Sunday, 7 August 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 241

Hello again! If the weather forecast is right, we should be into another spell of hot weather here this weekend. If not, and it's wet and miserable, then we can always craft :)

Hedgie update. The parents and babies are still coming to 'feed at the trough' nightly and late on Saturday night just before this post went live we spied a real whopper hedgie having supper. A much lighter colour than the others we've seen, almost 'blonde'. Looks like word is getting around!

I had such fun making my snippets card for this week. I first spotted the humming bird stamp over at Darnell's blog a while ago - and fell in love with it.

This is the end result of the card I made, I had to nip over to Darnell's to get an idea of the 'hummer' colouring - being as how we never get to see these lovely little birds in the wild in my neck of the woods in deepest Hampshire, UK:
And a closer look, to show a little bit of the shimmer I added with clear Wink of Stella:
I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" white card blank, tent style

- a snippet, from my huge snippets folder, of SU 'Real Red' card to pick out the little pop of red I intended to use on the 'hummer', die cut using the largest die in the Lil'Inkers 'Stitched Rectangles' set. In fact, the largest size only embosses/cuts the stitching rather than a clean cut right round the outside - which worked great for me 'cos then I trimmed just a sliver off each edge and glued it to the 'US of A' sized card front leaving a narrow white border

- on a piece of scrap white card, also a snippet, I stamped the humming bird image using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and the fabulous Inkadinkadoo 'Humming Bird' stamp (thanks Darnell for being an 'enabler' yet again)

- next I coloured the image using Pro markers. I confess this gave me grief as, some coloured images I found, perceived the 'trumpet' as a flower - and some thought it was perhaps part of the bird's tail. Why do I 'over-think' these things?! So, I went 'middle road' and take it as you wish huh?!

- the sentiment is called 'Learn to Fly', which I just love, by Inkylicious - stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink

- then, having die cut the panel with the next size down in the Lil' Inkers die set, I just glued it on top of the red layer

-final touch, which looks so shimmery in real life, a covering of clear Wink of Stella over the image!

It really is the prettiest stamp I've bought in a long time, a total delight to work with, and the sentiment stamp just seems to fit so well with the shape and flow of the image.

Now for this week's peek at the picks:
I did giggle at the brilliant card, made by Lia! It does so remind me of the time Mrs A constructed a diving board over the duck pond and caused mayhem! Such a lovely scene and how cleverly the waves and surf have been created by tearing paper/card.

I think this is a really stunning card, made by Cara. The black is so dramatic, love the glorious fish and the background was made using Pixie Powder. Adding the sparkly gems as bubbles is a great idea too! 

And still on the theme of water:
What a fabulous scene, which Kate brought to share with us. The depth is just amazing isn't it! So tranquil as well - love it. The card is a wonderful mix of duster brushed sky and then brilliant layers of snippets added to create the sea and foreground.

And for a total change from Summer we now have this little cutie:
Helen came to play and brought this darling Christmas card to share. Helen is a whizz at paper piecing and the little hat and scarf on Penny Black's 'Snowy' are just perfect! He's one of my all time favourite stamps and I don't get to play with him enough - might just need to CASE this great idea to paper piece his hat and scarf please Helen!!

And last but not least, Lucy joined in the fun with this fabulous card! What a wonderful snippets make, tons of detail and I just adore the digital image! It would be perfect for one of the little girlies in Germany, they both go horse riding  so it could be at least one Birthday card solved :) Thanks Lucy for the idea!

I'm calling a halt there at just five picks this week. Purely as the sun is shining and I want to go out to play! I could have gone on for ages with picks - so many wonderful makes and clever ideas to choose from! There's so much talent, variety and inspiration in the Playground - as one sweet blogger said not that long ago 'It never gets dull'.

Mind you, things aren't quite as lively since our Sarn took a step back from blogging in order to rest her shoulder a bit. Parsnip still peers out through the fence checking to see if she's loitering on the other side :) 

We had no new Playmates this week - but once again a healthy number of you came to play (45 of you).

Now it's prize draw time, for the cups and teatime sentiment dies and the Pansy stamp set (which was kindly donated by Mrs A), as shown last week.

And the first person chosen, for the two teatime themed die sets is:
And the winner of the Pansy stamp set is:
Congratulations to both of you girls! I have your snail mail addresses here and will take a trip out to the Post Office this coming week to post off your prizes.

And here's this coming week's prize:
It's an Inkadinkadoo 'Humming Bird' stamp and an Inkylicious ''Learn to Fly' sentiment stamp of course, just like I used on my snippets card above.

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 or either one of the the stamps. If you win and only want part of the prize then I'll do a second draw for whatever it is you don't want, although I do think they're a bit of a 'match made in Heaven'.

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 13th 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 :) 

And, now that his presence on Darnell's tour of England is an open secret, I can finish off with this photo of Hammy. 
Taken at the Southampton lunch gathering on 19th July when he made his first appearance - and he immediately hopped over to one of the cheese boards. Please note, the pink stuff that looks like a slice of boiled tongue (ack!) is actually quince jelly and it was delicious!

Di and, of course, Parsnip


Liz said...

What a gorgeous stamp and the sentiment is just perfect. Beautiful card! It's a shame we don't get hummingbirds in the UK, they always look amazing in Darnell's photos.

I'm a Yes Please to go into the draw this week. xx

Megan J said...

Hello Miss Di, a gorgeous and sparkly Humming bird card, I have no idea what they look like in life and would agree that there is a flower on the image! My lovely prize arrived this week and I've already had a play! Playing just for fun this week... Thanks again for my prize... Megan

scrappymo! said...

Thisis certainly a lovely image and an equally lovely stamp. You have your colouring spot on and your hummingbird would fit in to the ones I see at my daughters feeder.

Yes please for the prize.

There were certainly some great cards last week. I even managed to get round a bit to visit and plan to do just that again this week too!

Kathyk said...

Fab make and selection, just uploaded my own entry - just playing for fun this week as I already have the stamp!

Happy Sunday


meg said...

Beautiful card Di your colours are beautiful playing for fun this time.

brenda said...

Creeping in via the bike shed entrance in the hope nobody know's I've been missing for so long and promise to behave.

Glorious humming bird creation Di.

B x

Jane said...

What a gorgeous humming bird card Di....the delicate shimmer finishes him off beautifully and the words go so well. Yes please to this delightful prize this week. I hope the weather picks up this morning as yesterday was just glorious...a real summer's day for a change. Lovely picks and well done to the lucky winners. Right...where is that sun......hugs xxxxx

Margaret said...

Love your card Di and what a delicate humming bird stamp the nicest I have seen so I would love to play for the prize this week.
Hope your weekend was sunny and warm. We have been having some nice sunny days now we just want some warmth in the sun. Roll on spring.
Margaret M

Aquarius said...

Pretty card using that lovely humming bird. Playing for fun this week with a few fabric snippets

Whisper said...

Oooo wow, humming birds have a very special place in my heart, as we were in Machu Picchu the day after 7/7 and as we came round the corner and walked down a path, on the side of a cliff, we heard a hideous screaming noise and as we got closer, it was about 20 humming birds, our guide told us, we were so lucky to see them.

I'm just playing for fun this week, Luv Sam x

Sarn said...

Love your pretty humming bird card to pieces Di. Great sentiment and I agree it's a perfect match.

Congrats to this week's winners.

Your 5 picks are wonderful . . . I particularly love that Snowman card!

I hope you are relishing the peace and quiet while I'm on down time . . . I do miss coming to play, but have to be sensible. Please give Parsnip a hug from me and tell him I'll be back as soon as possible! He's probably having hooch withdrawal symptoms!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Sarn said...

That'll be a first then! Behaving that is . . . you've already been spotted! x

Sandra H said...

Morning Di, lets hope the weather here is as good too a little dull at the moment but it was like this yesterday and turned out to be a fabulous day.....ooh your card is gorgeous l love the Humming bird and the glitter added brings it alive in my eyes! another great selection of gorgeous cards and congrats to Emelie and Mary Anne enjoy your wins and looks like an amazing time had by all while Darnell are here take care and enjoy your day x and only playing for fun don't include me in the draw xx

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Thank you, thank you, Di, Mrs.A and well wishers. I am thrilled with my win, and this is the way to start every day! I do so love that gorgeous hummingbird used on your card. I saw my first of the season just the other day, flitting around my orange lilies.I have also enjoyed the photos of Darnell's visit, and so happy she got to meet Hammy. Congrats to all other picks and winner.

New Creations said...

I love Humming birds and this is such gorgeous!! This time I played for fun!
You picked up so darn cute creations, love them all! Congrats to winners!
Happy Friendship Day!

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

Hello there Di, I've really enjoyed seeing all of the Darnell pics, especially the last one with Hammy lol :) I love the card that you've made and the Humming Bird is such a beautiful stamp. I'm just playing for fun this week. Wishing you lots of sunshine and happy crafting, Sandra x

K M Meena Herale said...

Hi Di, the humming bird is so beautiful and the shimmer on it is making the bird more stunning.

KT Fit Kitty said...

OMGoodness, Di, your hummingbird is AWESOME! Your added sparkle looks fabulous and that's such a great sentiment! I absolutely LOVE hummingbirds and I would love to add this stamp to my growing hummingbird collection! I will definitely be back to play and will be a YES for the prize! I know I just won last week but I'll be hoping for Mr. Random to shine on me again for this one! I really enjoyed looking at the picks - I especially love those scene cards! Well done, ladies! And congrats to the two lucky winners! Enjoy your new goodies! I don't think I've ever seen Hammie before - I've heard a lot about his antics! Glad you explained about the "tongue" - that's exactly what it looks like haha!

Anonymous said...

A gorgeous and sparkly humming bird card, realy beautiful card Di! Yes for the prize, please! Best regards, Majda

Helen said...

Oooh...thanks so much for picking my little Snowy card - what a lovely surprise!
Love all the other choices...and your hummingbird card is just beautiful!
Will try to make it back to play along again!
Helen x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Fab CAS with this gorgous hummingbird, and fun photo with Hammy and Darnell!! :D
Lovely pics, congrats to all!! Enjoy to the winners, well done!

Pen Sunshinepen said...

What a great card Di just love that humming bird. Hammy is so cute too. love a chance to win please. Well done to all the winners and I must say the Cara's card caught my eye...:)

Di said...

Sigh, and I thought all was peaceful! I almost mentioned Brenda in the blog post but checked her blog and actually thought I had a couple more weeks grace! :) xx

Pat said...

What a fabulous combination the hummingbird and the sentiment make Di and I love your oh so pretty card! Lot of fabulous picks again this week and congratulatioins to Eemeli and Mary Anne for their wins last week, and I am a 'yes please' for the draw this coming week if I get my card in. Great photo of Hammy, who also made an appearance at our event and I presented him to the world at large too a couple of days ago. The quince jelly did look a little like boiled tongue, and although I haven't tasted it I can imagine it would go down a treat with a nice piece of cheese. x

Greta said...

I absolutely adore your card, Di! Hoping to play along with a chance at the 2 wonderful stamps! So glad you had fun with Darnell!

KandA said...

Beautiful card Miss Di. What a gorgeous hummingbird and the sentiment is perfect. Super picks again this week. Love the photo of Hammy... looks like he really enjoyed his adventt=ures in England. I'm just playing for fun again this week - still got too much unused stuff although I do love that sentiment stamp xx

Kimbo said...

Beautiful image Di and I love the sparkle you've given him. Lovely to see Hammie again. Just playing for fun as I really need to get on with my clearout here x

Trina P. said...

Fabulous hummingbird card. Just playing for fun. I'm getting away from wood-mount stamps.

Lynn said...

Hello Di, a beautiful card, such a pretty image, and great colouring too. Lynn x

MaryH said...

Love this little graceful hummer, and you've captured the colors so nicely. (the colors vary by parts of the USA...but this is the color that we see where we live). Enjoyed seeing that Hammy stowed away, and clever critter - he didn't want to miss his Mommy! It was evident that all of you had such a grand time meeting with Our Darnell, and I'm so happy for ALL of you! (email soon!) Big hugs. TFS

Kathleen said...

Totally gorgeous card Di.
Some fabulous picks too.

Kath x

Karen said...

Wonderful picks from all of these ladies I will be off pinning some of those! Yes please for the prize Di - I do loves me a hummer and you have coloured yours perfectly too. What the heck is a US of A size card? lol! If I don't win I am going to have to get that stamp anyways, I think I may have some pennies to spend later on this month so Darnell will have struck again as I too saw it on her blog but thought it was an out of production stamp Karen x

Aileen said...

Halloo, I am back. I did a card with a snippet or three so I can come and play in the playground. Hope theres someone out there who wants to play too, I have a note for all missed days Miss.

Jane Willis said...

It's going to be One Of Those Months for me so I might not make it to the playground every week, but I'm here now and would love to play for those gorgeous stamps!

Bonnie said...

Will try to get back later to comment. Grandkids have descended!

Carol L said...

Your hummingbird card is just lovely Di, and I enjoyed the story of your hedgie adventures too. TFS the pics of Darnell's visit and I can't help but feel a bit envious of the great connection you've all made with her! It's an awesome adventure for all of you! Congrats to your winners and spotlighted cards - they're all so inspirational and pretty! Playing just for fun this week :)

Lia said...

Hello Di, thank you so much for showing my card which I made for my granddaughter!
Have a nice day,
Lia xx

Sandy said...

Lovely little hummingbird card Di. I have a hummingbird feeder on my deck and they go through about a cup of nectar a week. The ones we see aren't quite so brightly colored -- guess they are all females -- but fun to watch anyway.
Just playing for fun this week as I already have a similar stamp.

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

Hey Di, Fabulous card you have made. Love the hummingbird and sentiment. Love the showcased cards. Yes I would love to be in the draw for this wonderful prize pack. Hugs.

Mrs A. said...

an heres me thinking it looked quite realistic!! Hugs me.

Mrs A. said...

Your little hummer birdie card is a hum dumer for sure. Hugs Mrs A.

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

I entered the project of my niece Aurora :D
And she says Yes please for the draw and beautiful prize :D

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Gorgeous, your delicate hummingbird! And such a beautiful sentiment - just perfect for your card! Wonderful picks - as always! Playing for fun (too much shtuff already)....almost forgot - loving hammy's cameo appearance!

Karenladd said...

ooh, I love your version of the hummingbird card as well as Darnell's! We are lucky enough to have several of them visit our garden throughout the year and they come right up to our windows. Yes please to the prize and thanks, as always, for all the inspiration.

Carole J said...

A gorgeous Hummingbird card, Di. Would love the chance to win the set! Congrats to the winner and picks from last week.x

Eve said...

Good afternoon Miss Di.
Wow - I say it every week the top picks are stunning and I love your beautiful hummingbird card.
Just playing for fun this week thank you - hope you have a lovely one. I'm off to sit in the duck pond to cool down!!
Hugs Eve xx

Dr Sonia S V said...

Your hummingbird card is lovely and stylish Di and fabulous picks! Please count me in for the draw
Dr Sonia

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Yes, please, for the draw of both the prizes, also for my own project.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

What a gorgeous shimmery hummingbird! Please send some of your heat wave over this way. I'm shivering and my feet are wet.

LesleyG said...

Gorgeous works of art including your elegant humming bird.
Glad the hedges are doing well. Did you see the hedgies and sausage dog video I shared on Facebook? So cute xxx

Janice said...

I love your shimmery hummingbird card Di, with a perfect sentiment. Congratulations to the winners and another fabulous selection of cards this week.
Janice x

Janis said...

Oh, that lovely hummingbird card is just breathtaking!! The image is fabulous and your coloring and shimmer is gorgeous.

I see hummingbirds outside my craft room window each day visiting and squabbling with each other over my feeders. They buzz each other and fan out their tails to look big and fierce and squeak squeak squeak with all their little might! Soon they will be migrating away for the winter and I will need to make hummingbird cards to remind me of them. So, yes please, to the lovely prizes this week!

Fabulous picks this week! Congrats to them and to the lucky winners!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Cathy said...

No hummingbirds here either Di, and the one on your card is gorgeous! Wonderful showcase this week too, will have to make time to have a closer look. Would love to win the prize this week, Cathy x

Donna said...

Your card is beautifully coloured. X
Playing for fun :)

Zoechaos said...

That humming bird is gorgeous, looks fabulous on your card. Yes please enter me in the draw. XOXO

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A gorgeous hummimng bird. Thank you for the invite to come and play in the playground it was just the kick in the pants that I needed to get rummaging in the scraps box.

Sue xx

NinaS said...

Beautiful card. Love the sentiment you used with the hummingbird.
Yes please for the prize.

Jenny L said...

Hi Miss Di and the lovely Parsnip.
yes please if I am lucky enough.
congrats to the chosen picks of the week, and congrats to the winners.
Your card is so fab and I love that super stamped image.
Wonderfully coloured also.
Thank you for all your hard work involved in this great challenge.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Eemeli said...

Wooohooo! I am so happy to be one of the winners. Thank you so much for your generosity, and for spoiling us with such a fabulous prizes. I am really looking forward received the gorgeous-looking dies).

Congratulations also to Mary Anne for winning the other half of the prize.

I will be missing out this week's playground but hope to join in the fun next week.

Wonderful and very inspirational make from you, hun. Love the colors.


Lindsey said...

Loving Mr Hamster - and yes Membrillo (the Spanish word for quince jelly which I think sounds so much more appetising!) is scrummy x

NanaConnie said...

What a gorgeous hummer, Di ! Loving the adorable hamster. He gave me a smile this morning. Playing for either/both. Thanks.

laurie said...

So pretty Di! I love that sentiment,too.

Paper Lily Leaf said...

Hi Di! Gorgeous humming bird and Blondie Hedgie sounds fab! Wonderful picks and yes please to lovely prize :-) Xx

Maura said...

Love your sparkly hummingbird die! And great picks, as always! I'll sit out the drawing this week.

Heather said...

Very cool card! That hummingbird image is super elegant. Just playing for fun this week, thanks!

Lady Joyful said...

I love your card Di! What a gorgeous stamp :) Yes please to the prize!

Valerija said...

Wonderful card Di. Love the image and sentiment.
Yes please for the prize.
Valerija xx