Sunday 4 April 2021

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #400

Happy Easter everyone! I hope the weather is being kind to you wherever you are and that you have a joyous time. 

We also have a couple of other things to celebrate - it's just over 11 years since I began this blog. And did you spot that this is Challenge #400? It was weekly for quite a while so the number of the challenge did rise rapidly back then.

By way of celebration, it's a slightly different prize this time. Still using snippets, as well as some die cutting and stamping - but a little bit of a different result instead of a card:

Second photo shows the reverse of a bookmark as well as the frog one with the image the right way up! And yes, the colouring IS much more vivid in real life!

I used:

- snippets of leftover white card which I die cut using both dies from MFT 'Tall Tag Duo' set of dies - to make bookmarks

- then I used the same dies to die cut snippets of paper from the Lawn Fawn 'Really Rainbow' petite paper pack as backings and to add more regidity, putting them to one side as I wanted to pick out the colours for the next steps 

- hunted out a couple of ribbon snippets which picked up the blue and also the mauve on the 'Really Rainbow' backing to the bookmark

- on one white bookmark I stamped a froggy image and a sentiment from Clearly Besotted's set of stamps called 'All booked up' which has frogs, bookworms and also a row of books as options, plus fun sentiments

- on the other bookmark I stamped two owl images plus a sentiment using Clearly Besotted's 'Wise Owl' set of stamps - which is (unsurprisingly) owl based with a selection of sentiments

- for both bookmarks I used my smaller Misti, Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a piece of acetate with a grid printed onto it for alignment - easy to make your own with printer friendly acetate as there are plenty of grids online to print . I was really lucky when a good blogging buddy sent me her printer friendly acetate - I returned the favour by sending her some 'grid printed' sheets to use with her Misti :)

- it's probably obvious how it works but I placed the bookmark I was using onto the Misti so that I had the size of the stamping area to follow and popped the acetate grid on top with a magnetic bar on to hold things in place. Then I laid out the stamps using the grid lines for spacing and also making sure things were straight, picked them up on the lid, removed the acetate and held the bookmark in place with the magnetic bar before stamping as one usually would

- next coloured both bookmarks using Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, picking out some of the colours from the rainbow paper tags

- glued the coloured front and the rainbow back of each bookmark together using Collall All Purpose glue

- threaded the ribbon snippets through the die cut slots at the top of each tag/bookmark

- tied the ribbon in place with little pieces of iridescent twine, trimmed the ends of the ribbon and called them finished!

I would have preferred to use Pro markers in some ways - cutting the rainbow paper as a backing was originally to cover the inevitable bleed-through you get with Pro markers in fact. However, Len was busy in the garden when I was at the point of wanting to colour the images and lifting down the huge storage rack of PM's was just not feasible until this shoulder is better than right now. Having said that - I do so love colouring with pencils now, and they can at least be erased if you make a mistake!

Here's a few photos of the prize for this fortnight:

Ha! You need to stand on your head to take a proper look at the bookworms on the left hand stamp set!

The prize is a set of MFT 'Tall Tag Duo' dies, Clearly Besotted's set of stamps called 'All booked up' and also their 'Wise Owl' set of stamps - just perfect for making bookmarks, or cards if you wish. Plus, I have a Lawn Fawn 'Really Rainbow' 6" x 6" petite paper pack on order to complete the prize. Rainbow papers are so popular that it took me ages to track a pack down - but it's on order and will be here (with luck) before it's time for the prize draw - from Frau Green who is often a great supplier of 'out of stock elsewhere' items in the UK.

As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 17th April. 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.
Please also remember that I only allow a total of nine other challenges, which makes 10 in total, when you enter a snippets make into the Playground.
I do hope you will all join in and make this a special celebration of the Snippets Playground Challenge #400.
Dudley is still coming up with new things to entertain us - his prowess at sitting up on his hind legs perfectly balanced during his 'grooming resistance manoeuvres' is amazing and the look of very serious concentration on his face is priceless! Just a shame I don't have any extra hands to hold the camera as I do worry in case he topples sideways from the table, although I'm usually too busy laughing anyhow! 

One of Dudley's favourite places to lie during the day - apart from the table in Len's study where he can watch all the comings and goings from a window, or under my desk where he can sleep with his head on one of my feet - is right at the top of the stairs. It's a good spot for woofing at shadows and also spotting if anyone comes to the front door - as well as being a health and safety hazard to us humans stepping over him! His latest trick is to now leave monkey on guard duty at the top of the stairs if he's occupied elsewhere in the house or garden. It's not just left or dropped there but placed carefully - actually sitting upright facing, straight ahead down the stairs, just like a little monkey soldier!

Stay safe and be kind. 
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I used this cute little bunny at the end of yesterday's post and at least one of you lovely Playmates remarked on it. I originally got it from our now departed Playmate Bernie who lived in Tacoma, USA. She left us in 2013 and I do so hope that she somehow knows just how loved and missed she still is, so many years later - now up in her huge, absolutely HUGE, craft room in the sky. She was one of our first Playground Pals and did her crafting in a 'closet' for so long and produced such lovely stuff - her first die cutting machine was, wait for it, a pasta rolling machine that she adapted! Those of us who knew her back then will no doubt recall that our lives were all the richer, as well as funnier, for knowing her. Who could forget her trials with the 'snow plow' guy who always came by just after she cleared the snow away from their driveway! RIP sweet friend, we won't forget you ........... and I'm sure you would be pleased to know that 'Bernie the Bunny Wabbit' strikes again :) x
Lots of love from us all to all of our Playmates - Parsnip, Dudley and of course me.


  1. Congratulations on the 400 challenge, Di. It's still the friendly place in blogland. I love your bookmarks.... SO cute. I'll be a Yes Please for the draw for these fabulous prizes.
    Lovely to hear about Dudley and all his quirky little habits.
    Thanks for sharing the story behind 'Bernie the Bunny Wabbit'. I didn't ever know Bernie, but she sounds quite a character.
    Happy Easter! xx

  2. Huge Congratulations on 400!!!! Challenges Di. That's amazing.
    Thank you for being so VERY FAITHFUL in thick and thin, easy snd hard! You're treasured as is the playground!
    I've been coming since 10th.. so a whole while too.
    In haste now will reply again later.
    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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  3. 400 challenges & 11 years--what an accomplishment, Di! Congratulations! Great bookmarks--love your coloring! I just made a couple bookmarks for 2 little boys & sure could have used those dies! Great prize & I'll put my name in the draw this time. Love the Dudley story! Hard to believe he sets up Monkey like that--amazing! Happy Easter to all of you!

  4. Wow . . . Your 400th challenge . . . Many congrats my friend. Love your bookmarks and it’s a lovely prize.

    Dudley is such a character.

    I’ll be skipping over with a satchel of Easter goodies later, but will be playing just for fun.

    Hugs Sarn xxx

  5. The bookmarks are a brilliant idea as a change from cards and the characters you've popped onto them are brilliant. Thanks for the story behind the typography 'wabbit' and of course your ongoing tales of Dudley and his exploits. I do so look forward to reading your posts on a Sunday morning. Have a great Easter weekend, be back later with my snippets.

  6. Congratulations on your 400th challenge Di - a great achievement. As you know, this is one of my favourite challenges and I try not to miss entering as I live in hope of reducing my snippets mountain!

    The bookmarks are so cute and I would love a chance of winning this fabulous prize, please.

    Kath x

  7. Wow Di many congratulations on the 400 challenge how quickly that has happened too!....simply gorgeous idea with the bookmarks great images enjoy your Easter Sunday xx

  8. Forgot to say congratulations on the 400th anniversary. Card now posted, could my name please go into the 'hat' this time, liking the look of this super prize. Hugs

  9. 400? My oh my! What a milestone. Congratulations to you. Happy Easter and thanks for the story on Bernice the Bunny Wabbit and Bernie. I do wish I had been around back then. Bernie sounds like she was a sweet woman.

    No thank you from me. Since I'm a recent winner I'm going to opt out of the prize. I'd hate for the random org to land on me again so soon, but oh such grand prizes. Good luck to all. I'll be playing for fun.[Bunny]

  10. I wanted to pop in and wish you Easter Blessings, Di. I always get such a kick out of Dudley and what he's up to. He is so adorable. I love these bookmarks you've made. I always get a bookmark when I travel somewhere new. Congratulations on 11 years of blogging. That is fantastic. Have a lovely day.

  11. Congrats on 400 and YES YES YES to this prize! I can't tell you how long I have been looking for bookmark dies! These are PERFECT! Fingers crossed on this one!!! Need this prize! Too cute! I LOVE your bookmarks! Maddie story time.... She had to get her teeth cleaned (has Dudley?) they have to put them under anesthesia for it, they found an impacted tooth and she had to get it extracted $400!!!!! Poor Maddie, but my POOR wallet too! Anyway, they give them antibiotics that they are suppose to take for 2 weeks... sneaky little Maddie has managed to find all the pills when I try to hide them in her food or pill pockets and spit them out! I even crushed one into powder and she refused to eat! She is a terrible patient :)

  12. WOW!! You have had 400 challenge?? Oh my, it's really a HUGE amount! Biggest Congrats, Di!!!
    Your bookmarks are really DELIGHTFUL, how fun and cute!! LOVE those critters and the sentiments are really super for teachers and books readers of any age! Very useful dies and pretty papers, too!
    Such wonderful prizes to celebrate, you are always very generous!
    As a teacher who I am, I absolutely have to enter in this particular challenge! :D
    I will manage to create something using my snippets, even if it's really a difficult time for me, as my Mum broken her left arm, she has had an operation yesterday and now she need a lot of help by me. But however I will search surely to play in.
    Thanks for sharing the story behind Bernie the Bunny Wabbit at the end of your posts, it's so thoughtful of you tell us about the lovely crafter that is no more here...
    Dudley is a really clever doggie, such great idea leave monkey on guard!!! :D :D How fun! Surely your life with him isn't boring! :D

    Happy Easter to you, Len, Dudley and Parsnip :)

  13. Very beautiful!
    Happy Easter!

  14. Love your little keyboard bunny! CarolG

  15. HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on your 400th Birthday and you haven't ages a bit, I think I must start to wear a flower in my hair as it must have age defying qualities.
    Great tags with super fun images and colours. Hope that you can keep up the good work for another 400.

    Kath x

  16. Very cute and book marks are a great way to use up scraps. I never thought of that. Happy Easter.

  17. Hooray for you on your 400th challenge! All of your fans appreciate you so much, and I'm sure my stash of snippets does as they're never neglected. Yes please for this wonderful prize. Not only am I a complete bookworm, but I love making bookmarks for myself, my friends and my grandkids. Although my daughter skipped the bookworm gene, my granddaughters absolutely love to read.

    You know that you're going to have to sneak a photo of Stinky Monkey on guard duty at the top of the stairs, now that you told us about it. Dudley always keeps you and Len on your toes, and seems to be a constant source of amusement. Don't you sometimes wonder if he is also getting a real giggle at your activities as well...from a dog's eye view? More likely though, our dogs are just shacking their heads and rolling their eyes at us!

  18. A beautiful book themed prize to celebrate your 400th Playground Challenge, and congratulations Di. I love your two bookmarks using both the owls and toads and so prettily coloured and with the back view demonstrating how beautiful one of the striped papers looks on the reverse. Thank you for this great prize and I would love the bookmark dies but unfortunately the rest would be wasted on me as I do not have any young members of the family to send these cute little characters to so I will opt out of this as there will be others who will make much more use of them then me. I can't believe that Dudley is still coming up with new ways to amuse..he is one clever little dog, and cute too. x

  19. Happy 400th challenge! And a HUGE yes please to the draw this time - as a bookworm and a dedicated Clearly Besotted fan I love the bookmarks you have made and the wonderful stamps and dies.

  20. YES please Di, count me in. CarolG

  21. Happy Easter! I love these the rainbow look on one side with the patterned paper. Please include me in the drawing when I link up.

  22. Happy 400 challenge blogversary. Always love to see your creations. These book marks are really cute. Also love your fun stories about Dudley.

  23. Senior moment--forgot to say playing for the prize before hitting comment button.

  24. Congratulation to your 400th Challenge. I have a lot of fun with creating card with the prize you send me.

    Greetings, Marjeta

  25. Morning Di, hope you had a lovely Easter just playing for fun take care hugs to Dudley xx

  26. The weather was VERY kind here at Easter! Hope you had a lovely time Di. Congratulations on 11 years and 400 challenges. You've come up with a wonderful prize but I am enjoying playing along just for fun this time :) I love your gorgeous book marks! I'm constantly amazed at the things dogs do and Dudley leaving his monkey at the top of the stairs while he goes off is so cute! What a lovely tribute to Bernie too.
    Hugs, Vicky xx

  27. That got round quick. It seemed ages away when you were telling me about the 400th. Super prizes to be won and what a Crafty way of showing them off. Hugs Me.

  28. Wow, congratulations Di on the 400th challenge, you do an amazing job!
    Love your cute bookmarks, I’ve not seen those dies before. I would love my name to be entered into the draw please, thank you.
    I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend, full of all sorts of weather!
    Janice x

  29. Yayyy congratulations on your 400th challenge Di! That is a lot of cards, Posts, comments, goodies and delighted winners!!
    LOVE your fab bookmark, yes please to be in the draw xx

  30. Hi Di, oh Yes please this time around for the prize - love those cute stamps and I have been asked to make book marks for the end of the year by a teacher whose pupils will be moving onto other classes - would be perfect !!
    Stay safe & well - Maurs xxx

  31. Wow, 400 challenges are something to celebrate! I don't think I've even entered 400 challenges in my lifetime so far. Thank you for keeping these going, and for making me smile along the way.
    Yes please to this bookworm prize package. My girls are big readers, and now it looks like my 2 year old son is following in their footsteps. I always preferred being read to, over reading myself, when I was a girl. Just lazy I guess, lol.

  32. My heartiest CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS for 400 of your smashing snippets challenges Di.

    I'm just playing for fun this time around


  33. Congratulations on the 400th challenge! What a fantastic milestone. I always enjoy playing along (at least when I haven't lost my crafting mojo...!) Yes please to the fabulous prize. xxx

  34. Gorgeous little book marks with fun images which look great to colour. And who would have believed it was 400? I wasn't here at the beginning but it's a good few years now. I love that Dudley leaves a guard monkey/ tripping hazard. You can't be too careful. You are clearly going to have to train him to hop up and get your pro markers down one by one, when you need them. xxx

  35. Congratulations Di for reaching 400 challenges that is a real achievement. It is such a privilege to be here. I love what you have made. So it is a yes please to the Prize for me this time. Have a good week. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  36. Congratulations on reaching the 400 milestone. Being a bookworm I just have to say a big YES to being in the draw for this one. I love the cute bookmarks you made.
    BTW - latest book I reviewed yesterday is a must for you!
    L x

  37. Congrats on #400, wow! Love your darling bookmarks. I would like to be entered in the drawing, always fun. Take care, Donna

  38. Congratulations on 400 fabulous challenges - what a wonderful achievement!
    Love your cute little bookmarks, so I'm a 'yes please' for the prize draw!
    Helen x

  39. Congratulations to your 400th challenge, Di. Love your amazing bookmarks.
    I would love to be in the draw for awesome prize. My friend works in Library and colects the bookmarks and she always needs some book themed cards and this set would be very useful.
    Hugs, Valerija

  40. Your bookmarks are toad-ally adorable, Di!! And I love how you did a rainbow of stripes on the backside; finishes it off so perfectly. And wow, what an amazing and generous prize - I'm in, please!!!

  41. Awesome bookmarks Diane.

    Hugs Diane

  42. First of all, congratulations on 400 Pixie Challenges and eleven years, Di! That really is remarkable! Your generosity is also remarkable! I was never good at numbers, but I can imagine you've spent a dear amount on prizes over the years. It seems insufficient to say simply thank you, but thank you!

    Second, thank you for the tears and memories of the original character known as Bernie. We should all hope to be remembered with such fondness so many years later!

    Thirdly, great job on your froggie and owl beribboned bookmarks!

    Love from me and Nellie to you and Dudley, and Mr. Monkey, too, of course! I hope your shoulder is soon better! Hugs, Darnell

  43. What darling bookmarks, Diane. LOVE the MFT dies you used. I'm in for this prize (what a FAB prize). Thanks for another fun challenge. And yes, it's always such a blessing to cherish our blog friends, remember those we've lost, and celebrate them all.
    Karen Letchworth

  44. Congratulations on Challenge 400, Di - well done!!
    Yes please to the prize
    Loving those wonderful bookmarks you have made - they are so cute
    Stay safe

  45. Congratulations, Di! 400 challenges! Wow!
    The bookmarks are just so cute! So yes, please, I would like to be in the draw.

    All the best for you and yours!
    Hugs, Liv

  46. The bookmarks are so cute! I made over 100 bookmarks to donate to a church event last year that never happened due to the virus. Children always like them, so it's a yes please for me for the draw - I can always make 100 more :)
    Congrats on your 400th - I can't recall life without the snippets playground and thanks for all you do!

  47. Di I love your tags, the prizes (yes please to being put on the list!) and especially your story about Dudley and his lookout monkey! He is such a smart and funny pup!

  48. 400 that is a lot of challenges congratulations. Thinking back over the challenge you have been so open and shared so much of yourself with us. I know you have made many friends and there are also folks like me who are more occasional visitors and also made to feel very welcome and embraced thank you. I just checked and would you believe my blog is a year older than yours! my first post was on my Birthday in 2009 when I was living in Hedge End. I also love this weeks prize and so just for a change I'd love to be in the draw. x

  49. Congratulations on hitting number 400!

    So happy to be joining (and being back) since I have been so busy at work for the past few months that my crafting goodies have stayed in their storage for ages. Now I am trying to find some time also for new cards - and what a better way to start than with this celebrational playground challenge.

    I will be popping back later with my card. YES PLEASE for the prize x


  50. Hi just nipping on to say high and i hope to get an entry in so glad duddley is behaving and entertaining you. Congrats on the 400. Stay safe

  51. I love the cute images on the bookmark! I too, mostly make bookmark as my kid often misplaced them.
    I am submitting my card entry and a definite yes to be in the draw for winning the amazing price pack.
    Have a nice weekend ahead, stay safe.

  52. Not firing on all cylinders here. Forgot to also say just playing fir fun. Hugs Me.

  53. Eleven years blogging and your 400th challenge really is cause for a celebration, so many congratulations Di and long may your challenge continue. As I have three grandchildren aged 4, 5 and 6, Yes please, I would love to be entered in the prize draw. As I was reading your post, I decided to have a look and see when I started blogging and it's actually 6 years at the end of this month. Those years have just flown by and I'm sure that it will have done the same for you. Take care and stay happy. Crafty Hugs, Sandra x

  54. Yes, please to the prize. Such a wonderful idea to make bookmarks out of snippets. I'm sure we could all make hundreds. Congratulations on your anniversary and 400th challenge. Terrific milestone!

  55. Yes please for this prize, Dudley sounds like the most perfect companion!

  56. Congratulations on the 400th challenge!!
    Would love to be entered in the prize draw.
    Greetings, Christa

  57. Wow, 400!!! Lots of fun for you and all crafters. Thanks a lot for all the work you have done for us and for giving away so many great prizes.
    I say YES to this one, because it is so cute and great to work with!
    Stay safe and have a great day,
    Lia xx

  58. Congrats on Your 4th challenge!!
    After a long gap Happy to join you again here with your great and generous prizes always!
    A Big Yes, perfect for the Bookmarks!
    Stay safe and have fun!

  59. Happy 400 Di. Awesome. Love the cute bookmarks and yes please to be included in the draw for this fabulous prize. Hugz

  60. Adorable bookmarks! Bookmarks are always such great gifts -- so fun for those who love to turn pages. And your prizes are quite adorable -- great use for kiddos, and the dies will work for everyone.
    Your friend? She sounds like she was a sweetheart and well loved, we would've actually lived 4 hours away from each other but I unfortunately didn't know her.

  61. Congrats on your 400th Di. Your bookmarks are so cute and you are offering an amazing prize, but I will just play for fun this time. Love to hear about Dudley's antics, he's always up to something :). Have a good week x

  62. Wow!! 400th challenge!! That's crazy--awesome job, you! These little book sets are adorable!! My middle daughter is a huge reader and I think she would love these sets! So, I'm definitely playing for the prize this time, thanks!

  63. Huge congratulations on your 400th challenge Di, that's quite an achievement. I love to hear your news and all about Dudley's exploits. A very generous prize as always but I will just play for fun this time.
    Big hugs,
    Katrina x

  64. Popping back yo say yes please Miss, for the prize.. didn't have time last time and no better now to be truthful, but fo have a number of bookworm folk this would suit.. certainly very cute.. well done.. big hugs to Dudley Dog, and Parsnip.. and oraying for you and DH etc with second Pfizer, especially praying for sll as you vome out if lockdown!
    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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  65. Yes, congrats on reaching 400 challenges. My goodness. Yes, I want to win the wonderful prizes this time. Thanks so much Di.

  66. Yay! Congratulations on 400 Playground posts! That's so cool! 'Yes Please' to be in with a chance of the fabulous and generous prize. Your bookmarks are fabulous indeed! I am glad to hear Dudley is keeping you well entertained and alert - sounds like he loves leaving tripping hazards. I wish I had known Bernie, she sounded an absolute hoot. Its lovely she is in your thoughts and your blog. Take care my friend. Hugs xxxxxxxxxxx

  67. Yay!!! Entered in time with a snippet card! :D
    Big congrats again for your great goal on 400 scraps challenges!! Thanks so much for all your efforts and generosity!
    A big YES please for the wonderful prizes, I keep my fingers crossed :D

  68. Got a message from you on my blog if this is the first time I play. Yes this is my first time. Already posted a comment that I would love the have a chance on the prize. Maybe I did something wrong. Hope this time everything is ok.

  69. Wow! This post is HOT! I'm #57 and there is still 20 hours left. So fun to see so many great cards made with little bits and pieces that [gasp] some people actually throw away! Kathy A from

  70. Super congrats on Challenge #400, Di. That is an amazing accomplishment. WOW...just WOW!
    Thank you for all the work you have put into your blog posts and challenges....not to mention all the generous prizes. You are a gem.
    I love your sweet bookmarks. The critters are so cute and fun. I esp love the frogs and owls. Thank you for offering this totally amazing prize package. I love the products, but I think someone else will use them more than I would. So I am playing just for fun this time.
    Hugs to you and Sweet Dudley! And congrats again on this milestone!!
    <3 J

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  71. Congratulations on the 400 challenge, Di, wow!
    It's so friendly here and I love your bookmarks, super cute.
    Yes Please for the draw for these great prizes.
    Lovely to hear about Dudley and I read all about the bunny, thank you for your lovely post and info.
    crafty hugs xx

  72. PHEW!!!!!

    Only just made it Miss Di .. .. .. I could have sworn I still had another week in which to enter?!?!?!

    Who is stealing the time? That's what I want to know!

    Well done Di on providing us all with 400 challenges .. .. .. you certainly are a trooper! Well done and thank you very, very, very much!

    Love Jules xoxo

  73. Congratulations on the milestone. Tc stay safe


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