Sunday 27 September 2015

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 196

We're officially into Autumn now - and galloping towards 'you know when' at a rate of knots. Do remember that it's still Rudolph Day over at ScrappyMo's - until Wednesday 30th September, and of course you can combine your Rudolph Day card with a snippets one :)

Let's get cracking and first of all here's my snippets card, told you Autumn was in the air:
I used:

- A5 white card blank, tent style

- the image is a stamp by Marianne Design 'Don and Daisy - DDS3324', stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and coloured using Pro Markers then die cut using a Spellbinders Nestie 'Labels 18' die

- then took a snippet of Neenah 'Desert Storm' plain card stock and drew round the outside of the die before fussy cutting to create a narrow frame for the image - and glued the image to it

- using a little strip of the patterned paper I backed it with Stick-It adhesive sheet and die cut the word 'friend' using a Winnie and Walter die called 'In A Word: Friend Cutaway'

- more snippets of Neenah 'Desert Storm' card plus a whole (gasp, shock, horror) sheet of patterned paper from Papermania's Capsule Collection 'Sunshine' paper pack to form the main background of the card

- to cover the front of the card I did some quick maths then layered an oblong of the patterned paper onto Neenah 'Desert Storm card - leaving a narrow border right round

- guillotined the top part of the background according to my calculations and adhered it to the top of the card front

- next, added the die cut word 'friend' - leaving the bottom of the card totally blank at this point

- once the die cut 'friend' was in place, I could tell whether the bottom piece of the background was going to meet the bottom of 'friend' nicely and still leave a white border at the bottom of the card. Bingo! It worked fine so I glued the bottom panel in place

- had my calculations been slightly adrift, by leaving the bottom panel until last I could have made an adjustment by either trimming a bit off the patterned panel if it was too large, or taking a little bit off the bottom of the card blank itself  if the panel was on the small side

- finally, I added the image panel to the top part of the card using Collall All Purpose glue for some 'wiggle room'

I do so love this stamp - Len says my hair looks like that when I wake up in the mornings! And the 'friend' die is going to be fun to use, cut in plain card it would look great, it could also be used for the camouflage technique - and of course would be super combined with stamped words too.

And now onto this week's picks - sheesh, a lot of entries and also many of you were keen on the Sizzix die/Stick-It sheets on offer. Here we go:
Oh how I love all the detail on this fabulous easel card, made by Jenny L. It's super Jenny!!

Still with purple, Kitty brought us this amazing Halloween card - get the expression on that cat's face :)

Eve is on a roll at the moment with beautiful black and white cards, accented with gold foiling and embossing. I picked this one as a lovely example to share with you.

I just love this card, made by Linby. Fabulous use of snippets and a perfect sentiment. This little lady reminds me a bit of Sally in The Nightmare Before Christmas film, only without the stitching on her face. It's the eyes I think!

You know that feeling when you see a handmade card or something else on a blog - and it stops you in your tracks? Well, I literally screeched to a halt when I spotted this amazing card made by Donna - gosh it's fabulous and it's all made using dies, a stencil, a stamp and snippets. I LOVE, love, love this!!

I chose this card, made by Janis, as it's a great example of how to use up neon coloured snippets - it sure brightened up the day here!

This is such a pretty tag that Ileana skipped with in to show us - who wouldn't feel better if they received this?

Yay! Cornelia came to play a couple of times this week - first of all bringing us this fabulous card to share. It was published in Craft Stamper magazine and I'm not surprised. The great news is that Cornelia is well on the mend after the retina repairs - but for now she's gonna be sitting out playing on the seesaw, just like me!

Now, we're not just about cards in the Snippets Playground, and this week two fabulous canvases caught my eye:

This first one was made by Brenda (Floral Fantasies), and I think it's just absolutely gorgeous. And loads of you who visited her also thought the same - there's a great explanation of how Brenda made this beauty on her blog as well.

And finally, here's another canvas - this time made by Jane J. She used a technique I'd never come across before called 'Slashed Canvas' - it's amazing! I've read the steps a few times on Jane's blog and now have a good idea about how it was done. Would love to try it and I wonder if anyone else dares have a go, another great way to use snippets!

We had one new Playmate and, bless her little cotton socks, she's our youngest crafter in the Playground ever! Aged 22 months! When I spotted what Daisy Jane had made I asked Jane J (her Nanna) to link her into the Playground so you could all see a crafter in the making - take a look at what the little poppet made:

The conkers were from a 'conker hunt' with Nanna - and to prove that Daisy is already adept with stamps and pens, here she is working (Nanna did the grown up writing of course!):
So cute!! And starting off really young too.

So, with a little drum roll, it's time to pick the winner of the Sizzix 'card front die' called 'Peace, Love, Joy' and/or the Stick-It adhesive sheets:
I was delighted to see Donna's number come up (the first two runs of the Random number generator picked two Playmates who had already declined the chance to win so it was third time lucky for Donna!). And not only that, you'll have seen that Donna's fabulous scenic card blew my socks off this week - and you know what? She truly doesn't realise just how good she is.

Donna came to play for the first time the week before last and has only been blogging since February - so this is a fairly quick win, and very well deserved. To date she has just 17 followers - I just bet (and very much hope) a few more of you will hop over and start to follow her after seeing her work! Can you please let me have your snail mail address Donna, and I'll post your prize off this week (

This coming week's prize isn't difficult to guess:
It's a Winnie and Walter 'In a Word: Friend Cutaway' die and a Marianne 'Don and Daisy - DDS3324' stamp, just like the ones I used on my snippets card today.

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 3rd October. 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. Do say if you only want one or other part of the prize (the die or the stamp), but both are up for grabs as one prize of course. And please 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 :)

Progress with the back is slow but it's steadily improving - bit by bit we'll get there!

Di and of course, Parsnip!


  1. Congrats to Donna and everyone else who had a card under the lights this week - and a special shout-out to Daisy Jane! She's well on her way to being a serious crafter :) I love your card this week Di, and the die looks so cute cut into that plaid paper the way you've done it! Very pretty! Thanks for having another playground challenge, but I'm playing just for fun this week. I hope your back is feeling better!

  2. ah Miss what an ultra cute card .. love LOTV and the die friend is done incredibly cleverly well done! a big congrats also to Donna..
    And how clever is little Daisy? ... wonderful work. a crafter already for sure. and so many other great picks well done "Snipetters" :D
    Praying for yore back still too.
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

  3. Love how you have arranged the word and the clear design of your card, Di!
    I had already seen Kitty's fabulous halloween card, just amazing and so fun!! And also Brenda's gorgous canvas, it's stunning!! They are two very talented ladies!!
    Love also the others picks, expecially Donna's fab scene, it's stunning!!
    Congrats to all, and a big hug to Daisy, she is a very very young crafter! :)

  4. I adore your card, Di--beautiful paper & darling image! The picks are amazing this week--so much talent! I'll play just for the die, please.

  5. Good morning Di from my balcony in Rhodes on holiday. I'm glad to hear that you are getting there with your back..well done. Your card is such a that stamp and all your clever use of snippets. Thanks for my shout out and for mentioning my little Daisy Jane...she was so proud of her cards. Well done to every one else..not sure how many I can get round to as Internet signal is a bit intermittent so sending a wave to you all. I am hoping to join you from here this week...yes seriously. .I've been crafting in the sun. Hugs xx

  6. Thank you for featuring my card, all that patience was worth it in the end! I don't think it helped the way I coloured her eyes that she looks like she is from a Tim Burton film.
    So many things to learn this week with slashing and something I have never heard of the camafllouge technique. Well done to the other marvellous makes and to the talented and so cute Daisy.

  7. So much to say that I forgot to say how fab your card is, love the layout, must try that technique too.

  8. FAB makes and prize today - computer playing up again, REALLY irritating when that happens!

    Happy Sunday


  9. What a varied and inspirational set of picks this week, especially Daisy Jane's! And a lovely card from you too - I'd love to be in the hat for the goodies you used.

  10. Stunning Autumn card hunny! I've been missing my lovely Di we haven't spoken in so long I must pop in the playground real soon!!
    Lucy xx

  11. Glad to know I'm not the only one who's calculations can be off on occasion!
    I love your card Di... As I said in my email to you, that stamp is so like my hair... Wild and untameable even without the wind. (I'm very thankful to whoever invented hair bands for pony tails)!!!
    Thanks for all the very kind comments, playground pals...
    ...and Di... I like your card. Your fussy cutting is so neat I would never have known.
    Playing for fun this time as I've just had a win. *Waves* :)

  12. Fabulous card Miss Di and some amazing picks. Love the super creations made by little Daisy Jane - such a clever little girl. I'm just popping by for a bit of fun this week xx

  13. A great card Di and well done to everyone who had their card picked and to little Daisy! I'll be in the playground soon and would love a chance to win the die but not the stamp - thank you.
    Kath x

  14. I'm just tickled pink to see my card up there as a pick, Di, thank you so much! And with all of those other beauties, I am honoured! I enjoyed looking at each one! Congratulations to everyone and to the lucky winner! And well done to Daisy Jane - what a little sweetie!

    Your fall card is so cute! Yeah, that's how my hair looks in the morning too, haha! Great prize this week and you know I'll be back to play along and hoping to win your goodies! Thank you!

  15. A very cute and super picks, especially Daisy Jane!

    Love and hugs

  16. Love your warm Autumnal card Di, something abut the colours of the season when transferred onto cards always brings a smile.

    And thank you for the mention, I did enjoy making that one.

    Seeing those conkers tells me it's a good season for them everywhere, we walked round the paddocks yesterday and came back with a real haul. I offered them to eldest daughter for conker fights as I thought her pupils might like having a conker fight, guess the answer - can't because of health and safety - seems it's taking over the world. And I might add her pupils are 11 upwards, not tinies.

    B x

    1. I'd heard the rumour about conkers and H&S. Crazy world!


    2. Anyone fancying a game of conkers . . . see me in my usual place. Don't worry Miss, I've got hard hats, goggles and gloves to hand out! Honest I have!

  17. Yes, please, I entered in the challenge and wish to be in the draw of both these prizes!

  18. Gorgeous card Di, really lovely colours and a cute image.
    Great picks once again.

    Kath x

  19. Adorable image and card; I really would love to win this week prize! I have my fingers crossed.
    Hugs, Valerija

  20. Hi Miss Di & the lovely Parsnip.
    Yes please if I'm lucky.
    Thank you so much for choosing my card as one of your picks of the week.
    I am thrilled as there are always so many wonderful entries to choose from.
    Congrats to the others shown, and Donna the winner.
    I do hope she enjoys such a lovely prize.
    Well what a wonderful little crafty person we have to add to our numbers.
    Isn't she the cutest, and look out there is some talent for the future I'm sure.
    Your snippets cards are always so wonderfully crafted, and I love everything about this ace of a card.
    The papers are really super, and go so well with the wonderful stamped image.
    Thank you for all your hard work involved in this wonderful challenge.
    Good luck everyone.
    Love and hugs to all my playmates.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  21. Hi Di, I pop up now and then like a bad penny! I thought if I left it a while then perhaps Mr Linky will forget that he is not speaking to me but it seems he has a long memory! Please would you link me from your end: thanks.
    I love your autumn card and your youngest follower is great. Good to see children doing something creative rather than sitting in front of the TV.

  22. That is such a cute little image Di - love how you have coloured her, and yes please if the link thing calls my number. What gorgeous picks you have showcased too this week. Jenny's card is fabulous and I admire her patience and Cornelia's is right up my street and HOC DT are more than happy that she's back creating too. She's a very talented and lovely lady.
    As always thank you for doing this challenge Di - it helps to inspire me to use up my snippets and not allow them to grow. Have a lovely week Karen x

  23. What a lovely card Di and such a great idea to use that pretty paper to cut the die with too. Congratulations to Donna for winning this week and also a wonderful selection of highlights. x

  24. Aw, this just made me smile. The hairstyle looks a lot like mine own today! (and her expression is similar as I'm scurrying to think what I need to finish before we can leave for Fla). Saw this at Rudy Day, and zipped over to comment. I love the image, and the paper is so pretty - just perfect for this little cutie & her brolly. Loved the die shapes that set her off so nicely too! Got a quick glimpse of some great highlights, so maybe once we get to Fla. I can get time to browse & enjoy. Hugs & TFS (forgot to mention how much I liked that Friend cutout too. That looks tricky).

  25. Such a cute image Di, love your design. Great selection once again too, some amazing techniques I need to have a closer look at! Have a great week, Cathy x

  26. OMG Di . . . I totally LOVE your cute card and will now have to rush around and make 3 snippets cards to enter the challenge with to maximise my chances of a win . . . because . . . this week I'd love to be included in the prize draw please.

    Congrats to all the showcased girls and to Donna on her win.

    Bless little Daisy's heart . . . Parsnip had better behave or we'll replace him with Daisy as the Playground mascot!

    Hugs, SarN xxx

  27. Hi Di, just popped back to reply to your comment. I suspect LIM and the other CAS challenges will be seeing a lot of that die over the next three months, it's CAStastic for a Christmas card!
    I found the die cut very cleanly - I had Stick It on the back, which adds a little thickness so that might have been equivalent to a shim. Why not try it on several different weights of card? I'm sure they would be able to exchange it if yours is faulty

  28. Di, your card is gorgeous, as always! I love it! Great picks too! Daisy Jane is just adorable! I'd love to win the die, if my number comes up. Grin
    Em x

  29. Just playing for fun again this week. Gorgeous, gorgeous card Miss and love the wording cut like that. Super makes from all the picks you have chosen too.
    Now whose been telling tales about me den Huh!.
    hugs Mrs A.

  30. Hello Di
    WHOOP WHO!!! Thank you so much for highlighting my card - although I do feel very out of place with all of the other stunning cards.
    I do so love your autumnal card Di with your just got out of bed hair!!! LOL!!
    Hope that you have a fab week.
    Hugs Eve xx
    P.S I'm just playing for fun this week thanks!

  31. Here I am with my first entry. Must go sleep now . . . was up watching the special moon in the middle of last night for the Science Project. Yawn. Saying "Yes please" to the prize this week thanks Di.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  32. I love your card Miss, great choice of paper and I love how you've used the Friend die. No thanks to the fabulous prize x

  33. Love your fall card, Di! Especially the "friend" die! Yes please, on the drawing.

  34. I love your fun little card Di, and I have to say that my hair looks pretty much like that first thing in the morning as well!!! I say yes please to this prize and I do want to thank you for all your sweet comments on my Flickr account!

  35. Waving from Rhodes Di.....and just playing for fun this week x

  36. YAY . . . back in this morning with a 2nd card and a bagful of conkers. Oops, you didn't hear me mention conkers!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  37. Your card is SO cute, Di! I love it!!! 'Friend' cut in the patterned paper is so effective and the image is just adorable.

    Great picks again - especially Daisy's card. What a great little crafter!

    My Crazy Birds die and stamps arrived a few days ago - thank you so much, Di - so as much as I would love to win the stamp and die this week, I'll just be playing for fun. xx

  38. I certainly identify with the morning hair look! The patterned paper looks great on your card.
    I love the look of concentration on the little crafter's face. Thanks for sharing this.
    Yes, please to the prize.

  39. Certainly adorable one Di! Love how you incorporated the friend die along with PP. And love this cute image! Congrats to Donna and once again amazing picks!
    Kindly count me in for this snippet prize!

  40. Love your card and the way the friend die fits in......and would love to be in the draw please. xx

  41. Congratulations Donna.

    Sorry to link the wrong card here Di. Could you please delete this one. I have a new card to post and forgot that it is scheduled for after Rudolph Days closes.
    Linked the wrong card...sorry!

  42. What a beautiful collection of cards this week Di. I really must keep up with the Playground more. Well done Donna.

  43. Di, you are a doll for spotlighting my card. I am the plain jane of the picks this week because mine is a super -simple card and everyone else's is so totally awesome beyond words!!! But I did have a lot of fun with my neon tags and I do thank you for giving me a shout out for it. :)

    Congrats to this week's lucky winner: Donna. Have fun with your goodies!!!

    Loving your card this week, Di. That little gal's hair reminds me of my own that gets tousled at the slightest little breeze......even when I keep it pulled back in a ponytail!! Yes, please, to this week's prize with the stamp and die!!!

    Hope you are feeling better day by day!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  44. Uh, I don't see my previous comment here for some reason. Well, count me in for the challenge and for the prize.


  45. Simply gorgeous card Di and the colour used for Autumn is beautiful with a great image and Die used too! congrats to all who was showcased another great choice and many congrats to Donna xx

  46. I love how you have showcased so many beautiful cards from your last Challenge ....I had seen Donna's card on her blog and been super impressed. Playing at your Challenge for the first time and I would love to win the die and stamp set if I am lucky and if you will be able to ship to India. Your Challenge blog emanates a feeling of warmth and I am happy to link in 3 entries.
    Dr Sonia

  47. ooh, Your card is so gorgeous! I love it! The top picks are wonderful as is your youngest follower! Congrats to Donna on her win too! I love the prizes so Yes Please if I am lucky! xxx

  48. Great picks Di, and your card is fabulous too! Yes please, I'd love to be in your draw for the prizes! :)

  49. It's funny because I just got the feeling I'm always about the same number and I don't plan it! Your snippets card is divine, my friend! And I love all your picks - don't know how you do it, especially when you are not feeling well and on meds. Isn't that little cherub amazing! It would be so cool if kids could stay that age for about four years! You take care - no worries about commenting on my entry! Love and hugs, Darnell

  50. Wahoo . . . I've maxed out my entries this week Miss. But if Mr RNG doesn't pick my number, I've bookmarked the Winnie & Walter site for a little shopping trip!!!!!

    Hope you feel better soon. Like Darnell says above, don't worry about commenting on my entry.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  51. Back with No 2 Di...I'm home to more glorious good! xx

  52. What an adorable card, and what perfect background paper it it! Na of course yes yes, is my fun! Great picks again, too! So fun to see all the different and unique entries!

  53. I am in - I made a card and I would love to be the winner of the whole prize!!! Thanks so much for all you do!! I appreciate you!!

  54. Hello Di,
    I have entered the playground again and although I have said that I don't want to be entered for the prize if by some miracle my name is picked please, please could you give it to Sarn for me as I know that she reeeeallly wants it!!!
    Hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Eve xx

  55. Hi Di and Parsnip! Lovely card and wonderful picks. Please count me in for prize. Hope you have a great weekend Xx

  56. Love your beautifully warm autumnal card. The paper works perfectly with your image. Would love a chance to win :) xx

  57. Just skipping in with my card Di and another superb one of yours. Love the exotic BG and the autumnal feel and if my name pops out I'd love to win the die. Thanks so much.x


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