Sunday 18 October 2015

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 199

Phew, thanks so much to Eve for taking the pressure off me this past week - both by commenting and also choosing the weekly picks. It's been a busy time here, from the beginning of the week and then Len had a special Birthday on Thursday and we've been celebrating :)

My snippets card was made to be given to the Birthday Boy from all the garden wildlife he so diligently looks after - and hedgies seemed to be a good choice for the image:

I used:

- A4 white card stock, cut to 6" width but left full length so it would go through the Cuttlebug

- Presscut die set called 'Step Card Cutting' - I first spotted this fabulous set over at Liz's blog, and in fact she sent me the card she'd shown too! Needless to say, my little feet didn't touch the ground - whoosh, I was off to order it!

- first I cut the main body of the card. I'd read someone in a review saying that you needed extended plates if you just had a small platform as I have on the Cuttlebug. Not so at all! I just taped the main cutting die in place on the card stock with removable sticky tape then after cutting one half just moved the uncut card and die (which was still in place) up between the plates and then cut that part - simples

- folded the card on the score lines and it was ready to decorate

- next die cut four scalloped panels using green snippets from the snippets folder (I suspect they could be Papermania paper) and added those to the stepper card

- the image is a Penny Black stamp - pre-loved and called 'For You'. Stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and coloured using Pro Markers

- then die cut the image using a die from the Spellbinders 'Distressed Rectangles' set

- added 'It's your birthday' to the image using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a stamp from SU's 'For the Birds' set then stuck the panel in place

- the 'Hope you have a perfect day' was stamped in Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and the stamp is an ancient Elzybells one (sadly discontinued)

- cut down the sentiment and popped it onto a backing frame of orange card (another snippet) and stuck it in place

This die cutting set is absolutely brilliant - I even used one final die once I'd printed off the greeting to go inside - it's actually shaped to sit beautifully inside the card. Thanks for pointing me to this great set Liz!!

Let's move straight onto Eve's picks from last week, and why she picked them:

39. Carol L.   Because that owl is just adorable. Her paper piecing is perfect and with the added colouring it brings it to life. Love the colours too!

40. Sparkling Pink (Ileana).  The Promarker colouring on this card is amazing and it looks like a bit of paper piecing too – stunning!

42. Jackie T.  This fabulous scene is magical. Everything is perfectly placed and the sky looks dreamlike with that flying Santa image.

43. Diane H.  Wow! A crisp, clean card which looks like a work of art.

56. Alison C.  When I first saw this card I thought that Alison had punched out patterned paper but she has actually stamped those squares – fabulous! It also looks like a real fabric quilt.

I did giggle, Eve hit my problem - absolutely unable to whittle down to a top three - and even then I'm sure there were many other entries she could have included above! Well done to everyone who entered, whether a pick or not.

We have two new Playmates this week:

Sara made a wonderful snippets card - and created the beautiful background by using real fallen maple leaves, inks and her brayer. Fascinating to read how she did it on her blog post - go see :)
Ellen came to play next, all the way from Norway, bringing us two fabulous cards to show - this is her first one.  Love all the vintage detail, so pretty!

Welcome to the Playground Sara and Ellen - we do hope to see you again.

And of course it's time for the draw for last week's two prizes of SU stamp sets, kindly donated by Eve. First out and the winner for Prize A, the 'Nature's Perfection' and 'Simply Wonderful' sets is:
Elizabeth was happy to be in with a chance for any of the stamp sets and it's lovely to see her win as she doesn't often say 'Yes please'.

And the next winner, for Prize B, 'A Happy Thing' set is:
And this was a happy choice too as Lynn was only playing for the 'A Happy Thing' set - apparently she doesn't have any bird stamps and also Eve's lovely 'lemons' card using the same set had inspired her!

So, we should have two happy bunnies :) I just checked and it's well over a year since either of you girlies had a win - plus I do still have your snail mail addresses so will pop your prizes in the post this coming week.

And for this coming week, I bet you already guessed what the prize is?!
Yup, it's your very own Presscut 'Step Card Cutting' set of dies - and as I already said, you can use this set perfectly well on something as small as a Cuttlebug too!

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 24th October. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day, just before we turn our clocks back and then really step into shorter days.

Maximum of three entries and please also link back to the Playground in your blog post to be eligible for the draw. As always, I only include folk who say a positive 'yes' for the prize in a comment. In the past I sometimes had to do redraws after publishing winners so decided this was easier. Plus, some weeks the prize is made up of different items, some of which folk may or may not want.

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 :)

Thank you so much again to Eve for all her help this past week - I do have a little list here of names of playmates who have offered to have a turn at being Prefect for a week and it's good to know that help is out there.

Have a great week, and thank you all for your wonderful comments and support to one another - and especially your support to Eve who worked so hard! This is what she wrote in her email when she sent her picks to me yesterday morning - and I fully endorse her words, it's you girls who make the Playground so very special:

'I would like to thank everyone again for their warm comments and for making me feel very welcome. The playground really is the best place in blog land.'

Di and of course, Parsnip!


  1. Love those PB hedgie stamps and how appropriate for this lovely card for your husband. That die looks like a handy addition to anyone's stash so may I say 'Yes please' this week - thanks.

  2. Morning Di, glad your Hb enjoyed his birthday...his hedgepig card was just perfect....I adore these critters. Lovely picks by Eve and yes how kind she was this week.Well done everyone. That die looks brilliant so a very definite yes please from me this week.Back soon to play, enjoy your Sunday. Hugs xx

  3. Wow Di! This step card is awesome, love the image and who doesn't love this step cut die in the crafty stash!!!! So count me in and Yes for this generous giveaway!
    Congrats to winners and beautiful picks!

  4. ooooooooooooooooooooh another fun week Di - love love your card - my friend lent me this die and I loved it - saving up to buy it myself so I guess I better shake myself and say yes please to being in the draw this week. Just need to get creating now to join in. Enjoy your Sunday. Annie xxx

  5. Top job done by Prefect Eve last week . . . she's a good'un! Hope you enjoyed your bit of respite (although I know you still keep an eye on us all and there to troubleshoot!). Good to hear there are a few more Prefects available too.

    Hope the In-House Critic enjoyed his birthday. LOVE the hedgie stepper card you made him . . . and that die is just BRILLIANT, although if I manage to make a snippets card this week, I'll be playing for fun as I was so lucky to win recently.

    Great picks Eve (I know it's difficult to whittle them down!). Waving hello to the 2 newbies too.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  6. Cute step card Di, love the little hedgies, Happy Special Birthday to Len.
    Definitely count me in for the prize, I would love to win this die : )

  7. You can never beat a PB image Di and the shape goes down well with me. Nice collection of choices this week as well.

    Please count me out of the draw as it might be like coals to Newcastle (in the nicest possible way of course) !!

    B x

  8. A fabulous snippet card Di, and I love Eve's picks too! I'll be in the playground soon and would love a chance of winning the die.
    Kath x

  9. So lovely to see your stepper card Di l do like to see these not made often enough and they stand so well too!........another great showcase well done all and congrats to Elizabeth and Linby enjoy your goodies so pleased you enjoyed your celebrations for Lens b'day happy belated b'day Len take care and enjoy your day xx

  10. Eve is right the Pixies' playground is quickly becoming a fav fun place to drop in to! Hoping to play along this time too and Yes I would love to win the fabulous is so tempting and I would have bought it too if we got it in my country!!
    Dr Sonia

  11. I really like Penny Black stamps and the card you made is lovely Di. I'm sure your hubby was delighted with his card and I send Belated 'Special' Birthday Wishes to him. I would love to be in with a chance of winning the great prize this week.

    Congratulations to Elizabeth and Lynn on winning this week and congratulations to the top five picks. Eve has chosen five beautiful cards.
    Barb xx

  12. Fab makes, picks and prize - yes please! Just uploaded my entry this week


  13. Yeah! I'm delighted to be a winner this week - those stamp sets are fabulous :) This is just a quick comment to say, thank you, Di, I'm so pleased. I will be back later with my Sunday Snippet, Love your card and all those chosen for the showcase. Eve has done a wonderful job over the past week too. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  14. Oh, Di, your card for the gardener is just perfect for his work, with these hedgehogs!! :D
    Congrats to the two lucky winners and to the lovely top picks. I have already seen and appreciate the stunning Carol's card and now I have seen also a lot of beauties!! Fabulous makes!

  15. Super card you made for Len. Yes please stick me in the pot this time round. hugs Mrs A.

  16. Great picks Miss! Am playing a quickie visit to see if everyone is behaving themselves. Am missing the Playground and Parsnip!
    Maybe later this week I will get time to get a go on the swings!
    Lovely card for Len too. xx

  17. I love your stepper card Di and the hedgies are very apt for Len's birthday, a great green spotty paper in the background too. Eve has been doing a fantastic job and I know you have been around to oversee but it has given you more time to devote to the birthday boy this week. I didn't get to the playground last week but fully intend to be around this week. I love all of Eve's picks and congratulations to Elizabeth and Lynn for winning this week. x

  18. Your husband must be one of a very select group of people - the only people to have ever had a birthday card from a hedgehog! Lovely card, and a belated happy birthday to him. Thanks to Eve for stepping in to keep us in order.
    Just playing for fun this week but OOOH! Next week will be #200 - are we having a party? With jelly and ice cream and stuff?

    1. I wondered if anyone would realise that! Jelly and ice cream is fine with me :)

      Di xx

  19. What a fabulous card Di and I bet your husband loved it! That die looks amazing.

  20. Hope Len had a fabulous birthday & bet he loved your sweet card! Lovely picks by Eve--congrats to all! I'll play just for fun this week.

  21. Gorgeous picks this week - and well done to Eve. You did a great job keeping everyone in order. Congratulations to the two winners - enjoy your prizes.

    Amazing stepper card Di. It's such a great die, I do enjoying enabling blogging friends. ;-) As you know, I already have this die, so I'll just be playing for fun this week, but there is going to be one happy prize winner next weekend. xx

  22. Wonderful step card, Di. I've never seen anything like this before.
    Yes, please, for the prize this week.

  23. Oooo i so love stepper cards and what a perfect layout and such a cutie PB too, Luv Sam x

  24. Hi Miss Di, I love your stepper card and the hedgie image is gorgous. Happy belated birthday to Len - hope you had a wonderful time.
    Well done to Eve for managing the playground so well. Super picks and a big hello to the new playmates. I'm running way behind but should be back soon to play just for fun xx

  25. I left a comment yesterday, but was on my phone, so not sure where it has gone. Anyway, it said "I'm more than happy, I'm ecstatic with my prize", thanks so much. Great picks this week too. Love your card die, especially the PB.

  26. I'm back with No 1 entry Di, my own Man in the Moon! I would love to win that die...looks fab, thanks so much and enjoy the week xx

  27. Hi Miss Di & the lovely Parsnip.
    Yes please if I am lucky enough.
    What a really great snippets card, and wondrful shape, and snippets used.
    Congrats to the picks and the winners.
    A big thank you to Eve for her help., and a big thank you to you for all your hard work involved in this great challenge.
    Good luck and best wishes to all my playground friends.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  28. Happy Belated Birthday to Len!! The hedgies are perfect for him!! It sounds like you had a wonderful time celebrating! Wonderful picks, as always! Thank you to Eve for being a big help to you! Maybe I can do it one day when the Mister finally recovers and I can get my old life back! In the meantime, thank you for all you do to keep the Playground open!! (BTW, I hope you are finally recovered!) Hugs, Darnell

  29. I love that card. Need that die too.
    You have picked some wonderful makes out this week. Well done all of you.
    Happy Belated to Lennie.

  30. Here's hoping the Mr, had a wonderful birthday. The card is so danged cute with those hedgies and perfect for the critter caretaker! Love that card, and I never even knew there was a die for that type of card! I'm sure it's a breeze to cut those cards with a die as opposed to hand-cutting them, so yes please to the draw this week.
    Congrats to Elizabeth and Linby for their wins and thanks to Eve for adding my card to the other spotlighted cards this week, as well as taking the reins for the playground last week. You've done a fine job keeping us all in line :)

  31. Happy belated birthday to Len! Love his hedge card, and yes please to the die!

  32. I'm sure hubby loved this card. It's gorgeous :)

  33. Love the card you made your beloved, so cute, and what sensational pics this week, so many layers, I feel quite inadequate! Anyhoo it's fun to play, and a yes please from me.....the thought of having a die to make a shaped card....bliss! xxx

  34. Wahoo . .. I made a snippets card . . . so I've come to play (just for fun).

    I am thoroughly enjoying the pumpkin carving class!

    YIPPPEEEE . . . jelly & ice cream next week? I'm IN!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  35. Such an awesome card Miss Pixie! Love that die - in fact I had no idea you could buy dies like that. Would love to win that so yes please to go in the draw Karen xx

  36. Cute image and a cute, cute card! I never knew there was a die for that type of card. Will have to check it out now. Hope your husband had a grand birthday!
    Great showcase of cards again this week too.

  37. Thank you for the warm welcome and for showing off my autumn card! Hugs!

  38. What a fun card you've made Di, and what a handy tutorial explaining how to make it. I often see fancy folded cards in magazines and online but have no clue where to start! Thanks again to Eve for doing a wonderful job as your assistant and Yes please to the prize this week!

  39. Ooo, Miss, didn't know you could get dies that make those step cards!!
    Yummo, so as it fits in a bug... yes please, both hands up :D know whoever gets it will be thrilled.

    Yes am back in blogland again... a wee break, and glad to be back but very glad of break, .. you've some lovely makes above but think this card with step die is a fav.

    Thanks so much for inspiring us week by week, you are appreciated.
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

  40. Wow...wonderful picks and thank you once again for picking my card to showcase,I truly appreciate it so very much!!! I am entering a card but saying NO to the wonderful prize, only because I do have a very similar die...but someone is going to be so happy to win this fabby die!!! And love, love you adorable card..those are the cutest critters!!

  41. I love that card, Di! I don't make differently shaped cards very often but when I do I always think why don't I do it more often! So I would LOVE to be in the drawing this week. Hope Len loved your card!

  42. Just popped back with my card but only playing for fun this week. Just noticed you'll be 200 on Saturday - does that mean there'll be some cupcakes hiding behind the bike shed? I can sneak a bottle or two of wine in my rucksack if Parsnip's not looking xx

  43. Such a fabulous card, Di! I think I have only tried one of those...and I have got to say that it sure was a tough job to get all the scorings straight. Huh. No need to say that I would be absolutely happy and delighted to be this week's winner and go home with that gorgeous die.

    I'll be back tomorrow with my card. Now making my post ready and listing all the challenges.


  44. Firstly thanks Eve and Di for picking my card last week, I'm chuffed ( as we used to say). Secondly I love those little hedgehogs. So cute and appropriate. Hope you enjoyed your week off.
    I think I'll just play for fun, though i like to think I'll make stepped cards, I probably won't.
    We must have cake and chocolate fingers as well next week - I'll volunteer to look after those...

  45. I just noticed you made the card on behalf of the woodland creatures. You are too funny Di.
    Great picks from Eve, and it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the playground, isn't it?
    Seems like I haven't played for a while -- I've used plenty of snippets in that time, but I just forget to link up.
    "yes please" if my name comes up for the prize.

  46. Good evening Di!
    I have just entered the playground 'just for fun' this week thank you.
    Your Penny Black card is adorable and perfect for the birthday boy - I'm sure he must have loved it too!!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend and please count me in for jelly and ice-cream!!
    Eve xx
    P.S I'm so glad that I don't have to pick the 'top picks' for this week as it looks like there are some stunner's there - good luck with that!!!

  47. Quick PS... Playing for fun this week, Di :)
    Eat some cake for me (if you can)!
    Donna. X


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