Tuesday 31 May 2016

Aperture and apricot card

Apricot card stock is rare as hens' teeth here but I found a paper pad with apricot/peach papers in so went with those, and came up with this (it was such a sunny day when I took the photo that the colours look paler than they are in real life):

I used:

- 6" x 6" square cream card blank

- covered the front of the card with a slightly trimmed sheet from Wild Rose Studio's 'Peach Blossom' paper pack and then die cut the centre aperture using a Spellbinders round Nestie

- using the same sized round die plus a compatible scalloped round Nestie die cut the pale green scrolled patterned frame to go around the aperture and glued it in place

- added a script patterned sheet of paper from the same paper pad to the inside of the card

- then stamped the sentiment onto a scrolled patterned sheet of paper from the same paper pack using a VersaFine ink pad and an Inkylicious stamp called 'Thank You Calligraphy'

-  die cut the sentiment panel using the same plain round die as before and glued it in place behind the aperture. Easiest way to do this is to close the card front then apply the circle through the die cut hole to ensure it sits perfectly behind the aperture

- cut another pale green scrolled patterned frame to go around the circle and glued it in place, to echo the front of the card

- die cut a plain cream butterfly using a solid Memory Box butterfly die called 'Isabella', then topped it with a lacy cream matching butterfly which was cut using Memory Box's 'Pippi' die (using snippet backed with Stick It adhesive sheet)

- then die cut two 'Pippi' butterflies from snippets of Stick It backed leftover apricot and green paper and then inlaid pieces into the butterfly  (that was my moment of crafting madness as it took ages, I really should have listened to what Lindsey said about her using the same technique on a card I featured in the Playground the other week). You live and learn :)

- layered the butterfly's body twice to add dimension and then stuck that in place before adding the butterfly to the edge of the aperture

For what I thought would be a quick card, this took much longer than I thought - but it was good fun to make!


Sunday 29 May 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 231

So, here we are once again - all ready to play! The sun is shining and maybe, just maybe Summer is peeking round the corner at us.

Here's my snippets card for this week:
I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" cream card blank

- patterned backing paper from a Kaisercraft 'Sweet Pea' paper collection, which was free with Quick Cards Made Easy magazine a couple of years ago. Cut to just an eighth of an inch smaller all round than the card blank and then glued in place

- snippets of deep peach and cream card stock, backed with Stick It adhesive sheet then die cut using a Frantic Stamper 'Good Friends Daisy Frame' die set

- stuck all the pieces in place then added Tim Holtz Stickles in 'Peeled Paint' to the centre of the daisy just to pick up the green in the patterned paper

Needless to say, the card isn't quite so pale looking in real life.

I love this die set and next time will use the inlay technique as am sure it would look really great. Plus, the frame could be used alone with a sentiment stamped inside - and of course the words, either 'Good Friends' or just 'Friends' could be used without the frame. Very versatile!

Time for this week's 'peek at the picks':
Two reasons for showing you this gorgeous card, made by Lynn (Linby). First of all - what a super way to use the left over pieces from die cutting. Shame on me for usually just sweeping mine into the waste bin :( A lovely design and perfectly topped off by the gorgeous flowers.

The second reason for showing you is really exciting. This coming  Thursday (at 11am and 3pm), Lynn will be on our TV screens, doing demos for Ooh la la Creations on Hochanda. It's a UK craft channel (for our overseas playmates who might not know). You can read more about it HERE on Lynn's blog. Wishing you all the luck in the world Lynn! Parsnip will be available everyone, selling Lynn's autographs behind the bicycle shed now that we've evicted Sarn!

As some of you might already know, due to a prolonged 'frozen shoulder', our Sarn is stepping back a bit from blogging and won't even be playing with us in the Playground :( We'll miss you loads Sarn and hope so much that things improve rapidly for you - these wretched computers have a lot to answer for!

I defy you not to giggle at this glorious card, made by Carol L. If you look really closely, that little chap has been partying a bit too much and even has bloodshot eyeballs! Isn't the card sunny - and such a great way to use up snippets too!

And another animal card, this time made by Jacky (Paddington Fan). It's hilarious I think - and the funky font sentiment and little music notes are just perfect touches! As for the puddy tat - I can see him ending up with a boot lobbed at him out of a bedroom window if he tries that one during the night!

I totally love this golfing card, made by Janice! Such a clever scene and beautifully made. Every little bit of detail is just perfection don't you think. And, to whet your appetite, before too long we have this very same die set up as a prize in the Playground - just as soon as I find time to make my own snippets card using it. It won't be a patch on Janice's card - but there's such a useful link over at Janice's blog showing exactly how she made this card. Lots of tips to be found there!

Wowser, what a stunning card this is, made by Sally. Such a wonderful scene (Sally is amongst the very best with her brayer!) and for me the real icing on the cake are the white pen highlights on the elephants and tree. It's often the little details that make such a difference! And using the black snippet to define the top and bottom of the image - so clever.

Sandra (Sandma) hopped in with this fabulous 94th Birthday card, made for an Aunt. It's just stunning, so pretty and very personal as well. It's plain to see that a lot of love and care went into this beauty!

I love this card, made by Sandra H! Such a lovely image and a really dramatic monochrome look too. Happy dance here as this is the first time for a long while since Sandra linked in as she's been taking a break from blogging since her beloved husband Dennis passed away last year. Welcome back Sandra - we missed you loads and it's wonderful to see you dipping your toe back in the water again. Huge hugs from all of us!

And I'm afraid I have to stop there for this week, as always I could add loads more picks but (a bit like Sarn) sitting at a keyboard isn't the best of things to do when you're trying to avoid aches and pains. And, the previous thumbnails are always there for you to hop back and check out at your leisure of course.

Now for the prize draw, for the Little Claire's dogs and cats sets of stamps plus the fabulous Anna Griffin set of stamps so kindly donated by Mary Anne. And the winner is:
Pen started playing with us in mid-February and this is her first win. Delighted for you Pen and hope you feel the same. I don't have your snail mail address so could you please drop me an email (my address is on the right-hand sidebar) and I'll post your prize off to you this week. The sooner I can post it the better so I hope you see this blog post with you as the winner soon!

I thought this might be the week the prize was split, but it wasn't to be - have to say that the comments were in favour of 'winner takes all', but you all had the same odds of winning one or more of the stamps of course!

This coming week's prize is your very own Frantic Stamper 'Good Friends Daisy Frame' die set, just like the one I used for my snippets card of course. Also, I'm adding in a Woodware 'adhesive eraser'. I have one of these and find it's really good at picking up any stray bits of glue or tape adhesive. It doesn't work on Glossy Accents unfortunately :) I added it into a recent craft purchase so I didn't have to pay postage and thought I'd pop it into the pot for this week as part of the prize:

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 4th June. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

Here's a little 'heads up' and take notice girls. I have a long weekend off for 'teacher's training' planned so you may well notice that my comments will drop off from the end of this week. I plan to be learning how to put up and also fold down  a pop-up tent without rolling on the ground laughing and trying not to wet myself in the process! That means that I'll be embroiled in said tent when I really should be doing the weekly picks and also the draw for the week.

In view of our lovely and very supportive pal Sarn's need to rest (thankfully it also means less empties to gather up!), I can't be in two places at once.

So this is the drill, the week will run as usual and let me know if you hit problems linking although some of the time I will be out of touch (bum in the air and trying to light the camping stove no doubt!). The Playground will close as usual on Saturday at 11am - by then I expect to be frying bacon and eggs over the camping stove - having eaten leftover sandwiches the night before whilst reading the camping stove instructions by torchlight until I sort of 'got a grip'.

It also means as I said, there will be a scheduled 'new week' with my snippets card, a new Mr Linky and of course prize(s) to be won from Sunday 5th June - but, I won't be publishing the weekly picks and prize draw until the following Sunday (12th June). 

A maximum of ONE entry and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. If you only wish to try for the die set or the adhesive eraser, just say so in a comment and if you win then I'll do a second draw for whatever it is you don't want. 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 :)

Wishing you all a lovely week, with more sunshine, and I hope to see you in the Playground.

Psssst: Some of you seem to think I'll really be going camping. Not a chance with my back, I like my home comforts too much!

Di and, of course, Parsnip

Friday 27 May 2016

Rudolph Days - May 2016

Time for Rudolph Days over at ScrappyMo's - it runs until the end of the month remember!

I needed to play catch up with my Christmas card numbers so opted for ultra-CAS this month:
I used:

- 4.25" x 4.75" white card blank, tent style - made to measure around the red mat and topper :)

- a red mat just slightly smaller than the card front, cut from SU's 'Real Red' card stock, glued onto the card front

- I found the snowmen panel already embossed, languishing in a box of Christmas bits and bobs here. I know the embossing folder used was Crafts-Too's 'Snowmen' and it was just a case of trimming off the excess surround

- rootled around to find a suitable sentiment of a size to fit in between the embossed stars and also using a quite funky font. Success! I stamped 'Be jolly' using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a stamp from Paper Smooches 'Christmas Sampler' sentiments set

- then it was just a matter of gluing the embossed panel in place and resisting the urge to add any colour or sparkle to the snowmen lest I ruin it!

I found four of these ready-embossed snowmen panels, which was a stroke of luck, so I made four identical cards of course. I think I embossed the little chaps when on a Cuttlebug play day at Art of Crafts, years ago! I certainly don't have the embossing folder here so either took the opportunity to use the shop's own goodies which were out for us to play with, or subsequently gave the folder away.

I'd like to enter this card into Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge (Anything Goes or Cute this week), and also Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for May (always Anything Goes).


Wednesday 25 May 2016

Happy Birthday Super Hero

A couple of weeks ago I realised that a little neighbour's 7th Birthday wasn't too far off, so my in-house critic asked his Dad what his favourite 'things of the moment' were. Last year it was Spiderman, which was a challenge in itself - this year it's the Avengers film! Talk about a challenge and a half - one of those times you wish you never asked a question :(

Anyhow, I poodled around the internet looking for free downloads and, after truly spending almost a full day on it, this is the card I ended up with. The image governed the card from the word go and there was an awful lot of compromising along the way. Not least as the in-house critic kept on throwing in suggestions:
I used:

- 5" x 7" white card blank, tent style

- backing layer of silver card stock, trimmed to just slightly less than the size of the card front and glued in place

- then a slightly smaller layer of SU's 'Raspberry Ripple' card, trimmed to slightly smaller than the silver layer and glued in place

- the image was trimmed and mounted onto a backing of silver card - then kept to one side as I fiddle-faddled around with the rest of the card

- using snippets of silver card, backed with Stick-It adhesive sheet I cut the letters for the 'Taylor' panel using the Tattered Lace 'Anniversary - Classic' set of dies

- then the words were constructed onto a snippet of 'Raspberry Ripple' card and backed with a snippet of silver card. Tip for positioning letters when you don't want to risk using faint pencil lines, especially when the card itself is dark anyhow - use a strip of removable tape as a guide. I use the almost clear stuff but it's good enough to still see where you're going - and I've learnt the hard way over time to always press it onto whatever trousers or top I'm wearing first, just to get rid of any excess sticky - even removable tape can rip some card stock :(

- die cut the 'Happy Birthday' from silver card, again backed with Stick-It, using a new die by Paper Smooches called 'Birthday Words'

- then cut a number seven using a left over snippet of sticky backed silver card

- glued everything in place and just felt there were some gaps to fill so out came the box of confetti and sequins and I just added three silver stars to finish off

Almost went into total meltdown when I realised that the two stars on the 'Taylor' panel were just slightly out of alignment with one another and I'd stuck them in place using Glossy Accents so absolutely no hope of re-positioning them :( Isn't it always the way, if you're gonna do a boo-boo then you'll do it right at the last knockings! I know it's just a fraction, but it might as well have been a mile at that point in what had been a looooooooooong day!

The Paper Smooches 'Birthday Words' die set was 'enabled' by Jules when she used it on a card the other week. She used it 'inlaid' - which I actually think is more effective but I'm not unhappy with the way I used it. It comes with the Happy Birthday words plus two other celebratory words - and of course when I nipped off to buy one set, a second one fell into the basket for the Playground toy box so watch this space at some point in the future :)

Jane W made a really interesting point recently. With dies becoming more and more intricate we're almost creating our own peel offs when we back card with adhesive sheet and then cut fiddly dies. It look like Little Claire have twigged this and apparently they've got some really great peel offs in stock - who knows, perhaps peel offs are due to return into favour. Hop over to Jane's to see what I mean - HERE.

As it's another very important 7th Birthday this week, I'd like to enter this into the current 7th Birthday celebratory challenge over at Allsorts. Well done to Brenda and the team for all your hard work and wonderful inspiration!

And - I'm pleased to report that little Taylor was delighted with his card! He must have wonky eyes like me :)


Tuesday 24 May 2016

Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - 'Embossing'

Time for another fortnightly challenge over at Cuttlebug Mania - and this time the theme is 'Embossing' - either using an embossing folder or embossing using a die.

You do have to use a manual die cutting/embossing machine for Cuttlebug Mania entries (it doesn't need to be a Cuttlebug but it must be manual, not electronic). And, you can't mix the two, it must be all manual please. Then make your entry, link into the challenge, link to the challenge in your own blog post and and make sure that you also say what products you used for any die cutting/embossing.

Details of our sponsor can be found over on the Cuttlebug Challenge blog and this is the card I made:
I used:

- 4.25" x 6" white card blank 

- piece of white card, embossed using Sizzix folder called 'Corner, flower vine' and trimmed to about an eighth of an inch smaller all round than the card front 

- the next step was to add the sentiment, using the MFT 'You were meant to sparkle' set and SU's 'Smoky Slate' ink pad, having worked out the placement of the flamingo.

- glued the embossed panel to the card front

- out came the snippets folder and I used two shades of pink, grey and black card stock snippets - all backed with Stick-It adhesive sheet - to die cut the flamingo using MFT's 'Flamingos' die set

- then the flamingo was assembled straight onto the card front

- final touch, five sparkly sequins, glued in place using Glossy Accents

We'd love to see you over at Cuttlebug Mania, it's a great theme with plenty of scope. The challenge runs for two weeks so you have plenty of time to have a think, make something and then come and play :)


Sunday 22 May 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 230

We've had some lovely weather this week and the Playground is full of activity with birdies nesting and Spike visiting each night to play football with his feeding bowl :) Having said that, today (Saturday as I write this) is just a tad wet!

Let's go straight to my snippets cards for today - note the use of plural! First card:
I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- snippets of patterned paper from LOTV's 'Country Gent' paper pad, die cut using a square Spellbinders die (approx. one and three eights of an inch across) - four squares from each snippet

- then they were glued in place onto the front of the card blank. By a stroke of luck my calculations were right and they fitted perfectly but the contingency plan was that I started gluing the squares in the top left corner and worked across and down towards open edges. That way, if the spacing ended up with too much white at the right hand side or along the bottom, I could give the card blank a swift trim

- next I stamped the image using a Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink pad and a Little Claire stamp called 'We Six Dogs'. Coloured the image using Faber Castell Polychromos pencils and Sansodor blending fluid - I chose the papers first deliberately so I could try to match the pooches up :)

- die cut the image using a Lil'Inkers 'Stitched Rectangle' die and popped it onto a plain brown snippet from the same LOTV paper pad then glued it onto the card front

I'd like to enter this card into the current challenge over at Cardz 4 Guyz #120 where the current theme is 'Man's Best Friend'.

My second snippets card is for cat lovers:
I used:
- 4.25" x 5.5" white card blank

- snippet of white card, embossed using SU's 'Square Lattice' embossing folder, trimmed to slightly smaller than the card front and glued in place with Collall all purpose glue

- the image was stamped using a Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink pad and a Little Claire stamp called 'Hello Cats'. Coloured the image using Faber Castell Polychromos pencils and Sansodor blending fluid then just trimmed it all round

- popped the image onto a snippet of light turquoise card (same colour as the balloons) then glued it onto the card front

Time for this week's 'peek at the picks':
Alice made this absolutely fabulous vintage styled 'jar' which will hold a packet of chocolates - using so many wonderful elements, including what I picked up as a tumble dryer sheet for the rose leaves! I can see from the comments left since I first popped this on my list of picks that many of you also love it - what a clever crafter!

Mo hopped over with this really sunny card - it's so pretty and I love it. Really great idea to wrap the organza ribbon across the image. And I also picked up that the plain yellow mat behind the white stamped image layer provided all the yellow flowers and the scalloped circle behind the sentiment. Impressive way to get the most out of one piece of card where the gaps would be hidden anyhow!

Do remember that it's Rudolph Days over at Mo's, starting on Wednesday until the end of the month!

This is such a sweet baby card, and another example of loads of pretty elements being perfectly added to compliment the really cute and beautifully coloured image - made by Karen P.

Brenda always makes such fabulous cards, and this is no exception is it? It really is like looking into fairyland :) 

Gosh, I totally adore this card, made by Heather. Lots of tips and hints over at Heather's blog about the making of this beauty as well! I did get the 'wibble-wobbles' when I read that Heather used her craft knife to cut out the centre of the frame - lil' ole me and knives don't get on, let alone super sharp craft knives!

Just had to include this terrific card, made by Sue S! It's such a great design and the 'pièce de résistance' is the fabulous 'pleated skirt fold'. As Sue says, there are plenty of tutorials to be found on line and I'm certainly gonna have a go!

This is my last pick of the week, made by Meena. It's a mixed media canvas and the detail is just stunning! So many techniques and different layers - the dress alone is an absolute work of art, constructed totally with 'bits and bobs'. It's all the more impressive as Meena is unable to sit at a regular desk and craft, yet she produces amazing work! I wonder in my comment how long it took her - four days was the reply. To be honest, I'd take more like four weeks and am so aware of all the love and effort that went into this canvas. Meena, you get a big gold star this week!

Guess what, we had no new Playmates this week - although 56 of you came to play, which is pretty amazing! I love that you return to play and also that you are so kind and supportive to one another as well.

Now for the prize draw, for the really popular 'Eline's Elephant' die set and the 'New Baby' word dies. And the winner is:
Well done Lesley! It's almost six months since your last win so this was about due I think! I still have your snail mail address and will post the dies off to you this coming week :)

This coming week's prize is made up of a little selection of stamps - it's the Little Claire's Designs 'We Six Dogs' and 'Hello Cats' stamps, the same as I used for my snippets card:

Plus, an absolutely gorgeous Anna Griffin 'Flora Collection' stamp set, kindly donated by Mary Anne - thank you again! The set even has a beautiful poppy in it :)

Now, those of you who use Little Claire's Designs stamps will know that they don't go overboard on fancy packaging, but the stamps really are excellent quality. And interestingly, I could be wrong, but having bought these some while ago for the toy box they are larger than the 'dinkie' size they now produce. I think they reduced the stamp sizes in December 2015 and these cuties have been here longer than that :)  Anyhow, as I didn't have my own Anna Griffin set to use for my snippets make this week, I thought I'd add the Little Claire's 'critters' in as well. You are very welcome to play for all three stamp sets as one prize if your number is drawn - the choice is yours.
The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 28th May. 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. If you only want to play for one or two of the stamp sets, just say so in your comment and if you win then I'll do a further draw for the other item(s). 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 :)

Wishing you all a lovely week, with more sunshine, and I hope to see you in the Playground. I read on line earlier today (Saturday) that the UK is due to have a three month long heatwave from June to August. Hotter than the scorcher of 1976 apparently - I was peeping out of my pram back then and thought it was a bit on the warm side, wink. But, IF the weather folk are right (which I doubt anyhow) - can you imagine how we'll fare over here? We are so not geared up for extreme temperatures! I'd better break the news to Heath Robinson and see what mad cooling systems/schemes he can dream up :) 

Di and, of course, Parsnip

Friday 20 May 2016

Happy birthday- one of a kind

Shame on me, just over four months ago I coloured and die cut a load of Tim Holtz 'Bird Crazy' critters with matching accessories. Used one set for a card, popped the remaining sets into individual cellophane bags and promptly forgot all about them until I was searching for something else the other day.

This is a card I made as the result of my 'find':
I used:

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

- black card from the snippets folder as the first layer, then topped that with a trimmed down piece of DP from MME's 'Sunshine' paper pad - using Collall All Purpose glue

- stamped the sentiments using a Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink pad and the NBUS Tim Holtz 'Simple Sayings' set, snipped them apart and ran a black Whispers marker round the edges. I like this set a lot, tons of useful everyday sentiments in a typewriter font that you can mix and match

- to add the hat to the bird I just snipped from the bottom of the hat up to the front edge of the brim and then trimmed away enough from the back and the brim so that the hat would sit nicely over the Crazy Bird's head. Poor thing, I had to snip his little crest from the top of his head :)

- fiddled around working out where things should go before then gluing them in place using Collall glue

- then added Glossy Accents to the bird's eyes 

Job done! The still to be used birdies are staying within my line of sight now :)


Wednesday 18 May 2016

Less is More Week #276 - At Sea

The current one layer challenge over at Less is More 'At Sea' had me pondering for a while as lots of my thoughts had already been channelled into some brilliant entries. Then I thought of a set of stamps here which always makes me smile - and as a result made this card:
I used:

- 5" x 5" square white card blank

- image and sentiment stamp from an Acid Drops & Whatnots set (magazine freebie a while ago), stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink

- coloured the image using Faber Castell Polychromos pencil and Sansodor blending solution

- added two little drops of water underneath the sentiment and coloured them in - really just to link the water together more so the sentiment wasn't just like an add-on

- finally rounded off the top right hand corner using We R Memory Keepers corner chomper


Tuesday 17 May 2016

A little 'batch bake'

In an effort to keep on top of the target I set myself (make 12 Christmas cards per month) it was time to resort to a little bit of 'batch baking' so I made a run of four cards exactly the same:
I used:

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

- a slightly smaller piece of white card, embossed using a Crafts-Too folder called 'Poinsettia Frame'

- next I made up the little row of trees and set them aside. I used pink card and the Memory Box 'Pine Border Background' die as well as Stick-It backed silver card with the Memory Box 'Pine Border Outline' die for the trees

- was then able to use the die cut row of trees to work out just where the sentiment should be positioned - so far, so good

- I wanted to use a particular sentiment (from the Personal Impressions 'Many Greetings' set) to fill in the top right hand corner of the poinsettia embossed panel and as it was a run of four cards the Misti was going to be invaluable. But, choosing the ink to stamp the sentiment was a nightmare!

- I tried, Delicata silver ink pad (too juicy for the small font and the centres of the letters sort of merged), VersaMark with silver embossing powder (same problems), Memento 'London Fog' ink pad (the grey looked too blue) - then finally SU's 'Smoky Slate'. That worked fine and I didn't push my luck by attempting to clear emboss the sentiment - give up whilst you're finally ahead! On hindsight, perhaps a different sentiment stamp might have been much easier :)

- then I glued the panel to the card front and added the made up row of trees (using Collall glue in a Woodware fine tipped bottle)

- final touch, a shiny silver Josy Rose star shaped nail head on top of the tallest tree

I know I keep banging on about it, but the fine tipped bottles are fantastic - wish I'd bought them sooner.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge 281 'Colour - pink'

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge for May 'Anything Goes'

Happy Little Stampers May - 'Anything Goes with Dies'


Sunday 15 May 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 229

We've had a mixed bag of weather here - although the latter end of the week was warm and sunny in the Playground. It's certainly not time yet to totally discard warmer clothes though!

This is my snippets card for the week, still on a 'cute' run:
I used:

- 5.75" x 5.75" off-white card blank

- snippet of SU's 'Smoky Slate' card stock for the first layer, topped with an 'eighth of an inch all round' smaller square of off-white card stock

- then a snippet of pink patterned card was added, again cut to an 'eighth of an inch smaller all round' than the off-white layer. I love this patterned card, it's been in the snippets folder for ages and the time was finally right to use it

- next I used snippets of SU's 'Smoky Slate' plus tiny snippets of pink, blue and black to die cut the baby elephant and the flowers - using a die set I've been itching to use by Marianne Collectables called 'Eline's Elephant'. I gently edged the body pieces using a finger dauber plus a cotton wool bud for the fiddly parts and a Memento 'London Fog' ink pad

- punched the leaves using a Martha Stewart foliage punch and assembled the little elephant straight onto the card front before adding the flowers/foliage. The Woodware Ultra Fine Tipped glue applicator containing Collall glue was invaluable!

- even used the applicator on the very fine die cut sentiment - which was cut from a snippet of SU's 'Smoky Slate' using a 'New baby' die by Craft Essentials

- finally added self adhesive pearls to the flower centres and then three down the top right hand corner

I totally LOVE this little elephant die set, it's so sweet. It also comes with a decent sized balloon die (1" x 0.75") as part of the set, which would be great to use either with the elephant or on other cards. And of course it's not just for baby cards! Can you tell I'm trying to sell you on this die set? Tee, hee :)

I'd like to enter this card into Happy Little Stampers May Anything Goes With Dies challenge.

Time for this week's 'peek at the picks'  and this has been one of the very hardest weeks ever to choose just a few from all your fabulous snippets makes. I had a very long list of possibles and in the end I closed my eyes and stabbed at the list with my pen!

What a stunning bunch of flowers Eve created using snippets! A lovely card and it's so perfect against the white brick wall background too.

I really love this beach scene, made by Lia. It has such a dimensional look to it, even when you take into account that it's a sort of easel card shape/style. Look how those waves draw you away from the shore for example. Love it! And it was published in Dutch craft magazine recently and also featured on the cover. I do a happy dance when any of you end up in print :)

one current challenge is 'recycle and/or ruby red. And I wanted wanted to show you the fabulous card that Kath made using cardboard from a croissant box! Isn't it gorgeous?!

I loved this card, made by Renata as soon as it popped up in the Mr Linky thumbnails. And was blown away when I hopped over to take a closer look. First of all, Renata drew and coloured the poppy herself - without a stamp. She hand wrote the sentiment perfectly and then she did one last thing that I'm still stunned over. See those circles, they were cut by hand without the use of a die! Amazing!!

I've seen quite a few similar cards to this one, made by Theresa - at least the idea of the bride and groom hearts part. Isn't it clever - it's been on my list of things to try for ages? Certainly a brilliant idea for a Wedding card, love it!

Stampin Up Butterfly Thinlits, Inlaid Die Technique, CAS cards
A huge double WOW from me when I hopped over to comment on this beautiful butterfly card, made by Lindsey. Every little piece of the coloured card was painstakingly inlaid into the white butterfly die cut - so pretty, and so worthwhile too!

Gosh that was really tough to just have six picks (which is actually double the three I always say I'll show here) and in the interests of still limiting time sat sitting at the desk here I'll stop right there. As always, last week's thumbnails are still there for you to go and have a nose around!

We have one new Playmate this week:
Jacky P came to play with us for the first time, after peeping over the fence for a while now apparently. Needless to say I adore this sweet card (we had the same stamps and dies as a prize recently) - and I do hope you'll hop over to say 'Hello' to Jacky. She also loves bears, so Parsnip is lining up for a cuddle next time she visits! :)

Welcome Jacky and we hope to see you again soon.

Now for the prize draw, for the Penny Black 'gifts for you' stamp plus the sentiment stamp by Inkylicious called 'Some Moments'. And the winner is:
Jane does fabulous artwork and journaling. Her 'Moments' which sum up special occasions and events in her life are always so beautifully thought out and made with great skill. So I think the sentiment stamp especially, which says 'Some moments are worth holding in your heart forever' is just perfect for Jane  - and no doubt the little PB mouse will put in an appearance at some point in the future :)

It's been almost seven and a half months since Jane last won, so this prize was well due as well. I still have your address Jane and will post your prize off this week!

This coming week's prize is made up of a couple of items, the same as I used for my snippets card:
You guessed! It's a couple of die sets, the same as I used today (Marianne Collectables 'Eline's Elephant' and Craft Essentials' 'New baby')
The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 21st May. 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. If you only want to play for either of the sets of dies, just say so in your comment and if you win then I'll do a further draw for the other item. 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 all have a lovely week, hopefully with more sunshine, and I look forward to seeing you in the Playground.

Di and, of course, Parsnip