Sunday 31 July 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 240

It's been a tad cooler here this week, but pleasant weather generally though.
I'm still trying to limit time spent sitting at the desk here, which can mean some slippage in timely commenting, but I do always get to you in the end!

A little bit of excitement here, we have a Mama hedgie bringing at least two of her babies with her when she comes for a nightly feed! As yet, they haven't got the hang of the feeding dish and seem to just scoot around the garden having fun. My guess is that they're about the size of a small mango - so still pretty young. Thankfully it's a while until Autumn so they have plenty of time to reach a comfortable weight for hibernation. I can't promise any photos as yet so you'll just have to trust me for now.

Here's my snippets card for this week, it's a little busier than I tend to like to make these days:

I used:

- 4" x 8" white card blank, tent style

- snippet of plain pink Core-dinations card from the snippets folder, trimmed and then each end was punched with a Martha Stewart 'Vintage Lace' punch before glueing it onto the card front

- cut a smaller oblong of white card stock and glued that on top of the pink layer
- then die cut the teacup stack and the sentiment using two Apple Blossom dies - called 'Teacups' (the stack of cups) and 'Time for Tea' (the sentiment) - using snippets of plain white card

- next die cut the sentiment using a snippet of pink gingham paper from the Craftwork Cards 'Kitsch collection pack and glued it to the matching white card die cut

- the cups were a little more fiddly as the die actually cuts the stack as one whole piece and it's up to you to chop and change papers then layer the cups up. I already had one failed attempt which is why I hit on the idea of die cutting the plain white card layer first. AND, this time I also remembered that you place the very top cup onto the card first, leaving a little bit extra underneath. Then cut across the top of the middle cup and glue that in place, also leaving a little bit extra underneath and finally cut right across the bottom cup and glue that in place. That way the cups look as if they're nestled inside one another

- glued the sentiment and cups onto the card front and then die cut three butterflies from a small snippets from the same paper pack using the SU 'Embosslits Beautiful Wings' die set and glued them in place

I've recently missed out on a couple of challenges where certainly the stacked teacups would have been just perfect and thought it better to get them while they were on a brilliant offer - and also still in 'vogue' too! Ha, the butterflies look like a little squadron about to land of the cupcake and tuck in :)

The sentiment would be clearer if cut from plain card but I wanted to pick out one of the cups with the pink gingham.

Now for this week's peek at the picks:
Vinita made this fabulous almost purely black and white card and I love all the beautiful detail.
I gasped when this amazing tea light holder popped up in the Playground! It was made by Sonia and is just breathtaking. So, so much work and love has gone into making this - you really do need to hop over to her blog HERE and see all the close-ups! The leaves were made from snippets of paper by the way - the flowers were made using Thai clay, which is a new one on me. I did think it might be much like Martha Stewart's paper clay but from the little bit of Googling I've done it seems quite different.

Now, isn't this just super-cute?! Maura brought this gorgeous card to share with us, I love the marching band as well as the fact that it's s really clever shaker card too. The red, white and blue is so striking as well.

Lesley comes up with some really great ideas - and this is a stunner! Totally made from scratch, and the 'sunburst' was designed and cut by hand, it's just perfect for a chap who's interested in or plays darts. Lots of photos to see over at Lesley's blog showing each step - what a clever sausage she is, love it!

We don't see as much of Eve since the arrival of 'Posy the Puppy', so it was a real treat when she nipped into the Playground to share this gorgeous card with us. More Stampin' Up goodies on my wish list! Sigh.

I must show you this, partly because of the amazing Brushos background - and also because the young lady (Aurora) holding the card was having a very first play with them! She's Alice's niece and has appeared on here previously - obviously talent runs in the family!

Now for a little drum roll, Jane J (who is often a weekly pick here) is celebrating six years of blogging with a fabulous giveaway HERE.
What a wonderful gesture, you can win all of the above items (a beautiful bracelet, bag charm and earrings) all  handmade by Jane, just by hopping over and leaving a comment. Of course it would be lovely if you become a follower and there are also a couple of ways you can have additional chances in the draw.

No new Playmates this week, although seeing as it's Summer holiday time we did have 46 of you come and play!

Now it's prize draw time, for the Sue Wilson Creative Expressions 'Dove of Peace' two piece die set. And the winner is:

Kitty last won in the bumper Christmas draw, so it was good to see her name pop out as she plays each week and is often featured in the weekly picks too. Can you please drop me a quick email Kitty to confirm that your address is the still the same - I know you moved out while some work was being done but think you're back in the same house again? My email addy is on the right hand sidebar. As soon as I hear from you I'll post the die set off at our local Post Office.

Here's this coming week's prize - and in fact we have two prize draws this week - explained below:
First of all it's two dies, the same as I used on my snippets card. Both are by Apple Blossom and are called 'Teacups' and 'Time for Tea' respectively. They cut beautifully and come with their own magnetic backing sheet as well.

I'm very conscious that I seem to offer a lot of dies as prizes so also am also offering this lovely stamp set from a Playmater,
I don't have this stamp set myself so can't make a 'snippets sample' to show it in use, but, it comes with the flower stamp plus two sentiments. .

So, the dies and the stamp are two separate prizes. I'll draw the dies first and then follow with the stamp set - and there will be two different winners even if the same number pops out twice 'cos I'll do a re-run to make it more fair. All you have to do, if you want to be 'in it to win it' is to say in a comment if you'd like to play for both the prizes, depending which one is available if and when your number is chosen by the Random Number thingy - or for both the dies or the stamps. I won't be splitting the dies BTW, both make up one prize.

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 6th August. 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 a 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 :) 

Di and, of course, Parsnip


  1. Oooh er I am first up! Beautiful card Miss Pixie! The teacups and the paper you die cut them from is perfection, made for each other they are. Yes please for the dies but not the stamp as I have quite a few flower stamps right now. Make sure you take it easy and don't spend too much time on here, we don't ever want it making you unwell or in more pain. I will hop on over to Jane's once I have linked my card, thanks for letting us know about it Karen xx

  2. I love the stack of teacups and hadn't appreciated the order of doing the cups till you said so. Pretty papers which make me think of Cath Kidston cups. The Martha Stewart border down the sides of the card finishes it nicely too not forgetting the butterflies. Thankyou for fluttering by my challenge where you card will go into both draws. Hugs Mrs A.

  3. Cute card & great instructions on how to do the cups in different papers, Di! I love the floral cups--almost like one I have! If I get something made I'll play for both prizes this week. Big hugs, Greta

  4. WoW! So much dimension on your tea cup stacks, so beautiful, love the beautiful papers in pink and fluttering by few butterflies with lovely sentiment!
    And Thank u so much for the honor! What gr8 picks again, so perfect! And Congrats to my dear friend Kitty!
    Count me in for both of the snippet's prize!

  5. What a great card Di.....those stacking tea cups are wonderful...they would look great in Dotty's tearooms! I really like the papers you used...I agree very Cath Kidston. Lovely pics as always,there is so much talent in the playground...everyone will get A* in their craft exams ;0) Thanks so much for the shout out for my will be in the hat 3 times. Everyone in the playground is welcome to cast their name in the rules in my giveaways! I can't believe it's August tomorrow.I will be back soon to enter my snippets card...I promise not to get muddled this week and a very big yes please to both prize draws if my name comes up.Have a lovely week...keep that back gently moving. Hugs xx

  6. PS forgot to say.....I can just imagine those sweet lucky thing...try to get a photo. Blow them a kiss from me...I adore hedgepigs almost as much as pigs!! Jxx

  7. Can I say a 'yes please' to an opportunity for the dies this week - great card you've made with them. I very nearly posted my butterfly card today for both challenges but then this cute baby bear arrived on the scene just asking to be inked so he is my Snippet card this week.

  8. Your sweet teacup card is superb Di. Quintessentially English! Great papers you used too.

    Marvellous picks too. Amazing work from everyone.

    Congrats to Kitty on her win.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  9. The papers you chose for your teacup card are perfect Di! I love that beautiful design and if I didn't like coffee so much, I might go fix myself a cup of tea instead! LOL Great spotlight picks this week and congrats to Kitty on her win! Yes please to the draws this week :) TC and have a great week ahead.

  10. Awww... amazing card with these cups, love them sooo much!! The soft tones of your card are adorable! Lovely borders and butterfly and stunning sentiment with the gingham paper! Thanks for sharing your delightful card in the Butterfly Challenge #59 :)
    I'm very honoured to see my niece in the top picks!! She will be soooo glad and happy for this! Thank you for the lovely words for both us! :)
    All the other picks are very beautiful, and I'm happy to see also the stunning lantern of Dr.Sonia and the winning of my talented friend Kitty! Love Maura's shaker card, too, such a fun and colourful work!!
    Great prizes this week! I will play in the next days, and I think that also Aurora would like enter in the challenge with another crafty work ;)

  11. A beautiful card Di and I love the patterned papers you have used here and the pretty scallop punched border and butterflies fluttering around, and thanks for explaining the best way to paper piece the cups too. Some fabulous creations you have highlighted this week and congratulations to Kitty for winning, and I am a 'yes please' for both prize draws. x

  12. OMGoodness, I won! Thank you, Di! I will email you right away! I was just admiring your gorgeous tea card - I love making tea and coffee cards! Your patterned papers are so pretty! I'm definitely a Yes for the prize again this week! Now for your picks! Yay for my friend Vinita - I love this gorgeous card! Dr. Sonia's project is amazing! And I was tickled to see Alice's niece there with her Brushos project! Love all the other picks too - congrats to Maura on her cute shaker, and to Lesley and Eve as well! I hope you can get a piccy of the hedgie babies - I would be at my window watching for these cuties all the time! You are so lucky!

  13. Oooh Di such an honor to be featured on your blog and reading the kind words made me so happy! You are right Thai clay is quite different from Martha's clay in fact it dries heavy and quite like porcelain.Its very very popular for flower making. Would love to lay for both the prices...simply love the tea cup dies...keeping my fingers crossed
    Dr Sonia

  14. Hello Miss Di
    thank you so much for my Honourable mention - you made my day!
    Well done to all the other top picks and your tea cup card is beautiful.
    So glad that Posy is getting easier to manage so hopefully I will be back this week with another snippet card.
    Great news to hear about baby hedgies - ahhh!
    Hope you have a great week.
    Hugs Eve xx

  15. Afternoon Di, thought pop over been busy making jam and chutney so glad I had this card made yesterday. What a great selection of top cards again this week. Love a chance to win your great prizes and how lovely of Mrs A to give a prize too. Sorry I missed out on Darnells visit. Things as it turned out were "kicking off" with Mum ... there it is. Well I am rambling now so yes please and happy days. x

  16. Fantabulous makes and selection.

    Late to upload mine but just done so ... just playing for fun this week


  17. A lovely card and great picks too. I won't be in the playground this week as we're on holiday for a couple of weeks, but will see you soon!
    Kath x

  18. My niece Aurora would like to enter in the draw for both the prizes with the card for his brother's birthday :D
    She say many thanks to you, Di, for having picked her work in the last challenge, so glad for this fact! :D

  19. Oh my gosh! This is such a sweet tea card. Love the gingham and the florals together.

  20. Such a pretty card Di and fabulous picks as always. Yes please to the draw.

  21. How exciting regarding the Baby Hedgies.
    Really lovely card Di and great papers and colours.
    Some gorgeous picks.
    Kath x

  22. I'm not sure which is more charming, your adorable card or the thought of the cute hedgie family coming by your house for a snack every night! Beautiful winning project and weekly picks...and yes please to the set of die prize!

  23. Lovely girly make. Simple and not too fussy. I like!

    Gorgeous prize for us to gamble this week. Of course yes please if I end up being the lucky winner and once again thank you for your generosity.

    Hope you will have a wonderful week.

    Hugs from Finland,

  24. I love your teacups card Di. And both prizes are well worth to gamble this week!
    I would love to come over to see the hedgehog faily, because hedgehogs are my most favorite animals. It's been years ago since we had one in our garden...
    Have a nice week,
    Lia xx

  25. Hi Miss Di, a gorgeous card and a fabulous selection of creations this week. Playing Just for fun... have a fabulous week... Megan

  26. Aww what a fab card Di the Tea cups die is brilliant great how you have stacked them just like l do for and the plain paper and with of course your favourite colour pink added at the ends with the punch used is lovely too! another great showcase and congrats to Kitty enjoy your win l'm only playing for fun xx

  27. Ooops! I forgot to add their photo ID's. They are on the post now!!!! hugs Mrs A.

  28. Such a sweet card Di! I do love polka-dots and they are just perfect for the adorable stacked tea cups and sentiment.

    Lovely pics of the weeks as always. xx

  29. Hello Hank and Marvin, Thanks for visitng my first post.
    It's all very new to me and so afraid I'm going to push the wrong buttons. We really landed on our feet didn't we being adopted by Mrs A and Miss Di. Hugs Norm.

  30. Finally managed to get time to play along with you and Parsnip. Love your card, Yes please to joining in the draw. Cara x

  31. I love you tea-cups Di, and the way you have made them all look different. There are three cards in my post today, but it the third one that really belongs in the playground. It is a while since I came to play. It is too hot for much crafting (42º yesterday, and it only went down to 30º for the night), and I am still struggling with my shoulders and arms. But I am not ready to give up yet, so I thought I would pop into the playground while I have something to show. I would like to be in draw for the dies please, but not the stamps as I have a load of flower stamps and don't make good use of them really. Hugs Kate x

  32. What a sweet card! I love the patterns on the teacups. Would love to play for the stamp set, only, please. Pansies are my favorite flowers!

  33. Your tea cups are so pretty as are the colours your chose. This is a delightful card!
    Yes please for the prize...

  34. Pretty tea cup card Di, a lovely design for many different occasions! Congratulations to the winners and you have chosen some wonderful S picks this week.
    Janice x

  35. Oh I love teacup dies - but I am resisting and playing along for them instead! Great card, so pretty in those colours too.

  36. Gorgeous card and fab picks as always. I have a very similar stamp so I'm just playing for the dies this week

  37. Hi Miss Di, and the lovely Parsnip.
    Yes please if I'm lucky enough.
    Hooray I made it again this week.
    Your card is so very lovely and summery.
    Love the teacups and your wonderful design.
    Congrats to Kitty on her win, and congrats to the featured cards.
    Thank you so much for all your hard work involved with this wonderful challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  38. Love the pink cute with the tea theme. Awesome dies and yes please!

  39. Thanks so much for the shout-out, Di! I was so happy with how my card turned out, so I am so glad you liked it too! Love, love the tea cups in the pretty pp - so sweet!!

  40. Congrats to Kitty and to all the Top Picks....just such beautiful work by everyone!! I was admiring Vinita's project elsewhere and am glad to see that it got honored here, too!

    Love your teacups and would love my name in the draw for both prizes, please. What a beautiful card you made. I just love the sweet gingham and the floral prints.

    Thanks for another Snippets Party!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  41. Just popped by to say hi, and what a lovely surprise to see my card, thanks for that. Love your pretty teacup card, and fab picks from such talent, young and old. I'll pop back to play just for fun, as I prefer a mug to a cup :) xxx

  42. Fab card - love the flowery papers you used!
    Awesome picks (once again) - love all the different styles!
    Helen x

    PS - can I play just for the stamp this week please? x

  43. Great card and pictures, Well done Aurora. Love the back

    Di i will answer your mail soon.

    Lilian B

  44. Wonderful card Miss Di. Those papers are so pretty and the tea cups are fabulous. Just playing for fun again this week xx

  45. A really lovely card Di and the papers are so pretty.

    Congratulations to Kitty on her win and also to the spotlighted cards. What a lovely selection again this week. I would love to be included for the fabulous prizes this week. Barbxx

  46. Hi Di,
    Your card is wonderful! Love the dies and the colours!
    But I also find the stamp from Mrs A gorgeous. So what shall I say?
    I just say - yes, please.
    And to my card:
    Only one little snippet from me today.
    Aber besser als Nichts, - or not? ;)

  47. Hey Di. Beautiful Card you have made with the Teacup dies set. Love the showcased cards this time around - I don't know how you can pick them with so many wonderful entries day after day. Yes - I would love to be in the draw for the prize - Stamps - Thanks - Hugs

  48. Very sweet card you made, Di. And lovely picks too. I would love to be entered into the draws for the prizes please. I just linked my card up :)

  49. I entered in the challenge with a my card.
    Yes for these prizes, thank you for the chance

  50. I just love the way you used gingham for the dies, Di! This card is just adorable. Sorry I have been absent, but my work has moved and we are trying to open at our new location. Please put me in for the prize this week, and thanks for always giving me a great place to post my cards.

  51. Such a pretty card this week, Di - I love the dies and the papers you used. Great picks of the week, too. Congrats to the winner and the spotlight picks! I have to let you know that I love your hedgehog, too! Ohhh... and yes please to be in with a chance of winning the goodies this week. x

  52. such a lovely card with pretty colours, Di. I simply adore tea and coffee themed cards.
    yes for the prize, please.

  53. Such amazing card with these cups, I love tea or coffy :-) Yes for the prize, please and thank you for the chance. Hugs, Majda

  54. Love those teacups and hedgie update, Di. Great picks too! Yes please to lovely prize. Hugs, April xx

  55. Gorgeous card. The cups in different patterned paper look so effective. Lovely picks again this week - I especially love the dart board card. Such a clever design.

    Just linked up my card before the Playground gates shut in the morning, but just playing for fun this week. xx

  56. I do like the stacked cups in different patterns. Love the variety among your picks this week as well.
    My card uses the current Mojo sketch, a good one for snippets.
    yes please should my number come up for a prize.

  57. Yummy tea card. I think I going to make myself a nice of tea right now. Awesome picks. Always a pleasure to look at all those wonderful creations!

  58. Forgot to add: playing just for the fun of it!

  59. PS. Playing just for fun, Di. (Silly me put this in the wrong place and had to delete it)!

  60. Beautiful picks and your card Di.
    Yes please for the prize.
    Valerija xx


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