Sunday 20 January 2019

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #344

First of all, news about the prizes from the Grand Draw. I posted all the UK ones on Thursday, standard postage. Some even arrived at their destinations the following day which was a pleasant surprise.

All the remaining prizes, which are non-UK of course, are packaged ready for me to take to the Post Office this coming week. I wanted to do that yesterday but for various reasons I didn't manage to get out - I'll put something on the blog once the posting is done.

It would be really good if you could let me know that your prizes have arrived OK. Even leaving it within a comment on here when you add your entry will be picked up by me.

Let's crack straight on with my snippets card:
I used:

- 5.75" x 5.75" square white card blank, side opening

- a whole sheet (shock horror!) of patterned paper from the Bo Bunny 'Barefoot and Bliss' paper pad, trimmed to remove some wording along the bottom and then the sides adjusted accordingly to keep a square. I love that this makes a sweet background for an underwater scene

- a snippet of lime green card, trimmed to just a bit bigger than the patterned layer to form a 'frame'

- glued the lime green and patterned layer to the card front 

- stamped the narwhal, two set of hearts and bubbles and the sentiment onto snippets of white card using a Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink pad and stamps from the ever so cute Sizzix 'Love You Tons' set of stamps and matching dies

- coloured the images using Pro markers and added a tickle of clear Wink of Stella to the lime green bubble and the narwhal's 'horn' (which is actually a tooth, who knew? I certainly didn't until I was reading up about them the other day)

- then, using the matching dies, I die cut all the elements  - love these dies as they absolutely don't need you to die cut any templates to ensure accuracy

- then glued the sentiment, narwhal and sets of hearts and bubbles in place - finito!

I dithered a bit about using the little row of bubbles and hearts (bottom left of the card) but it shows everything that comes with the set of stamps and dies, plus it somehow pulls everything together (IMHO). Len hasn't seen this card so just might keep it for his Valentine's Day card.

This fortnight's prize, as usual, is reflected in my snippets card - and there's a little story behind it. Early in the New Year Lynn (aka Linby) was sweet enough to send me a few items to offer as prizes. One item in particular really jumped out at me and it was this:
It's the Sizzix 'Love You Tons' set of stamps and matching dies of course. I fell in love with it and after some hunting on the internet I managed to order one for myself as well! I'm offering it now as it might come in handy for your own Valentine's Day cards.

When there are weeks that I fancy making a card which perhaps is inspired by one of your wonderful ideas (such as stripes or inchies) then the other items will pop up as one or two bundles as I can't find any of them available in on line shops. HUGE thank you again to Lynn - and I still have a couple of items left that Viv sent as well. The Toy Box is depleted of Christmas items (although one of the stamp sets Lynn sent has a Christmas/New Year theme). But, it's looking pretty healthy until well into Autumn 2019 and there are lots of fun prizes in the offing.

As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 2nd February. 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 only playing for fun.

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 :)

An update on Dudley now! We're getting precious little sleep here as his adult teeth are now coming through along each side, upper and lower and to be honest there are times when he really 'doesn't know where to put himself' as my Granny would have said. He woke up all confused yesterday evening and promptly piddled without warning us - serves me right as I was talking to a special friend just a matter of hours earlier saying proudly that it had been weeks since he had an accident!

Other than that he's thriving, although at age six months puppies go through a second 'fear' phase (the first one is briefer at about 12 weeks of age). So, some of the most mundane things will spook him right now - things he never worried about previously. On Thursday I took him for another Puppy Grooming session - as usual he yodeled all the way there and then refused to entertain walking through the pet store to the Grooming Salon. But, he apparently was as good as gold during the whole process and he came home smelling delicious and fluffed up to within an inch of his life! I arrived back a bit early to collect him and hid round by the tropical fish accessories area so I could see him but he couldn't see me - and sure enough he wasn't leading them a merry dance like he does when I'm grooming him! The girls there absolutely adore him - and I think the feeling is mutual as I had to practically carry him back through the store 'cos he didn't want to leave ☺

We're still letting his fringe grow for now as before too long it should begin to fall into a parting to frame his sweet little face - but, a lot of the time he looks a real little mop head! More so as the girls blow dried his fringe forward whereas I keep brushing it back.

I took this yesterday - one sweet smelling bundle of fluff with one eye peeking at me:
He's starting to get a cute little crooked smile - a typical trait of many Havanese, and very occasionally tilts his head to one side quizzically if he's listening to what you're saying. He's growing up in so many ways!

Have a lovely fortnight and I do hope the cold snap we're due isn't too unkind.

Love from Dudley Dog, Parsnip and of course me,


  1. Oh my goodness--the update on Dudley with the adorable picture just made my day! Difficult start to the year, but you've made me forget right now! Cute & clever card, Di! I'll play just for fun.

  2. What an utter cutie, of course he has everyone eating out of his fluffy paws. Cuteness personified!
    Love the narwhale card Di, I agree with your IMHO statement and remember seeing a real narwhale horn at a display in ... mm castle home owned by Taussaud family..
    ...ah Google thank you, Warwick castle. It was one place worth visiting, truly amazing, they had a working catapult an we had to sit and watch it work, cos nephew wanted to, so did I actually. Fascinating waxworks throughout too.
    Hugs Shaz in Oz.x
    I do have cards just posted must go back and link up. Had snippets and recipe of course. Lost track of fortnight’s.

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}
    {Wonderful Words Of Life - Shaz in Oz}

  3. Oh my goodness, that photo of Dudley after his grooming had me squealing with delight. I love his little crooked smile and mop head!He's so lucky to have owners who are very knowledgeable about all the puppy stages and are so patient with him. Your card is delightful and that narwhal couldn't be cuter. I got this set for Christmas so will be playing just for fun this time!

  4. Oh my goodness what a spooky coincidence - I just woke up from a complicated dream that involved buying a narwhal stamp when I'd gone out for a unicorn one. I woke up, thought "What nonsense, I've never even seen a narwhal stamp", switched on the PC and here you are making a gorgeous card with the cutest narwhal ever! So as soon as I've made my card I will HAVE to play along, won't I?
    And no wonder you've made such a cute card, you have a permanent cuteness inspiration right by your side (and probably chewing your shoes). He is gorgeous!

  5. This dog is just precious. He makes me want to cuddle up on the couch with him.

    Piddle happens.................I'm sure he's sorry. [Bunny]

  6. Cute Narwhal card and even cuter pup. I ADORE him from afar.

    With a crooked smile & an eye peeping out of his fringe I'm certain he got away with his little accident immediately! You just can't be cross with that bundle of joy for long!!!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  7. I don't know how you get anything done, you must stand by with your camera the whole time! Dudley looks adorable and I'm sure he knows how lucky he is to have such a loving home. A cute and unusual stamp. You really can get a stamp of anything now. x

  8. I'm sorry I've led you to a new purchase! However your card is so cute. Just not quite as cute as Dudley!! Oh he looks so adorable. Lx

  9. I like your card so much! That whale is just adorable, and so is Dudley. Seems he already needs a haircut (LOL!!). He is such a cuty!!
    Lia xx

  10. That is such a cute stamp/die set so it is a 'yes please' from me. Your choice of background is brilliant and just sets the whole card off - gorgeous result. Speaking of gorgeous the 'pupdate' photo is another example - he is adorable.

  11. How cute is your Dudly ... and your card too ;-)
    Yes Please to the prize draw - the whale is just adorable!
    Have a great weekand take care. Hugs, Majda

  12. Forgot to say Yes to the prize (but maybe you did understand already..!)
    Lia xx

  13. A lovely card and such a cute stamp and die set - I would love a chance to win please.

    Dudley is so cute and I bet he's keeping you both on your toes!

    Kath x

  14. Morning Di, Oooh Dudley is so fluffy l could just cuddle him he's just the cutest pup and growing so fast your card and the image is so sweet and the papers used for the underwater theme is just brilliant and fits in so well and loving the bubbles too! playing just for fun enjoy your day sending lots of love xx

  15. Oh wow...look at how grown up Dudley is looking...super cute too!
    As is your card Di - I didn't know that I *needed* a narwhal stamp...but am now thinking 'why don't I already have one'! Ha ha!
    I'm a 'yes please' for the prize draw.
    Helen x

  16. Awww... Pure cuteness!! This narwhal is just delicious!! I made a massive use of Sizzix dies, but I didn't know this one!! LOVE the dp you used, it's just perfect for the scene!! Now you have some snippets to play the next time :D LOL.
    The row of tiny hearts and bubbles compliments so well the card!
    Poor Dudley, the teeth coming through are so painful... :(
    He looks awesome after the grooming session, such fabulous ball of white fur!!
    His fringe is really so long, now! Adorable! :) Make him some cuddles by me! :)

  17. Dudley is a bundle of wonderful fluff and you are so fortunate to have him. He has such a sweet face, nothing anyone could turn away from :)
    Fun card this week with that great set of stamps and dies, but I'm playing just for fun :)

  18. Oh Di, this is such a fun card. I don't think I've ever seen a narwhal stamp before and this is adorable. His tail is the cutest along with that row of tiny hearts. You made a great Valentine card with it. I don't know how you stand all that cuteness with Dudley. I would want to snuggle him all day long. He is just the sweetest "furball".

  19. OMGoodness, Dudley is simply adorable! I see his crooked smile! What joy he must bring to you! No wonder the groomers love him! I love him too! Hope he gets through this stage soon so you can get some sleep!

    I love your cute card! The little narwhal is adorable - just look at the little heart on his tail fin! Cuuuuuute! I'm definitely a Yes for the prize! Thank you and thank you to Lynn! For once I entered early! Woohoo! Have a wonderful day!

  20. Firstly, so sorry I didn't get to link a card this time Di, since Christmas other than the stuff I have to do I haven't really got myself back in to the swing of things, and with nothing suitable as a snippets make. Hopefully as we get into February I will get back to more normality. The narwhal is very sweet and I love your background paper which goes beautifully, and the added bubbles and heart bubbles look great. As I have just won that bumper prize, and if I get a card in, I will be playing just for fun. Dudley looks extremely handsome after his grooming session, and hopefully the teething will not last too long. x

  21. Love that little dog! What a cutie! He makes me smile.

  22. I love your wavy card Di and the little narwhal is so cute!! Even cuter though is the adorable Mr Dudley and I can see why you adore him in spite of the disturbed sleep!!!

    Carol x

  23. Aww he's such a cutie Di. Your card is so sweet, yes please to this cutie prize. We've just finished celebrating my Hb's with all the family! Hugs xxxx

  24. Great card and am sure Dudley is getting cuter in every photo, missed blogging my card last time, think the fast forward button has been pressed this month cannot believe gone so quick. So thought I would get in early this fortnight. Love Nicky

  25. Your dog is such a sweetie. Love your card too.
    Yes for the great prize please.
    Valerija xx

  26. Great card, Di. The backing paper makes a perfect background for your little scene. I'll be back later to link up a card, but I'm just playing for fun this fortnight.

    Dudley get more adorable every time I see him. :-) xx

  27. Dudley is too cute! Looks like my little MADDIE! You will see her on some of the pics on my blog! I would love to play for the prize ;) So much fun!

  28. Lovely card Di, and what a sweetie Dudley is! Hubby used to have 2 maltese terriers that ruled the roost here! Just playing for fun this week, Cathy x

  29. Hi Miss Di, Dudley certainly looks like he is listening to his Mum in the pic, I'm sure that animals understand way more than we give them credit for... Playing just for fun this fortnight. good luck with the cold snap, we're in the grips of a heat wave.. I even resorted to sleeping with a frozen hot water bottle one night... Have a wonderful week... Megan

  30. Two very cute photos Di! Love your card and the photo (and story) of Dudley just makes me smile!
    Playing for fun this time.
    Janice x

  31. I'll be entering eventually, so it's a very advanced yes please from me. And thanks so much, Di. My prize arrived Saturday and I'm looking forward to having a play xoxo

  32. Di, your narwhal card is adorable. I like the background and little hearts. And Dudley is such a cutie.
    Would love to play for the prize.

  33. Super cute!! That narwhal is adorable and so is your sweet, little Dudley! I think I will play just for fun this week, thanks!

  34. Your card is adorable. And a bit "Yes please" to the chance to win the prize.

  35. Not only do I visit your blog for your lovely cards, I get a puppy story too!

  36. Eeeeeee.....ADORABLE Dudley and ADORABLE Narwhal!!!! Cuteness all over the place!!! Love your fun card, Di. And, of course, you had to use that fresh sheet of patterned paper because it was so completely perfect for your card....and now you have a few scraps to use!

    Yes, please, to the fun Narwhal set. Although I do not think I could handle a real narwhal in my household (small bathtub and all....), I would love to add this delightful one to my stamp menagerie!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  37. Yes please to the prize draw, ages since I played along, Dudley is sooo cute!!

  38. Oh how adorable! Dudley looks so cute and I can just imagine what a darling he must be.
    As for your card... it's fabulous and the little narwhal is super. I know I really shouldn't but I'd love to go in the hat for the prize this time xx

  39. beautiful card!
    Dudley si so cute!

  40. Lovely card and a lovely fluffy Dudley! I wasn't going to (having just won) but well, it's a narwhal!! So yes please! You do know how to tempt us, Miss Di! Xx

  41. Beautiful card Di, and Dudley looks so sweet all primped and preened
    Yes please to the prize

  42. Totally adorable little Valentine's card.
    And Dudley is turning into a very handsome dog!
    Just playing for fun. Thanks.

  43. Gorgeous card! Fabulously cute and perfect paper. Yes Please to being in the draw! Thank you. Dudley looks gorgeous after his puppy pampering - He is just adorable! Hugs xxxxxxx

  44. great card Di. love the picture pf Dudley,

    Love to win the prize xx Hugs

  45. Hi Di, I know it is a long time since I have been around but I was sick all last year but now I am fine so 2019 is going to be my year. do hope all has been well with you and Parsnip. Just playing for fun.

  46. Entered, finally! :)
    Yes please to being in the draw for the cute narwhal set :)

  47. Yes please, I love your challenges and the fact that there is only one entry per person. It really is a awesome playing field. You always come up with such creative ideas to work off of as well. Blessings to you and have a crafting! Pam

  48. What a darling Narwal with his heart fin and heart tail. So cute!! And your card is fabulous. That paper IS perfection with this set. Yes, please, for this sweet prize, and many thanks!

  49. That narwhal card is adorable (so yes please) - but second to your beautiful Dudley. xo

  50. Just uploaded my entry, a little late but you'll see why if you visit my blog. I WOULD say yes please to and entry in the draw but since I was lucky enough to win for challenge No. 343 I think it might be pushing my luck!!!

    Happy Sunday


  51. Love the narwal, Di, and adorable Dudley, of course. I'm playing for fun this week and want to congratulate you on 7 years of running the Playground! Here's to 7 more. :-D

  52. Hi Di

    Couldn't post last week as we were at a wedding fayre .. .. but have made it this week! Yay!!!

    Thank you for making the playground such a success .. .. you have done a fabby job.

    Just playing for fun as always!

    Love and hugs

    Jules xx

  53. Ah Dudley's such a cutie even if he does require the odd cleanup. Yes please count me in the draw. Thank you. CarolG

  54. Love your card. What a cute narwhale image. Your little Dudly is simply adorable. I found your challenge through Darnell's blog. Yes, playing for prize.

  55. Love this card. And yes for the prize.

  56. Here's my latest snippet card, Di. I am just playing for fun this time.

  57. What an adorable Valentine, Di! Dudley does look like he's listening to you. He is adorable!

  58. So cute! Yes please to the prize.

  59. OK . . . now that you've found out about the wonderful Darnell's surprise party for you, it's safe to link my snippets card here (first time in, like, FOREVER!).

    Playing for fun only.

    Well, I couldn't miss out on your special party now could I? You're such a special person, and even though the night is young at the linky party (so to speak) it is already plain to see how much you are loved and appreciated for who you are and what you do. A much deserved party in your honour. CONGRATS mate.

    Hugs, Sarn
    Stamping for Pleasure Blog

    PS: There is NOTHING to see behind the bike sheds. Honest! But I've trained Dudley to give an early warning bark just in case you should wander nearby! LOL!

  60. Congrats on being the subject of Darnell's richly deserved tribute Di...and Dudley gets cuter by the second!
    Well done you!

  61. Just playing for fun alone this time thank you Di !!! xxx

  62. Loving the pictures of Dudley, he is adorable. Yes please for the prize Di, what a fab set.
    Katrina x

  63. Saying yes to the prize. Your furbaby is so adorable! How do you get anything done?? Thank you also for the sympathies for Bella.

  64. Just wanted to say Hi Di, i've been directed over by the lovely Darnell. Big congrats on your blog achievement. A wonderful way to bring creatives together. Such a sweet photograph with one eye peeping out... I feel my fringe is in need of a trim too.
    Wishing you a super day and hope to join in with a snippet challenge or too in the near future.
    Creative wishes Tracey x

  65. Hi Miss Di,Parsnip and Dudley.
    Yes Please if I'm lucky.
    Congrats on your 7 years running this excellent challenge.
    I love your wonderful card, and the design looks very stunning and super.
    Wonderful colours used and such very super stamped sentiment too.
    Managed to find a small box of snippets I hadn't thrown out for my card.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  66. Congrats to you for running the challenge for 7 years...WOW...!! I know what a challenge it is to run a challenge...lots of hard work but so worth it and I haven't been here lately, we just had a rough last year of 2018...but getting back into the challenge mode now..yay!! Anyhow thank YOU for all you do...and LOVE seeing little Dudley..he is Mack weighs in at 52#'s and he is BIG I thought he would weigh lots more. And Yes please to be entered into the drawing...if you want to come by my blog on the 1st, we are having a blog hop and lots of prizes to be given...have a wonderful day Di and once again thanks for having such a FUN place to use our 'snippets'!!

  67. Well Miss Di... the secret's out, Congrats on the well-deserved Celebration of lovely YOU!
    I'm loving little Master Dudley too, he's so cute and full of life; he makes my poor old Rocky look even more decrepit (he's had his latest surgery and looks like a very low quality quilt, lol, with all his shaved bits, poor love
    Yes please for the prize draw... I love the little narwhal, and the sentiment is very handy, Donna xx

  68. Such a cute card Di! I love this little set, so playing along this go around. Dudley gets cuter and cuter! He is looking debonair and flirty in the photo. lol Hugs, Brenda

  69. Hi Di your card is so cute and so is Dudley. I am here just for fun this time. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  70. Hi Di,
    I have added a link to your blog on my post. I wasn't sure my card has been accepted, so didn't include it at first. I love this idea of making cards with snippets and am happy I found your blog. Lucille Kearin

  71. Just popping back in to say I linked up my snippets card! Thank you for all you do, Di! The Playground is a fun place to play! Have a wonderful day!

  72. So glad I popped by Darnell's blog today... just time to join in a new challenge for me - congrats Di on 7 years, that's a wonderful effort...cutest little dog too. As always would love a prize but I am overseas... Robyn

  73. What a fun card Di! Hugs xxx

  74. Thank you so much for being such amazing person, this card is for you.
    And your card is super sweet, I love this cute design from Sizzix.
    Yes for the prize, please.
    Crafty hugs xx

  75. Sorry i'm late getting back to you Di, no need to put me in the prize draw but *thank YOU* for popping on over to ask. I was very late to the party but so glad I made it before closing time.
    Thank you again for the challenge Di & best wishes to you all.
    Hugs Tracey xx


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