Sunday 24 January 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 213

Good grief! We had 93 entries last week - how fabulous, even though there was standing room only and huge queues for the swings in the Playground :) SaRn did a roaring trade selling illicit 'hooch' in the tree house as folk waited for their turn I hear! Nuffin' gets past my little white fluffy spy (aka Parsnip).

I made my snippets card for today a whole week ago - go me! I'd been making those little 'Parsnip' bear notelets to tuck in with Playground prizes and had quite a few tons of white snippety offcuts left on my desk. Plus, recently I received a lovely package of craft goodies from two very kind playmates and one item for the toy box was almost identical to a set of stamps I already own - perfect for making 'inchie' cards!

This is what I came up with using my own set of stamps. The squares look a bit 'on the wonk' but IRL they certainly look straight to me:
I used:

- 4" x 5.5" white card blank

- a snippet of SU's 'Primrose Petals' card, trimmed to size and then topped with a slightly smaller snippet of SU's 'Island Indigo' card stock. I'd already picked the inks I wanted to use and was just lucky to find matching snippets!

- a snippet of white card stock, embossed using a Taylored Expressions 'Twirls and Swirls' embossing folder, trimmed to size and then all three layers were added to the front of the card blank. Love this embossing folder, I just bet I originally spotted it on a playmate's blog!

- next stamped six images, plus a couple of words from the set, onto the snippets of white card, using stamps from the clear Inkadinkado 'Flourishes' set (pretty sure this was in a bargain bin in Hobby Lobby when we holidayed in New Mexico!) along with Memento dye ink pads in 'Teal Zeal' and 'Rhubarb Stalk'

- used a SU 1" square punch to punch out the six images

- punched out three 'Primrose Petals' and three 'Island Indigo' squares, using an EK Success 1.25" punch and then mounted the stamped squares onto them - alternating the ink used with the colour of the card

- stuck the squares onto the card front, using thin sticky pads. It's easiest to stick the four corner squares down first and then finally add the last two squares to the middle of the card. That allows you to centralise the top/bottoms of the last two squares so that all six look positioned correctly - to a blind man on a galloping horse :)

- final touch, a few small Mei Flower pearls here and there on three of the stamped squares

I'm probably telling you something you already know, but it was news to me until recently and it cleared up a question mark about clear stamps and certain ink pads. My first try at stamping these little inchies (whilst deciding on what colours to use) was done using Stampin' Up ink pads - the results were very blotchy and ended up in the waste bin - in fact I could see the ink 'pooling' on them as I inked up the stamps. I'm a huge fan of Stampin' Up and had previously been perplexed when this happened. But, what I'd read somewhere or other recently was that, if you use clear stamps, then you'll get crisp results if you use dye ink pads. So, I hunted out the box of Memento dye inks and they worked a treat.

Let's move onto the weekly picks now:

This card really did make me giggle here - made by Anne - I just LOVE it! Adding the little 'tutu' of lace around her 'tum' is a great idea!

I just adore this card, made by Alice. So much beautiful detail!

I'm sure a few of you will have spotted that the stamped image that Alice used is Lili of the Valley (LOTV). It's so sad to see that, after having a sale of their paper and art pads, LOTV no longer stock these items as they will be concentrating on their stamps and cross stitch kits and patterns. It strikes me as such a shame as they had a really good niche in the market there :(

Now, how clever is this card then? Made by Julie C - it's an interactive robot card - and not one bit of it was stamped! Nip over to Julie's for more details - so inventive.

What a stunning scene, created by Maura! I just love how the colours in the birdies are reflected so perfectly in the background - or even the other way round I guess :)

Just had to include this fabulous 'pretty in pink' card, made by Hazel! I totally love the softness of the pink and then the contrast of the black 'enamel dots'. And those dots hold a secret - Hazel made them with her own fair hands!  If you hop over to Hazel's blog HERE, there are 'before and after' photos - plus, if you scroll down the comments you'll see that Hazel very kindly let me in on the secret of how she made them.

Sigh, needless to say I just had to go and buy some of the beads (from Amazon UK). I thought it might be a good idea though to wait until I have a free morning - and Len is also out at archery :) Watch this space!

Love this card, made by Helen - such a great way to use up little snippety squares and the faux stitching is a brilliant touch! It's the little things that can really pull a card together so well.

One of those cards with a real 'Wow' factor - made by Sandy. Wonderful embossing and such a great design too - really so elegant.

I just love this idea brought to share by Janice- such a great way to use up little snippets for the balloons. letters and sentiment - and a brilliant design which would work so well for either sex if you varied the colours. Also works wonderfully well for a wide age range too - it's certainly one I'll be trying out in the future!

Viv is just so good at making different styles of cards and this vintage card really caught my eye. I love the use of so many snippets - and also how effortlessly all the colours and patterns blend together - just stunning!

Such a cute shaker card, made by Kitty! Shaker cards are so popular right now and this is delightful. I'm almost ready to try my hand at one (did so many years ago and all the sequins stuck to the edge, sigh) and this time am ready to try a new trick - without the aid of a safety net, so watch this space folks!

Such a pretty scene and every detail on this gorgeous tag is just perfect! Donna made this and used plenty of snippets beautifully - what really strikes me is the perfect perspective in the little scene too.

Gosh, the more entries, the harder it gets to do the weekly picks. I whittled them down to 11 this week - not without a lot of angst as every single entry was worthy of being a pick! As you know, I do try to share the love around from week to week - and I so hope that each pick shown here offers ideas and inspiration.

And we have two new playmates this week:

Aussie ANNie has been promising to join in with the Playground for ages now - and I'm delighted she finally came to play - with this really lovely 'cherry blossom' card to share with us. So beautiful!

Gloria hopped, in all the way from Ottawa, with this beuatiful card - I just adore the stained glass effect! Mind you, I did almost have an attack of the vapours thinking all the amazing colours were teeny little snippets - Pro markers in fact, and a stunning result!

Welcome to the Playground girls! We do hope you'll come back to play with us again.

Now let's do the prize draw for last week - the two Joanne Sheen Signature dies - and our winner is:
Well I never - Lisa has been playing with us since February 2014 and this is, according to my little notebook, her very first Playground win! Do please send me an email with your address in Lisa and I'll pop the dies in the post to you ASAP. My email address is shown in the right hand sidebar.

And now for the next prize on offer - this coming week it's a couple of items connected to my snippets make:

They are: an Inkadinkado set of clear stamps, called 'Flower Garden', very generously donated by Mary Anne and just so perfect for 'inchies' cards. I like it better than my own set of similar stamps to be honest - the little flowers are really beautiful and so detailed! Also, from me, a Taylored Expressions 'Twirls and Swirls' embossing folder just like the one I used on my snippets card.

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 30th January. 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. If you only want to play for either the stamp set or the embossing folder then just say so in a comment - if your number comes up then I'll do a further draw for the remaining part of the prize. 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 :)

Have a good week - I think we may be in for a mild spell of weather. But who knows - certainly we're all thinking of anyone caught up in the dreadful USA snow storms.

And do remember that it's Rudolph Day over at ScrappyMo's from tomorrow until the end of the month!

Day by day am getting more ambitious, limping a LOT less and venturing further - ha, tomorrow it's a delayed routine dental appointment. After that, maybe I'll arrange to go and have my hair trimmed - am beginning to resemble 'Cousin It' in the Addams family.

Di and, of course, Parsnip! 


  1. Oh, I'm again in the pick's list!! I'm so honoured!! Thanks so much!
    And I'm very happy to see the shaker card of my dear friend Kitty!!! And the aNNie's card! You have choosen a great selection of cards, all beautiful and very different in style, adorable! The playmates are very talented! And your card looks great with the inked squares on the gorgous embossing! Beautiful design!
    The photo at the end of the post and your words have made me laught sooooo much!! :D Lol
    Now for me it's time to sleep... Good night!

  2. What a great array of playground picks this week - WOW!! I'm always inspired and awed by everyone's creations! WTG Lisa on your win, GJ! Di, I love all the inchies and embossed background - everything is so inspiring, and I only WISH I had that much hair to fuss over! LOL So glad you're getting along better these days and hope the healing trend continues! Playing just for fun this week, but thanks just the same!

  3. I am glad to read you are doing a bit better!Ha ha - I don't believe your hair is quite that long... What a lovely snippets card! I have that stamp set and have never used it (shame on me) - so if I play along this week its going to be just for fun!

  4. Wow, it's such a treat to see my kitty shaker card up there with your beautiful picks - thank you, Di! And I recognized my talented friend Alice's card right away - congratulations to Alice for being a pick once again! I had a good look at all of the picks - I so enjoy seeing them - what a talented bunch who play here! Congrats to the lucky winner as well! I love your snippets card, Di! I have noticed lately in blogland that inchies and twinchies are making a comeback, so you are right on trend! I will be back to join the Playground again this week so I'm a YES for the prize! I am glad your foot is improving - is that you hiding under all that hair haha!

  5. Love your 'wonky' card as you call it but it is gorgeous.xx

  6. Oh and thanks for the pick....yes I will be back..xx

  7. great cards as always Di - such stunning inspiration. Glad you're feeling a little better. Just playing for fun again this week. Annie xxx

  8. What a busy but inspiring playground Di....really lovely many different styles and ideas. Your snippet card is gorgeous...I used to make inchie style cards many years ago..I must try some new ones. I'm glad to hear that you are getting more mobile,well done you. Yes please to the prizes today.....most generous of you and Mary Anne.It's so much milder again today....we certainly have "weather" here in the UK. Have a lovely week xx

  9. Great picks this week - I don't envy you at all.
    I have popped my entry in, thanks for encouraging me, and I will say yes to the prize

  10. Goodmorning Diane, you are showing a lot of gorgeous picks and they are all so different!
    If I would be a winner this week I would choose the stamps, because I like them!!
    Lia xx

  11. A great card Di, I love using inchies. I came across some old die-cuts lurking in the bottom of one of my snippets drawers and you've given me an idea to make them into one of my snippets cards this week. I'll see you soon and would love a chance of winning your prize, please.
    Kath x

  12. Lovely make with your snippets this week and such a feast of picks too. Just playing for fun this week.

    Bet you don't REALLY resemble cousin IT!!! But thanx for sharing the pic, I used to love the Addams Family in B&W!

    Just uploaded my entry


  13. MAN that was a busy week last week . . . I'd better catch up on some commenting!

    LOVELY picks Miss, as usual. Congrats also to Lisa on her win.

    Loving your new look BTW!!!!! Bwaaahaaa haa haaaa!

    Your inchie card with the pretty embossing behind is SUPER.

    Playing just for fun thank you.

    Big hugs,
    SaRn xxx

  14. Thank you for showcasing my card this week...congrats to the winner


  15. Well done ladies! Congratulations Lisa on winning the prize! Most of all, thank you so much Di for picking one of mine out, it's a true honour! Have a lovely Sunday! Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

    1. PS Sorry Di, in all my excitement I forgot to say, I love your use of all those pretty snippets on your card this week ... inspired! Hazel xx
      My Card Attic

  16. Oooo Miss! Thanks for putting me in the picks with the frilly bits and all the other winners - love them all. Your snippets make is nice too - they don't look wonky to me - but that might be cos I have a HEDAKE after drinking Sarn's hooch.... I think it was rocket fuel.
    Will try and come back this week again cos I fink them there stamps are rather nice!!!. xxx

  17. I really like this inchie style card and I'm sure it is the effect of the swirls in the background which gives the impression they might be 'wonky' - an optical illusion!! Great picks from last weeks mammoth entry too. May I say yes please to be considered for the draw this week - thanks.

  18. Thanks for the shout-out, Di! I had so much fun making that card. I love your inchie card - so many great details! And I am so very happy to hear that you have been healing and able to get about more - such happy news!

  19. I love your little "squares". Thanks for the tip about SU inks. There are so many different ones out there and they all serve a purpose so I'm learning too. I'm glad you are getting around better now.

  20. A lovely inchies card Di. I've never made one of these with stamps. Your colours are very pretty.

    Congratulations to Lisa on her win. Again you have chosen some beautiful cards for your picks this week.
    Yes please to your super prize. Barbxx

  21. Oh my goodness--I'm on overload! So many wonderful cards & things to try! I've totally forgotten about inchie cards & I love them & your card, Di! So happy you're doing better & getting that hair cut will probably make you feel like a new woman--haha!

    1. And I'll play just for the embossing folder, please.

  22. Wot a lot of stamping you have done and I can see the butterfly. Dun forget to do the linky poo!! hugs Mrs A.

  23. I've got some inchie stamps, as yet unused. I really love your card, so I think i need to dig them out!

    Super picks - I think I might need to invest in some Perler beads. Looks like a fun thing to make your own enamel dots. I have some Hama beads, but it sounds like they land up more like mini doughnuts!

    Just playing for fun this week. xx

  24. Well after the crush last week I thought I should head over early before all the 'hooch' runs out. I see Parsnip is first up to the bar again!
    Love your card Miss Di and it just shows how fabulous snippets can be made to look. More amazing picks this week too. Great prize but I'm being good and only playing for fun again xx

  25. I wish play in the challenge AND be in the draw for both the prizes, thanks so much for the chance!

  26. Just giggling here to see that Sarm and I are next to each other with the same image, bet that hasn't happened very often in the history of the Playground.
    Lovely snippets card from yourself, great colours and love the flourishes.
    Fab picks too.
    As for your hair looks like the meds have kicked in, more than they should have.
    Have a great week.

    Kath x

  27. LOVE your inchie card! There are so many things I want to do, techniques and the like so I'll just add inchies to my loooong list now. Great picks as always. The tutu on the elephant made me howl. Too much fun! I haven't cut up a full or even a half piece of cardstock in days. I'm so proud of myself for using up the snippets! I will play along for the fabulous cash and prizes of course. Whuzzat? No cash? Ah well...!

  28. Love the design of your inchies over this wonderful swirl embossing. Thanks for the ink tip with the clear stamps. I've had this happen too, and didn't know why (figured it was just me!) The tiny pearls added such a nice little trim to the tiny designs, just perfect. Glad I didn't have YOUR job to pick the highlights for this week. Some lovely ones, and also some great entries. I'm with you & PJ, on the tutu card. Now I would NOT make that for me (bet you can guess why too! Hits too close to home. Oh well, ya gotta have a sense of humor about these things. At least she's well dressed! Way too cute!). TFS & Hugs. Glad you are feeling better, and Cuz'n Itt looks pretty cute too. At least the long hair would hide the bum!!! :-)

  29. I love your pretty card this week Di and the swirly embossing folder is great with the stamped tiles and love the mix of colours too. I'm sorry I did't get to play last week but mean to do better. If I do get my act together this week can I please be entered just for the embossing folder. Lastly love all the picks and congratulations to Lisa. x

  30. What a great selection of cards this week Di, so many ideas too! I have made the balloon card a few times now and it's been received well. I love your card, it's so pretty. I would love to play this week for the embossing folder please, it's gorgeous. Thank you for the chance.
    Janice x

  31. Lovely cards for your design team. I would love for a chance to win the prize,

    Lilian B

  32. What a lovely card, the colours are so pretty. thanks for the tip regarding SU and the ink - will have to try that. Just playing along for fun this week x

  33. Oooo what a super card and i love the squares of flowers and what super picks too, just playing along this week for fun, luv Sam x

  34. I've come to play again but just for fun this time. Sorry about what happened in the Tree House, I can resist anything but temptation! ;) x

  35. I'm here again ;)
    And yes please, I would like to win the prize.
    Hugs from Switzerland

  36. Guess who?? Would love to win if my number came up.xx

  37. Love your little 'inchie' stamps and the amazing DT makes. playing again this week, please include me ; ) Amanda

  38. Lovely inchies. I don't think I have any inchies stamps myself. Would fancy trying something similar (no need to say I really like your card :) so YES please fo the prize.

    Great picks for last week.


  39. Your inchie card is so sweet. I like all those little squares. Each one is a surprise in its own right!

    Lots of great picks in the challenge...We all appreciate the amazing work you do to chose these to spotlight and know it is a lot of work for you! So thinks very much from my heart!!!

  40. Hi Di, Good to read your becoming more mobile let's hope it won't be long before your fully back to good health ....l just love your card and the snippets used for each of the squares and the embossed backing really is lovely and well done to those who you showcased they are stunning and congrats Lisa enjoy your win xx

  41. Totally fab use of those snippets of white card. Love the way you've reversed the pink and the blue on each of the inchie's. The embossed sheet behind sets them all off a treat. Thankyou for fluttering by my inky challenge. Cor it an't half busy. hugs Mrs A.

  42. Hello Di
    I love your super inchie card and top picks are fabulous.
    So glad that you are beginning to get around a bit more now - don't overdo it please!!
    I'm just skipping through the playground for fun this week thanks.
    Hope you have a wonderful week.
    Hugs Eve xx

  43. What brilliant cards this week Miss. I wish I could remember the dye ink trick with clear stamps BEFORE I start my projects and not after the disappointment!!
    Lovely prize but I have some similar stamps so when I do join in it is for fun only!!

  44. Hello Di, love your lovely snippets card - the embossed background is gorgeous ... I do love embossing folders but do count me out of the draw as I have a ton of folders waiting to be tried out, and that is not mentioning the little pile of unused stamps cluttering up my desk!!! What a lot of lovely cards you've showcased - so many good ideas to tuck away in the old grey cells. Hope the visit to the dentist was okay - glad to hear you are beginning to get out and about again. Take care. Hugs, Elizabeth (breathing better today) xx

    PS: Almost forgot to mention that I heard that if ink pooled on clear stamps it is because they have some sort of protective finish on them. This can be removed by either sticking sellotape over or by gently rubbing with an emery board.

  45. your card and embossing are great!
    yes for the prize, please.
    have a great day,

  46. Wow, what a great stamp set to use on those snippets! Love your card Di, love the color combo too. I am in love with all your picks with week, wow, the talented!!! That first card with the elephant sure made me smile and laugh. That is always a good thing! Playing along again this week, can you stand it?!! Just playing for fun this week, thanks for having me again Di! Hugs, Brenda

  47. Playing just for fun this week. Hugs Mrs A.

  48. Hi Di. I am in UK and struggling to do anything on my tablet, so I'll come back next week when I get back home and look properly. I love all your little inchies by the way, and would like the chance to win the prize. Lots of lovely picks too, especially the little kitty shaker card. Glad you are a little bit more mobile now. Kate x

  49. I haven't done inchies for a long time and I, also, have some tiny stamps that would work well!! Love the beautiful colors on your inchie card, Di! Beautiful.

    Oh, my....FABULOUS picks this week. I have been seeing that gorgeous chickadee card and Kitty's awesome shaker on Top Picks all over blogland this past week. Well-deserved top spots for each of the cards you chose!!!

    Yes, please, to the prizes this week. That stamp set, in particular, is just beautiful with all those lovely details on the flowers!

    So glad you are feeling some better. Take it slow and easy! No need to do much springing until spring is actually here...and maybe not then, either! :)
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  50. Fabulous card Di! Love the little vignettes. Amazing picks this week, pretty talented group around here. I would like to be included in the prize drawing, thanks. Mr It just makes me smile :)

  51. Entering again this week, Di! Just for fun this week, thanks!

  52. Did you get your hair cut? That must have felt fabulous. Just one of the little things we take for granite when we're feeling well! I love your snippets card and I enjoyed seeing more of your cute critters, too, on your newest post. Your picks were amazing this week, Di! Since I'm not getting around as often as I used to, it's wonderful for me to have these highlights! Have a great week and continued improvement! Love and hugs, Darnell

  53. Hi there Miss well bit of record as joining again this week - YAYYYYY!
    ... but know next week posting will be light on, so getting in whole I can :D great cards as usual form the playground .. such a clever inspiring bunch.. I don't know how you chose... do love your inchie card and will say yes please kindly to prize... do agree with you on those stamps they are delicious.
    Hugs and prayers, Shaz in Oz, from summery donwunder.x

  54. Have added another entry, and yes please to the prize

  55. Oh my what fab, fab picks, so many gorgeous styles and techniques there, and as for your gorgeous inchies, I'd forgotten all about inchies and they're perfect for snippets cards. Yes please to the draw this week.
    I come bearing tea and paracetamol, I've heard there was a bit of a party here last night and I'm sure there are a few headaches this morning

  56. Hi Miss Di, and the lovely Parsnip.
    Yes please if I'm lucky.
    Wonderful picks of the week, and congrats to all of them especially the winner.
    You must get a terrible headache trying to decide from such very fab entries.
    Talking about headaches hair that long will give you one. LOL.
    Sounds like you still have health probs so I am sending some virtual hugs to help I hope.
    Wonderful use of snippets and a very lovely design too.
    Thank you for the heads up on the inks thing.
    I will bear that in mind as I too didn't know that.
    Thank you also for all your hard work involved in this fab challenge.
    So glad Parsnip can help sometimes.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  57. Great pics as usual Di. Just playing for fun this week.

  58. Thanks for placing my Christmas card among your picks -- there are so many full of good ideas to borrow this week. Oh, if only all cards came together as easily as that gold and white one.

  59. Hi your card is gorgeous. I am here just for fun. Sorry I don't join in every week. Hugs Jackie

  60. Wonderfula card and picks Di.
    Yes, please for the prize.
    Hugs, Valerija

  61. What a fabulous the inchy stamps..I have several and you have represented them in a fun and creative way!! I won't enter this week, only as I already have them (I need to get them out and use them).....fantastic picks this weeks too..this is one of my favorite places to visit!!

  62. Sorry Di, didn't mean to overload you. I didn't realise this was three this week. Barbxx

  63. Congratulations to Lisa and all the awesome picks too!
    As usual wonderful picks Di. Love, love, love your card! Such clever stamps, I've never seen stamp designed like that. So obviously yes please from me, I hope to get back again, but will have to see how I do this week Karen xx

  64. Love those inchies with the embossed background Di, and I always enjoy all the weekly picks! Yes please to this week's prize!

  65. Oh no--I can only enter a total of 3 challenges with SSS Flickr, so please delete my entry #66. So sorry!

  66. I just slipped another entry in, yes please for the prize

  67. Thanks so much for picking my card Di!
    Love your 'inchies' card - so 'yes please' for the stamp set, but I'll pass on the embossing folder...I have a couple that are very similar to that one.
    Helen x

  68. Lovely inchie card and stupendous picks! Yes please to lovely prize. Hope you are feeling less like Cousin It! Xx

  69. By sheer chance I've used inchies on my dictionary project too. Love your project Di. Just playing for fun this week. Annie xxx
    PS I've lost loads of followers too.

  70. Back with an entry. Since I have a similar stamp set (or maybe that exact one), I'd be interested only in the EF. Otherwise, I'll just play for fun.

  71. just playing on the swings for fun this time, as I had such a lovely prize recently :) xxx

  72. Love your make and wow to all the amazing selections. Thanks for letting me into the playground and yes to the lovely prizes if I'm lucky enough! Cara

  73. Hi Ya...Fibally got by to drop off my RD card. Not sure if it qualifies as the only snippet is a snippet of an already cut diecut!
    You can delete me if not OK.

    Your card is great (as always)!

  74. I'm playing again! Please look at my blog
    to see the card I made with my embossing folders win!!
    Thanks again!

  75. Wow, it's very busy in the playground, I can hardly move. I just tripped over someones skipping rope. No, I wasn't under the influence but that is a good idea. I love your little swirly stamps on your card. Yes please to the prize, I can't resist tiny stamps.

  76. Hi, Di! Thanks for the invite to come to your playdate. I just linked up my tags, but this week, I'll just be playing for fun not for the prize. Thanks!

  77. Hi Di, just scraping in here so I'm just playing for fun! What a week! Hopefully my routine will be better once things settle at work for the term. Cousin It as one of my faves in the Addams Family lol! Cathy x

  78. I've not read all through so someone else might have mentioned this but if you rub a fine file or emery board over the top of a polymer stamp it adds key and improves the performance with all inks.

    1. Thanks Zoe! I've tried that one too :)

      Di xx


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