Sunday 30 July 2023

Results of Challenge #458

Let's leap straight into the three top picks in numerical order for Challenge #458, which was 'Christmas in July':

What a great card from Suzanne H. Loads of snippets which 'gel' together beautifully - and so festive for Christmas! Love it!

Beautiful set of snippets cards from Emma T - a Playmate who is always inspirational in the Playground! I just LOVE mistletoe at Christmas - although, with having Dudley Dog, ours are 'realistic' but artificial. Don't know if it's true about the berries being poisonous or not but we try not to take chances!

And my third choice is from Carrie HERE - who used lots of snippets for her lovely Christmas card. Also, there's a current craze for using six 6" x 6" designer papers, cutting them into a prescribed pattern and then making a bunch of 15 cards incorporating the 'snippets'. Looks like fun - check out Carrie's blog for more detail and links!

The randomly drawn winner of the bundle of Christmas goodies is:

To claim your prize, please send an email using the Snippets Playground email address shown on the RH sidebar, with PLAYGROUND WINNER (or similar) in the subject line. Please add your FULL NAME above your home ADDRESS so that I can copy and paste it for speed and ease.

Don't forget folks, Sarn is still running our final week of 'Christmas in July' Challenge, with a great bundle of goodies to be won - HERE! And no doubt there will be the usual celebrations going on but if Dudley Dog staggers home with his bandana all askew and a silly grin on his face once more during 'Christmas in July' - I shall be having serious words with 'Miss Mischief'! His duties do not include being chief cocktail taster! 😂

Love from Di and Dudley 

Sunday 23 July 2023

Challenge #459

Hello Playmates!

Here we go with the final "Christmas in July" challenge where you need to enter your snippets homework using a Christmas theme.

Here's my homework, the details of which can be found on my personal blog HERE:

See below for a picture of the lovely bundle of Christmas goodies you have a chance of winning if you enter a Christmas themed project and leave a comment at the end of this post letting me know you wish to be included in the prize draw.

There are three Memory box Christmas dies; two Woodware stamp sets (a second chance to win those lovely sentiments) and the cute fuzzy robin stamps, as well as a Creative Expressions Christmas Cheer borderline die designed by Lisa Horton. 

So what are you waiting for? Christmas? 😄 LOL! Run along and pick out some Christmas snippets to play with, then bring your homework to the Playground and use Mr Linky (below) to submit it for marking! Please remember to SAY WHAT SNIPPETS YOU USED (or include a photo of them) and leave a comment making it clear whether you're playing for fun or want to be included in the draw for the prize.

The Playground gates will clang shut on this challenge at 11am (UK time) on Saturday, 5th August 2023. They'll reopen at midnight the same day for the start of the next challenge. Winners outside the UK: Please remember that you may be charged fees and import duty on your prize - although Di and I always send them out clearly marked as "gifts". 

Hugs from Sarn xxx

Sunday 16 July 2023

Results of Challenge #457

Hello Playmates - Sarn here - popping back in the middle of Di's challenge, to share my Top Picks and the prize winner for Challenge 457.

Here are my top picks (in entry order):

Maxine's homework (below) was for a commission . . . and what a splendid job she made of this card, involving snippets and stitching. She didn't just stitch the flowers on the card front, ohhh no, she went ahead and did the same for the inside too! A lovely keepsake for such a special occasion for sure.

Carol S bought us a basketful of beautiful flowers (below). Lots of intricate and colourful die cutting going on here. Such a lovely easel card for a special occasion.

I make no apologies for choosing another card with pretty flowers! Alice's beautiful floral card (below)  is a work of art. She even used the leafy die cut negatives to stencil a background. Absolutely gorgeous work. 

And . . . yes . . . I just couldn't resist adding a fourth piece of homework as a top pick . . . because Kathy A's little dog image on her card is so like our own Playground Pup Dudley and the sentiments (inside and out) were so cute! Plus she used up a heap of snippets in the process! I think I heard Dudley do a little bark of appreciation and saw him dancing around in circles on his hind legs (because he CAN!).

If you've been showcased, please feel free to collect and display your 'Top Pick' badge from HERE.

Next up: the prize winner of the embossing folder, stencil and stamp set is No. 36:

Kathy K

Congratulations Kathy - a lucky win hot on the heels of your last one! Please claim your prize by sending your name and address details via email using the Snippets Playground email address shown in the sidebar, with PLAYGROUND WINNER in the subject line.

Remember there's still nearly a week of Di's challenge to go. If you haven't submitted a piece of homework yet, just scroll down to the previous post to find all the details.

Sunday 9 July 2023

Challenge #458

A new challenge and a reminder that there is a Christmas theme this time around!

As we forewarned, the next two challenges are designated 'Christmas in July' - each with a bundle of lovely Christmas goodies to be won.

All we ask of you, our playmates, is that your snippets entry has a Christmas theme AND that you stick to the few rules we have and please do tell us what snippets you used.

Here is my festive snippets card:

All the details of how I made it, as well as Dudley's latest 'Pupdate', are over on Pixie's HERE (the little Pickle excelled himself this past week!).

As previously mentioned, the prize for this fortnight comprises a selection of Christmas themed goodies.

They're self-explanatory and are two Memory Box dies, two Woodware stamps/stamp sets and two sentiment die sets. The Gemini 'Merry Christmas' stamps and die set was kindly donated by Linby. I loved it so much that I rushed off and bought one for myself! Everything else is stuff bought for the Toybox since our last Christmas in July challenges.

By the way, my snippets card for today used my own set of the Woodware 'Christmas Sparkle' sentiment stamps - I really love it and am sure you will too!

As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday, 22nd July (which also happens to be Dudley's 5th Birthday!). The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day. Mr Linky is below this post. Please state what snippets you used on your entry, or add a photo of them, otherwise it won't count in the prize draw. Remember that we do reserve the right to delete non-compliant entries. It's very important to us to keep the Playground as a happy place to come and play - as well as making sure everyone plays nicely and fairly. 

Winners outside the UK: please remember that you may be charged fees and import duty on your prize - although Sarn and I always send them out clearly marked as "gifts". 

Love and hugs from Di and Dudley,

Sunday 2 July 2023

Results of Challenge #456

Let's leap straight into the three top picks for Challenge #456, in numerical order:

Carol S brought this fabulous Christmas card to share with us - I love it! Plenty of lovely snippets and a great design - the arched window is beautifully worked with a clever idea to just slightly offset the window die cut onto another window die cut from black. Nice one!

Lesley G came up trumps with her Gummiapan die cuts 'sewing room' scene. The detail is incredible and carefully researched by Lesley - they say the devil is in the detail and it certainly is the little things that make this into such a stunning card. Look at those scissors and the tape measure for example!

Helen consistently makes the most wonderful cards and her colouring and paper choices are always spot-on. I love the added detail of the stitched outlines on the paper layers - once again, it's all in the detail! I also think that Helen must have a seriously big pile of snippets to match everything so beautifully.

The randomly drawn winner of the two sets of stamps with matching dies is:

To claim your prize, please send an email using the Snippets Playground email address shown on the RH sidebar, with PLAYGROUND WINNER (or similar) in the subject line. Please add your FULL NAME above your home ADDRESS so that I can copy and paste it for speed and ease.

IMPORTANT NEWS! Sarn and I are going to be doing CHRISTMAS IN JULY themed challenges for the next two challenges - starting NEXT WEEK! 

For the July challenges #458 and #459, your entry will need to be CHRISTMAS themed to have a chance of being a Top Pick or to go in the prize draw. We will revert to 'anything goes' again afterwards - but do please play nicely, according to the rules and also our 'Christmas in July' theme - else your entry might be deleted.

Sarn and I will each have a lovely bundle of Christmas craft goodies to offer as prizes. Somehow the Toy Box has accumulated a few Christmas themed prizes, even after we cleared them right out last July!

Love from Di and Dudley