Sunday, 23 February 2020

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #372

Really quick post this time - running late here.

This is my snippets card for this fortnight - it's an Easter card, although I send very few of those out:
I used:

- 5" x 4" white card blank, tent style

- snippet of SU's 'Wisteria Wonder' card stock, trimmed to an eighth of an inch all round smaller than the card front and adhered it on top

- snippet of plain white card and leftover snippet strips of paper from Pink Petticoat's 'Wild Blossoms' collection paper pad

- then adhered the strips diagonally across the snippet of white card using a small tape runner for speed, trimmed it to an eighth of an inch all round smaller than the 'Wisteria Wonder' layer and adhered it on top

- then stamped the chicks and little Easter eggs onto snippets of white card stock using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and stamps from the Clearly Besotted 'Chirpy Chicks' set of stamps

- coloured all the images using Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils and then die cut them using the matching set of 'Chirpy Chicks' dies

- trimmed a snippet of white card and added the sentiment to the background panel using a dear little sentiment by 'Stamping All Day' - more about them below - and Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink 

- used a couple of green Polychromos pencils to flick in some grass along the bottom of the image panel then layered it onto a trimmed snippet of 'Wild Wisteria' card stock and adhered that to the card front

- added the little chicks and Easter eggs, using very thin sticky pad snippets

- not perfect but at least finished, and just in time as well! 1:30 pm on Saturday afternoon - phew

I've written here before about 'Stamping All Day' and the lovely clear polymer sentiment stamps they produce. They're very varied and really good quality - also a UK based online store and it's always good to support smaller businesses. They come just with a backing of acetate per stamp - I always stamp the sentiment onto a snippet of white card or paper, write the name on and then pop them into individual little poly bags. It saves buying a full set of sentiments just for one stamp you might use and of course they're really cost effective. Go check them out! And I have no affiliation with them - I just like to see small businesses prosper. Lots of their sentiments are absolutely perfect to use with Clearly Besotted stamps if they don't happen to include exactly what you want. For example, the Clearly Besotted 'Chirpy Chicks' set is so perfect for Easter yet, although it does have some lovely sentiment stamps included, no specific Easter sentiment.

And here's the prize for this fortnight:
It's a set of Clearly Besotted 'Chirpy Chicks' stamps with matching dies. Plus, a little Happy Easter stamp by 'Stamping All Day' the same as the one I used. For once, a prize is timed far enough in advance of the event! The Happy Easter sentiment stamp isn't included in the photo but it's on its way here, I've had mine for ages and only thought to order one for the prize at the last minute!

As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 7th March. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

It's a maximum of ONE entry, please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. 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 want to be in the draw in a comment on here, 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' on the blog post itself - just in case you're only playing for fun - otherwise I don't add you to my little list.

I was so pleased to see that you agreed a bit of tightening up the rules and I only had to gently remind a couple of people to make sure they said what snippets they'd used as well as including the link to the Playground Challenge in their own blog post. And one sweet player 'fessed up right away upon realising they had entered well over the number of challenges I allow with their snippets make. It will take just a little time until it all becomes second nature to everyone and, numbers are still very healthy so it doesn't seem to have scared anyone away.

Our news here:

Everything survived the storms, thankfully. The eye has settled back down, also thankfully. And my shoulder is still on the mend but slowly getting better all the time. I must have given it a jolly good wrench!

Dudley is doing well, possibly still a little more anxious about some things than we'd like, but time will tell.

The big news is that Spike the Hedgehog is back in town! Our CCTV picked him up at least two nights this past week - so the Hedgie Feeding Station is all primed ready for the family to descend.

And this coming week (Tuesday 25th) sees the start of February's Rudolph Days challenge over at Scrappy Mo's. It runs until the end of the month - which is the 29th this year so be sure to make your entry early. Ha, I have a batch of 12 Christmas cards all cut out etc. and lined up ready to assemble at some point soon so I can enter during this coming week.

Lots of love from us all - Parsnip, Dudley (as near as can be to being back on form and bouncing around like a Spring lamb) and of course me,


51 comments:

Liz said...

I'm first to link up this fortnight and just realised the time. Looks like I'll be having a lie in tomorrow! I love your cute card, Di. Please put my name into the draw for the lovely prize.

Glad you survived the storm. Looking forward to seeing more pictures of your little hedgie family soon. xx

Greta said...

Super sweet card & love the background, Di! I never think to use patterned paper that way, but will try to remember. I'll just play for fun this time.

Sandra H said...

Morning Di love your card and cute dies used to create it super background papers too! winds have slowed down a little here but l expect it will get up again about time it blow off somewhere else ..just playing for fun enjoy your day x

Carol L said...

I'm just loving the diagonal panels on your card! Those chicks are so cute and it's a yes please for me in this week's draw, thank you!
So glad you survived the storms and Dudley is coming along nicely as well. Wishing you a good week ahead with lots of sunny days!

KandA said...

Gorgeous card Di, I love how you used those pretty papers and that is the sweetest stamp set.... and on that note I've crumbled and it's a 'yes please' from me for going in the hat this time around - I'll be back with a card later.
I wonderi if Dudley will remember Spike and family. Glad you survived the storms.... the sun is poking his head out here! xx

Nicky said...

Glad everything is on the mend and you survived the storm, although we've woken up to very strong winds and rain again. The walk out on the Marsh was lovely the walk back was hard work and Stanley just tried to hide behind me lol. Will look forward to see the Hedgehogs.

Love your card so bright and cheerful, will be back later on with my entry.

Love to you all xx

Linby said...

I love your sweet card and great use of snippets. Don't think I've seen you mention the stamp company before, just been to order - thanks for the link.

Nicky said...

Card done and uploaded, playing just for fun x

scrAPpamondo said...

Oh my, these chicks are just the cutest and the lovely scraps of papers you used really add more sweetness!! Adorable card!
So glad to hear that all is going well for you and Dudley! Great notice about Spike the Hedgehog!
Big hugs and a lot of cuddles to Dudley!

MadeByMeghanK said...

This is DARLING! Love the pattern paper background! So glad Dudley is better and that SPIKE is back! HA!
I would love to be entered in the draw for these darling chickies!!!

Jane said...

Awww so lovely Di, I do love an Easter chick or 2! Your card is delightful. Yes please to the lovely prize this fortnight. I am so glad to hear that Spike is back....how fab. Don't worry too much about Dudley, our Billy is the most delicate of souls but such a special and loving cat. Happy Sunday, hugs xxx

Kath said...

A cute card Di and I would love to have a chance to win the prize, please.

It's good to hear that Dudley is doing well - and you too, of course!

Kath x

Sarn said...

What a cute Easter card and great prize. However, I'm playing along JUST FOR FUN thanks. Been a while! Probably best to stay away from the Bike Shed for the next fortnight!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

designbydonna said...

That is a cute line of chicks on your card. I had to fussy cut the chick on my card so I am playing for the prize.

Vicky Hayes said...

I love your little Easter card Di! Such pretty pastel papers and so cleverly added on the diagonal. The chicks are adorable but I will be playing for fun this time as I seem to have chicks in my stash already! Thanks for the link to Stamping All Day - I'm all for supporting small crafting business too - and also for the reminder about Rudolph Day :) Glad you're on the mend. Hugs, Vicky xx

Inkami said...

The floral papers are so perfect for spring, paired with the sweet chicks. Happy you made it through the storms and you're healing nicely. Playing for fun this time.

Janice said...

Gorgeous Easter card Di, love those chicks. Yes please for the draw, thank you.
Janice x

Em Louise Fairley said...

So cute, Di! I'll be popping back to enter at some point and have some ultra snippety cards in the design phase for later challenges xoxo

creationsnz said...

YES please Di. Glad you are surviving the bad weather. CarolG

NanaConnie said...

Those darling little chicks make a perfect Easter card, Di! I'd love to have those stamps and dies in my collection so I guess I'll have to play for the prize this time. :-D

Helen said...

Your card is totally adorable Di - love those cute chicks...and the pretty pastel colours!
I'm a 'yes please' for the prize draw.
Helen x

SHartl said...

I'm so glad that you are all doing better and that the hedgies are back in town...woot woot! Yes please to this adorable stamp and die set. The expression on that one chickie's face is hilarious and reminds me of my 1 year old son when he eats something yummy. He squints his eyes up just like that.
Thanks also for explaining the rules to us all because I think I may have skipped over reading some of the details in the past. I love your challenges and think the rules are more than fair.
Keep taking care of that shoulder, and of sweet Dudley!

Janis said...

Good news all around with your post, Di. So glad you weathered the storm and that the eyes are better. Take very good care of that shoulder. I realize now that I likely should have had surgery on mine at the time of my fall last May. Ugh. It's so easy to re-injure when any part of us is compromised...so do be very careful.

Very glad that Dudley is near back to running full throttle!! :) Oh, and the hedgies....so happy they are back. Much better than what has graced us this evening: I think a skunk "discharged" under the house. Oh, my....oh, my!!! :o :o :o

Love your adorable chickie card with the gentle spring colors. So sweet. Yes, please, to the prize drawing!! Thanks for your kind generosity and for all the fun!!
<3 J

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Eemeli said...

Awwwwwwwww...what a cutie creation! Love, love, love the soft pastel color scheme and it is definitely a YES PLEASE from me for the prize.

Hurt my back last weekend on my alpine skis and now I am not able to sit down at all or being able to do any crafting either :/ Hope the situation will get better so that I can participate the fun here at Playground.

Hugs from Finland,
Eemeli

Suzanne H said...

Yes please to the prize. I so enjoy your posts. I feel like we are neighbors.

jimlynn said...

Hey Di! I love your Easter card. The little chicks are so cute and love the mix of patterned paper.
I'll play along for the prize this time with those cute chicks and dies.
Lynn

Valerija said...

Wow, these chicks are so cute and your card is just wonderful. Love the soft spring colours too.
Yes for the prize, please.
Valerija xx

Bunny said...

Yes, please.

Sweet Easter card/ Love the papers and the coloring.

Bunny said...

Okay, I got distracted and can't remember if I left a comment. Yikes!

Yes, please. If I already left a message just chalk it up to old age. And I'm not even that old yet. Am I? Maybe I am.

Swissie said...

Aaaaaw! These darlings are so cute! A gorgeous card, dear Di!
I have been in Germany for two weeks. Returned yesterday and am again able to take place on different challenges. And because I used some snippets, I also want to join yours.
And this time I also want to be in the draw. A wonderful prize!
Hugs, Liv

Swissie said...

Did my comment disappear?
Well, I would like to be in the draw for this great prize.
Hugs, Liv

Aquarius said...

A super cute Easter card - love it. Playing for fun this time because I don't really have any call for Easter cards. Sorry I seem to have missed the previous challenge.

Diny said...

Wat een prachtige paaskaart!
Ik heb mijn kaartje gisteren ook geplaatst en doe graag mee voor de mooie prijs!
Groetjes Diny

Diny said...

Wat een prachtige paskaart als voorbeeld.
Ik heb mijn kaartje gisteren geplaatst en doe graag mee voor de prijs.
Groetjes en bedankt,
Diny

Karenladd said...

What a fun background and great way to use up those little scraps and snippets Di. I made two cards the other day and ended up with random strips of paper. Being the frugal crafter that I am, I didn't toss those paper strips...so now I'm motivated to turn them into a card background!
Yes please to this fun stamp set. I love that the set doesn't have to be used just for Easter.

I'm so glad that Dudley is nearly back to his usual self and hope that your eye problems and shoulder continue to improve. You've been through the wringer lately and deserve some sunnier days!

Off to dig out those paper scraps and see what I can put together. You've gotten me inspired in a major way now!

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Di, cute cute cute Easter card and a lovely prize for the month (but I will leave my name off thanks). Glad to read you are on the mend in all aspects... slow and steady as we get older hey! I think it's wonderful you have a hedgehog family who visit - we don't have them in Australia, but I did see a slithery green tree snake swing by my garden the other week - I don't like snakes, but I'm assured that trees snakes are fine - he's been around for years. Take care and hi to Dudley (ps I'm not sure who Parsnip is?), hi anyway and hugs Robyn

Lynne said...

A super cute card Di and I love the pretty papers, a great way to use snippets. Pleased to hear you are gradually on the mend and Dudley doing well. I will be a "Yes please" for the draw. Have a lovely weekend x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi dear Di, well so glad things on the up, with you all, esp your eye that had me concerned, quickly acting helped, and the shoulder does come good, I’ve issues with my right one but to be honest each year that passes just means another issue added to list, I’ve test coming up next week, hopefully some answers would be nice. Praying re Dudley to be bubbly Dudley again.. and restore his puppy trust in folks again.
Lovely snippets card, well done, I’m rushed tonight too. Must go! No thanks to cuties, no call for them here.. too many cuties not sued already! Shame on me!
Thanks for being a blessing, and may God bless you too.
Hugs, Shaz in Oz.x 😊

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NinaS said...

Such a sweet Easter card. Love the pastel colors.

Jeanne H said...

What a darling card. YES, I would like to be in the drawing. Please. A great prize this time. Hugs to you and Dudley from me and Willie.

Kathyk said...

Just uploaded mine and it's a YES PLEASE to an entry in the draw from me please

Happy Saturday

Kathyk

Jane Willis said...

What an adorable card - it's a yes please from me too, to going into the hat. Hope Spike will be OK, it seems a bit early to be coming out of hibernation, we could still get some very cold weather. We seem to have had weeks of this wet and windy weather, but it's been relatively mild in terms of temperature and a lot of plants and animals are getting confused by it.

KandA said...

Just popped back with my card xx

ionabunny said...

Hello Di, cute card and I love the scrappy background. Yes please, include me in the draw. Those chicks are so cute. Take care. Hugz

Marianne said...

Such a sweet card, Di, and I"m hoping that Dudley will return to his own happy self again soon. And yes please to the prize, those sweet chickies are irresistible.
Marianne x

AlisonC said...

What a cute set of chicks and I've been over to check out Stamping All Day. Pleased to be able to pop in again. Wearing my thermals and hope Spike is too, better still he's tucked up somewhere cosy again. Hope you and Dudley are well and looking after each other. xxx

Jenny L said...

Hi Miss Di and the lovely Pasnip and of course cutie Dudley.
Yes please.
I love your wonderful Easter Snippets make it's so pretty.
The papers are so fabulous and those chicks are just the sweetest too.
Beautifully coloured as well.
Am off to the Docs tomorrow as my toes were hurting real bad last night just hope I can hobble there as my shoes really hurt.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Heather said...

This is super cute!! The little chicks are adorable and colors are perfect for spring! I'll play just for fun this time, thanks.

Donna said...

Your card is beautiful! Thanks for including me in the drawing for this darling set!

Lady Joyful said...

Yes please to that adorable prize - your card is so cute!

If I recall correctly one of the updated rules was about not linking up too much later than the blog post has gone live. I hope it's within the limits that I linked up some hours after my post went live - the link to this challenge was there right from the start. I often have posts scheduled that go live during my work day (e.g. for Design Teams) and I can't link them to the challenges until I get home. (There have been a couple of times that it ends up being the following day, depending how busy I end up being, but I usually try to get it done in the evening.) I hope that's okay!

kiwimeskreations said...

Yes please to the prize, Di. It's lovely to hear Dudley is well on the mend now, and looking as handsome as ever. Please give both him and Parsnip a cuddle from me
Blessings
Maxine