Sunday, 9 May 2021

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #401 - results

Hello and welcome to the Playground once again - another week just flew by. A week of pretty grey and miserable weather - always the same when it's a Bank Holiday in Great Britain.

Let's get straight on with the picks:

Here's a great idea for using up snippet strips - brought to share with us by Lesley G. I love the 'parquet floor' effect and just by changing the colours and sentiment you could make a great card for male, female, adults and children alike. Very versatile design! 

Val shared this wonderful card with us - and another great way to use up snippets. It's called 'Bargello' and is made by creating strips of snippets and then offsetting the colours/patterns to create a lovely and interesting background. It's also a tapestry technique that I've used in the past. Great card Val!

Here's a card I made back in 2013 for the Playground - just to show how versatile the technique is:

Whilst we're on the subject of using up small snippets to create backgrounds - here's a really great tip from Mandy. The card you see above has a very pretty pink background - and Mandy made it by using the front cover (aka contact sheet) from a paper pad. Here it is before being cut up, so you can get the idea - very clever:

That's three picks but I have two more which I just can't leave out:


I really love the elegance of Kath's card. The patterned paper is a snippet and how clever to die cut the curve then add it to the corner of the card front, after die cutting the sentiment, then adding it back into the patterned part of the card using the 'camouflage' technique. 

And finally, I picked this card - made by Karen (Ladd) - it's so restful to look at and also uses a few snippets. Who would think that the beige background is an upcycled piece from an old envelope - good thinking there and such a lovely card. 

That's my picks from Challenge #401 in the Playground. We had 47 entries and no new Playmates. But some folk are returning after long absences, which is really nice to see.

So lets move right onto the draw which is for a Woodware stamp set, designed by Jane Gill, and called 'Bold Blooms - Isabella'. And the winner is:


Congratulations Pat! I know how clever you are with your colouring and am sure you will have fun using this gorgeous floral stamp. The way our weather is right now I can see a happy afternoon or two spent with your watercolours!

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. 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 'Ruby's Memory' Challenge #402 HERE. The prize is being donated by Vicky and it's two stamp sets, Clearly Besotted's 'Dog Years' and W plus 9's 'Strictly Sentiments 2'. We've had a good few entries so far so if you haven't joined in yet, have a dig through your snippets and come and join in! 

We have at least two, probably more, hedgies coming to visit every night. Dudley loves to stop to say hello to them when he goes out for his last mooch around the garden just before bed as there's invariably one or two in the garden at that time. Len managed to take a photo of a smallish one having a drink, beside the feeding station, The water dish was scrubbed totally clean earlier, but the little scamps have a habit of standing in the water like a little foot bath!

On Friday, I heard Len return home laughing after Dudley's lunchtime walk. With lock down and distancing, Dudley has only seen his very best doggie pal from over the road - called Arnie - from afar. However, today they made up for lost time although neither Arnie's Mum nor Len managed to take a phone photo of the pair of them. I did a quick search on t'internet and found exactly what they apparently looked like when they greeted one another - by hugging - after so long apart:

Please remember this isn't actually Dudley and Arnie hugging hello - but Len says it could so easily be them - Arnie is black and curly, Dudley is white with peach coloured ears, both have plumes for tails and they're both about the same size as one another. Talk about cute - just wish I'd seen it for myself - who knows, it might happen again and phones will be at the ready to take photos!
Love from Parsnip, myself and the usual happy 'high-five' and woof from Dudley,


  1. Awesome picks and congratulations to Pat! What a cute hedgie and what a cutsie sight the two little doggy friends hugging must have been. Take care. Hugs my friend. xxxxxxx

  2. I always look forward to seeing your picks from each challenge and thanks so much for including my card as one of them this time. Congratulations to Pat who I'm sure will enjoy her prize stamp. Well done for finding a photo which could have been of Dudley and his friend greeting each other - maybe next time the camera will be handy to grab a pic. Hugs

  3. Wonderful picks this week, so many ideas to try and they all look amazing. L x

  4. Great snippets ideas and congrats to Pat. Those little dogs look so cute, I'm sure you would have loved to see Dudley with his friend too x

  5. Great picks Di and congrats to Pat
    Bet that doggie reunion was beyond cute!!!! Glad to hear your hedgie chums still visit - we saw one in our garden years ago and never saw any since.

  6. WOW impressive cards here quite bowled over by all of them x

  7. Congrats to Pat on her win.

    Lovely showcased cards Di.

    Sweet doggie photo too! xxx

  8. Congratulations to the "pick" winners, such Gorgeous cards and so inspirational too. Love those doggies hugging.
    Faith x

  9. Awesome picks. Some great snippet ideas. Congrats Pat. Love the doggy hugz. Take care. Hugz

  10. GREAT picks! I love the "fake" pic of Dudley and Arnie... that's so cute that he has a bestie!!!

  11. Thank you for choosing my card as one of your Top Picks.

    I love the photo of Dudley and Arnie - they're so cute!

    Kath x

  12. Six great picks this time Di and was so excited to see my name as the winner of this beautiful floral stamp and am looking forward to using it, and a big 'thank you' to Mrs A for donating it. Having not won anything for absolutely ages I must be in a purple patch as I was lucky enough to win over at the Rudolph Days Challenge fairly recently too. I can image how it must have looked when Dudley met up with his pal from across the road...a real ahh moment. Maybe you or Len will have your phone to hand if it happens again. Great to see the photo of one of the hedgies appearing in your garden and Dudley obviously likes to see them too. x

  13. Congratulations Pat on being the winning number. I will get your stamp sent out to you as soon as I have your address from Miss Di. Hugs Mrs A.

  14. Great card choices this time! Congrats to all! Love the photo of the little hedgie - sure wish we had them in Canada. And the story of Dudley and Arnie having a hug is so heartwarming. My Tessa has a couple of special doggie friends that she loves to greet - such tail wagging and joy!

  15. Thank you very much for choosing my card as a Top Pick. Really glad you like my idea of making the background with the contact sheet. The miniature versions of each paper worked really well. Of course always great to make something out of what would have been recycling otherwise too.

    Congratulations to all the Top Picks and to Pat for winning the prize.

    The image of the doggies hugging and the story from your hubby made me so happy/sad. I am sure there are going to be so many similar stories when people are ale to get together. As a huge hugger this has been absolute purgatory for me :(

    Hope everyone is safe and well. Stay Happy, Healthy, crafting and creating joy.

    Love Mandy xxx

  16. Amazing picks and ideas, there are always s lot of inspirations here!! Congrats to all the picks and the winner!
    So glad that those hedgies have water enough to drink and clean their feet :D
    Cute and fun photo.
    Hugs and cuddles to Dudley

  17. Oh, my gosh, Di, that photo just made my month!! I do hope you get your own photo soon! They really are hugging! And thank Len for the hedgie shot, too! What would we do without our critters in our lives? Great picks and congrats to Pat! Hugs, Darnell

  18. Congratulations to the winner and all the top picks.

    I absolutely love the picture of the dogs reuniting. That is great. [Bunny]

  19. A fantastic mix of cards. All very inspirational for using all the scraps we have. Hugs, Carol

  20. Great picks again, Di and congratulations to Pat on her win.
    Glad to hear that Dudley was able to meet up with his doggie pal. It must have been lovely to see. Cute picture of the hedgie, we don't seem to get them around here anymore. xx

  21. Such a hard task Di but you nailed it with the picks they are gorgeous and congratulations Pat on your win .....could possibly Dudley and how cute they both looks awesome they really are xx

  22. Great picks this time, Di, (not to imply that's unusual....). Leslie's reminds me of Mrs. A's recent herringbone challenge with even smaller pieces. As always, so many great ideas!

  23. Such cute dogs. Happy Monday.

  24. Congrats to the winner and top picks, and thank you so much for choosing mine as a pick too. As I'm on a quest to use up old stash and leftover bits and pieces, this challenge is a great inspiration. I've used the bargello technique in the past, but not for will have to take another look at it.
    The idea of Dudley greeting his little friend, Arnie (two adorable names if I've ever heard them) makes my heart happy!

  25. Super picks as always Di, some lovely ideas too. Congratulations to Pat.
    Love the doggy photo, how lovely for Dudley to be reunited with his pal!
    Janice x


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