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.
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.