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,

77 comments:

Loll said...

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

Pat said...

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

Robin said...

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

Mrs A. said...

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.

Greta said...

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.

Juls said...

Beautiful card xx

scrAPpamondo said...

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

Lia said...

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

Sue - said...

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.

Sandra H said...

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

SARN said...

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

Valerija said...

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

Carol L said...

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 :)

Viv's Visuals said...

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

KandA said...

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

KandA said...

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

Wanda said...

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

Heidi Stamps said...

The colors in the sky are SO lovely!

Elizabeth said...

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

MaryH said...

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.

Jane said...

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

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

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

Cathy said...

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

Kathleen said...

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

Kath x

Preeti D. (aka Preety) said...

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

SARN said...

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

Em Louise Fairley said...

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

Bonnie said...

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.

Maura R said...

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!!

scrAPpamondo said...

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

Barb said...

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

Heather said...

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!

Jane Willis said...

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

Jackie Trinder said...

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

Pen Sunshinepen said...

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

Megan J said...

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

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

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}

brenda said...

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

Kath said...

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

Karen P said...

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

Linby said...

Beautiful card - CAS - love it. Never seen that poem about the dandelion before, very interesting. I'm just playin for fun.

Sandy said...

What a pretty card, Di. The image and sentiment are lovely, and the paper is gorgeous. (I have never heard that saying about military children, although I grew up with and went to school with many of them, since we lived near the Pentagon.)
I'm in for any prize but the cricket. (Sorry, but it remains a mystery to us on this side of Atlantic.)

Lady Joyful said...

Your card is beautiful Di - I really love that background!

Yes please to the prize, though I'll pass on the cricket one. So I'll stick my name in the hat for A and B please :)

Liz said...

Stunning card, Di! The rainbow card makes beautiful background for the gorgeous stamps.

I'll be back to play later and I'll be a Yes Please just for prize A. xx

aussie aNNie said...

I,m back after a long break as busy with DT work... I would love to stick my name in for 'whatever'...xx ♥[aNNie]

Lia said...

Today I have posted my card with the smallest snippets I have ever made....And as for the give away: they are all great!
Lia xx

kbrandy4 said...

Absolutely gorgeous card Di! Yes please for the prize.
Hugs Hazel xx

Darnell said...

Such a pretty snippets card, Di! I've always loved dandelions. We picked them yellow to hold under our chins. If our chins turned yellow, it meant we loved butter! And then we picked them as round puff balls to blow to the wind. Needless to say then, I do love your card!! I wonder if they grow all over the world? Have a great weekend! I hope you're feeling well these days!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

k.m.meena Herale said...

Hi Di, gorgeous card, love the the soft background. Its been a long time since I played here. Yes please for the prize.

Meena
Hugs xx

Nana Connie said...

"Almost card size" scraps should still count as snippets. If they didn't, I'd be wasting a lot of paper. :-D I love that gorgeously simple card, Di! I'll be entering something tomorrow but will be playing just for fun this week.

SHartl said...

I got a giggle out of your almost card-sized scraps...but any scrap is great if it goes on a card, right? Especially when your card is this beautiful. Yes please to this week's prize, and yes please to spring time too!

ellyscard creatief said...

Thanks for the challenge. For me a YES please for the beautiful prizes.

Helen said...

Your card is so pretty Di - love the touch of sparkle!
I'm not sure I'd have much use for the cricket stamp, but I'm a 'yes please' for the others :0)
Helen x

Aquarius said...

Just playing for fun this time

Jenny L said...

Hi Miss Di, and the lovely Parsnip.
Yes, Yes Please if I'm lucky.
I thought I had entered this one but on checking I find that I adn't.
So luckily I had made a card out of lots of snippets I could enter.
Your card is just so very pretty and wonderfully created as always.
Love your super, super design, and colour.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Glennis said...

Yes please for the prize. An absolutely gorgeous card Di, I love it

Nicky said...

Been nosey around your blog and loving all the card you have been making, I am still looking after my friends house and the internet is not always reliable so making the most of it whilst it working - playing TFF

Ruth said...

Yay! I finally get round to playing again. I have the craft room move to thank for the finding of my snippets. Love the soft colours on your card and the dandelions. Just playing for fun today, not prizes. xx

Craftychris said...

ooh your card is absolutely beautiful! Lovely soft background for the gorgeous silhouette stamp and sentiment! Please could I play for prizes A and B - they are awesome! Should I win, I don't need the cricket stamp and I am sure someone else will love to have it! Thankyou! Hugs. Chris xxx

Craftychris said...

Just to add - my picture is the right way up! Yay! Although that means I am no longer unique! xxx

Karenladd said...

Your card is gorgeous and I love the simple design, embellished with sequins. They remind me of a fresh spring morning!! Yes please to this weeks prize!

Sandra H said...

Hi Di just playing for fun enjoy your day xx

LesleyG said...

Phew! I made it at last, I have been missing all the playground goings on, but would love the chance of a prize, and hope to be back again soon. Big HUGS xxx

vinita jain said...

I adore this Dandelion CAS beauty, so pretty Di!
Missing the snippet playground for many days, glad to be back again!
Thanks for the chance to win the awesome prize!

April Cheetham said...

Hi Di and Parsnip, what a beautiful card! I love dandelion clocks! Glad to hear that the hedgies are back :-) Yes please to wonderful prize. Big hugs to you both (prickly hugs to the hedgies) xx

scrappymo! said...

Your dandylion card is beautiful. I am in love with that sentiment too!
Finally stopped by with a card. Not as snippety as I had doped but had to make a catch up card for CCC. Promise my next card will be one of my "lots of snippets" cards!

Diane said...

Your card is light, airy and GORGEOUS!! Beautiful stamps, so I say yes please to all but the cricket one (I don't even know what that is ..lol). Sorry I haven't been here for quite awhile and I used to never ever miss...just overwhelmed with DT commitments and my house Spring cleaning I guess....but I read your message so just had to pop in for a visit!! To be sunny here today (like my card) and very gloomy tomorrow..at least no snow! Have a wonderful day!!

SHartl said...

I have been trying to upload my card to linky all day but it doesn't seem to work for some reason. I'll keep trying but it keeps getting an error message so far.

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A beautiful card Di, giving the feeling of warmer days to come (wish they would hurry up). I'd love to go into the draw for the Cricket stamp set please, I already have the Lavinia stamps.

Sue xx

Di said...

Fixed it! xx

jimlynn said...

I'm finally back again and felt like I actually used snippets this time too! I've missed everyone so much and hope to keep up better with the challenges.
Di, your card is just so beautiful and elegant looking! Gorgeous!!! I'd love to be in on the draw for the winner too.
Lynn

Carole said...

Phew...made it! Love to be in with a chance of winning this week/fortnight please Di!
I love, love your card...really does put mine to shame! Now sweets for everyone?

Janis said...

I am in awe of your lovely card, Di! I am a late addition to the playground this fortnight. Been using scraps on every card I make, but nothing too inspired. Yes, please, to any or all of the prizes this week. They are fabulous!!!
<3 J

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Tina Z. said...

oooh, your card is magical, great colours, so soft ...
yes for the amazing prize, please.
have a great weekend!
hugs xx

ionabunny said...

Hei, hei. So glad I am in time to join the fun. Would love to play for the prize. Thanks for a fun challenge. Hugz

EdenLand Designs said...

Would love to join in the fun and the chance to win the great prize :) Love, love, love your card Di!! :)
Susan

AlisonC said...

I'm a bit late on commenting but here I am. Just playing for fun this time. Love the colours on your beautiful card and the stamps are so pretty. Our sky looks rather like that just now.