Sunday 14 October 2018

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #337

Phew, what a struggle it is to do any crafting at all with one manic Dudley puppy, however, I really HAD to make a card for Mia's Birthday to send to Germany so I used the opportunity to combine this week's snippets make at the same time - hooray!

Mia is now into elves and such, but the elves and fairies she likes are more quirky and fantasy styled rather than too pretty-pretty. So, my LOTV Art Pad ready coloured images weren't gonna fit the bill ........ sadly, as they are such a time saver. However, I found a stamp I bought absolutely ages ago and only ever used once (almost six years ago for her sister Livi's 3rd Birthday in fact!) - which would take some stronger colours to give it some 'oomph'.

So, here is my snippets card, made in 'fits and starts' with one eye on the little monster even though Len was at home (he had things to catch up on so we shared the puppy sitting):
I used:

- 7" x 5" white card blank, tent style

- a snippet of SU blue spotted card from the snippets folder, with just a small amount trimmed off to make it slightly smaller than the card front, then glued in place

- then I selected the other snippets I wanted to use so I could match the colouring in of the image as much as possible

- stamped the image using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a Joanna Sheen 'Enchanted' grey rubber stamp

- then coloured the image with Pro markers before adding some clear 'Wink of Stella' to the wings and the little 'beads' in her hair

- trimmed the image and backed it with a plain square of primrose pink card on top of a square which had been die cut from a snippet of blue card using a die from The Works 'stitched square' set of dies

- backed snippets of the pink and blue card with Stick-It ready for some die cutting

- the sentiment was die cut using a die from the Paper Smooches 'Birthday Words' set of dies. I bought this little die set plus one for the toy box absolutely ages ago and this was its first outing. I remembered a tip that am sure Jules put on her blog a good while ago about using this die - and I think Jennifer McGuire used it as a technique recently as well. Basically, the letters all fall out of the 'Happy Birthday' die separately so you're faced with aligning them onto your piece of work. I die cut a small rectangle of vellum using the same die, taped that onto the top right hand corner of the card and then stuck each letter down in place inside the apertures - perfectly aligned and of course I could see through the vellum to position it

- next I did the age square using The Works '10 Piece Numbered Candles' set of dies to cut out the candle numbers in blue and also in pink, which I snipped and added on top of the flames    

- popped the numbers onto a snippet of white card which had been die cut into a circle and then layered it onto a square of pink card (it looked too stark otherwise)

- die cut MIA from pink card using dies from the First Edition 'Alphabet Sans Serif' set of upper case dies

- added the age panel with MIA in between and then the image panel to the left - finished!

Then had to dash to the Post Office with it, along with the WISH die prizes from the other fortnight.

The prize this time is a couple of items the same as I used on my snippets card today - excuse poor photo:
It's a Paper Smooches 'Birthday Words' die set (comprising 'celebrate', 'cheers' and 'Happy Birthday') plus The Works ' 10 Piece Numbered Candles' set of dies. Only one of the Paper Smooches sentiments isn't all joined up letters btw - and of course it was the one I wanted to use! Please note that I won't split this prize so if you play and want to be in the draw remember that you will receive both items, but of course you can then give one to a friend if you don't want both items! It keeps things easier for me - and also keeps the postage down as well.
As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 27th 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. 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 in a comment on here, 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' comment on my blog post itself - just in case you're playing only for fun - otherwise I don't add you to my little list.

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 :)

And to finish off - you can see Dudley in action last Sunday afternoon, over on YouTube. We've had to lay cardboard down to protect some new carpet (bad planning there but we had been searching for a fairly locally bred Havanese puppy for almost three years!) and I cleared away the covering of puppy pads to give him a free run :) Some of you will have seen the movie clip on my Facebook page, but if not then just click on the link below - and do turn your sound on, I still have a chuckle when I see it:

And immediately after that?

Love from Parsnip (always my special furry white bundle), little Dudley and of course from me,


  1. OMG soooooooo cute, what a little energizer bunny :)

  2. Your card for Mia is perfect Di I bet she loves it. I can imagine how busy you are with little Dudley but what a gorgeous distraction he is...bless. What a bundle of energy. Yes please to the prize this week...the candle numbers are great for kids cards! Have a fun Sunday, we finally got some much needed rain this morning. Hugs xxx

  3. A lovely card for Mia and I'd love the chance to win the lovely prize please. Dudley is so cute and I'm not surprised you can't get anything done with him around!
    Kath x

  4. Love the colours you used with the fairy. Dudley is adorbs again!! Hope to join the fun soon and yes, please include me in the prize draw. Those candles are fun. Hugz

  5. Love your card I am sure Mia will love it. Loved the video of Dudley he is just so cute. Will be back later with s snippets card

  6. Oooh you can only just see Dudley he blends in with the so cute though! gorgeous Di is your card and l'm so loving that stamp image it's beautifully coloured too! take care enjoy your week and hopefully it won't be as tiring xx

  7. Fabulous card for Mia.

    Adorable photo of Dudley . . . Little scamp! Xxx

  8. Back as posted my card, yes I would love to be in with a chance of winning the dies. Have a great week xx

  9. Hahaha great video, I'm sure there's never a dull moment with that bundle of fun about! And such a sweet little fairy, I'm sure Mia loved this!
    PS yes please to be in your draw for your goodies :)

  10. Lovely card for Mia, great you founded a bit of time to make it!!!
    ....So adorable Dudley!!! Thanks for the video! :)

  11. Wow, just seeing all those tiny letters that you cut and adhered to this adorable card makes me break out in a rash, lol! What a great tip to die cut the letters on a scrap piece and then lay them inside the template so they come out right. I hate to think what a mess I would make of that otherwise. Sigh...little Dudley is such a doll and it cracks me up to think of you and Len chasing him around the house and keeping an eye on his mischief! Yes please to this prize!

  12. What a wonderful personalized card for Mia, and a great way to use snippets! LOVE the handy explanation of how you got those letters to behave, and yes please to the prize. I have to admit that I keep watching for more photos and news on Dudley and have watched your video too many times to count. That crazy squeaky toy gets to me every time!!

  13. Just uploaded my entry - YES PLEASE to the prize this week.

    FAB make and loving the pic of cuddly Dudley!


  14. I have no clue why my earlier comment showed up as coming from Challenges for Days but here's what I said: I think that fairy is adorable, perfect for Mia's card! Wonderful color combo and the sentiment is fabulous! I'll be playing for fun this week. I'm working on something with scraps, scraps, and more scraps right now. I'm off to see the Dudley video and remember, any time he gets to be too much, just ship him my way! :-D

    1. Ha, ha Connie - he could be on his way sooner than you think! Only joking! x

  15. Lovely snippets card Di! Please put me in the draw for the prize!
    Hugs Hazel x

  16. Mia will surely love her special card made just for her 11th birthday! It's so cute! Speaking of cute - that frisky little puppy is adorable and SO incredibly playful! I'm playing just for fun this week, but give Dudley a bit ole hug from Auntie Carol please :)

  17. Great card, Di! I'll be playing later this week, so it's an advance yes please xoxo

  18. Lovely card, Di. I like a fairy with character and I'm sure Mia will love it too. The number 'candles' are fab and that's a great font on the greeting too. I can see that Dudley is already the star of the playground - who wouldn't adore a fluffy white puppy. I can't believe it took three years to find him - that makes him extra special. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  19. Very cute card for a younger girl. I do love how you personalized it with the dies! Lovely! Your pup is the cutest. Aren’t they the best when they are sleeping? I am happy to play this month. I used some cardstock snippets and a ribbon snippet leftover from a gift. Have a good day!

  20. How can you call that sweet and adorable sleeping puppy a maniac?! lol
    So happy our Bernie has matured ... somewhat.
    I bet that Mia will love this personalised card.
    Great job on the snippets. I think I did pretty good on the snippets this time around as well. Just playing for fun this fortnight.
    Marianne x

  21. What a gorgeous, and as you say, a little bit quirky fairy for Mia, beautifully coloured two, and the candle numbers and sentiment both go perfectly Di. I very rarely make childrens' cards Di so will just play for fun this time as I know there will be many ladies who will make great use of them. A really fun bit of VT of your sweet little Dudley too, who wouldn't be distracted by him x

  22. You will never 'loose' Dudley with that toy!! Thanks for sharing that Di. A lovely card for Mia.

  23. Dudley is so cute, I'm sure you look forward to his sleep times! Yes I'd like to play this time. CarolG

  24. Super card for Mia, she will love it! Lovely photo of Dudley and I so enjoyed the video clip!
    I'll be a Yes Please for the draw this time. Xx

  25. I have been off crafting for a terribly long time. Hope to find my mojo back (and also to have time and energy to sit down and start creating)

    Yes please for the prize (will be adding my creation later today)


  26. To my shame I've missed a couple of Playground challenges and I'm not sure I'll be allowed in!! At last I've made a card and it definitely has snippets, mostly small and fiddly. Can I say a 'yes please' for an opportunity this time around. Your new furry friend sounds like hard work but soooo adorable he must be worth it. Great video.

  27. Dudley is so adorable and am not in the least bit surprised that he's taken over the house! Fabulous card for Mia and those dies are super but I'm just playing for fun this time around xx

  28. Oh my... I had to watch the youtube video twice because I got the giggles so bad that I couldn't hear what you said to him. I love his energy. But don't envy your job of raising him through the chewing stage. I lost so many pairs of shoes... and also socks and... um... undergarments... when our Brittany what that age. But, they can also be so cute.
    Now... on to stamping. I like that quirky fairy... and your bright coloring is perfect. I also like the die sets. So please add my name to the challenge. I'll get a card made and posted by the deadline.

  29. Hello Diane!
    Your card is adorable! It is perfect for Birthday.
    Thank you for a great chance. Have a wonderful day!

  30. The fairy is just adorable!! Lovely card. The number candles
    are really awesome - I'd love to play to win them, thank you!!
    Dudley is so fluffy cute, I just wanna hug him!! :-)

  31. What a cute little darling, your Dudley!
    Wonderful card from you, once again!
    Yes please, I would like to have the chance to win the dies.
    Have a nice time!
    Hugs, Liv

  32. Gorgeous Di card, Mia is going to love it. Lovely colours you've used and that pixie will look different when coloured differently so you should get some more use out of it. Dudley looks scrummy as always, so cute! Playing just for fun this time huni, have a good weekend x

  33. I'm sure she's going to love the card, Di! I'm impressed you could accomplish it with puppy duties! He is adorable--can't wait to watch the video! I'm playing just for fun.

  34. What a sweet card! I'm sure the lucky lady will love it! And your little cutie is adorable, though I'm sure he's quite a handful! I think I'll play just for fun this time, thanks!

  35. Hi Di,
    Am back to comment, I’m sorry popped in very quickly and linked up before going to to bed really really late that night had sat wiht a friend and her mum, she passed yest morning, it was blessing thought too sit wiht her that night and we sang to her and she loved all the good old hymns we thiguth she she was asleep then woke up as we sang and kept bright eyed and taking it all it, it did bless all our heart so, amd hers too, she with the Lord now and free of pain which is good, she was so peaceful in passing too, another gift from the Lord.
    You don’t say how shoulder is so pray it’s healing as scrolled back and read up on posts I’ve missed.. and Dudley well what an utter ball of cuteness!!
    I’m praying you’ve Dudley proofed the house enough, well done Len!

    And love this card, Di, they are a great pair so will say yes please to yummy prize...
    I will try pop back to more folks going to try to better blogger it’s been a trying year and don’t like neglecting it
    Lord bless you dear Di and Len Dudley and dear favouritest Parsnip!
    Hugs Shaz in Oz.x

  36. Wow, 11 already! Wonderful card Di, I'm sure Mia will love it. I watched Dudley in action and had a good chuckle! So much energy. My hubby used to have a maltese terrier called Trillian, used to run circles around the coffee table then collapse exhausted lol! Would love to play for the prize this week thank you, Cathy x

  37. I got here at last! There seems to be so much going on at the moment - I'm lucky to be able to squeeze in any crafting time. Just playing for fun this week.

  38. Entered with a mixed media this time :) Thanks for the chance to win, yes for the prizes!
    Have a lovely Sunday

  39. Hello Di! Today I am entering the challenge with a scarecrow, just for fun: you don't have to put me in the draw of the prize this time!
    Lia xx

  40. A really pretty card for Mia, love the photo of Dudley too! Yes please from me for the draw Di, thank you!
    Janice x

  41. A lovely personalised card for a young girl and Dudley is almost camouflaged on his bed! Playing just for fun again this week thanks x

  42. Oh my goodness what a cutie! That video is so funny. Great card, too, and yes please to the prize!

  43. This is so wonderful card!

  44. Hi Di your card is gorgeous. Dudley is so cute i bet he is lots of work though. Yes please to the prize. Enjoy the rest of the week. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  45. This is such a lovely card Di, perfect for a tween : )
    I love the die sets, so YES PLEASE to the prize draw.

  46. Dudley looks adorable, bet you're getting lots of cuddles :D Yes please to the prize, the dies are fab.
    Katrina x

  47. Well it is a long time since I visited the playground Di, but I used so many snippets on these cards, that I thought I ought to link up, and I see I made it just before the gates shut. My hands and eyes aren't as cooperative as they used to be, so I do less paper crafting and more crochet, but I still like making cards.
    I loved seeing your little fluff ball on Facebook. I bet he is a real bundle of fun. My grandchildren used to call our big black dog "Licky Micky". I think they's call yours "Cuddly Dudley"!
    Enjoy him whole he's a baby. They can be a lot of work but like children, they soon grow up, and you'll be wondering where your puppy has gone. Kate xx

  48. Very cute card for agirl Di. I'm sure Mia will love it.
    Dudley is just wonderful and I'm not surprised that he's taken over the house! Currently we have taken care of a puppy, which is quite rejuvenated our domestic dog. Dog Heaven :-)
    Have a nice time and yes please to the prize this time!

  49. Gorgeous card for Mia, wow, she is growing so fast ...
    I enjoy reading about little Dudley, so sweet.
    yes for the prize please and have a great weekend.
    hugs xx


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