Sunday 28 August 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 244

Wow, we've had some pretty hot weather here in the Playground this past week. The duck pond has been in great demand for the purposes of cooling down too.

Our little family (or it might be families!) of hedgehogs are eating us out of house and home. We now have two feeding stations set up for them and reckon there could be as many as six of them visiting, in all shapes and sizes. It's almost as if there's a big neon sign flashing on the side gate, which we deliberately had cut high enough for them to come and go, saying 'Hedgie Diner, this way'! :)

My snippets card today is a shaker card, not something I tackle very often to be honest but I've had a 'Never Before Used Schtuff' die here for ages, just waiting to be used. It cries out to be a shaker card (although the die would work well without the shaker element too).

And this card is for Darnell's latest NBUS challenge #7 as well - make sure you join in, I bet every single one of you has something unused to play with for the first time:
I used:

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

- snippet of gold mirri card, trimmed to an eighth of an inch smaller all round and glued onto the card front

- snippet of black card, die cut using a die from the Lil'Inkers 'Stitched Rectangles' set

- then die cut the circular HOORAY aperture, using a NBUS Clearly Besotted Shaker Shapes 'Circle Hooray' die

- two layers of black fun foam, die cut using a die from the Lil'Inkers 'Stitched
Rectangles' set with a circular aperture die cut to line up behind the black card layer - using a slightly larger plain circle die than the HOORAY die

- glued and red line taped the two layers of black fun foam together and backed them with a circle of white card

- using the piece of black card with the die cut word I worked out where to glue three sequins and stuck them in place onto the white backing card

- die cut a circle of acetate, again using the slightly larger plain circle die, swiped it with an anti-static bag and glued it behind the HOORAY aperture in the piece of black card

- then it was just a case of popping some Lucy's Cards 'Little Things' shaker card gold selection called 'Champagne' into the 'well' of the white card backed fun foam and then gluing the card front on top

- then glued the whole thing to the card itself before adding some little pieces of shaker selection to the front, just to break up the starkness

Ha, despite using the anti-static bag, the shaker stuff does cling a bit to the acetate - but I rather like that. It looks more spread out and still has movement when it's shaken.

Here's the weekly 'peek at the picks' - as always it's a tough choice, I try not to favour the same Playmates too much and also look for ideas that might inspire you:

I love this sweet card, made by Megan. It's a cute little dog, waiting and watching for its owner - and when you open the card up you get a view of the little chap stretched up to peek out :)

I really love the impact of this card, made by KathyK! Wonderful colours and just the one black snippet for the 'frame' - it's fabulous.

I picked this card, made by Pen as the hand drawn water colour pencil flower is just amazing! It was drawn onto a snippet of water colour paper and the frame is also a snippet. Isn't it beautiful?!

What a stunning CAS card, made by Bonnie! A snippet of a Brusho background and then a gold snippet for that beautiful butterfly. It's absolutely fabulous Bonnie, and lots of impact.

Isn't this a beautiful card, made by Shaz in Oz. I just love how well the two main dies (the Piestra panel and the Snowflake Ornament) work together - yet they were released years apart. I have both of them here and would never have thought to combine them! Well done Shaz - and welcome back to the Playground. So pleased that you're recovering.

And last, but not least, Brenda of Floral Fantasies hopped into the Playground with this amazing canvas. It's fabulous and just so much what I would choose in a shop of course, I love pink :) And, Brenda also gives good instructions as to how she made the canvas into such a work of art - yet more inspiration in the Playground!

We have one new Playmate this week:
Helen C from Oz hopped into the Playground with this really fun elephant tag. I love how the darling little hat matches the dotty paper and washi tape - clever touch!

Welcome Helen, I do hope you come back to play with us again.

Now it's prize draw time, for the three embossing folder sets from last week. Only, there are in fact six sets to be won! I saw just how many people loved the set and ran off and bought three more so I could double the number of winners. This week, because it's a bit time consuming, I'll still use the Random number generator but you'll have to trust me on the results. It takes a while to fiddle around copying, editing and then inserting the screen shots into a post.

And the winners are:

#9 - Helen

#54 Sandy J 

#8 Jenny L

#61 April

#44 Sue T

#19 Pen

Can I please remind winners that they now have to drop me an email to claim their prize - as well as including their current address. My email addy is on the right hand sidebar as usual!  

This coming week's prize is:
A Clearly Besotted Shaker Shapes 'Circle Hooray' die - along with a packet of 'Champagne' shaker card mix to get you going! Just like I used on my snippets card of course. Both items make up the prize and won't be split. I've just checked out the Clearly Besotted website and it looks to me as if this die is discontinued already, it's only been around since last year - sigh.

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 3rd September. 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 :) 

A couple of challenges to watch out for in the coming week:

Rudolph Day over at ScrappyMo's, which is running right now, to the end of the month.

Darnell's NBUS challenge, in which you use something Never Before Used - hangs head in shame here as I could enter this umpteen times over and still have loads of unused goodies! It began yesterday and runs until 5th September.

Have a great week! Big hug from Parsnip, and of course me.


  1. The shaker looks fabulous in black and gold Di and the sentiment across the middle and the extra sequins and stars on the outside are such pretty embellishments too. Fabulous highlights as usual and congratulations to the winners from last week and how lovely of you to double up on the folders to provide more prizes. If I get my card in I am a 'yes please' for the draw. x

  2. You're so sweet to give 6 prizes, Di--congrats to the lucky gals! Lovely picks & your shaker card is perfect! I'll hopefully get a card entered so I can be in the drawing. Hugs, Greta

  3. Thank you kind lady, so thrilled to be a pick and well done to the others as well.

    I just adore your shaker card, the colours you chose are perfect.

    Fingers crossed I will be able to pop in this week as have a DT post coming up and know something will fit.

    B x

  4. Splendid make and selection - thanks for featuring one of my own submissions!

    Just uploaded my entry - just playing for fun this week


  5. Wow, this Circle Hooray shaker is just striking!! Fabulous make, very useful for masculine or feminine recipients!
    So many inspirations also this week, with these beautiful works. Well done for the lucky ladies, enjoy your fab new embossing folders! :D
    So glad for your new family of hedgehogs, surely this winter they will have a sure home near you! :)

  6. You are SOOOO kind and generous Di . . . six winners when everyone thought there were only going to be three! You are a star. Congrats to all the winners.

    Fab picks as ever.

    LOVE your classy black and gold shaker card. Top job!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  7. Awesome card Di, love the shaker card. I've missed so many beauties while I've been busying away! Would love to be in the draw for the prize this week please, Cathy x

  8. A fantastic shaker Di. I can't remember when I last attempted one. I would love to be included for the prize this week. Congratulations to the winners. Lots of beautiful picks again this week and welcome to the new playmate.

    It sounds as if word has spread amongst your local hedgehog population. Keep us updated. Barbxx

  9. Wow thank you so much Di... I am over the moon. Great selection of cards and what a wonderful thought from you to add another 3 winners to the prize draw.

    Great to hear how your hedgehog population is increasing. We have hedgehogs but only hear them late at night, coo they make a racket. Great for the garden.

    Thank you again and will drop you an email shortly

    love Pen x

  10. Good morning dear send that little hedgie family this way. I would so love little visitors like yours! I love your card..I have never made a shaker card and I would love to add that die and sequins to my stash and have a play! Thanks for another fab week. Gorgeous makes and so many lucky winners this week. You are so kind. Enjoy the bank holiday weekend. Hugs xx

  11. Great shaker card Di, I haven't made one in ages, so might have to give it a try again! Congratulations to the six winners, you'll love using that folder ;-)
    Lovely picks as always from your talented followers. Playing for fun this week.
    Janice x

  12. Your shaker card looks fabulous and I WISH I could create them as well as most crafters do! What a wonderful surprise to award 6 prizes to some lucky participants - you are the kindest person Di and I am awed by your generosity! Congrats to everyone who won, and thanks to everyone for all of the wonderful inspiration too! I'm playing just for fun this week, but thanks for another fun challenge!

  13. A stunning shaker card, Di! Classy and elegant! Some great picks too! I will play just for fun this week, hun. Thanks for your lovely comments on my roses xxx

  14. A wonderful shaker card and wonderful picks from last week. I was amazed to see that I had won one of the embossing folders from last week, I'm looking forward to having a play with it. I like to just play for fun this week.

    Sue T xx

  15. Fabulous shaker card Miss Di, looks super with the black and gold colours. More super picks again this week, a big hi to Helen C with her super elephant tag and congrats to the winners. I'd love to go in the draw this week please xx

  16. Just got back from a two-day camping trip where we had no phone or internet. Lovely news to find I'm a winner. Di, I sent you an email with my new address.
    FAb picks again this week. I've already seen and commented on a few, but I'll have to visit a few more blogs.

  17. You are extremely generous with the gifts, Di! You've made lots of ladies very happy between the wins and the spotlighted creations and ME, who appreciates the shoutout and your playing in my NBUS Challenge #7! You are a DOLL!! And your card ~ swoon ~ I love it! I think this might be the first time ever that I will be coming back to enter the Playground for a chance on that cool Hooray die!! Can you believe it? Only because it's discontinued. You say my number does come up a lot, so I will blow on my dice and give it a roll for reals! See you soon! Lots of hugs, Darnell

  18. Getting worried there could not comment till I came out and went back in.
    Love the black and gold, great design and a fabulous shaker card.
    Great picks and how kind to have extra winners,.

    Kath x

  19. Great shaker card, Di, very classy in black and gold. Love your choice of picks again, I don't know how you choose with so many fabulous creations each week. I'm sure all the winners of the embossing folder prizes will be over the moon, I'm looking forward to seeing it used on a lot of blogs over the next few weeks. :-)

    I'll be a Yes Please to go into the hat again for the prize draw this week. xx

  20. Hi Miss Di,and the lovely Parsnip.
    just playing for fun as I won last week.
    Thank you so much for my win I am really chuffed to have won also congrats to the other winners.
    You are very kind to have bought more of the prizes.
    Congrats to the wonderful featured cards they are all so fantastic.
    Love your shaker card, and it's wonderful design.
    Now this is funny as I have just made a shaker card for the Butterfly Challenge, and I haven't made a shaker card for years.
    So as they say great minds and all that.
    Thank you as always for all your hard work involved in this fab and great challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  21. Great shaker card! Love the gold and black. Beautiful inspiring cards you picked this week and congrats to the 6 lucky ladies who won prizes. I'll be back with my card in a bit and would love to play for the prize.

  22. Back with my entry, Di, and yes please for a chance at the prize! Thank you! Enjoy your week!! Hugs, Darnell

  23. Mmmm, not sure about the latest trend..... maybe it's been a good breeding season for seahorses - just like for hedgehogs !!? xx

  24. Thanks for a chance to win! Love that die! Hugs, Robin

  25. What a fabulous Shaker card, Di, so simple yet elegant! And what gorgeous creations your 'picks' are, so inspiring!

    love Mags B xxx

  26. Thanks for a chance to win great prizes again. Have a great Bank Holiday Di, with much love xxx

  27. Well, you know I LOVE shakers and yours is fabulous!! Great picks once again and yes please for me, congrats to the winners of the EB folders, I bet they were truly excited and you are so generous!! Hope you are having a nice summer, busy one here but it's been good!

  28. Good afternoon Di
    Wow your elegant shaker card is fabulous and as always top pick are amazing.
    I'm just playing for fun this week thank you.
    Now I'm off to go and sit in the duck pond to cool off!!
    Hope you have a wonderful week.
    Hugs Eve xx

  29. Great shaker card. Love the die you used.
    Yes please for the prize.

  30. Love your shakers! I'm so intimidated by them. I've only ever tried one and it was a disaster. :-D I'm playing just for fun this week.

  31. Oh my goodness Di, your shaker card is adorable and that Hooray die couldn't be more perfect. Your picks this week are wonderful...that darling little doggy peeking through the window is just charming. Congratulations to the prize winners and to all the beautiful card entries. Yes please to this week's prize.

  32. Shaker card delight! Thanks for sharing this week's picks. Inspiring and satisfying!

  33. Your card is just great. I love that big Hooray and the shaker. I like that not all the sequins drop to the bottom. That way you see it is a shaker card. You have great picks this week.

  34. I entered in the challenge and say yes for the possible prize :)

  35. Awesome cards, they are all so fantastic :-) Love the die you used. Yes please for the prize. Majda x

  36. Not only did I get inspired to make a card for this challenge Di, but I took your color combo and went with it as well!

  37. Hi Di! Fabulous card made with the lovely die. Yes please, i would like to win the die... Hugs, Hazel x

  38. Oh wow - I'm one of the lucky winners of one of those fab embossing folders! Yippee!
    Just popped over to link up a card for this that's a wonderful surprise...thanks so much, will email you now.
    Love your shaker card...great use of that die! Gorgeous picks too!
    Helen x

    PS - I did still link up, but am playing just for fun...and to help reduce my snippet mountain! ;0)

  39. Love your shaker card. I have never made one but would love to try one day.

    Once again I had some paper and cardstock snippets that ended up on my card so I am both participating the fun here at playground and also joining the battle for that fab-looking prize. I'd definitely be a lucky gal to win those things.

    Hope you have had a good start on this new week. Can't believe it is already September in two days. Where did the summer go....


  40. Hello, Di! I LOVE shaker cards! I LOVE sequins! Your Hooray shaker is stunning! What a great die, Di! Also I do love black and gold together - so elegant looking! This is an awesome card! I'm definitely a YES for this prize! I enjoyed looking at the fabulous picks and it's so fun to see all the snippets in use! I've used some snippets for my die-cuts again this week. One of these days I should show my snippets - I save the tiniest scraps for my die-cuts! It's almost embarrassing but I don't want to waste anything! Congrats to the lucky winners and have a great week!

  41. Your shaker card is so beautiful! Love those sequins behind that fabulous die! I would love to play and would love to be in with a chance of winning the awesome prize, thank you! Fab picks and congratulations to the lucky, lucky winners! xxx

  42. Great shaker card, so how could I resist playing for the prize this week! So yes, count me in! Thanks Di.

  43. Just dropped off a Thinking of you card. Love your shaker card. Have a great week. I will pass on the prize pack this week. Someone will be a happy camper come next week though ( ^__^ ) Hugs

  44. Gorgeous card Di, so classy and bling too with class, my favourite! Yes please for the prize entry. Fabulous inspirations from all of the regulars and nice to see some more newbies too. I will be off to Less is More next as I have a really huge pile of peel offs and anything that helps with that is always welcome Karen x

  45. Well I couldn't not say Hello when I stopped by to check out the playground :) I love shaker cards and love my Fuse tool - I'm just in the midst of writing up a shaker but sadly it uses no snippets.... maybe next time I can link up - I will continue to keep an eye and have become your latest follower :)

  46. I enjoy using left over snippets to create something new. Your shaker card is so fun!

  47. Thank you for always sharing such fun cards with us Di. Using up bits and pieces from my stash is one of my favorite ways to craft and I say yes to your awesome prize. Congratulations to all the special picks, the cards are just beautiful.

  48. A fabulous card and great picks too. I'll be in the playground soon and would love a chance of winning the prize.
    Kath x

  49. Always marvel at your generosity and love how you give a shout out to crafters and Challenges. A yes from me for the prize and have actually linked up a project made by my daughter!

  50. Wow Di your shaker card is amazing l just love it goes to show how much can be created using snippets your card is a great example to us all ....again a great showcase and fabulous prizes to be won l am only playing for fun please don't include me in the prize and many congratulations to all six winners enjoy your emblossed folders xx

  51. Wheeee..... I'm home at last - and in time to join in, too. Yes please to the prize, that die looks fab and so does your card

  52. Super card would love to have a go at a shaker card so yes please.

  53. What a fun card! I love shakers and with this die, it's practically already made for you!! Would love to play along for the chance to win this week. Thanks!

  54. Fabulous card Di, I love it! Yes please to the prize.

  55. Love your Hooray! shaker, Di. So much fun. I can see that die cut being appropriate for a number of different occasions for both youngsters and grown-ups, guys and girls. Your gorgeous black and gold color combo makes it glitzy and festive...almost New Years Eve looking. Fabulous! Yes please to putting my name in the hat for the die only this week. I am overflowingly blessed with so many sequins right now that I need to make shakers each day for a year to get *some* of them used up!

    Congratulations to the lucky winners and to the Top Picks!! Lovely work by everyone.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  56. Love your shaker Di and once again some lovely picks! Yes please to go in the draw

  57. Wonderful shaker card. I love it and beautiful picks again.
    Yes please for the prize.
    Valerija xx

  58. Love your shaker card, looks brilliant. I thought I would come and play, a bit late, got held back in class for detention Miss cause I was flicking spit balls at the boys. But I finished a masterpiece in art with a few snippets so here I am.

    1. ohh forgot to say yes please for the prize lol.

  59. Hi Di!!! So happy to be here again! I just love your shaker card! It's so classy!
    And the colours you chose are perfect! Absolutely beautiful!
    A big hug!

    (Yes, please, for the prize entry. Thank you so much!) :-)

  60. hello Di: Thanks for the comment and yes I would like to be in the prize draw. This is a fun die for a shaker card!

  61. Hello Di, thank you for your lovely comment I had some difficulty finding you again....? !! What a lovely card challenge to use up snippets...we all have them!

  62. I love your elegant shaker card Di, and I would love to be with a chance to win the fab prize. As ever your showcase this week has some wonderful inspirational cards from very talented ladies. It's good to be able to play along again at last.
    Jean x

  63. Beautiful card again, Di.
    Sorry not been in touch this week. Not well.
    Yes please to the prize. x

  64. Beautiful shaker Di....i would like to be in prize draw.

    Hugs xx

  65. Such a cute shaker Di! Yes please for me and have a great weekend!!!!

  66. Fabulous shaker card Di, love the classy colourway. What a great die too but I'm just playing for fun this week x

  67. Hi Di your card is fabulous. I am here just for fun this week. The papers on my tiny canvas were all snippets. Take care. Hugs Jackie


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