Sunday, 3 September 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 297 and 298

Ha! Here we go again with a new fortnight and my snippets card.

When this publishes, Mrs A, myself, Helen of 'Mum's Monkey' and all the practically life sized Monkeys we own will be attending a 'little Monkey Convention' in Swindon. Heaven help us - it promises to be just a little bit chaotic to say the very least!

I had some problems when this post first published - for some reason I'd lost Megan's photo of her lovely card and also there was no link to her blog. Hope this is all sorted out now - here we go again!

Time was very precious in the lead up to 'Monkey Convention' and I made something quite quick - using two fabulous stamps so kindly sent to me by Megan. But first of all, we have Megan herself again as a Guest Designer as she then very sweetly made a brilliant card using the same stamps:
And this is what Megan said about her GD card:

I recently discovered Darkroom Door Stamps are a smallish Aussie company and purchased three sets of the same stamps… one for me and the other as a small thank you to Di for running the ever popular Snippets Playground, with an extra set for the toy box… spreading some love for one of our Home grown stamp company in the process. Miss Di was unaware that I had posted anything and I received an excited email after the surprise package arrived, with a huge thank you from Di.

I think Di does an amazing job running Snippets Playground and giving away so many prizes to all of the class mates all over the world. A Huge thank you to Di for all the fun and giggles and encouragement to use up those little bits and pieces from my scrap box along the way, and a huge Thank you for having me as a Guest Designer again.

On to my card, my Sister-in-Law started off my collection of spray inks a few years ago and I have of course added to them and spent some time making a mess, I mean creating a few backgrounds with them in various colours to set aside for later use making various sizes based on how much white paper and card I had laying around, from small 3 inch squares to whole A4 sheets. I used two spray inks for the main background Crushed Grape and London Blue and I’m guessing Cherry Pie and Lemon Zest on the butterfly all from Dylusions.
I stamped the butterfly directly onto one of the smaller pieces of cardstock and the sentiment onto another two white snippets (do they breed when I’m not looking???) and heat embossed them both with Black glossy embossing powder. I fussy cut the butterfly and sentiment out, laying them on the card before deciding to get out one of my stencils and some white ink to add more interest in the background, carefully inking directly on the card with the ink pad moving the stencil around so the pattern would be a little random. Another CCD die arrived around that time that I thought looked perfect for more interest and I used yet another white snippet to cut one, which was then cut in two pieces and placed behind the butterfly. I finally stuck everything down adding foam dots behind the butterfly to give some more dimension finishing off the card with a few sequins from a local discount store.


And this is my effort - not as good as Megan's (for a start it didn't even cross my mind to chop up the stamped sentiment!) but I did have such fun making it and just going a bit mad colouring the butterfly:
I used:

-  DL white card blank

- a snippet of orange SU card for the 'border/frame'

- another snippet of white card onto which I stamped the image and sentiment - using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink - the Misti was a real life saver when aligning the stamps. The stamps are made by Darkroom Door and are clled 'Butterfly' and 'Stand Out'

- then coloured in parts of the butterfly using any bright and dazzling gelly roll or sparkly pen I could find

- trimmed the centre panel down and then trimmed the orange border frame - just by a whisker!

- glued them together than glued the assembled panel onto the card front - and called it done!

Thank you so much for your really kind words, GD card and all the effort you put into this Megan - and of course this week's prize - with a little added bit from me as well:

It's both of the Darkroom Door stamps - 'Butterfly' and 'Stand Out' (very kindly donated by Megan, all the way from Oz where they're made). Plus a set of Joanna Sheen stamps on plain grey rubber called 'Pressed Flower' from me - those have been in the toy box for quite a while so I thought they would make a nice addition to Megan's lovely donation.

The Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 16th September. 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. The prize is the two Darkroom Door stamps plus the Joanna Sheen set together as a single prize, unless you really do only want to try for a 'split' - 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 (Memory Box die called 'Dragonfly stems - Left Corner' and Clearly Besotted's 'Say What?' set of assorted sentiments), another Guest Designer and my picks from the past two weeks.

Thank you for the feedback about a possible 'theme' in the Playground now and again. At some point we'll give it a whirl - but to make things easy (I like easy!!) you will still have the option of making an 'anything goes' snippets make instead. We don't DO stress in the Playground! 

Love from Parsnip and of course from me,

58 comments:

  1. Hope you're all having a marvelous time at the Monkey Convention--not that I have any idea what you're talking about--haha! I can't see Megan's card--will try again later. Yours is so fun, Di--love the multi-colored butterfly & great sentiment! I'll just play for fun.

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  2. Oooh ..... excited to be the first one. Have a great time wherever it is you're going ..... sounds like fun.
    I can't see Megan's card either .... will pop back later. Love your colourful butterfly though xx

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  3. Ha ha your monkey convention sounds fun..I hope you are having a ball Di. I will pop back to see Megan's card..it sounds lovely. I love your version,such a gorgoues butterfly.Yes please to the prize and I agree re anything goes being pretty stress free and all inclusive.I love the playground because it is totally that. Take care, we're off to see the crew in S'Ton today. Thanks as always,hugs xx

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  4. I hope it's all going to plan and everyone behaving themselves - you as well Di ! Early to play this time round before I forget, think blogger may be playing up as he's not showing me any photos so you will know why I'm not mentioning your card.

    B x

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  5. As with those above, I can't see megan's card, but yours is fun. I love the multi-coloured butterfly, and the sentiment. Hopefully I will find time to play this week. Kate x

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  6. Good luck with all those monkeys... LOL I can't see Megan's card, but your is stunning! Fabulous butterfly and striking sentiment!

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  7. It all sound really interesting Di so l hope you all have an amazing time together also Megans card isn't showing on your post hopefully it will be sorted and l will come back and have a look take care xx

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  8. I can't see the card either ... Hope the monkey convention went spectacularly, hope you will share pix too

    Kathyk

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  9. No idea what a monkey convention is, but it sounds fun. Love your beautiful butterfly and all the fab coloring. I can't see Megan's card either. I know it's lovely with that fab stamp, tho. Yes, please to the prizes this time around.

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  10. Enjoy your monkey convention. Look forward to seeing Megan's card and link later. Playing for fun this time.

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  11. Will check back again to see Megan's card. Love your butterfly! I'm going to be playing for fun again this week. :-D

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  12. Hi Miss Di, and the lovely Parsnip.
    Congrats to Megan on her GD spot, and being so generous with the prize.
    I will pop back later to look at Mrgan's card or better still I will visit her blog.
    Your card Di is so colourful and what a beautiful butterfly stamped image.
    Love that wonderful sentiment.
    Hope all went well with your Monkey convention.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  13. I was unable to comment on Megan's blog because I'm not part of Google + and reluctant to sign up. Well done to her for making a lovely card for the blog this week (I tracked it down by going back to the last list of challenge entries). Love the card and what a good idea to cut the sentiment into sections.

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  14. Megan's card is just stunning with a great background, but as Aquarius stated just above - I'm not a fan of Google + and won't sign up for it so I'm also unable to leave comments for her. Your card is gorgeous too Die, and I love how you colored that pretty butterfly! I hope you are all having fun together and NOT behaving much either! Hah! See you when you return :) Playing just for fun this week, but thanks for another fun challenge that enables me to use my snippets!

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  15. I hope you have been having a good weekend with Mrs A and Helen, monkeying around, if you will excuse the pun..lol. I have never heard of a monkey convention but hopefully there will be some photos shortly. Anyway Meghan's card looks fabulous in that pretty purple and love the bit of stencilling she has placed behind the prettily coloured butterfly. Your card is really pretty too and the butterfly looks great with the mix of colours you have used and the sentiment goes perfectly. x

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  16. Great take on Megan's card and as if you didn't know, if I get chance to enter this week I will be playing for fun. Love the sentiment though.
    Hope you have a great time with Mrs A, watch out for that Norm though, looks like a card shark to me.

    Kath x

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  17. Congratulations to Megan on her GD spot. I love both cards made by you and Megan, so different from each other even though the stamps are the same.

    Hope you enjoyed your weekend, sounds like it was going to be fun.

    I'll be back later, but just playing for fun this time. xx

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  18. I think you did a wonderful job on your version of the butterfly card, and that sentiment looks great either way. I saw a photo of the stuffed monkeys on Mrs. A's blog and couldn't stop laughing!! What fun that must be...and you'll have to show us photos after wards! Yes please to the beautiful butterfly prize and sentiment! Have a great trip!

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    1. Stuffed monkeys indeed. You have totally hurt their feelings. No playing on the swings for you this week. Hugs Mrs A.

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  19. That a fabulous butterfly and an absolutely striking sentiment. I am so much keen to know about that monkey convention feels crazy and fun.

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  20. Hope the monkey convention was a total blast.

    Just uploaded my snippets entry - YES PLEASE this week, to an entry in the draw

    Happy Monday

    Kathyk

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  21. I"m in, please. Very nice butterfly. Thank you for the challenge. [Bunny]

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  22. I bet you had a lovely time and lots of Monkey Business on your fun trip.

    Two gorgeous and entirely different cards made with this fortnight's prizes - showing off the versatility of the stamps.

    Congrats to Megan on her GD spot.
    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  23. Great post Di, you are certainly having a lovely time with your playground!

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  24. A lovely card and have a great time this weekend. I'll be in the playground soon and would love a chance to win these fab stamps.
    Kath x

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  25. Well that monkey convention must be about as fun as a barrel of monkeys!! (sorry, couldn't resist). Your card is just beautiful and Yes to the prize. I love the two different samples (yours and Megan's) that show the sentiment done two different ways. I sometimes cut my sentiments up in in order to fit them into a smaller space but the word strip option is another creative approach. Thanks for always challenging us to use those scraps and get our crafty mojo going!

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  26. I entered with my popup card and Yes, please, for entering in the draw!

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  27. Oooooh....what lovely cards and fabulous prize!!! How nice of Megan to send Di these stamps to play with, also! Yes, please to the whole shebang!
    Thank you for another fun time at the playground!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  28. Your card looks great! I like the sentiment..it is eye catching!

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  29. Ohhh Misss, what a wonderful gift to the playground, LOVE Megan's card and already said so, 'cos I get her emails 😊
    Great work on your part too do love a DL or similar shaped card for a change, it does stand out!!
    Three lovely prizes so yes please...
    And wow, I'd love to take my two naughty monkeys to a monkey convention too, what fun, am sir eyou all had grand old time.
    Hugs and prayers Di, from sunny, too dry, drought-like Downunder.
    Shaz in Oz.xxxxx

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  30. Lovely cards, I like the way you've both made completely different cards, they both look fab. Is it possible that I can play just for that gorgeous butterfly stamp please Di, if not I'll happily just play for fun x

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  31. Such beautiful cards... and I can't wait to hear about the convention. Grin.
    Hugs,
    Em xoxox

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  32. Your posts are always such fun to read Di and hehe hope you are having fun monkeying around!!
    Do count me in on the prize draw
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia

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  33. Hi Miss Di & the lovely Parsnip.
    Yes please.
    I'm back with my entry for this fortnights challenge.
    I managed to comment on Megan's card on her blog.
    Thank you for all your hard work involved in this wonderful challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  34. No thanks to the prizes . . . but love to play along. -higgledy-piggledy

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  35. Great cards from both you and Megan! Love how you colored that butterfly, Di!! Can't wait to see photos from the monkey convention! I'm assuming someone taught those monkeys how to use a camera so they can turn it on you and Mrs. A.! tee hee!! Hugs, Darnell

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  36. I love both butterfly cards, great to see two completely different interpretations. I am happy to get to play here again at last and yes please to be in the draw.
    Jean x

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  37. Beautiful butterflys. Love to participate in your beautiful challenge. I really want to be in the draw for prize.

    Marjeta

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  38. Hope you had a lovely time at the monkey convention! I'm back in circulation at long last, it's so lovely to be crafting again! I'd love to go in the hat for the gorgeous stamps
    Jane

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  39. Megan's card is just beautiful and how nice of her to donate toward the prize. Your card is so fun too. This sentiment is just a great one, especially for young people who haven't quite found their way yet. I am happy to play along today and go in the hat for the prize. Have a great day!

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  40. Fabulous cards...love that gorgeous butterfly!
    I'm a 'yes please' for the prize draw :0)
    Helen x

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  41. I hope you had a fab time away with your friends!
    A gorgeous card you have made Di, I hope to play along soon.
    Janice x

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  42. Megan's card is so adorable xx

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  43. Hello Miss Di! Love Megan's beautiful card!
    And Your butterfly is so precious wit such an amazing sentiment!
    Count me In for the Prize draw!

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  44. Hope you have fun at monkey convention Di! Beautiful cards from both you and Megan! Yes please for super prize :-) Hugs, April Xx

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  45. Fabulous cards, I love that gorgeous butterfly! This time I play just for fun :-)
    Have a great time this weekend.
    Hugs, Majda.

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  46. Fabulous cards from you both, super butterfly and a great sentiment too. Just playing for fun this week xx

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  47. Hi Di, beautiful card. just playing for fun this time.

    hugs xx
    Meena

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  48. Two fabulous and completely different cards using the same set! It's cool how each designer's touch changes everything! Think I'll just play for fun this week, thanks!

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  49. Beautiful cards from you both! Yes please to the prize :)

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  50. Gorgeous cards from you and Megan and thanks for the chance to win the beautiful stamps. That sentiment made me think of my Meg straight away! If I were to win I'd make her something with it, definitely! Sorry I haven't been over for a while. Hope you let me in and I promise to stay away from the hooch, lol

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  51. Hi Di your card is gorgeous the butterfly is beautiful and I love the sentiment. Yes please to the prize. Take care. Hugs Jackie

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  52. Both cards are beautiful and splitting the sentiment like that makes them look totally different. Yes please stick me in the pot this time. Hugs Mrs A.

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  53. Hi Di and all the lovely ladies above too, thank you for having me as a guest designer again and many thanks for all the lovely comments both here and on the blog, I'm playing just for fun ;-) Have a wonderful week... Megan

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  54. Hi its my first time here and I found you through Megan's blog and so glad I did! I hope I understood well that snippets meant using our scraps? I'm playing just for fun. Thanks for this fun challenge! Gwendolyn

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  55. it is great to see your different cards, both are impressive.
    Yes please to the prize.
    have a great weekend.
    hugs xx

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