Sunday, 6 August 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 293 and 294

Well, August got off to a wet start for sure. But, we seem to be in for a sunny weekend here in Hampshire - fingers crossed.

And, it's time for a new fortnightly challenge in the Snippets Playground folks! As always, a huge thank you to everyone who came to play this past fortnight.

Let's get straight in - here's my snippets card for the coming fortnight:
I used:

-  6" x 6" white card blank

- a snippet of pinky/mauve Core-dinations card stock, trimmed slightly to a bit smaller than the card front

- a smaller snippet of powder blue card (sob, it's my last decent sized snippet of this gorgeous matt baby blue card)

- a piece of 200gsm white card stock - deliberately chosen as the die I was about to use is quite intricate and I've discovered that slightly lighter weight card is best for fiddly designs - backed with Stick-It self adhesive sheet as well as using a piece of waxed paper to ensure the card dropped out of the die easily. Talk about belt, braces and double knicker elastic!

- die cut the white 'frame' panel using the main die from the NBUS Polkadoodles 'Ribbon Gift Frame' set and removed the protective backing from the adhesive layer

- found a snippet of narrow 'Cadbury coloured'  purple ribbon and threaded a piece through either side of the white die cut, wrapped it over and stuck it in place on the back of the panel

- then glued the white panel onto the blue one. Tip about centering this die cut - I drew very light pencil lines to mark the centre of the card, up and down - which made alignment a breeze.

- then glued the blue panel onto the pinky/mauve piece of card

- I now had a flat panel to work on for the stamping stage, with no exposed pieces of ribbon at the back

- fiddled around a lot working out where to place the stamps - from Altenew's 'Carousel' set. It's just a small set but so crisp and very pretty too

- then stamped the image and wording all in one go using the Misti and Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink

 - stuck the whole card front panel to the card blank

- I had intended to just use the silhouette outline but decided to add some colouring using Faber-Castell Prismacolour pencils and Sansodor blending fluid

- the final touch is a loopy bow, cut using a little snippet of the mauvy/pink card and another die from the same set as before

Looking at the stamp set again, I can just see it coloured in red and green, perhaps with a spot of gold, on a Christmas card - with a different sentiment of course! Just a thought. 

And here's this fortnight's prize:
It's a Polkadoodles 'Ribbon Gift Frame' set of dies. There are five beautiful dies in the set - I had intended to use one or other of the corner dies as well but because I'd layered other card (and my card blanks are actually just under 6" x 6") there wasn't room - but there are some fabulous hand made cards on line which use the corners as well. And of course, all the elements in the set of dies can be mixed and matched how you wish. Plus, there's an Altenew 'Carousel' set of stamps - they're small but so detailed, the carousel looks lovely just left as a silhouette and they stamp perfectly as well. I will split the die and the stamps if you only wish to play for one or the other.

The Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 19th August. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

It's a maximum of ONE entry and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. The prize is both items together as a single prize, unless you really do only want to try for a 'split' - in which case I'd do a further draw for the other item. Please also link back to the Playground in your blog post to be eligible for the draw.

Remember, if you link into the Playground and don't say clearly that you're wanting to be in the draw then you will be bypassed if your name comes out of Mr Linky. I'm sure you all know I ask for a positive 'yes' just in case you're playing only for fun. Thanks!

Mr Linky is below - please let me know if you have any problems linking, it's easy for me to sort out so don't struggle on alone :)

Be sure to call back next week to see the winner of last fortnight's prize (MFT's 'Stitched Cover-Up Companion - Diagonal die, plus the Clearly Besotted 'Aloha' stamp set) and my picks from the past two weeks.

We're beginning to run a bit low on Guest Designers, I have about five names left. So, if you would like to be a GD do please let me know - my email is on the RH side bar or even just leave something in a comment on this post.And for this reason we very likely won't have a GD next week as many of you seem to be busy and/or on holiday. I'll just have to persuade Parsnip to strip down to his shorts and pose for you instead :)

Love from Parsnip and of course from me. He's currently rootling around looking for sun lotion ready for spot of sun bathing so he has a 'golden glow' for his Playmate of the Week spot! Sigh, I despair at times - it's not gonna happen!

63 comments:

Greta said...

Love, love this card, Di! That is one stunningly beautiful die! The more I look at that stamp set, the more I like it! I do have plenty of crafting goodies, but can't help myself--I'll play for both prizes! I'd be glad to guest design, but my snippets are usually on the large size, so I'm not the best inspiration. Could wrack my brain & maybe come up with something better. You can keep me in mind if you get really desperate--the girls might prefer to see Parsnip in his shorts!

Di said...

Ha, ha - Parsnip in his shorts is so NOT a pretty sight! I've popped your name on the GD list - as well as the prize draw list BTW :) xx

Liz said...

Super card, Di. Love the unusual decorative square die, so pretty, a perfect frame for the lovely stamp.

I'll be back later to play and will be a Yes Please for the prize this week please. xx

PS I've emailed you. x

Bunny said...

This is pretty. I love that die set and will be playing for that. I'll be back with a card sometime soon. I know what you feel like when you use the last snippet of something you love. I did that with a piece of lace recently. Bring out the tissues. [Bunny]

Megan J said...

Hi Miss Di, a cute snippets card this fortnight, love the lacy frame, you did give me a giggle with the thought of a bare bears behind on show for all to see while he catches some sun... have a wonderful week... Megan

Aquarius said...

Parsnip in shorts - what fun unless it rains like it did here yesterday (thunder too) his fur would be totally bedraggled. Back later with my card and it will be a 'yes please' for the prize even though I should stop adding to my 'stuff'. Didn't know that Polkadoodles were doing dies now how did I miss that.

Aquarius said...

I've been up since really silly o'clock - here is my card for this week

Sandra H said...

Beautiful card Di and what a lovely die that you framed the image with so soft in colours too! it's a little over cast here but the sun is trying to come out lovely day yesterday but hopefully the rain will stay away and l hope Parsnip finds the sun lotion take care xx

KandA said...

Can't wait for next week to see Parsnip strutting his stuff Playbear fashion.... just as long as he doesn't do the Full Monty! Bet he'll do a roaring trade behind the bike shed selling posters of himself.
Love your card with that fabulous die and stamps. Didn't know Polkadoodles did dies and yes to please to going in the hat just for them xx

brenda said...

Daring to show my face after being the school truant, understand if I get detention Miss Di and will take my punishment.

I adore your carousel, was always my very favourite ride at the fair, my Dad always called it Jollity Farm, not sure where that name came from or if it was just a local name when the fair came to town, or village in my case.

B x

Barb said...

Your card is a beauty Di and I love the soft colours. Great sentiments and what a pretty die set. As I was lucky winner last time I'm just playing for fun this time round. Barbxx

scrAPpamondo said...

It's a sweet and elegant card, love how you used that beautiful frame to center the carousel and the other die of the set for the "bow"!
hugs

Nana Connie said...

Cute carousel, Di, and that delicate frame die is marvelous! Love the bow and the CAS design. Hoping Parsnip finds his bit of sun. We have an overabundance of it here in California this summer, so I'd happily bottle and ship some to him if he needs it. I'm definitely going to be playing along to the prize this week, at least the die set part of it. :-D Also, I'd be happy to be a GD any time you need so put my name on the list.

Carol L said...

What a sweet and fun card, including the process to create it. I'm still chuckling over the double knicker elastic LOL Playing just for fun this week, but thanks for another fun snippets challenge!

2crafteveryday said...

I am playing for the die set part only, thanks for the fun challenge. The dies are to die for!

Jenny L said...

Hi Miss Di, and the lovely Parsnip.
oooooooooooo! I do hope you get a GD next week as poor Parsnip will be blushing from ear to ear. LOL.
Your card is excellent as usual and what wonderful colour snippets used.
Love the wonderful die cut as it's so very pretty, and your stamped image is perfectly stamped as always, and a wonderful stamp too.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

KandA said...

Just popped back with my card and forgot to say that I'd be honoured to be a GD anytime xx

Cara said...

Fab card. I have that die set too and it's just gorgeous, but has yet to make it out of the packet. You may just have shamed me into using it!

Robin said...

Beautiful card! Love those dies and the carousel is fabulous! I would love very much to win them. Hugs, Robin

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A beautiful card and I love the dies and stamp that you've used for it. My Craft room is full to bursting but would love the chance to win this time.

Sue xx

Jane said...

Hi Di! Just back from all day helping our son form 10.30am til 7.30pm clear his garden from all the building work! We are cream crackered. Lovely card and supe prize..yes please and I will be back in the morning to link up. It was lovely and sunny here today, hope it was with you/ Hugs xxx

Kathleen said...

Super card, great dies and image, reminded me I have a Merry-Go-Round stamp, only used once. A brilliant design too.
Loved your reply to my Mother Shipton comment BUT so very worried about Parsnip and, sorry made me giggle again. you trying to petrify him, poor little thing, but it was funny.
Absolutely bouncing down with rain as I type this, was also tempted to put the heating on again tonight, so fed up with this weather, my tomatoes will never ripen at this rate.
Have a good week Di.

Kath x

Pat said...

What a pretty card and a sweet carousel Di and I the lovely colouring you have done which complements it perfectly and the Polkadoodles frame and corner dies are beautiful. I would like to be entered for the stamp and the dies please. x

Jane Willis said...

Gorgeous card Di! I'm just playing for fun this time as a friend gave me an almost identical die set last week which I've not played with yet
Jane

SARN said...

What a great looking card Di. Super prize too.

Happy Monday.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Carole said...

Great card, Di, and wonderful prizes. I'd like to be in the draw for the dies, please. x

Lisa :) said...

I love your card! I'd love to be in the draw, it's a lovely prize! The die is amazing!

Lynne said...

A gorgeous card with lovely powder blue. I also love that die set so Yes I would like to play for the prize please x

Em Louise Fairley said...

Beautiful card, Di.
Hugs,
Em xoxox

Majda said...

This is so pretty and elegant card Di :-) I love it and die set is fantastic - I will be playing for that, thanks for the fun challenge.
Hugs, Majda

Lady Joyful said...

Very sweet card Di. I really like that carousel stamp - I've been thinking of buying it, so would love to win. That's a yes please to the whole prize from me!
Hugs, Charlotte/Lady Joyful
(PS, I emailed you about guest designing :) )

Valerija said...

Fantastic card. The dies are amazing.
Yes for the prize please.
Valerija xx

Janice said...

Gorgeous card Di, I love the frame die and the carousel stamp.
I will be adding my card soon, so would love to be entered into the draw please.
Many thanks
Janice x

Jenny L said...

Hi Miss Di, and the lovely Parsnip.
Yes Please if I'm lucky.
I commented on your lovely card in an ealier comment.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Helen said...

Beautiful card Di, what a lovely intricate die!
I'm playing just for fun this time x

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Your card is darling! Cute stamp set and awesome die!
I would love to play for just the die. :-)

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

Hey Di, Just dropping by to say Hi and to drop off a card - a summery themed sweet watermelon notecard.. Love your snippets card this week as I love carousels and horses.. "Yes" I would love to be in the draw for the prize this week.. (^_^) .. Have a good one...

Swissie said...

A wonderful card, Di! A wonderful prize too! So, yes please, I would like to get the chance to win ;)
I'm so happy I could use some scrap papers on my card. There are lots of them in my box.
Hugs, Liv
xxx

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Di your card is gorgeous I love it. Yes please to be entered for the prize. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Karen P said...

Beautiful card Di!

I have and always will love a Carousel so yes I would love the prizes if I were to be so lucky, fingers crossed lol! I did get to use a heck of a lot of snippets to create this project so I hope you like it! Have a good week and ask Parsnip to send the warmer weather back please, it's cold and wet and not feeling like summer at all Karen x

Glennis said...

Yes please for the prize, that is such a pretty die

Craftychris said...

Absolutely beautiful card! Yes Please to a chance of winning the wonderful prize. Poor Parsnip - I bet he is absolutely terrified! Bless him! Hugs xxxxxxxx

Kathyk said...

Fab make this week and I've just uploaded my entry, sorry to be so late in the playground! Just playing for fun this week

Kathyk

Marjeta said...

Beautiful card. Dies are gorgeous. I would like to win the prize.

Marjeta

Bunny said...

Who doesn't love a carousel? Cute card and a lovely die.
Yes, please, I'm playing for both. Thank you.
[Bunny]

Janis said...

The carousel is adorably charming and sweet! Lovely card in so many ways. Yes, please, to the wonderful prizes this fortnight. Thank you for another wonderful challenge, Di.

You may send some of the moisture you've been getting over to me here in DRY-daho!! We haven't had more than a 15 minute rain shower since early June.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com
HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

ellyscard creatief said...

Lovely card Diane. Yes please for the prizes.

Claire said...

Lovely card, the colours are so pretty and compliment the carousel wonderfully. I'd like to play just for the dies if thats ok x

creationsnz said...

Such a lovely card, and yes please for the prizes. CarolG

Brenda in IN said...

Oh my, I love your card. My girlfriend collects anything to do with carousel horses so she would be thrilled with your card! I didn't realize at first I had a snippet on my card but the vellum is one so I'm happy to be here for this challenge and will play for the stamp set. Would love to see parsnip sunbathing.

April Cheetham said...

Oh Parsnip!! Such a cute card, Di. Yes please to lovely prize. Hugs, April Xx

Preeti D. (aka Dutt Preety) said...

Such a pretty card :) would love to play for the awesome prize. Thanks.
hugs
preeti

Heather said...

What an adorable card! I LOVE that elegant die; the bow is fabulous! And that image is very sweet. I'd love to play for both this time, thanks!

Sharon Fontenot said...

Di - No prize for me this time. Just entering for the fun of it this time. - Higgledy Piggledy

vinita jain said...

Hello Di!
I have this cute stamp from Altenew! Your snippet creation is looking cute with fab dies! I am playing for the dies only! So Yes for it!

Darnell said...

Such a pretty card, Di! I love those flourish elements paired with the sweet carousel and the ribbon is the perfect finish!! Looks like a great turnout, especially since it's vacation time for lots of folks! Hugs, Darnell

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Di,finally lobbed in, posted yest but took 36hours to link over! Talk about dlow mode!
Yes please, to both love them, your card is grand, think I volunteered to do GDT early in year.I'm always using snippets somewhere on my every card!!!
Rest up dear friend, think I need to do that too!!!!
Hugs prayers, Shaz...special hi to Parsnip...xxxxxxx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

PS I've wrong link on post, will fix up tomorrow all being well, have specialist dental appointment, four appointments for one crown, im always a problem!!!!! :-D

Linby said...

I love your card it's so sweet and such an unusual stamp. So I've made a card and I'm saying yes to being in the draw for the whole set. L x

SHartl said...

Your card is so pretty, and we LOVE carousels in our house so yes please to the prize. My daughter loves to make cards and wanted to enter one of hers so I hope it's okay. It's been posted on my Flickr account and her name is Remi. Card making is a family affair with us!

Tina Z. said...

wow, such a sweet card and I love your frame.
yes for the prize, please.
have a great weekend.
hugs xx

Karenladd said...

August has flown by with very little crafting so I'm hoping to sneak in some card making this afternoon. Your sweet little carousel card is absolutely lovely and I say yes to the prize!

Linda said...

Hope I made it in time. Thanks for the shout out Di. Another fab challenge, I love your carousel card. Great Giveaway too ..... would love to be in with a chance of winning. Have a lovely weekend xx