Sunday 4 December 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 258

OK, which one of you brought a cold to the Playground? There's a few of us suffering that I can see from my blog hopping! The one good thing is that it should be nicely cleared up for Christmas itself - always look on the bright side 😃 The back is still holding up at the moment - no plans here to go ice skating on the duck pond just yet though!

Here's my snippets card for this week, and what you see on this card isn't the weekly prize - and it is made straight, I promise:
I used:

- 5" x 7" white card blank, tent style

- piece of white card, embossed using a super-sized Crafts-Too 'Merry Christmas' embossing folder which still fit perfectly between the Cuttlebug plates - phew. Then trimmed to exactly fit the card front and glued in place

- snippet of XCut silver metallic self adhesive sheet, die cut using an Xcut 'Christmas Tree' die

- stuck the die cut onto a snippet of dark green card and trimmed it down to size before punching the corners using a Woodware 'Squared Corner' punch

- trimmed a snippet of silver mirri card to just slightly bigger than the green layer and glued the two together

- glued the layered card on top of the embossed card front and left it at that

I'd been after a 'Christmas tree' die made up of words for ages. This one is quite big so you don't really need anything much else on a card - IMHO.

Now for the weekly peek at the picks:
Such a beautiful scene, created by Sandra (Sandma) - and the Brushos in the background to create a Northern Lights effect are stunning!

I love the elegant simplicity of this card, made by Anne F. It certainly lends itself to making a run all the same - beautiful!

Absolutely had to include this great card, made by Helen. Such an effective design and great use of complimenting snippets either side of the image panel - plus, isn't that dog such fun?!

Greta brought this lovely card to share - that die cut is utterly fabulous! And it would also lend itself to making Christmas cards as well of course.

I really love this fun card, made by Laurie! What a great sweater die and the embossed background is just perfect - such a wonderful combination.

Little Scotty dogs are so popular in the Playground right now, especially with tartan/plaid paper - and this little chap on Megan's gorgeous card totally stole my heart! So cute - and it's cherry time in Oz folks!

Cathy has been busy so her visit last week was the first one for a little while. And what a great idea she shared too! The lovely snowflake on this card can be detached and used to hang on the recipients Christmas tree - clever!

I do like it when folk bring easy cards for chaps to share! Love this idea, made by Janice, she used the recipient's favourite football team's colours! One to remember in future.

I love the vibrant orange tones on this lovely card, made by Sue T after a wonderful holiday in sunny Mexico. A perfect background to that beautiful butterfly die cut.

And last but by no means least, Judy (aka PJ) brought us a whole load of brilliant cards to see. 10 cards in total, all made using the OSW (One Sheet Wonder) technique. Basically you start off with a single sheet of patterned paper and a template (loads can be found on line) - then using (say) one stamp and toning plain card as well, you cut lots of different sizes and shapes from the patterned paper and make a whole batch of cards. Hope that makes sense to you? I think it's such a fun idea!

That's my picks for this week - 10 in total! It gets harder each week to choose I must admit. I try to share new and inspirational ideas with you but can only include so many (ha, what happened to me showing just three then?!). I really do recommend that you try to have a browse through last week's Mr Linky when you have a chance.

We had 60 Playmates playing along last week and two new little friends joining us:

First there was Catherine with this beautiful Christmas card - I just love those Christmas trees! Lovely shades of green as well.

And then Chrissie, who most of you will already know from Less is More, arrived with this wonderful card. As always, Chrissie is the tops when it comes to elegant, clean and crisp cards - this is a real corker.

Welcome to both of you - do please come back and play soon!

Prize draw time now and our winner of the Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Caribbean Island Collection St Kitts die set and two co-ordinating stamps called 'Tumbling Leaves' and 'Butterfly Trellis' (kindly donated by Viv) is:
Majda has been playing along with us since June and this is her first Playground win - so I imagine there will be some happy dancing going on when she reads this :)

Well done Majda! 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.

As am sure you girls know, I always ask for confirmation of your addresses now - ever since I made a wrong assumption and we almost lost a prize!

This coming week's prize is:
Can you guess what it is? This is mine and I used it when making today's snippets card. It's very much like the old fluff removal rollers that have been around for ages. Someone came up with the bright idea that such a gadget would be handy for removing the waste bits from dies, and no doubt ramped up the cost as well. I find mine useful for actually removing the little bits of waste from the die cut itself as I often use waxed paper when cutting intricate dies, so they fall out of the die easily. You just rinse the roller under cold running water to remove the bits (use a sieve to catch the little bits of card/paper) and either dry it with a lint free cloth or allow to air dry so it becomes sticky again.
So this is the prize, a roller plus a pack of two refills. To be honest, I think the original sticky roller will last for ages if it's looked after - but I got spares in any case as apparently they will eventually need replacing - plus (just a thought) you could have three rollers on the go and then do one big cleaning session at the end of a die cutting spree perhaps. You can see it in use HERE and I thought it would be a change from dies, stamps and such as prizes :)

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 10th December. 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. 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! We're into December now so I expect it's all systems go with many of you!

Big hugs from Parsnip, and of course me -


  1. I've never seen this roller, but sounds like something worth getting! I love detail dies, but the little pieces tend to drive me crazy! I actually didn't think of that when I ordered the die used for my card--thank you for including it, Di!--but love the die so it's worth it. Your card is beautiful--always like Christmas trees made with words/images! Wonderful picks--such a hard job! Yes, I'll play for the prize.

  2. Beautiful picks! I always enjoy looking at them! Your snippets card is gorgeous! That's a wonderful die you have used! The prize this week looks very cool - please count me in! I'll be back tomorrow to join the playground - I used lots and lots of snippets for my die-cuts! Congrats to the winner!

  3. Good morning Di...yes it's full on colds season isn't it. Get well soon. Such a pretty card from you and so many lovely picks. The roller is fab...I haven't seen one and yes please count me in. We are putting up the tree today and I haven't even unpacked after Dotty's's that very busy but fun time of the year...and I'm loving it. Huge hugs xxx

  4. Lovely tree of words, it looks great with mirri cardstock!
    I'm amazed by the pics of the week, such fabulous inspirations!! Congrats to all! Congrats to the lucky winner, too!

  5. LOVE your very pretty silver and blue Christmas card Di.
    Sensationally good picks too!
    Hope you feel better soon mate.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  6. Love that text tree which makes an elegant card and you are right it doesn't really need anything else. I have one of those useful gadgets so only playing for fun (great idea for a prize).

  7. Di you were right - when I read the good news I truly performed a dance with my hands !!! Thank you so much for a "happy hand" and a wonderful prize - hard to wait to start creating with it !!!
    Love your card, so clean, silver and shiny!! Great selection of picks again, Di.
    I'll be back later to play, but just for fun as I've won the prize this week. Thank you one more time and one more thing - you were right about oranges on card - the orange really smells :-) Sending you a hug, Majda xx

  8. Oooh hope all will be cleared by Christmas or before for those who are suffering with colds or any other ailment your card is gorgeous love the die and the background so pretty!....another great selection of picks and congrats to Majda enjoy your win sending lots of love x

  9. More amazing picks again this week and I love the idea of the detachable snowflake. A big hi to the new playmates with their fabulous cards. As for your card Miss Di it's a super tree die and I love that embossed background.... mmm I wonder if Santa has me on his nice list yet!?

    That looks a fabulous tool but I will say no to going in the hat as I've just treated myself to a craft pick (the meat skewer is now back in the kitchen drawer) and I found blue tack perfect for getting out the bits stuck in the dies. Look after that back xx

  10. wonderful cards!
    congrats to winner!

  11. Oh Di, your card is just stunning with all of that wonderful embossing and fabulous colors! The picks this week are so amazing and as always so inspiring! Congrats to Majda on her win. I've never seen nor heard of the tool you're offering as a prize this week, but if it works, that's all that matters! Playing just for fun this week :)

  12. I adore your pretty silver sentiment Christmas tree die on that lovely green and with the white embossed background...just perfect. Fabulous picks and congratulations to Majda for winning. I am a 'yes please' for a chance to win this week's prize and glad your back is doing OK Di. x

  13. Gorgeous card, as always, Di. Same goes for this week's picks too.

  14. What a magnificent idea, Di -- both the card and the snippets remover. :-D I'll be adding my project for the week early in the morning andI finally had a chance to use the die set I won here several weeks back. Can't wait to show you what I did. Oh, yes, I'm playing for the prize this time.

  15. Brilliant card, great embossed background and a really lovely die.
    Some super picks once again, congratulations to the makers of the fabulous cards.
    Well, thanks goodness I did not venture into the playground so I can not be the one who set off the cold epidemic.
    So glad that the back is behaving itself at the moment, hope it continues to do so..
    Take care.

    Kath x

  16. Just stopped in to dropped off a Christmas Card. Love your Holiday Card - simple and elegant at the same time. I would love to win this prize. I always have a hard time cleaning my die cuts out. Thanks for the chance.

  17. No cold from me Di, but I do have allergies. I hope who ever has the colds that they are right as rain in a few days! Glad to hear the back is holding up Di, I do know how awful it is to have your back go out. Came to play at the Playground this week as I used lots of snippets! Yay, love when that happens! Love your beautiful card Di, the embossing and die cut is so pretty. Hugs, Brenda

  18. What a lovely die cut, Di, love the colours you've chosen for this beautiful card.

    Super selection of picks and congratulations to Majda on her win.

    I'll be back to play later, but will just be playing for fun as I won a super prize in the Playground recently. xx

  19. Gorgeous card, Miss, and wow, what wonderful makes in the playground, must be so hard to pick each week!! Yes please to prize, as think it could be a lifesaver.
    Take care with your back dear Di at this busy time of year.
    Shaz in Oz.x

  20. Not sure why I can't link up Di -after I've chosen my photo it says 'missing ip' - I will try again later xx

  21. Hi Di,
    Wonderful cards, - as usual :) So many talented crafters here!
    This time I only want to play. I did not know if I should show my match box at all. But since I used only snippets on it, I think it might join all the wonderful cards.
    Take care, Di.
    Hugs, Liv

  22. Great job everybody! I like the quick and easy cards you shared since I still need a few more for some folks I forgot. (I didn't keep those 10 cards I made and shared, nor the ones I made and shared the next day). Count me in for the prize if I play this week. Who knows what I'll do! PJ

  23. Fab picks - so much inspiration. I've got a die similar to that - must try and get it on a card, as you say doesn't need much else. Just playing for fun x

  24. Fabulous projects and lots of inspiration. So nice to be back joining you all again.
    Great prize and one I could make use of if lucky to win-thank you

  25. Hi Miss Di and the lovely Parsnip.
    Yes please.
    Yep I was one of the peeps to get a cold and I didn't play last week, and I don't very often get colds.
    Congrats to the winner and also congrats to the featured lovely creations.
    Your card is wonderful and that word tree die is fab.
    Love your colour choices too.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  26. I've heard a lot of good things about this roller, and I'm thinking it would be great for some of the word dies I have! I don't know how you possibly can choose from all the entries - they are all so different and I love that they all use those bits I'm tempted to throw away. Glad I don't otherwise how would I enter your challenge ;) Thanks as always xx

  27. Your Word tree die is gorgeous. It sure makes a stunning card. I like your design...your card is wonderful!

    Finally back to playing along although I am still working at catching up on blogs!!!
    Finger still healing but off antibiotics finally...yay!

  28. Marvelous snippets card, Di! And is it just me or are the creations getting more and more stunning with each week that goes by?! You do have such a keen eye for picking the best ones to share! Glad to hear the back is better and hope the cold is short-lived. Although ... if you aren't able to patrol around behind the bike shed or up in the tree house for a coupla days, I'm sure that would be fine. You know, like the coppers say, "Nothing to see here, ladies and gentlemen, move along!" No, really. Trust me! Love and hugs, Darnell

  29. Late to the party again this week, sorry Miss!!! Lovely makes and selections as usual. Yes please peeps


  30. Great Snipppet card Di, and well done to all. Love to have chance for your prize this week.

    Crafty hugs x

  31. Another great week of picks! Love your card as well. I would love to have a chance at this weeks prize.

  32. Lovely card Di and i would love to win the prize! I also have to confess, i think i brought the cold but i'm glad to hear your back is holding up!
    Hugs, Hazel xx

  33. Hi Di your card is gorgeous. Yes please to the prize it looks very useful. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  34. A super selection of picks this week Di, thank you for choosing mine :-)
    Your card is gorgeous, a stunning die! Congratulations to Majda and yes please for the draw. What a handy tool this is, one I've not seen it before.
    Sorry to hear you've had the dreaded cold, so many seem to have at the moment.
    Take care.
    Janice x

  35. A lovely snippets card and great picks too. I'm playing 'catch up' after visiting our families last weekend, but will be in the playground soon and would love a chance to win the prize.
    Kath x

  36. I like your card very much and the selection you made is superb!
    As well as the prize you are giving away.
    Lia xx

  37. Super card and picks, Di. Hope you are feeling better soon! Yes to rolly prize please :-)Hugs, April Xx

  38. Phew, I managed to get a card made - I'm so busy at the moment trying to catch up with Life after last week's cold knocked me for six. Lovely cards and picks as always, and yes please to the prize - I'm thinking it would do a great job of cleaning the tan embossing mat, have you tried it for that? At the moment I use brown parcel tape and end up with it all over the place and myself tangled up like a badly wrapped parcel! That stuff has a mind of its own, at least in my hands

    1. Not tried it on the tan mat - bet it would work and that's the biggest smile I've cracked for a week or so! :) xx

  39. Great make and picks as always Di :) Yes please to the prize!

  40. Gorgeous picks as always Di and your card is lovely. Yes please for the prize too - had to clear my floor after a die cutting session, lol, it's amazing how much mess those suckers create! Don't worry about visiting hun, take care of yourself and get your Xmas preparation done xx

  41. Finally I entered. Thanks for the challenge and Yes, please for enter in the draw for the useful prize

  42. I've been so crazy I totally forgot to bring this over! I started and got distracted! The story of my life these days! Love your pretty word tree and all those wonderful picks!

  43. Wow! Just stunning snippet card Di with a textural script! Love all the amazing packs! Congrats to Majda!

  44. super picks this week Di and I like your card and colour choice. Joining in just for fun this time round...Santa was good to me lately :)

  45. Hi Miss Di, I hope you are on the mend and feeling much better now, many thanks for a pick of the week, I'm a few cards short and that design is going to come in handy as a super quick make maybe with other little dies too, the quiche looks great also. I'm playing just for fun this week... have a wonderful weekend... Megan

  46. Thanks so much for picking my card from last week's challenge Di :0)
    Love your snippets card - I'm a sucker for Christmas trees!
    I'm a 'yes please' for the prize draw.
    Helen x

  47. Just for fun this week Miss. So who stuck that bauble on the donkey's nose then? hugs Mrs A.

  48. That is one strange-looking prize for us this week. Had to read the text really carefully about what it is and how it is used. Then realized that is definitely something that I want and also need -- it is always pain in the a*s trying to remove those tiny bits that get stuck in small holes when using dies.

    Love your make for this week. I am having a free weekend (if you don't count washing clothes and hoovering in that) so will be having plenty of time for crafting. And now as I am writing this I just realized this won't be the challenge I will have my card ready (made, photographed and posted), there will be a new one starting :)

    Have a wonderful weekend!


  49. great top picks, especially the first one (I adore this technique) and I love this die you used for your card, so festive and special!
    yes for the prize, please.
    have a great weekend :)).

  50. Great festive card Di, lovely picks too, so glad to hear that your back is better.

    I'm here for the fun, managed to sneak in the last hour :)

    Love and hugs


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