Sunday 17 April 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 225

We've had much better weather lately - wonderful sunshine! Yay! The birdies are busily pinching bits from the garden for their nest building and that's always a welcome sign that Spring is on the way. Having said all that, it did throw it down with rain most of Friday :(

My snippets card today is a really quick and easy one, I spotted the original design over on Bev's blog. Bev is the owner of Uniko, I love her stamps and dies and this is what I made:
I used:

- 4" x 6" white card blank, tent style

- a snippet of yellow card, split across the centre and glued onto the card front to leave a white panel showing

- snippets of orange and green card onto which I stamped a gerbera flower and a leaf using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and stamps from Uniko's 'Pure Florals: Gerbera' clear stamp set. I love that with this set comes with outlines of the leaves and flowers as I used here as well as solids (which you can ink up of course and then the outlines are left clear to show the backing card you used)

- next I fussy cut round the flower head and the leaf, then used a black Whispers brush marker to run round the outside edge where I might have trimmed a bit too close. Don't do this with a Pro marker though as it will most probably 'bleed'

 - next I worked out where I wanted the sentiment to sit and, using the Misti, lined up and stamped both parts of the sentiment from the set. I did a little practice on a piece of paper to be 100% sure I had it straight :)

- then glued the leaf and flower head in place and called it done

I do have the matching dies for this stamp set, but for this particular card I wanted to trim close to the edge of the flower and leaf rather than leave a white border round the edge. It's therapeutic and quite easy to fussy cut round these images and I rarely use the dies.

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

Val brought this lovely card to share with us. In fact, our Kathleen had also used this same stamp recently (Week 222) and it too was worthy of being a pick. I love how Val paper pieced this really funky flower and then used the same papers for the backing layers. It's another of the fabulous Woodware stamps that are so popular right now, they really are coming out with some wonderful designs!

I chose this card, made by Helen, as it's so fresh, cute and CAS. It's also a perfect example that even one small snippet (the cupcake case) is enough to get to come and play in the Playground :)

On the other hand, lots of pretty snippets are welcome as well :) This is such a pretty card with so many layers and beautiful details, made by Lia, I especially love the tag which can be pulled out!

Jane J scampered in waving this stunning card -  published in the current issues of Craft Stamper magazine. I think it's fabulous - to see just how Jane set about making this card, do hop over to her blog - all the info. is there!

And here's another lovely example of lots of detailed layers, made by Alice.  Lots of lovely die cutting and I just love how the sweet little Gorjuss Girl is peeping out of the frame :)

Oh boy, you're in for a real treat if you hop over to Sonia's blog to take a closer look at this mini book! Not only is it absolutely beautiful with plenty of snippets used - but there are THE most detailed instructions on how to make your own! Plus, a terrific video of her daughter showing how to make the pockets for the book from one single sheet of 12" x 12" patterned paper. I'm certainly raring to have a go at making one!

Berry Happy Birthday
I hopped back to CAS when I picked this lovely card, made by Charlotte. Such a clever sentiment and it just shows how snippets plus some simple stamping can make a great card!

Ha, then I hopped back to lots of detail and plenty of layers and snippets used - with this gorgeous card made by Anne F. You must admit, I do vary my picks a bit - it's probably 'cos I've never really settled down to making one particular style of card. Not due to talent/versatility - just 'cos I can't make my mind up most of the time! Love this baby card - and what a fabulous doily die that is. I tried hard to resist temptation but one will be appearing as a Playground prize at some point in the future - along with the corner die, which is available at a vastly reduced price (with extremely reasonable postage from Canada to the UK)  here.

Wow, I got a bit carried away there and showed eight picks. Mostly as I'd written a lot of this post during the week and was sitting here waiting for 11am on Saturday morning so I could do the prize draw before pressing publish.

We had two new Playmates this week:

I  love this fabulous flowery card, made by Martha - wonderful colours and such terrific stamping.

And Maria F (I've kept the letter F as we've have other Marias playing) hopped in with this fabulous card. Such a clever technique, those of us who have commented did wonder if Maria had carefully added little white spots over the coloured ones by carefully gluing little circles of vellum or similar in place. Not so - it's embossing paste, and such a great idea!

Sending a huge and happy 'Hello' to our new Playmates - hope to see you back again!

Time now for the prize draw for the Lawn Fawn 'Hedgehugs' stamps and matching dies and the winner is:

I'm so pleased to finally see Alice's entry chosen by Mr Random as a winner. She's been playing most weeks since February last year and is often in our Peek at the Picks (this week again in fact!) so it was about time for her first win!

Can you please email me your address Alice (my email address is on my sidebar to the right) and I'll make sure your little 'hedgehugs' are wrapped up all cosy and posted to you ASAP.

Now for this coming week's prize, as if you hadn't guessed:
It's a stamp set the same as the one I used today. The flowers are lovely and bold and the sentiments combine beautifully. I bet you could try out the technique that Martha, one of our new Playmates, used with this set!

I didn't get the matching dies to offer as part of the prize though. As I said, I rarely use mine and am not totally convinced I did the right thing when I bought my own set a good while ago.

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 23rd 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. 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 - here's hoping for more sunshine. Parsnip is impatiently waiting to climb into his dungarees and do a bit of painting. I've warned him to leave wet paint notices wherever he's been working - no guarantees though so there will be rags and turps/paint remover at the side of the gate for you to clean yourself up after playing!

Di and, of course, Parsnip


  1. Gorgeous card Di. I love that flower. Pop me in the oven for this one.Hugs Mrs A.

  2. Your card is beautiful, Di, & lovely picks! I have 1 Uniko stamp set & would love to have another one, so I'll play for the prize this week.

  3. Lovely card Di, and some great picks this week too..xxxx

  4. You card is oosing with sunshine Di and perfect picks this week.

    Not sure about the sunshine you've had though, it's rained almost solidly all week here and this morning after overnight rain woke up to a hard frost, suffice to say hubby was in his greenhouse just after 6am faffing with his plants despite them all being wrapped in fiber in case of frost.

    I've done as instructed and linked up.

    B x

  5. Lovely card Di, so bright and cheery.
    Great picks as well, so much for only picking a few but with so much talent out there I can see how easy it is to get carried away : )
    YES PLEASE to the prize draw, I love these 2step stamping stamps.

  6. Morning Di - lovely card and great picks as usual, such a wonderful variety of styles. Yes please to going into the hat this week

  7. Hi Di,
    You will be thinking me the biggest dill out as I have managed to post my card twice this week. Give me time I will get it right.
    Love you bright card and yes please put me in the prize draw.
    Margaret M

    1. No worries! I spotted it and removed the link Margaret xx

  8. I too find fussy cutting relaxing, and your floral card is so perfect for spring! Yes please to the prize draw and congrats to the winners and picks!

  9. What a lovely surprise to see my card amongst the picks this week - thanks so much and I so enjoyed looking at the rest of them too. Love the clean style of your card this week and would love to be in the draw for the stamps. I rather agree about matching dies when it is easily possible to scissor cut without leaving the (often uneven in my case) white border around a design. I'll pop a card on later.

  10. OOH that is such a lovely looking Gerbera image and wonderful card. Ever so cheerful.

    GREAT picks as usual, and many congrats to Alice on her win.

    Even though I have lots (and lots) of flower stamps, I really love Gerberas so it's a YES PLEASE for my name to go in the prize draw this week.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  11. Yay!!!:D Today is surely my lucky day!! :D I have won the supercute prize, Wow Wow!!! And also have had another pick in your fab challenge!! I'm very honoured, happy and so excited!!
    Always love hedgehogs and also all the Law Fawn stamps & dies... and these are just supercute!!
    Thank you very much!!
    Love your classy card and thanks for the trick of using a brush marker to cover the outside edges! Bev's stamps are awesome, and you have made a great CAS with this gerbera!
    I'm also impressed by the other picks of the week, such fabulous inspirations! Congrats to all!!
    I'm going to mail you my address ! :D

  12. Morning Di, A lovely cheery card from you. I also enjoy a bit of fussy cutting.

    Congratulations to Alice on her win and also to your top picks. Again you have chosen some beautiful and interesting cards to spotlight. I would love to go into the hat for the lovely stamp set. Barbxx

  13. Good morning dear Di. The sunshine is back but the clouds are drawing in a bit..fingers crossed the sun stays as we're Bear sitting and he gets very muddy if it rains! What a lovely card you made..such pretty stamps with lovely fussy cutting and yes please count me in for the draw this week.
    I agree with you about you picks (and thanks so much for sharing mine, it is such fun to see your card in print) and all the different styles. I create using so many styles, the only one I don't often do is CAS as I just can't resist adding something! Well done to Alice. Have a great week and lets hope the warmth we had last week return again. Huge hugs xx

  14. Good Morning Miss Di. WOW! I love your beautiful and bright Gerbera card and the top picks are better each week!
    Just playing for fun this week thanks.
    Eve xx

  15. Love your Gerbra card Di and lovely picks of the week, thank you for including my card


  16. Gr8 make and pick again this week, welcome to the new playmates too

    Just uploaded my entry and YES PLEASE this week


  17. What a fantastic collection of notables this week, all I can say is WOW! Congrats to Alice for her win too, Di, your floral card is just lovely! I love the vivid colors and split panels!
    I'm playing just for fun this week, but thanks for all you do!

  18. Super cards...Di, Sonia, Helen and Lia project are awesome...loved it....this time again am playing in playground.

  19. Oooo what a stunning flower and very summery too, just what we need, Luv Sam x

  20. A great card and wonderful picks this week too. I'll be in the playground later in the week and would love a chance of winning those fabulous stamps.
    Kath x

  21. Oooh that's such a gorgeous flower Di! Great picks too :)
    Yes please to be in your draw.

  22. Love your CAS card, Di, with the pretty spring colors!! I'm playing just for fun this week!

  23. Finally got here, long slog tonight, gorgeous card Di, love the split between the yellow card and the way you have stamped the sentiment in it, great flower too.
    Some fabulous picks but blown away by the new playmate Martha's card must go and tell her, never spotted it on the challenge blog.
    Have a great week.

    Kath xxxx

  24. Bringing a little bunch of daffodils to the playground this week. Love your gorgeous flower, Di!

  25. Oooh...thanks so much for choosing my little Henry card amongst the picks...see it really is worth saving every tiny little snippet of paper! Ha ha!
    Love your floral card...lovely stamps!
    Helen x

  26. These Uniko stamps are beautiful Di and what a gorgeous card you have made with that bright orange for the flower and the yellow background with that white strip for the sentiment which also makes the flower stand out beautifully. Thank you for some more wonderful highlights and congratulations to Alice. I am a definite 'yes please' for the draw this week. x

  27. Such a pretty crisp looking flower you have there. Perfect for heralding in spring! And of course there is a wonderful selection of cards for us to go "ooh" and "ahh" over. Count me in for the drawing this week.

  28. Beautiful card Miss Di and Yes please to going in the hat for that fabulous stamp set. I agree it's often easier to get out a pair of scissors than die-cut.

    Gorgous picks and a big hello to the new playmates and not forgetting... congrats to Alice xx

  29. Afternoon Di, wow what a great selection of cards this week. Just love them all. Well done everyone.

    What a fab stamp selection I would love a chance to win them.

    Crafty hugs Pen x

  30. Lovely card, Di, the flower really 'pops'.

    Super picks, I especially love the minibook with the tutorial.

    Just playing for fun this week. xx

  31. Oh Di, I love love your card...flower stamps and dies are wonderful and I do love the pretty orange you have used!! What a lovely stamp set, and yes of course...I am hoping to have some time to stamp and color the lovely sets I won from you a few weeks ago...I might just surprise Great picks for the week too, I always enjoy seeing them and makes me look forward to every Sunday morning!!

  32. Hi Di, Your card is gorgeous and the stamp is stunning love the colouring too! great picks and congrats Alice enjoy your win xx

  33. Love your card Di, bright and cheerful.

  34. What fun to see so many really cute cards! I am loving the flowers blooming in my yard this month and would like to put my name in for this pretty stamp set.

  35. Hey, look at me, I'm not that midnight shadow sliding through the closing gates this week! I agree with you about Uniko, Di, and love your snippets card! I also love all your outstanding featured works of art! There is a lot of talent on the playground! And a lot of hoochie-koochie! Just kidding, don't get your knickers in a knot. We are all little angels!! Hugs, Darnell

  36. Beautiful card Di, and the flower is stunning! Love the picks you have chosen this week, such clever ladies.
    Janice x

  37. Hello Di, I've made an ATC and tag with some snippets this week. I haven't done any stamping or colouring, so I hope I'm still eligible. Great picks again this week! Love the flower and sentiments stamps, so 'yes please' to playing along in the draw. x

  38. Hello Di I have posted my card.
    For me a YES please.
    Gr, Elly

  39. Love the card you made and another set of amazing picks! Yes to the prize draw please. Cara x

  40. Oooooo Miss Miss {waves hand wildly} - Please please please put me in the knickers- I mean draw(s) - for this stamp set... LUV IT. WANT IT. (Can you be bribed????? I promise to tell you who's been smoking behind the bike shed and who was drinkin' all the hooch....sniggers behind hand...) xxx

  41. This Gerbera stamp is wonderful, I've noticed it around. Yes please add me to the draw! It looks lovely in orange.
    I love seeing the picks each week and always look forward to checking them out on a Sunday morning. They get better every week.

  42. Gee, thanks for the lovely welcome! What a fun place to play. And a great variety of inspiration.

  43. Beautiful card Miss, love that stamp. Have it so I will pass on this draw. I see Maria got caught last week hanging around the playground, watch her, she can be pretty cheeky (not that I'm dobbing or anything!!!). Off to have a drink behind the bike sheds.

  44. Flying in Miss to add my offering this week!
    Ooo-er! lovely stamp set so will say yes please to it.. and wonderful offerings of snippets from our little playmates too wonderful work! some very clever Vegemites as is your card too, Miss, great use of the greetings like that clever thought!
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

  45. I love how you kept it simple with this card by using just the one flower head, it looks beautiful.
    I'd like to play along for the stamps this week please.
    L x

  46. Beautiful card; love the bright orange of the flower. And that stamp set is exquisite!! I'd love to play for the chance to win.

  47. Hi Di your card is gorgeous I love the stamp so yes please to the prize. I like things that I can colour with my Sparkle pens I am a bit obsessed. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  48. Such a pretty card from the teacher!! Yes please to be in with a chance for the prize

  49. Gorgeous card - I have been eyeing that Gerbera literally forever ( inhibited by shipping costs...) - I am in for the draw!!!!

  50. Beautiful Gerbera Di Uniko stamps are wonderful. Yes please to the draw

  51. Sorry I have not been around to play lately, but life has been getting in the way. Glad I got to come and cruise the playground this week. Those gorgeous floral stamps would be a great add to my collection, so yes please. As for the card you created, I just love Gerbera Daisies! I try planting at least one each summer but they peter out quickly. The card is done in lovely colors also, Di.

  52. Wonderful flower theme running through the playground this week. Busy packing up for the house move (so far I've discovered two boxes that were never unpacked from the last move 20 years ago!) but I wanted to drop in and say hi.
    Yes please for the draw.

  53. Ah, I was so surprised and excited to see you picked my card this week :D Really glad you liked it! Yes please to the prize, if I'm lucky enough to have my number come up :)

  54. Yes please for the prize Miss Pixie!
    Huge congrats to all the picks they are outstanding! I must say Sonia's notebook is amazing and I actually saw it before you highlighted it here and it's jaw droppingly beautiful.
    I love visiting here because I get so much inspiration from all the amazing lovely and very talented ladies.
    Your card is beautiful and has enforced my need for a gerbera flower stamp. I am going to have to have a word with hubby if I don't win this time as I need those stamps, they are one of my favourite flowers so I adore your beautiful card too Karen

  55. Yes Please! You have inspired me with your lovely creations and now I feel the need to get those stamps...but of course I am hoping for a win. Thanks for inviting me to play.

  56. Wonderful card Di, like always.
    Yes please for the prize.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Valerija xx

  57. Squeaking in with a card at the 11th hour. Eventually, I will remember that time moves much faster in the UK than it does here in Idaho!
    Love your pretty floral card. Yes, please, to the prize drawing!
    Fabulous picks, as always. Wow!
    Thanks for the fun scrappy challenges. I am doing an 11 post sketch blitz on my blog that is ALL SCRAPS!! :)
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  58. Hoping I snuck in last minute......would love to enter but no probs if too late!
    Just blogging and linking.....and realised I might get in xxx

  59. amazing card Di, I love that flower.
    and yes for the prize please.
    have a great day,


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