Sunday, 15 October 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 303 and 304

Happy Birthday for today, Len! Here's hoping you have a great day and that the weather is kind for things we have planned - even if we have to wait until later in the week due to high winds forecast.

My snippets card today is also Len's Birthday card - besides hedgies in the garden, we have a few resident frogs. No pool or pond to speak of, apart from a ground level tray with water in for birds when they're too lazy to use the 'upper pool' - but those little frogs manage to survive. So here's what I made:
I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" white card blank

- snippet of white card stock, Strathmore's Mixed Media, onto white I stamped the images and sentiment using Black Archival ink and stamps from the so sweet Avery Elle 'Ribbit Ribbit' set

- then I chose a rust and beige patterned snippet which was tucked in the back of LOTV's 'Country Gent' paper pad, to match the colouring I wanted to do and backed it with white card just to make it more sturdy

- also found a green snippet for the backing layer - then I coloured the stamped images using Ziggies (which are pretty unforgiving in photos I see - in real life the blending looks quite good, sigh)

- fussy cut round the images leaving a narrow white border and set them aside 

- die cut the sentiment using a die from the MFT 'Stitched Fish tail STAX' set of dies and set it aside 

- using MFT's 'Rectangle Peek-a-boo Window' die, I die cut an aperture in the patterned paper layer and backed it with a snippet of white card

- ready to assemble the card now, so first of all I added the sentiment banner where I wanted it to go and snipped away the excess overhanging the left hand side of the patterned layer

- glued the patterned layer to the green snippet and then glued both to the card front

- assembled the little montage of images onto and into the aperture area using Collall All Purpose glue and also teeny pieces of thin sticky pad to add dimension

- then added googly eyes to the frog and clear Wink of Stella to the butterfly, bulrushes, lily and lily pad

- final touch was two shiny green Josy Rose nail heads to the left hand end of the sentiment banner, ages since I used those little cuties!

This is such a cheeky set of Avery Elle stamps, with some very 'froggy' sentiments. I now know there are matching dies (duh) but to be honest the images in this set are very easy to cut out freehand. And they're great for those difficult male cards too. I also used 'that' MFT stitched aperture die yet again (one of my very favourites needless to say!), and realised that the stitching doesn't show up too well on heavily patterned paper. But, it was a bit too late when I realised - plus of course I was planning around this fortnight's prize(s)!

And that leads nicely into our prize(s) this coming fortnight, which of course are:

Avery Elle's 'Ribbit Ribbit' stamp set and MFT's 'Rectangle Peek-a-Boo Window' die. I know, we've had the stitched rectangle die as a prize at least once or twice previously - but it's always so popular I thought there would still be people who would like it - and of course the prize can be split.

The Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 28th October. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

It's a maximum of ONE entry and please say in a comment if you wish to play and be a possible winner of the prize. As I already said, the prize is as above and I will happily split the die and the stamp set, in which case I'd do a further draw for the other item. 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 which is a MFT's 'Bold Stripes' Cover-up die plus MFT's 'Essential Sentiments' set of stamps, another lovely Guest Designer and my picks from the past two weeks.

Love from Parsnip and of course from me,


60 comments:

Hazel said...

Belated birthday greetings to Len - love the card. After weeks of absence from me (a lot still going on healthwise with poor John ... and trying to keep everything ticking over as well as looking after him) ... and then I find that I'm the first one here for this challenge ... because I'm up still blogging away with my own challenges, DT work, etc ... and generally trying to catch up with goings-on. xx

Glennis said...

I hope Len enjoyed his day, I love the cute card that you made him

Greta said...

Happy, happy birthday to Len! Bet he loved this super cute card, Di--the google eyes & nail heads are great elements! I'll play just for the die this time. Have a great week!

scrAPpamondo said...

Happy Birthday to your hubby! Your card for him is so fun and lovely! Fabulous frog with those googling eyes! :D

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hoppy birthday to you, Len!!!!
Woohooo!!! Birthdays are such fun... enjoy it do!
Lovely snippets card Di, I can’t quite believe I made it as no two in fortnight’s post, I nearly always fly in quite late these days, or so it seems.
Yes please tothe prize, seem to say no thanks more often than not, but really like these. Can see they would great for various purposes.
Hope you’re not too poorly Di,
Love Shaz.x

Jane Willis said...

Happy birthday Len! I'll be back with my card later today - yours is absolutely adorable and I'll definitely be playing for the prize
Jane

Aquarius said...

Happy birthday to Len and I hope you both have a great day out whenever it happens. I reckon it has to be a 'yes please' for an opportunity to maybe own the froggies and die - thanks.

Liz said...

Happy Birthday, Len! Hope you get to do the things you planned today.

Super card, Di, the googly eyes really bring the little frog to life.
I'm just playing for the die please. xx

Sandra H said...

Morning Di, Happy birthday Len hope your day will be a good one and the weather does stay good for you's ....your card is so sweet Di and the colouring on the frog is brilliant love the butterfly and the fact that all on your card is from the stamp set so lovely they are too! take care and enjoy your day xx

Janice said...

What a fun card for your hubby Di, I'm sure he loves it!
I'll be popping back with my card, but will be just playing for fun this time, thank you.
Janice x

Kathyk said...

Happy Birthday to Len

I'm off to rummage through my snippets!

Kathyk

Pat said...

Happy Birthday to Len and hope he has a great day. I think the little frog is very cute and I love the window die. If I get my card in I would love to play for just the die please. x

Mrs A. said...

Nitty Nora Di, you sure had a steady hand cutting out them there bulrushes! Mine would have been just a clump left and a tale of how I used the bulrushes for a table decoration!!
Happy Birthday Wishes to Len. So that's where all the frogs go. Wondered where they all were yesterday.
Keep finding Palmate newts in the undergrowth as I'm tidying the garden up and put em back in the pond.
No birds flying around today the wind is getting up. Hugs Mrs A.

Brenda in IN said...

I love this card you made for him. Frogs always make me smile on a card! Happy Birthday to Len and many happy wishes. Enjoy your birthday holidays.

Kath said...

A great card and I'm sure Len loves it too. I'll be in the playground soon and would love a chance to win the prize.
Kath x

Bonnie said...

Just popping in to say hi. Jack is wanting to make some cards so I'd better go supervise. See you again later.

Kathleen said...

Birthday wishes to Len.
Super fun card.

Kath x

Lynne in NI said...

Heeee I love Len's card, such a sweet little froggy! My SIL would LOVE some frogs in her garden, closest she ever got was a chocolate frog my brother left for her by their pond :)
Yes please to be in your draw x

vinita jain said...

Happy Birthday to your hubby! Love this cute froggy, super fun creation Di!
Would love to win this fabulous set, a big Yes Di!

Glennis said...

Yes please for the prize

brenda said...

Happy Birthday Len, 39 again I presume.

B x

SARN said...

Oh! Now that IS a cute card. LOVE it.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Happy Birthday to Len, I love the gorgeous card that you've made him Di. Sorry I've not been for a play lately I've just been so busy. Playing for fun this time.

Sue xx

kbrandy4 said...

Hi Di! I haven't been here for a while, I've missed seeing your fun cards.
Hugs Hazel x

KandA said...

Happy Belated Birthday to Len and I hope you had a fabulous day full of lots of fun and birthday treats.

Love your card Miss Di, that frog with his googly eyes is super. Yes please to going in the hat for the prize this time - that MFT die is still on my wishlist xx

Carol L said...

Birthday wishes heading Len's way today, even if they're late. What a fun card with that adorable frog! I'm sure he got a good chuckle from it. Yes please to the fun prize this week - it's too cute to walk away from :)

Em Louise Fairley said...

Belated birthday wishes for Len. Gorgeous card and I'll be back with an entry at some point, so it's a yes please from me xoxo

Fikreta said...

Belated birthday wishe!
card is super adorable!
love it!
I will try to participate :)
hugs

Valerija said...

Beautiful card. Love the cute frog.
Yes for the prize please.
Valerija xx

KathyA. said...

Thanks and yes please to the prizes! (myasperations)

Darnell said...

Happy Date Late Birthday, Len! I wish I'd come to your place when I visited last year. I'd love to see your little garden that is paradise for so many sweet critters!! Your froggy card for "Papa" Len is terrific! I am now going to look at my various froggy stamps with new eyes since now I know they work so well for difficult males!! BTW, well done fussy-cutting, Di!! Hugs, Darnell

Swissie said...

Hi dear Di,
Great birthday card! Belated birthday wishes for Len also from me.
This time I only want to play.
Hugs, Liv

Viv's Visuals said...

Hello Miss!
We're down in your part of the world on Sunday - hoping the weather is kind!
Missing the playground - hardly any time - popped in with a card this week - not very inspired but wanted to show my face in the playground.
Hope all is well with you and hope the 'old man' enjoyed his birthday! x

scrAPpamondo said...

I entered with my project. Yes please for the chance in the draw :)

SHartl said...

Well happy birthday to Len and I'm sure he loved that adorable little froggy birthday card! Yes please to the prize, because who wouldn't just jump for joy to win that cute set?!

Carole said...

Love the froggy birthday card you made, Di! Yes please for the chance to win. x

April Cheetham said...

Belated birthday wishes to Len! Love your splendid frog! We have a pond here and it is Frog World. You have to watch where you're walking at certain times of the year. Can feel like a biblical plague! Yes please to lovely prize. Bigs hugs to you and the Parsnippy one xx

Diane said...

Super cute cute froggie card!! Yes for the draw but only for the stamp set as have the die...purchased after I saw it here on your blog awhile back and just had to have it lol!!

Linby said...

Much as I love your super card can I just play for the die pretty please x

Barb said...

I seem to have got into a mess Di as I thought I'd already entered and wished Len a Happy Birthday. I hope you both enjoyed a good day!

Your card is so sweet. I love your cute little frog and the funny sentiment. Would love to be included for the prize. Barbxx

Mrs A. said...

Forgot yo say Miss. Just playing for fun. Hugs Mrs A.

Trina P. said...

Hello Di! Your froggy card for Len is adorable. Happy birthday to Len as well.
Yes please to the prize.
Enjoy your weekend. Trina xx

Lady Joyful said...

Such an adorable frog! Hope Len had a great birthday. Yes please to the prize :) xx

Majda said...

Happy Birthday to Len and hope he has a great day :-)
Super cute cute froggie card Di!
Yes for the prize please.
Hugs, Majda

Preeti D. (aka Dutt Preety) said...

such a cute card :) love the punny sentiment! yes please to the wonderful prize thanks :)
hugs
preeti

Jeanne H said...

Playing just for fun. I have the wonderful die offered. If you read my blog and notice the card was damaged, know that I can salvage the big leaf and the tiny on inside to re-do! Does it count that the die cutting are snippets?

Donna said...

Hello Di. Long time, no see! Been busy beavering away with new DT - which is good medicine for me! Snuck this make in as it uses up my DT scraps perfectly. Naughty me! Yes please to prize pot. Hope you are well? Donna. xxx

AlisonC said...

I'm sure Len enjoyed this, the googly eyes are just perfect. In spite of knowing plenty of difficult males, I'll just play for the die please. x

Bonnie Lynn said...

I just discovered your blog challenge. I would love to play along for the prize please. I need to use up a lot of scraps. :)

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Di, you are the best!! :-)
I would LOVE to play for both prizes ... they are both so awesome!
There are so many awesome cards to check out here.

Heather said...

This is super cute! I love those googly eyes!! I'm going to play just for fun this week, thanks!

Karenladd said...

Well Len is going to love this card and I hope the weather held for your celebration. I'm sure you made sure it was unfrogettable! Okay, now that I got that pun out of my system I will say that your card is absolutely adorable and I love the googly eyes. Yes please to this fun prize!

Sandra H said...

Morning Di.....Just playing for fun take care xx

EdenLand Designs said...

Adorable card, once again, Di!! I would love to be in the draw for the fab prize :)
Susan Sudbury

Craftychris said...

Happy Belated Birthday to Len! I bet he adored his wonderfully cute card! Please can I just play for the stamp set? I already have the die - thank you so much for the chance! Hugs to you and Parsnip of course xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Bonnie said...

This is the happiest frog I've ever seen! He must be really glad to wish Len a happy birthday! So nice to get by here for fun!

Bonnie said...

Oops. I see that I entered twice. Sorry that I'd forgotten. I seem to be doing that a lot lately. You can take one out. I'm playing for fun anyway. Seems I'm having more fun than usual!

Marjeta said...

Stamps are adorable and die is perfect to make frame. Just love them. I would love to be in the draw.

Tina Z. said...

What a fun card, super cute!
yes for the prize, please.
Have a great weekend.
hugs xx

Di said...

Ha, ha! Yes, I did delete the second entry when I spotted this comment. But, you could always enter your card when the new Mr Linky opens tomorrow as I do allow a little bit of back linking :) xx