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


  1. OOOH Miss the weeny "helefunt' is soooo cute what a great baby card (so yes please to set, very useful ones).. am peeking over the playground fence very early today 'cos have to rush out soon, the sun rises earlier downunder, oh and what a lovely sunny autumn we are having indeed..
    Some really clever playmates too and big congrats to you all - very well deserved!!
    Thanks so much for the inspiration.
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

  2. Such an adorable baby card, Di & wonderfully inspiring picks! I'll play just for fun this week.

  3. Thank you for choosing my card as one of your picks this week - the croissants were lovely too!
    Your snippets card is lovely, such a cute elephant and I love the little flowers too. I'll be in the playground soon and would love a chance of winning this week's prize.
    Kath x

  4. Awww Di your baby ele newborn card is just so sweet,I love it!I was very excited by all your gorgeous picks this week and when I scrolled down and saw my name came out of the hat I did a little squeal......yippee....thanks so much. I adored the PB cuties and as you say that sentiment will be just perfect for my Moments. Thank you SO much you really are so very kind and I do love my playtime over here. It is such a supportive, fun and friendly place. Can I be greedly and say yes please to playing for the prize this week.....I do love those dies.Hugs xx

  5. Morning Di......Amazing what you have created using lots of snippets and the elephant is simply gorgeous! love the flowers and pearls added to your gorgeous card ...another array of cards well done all and congrats Janes enjoy your win....hope you have a lovely day Di weather here a little overcast but no complaining the weather as you say has been pretty good hopefully we will continue to get more of it but l also agree not to put your woolies away too soon....take care x

  6. Morning Di, That's the sweetest little elphants. An adorable card for a baby girl and I love the flowers in her hair - it reminds me of a little Pixie we all know!

    Congratulations to Jane on her lucky win. Your picks again this week are a super selection and welcome to our new playmate. I'd love to be in with a chance. Barbxx

  7. I just love your amazing card with a little elephant. And I just love the dies you used, so plese, I'd love to be in the draw for this week prize. I have my fingers crossed!
    Hugs, Valerija

  8. Cute makes and selection. Just uploaded mine, just playing for fun this week

    Happy Sunday


  9. Such a cute card for a new baby, Di!!! Very very sweet! Love it!
    Great pikcs of the week, they are all really inspiring and I'm stunned by them, expecially by Lia's card: it has a very beautiful 3D look and make me dreaming summer... (it will arrived??)
    Congrats to the winner!

  10. OH! That really is a beautiful new baby card. The Ellie is just too cute! LOVE this one.

    Great picks and many congrats to Jane on her win. I'll be back with a card later.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  11. Your baby card is just adorable Di! I can't stop saying "awwwww" every time I see that cute elephant! Congrats to Jane, and to all the wonderful spotlighted cards! Playing just for fun this week, but thanks for another fun snippets challenge! TC!

  12. Oh I love your sweet little 'Ellie' card I have a love for those little adorable!! Weather here has been all over the place too...wish it would just get nice out and stay that way! Beautiful picks this week too...sorry I haven't visited much lately just been busy here with a yard sale and such and now my messy house is calling...ugh!! And yes of course to this weeks prize, who could pass up a sweet Ellie like that!!

  13. How cute is that elephant Di, you've made a fabulous card! Super selection of picks as always this many ideas to 'borrow'! I would love to be in with a chance this week please, I'll be popping my card on tomorrow.
    Janice x

  14. Hi Miss Di

    A really lovely baby card .. .. that little elephant is super cute!

    I seem to be having a surge in the request for baby cards at the moment .. .. there must a baby boom happening!!

    Just playing for fun but thank you for always offering such lovely prizes.

    Well done to Jane for winning last week's prize and I love all the picks you have chosen. The beach scene is amazing!!!

    Have a good week everyone.

    Love Jules xx

  15. Such a cute little elephant - I know my DIL would just love this card so please pop my name into the draw this week - fingers crossed!! Great picks as always, enjoy the sunny days.

  16. Adorable!! LOVE that sweet elephant. Great card Di! xx

  17. Now that is one cutie of a card, Di! So sweet! And I am especially pleased to see you linking up with us at HLS! and your parade of cards is wonderful - have to pay those ladies a visit!

  18. And of course I had to link up a card - playing for fun!

  19. WOW!! Not only is your card absolutely adorable with that cute little elephant, but the picks of the week are AMAZING! The easel card with the beach scene is spectacular and I'm not surprised it appeared in a magazine. Yes please to this sweet prize.

  20. Oh my gosh, your card is so darn cute. I love that die and would like to be included for the prize draw.
    Your design is sweet!
    Sorry have not been by for so long. Mum is very porrly, hospitalized 5 or 6 times in the last few weeks and the trips up and back to visit her in hospital have been draining. My eldest had ankle surgery and has been recovering from it at our house. So fun to have her home again but we have been kept busy as she is non weight bearing for 6 to 8 weeks.

  21. What a cutie your little Ellie is and shown off so well. Sorry not to have played for so long. Playing just for fun this time. Hugs x

  22. I absolutely love your amazing card with a cute elephant, this die is on my wish list for a long time :).
    So, yes for the prize please.
    Have a great week!
    Hugs, Tina

  23. So, so cute, Di :)
    Yes please... this would be very welcome if I were chosen by Mr/Mrs Random.
    Especially given the fact I'm on a baby card run!

  24. Playing just for fun thanks Di. xxx

  25. Not been here for a while - where does the time go??
    Would lov eto win that little elephant though - as elephants are my favourite to camels...

  26. Gorgeous baby card Di! Great picks too.
    Em xxx

  27. Love the adorable elephant, Di - complete with sweet flowers and a pretty pp bg! Yes, please on the drawing!

  28. Oh Miss Di, that is the cutest elephant card I've ever seen and I love it to bits. And what amazing picks this week too. Will be back tomorrow with my card and yes please to going in the hat for those super dies xx

  29. Your ellypussycat (that was what one of my daughters used to call them) is so cute! Just playing for fun this week

  30. Adorable elephant card! I just entered my card and I'd love to be in the draw for this week prize. Thanks!

  31. Gorgeous elephant card! The elephant die is sooooo cute! Yes Please! I would love to be entered to win the prizes! thank you. Gorgeous picks and lovely card from Jacky too! Congratulations to Jane! xxx

  32. awwww I love elephants, and you done such a cute card :), I can totally see the problem with the picks, what talented playmates! Love Lia's beach, and Renata is clever, or what?! have fun xxxxx p.s. yes please to enter :)

  33. Stinking cute and then some! So many wonderful picks and all so special in their own way. I must get the hedgehogs stamp set when I can because they are so very cute and we adore them too! Yes please for the prize Miss Pixie as I became an auntie today and that would be very useful in future! Have a good week Karen x

  34. Hello Di, hope you are keeping well. Yes, that elephant is super cute, a delightful baby card. Please put me in for a chance to win him/her. Lynn

  35. Love the cute elephant but I will just play for fun today.
    Margaret M

  36. Hiya Di, really cute card just love that elephant. Please put me in the cup for a chance to win.

    enjoy your day crafty hugs Pen x

  37. Great card and picks Di.

    Was determined not to miss this week as heard there is going to be a bit of a bash in the tree house before we have to get stuck into exams.

    B x

  38. That little elephant is sooo adorable!! Love the little bit of greenery at it's feet. Would love to play along for the chance to win him. : )

  39. Super card Di, yes please to the draw.

  40. Oooo what an adorable Elephant image and so perfect for a new baby too, Luv Sam x

  41. Just playing for fun this week Miss. cor it dun half rain here today. The ponds have all flooded. I have dispanded the diving board in favour of a pontoon instead. The ducks said they needed to get to their island in the middle of the pond and didn't want to get their feet wet!!. hugs Mrs A.

  42. For me a yes.
    Thanks for the challenge.
    Gr, Elly

  43. Playing for fun, love the elephant die cut perfect for a baby card

  44. Your card is adorable Di.
    I have spent the last two months moving house and haven't even looked at blogs in most of that time. Maybe it's because I've been away and forgot the level of creativity here, but all of your picks are just amazing. I need that inspiration to go unpack my crafting supplies (kind of the last front of unpacking here) and get creative again, so thanks to all the playground playmates.
    Just playing for fun.

  45. Hi Di,
    I'm back again!! Thank you for the warn welcome to the playground, such a lot of fab inspiration to enjoy too. Love your super cute elephant card and I can't resist saying 'Yes Please' this week. Talking of super cute I saw Parsnip on my way in and gave him a little hug - he's so sweet!! Love Jacky x

  46. I love your cute elephant card Di and the pretty pink background and added flowers. Wow! What fabulous highlights this week and congratulations to Jane for winning. I have been away and got back this evening and have linked my card so I would like to say 'yes please' to an entry to win the cute eli and sentiment. x

  47. Awww, such a cute card Di, this elephant die is perfect for baby cards. Great picks as usual and count me in for the prize draw : )

  48. Beautiful cards by everyone. I want to play so please count me in for the draw :)


  49. Hello Di, I'm back again - my mojo takes days, nay weeks off these days :( Love your baby elephant card - so cute. And such inspiration from the showcased cards - e.g the bunch of flowers on an embossed brick wall background, the use of cardboard from a croissant box (nothing goes to waste in the hands of a Snippeteer), and the sweet little hedgehogs our new playmates card are a delight. I'd love to be in with a chance of winning this week's prize. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  50. Your sweet baby card couldn't be more adorable, Di! And is it my imagination or are the entries getting more and more sensational? The spotlighted art took my breath away this week!! Hugs, Darnell

  51. I'm back to ogle all the wonderful cards and get some inspiration but I'm just playing for fun. Love your card, though, it's adorable. I agree the entries are more amazing each week and more inventive. I don't envy you your job. x

  52. Hi Miss Di, your card is so cute and perfect for a new arrival, would love to be included in the draw, thank you for the inspiration. Have a great weekend... Megan

  53. Your card is so sweet and I am drooling over the picks this week. So much talent!

  54. I have to say that these little pictures do not do these cards justice! I just saw ##10 full size and it is so adorable but I could not tell until I made it bigger. So dont be shy, click on some of these cards and be amazed! By the way it is Jules from Always with a Heart that made #10 and she does great work.


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