Sunday 25 September 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 248

This coming week will see me 'missing in action' from Thursday to Sunday at 'The Midlands Great British Craft Festival' in Coventry with Kim and others from the Snippets Playground. If any of you plan to be there and would like to meet up - do let me know! The Friday is a pre-booked day of workshops - and they're mostly - shudder - mixed media! We booked this little jolly back in July after our Southampton meet up with Darnell, well before I had a first play with the dreaded 'messy stuff' - should be verrry interesting :) Sigh.

We plan to be there all day Saturday at the Fayre as well - doing some shopping no doubt and may even pop back for a last look on the Sunday morning before setting off for home again.

That means I'll be scheduling next Sunday's snippets post (Week 249) with a new Mr Linky and a new prize to be won. But, my post won't include any picks or the winner of this coming week's prize. Those will appear on a bigger than usual Week 250 on 9th October, with some picks from the whole fortnight as well.

Doing things this way has been really made all the more possible just a day or two ago by our lovely Jane W offering to act as Prefect when she picked up that I was going to be away for a few days. So Jane will be commenting over this coming week and will let me have a note of her picks in time for the post I'll do for Week 250. I'll still be trying to peek into the Playground now and then but, although we'll have wi-fi where we're staying whilst away, a lot of the time will be spent totally out of touch with the internet - so I can't thank Jane enough for her really kind offer to 'babysit' you for this week. We've gone for the whole week as it frees some time up for me before going away and also gives Jane the chance to build up her possible 'weekly picks' list. What a lovely bunch you girls are! It really has been such an enormous help now and then (notably from Sarn and Eve) to have someone step in to help out when things here become stretched.

Here's my snippets make for today:
I used:

- 4" x 4" white card blank

- a snippet of SU's 'Real Red' card for the frame

- a little snippet of what I think could be a leftover from a Kanban background sheet of card with the snowy landscape design already printed

- white snippets and the really sweet Poppy Stamps set of stamps called 'Love never melts'. Stamped the images using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and did a little bit of colouring using Pro markers and Whispers markers'

- then die cut all the little stamped elements using the matching Poppy Stamps dies

- glued the pieces in place to create the scene, stamped the sentiment using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and added the heart - all from the same sets of stamps and dies

- then glued the red frame to the back of the image panel and glued the whole thing onto the card front

I love these little stamps and dies - I made it look as if my snowman was juggling one lonely snowball :) Would be great for Christmas gift tags too of course.

Crumbs, almost forgot! It's Rudolph Days over at Scrappy Mo's from today until the end of the month - so I'm linking this card into one of my favourite challenges!

Here's a peek at this week's picks - quick scamper this time:
LOVE this paper quilling, made by Val. The detail is amazing and a super use of snippets of course.

Gorgeous paper piecing, by Bonnie. The little secret is that those lovely flowers were originally coloured with a gold Uniball pen and Bonnie hated the result - so it's a real lesson in hanging on in there and using paper piecing to cover up the gold. Thereby saving a really lovely background to end up with a beautiful card.

So lovely to see Elizabeth back playing with us after a little break - and I just had to pick this card for those amazing blue poppies! Stunning colouring and a beautiful card altogether.

Ruth came back to play as well, after almost 12 months of 'truancy' - and what a card she brought too! That amazing die (Memory Box 'La Rue Heart') is so elegant isn't it - a beautiful card!

Absolutely had to include this really fun card, made by Megan. I think it's a brilliant idea, just get those circular dies out with some green, white and red snippets and away you go! BTW, the 'pips/seeds' were made from little punched out hearts and then covered with glaze. So clever!

Another brilliant idea for a card came from Kath - this one is for a 35 year old. It's perfect for either male or female but really does solve those difficult to make cards for chaps!

I really love this as a different snippets make - Alison made a quilt! It's for one of her sons and isn't it great! It just shows that snippets come in all forms - and also that a patchwork quilt needn't be 'girlie' either. Snigger, I bet it took a whole lot longer to make than a card :)

This card made by Carole D is so elegant and also very clever as well. I don't think you could beat this for a design for a 3rd Wedding Anniversary card could you? Those three hearts are just perfect!

Stopping there at eight picks for this week. Each week I tell myself to only show three picks but it's almost impossible to limit numbers as each and every entry is worthy of showing.

We had one new Playmate last week, out of a total of 63 of you who came to play - so busy, standing room only at times!
Isn't this just the most terrific Star Wars paper pieced double layout? Brought to us by 'All Kinds of Crafty' - sorry I don't know your real name but you're so welcome to join in the Playground and we hope you come back to play again!

And it's prize draw time, for the bumper bundle of the Spellbinders dies, the Penny Black flower stamp and the Paper Smooches sentiments stamps set.

I really thought there was a strong chance that this prize might end up being split as some of you opted for only one or two parts of the prize if your number was picked. However, the name that popped out was (I hope from the comment left!) playing for all three items so we'll have one very happy bunny I think. Our winner is:
Well done Lynn! I'm finding it harder to keep up with when people last had a Playground win as we're almost up to 250 weeks since I took over from Jules, but am sure it was a good while ago Lynn! Possibly as long as a year or so.

Can you please drop me an email with your address in and I'll post your prize off as soon as possible! My email address is on the right hand side bar. I'm asking folk to do this just in case I have an old address or there are any other issues with posting their prizes. I'd like to post this off as early as possible this coming week so am hoping that Lynn sees this and gets in touch ASAP.

Here's this coming week's prize and it's so, so cute!

The lovely Megan totally surprised me a couple of weeks ago by sending a selection of goodies for the toy box - with duplicates for me to play with as well! Thank you again Megan - I really had such fun using my own set of Poppy Stamps 'Love Never Melts' stamps and dies. And, there are more stamps to come from Megan folks - but I'm saving those for now.

Both these items make up one prize, they are made to go together of course.

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 1st October. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

A maximum of ONE entry and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize, which won't be split of course . 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 :) I'm hoping all runs smoothly with the linking as I hate tinkering on a notebook/pad and the laptop will be at home having a few days rest.
Have a lovely week! Big hug from Parsnip, and of course me! Be good for Jane too :)



  1. What a fun snippets make Di with that cute snowman and the background looks great too. Wonderful highlights and congratulations to Lynn for winning last week. I will be playing just for fun this week. x

    1. As you have joined in the fun over at Rudolph Days with your wonderful fun snowman I have come back to say a big thank you for joining us for the challenge. x

  2. Senior your crafty time away. I am away from home for a month, visiting family for a couple of weeks, then a cruise from Montreal to New York.
    I will have forgotten how to make anything by the time I get home!!!!

  3. Oh I am jealous you get to have a crafting adventure--enjoy! Such creative work by the Playmates & I do love your darling card, Di! I'll play for the prize if I get a card made.

  4. Such a cute card Di, love the sentiment too. Great picks once again, have visited a couple and will try and see some more. Would love to be in the prize draw this week, and have a fantastic time away crafting and of course shopping! Cathy x

  5. Ha! - So I'm in charge this week! Please note, I cannot be bribed with cake or chocolate. Wine and flowers, however.....
    Enjoy your crafty break, Di. I am extremely jealous!

  6. Lovely makes and picks, as always. YES PLEASE

    Have a wonderful time getting messy in Coventry, looking forward to seeing the results


  7. That sounds like a fabulous weekend Di. Have fun. How kind of Jane to step in...shame chocolate won't work Your card is so sweet what a darling snowman. Please count me in on the draw. Lovely picks too. Enjoy your week. We are loving having Daisy stay. Huge hugs xx

  8. I just love your little snowman - so cute!! Thanks so much for including my quilling in the picks this week and hopefully I will be back soon with something for this week.

  9. A very cute snowman Di, the background is great too. Lovely inspiring picks, especially the quilled one, I have the quilling tools and paperstrips...just need to try them.

    Have a great time!

    Love and hugs

  10. Wow, the The Midlands Great British Craft Festival would be fabulous...! And with fab friends! :) Enjoy your week!! :D
    Your CAs has a fun and lovely scene with this cute snowman and that sentiment! So cool!
    Beautiful picks as always, very inspiring! Congrats to Lynn for her won!
    Have a fantastic week! :D

  11. Oh gosh - that is such a hugely fun card and the snowman is so adorable!! Enjoy your time away and have fun playing with Mixed Media :) Yes please to be in the draw :) xx

  12. Utterly adorable snowman festive make there Di! So cute.

    CONGRATS to Linby on her win. FANTASTIC picks too . . . some really great techniques.

    GOOD LUCK keeping the Playmates under control Jane! Although I'm sure Parsnip will help!

    HAVE LOTS OF FUN at the Festival Di.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  13. A cute card Di and thank you for choosing my card as one of your picks this week. I'll be in the playground later in the week and would love a chance of winning the prize. Have a great time this week and enjoy getting messy!
    Kath x

  14. Awww so cute! what a lovely snowman l love it!! congrats Linby enjoy your win and fabulous showcase as always enjoy your time away Di take care xx

  15. Woo hoo! So pleased to win these goodies and another pb for my collection too. It is almost a year since I last won. I'll email you now. Lovely cards everyone some fab inspiration. Your card is just delightful. Enjoy your crafty breakx

  16. Adorable snowman and great use of the leftover card for the background. Super picks again this week and cograts to Lynn. I've only popped over for fun this week.
    Hope you have a super fun and messy time in Coventry xx

  17. A fabulous card and wonderful picks, Di! I hope you have a wonderful time at the show. I will just play for fun this week x

  18. Just playing for Fun Di take care and enjoy your time away xx

  19. Hi Di,
    got my GD hat on for this comment.
    Your card is so sweet, and I love everything you have done to create this.
    That scene is very lovely.
    Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge with this.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. GD

  20. I entered with my bits and bobs card :) Yes please for the chance for the prize

  21. Cute card, Di. Have fun on your crafty break.
    Em xxx

  22. Here is my snippets card - yes please for an opportunity to win. Have a great time at the show and we will need to know what you might be tempted to buy!!

  23. CUTE card! Love that tiny little snowman.

  24. Would love to be a winner - that sentiment is just lovely!

  25. Hope you enjoy your crafty time away. It sounds like a lot of fun. Hope to be back later with an entry.

  26. A yes from me for this weeks super cute prize and have a wonderful trip dear Di !! Sharing a special card with lots of snippets
    Dr Sonia

  27. Aww this is gorgeous!! Love that va ground and super cute snowman!! <3
    Lucy x

  28. Such a cute snippets card, and have a fabulous time away! Xxx

  29. Lots of lovely picks again this week. I just love Elizabeth's blue poppies! Your snowman is cute and fun. I am not playing at the minute, but thought I'd just pop in to say Happy Rudolph Day. Enjoy your trip with your crafting friends. Kate x

  30. Your snowman card is sooooo sweet. Lov the way he is juggling the one ball.
    I've been sharpening up the craft knives ready for the workshop Miss an I still got all fingers intact. Think we might need to wear steel capped boots on Friday though as they sure are leathal looking. Hugs your partner in crime.

  31. Oh my goodness, that snowman card is so adorable and fun! His little blue mittens are so stylish too. Have a wonderful time at your craft workshop and don't get into too much trouble, haha! Yes please to this cute prize set.

  32. OMGoodness, so super cute! I love your little snowman scene! This is right up my alley! I'm definitely a yes for the prize! I'll be joining you for sure! Your workshop sounds like a lot of fun - with fun friends too! Wish I was there! Great picks again this week! Love the Star Wars themed card! Congrats to the lucky winner! I'll be back!

  33. Adorable! Love that sweet snowman Di ... and the lovely winter scene. Hope to have time to play along later this week. Have a fun and messy time at the mixed media workshop. :) I wonder were the paint will end up this time. :) xx

  34. Coventry is a bit too far for me...across the sea! Have Fun!!
    Your card is so very cute Di!
    Lia xx

  35. Have fun!!! I love the sentiment on that card so I'll forgive you for going all Christmas on me when I'm not ready to give up on Summer yet ;-) xx

    1. And there's more Christmas cards to come Sarah - sorry! xx

  36. I just adore your cute card Di and i would love to be entered for the prize!
    Hugs, Hazel x

  37. What a cute card you have made Di! Congratulations to Lynn and another good selection of picks.
    Enjoy your crafty time away and do say hi to Kim for me please, I know and have met her from a craft forum.
    Janice x

  38. Adorable card, Di! Have fun at the Festival :) And yes please to the lovely prize.

  39. Love that cute snowman and yes I'd love to play and have a chance at winning that lovely prize

  40. A super card Di with an adorable little snowman. I'd love to join in with a chance of winning.

    Congratulations to Linby. What a lucky girl. Congratulations to all the highlighted choices. Some lovely work and clever ideas chosen by Di again and welcome to the new playmate. Barbxx

  41. Aww...that little snowman is so you card! I'm a 'Yes please!' for the prize draw!
    Have fun this weekend...I promise I'll be good for the babysitter! ;0)
    Helen x

  42. Gorgeous card! So cute! yes please! would love to win the prize, thank you for the chance! Fab picks and congratulations to Llynn Have a wonderful time away too! xxx

  43. So sweet, Di! And of course I would like to have a chance to win :)
    Hugs, Liv

  44. Your cute snowman made me grin! I love that snowball that's about to hit him in the head. That's how I throw snowballs. No aim at all! Thanks so much for the shout out!

  45. Hi Miss Di the lovely Parsnip, and Jane.
    Yes please if I'm lucky.
    Congrats to the wonderful featured creations, and also congrats to Linby on her win.
    I have already commented on your lovely snippets card in the Rudolf challenge so I won't again.
    Hope you enjoy your crafty outing this week, and thank you Jane for taking the helm.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  46. I love the cute snowman on your card Di, and the sentiment too. I'love to have a chance to win him please.
    Jean x

  47. Evening Di, what a fun card just love that snowman so cute. Great selection of cards you have highlighted this week too.
    Love chance to win... have a great evening

  48. Thanks for the shout out, yes the quilt took somewhat longer and was way more fiddly! Back with a simple card this time but just playing for fun.
    Hope you enjoy the fun and games and have a good time away, I'm envious. And you never know, you might get to like the messy stuff. :)

  49. Thank you for showing my card as one of this week's picks! Enjoy the 'messy' crafting. I'd love a chance to win :) x

  50. just playing for fun this week. Hugs Mrs A.

  51. Loving your robin cards Di, they are really gorgeous well done!
    ... and some wonderful snippety makes from our playground friends, will say no thanks to your yummy prize, and better get my skates on if am going to get to where I need to be .. love shaz in oz.x

  52. Your little snowman card is the cutest, and I have to say that he kind of looks like a marshmallow as well which makes me love him even more! My two girls spent the summer roasting marshmallows over a fire in our backyard and eating yummy smores, so I have marshmallows on the brain! Yes please to this wonderful prize and I hope you have the best time away!

  53. Cutie. Haven't seen this set before but I'd fancy winning it, lol. I have snippets ready on my kitchen table and I try to make them into a card today after work so once a good daylight photo is taken (ummm...maybe tomorrow) I will be back here with the link.

    Thanks for the wonderful challenge. I am always eager to participate in the fun. Great picks from last week and congratulations to the lucky winner!

    Hugs from Finland,

  54. Boy is the school yard crowded today, so with the boss away the kids will play. Love all the makes and have entered with a snippet. Would love to be in the draw thank you.

  55. Such a cute card Di, love the sentiment too and congrats for great picks once again :-) And yes ... I'love to have a chance to win him please. Majda x

  56. Really cute card, Di, with a great sentiment. Love the picks this week too, lots of inspiration.
    Have a great time away, hope you cope with all the 'messy' workshops! Looking forward to seeing what you make. Thanks to Jane for holding the fort in your absence.
    Just playing for fun this week. xx

  57. Have loads of fun Di, and you won't have to clean up after too! Great picks from our awesomely talented ladies too. No thanks for the draw I do have a card but can't find the link right now. Having a blooming rotten week right now so hope to pop back again Karen xx

  58. This is such a fun and very cute card! I see these cute stamps all over blogland. Maybe I have to search out a wee corner of my stamp tower to allow for some new purchases! lol

    Thanks for taking part in my September Rudolph Days Challenge.
    Thanks also for giving such a lovely nudge to other bloggers to join in over here. I really appreciate that!

  59. Oh my gosh! Your card is too cute. I'm so insulted that you had to hire a babysitter for us. It's as if you don't trust us.....

  60. How adorable!!! I just love snowmen and this one is super cute! I would love to play for the prize this week.

  61. Beautiful card. Love the fun image.
    Yes please, for the prize.
    Valerija xx

  62. I'll be doing my entry tomorrow but am playing just for fun this week. :-D NC

  63. Love your adorable snowman card! Great picks this week, love seeing the quilling card, embossing, splatters so many great techniques on the playground this week. I've added my card for the week and would love a chance to win the cute little snowman stamp and die cut

  64. Cute card.
    Hope you had lots of messy fun this week, Di!
    Playing for fun here. X

  65. Oooo what a fabby snowman (and i do have a soft spot or them too), have a great crafty time and i'm just playing for fun this week, Luv Sam x

  66. Hope you are having a lovely time making a big mess Di.
    Your card is super cute, and the set is adorable, but I'm admitting I already have lots of snowmen images and leaving the prize for others. Just playing for fun.

  67. I'm back with my entry this time - imitation as you know is the sincerest form of flattery!!!

  68. ah, what an adorable snowman!
    I hope you are having a lot of fun.
    Hugs xx

  69. Hi Di I am here by the skin of my teeth. Just for fun this time. Your card is gorgeous. Have a great weekend. Hugs Jackie

  70. Love this delightful Snowie & his pile of snowballs - which is just perfect for Rudy Day! Made me smile, which is a happy thing! Have fun while you're away, and you've got the best companion to join in with all the mess. The both of you will enjoy this big time! TFS & Big hugs.


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