Tuesday 13 September 2016

Missing in action!

I do have a card to share today but wanted to make my apologies for being missing in action for a couple of days. On Sunday a lovely friend arrived unannounced bearing a card and gifts - it was such a delight to spend time catching up and putting the World to rights, and it kept me away from the laptop. Then yesterday was my Birthday and I have to first of all say a HUGE thank you for all the cards, gifts and many, many Facebook wishes.

I will get back to each and every one of you I promise - I was quite humbled by the numbers, and glad I'd dusted the lounge and made space (albeit unwittingly) for an avalanche of beautiful cards. Len took me out for lunch yesterday (Monday) and after that he insisted that I should just play for a while and then cosy up in front of the TV - so I obeyed him for once!

That means I haven't been commenting on the Snippets Playground since the gates opened this week - but I'll be back down to Earth shortly and normal service will be resumed. xx

Another one of our little neighbours recently celebrated his third Birthday. He's called Charlies and is Max's little brother and those kids spend hours and hours playing together in the back garden, digging in a spare piece of border soil that's been left for them as a 'construction site'. Moving the soil from A to B in lorries and dumper trucks features large in their activities :) I've never known two children so happy in their own little world and it's a real delight to hear their little voices chattering about the logistics of soil and grass clippings transportation :)

The other day Len was pottering in the garden sorting out the nightly chaos those messy hedgehogs leave behind, a little someone over the tall fence could obviously hear the occasional clatter too. Then this little voice piped up 'Hello Len' :) I heard it indoors and had to laugh at Max and Len having a little conversation - totally invisible to one another! 

Charlie's card had to reflect what he likes and gets up to of course - this is what I came up with - playing in dirt:
I used: 

- 300 gsm white card stock, die cut using my Presscut 'Step Card Cutting' die set, then the embossed lines were scored again with a scoring tool and the card folded into shape

- the image (so like little Charlie playing!) is a free Clipart one from the Internet (details at the end of this post) which was already coloured so I just went over the whole background with some light blue chalk and added a white die cut cloud (used MFT's 'Cloud Trio' die set) before setting it aside

- the Polaroid frame was pretty easy - first I printed the right sized sentiment onto white card and then used a Lil' Inker 'Instant Camera' die to cut around it (easiest way to do this as it's a solid die is to first cut a template and use the aperture to find the right position before inserting the die into the aperture, taping it lightly in place and then die cutting)

- trimmed the image and glued it behind the aperture

- the spotted background pieces were cut from one piece of 6" x 6" Dovecraft Back to Basics 'Bright Spark' paper, using another sheet I cut a matching liner for the inside of the card - then they were glued in place

- glued the image and frame to the card front

- added the number 3 - die cut from a little snippet of deep burgundy card using a Memory Box 'Classic Numbers' die - finally added a plain white panel inside on top of the spotty paper liner - die cut using a Lil'Inkers 'Stitched Rectangles' die

Here's the link to My Cute Graphics where I found the image. There are tons of images there and I do recommend a visit! 


  1. Well gosh golly gee - I have your birthday written down and completely forgot to wish you a happy one. It's still the 12th here in the states, so I'm not too awfully late, although according to your time across the pond - it's already over and done with! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope it was fun, and having dear friends stopping by is probably just what the doctor ordered! Cute card for a 3 yr old and again - I hope your birthday was a very special one :)

  2. Sorry I missed your birthday Di, sounds like you have been rather spoilt!

  3. So glad to hear you had a lovely celebration of your born day, Di! No one deserves it more and kudos to Len! I think your card for Charlie is just the best ever and I loved every word of your describing the two brothers playing in their "construction site" so harmoniously!! Enjoy the rest of the week and keep on celebrating!! Love and hugs, Darnell

  4. Very sweet card, he will love it! And thanks for the link to the clip art site, lots of really useful images there, definitely one to bookmark

  5. Belated happy birthday Di. The card is absolutely fabulous!

  6. Glad you followed Len's order, hope you had a lovely birthday, and so sorry I didn't send a card. This pic looks perfect for the lad you described, and Tfs the source. Fab card, fun and bright xxx

  7. Adorable card make this morning.

    Belated Happy Birthday - good to hear you are well and enjoying your birthday week.


  8. Belated Happy Birthday Di, so sorry I missed it but had no idea.

    Super card today.

    B x

  9. It sounds as though you've been enjoying a lovely few days and Len has spoilt you for your birthday!
    Brilliant card, so I'm going to pop over to My Cute Graphics, as I love this image!
    Janice x

  10. Cor, that's just a perfect card for little Charlie isn't it?
    Is it a New World Order . . . you OBEYING Len!? Whatever next! LOL! Glad you had a great day.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  11. Belated Birthday wishes Di, hope you had a super day. I love your card, just right for someone little person who loves to dig in the garden.

    Sue xx

  12. That is such an appropriate image for the little chap you described - love it. Belated birthday wishes, pleased to hear you had a good day.

  13. Oh wow Di...I didn't know it was your birthday...huge hugs and I hope you had a wonderful day. What a lovely way to spend a few days. Love your card, the little lad sound a real sweetie xxx

  14. Glad you had a nice relaxing time yesterday for your Birthday. Weather wasn't up to much was it but made up for it today. Rock solid sunshine and blue skies overhead .Sitting in the garden doing a spot of lavender painting. Just waiting for it to dry and then I can do the other end of it.!! The Doc is doung a spell of caring for the sick and needy. Will send you an email but I will wait till the Avalanche is over. Hugs Me.
    Internet on the blink again.

  15. Belated Happy Birthday to you Di! Glad you had a nice day! Your card is very cute and sounds very apt for the little recipient....bet he was thrilled.

  16. So sorry I missed your birthday, Di. Your card for Charlie is so cute!
    Em xxx

  17. Oh Di, I'm so sorry I missed your birthday so sending belated birthday wishes and glad to hear you had a lovely day. I'm a little preoccupied at the moment - still can't get enough of being a granny and I'm cursing the days for passing so quickly.
    Love your card for Charlie and such a super image. Will have to give that link a check out xx

  18. So sorry I didn't realise it was your birthday Di but belated wishes and glad you had a good time. I love this cute little chap you found and the step card makes it just that bit different. I'm sure Charlie thought it was great. x

  19. What a cute card and a cute story. When we get older gardening is the only acceptable way to play in the dirt. Too bad too, cuz just being a kid again sounds fun!

    HB to thee!

  20. Hi Di

    Belated happy birthday wishes to you .. .. it sounds like you had a wonderful time celebrating!

    Loving your perfectly themed card for your little neighbour. They sound really lovely boys.

    Have a good week.

    Love Jules xx

  21. Hello Di, Just dropping in to wish you belated happy birthday wishes. The card is beautiful, and I like the image. Lynn x

  22. beautiful card . . . .Lesley x

  23. lovely card and great design!
    and belated happy birthday wishes to you :)


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