Sunday, 21 January 2018

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Weeks 317 and 318

Well folks, we're finally back into the usual fortnightly routine in the Snippets Playground. All of the sand erasers and also the grand Christmas Draw prizes have been sent on their way...........although Maxine hasn't claimed hers as yet. I'll give it another week and then redraw for it if I don't hear anything. Just hope all is OK with the weird weather we've been having and flu germs flying all over the place etc.

My snippets card for this fortnight came about when Tara, of Seven Hills Crafts, very kindly donated a cute stamp set for the Playground. It popped up unexpectedly in an order a little while before Christmas and I wanted to share it with you as soon as possible. There was a duplicate set of stamps for me to play with as well - and this is what I made:
I used:

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

- a snippet of patterned paper glued on to cover the whole of the card front. I was hunting for something Japanese in style but found this instead, which contained all the colours I wanted to use for the little images and a spot of paper piecing

- then I die cut a snippet of white card using a Lil'Inkers 'Stitched Rectangle' die - and set it aside for the time being

- used Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink to stamp a real selection of little images onto another snippet of white card and also a piece of the patterned paper (the hat and vase - for paper piecing). The Misti was invaluable for getting nice solid black patches on the little pandas - and the cute set of stamps is by MFT - called 'Sushi Date' 

- coloured in all the images using Faber Castell 'Polychromos' pencils - matching them to the patterned paper as I went

- ha, then the fun began! I spent a happy couple of hours carefully cutting around all the images by hand, leaving narrow white borders and popping them into a little plastic container as I went for fear of losing any of them

- then added each main piece to the stitched edge rectangle of white card I'd cut earlier, to build up the scene

- the little die cut hat comes with the V shape finishing off the top. I dealt with that by placing the paper piecing hat where I wanted it to be on the bear's head (poor little thing, I had to give the ears a bit of a trim!) and then placing it on the card front and lightly drawing a pencil mark around the top of the hat's intended position. That meant I had a guide to use a fine line black pen to draw the V shape before erasing the pencil line and then popping the 'hatted bear' in place

- at that point I took the risky step of stamping the sentiment with a lot of the scene already in place. The reason I felt confident enough was because of using the Misti plus the fact that MFT stamps always work so well giving a clean, crisp result. Also, I did a little trial run on a spare piece of card - as well as using an acetate grid to position the sentiment in the first place :) It's called the 'belt, braces and double knicker elastic' technique

- then I glued the white rectangle 'scene' to the patterned card front and added all the other bits and pieces of food - right down to the little green whirl of wasabi!

- final touch was to add some light grey to 'ground' the vase and bears and also add Glossy Accents to the eyes 

This is such a cute set of stamps, and a total delight to work with - although I was a bit daunted before I got going I'll admit! There are dies to match this stamp set apparently, but they aren't essential as there are no really awkward bits to hand trim. I do buy matching dies but it's generally only when I feel that the images really would be too tricky to trim.

So, here's this week's Snippets Playground prize:
And a huge thank you to Tara for offering this lovely prize - some of the sentiments are 'raw-some' indeed - I've increased the size of the photo so you can see them easily)! A perfect stamps set for anyone who likes sushi - or even just the clever play on words in the sentiments.

I love to look at sushi (perfect little works of art really) and in Terminal 3 at Heathrow Airport there's a sushi bar (called Yo! I think) with a selection of ready portioned and quite delicious looking things to pick which  roll past the seated diners on a circular conveyor belt. All neatly enclosed in clear domed dishes (sushi, not the diners - silly!). But, so far, we haven't ventured to try it - I'm not sure about raw fish somehow.

As I mentioned earlier in this post, Tara and her husband Rick own Seven Hills Crafts - and for us here in the UK it's a real treasure trove of USA craft goodies which we can't usually get our little paws on. Over Christmas and New Year Tara and hubby moved their home and business and it was dreadful not being able to order during that period of time. No wonder I've gone a bit mad since! The Playground toy box is looking quite healthy again, after the big Christmas purge. I just can't help myself, sigh.

BTW. I mentioned sand erasers earlier in this post. I do have a rubberised glue eraser which generally works well but one stubborn little bit came off perfectly with the sand eraser as a last resort! Yay!

As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 3rd February. 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. 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 winners of last fortnight's Lawn Fawn 'Shammy' stamp cleaners. We won't have a guest designer as I just haven't had a chance to contact anyone to ask in plenty of time and this coming week is a busy one for me. Thank you so much to those of you who have offered your services - you're on my little list :) I'll be showing my 'picks' from last fortnight of course.

Remember, it's ScrappyMo's Rudolph Days challenge from the 25th (I might make a snippets card for next Sunday just for Rudolph Day, but with no prize as this one will still be running). You also have a little bit of time to enter Darnell's new 'Twofers' challenge if you're quick!

Love from Parsnip (he's totally back to normal now - whatever THAT is!) and of course from me,

73 comments:

  1. oh your card is so cute!
    I will play in this challenge!
    lots of hugs

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  2. Gorgeous card. Would love to be entered into the draw. Thank you so much

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  3. Darling card, Ms Di! Good timing, too, as I think it was just Panda Day--or was it Penguins?!--can't remember--haha! I'll just play for fun.

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  4. Such a fun card Di, I haven't tried sushi either and agree it looks so neat and colourful! Have a great week, Cathy x

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  5. Awwww! This is sooo cute with such fun! Love the colorful chevron P and Paper piecing! Will love to play and will come back soon again Di!
    Would love to win this cute stamp set!

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  6. Super cute card Di. I loveeee pandas. Would love to play for the cute prize. Will hopefully link up a snippets crafty make soon :)
    Hugs

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  7. How cute and fun card! :D Love the punny sentiment and the Japanese style!!! Great paper piecing, too!

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  8. What a really cute card, especially for anyone who is a sushi fan (definitely not me - yuk!!) and the humorous words are great too. I'll be along to play later with a bit of luck - too dark to do much yet this morning and raining steadily too - I so hate these DARK days.

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  9. So cute, Di, and I agree on the winning combination of Misti plus MFT stamps. They do stamp beautifully,.

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    1. And yes, please throw my name into the hat for this cute prize.

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  10. Aww that is one CUTE panda card and I love the sentiment that you chose to go with your scene. WOW - you really do have the patience of a saint to cut that lot out and stick it on AND paper piece too! TOP MARKS!

    You said you have a busy week ahead . . . but I hope you get some relaxation added into it somewhere. Don't want that back of yours to play up now do we?

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  11. A lovely card Di and such a sweet sentiment too! I'll be in the playground soon but I'm just playing for fun this time.

    BTW, my sand eraser saved my latest creation from going into the bin. I had a smudge on the white card and very, very carefully I was able to use the eraser to remove the ink. It took me a while as I rubbed gently on the surface and from different angles, but it all came off and there was no mark on the surface of the card. They're magic!

    Kath x

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  12. Hi Di,
    oh this card is so cute and what a stinning design.
    Love the wonderful snippet of paper used it looks so oriental.
    Superb fussy cutting of those stamps and I love the glossy accents in their eyes.
    Will be back later with my entry for this fortnight.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  13. Awww, what an adorable card - and I LOVE those sentiments, so yes please to the chance of winning the stamps.
    I've never really fancied sushi but it's the cold sticky rice and the seaweed that put me off - I've had raw fish served in other ways and love it! I was shocked the first time I tried ceviche - I'd expected to hate it so took the tiniest nibble, just to be polite - then wolfed down my whole plateful and would cheerfully have eaten a second helping! Since then I've eaten it quite often and even made it, and I've had raw tuna canapes a few times too.
    Jane

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  14. Such a sweet card Di, this stamp set is so very cute, count me in for the prize draw : )

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  15. Gorgeous card Di. Love the Japanese style.
    I will just play for fun.

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  16. Your card is so much fun - even though like you - I cannot bring myself to taste sushi because my mind keeps reminding me it's raw fish! Playing just for fun this week :)

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  17. Cute stamps and a really fun and pretty card with lots of detail Di. I love that geometric paper which goes beautifully. Just playing for fun this time. x

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  18. This is the cutest card! I love the paper piecing and the paper you used is just perfect! It just made me smile at how cute it is.

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  19. What a lovely card this is. The little pandas are so cute and I love the paper choice too Di. I love the funny sentiments. I have to say I don't like sushi very much but would love to play for this fun set. I would be happy to go onto your GD list. Barbxx

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  20. What a super design paper you have picked to go with the card. Just playing for fun this time. Hugs Mrs A.

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  21. Such adorable little pandas, Di! Love your card design. I hope I find time to play along but it'll be just for fun. :-D

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  22. Thank you for your lovely comment. You've made me feel right at home lol. This isnt my first time as I used to be a regular poster on my blog 4 years ago and was in a few DT teams too but like you said a lot had changed since I came back and many blogs have dissapeared. It's lovely to be back with a brand new hip too lol. Thank again

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  23. You are such a patient cardmaker. That was a lot of cutting and paper piecing!
    A lot of hard work but well worth it as this is one sweet card!

    i eat sushi but not the raw fish type. I like the ones where the fish is cooked!

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  24. Your card is fabulous Di! Oh yesh please for these wee cuties, I love anything oriental and these would be so very useful for our little niece and anyone else and me lol! Hope you and Mr Len are keeping well, tell our Parsnip I have some blackcurrant cassis, yummy! Thank you for the Playground too Di xx

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  25. Awwww super cute sushi card Di! What a great tip about putting the cut outs into a little plastic container ... so simple and yet it would never have crossed my mind! I couldn't tell you the amount of times I've lost bits, spent half an hour looking for them, re-doing them, and then, of course, finding the lost bits ;)
    Thanks also for the pointer to the white watercolour paper (and for your kind offer) - I've ordered some up so it should hopefully be here soon xx
    Oh, and yes please to be in your draw!!

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  26. Really fabulous card, super papers and love the paper piecing and the eyes look just fabulous, a card to bring out a wide smile, me thinks.

    Kath x

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  27. Please do not include me in the drawing for the panda stamp set. You have tempted me though. I don't think I could possibly think of anything as cute as the project you have come up with for it. -Higgledy Piggledy

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  28. Di, I did not mean to enter twice. The link for entry #12 is not working. I can't find a way to delete. Maybe there is a way for you to do it. Sorry. Seems like I'm getting deeper and deeper into trouble. Higgledy Piggledy

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  29. It's a wonderful card. Love those cute pandas. I would love to play along for this cute stamp set. I have to get working and make something.

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  30. I love your gorgeous card Di, those pandas are so cute. I'm playing just for fun this time.

    Sue xx

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  31. Super card Miss Di and II love those little Pandas. Will come back later to play... but just for fun xx

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  32. Such a sweet card die. I should be entering a card next week, so it's a yes please from me for the prize xoxo

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  33. A wonderful card, Di!
    I am back, at last. And this time I only want to play.
    Hugs, Liv

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  34. Lovely card Di! Yes please, I love pandas and I love sushi!! When I went to Japan I did find eating sushi for breakfast a bit of a stretch, but my goodness I felt very healthy when I came back! Thank you so much for the eraser. It has already come in so handy for a number of 'creative messes'. Hugs, April Xx

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  35. A great fun card Di, you certainly have some serious patience! I will be playing for fun this time.
    Janice x

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  36. Diane, your card is so cute. As you will see in my blog post, I hope to CASE your card using a panda stamp set I own. BUT, I really would like to win the wonderful prize of your panda stamp set that is being offered!

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  37. Such cute pandas. I'd like to win them for sure!

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  38. I'm back Miss. Have been good and linked up a card now - cos I think them there Pandas are luverly (not as luverly as Parsnip of course) - so yes please to the chance to own! x

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  39. Love the adorable card! Yes please to the prize :D

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  40. This is so cute! I love how you paper pieced parts of the images; so fun! I would love to play for the prize this week, thanks!

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  41. What an adorable card <3 I would love to play along for a chance to win the adorable stamps!! Perfect for my sushi loving, panda crazed adopted daughter!!!
    Hugs,
    Susan Sudbury

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  42. What a fun card...the Panda couple sure do seem to be having fun. Please dont include me in the draw this time...playing just for fun!
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia

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  43. your card is so cute!
    I will play in this challenge, yes for the prize.
    Hugs, Chantal S

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  44. Your card is adorable Di, almost enough to tempt me, but I don't do sushi. (or as the guy who was our Congresssman at the time said when sushi first became popular in the U.S. -- "We do have sushi in Georgia. We just call it bait.")

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  45. Adorable card, Di, I love the paper piecing. As I was lucky enough to be one of the winners in the Christmas Draw as well as winning one of the sand erasers, I'm just playing for fun this week. xx

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  46. Yes please, those pandas are adorable. I love your card :D
    Thanks,
    Katrina xx

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  47. Super-cute card, Di. Thank you for another fabulous challenge!!! Yes, please to the prize. So much fun!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  48. Oh my goodness, this is one cute card and that stamp set is on my wish list! My whole family LOVES sushi (including the grandgirls) so this would get a real workout in my craft room. You did a beautiful job with your card and the glossy accents add just that extra bit of wow! Yes please, with a cherry on top!

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  49. Yes to this adorable prize, as you've made it look even cuter with your fun paper piecing and yummy dinner scene! Now you've made me crave sushi for my own dinner!!

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  50. You've created such a cute card with this wonderful set (would love to be a happy prize winner!). The paper piecing looks amazing. I love sushi and I encourage you to try it out -there's no feel of anything "raw" when you eat it. It's yummy! Try salmon nigiri first, take both soy and a bit of wasabi to go with it and I bet you'll like it! Have a fun weekend.

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  51. Pleased to have found you and happy to be linking up my card for a chance at that yummy prize!

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  52. Thanks, you made me laugh as usual. I couldn't decide if it was naive art or just simple! I can't wait 'til Wed now to see your naughty step card. Anyway I'm glad you like it, it was fun to make and that is probably what matters.
    Your pandas are very cute and I love the crazy hat and the zig zag background. I'm just playing for fun this week. xxx

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  53. Just popped back with Dad's final snippets xx

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  54. Bit later than usual with my entry this time - just playing for fun

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  55. Hi Miss Di and the lovely Parsnip.
    Yes please if I'm lucky.
    Managed to get back with my entry at last and it is also a buuterfly entry too.
    Commented on your card earlier.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  56. Love your card, finally found the time to do some blogging and card making. Glad to see the playground still here offering lots of inspiration to everyone at playtime.

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  57. Velly cute card Miss, tempted to say yes please but think i will say no thanks.. my brain / crafty supply has stamp overload at the moment I've decided...managed finally to post again!! so behind in posting.
    must go.. trust you are well thanks for running this wonderful snippetty playground challenge!!
    hugs and prayer, Shaz in oz.x

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  58. A super cute card and your paper is perfect for the images! Yes please I would like to play. Thank you x

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  59. Love your card! Definitely yes please for the cute (and very versatile) stamp set -- love the sentiments.

    Hugs,
    Eemeli

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  60. I would love to enter and have a chance to win. YES

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  61. Cute card...I have linked my creation..Pls count me in..

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  62. Gorgeously cute card! I am just playing for fun this time. Hugs xxx

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  63. Thank you for your comment on my card. I am new to your challenge. I had so many "snippets" I am challenging myself to use them.

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    1. Join the club Suzanne! We're all trying to beat the snippets back - and yet still they keep multiplying, sigh. x

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  64. yes please for the prize - thanks Di

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  65. Hi Di, well I am glad to say we have our internet and broadband back now after 3 weeks being "broken" phone line also off. Took ages for BT to sort out a new cable was needed in the village - 5 properties affected.

    Would love to be entered into the prize draw.

    Hope you are well and hugs and love being sent x

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  66. What a fun stamp set. Love those Panda's. Yes please!

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  67. Your card is so cute, Di. You made it an easy yes for me. 😊
    Trina xx

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  68. Hello, Di! Long time no see! I have returned to my blog and I am excited to join your snippets challenges again! Your card is soooooooo cute - I am really loving pandas lately! Your paper-piecing is adorable! As for the prize, that is a great big giant YES - I would love to win! Hope to join you now on a regular basis again - thank you for inspiring me to use my snippets and scraps!

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  69. Oh my goodness!! You are the QUEEN of snippets! What a fabulous card & thank you SO much for popping by to see me ~ thrilled to be able to join in your fabulous challenge! Hugs!! Christi

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  70. So cute - love the paper piecing!
    I'm playing just for fun this time.
    Helen x

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