Thursday 6 January 2022

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #418 - Christmas Draw - Prize Z

Phew - finally! Here's the 26th and last prize in the 'Snippets Playground Christmas Draw': 

I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" white card blank, side opening

- snippet of Tonic pearlescent 'Red Velvet' card, trimmed to 5" x 3.75"

- then the fun began! I was using two Clearly Besotted stamps sets - 'Picture It Christmas' for the scene and 'Baa Humbug' for the sheep and a sentiments

- took a piece of white card - A5 and much too big but I wanted to be able to overdo the background blending and then trim it down to size

- right now I can hardly move in here due to the Grand Draw crafting frenzy having taken over my life so I couldn't easily get to my sheets of masking film but just used 'fully adhesive' Post-It notes - bit more fiddly as I needed two side by side for the scene but it worked well, with careful fussy cutting - phew!

- first of all, stamped then masked off the scene image, top and bottom cut to the lines and those fiddly little trees in the distance - I used my much loved Tim Holtz 'Tumbled Glass' Distress Ink pad and a make-up brush for this step, keeping the lower part of the scene lighter than the sky. Again, I have an Altenew fabulous set of four shades of blue that would have been perfect but just can't get to them right now! One BIG sort out is well overdue but at least I pop stuff into fairly organised 'used, supplies, unused new stuff to put way etc.) baskets - ready to have a blitz later on in January

- next I stamped the three sheep (all stamping was done using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a Misti as usual) and coloured them, bearing in mind colours that could also be used for the background to draw the scene together - and after months I finally got to use my Pro markers again. Hooray! Len did the 'reaching up, lifting down and then replacing once I finished' to be on the safe side but I do think I could have managed it myself - hooray!

- used the scenic back ground as it was, untrimmed, and coloured it in, using the Pro markers I already had used for the sheep, plus a few additional ones 

- coloured the gold star using a Signo 'Sparkling Gold' pen

- then trimmed the background panel to just a teeny bit less than the red backing and glued it in place

- fussy cut the sheep 

- positioned and checked where the sheep would go and then stamped the 'baa humbug' sentiment. before glueing the sheep in place

- and then stamped the final sentiment at the top left of the card - and it blurred! What? Right at the final hurdle as well, sob

- ran around the house screaming like a banshee for five minutes and then just re-stamped the sentiment onto a snippet of white card and punched it out using a SU oval die, before glueing in place

- finished - and then I headed for a darkened room to lie down for a few hours!

I'd seen a very similar card design to this one, over on Clearly Besotted, and loved it, which is why I bought the background stamp to go with the sheep - and it will be great to use with loads of other Clearly Besotted or a lot of other sets of 'cute' stamps. 

And here's the prize:

It's two sets of Clearly Besotted stamps from me - 'Baa Humbug' and 'Picture It Christmas'. Sorry a few of the stamps aren't the right way up in the packets - obviously the way the manufacturer packs them to get the optimum number of stamps on a sheet! Two great sets of stamps - those sheep and the sentiments crack me up and I love the snow scene and all the sentiments on the other set. ☺

All the rules can be found on the post for Sunday 12th December 2021, along with Mr Linky for your single entry. I do suggest that you read the rules thoroughly - particularly about the theme for this Grand Draw Challenge.

Just leave a comment on this post you're currently looking at, if you would like the chance to win today's prize.

Remember, the Grand Draw challenge, including all comments, will totally close at 11am on Saturday 8th January. 

We have now donated £300 (including Gift Aid) to USPCA, the charity in Northern Ireland that rescued Lynn's beautiful Westie Ruby and it's all been down to your lovely prize donations. Thank you all so much.

All that remains is for me to also thank you all for joining in, all the lovely comments, a massive thank you to Sarn for pitching in and helping me out with commenting, being my 'wing gal' and a million other things - and once again, those of you who kindly donated prizes. I hope you all had fun in this very last Grand Draw. At times, I've almost been on my knees here. However - onwards and upwards! Ha - if I can get up off my knees! ☺

As they say, see you on the other side ................. over in the brand new Snippets Playground! Sunday 9th January at 00:00 UK time - it's a date! I will have a link on here for you to skip over and don't forget, I will still be using this as my personal blog!

Love from Dudley and of course me,


  1. Such a gorgeous card, worth all the work and you rescued the mishap brilliantly! Yes please! I would love to be entered in the draw for this fab prize, thank you so much. Wow! You have raised lots of money. That's soooo cool! Thank you for all the work you have put in, thank you to Sarn, your wing man!, and thank you to everyone who donated prizes. This has been a really fun Christmas draw spectacular. I have managed to make a card and will get it added to Linky tomorrow. Hugs my friend. Take care. xxxxxxx

  2. What a fun card Di, I love the scene you’ve created. I’d love to win prize Z, those little sheep are adorable. (By coincidence my last post has a card with a sheep on it, not quite so cute as yours though.) Thank you for all your hard work running the Grand Draw and for your generosity, I’m sure it was a lot more work than any of us realise. Time to put your feet up and have a glass of wine or two. Looking forward to seeing the new blog. 😃 xx

  3. Fabulous card, Di! Love that scene and the cute sheep! And I admire your fussy cutting and masking so much! That top sentiment really made me laugh! I'll pass on the draw for this prize. But wanted to say thank you for all the work you put into the Christmas Draw! Now I'll go and cross my fingers for one of the prizes I put my name down for!

  4. OMG! Too funny and cute! Wow YOU HAVE DONE an AMAZING job! Sooooo much gratitude to you!
    I am in for this one!

  5. Super cute! Such a fun card! I am IN!
    You made this Christmas more special with your kind giveaways and opportunity to win!

  6. Adorably fun! Fabulous card. I’ve been eyeing this set, so yes please!

  7. YES PLEASE to this absolutely wonderful set of stamps! Just reading about how your card all came together, and seeing the beautiful result, made me need to take a nap but it was so worth it in the end. Those sheep are hilarious (especially the one all wound up in the Christmas lights) and the background scene would be fun to use in so many ways.
    I'm in awe that you actually put your markers away after you use them because my supplies stay out all year round. In fact, most of them stay right there on my way-to-small craft table, which is why I only have about a square foot to work on ...sigh.
    The sentiment on the oval shape actually looks so perfect that I would never guess it was covering a blurred one, but I share your pain.
    Thank you so much for these Christmas draw postings, and I hope you take a nice long rest after this is all done. Can't wait to see the new Snippets blog and will come back to see the link. Happy 2022 to everyone!

  8. Totally adorable card, Di! Leave me out of the drawing, please. I can't even imagine the chaos with the Grand Draw! Thanks so much for all the work & all the prizes--you're a sweetie! Hugs, Greta

  9. Made me laugh, Di. Thank you!! What a fun card. Yes, put me in the draw.

  10. Your card is so wonderful and fun, Di. Love the scene you have created.
    Yes for the prize, please.
    Valerija xx

  11. Loving that snarky card Di - that's such a fun pair of sets
    Yes please to the prize
    Stay safe

  12. WOW! This is a gorgeous card. Stamps are perfect. So big yes for the prize, please.

  13. Wow , wat een lieve schattige kaart heb je gemaakt met de schaapjes.
    Ik doe graag mee.
    Groetjes Elle-jeanne

  14. These sheep are so fun! Love your adorable card! Yes, please for the prize!
    Thank you so much for all the fun! It has been great!

  15. Your sheep farm scene is super cute, this would be a great prize to win. Thank you for all your hard work organizing the Christmas Prize Draw

  16. Totally fab make (FAB prize too but I already have the sheep set!) - thanks SO MUCH for organising this terrific giveaway too

    Happy Thursday


  17. Wow!! talk about going out with a bang. It has to be a YES PLEASE for an opportunity to maybe own this set.

    Thanks so much for all your sterling work running things for the Playground for such a long time and in particular the mammoth task of coping with the Christmas draws, especially this year which has seen some wonderful prizes (quality as well as quantity). Great too that money has been raised for the doggy charity. See you on the 'other side'. Almost forgot to say what a fabulous scenic card you made with this final prize.

  18. Such a cute ‘last draw’ card Di, it’s a yes please from me!
    Thank you so much for all your hard work in organising this extravaganza and of course for being so generous along with the other prize givers. At last you can have a rest.
    Looking forward to seeing the new snippets blog on Sunday.
    Janice x

  19. A fun scene you've made with these fabulous sheep Di. I don't think you're the only one with mishaps at the last minute with sentiments. I've done it before, but at least we can hide it with an added one over the top as you have done. I will be a Yes please for this final fab prize and thank you for all your hard work and generosity. I look forward to seeing the new Snippets blog on Sunday xx

  20. A fabulous card Di and two lovely Clearly Besotted stamp sets - I would love a chance to win Prize Z please.
    Looking forward to seeing you in the new playground!
    Kath x

  21. Such an amazing card and scene, wow. You are incredible and very generous.
    Yes for the prize, please.
    Crafty hugs xx

  22. Well done Di you have done an amazing job with this massive competition having lots of absolutely fabulous prizes giveaways and a wow to who contributed also the £300 will be very much appreciated your a treasure and a great friend in Sarn too for her help so 26 th prize draw good luck to all that enter what an ending sending lots of 🤗 xx

  23. Hi Miss Di and head prefect Sarn, thank you for the lovely inspiration and comments that you have left on my blog. I'll pass on this set, no snow down under. A mammoth task for all of the draws. I'll see you over on the new blog... Megan

  24. Soo cute, Di ,a brilliant make too, well done!
    … but no thanks we don’t really do snow in summer, beautiful versatile images though. Am keeping my eye out for the new blog but will still come here, too, if not often comment as my mobile devices are tricky! Eyes getting old too.
    Thanks for Sharing, God bless and keep you safe, and all those you love, hugs Shaz in Oz.x

    {Wonderful Words of Life - Shaz in Oz}
    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

  25. Well done Di and what a mamoth task. I bet you're ready to put your feet up! The sheep are so cute and the sentiments would be forever useful, so it's a 'Yes Please' from me. Thank you for all you've done Di and good luck to all xx

  26. OH! I LOVE your fun card Di, it's lovely and great colouring also.
    Happy New Year.
    Faith x

  27. Super cute card, awesome job with the scene, Love that set and yes I would love the chance to win this one. You are doing an amazing job and the work has just begun.

  28. How fun!!! What a great card, Di. Love these cuties as well as all the great sentiments. Yes, please!

  29. Gorgeous card and fabulous prize, yes please if I may, looking forward to the new playground. Love Jane x

  30. Fab prize and an even fabber card! yes please! x

  31. I absolutely LOVE this card Di. Fab prize.
    Bless you for the shout out.

    You’ve been SO generous with this festive draw and its wonderful that you also had some donated prizes. Congrats on achieving £300 donation to USPCA too. You’re a star.

    Can’t wait for Sunday to check out the NEW Snippets Playground. Soooooo excited. Only 3 more sleeps!!!!!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  32. The winter festive sheep scene is adorable! Love these cute stamp set. Yes please for the draw.

  33. Ah super cute sheepy card! Yes please, Di xxx

  34. Yes, please to this adorable prize! Those sheep are hilarious. I add my thanks to everyone else's for all the work you put into this grand draw and your year-round challenges.

  35. Haha, I think we've all smudged a sentiment after working for ages on a scene, and have come out with some choice language!! You saved your card brilliantly Di and the card looks wonderful. I have the background scene stamp so will sit this one out thank you. What an achievement to raise £300 for the USPCA too - thank you so much for organising this and for providing so much fun for us all in the process. Looking forward to the grand opening of the new Snippets Playground blog on Sunday - see you there! Hugs, Vicky xx

  36. What a fabulous draw and thank you to all who contributed prizes and to you Di for all your hard work in putting it all together, and you have finished with a super bumper lot of stamps with such fun sheep and the scenic background set too, and I love your wonderful card using both sets. I think they are great so I am a 'yes please for Prize Z'. Looking forward to seeing the great new challenge blog on Sunday! x

  37. It's a wonderful card but I am going to say no to the draw thank you.

    A fabulous selection of wonderful prizes as always and thanks so much for all your hard work in arranging and writing it all up. Still more work for you in posting - you are a star!

    L x

  38. OMG those sheeps are adorable. That is just the cutest scene ever. Yes please to be in the draw for these gorgeous stamps. And thank you for such an awesome event and chance a amazing prizes. Take care and looking forward to the new blog opening it's gates. I got me sleeping bag ready for an all nighter. Hugz

  39. Ah ah ah!!! :D How fun card! There were a lot of work, but such stunning and adorable scene!!
    Yes please for the chance in the draw for those fabulous stamp sets!

    Thank you for the massive Snippets Playground Christmas Draw! You are awesome!
    Hugs and cuddles to Dudley!

  40. What a great finale! Your card and these cute sets are great! Yes, please.

  41. Oh wow...what a stunner of a card Di!
    Fabulous scene - so glad you were able to rescue it after the stamping mishap!
    I'm a 'yes please' for this prize.
    Thanks so much for all of the hard work you put into this marathon Christmas Draw - time to put your feet up!
    Helen x

  42. Well done Di, that's a huge amount of work you've done for your giveaways, you'll be glad when you're able to take a breather!!
    £300 is a fabulous donation to USPCA and will be very much appreciated, thank you so much and to everyone who donated prizes too xx

  43. Oh Yes Please to Prize Z, and thank you so much for your generous donation to the animal rescue group Di. Thanks also to those who donated prizes and to Sarn who helped run the playground so you didn't miss a beat. Happy 2022 to you, Len and Dudley...and best wishes to a crafty new year.

  44. Lol…this is super cute!!! Yes please!

  45. Oh, Wow, I love this cute card and funny sentiment! You put a lot of time and love into making this and it certainly shows! I would love to win this one, YES, PLEASE! Thank you so much for all of these awesome giveaways! So grateful to have a chance! Very eager to see the new snippets blog!

  46. Awesome card, Di! Thanks for the unbelievable amount of work 5hat you did to put this party on!! Yes please to this draw.

  47. Oh Boy, I cannot resist a YES please on this one! I love your card I may have to try and get these two sets!
    Why does it always happen at the last hurdle?! Seems a happy one though, as the oval looks good.
    I cannot imagine what chaos ensues in your craft room, but you are a star to provide us with so much entertainment and generosity.
    So nice to hear the charity has benefited from everyone elses generosity too.
    You HAVE to get up from being on your knees, to sort out the aftermath, but hopefully you’ll get some rest soon.
    Look forward to seeing you Sunday in the playground xxx

  48. Oooh, these sheep are so CUTE, so I say defenitely yes to this prize!
    Lia xx

  49. Baaaa-hahahah....what a fun card, Di!! Yes, please to the fabulous prize package!

    Well, I finally got my card made and linked up. My craft room was in such a muddle that it took me three days to get it to the point where I could even think abt making a card!!
    Huge winter storm came in last night and completely buried us!! The cars were covered right up to the hoods and windows. We lost power for a couple hours but then it miraculously came back on and has stayed on. High winds are predicted tomorrow, though, and I imagine that power lines will go down. Ugh. So I wanted to get this card posted and linked up tonight!!
    Happy New Year and thank you for prize opportunities from A-Z!! You are amazing!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gnail dot com

  50. What a fun little card, so perfectly made with these stamp sets! It's a big yes for me on this prize as the snarky sentiments appeal to my sense of humor! Thanks is such a small word when it comes to all you do and all you generously give away, but I send you heartfelt thanks for everything! Wishing you continued success with the playground as you move forward with the new blog! Have a wonderful and very happy new year in 2022 and do take good care of those knees :)

  51. Such a fun card and such great stamps. Yes please count me in. CarolG

  52. What a fun, fun scene. I never would have noticed your "coverup" if you hadn't mentioned it (and I've done the exact same thing more times than I can count).
    I'm a yes please for this prize.
    And again, thanks to you and all who donated an amazing 26 prizes. (I know you said it was going to be big, but every time I check my reading list, you've got another prize listed. Way beyond my expectations.)

  53. Oh my, you are definetely finishing this marathon with a bang. These stamps are adorable, as is your card, Di.
    I would also like to call your sentiment mishap a happy mistake, because the oval looks as if it was meant to be.
    Thanks for all of the blood, sweat and tears you put into this event. It was super fun but I can only imagine how exhausting this must be for you and I guess it's not over yet.
    Happy to hear, though, that you were able to use your markers again.
    Almost forgot to say yes please to this lovely and generous prize.
    Marianne x

  54. Wonderful card. Yes please to the prize. Those sheep look so adorable even with their disgruntled look. Thank you so much for all you’ve done organizing prizes and challenges and the generous donation to the rescue. Looking forward to the new Snippets blog.
    Crafty hugs,