Sunday, 11 November 2018

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #339

It's 100 years ago today since The First World War ended and it seems very fitting that my snippets card for Armistice Day should be a poppy. 'Lest we forget'.
I used:

- 5.25" x 4.25" white card blank, side opening

- snippet of pale green card from the snippets folder

- snippet of white card onto which I stamped the poppy using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and two stamps from the Stamping Bella Straight Up' Floral stamp set. Had to do a bit of fiddling and testing using the Misti and the leaf stamp to get it positioned properly but it wasn't too much of a job (in fact, afterwards I sort of wished I hadn't used it anyhow)

- coloured the flower and leaf using Pro markers then added a little bit of grey shadow at the bottom of the stem

- cut the panel to fit onto the green panel and added them both to the card front using Collall All Purpose Glue

- then backed a couple of snippets of black card stock with Stick-It adhesive sheet before die cutting using an Impression Obsession 'Thoughts' die and layering the two together (Note: it's much easier to do this if the bottom die cut is left inside the piece of card so that it holds its shape whilst you press the two together)

- added the word to the card front and that was my main card done

I then decided to make a second card along similar lines, using the third stamp in the same set:
- I used different colours for the flower, which comes with the leaves already part of the same stamp, and toning coloured card for the border layer and a deeper shade for the sentiment, all snippets again of course

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, once the cards were finished ready for the sentiments to be added I realised that square (either 5" or 6") card would have allowed better placement of the sentiment die cuts - more to one side. I did see some wonderful samples using this stamp set at a Dies to Die For event earlier this year, made by the super-talented Faye, and she had made square cards I'm almost sure! However, as is still the case, a certain little white fluffy ball of fun does tend to curtail things and to be honest I was just glad to have made a couple of cards in the first place - never mind re-doing them! I would have liked to also add Glossy Accents to the sentiment words before adding them to the cards - but didn't have the time.

Am also finding that my mind is easily distracted right now (again, blame Dudley) so I don't always think things right through before diving in!

The prize, as usual, is very much connected to this week's snippets card:

It's a Stamping Bella 'Straight Up' Floral set of stamps plus an Impression Obsession 'Thoughts' die. 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 you can always give one part away to a friend at your end if it's a duplicate or you just don't really want it for yourself!
  
As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 24th November. 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' on the blog post itself - just in case you're playing only for fun - otherwise I ignore you on 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 :)

Love from Parsnip who is busily making shopping lists for Christmas - thank goodness one of us is organised! Mind you, his lists look suspiciously as if he's gonna set up a cocktail bar in the Playground for the Christmas party!

And I really did try to get a decent photo of Dudley, but he just never keeps still unless he's asleep! Even then, his tail will wag, he will give out little 'woofs' and his paws will move around as if he's playing in his dreams. But, I did manage to catch this photo - he came into my craft room as I was fiddling with the camera to drop a favourite toy beside me before going down on his 'hunkers' asking me to play for a while. So it was a very quick slightly out of focus piccie taken from above - before launching into yet another game of 'throw me the monkey so I can chase it'!!

Love as well from Dudley, and of course from me. By the way, we have to wait until the hair around his eyes grows longer of its own accord, if you trim it when he's a puppy (which we've been tempted to do I admit!) then it just grows back with blunt ends and takes even more time to become long and smoothed down. I guess he looks like he's winking at you here!
 And then I washed his grubby whiskers! A G A I N ☺


54 comments:

scrAPpamondo said...

Both your cards for the Remembrance Day are so lovely, even if you made them quickly :) I can image you making them with an eye on a flower and the other on a little fur of ball running all around your floors! :D He (Dudley, the ball of fur) is growing so much and is just adorable! Hugs and cuddles to him!

Greta said...

Oh my goodness sake--Dudley is just too cute! Fritz is very fluffy right now since he's due for a haircut, but I'm always a little sad as he is so cute looking scruffy. Beautiful cards, Di--no need to be remade, that's for sure! I especially love your coloring of the second one. I'll play just for fun.

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

No wonder Miss that you're so easily distracted.. who wouldn't be with Dudley the epitome ofv cute white fluff ball. Methinks he runs rings around all within cooee of him!
Lovely cards stamp and dies.. guess we'll see a few poppies.
Mine is also. Will decline the lovely offering basically because I've unused flower stamps yelling at me. A recent sort out surprised me a lot!
Hugs Shaz in Oz.x

NanaConnie said...

Marvelous poppy cards, Di, and I'm so glad you shared a 'growing up' pic of dear Dudley. You'll probably only get sleeping photos of him until he's close to 2 - too much puppy energy until then. Can you believe I'm actually working on a card right now and am going to toss my hat into the "Yes" ring (a thing I rarely do) but that sentiment die is so tempting. :-D

Glennis said...

"What a cutie" You must be having so much fun!
Yes please to the prize

Jane Willis said...

Both your cards are beautiful, and would make perfect sympathy cards, which are always difficult to think of "on the hoof". I'd love to go into the hat and have a chance of winning the set.
You'll recognise the stamps I use in my snippets make this week!

Aquarius said...

Two great cards and very apt for the day as well. Great pic of Dudley too - so cute. I'm playing along for fun this time around.

Sandra H said...

Morning Di, both cards are so lovely and fitting for today the stamp images are gorgeous love the colouring too, Dudley is just so cute and your right he does look like he’s winking...lol take care enjoy your day xx

Kath said...

Two beautiful cards Di and I would love a chance to win this week's prize, please. A cute photo of Dudley too - he looks a real bundle of mischief!
Kath x

Sarn said...

Love your two floral cards Di. Obviously the poppy one is very pertinent to today!

Cute picture of the playful pup too.

Happy Sunday xxx

Linby said...

Two wonderful cards. Love the poppy of course as you can see. I'd like to play along this time. Not played in a while as difficukt to be inventive with my snippets!

Pat said...

Two beautiful flowers and the large sentiment goes really well Di. It's a wonder you managed two cards with that mischievous Dudley around, and he is growing fast and is obviously keeping you on your toes. x

Brenda in IN said...

I don't know how you get anything done with Dudley wanting to play all day. He is an adorable ball of fur and as cute as can be. I like the cards just as they are. The flowers are gorgeous and I like that big sentiment.

Viv's Visuals said...

Little fur ball!
Lovely cards and I have managed to join in this time and 'yes please' cos I love those stamps and that die! x

Nicky said...

Love the cards Di I don't think they need re-do as they are both beautiful. I didn't get to play the last fortnight as I'm looking after a friends cattery why they are on a cruise, plus my greyhound stanley had to have alot teeth removed and its taken about10 days for his mouth to heal. Dudley is looking as cute ever, a real cuddle monster. I am back at home in a week and back to my craftroom so will be back to post later.

Kathleen said...

Great cards Di, and two lovely images.

Kath x

Jane said...

Hi Di...I was distracted yesterday as it was darling Daisy's 5th birthday and party! Despite the lovely Dudley distractions you made 2 super cards. What a cutie he is....and yes he must be keeping you so busy. Yes please to the prize and have a great new week. Hugs xxx

EmmaT said...

Beautiful thoughtful cards, aw Dudley is getting even more hansom. Yes please to the prize. EmmaTx

Carol L said...

Your cards are both beautiful and thoughtful of course with those great stamps and dies! As Parsnip readies the playground for the cocktail party, I'm making my reservation early :) Love that sweet little Dudley - what a joy he has to be for you and Len! Playing just for fun this week, but have a great week ahead!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous cards, and fluffy furball who is so cute! I hope to be entering this Wednesday, so it's an advance yes please from me xoxox

Majda said...

Gorgeous cards Di with two lovely images. And your dog - is just too cute!
I play just for fun this tim.
Hugs, Majda

Susan Renshaw said...

Lovely cards Di!

Craftdee said...

Lovely cards Di... and lovely Dudley too :-)) Flying visit from me today, just to say "yes please" for the draw this time around. Hope to pop in to the Playground again soon, Donna xx

Becca Yahrling said...

These are both lovely, Di. Simple and yet a bit elegant. I just bought my very first stamp set from Stamping Bella … they have so many cute stamps!!! Yes, please to play for this awesome prize.

Janice said...

Your cards are just beautiful Di, my favourite ‘clean and simple’. I would love my name to go in the hat please.
Janice x

KathyA. said...

I have always loved Poppy Days. As a little girl my mom and I would help distribute paper poppys in our little rural community on the grassy plains in South Dakota [near where Laura Ingalls Wilder grew up.] I especially liked going to nursing homes and putting them in the lapels of little grandpa men. They were always so sweet.
Your cards are lovely. So... yes to entering the challenge and yes to the prize.

Lia said...

We've been to the UK several times in november and were impressed by the number of people wearing poppies. We don't know this tradition (the Netherlands were neutral in WW I), but we watched the TV programs this week and visited Ypres once. And yes: we will not gorget!
I say yes to the prize this time!
Lia xx

Lady Joyful said...

Such lovely cards, Di! The second is my favourite, but only because I'm fond of purple. Little Dudley is such a darling little bundle of fluff. What a cutie. Yes please to the prize :)

Chantal said...

Gorgeous cards. I just play for fun.
Hugs, Chantal S

Fikreta said...

wondeful cards!
hugs

Mrs A. said...

Just playing for fun as we got this stamp together!. Hugs Me.
My, what big paws you got.

creationsnz said...

Yes please include me in! Love those poppy stampys and what you've done with them - fab. CarolG

vinita jain said...

Both have such thoughtful gestures and pretty Di! You did an awesome job.
Kindly include me in your giveaway prize!

Lynne said...

Both lovely cards and Dudley still looks so clean! I'll be a yes please for this draw, many thanks x

Katrina Bufton said...

Love both cards but the poppy card is stunning. Yes please to the lovely prize.
Hugs,
Katrina x

Lillianb said...

Two lovely cards Di, Poppy is stunning, Love to be entered for the prize xx

lilian

KandA said...

Two wonderful cards Di both such lovely flowers that it's hard to pick a favourite but I think the red poppy just takes the edge. Fabulous prize but I'm only playing for fun this week
Love the photo of Dudley - he looks so fluffy and cuddlesome. As for Parsnip and his shopping list, when I was in the Playground earlier I did hear him mumbling something about "I'll tell HER it's for medicinal purposes only" xx

Karenladd said...

Oh, I really love the two versions of your card done in different color combos. Yes please to this prize, as that flower set is really sweet. As for Dudley...oh my goodness. I look forward to seeing and hearing about his antics each time I read your blog. He is such a cute cuddly thing and looks even more adorable with that winking expression!

Jeanne H said...

Thank you for your Remembrance Day thoughts. I too honor those who served. Yes, please I would like to be in the draw. Who doesn't love poppies.

AlisonC said...

He is so cute and must be so much fun. I've just acquired two kittens so not much is getting done here but luckily they sleep sometimes! Oh, great cards with those lovely stamps. Yes please to the draw. x

KT Fit Kitty said...

Hello, Di! Long time no see! I'm playing this week and I'm a YES for the prize, please! Both of your cards are gorgeous! My hubby is back home from the rehab hospital now (he had a stroke in August) so I'm making cards again! I'm way behind on my holiday cards so that's my priority at the moment. I always use snippets on my cards (I have so many of them!) but today's card uses lots of my patterned paper snippets, 4 different scraps, so proud of myself! I see you have a new puppy since I've been here - congratulations! I bet he is a lot of fun and keeps you hopping!

jimlynn said...

Di, Dudley is the absolute cutest thing I've seen today (other than Rambo of course!). What a darling little dog!!! My goodness. I just want to reach out and give him a big hug. You'll have to do that for me I guess though.
I will be coming back soon. Hope you haven't totally forgotten about me! Hugs!

Heather said...

2 very pretty cards! Poppies are such simple, yet beautiful flowers, and that work die is fabulous. But I do think I will play just for fun again this week. P.S. Thanks for picking one of my cards in your top picks for last challenge!

Darnell said...

That is a darling flower set and I love your sweet cards made with them, Di! We must never forget. Of course, Dudley, steals the show again! Having one in the family, I know just what antics you are going through!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

Maxine D said...

What a sweetie young Dudley is - and obviously he brings joy and sunshine to your lives.
Love your poppies - and yes I would love to play for the prize, thanks Di
Blessings
Maxine

Helen said...

Gorgeous cards Di - what fabulous stamps!
I'm a 'yes please' for the prize draw.
Helen x

Elizabeth said...

Hello Di, it's been a while - again! I've been living through interesting times these last few months, not least because DH had to have a pacemaker fitted - but he's better now so life is more settled for now! There's another op on the horizon for him but until then I'm finding time to catch up on tackling the snippet mountain. Love your Remembrance cards - the poppy stamps are perfect and I like that single word - says it all. I like both so much I'd appreciate it if you included me in the draw this time. I can see that Dudley has taken over your heart and why not? He looks like a bundle of fun. Good luck to Parsnip with his shopping list. Hugs to all, Elizabeth xx

Kathyk said...

LOVELY card, such a fab design. Great pic of Dudley (who looks right at home now) too

Just playing for fun this week

Kathyk

Susan Renshaw said...

What lovely cards...would love to win those stamps/die to CASE them!!

Liz said...

Beautiful cards, Di, the flower stamps are so pretty. Fabulous photo of Dudley, he looks so angelic! I'm a Yes Please for the prize. xx

scrAPpamondo said...

Here again to enter in time in the challenge :) Yes please for the prize(s)
Hugs

Nicky said...

Back home and have now posted my card, would love a chance for the prize. Also love your version of one of my cards think I will have to try a soft coloured version next I seem drawn to brights at the moment. Hope Dudley is still a bundle of mischief and cuddles.

Nickyx

Megan J said...

Hi Miss Di, a superb card for remembrance day, love the second card too, in my favourite colours... Dudley is looking especially fluffy and very clean too. I'm playing just for fun... have a wonderful week... Megan

Tina Z. said...

I love poppies and I like your card very much. It reminds me of all the events about the end of WWI recently.
Yes for the prize please, I like Stamping bella too.
Have a great weekend.
hugs xx