Thursday 2 January 2020

Pixie's Snippets Playground - #368 - Prize L

Today is the final prize in the Grand Draw - and this is the sample card I made:
I used:

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

- then chose a little green plaid strip snippet from the envelope stuck in the back of LOTV's 'Classic Christmas' paper pad - so I could match the colouring of the images

- snippets of white card stock onto which I stamped the biggest Christmas puddings, holly leaves and berries using Brilliance Dewdrop ink pads in 'Coffee Bean', 'Pearlescent Ivy' and 'Rocket Red' and stamps from Clearly Besotted's 'Christmas Pudding' set of stamps

- then stamped the 'yummy little pudding' words using the 'Coffee Bean' ink pad again - took the risk and just eyeballed it so I could use the pudding die to cut it out, and it worked out fine

- die cut the pudding pieces and the sentiment using dies from the matching set

- assembled the puddings using very narrow pieces of red line tape to add the holly leaves and berries and put them to one side

- added a very slightly wider strip of red (another snippet from the same paper pad) to two plaid strips - using a tape runner

- then added the strips to the top and bottom of the image panel using a tape runner again and trimmed off the excess at both edges, from the back

- finally, popped the two puddings and the sentiment in place using thin sticky pads and I chose to add the puddings lower than the sentiment, partly to balance it out and partly as I didn't trust myself to get all three absolutely level - at least I give you the warts and all background!

The set includes three smaller puddings and I just thought, whilst typing this, one pudding on its own, flanked by capital letters (stamped or die cut) could spell out the word JOY for a rather different Christmas card. I have some letter dies that that I think could work quite well. Watch this space :)

And today's prize is another one where there are three chances to win:

A Clearly Besotted set of stamps with matching dies called 'Christmas Pudding'. I wasn't too sure about them once I'd bought them, a while ago now - but they're good fun to use and make for some pretty quick and funky cards.

I've said previously that Clearly Besotted have some cracking clearance deals fairly regularly - in fact, I've just nipped in and ordered a couple of future prizes as the Playground toy box is getting a bit low now that all the Christmas stuff is out of it. So, I make no apologies for the frequency in which they've appeared in this draw - and will continue to appear in future challenges. Disclaimer, I have no connection with Clearly Besotted - my only connection is that I buy from them and at one point they did give me a gift voucher to offer as a prize to you lovely ladies. I got their written gratitude for showcasing their products - which is all I ever want. They're a small company, basically run by two sisters with a lovely lady who does the dispatching side of things - and I like to support small businesses when I can. Plus, they do make wonderful stamps and die sets! Regarding the clearance deals, keep an eye on them if you're interested as, if you like matching dies, those seem to run out first.

At the end of all of the celebrations I'll do a massive draw session for all the prizes using the one Mr Linky - which is on the main snippets post HERE along with details of exactly how to join in - so you do need to have entered one snippets make over on that post during this fortnight to be in with a chance :) Maximum of one entry please - to keep things fair for those who may not have time to craft. Mr Linky closes at 11am on Saturday 4th January so you do need to have added a snippets make by then to be eligible for the draw.

Commenting for all prizes will also be turned off at 11am on Saturday 4th January to coincide with the draw closing.

I just added up and there are 18 prizes in this draw (some are three chances to win the same thing, mostly Clearly Besotted needless to say). So that's pretty good odds I think!

Just leave a comment on this post if you would like the chance to win today's prize.

We were really lucky on New Year's Eve, no fireworks nearby to speak of (after the first burst at 6pm) and Dudley was fine all evening. We did pop his onesie on just in case though, towards midnight, as a precaution.

And, even better news is that we've now gone 36 hours without the RCD tripping out the power sockets. By the process of elimination we're as sure as can be that it's some outside lighting in the front garden (post lamps on the garden walls). And, it can be sorted out apparently - Len is on the case! We are a bit concerned that all this wet weather will have played a part so Len is going to change the lamp bulbs for low wattage and use a transformer where they plug into in the garage. Ha, the last thing we need is some local nosy eedjit to get an electric shock. So strange, we always thought the guy who installed them when the wall was built as part of the extension about 10 years ago was a bit stupid using an existing ring main power socket instead of adding them into the lighting circuitry - now, we're very glad he actually did that!

Got the giggles here at the thought of some trespassing eedjit - shaking, teeth chattering, hair on end, eyes revolving in their sockets, lighting up the whole street thinking 'Whaaaaat just hit me?'. Snort. Oooer, I do have a bit of an evil streak :)

Love from Parsnip, Dudley and of course me,


  1. Well I had to chuckle at the end of that post - I got the visual - your card is very lovely - I am amazed at all of the prizes you have to offer on this journey - bravo and happy that some were even donated - I am going to pass on the figgy pudding - [I always like that song! Bring us some figgy pudding,,,La, La, La] Thanks for another opportunity - which I am graciously turning down as I am sure a crafter out there is wanting this stamp and wow! die set added to their collection - blessings Di and also wanted to say - happy the lights are getting straightened out as well! Off to play with the grandson!

  2. Yes please for this one Di, I think Clearly Besotted have a great range.

  3. Cute card, Di and I love the tartan background. I'm a Yes Please for this lovely prize.
    Thanks for running the Grand Draw again this year. I'm sure it takes more time than any of us realise, as well as your generosity with the prizes.
    Finger crossed that your electricity problems are sorted for good. Like Gail, I had to chuckle reading the last part of your post! xx

  4. Cute card! I love your plaid colors! Yes please for the draw!

  5. This is a cute stamp set, lovely card. Yes please for the prize.

  6. Hi Miss Di, A very Happy New Year to you and yours, glad to hear that Dudley didn't get a fright with all the fireworks, many of ours in Aus were cancelled due to the extreme fire danger, mind you it didn't stop some idiots letting them off illegally, some even started a grass fire. Please count me in for this prize, love the puddings and your tartan papers. Many thanks for running the playground, it is such a fun place to join in and play along. Have a wonderful week, Megan

  7. I'd say the eedjit would get just what he deserved, but wouldn't want you to get in trouble! Glad you didn't have firework issues. We actually had pretty loud ones that sounded like they were next door. Luckily Fritz didn't get too upset & they quit by midnight. Your card is darling--love the plaid & your coloring! Using a pudding for the "O" is a great idea! Clearly Besotted does have wonderful products--I have a few. I'll pass on this prize. Thanks for another great year in The Playground, Ms Di! So generous of you to do this big drawing once again--thank you & wishes for a Happy, Happy New Year!

  8. I do love your sense of humour - imagining a prowler being 'electri-fried'. This looks like a really handy set of stamps and dies for a Christmas collection so can I please say 'yes please' for an opportunity. Great card you've made and liking the second idea you mention too.

  9. Even though we don't have Christmas puddings here in the US, I can still appreciate a yummy dessert so yes please to this prize. I think I'd probably spend lots of happy hours stamping all versions and varieties of these cute little puddings..and forget all about housework!
    Thanks for such a fun giveaway and for all your challenges through the year. Happy New Year to you Di!

  10. Sorry to read about the trouble with your electrics and hope you can get it sorted very soon.

    I haven't had any Christmas pudding this holiday season, does this make me a bad person?

    Thanks but no to this prize though, Di, there are plenty of people who will use it more than I ever would. It's so lovely of you to offer all these prizes though, you do a fantastic job


  11. We actually started eating our Christmas pudding last night but it's going to take us ages to eat it up - I'd made a huge one to feed everybody on Christmas day but after steaming it all morning we were too full to even attempt it. So now just the two of us will have to tackle it - good thing I made diabetes friendly one or it would all be down to Mark. Which is a roundabout way of saying yes please.
    And your lights sound like a brilliant idea for a new burglar-deterrent.

  12. I'm so glad to hear that Dudley didn't get scared because of the fireworks!!! Well done to your sage neighbours!!! :D
    So glad also to hear that your electric troubles seem finally solved, well done to you and your Hubby-Sherlock Holmes! :D
    I passed about the puddings, in Italy we don't eat them, so I think that I would not use them a lot :) while there are a lot of bloggers that instead could use these lovely stamps more and more...
    Thanks for all your hard work, generosity and kindness in this awesome annual big giveaway! You has been awesome, although all your problems! Hope that your arm now is fine again!
    Sending you big hugs and a lot of cuddles to Dudley and Parsnip!

  13. Yes please Di, It's lovely supporting small business, and good idea to check their special offers. Love a bit of plaid, and your cute card. Saw some individual Xmas puds recently and thought good idea as not everyone likes them. I'm with you on the trespasser hohoho xxx

  14. Another yummy prize....It's good the puddings are made of paper!
    I say yes!!
    Lia xx

  15. A lovely card Di and I agree that Clearly Besotted have some fabulous stamps. I have a couple of them on my wish list and am trying to hold back on buying them until I've used some of my unused stamps, this set being one of them, which I won from the lovely Kath a month or so ago, so I won't be wanting to go in the draw today thank you.
    So pleased the fireworks weren't as bad as you thought they would be and that you now know where your electrical problem is. xx

  16. This is wonderful.
    Yes for the prize, please.
    Happy New Year to you and your family.
    Valerija xx

  17. Such a cute card, Di! Yes please to lovely prize. I'm glad your electricity situation is sorted. We had so many fireworks here. Very luckily our two cats are not bothered. Girl cat even goes running to the window to see them. I really can't stand them!
    On the Christmas pudding front, a breakdown in communication meant we ended up with two... Hugs, April xx

  18. These puddings are very cute aren't they - and they look wonderful with the tartan paper on your card. I'm a Yes Please to the draw today.

    Lovely to see you supporting Clearly Besotted too. I have a passion for their botanicals and am making a lovely collection of them, many of which were bargains from the amazing clearance section.

    So pleased about your lack of fireworks at midnight - I only wish we had the same in our area :/ Also glad you've located the problem with the electrics. Oh dear to the vision of your trespassing eedjit - I can't unsee that now!

    Vicky xx

  19. Hi Di, oooh, you sound like you know your way around electrical circuits. Glad you go the problem located and glad there weren't too many fireworks nearby. Thanks for all the lovely prizes you have on offer. I'll say yes please to the christmas puds cos like you say, they look like fun, and your card is wonderful. Hugz

  20. Yes please to the Christmas puddings. Didn’t have one this year but the fruit cake with the cheese was very tasty. Hugs Me. 🦋🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧

  21. Thank you for all your hard work on this Di!!!! You are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Glad to hear Miss Marple and Sherlock Holmes have finally solved the case and no trespassing eedjits were injured in the process!
    Love your fun christmas puds and I reckon the joy card would look super too. I'm being very good this year and will say 'no thanks' again to the prize xx

  23. I'm so glad you got your electric issues sorted out and finally fixed! Whew! That can be extremely frustrating trying to pinpoint what's gone wrong I'm sure! I will pass on today's prize as we don't traditionally do puddings where I live, but I'm sure many will get lots of use from it! Thanks for another fabulous prize offer from the Playground!

  24. This is such a darling and yes, 'sweet', set! Yes, please! I love Clearly Besotted but only have a couple of their sets.
    Glad the electrical stuff is looking good!! Nothing worse when you can't see anything to create. LOL
    Thanks so much for your awesome generosity and continuous support of our crafting community. YOU are so appreciated!! Have a blessed day.

  25. Love your little puddings card!
    Thanks for your hard work & generosity Di!
    Helen x

    PS - I'm a 'yes please' for the prize draw

  26. So pleased your electrics are fixed lie you write the wet weather could have something to do with it although that Electrian l wouldn’t recommend 😂 gorgeous cards love the stamps and dies another of your great giveaways to someone l am only commenting so it’s a no from me enjoy your day and all the very best for 2020 xx

  27. Another cute card Di, love those different puds! I’ve just popped over to CB and a couple of bits fell into my basket...thank you for that! Lol
    I would love to be entered into the draw for this prize please, thanks everso much.
    A big thank you again for your kindness, generosity and your time it must take with this giveaway, you really are so kind.
    Janice x

  28. A fabulous card Di, but please don't include me in the draw for the prize as I already have this CB set.

    Kath x

  29. Well, my education continues...and, Di, I have you to thank for making me investigate this culinary concept of "pudding". :) I had a rough idea of it, because I had recently looked up Plum Pudding...but got a much more in depth knowledge of it by reading some articles about it just now.

    I love your sweet card! Looks so festive with the plaid. The stamp set is really cute....and I have gone back and forth on whether to put my name in the hat for it or not. Although my American friends might not understand "pudding", they will not be confused by a yummy sweet festive dessert! And, besides...I have lots of international Christmas card recipients. So I am saying "Yes, please" to this fun set....and I thank you for the chance to win!

    Glad the fireworks didn't upset poor Dudley....and also that it looks like you won't be causing any of your own fireworks with the electrical problem. So nice that Len can do that work!! Take care and I hope the shoulder is improving.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  30. You've really bought these puds to life with your sweet card. So of course now I want them! Yes please to these.

    Glad you are still on the case with the lighting.
    L x

  31. Love this set so it's a 'yes please' from me. Your card is absolutely gorgeous! I am glad Dudley wasn't upset by the fireworks and I am glad Len has sorted out the electrics. Your description of the trespassing eedjit really made me laugh! Hugs xxxxx

  32. Still smiling at your description of the eedjit!! And glad Dudley was fine with the fireworks. I had a Springer Spaniel years ago who was so terrified she started digging a whole in the wall-to-wall carpet and made a real mess of a whole corner of it. Luckily my current dog is fine.

    Love those plum pudding stamps and dies, so yes, please, put my name in the draw. A friend made a plum pudding this year that was the best one I've ever had - wish there was more of it to eat today!

  33. What picture you've conjured up for us, Di! Wouldn't like to be that eedjit. Lovely card - very tasty. And those puddings would all make great 'o' in the word 'joy'. Glad Dudley wasn't upset by too many fireworks. We were spared here too. All the best for 2020 to you all. xx

  34. Again, Happy New Year and happy to hear Dudley was OK. My foster dog Willie was fine, although because he is deaf, that is why.No worries, he has been almost his whole life, so he has adapted really well. Yes please for the prize. I add my thanks to you and your friends who are so generous with the prizes.

  35. Quick and funky sounds good to me! Yes please to be in the draw x

  36. I'm so glad that Duddly make it ok throug the New Years. I love how you support small businesses and thanks again for sharing all these wonderful prizes. A big YES for this prize too.

  37. I'm really hoping Len can get the electricity working correctly before too many people get zapped on your front lawn, haha! Of course, let's hope it's not the postal delivery person who gets it. Yes please to this fun and adorable little pudding set. My niece made little cookies shaped and decorated like round Christmas puddings this year, but I'm thinking that real puddings must taste better than her cookies (they were overdone).

  38. Di... If that creative scene denotes an evil streak... I like it! I also like this prize. So please count me in!

  39. The darn visitors have finally left so am catching up (am knackered so a lie down in a dark room for the next 6 months is likely)
    Love these puds so yes please! x

  40. so cute and I love plaid!
    we also didn't have our fireworks because of our neighbours' dogs.
    Yes for the prize, please.
    crafty hugs xx

  41. What a sweet prize , but I will sit this draw out. Thanks for all your hard work putting this on, Di!
    Susan Sudbury

  42. Another beautiful set - and I would love to be in the draw.
    Thank you for all the hard work you have done for this wonderful series.