Sunday 13 November 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 255

Hi there! Let's keep things 'short and sweet' - as Parsnip puffs out his chest thinking he's being written about :)

Here's my snippets make for this week:
I used:

- 5" x 5" square white card blank 

- layer of SU's 'Raspberry Ripple' card stock as a frame, from the snippets folder

- slightly smaller layer of metallic grey card stock, also from the snippets folder

- snippet of white card stock, embossed using a favourite Taylored Expressions folder called 'Twirls and Swirls', trimmed and glued on top of the grey layer

- the image is from the now discontinued LOTV Art Pad called 'Party and Cake', die cut using a Spellbinders square die and the edge was embossed by running a ball tool around the reverse side of the image before removing it from the die

- then backed the image square with a slightly larger snippet of SU's 'Raspberry Ripple' card stock

- die cut the word 'Celebrate' from another little snippet of the same pink card using a die from the Impression Obsession 'Birthday Top Edgers' die set, and glued it behind the image 'frame' so that the word sits along the top of the frame

- glued the image plus word in place onto the embossed white backing layer - finished!

This was a fun card to make and a first outing for the 'Top Edger' die set. The die cuts can can be used along the sides of course. Also, you could die cut one of the words along the top of a piece of card before then cutting around the remainder. That would make the square backing piece plus word 'all in one' so that the word is actually part of the same layer. I went for the easier option and it looks just fine in real life :)

Now for the weekly peek at the picks:

How cute is this Christmas card?! Made by Anne and I absolutely adore it :) Everything goes so beautifully together - and loads of snippets used too!

I think there might be a few Christmas cards this week in amongst the picks - I love this fabulous scene created by Sandra (Sandma)! So much depth really draws the eye in - I wish I could make anything half as good with scenic stamps.

Janice hopped in with this fabulous Christmas card - love, love, love it! So fresh and a great design for using up little snippets too. Janice has joined many other crafters in buying dies directly from China (on eBay), apparently they're top quality and so reasonably priced as well! Only sayin' :)

I fell in love with this beautiful Christening card made by Sue T. Just perfect for a baby girl and a wonderful design as well. Everything goes together so perfectly - right down to those lovely little pink flowers.

What a great card, made by Brenda in IN! I love the embossed background and the two leaves (one plain and one in such a pretty plaid) on top of one another plus the sentiment are absolutely all that's needed to make this card stand out in a crowd.

I totally had to include this brilliant card, made by Jenny L. Who would have thought to recycle parts of a PVC table cloth for the clock faces?! Snippets do come from all sorts of materials!

And how about this for another bit of clever recycling then? I do love this card, made by Barb - and the lovely bunny started out life as a piece from a balsa wood container for a macaroni cheese ready meal! See what I mean about ingenuity in  recycling :)

Aileen came racing in with this beautiful card - I adore the design and have also included it here to show that wonderful cards can be made by extending your stamps and then doing some jigsaw piecing with a matching die. What glorious colours as well!

Here's something very different to try - April made the cutest little Father Christmas earrings, using shrink plastic. Complete with matching card and gift box as well. I think these really are such a fun idea!

And what a fun card Carole D made too! Isn't the gingerbread man brilliant?! And such a lovely tag and card for him to adorn as well. Reminds me I have a gingerbread boy die, as yet unused - bad me!

Frosty Wishes
It's a while since Susan (Eden Land Designs) came to play with us. And what a fabulous card she brought to share! Brilliant use of snippets with such a darling snowman - and I'm bowled over by how perfectly the light bulb print paper has been echoed in the image - by carefully choosing Spectrum Noir colours to match the papers. Wonderful!

Crumbs, that's 11 picks! Good job I try to construct this post a bit at a time during the week!

We had 58 Playmates playing along last week, more than we've had for a few weeks - and no 'newbies'. Loads of great ideas and inspirations from you as usual - it never ceases to surprise me how many new and very clever ideas you come up with.

Prize draw time now and our winner of the Apple Blossom 'Woodland Scene' die and the Paper Smooches 'Christmas Sampler' sentiments stamp set is:
Carole is a really regular player, and has been for over two years. I think, but it's getting harder to keep track due to sheer numbers of past challenges, that Carole has only won once before (February this year).

Well done and 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:
Sorry for the bad photo, taken on a gloomy afternoon. It's a brand new (as always) but discontinued Art Pad by LOTV called 'Party and Cake',  same as I used today. I raced and bought a few things in their 'end of line sale' when they stopped selling paper products a good while ago, and still have some items in the toy box for the future. The prize also includes the Impression Obsession set of three dies called 'Birthday Top Edgers'. Exactly the same of course as I used on my card today. I chose this particular set, although there are quite a few in the range (sold at Dies to Die For), because certainly the 'Celebrate' die can be used for lots of other occasions as well.

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 19th 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. If you have a burning desire for just the sentiments die set or the LOTV Art Pad then please feel free to say and if your name pops out then I'll do a further draw for whichever 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 :)

Please don't mind if sometimes I get a little bit behind with commenting, it's all a question of trying to keep things in balance here. If I sit for too long you almost have to hoist me out of the chair, still in a sitting position - quite comical really :)


Have a lovely week! And a big hug from Parsnip as usual of course - he's currently working out exactly how many new sets of white twinkling Christmas lights are needed here to decorate the front area of the house. Last seen, he was swinging from the topiary - one armed, like a bear possessed with a pencil tucked behind his ear and a note pad in his free hand! I do worry about him :)


  1. Hoping your back improves soon, Di--take care of yourself! Lovely picks & your card is darling! If I get something made I'll play just for the dies. I have some of those, but not this set. Have a good week!

  2. Love all the cards on display, so many different styles of card makibg :) the die cut word-celebrate is in a beautiful font! Hope you feel better soon.
    Love and hugs

  3. I love your Snippets card Di, it reminds me of me after a day Christmas shopping, although I don't look that cute! Thank you for showing my card in your weekly picks, it's really kind of you. There are so many beautiful cards. Wishing you a fabulous week. Happy crafting, Sandra x

  4. Di you have chosen great picks and I love your CAS card!
    I am sorry hearing you are not so well and I hope you will get well soon.
    Best wishes,
    Lia xx

  5. Love those LOTV images and a great card using one of them. Lots of snippets on mine today but just playing for fun. Take care of that back.

  6. Your card is so beautiful with that cute little image and the fun word dies! I always wonder how crafters manage to glue down thin word dies like that without getting glue everywhere. Any tips? Yes please to this prize!

  7. Gorgeous cards, love yours, wonderful picks, as you say just as well you do it through the week. Ever so sorry your back is going out more than you are, no fun I pray it settles for you, some relief.
    I'll be back, have post in two days, so will say yes please to the very yummy prizes.
    Shaz in Oz.x

  8. A beautiful card and lovely picks this week. I'll be in the playground soon and would love a chance to win the prize.
    Hope your back feels better soon.
    Kath x

  9. Wow Miss Di, what a lot of fabulous picks this week and I love those little bunny tails on Anne's card. Super card from you as well and a great prize but I'm only playing for fun again this week.

    I saw the physio last week and she asked me if I had any questions - of course I had a question - why can't our bodies age at the same rate as our minds?!!
    Take care of yourself and look after that back of yours xx

  10. FAB make and selection this week, as always, just uploaded mine - playing for fun this week

    Happy SNIPPET Day


  11. I'm getting in early this week for a change!
    Love your snippets card Di - the embossing around the edge of the image panel is so simple, but oh so effective!
    Great picks (as always) - some wonderful Christmas inspiration there!
    I'm a 'yes please' for the prize draw.
    Helen x

  12. Morning Miss Di,

    Another lovely card, if I did cute and sweet it would defo be with LOTV as their images are adorable. Great picks as well, some real beauties there this week.

    Please do keep an eye on the little furry fellow, I should hate to find I need to rush out for some grapes to go visit him in A&E.

    B x

  13. Hi Di, your card really is lovely. She's such a sweet image and the sentiment works so well.

    Congratulations to Carole on her win. Thank you for choosing my card as one of your picks this week. Congratulations to the other weeks' picks too. Barbxx

  14. Sorry for your back, Di! Hoe you get well quickly! Your card is elegant and delightful with this LOTV image!
    Love all the weekly picks, and expecially the first one with those cute bunnies in the snow. I'm glad to see the lovely and cute Barb's bunny in the picks, well done to her!! :)
    I'm stunned also by the Santa's earrings from April, such a brilliant idea!
    Well done to the winner, enjoy your fab prize! :)

  15. A beautiful card Di, Lovely weekly picks, thank you for choosing mine to show as well. Playing just for fun this week.

    Sue xx

  16. Oh your card is sooooo sweet! What a cute topper! I just linked up my project! As usual I've used snippets for all my die-cuts! Congratulations to the winner and all the picks! I had to stop and linger over some of these cutie-pies! Sorry I haven't been around much as I haven't been feeling well - I think I'm on the mend now! Oh and I'm definitely a YES for the prize! Thank you so much for your playground linky and awesome prizes each week!

  17. So pretty Di is your card the card pads are fabulous and yours is a good choice with the lovely embossed background and the raspberry ripple pink card too! l don't know how you do it but again your array of cards are gorgeous well done all and congratulations to Carol Dixon enjoy your win Carol and sending lots of love Di take care and hopefully Parsnip won't be making too much of a mess on another note l was having linking up sometimes it shows after l place my comment and come back but just in case it isn't there Di can you sort it .....many thanks only playing fur fun too!xx

  18. Your card is just adorable Di! I love how the sentiment is cut into the edge of the paper, love that look! The little girl carrying all the presents and all dressed up is just as cute as she can be! Great pics too, I'm amazed by them all, but the one scene with the wildlife just bowls me over!!! It is so stunning. Playing along, I know it's been a long while since I've played or commented. Enter me for a change to win the word dies Di and let someone else a chance at the adorable stamp. Big hugs, Brenda

  19. I love that sweet LOTV image Di and the pretty embossed background, and the sentiment looks wonderful sitting across the top like that. Lots of fantastic highlights again and congratulations to Carole. If I get my card in I am a 'yes please' for just the dies please. x

  20. Such a cute stamp and those dies are fabulous. As much as I'd love the art pad, I have to say no thanks x

  21. Hi Di, such a sweet card..please count me into the draw for these lovely goodies. Great pics as always. Do take care of that back and keep it gently moving. Take care. Thanks as always, hugs xxx

  22. I'm early in the playground this week, unusual for me. Amazing picks it must be very hard to stop. (I still have the vision in my head of you being hoisted out of your chair. I hope you are improving). I love the colours of your cute card and also the swirly background. I hope Parsnip made it back down to the ground in one furry piece.
    Yes please to the draw but only for the dies, thanks. xx

  23. Hi Di your card is gorgeous I do love LOTV images so yes please to the prize this week. Have a great week. Hugs Jackie

  24. Sorry to hear you're still having trouble with your back, Di - I now have a vision of you being hoisted out of your chair in a sitting position, painful! No need to apologise for slow commenting, I'm sure we all understand. Your card is lovely and I do like that word die ... as you say, it is a most useful one. The showcase is, as usual, fabulous. I particularly like April's Santa earrings - they're brilliant. Hope Parsnip has finished his calculations and come down from the topiary by now!!! Hope you have a good week. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  25. I love your little card crisp and fresh and you are now enabling (is that right) me with those edge dies!! Love the funny saying re i can identify...and I do hope you are feeling better now, this damp weather ages me in a trice!
    I am doing a 'Happy dance' (from my chair) as i see I have been so lucky in the draw this week...thrilled to bits as it's my Birthday in a weeks time so what a lovely surprise and treat....THANK YOU...will e-mail you! Some super picks this week too, I don't know how you manage to choose from them all...'wonder woman' !! xx

  26. Love your card and all the picks are stunning - would love to be in with a chance of a prize

  27. What a lovely surprise to see my card as one of your picks DI, thank you! Congratulations to Carole too.
    Super card you have made this week, and a great selection of picks. I will be playing for fun this week.
    Janice x

  28. Yes please for the prize. I hope you are taking it easy

  29. yay! got an entry in... wasn't able to play last week. so happy that i could join in this time. yes please for the prizes!

  30. Congrats to Carole on her win.
    What fantastic picks you've selected this week Di. So much talent here in the Playground.

    Absolutely adore your celebratory snippets card today.

    Hugs, Sarn xx

  31. I hope your back problems are soon a thing of the past Di - I know how issues like that impact your life in so many ways, so I'm sending some extra hugs your way for relief. Your card is adorable, and the picks this week are amazing as always. Congrats to Carole too for her win. I'm playing just for fun this week but thanks for hosting another challenge!

  32. Gorgeous card, Di! Fab picks too. I've linked up my card from today's blog post, but Mr Linky seems a bit slow, so hope it's linked ok.
    Em xxx

  33. Hi Miss Di, and the lovely Parsnip.
    Yes please if I'm lucky
    Thank you so much for featuring my card amongst the other super ones featured.
    Congrats to the winner also.
    What a very super snippets card today and the deisgn is fantastic.
    I always love those wonderul LOTV images as they are so very cute.
    Love that Rasberry colour snippets used it's such a wonderful colour.
    I definitely can relate to your back quote.
    Thank you for all your hard work involved with this wonderful challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  34. Hello sweetie, love the raspberry ripple card stock you used reminds me to look mine out. Lovely card and terrific picks for last week. I'm back for fun again XOXO

  35. Congratulations to Carole on her win and thank you, Di for choosing my card as one of your picks this week. I am really in great company with all these talented card makers. The Father Christmas earrings are so cute and clever. That image on your card is darling and I love that it came in an Art Pad. So cute and easy. The sentiment is perfect as she looks like that's just what she's doing!

  36. Cute card. Cakes and party, count me in. Great picks as always.

  37. Very cutie one for this week. So perfect for a girl in I would say any ages. Lovely cas.

    I missed out last week's fun but will be back later today, and this time with a card too. Yes please for the prize/s.

    Hugs from Finland,

  38. Hi Di,
    As always your snippets card is wonderful. And the picks are amazing. So many talented card makers!
    I would like to be a possible winner of the prize.
    Hugs, Liv

  39. Nice idea to put the edger die onto the card - might try that with one I have. Lovely sweet card too. Just playing for fun. L x

  40. Afternoon Di. Hope the back is improving - get Parsnip to rub some Tiger Balm on it! Just playing for fun this week

  41. Great card, and great picks too! Yes please to be in your draw for your goodies. Hope your back improves soon, I'm glad to hear Parsnip is making himself useful and getting ready for Christmas ;)

  42. Wonderful card Di, LOTV make the most beautiful little girl and boy stamps and you have coloured it perfectly. I couldn't resist coming to visit and leave a card again and might even have time to play. Thanks so much for the mention from the last challenge.

  43. Can't beat an LOTV image unless it's a Hunkydory. this is a really sweet card. Just playing for fun this week. hugs Mrs A.

  44. I especially love the red and white color combo that you used Di, and that sweet little art pad would make whipping up a batch of cute cards as easy as pie! Yes please to this wonderful prize!

  45. Gorgeous cards and great picks too! Yes please to be in your draw for your goodies. Majda x

  46. Lovely card Di, sweet image and yes please for the prize!
    Hugs, Hazel x

  47. I forgot to say if you pick me I would love this stamp and die but if its too late doesn't matter, always another time. xx

  48. Hello Di! I do hope your back is on the mend! Thank you so much for choosing my earring set as one of your picks. So many lovely cards to be inspired by! Yes please to super prize. Hugs to you and Parsnip Xx

  49. Thanks so much for all you do even when you are not well. I hope you're better soon. I would love to win these birthday goodies! Lots of hugs and prayers your way, Robin

  50. I hope your back is a bit easier! Bless you hun! Your card is gorgeous, I love the image and the fabulous embossing. Brilliant sentiment too! Super cool picks, congratulations to Carole, hang on there Parsnip, don't fall and yes please, I would love to be in with a chance to win the prize! Take care xxxxxxx

  51. Hello, Di.....I am glad to be back at the Playground. Thank you for stopping over at my blog during my absence!! It's been a crazy couple of months and December doesn't look much better on the calendar!! But it's all fun stuff and I do love the holiday activities...just gets in the way of my crafting. :)

    Such a pretty card this week. So glad you are able to do a little bit of crafting and keep up with the Playground.....a major feat, indeed! Prayers and wishes for you to be in tip-top shape once again! Yes, please, to the sweet prizes on offer this week. Congratulations to all the picks and the winner. Lovely work by everyone!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  52. At last I have managed to get round to posting here again, I have had too many other distractions lately. I am playing for fun this week though, thank you.
    Sorry you are still have back problems and really hope it gets better soon.
    Jean x

  53. Hello Di. I hope you are enjoying your break. Your card is so cute.
    I would love to play for the prize this week. Can always use birthday themed supplies, especially as cute as these. 😊

  54. Hi,

    Now what girl doesn't like shopping ;-), lovely CAS card and those gorgeous sentiment die is fabby and i would love to be entered into this weeks draw too, Lvu Sam x

  55. Adorable card and image...what a cute, cute stamp!...Creative idea to use the word die above, too! Your picks are always so fun to see and always great ones, too! I will say yes please, just because she is so sweet!! Have a great day!!

  56. Catching up with all my blog commenting - not sure where this week went! Super card, Di, such a cute image and I love the sentiment die cut. Those dies look like a really useful set. Lovely picks again and congratulations to Carole on her win.

    I'm a 'Yes Please' for the prize draw this week. xx

  57. What a cute card, Di! And a great selection of picks :) Yes please to the prize draw!

  58. I entered in the challenge. Yes, please, for the chance in the draw of the prizes, they are lovely both!

  59. Hi Di and Parsnip,
    Dashing in quickly to see what has been happening in the playground, love your card, I really should remember to use embossing folders more often. A great selection of picks this week especially the rabbit one - gorgeous. I do hope your back is improving and that moving is a little easier - you have my sympathy I don't think you really know how much you use your back until it goes out (without you) - I spent a lot of time at the osteopath after stepping awkwardly off a step ladder while decorating the lounge - would have been quicker, cheaper and a lot less painful to call a professional decorator!! Sending you gentle hugs Jacky x
    P.S. Almost forgot in my rambling to say yes please to the fab prizes xxx

  60. Doing a last minute linky link....Gorgeous cards in your gallery this week! and your card is just too sweet! Hope you are feeling better! You gotta keep your back muscles strong - the key to not having back pain. Do Yoga - did wonders for my back!
    Love the prize, but since I have so much stuff already I'm gonna give up my winning chance :)

  61. I'm even more last minute! Eek, I think I just felt a hedgie run over my toes!! Feel better soon!! Hugs, Darnell

  62. as always ... last minute ... oh, you used such a sweet image and great colour combination.
    yes for the prize, please.
    feel better soon and have a great weekend.
    hugs xx

  63. So cute and elegant card. I love it!
    Yes for the prize, please.
    Valerija xx


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