Sunday 17 September 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 299 and 300

Phew! What a last minute panic to make this fortnight's snippets card! Loss of mojo, trips away, catching up on chores (sigh) etc. have been taking me away from crafting lately.

The latest venture forth was for my (ahem-th) Birthday and we tootled off to Leeds Castle in Kent for a short break. I'll try to add a photo to this post - we took loads but I'll do a post with more about our trip next week - with luck. It truly is such a beautiful place and the Castle itself is stunning.

And HUGE thanks for all the lovely Birthday wishes, cards, gifts ........ and for just all being you - mwah!

So, here's the snippets card I managed to make, just yesterday:
I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" white card blank, side opening

- snippet of pink spotty paper which I did in fact glue to a slightly larger card blank before trimming it down to size. So much easier and accurate as well!

- snippet of white card, trimmed to leave a decent border of pink spotty paper around the edge of the card

- die cut a pale blue snippet into a circle using a die from The Works 'Stitched Circles' die set and kept it to one side

- dug into my hoard of white snippets and stamped the little sloth (with Memento 'Tuxedo Black ink) and also a load of leaves using Lawn Fawn's 'Hang in there' adorable set of stamps and coloured them using Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils and Sansodor blending fluid

- then I used the matching die set to cut the sloth image but I did cheat a bit and just fussy cut the leaves even though the set of dies does come with dies for the leaves, as well as a party hat :)

- at that point I knew where I wanted to position the image and blue backing circle so I used the Misti to stamp the sentiment (Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink again)

- the stamp set comes with an exclamation mark as well as a bracket, but I was finding I was all fingers and thumbs so I just used a black fine line pen to add brackets

- then added the white panel to the pink 'spotty card front, with a layer of fun foam as backing to add dimension

- then just glued the blue circle, cute little sloth hanging from his branch and a selection of leaves in place - using a Woodware Fine Tip glue bottle

- finally, added a little bit of 'Glossy Accents' to the 'little chap's' eyes

This is obviously a Get Well or similar card - but the sentiments do include a selection for a 'belated Birthday' card as well, such as 'Sorry I'm slow'.

And that leads nicely into our prize(s) this coming fortnight, which of course are are:

A set of stamps with matching dies by Lawn Fawn called 'Hang in there' - as well as a set of The Works 'Stitched Circles' dies -still amazes me that they give you eight dies in a set.

The Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 30th September. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

It's a maximum of ONE entry and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. As I already said, the prize is a set of stamps with matching dies by Lawn Fawn called 'Hang in there' - as well as a set of The Works 'Stitched Circles' dies. I will split The Works 'Stitched Circle' dies from the matching Lawn Fawn ' Hang in there' stamps and dies (which do come as a pair), in which case I'd do a further draw for the other item(s). 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 (two Darkroom Door stamps - 'Butterfly' and 'Stand Out' (very kindly donated by Megan), plus a set of Joanna Sheen stamps called 'Pressed Flower' from me), another Guest Designer and my picks from the past two weeks.

And, here's a sneak peek at Leeds Castle where we spent a few days last week. We were incredibly lucky with the weather, which is always a bonus of course:

Love from Parsnip and of course from me,


  1. Love this card!
    its super adorable!
    oh that stamp would be great for my hubby birthday card :D
    have a nice day

  2. Oh, wow wow wow!! Such supercute card!!! Love this little sloth on the branch and your sweet coloring! The glossy accents on his eyes looks wonderfully! And great clean design with the stitched circle that makes a "spot" for him!
    So glad you have enjoyed your days, Happy Birthday again! The Kent castle seems very beautiful in your shot!
    See you soon, I will manage to enter in the challenge. :)

  3. Firstly, belated Happy Birthday Di! It's look like you enjoyed your trip so much! The castle pics is absolutely beautiful!
    Love this sweet creation with a cute image and all beautiful layers!
    Will try to participate and Yes for the prize!

  4. Belated birthday wishes - didn't know about that, sorry. Leeds castle looks wonderful and I'm pleased the weather was kind. Just love that cute sloth and you've made a super card as usual. Back later with a Snippets card.

  5. Morning Miss Di, belated Birthday wishes from me as well. Know Leeds Castle, at least sort of as we bought a Doberman pup from there a few years back (well from one of the groundsmen).

    Sweet image on a rather nice CAS example.

    B x

    I believe I have a scheduled make that will fit in so will be back tomorrow.

    B x

  6. I did not know that it was your birthday, so I am a bit late to send congratulations you to. Well, I will sing loud and maybe you can hear it across the Northsea!
    I have been to Leeds Castle several times and can't get enough of it: it's so beautiful!
    I like your card a lot and I will enter the challenge in a few days. Have a nice sunday,
    Lia xx

  7. Love your card Miss Di, that is such a super sloth and your design is fabulous. Glad you had a great break and birthday. I'll be back later with my snippets and would love to go in the hat for that fabulous prize xx

  8. Glad you had a lovely break away for your birthday Di. We have been to Leeds Castle and it has the lovliest setting. I adore your cute sloth and the stitched circle shows him off beautifully. x

  9. I love your cute card and sentiment. Belated happy birthday wishes to you. Wow, what a great castle that is. Thanks for sharing that picture of it.

  10. WB from your birthday get away - the castle looks like a dream getaway and I do hope you had fun celebrating while you were there! Your card is just adorable and who doesn't like working with Lawn Fawn stamps? Yes please to the prize draw this week!

  11. My mojo is in full-speed mode today and I'm working on something for the challenge this time around. If you're dividing the prize again, I'd love to play for the set of stitched circles. Those will work right in with the set of 3 I already have. My primary annoyency with the set I have is that there simply are not enough sizes so 8 in a set would be terrific! Just had time to catch up with the Monkey Convention and I love your story about all their antics and activities. lol Beautiful photo of the castle!

  12. Happy, happy belated BD, Di! I didn't have it on my BD list, so failed to send you a card. Looks like an incredible place for a BD celebration--so beautiful! Your card is so darn cute! I'll just play for fun. Hugs, Greta

  13. Awww . . . That is one cute card.

    Leeds Castle looks fabulous. I'm sure you made a great Queen for the Day! Can't wait to see more pics.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  14. The sloth is so cute and Leeds Castle sounds fabulous! Yes please for the prize abd apologies for forgetting your birthday, again! My brain is everywhere apart from where it should be right now, too many spinning plates Karen x

  15. Entered in the challenge with my fall card. Thanks, I wish enter in the draw for the fabulous yummy prizes!!

  16. Smashing card, love the sloth. Just uploaded my entry and YES PLEASE to an entry for this weeks prize.

    Happy Monday


  17. This is the cutest little sloth I've ever seen...not that I've seen many sloths, but I doubt any are as adorable as this one! The glossy accents on his eyes make him especially bright-eyed and bushy tailed and your card design really lets him show off! I was so glad to hear that your birthday outing to the castle was as wonderful as you had hoped (even with tracking swan poo into your room...thank goodness for Len and his shoe cleaning skills!). Yes please to the prize and I try to ease back into real life after your magical castle visit. You don't want to go into shock, haha!

  18. Happy Belated Birthday wishes - I hope you had a fabulous time. Such a great image and sentiments - I'd love a chance to win, please.
    Kath x

  19. Glad you had a great birthday dear Di and what a super place to spend it. A great card today...I have the dies and a very similar stamp so I'll just be playing for fun this fortnight. Take care and I hope you manage to catch up with everything. Hug xxx

  20. Fabulous card Di so cute is your image too he sure is hanging in hope you enjoyed your time away and b'day sending lots of love xx

  21. A super card Di, so pleased you enjoyed your birthday break.
    Great prize, but just playing for fun this week.
    Janice xx

  22. Hi Di, such a gorgeous sloth! Leeds Castle looks fab and I'm glad you had a great birthday trip. Yes please to super prize. Hugs to you and Parsnip Xx

  23. Yes I would like to play for the sloth die as well as the nested stitched circles. Higgledy-Piggledy

  24. Hi Di, I'm finally here again. Love your cute card.
    Yes for the prize please.
    Hugs, Valerija xx

  25. Your card is so darned cute! The sloth is so darling.
    And yes, I'd love to play for the prizes, thank you so much!!

  26. I think it is a 'yes please' for an opportunity this time please.

  27. Belated Birthday Wishes Di and oooh that castle sure looks amazing! The prize this time is sooo awesome...and its a big yes from me.
    Dr Sonia

  28. Belated BD wishes!! I didn't know it was your BD. What an adorable card. I love the sloth with GA on the eyes. Yes, please, to the prize package!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  29. Leeds castle looks wonderful - we stayed very close to it in the summer but with it being a family reunion didn't get chance to visit. However we are making an effort to explore the Kent/Sussex area more so I'm sure we'll be there soon. Hope the break has helped your mojo to start tiptoeing back - this gorgeous card certainly doesn't look as if it came from a mojo-free zone!
    Yes please to the prize, the sloth is adorable and circles are the only basic shape I don't yet have in a stitched version

  30. First of all ...Happy Birthday. With all your obligations you made a great card. Of course I will be very glad if my name goesin the draw for the prize.


  31. Well, who wouldn't have an amazing birthday staying in a castle like that Di? Yes please to the prize this week, and a belated happy birthday to you! Your sloth card is both adorable and hilarious! I have had trouble linking up my card so I'm afraid I'll have to bug you through email but I hope it isn't too much of a hassle. Thanks!

  32. What a fab card and you have made me want those stamps and dies now! So I've made a card and uploaded it to be in the draw. (love that you stayed in a Castle how wonderful!)

  33. What a gorgeous sloth card - thank you for such a wonderful example to aspire to :-)
    I will say yes to accepting the complete prize package.

  34. Di, your card is simply adorable!! <3 I would love to be in the running for the fabulous prizes on offer :) Thanks again for the fun challenge!

  35. Hi Di your card is gorgeous I love it. Yes please to the prizes. Hugs Jackie

  36. I love your cute card and sentiment. Glad you had a great birthday dear Di :-)
    Yes for the prize please.
    Hugs, Majda xx

  37. I think I know what your 'ahem-th' birthday was - I won't say a thing. Seems like you celebrated in style though - Leeds Castle sounds just the perfect birthday venue. Your card is fab - a fun get well card is just the thing to lift the spirit. And it is a yes from me for the prize - love the Lawn Fawn stamp/die set. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  38. belated birthday wishes :) would love to play for the awesome prize, will get a card linked up soon. hugs xx preeti

  39. Just playing for fun. Hugs Mrs A.

  40. I would love to play for the great die you are offering! I do often use snippets but don't always think to send them off to you, Di. I do love reading your blog. :-)

  41. Hi Miss Di, and the lovely Parsnip.
    Just playing for fun.
    Wonderful card, and such a great stamped image, and design.
    Oh I wish I had known you were nearly in my neck of the woods perhaps we could have met up.
    I agree Leeds Castle is a stunning place.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  42. oooh, belated birthday wishes! I am sorry I forgot but I will send you a birthday card today ...
    amazing photo, I love these old castle ...
    yes for the prize please.
    have a great week.
    hugs xx

  43. Happy belated birthday. I'd like to play for the stitched circles, please.

    I'd like to go to Leeds Castle, too. I'm an ocean away though. So I'll live vicariously through the pictures. Can't wait to see them. [Bunny]

  44. Such a cute card! I would love to win the prize :D I grew up close-ish to Leeds Castle. My school prom (last year of secondary school) was there!

  45. I was sure I left a comment on this post as I remember seeing your really cute card, but I can't seem to find it now. I'm probably losing the plot and forgot to click 'Publish'!

    Leeds Castle looks wonderful, glad you had a good break to celebrate your birthday.

    Just playing for fun this time. xx

  46. Leeds Castle is on my list of WLTV since I found out last year it's not in Leeds! It looks wonderful. Glad you enjoyed your break. Your card is very cute, I do like his expression but I'm just playing for fun. x

  47. Well, I completely missed your birthday, so belated good wishes but it sounds like you had a lovely time. Leeds Castle looks beautiful.
    I would love the prize should my number come up.

  48. What an adorable little guy!! and your card is pretty cute, too. : ) Love how you added the glossy accents to his eyes, it really finishes him off perfectly!! Although that stamp set is super cute, I'd like to play for the circle dies, only. Thanks!!

  49. I managed a good crafting evening so I am just in time to have a play in the playground. I love your sloth card so I am pleased I made it in time to have a chance in the draw. The circle dies are an added bonus too. Thanks Di. Kate xx

  50. ooh Di, your card is soooooo cute! It would cheer anyone up! Love your photo too, I am glad you had such a wonderful time. Yes Please!!!! I would love to be entered in the draw for a chance to win the truly fabulous prize! Thank you. Hugs! xxxxxx


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