Sunday, 23 May 2021

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #402 - results

Well here we are, trotting through May, and I still haven't felt warm enough to dispense with the Liberty Bodice and Ladybird vest, sigh. Hands up who remembers those!

First of all, the picks:


Karen (Finkle) returned after being AWOL for a while - welcome back Karen! I really love this card - such a clever way to use up snippets. It would also be great for a chap, without a flower - those papers go together so well and such a great layout.

Valerija brought this great card to share with us. Herringbone backgrounds are always a super way to use up snippets. Love the colour combination as well. And, the strips were cut with a die - which cuts four straight narrow strips at once. Only problem is I don't speak Slovenian - found my way to the suppliers' website but there's no translation option. I can speak German and make a decent stab at most languages - but this stumped me. I wonder if any UK or USA manufacturers have a similar die? Anyone know? Edit:- I did some more searching and found a die set which cuts long slim strips in three different widths - four  of the same width per die. It's a Pinkfresh Studio Essentials Slim Stripes Die Set - stocked by Bumblebee Crafts here in the UK. Hooray!

I picked this card, made by Katrina, as I adore Gorjuss girls. Love how so many snippets have been used, love the layout - and the colours are just perfect! A really lovely card and one I could gaze at for hours on end.

I just had to add our very last entry of the challenge - Linby whizzed in waving this beauty! It's another lovely card and I do so love the layout with the frame and those pretty pink punched flowers. Little punched elements are a great way to use up snippets - I often forget I have so many really nice punches and just reach for one of the many folders of dies I have here. 

I loved the quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on Lynn's card so much that I absolutely had to rush off and buy it. Not only the words but the fabulous font drew me to it like a moth to a flame. ☺ What really surprised me was that the stamp set it comes in (called Nottingham Lace) is made by Indigo Blu - and I would never have associated that style of font with their products. Bonus, I found the set on e-Bay - new - and a lot cheaper than other places are selling it for, also cheap postage. It always pays to check e-Bay I find! They still have three left - 'wink'. 🤣

That's my picks from Challenge # 402 - in Ruby's Memory. We had 42 entries and no new Playmates. I do know that one or two crafters are hovering on the sidelines, perhaps plucking up their courage to come and play with us. Come on in - you would be so welcome and I always feature your first entry on the following picks and prize draw post.

Time for the draw now - no hanging around this week! The prize is two lovely stamp sets kindly donated by Vicky. And the winner is:

Jackie T

Congratulations and a big 'hooray' Jackie! I've quickly skimmed back through prize winners names and it seems to be forever since you won a prize. I know that you're a fairly frequent 'pick' - but after so long playing faithfully with us I really was pleased to see your entry number pop straight out of the Random Number Generator! I have a hair chop booked for Tuesday and if you get your address to me on Sunday, or Monday at the latest, I can do a detour past the 'remote' post box on my way home.

Please send me your address, 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 Challenge #403 HERE. The prize is a Sweet Dixie 'DIY Tools' set of dies - perfect for those 'male' cards - as well as keen lady decorators of course.

We had a brilliant lady decorator during and for a while after after our extension was being built. Sue was married to the builder and totally fearless swinging around the scaffolding painting the barge boards etc. at the very top of the roof level. As often happens, she eventually moved onto his other jobs but boy was she good - really petite but what a little worker - as well as a perfectionist!

Our own news isn't very exciting really. Archery for Len is as safe as can be and people are abiding by the 'rules'. I decided against 'hoofing it' through the town's massive shopping mall, including lifts down from the multi-storey car park, a one way pedestrian system and also wearing a mask the whole time just to get to the optician. Partly in the light of growing Indian variant concerns and also as it was just too much exposure in some confined spaces. I've now found a different and very reputable optician with easy parking directly in front of their lovely new premises. I don't want to leave it too long as the hospital want an eye (see what I said there - hee, hee!) kept on these cataracts which were deemed 'no operation needed' yet - just before COVID lockdowns hit us. They don't seem any different but eyesight is the one thing not worth taking chances with.

Dudley is still into mischief here. The other day he managed to bring a smallish piece of branched twig into the house on the quiet. Little tinker left a decoy piece of it on the landing which was whipped up and disposed of right away - then we spotted him very focussed on something with his back to us. Yup, it was the other part which he'd hidden for later!

The donation I make to the charity that initially rescued Ruby as a little puppy has been done. Huge thanks once again to those who have donated goodies which enable me to transfer what I would have spent myself on prizes for Ruby's Memory Challenges. And of course to all of you who come to play in the Snippets Playground and make this challenge such fun. And also, although my bank manager might disagree, for 'enabling' even more goodies to somehow land in my online shopping baskets!
Almost forgot - it's Rudolph Days once again from Tuesday 25th until the end of the month over at ScrappyMo's blog.
Love from Parsnip, myself and the usual happy 'high-five' and woof from Dudley.


  1. Fantastic picks again Di, and congratulations to Jackie. I know what you mean about Katrina’, such clever layering and layout. Bet Dudley’s twig made a mess! Xxx

  2. More great picks as always - people are so good at using up their snippets in interesting ways. Hope you manage to track down that die set - guess it might be completely sold out by the time you've learnt enough Slovenian to order it 😉

  3. Congratulations to the winners - well deserved recognition !
    Lovely to catch up with all your news Di - I don't blame you finding an alternative optometrist - hope the exam goes well and your eyes are behaving - unlike Dudley by the sounds of it :)
    Stay safe

  4. Hi Di thank you I will send you an email. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  5. Great picks as always! I think the die might be from Taylored Expressions - simple strips. xx

  6. Fabulous picks and congratulations to Jackie too.

    I also used to have liberty bodices and ladybird vests - and in the winter a little but if Vick rubbed on my chest underneath!

    It's good to hear you've found another optician - sight is very precious.

    Kath x

  7. Congratulations to the winner and top picks - lovely makes

    Happy Sunday to you and your readers, Di and a hug for Dudders too!


  8. Fab picks and congrats to the winners. Sounds like you have the same long cold start to the year that we are having here in southern Norway. They say it might be 4°c tomorrow!!!!! Hopefully that's wrong. Keeping a close eye on the tomato plants..... Dudley is a wag. Take care. Hugz

  9. I ADORE Katrina's Card! Great picks!!!! Say HI to Dudley from Maddie!

  10. Beautiful cards chosen Di and congratulations to Jackie, l thinking the same to change my optician l have my test due and not impressed with the current ones ......Dudley is a sweet heart it’s always good to hear news of him take care enjoy your week x

  11. Ok, what is a Liberty Bodice and a Ladybird vest?! Must be before my time!
    Some great picks, I don't know how you do it must be so very hard.
    Also you should have asked me to come down and decorate, I am a dab hand at it, can not begin to tell you how much painting and wallpapering I have done in my life. We are now nearly all painted walls. Chris's snooker evenings are back on too so he is a happy bunny.

    Kath x

  12. Lovely picks again. That silly little Dudley. He can be quite tricky can't he? Your eyesight IS always very important. Glad you found an eye doctor with decent parking. [Bunny]

  13. Beautiful picks and congrats to the winner!

  14. Wonderful picks Di and congratulations to Jackie for winning the lovely prize this time. Great to hear about Dudley's tricks and the twig he had his teeth He certainly keeps you on your toes. x

  15. Gorgeous picks and congrats to Jackie xoxo

  16. Just been catching up Di, so pleased you have found an optician you feel safe visiting, as you say eyes cannot be left un-checked especially if there is already an existing problem. As always had a little chuckle about the pup, Harley at 7 decided to bring his new toy home the other day an innocent little mouse who was very much alive. It was returned to the wild hopefully none the worse for its adventure. Harley then hunted round the house looking for it! Will be joining in this fortnight just here now to grab the link and challenge number. x

  17. Great picks. Sending many beautiful blessings to you.

  18. I finally got here and so delighted to see my card featured and that I am an enabler lol! Thanks so much and well done to the other fab picks too.
    I've had two lady decorators and to me they seem to do a better finish to the job in hand.
    L x

  19. Thank you for choosing my card as one of your Top picks.
    Congratulations to the winner and to the other Top picks.
    Valerija xx

  20. Talking of enabling Di, you're doing quite a bit of that yourself! What wonderful picks this week - and I had to go straight off to ebay to investigate! Congratulations to Jackie - hope you enjoy your prize! Vicky x

  21. Hi Di! I have been out in la la land and just decided it had been awhile, again, since I had been to the Playground. I read the current post all the way back to this one and I'm exhausted! However, not too exhausted to see that my card was a pick!! Thank you so much and I'll try to be more diligent in my appearances from across the pond.


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