Sunday, 12 April 2015

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 172

And another week just flew past, probably due to it being a lovely, long Easter weekend. And we've had some fabulous sunshine in the Playground, although today (Saturday) it's raining cats and dogs :(

My snippets card this week was triggered off by a really sweet die set I spotted on a blog not that long ago. I really should make a note of just where I see these goodies as am sure it was a playmate who 'enabled' my purchase, once again!

Also, the snippets card shape was most definitely triggered by a playmate, our own Mrs A, who brought that amazing block step card to show us two weeks ago (it was my star pick last week and you can see it HERE!).

Now, my effort isn't as detailed or beautiful as Mrs A's by any means, but I had a lot of fun making it - and to be honest was pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to make the basic shape - HERE'S a good tutorial over on YouTube for you to see just how to go about making your own if you wish. This is my version:
Front view

Back view
I used:

- SU's 'Wisteria Wonder' card stock - cut to 12" x 4.5" initially. So do be aware that you will need 12" long card stock, our UK A4 isn't long enough :(

- then I scored and snipped the card, using my Hougie Board and just some sharp scissors

- then the 'step shape' was stuck together as per the tutorial mentioned above - I used the ultra strong red line sticky tape, with care as it's very unforgiving if you get it wrong!

- after that was done, I cut a selection of one and three eighths squares of paper from snippets tucked in the back of a Tatty Teddy paper pad called 'Spring Chic' - ahem, I had to rethink that one after the next step!

- then took the new die set called 'Baby' by Little B and cut out a selection of white die cuts from snippets, plus a little bit of 'Wisteria Wonder' for some extra infill on the balloon which is on the back of the block step card

- and then I gawped at the block step card and had a funny turn. The dies, albeit really small, mostly are too big for a square of one and three eighths of an inch - grrrrrrrr

- but, undaunted, out came more snippets and this time I cut two panels which would cover four squares in one go (each one of the pieces measures two and seven eighths of an inch) so I could use two of the larger die cuts. Bingo!

- next all the paper squares were stuck on using Collall All Purpose glue, and the die cuts were added as per the revised plan

- the top of each 'step' is also covered in patterned paper and I popped flowers on top of those - just punched (using SU's 'Petite Petals' punch) from a snippet of the main spotty green background colour and slightly shaped on a foam pad using a round ended shaping tool

- then added a circle of 'Wisteria Wonder' in the centre of each flower, punched using an ordinary office file hole punch

- final touch, so the stork could see where he's going, I added an eye using a black fine liner (did it in pencil first to be sure he looked ok)

So, out of the jaws of disaster I think I snatched victory - so long as purists don't insist that the blocks really should all have equal sized squares on 'em!

OK, onto this week's picks now:

I just love this clean and simple card, made by Anita (Neets) - and it's a great example of how just a couple of little snippets can go a long way.

And there again, you can use lots of snippets and come up with this wonderful bird house - made and lovingly decorated by Vinita. Lots of instructions how to do this over at Vinita's blog too.

Lynn (Jimlynn) can always be relied upon to give us a smile - such a cheeky card, love the sentiment and the snippet of hay patterned paper down one side :)

Lucy makes the most beautiful cards and her colouring is just stunning - how could I not pick this little sweetie? Lucy is (very deservedly) Guest Designer over at 'I Promarkers' - well done chick!

This card, made by Pat, just leapt out at me this week. It's absolutely beautiful and such a perfect Golden Wedding design. I love it!

And last, but not least, Carole brought us this lovely sunny card to show. And, as Carole says, she also has enough leftovers from the die cut chevron border to make a card in reverse colours too :)

We had two new playmates this week:
Scrapcat whizzed in during the week waving this adorable gift bag.

And, right at the last minute, April dashed in with this cute card.

Welcome to the Playground - and I hope you come back and play again soon!

And now for the winner of the Art Stamps 'Owls':


Well done Jenny! I've just hopped over to your blog and know that you love owls, and that you've used the 'tree bark' embossing folder to cut out a hole for an owl previously - bet that's where I got the idea :) So I can already see these owl stamps having a good workout :) Can you please let me have your address - I know you won back in week 130 but I can't find your email letting me have your snail mail address. (di_wray@hotmail.com) I'll post your prize off this week!

OK ladies, you might already have guessed what this coming week's prize is:

Yup, it's a die set exactly the same as the one I used today - 'Baby', made by Little B. The set comes in its own magnetic folder (some of the dies could easily be lost otherwise) - I've placed my little dies underneath the flap on the set - I think they're out on display purely until bought. They all cut beautifully with no release paper or such needed to remove the cut out dies as well :)

The Snippets Challenge will run for one week and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 18th April. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

Maximum of three entries and please say 'Yes please' (or similar) in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize.

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

Di and of course, Parsnip!
x

47 comments:

  1. Oooh Di thank you so much for highlighting my card this week and again so many really lovely creations. What a clever shape this stepper box card is and the baby die cuts suit it perfectly. Congratulations to Jenny H too for winning the cute owls. x

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  2. What a neat block step card! I'll be checking out the tutorial! Thank you! Congrats to the picks and winner! I always enjoy seeing them! Nice prize this week - count me in, please! I'll be back tomorrow to play along!

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  3. Ooh, that is an adorable baby block card and would make a really cute party decoration for a baby shower as well! Thanks for the tutorial and explanation of how you saved your design...great job!! I would love to be in the running for your prize this challenge! Yes please!

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  4. Thank you for my owly win : )
    Count me in too for this weeks prize (if it's possible to win 2 weeks in a row)
    Great card Di, love the die set.

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  5. Delightful - such a sweet baby card :-D GORGEOUS picks of cards this week too Di xoxoxoxox

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  6. What a fantastic card design. I have never seen this style of card before and think it is fab! I think I live a sheltered life when it comes to fancy folded cards...but i am sure willing to change that up and give this a try too.

    So cute and adorable!

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  7. ah wunnerful work there Miss... and ditto to all the playground friends too...

    ... LOVE the prize this week, beautiful work displaying it...
    no idea why no 1. went throguh as thought had changed it .. old timers again :D
    Shaz in Oz.x

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  8. BTW "LOVE" it ... meant yesss please too :D

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  9. What a fab piece of paper sculpture Di!! I have been a lazy girl and not used snippets but as soon as I do I shall come along and play. Great picks this week too, love the sheep!! xx

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  10. Well done on a genius save looks great. I thought it looked different but couldn't place why!

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  11. What a stunner! Those block step cards really are something special I super duper love your design!! Perfect colours and dies just fab!
    Aww thank u so much for showing my card lovely!! Hope you had a lovely Easter!
    Lucy xx

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  12. Your cube card is FANTASTIC mate. Really love how it turned out and thanks for sharing your tips.

    CONGRATS to all the showcased girls and to Jenny for winning the prize.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  13. Love the block step card. Will have to try one of these. Thanks for sharing the tutorial and hints. I'm just playing for fun this week.

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  14. What an amazing card you've inspired us with this week - and how clever to make a fancy folded card with a very bold CAS appearance! I'll have to have a go at making one of those. I'd love to go into the hat this week please - with another grandchild on the way the dies would be perfect for me

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  15. Oooo what a fabby box card & such soft colours too.

    Congrats to the showcase winners too, luv Sam x

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  16. Fabulous 3D card, stunning! And very sweet with tnese colours and diecuts! Perfect for a baby!
    Love these dies, so Yes, please, I wish enter in the challenge!

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  17. Thanks so much, Di, for picking my card to highlight this week, and congrats to the other shoutouts, all fab and so diverse. Great block card too x

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  18. Hi Di,
    Wonderful card and great picks again this week.
    Thx for stopping by at my blog for my sympathy cards. And yes i do need them a lot lately. We've had 7 deaths in 8 months in our family.
    Hugs, Veerle xxx

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  19. Fabulous block step card, Di, the die cuts are simply adorable, super picks as always. Congratulations to them all!

    Love and hugs
    Maarit

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  20. Thanks so much for showcasing my card this week Di. It was fun to make. So many great cards from the last challenge. Love the one you did this week. Amazing!!! Sweet and precious.
    Lynn

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  21. Great creation and very well done, love the little dies.
    Sorry I didn't manage to get there this week, will try harder.

    Kath x

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  22. Please don't add me to the draw for the prize, as i just wanted to enter this week, thanks, Luv Sam x

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  23. It would seem I have been missing out on a lot here at the Playground! lol I love your card Di and I love Mrs A card too! Amazing and so cool looking! Love your picks too, looks like so much talent playing at the playground. Good to see so many playing too! Hugs, Brenda

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  24. Your card came out great, Di--love it! Wonderful picks, too!

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  25. Hi Miss Di, and the lovely Parsnip.
    Yes please if I'm lucky.
    oooooooo! what a very great creation love this fab design, and the wonderful colour, and dies used.
    Such a very lovely keepsake for new parents I think.
    Congrats to Jenny H on her win, and to the your fab picks of the week.
    I so hope you had a fab Easter.
    Thank you for all your hard work involved in this wonderful challenge, and a big bear hug for Parsnip.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  26. This really is an impressive fold! What a lovely card for the new parents. (Mrs A's was pretty impressive too!)

    Great showcase again this week, Di, and congratulations to Jenny H on her win.

    I'm a Yes Please for the draw - love those cute little baby dies. xx

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  27. Oh err Miss Di your box card is fabulous - well worth the time and effort.
    The top picks are all amazing too.
    I'll say 'no thanks' to that lovely die this week thank you as I have a similar SU set.
    xx

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  28. Great cube there Mrs. Love it. Lovely makes too.
    Sorry not been around much lately. Too much going on and not enough time...as well as flaky internet when I do have 5 mins to wander in blogland.
    Hugs
    xx

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  29. You have taken this design and made it completely your own . I love the extra large boxes. I have just made another of these in mauve For my DIL's Birthday and struggled to find a Birthday stamp small enough to fit in one square. Der!!! Just not thinking straight at the moment. Internet is driving me nuts. Up and running last night for 10mins just enough time to post on blog and today it is like a high speed yo yo so given up and back on my iPad to link up. Hugs Mrs A.
    P.s. just for fun .

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  30. Just uploaded my entry, late to the party again this week - sorry Miss!!!

    Just playing for fun this week, peeps

    Kathyk

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  31. Your baby step block card is beautiful,I love the papers you used, so soft and pretty.
    I have just added my card but I'm just playing for fun this week, thanks.
    Jean x

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  32. Beautiful project Di, looks very tricky but so effective! I have some similar themed dies so I'm just playing for fun, Cathy x

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  33. TFS the tutorial for that fun baby blocks card! I just love it!! Congrats to Jenny H and congrats to all the spotlighted cards for such wonderful inspiration! I'm playing for fun this week, but thanks for another fun playground challenge!

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  34. Wow - just amazing, your card! Have to check out that tutorial!

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  35. Just playing for fun this week - great selection of picks

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  36. What an adorable box card you have made....I made one of these once, but not near as cute as yours!!!! Yes, yes, please I am in for the draw and what super cute dies...love that stork..omgoodness how cute they all are! I was reading your blog posts and had a great laugh over the tent business....reminds me of when I bought an "easy up" for my outside crafts sales years ago...never did figure out where they got the "easy" part..LOL!!

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  37. Hi Di this is an amazing card I will have to check out the tutorial as it is new one on me. Yes please to the prize. Have a great week. Hugs Jackie

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  38. What a truly fabulous card and that stork is super. More fabulous picks this week and congrats to Jenny. Please can I go in the hat for the super prize xx

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  39. Beautiful creation Di.
    Thanks for the challenge and I love to win the dieset.
    Gr Elly

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  40. Playing just for fun this week.

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  41. Yes please Di. Loving all the cards :-) X

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  42. Wow.....Di, that block step card is AWESOME!!!! I've never seen anything quite like that. What a wonderful desiqn for a baby card!!!

    It has been waaaaaaaaaaaay too long since I've joined the gang to frolic on the playground here. I have been making a bunch of my own backgrounds and so not really using too many scraps!

    Thanks for the chance to win those lovely baby motif dies!!! I would love to have my name in the hat for them.

    Hope you are having a lovely beginning of the weekend!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  43. What a fabulous creation! And those top spot cards are very gorgeous-looking.

    Yes please for the prize. Thanks for the chance to win it.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Hugs,
    Eemeli

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  44. There is so much inspiration here. I really should remember to come when I am floundering. Thanks for gathering it all together.

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  45. I've just snuck in with another card . Still playing for fun this week.
    Jean x

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  46. Sneaking mine in at the last minute!!
    yes please for the prize

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  47. Your block step card came out fabulous. I could so see it as the center pieces at a baby shower.

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