Let's get this show on the road after our lovely Jane was the Guest Designer and also donated the prize for Challenge 394. Huge thanks Jane and also a big hug for all your diligent commenting.
First of all, the picks:
Karen (Letchworth) is becoming a regular pick on here - and I couldn't let this card not be a pick! I really love it and am constantly amazed how Karen, and so many of you manage to combine layers of different papers (and snippets) so beautifully! And as for 'staging cards - you're lucky if I manage to take a photo that's not 'on the wonky side'!!
I asked Jane if she had any picks she would like me to include - and Karen's card above was her absolute favourite! So it's a double thumbs up from the two of us Karen. That makes me feel I must be doing something right. ☺
And last but by no means least, a card using lots of snippets, made by Sandy. The 'gap' theme was Mrs A's challenge card shape at the time and I just checked back and we both picked Sandy's card as one of our choices! Great minds and all that jazz. I love the sharp contrast of the colours - gorgeous.
That's my picks from Challenge 394 in the Playground, we had 47 entries which is pretty good going so soon after Christmas etc. We did have one potential new playmate but I'm sorry to say that the snippets challenge was her 13th challenge with the one card and reluctantly I stuck with the rule of 10 challenges in total and deleted it. Man, I hate doing that - it hurts but it's only fair.
Now for the prize draw, which is a 'Hunkydory For the Love of Stamps 'set called 'Retro Mix Tape', kindly donated by Jane. And the winner is:
Congratulations Suzanne! It's six months since you had your very first win and I know that you played fairly right through the Grand Draw without winning a prize so it was lovely to see your name pop straight out! I always double check that I did note down a yes please correctly on my little check list and your comment on my blog post led me to see what you'd written on Jane's blog - so I'm even more sure now that Mr Linky is psychic! Make that card for your hubby and a trip down Memory Lane! And hooray - also a pick this time round!!
Speaking of Memory Lane' - this comment from Jane really made me smile:
I've had a fun couple of weeks and am sad it is almost over - I've loved
reading on here and on my own blog about all the memories the tape
image brought back, and just before the playground gates clang closed I
thought I'd share one of my own.
Sunday afternoons, listening to Pick of the Pops on the radio/cassette system, with a tape in the drawer and your finger hovering over the start/stop button so that you got every note of every track in the Top 20 without any of the talking in between. Go on, tell me none of you did that - and I won't believe you!
Guilty as charged Jane! ☺
Please send me your address, even if you know that I know it already, with your full name at the top as well so it can be can be copied and pasted for speed and ease. This time, your prize will be sent directly to you by Jane so I'll forward your email onto her. It's also confirmation that you still would like the prize of course. 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 one more week to run on the current challenge #395 HERE.The prize is a Stamping Bella stamp and matching die called 'Oddball with Martini', the image and sentiment really amuse me!
All Grand Draw prizes (apart from one which I'm holding back for Franka as agreed) are addressed are all ready to post and some are on a time limit posting date so I need to get a wiggle on. It's not been helped by our dubious honour of having a Care Home with 22 UK Care Home deaths right next door to my 'isolated' posting box. It seems to be the worst Care Home disaster in the UK and fills me with such sadness. I used to take my excess cards in there for the residents to use - for free. Just took a shoe box 'gussied up' with some fancy paper and a note saying 'help yourself' on the front. Right now the press are like locusts so am staying away and might have to venture further to post off everything. In one go I hope!
Last weekend we had almost 4" of snow in one huge drop. Dudley was wary and I was pottering around so probably missed the best bits to catch on video. But, I finally got Len to take a very short video of the little scamp in action, Sound up if you wish - you can hear him panting as he does 'zoomies' and us chatting a bit so don't bother unless you're interested - needless to say he does a crouched 'wee' in the middle of the excitement:
Love from Parsnip, the usual happy 'high-five' and woof, from a once more very clean and sweet smelling, Dudley