Tuesday 4 January 2022

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

Here's the 24th prize in the 'Snippets Playground Christmas Draw':

I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" white card blank, tent style

- snippet of deep red 'poinsettia embossed' card, trimmed to 5.25" x 4" which arrived from one of you lovely Playmates, to protect the front of a card this Christmas. Much too nice not to use so it was sitting here on my desk and is a perfect colour match for the red I was using for the stamping

- snippet of pearlescent gold card, trimmed to 5" x 3.75" and layered onto the red card, which in turn was glued onto the card front

- piece of white card onto which I stencilled a background of holly and ivy leaves, pine cones, foliage and berries. I used Uniko's 'Winter Foliage' stencil, a soft make-up brush and Delicata's 'Golden Glitz' ink pad then set it aside to dry properly (really shimmery in real life, camera being awkward)

- used the Misti to stamp greenery, pine cones, holly leaves and berries onto a snippet of white card - using whatever ink pads I could grab quickly and stamps from the Uniko 'Winter Foliage' set of stamps

- die cut all the elements using matching 'Winter Foliage' dies

- then stamped sentiment words using SU's 'Real Red' ink and stamps from Uniko's 'Christmas Sentiments' stamp set and just trimmed then by hand

- trimmed the background piece of stencilled card paper down to just leave a very narrow gold border of the pearlescent card layer and then glued it on top

- finally, added all the stamped elements, including the sentiment words - using thin sticky pads

We had some lovely neighbours who moved away to a local village in 2019 and never gave us their new address. However, they popped a Christmas card through our door on Christmas Eve and included said address. Too late for a Christmas card but I made this for New Year instead. So pleased they finally remembered, nothing worse than receiving a card and not knowing where to send one in return - especially when you always exchanged cards previously. We've known them since the girls used to add children's drawings to their cards - and they are both beautiful and very clever young career women now.

Back to the card, I played it safe and speedy by stencilling using a single colour (gold) ink pad - other options were to use sparkly white paste or, possibly too busy as well as tricky, to use a tiny make-up brush to pick out the different leaves etc. in different shades of green with brown for the cones and red for the teeny berries in the stencil. Something told me it would take forever and might look too busy in any case. But they certainly were options - along with a steel grey which I think coule look rather elegant.

The idea for this prize came about when Kanda (Andrea) was clearing out a lot of her craft stuff back in the Summer and, knowing I love Uniko's goodies, she sent me some used stuff including her own set of 'Winter Foliage' stamps and matching dies. Thanks again Andrea - still miss you in the Playground!

And here's the prize:


I rushed off to Uniko and bought, for the prize (and for me of course), a 'Winter Foliage' stencil, a set of 'Christmas Sentiments' stamps (absolutely love the clean and crisp font) and a set of 'Winter Foliage' stamps. Plus there's a really lovely Tonic 'pine cone' die which will work so well with the pine branch stamp as well (take a close look at the illustration on the die packet to see what I mean). Our Val very kindly donated the pine cone die and I've kept it safely in the toy box here for ages!

Sadly, Uniko are sold out of the matching 'Winter Foliage' dies - and I've been on their wait list for ages - else they would have also been bought to add into this bundle. However, the elements shouldn't be hard to fussy cut as there are no enclosed areas - and of course you can always stamp directly onto your piece of work.

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.

Love from Dudley and of course me,


  1. Beautiful card, the stencil is a lovely backdrop for these holiday images. Cameras can be so unkind to glitter and sparkle on cards, it’s so frustrating that the glitz and glam isn’t properly captured. Glad that you were able to reconnect with your neighbours. It’s a sweet bundle on offer today but I’ll pass. Take care!

  2. Yes Please to this wonderful prize package! I just love the way you stenciled the background in a soft gold and then used stamps that echo the design. What a great idea to make a New Years card to send if you don't have enough time to get it by Christmas too. Of course, I can barely get my Christmas cards put together, never mind New years cards!

  3. Love the soft muted colour stencilled background and tied it up with a solid red cardstock for the festive feel. Yes please for the lovely prize pack.
    Happy New Year, Di!

  4. So wonderful card. Love the soft stenciled background.
    The prize is amazing too. Yes, please, I would love to win it.
    Valerija xx

  5. Beautiful card for your long lost now found neighbors, Di! I was a lucky Uniko release winner of the stencil & foliage set, so I'm going to let others vie for this wonderful prize! I hate to admit it, but haven't yet used the stencil, so thank you for the inspiration to use my Golden Glitz with it!

  6. Beautiful card with these pretty designs! Yes, please to the fab prize you put together! The die that Val donated is a perfect tie-in!

  7. Wow prachtige kerstkaart, mooie achtergrond met de stencil.
    Leuk dennenappels erop gestempeld.
    Ik zeg ja tegen deze mooie set.
    Groetjes Elle-jeanne

  8. You have created a wonderful card Di, and a yes please to that fabulous prize
    Stay safe

  9. Oh, I am drooling over this beautiful card with the lovely fresh and modern look and that stenciling! Your colors are just perfection, and what a way to wish someone a Happy New Year. YES PLEASE to this prize pack, and thank you to Val and to you for the stamps and pinecone die!
    I spent some time stamping and making cards today, which is really the best way to welcome 2022!

  10. Such a wonderful card, Di, and I'm happy for you that you are able to reconnect with your old neighbours this way.
    I do love that you kept the background subtle but I suspect it also looks really elegant in gold. I do love Uniko and I don't own any of these fab products yet, so a definite yes please to the prize.
    Marianne x

  11. Wonderful card Di, the stencilling makes a beautiful background. I’m a Yes Please for this lovely prize.
    Glad you now have the address of your old neighbours so you can continue to keep in touch. xx

  12. oh I do like this prize and the wonderful card you've made. Can I be in the draw please?

  13. Another fabulous prize. I love the dimension of this card and the subtle stencilled background looks wonderful. It’s a ‘Yes Please’ from me, thank you xx

  14. Another beautiful card Di .. love the gold stencilling with the main image cut out on top. This is a fab prize package to kick start Christmas makes for 2022 so yes please from me. Xx

  15. How lovely that your x neighbours did let you now their address l agree it’s such a shame when they don’t but all came good in the end and this card is just perfect for them and another fabulous prize good luck all xx

  16. A fabulous card Di and a brilliant prize too - I would love a chance to win Prize X please.

    Like you, I hate to receive a card but not know the current whereabouts of the sender! I'm glad you now have their address for the New Year card.

    Kath x

  17. FAB make and terrific prize to which I should like to say YES PLEASE to an entry in the draw too.

    Nice that you now have the updated address for your pals. When sending out Christmas cards I always ensure our address is on the reverse

    Happy Tuesday


  18. A beautiful card Di, perfect combination of stamps, die and stencil for welcoming the new year. How lovely for you to be back in touch with your neighnours.
    I would love to be in the draw for this fab prize, so it's a yes from me please! Thank you.
    Janice x

  19. Great card Di, love that stencil and the rest of the prize is fab. too. I would like my name in the draw for Prize X.

  20. Hi Di,
    I hope you had a fabulous Christmas and a very Happy New Year!! I'm so slow on the uptake with your challenge, as I've been ill. Amazing how life carries on, and there are still expectations of a person, even when they feel absolutely dreadful!! Lovely, lovely card, and I would love to be in on the draw for this prize. (Sorry, I might be bopping to a few other posts here, as work is calling, and time is short!)

  21. Beautiful card and Beautiful prize! Yes please to be in the draw, thank you sooooo much! Hugs my friend and take care! xxxxxxx

  22. Stunning card, yes please I could be super organised for next Christmas, love Jane x

  23. Awesome card, Di! I love Uniko as well. Yes, please, and thank you!!

  24. What an elegant card and fabulous prize! I'm not a pinecone person so I'll pass but I love your card!

  25. A fabulous card Di and the stencilled background looks perfect in the soft gold. A wonderful prize offered and I would like to be a Yes please for this one.

  26. What a petty, festive card. Yes please on this prize.

  27. WHat a beautiful card - love the soft stencilled background!
    I'm a 'yes please' for this lovely prize.
    Helen x

  28. Gorgeous card and prize Di. Yes please to be in the draw for this one. Hugz

  29. I can't tell you how many times I've needed a gold ink pad while making 2021's Christmas cards and you've reminded me that I STILL need one!! Your card with the gold stenciling is just lovely and since I'm a Uniko addict, I would love to enter the draw for these lovely goodies!
    What a good idea to send a New Year card to your friends - I'm sure it was very much appreciated. Hugs, Vicky xx

  30. Oh my, they just keep coming. Your contributors have been so very generous. I'll have to say Yes Please to this one too. Wishing you all the luck in the world trying to unscramble all the comments and prizes. x

  31. Another wonderful prize Di and a great combination which you have used brilliantly on your card with the mixed foliage stencilled background and that lovely upper case sentiment. I am a 'yes please for prize X'.

  32. Hi Di. I have been trying to link my card since last night but when I get to enter it just comes up with a blank error screen. Someone else has managed it since last night so not sure why it won't except mine. I have tried multiple times but still the same. I have also sent you an e-mail on the same subject, but thought I would leave a message here too. x

  33. Yes, please to the prize. What a terrific group of crafty goodness. I have a fiddly wreath die that's so hard to use and I never thought to do it one color. Thanks for the inspiration. I hope I remember :)

  34. A gorgeous card Di. Bright and uplifting. Hugs, Carol

  35. Gorgeous card Di and great prize package. yes, please. Happy New Year to you and your household!

  36. I LOVE your card with the beautiful foliage! It is perfect for the occasion and the lovely family that you briefly lost touch with. I love this prize so much, and I think it's my favourite card and prize so far! I would be beyond thrilled to win this one, perfect for winter or Christmas cards, but also woodland-themed cards, so I am definitely a YES, PLEASE! I am seeing lots of possibilities! Thank you so much! Very excited about this one!

  37. Wow, this is such an amazing card, I love your design. Great that you have new address from your friends now.
    And I like your incredible prize too, so yes for the prize and draw, please.
    Crafty hugs xx

  38. Gorgeous card, Di! I love the subtle and very effective stencilling. Yes please for the prize draw! Hugs, April xxx

  39. Love Uniko stamps. So, big yes for the prize.

  40. I can't see my comment, perhaps I forgot to push the button "Publish!?
    Lovely Christmas card, love the dimension and the sweet stencilled background! Yes for the prize, please! And thanks to Andrea!
    Hugs and cuddles to Dudley!

  41. Ohhh beautiful card Di, yes please to be in the draw for these goodies!
    How nice that your neighbours got back in touch :)

  42. Beautiful card. Glad you and your past neighbour were able to reconnect. Thank you for the lovely prizes! Yes, please to the stamp, die & stencil.
    Crafty hugs,

  43. Yes, please to this generous prize set!! Thank you!
    Your card is beautiful. Love the use of the different inks for stamping the images. Perfect!!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  44. Wow, great prize. Lots of scope here. Yes please count me in. CarolG