Sunday, 16 April 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 277 and 278

Happy Easter Sunday everyone! Whatever you have planned for today, I hope you have a lovely time. I'm just hoping we have some sunshine - last week was glorious, for a few days!

As always, a huge thank you to everyone who came to play this past fortnight - loads of gorgeous entries.

This is my snippets card for this next fortnight:

I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" white card blank, opening on the short side for a change

- snippet of pale rose pink card, trimmed to just slightly smaller than the card front and glued in place

- piece of white card stock for the front panel, trimmed to just slightly smaller than the pink layer

- found a little snippet of true rose pink card, backed it with Stick-It adhesive sheet and die cut it using a Crealies rings die - the die has no name but is reference number 'CLDR11'. Elizabeth sent me this die a while ago - with a challenge to see how I could use it, I can see it being a really useful embellishment die for all sorts of cards including Christmas! 

- then I used the Misti to arrange the stamps I wanted to use - with the ring die cut in place but not stuck down. Removed the ring die cut for now and stamped my selection using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink

- the butterflies are by Kaisercraft from their 'Butterflies' set and they're a smidgen thicker than the sentiment stamp I used so, as they had stamped well, before repeating the sentiment stamping I removed the butterfly stamps from the Misti

- the sentiment (from an Inkylicious set called 'Friend') had slightly stamped onto the card anyhow. Held in place as it was by the Misti it was just a quick re-ink, re-stamp and it was done!  

- then I coloured the butterflies using Faber Castell Polychromos pencils in just two muted shades of green and blended very slightly using a Derwent dry blender pencil

- punched each corner of the image panel using a fancy corner punch by Woodware

- glued the image panel to the card front, on top of the pink layer

- added the set of die cut rings to the panel - finished!

So I learned something new about the Misti when making this card. It's fine to position all the stamps you want to use at one time, even if some are thinner than others. You just peel away the thicker ones as they stamp and then the next thinner ones will make proper contact with the card - and so on I guess.

I also used an L-shape from the new Misti 'Creative Corners' set for the first time - yay! It allows you to push a piece of card away from the edge of the Misti (I knew my stamps were close to the edges and that can sometimes cause issues with getting enough pressure), yet you still keep perfect positioning.

Need to play a lot more to try out all the additional things the Creative Corners set can be used for - repeat stamping and diagonal placement of sentiments for one! Jennifer McGuire has some great tips and there are lots of others to be found on line as well. The one thing I would say is that it's best suited to the standard sized Misti rather than the mini Misti (the L shape piece is too big for a mini Misti I understand) although some pieces will fit. And, at £16 or so, which isn't much more than the cost of some polymer stamp sets, I think it's a good investment!

I was really pleased how this card came together in the end as I picked the items I wanted to use and only then worked out the design - rather than the other way round. I was driven by the fact that there were three items that had been in the toy box for quite a while and two of those had been kindly donated. I hate to take forever offering donations as prizes (my record was goodies from our lovely Darnell, and still feel bad that it took me so long for 'the muse' to be right). In fact, right now there's just one donated item left (really cute as well). I have plans for it ASAP Val!

But never fear, the toy box is looking healthy with quite an assortment of goodies that I've bought lately. Watch this space!

Probably don't need to spell out what this fortnight's prize is made up of:

I will split the prize three ways if necessary, the Kaisercraft 'Butterflies' stamp set kindly donated by Megan, the Crealies 'rings' die, kindly donated by Elizabeth ....... and the Inkylicious 'Friend' sentiment stamp set from me. But, as always - all items are one complete prize if you wish to play for all of them together.

In truth, it isn't often I end up splitting a prize but that's absolutely the luck of the draw - not me saving on postage!

The Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks from now on and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 29th 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 items 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 a further draw for the other item(s). 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 as a lovely guest designer too!

I'd like to enter my snippets card into the current Butterflies Challenge (closes on Wednesday) where the theme is 'W is for Window and/or the colour Rose'. It's ages since I joined in (bad me) - but here I am at last Mrs A. And am still waiting for an explanation of these plans you say you have for the duck pond Missus!

Love from Parsnip (busily gobbling Easter eggs - little does he know it's the bath for him later, due to choklit on his chops!) and also love from me,


  1. I do like the butterflies and that ring die cut looks super. I tried getting one this weekend but when I clicked to upload my basket it was out of stock!! I love the effect the Woodware edger gives the corners too and it's pink. Thankyou for fluttering into the butterfly garden. hugs Mrs A.

  2. Beautiful friendship card, Di! I love your soft coloring--just got a blender pencil & haven't even opened the package yet, but maybe now I will. I have a corner punch like that, but labeled a different brand--got it many years ago & need to dig it out as I do love that look! I'll play just for the sentiment stamp set this time. Wishing you, Len & Parsnip a lovely Easter. Hugs, Greta

  3. Ah yes, The Duck Pond. Well you see Miss we wos at Centre Parcs and they have got this nooo water slide under construction and whilst I was admiring it the construction boss let slip they had a few bits too many and they didn't know what to do with them but it's ok Miss I got em ever so cheap. The ducks said as long as there is no squealing after 9pm they don't mind it going into the duck pond. Er'm I'm a bit surprised the lorries havn't turned up yet. I will pop over laters. Hugs Me.

  4. Oops. Did I happen to menshun the flumes and the water spouts. Um I have now. hugs Me.

  5. So nice card!
    Happy Easter

  6. Hello Di!
    Your card is so pretty! It's fun to use while stamping at once, made work so easy:)D
    Love the beautiful rings and punched corners too!
    And "Yes" for the superb prize!

  7. Coo, it's not often I'm the first one hammering on the playground gates when it opens! Gorgeous, gorgeous card, I love those butterflies. I'd like to go into the hat for those and the die, but I already have a set of almost identical sentiments so I'll leave those for someone else.

  8. Happy Easter to you, your hubby and Parsnip!! :D
    Your delicious CAS looks amazing and so sweet!! Love those butterflies, very realistic, and the ring! Lovely little punched details for the corners! Thanks for the tips on Misti, I have learn something new from you, so useful!

  9. Pretty make this morning, well done to Jane too - for entering already!

    Just playing for fun this week



  10. Happy Easter dear Di...may it be full of sunshine and chocolate;0) This is such a pretty cards, those butterflies are so pretty. I invested in a Misti and I'm so glad I did, it's's also interesting that the designer got her patent which means that the other inpersonators will have a lot of egg on their faces! Yes please to this great prize. We're off later to see the bluebells with Matt, Vicky and Bear so fingers crossed the sun stays. Hugs xxx

  11. Lovely butterfly card and thanks as always for the explanation of how it was done - your handy hints really are 'handy' and I try to remember them! My offering this week uses snippets of fabric for a change.

  12. Sorry I meant to say I'm playing for fun this time

  13. Hi Di, first Happy Easter to you and all. Love your card and I have to say the Misti for me works so well. Love the textures in your card. Love a chance to win.

    Have a great holiday Weekend

  14. What a gorgeous butterfly card. Those ring dies look like fun too.

    Will be playing along for fun tomorrow.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  15. Happy Easter Di and love your pretty card with the sweet butterflies and sentiment and the geometric rings add that extra something. I didn't realise that there were some add on corner pieces you could buy for the Misti but they sound like a great idea. I will be entering a card and would like to play for just the die and the butterfly stamps. x

  16. Love those butterflies...a really elegant card Di!
    I'm a 'yes please' for the prize this time :0)
    Helen x

  17. A gorgeous card Di, great stamps and die. I'm playing for fun this time.
    Happy Easter.

    Sue xx

  18. Oh my gosh...this is just so Beautiful! I love the prize too! Thanks for a chance to win it! Hugs, Robin

  19. What a gorgeous card Miss Di. Love the soft colouring of those butterflies and the lovely sentiment. Yes please to going in the hat but just for that super rings die xx

    1. Oops forgot to say I hope you and Len are having a great easter and managed to grab some of those choccie eggs from the little 'brown' bear xx

  20. Yes please to this wonderful prize bundle and lots of applause to you for using all three of your chosen items on such a beautiful card. I have different ways of approaching a design and have been trying to use up old stash lately so have mixed it up. I realize that I generally start with the colors, and then decide on my supplies. Pulling those three items out of the box and designing a card around them was the more difficult way to go about it (in my opinion), but you succeeded wonderfully. Happy Easter to you and your family Di!

  21. A really super card Di, those circles are great and so is your design, super sentiment.
    Please don't include me in the draw for the prize this time round. Lol.

    Kath x

  22. Such a pretty card Di, just love the circles and the butterflies. Thank you for the Misti tips, I'm still learning with mine.
    I would love to be entered into the draw please.
    Hope you're enjoying your Easter weekend.
    Janice x

  23. Hi Di your card is gorgeous I love it. Yes please to the fabulous prize. Enjoy the rest of the holiday. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  24. Beautiful card di :) love the circle die cut and butterflies, very pretty ! would love to play along for the prizes. Thanks a lot.

  25. Hopefully playing along this time...overtime at work killed any crafting time last few weeks xx

  26. Gorgeous card, Di. I'll be back sometime to play, so it's an advance yes please to the prize.
    Em xoxo

  27. Love your card playing just for fun.

  28. Hello Di! I bought a mini Misti and haven't tried it out yet. I'm thinking I will Thursday night. I'm having "craft time" with a friend of mine Friday and plan to make some cards - so I might be joining in!

    Hugs to you and Len, as always.


  29. Oh, Di, I adore what you've done with the butterfly stamps on this card and that sentiment is marvelous! The circles die really made a great bit for tying everything together. I'm working on a project right now which I'll post later in the week, but will be playing just for fun this week. :-D

  30. I have entered and I do love being in the draw for the fab prizes, thank you!

  31. Amazing card. Love the butterflies and great sentiment.
    Yes for the prize, please.
    Valerija xx

  32. Very sweet card Di. Yes please to the prize!

  33. Hey Di, just stopped by to say hello and to drop off a 'tweet' little note card for you.. Yes I would love to be in the draw for this wonderful prize pack.. Love the card you have made... Hugs

  34. Just popping in with my make Miss Di. Hope you and Len had a good Easter and the little perisher didn't eat too much chocolate. Beautiful Butterflies on your card today (please leave me out of the draw).

    B x

  35. whhooosh.. that's me flying in Miss!
    ... yes please to yummy candy.. and well what a clever idea that is..
    I might decline the die no on second thoughts can see the use of using snippets of DP as inserted in die cut and sort of pattern would look pretty and love the stamps ..
    Wow, what a clever card using all three you're brilliant and thanks for keeping this playground malarky up too, Miss! Sending loads of warm sunny hugs and prayers from Downudner,

  36. Beautiful card Di, and great tip about the Misti too! I'm waiting ever so impatiently for mine to arrive ;)

    1. Sorry, forgot to say, yes please to be in your candy draw x

  37. Hi Di hope you enjoyed easter........ your card is absolutely gorgeous l love the butterflies and the sentiment as always your cards are stunning another one for this great challente l'm only playing for fun xx

  38. oo, I love your butterfly card, great design!
    yes for the prize, please.
    have a great week.
    hugs xx

  39. Hi Miss Di, Love what you have done with the Butterfly stamps, they look great gathered around the die-cut circles and the sentiment works wonderfully with them both, hope you, Len Parsnip and the Hedgies had a wonderful Easter with warm weather, our Autumn trees are beautiful this time of year. Playing just for fun this week... Megan

  40. Hello Di, It's lovely to be joining you again. I love your card as I can't resist a Butterfly, so to see three is even better and the sentiment is beautiful too. I would love to play along for the prizes this week as they all work so well together, thank you. Crafty hugs, Sandra x

  41. Hi Di! Your card is so pretty! Love the beautiful rings and punched corners too!
    "Yes" for the superb prize!
    Hugs, Majda

  42. Hi Miss Di, and the lovely Parsnip.
    Yes Please if I'm lucky.
    oh what a very super card and your colouring of those beautiful butterflies is perfect too.
    Great use of Snippets as well.
    Thank you for all your hard work involved.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  43. Lovely sentiment on your pretty card. I'm just playing for fun this time.

  44. Hi Di and Parsnip, belated Happy Easter wishes to you both! Gorgeous butterflies on your lovely card with amazing colouring! Yes please to super prize. Hugs, April xx

  45. Hi Di, this card is gorgeous, love those butterflies, so yes please to the prize. Will visit the playmates when my internet speeds up tonight! Cathy x

  46. Beautiful card, Di. Great stamping with the Misti - the Misti is still on my wish list and the more I see it being used the faster it's creeping up to the top of the list. The circles make a lovely feature in the centre.

    Just playing for fun this time. xx

  47. Very pretty card, Di! Those butterflies are quite detailed and entwined circle die is a great embellishment. I must remember to use my Misti more... most time I make a mess and then say"darn I should have used the Misti!" Anyway, I will say yes please for the prizes this week. Have a great week ahead.

  48. Hi Di! The butterfly card is so beautiful! Yes please for the prizes this week. Thank you for chance. Have a wonderful day!

  49. Very pretty card Di. I love those gorgeous butterflies and the circles remind me of how pretty they are when they're flying. I'll throw my name in the hat for the prizes this time too.

  50. That's a beautiful butterfly card, and I admire those who own a Misti, as I haven't invested in one yet :) It sounds like fun learning to use one, so maybe some day.........:) Playing just for fun this week, but thanks for the challenge :)

  51. Oh my, your card is fabulous Di! I love those butterflies and those rings are so cool! Your card turned out so great, and it is so beautiful Di! Of course it has pink on it and that always draws my eye in. lol Love me some pretty pinks! So behind in commenting and trying to get caught back up. Hugs, Brenda

  52. This is my second time entering your challenge and I must say I am hooked. I love looking for and using some little snippets on my cards and seeing what everyone else used. I would like to play for the whole prize as it is quite awesome. Your butterfly card is very pretty also.

  53. I love your snippets card, Di! Those butterflies look positively real! I just got the CC for the Misti and I love that L-shape, even without offsetting a stamp. It might be just me but the card seems to move less when held to the plastic rather than the Misti corner? Anyway, the L is also great for getting those sediments straight at the bottom of a card and I can't wait to try the diagonal! I hope you had a lovely Easter and that you continue to have great weather!! Hugs, Darnell

  54. Beautiful card, love how you challenged yourself to make a card from the items rather than the other way round! I'd love to play for the prize please. Cara x

  55. Gorgeous inspiration from you Miss Pixie, yes please into the pot for the prize too, I love my butterflies almost as much as Mrs A does! Thank you so much for the chance to win these Karen x


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