Sunday, 9 June 2019

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #354

Time for a new challenge! Let's get straight on with it. This is my snippets card:
I used:

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

- a snippet of 'lightly patterned in grey paper' I found tucked inside the back of a much loved Teresa Collins 'Sweet Afternoon' paper pad. In fact, the papers are double sided and this was the reverse of one sheet that I'd used a bit of - I just trimmed it slightly to be a smidgen smaller than the card front
- then a snippet of white card and a lovely set of stamps by Concord & 9th called 'Lily'

- I used the Misti and first of all put my snippet of white card to the left hand corner to stamp the lily itself with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink - just did it once as I was coming back later

- most importantly, I left the lily stamp on the lid of the Misti whilst I carried on with the rest of the stamping (just protected the base of the Misti with a snippet of scrap paper to avoid stamping directly onto the platform again with the lily stamp for now)

- then, I moved the stamped lily across to the right hand corner and placed the centre portion of the lily in place, picked it up with the lid and stamped it using SU's 'Daffodil Delight' ink

- added a few spots using another little stamp in the set and SU's Pumpkin Pie' ink (and a small clear acrylic block so I could move from place to place easily)

- time to move the image panel back across to the left hand side and re-stamp the black outline of the lily so that it comes up clearly on top of the coloured stamping

- added the sentiment - using black ink again and also a piece of ink jet printable clear acetate with a grid printed onto it - which is invaluable for aligning sentiments! Put the image panel onto the Misti tucked into one corner and pop the acetate grid lined piece on top of that, also tucked into the corner. Then add the sentiment stamps using the lines to get them straight, pick them up with the lid as usual, remove the acetate and do your stamping onto the card itself. I always do a test run anyhow (OCD strikes again!) and of course I had the piece of paper I'd used to protect the base, with a perfect lily (albeit faint) stamped so I could check the final look

- had a bit of fun finding a 'stitched circle' die - from a set by The Works - of the right size. In the end I decided to go with a die cut with one straight edge and I do like it! Die cut the image first and then trimmed it using a guillotine for the one straight edge

- glued the image panel onto the piece of patterned paper first to make sure it was nicely at the very edge and then glued the whole panel onto the card front - using Collall All Purpose glue

Although I was sort of forced down the route of trimming one part of the circle to be straight - I'll be doing it again for sure. It's for a friend who returned home from the school reunion last weekend and her Mum died the following day. She knew it was imminent but as she's really the cornerstone of our reunions (Secretary and chief 'gopher') she went ahead with her role at the reunion but zipped away first thing on the Sunday to get back to see her Mum, for what turned out to be one last visit. She didn't tell a soul what was going on either, bless her.

The prize this fortnight is:
Ha, caught on camera once again she says noticing the reflection! The prize doesn't include me - it's a Concord & 9th 'Lily' set of stamps and a set of The Works 'Stitched Circles' dies. The stamp set comes with a couple more sentiment stamps so it doesn't have to be used as a 'Thinking of you' card. For speed, and also to keep a CAS look, I didn't colour the whole of the iris in but it certainly lends itself to nice watercolouring or similar.

As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 22nd June. The gates will open again at midnight UK time on the same day.

It's a maximum of ONE entry, 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 want 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 don't add you to my little list.

Work on the outside of the house is ongoing - but the results are just astonishingly good. No cutting of corners and total perfection. So, it's worth the slight upheaval for longer than we thought - just to know everything is spot on. And this is a guy working entirely on his own as well - quite amazing. Rain stopped play on Friday, although in any case there was one final delivery to arrive so it's just as well. The delivery did arrive - but not until 4pm in the afternoon as we were the last delivery of the day on their schedule, which would have been too late in the day - that certainly was serendipity.

There's been a few tales coming back from last weekend about reunion happenings - a few folk had to cancel last minute for one reason or another (including me of course), our President had to miss the Saturday evening dinner dance as her husband became unwell and they went home, and there were some self inflicted injuries. One sprained ankle, one leg broken in three places (larking around by the swimming pool) and one chap regained consciousness after the Saturday evening dinner dance with a whacking big gash in his head (needed seven stitches, so not tiny) - and he had absolutely no recollection of what had happened! Mind you - let's say that all of the injured, which were of the male variety, had been worshiping at 'the altar known as the hotel bar' all day! And no doubt there were a few hangovers in any case. Sigh - these aren't kids either!

I'm doing OK but now have swollen feet and ankles due to a 'rebound' action from being taken off the diuretics suddenly. It's a typical reaction apparently so just have to be patient for a week or two.

No new photos of Dudley this week, although right now he's looking snowy white and fluffy. Len took him for a walk in that dreadful rain on Friday and the poor little fellow was soaking wet when he got home, looked like a very dirty drowned rat. In fact, he was apparently quite frightened as Len took a detour to post some letters for me - but Dudley knows his usual route and wanted to come right back home 'toot sweet'. Time for an immediate warmish bath - which in fact he coped really well with - and he soon looked pristine again. It's so nice when he accepts that some things are done for his own good.He slept like a baby after it was all over.

Lots of love from us all - Parsnip (who is overseeing progress and handing up hammers and such to our 'roofing man'), Dudley (on general guard duty) and of course me,


Greta said...

Oh wow--this is a stunner, Di! Love the little bit of color for the lily & that patterned paper is really neat! Will put my name in for the prize this time. So sorry you're dealing with swollen feet, but maybe it's good you didn't go to the reunion with all the accidents--haha! Must have been very challenging for your friend to go with her mom so ill. Always difficult loosing a loved one even if expected. Can just imagine guard dog Dudley after that walk in the rain! Glad the work on the house is going so well--big relief, I know! Hugs, Greta

Aquarius said...

A very striking card and as always a brilliant description of how it was achieved. Hoping to be back shortly with a contribution to the challenge. Still living in a blurred world but can just about manage to make a card or two even if it does take me much longer than normal.

Sarn said...

Stunning card and wonderful prize.

Glad work on house going well & Dudley is coping . ...even when Len ventures into the unknown!

Shame about your friend's situation, but v brave of her to carry on regardless. Good that she got to see her mum 1 last time.

Hugs,Sarn xxx

Aquarius said...

Before clearing up my desk I found enough snippets to make another 'heart' card and can I say a 'yes please' for the draw. I've put the heart dies away so hopefully the next card I make will be something different!!

Carol L said...

I'm sorry you're having such issues that kept you from enjoying your reunion. It's a shame too that so many folks suffered injuries and your friend lost her mum. At least Mr Dudley is back to normal after a bath and I'm sure he's looking like his cute self again too!
I really like this card with that beautiful flower and the background paper is gorgeous! I love the off-center circle, it gives such great appeal to the design! Yes please to the prize this week. Do take care of yourself and those swollen feet! I know it's not easy to manage, but just keep moving when you can. Hugz

Carole said...

Super duper card Di....and so good to be back seeing my mates in the playground! Yes to being in the draw please. Sounds like your reunion was more of a disaster zone/hen or bucks! Maybe you were safer at home after all!!! Hope you are soon leaping around again Di...I feel your frustration. hugs xx

creationsnz said...

Your card is STUNNING Di! CarolG

AlisonC said...

A beautiful stylish CAS card. The offset circle is a great idea. I'm sure your friend will like it very much. Sorry to hear that you are still suffering but at least you always have entertainment on hand! What a shame you missed your reunion, it sounds as though there was plenty going on there. Yes please to the prize. x

Kathleen said...

Super image and a great design.

Kath x

Pat said...

The lily is gorgeous Di and with that bit of colour in the centre just perfect, and such a great idea to place it to the right thus givingnthe stitched circle one straight edge. Sorry you have swollen feet and ankles at the moment and hopefully that will pass soon. The reunion sounds as though it was a bit of a 'car crash' but a shame you couldn't go but you won't be sorry to have missed the mayhem I'm x

Pat said...

Sorry, I meant to say that if I get a card in I am a 'yes please' for the lovely prize. x

MadeByMeghanK said...

I love that everyone "old person" dance injuries at the reunion....HA! Sounds like a GREAT TIME!
Your card is BEAUTIFUL! I would love to be put in the running for the prize!

Bunny said...

Beautiful card. Lovely CAS.

Yes, please, to the prize. Thank you.

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Karenladd said...

Wow Di, that is just a stunning card...and so elegant. I love the floral stamp with your off-set stitched circle die. The pale gray pattern of your base adds to the design without detracting from that spectacular flower. Yes please to this fabulous prize!!
Had a real chuckle at those reunion stories...oh my. I wonder how they explained their injuries to their friends and families without being completely embarrassed!!

KathyA. said...

Di, you have so much going on in your life right now... yet still you find time to make beautiful cards. You are amazing. [And as always, your prize is so generous. I'd love to add both the stamp and the die set to my collection. So please count me in. Thanks.]

Kathyk said...


Glad to hear that work is coming along well and looking good. Shame about the reunion and you not being fit enough to make it - maybe next time!

Loving your card and just have to say YES PLEASE to an entry in the prize draw this week..

Happy Monday and thanks so much for your continued encouragement to use up those pesky snippets!


Marjeta said...

This is gorgeous card. Love CAS version.

Jane said...

What a gorgeous card Di, yes please to the prize this week! Your reunion sounded very lively. Perhaps you might have been in the safer place at home. It's amazing what a few beverages can induce! I hope this rain does not stop too much work on your house, your man sound fab..a good find. Have a lovely week, hugs xxx

Viv said...

Made it this time Miss!
Yes please!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous card, Di. So sorry you had to miss the reunion xoxo

Janice said...

Your card is stunning Di, I love the small ‘splatter’ of colour on the flower!
Hopefully you’ll be able to make the next reunion, this one sounded very lively!
I would love to be included in the draw please, many thanks.
Janice x

Mrs A. said...

A perfect card. The lily is gorgeous. Now to have been a fly on the wall at that get together!! Hugs Mrs A.

Lori said...

What a gorgeous card! Love the colors you used and design is so elegant!

Kath said...

A fabulous card Di and a brilliant design. I'll be in the playground soon and would love a change to win this beautiful prize.
Kath x

Liz said...

Super card, Di. Adding just a pop of colour is so effective. I'll be just playing for fun this time. xx

Darnell said...

Your card is gorgeous, Di! That's a C&9th I haven't seen. I love the way only the center is beautifully colored and all the angles of your design! I like the way the circle is straightened and always forget about off-setting my circles. Your friend will love it. I'm so sorry for her loss. It was very thoughtful of her mum to wait until she had been to the reunion. And, holy cow, what a reunion group it was this year, eh? I had a bit of a chuckle at all the asinine old men and their injuries ...which makes me very shallow and unkind! Hugs to all fluffy white critters and you, too! Darnell

Sandra H said...

Di this is gorgeous l love the image and the pierced circled edges so effective l hope your feet have settled down now l like to take the normal routes so l can imagine Duddley becoming confused at least he got home to the warmth and dried of after becoming so wet l am only playing for fun take care sending lots of love x

Marjeta said...

I decide to enter your beautiful challenge with my latest card, that I made for my doughter 1. wedding aniwersary. I used looots of little pices to creat weing couple dres.
Yes I would like to participate in the draw for the prize.

Claire said...

Lovely card Di, I really like the partial colouring and it makes for a very striking image. Glad to hear you're on the road to recovery and I hope that continues for you. Yes please, I'd like to take part for the prizes this time, that stamp set is gorgeous :) x

Lynne said...

A very elegant looking card Di, I love the little bit of colour you've added. Pity it's for a sad occasion, but we all have to make them sometimes. It sounds as though the reunion was very eventful with all those injuries!
With the wet weather we've been having these last 2 days our 2 haven't been out for much of a walk. We've tried, but they're soon pulling the other way to go home again! I would like to be a yes please for the draw. Have a good week x

SHartl said...

This card is so beautiful and I love the simple design. My CAS cards always either look too plain, or they aren't really CAS when I'm done with them, lol. That huge lily is so eye-catching.
Yes please to this challenge prize.

Lia said...

Your card is amazing and so is the prize. So I say yes this time!
It's fun, reading your stories after coming home from our holiday!
Lia xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Here again Miss, yes please thank you very much for the lovely prize, have heard lots about Works dies, be nice to try some, and well that stamp set makes a cracker card as you’ve skilfully shown us, love it!

Sorry re poor ole tootsies, no fun, pray they settle down quickly, and you’re pain free ASAP, and meds are properly sorted, huge blessing house alterations are going well and dear Dudley survived his dunking, and Len also.
Poor young Dud bit all too much for him.
Happy snippets Di, and am off to the roundabout today, might snooze on it at this time as need a snooze, as long as no one decides to spin it fast like! 😆
Am praying blessings on your dear friend. What a trooper, may God bless her hurting heart.
Prayer hugs Shaz in Oz.x

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

Donna said...

I would love to play alone and be considered for the prize, especially since you might be included, a day of stamping maybe! LOL

Lynne in NI said...

Sounds like it was probably a good thing that you were confined to barracks, that reunion sounds very eventful! (though very sad for your frien of course)

Dudley needs to have a word with our Ruby and just let her know that getting cleaned up doesn't need to be such a trial and there's no need for crying, shaking, trying to escape and generally having a total panic attack. You'd think that after 13 years she'd know she was going to make it out of the shower alive!

Oh and yes please to be in your draw, your card is gorgeous!

Valerija said...

A wonderful card, such a cute image and the sentiment is lovely too!
YES for the great prize please.
Hugs, Valerija

KandA said...

Wow, what a stunning card Di, I love it.... and a 'yes please' from me for the fabulous prize. I do hope the feet and ankles are back to normal again. Still fighting the germs this end! xx

jimlynn said...

Yea, I'm back with snippets!!! Love your card and love the prize this time so will throw my name in the hat for it too.

Becca Yahrling said...

Now that's my kind of coloring! Easy peasey. Lovely card and a lovely stamp set. I love flowers! Yes, please, for playing for the prize. Thanks for all you do, Di, even when I know you don't feel well.

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

I don't understand why I missed this post!!! :( Perhaps blogger new post mail didn't arrive to me?
Wonderful card, Di, so elegant and clean! Love so much the splash of colour just in the centre of the gorgeous lily and the split sentiment! Wonderful design with the cut circle!

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

I entered in the challenge :D and YES please for the amazing prize, I love it :)

Jackie T said...

Hi Di your card is gorgeous it is just so pretty I love it. Yes please to the prize. I am sorry you are feeling poorly. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Helen said...

Just popping back to say I'm a 'yes please' for the lovely prize this time.
Helen x

Lillianb said...

Thank you for picking my card in the top three and yes I would love to win the lovely prize xx \

Lilian B

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

It’s been a little while since I have done your challenge, and it shows in my scrap box. It is really overflowing! So I did not make a dent in it just making this one card, I will need to be more diligent!

I do love your card with that beautiful lily! I would love to be in the running for the prize this time. Have a nice day!

Heather said...

Simple and so pretty!! Love the pop of color in the center of the lily!! I think I will play for the prize this time, thanks!

Sandy said...

Oh my, this is a gorgeous card. Love the beautiful lily and the color treatment, and I have to say that the tiny pattern on the layer behind it really sets off the beautiful white circle. Well done Di.
Yes, please for the draw.

lynda said...

I like you CAS card! I'm never satisfied with the ones I try to make. I am entry #40 & am interested in the prize. Also, I think I've only entered once before, if you need that info.

ionabunny said...

Hi Di, here I am sneaking in the playground gates just before they close. Happy to be playing along and would love to be included in the prize draw please. Sounds like an eventful reunion. Hugz

HilaryJane said...

Really glad to hear you are slowly returning to normal. Love your lily card and the splodge of colour. Yes please for the draw xx

Chantal said...

Love your card. Hope you like the card with this cute dog.
Yes please for the prize.
Hugs, Chantal S

Janis said...

Oh, Di...I adore your beautiful card! So pretty with just the splash of color in the center. Yes, please, to the lovely prize pkg. I already have the dies (which I won right here from you a long time ago...THANKS!!), but I love that stamp set too much to play JFF. Ha! On the remote chance I am the lucky winner, I'm sure I can find a new home for the wonderful circle dies. I use mine ALL the time!!!

Hope you get all the way better soon. Take care, and thank you again for another lovely challenge.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Nicky said...

At last I finally found some time to upload my card. My DD is expecting, its so exciting but she has been suffering with morning, afternoon and evening sickness! She now 17 weeks so hopefully things will improve soon.

Time just seems to be flying by, I love your card and have been catching up on Dudley and off course yourself.
Love your card and the others you have posted, would love to be in with a chance off the prize.
off now to practice being a Naughty Nanny for when little'wotsit' is born lol.

Jane Willis said...

Phew, almost didn't get a card made in time this fortnight. Anyway, I'm here now and would love to play for the beautiful prize. Your card is gorgeous, it is so serene it would make a lovely sympathy card.

Lady Joyful said...

Your card is just beautiful, Di! I love that flower. Definitely yes please for the prize!

Tina Z. said...

I love lilies and your design is perfect.
I like reading about Dudley too.
yes for the prize, please.
have a great weekend.
hugs xx

Craftychris said...

Really gorgeous card, Love it! So sad for your friend though, bless her. Sounds like lots of fun (****????) went on at reunion involving alcohol. Sorry you are having problems with your feet still, not nice! I am sooooo happy to have come to play in the playground and 'Yes Please' to go in the draw for a chance to win the prize, thank you! Hugs and take care! xxxxxxx

Aimeslee Winans said...

Hello, Di. Please include me in the draw this time, thanks! Love your card and hope you feel better. xoxo