Sunday, 3 August 2014

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 136

After a beautiful week here, down comes the rain - right on cue for the weekend as I'm typing this on Saturday morning. The Playground has been busy again this past week - and as always I have a huge list of possible weekly 'picks' to choose from.

My snippets card this week was made on Friday, when it was hot and sunny here:
I used:

- white DL card blank

- snippets of white card for the stamping and snippets of navy behind the white card

- the image and sentiment are from a stamp set by 'Acid Drops and Whatnots'. The set came free with Papercraft Essentials magazine at least a year ago and this is its first outing. Both the image and the sentiment were stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and the image was coloured with Pro Markers

- the papers also came free with the magazine - and I make no secret that my card is almost an exact copy of one of the samples they showed in the magazine (if it ain't broke why fix it?)

So, I stretched it a bit with the snippets this week - just the white and navy card, sorry!

And onto this week's picks:

Nicky came back to play after a little absence - and I love the use of snippets on this card. AND how the papers and petals of the flowers are edged with faux stitching to match the ribbon. What a neat touch!

Isn't this THE most adorable gazebo ever? Made by Hazel - the detail is perfect, right down to a little fountain behind the girlies - I love it!

Cornelia hopped in to play three times in quick succession and almost had me dizzy - I could have included each one of her snippets makes - in the end I plumped for the one shown above.  Such a clever way to make a shaker card!

Amanda popped in with this fabulous card and such great colouring - what drew me to it all the more is the really clever use of paper piecing on the dress to pick up the background!

I love this Get Well card, made by Lesley G. A perfect example of how just a few snippets can go a long way :)

I picked this card, made by Jean, because it's gorgeous and I love how the backing papers and the flowers and butterflies are just so perfectly matched.

I just love this stunning card, made by Sandra H - tons of snippets used of course and it's so beautifully balanced with a real flurry of snowflakes.

Sue J hopped in on Friday with this fabulous Wedding Card - I love the tones of apricot and obviously there are lots of beautifully die cut snippets here.

And this card, made by Kath, is absolutely gorgeous isn't it. Very elegant peel offs and some beautiful gems really make for a perfect Anniversary card!

So that was a canter through my 'picks' and we also have two new playmates this week:
Veerle and I have recently become online friends, she is a lovely lady and it didn't take long for her to come and play, bringing this gorgeous card. What is so beautiful, besides the card already being a stunner - notice how the placement of the surface of the water where the girls are paddling just seems to draw your eye into the world below. So clever!

And Liz Cavill (Liz C for ease as we already have at least one Liz) came to play and couldn't stay away - we had three lovely entries using snippets from Liz! I picked this stepper card, and Liz has given really easy to follow measurements and instructions on her blog.

Liz has had her blog since 2012 and has only just added a followers gadget - so far she has three followers and Veerle has 38. How many of us remember when we longed for more followers to find us? And how much and each and every comment was treasured - of course they still are, and always will be, but I'm sure you know what I mean about the early days when sometimes you wondered if there was anyone out there or were you talking to yourself!

So it would be really lovely if you could hop over to say hello to both Veerle and Liz - pretty please :) 

And the winner of last week's prize of the Clarity 'We 3 Kings' stamp and the Cosmic Shimmer 'Diamond Sprinkles' is:
 
Well done Mary Anne! I still have your address here and will post the goodies this coming week.

And this coming week's prize is, not surprisingly, an Acid Drops and Whatnots stamp set exactly the same as the one I used on my card. Now, there's a little tale about the stamp set, when I went to Newbury ArtStamps the other week, Acid Drops and Whatnots were there and on the end of their stall was a basket containing new and unused sets of these stamps. That woke me up when I remember that I still hadn't used my own set! Apparently they designed the set for the magazine but the magazine had them produced. Then, much later, Acid Drops and Whatnots actually bought back the excess stamps from the magazine! But, I was warned that they aren't the same thickness/quality as 'kosher' Acid Drops stamps are. I found that they have quite a bit of 'give' in them as you remove them from the backing acetate and need to be handled with care and gently pulled away from the acewtate although they still give a lovely crisp image. But they really are such quirky images and sentiments I thought they'd make a fun prize anyhow!

This is Mrs A (above) poised ready to dive into the duck pond!! :)

And to add to the prize there's a lovely vibrant set of six Colorbox Cat's Eye ink pads - called 'Fiesta', shown in the top piccie and kindly donated to the toy box by our lovely Debs. Thank you Debs!

As usual, the snippets challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 9th August and will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

Maximum of three entries and please say 'No thank you' in a comment if you wish to still play but not be the winner of the prize. And of course, if you're only interested in one or other of the items, then feel free to say so as well. I'd just run a second draw for whatever you don't want.

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 :)

Have a great week!
 
Di (and a much cooler wave this week from Parsnip)
x

48 comments:

  1. Hi Di, I'm early again! (It's 11am Sunday morning here, I'm having a cup of tea after brekky before I tackle some housework.) Love your card, such a fun image! I'm just playing for fun this week :) Cathy x

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  2. I like that stamp and you did a great job coloring her. I had to giggle seeing "Mrs. A" as she readied to jump into the duck pond. Funny....this is EXACTLY how I thought she would look! Move over ducks, here comes Mrs. A!

    Again...great picks this week. I hope to be able to play along this week. Crazy busy this time of year and it's hotter than the devil, so the energy level is in the duck pond. Way at the bottom of the pond.

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  3. Morning Di,

    Your card is priceless I just love it. I can just see Mrs A ready for her dive - brilliant.

    Great picks, well done everyone your cards are ALL stunning.

    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  4. What a fun card and some great picks from last week's entries.

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  5. Some lovely picks again Di, and i just love Veerle's card. I thought at first it was a scrapbook layout.
    Your own card is a cheeky fun too. i'll be back in a day or so to have a play. Kate x

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  6. Fab makes and entries (quick off the mark) from everyone - I hope to be back with one of my own later

    Happy "snippet" Sunday

    Kathyk

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  7. And done! Just uploaded my snippet card

    Kathyk

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  8. Such a fun card Di, love the image and sentiment. I can see Mrs A diving!

    Super picks, they are fabulous, so much talent.

    Warm hugs
    Maarit

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  9. FAB picks . . . am off to visit them all in a minute.

    LOVE your summery and fun Snippets Card Di. Brilliant.

    Congrats to Mary Anne K on being the winner this week.

    Happy Sunday.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  10. Playing just for fun thanks mate! Had to laugh at the image of Mrs A though! xxx

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  11. Ooh la la!What a wonderful snippet card, Di - and such an array of loveliness and inspiration from playmates - so many talented and inspirational crafters. Thanks for everything you do to make this playground such a happy place to be part of - not forgetting Parsnip, who needs to be thanked for the refreshing lemonade, much needed atm xx

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  12. Hi Miss Die & the lovely Parsnip.
    Congrats to the winner, and congrats to the top picks this week.
    My word there were such beautiful creations entered.
    No wonder you have a very hard time choosing the top picks.
    Now onto your fab card. I love those fab stamps, and you have created such a very lovely snippets card, with them. Isn't it great the freebies you can pick up with a magazine these days. I have had some really useful ones.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  13. Beautiful card Di, thanks for choosing me as one of your picks! Congrats to the winner and other beautiful picks! x

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  14. Your card is adorable with that bathing beauty Di! I love the ruffled hips :)
    Congrats to all the notables as well as Mary Anne K on the win!
    I'm playing just for fun this week Di, so no need to throw my name in for the prize, but thanks anyway :)

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  15. That is one cute card, Di! That hat looks like it was made for the Kentucky Derby tradition in the states. It was a wonderful way to start my day, by seeing my name as this weeks winner. Congrats to all the fine projects that were showcased!

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  16. Hi Di,
    What a sweet way of introducing me to the playground, thanks so much. And you very well expressed it that when you begin you sometimes ask yourself Is there anyone out there or am I talking to myself ? LOL Thank you so much for asking if anyone would like to join in at mine and LIz's blog.
    It was fun playing here and I am about to make a new card for this week, so watch me, cause I'm coming .... LOL
    Oh and BTW you too are such a lovely lady and a fine new friend to me, love ya.
    Have a nice crafty sunday, love Veerle xxxxxxxx

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  17. Thank you for showcasing my card. Love the image you have used on yours

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  18. Such a fun card, Di! You are showering me with attention - again! Thanks for showcasing my card. So nice of you. Have a great week. Not sure if I manage to play this week - I'll be going on vacation next week and they are trying to work me to death beforehand.....

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  19. Great picks this week as always.

    Your cheeky little card had me smiling....so saucy and wonderful!

    How cool to get that free in a magazine! Great news for me...a friend told me that Chapters Books has scrapbook/card magazines in plastic bags that have "presents" in them. Think they are around 20 bucks...but depending on the "present" worth it!

    The closest Chapters from the lake is about an hour away...in Kamloops (where I went shopping yesterday while DH went golfing.)

    It is POW WOW weekend there and I would have loved to have gone in again but DH is busy reseeding the lawn here and it requires a lot of shoveling of fresh topsoil, screening and spreading...no chance to going in!!!

    I will check it out once home again as there are plenty of Chapters stores at home!

    Just popped by with my first card. Forgot to link it yesterday as you were closed when I remembered and then I forgot! Old age you know!

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  20. Tee hee Di .. .. your card made me smile.

    Great image and fabby sentiment.

    Lovely show and tell makes again - all far too lovely to be able to choose a favourite.

    Well done on your win Mary.

    Love Jules xx

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  21. Such a cute card, Di! Great picks--so fun to see how creative the playmates are! I'm entering just for fun this week.

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  22. Pfffffft!!! I just spat tea all over my puter at your comment of Mrs A about to jump in the duck pond! Very funny!
    Nice pics and welcome to the newbies!
    Hugs
    xx

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  23. So cute is your card and image Di, as always your creating such beauties......Thank you for another great showcase and to include my card along with so many talented bloggers l'm honoured and many congrats to Many Anne enjoy your prize hopefully the weather will improve this week take care x

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  24. Hello Di, what a great stamp - very cheeky :) Your colouring is superb - love that blue. As ever, a great showcase - they are all beautiful. Congratulations to Mary Anne on her win. Hugs to you and Parsnip. Elizabeth xx

    PS: Mrs A would not be contemplating a dip in the Clyde Estuary today ... the temperature had dropped like a stone and it's lashing down ... brrr!

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  25. Fabulous fun card Di, great sentiment too.
    Thank you for including my card with your wonderful picks this week.
    I hope to be back with a snippet card later in the week.
    Jean x

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  26. great blog all those cards, so inspirational.
    I am the tagger for Darnelle's post at the creative blog hop...
    can't wait your post next monday!!!hugs bibiana

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  27. Hi Miss Di & the lovely Parsnip.
    am coming in with my 2nd card for this week.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  28. So many pretty cards here! So glad Darnell tagged you so I could come meet you. ~Diane

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  29. Thanks for the lovely introduction Di. The number of my followers has doubled - I've now got six! Thank you too to all the lovely people who have written such positive comments on my blog. It's reassuring to know that I'm not writing to myself! What a friendly blog this is! x

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  30. Just popping by with my second card. Off to see what you have posted today...

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  31. Hi Di, I finally remembered to pop over and come to play at the playground. I love your card, great image, but I really love that sentiment. It put a smile on my face! Love your coloring too. I will be back to leave comments on the other players projects soon. Thanks for letting me play along! Hugs, Brenda

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  32. ah Miss what wodnerful cards in the playground again.. super cute make by you too well done, Shaz in Oz.x PS love masking up above too.

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  33. Hi there my friend, just uploaded my snippet card. Big hug, Veerle xxxx

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  34. Just playing for fun this week Miss. BTW me cozie is pink for ooooever eins the stamp set!! Hugs Mrs A.

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  35. Just playing for fun this week Miss. BTW me cozie is pink for ooooever eins the stamp set!! Hugs Mrs A.

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  36. Just playing for fun this week Miss. BTW me cozie is pink for ooooever eins the stamp set!! Hugs Mrs A.

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  37. Don't know if blogger has cured itself of the problems you were having, but I got my post up with no trouble.
    Wonderful of variety of cards you are showcasing this week.

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  38. Gotta upload at least one card this week.....next week I'll be on vacaiton - so if you don't see me here you know why....I am just playing for fun!

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  39. Hi Miss Di & the lovely Parsnip.
    just popping by with another of my snippets cards.
    Such a wonderful idea as you can use up your left over bits on your die cuts, that's if they are the same colour.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  40. Popping in with my third card...lots of players in the playground...off for a turn on the swings!

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  41. Just added my third card for this week. My snippets are getting less and less by the day, since I discovered this blog! Wait for me scrappymo! I'll join you on the swings..... x

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  42. As always wonderful picks and huge congrats to all the lovely picks and winner of the goodies!
    I assumed it was just me having problems with Blogger so am relieved to hear it's not! Will try to get another entry in - it just depends on my hands. Love your card though - a real stunner Karen x

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  43. Forgot to say just joining in for fun this week xx

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  44. Having lots of Bloggy gremlins, but finally linked up! No thank you to this weeks prize :-)
    Debs x

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  45. I'm not sure if my link worked, but I hope so! Your picks, as always, are really sensational, Di! Congratulations to all the artists!

    Your snippets card is so, so fun!! That image always reminds me of an old-timey movie I can't remember the name of where the main blond bombshell actress had a wardrobe malfunction. Another character stepped on the back of her dress and the whole back tore off so she was walking along with her pantaloons (short by then and ruffly like your card) showing!

    I'm just playing for fun! Thank you for another week of snippet fun!! Hugs, Darnell

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  46. Good evening Di,
    I love your fun, fab card.

    Wow! top picks are amazing - what a clever lot of playmates!

    Just playing for fun this week thanks. xx

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  47. I'm always too late oopsie! Lol

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