Sunday 17 January 2021

Pixies Snippets Playground - Challenge #393 - Picks and 2020 Grand Draw results

Further down this post you will find the results of the Christmas/New Year Grand Giveaway challenge.

First of all, let's go right ahead with the picks from the three weeks the challenge ran for and first of all we have a *Gold Star* pick:


Jane W made a truly stunning card using plenty of snippets and it's quite breathtaking! The urn itself is gorgeous and the flowers and greenery just amazing! Worthy of a *Gold Star* - if you would like the badge for your blog Jane then just take it from my RH side bar.

The other picks (four as I just couldn't whittle it down to three) are:

April had a great idea for using up snippets with her Stampin' Up 'Word Window' punch! Very clever and so effective as well.

Such a soft and pretty card, made by Alison C. Plenty of snippets and a real delight! The colours and design are just perfect.

I LOVE this Christmas card, made by Lynne R. It's a perfect combination of snippets of different papers and tree sizes - one to try for sure. 

So cool card

And last but by no means least, is such a lovely monochrome card made by Inkami. The strips are a super way to use up snippets and of course the sentiment is just so perfect! Love it!

We had one new Playmate:

Nancy J (Inkblocks)

What an appropriate card for the Playground! Welcome Nancy - please come back and play with us again.

Over the three weeks we had had a total of 67 entries. Those of you who came to play brought some wonderful makes as usual! And, I reached the magic 500 followers on my sidebar as well! I only recently realised that a lot more people also follow by email - it's all quite humbling to be honest.

The odds were quite good to win a prize - as always, I so wish everyone could be a winner though! Some people are previous Grand Draw winners and that's purely the luck of the draw. 

Prize draw time (BIG drum roll) and once again I used little slips of paper to make life even easier so you have to trust me that it was 100% fair. It makes life much easier when doing a big draw like this. 

And so my friends, here's the list of 21 lucky winners:

Prize A - Uniko 'Rustic Wreath' stamp set - times 3

Heather Mills

Becca Yahrling

Paperpapier (Heaney)               

Prize B - Lil'Inker 'Merry & Bright' Christmas die - times 3

Karen Ladd

Lesley G


Prize C - Woodware 'Peaceful Night' stamp set - times 3


Karen Finkle (Kampin' Karen)

Sue (Morris)

Prize D - Colarado Craft Company 'Christmas Presents' stamp set

Inkami (Franka)

Prize E - Hero Arts 'Cut Out Season' die - times 3

Pam Sebring

Lynne R


Prize F - Bumper prize - MFT 'Stacked Merry' die plus 'MFT 'Joyous         Holidays' stamp set and matching dies

Kathy Asper

Prize G - Colarado Craft Company 'Christmas Tree Cat' stamp set


Prize H - Uniko 'Simply Said Blocks - Christmas' stamp set - times 3

Liz (Cavill)


Kate L

Prize I - Clearly Besotted 'Christmas Hoot' stamp set - times 3 

Kath (B)

Kathy K

Shannon (SHartl)

I hope there are a few Happy Dances going on right now! As I already said above, I really, really wish everyone could have won a prize - as I always feel after doing a big draw like this. I've added a link to each name in case winners need to pinch themselves - the names are 100% correct (and I double checked your comments so please don't change your minds!) plus I hope I got all the links right!

With us in another lock down and only essential trips being allowed, I might not get your prizes posted straight away. I'll be using Click and Drop to avoid the Post Office and that in itself takes time to populate and print out all the labels. My car was booked in for its first service on this coming Tuesday and, after much angst and worrying to myself, I've even postponed that for a while having been assured that the manufacturer is allowing leeway whilst the Pandemic is on. Having got this far I most certainly don't want to run any risks for either Len or myself.

I do need addresses for ALL winners please (with your full name as well please) so I can do some quick copy/pasting then print off the addresses easily. This still applies if you know fine well I already have your address - am trying to make this as easy for me as possible. Who knows, I may take the car for a small 'tootle' or two to my local mahoosive post box - which everyone else seems to have now found! The local cops seem to be watching the motorways for obvious distance drivers - so if I stick to local country roads, sit bolt upright and peer over the steering wheel like a dear little old lady, I might be fine!

Just add the subject 'Holiday Giveaway' in an email and send it to my addy which is on the right hand sidebar. And can you please do it as soon as possible so that I can at least begin the packaging and addressing process - rather than do it piecemeal.

Sorry if I've seemed a bit 'whiny' here. So, so many of you play absolutely perfectly and fairly - you know who you are and I love you for it. But to the others, please don't make life harder than it needs to be. I wish in future draws I could do as ScrappyMo does and limit Grand Draw entries to regular players - in fact, I may even do that if I run the whole show again this next Christmas ........... so this is a little 'heads up'!

Keep those snippets entries coming folks, you still have a week left to play HERE for Challenge #394 where we have Jane W as our lovely guest designer! The prize is a Hunkydory ''Retro Music' set of stamps. 

This has been a marathon post to write so I hope no-one fell asleep along the way ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz. 

After the hot water fiasco, it's absolute bliss to be back to 'normal' here. I felt a bit like Mitzi Gaynor in 'South Pacific' ............ 'warbling' away as I washed my hair under the shower right away. Psst - Rosanno Brazzi was looking after Dudley to give me some 'me time'.

Dudley is still gently placing his toys on top of me when I'm asleep - it's now a nightly routine for him I think. 

Love from Parsnip, Dudley Dog - and of course me,


  1. Fab gold star and picks and welcome to Nancy - love her perfect playground card! Congratulations to all the lucky winners and thank you Di for all your generosity both in prizes and, of course, your time and inspiration. Take care and stay safe my friend. Hugs xxxxxxxx

  2. Congratulations Jane on her Gold Star Award and to the Top Picks.

    Thanks Di for so generously running the Grand Draw again. So thrilled that I’m one of the winners, congratulations to the other winners. xx

  3. What fabulous picks Di, and Jane's terrific vase of flowers is definitely worth that gold star. Congratulations too to all the winners of the draw, and congratulations to you too Di for reaching 500 followers, also glad the water problem is definitely fixed. x

  4. So funny Dudley does that with his toys at night, but as long as everyone gets a good night's sleep all is good! Really great picks showing off snippets! Congrats to all the winners & I know there's lots of happy dances! You are so sweet to do this every year, Di! I've won in the past & honestly I don't need anything new--just couldn't resist putting my name in the hat for some of the goodies--haha! Our car (not quite as new as yours) is overdue, but just don't want to risk the virus. Stay safe! Hugs for you & a tummy scratch for Dudley!

  5. Oh what fun it was to see my name among the lucky winners! I was hoping for that Merry and Bright die,so am doing an extra hop and skip for that. Thank you for all your work on the special challenge, and for offering such wonderful prizes.
    I have already emailed you.

  6. Congratulations to the winners.
    Valerija xx

  7. Thank you so much Di, I see I have won Prize G
    I will send you my address right now, and congrats to all the other winners

  8. There's certainly a happy dance going on here . . . I'mdelighted to have won a prize. Thanks so much.

    Many congrats to all the other winners too.

    Lovely showcased cards and great snippet ideas.

    Many thanks for all your hard work behind the scenes running the Playground and going above and beyond in your Grand Prize Draw.

    Will E you shortly.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  9. A marathon post indeed and congratulations to the winners, happy dance here so will email details as requested. Great picks as always and it must be so difficult to whittle it down to just three, some ingenious people out there using up their snippets. Take care and thank you. xx

  10. love your marathon posts Di, and I don't fall asleep at all. So excited to see my name drawn - thank you so very much. will get off here and email you straight away
    Congratulations to all the other winners too
    Stay safe

  11. A well deserved gold star for Jane and some great picks! I would do a happy dance if I didn’t feel so stiff this morning! This ageing process is a real pain (pun intended!).

  12. Wowser Urn from Jane and fab picks, and love the girl on the playground swing!
    Happy dance here thank you Di, you know how much it’s appreciated.
    Just love the thought of Dudley placing his toys so gently on about surrounded by love 😍
    Congratulations to all, and see you on the swings xxx

  13. Thank you so much, Di. You are very kind and generous, and put so much hard work into the prize draw. Congratulations to all the winners and the picks. The gold star urn is amazing!! Emailing you later. Much love, April xxx

  14. Congrats to all! I am happy for everyone! Thank you for your generosity, Di! Keep on using your snippets!

  15. Definitely a 'Happy Dance' here in Devon this morning Di - I love Clearly Besotted stamps. I've just sent you an email.

    I think you need a lie down after this Grand Draw. Take care and look after yourselves.

    Kath x

  16. Thank you for having my card as one of your picks Di. The others are lovely with great ways of using snippets and Jane's card is amazing! Happy dance to be a winner too and thank you for all your hard work, time and generosity in running not just this Christmas Draw, but also the Snippets Playground xx

  17. Thank you SO SO much for pulling my name from the hat for Prize I - I've just e-mailed you with details.

    Look after yourself first and take your time ...... happy to wait for my prize, it's just nice to have something to look forward to. And thank you both for your efforts with the playground and for your generosity with such a fab array of prizes too

    Take care


  18. Thank you Di for organizing such fun challenge event with great prizes offer! So happy to see my name listed on the winners' roll.
    I have sent you an email.

  19. Congratulations to all of the lucky winners & WOW to Jane's make - worthy of its gold star!
    Thanks for another year of bumper snippets fun - time to put your feet up Di!
    Helen x

  20. Congratulations to all the winners!!! Yay!! What a bumper crop of lucky ladies there...including many of my crafty friends! I know everyone will enjoy their prizes. Thank you for your generosity, Di. You are a total sweetheart!
    Well done to the Top Picks....and to Jane with her AMAZING urn of flowers!! What a show-stopper! Incredibly beautiful. A well-deserved Gold Star!
    Thank you again for all your hard work with your lovely challenges and giveaways. I know it involves many, many hours. You are a treasure!
    <3 J

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  21. Wow, a very well deserved Gold Star. Such a beautiful card. Thank you so much for running the draw Di. Congratulations to all the winners. And thanks for picking my card. I love all the choices, I know it's hard to choose and there is so much inspiration here, I must remember to come and look next time I'm struggling.
    Dudley is so cute, lining up his toys on you. At least it's gentle. I'm so glad you have your water sorted again. We do take these things for granted until they are gone. There is a lot we will be appreciating this year - fingers crossed. xxx

  22. Thank you soooo much, Di!! Congrats to all the winners!! And WOWZA on Jane's gorgeous dimensional & fabulous card. Definitely a gold star!! And your top picks are all beautiful - well deserved!!

  23. Congrats to all the winners. I have just returned from scrap mountain dragging a giant cupcake, and the guinea pig helped to get it through the playground gates. Hope it makes you as hungry as it made me. Thanks for an amazing place to play and your constant encouragement to climb scrap mountain. HUGZ

  24. Wow, what amazing picks Di! I love how these gals have used snippets, clever and great way to use them. The first card is amazing! I fell like I could just reach out and touch those amazing flowers. I'm just in awe of this urn of flowers! Congrats to the winners of the prizes as well! I think you should do things to make it easy on yourself Di, whatever that is my dear. I hope you stay well and hopefully they get these vaccines out to everyone in a timely fashion where we can get on to normal life. Give Dudley and Parsnips a little low calorie treat and a pat for me. Hugs, Brenda

  25. Beautiful picks! And CONGRATS TO ALL THE WINNERS!
    Thanks for doing this Di!

  26. Congratulations to all the winners of the prizes and the wonderful picks.

    Laughed out loud at your plans to drive to the post box like a little old lady!!

  27. Wow!! Such amazing array of pics, all them so inspiring!! I have already seen the stunning Jane's urn full of amazing flowers and I was so impressed, so glad to see it here again with a golden star, well deserved!
    Well done to all the winners, enjoy your prizes, ladies!! :D
    And congrats to you, Di, for your 500 followers! :D
    Hugs and cuddles to Dudley!

  28. Well deserved winners Di, well done to you. I had to laugh at Rosanno Brazzi looking after Dudley, I'm sure I could hear you singing from here. Glad your water is all sorted.
    Keep safe
    Faith x

  29. Wow we really do have some clever playmates, Miss, brilliant picks and huge congrats to all the winners, was thrilled to see some regular names in there as well and totally concur limiting.
    Glad your hots water is full force.. so necessary in winter there.
    Thank you ever so VERY much for your dedication to the playground, not just in time in running the whole shebang, but also in the exceedingly generous prizes. Will be praying for you as you endesvour to mail out the prizes to blessed in the doing of them.
    Thanks for sharing, and may God bless and keep you and all whom you love safe and well.
    Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz. X

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  30. Beautiful choices Di and many congratulations Jane your card is amazing congrats to all the winners of the lovely prizes Di your a star xx

  31. Congrats to Jane on her Gold Star and to the other picks, thank you for including my card. Thank you for generously offering all these fun prizes and for your hard work in the Playground, I'm so fortunate to see my name listed. Congratulations on hitting 500 followers! Be well.

  32. Super post Di, and some really lovely picks, well done to you for all your hard work.

    Kath x

  33. What fantastic picks you've showcased Di, absolutely stunning all of them! Congratulation to all the winners of the grand draw - lots of happy campers there! You really do put heaps of work into this draw Di so thanks very much for giving everyone the opportunity to win, and for all the fun in the playground throughout the year. Vicky xx

  34. Congrats to the winners, so many beautiful cards!
    And a HUGE thanks to you, Di, for orchestrating such a wonderful challenge!!!

  35. Hi Miss Di, a wonderful selection of snippets cards, love the little girl swinging by the playground. Thank you for running a fun challenge and offering so many lovely prizes, so many winners and extremely generous of you. Dudley must love those toys to share them with you as you sleep... Have a wonderful week... Megan

  36. After all this excitement, you have earned a long nights rest... or should I say a long night as a dog toy rest!!
    Thanks so much for all the work you do to pull this off. Congrats to the winners... and I am over the moon to be one of them, especially since I won the stacked Merry die that I've been pining over for a while. So fun!

  37. Amazing picks this week Di!
    Congratulations to all the winners.
    Janice x

  38. A big congratulations to all the winners. You're so sweet Di to offer such a fun draw for everyone. Winners or not it's still fun. [Bunny]

  39. First of all congratulation Jane for her stunning creation. Congratulation to other winners and to you for all your effort.

  40. A gold star! Thank you so much for picking me - I really loved making that urn (as you well know, you've heard enough about it from me). And thank you to everyone for your lovely comments about it. Well done to all the picks and lucky winners, and thank you Di for this annual festival of treats and the time and money it costs you.

  41. Congrats to all the lucky winners. I enjoyed reading every post!

  42. Glad the water is all sorted out now. Great pics and well done to all the winners.
    L x

  43. Thank you so much for all the hard work and time you put into running the Snippets Playground all year long. And this Holiday Challenge was great fun - you worked so hard over the holidays to keep everyone entertained and inspired! It was really lovely reading your posts when so many of us were missing loved ones (and worrying about them)! Stay safe and well! Hopefully won't be too long now before vaccinations are here!


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