Sunday 10 April 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 224

What a mixed bag of weather this past week - on Tuesday it was absolutely glorious in the Playground, and 24 hours later we had high winds, and cold, heavy rain. And so the weather continued to play games with us here.

But, Spike the hedgehog is back in town - coming out each evening to feed. In fact, we don't think he hibernated properly over the Winter months as every now and then he would come to eat and drink. Len keeps the feeding bowl of dry food underneath a low garden table - and the bowl itself is also covered with a leverable lid of 'Len the Inventor's' making. Would you believe that Spike nudges the lid up to eat and then it pops back down in place when he's finished :)

This is my snippets card for today, inspired by the return of Spike:
I used:

- 4" x 5.5" white card blank

- a snippet of patterned paper from LOTV's 'Country Gent' paper pad for the backing layer

- snippets of white card onto which I stamped the little hedgies and heart using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and the super-cute Lawn Fawn 'Hedgehugs' stamp set 

- coloured the hedgies and heart using Whispers marker pens then die cut them using the matching set of dies

- glued the hedgies and heart onto a circle of white card, die cut from a snippet using a Tonic circle die, then added the little sprigs of grass using the fine end of a green Whispers marker

- the sentiment was stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and then die cut with a Spellbinders 'Nested Pennants' die

- then just glued the image and the sentiment onto the card front

I do love these sweet little hedgies, the little lady hedgie even has an eyelash - and I gave her a bit of a blush on her cheek as well :) Needless to say I first spotted this set being used on one of your blogs - I really should keep a note of where I see new ideas/goodies :(

I have mixed feelings about dies which cut round an image leaving a white border - but in this case I think it's needed due to the hedgie spines - and of course popping them onto a white background helps as well. If only I'd centred them properly so it doesn't look as if the lady hedgie is backing off the circle. But, the pennant IS straight - flipping camera again!

Let's move straight onto this week's peek at the picks:

This delightful baby card was made by Barb - and it shows that rabbits aren't just  for Easter :) So cute!

I love this card, brought to share by Kate. Lots of snippets used and such a clever idea to add the 'lacing' across the front of the card.

Karen P has been getting messy this past week - and I love this circular wall hanging! Every bit of detail is lovely but for me it's the adorable little bunnies that just pull it all together perfectly. (I'm having a week for bunnies!)

Loll hopped into the Playground with this fabulous card, made for her DH's Birthday. Wonderful design and Loll shared a great idea which certainly would save time and mess in the long run. I tend to put off using gilding flakes due to the massive clean up operation afterwards - so how about making up some sheets of card already covered in gilding flakes, ready to stamp and cut when needed? Loll gives some important tips so be sure to check those out if you're going to try this idea.

I do so love this card, made by Jenny H. It's actually a Spellbinders Flower Pot die for the pot shape - but I wouldn't let that deter you from having a go even without the die. It's certainly an inspiring idea that I'm sure you enterprising lot could work on :) The flowers and swirly greenery tumbling from the pot are terrific! A very clever card Jenny!

We had four new Playmates this week::
First was Petra, with this fabulous card showing brilliant use of so many textures and gorgeous colours.

Next was Fiona with a really gorgeous card using lots of lovely SU products.

Aileen joined in the fun next, I'd been encouraging her to come and join us. And what a stylish card - love it!

And finally, Pirjo hopped into the Playground with this wonderful Spring card - totally adorable!

A really big welcome to our new Playmates - hope to see you back again!

Time now for the prize draw for the wonderful selection of celebration goodies, kindly donated by Jules. And the winner of the bumper prize is:
Well done Jenny - it's coming up to a year since your previous win, so it's obvious that Mr Random thought it was your turn! I have your address here and will post the prize off to you this coming week. I know, from the work you produce, that we can watch out for some lovely creations using the goodies.

Jules was sweet enough to also send me the same selection for my very own use and I'll be having a play as soon as possible here :)

Now for this coming week's prize:
Small is beautiful - it's a sweet little Lawn Fawn 'Hedgehugs' stamp set plus matching dies, the same as I used for my snippets card.

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 16th April. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

A maximum of ONE entry and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. The prize is both the hedgie stamps and matching dies, obviously I won't be splitting them. 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 :)

Hope you have a lovely week and I look forward to seeing you in the Playground - psssst, I actually know where the secret supply of hooch is but I turned a blind eye :) Besides, I don't like little bears tittle-tattling when he finds out your secrets!

Di and, of course, Parsnip (who means well really)!


  1. Oh wow, Di, what delightful little hedgies! I love how you've made the lady hedgie blush - so sweet.

    I'm a Yes Please for the lovely prize.

    Off for a closer look at the lovely picks I missed during the week...... xx

  2. Just wonderful Di! Love these cute little hedges with your lovely PP, so delightful!
    Would love to play and big Yes fro the prize!!!! I love Aileen's beautiful work, great coloring and wonderful picks!

  3. What a sweet card, Di, & lovely picks! I'll play just for fun this week.

  4. Good morning how wonderful that SPike is back, what a cutie he sounds. We used to have an occasional hedgie visit but I haven't seen one for years sadly, such gorgeous souls. Your sweet SPike inspired card is so lovely and what a lovely prize this week, please count me in. Great picks as always and hello to the new playmates. It's gorgeous sunshine as I type this, let's hope it lasts.Have a lovely week, hope you are keeping well? Hugs xx

  5. Morning playmates!

    Fab make from you and a super selection from the last snippets challenge.

    Just uploaded my entry for this week - just playing for fun again this week

    Happy Sunday


  6. You are so right about the changeable weather! Just love the card you made with those cute hedgies - please pop my name into the 'hat' - thanks.

  7. Sweet card Di, those hedgies are such cuties : )
    Thank you for choosing my card in this week's pick and congrats to Jenny for winning the super prize.

  8. And yes please to the prize draw : )

  9. Love your hedgehogs, and that Len is clever clogs for inventing Spike's feeding lid. Super picks as ever, and would love to have a chance to win those cuties, so I 'll be back, with a yes please xxx

  10. Great picks this week and a lovely snippets card from you too. I'll be in the playground soon and would love a chance of winning this prize.
    Kath x

  11. Oh, what I would give to watch cute Spike opening the food container...clever little guy! I am just in love with your sweet hedgie card and say YES please to getting some adorable hedgie stamps and dies for myself! Congrats to the winners and picks!

  12. Oooh Pike is so clever and so great to hear he's still around l was looking for mine but the floods in my garden where awful just where my hedgehog slept still has time to appear end of April l think they come out of hibernation so hope so! Your card Di is gorgeous l love those little fellas and the die is so cute too! lovely array of cards from all congrats and many congratulation to Jenny enjoy your prize and enjoy your day Di take care xx

  13. Am here Miss! (Not wanting you to read my post too carefully.. I may get detention and I tore me knickers climbing over the gate - them spikes are dangerous)
    Great picks, I LOVE Bunnies! (Almost as much as hedgehogs so yes please to the drawy fing and you card is luverly). Len is a clever boots but at least Spike's food will be safe from snitching bears!
    Have a great day. x

  14. Love the hedgies, so cute! Some great picks this week too, especially the bunnies! See you later hopefully if there's room in the treehouse! Cara x

  15. Morning Di and Parsnip (and all my little Playground Pals).

    Whoops - I might get detention with Viv, cuz my hands are all inky and I may have got ink on my desk too!

    Great picks, as ever and a top tip from Loll about having flaky paper all ready to use!

    CONGRATS to Jenny on her bumper win.

    I'm playing just for fun thanks Miss.

    Waving hello to all the newbies.

    Hugs, SaRn xxx

  16. PS: Perhaps you can patent the Lenvention for Hedgehog Feeding and by this time next year, you'll be millionaires! xxx

  17. Oh good grief . . . would forget my head if it wasn't screwed on . . . also forgot to say how much I love your cute hedgeHUG card . . . it's brilliant. xxxx

  18. Those hedgehogs are so cute! Love your adorable card!
    Great snippets picks again this week!
    I didn't manage to join you last week, so I'm getting in early this time! :0)
    Helen x

    PS - 'yes please' for the prize draw ;0)

  19. plying for fun Di but your card and these hedfehogs are real cuties.

  20. Very cute hedgehogs! I love the detail on the lady hedgie! Have a super duper week..xxxx

  21. A darling card to go along with Spikes antics about eating. How fun that you get to see an actual hedgehog and have it come and visit. And Len - what an entrepreneur! I can commiserate with your weather as we are having much the same.

  22. Ooops, I think I forgot to comment this morning, I think that's SARN's fault for distracting me with Stuff To Buy! And how could I NOT comment when you've made such a sweet card. It's lovely and I would LOVE to be in the hat for a chance to win the stamps and dies

  23. Beautiful makes there this week including yours Miss. I do love Lawn Fawn stuff.

  24. I think your hedgie hugs card is perfect, Di! Spike would love it if you left it out by the feed compartment!! Maybe he didn't hibernate because he was looking for lady love and maybe you'll have some wee Spikies soon? One can hope!! Great featured artists, as always, and welcome to the new Playmates!! Enjoy your day! Hugs, Darnell

  25. Your hedgies are gorgeous Di and the bp suits them beautifully. I love your spiky grass and sweet lttle heart too. Lots of wonderful highlights and new ones come to play, and congrats to Jenny. I will be a 'yes' to the prize draw next time please. x

  26. I love your card! Those Hedgehogs are sooooo cute and the sentiment is fabulous! Its fab you have your own visiting hedgehog too! How cool! Brilliant picks this week and fab newbies too! Congratulations to lucky winner Jenny. I would love to be in the draw for a chance to win those super cute hedgehogs, thank you so much! xxx

  27. Love your card Di, great images.
    Some gorgeous picks as always.
    Ours is out and about too, Chris spotted it the other night, strolling around the back of the house, it didn't sleep in the house that Chris built though, nothing did, he was so disappointed

    Kath x

  28. Your Hedgie card looks perfectly done to me....and what adorable little hedgies, they are! Love the detailing you put on the lady hedgie! Yes, please, to this week's adorable prize. Sure do enjoy reading abt Spike...what a clever little guy!

    Big Congrats to the winner and the picks!! Everyone's project is just amazing and gorgeous!!!

    Hope you are having a good week, Di. Thanks for your wonderful linky parties!!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

    Congrats to

  29. Your card is so cute Di, and I love the hedgehogs! Your selection of picks every week never ceases to amaze me. What a talented lot of ladies you have following you!
    I would love to enter the draw this week please, thank you.
    Janice x

  30. How cute is this!! I love hedgehogs and they are my most favorite animals. I even collect figurines of them and have got over 100! So it would be great winning these stamps and dies! (I did not know them untill now).
    Lia xx

  31. just love those little hedgehogs, they match the little hedgehogs in my bathroom.:)

    We have hedgehogs in our garden too, very good for the slugs ..

    Would love to have a chance to win the prize.

    Crafty hugs Pen x

  32. Lovely card Di and great that Spike is doing ok. I love hearing news of him! x

  33. Such a gorgeous card Di and love those hedgies! Absolutely adorable!! Yes please to the prize :-)
    Lucy x

  34. Cute little hedgies. Just playing for fun this time. Hugs Mrs A.

  35. Love these cute hedgies, Lawn Fawn critters are all very sweet! Your card is adorable and elegant! Congrats to all the pics and BIG congrats to the lucky winner of the super-prize! :D
    I entered in the challenge and YES, please, I would be in the draw for the prize
    Hugs, Have a sweet week

  36. Hello Di and Parsnip: I love your beautiful card, those little Hedgehogs are simply adorable.
    I would love to enter my card in the drawing to win this fantastic set of stamps and dies.
    Thank you for the chance.
    Big Hugs,
    Maria Rodriguez.

  37. Good afternoon Miss Di
    I love your cute hedgie card and all of the top picks are stunning - Its nice to know that standards haven't slipped while I have been away!!!
    YES PLEASE to the prize this week and I hope you have a lovely one!
    Eve xx

  38. Awwwww....what a cutie creation! Love the simple look (as always) and the color scheme is also something that I fancy.

    Yes please for the prize. I might end up being a copy cat, though... Sorry :)

    Have a fab new week! Hopefully spring is also kicking at your hometown, we have been enjoying sunny and warm(ish) weather now in Finland.


  39. Len sounds like the politest hedgehog--putting the lid back down when done. Cute, cute card! Those white borders around die cut things used to make me crazy but I've come to terms with them as long as they are wee borders. I've seen some really big border and that still gets my panties in a wad. Great cards to show off and yes to prizes if I get a snippet card made this week (good intentions, bad time mgmt).

  40. Congrats to all that are featured from last week! Thanks so much for the shout out Di! xx

  41. Cor ta Miss, didn't expect that as I've been busy so this is the first time I saw it! Eva so chuffed I am Miss. As you got those little little hoggies does that mean me and Sarn can buy a couple of them for the Playhouse? lol, we will take care of them Miss, promise? Anyways just in case I ain't allowed them I liked to pop me hand up to win them stamps cor Miss they is lovely and your card is so cute! Have a good week Di Karen xx

  42. Oo those hedgies look sooo adorable and an yes from me!

  43. A really pretty little hedgie card Di. That is such a sweet set. I was amused by her blushing!

    Congratulations to Jenny on her win. Thank you for including my card in your picks this week. This week I'm just playing for fun. Barbxx

  44. What a clever hedgehog Spike is! Adorable hedgehugs card, so yes please for the chance to win the set. Lovely picks this week, too. xx

  45. Love your little hedges, Di - and such a perfect sentiment!! So, yes, I am in for the drawing please -thanks!

  46. Oh, those little hedgehogs are the cutest and your card is just adorable!Love the punny sentiment - its perfection all over! This week I play to win :)

  47. I made it, Miss! Great picks - some lovely inkyness! I love your cute card. Those hedgies are gorgeous. I am just playing for fun this week. Thanks for your lovely comments about my photos. Will try and smuggle a few squirrels into the tree house x

  48. Great cards again this week! Those hedge hogs are so adorable, I would love a chance to win them :)

  49. Beautiful cards and lovely hedge stamp and dies. Yes for me please.
    Gr, Elly

  50. Oh my gosh, such a cute prize! Yes please, I would love a chance at them. Your card is adorable Di :)

  51. Hi Miss Di

    What a clever little hedgehog Spike sounds .. .. and a very ingenious Len too. When does he go on Dragon's Den?

    Many congratulations to Jenny on winning the prize .. .. I hope you have fun with it.

    Loving your cute little hedgehog card Di and the fabby pics for the week. I dont know how you can choose. So many wonderful ideas and creations come to the playground.

    At least I made it this week!!

    Your prize is so cute this week but I am just playing for fun thank you Di.

    Love Jules xx

  52. Hi Miss Di, and the lovely Parsnip.
    ooooooooooooo I am the winner of that very fab prize so thank you so much to you and Jules for donating it.
    Congrats to the featured cards this week.
    Everyone that is entered sure is so brilliant, and I am sure it is such a hard decision for you each week.
    Your card is so fab, and that Hedgy is so cute.
    You are so caring feeding your Hedgehog visitor.
    I dare not feed any in my garden as we have a fishing lake the other side of our fence, and I get water rats in the garden if I feed the birds or other wildlife.
    I wouldn't mind but one tried coming in the bungalow one summer day when the door was open.
    I am just playing for fun this week as I mustn't be greedy.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  53. Sweet card and lovely hedge stamp and dies so yes for the prize, please.
    Hugs, Tina

  54. Those little hedgies are so cute and that sentiment is even cuter! Yes please to this fun prize and thanks for all the work you do on the challenges Di!

  55. Saw this already and thought had commented on how very nice this set is Miss and can so see why you fell for it.. lovely cute hedgies :D
    Lovely makes too by our playmates did some pinning, too, as result that's prob why forgot to comment :D

    Thanks so much for the inspiration.
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

  56. Great picks Di! And your hedgehog card is sooo cute ... yes please to be in the draw :)

  57. Love the super hedgie card Miss Di and would love to go in the hat this week.

    Super picks and I'm kicking myself now as I gave up with all the mess and threw a pot of gilding flakes in the bin last year... oh well you live and learn!

    A big hi to the new playmates and congrats to Jenny xx

  58. Di, I've added a second post to the linky, marked (not an entry) so you'll know it's not an entry if you see what I mean, I thought it was the best way to draw your attention to the fact that I've been taking your name (and Parsnip's, well, especially Parsnip's) in vain! Not only is it not an entry to the challenge, there are no snippets used, but I thought you'd like to know you'd been mentioned.

  59. I love your hedgie card - soooo sweet so I would definitely like to play along this week please Miss.

  60. What an adorable card Di! I love those sweet little hedgies, they are always so cute. Love the picks too. Don't know how you are able to pick from all the people who link up, but you always do a bang up job! So I'm here to play alone, got here before the doors closed too. lol Have a wonderful weekend Di! Hugs, Brenda

  61. Those hedgies are so cute. Lynn

  62. Congrats to Jenny and all of the spotlighted creations this week! Di, those mini hedgies are adorable on your card, and I'll have to say yes to any and all things Lawn Fawn! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win!

  63. These hedgehogs are so cute, Di... and you have made such a sweet little scene with them.
    So cute, I'm going to have to succumb to a 'yes, please'... and I don't do that very often. But I have been selling off some old stuff so I have a little room to spare :)

  64. Guess who's here! LOL! It's been a while but I'm slowly but surely trying to get back in the swing of things. Will try to do better in the future since this is such a fun place to be Di.
    Love the little hedgies and yep, I'll toss my name in the hat for the prize too. Great card you made!!
    Wonderful showcase of entries from last week too. They're all fabulous.

  65. Don't scold me Di, I know I have been a very bad Snippeteer recently but I'll try to be really good from now on, just as long as you don't lock me out of the playground. Lovely your hedgie card - that sentiment is brilliant - and the showcased projects are beautiful too. Your hedgie set is irresistible so I'll have to say count me in for the draw. Fingers crossed :) Have a fantastic weekend whatever you are doing. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  66. I,m just popping in rather late in the day again, sorry I've not been visiting much lately, hope to get back in the swing soon.
    I love your cute little hedgie card, so sweet. I am playing for fun this week thank you.
    Jean x

  67. Hi just entered by the skin of my teeth. Your card is gorgeous. Yes please to the prize. Have a great weekend. Hugs Jackie

  68. Oooooooooooops, posted my entry first thin Di, went off to M&S and you got it, I forgot to link up !!

    B x


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