Sunday 30 July 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 289 and 290 - results

Gosh, it's been a bit busy here lately, and of course the kiddies are now on their Summer break in the UK so I expect that many of you will have your hands full :)

Let's go straight in with our Guest Designer:
 Jenny L made this fabulous snippets card - I think it's absolutely dreamy!
Shades of lavender and purple come very close to being my favourite colours (after pink) - and there's even a bit of pink as well! As always, Jenny has made a beautiful card with lots of clever little touches.

I'm sure most of you already visit Jenny's blog - if not then I do urge you to hop over and have a browse! For starters, you'll no doubt find out more about today's snippets card - although to whet your appetite this is what Jenny sent me about how she made the card:
I cut a 6"x6" size card with Couture Enchanted Escape Die for the shape. I used the size that is 4"x5" for the base of the card. I then used a snippet of paper left over from another card cut out an aperture with the smaller die, and glued some more snippets from another die cut left over from yet another project to the inside of the aperture.
Placed this on the card blank with foam tape.
Cut out some little flowers that came with the same die and glued them to the side, and added some gems, and a couple of butterflies that were given to me.
Finally I stamped thinking of you with London Fog Ink for the sentiment.

And I also picked up some background information about Jenny from her blog profile:
My name is Jenny Lawrence and I live in Kent. I am married to Tony, my dear and wonderful hubby. We have been married for 34 years. I lost my first Husband to the big C when I was quite young. I have 3 children and 3 stepchildren. 12 Grandchildren and 3 Little Great Granddaughters and a Great Grandson. I have been card making for about 17years. I have made things all my life as my Mum and Grand Mother taught me lots of hobbies. I have made my own clothes, knitted garments, hand embroidered items of clothing, and crocheted items too. I love to bake my own cakes as well.

So girls, we know who to turn to when it's time for cakes in the tree house! :) Thank you so much for being our Guest Designer this week Jenny, especially as it originally looked as if you were to tied up - I really appreciate it!

Now for my picks from this past fortnight - and as always, picking just three was nigh on impossible - and in the end I had one card that screamed out to be a Gold Star pick:
Valerija just blew yours truly, and all her commenters, away with this adorable Christening dress/card with matching box. It's stunning and a worthy Gold Star winner - please take your badge from the sidebar Valerija - with our love.

Then, for my three picks I had such a long list of possibles. So I looked for something of a theme and came up with 'Summer' to help me with the final choice. And here they are:
This is such a fun card, brought to share with us by Sue J after quite an absence. It's always lovely to see folk hopping back in for a go on the swings, no matter how long any of you are away - there's always a welcome waiting for you! Back to the card, every bit of detail has been so well planned - right down to the little porthole and the brilliant backing paper too.

Preeti  made this fabulous card using coloured snippets and (amazingly) a variety of stamps which have nothing to do with fruit! For instance, the pineapple began life as a penguin :) To find out more just hop over to Preeti's blog HERE. Well worth a visit as Preeti is always coming up with clever ideas.

And to round up the Summer theme - Charlotte (Lady Joyful) brought this really super bikini themed card to share with us. I love how the whole card 'flows' so beautifully with the vellum allowing the bikini to stand out . Love that sweet little bikini - which picks up all the different colours in the DP too. And a great sentiment as well!

That's my 'Gold Star' for Valerija, plus a further three picks - I do hope they will inspire you as well girls. Of course we had loads of fabulous ways to use up snippets and I really had to be very firm with myself and not add in at least two more cards from the final short list.  I highly recommend that you grab a cup of coffee and spend some time visiting blogs - the thumbnails with links are always there for you to look back over.

55 of you played along last fortnight and we had one new playmate joining in with us as well:
Linda W
Do hop over to Linda's blog post - it's full of great ideas for using up snippets, and her blog is well worth a good ole nosy around too! Welcome to the Snippets Playground Linda, and I do hope you return to play again soon.

Prize draw time now and our winner of the Concord & 9th 'Heartstrings' die set and a 'Label Maker Sentiments' set of stamps made by MFT is:
Barb (Williams)
Well done Barb! Can you please drop me an email with your address and I'll post your prize off as soon as possible. My email address is on the right hand side bar.

Keep those snippets entries coming girls, you still have a week left to play HERE remember! And the prize is the MFT 'Stitched Cover-Up Companion - Diagonal die plus the Clearly Besotted 'Aloha' stamps set. I will split the prize if you only want to play for part of it.

A couple of snippets of news:

- our lovely Playmate Sue (Morris of Zouave Cards) has been on tee vee!! Sue is involved with a fabulous scheme here in the UK where ladies crochet (and I've since learned they can also be knitted!) little octopus toys for premature babies to have with them in their incubators. The idea is that the tentacles can be grasped by the little 'preemie' in lieu of the umbilical cord - which apparently they play with pre-birth whilst still tucked up 'indoors so to speak'. Who knew? I certainly didn't. It's a great idea, the standards for making the toys are set very high (as they should be) and Sue is a co-ordinator who takes along the toys to local hospitals. There I was, sipping my wake-up cup of tea idly watching TV and there was a news item about the scheme - with a face I knew but couldn't quite put a name to! Anyhow, to find out more just hop over to Sue's blog HERE where there's a link to the news item.

Edit: Sue has quite rightly pointed out that although many places do refer to the little octopuses as 'toys' - the correct term is 'calming aids' :)

- and, our Playmate Jane of Jane's Journal is celebrating her 7th 'bloggerversary' with a giveaway, which runs until 9th August. A choice from three prizes for the lucky winner -

Ooopsie, my own 7th 'bloggerversary' slipped past me in March! But, every fortnight is a giveaway/celebration here so maybe it's OK :)

Love from the little white peril - and of course from me too (with a special punch of the air and a 'yaay' for Sarn from Parsnip. Private joke but it's catching!)


  1. Lovely to see Jenny as your GD this time Di and what an interesting and pretty card she has made, I love that lilac colour too. Congratulations to your three picks with such wonderful Summer delights, and also to the prize winner Barb. x

  2. Lots of links to check out today and a pretty inspiration card from Jenny. Congratulations to Barb on being the winner this time. I did know about the 'octopus' idea, fascinating fact about what babies get up to before they emerge into the world! Have a good week.

  3. A great selection of picks and lovely card from Jenny.
    Kath x

  4. Ha ha ha ha . . . I'll give you YAAAY! It certainly IS catching . . . thank you Parsnip!

    Lovely to see Jenny as the Guest Designer with one of her FABULOUS cards.
    Congrats to Valerij on achieving a gold star. Well done to the other picks too.

    Fancy Sue being on TV! Well done that woman - keep up the good work.

    See you all in the Playground . . . finally made a card AND it used snippets! YAAY! (Snigger).

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  5. Hi Miss Di (and Parsnip too), a gorgeous card this week by the lovely Jenny, in my favourite colour. Congratulations to all the ladies who are this fortnights Pick of the Week and the lucky Winner Barb. Have a wonderful week... Megan

  6. Thanks a ton for featuring my lil card dear Di :) love the dreamy and elegant card Jenny came up with. All the picks are so pretty, so many new ways to use up snippets ! Have a great week ahead.

  7. What a lovely card from Jenny and such gorgeous summery picks Di.So much great news in one post and thanks for your shout out for my giveaway which everyone (you don't need to follow me) is most welcome to join. It's my way of thanking everyone in blogland and the playground for being so kind and to make up for me never having the time to get round to comment on everyone's blogs..!Thanks as always Di for your ever giving kindness, generosity and friendship! Huge hugs xxx

  8. What a super post today Miss Di... Love the beautiful GD card From Jenny, that amazing Gold Star creation from Valerija, fabulous picks and the super paper piecing from new Playmate Linda (time to dig out those crazy birds of mine I think!) Congrats as well to Barb on her super win xx

  9. Hi Miss Di and the lovely Parsnip.
    A big congrats to Valerija on that super wonderful Christening Dress card and wonderful box.
    Such a stunning creation and defintely needed a Gold Star award.
    Congrats to the other wonderful picks they are all so brilliantly created.
    Congrats to Barb on her win also, and I'm sure we will see some lovely creations made with her winnings.
    Finally thank you so much for having me a your GD today I feel very prevlidged to be asked, and join some of my wonderful , and talented playground friends that have already done so, and those who will be Gd in the future.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  10. A beautiful card from Jenny. I fell in love with the beautiful Christening dress by Valerija when I first saw it, so worthy of the Gold Star award. I love your other picks too.

    Sue xx

  11. So pretty is Jenny's card and another great show case Di as always it can't be easy many congratulations Barb enjoy your win take care sending lots of love xx

  12. Wonderful picks as always and congratulations to Barb on her win, very well deserved. How wonderful about the octopus toys, you learn something new every day!

  13. Gorgeous card by Jenny and congrats Barb! and thank you for choosing my card as a pick Di xxxxx huggles Sue xxx

  14. Some great picks Di and a fabulous card by Jenny.

    Kath x

  15. Wow, Jenny, your card is gorgeous. So glad you shared it.
    Congrats on our win Barb.

  16. Great to see Jenny as your GD and what a gorgeous card she's created. I love the colours. Super picks again and congratulations to Barb on her win. xx

  17. That's a gorgeous card and congrats to the winner and featured projects.

  18. Great picks as always. Really must find time to come and play again, but reorganing craft room, having builders in, and Roy moving and me cataloguing his model soldiers, time is a bit short. Thank you so much for the shout out as well, I noticed you joined the group too. Looking forward to seeing your first octo! Just one point, they are very definitely not toys, even though the Beeb called them that, they are calming aids. xxxx

  19. I am so happy to be the lucky winner of a wonderful prize. Thank you Di and Mr. Linky! Congratulations to Jenny on her Guest Designer spot. As always she's made the most beautiful card and I always admire her attention to detail. Great picks again as always and congratulations to them all. Welcome to Linda. I'm just off for a visit. Barbxx

  20. What lovely cards! Aren't you so proud that your challenge inspires such creativity?!

  21. Lovely to see Jenny as GD, fabulous pics (I thought that dress was real at first!), and I didn't know the organizer was a playmate, of the octopus, I have friends who have made some, and I should add it to my long list of to do's! Much love xxx

  22. congratulations to my friend valerija and other top picks, your creations are amazing!
    hugs xx

  23. Jenny's GD card is beautiful! The gold star and picks are all definitely worthy winners, congratulations! Congratulations too to Barb and welcome to Linda - cool card! Hugs to you and Parsnip! xxx

  24. Absolutely thrilled to see my card as your Gold Star, thank you so much!
    So happy, you made my day!!!
    Valerija xx

  25. Fabulous picks and big congrats to Barb!! Well done to all!


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