Sunday, 14 May 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 281 and 282

We're now galloping through May - and we do have signs that Summer is lurking around the corner - yippee! Spike and Co. are feeding well and the birds are busy nesting, feeding and having endless swimming sessions in the birdbaths!

My visit to hospital was a little more productive than I thought, had x-rays taken - and after those are reviewed there may or may not be a MRI scan as the next step. Watch this space folks :) But don't hold your breath either!!

As always, a huge thank you to everyone who came to play this past fortnight - loads of gorgeous entries.

This is my snippets card for the coming fortnight:
I used:

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

- snippet of white card stock, with the bottom die cut into a scalloped chevron using a die from the Frantic Stamper 'Chevron Edgers #2 - 130 degrees' die set, Tip, at this stage I kept the panel wider and also taller than I knew it would be at the end, allowing room for some play

- snippets of pink and SU's 'Wisteria Wonder' card stock were then selected so I could match the colouring I intended to do

- stamped a cat from the Waffle Flower 'Flora Cat' stamp set onto the white panel - using the Misti and Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink

- coloured the decoration on the cat using Faber Castell Polychromos pencils

- then die cut the pink snippet using the same chevron edger dis as before and set it to one side

- stamped the words 'take care!' from the 'Flora Cat' set, using the Misti and Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink onto the 'Wisteria Wonder' snippet

- at that point I measured up the vertical centres of the panels, marked them using a soft pencil and then glued the three layers together

- only then, once the glue dried, did I trim the whole panel down to just under the size of the card front

- added the panel to the card front using a piece of white fun foam to lift it

- it looked a little bare to me, although I reckon it could have worked without more additions, but I did add a pink punched heart (SU's discontinued 'Itty Bitty Heart' punch,  recently purchased from a SU pre-loved site) plus some sequins

The way I tackled the card is so much easier than trying to make everything line up to the exact dimensions as you go along - I made sure there was plenty of spare card to trim off the panel at the end of assembling it and it works a treat!

Love the chevron edger dies! The set comes with two dies, one is scalloped (the one I used) and the other one is straight stitched lines - perfect for male cards! Also, you can die cut and use the negative part of the cut as that is also designed to be used. A great set, you can use them at an offset angle of course rather then symmetrically. Oh, and of course you could use them as inverted V shapes as well! I make that eight options without even including the 'offset angle' idea. I was on a waiting list for them for absolutely ages and had almost given up hope! But, they arrived this past week and I just had to have a play of course :)

Probably don't need to spell out what this fortnight's prize is made up of do I then?
Oops, got my reflection again :)

The prize is the  Waffle Flower 'Flora Cat' stamp set plus the Frantic Stamper 'Chevron Edgers #2 - 130 degrees' die set, exactly the same as I used today. The dies are 5.5" across by the way so are fine for a lot of card sizes.

I will split the prize if necessary, am mindful that not everyone would like both parts of the prize - although I do think they go together well. I'm more of a doggy person but can still see me using my own set of these stamps quite a lot - and they would look pretty good without any colouring either! And of course, you may already have the dies or very similar as they've been around for a little while now. But, as always - both items are one complete prize if you wish to play for them as a pair.

The Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks from now on and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 27th May. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

It's still a maximum of ONE entry and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. The prize is both items together as a single prize, unless you really do only want to try for a 'split' - in which case I'd do a further draw for the other item. Please also link back to the Playground in your blog post to be eligible for the draw.

Remember, if you link into the Playground and don't say clearly that you're wanting to be in the draw then you will be bypassed if your name comes out of Mr Linky. I'm sure you all know I ask for a positive 'yes' just in case you're playing only for fun. Thanks!

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 :)

Be sure to call back next week to see the winner of last fortnight's prize (those fabulous dies that you all seem to love!) plus my picks from the past two weeks - as well as another lovely guest designer too!

Love from Parsnip and of course from me,


Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Oh, this card is so sweet and feminine! Love this floral cat and the chevron edgers diecuts in pink and white on the grey base panel! Great make, very elegant, different and also fun!
I'm just in time to enter in the challenge and YES, please, I would love to win these wonderful prizes!
Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs A. said...

Gosh Di, this is so pretty. I love the colours and the cat is Devine. Will be along to play laters. Hugs Mrs A.

Greta said...

I love your sweet card, Di--beautiful edger dies! I'll play just for the dies--thanks!

Darnell said...

This is a gorgeous design with those edger dies and that stamp, Di! You are amazing the way you keep going like the energizer bunny in spite of your back issues! I'm pleased to hear that you are being given some attention and they are doing some tests! And I'm pleased to hear that your animal kingdom is flourishing! Thanks, as always, for another fun challenge! Lots of hugs, Darnell

Janice said...

A really pretty card Di, I love the combination of white, dusky pink and grey. Your design reminds me of looking at a corner of a pretty lacy tablecloth!
Good to hear that your hospital visit went well. I will be playing along later in the week, but would love to be in the draw for the dies please.
Janice x

Aquarius said...

You certainly keep coming up with some great snippets cards and the usual tips of how you achieved the result - always very helpful. Pleased to hear that the hospital visit appears positive for you. Just playing for fun this time.

Sandra H said...

Morning Di, l agree May already the time just goes so fast! Ooooh your card and image is so adorable l love it and the edged dies are so effective stunning as always hope you enjoy your day xx

Claire said...

Hello, thats a really pretty card and the cat is just a sweetie. I'd like to take part in your challenge and its my first time so many apologies if I've done anything wrong, I'm like a little fish in vast open waters atm, but I'm getting back into the swing of things. Anyway, I will pop by all of your lovely blogs and leave a comment on your delights. Have a lovely day everyone x

Claire said...

OK I forgot to mention that I will play for both the dies and the stamps... sorry, my bad ;)

New Creations said...

Awww, so sweet Di! Love the cute image and edge dies! I always love to see your delightful creations!
Thanks for the chance to win this week awesome prize for both!!!

Di said...

Not bad Claire - just new to the Playground. And very welcome you are. Added you to the list of 'prize players', think it's a popular one this fortnight! x

Pat said...

I love the cute cat Di and the shaped edger dies go beautifully with it and the pink and wisteria is a great colour combination too. So sorry I didn't get to play last time and especially as I was certain I would, but my card making has been a bit slower recently for various reasons, but will try to do better next time. I'm glad that your visit to the hospital has led to further investigations and hope that there are some positive outcomes. How lovely your hedgies are back and it is always lovely to see the birds coming to the garden too. We have quite a few house martins that come back to the village year after year, but not many in evidence yet. x

Carole said...

Lovely card Di...unusual too! Just playing for the dies please this time round! Hugs xx

AlisonC said...

What a pretty delicate card. The stamps are very pretty and unusual. I like the edgers too, very much. It must be lots of fun watching the wildlife but time is certainly whizzing past.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Awesome card, Miss and pray all goes well with investigative tests... yes please to dies, but no thank to stamps - dont think would use the cats..
Love the way you've used them though. big prayer hugs Shaz.x

Jackie T said...

Hi Di your card is stunning. I am here just for fun this time. Have a good week. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Kath said...

A lovely card, I'm definitely a cat person and these stamps are fab. I'll be in the playground later in the week and would love a chance to win the stamps and die.
Kath x

Robin said...

Such a beautiful kitty card! I love cats and would love to win the stamps and dies. Thanks so much! Hugs, Robin

Jane said...

Good evening Miss Di..I'm glad you feel your appointment was productive. I'm also glad to hear that Spike and Co are up and running. When we were in S'Ton for Jack's birth my Hb spotted a hedgie running across their patio..but I missed it! What a super card, I love the dies you used. Please can I just play for the dies this fortnight. Thanks as always, huge hugs xxx

Kathleen said...

Super die and a fun image, love the design of the card and never mind about showing your image, it is nice to see you again. Pleased to hear that your trip to the hospital was productive especially as I didn't see the post about you going there, lets hope that there is something very positive comes out of it.

Kath x

Claire said...

Thank you for your nice comments on my blog. My apologies for the link error, it's been over 8 years since I last had an active blog - a touch rusty. Next time I'll nail it ;)

Kathyk said...

FAB makes and prize but .. just playing for fun this week

Happy Monday


Jane Willis said...

Absolutely gorgeous card! I love that cat stamp so much I had to look it up and saw that it's part of a whole series of them so my crafting wish list has grown rather a lot, you temptress! So yes please, I'd love the chance to win one.

Sarn said...

What a fabulous card. LOVE the use of the dies. Unusual cat image, which I really like!

Have a good week.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

KandA said...

Such a lovely card and perfect for a cat lover. I'm more a doggy person but I would love to go in the hat for those fabulous dies.... your card is the first time I've seen them.... and now another thing for my wish list! I'm glad to hear they're doing a bit more for you and your back. Fingers crossed the xrays show the problem and it can be fixed xx

Em Louise Fairley said...

Stunning card, Di.
Em xoxox

Carol L said...

Your card is just as cute as can be with that pretty kitty! I love the layered color panels which give this such a soft and elegant touch! Yes please to the draw this week.

Fikreta said...

love this card!
and that stamp!
I will participate for this stamp!
love cats!
have a nice day

Heather said...

Such a sweet card! LOVE that scalloped border! I am a cat lover, but I would like to play just for the dies, please. Thanks!

Linby said...

wow - this is a super card, love everything about it. I do hope you get some answers soon from the hospital.
I'm just playing for fun as I'm sure there are plenty of cat lovers who could make use of the stamps.

Janis said...

Beautiful card, Di! I just love the floral kitties from Waffle Flower...and I don't have any of them yet. So YES, PLEASE to the prizes this fortnight. It would be a thrill to win this set and those lovely dies!!! Take care and will be looking for good news on the health front soon!!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Your card is so cute! I love that style of kitty! I am just playing for fun this week as I won recently.

Amanda said...

Such a cute card. Am playing again this week xx Amanda

Pat said...

I have just entered my card Di and would love to be in the draw for both the cat stamps and the dies. Thank you for your enquiry. I am fine but my cardmaking has been rather spasmodic and have only been making cards when I have a specific reason.... I put it down to the lack of fat in my, but I am trying to gee myself up a bit. x

NanaConnie said...

I adore that sweet cat, Di! Wonderful card. I'll be playing along this time but only for fun. I should have my entry finished by tomorrow.

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

Hey Di, Just stopped by to drop of a summery notecard.. Yes, I would love to be in the draw for this wonderful prize.. Love your card..

SHartl said...

This card is just adorable and I love that cute kitty stamp set. Your CAS card is pretty and delicate, with those beautiful edging dies! Yes please to this wonderful prize!

Diane said...

Wowzers, love, love your card, what a wonderful stamp set, too, so fun....I am a 'cat person' have 4 of the critters in the house (but love dogs just as much, maybe I should say I am an 'animal person) lol, so yes, yes for me for the prize please....sorry I have been missing in action lately, just so many things going on with family here it makes my head spin!!

Preeti D. (aka Dutt Preety) said...

such a cute card Di! I love the pretty cats. Yes please for the awesome prize. Thanks :)

Karen said...

Love, love, love that image! Oh how I adore it Di. Yes please for the prize please, thank you for the constant challenge and inspiration to use my snippets Di. I hope you are having a better week Karen xx

Karenladd said...

Yes please for this challenge prize! The cat stamp set is purrr-fect, and the edging dies look just like a fancy handkerchief. Your sweet card is adorable and I always appreciate your tips and hints on how you put it together. My scrap pile never seems to get any smaller, no matter how many snippets I use, why is that?

Lia said...

I am a dog lover, but I think these cats are so cute, I could also be a cat lover! So yes: I would be happy with the prize!
Lia xx

Paper Lily Leaf said...

Hi Di! I'm glad to hear the hospital visit went ok. I absolutely love your gorgeous kitty card. As I type this Tiger Lily is having a good growl at Spot because he is daring to go too near the window - silly cat! Yes please to super prize and hugs to you and Parsnip (air kisses at Spike & Co!) Xx

Paddington fan said...

Hi Di,
Finally made it over to the playground, it's been a mad few weeks and crafting has taken a back seat. So glad the hospital visit went well, here's hoping they come up with a solution for your pain very soon. Great card, love the CAS design! I adore hedgehogs, would love to have a Spike of my own. I did see a hedgie crossing the end of our road last week, it was quite late and the little chap was motoring along, clearly on a mission - made my day, I so rarely see them these days!!
Love to you and Parsnip,
Jacky x
P.S. Just playing for fun this time (wanted a go on the swings!!) Thank you!!

Swissie said...

Hi Di,
At time I don't enter very often here. But when I visit, I see wonderful inspiration projects. So why do I not pop in more frequently?
As you know, I am a cat lover, so I just have to say yes please, I want to have a chance to win. ;)
Hugs, Liv xxx

Helen said...

Fab card Di - such an elegant cat!
I'm a dog person though, so I'll play just for the dies
Helen x

Liz said...

Brilliant card, Di. The little cat is really cute and the heart and sequins are a perfect finishing touch.

Just playing for fun this fortnight as I've already got similar stamps and dies. xx

Margaret said...

Hi Di.
Love your little cat card and I am just playing for fun do hope my card has come up on the site. Life is beginning to settle down but still have my off days which I suppose I have to expect so try to keep busy.
Margaret M

Chantal said...

Great card, love the die you used. So I just play for the die.
Hugs, Chantal S

ionabunny said...

Hello. Very happy to be joining the fun at the snippets playground again. Please include me in the prize draw. Thanks for a fun place to play. Hugz

Jenny L said...

Hi Miss Di and the lovely Parsnip.
Yes if I'm lucky.
I seem to have got quite confused lately and think I have already entered, but on checking I notice I hadn't entered this time around.
It must be that the weeks are going by so fast.
So luckily my card posted had quite a few snippets die cuts, but as I said thought I had already entered.
Love your wonderful card and the design is super and gorgeous.
Love that wonderful V shape and the colours.
Hope all is okay as you have been for an Xray.
Usually you have a few more weeks wait for a scan.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

K M Meena Herale said...

Hi Di, beautiful card. This time playing for fun.

hugs xx

Bunny said...

Thank you for the challenge. I'm playing for the Chevrons only. Thank you.

Megan J said...

Hi Di, a beautiful card for any cat lover (but not me) the chevron die adds a nice touch, good luck with the other tests, pain is a huge pain in the neck or wherever else it rears its ugly head... playing just for fun this week... have a wonderful week... Megan

Eemeli said...

Hi Di. It seems that I am also not gonna have a/the last visit at hospital. Just visited there last Monday and next time will be in three weeks. Been like this for almost three years now and no sign of better days.

Beautiful card for inspiration. Love the color scheme. YES please for the prize/s. Will be back tomorrow with my card.


Donna said...

Hello Di.
Haven't forgotten about the dies - on my 'to do' list. x
Can't remember if I said Just For Fun this week, please.
Gorgeous card, btw. x

Valerija said...

Wonderful card. Yes for the prize, please.
Valerija xx

Dr Sonia S V said...

I have been away for ages and feels good to visit you Di and see what you have been up to. A yes from me but if I am lucky enough to win send me the dies only!!
Dr Sonia

Majda said...

Great card, love the die you used. YES, please, I would love to win these wonderful prizes! Have a lovely weekend!
Hugs, Majda

Sandy said...

Oh my, what a cute card. I'm interested i both the stamps and the dies, should my name come up. Thanks!

Loll said...

Such a pretty card, Di. LOVE those cats!! Playing along this week. :) xx

Tina Z. said...

super cute card and the edges are so interesting ...
yes for the prize, please.
have a great weekend.
hugs xx