Sunday, 15 July 2018

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge # 329 - results

Having struggled to do much blogging all week, now it's a rush on Saturday to write this post so please bear with me if it's a bit of a gallop!

First of all, we agreed that for now we'd skip the Guest Designer slot on the results post - but I'm already making an exception! We recently spent some time in Southern Germany visiting our little grand daughters and family. We had a great time and the weather was glorious - hot, but not as stifling as we've been having here in the UK. We had a fabulous family BBQ, a trip down to Lake Constance for a lovely evening meal, some (not me!) mowed a lot of grass and we also just relaxed, with this lovely view:
And we crafted! Not quite so relaxing :)

We took an extra wheelie case on the plane (thank goodness for generous allowances) - packed full of craft stuff and gifts for the little ones. So hard to think what would be best to start kiddies off on their crafting journey but they (aged 10 and 8) were desperate to have a go at card making. So I dug out loads of card blanks, plain card ready cut for stamping, stickers, rub-ons, an assortment of stamps, little pointed scissors for trimming images, some templates to draw around, my old Fiskars stamping platform with the sponge feet, ordinary perspex stamping blocks, small tape runners, DST and sticky pads etc. plus new coloured markers and pencils for both the girls. And of course a couple of black ink pads. That was one thing I got absolutely right, I wanted to take Memento 'Tuxedo Black' pads and at the last minute bought some of the small 'tear drop' shaped ones instead of the normal large sized pads. MUCH easier for little hands to cope with - as well as less chance of ink everywhere!

Anyhow, here's some shots of them working away:

Mia - colouring an image

Livi (Olivia) seeing just how many stamps she can fit onto a card front :)

This cracked me up - the girls were fascinated to hear about the Playground and to learn about using snippets. Whilst I was taking a break in the sun, Len suggested to Livi that she could use their fancy edged scissors and make a snippets card. This was the result - one brand new packet of their own coloured lightweight card, with a strip carefully cut from each differently coloured sheet - which made them snippets! Great logic there kid :)

And at the same time, Mia went for more a delicate look, being two years older. This was a gold peel off sticker which she popped onto white card and coloured using her new marker pens. Then, having seen me do it with something else, she carefully trimmed around the outline without any prompting and mounted it onto a blue background (snippet) which she made by drawing around the outer scalloped edge of a Fiskars template I'd taken for them - and even got those corners just right when the template was about 13" x 9" in size!

So never underestimate what kiddies will come up with - and both those cards were made whilst I was outside chatting to their Mama.

The question that really rocked me came from Livi. She'd stamped a cute little penguin then came to me and asked how she could stamp the penguin again, but this time the other way around so it would be two penguins facing one another. 'There must be a way' she said, 'and I bet you know'. Of course she was thinking of 'mirror image stamping' - and luckily I could show her a rough and ready way to do it using a perspex block to pick up the inked image from the stamp and then transferring it onto her card. Amazing though - it's not that long ago that I revisited the technique and did it properly on the blog! And here was a little girl just beginning to try stamping coming up with the idea, phew.

Anyhow, we do have more photos - but most importantly a lot of happy memories of precious time spent together :) I always say, it's quality and not necessarily quantity - which is just as well given they don't exactly live a stone's throw away.

Let's do a very quick scamper around my picks for this fortnight, no particular theme - just entries which caught my eye:

First of all a *Gold Star* to a lovely blogging friend who came up with this amazing exploding box:
Yup, Mrs A has been busy again! This is utterly gorgeous and so deserving of a Gold Star - make sure you hop over to Mrs A's blog and see it unfolded in all its glory - the centre piece is amazing (tons of snippets used. Our Kathleen commented that she awarded this 'make of the week' - and how right she is!

Please take your gold star from the RH side bar Mrs A - and well done!

Sharon F makes some beautiful cards, using up loads of snippets. This one really caught my eye - see the Tim Holtz 'pen nib' which forms the body of the butterfly? What a lovely finishing touch!

Oh how this card made me smile! Carol L brought it to share and I just love those reindeer - especially Rudolph with that sparkly red nose and cheesy grin! Great use of snippets and super colour combination too.

What a fabulous idea this is - and it was Nicky who scampered in waving this great card to show us. Anyone with a Scan and Cut machine OR a set of quite chunky alphabet dies can make this card! I have some similar dies and will certainly be trying this one - so clever to just butt up the letters at the bottom of matching coloured strips. Love it - and perfect use of snippets of course.

And here's one new Playmate:
Do please hop over to say 'Hello' to Diny!

So it was one new Playmate this time round and we had really great total of 58 entries - I think the prize was a real attraction to many, as well as the fun of the Playground.

Prize draw time now and our winner of the Sizzix 'Flowers #6' stamp and die set (thanks again Viv!), a Memory Box 'Sketchbook Imagine' die and the sweet little set of four hearts dies is:

Well done to Janice, it's a while since her last win and then it was just a sand eraser when I offered 20 or so of them, if my records are right :)

Do please send me your address Janice, with full name at the top as well so I can copy and paste - for speed and ease. I don't keep addresses of previous winners, even if they might be in my private address list - if that makes sense! I'll be off to the Post Office once I hear from you. 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.

Remember folks, there's still almost another week to run on Challenge #330 - just check back a bit and you'll easily find it. The prize is an Art Impression 'Doggy Kisses' stamp set.

Hope you have a lovely week ahead, and that you come and play - if you haven't done so already!

Love from the little white peril Parsnip, who was delighted at the heavy rain we had (briefly) yesterday afternoon,


Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Oh, wow!!! Your granddaughters are both very beautiful and talented crafters!!! You have to be so proud of them! And you has been so provident having all that stash with you just for them! :D Well done!|
It's stunning how young people could create with a few input - or even without any :) Their imagination is more big that ours, isn't it? :) These two little girls have made two very pretty cards!
So glad to hear that you enjoyed your vacation with family and also to see the fabulous and detailed explosion box from Mrs.A and the super fun card from Carol!!! Well done to both, well deserved shout out!!
Congrats to all the picks and to the lucky winner!

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Aren’t those such sweet cards of your granddaughters! Lovely! And congrats to the winners!

Mrs A. said...

Thankyou for my gold star Miss. Computer keeps deciding to shut down on me but will try and get it loaded. hugs Mrs A.

Cathy said...

Gorgeous pics of your grand daughters Di, looks like they're set on their new hobby! Wonderful showcase once again too. Have a great week, Cathy x

LesleyG said...

What a lovely time you had, and what talented girls! We know who they take after! Just love introducing new crafters to our world, albeit some patience required. Looks like they'll be your Snippeteers or Snippetesses :) Congrats to the talented picks and winner xxx

Karenladd said...

Congrats to the winner and top picks! I also admired Mrs. A's gorgeous box card on her blog and am in awe of her talents! Box cards are still too intimidating for me so I make do with admiring those that other crafters make. Thank you for sharing your photos of Mia and Liv crafting away! I have two young granddaughters myself, who love to stamp and color, and it's always so much fun to share our hobbies with the young ones. Had to chuckle at Liv and Mia's serious expression as they worked away on their masterpieces.

Aquarius said...

Great picks as always and also good to see the young ones enjoying their crafting with the supplies you took for them.

Lia said...

What a great story about crafting with the kids in Germany. I know how much fun that is: everytime when my grandchildren are coming the first question is: Oma (grandma) are we making some crafts? I love it!!
Have a great day!
Lia xx

Marianne said...

Sounds like you were all having a great time in Germany. Thanks for sharing the oics of your lovely granddaughters crafting away. I think their snippets cards are just brilliant. Makes you wonder why we need all the fancy dies and stuff, doesn't it?
Great selection of cards from the last challenge, and that box by Mrs. A does look amazing!
Marianne x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Fantastic photos of your holiday Di, and some wonderful makes that you've picked to highlight this week especially the fabulous exploding box from Mrs A.

Sue xx

Viv said...

Lovely pics of the girls Di... and now you have them hooked too!!! Well done to all the top picks this time round and hope Janice has fun with her prize! xx

Pat said...

So lovely to see photos of your granddaughters' first foray I to cardmaking, and what a great job they made too, and you obviously had a wonderful time whilst there. Well done to Mrs A, a well deserved gold star for her beautiful creation, and lots of other very clever use of snippets too. Finally congratulations to Janice for winning the super prize this time. x

Carol L said...

Congrats to Janice on her well deserved win, and also to the amazing notables for this week. I'm honored to have my quirky and fun card chosen among them :) I'm so glad you had such a great time with the grands, and they're already a chip off the ole block when it comes to card making! It's no surprise though - look who's teaching them :) TFS the great pics!

Sharon Fontenot said...

Di, Thank you for your kind words about my cards and for choosing my Pen Nib card to show case. I love entering your fun challenges. I'll be back soon!

KT Fit Kitty said...

OH what fun it must have been to craft with your granddaughters! They are beautiful girls and very creative! Their cards are lovely! I'm happy you had such a wonderful vacation! Congrats to all the wins and features! Beautiful work, everyone!

Diane said...

I think it is FABULOUS that you taught the girls to create and they did a fantastic job of it, how fun for all of you!!! Great card picks, too...have a nice day it is HOT and very humid here in Michigan!!

Brenda said...

Oh what fun to have your grands making cards!!! I love the photo's of them in deep concentration working away. And how smart is Olivia?!! Kiddo's completely amaze me, they are so smart anymore. Love that you got this precious time with them Di!!! That view is just beautiful and it looks like someone did a lot of mowing as that looks like a lot of grass to mow! lol I love mowing. What great pics from the playground. Congrats on all the honorable mentions and to Janice! Hugs, Brenda

Di said...

Bless you Brenda for such sweet comments. The local farmer does do a grass cutting session of the private 'meadows' a few times in the Summer, where you see the shorter parts - but he doesn't come up to the house area so it was a fair old bit of grass cutting - and Len trying not to be pulled into the stream of course. A ride on would be the answer for some of it but then, they need a little house for it etc. etc. as the meadow is much lower than the main house and garden. xx

Jane said...

Aww Di it's wonderful when our grandchildren want to craft isn't it and what brilliant makes they came up with. My crafting princess is coming to stay the week after next! Lovely picks as always and well done to Janice. Keep cool it has been so hot today that even I could not sit out! Luckily my studio is in the shade so I had a day crafting. Keep cool, hugs xxx

Kathleen said...

What a fabulous post Di and how lovely that the Girls really got into the crafting, not sure if their Mother will be too impressed as it may be the start of costing her a small fortune. Was wondering how old the were as I am sussing out suitable girls for my Grandson!!!???
Congratulations to the winner and the lovely picks and great gold star award.
Hope you have a great week.

Kath x

Carole said...

Brilliant cards from your young trainees!!...definite crafters that's for sure.

Di said...

Ha, ha! One is almost 11 and the other is almost 9! And they both speak perfect English, and German of course. x

Greta said...

Love seeing your pictures of the granddaughters crafting away & what a beautiful view at the lake--loved reading your post, Ms Di! Congrats to the picks & winner! We're sweltering--hope it's cooling down for you!

Em Louise Fairley said...

The girls cards are stunning! And so are the picks. Congrats to the winners xoxo

AlisonC said...

Adorable pictures and cards, I'm sure this won't be the end of it. They must have been thrilled with all the stash and the family will be set for cards forever now. x

Janice said...

Great holiday photos Di, how lovely the girls are following in your foot steps!
What a lovely surprise to see I have won this fabulous prize, I will email you my details, thank you.
Your card/project picks are fantastic as always.
Janice x

MaryH said...

Firstly, congratulations to the prize winner. Secondly, you had some outstanding highlights, and I was delighted to see some old friends (and some of the cards I'd previously enjoyed. You made some great choices!) LOVE Mrs. A's box. She loves a challenge, and always comes up trumps. So enjoyed seeing your vacation pictures, and happy you had a good & relaxing time. What fun and joy it must have been to watch your little crafters working on these wonderful cards (and didn't that snippet card turn out just great?!) I think you will be seeing them in the Playground very soon. It's so rewarding to see these youngsters able to hone their crafting skills with somebody who is well able & willing to show them some tricks! Big hugs & TFS

Kathyk said...

Lovely pix and makes (esp that exploding box), welcome to the new playmate and congratulations to the lucky prize winner too

Happy Wednesday


Trina P. said...

Congratulations to all the picks and winners. Welcome Dinty. Fabulous projects. xx

Darnell said...

What a lovely post to bring back happy memories of my days crafting with the twins in the Playhouse! It's clear your girls had a blast, and such smart girls they are, too! Lovely young women and a lovely house (two awesome tables!) with a view! I'm so glad you had a great time and thank you for sharing! Great picks, as always!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

Brenda in IN said...

Di, your granddaughters are adorable and how wonderful they want to stamp. I've spent many hours with my grands stamping and made some great memories. I have an Olivia that we call Livi also. Their cards are very clever and so is asking about a mirror image. They are stampers at heart! Love your picks and cudos to Mrs. A.

Sandra H said...

Gorgeous view Di l feel like l am there with love the array of cards well done all and congrats Janice enjoy your win xx

Craftychris said...

Ooh I am loving Livi and Mia's cards - how clever they are and what a lovely time you had! Love the picks - all are awesome! Well done Mrs A for getting a gold star! Welcome to Diny and congratulations to Janice! Hugs xxxxxxxx