Sunday, 22 November 2015

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 204

Yikes, not much more than a month to go until Christmas now and no doubt Rudolph is already limbering up for his big night leading his mates around the World.

I know that there has been some casting going on for the Playground Nativity play - needless to say it's already getting a bit very silly, and also very funny :) Well, there's a big surprise - not!

My snippets card for today is one of two that I made exactly the same:

I used:

- 6" x 4" white card blank

- snippet of SU's 'Real Red' card stock, embossed using Crafts-Too's embossing folder called 'Poinsettia Frame'

- the image was stamped onto a snippet of white card stock using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a favourite Penny Black stamp called 'Little Angel'

- next the white frame was die cut from another white snippet using a Lil' Inker's die called 'Instant Camera'. The sentiment was stamped onto the bottom part using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a sentiment from the Creative Expressions 'Joy to the World' stamp set

- next I used the same die to cut the image before lightly colouring the image background with pale blue 'Pebbles' chalk

- I don't think it really shows in the image of the card  that you can see above but I also covered the 'photo' with some of that thin plastic 'book covering film' we used to use many years ago - just to give it a bit of a shine such as an instant photo would have. Made me smile here - I used to cover all my cookery books with the stuff, and school books before then - err, once we'd moved on from brown paper and then patterned Fablon of course! Clear was such an innovation :)

I also bet loads of us can remember the magic of watching instant/Polaroid photos appear before our very eyes - also many years ago. Sometimes this blog seems like a walk down Memory Lane, or perhaps a history lesson to the younger ones of you!

One thing I would do differently in future when using this die would be to trim the actual image to just a smidgen less than the outside measurement of the entire instant photo frame so that the image then sits 'back' in the frame (and you avoid the sliver thin gap around the image itself) - much as the real thing did in the 'olden days' :) Hindsight is a wonderful thing but I really didn't feel up to fiddling about any more once I realised the error of my ways.

I'd like to enter this card into the current Penny Black and More - 'Anything Christmas'  challenge.

And also Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge where it's' 'Things with Wings' - plus Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra where it's always 'Anything goes'.

Quick gallop onto the weekly picks now. And there was the usual palaver deciding on the short list of course:

This is gorgeous! Mary Anne made an amazing Christmas card using a really beautiful basket die, and lots of snippets of course.

I really love this card, made by Susan (Rainy). Loads of snippets used of course and how clever to make the tops of the acorns interchangeable by adding little magnets to the backs - a great idea!

And Eve used the same set from Stampin' Up as well, to come up with this brilliant snippets make. It really shows how the same set of stamps can be used so differently - and loads of scope for even more variations of course.

Lots of you, quite rightly, hopped over to Pat's blog to take a closer look at this fabulous card. The poppies are just so gorgeous, and perfectly set off with the embossed zig zag and  oval shaped die background - and of course the perfectly toned in butterfly too!

This is the very first white on white card made by Liz and it's absolutely fabulous - so elegant and just perfect in every way! Hard to believe that Liz had never made a white on white card before now - what a way to begin! And then, the embossing folder is just stunning don't you think? Sigh, once again I was 'enabled' and just had to go and buy one - plus a spare for the Playground toy box of course.

That's one thing about running the Snippets Challenge and looking closely at so many beautifully made and very clever entries. The Playground really ought to come with a bit of a health warning as it's one of the very best places I know to find people happily sharing what new crafting materials they're using. Don't say I didn't warn you!

Isn't this wall hanging just adorable? Made by Ileana, I think it's so pretty and that snowman is just the cutest little guy - love the jingle bell as a finishing touch!

These darling little Tic Tac holders were made by April - another great way to use up snippets and also fabby little stocking fillers/craft fayre super sellers! And, there's a link to a tutorial over at April's blog if you fancy having a go yourself :)

We had three new playmates this week:
Tina Z nipped in a couple of times, and this was the lovely butterfly card she brought on her first visit - wonderful die cutting and embossing.
What a great Christmas card this is - brought to us by Shirley. I so love the little pops of red against the white, deep blue and silver - and what a fabulous image!

This amazing scene was created by Sandma (Sandra) - it's so beautiful and I love how the twigs frame the top of the image and just flow so naturally down the side as well.

Welcome to you all and do please come back and play with us again. You'll find that the Playground is a fun place to meet other crafters as well as picking up lots of ideas - plus everyone is so kind (don't tell them I said that though!)

A little drum roll now while Mr Random picks the winner(s) of last week's prize of the Inkylicious 'Thank You Calligraphy' stamp and the set of Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Labels Eighteen' dies. And our winner is:
Barb has been playing along regularly with us since mid-July and this is her first win - so it's really lovely to know that her turn arrived, whoop, whoop :) I don't have your address Barb so could you please drop me an email ( and I'll post your prize off ASAP.

This super 'make' by Barb was already lined up on my list of picks from last week:

It's a 'Birthday Box' and such a clever way to keep a note of Birthdays for each month of the year, as well as using up snippets of course. Would make lovely gifts as well as sure fire sellers at Craft Fayres - I know that a lot of you have picked up on how clever this idea is - and so pretty too!

Moving onto the coming week's prize, there's another stamp and die on offer, just like the ones I used on my snippets card (well, there's another surprise I guess!). We've actually had the same stamp as a prize before (won by Sam (aka Hettie) this time last year, but it's so sweet and really good for gift tags that I thought we could have another one as a prize (especially as it fits so nicely into the die aperture. The die is totally new to me, and of course another one fell into the shopping basket for the Playground :)

It's a Penny Black 'Little Angel' stamp as well as a Lil' Inker's 'Instant Camera' die, a die which isn't just for Christmas of course :)

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 28th November. 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 stamp or the die) but both are up for grabs as one prize of course and will only be split if the first name out only wants one or other of the items, in which case I'll do a second draw for the other part of the prize. 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 :)

Friday saw me at the docs once again, long story cut short - more new meds, and sent off to hospital for an x-ray. Apparently 'something out of the ordinary' does appear to be showing up on the x-rays of said 'poorly trotter' but I won't know just what until Monday as it needs to be properly evaluated. Amazing that it's taken three weeks plus of agony for me to finally be sent for an x-ray - all I want now is to know just what it is, if it isn't gRout/inflammation :)  If it's a fracture then at least I might have a head start for Sarn and Mrs A's 'casting' sessions - tee, hee.

Christmas could be a bit different this year I suspect, depending on what's been found. Thank goodness for Ocado and other online shopping outlets :)

Remember it's Rudolph Day over at ScrappyMo's from Wednesday until the end of the month and of course it's the last one this year. There's a fabby Memory Box die to be won, and if you hop over now and comment on Mo's post dated 20th November you can also be in with a chance to win a different and equally lovely Memory Box die set in the interim!

Have a good week!

Di and of course, Parsnip!


Liz said...

Hope you finally get some answers about your poorly trotter on Monday and the doctors can finally sort it out for you.

Thank you for choosing my card as one of your picks. Sorry for enabling you - but after seeing the lovely embossing folder you've used on your card, I'm sitting on my hands to stop you enabling me! :-) I love your card - fab die, I've not seen that one before and a really cute image.

Congratulations to the makers of all the other picks. Well done to Barb on her win. I spottted her brilliant project earlier in the week - what a great idea!

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

Greta said...

So hope they come up with the diagnosis & a good plan to make it better, Di! So many lovely creations, as always, & I so love your darling Christmas card--terrific embossing folder! I'll play just for the die this week.

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Oh, such a wonderful card with this cute hedge-angel :D in the camera frame!! Love the design, it's sweet and elegant with the embossing and the colours combo!
Many congrats to Barb!! Beautiful picks, too. Best wishes for the doctor's consult!

Valerija said...

So cute hedge-angel. I love it!
Congratulations to winner and picks.
Yes Please for the prize this week.
Valerija xx

ike said...

Oooh - what a cute little card and I really like the embossed background. :-)
Fantastic selection of picks this week and Congrats to the Winner :-D
I can't believe Rudolph is getting into his starting blocks !!! Where does the time go ???

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Aquarius said...

Love your card this week and there are some great picks too as always. I'm just off to post my entry for this week and would like an opportunity for the die only please and yes I remember all the things you mentioned in the .history lesson.

Barb said...

I was so excited to find I'd won that great prize this week. Thank you so much. As always some lovely picks showcased by you Di. I hope all goes well with your appointment tomorrow. I also remember covering my school books. Barbxx

Jane said...

What a great card Di....a super new die you used and I adore PB hedgies..such gorgeous stamps. I really hope you get some answers re your toe this week, poor you,thanks goodness for the internet indeed. Your picks are gorgeous, such lovely work. I shall be back to join the fun and please could me in for the prize, I would love to add these to my stash. I so remember Poloroids...I still have some school ones...all grainy....LOLOL.Hugs xx

Hettie said...

Brrrr! It sure is cold Miss Di so i brought us a couple of Christmas jumpers over to wear!! What beautiful makes we have in the Playground too. Great picks there Miss. Hello to the newbies.
It does seem ridiculous that you are only now being sent for xray. Lets hope it is something that can be sorted. Here's hoping.

Liz said...

Me again......forgot to say, just playing for the die as I already have a similar stamp. xx

Eemeli said...

Love card. Fits perfectly for the occasion. I also often use cas style when creating Christmas cards...don't know why but for some reason it is something that I find very good companion to each other, Christmas and CAS I mean :)

Gorgeous prize, as always. Count me in if/when I am back with my card (nothing ready yet, lol).


Jane Willis said...

Liz is such a temptress isn't she? I'd swear she's responsible for about half my craft shopping!
I really look forward to Sunday mornings and seeing all the fab picks, this must be the most varied challenge in blogdom, there are new ideas every week.
Yes please to going into this week's hat - and apologies in advance as I'll not be playing for the next couple of weeks as we're off to soak up some sunshine. I might drop in to heckle, though, if I can get online. Actually I do have one really snippety post scheduled, so if I do manage to get online you might be hearing from me after all.
Hope they can find out exactly what's wrong with your foot tomorrow, and start to give you the right treatment - I'll be thinking of you

Hazel said...

Hope the trotter gets sorted soon, Di (just wondering what you were doing in the playground to damage it - lol!). Love, love the card - thanks for sharing for my CHNC challenge extra for November - always good to see you there. I love the die and the little stamp - as you say they go so perfectly together. I haven't got either and think they will now be going on my wishlist (and would love to win them). xx

Cathy said...

Such a sweet card Di, and great pics once again from the playmates.
I hope your xray helps to get things fixed with your foot. Fingers and toes crossed for you! I'd like to be in the draw for the die please, Cathy x

Pat said...

Thank you so much for the shout out Di and as usual some really beautiful makes this week and congratulations to Barb W. I love your sweet hedgie carol singer with that beautiful embossing behind it. There are some gorgeous ef's around and you always seem to find the most unusual and the prettiest ones! I do hope you get some resolution to your poorly foot soon as it must be so frustrating for you. x

BożenA said...

I am grateful for the opportunity to play and take part in the draw nagróg. Both awards are great, and if possible, with joy przyjęłabym both :-)

Kath said...

A fabulous card Di - I'll be in the playground soon and would love a chance to win your die and stamp.
I hope you get your foot sorted soon.
Kath x

KandA said...

Super cute hedgie-angel and fabulous design card. Great picks again and I think I shall have to enable myself of that embossing folder too (off to ebay again!) Hi to the new playmates and congrats to Barb on her win. I'll be along later in the week but only for fun and also to see how the auditions are going along.
Fingers crossed you finally get things sorted after your xray xx

Wanda said...

Beautiful cards! I hope you get answers and a solution for your foot! I would absolutely love to have the chance at the prize.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Thank you for including me in this weeks picks... Gorgeous work, everyone! Hope to be back with an entry for this week.

Liz said...

I'm a temptress, Jane? If I am, you've taught me well! LOL! Have a great holiday. x

Sandra H said...

Aww more meds and xray's l only hope your news after the xray reveals the reason behind your pain and the right meds are available to cure it hope your not in too much pain sending lots of love .........your card again Di is gorgeous l love the image congrats to all and a great showcase too ..............take care xx

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

I entered in the challenge. Please include me in the draw, I want to play and be a possible lucky winner :)

Kathleen said...

Oh boy did I drool over Pats card, I just loved it to bits and so wished I could come up with something like that.
Another fab card from you today, polaroids?, well I think I remember my Dad talking about them but I can't really bring them to mind must have been before my time.
Talking about time.. to tell the truth I didn't actually have the step die before seeing it in the Playground but I had actually ordered it and was waiting for it to arrive and I don't know where you buy your dies but always check out MaddyLisa crafts as she seem to be the cheapest for dies, if she has the one that you want and her postage is only 50p for second class but if you are desperate you can pay an extra 50p for first class.
Well I'll have you know that it is not getting silly for the Nativity play, I am Angel Gabrielle so at least that brings some sense into the proceedings at least Mrs A knows my true colours.
Hang on in there Di, you have a good heart, God will look after you, just wish he would do it quicker.

Kath x

Liz said...

I bought my step die from MaddyLisa too, was the cheapest I could find it. xx

Tina Z. said...

Thank you so much for introducing me here - it makes so much fun to be here :)))
I like your card, it is so cute ... and great picks, a lot of inspiration!
Yes for the prize, please.
Hugs, Tina

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

No thanks for the prize please, Miss... and well done on all those ideas for snippets from the playground and your ultra cute card too :D
hope you are able to get your foot sorted too..
Shaz in oz.x who is in hurry.. sorry..

Darnell said...

I think you are too perfectionistic here, Di! Your Spike is adorable just as he is sitting inside the old-timey Polaroid frame! I love it! And I'm over the moon with your picks, too, as I was when I saw some of them in the field during the week. So much talent at the Playground!

Speaking of plays ... I'm sure we'll ALL be perfect angels (in our own minds)!

Good luck with getting the foot sorted out tomorrow. I hope the results put you on a clear path to a full recovery. The neighbors are beginning to talk about all the hooch bottles tinkling in your recycle bin the last few weeks!! Hugs and More Hugs, Darnell

Di said...

Me too! I always check out Maddy Lisa and Iconuk as my first port of call for dies. Maddy Lisa is also brilliant for embossing folders.


brenda said...

You've got some of my favs in this weeks picks Di.

Loving your gorgeous Christmas creation and such a nice choice of colours.

Many thanks for joining us at Penny Black and More challenge this month.

Hoping to be back to play this week.

B x

Barb said...

Morning Di, I love the card you've made. What a cute little PB mouse. I was delighted to be the winner last week and will therefore just be playing for fun this week. Barbxx

Sarn said...

Aww . . . love your cute little hedgie Christmas card Miss! Hope you feel better soon.

Great picks of the week . . . stunners.

Waving hell to the three newbies too.

Playing just for fun thanks.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Carol L said...

Di, this card is so incredibly cute with that fun die, darling image and great embossing! It looks quick and easy to make, and looks fantastic too!
Congrats to Barb on her win - I loved her birthday tag idea! Congrats to all of the other notables this week too - everything is always so inspiring!
I'm playing just for fun this week :)

Jane said...

Back with No 1 Di and shock horror it's pink!!xx

Carole said...

Love your card Di....such an angelic hedgehog. I would love to enter for the prize this week...oh and can I play Rudoplh in the nativity please?...see my blog xx

Em Louise Fairley said...

Your card is so cute, Di! I love it and this week's picks too!
Em xxx

Carole said...

Back again.....I think we have this play nailed between us...we have sat on the side lines long enough me thinks! have noticed I can't spell either....what are those teachers like? Sorry to hear you are still hobbling Di...hope it is improving though.....seems to me this crafting lark makes us all unfit! xxx

Dr Sonia S V said...

Oh hope they sort out what is wrong with your leg Di... the medical system can be so tiring at times!! And yes please for the die- stamp if I am lucky enough to win!!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Yippie! It's a busy week but I was able to get an entry in! As for that heavenly hedgie, Di, it is simply too precious for words. Your embossing is wonderful. Not sure I have seen that one before. The die is quite inspiring so I will say yes please for the draw this week.

Lynne in NI said...

Aww beautiful card Di! Such a sweet image, and great idea to trim the insert!
Hope you got good results from your Xrays x
Oh and yes please to be included in the draw for your goodies :)

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

This week I entered twice, incredible! :D
I say another Yes, please for the draw :)

Susan (rainy) said...

Di, thanks so much for choosing my card in your weekly picks!!

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

... And with this one this week there are three tags by me!
Another yes, please, I want play and enter in the draw :)

Linby said...

I love that die and it is so effective as you proven with your sweet cute card. I just can't justify the outlay for it though, so it remains a wish. Please count me in the draw.

Janis said...

What an adorable card!!! Love that cherubic hedgie singing away!!! Please put my name in the hat for both the die and the stamp. So cute.
Hoping you are feeling better very soon.
<3 J

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Dana M said...

So many fabulous cards in the winner's line-up! Congrats all!

I'm just playing :)

Susan (rainy) said...

Thanks for having this fun challenge, Di! Playing along just for fun again this week. :)

mamapez5 said...

What a cute little image Di. I have not seen that die before, neither on a website, nor used on a card. I shall be visiting Maddy Lisa site too as I have not heard of them either.
I hop the doctors are making progress with your diagnosis. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Kate x

Whisper said...

Aaaah what a gorgeous little stamp and a super die too - haven't seen either of those before and simply delightful, luv Sam x

EdenLand Designs said...

I love your card!!! The die really caught my eye (so did the image, but my brain "kicked in" with the die) and it would be great to win it!!

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

I love your card Di and it's super sweet image, I also love the depth of colour in the red card. Thank you so much for your lovely, warm welcome last week and for showing my card in this post, It's so kind of you. I would love a chance to win this week's prizes and I'll be joining you from now on, whenever I can. Sandma x

Donna said...

This is so cute, Di :)
I'm a sucker for dies with stitches, so YES PLEASE to the draw. x

Hettie said...

I was only looking at my dear little Oscar the other day and brought him out of the drawer ready to stamp up. I would love the die yo have used.
Did you know you can still get a similar thing today? It is called a Pogo. I have one for my journals. You can send photos either off your phone/mobile with bluetooth or use the lead. It prints photos 2.5"x£.5".

Megan J said...

Hi Miss Di, glad to hear you are finally getting closer to an answer, I am also closer to an answer for my pain... love love love all little hedgies and I'm amazed at all the lovely dies you (and the states) seem to get...being in the land down under makes some things harder to get! Yes, Please to both prizes please Miss Di... Have a wonderful week...Megan

New Creations said...

Beautiful Hedgehog image, love it!
I love anything which have stitched texture, an awesome prize, Count me in!
Congrats to winner!

Sandy said...

It's beginning to look very Christmasy around the playground. I imagine you'll be stringing little white lights over the header any day now.
Yes please on the prize.

KT Fit Kitty said...

Well that is awful that you are still having troubles with that foot of yours! I hope the X-ray provides more information so you can start healing - this has gone on far too long! But on a positive note, your card is absolutely adorable! I love hedgies - I'm definitely a YES for the prize! Congrats to all the picks - I always enjoy looking at them! And to Barb on the win - way to go!

Jean said...

So sorry to see you still in trouble with your foot, I hope your x-ray provided some new insight resulting some more effective treatment.
I love you your little hedgie card and the lovely die, so I am a yes please for the prize draw.
Jean x

Karen said...

So many gorgeous makes from all the talented ladies, at least I think we're 100% female right now lol. Yes please for the chance to win Miss as I really do need some more Penny Black stamps (only have two) and I love their hedgehogs in particular. The die, well if I whisper I'm sure Sarn won't hear and torment me, one of the family had one when I was a kid (4 or 6 years old) and I can remember a photo that was taken of me at Xmas with my new dolly, lol, I had the big five zero last year and it's gone too quickly.
I was hoping to catch up on all the beauties I have missed but I am in headless chicken mode with my Xmas cards, all the bugs this year have been a problem and interrupted my Xmas card preparations but it's been good for my drawing skills though.
Crickey you can tell I've not been around or on much - rabbiting like mad on everyone I'm visiting lol! Will have to check out that reminder from Barb as I need one! Take care and I hope you are feeling much better now Karen xx

AlisonC said...

I'd look upon the 'enabling' as necessary research for the playground. It's very important, shame there is no budget! I'm pleased to hear you are hobbling about again. Just playing for fun. X

Eve said...

Hello Di
Thank you so much for highlighting my card - you made my day!
I love your cute PB card and the other playmates are just so talented.
As much as I love the prizes this week I will just play for fun thank you as my PB drawer is very full and I am shamed every time I try and prise it open!!! LOL!!
Hope you have a lovely weekend.
Hugs Eve xx

ike said...

Me again - I forgot to say that I would love to play for the Prize - thank you Di xxxxxx

Mrs A. said...

Just playing along for fun. Hugs Mrs A.

Kimbo said...

That is such a cut image Di and fabulous picks as usual. Just playing for fun this week x

Maura said...

Love your little angel card, Di! Such a great die for CAS cards (my favorite). I am thinking I should wait one more round before joining in the drawing again.

scrappymo! said...

Finally have a card to enter! Whew! Seems like forever since I was here last...

Your card is so sweet...that is a cool image...

Paper Lily Leaf said...

Hi Di, thank you so much for choosing my Tic Tac holders as one of your picks. So much inspirational creating to drool over! Sorry to hear about poorly trotter :-( I do love your festive hedgie - what a cutie! Yes please to prize Xx

Pat said...

I'm probably too late but please can I be included for the prize this week Di. x

Ellibelle said...

Such a cute Christmas card. Love the embossing! And wonderful CAS sketch! Lovely weekly picks too! Thanks for sharing, and also for playing along in our Penny Black and More challenge! Hope you'll join us again in December!

flossbite said...

Gorgeous card! Thanks for joining us at CHNC.
Fiona DT x

Shirley said...

Such a pretty card Di and a lovely cute PB image too.
Thank you for joining us this month at Penny Black and More and we hope you will join us again soon.


PS thank you for choosing my card as a weekly pick. It was a nice surprise.