Sunday 12 September 2021

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #410 - results


Before I move onto the Snippets Playground results, please can I draw your attention to a lovely tribute challenge, currently under way over at the Allsorts Challenge Blog, for Kath - a much loved friend, crafter and snippets playmate who very sadly left us a few weeks ago. It runs for this week only so you have to get your skates on. 

Kath chose the theme of 'Favourite stamps' for this challenge, months ago as part of her Allsorts Design Team work.  Brenda and the girls on the DT have added the option to include Kath's love of paper piecing and flowers. There are some lovely prizes to be won but, putting that aside, it would be wonderful if as many of us as possible can make a card and join in, as a way of saying thank you for the memories of a sadly missed, talented and very lovely lady.

Now for the picks from our previous challenge. Many thanks to Bonnie for being our Guest Designer using the adorable Egyptian Feline set of stamps - both Bonnie and her husband have been unwell and she was very apologetic about not being able to hop around and comment on all your entries. 

As we know only too well from my own recent acrobatics act, sometimes we just physically can't do what we hoped we could do in terms of blogging - and that's absolutely fine! I want to send a huge, huge thank you to SaRn for stepping in and helping me out with the Playground whilst I'm recovering. Even if she did, from what I've seen, also take the opportunity to host a gathering in the playground tree house ........... in full knowledge that I wouldn't be able to clamber up the ladder and break up the party. Dudley is taking climbing lessons now!

First of all, we have a *Gold Star* pick:

I think this is just amazing and such wonderful use of snippets - made by Maxine. All that perfect faux stitching was done by hand and must have taken ages. At first i did think Maxine used a special die set! Well done Maxine and do feel free to collect a *Gold Star* badge from the RH sidebar of my blog for your own blog.

I always love to see clever ways to use up snippet strips and Emma's entry immediately caught my eye. It's clever, boldly colourful - and yet still so elegant. I can totally picture this as a Christmas card design as well.

And another entry using strips of paper in herringbone style - made by Jackie T. Everything works together so perfectly - all topped off with the co-ordinating robin 'topper'. Such a perfect Christmas card.

This brilliant card, made by Karen Ladd, really jumped out at me, metaphorically speaking anyway.☺ The vibrant colours are so happy, great use of snippets - and how Karen created the background is brilliant, the sandy torn edged ground and then turning the blue shallows into deep water - very cleverly done.

And let's go for a final pick - making one gold star pick and four others, you were on a roll this week girls!

Liz brought this card to share with us - and what a great layout for using up snippets! I love this card just as it is but can also imagine the same layout for a multitude of other occasions using loads of different colour schemes. Great stuff Liz.

That's our picks from Challenge #410 in the Playground, we had 33 entries in total and no new Playmates. Now for the prize draw which is a Clearly Besotted 'Egyptian Feline' set of stamps from me. And the winner is:


Congratulations Valerija! I'm sure it's a long time since you last won a prize - and I was delighted to read in your comment about the stamp set having special significance.

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 #411 which you can find HERE. The prize is a bit of a bumper selection of Halloween goodies, jointly from Heather Mills and myself.

Len posted off the prizes from Challenge #409 for me the other day. Apologies for the hastily written shop bought notelets I included with each one but I've done little or no crafting for almost two weeks.

Today is my Birthday - whoop whoop! At the time of writing I have loads of cards and a couple of very intriguing parcels which have arrived over recent days, all as yet unopened of course. Just the pick-me-up (no pun intended) that I need too.

Am still recovering from the fall - bruised knees and some of my toes turned a fetching shade of black and purple, purely due to all the scrabbling around I did whilst frantically trying to get back up. But each day brings an improvement and the bruising is fading nicely. We also have the Elk 'rising cushion/seat' now and that's a huge comfort to know - although I don't plan to ever need it of course! Call it insurance. We need to 'test drive' it - Len can be the guinea pig needless to say.

The rising cushion reminds me of the 'olden days' when in theatres and cinemas a full sized organ would rise from the depths of the stage with someone already sitting there merrily banging out 'cheery tunes' before the main event began. We knew things were changing when the organs were no longer but the same mechanism was used to raise a stall selling snacks during the intervals! Just a very distant memory from my early childhood you understand. ☺

Love from Parsnip, myself and the usual happy 'high-five' and woof from Dudley.


  1. Happy Birthday Di. got it right in the end! hugs Me.

  2. Happy Happy Birthday, Di!! I'm so glad to hear that you are going a bit better after your fall! Your pics are absolutely delightful and there are great inspirations for using snippets! Congrats to Valerija and thanks to Sarn for her help!
    Hugs and take care! Cuddles to Dudley!

  3. A very Happy Birthday to you Di, I hope you are being very spoiled

  4. Happiest birthday wishes to you, I hope you have a stress-free, enjoyable day. So glad to hear you're on the mend, take care of yourself. Congrats to all the picks!

  5. HappyBirthday good to hear your slowly recovering hugs to the gang.

  6. Wishing you a totally FAB-u-LOUS birthday today Di, however your spend it, with many hugs from the lovely Dudders

    Happy Sunday and Congratulations to the lucky winner, Valerija, and those showcased too


  7. Happy birthday! I never saw the organ stand being used as a snack stall - but what a clever idea! Glad you are recovering from your fall.

  8. Mega happy birthday wishes to you my lovely friend.

    Great picks as usual. Congrats to all those who have been showcased - especially Maxine on achieving a gold star.

    Congrats to Valerija on winning too.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  9. Congratulations to everyone, what fabulous ideas, and a very happy birthday Di, take care and that ch air lift looks a good idea xxx

  10. Great picks again this time - must be difficult to choose from all the lovely entries. Pleased to hear you are recovering from your tumble and here's hoping you won't need to use the lifting gizmo - good to know it is there though if needed. Very best wishes for a Happy Birthday, enjoy your day.

  11. Happy Birthday Di I hope you have a wonderful day. Thank you for picking my card. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  12. Happy Birthday Di - I hope I am not too late for an 'on the day' greeting - and no toasting your day as I would hate to hear you had another tumble... glad to hear the war wounds are fading!!
    Thank you for the gold Star award - I will display it with pride.
    Stay safe

  13. Di, van harte gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag.
    En nog een spoedig herstel gewenst.
    Heel vervelend allemaal die val en de pijn in je knie.
    Hugs Elle-jeanne

  14. Your picks this week are inspiring as always and congrats to Velerija on her win! Sorry to hear you're still recovering with such bad bruising, but recovering is a good thing and beats the alternative!
    Wishing you a very happy birthday today and I hope you are bombarded with lots of cards and goodies you'll love. There's a card on the way from me, but with overseas mail, it's hard to tell if I mailed it early enough to reach you for your special day! Celebrate you, it's your special day :) Thanks for all you do - now go get yourself well again and take good care of that shoulder!

  15. Happy Birthday Di! I didn't know when it was or I would have sent you a card. Hope you are having a lovely day.
    Fabulous picks. I particularly like the Robin one and Emma's autumn one, great ways to use up snippets. Congrats to Valerija too on her win.

  16. Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to yoohoo, Happy Birthday to you. Wishing you the best of health and happiness Di. Good to hear your bruising is on it's way out.
    Great and beautiful card picks.
    Wish I'd known about the gathering, Sarn always holds a great get together!
    Faith x

  17. Great picks once again Di don’t know how you manage it they are just so worthy of your picks ......well happy birthday hope you have a fabulous day enjoy take care stay safe xx

  18. Beautiful picks and congrats to Valerija. Glad you are feeling better and I hope the birthday celebrations continue at least all week. Hugz

  19. Happy Birthday Di.
    Woo Hoo, I'm the winner. I'm so excited. Thank you very much. I just sent you an email.
    Congratulationst to all the picks too.
    Valerija xx

  20. Happy belated Birthday Wishes to you, Di. I've noted the date on my calendar so I don't miss it next year. Take good care and I hope you continue to heal. No more falls, ya hear? Hugs from me and Willie.

  21. Happy belated birthday! Hoping you have good health coming your way too! I'm fairly new here, but boy do I have snippets and hope to be playing along! Really gorgeous picks here and wonderful inspiration! Thank you!

  22. Great picks and congratulations to Valerija for winning the lovely stamps. Glad that your bruises are now beginning to fade and having the cushion seat will give you peace of mind Di. I recall the cinema organs..giant Wurlitzers I think. I just checked with Mr. Google, and about 38 still remain in their original positions though not all in working condition. Happy Belated Birthday too, and have seen your more recent messages and glad you had lots of cards and good wishes. I am not on line so much at the moment and have only just seen this otherwise I would have commented yesterday. x

  23. Happy, happy birthday, Di! Glad to hear you're improving & hope you're soon good as new! The picks are really inspiring--need to do some casing!

  24. Oh Thank you for picking my card as one of the top picks, must admit i was chuffed with the outcome. So many lovely and inspiring top picks and the gold star is a gorgeous design. Emmax


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