Sunday 13 December 2020

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #391 - results

I always find that 'the week before the week before Christmas' is probably the busiest. Trying to finish off and post all cards, making and checking lists, putting the tree up etc. - in order that the actual week before Christmas is less pressured. 

That means this will be a very quick post - am sure you will understand. Edit: I didn't succeed in keeping it short did I?!

First of all, let's dive straight in with my picks from the previous challenge:

This time we have TWO *Gold Star* picks:

Meghan made this brilliant 'twisted panel pop up' card - using a die set by the very talented Karen Burniston. You really should hop over (no pun intended) to check out the lovely Wintery bunnies card - lots of photos, information and also a video clip of the card in action. Such fun and great use of snippets! 

I love this card, made by Carole Dixon. It's so pretty, love the partly hidden 50, and a real delight! One of my favourite card styles and so beautifully made. 

Well done Meghan and Carol for being *Gold Star* picks. Do feel free to take the 'gold star award' badge from the RH sidebar here for your own blog.

Our three other picks this fortnight are:

Connie, who shared this gorgeous quilted effect card - which took the best part of two days to make. Not surprised it took so long, it's a wonderful result and worth all the time and love spent on it! 

I love this cheerful Thanksgiving card, made by Karen L. Take a look at the leaves cleverly tucked behind the turkey's tail. The whole design is a delight and uses loads of snippets as well!

And last, but by no means least, Janice came up with another of her great snippet busting cards. How clever and so effective - as well as a great card for a chap! I really do love this idea.

So that's two *gold stars*, three picks and no new Playmates this time around.We only had 47 entries - which is very likely an indication of how busy folk are with other things. And the current challenge is also quite slow - almost as slow as me who hasn't yet managed to find time to comment on any entries! I just need two or three days running flat out on Christmas preparations and then I can catch up.

Now for the prize draw, which is a Gemini Edge'ables 'Balloon Bouquet' die very, kindly donated to the Toybox by our lovely Viv, plus. the Britannia 'Happy Birthday' sentiment dies from me. And the winner is:

Congratulations Janice! As it's over 18 months since you were a prize winner it was really lovely to see your number pop straight out! Mind you girls - Janice is a frequent 'pick' in the Playground, and deservedly so for her use of snippets - she's even a pick this time round! That seems to be a trend at the moment ☺

Please send me your address, even if you know that I know it already, with your full name at the top as well so I can copy and paste for speed and ease. It's also confirmation that you still would like the prize of course and I'll do my best to post your prize(s) ASAP this coming week. 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 a hair chop appointment on Tuesday and intend to post the rest of our cards whilst I'm out - so it would be handy to have your email by then please Janice!

Remember folks, there's still another week to run on Challenge #392 HERE. The prize is a Spellbinders Shapeabilities 'Chevron Border' die.

I finally made a new batch of treats for Dudley using a recipe from the book I mentioned before. They're called 'Cheesy Delights' and besides some grated cheese they contain wholemeal flour, egg, grated carrots, sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds. I cut them into rounds this time using my smallest scone cutter as the mixture had a few 'bits' of carrot and seeds in and I doubted if the doggy bones shapes would work all that well. Here they are after cooling:

The recipe made 24 treats - and the eagle eyed amongst you, who might be counting, will spot that one is missing. Yup, I had a little dancing dog beside me waiting for them to cool - must admit they did smell lovely. 

As I mentioned above, I'm having my hair chopped on Tuesday. I seriously wondered about postponing it until after Christmas due to being so busy here. But Len rightly pointed out that after the Christmas relaxation of restrictions (which we think is very risky, whilst understanding how hard it is for families) - we may end up in yet another lock down if people go silly.

This vaccination programme better work! I'm quite stunned by folk who, without good reason, don't intend to have the vaccination. I worked quite closely with our MHRA a good few years ago and carried out a few audits there. Whilst I'm no clinician, I do know that they don't cut corners - that was the point of the audit. I take it that the 'vaccine refusers' will also refuse a hospital bed and oxygen if they do contract COVID-19. 

With luck (and a following wind as they say) I plan to begin a Christmas draw from next Sunday (20th December). It will have multiple prizes but not as many as previously. But, it will run in a similar way in that when a new post pops up with a fresh prize on, if you want to play for that prize, then you have to say so on that particular post. I'll spell it all out next Sunday although I can say that some of the prizes are 'multiples' with three chances to win what's on offer, at least one prize is a single item and the bumper main prize is made up of several items. The main prize will appear at any point during the three weeks the draw will be running (ie from 20th December right up until 9th January 2021). I will turn off all commenting at the same time as adding your entries into the the draw closes on 9th January as that's well after the Holidays. It will be just one snippets entry please, to keep a level playing field. And you must have clearly used snippets. If there's anything you find confusing - please ask although the 'rools' will be spelled out next weekend.

Love from Parsnip, a happy 'high-five' and woof from Dudley - and of course hugs as always from me. Stay safe, wear those masks, don't panic over Christmas preparations and keep on crafting if you can. Even a couple of hours now and then should help to relax you.


  1. Fabulous picks again, such a lot of work has gone into them, and congratulations Janice. Boy those treats look yummy xxx

  2. Not sure if it’s just me but this post doesn’t appear on my reading list today......another blogger gremlins?......I just happened to seek out your post...very odd, hope it is just me! Xx

  3. Well done the gold star winners and also the ones who are picks - some ingenious people out there in the Playground. Those Dudley treats do look scrumptious and by the sound of the ingredients would be enjoyed by two legged folk as well. Enjoyed reading your 'short' post as always 😊

  4. Congratulations to all the showcased girls . . . Especially the 2 gold star winners.

    The dog treats look great. Good luck with the hairchop. Xxx

  5. Great picks Di and congratulations Janice enjoy your win ooh Dudley is so lucky to have you and Len his snacks look yummy tiring time this time of the year after all what you have done and been through a journey to the hairdressers is a must it’s like a reward so do go enjoy your day xx

  6. Congratulations to Janice on her win and the beautiful Top Picks. Dudley is so lucky to have so many delcious home-baked treats. They look delicious!
    Glad to see the vaccine is beginning to roll out in the UK - hopefully this is the start of the light at the end of the tunnel. xx

  7. WOW! Thank you for the GOLD STAR PICK! HONORED!!!!
    Those treats look awesome for Dudley! I'd eat one :)
    You chopped your hair? Are you going to change your profile pic on the side of the blog? I want to see the new hairdo!
    Excited for the Christmas prizes and fun... so that starts next week?

  8. Beautiful and amazing cards, congrats to the winners! And by winners, I also mean Dudley who wins those amazing treats You're a peach, Di

  9. Lovely picks and fabulous 'Gold Star' picks - congratulations to Janice too.
    Kath x

  10. And here's me thinking you had given the missing one Len for him to proof test!! Hugs Me.

  11. Love those picking project. Yes, I would like to be in the draw

  12. Fabulous picks this week Di, thank you for selecting my card as one of them and how lucky am I to be the winner of the draw too!
    Big thank you to Viv and yourself for these fabulous dies which I will enjoy using! I’ll drop you an email with my details.
    Janice x

  13. Thank you, Di. I'm so honored to have been one of the chosen ones this week. The 'quilting' was a lot of work but also slow because of a back problem so I had to take frequent breaks, then come back to it. :-D

  14. A great post Di, some super picks and especially the two gold stars and I recognise those LOTV papers on the second one. Treats look good, hope you have told Len that they are 'Doggy' treats!

    Kath x

  15. Great picks Di and two worthy gold star winners, and congratulations to Janice for winning the lovely prize this time. Glad your new Dudley treats were a great success too. x

  16. You always find such great cards to showcase. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Congrats to Janice and great picks too Di. Carole's card is amazing! Those doggie treats look too good to be Dudley's. Have you had a sneaky try of one, all the ingredients sound yummy x

  18. Congratulations to the winner and thank you so much for picking my card as a Top Pick. The turkey and leaves were fun to put together, even though I didn't send out many Thanksgiving cards this year. Now if I can only manage to send out my Christmas cards before the holiday is over.
    I have to admit those doggy treats look absolutely yummy, and I would have been tempted to nibble one, just to try them out. Lucky Dudley to have his custom baked, homemade treats.
    Thank you for continuing your challenge, and inspiring us all to dig into those bags of snippets to make pretty things!

  19. Congrats to the winner and top picks. Gorgeous makes. Love that patchwork card. Hope you got your hairchop. Seems it's all going pearshaped again....... Stay safe. Hugz

  20. What amazing picks as always! Congratulations to all :)


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