Sunday, 15 April 2018

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #324

Well hello there once again! It looks like Spring really is on the way - and the rhubarb is growing like crazy in the garden. It's a good job we both like the stuff and it does freeze quite well. A little tip, lightly stewed rhubarb, with a little bit of sugar if you like, makes a fabulous alternative to apple sauce with pork - IMHO.

Anyhow, onto my snippets card and this time I only have one quite large snippet as a deep pink 'frame' because I wanted to let the two stamp sets do most of the work. And large snippets are really fine in the Playground but obviously any examples and ideas of ways to use up sizes right down to tiddy-widdly snippets are always most welcome.

Here's my card:

This time, taking note of one sweet Playmate who really isn't into die cutting, I used only stamps this time.

I used:

- 5" x 5" white card blank

- piece of deep pink card, very likely SU, as the 'frame' which was trimmed very slightly and put to one side for now

- a whole (gasp!) sheet of paper from the Prima 'Firefly' collection, cut down to size 

- I was really wary about using the patterned paper I used next and did a couple of test strips - first to see how the ink/stamping worked out and also would it be problem gluing it to the the background as sometimes glue can show through on porous paper, but they were fine after I'd used the Misti to make sure the solid stamping was fully covered (always the bane of my life before the Misti came along)

- I laid out the image stamp and the sentiment using the Misti, as already said, and stamped them in place onto the patterned paper using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and both stamps from the Clarity 'You Hung The Moon' set

- then I looked at the other lovely set of stamps waiting on the desk for a first outing - it's the Whimsy FaDoodles 2' set. Designed by none other than the lovely Faye - who is Mrs A's daughter of course

- so many lovely doodles to choose from so I picked one stamp 'lines and kisses/hugs'-  to 'ground' the little set of ladders on as they did look a bit as if they were levitating. And then a corner stamp of doodled dangly hearts for the corner above the sentiment

- again, set them in place and stamped with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink

- and all that was left to do was to layer the image panel onto the deep pink snippet of card and then adhere it to the card front

Compared to last week's snippets card, this was so quick and easy - the part that needed most concentration was positioning the stamps correctly!

The paper pack I used ('Firefly' by Prima) is really gorgeous. Some of the papers actually look very much like Distress Oxide backgrounds.I've had the pack for ages so am unsure if it's even still available.

I've loved the Clarity pair of stamps from the first time I saw them needless to say and Faye's designs were snapped up by Whimsy (her second FaDoodles set BTW) and of course I had to buy those as well. I so envy those of you who add freehand doodles to your work but, to be truthful, I shy away from it lest (as would be very likely) I spoil a card right at the very end stage. And I totally love these stamps! Dies to Die For in the UK usually have them in stock BTW :)

So, here's this week's Snippets Playground prize - and for a change it's purely stamps, for those of you who perhaps give a sigh and thought 'Oh no, not more dies!'. Sorry, there will be dies coming along for sure in the future though:
It's a Clarity 'You Hung The Moon' stamp set, as well as a Whimsy 'FaDoodles 2' set of stamps - just like the ones I used on my card for today.

I'm making this one single prize girls - the sets work so well together and I think you will agree too, plus it saves me working out who wants what and possibly posting a split prize of course. Just take another look at the variety of doodles stamps - just so many for every style and occasion, love them!

As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 28th April. 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. 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 in a comment on here, 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.

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(s) of last fortnight's MFT 'Hog Heaven' stamp set plus the MFT 'Rectangle Peek-a-boo' window die, plus (hopefully) a Guest Designer and fortnightly picks of course.

Love from Parsnip - who is now into gardening, always up to something!! Our lovely DIL sent us a beautiful card from Germany for Easter, which comes with some nasturtium seeds encapsulated in a circle of thin fleece ready to pop into a plant pot. They came with the matching card and such a lovely idea to market cards with matching seeds as well.

I spotted a great make in the Playground doing something similar with packets of seeds just very recently! Anyhow, Parsnip got me to translate the German 'destructions' and is all ready to send me out to buy a little bag of compost, a new small hanging pot as we have a lot of (sadly neglected due to the back problems) hooks and hangers in place around here in the Playground. AND he also wants a bear sized gardening apron as mine is too'grown-up sized' - for goodness sakes, now he really IS taking the Mickey!!

And love of course from me,


  1. Sat here watching all activity on my pc in case of more problems. Love your stamped card and of course I'm preening my feathers too!! Hugs Mother Hen.

    1. They say the apple never falls far from the tree :) x

  2. love this card!
    its so wonderful!

  3. Yes please to the prize, which is super adorable! I love that sweet silhouette, which kind of reminds me of my two little girls. The 4 year old would like nothing more than to swing from the moon any chance she got!

  4. Super card and yes the Misti is certainly handy (essential more like) for solid stamping. Loving the doodle stamps too as it can be scary drawing freehand as you mentioned.

  5. This is a really sweet Clarity image and the doodle type stamps go beautifully Di and love the paper and the pretty coloured mat you have used. I am a 'yes please' for this. x

  6. A beautiful card and I'll be in the playground soon. I would love a chance to win the prize please.
    Kath x

  7. What a sweet card Di....lovely stamping and the stamped doodles work so well. Yes please to the fab prize this fortnight. Thanks as always. It's good to get back out into the garden isn't it..the only trouble is that it starts to compete with my stamping time! Take care, hugs xxx

  8. What a very wonderful card and your work is excellently created.
    Yes please to the prize, which is super adorable! I love that sweet silhouette :-)
    Have a great week, Majda

  9. Amazing card with amazing stamps!! Love the background too! Very sweet creation!
    Yes please for the prize, love them both :)

  10. Thanks for the tip about rhubarb with pork will have to try that one.
    Super card, love the background papers and the image look fabulous against them.
    So tell Alan Parsnip I wish him luck with his seeds and maybe we will see him sometime soon on Gardners World.

    Kath x

    1. Had gently stewed rhubarb with pork tonight - yummy! Have passed your good luck wishes onto Alan Titnip - he mopped his brow and groaned. and that was just trying to open the bag of compost! x

  11. Love that moon stamp, Di, and your card is delightful! I'm playing for fun this week. :-D

  12. Fabulous card Di, I love the stamps! Yes please for the draw, I will be adding my card soon.
    Janice x

  13. Absolutely delightful card Di. xxx

  14. I never stamp on patterned paper, but wow--you've shown how wonderful it can be, Di! Love your card & boy would I love to have some of your rhubarb! I'm playing just for fun.

  15. Your sweet silhouette scene looks just adorable against the pretty patterned papers and I agree with you about the Misti being a life-saver when it comes to solid stamping. No matter how careful I am about stamping large solid images, it never comes out right the first time. How clever of you, also, to ground the ladder with the cute little doodled stamp. Isn't it wonderful how those little extra touches make all the difference? yes please to this fun stamp duo.

  16. How nice is this?! Your stamped card is so adorable. The silhouette stamp is gorgeous and the borders make the finishing touch! So yes: I want to give it a try.

  17. Lovely card, Di. I have been seeing this silhouette stamp a bit lately and I like it. Thank you for giving me the chance to win these lovely stamp sets (that's a yes, please!). :-)

  18. Hi Di your card is stunning those stamps are gorgeous. So I would like to be entered for the prize. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  19. Lovely card Di and beautiful stamps! Thanks for the chance to win
    Hugs Hazel x

  20. Great card Di and can so relate to the Misti etc being such a blessing to stampers!!! will say no thanks to prize this week although very lovely must not succumb! too many unused stamps!
    Hugs from flat strap Shaz downunder! XXXX

  21. Really sweet card, Di. Yes please to the prize!

  22. Hi Miss Di

    I hope all is well with you.

    Gathered some snippets and found time to play .. .. yay!!!

    A fabulous card from you as always. Love it!

    Just playing for fun .. .. even though the prizes are beautiful.

    Love Jules xx

  23. What a sweet card and I love how you stamped the images on the patterned paper. I always like the look so much, but forget to do it myself. I'm just playing for fun this week, thanks!

  24. Yes please for the prize Di

  25. Managed a card - playing for fun this time

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  27. Wonderful card, dear Di! (As always!)
    I just discovered that I had not posted a single card on my blog for more than a week now. Spring has come after a long, cold winter also here in Switzerland, and I thought there is much more to do than crafting.
    Well, here I am with a Norwegian birthday card where I used lots of snippets.
    And yes, please, I would like to take place in the draw.
    Hugs, Liv

  28. me again :)
    I would like place in draw.
    thank you


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