Sunday 25 March 2018

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge # 321 - results

Hello again - did you remember to turn your clocks forward - Spring forward and Fall back if you're in the affected time zones! Goodness knows what's going on with our weather here, a little birdie mentioned that even more snow might be on the way over Easter! I hope not - gone are the days when little girls had Easter Bonnet Parades in the Spring sunshine I fear.

And, we have another lovely Guest Designer this fortnight - I know that lots of you have been trying out Kathy K's Black Ice technique from two weeks ago.

This time it's Connie (of Grammy's Attic) who is in the spotlight:
I really love this card - it sums up Spring perfectly - and I like that Connie is happy to combine ProMarkers with Polychromos pencils - I do that as well sometimes and find they work well together.

This is what Connie wrote when she emailed the photo and her card to me:

The image is a digi from Bugaboo Stamps, colored by hand with a combination of polychromos pencils and ProMarkers.  The image was printed onto a scrap of white cardstock and was cut with a die from Sue Wilson.  Both patterned papers were snippets from the scrap basket and I cut the striped one with a scalloped, circle die from Memory Box.  The shape comes from the fact that it was a snippet, therefore I couldn't get a complete circle.  The double butterfly parts were cut from a tiny, double sided, snippet, using a Presscut die, and then layered together.  I always feel so proud of myself when I use up scraps instead of just throwing them away.  My mind tells me I can now go out and buy some newer papers because I've been so frugal with the old stash.  :-D
This photo is actually of Connie's Grand parents, with Connie's Mum as a little girl, taken in 1911. I've seen this photo many times in Connie's profile - but what a total delight it is when enlarged - a real treasure of a photo for sure. And, Connie looked just like her Mum did at the tender age of six - and (apart from the fashions and also the sepia tint) apparently the image of her Grandmother could be of Connie now. Strong genes there honey - and I wish I had such a lovely photo of my own grand parents with my Mum.

Thank you once again for being our Guest Designer for this fortnight Connie - Parsnip would send you an Easter egg as he's been busy using my Easter egg moulds as well as mountains of choklit here. But, I politely said it would be too far to send his 'confectionery' but that no doubt you thought it was a nice thought. I didn't want to hurt his feelings but to be honest, he's licked the spoon so many times then stuck it back into the melted bowl of choklit that I certainly wouldn't wish the results on anyone!

Onto this last fortnight's picks now and the three picks I managed to whittle my list down to were chosen because they're unusual snippets that have been used. Sometimes that's the only way I can cut a very long list of picks down - by homing in on some sort of thread running through the list. So, you can't predict it girls - my mind works in a very mysterious way at times - most of the time really!!
I just love this card made by Jane W! A great design to begin with and how clever to use the patterned insides of 'junk mail' envelopes! I was convinced we never received such envelopes - but since seeing this have been eagerly checking even mundane things such as the annual Council Tax statement to see what their envelopes will reveal. Found three different ones already - yay!

And we have Jane J following hot on the heels of Jane W - using part of a 'Moomin' exhibition programme to make a Birthday card for a blogging friend, who is also a huge Moomin fan. Such pretty pinks and it reflects the original programme perfectly too. Psst, I like it better than the original programme - and as always, Jane's post is fascinating to read.

Last but not least - there's this really sweet 'ribbon comforter' made by Pen. It's adorable and a great way to use up ribbon snippets too. I bought one of these a good few years ago for a baby and she loved it! Colourful, interesting and of course very tactile.

We had no new Playmates this fortnight and numbers dropped down to 56 entries - but that just means that the 41 Playmates who said 'Yes please' to the prize had a better chance of winning ☺.

Prize draw time now and our winner of the Concord and 9th 'Sprinkles' Turnaround stamp set is:

Well done Viv! Do please send me your address, with full name at the top so I can copy and paste - for speed and ease. I'll be off to the Post Office ASAP, hopefully before Easter as they have a four day UK Easter holiday this next weekend.

Please put Playground Winner or similar in the subject line of your email in case it drops into my junk mail. Email address is on RH sidebar as always.

I have another lovely background stamp lined up before too long - it's not a 'turnaround' one but I'm pretty sure you're all gonna love it! Come to think of it - I have yet another full background stamp in the Playground toy box. Think it's time to hold back on buying new prizes until some of the existing ones have been won.

Remember folks, there's still almost another week to run on Challenge #322 HERE. The prize is a Mama Elephant 'Favour Bag Accessory - Bear' die set, so cute!

Love from the little 'choklit and white coloured' peril Parsnip - and of course me,


  1. Connie's card is lovely. That is a great Spring image.
    I do remember Spring bonnet parades...I even remember making the Spring bonnets by gluing silk flowers onto straw boater hats, or even better yet by creating flowers from snippets of lace and fabric!

  2. Great picks, Di & what a beautiful card by Connie! Enjoy your long weekend!

  3. Fab picks and a gorgeous Spring card from Connie.

    Congratulations to Viv on her win. XXX

    Hope you're wrong about more snow being on the way! Xxx

  4. Fabulous picks and congratulations to Viv. Looking at Jane's card reminded me of when I started cardmaking many years ago - I used to make iris folded cards with the paper from the inside of envelopes. I still save any unusual coloured envelopes which usually find their way into my snippets drawer!
    Kath x

  5. So many beautiful picks Di and I especially love the ribbon comforter it is so charming
    Dr Sonia

  6. HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY DANCE HERE!!!! So pleased that my number came out of the hat! Especially cos I am home for a couple of weeks and have been getting lots of time to play! Enpough of me.
    Great pics as always this week - wonderful snippet use - I need to be a little more adventurous and unusual I think after seeing these lovely makes.
    Will be able to join in again this time round too... nice to be back in the Playground even if that darn bear has put choklit paw marks on my best shirt..... xx

  7. I'm sorry I never got to put an entry in for this challenge in the end Di as life has been a bit manic and I actually thought I had, but checking back I hadn't, so a bit of a senior I love Connie's pretty card and with lots of wonderful ways to use your snippets, and some great picks too, also congratulations to Viv for winning the super prize. x

  8. Connie's card is adorable!Lovely works from all the ladies and congrats to the lucky winner!

  9. Hello Di, I do believe you are right - we have another cold snap on the way. Shame, the first ruined my thyme which was doing very nicely and the second seems to have held back the daffodils. Sorry I haven't been able to play along recently - I don't know where the time has gone. Actually, I do. it's been taken up by countless hours in hospital waiting rooms but that's another story. Back to the subject of snippet makes ... the makes you have picked out are all fabulous. I'll be opening junk mail rather than just binning it in the future - I may just find a gem or two hidden there. Regards to old 'choklit' lips, aka Parsnip and hugs to you. Elizabeth xx

  10. Good evening dear Di and Playmates. I am late again but I have the excuse that we looked after our 2 little people for their Mummy and Daddy and have just sat down now! A wonderful but exhausting time especially with losing that hour. Connie's card is delightful and how super to see her family photo. Thanks for putting my Moomin card in the pics...and your sweet words Di. My friend Mia did love it so much and it was a great use of the programme to make her smile. Enjoy the week ahead and that bloomin beast better not turn up....I will be very cross indeed if he interferes with my plans! Hugs xxx

  11. Congrats to Viv and a really lovely card by Connie, some lovely picks again this week especially love the different and unusual items used on the lovely creations.

    Kath x

  12. The cards and comforter are gorgeous! Congrats to all winners xoxo

  13. I love the way Connie's mind works - being frugal with old stash gives you permission to buy more. Must remember that! Thanks for including my card among the lovely picks - I expect crafters all over the country are waiting for the postman now..... just for the insides of the envelopes!

  14. Wow gorgeous choice of picks Di and many congratulations to Viv enjoy your win x

  15. Congratulations to Viv on her win. What a lovely selection of picks again this time. Some beautiful work. Barbxx

  16. Oh goodness I didn't mention Connie's beautiful card. What a pretty stamp that is too. Barbxx


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