Sunday 13 September 2015

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 194

And yet another week flew past, we're almost into Autumn here in the UK, but with some lovely sunny days thrown in still. But, I just bet the shops will be full of Christmas stuff before long - if they aren't already!

Last Saturday one of my bestest friends from schooldays had a Birthday. I'd been saving the NBUS stamps and dies I used for her card for a few weeks, ready to make a snippets card this week:
I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- a piece of SU's 'Crisp Cantaloupe' card stock as a 'frame'

- a piece of white card stock on which to build the front of the card

- snippets of white card stock for stamping on

- then I set to using the fabulous Tim Holtz 'Bird Crazy' stamp set as well as the Tim Holtz 'Crazy Things' stamp set. First I stamped the images I wanted onto the white snippets and then coloured them using Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils and Sansodor blending solution

- next I die cut the Crazy Bird using the matching thinlets die set, and fussy cut the 'Crazy Things' hat and balloon. Apparently there will be matching dies coming out for the Crazy Things stamps (late September I believe) but fussy cutting was no hardship

- next die cut the word 'Smile' three times from a little snippet of SU's 'Tempting Turquoise' card stock using a die from Penny Black's 'Hooray' set and layered them up using Glossy Accents

- to assemble the card front I first stamped the sentiment using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a stamp from LOTV's 'Set 61- Quotable' stamps, which seemed to fit the bill (snigger) perfectly

- next trimmed out the centre and added the hat to the little bird then popped it onto the card front using thin sticky pads. Did the same with the eyes and beak

- then worked out where to add the balloon and used a snippet of bakers twine to tuck it round the end of the balloon and also underneath where I then placed the bird's extra wing layer

- added the word 'Smile' and a few sparkly sequins

- finally, when the card was ready to be put safely to one side, I added 'Glossy Accents' to the beak, eyes and some touches on the balloon

This was such a fun card to make - gotta love those Crazy Birds :) Hope you had a great day Moira!

I'd like to make this my second entry into Darnell's current NBUS challenge - all the Crazy Birds stamps, dies - and their accessories were unopened and unused before I made this card. Do join in the fun - there are loads of lovely prizes to be won and of course you get to use some of that NBUS stuff you haven't played with before!

Straight onto this week's picks, which of course were chosen by Sarn - who did a fabulous job of commenting and looking after the Playground this week. There were times I thought it was a bit like her having to herd cats. Thank so soooo much Sarn!

And here's what Sarn says about her time as Playground Prefect: Can I just say it's been great fun being Prefect this week and thanks to the playmates for being such good sports and playing tag nicely (apart from the donkey tail pinning incident of course!). If anyone else fancies being Prefect for a week, I know Di would love to hear from you.

And now for Sarn's picks and why she picked them, in her own words:

20: KandA HERE. Because I think it's a cute card, beautifully coloured and toned in and prettily embellished.
34: Julieanne HERE. Great masculine card with lots of snippet layers.
46: Jane's Journal HERE. It's just so amazing with all the work that's gone into it and NO stamping allowed! 
56: Lynn Hayes HERE. Love the multi-inked square butterfly flying outside of it, plus the matching die cut sentiment. The layout is so pleasing to the eye.
No 67: K T Krafts (Kathy). . .HERE. I just HAVE to add this card to my picks . . . because it is right up my street and uses my fave stamp set. (This was a really last minute addition from Sarn at 10am yesterday morning - which shows just how much we try to keep the picks absolutely up to date, until the very end stop when those gates clang shut each week).

Keeping up to date is also the reason why I pick the previous week's winner right away as soon as the gates close - I know (and totally understand why) a good few challenge work a week behind. But, it's fun to wrap one week up properly before moving onto the next one.
Sarn also said: Oh my goodness it is SOOO difficult picking out cards as they all have their merits

Thank you so much again Sarn, wonderful picks although I do so agree about choices being so difficult! It's been a huge help having you on board this past week, especially as there's been a lot going on here.

No new little Playmates this week, but we still had 68 entries - am gonna need to get more swings etc. before long!

Now the draw for that lovely stamp set, so kindly offered by Sarn - Woodware's 'Delicate Daisies' - and the winner is:
Well done Andrea, I have your address and will let Sarn know as the prize will be sent to you directly by her. Isn't it strange, the last prize you won here was the set of Sarntangles stamps, some time ago now - maybe Sarn is a good luck talisman/rabbit's foot?

One reason why this past week has been busy is that yesterday was my Birthday so Len took me out for a day at Longleat on Friday. We had a great day, the weather was so kind to us and with a heat patch on my back, rattling with pills and also a cushion for the 'off the road' ranger tour in a Land Rover around the Safari Park I coped pretty well. The tickets were bought a while ago and the date had been booked so we had to go through with it. We did laugh, after all the bouncing round in the Land Rover I felt my back for the heated stick on pad - and it had slid down into my knickers - wondered why my bum was so warm!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who sent me cards, Facebook messages etc. - I will thank you all individually but my time at the laptop is still being limited.

Anyhow, to celebrate my Birthday I planned a bigger prize than usual for this coming week as a thank you for all the fun and laughter - plus your fabulous snippets makes of course!

Yup, the prize is the Bird Crazy stamps and die set plus the accessories set that I used for my snippets card today. Not my own ones you understand - these are new and unopened of course!

Ideally, this should all be one prize, so that's what the offer is - all three items. BUT, I've been sitting on this prize for a few weeks now, fretting watching quietly as more and more of you succumbed to the 'Crazy Birds' and there was nothing I could do but hang on.

But, if you already have all of this prize, we have tons of lovely prizes coming up in coming weeks and I know hope that they're just the icing on the cake really.

Now, maybe you only have some of the prize and would like (say) the accessories and/or the dies 's cos perhaps you already just have the birdies or maybe you just have the dies only (err, who would do that?). It's absolutely fine to pick and choose - please just say clearly in a comment which you would like to win - remember you can have all three items as they are a bundle first and foremost, but I will split them if you want to add to your TH Bird Crazy stuff and you get picked as a winner. It might even be that someone would only want the bird stamps, to have a play with and that's fine too. First out gets their choice and then if necessary I'd just keep re-running the random number generator for second/third prizes.

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 19th September. 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. Or, as explained above - just one or two parts of it! 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 :)

Di and of course, Parsnip!


  1. Glad you had a nice day. Erm can I borrow your heat pad to stick on my bum where I got punctured with the safety pin wot was used to attach the said tail!!!
    Hugs Mrs A.

    1. Nut case! They're not to be used on broken skin - stick wiv yer Germalene and a Bandaid!


      Di xx

  2. Well looky looky I'm first past the post cos me card wos already made like!!
    hugs Mrs A.

  3. Happy belated birthday Di, sounds like you had a lovely time (warm bum aside!!)

    Off to have a closer look at the picks this week as my internet is fast enough at the moment. Will be back to play along as I would love to win the accessories stamp. (I've already got the birds and die and have been having lots of fun with them). Have a great week, Cathy x

  4. Thanks so much for showcasing my card this week. I need to go check all the rest of them too.
    Love the card you made Di. Of course I just adore those crazy birds! Aren't they fun. Great sentiment with this one and love his balloon.
    I'm going to try to get a card up this week but not for the prize since I already have these. It's a wonderful prize though!!
    Happy belated birthday!!! Sounds like it was a fun day - warm buns and all!

  5. Happy Birthday, Di! Sounds like you had fun! Your Crazy Birds card made me laugh - I love those birds and they make me smile whenever I see them! I bet your friend loved it!

    So that's a big YES to the prize for me - all of them! I'd be thrilled to have these! I'll definitely be back to play along!

    Sarn did a wonderful job helping you out - lovely picks! Congrats to Andrea on the win! Thanks for the awesome and very generous prize!

  6. Happy Birthday Di - I didn't know till today. What a fabulous day out - only been to Longleat once but loved it. Glad you survived the ride! Great card - infact stunning card this week and the picks are amazing too. Hoping to join in, but yeah I know I say that every week, but I do take the using of snippets to heart and only join when I really have used them. Have a good week. Annie xxx

  7. This is such a fun playground Di. Happy birthday first and foremost and I'm so glad that you got out for your's a great distraction from your back and I really hope you're feeling better. Sarn has been a trooper and has raced around the playground like a whippet. Thanks so much for mentioning my spell's magic seems to work. .lol. Your crazy birds card is fabulous and omgoodness what a prize....I am on a stamp spending ban til Christmas so I would be extactic to win the bundle as I adore the crazy generous you are. OK I will skip off now down to my studio and get some games going. Have a good week. Hugs xx

  8. Love todays, selection, Congrats to your chosen winner and ... what a fabulous prize?!?!??!



  9. Yes please to the prize this week your card is fantastic

  10. Happy Birthday Di! I love your card. What a great sentiment that is too. Congratulations to the winner and Sarn's top Five Picks. I recently got those Crazy Birds and the dies too but would love to be in with a chance of the fun accessories. What a super prize. Barbxx

    I love the Bird Crazy craze so I'm definitely in for the prize : )

  12. Wowee Miss Di I just popped over to say hi and I saw Sarn had picked out my card (but just in case anyone was wondering the image is a topper) and when I scrolled past the other fabulous picks I had to pick myself off the floor cos' I see I've also won Sarn's super stamp. I'm a very happy little playmate today and will be back later with my snippets.
    I LOVE your super crazy bird card with his little hat and super sentiment. I'm gonna have to put them on my wish list but please leave me out of the draw as I just had a win.
    As for yesterday it sounds like you had a fabulous (if not totally pain-free) birthday and I'm sending you lots of Happy Belated Birthday Wishes xx

  13. What an awesome card Miss Di - I just LUV that crazy bird.
    GORGEOUS picks this week and what a super prize.... just adore the carzy little birds. :-)
    So glad you had fun at Longleat and didn't get scoffed up by any lions !!! :-D

    IKE xxx

  14. Just popped back to link up...... and just wondering if Sarn has ever been called a 'rabbits foot' before!! xx

  15. Hi Miss Di, & the wonderful Parsnip.
    Yes please if I'm lucky.
    Happy Birthday Miss, and I do hope had a wonderful day.
    If I had realized I would have brought and apple for the teacher.
    Your card is wonderful as always, and those Tim Birds are really getting very popular as you say.
    Thank you Sarn for getting us to play tag it was sure a great blast from the past, and also thank you so much for the help you gave Miss Di.
    Your pick were fab, and congrats to those picked.
    Congrats to Kanda too on her win also.
    Love and Biggest Hugs to all my fellow playmates.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  16. What a wonderful and fun card this is Di! I just LOVE those birds! Great spotlighted cards this week again too, and congrats to KandA on your win! And BTW, I hope your birthday was a happy one in spite of your back troubles! So you got your bum warmed during that ride did you? Twas probably better than a good spanking anyway :)
    I'm giving you an enthusiastic yes please to this week's draw, as I have not yet ordered the fun birds to play with, and I absolutely adore them! Now take good care of yourself - I do hope you're feeling much better soon!!!

  17. Wonderful card, Di!! This Crazy Bird is just a cutie and love the sentiment :D
    Your friend will love your card, surely!!
    Beautiful picks by Sarn! Congrats to all!

  18. I adore those crazy birds Di and what a fun and pretty card you have made with them. I love the sentiment and the way you have tucked the balloon string under the wing. Sarn has been great this week and lots of lovely picks with congratulations to KandA. A belated happy birthday too and sounds as though you had a good day and I giggled at your slipping heat pad heating up spots you'd rather not, and hope your back is soon treating you more kindly. x

  19. A fab card Di and happy belated birthday wishes. I'm glad you enjoyed your special day.
    I'll be in the playground soon and would love a chance to win the crazy birds.
    Kath x

  20. Happy belated Birthday Di!
    Tim Holtz Crazy birds, Wow!!!!! And your creations are always so inspiring and i love that sentiment with that crazy guy, a CAS beauty!!!
    And a big "YES" please, everyone is crazy for that guy! Thanks for the chance to win!

  21. Happy Birthday Di ! Just stopped by to say Hi and to see what new inspirations you chose from last week. Love your snippets card and all the cards chosen to be showcased. Be back in a few days with my snippets cards. hugs :)

  22. I'm glad you got to celebrate your birthday in such a big way but sorry you weren't feeling up to par! Hope that all sorts out soon. No fun to be in pain! Love this fun bird and the perfect sentiment! What a super prize package that I'd love to get in the draw for! Off to see who's visiting today.....

  23. Just popped over to check out things, and love this funny CB card. It's delightful with the birds and love these accessories. Great sentiment dies, and Mz Friend is going to be so tickled to open this one. And LOVE that verse too. Saw some fab highlights (which I have enjoyed on the owners' blogs too.) Sarn had a tuff job picking highlights and keeping order, but she did a fab job. Glad if you got a little rest time. Also pleased the birthday was fun, and that your back cooperated so you could enjoy the day. Good to have a warm bum while having fun too. Hope you are better with the back now. Big hugs & TFS.

  24. I have joined in for the first time ever! Yes Please! to the prize - all three if I should be so lucky! Awesome prize, thank you for the chance! I can't believe I haven't joined in your fabulous challenge before! Will definitely be doing so again! xxx

  25. Happy Belated Birthday Di ... your warm bum story is hilarious!!
    Beautiful birdie card and gorgeous picks too.
    Yes please to winning your fab prize set ... what a very generous giveaway!

  26. So busy making me owly card last night that I forgot to say yes please to the dickie birdie stamp and die but not the accessories So stick me in the pot to play along. hugs mrs A.

  27. Love, love, love your card today Di, absolutely perfect.
    Great picks and congrats to all the showcased cards.
    So glad that you had a great day out for your Birthday and more importantly, your back held up.

    Kath x

  28. Happy belated birthday! I had a chuckle about your warm bum, it must have been tricky to discreetly retrieve the heat pad if you were still in the Land Rover..... or did you do a funny walk on the way to the Ladies? ;-)

    Well done to Sarn on her week as a prefect, she did a great job. It was fun playing tag and I only got caught once. Behind the bike sheds was a good place to hide. ;-)

    Great picks - I missed one or two in the week, so will be off for a closer look. Congratulations to Andrea on her win.

    I'm a Yes Please for the draw - such a generous prize, Di. I haven't got any of three prizes and would love to win them. xx

  29. Oops! Me again. I forgot to say what a great card you made, Di...... I was still chuckling about the knicker incident. :-) I love the crazy bird and great sentiment. Fab design. xx

  30. Belated happy Birthday lovely. Hope your heat pad is still helping. Great picks - so sad I didn't get round to see many peoples last week - it all went a bit mad after Wednesday! Love your bird card too x

  31. I love your card and I'm sure it raised a smile. I have been very good lately, trying not to buy more stamps and dies, but these birdies would make some good cards for all my menfolk, so I´d love to be in with a chance to win them. (Winning doesn't count as buying does it?!)
    I am sorry you are so much trouble with your back, but I'm glad you managed to enjoy your birthday outing anyway.
    I have two more lots of visitors coming out in October, so I'm sorry can't offer to help you yet, but I will keep it in mind for later.
    Hugs Kate xx

  32. Have just posted a card so would like to say 'yes please' to an entry this week, and what a fabulous prize and thank you for being so generous Di. x

  33. Oh my gosh, that little bird is even more adorable in pink!!! I have been admiring the various Crazy Bird projects here and there on the blog and never get tired of seeing their hilarious expressions! That sentiment couldn't be more perfect. I am also glad you enjoyed your birthday outing, but what a shame that you are still struggling with your back problems. I say YES PLEASE to this week's amazing prize and send happiest of birthday wishes to you!

  34. A cheery Happy Birthday from me to you, also, Di!!

    I feel your pain on the back thing. The crab claw is so descriptive and so true. Ugh!!!! I know when my back has been in spasms and I've had to go somewhere in the car, I was never sure if the bumps and jostles were going to help get me back in adjustment or put me in the hospital in traction!!! Arrgh. The safari land rover must have been 100X as bad.

    I am totally loving the sweet bird BD card you made for your friend. It took awhile for those birds to grow on me, but they kept popping up all over craft blog land and they really grew on me. Now I love the personality that each crafter puts into them. Yours is just fabulous. Since I don't have any of the birds or accessories, I would be delighted to have my name put in the hat for this wonderful prize set.

    Oh, I can't get off of here without commenting on the top picks. Such wonderful work by everyone. Oh, my goodness.....I was really captured by that creepy eye in Jane's project!! What an awesome no-stamping piece!!! lol....

    Happy Birthday, again. Get some rest. Gaining more experience with having birthdays is not for the faint of heart! :)
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  35. Hello Di
    I am so pleased that you had a lovely day out on your birthday but not so pleased to hear that you are now really suffering with your back :-(
    Sarn has picked some fabulous creations - wow! lots of inspiration there.
    I'm just playing for fun this week thank you.
    Please try and take it easy and I hope you feel better soon.
    Eve xx

  36. Hi Di and Parsnip, Happy happy belated birthday!! Loved your heat pad story :-)
    Hope your back gets better soon though. Big yes to prize please! Take care Xx

  37. Gorgeous card, as always, Di! So glad you had a great day! I'll be linking up on Wednesday, so I'm a bit early to say yes to the prize, but I'll be here, I promise!

    Gentle hugs,

  38. Oh my goodness, that is one generous prize for us to gamble on. And not just looks fantabulous! I would definitely fancy winning it. Gotta be a busy bee this week and make 3 cards for this raffle.

    Gorgeous card for this week's inspiration and great picks from last week.


  39. Hello. It's me... again )
    Thanks for letting me know about the prizes that are part of this challenge. Yay... I like prizes :)
    Yes, please... If I were to win I would love the goodies on offer :)
    Sounds like lots of fun. Yippee )

  40. MISS, MISS, MISS..... AM HERE!!!! And I soooooooo want them birdies... they look how I feel.. if I'd have had wings I'd have gotten home a whole lot sooner and could have played every week like I used to.....can I not have them as a welcome back pressie??????? Promise I will be very good (or at least more gooder than usual....)LOL

  41. Miss Pixie I am so sorry I missed your special birthday and you have been so unwell too - most unfair!
    I have the bird stamps but can't stretch for the extra stamps or dies so winning either of these would make me one very happy bunny!! So would love either of them hun and thank you so much for the chance,
    A quick visit from me as I got the 'orrid sniffles and sound gross - think of a heavy breather down the phone line and you'd be about right lol! Hope to play again depending on how bad the snots get, hoping they go soon. Love your photo of that Meerkat - love them! Karen xx

  42. I just got back from vacation happy,happy birthday to you...glad you had such a lovely time!! The bird card is fun! Yes, I would love to be included again this week. I hope you are feeling back has been giving me fits as well..ugh!! Have a great week!!!

  43. Happy Birthday, Di!
    Your card really does put a smile on my face. Love it!
    YES, please enter my name in the draw this week.
    Hope your back gets better soon.
    ta ta for now, Kathy

  44. Yeah have managed to enter again this week. Hope you are feeling better now Di. Please put me in the draw this time - love those stamps. Annie xxx

  45. Happy belated Birthday, Di! Love your card and those stamps! Thought I was the only one left that didn't own them yet but looking at your comments I see that I have lots of company! Please enter my name in the draw this week as those birds are too hilarious! Hope your back is getting better soon!
    Healing hugs,

  46. Happy belated birthday to you. I love your card and the balloon. His hat is adorable! Your friend will get a kick out of this card. I hate that about your back but that the stick on pad was in your knickers cracked me up. I'm glad you had a good time in spite of that. I would love to just have the accessories if the package is split up. I had to have those crazy bird stamps, then later I had to have the dies. Now I have to have the accessories! It is the best set ever and so cute. Take care of yourself!

  47. Hello Di, I do hope you are feeling a little better and more mobile. I do love your 'crazy bird' card. I did not realise that these are up as a prize - please, please, do count me in on the prize draw, and I shall keep my fingers crossed! Lynn x

  48. "Yes" . Just entered 2 cards using snippets and would love to be in the draw to win this fabulous prize. Thanks. Hope you are having a good week thus far. hugs.

  49. Belated Happy Birthday Di,I'm glad you enjoyed your day out in spite of your back pain. I hope it is getting better now.
    I have just entered my card and would love to be in the draw for you fabulous prize please. These birds are so much fun. I love the card you made for your friend, and I'm sure it made her smile.
    Well done to Sarn for keeping us in order last week so you you got a bit of a rest, and for doing a great job with the pics, some really super work there.
    Jean x

  50. There are CRAZY THINGS to go with the CRAZY BIRDS?!??!M?>!QEOPQ#OR hew uig ;ou sORRy I got out of control for a moment. Your card is way too fabby. Your wee birdie looks so serious and also like any second now he could stop being serious and start a ruckus.

  51. Just entered my 3rd snippets card and would love to be in the draw for this fantastic prize.

  52. Happy Birthday, Di!

    I would love to be in the draw for your gorgeous prize, please.

  53. An unbelievably fabulous giveaway, Di!! Thank you for a chance to win. :)

  54. Hee hee hee . . . a cute crazy bird card with a super sentiment! LOVE IT.

    It's not easy keeping the little scallywags in order when you're flat on your back is it Di? Luckily the rain is keeping them contained INSIDE for a change and I'm still keeping a beady eye on 'em.

    Thanks again to all the playmates for playing nicely for me last week!

    I'm playing just for fun thank you.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  55. So embarassed to have been absent for so long...Will catch up soon...promise!!! I have been reading just not commenting much (health problems).
    Love your card. These bird stamps and additional stamps are fabulous Yes please for this wonderful prize!!!

  56. Yes please Miss to the prize.. looks lubbly, the prize.. glad to read of update as scrolled down..
    I must admit wondered how you were... and love your card .. truly perfect for a birthday. What a great caption too .. haven't seen it before but love that too..
    Pray your back co-operates and behaves very soon, Di.
    Shaz in Oz.x

  57. Finally made it back here to play along! And what cracking inspiration there was too! I adore those birds, and they are at the very top of my "NEEEEEEEED" list, so that's a big "yes please" from me!
    Love, love, love your card, and a VERY HAPPY belated BIRTHDAY to you! Sorry I missed it before. x

  58. Yes please and sorry I missed your Birthday!


    Happy Belated Birthday to you! Hope you had a great day!

  59. Pick me!! Pick me!!! Pick me!!!! Pretty please!!!!! On a serious crafting diet right now so this would make it so worth it!!
    I will have a word with Parsnip!!

  60. Hope you enjoyed your birthday Di :) Yes please to the chance to win xx

  61. I'm back for a second time with another snippets card. I think your giveaway is a very generous one and I would love to have my name in the draw. I think those Crazy Birds are terrific. ta ta for now, Kathy

  62. Here I am again, with my second offering, and another chance to win those funny little birds. Hope your back has recovered a bit from the birthday jaunt. Thinking of you. Kate xx

  63. Whew! I made it back with a card. Love your crazy bird cutie Di, aren't their expressions so much fun! Yes please to the accessories stamp draw, Cathy x

  64. Woohoo, managed to enter a second time! (Hope I got the link right, this time...)
    Have a great weekend!

  65. Love this challenge and the inspiration it gives to use all those snippets lying around!! Would love to be entered into the winning draw for the fab prize :)

  66. Thank you another fun snippets challenge and an awesome prize! I would like to be entered and just uploaded my card.

  67. I managed 3 cards this week Di....does that make me teacher's pet? Lovely sunshine this weekend hope you're feeling a bit more lively, we've been out on our conker hunt with Daisy...such fun. Fingers crossed for everyone for your awesome prize...thoses birdies will be singing load somewhere. Hugs xx


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