Sunday, 12 June 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 233

I'm baaaaaack! And surprisingly the Playground didn't suffer any major disasters and Parsnip was very cool, calm and collected when he opened the door to the tree house for my inspection. Mind you, I did notice that his pockets were jingling with coins - so the little rascal had obviously been making some money on the side!

We had a lovely time (in Southern Germany), and of course we weren't camping! Which is just as well, given the flash flooding just shortly after we safely arrived at our destination after driving from the airport. It came much too close for comfort! We were there to spend quality time with the little grand daughters (Mia and Livi)  and Kai, their brilliant Mama - as always, we came home in need of a rest :) And the pop-up tent that some of you remember now resides in Germany - the girls have a huge play room in the cellar where Len and Kai, whilst I rolled around laughing, mastered the art of putting said tent up and also (much more challenging) folding it away again. That young woman is a whizz at fathoming things out and we feel sure she'll cope fine with perhaps a little bit of a helping hand from Mia - just at one crucial point in the process. I did eventually scamper upstairs for my camera - but was too late 'cos I returned just as they'd just finished off packing it away for the final time :(

With more of the family, we all had a gorgeous meal at Bad Waldsee, overlooking this beautiful lake one evening:

And this is a tower over one of the gates to the pretty little town. You can see the ominous rain clouds lurking, although we did manage to grab a few hours of sunshine here and there:

We took quite a few photos of the girls of course, this one is actually my favourite as they were much too preoccupied to even notice it being taken. They're growing up so fast:

Straight onto my snippets card now:
I used:

- 4" x 6" white card blank

- a slightly smaller snippet of turquoise card stock as a backing

- a slightly smaller again snippet of white card stock with 'waves' die cut using a Memory Box 'Breezy Waves' die - and then the back of the 'waves' were covered with a rectangle of double sided adhesive sheet so that the apertures were backed with sticky

- glued the turquoise layer and the die cut layer onto the card front. Little tip, if you've have open sticky apertures like I had - use the layer of waxed paper you peeled off to expose the sticky to cover it up again whilst you work

- die cut three shades of turquoise card snippets for the waves and inlaid them into the die cut apertures

- stamped the boat and seagulls using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink onto white card - using stamps from the Lawn Fawn 'Float My Boat' stamp set

- coloured the sails of the boat using a yellow Pro Marker then die cut the boat and seagulls using the matching Lawn Fawn set of dies

- stamped the sentiment using SU's 'Real Red' and one of the sentiments from the stamp set

- die cut the sentiment with a Spellbinders 'Nested Pennant' die. Another tip, the sentiment was too long for the die so I just die cut one end at a time - moving the die and making sure I only partially cut the length of the sentiment

- then glued everything in place - and called it finished

The stamp set comes with various really fun sentiments plus a teeny heart, a life saver and an anchor - oh, and a stamp which would make great waves too. The life saver and anchor also have matching dies in the set I used - but it seemed a step too far to throw too much at the one card.

I know that I originally spotted a similar card on a Playmate's blog and rushed off to buy the goodies immediately - quite a while ago now. Needless to say I can't find which one of you lovely peeps inspired me and I've searched high and low in Blogland - if it was you, do please let me know and I'll add your name here.

Time for a 'peek at the picks' from the last two weeks.

Week 231:
I just cracked up at this terrific get well card, made by Megan! What great use of snippets too - following a super sketch that's just perfect for snippets.

Barb is always coming up with great ideas and I think this card is really so clever. Do hop over to Barb's for more detail on how to make those wonderful little 'apertures' on the right hand side of the card - you could be surprised, I was!

I really love this card, it's so CAS and a really great way to use up little snippets at the same time - made by Helen. Such a sweet birdie too!

I think this is such a clever card, made by Pat! Perfect for anyone interested in chess - love the chess pieces and how dramatic is that chess board?

Gosh, Meg has a flying start on her Hogmanay cards for 2017! This is such a brilliant design for a card don't you think? All from a scrap of tartan patterned paper - a great kilt and I think a few of us could be copying this idea!

Week 232:
I picked this card, made by Jane W, for the CAS design and also to show how you can get cracking on your Christmas cards! Once you pick a design like this I reckon you could set up a little production line for stamping, colouring, die cutting, fancy edge scissors (or dies/punches) and away you go. Plus some bling of course :) Super card!

Alison brought this absolutely stunning card to share with us. A perfect example of what can be done with a piece of paper left from a session when Alison was playing with ink effects. Plus, Alison also inlaid some of the die cuts - LOVE it!!

This brilliant pop up gift card holder was made by Liz - and there are really easy to follow photos of the steps on her blog post as well. Such a brilliant idea - I'd already earmarked this as an idea when our Sarn made a holder a few weeks ago - no excuse now!

I picked this card largely as the gorgeous image is just so perfectly coloured to go with that lovely selection of backing papers plus the die cut hearts and little enamel dots. Wanda really did hit the colours on the nail here, great use of snippets and I love the retro feel too :)

And last but not least, here's a card to possibly make your eyes deceive you:
Brought to us by Darnell and those letters are actually inset rather than adhered onto the top of the purple layer of card. Keep looking away and then return to the photo and I think you'll suddenly see what I mean! My eyes were popping in and out like organ stops!! Trust Darnell to come up with this :)

Which reminds me - Darnell's trip to England from mid-July is fast approaching so do go and see if she's likely to be within reach on her visit. First stop is Southampton - yay!!

So, I did better than I thought and had five picks from each of the two weeks. Having said that, I could have had many, many more as always! You really do come up with some wonderful snippets makes and it's always so hard to whittle down my list to a manageable number :(

We had one new Playmate join us during the past couple of weeks, in week 231 NanaConnie brought this lovely card to share:
Wonderful quilling Connie and such a gorgeous design too. Hope you come back often to play with us, I see you joined in again during week 232 - which means the girlies must have been kind on your first visit :) Mind you, they really are the sweetest bunch of bloggers and make the Playground a happy and supportive place to come and play each week.

Now for the two prize draws:

Week 231 - the Frantic Stamper 'Good Friends Daisy Frame' die set and adhesive eraser:
Crumbs, it looks as if it's Judy's first ever Playground win! Many congratulations are due - and can you please let me have your address PJ, my email addy is on the right hand sidebar :)

Week 232 - the Impression Obsession 'Girl Swinging' and 'Love' die:
It's been a good few weeks since Kath last won so this was due :) I still have your address here Kath and will post your prize off ASAP.

This coming week's prize is made up of stamps and dies, the same as I used today - Lawn Fawn 'Float My Boat' and Memory Box 'Breezy Waves'. Plus a lovely extra set of Memory Box dies called 'School of Fish' - which I think might look such fun underneath the waves, kindly donated by Mary Anne:
The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 18th June. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

Just realised, it's our local village carnival on Saturday 18th June - which may have an effect on things. Certainly the Playground gates will close and open as usual as I can arrange/schedule that ahead of time - my snippets card will be here along with the new Mr Linky and details of the new week's prize. But, I may not have a chance to do the prize draw for the Sunday Snippets post - and possibly not the weekly picks. I'm loathe to alter the Playground closing and opening times so there's a chance you might have to hop back on the Monday or Tuesday to check out the winner and possibly the picks. I'll do my best but have a feeling that we'll be helping out on the Saturday morning ready for the afternoon's fun and games! Just hope we have good weather!

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 die sets or the stamp set then just say so in your comment and if you win then I'll do a further draw for the other item(s). But, it's one whole prize if you wish. 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 certainly no flash floods!

I hope this post works OK, for some reason whenever the mouse floats over the post in edit mode stuff jumps here and there! I've been and tweaked some rogue HTML but am loathe to tinker further. It's jumping round like a jack in the box even as I type this closing sentence!! I'm OFF!!

Di and, of course, Parsnip


Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Welcome back home Di! :)I can see that you have had a beautiful vacation with your family in Germany and that your grand daughters are two adorable little girls, so beautiful!!!
Love very much your sea card, the waves are just wonderful with these colours as well the boat and the flying birds! Fabulous CAS!
Congrats to the winners and to all the top pics, there are great inspirations!
For me is time to sleep, but I want enter my last card in the new challenge. Please, count me in the draw for these amazing prizes, these sets of stamps plus dies are so versatile!

Sue said...

Hi and welcome back Di and what fab photo's your granddaughters are so pretty:))) love your card too...congratulations to the winners and some fabulous picks as well ...huggles Sue xxx

Hazel said...

Good to see you back - glad you had a lovely time. Super snippets card. xx

Dr Sonia S V said...

Those waves look amazing on your card and count me in for the prize...will try to enter later in the week if time permits
Dr Sonia

Janice said...

So pleased you enjoyed your visit to Germany with your granddaughters. My husband spoke to his sister yesterday who lives in the southern part, and she said they have had ten days of rain, too much!
I love your nautical card Di, the waves look so effective! Another week of fabulous picks too, thanks for the inspiration from all the ladies. I would love to be added into the draw this week please, it's a fabulous prize!
Janice x

scrappymo! said...

So many wonderful cards! Great picks here. Conratulations to the winners.

Your card is so cun. I love water/sport themed cards. This one is a great design and looks great.

Off to load my entry and yes please for any prizes.

meg said...

Thanks+++ for the pick Di, it would be great to see some more cards similar to this out there. It sounds as though you had a fantastic time visiting your family and the photos are lovely

Jane said...

Great to have you back Di..lovely pics and your granddaughters look so grown up. Glad you had fun despite this aweful heavy rain.Wallington made it onto the news on Tuesday as cars got submerged under the railway bridge! I love you seafaring card...great ideas.Lovely pics as always.Enjoy the week ahead and let's hope the sun returns soon. Please count me in for the fab prize...I'll back ;0) Hugs xx

Kath said...

Welcome back and I'm pleased you had a good time with your family. Love your card and the lovely picks from the last two weeks. Thank you to you and Mr Random for picking me as the winner of the lovely IO die and stamp.
Kath x

JennyH said...

Love your card Di, thanks again for a snippety chalenge.
Yes please to the prize draw : )

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

Fabulous post Di and such wonderful photographs. Grandchildren are just the best thing ever and I'm pleased that you got to spend quality time with yours, such a blessing. Love your card and I would like to play for the prizes, thank you. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. Crafty Hugs, Sandra x

ellyscard creatief said...

Lovely photo's Diana.
I live 3 km from the border from Germany, in the Noord East of The Netherlands. So you was close to me.
Germany is such a beautiful and clean country.
We spend many times there.
Thanks for the challenges, love the dies and stampset, for me a yes please.
Gr, Elly

Sarn said...

Wahoo . . . you're back and it looks like you enjoyed yourself. Great photo's of your trip.
Super picks over the last 2 weeks.

Congratulations to Princess Judy and Kath on their wins.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Barb said...

Morning Di, First thank you for spotlighting my card as one of your picks this time. What a great surprise that was. Congratulations to the other picks this week and also to Judy and Kath on winning your super prizes.

Thanks for sharing your photos. What a lovely photo of your little Granddaughters. I'm sure you both had a wonderful time visiting your family.

Your card again this week is a beauty. I love the Lawn Fawn stamps and die sets but sadly will not be playing for the next couple of weeks as I'm taking a short break from blogland. See you soon. Barbxx

Sandra H said...

Sounds like you and Len had a cracking time and the girls look gorgeous and wow how they really are growing up time just flies by so fast....just love your card and amazing showcase too! congrats Judy and Kath enjoy your win and enjoy your day Di l'm sure your still tired after your amazing journey take care xx

Carol L said...

Welcome home again - I'm so glad you were able to make this fun trip and spend time with your adorable DGDs!! They are just precious and oh so beautiful! TFS all those great photos as well. I like your fun card and would love to be entered to win the Lawn Fawn stamps & dies set. Congrats to PJ and Kath on their wins, and thanks for everyone else for their beautiful entries that continue to keep us all inspired! Have a great week ahead!

Wanda said...

Welcome back Di! Thanks so much for picking my card! Congrats to the others who were picked and PJ and Kath for their wins.

Thanks for sharing photos from you trip, looks like so much fun! I will be back later this week with a card and a chance to win the amazing stamp and dies! Your card using them is so cute!

scrappymo! said...

Just popped back to say how lovely it was to see the photos. The scenery and buildings photos were great but the kids steal the show. How quickly they look like young ladies.
Beautiful girls!

Helen said...

Lovely to have you back Di!
Fab CAS the die cut waves!
How lovely to see my card among the the other choices!
Helen x

PS - I'm a 'yes please' for the prize draw :0)

Pat said...

Glad you enjoyed the holiday vist with your two pretty granddaughters Di, and Southern Germany looks wonderful. Thank you so much for highlighting my card from last week with lots of great creations as usual, also congratulations to Judy and Kathy for winning those two weeks. I should be able to enter a card this week and am a 'yes please' to the very generous prize on offer. Thank you Di. x

Jules said...

Hi Miss Di

Welcome home. That looks like it was very intense "teacher training"!! LOL!!

Great pictures .. .. especially the one of the girls. How pretty they are.

Loving your card. Great use of gorgeous dies.

Just playing for fun at this end Di.

Congratulations to the winners and the makers of those fabulous picks.

Love Jules xx

Kathleen said...

Fabulous CAS card Di, looks really stunning, very classy.
Mmmm, need words with Mr Random, picked the wrong Kath, lolOops just remembered I was joining in this week with my Allsorts card, better get that sorted or Parsnip will be charging me a late entry fee.

Kath x

Valerija said...

Love your card Di.
Yes please for the prize.
Valerija xx

Brenda said...

Your holiday sounds divine Di! Of course seeing the grands is always divine! And your little girls are such cuties!!! They do grow up so dang fast, I just don't get it. I loved your scenic views too. Just beautiful country it looks like! I'm glad you didn't get into the flooding mess. Goodness, it seems there is flooding in many places!! I love your snippets card Di! The boat is just to cute, but it is those water waves that I am loving! Hugs, Brenda

Megan J said...

Hello Miss Di, glad to see you had a great time visiting your family despite the heavy rains and floods, Thank you for choosing one of my cards a weekly spotlight, playing just for fun this week. Have a great time at your fair, we have one the same day nearby for the Winter Solstice... Megan

KT Fit Kitty said...

Glad you are back! What a lovely trip you had! I enjoyed looking at the photos! Your snippets card is so cute - I'm a huge fan of Lawn Fwan and Memory Box so that would be a giant YES for the prize! Thank you to Mary Anne for the extra prize! Congrats to the winners and picks - so well deserved! Gorgeous cards by all! I'll be back to join your playground later this week!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Love your vacation pix and of course your card and picks too.
Em xxx

Jane Willis said...

Glad you enjoyed your trip - isn't it special when you get to see grandchildren who live abroad? Skype is all very well but it doesn't give proper hugs! Thanks for making me one of your picks this week, and I'm very glad to see Liz's wonderful wallet card there - I'm going to be totally CASEing that idea next time I buy a gift card. My card this week is not so much one card but TEN!

Loll said...

Love the shots from your holiday Di. Beautiful place you visited. And your grands are so beautiful. And LOVED your fun card too. Thanks for sharing all. xx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Winner winner chicken dinner! How exciting. I love seeing what great picks you chose to highlight. I really like your sweet little boat card. I appreciate that you show us (and give away) the dies you used as I couldn't fathom those wave dies at all until I saw the packaging.

Lady Joyful said...

Your boat card is super cute! I'd love a chance at the prize please Di :) Oh and your holiday seemed lovely!

Karenladd said...

I don't know which I love more, the adorable little card with your boat design, or the sweet candid photo the granddaughters! I'm glad to hear about your lovely visit with them and know just what you mean about needing a rest now that you're back home! Beautiful picks, as always, and so fun to see the variety of styles by all your participants. Yes please to this week's prize. I already have an idea for those tiny fish dies!

Di said...

Oh PJ! You should know that I don't do difficult - those wave dies are a dream to use! And have responded to your email - package will be posted containing your prize tomorrow with luck and a following wind :)


Di xx

Pat said...

Hi Di. I tried to link my card up earlier this evening and the linky tool seemed to be playing up as the third way of entering on the list usually brings up the photos from my blog and I press on it to highlight and then press enter. I came back and had another go just now and it was still the same so I thought it must be me and tried a different way round it and the picture of my card came up after I had pressed enter and on looking it is there, but when I press my name under the photo it says the post doesn't exist and the post only appears when I press home on that screen. I have tried the other link that I set up and that works OK so I presume it is something to do with the link here. I hope this makes sense as I am not the greatest on the computer. x

nancy littrell said...

Your card is adorable, but your granddaughters are even more adorable. TFS both Di.
Like Pat my link did not show up either. I will check back later. I have been meaning for ages to play in your Snippets Playground. Awesome prizes too. I would be interested in both the MB dies.
Hugs, nancy

nancy littrell said... card and name showed up in the gallery. Just took time!

Jane Willis said...

And I forgot to say, please count me in for the super goodies this week

Anonymous said...

Hi there! Today is the first time I stop on your blog - love your greetings cards. I don't know which I love more.
Yes please for the prize.
Majda xx

Pen Sunshinepen said...

Welcome back and glad you had a lovely time. Parsley was very good :)

Wonderful prize again this week so yes please if I am lucky again we will see.


Unknown said...

Gorgeous photos Di and love your card! What fabby prize! Yes please have just entered :-)
Lucy x

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Ah Ha, I see the fish have swam out of the toybox! Awesome! Funny thing is, I would love to play for this weeks prize, minus the fish. Congrats to this weeks chosen. There were gorgeous creations all around! I am really in the mood for beachy themed cards, so I am loving your card this week.

Di said...

Hi Mary Anne! I was saving the fish to go with the rest of this prize, that's why it took me so long :) Of course you can enter for the prize minus the fish!


Di xx

Pat said...

Thank you for fixing that Di, you computer wizz .. I never noticed it had put an extra 'l' on the end so no wonder I had a job to get it to link. x

Paper Lily Leaf said...

Welcome home Di! Your grandchildren are so sweet! The photos from Germany look lovely. Great picks and yes please to super prize Xx

Whisper said...

Oooo lovely photos of your hols and grandchildren.

A great little day out at sea scene and what a cute little boat, Luv Sam x

Karen said...

Welcome home huni buni!! I can't believe how much the youngsters have grown! Love the photo's - the tower is just like a little chocolate box house and the lake is beautiful!
Gorgeous picks from everyone, as per usual, and another awesome card from you. Yes please for the prize Miss Pixie! I hope you are taking it easy and not drowning with loads of washing, it's the one thing I hate about going away Karen xx

Lynne in NI said...

Glad to hear you had a great time with your family Di, the photos look fab!
The playground was very well behaved in your absence, except for Parsnip who was charging for goes on the swings ;)
Yes please to be in your draw for your goodies x

Brenda in IN said...

Your granddaughters are so cute and how wonderful you were able to go spend some time with them. You little sailing ship is a great card and I love the waves.

Tina Z. said...

Welcome back and I'm pleased you had a good time with your family, your grand daughter are sooo cute!
I love your card, wow, great waves.
Yes for the prize please.
have a great day!

Liz said...

Welcome home, Di. Sounds like you had a wonderful time in Germany. Lovely photos, especially the one of your beautiful granddaughters. TFS

Great snippets card. I love the CAS design.

Thanks for choosing my gift card holder as one of your picks this week. Super selection of other picks - lots of inspiration, as usual.

I'm a Yes Please for the prize this week. xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Cant recall if I've commented or no, dont think so...
... but just in case yes please for the items on offer please Di :D
....and love the choices for this week, even manged to see some.. and Germany looks special indeed,
Shaz in oz.x

Mrs A. said...

Aren't the girls growing up fast. Glad to here you had lots of me time with them. Just playing this week. hugs Mrs A.

Heather said...

Super cute card! Makes me feel all summery. : ) Would love to play for the prize this week.

Linby said...

What a fab card you made - I wouldn't have had a clue how to use that wave die. So I'm just playing for fun this week.

Maura said...

Your vacation spot looks lovely, Di! And the same goes for your sweet granddaughters! Love your card, and yes please on the drawing!

K M Meena Herale said...

Welcome back Di.....hope you enjoyed alot....the card is beautiful....

please count me in the draw....

Greta said...

Oh what a wonderful trip--so glad you got to see family, Di! Lovely picks, as always! What a great snippets card & I'll play for the entire prize this week. Hope the weather cooperates for the carnival!

Pam said...

Sounds like a lovely vacation! You've made such a sweet card so yes, please on the drawing.

KandA said...

Super photos and glad to hear you had a wonderful holiday.
Sorry I didn't come to play last week Miss, but I do have a note from the doctor.

I love your super card and a big yes please to going in the hat for that fabulous prize xx

Sandy said...

I have yet to try inlaid die-cuts, but the waves look super on this fun card. I guess I'll have to try it. (working with the itty bitty pieces of flower on my card was challenging, so I guess it would be best to try with somewhat larger die-cuts)
Your granddaughters look adorable. Glad you had a lovely visit.
yes, please enter me for the prize this time.

Mrs A. said...

Please Miss,
can we ave sum Aylesbury duckies for the playground. Brenda's got sum chicks and their every so cute. They won't be no trouble cos we can give em to Hettie to look after (if we tell her their chickens) Please pretty please!!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Getting homesick just looking at your pictures....Germany is wonderful - despite all the rain they are always getting.....Love your card, Di - perfectly CAS, just my thing....playing for real this time - who could resist those goodies???

laurie said...

I love your nautical card! The waves are so cute. And your trip sounds fun, the pics are awesome. What a sweet photo of the girls,too.

Yes please for me and have a great weekend!

Craftychris said...

So glad you had a lovely holiday! Fabulous photo and the girls are gorgeous! So is your card, so cute! I would love to win the prize, if I should be lucky! Fabulous pics too and congratulations to the winners! xxx

Sue - said...

Playing just for fun this week! Glad you had a good holiday, lovely pics!

Whisper said...

I'm back, yipee and just in time to play for fun this week too, Luv Sam x