

B x

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Morning Di, I've just slid in under the gate before they shut for the week and popped over to admire your gorgeous card for Charlie, he's going to love that. Full of detail and fun scenery! What an outstanding bunch of talent you all are too and a fab showcase! Looks like those minions are everywhere these days! I would love to win the prize if I'm lucky enough to jump out of the hat! Thanks so much. Sarah x