Sunday 6 November 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 254

Hi there! For those of you who saw my post of yesterday, yes, it's been a long week in terms of not being able to get fully comfortable - but I think there might just be a glimmer of light ahead. The joy of respite, if only for a short while, is wonderful and I'm very thankful for any positive signs. The little dog in the photo I posted here is 100% like the little Bichon Frise looks like when having a bath. All dark eyes with a huge black button nose, and under that white puffball there's quite a small and skinny little pooch when it's wet!

Let's move on to my snippets make for this week:
I used:

- 5.75" x 5.75" square white card blank

- snippet of white card stock, backed with Stick-It self adhesive sheet and then die cut using Apple Blossom's 'Woodland Scene' die

- snippet of deep blue pearlescent card onto which I layered the white die cut and the 'snowflake' cut outs before trimming it around the edges as a 'frame'

- then added the sentiment using Delicata 'Silvery Shimmer' ink pad (it's so luscious I don't see any need to emboss it like I normally would do with some metallic ink pads) and a stamp from the Paper Smooches sentiments set called 'Christmas Sampler'. For this I used the Misti and an acetate grid - more details are underneath this little list of steps

- glued the panel to the card front and added teeny, very flat, sparkly 'gems' to the centre of each snowflake

- final touch, which doesn't show up in the photos of course, I added lines of clear Wink of Stella down the tree trunks

A couple of things about this card:

First of all, the die I used was bought online back in July - and I felt a bit cheated when it then appeared to be a free gift with Die Cutting Essentials magazine in September. But, from what I can see online, the freebie die is actually a bit smaller then the one I bought (mine is 5" x 5") and it also has a few stars cut out as well as the snowflakes - so it's not absolutely identical! I see that the die I have is no longer available, which is a shame as it's a real beauty.

And, when stamping the sentiment, I used an acetate grid I'd printed from the Internet to help with placing the sentiment absolutely straight. Misti does have a free printable grid on their website but it's only the size of a USA A2 card, similar to our UK A6 size - so I had a little hunt and found freely available grids online. Mine came from here and, once trimmed, it covers almost the whole of the standard sized Misti's stamping area. You do need to print onto the slightly rough side of printable acetate BTW. Plus, do be aware that even if you adjust the print setting by ticking/unticking 'Ignore scaling and shrink to page width' there will still be a gnats whisker's difference either way if you hold a ruler up against the squares. For me it doesn't matter, and as yet, I haven't come across a way to replicate 100% perfectly quarter inch grid squares. Of course, a well known stamping store in the USA does sell the acetate grids on line as well!

Now for the weekly peek at the picks:
What a great card, made by Kim. And, what's even more inspiring is that she made her own stamp for the swirly background! I won't tell you how but I bet it's something you'll want to try out - go over to Kim's and take a peek.

And here's another really fun card you might want to try out for yourself as well! Made by Barb, it's a slider card - perfect for all ages really, but especially so for kiddies. Slider cards have made a comeback lately and are certainly on my 'to do' list :)

I think you might very well want to keep this fabulous, fresh looking pop up Halloween card in mind for next year girls! Made by Liz and I think it's really great way to use up lots of snippets.

And another Halloween make, brought to the Playground by Kitty to share with us. It's a shaker tag and what a brilliant design - the eyelash ribbon is a lovely finishing touch!

Aren't these butterflies absolutely gorgeous? This card was made by Cathy R using 'Finnabair art alchemy opal magic paint' and nosy me had to go and Google it of course. My first thoughts were that the paint would be very much like Twinkling H2O's but in fact the little pots contain liquid acrylic paint all ready to use (unlike Twinkles which are hard little blocks of mica enhanced colour that you apply using water once you mix up a nice little sludge). Another great idea to help you spend your pennies :)

Isn't this a fun card? Made by Lynn (Linby) and what an impact. A very neat little trick which somehow 'completes' the card is how Lynn used some of the waste from the 'splat' die cuts to fill in a few small areas of the word die. Clever little sausage!

And how about this for a clever design for a Wedding Anniversary card, made by Pat? Love the sheer drama of the black, white and red - and using the little hearts left as 'waste' from the die cut gives the impression of confetti, IMHO :)

I really love this card, made by Megan! Am always a fan of easel cards and as for the brilliant image - that glass of wine looks a perfect size to me for sure!

And last, but by no means least - Erika hopped in to play again, with this great card. I love the design and such a perfect way to use up strips of snippets as well!

We had no new Playmates last week - and not quite as many of you came to play (47 in total). I have a strong feeling that folk have suddenly realised that the countdown to Christmas has begun, now that we're into November, and there could well bit a bit of frenzied work going on! Visions of little fingers flying, scissors, stamps and dies being flung around - and a lot of muttering as well.

Prize draw time now and our winner of the Paper Smooches 'Mirror Blocks' stamps and the Lawn Fawn 'Love You Tons' of stamps is:
Well done Kathy, and about time too! I've scouted right back through blog posts and can't find exactly how long it is since you first began to play with us. At least three years initially by my reckoning, and certainly weekly for a while now! Can it be true that this is your very first win? I think that may well be the case as you often play for fun Kathy - am just so pleased that you finally got to win a prize!   

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. 

This coming week's prize is:
But of course, it's an Apple Blossom 'Woodland Scene' die that I bought at the same time as mine back in July - and a Paper Smooches 'Christmas Sampler' sentiments stamp set. I do love the variety of fonts in these sets.

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 12th November. 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. Once again, I think both items work really well as a pair so they are one prize, but if you have a burning desire for just the die or the stamps set then please feel free to say and if your name pops out then I'll do a second draw for the item you don't want. 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 :)

Have a lovely week! And a big hug from Parsnip of course - he's got his ear defenders ready for the inevitable fireworks tonight, I'm writing this on Saturday of course :)


  1. This is gorgeous card Di! Love the details in the reindeer image, its a beautiful die and so perfect for holiday cards!! The picks are stunning. My favorite is the shaker card kitty! Who doesn't love lil kitties :) Would love to play along this week for the prizes.
    Love and hugs

  2. Ooh thank you for picking my name this week Di, off to e-mail you now.

    It's a yes please to this week too though I don't expect to win again (so soon).

    Hope you will soon be feeling MUCH more comfortable too

    Lovely make and selection from you again this week


  3. Fabulous card, Di, so striking in deep blue and white. I absolutely love the die, I kicked myself for not buying the magazine with the smaller, similar freebie one when the magazine was in the shops.

    Thanks for including my card in your picks this week. You've chosen some really beautiful creations and I was delighted that you included mine.

    I'll be back later to play and I'll be a Yes Please to be in with a chance of winning the lovely prize. xx

  4. This woodland scene die is very pretty and I love the deep blue pearlescent card with the white which shows it off so well Di. I am glad that there is a little improvement in the pain at the moment and hope it continues too. Thank you so much for the shout out, I am a lucky lady as there are always so many beautiful snippety makes. Congratulations to Kathy K, and I am a 'yes please' for the die and stamps. I did see the die with the magazine and ummed and aahed as to whether to get it or not, but you are right I'm sure this one is larger than the freebie one. x

  5. Oh my--so many wonderful picks & when your back is being such a stinker! I'm in love with your card, Di, so have to play this week for the prize--thanks for the inspiration!

  6. So beautiful and striking card Di and Blue is my fave color! This die is so gorgeous, love it! Count me in for this amazing prize and I love these Papers smooches sentiment too!
    Congrats to Kathy K and what great picks! Glad to see Kitty's creation in top picks!

  7. What a beautiful winter card Di, and I just love the blue and white. Yes please to your wonderful prize, and hoping you continue to recover.

  8. Hi Miss Di, such a beautiful Christmas card, stunning colours and love the sparkle... thank you for choosing my card as a pick of the week... happy dance intermission... playing just for fun this week... Have a great week... Megan

  9. A fabulous card Di and great picks too. I'll be in the playground later in the week and would love a chance to win the prize.
    Kath x

  10. Love that card and you are right the freebie die is considerably smaller than your one. Some great picks again this week. Pleased to hear there is light at the end of your tunnel health wise.

  11. Your Christmas card is stunning Di, I do love woodland scenes. A great selection of picks from your talented followers, and congratulations to Kathy K!
    I would love to play along this week please, I will be back tomorrow. Hope you make more improvement this week.
    Janice x
    Janice x

  12. Very lovely Christmas card Diane. Lovely prizes too so for me a yes please.
    Blessing day, Elly

  13. Beautiful Christmas card Di and love both of the prizes so its a yes from me please


  14. I LOVE your die cut beauty of a Christmas card Di.
    Love the picks, and congrats to my KathyK on her win.

    Big hugs,
    Sarn xxx

  15. Such a pretty card Di and adorable image great picks and many congrats Kathy enjoy your win ......sending lots of love and a hope you have a good week xx

  16. Oooo what a stunning woodland scene and i so hope things pick up for you hun, thinking of you, Luv Sam x

  17. Sorry i meant to say, i would love to be added to this weeks prize draw too, Luv Sam x

  18. Great picks as always Miss Di and absolutely adore your card, that die is beautiful.

    You still sound to be suffering rather so how's about you and I make a quick exit to warmer clims for a week or two, can you and I sitting under a big brolly with a cocktail in our hands and our toes dipped into the warm Caribbean waters ?

    B x

    1. I can be ready whenever you say the word! :) xx

  19. I love your card Di - the deer in the woods is so pretty!! Yes please to the draw this week. Congrats to all the notables and Kathy K's great win! I hope you soon get to feeling good again Di - wishing you good health in the days ahead. (hugs)

  20. Well done to Kathy K on her win. I have this die and nearly bought the mag too as it is a lot smaller (may 3x3 inches) but it's such a lovely die I fancied it in two sizes, then my common sense took over and I didn't buy it! Love your CAS card and that sentiment looks great on it. Thanks so much for picking my card to show - I was so surprised when I scrolled down.

  21. A non Christmas card this time - playing for fun.

  22. Hi Di, your card is beautiful and I would love to be in with a chance to win the die this week, so yes please. I'm really sorry to read that it's been a tough week for you and I hope this might be the start of a better one. Happy crafting, Sandra x

  23. Hope you'll soon be properly on the road to recovery, Di. You've managed to make a wonderful card, despite the pain. I use an old-fashioned stamp positioner to line things up - my cutting mat has a grid, in metric one side and imperial the other, so popping the stamp postioner over that while stamping the image onto it makes sure it is lined up correctly.
    Yes please to the prize this week. I love the curly antlers on the reindeer!
    My card is part of a chain of events that led to a very spooky coincidence between me and Liz this weekend!

    1. Great idea - never thought of doing that with the stamp positioner. Which I'll still be using for wooden stamps of course Jane! xx

  24. Hi Di, Love your card and that beautiful die you used. So classy looking and pretty. Hope to start playing again soon.

  25. Oh what a treat to see my Halloween kitty shaker tag as one of your picks! Thank you, Di! I'm so sorry to hear of your pain - I must admit I've been having some problems again myself and just getting back to reading the blogs after a couple days of resting. Pain is a great motivator to rest! I enjoyed looking at all the picks this week - Liz's box card is a stand-out and I love Barb's slider! All the picks are wonderful - loving the butterflies too! Congrats to Kathy K on the win! Di, your card is absolutely gorgeous - love, love, love this die - I haven't seen this one before! Please count me in - I'm sure I will be using some snippets at some point this upcoming week! Please take care of yourself, continue to rest, and feel better!

  26. Hi Di, your card is a delight!! I have seen this die times ago and I out it in my wishlist because it's adorable!! Hope to have time to play and bring a chance to win it! LOL :D Your blue pearlescent background matches so well with the white diecut!!
    Just fabulous pics of the week! I'm so glad to see that Kitty's amazing shaker tag (love it!!), and Barb's and Liz's stunning makes, too! A very brilliant compilation!!
    Hugs, hope you feel better quickly!

  27. So sorry for you, dear Di. Perhaps the text on my card can tell also you that I'm thinking of you. Gute Besserung!
    Your card is just wonderful and I would be very happy to have the opportunity to win the fantastic prize.
    Hugs, Liv xxx

  28. Great cards one and all. HOpe you are feeling more comfortable now.

  29. Sorry I played hooky last week Miss but I promise not to do it again!
    Love your wonderful card... Very elegant and the die looks stunning with the white against the dark background. Super picks again this week and lots of great ideas. Yes please to the prize this week.
    Sending lots of feel good hugs and hope you have a better week xx

  30. Great picks and I love your card, always have a soft spot for those reindeer and trees image, some fabulous font's on the sentiment stamps too.
    I have just been to Brenda's blog and seen your comment and I can't understand how you get to mention the Caribbean as there is no mention of it on her post!!!
    Have a good week Di and hope the improvement continues.

    Kath xx

  31. Love your card Di and once again Thank you so much for hosting this beautiful beautiful Challenge !!! A yes from me for this week's prize and what lovely picks...I must visit everybody!!
    Dr Sonia

  32. Lovely creation. Would work so well in a bunch of different color scheme (pastels, vibrants, Christmassy ones, etc..).

    I was actually on my way to say that is a one nice die (scene) and already did a bit of google searching what size it is. Then scrolled down and saw it is one of the prizes this week. Yeeeeeeeesssssss please (I am not sure if I have time to craft anything this week but I would still like to be in for the prize draw, lol)

    Have a fab week!


  33. Good morning Miss Di....I will get a late mark in the register..sorry! I am up to my neck in Chirstmas cards for Dotty's, the first batch goes down today and the market is only 3 weeks away...yikes! Hope you feel lots better soon but you need to take things easy. I love your festive and that die is gorgeous.Please count me in for the draw when I get back to add my creation hopefully later this morning .Lovely picks as always. Must dash...again....hugs xxx

  34. I love your beautiful card Di the die looks beautiful and I would love to be in with a chance to win this please. Love all of the cards that you've picked. Hope you have a better week this week that last.

    Sue xx

  35. Beautiful card and hope you are feeling better and on the road to recovery.

    Love a chance to win please. xx

  36. Beautiful card and lovely die Di! I would love to be considered for the prize please!
    Hugs, Hazel x

  37. The die is amazing and you made a gorgeous card with it.
    I would like to win it if Random would choose my name (again...), but in that case I am happy to say that you can give away the stamps to another crafter!
    Lia xx

  38. Fabulous card Di - great die for making a 'no fuss' card!
    As always, love this week's picks.
    Helen x

    PS - I'm a 'yes please' for the prize draw.

  39. I'm so happy to hear there is a glimmer of hope in your recovery. I hope it's soon. Your card is lovely. I love that blue pearlescent paper and the white really pops out. I love deer and have never seen one included with the trees die so I would like to play for a chance to win. Congratulations to Kathy K.

  40. Apologies for taken so long to comment, Di, it's been a busy couple of days. Your card is lovely - I like the colours. That's a fabulous die - which means you can count me in for the draw because I'd welcome the chance to win it. Stunning gallery again - so many lovely cards to admire. Hoping that the glimmer of hope means that you are feeling even better today. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  41. Hi Di your card is gorgeous I love that die so yes please to the prize. Have a great week. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  42. Oh, I feel so badly for you with these continuing health problems. I do hope your recovery continues to limp along and that you are feeling more comfortable day by day. Congrats to the winner and weekly picks for their beautiful projects! Your elegant blue and white card is fabulous and I say yes please to this prize!!

  43. What a beautiful, serene scene, Di! I love that crisp blue and white!

  44. Yes please to the prize this week - do get better soon!

  45. Hmm, I could have sworn I left a comment when this posted, but I don't see it. Glad I looked! Your snippets Christmas card is simple but beautiful and full of interest!! I think your picks for the spotlight are just brilliant this week, Di!! I hope the glimmer you see turns into a blazing light of wellness!! Love and hugs, Darnell

  46. Hello Di, I do hope you're continuing to improve and get more relief from the pain. I'm just catching up having been out all day Monday & Tuesday and a visitor this morning.

    What a lovely surprise to see my card amongst your spotlights for the week. Congratulations to all other picks this week and Congratulations to Kathy K for her win last week.

    I love the card you've made. He's a lovely deer and the sentiment is a lovely font. I'll be a yes please for this week but have to download a photo later when phone has charged. Back later. Hugs, Barbxx

  47. Hi hun I know I've been missing, its the snippets bit, a lot of my stuff is one layer hay ho. Love your card and congratulations to all last week's showcase and winner. I'm here just for fun this time. XOXO

  48. congrats to winners!
    wonderful cards!
    and this card of yours is super cute!
    Oh I will be entering in this challenge.
    will try to winn that die! its so cute!
    thank you for the challenge!

  49. Hi Miss wodnerful makes by your dear self and of course the playground friends...
    ...and yes please to die but no thanks to stamps... thanks very much fro taking time to run this every week, and pray your back is more conformable for you
    Shaz in oz.x

  50. Hi Miss Di & the lovely Parsnip.
    Yes please if I'm lucky enough as that die is gorgeous.
    Conrats to Kathy on her win, and also congrats to the wonderful featured cards.
    Your card Di is awesome and very super.
    I love that wonderful scene you have created with that lovely die.
    The blue background really enhances the scene.
    Thank you for all your hard work involved, and I am glad yoou are feeling a little better now.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  51. Classy card Di, and fab picks as usual, especially would like one of those wine glasses :) , sorry I've not been out to play much, been doing xmas workshops, it's one time when it seems everyone wants to make a card :) xxx

  52. Haven't been able to come and play for a while, haveent been using my snippets. They were getting out of control so time to use them up. So good to be back. Beautiful card too, I love that die. I would like to win that die but already have the stamps so happy to share :)

  53. Hi Miss Di

    Snippets on a Wednesday .. .. what is my world coming too!

    I hope things are improving for you and each day you are a little more comfortable than the last.

    Love your card so much and would love to go into the hat to try and win your fabby prize .. .. especially that elusive die! I have been searching for him for a while now and never find him for sale anywhere .. not even on ebay!!

    Get better soon!

    Love Jules xx

  54. Di, that is such a lovely festive card and I am so glad you are feeling a little bit better. Gorgeous picks and I am laughing at the thought of Parsnip with his ear defenders! Yes please to super prize! Hugs Xx

  55. Yay! I entered! :D
    Thanks for the chgallenge and yes I would love entering in the draw for the AMAZING prize!!

  56. Oooh gorgeous card Di, great top picks too!
    Yes please to be in the draw for your fab goodies :)

  57. Lovely card Di...and yes please to the draw! Trust you are on the mend xx

  58. I like the image of us all beavering away. And the muttering, there's lots of muttering. I so hope you are on the mend. Love the monotone card with just a bit of bling. Yes please to the draw. x

  59. Me again - just playing along for fun this week. L x

  60. So glad you are feeling a little better! Your card is an absolute stunner! Fab picks and congratulations to Cathy K! Yes Please! I would love to be entered into the draw for the super awesome prize! Thank you! xxx

  61. Gorgeous card Di! That die is really fabulous. Yes please to those wonderful prizes.

  62. wow, great card and great die with reindeer ... I was also inspired by blue and white colours :)
    yes for the lovely prize, please.
    I hope you are feeling better now and have a great weekend.

  63. Hope you keep feeling better until you're 100% !!! Yes please for the fabulous prizes!

  64. I always love seeing your projects Di, and all of the entries for the challenge. Everyone is so creative. Yes please to this week's prize. I finally managed to get some craft time in after a very busy month.

  65. Still slowly catching up...
    Beautiful die. Love the gem embellishment detailing.
    Perfect. X

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