Sunday, 19 March 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 273 and 274

And it's a new fortnight in the Snippets Playground - I've been saying that Spring is around the corner and just the other night one of the hedgies tottered to the feeding station for a quick drink and something to eat!  It's been back a few times since as well, in fact we think there might already be more than one of the little critters :)

Thank you so much to everyone who came to play this past fortnight as there were some many fabulous entries!

This is my snippets card for the fortnight, and I confess to using two 'almost card sized' snippets:
 I used:

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

- snippet of black card stock for the 'frame', glued to the card front using Collall All Purpose glue

- a snippet of 'rainbow' card stock which I used for the background, it also saved me having to use duster brushes and inks

- using the Misti, I first stamped the dandelions and 'Make a Wish' using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and the Inkylicious 'Make a Wish' stamp set

- then I trimmed the piece of card to size before stamping the Inkylicious 'Gentle Breeze' sentiment, again using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink

- glued the image panel on top of the black panel, using the same glue as before

- added three iridescent sequins using Collall All Purpose glue in a fine liner bottle

- final touch, using a fine brush kept for the purpose I added tiny little tickles of 'Frosted Lace' Stickles to the dandelion seed heads

There's a lovely tale that the dandelion is the flower of the military child (I was one - ha, a military child not a dandelion!!) and one piece of prose about it goes like this:

"The official flower of the military child is the dandelion. Why? The plant puts down roots almost anywhere, and it's almost impossible to destroy. It's an unpretentious plant, yet good looking. It's a survivor in a broad range of climates. Military children bloom everywhere the winds carry them. They are hardy and upright. Their roots are strong, cultivated deeply in the culture of the military, planted swiftly and surely. They're ready to fly in the breezes that take them to new adventures, new lands, and new friends.

I would have left the 'good looking' part out - but a lot of the rest rings so true!

This coming fortnight's prize is made up of stamps, (A) a couple are the same as the ones I used for my card (Inkylicious 'Make a Wish' and 'Gentle Breeze'). Plus, (B) a Lavinia 'Flower Fairy' stamp that I had originally intended to use with the dandelions - we've had this same stamp as a prize twice before in the Playground BTW - always very popular. And (C) we also have a lovely traditional English Summer cricket scene stamp, kindly donated by Lynn (Linby) - made by Crafthouse Press and called 'K007 Cricket'.

I will split the prize three ways if necessary, the two Inkylicious stamps (A) will stay as one part though (I think the verse would be lovely stamped inside a card with the dandelions on the outside). The Lavinia 'Flower Fairy' stamp (B) can stand alone - although it would work so well with the dandelion and the sentiment sets. And the cricket stamp (C) would be the other part. But, as always - all four stamps are one whole bundle if you wish to play for all of them together.

The Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks from now on and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 1st April. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

It's still 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 all stamps together as a single prize, unless you really do only want to try for a 'split' as I explained above - in which case I'd do further draws for the other items. 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  plus my picks from the past two weeks as well! And to see who our next Guest Designer is!

Look forward to seeing what you come up with this fortnight - more clever ideas for snippets as well as 'anything you choose' - what could be simpler?

Love from Parsnip and me,

40 comments:

  1. Can't believe I'm first! :) LOVE the beautiful colours of your soft sky ... just perfect for the lovely dandelion. :) xx

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  2. I adore your pretty dandelions and coordinating sentiment Di and the rainbow card shows them off beautifully, and what a bumper bundle of prizes too. I'm sorry I didn't get to enter the last challenge as for the last three weeks I have been suffering with gallstones which have knocked me sideways, and Mr Mojo seems to have taken a holiday, although I have managed to keep up my visits. Hopefully things will improve and if I get to make a card I would like to be entered for just Prize A. x

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  3. All of these are fabulous! I love the Inkylicious stamps best I think. Your card showcases them so beautifully!! I love the pastels! I'll be back tomorrow to enter your challenge. Hugs, Robin

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  4. Loll and I are playing on the swings. It's ever so quite here except for the duck with the cough! Hugs Me. Just for fun this time as I have some of those stamps already.

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  5. I adore your card, Di--the irridescent sequins are the perfect embellishment! What a beautiful tale--thank you for sharing & I say the good looking applies, too! I'll play just for the 2 Inkylicious stamps.

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  6. Awww... Adorable card and sentiment! Love so much these dandelions on your amazing background!! And the stickles to the dandelion seed really make them pop out!! I liked reading your story on dandelions and military child! I'm one too!! :D (I too a military child, not a dandelion, as you) :D I didn't knew this story, love it!
    Hope to have time to play in this challenge
    Have a fab Sunday! Hugs

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  7. I am flabbergasted about your card. It is so very elegant and does not need more than the stamps you used. Amazing!!!
    Lia xx

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  8. Beautiful card Di. I hadn't heard about the dandelion being the flower of the military child, but as one myself ,how true it is.

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  9. Morning Di....beautiful card love the Dandelion stamp and the rainbow card stock used so elegant and the black in between sets it of beautifully l will have to keep an eye out for my hedgehogs too as it is warming up ....have a lovely day l

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  10. What an absolutely GORGEOUS card Di. Very tranquil and wistful with the pretty images and script fonts. Just the perfick amount of embellishment too. Gold star for YOU!

    Will be playing just for fun tomorrow.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  11. Wonderful card. Love the stamps you've used and your beautiful background.
    Yes for the prize, please.
    Valerija xx

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  12. Your card is just lovely and serene, and I love the blended colors. I'm playing just for fun this time, but thanks for another fun playground week :)

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  13. Beautiful card Di. Can I give 'Miss' 10 out of 10!! I made it to the Playground this week but am surrounded by suitcases and bowling gear! Yes please to the prize - and a wonderful story about the dandelion and the military child. x

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  14. This is a really beautiful card Miss Di and I love the stamps against the rainbow card stock. Lovely story about the dandelion too. A big yes please to the prize this time but not the cricket stamp xx

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    1. Oh and I forgot to say thanks for encouraging me to buy those MB waves (when I saw them on your duck card) as they've come in pretty useful! xx

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  15. Beautiful card! Love the softness in the colors and the dandelions! I would love to play along for the prize. Thanks so much!

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  16. The colors in the sky are SO lovely!

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  17. Hello Di, that's a beautiful card. The use of the rainbow card is clever and I can see the effect of the Stickles and it is so pretty. The prize this week is lovely but I'm playing along for fun this time so don't count me in for the draw. Happy to hear the hedgie(s) is/are back. So far all attempts to lure one in has met with failure - the hedgie house remains vacant. We're having the same results trying to attract tits to nest in the sweet little home we've put up for them. Maybe next year! Hugs, Elizabeth xx

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  18. Awesome sponging of the background sky for this wonderful image.Some wonderful prizes, but even though I love the Lavina stamps, I'll say No thank you. Thanks to Mrs. A for reminding me about the Playground as I was doing the Christmas Club rounds. And lovely to see so many of my 'friends' to play with this afternoon! TFS & Hugs.

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  19. I see what you mean re the prize Di...wow! How amazing. Your card is delightful...I so love dandelion cards. I would love to win this fortnight, please put me in the hat. I love the dandelion tale..you fit all parts ;0) It's the first day of spring tomorrow, glad that Spike knew that and showed up. Thanks as always for all your hard work here and your friendship, hugs xxx

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  20. A very beautiful background to the image and the sentiment Di, the Stickles are a lovely touch together with the sequins. I would love the Dandelion stamp and sentiment, I'm a Dandelion child so I do relate very much to your story.

    Love and hugs
    Maarit

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  21. Such a pretty card Di, love the background colours, perfect for the sentiment and flower. Would love to play along for the prizes, thank you, Cathy x

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  22. This is so fabulous, shaded papers, gorgeous stamp and a brilliant design and a really lovely sentiment, tip top card, love it.

    Kath x

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  23. Beautiful card Di! totally love the soft background, very elegant. Yes please for the prizes, thanks for the chance :)
    Hugs
    Preeti

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  24. Here bright and early on a Monday morning Miss. (Yawn and stretch)
    Wonderful stamps, but playing just for fun thanks.

    Happy Monday.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  25. Gorgeous card, Di. There's nothing wrong with using large snippets. If it's been cut it's a snippet to me. Grin. I'm hoping to get time to play and it will be a yes from me if I do.
    Hugs,
    Em xoxox

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  26. I LOVE your dandelion card and enjoyed reading the significance of the dandelion to military families! I'd love to be in the running for the dandelion stamp and sentiment. Thanks for the chance.

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  27. HI Di - love your ethereal card! And I would love to be in the running for the fairy stamp - don't have any of those in my collection!!

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  28. I entered and YES please, I would love being in the draw for the wonderful prizes A and B! I just adore them!

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  29. What a lovely card Di and a super idea to use rainbow card. I have this stamp and some rainbow card stashed away. I'm certainly going to CASE this! I hadn't heard the story of the dandelion before. Although not brought up as a military child I was born, and brought up in Aldershot, home of the British Army so had lots of friends in the Army. I would like to play for Prize C please if they are split. Barbxx

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  30. Your card is gorgeous!! LOVE that background; it looks fabulous behind those beautiful dandelions. And the sentiment is fabulous, too! I think I'm going to play just for fun this week, thanks!

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  31. I've never heard that said about military children before - isn't it lovely and appropriate? As you know, my own children were army sprogs and I think it fits them to a T. I absolutely love your card, I adore dandelion clock images (and allium flowers, and pop pom dahlias, I just love the roundness of them all. Please don't try to work out what that says about me!) and would love to play along for any or all of the stamps this week
    Jane

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  32. Hi Di your card is gorgeous I love it. Yes please to the prizes. Take care. Hugs Jackie

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  33. Hi there Di and Parsley, what a great selection of prizes this week. Would love any of them I have to say. I hope you are having a good day. Mine is much better than yesterday.
    Take care xxx

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  34. Hi Miss Di and Parsnip, WOW what a gorgeous card, love the use of the rainbow card, I have some in my stash and have never been quite sure what to use it for, Please count me in for Prizes A and B this fortnight, I love the Inkylicious stamp I won last year from you, a shame they won't ship to Aus. Have a Wonderful week... Megan

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  35. hi Miss must admit love your card... wonderful indeedy! and well some lovely generous candy too.. I'll say yes please to dandelion stamp and the cricket one, love it!.. like other two but not sure they'd get much use here.
    God bless you healthwise dear Di!!
    ... and thanks for faithfully running our snippets playground now will I go swings or slippery dip? Mmm??

    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

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  36. Loooooooove your card Di, right up my street. I am just scheduling ahead for an entry - just need to remember to add it then. Don't normally go in the draw, but don't have those Inkylicious stamps so love to be included.

    B x

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  37. A fabulous card - I'll see you in the playground soon. I'm just playing for fun this time as I won your fabulous prize last week.
    Kath x

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  38. A really beautiful card Di. Those stamps are very much what I love so I would love to go into the prize draw for the Inkylicious prize but not the cricket as none of the family are into that, have a great week xx

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