Sunday 7 July 2019

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #356

Oh boy - it's still hot down here in Hampshire! We really could do with just a little bit of rain to clear the air as it's so humid and heavy right now.

Anyhow here's my snippets card for this coming week:
I used

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

- snippet of slightly smaller piece of light blue card, an eighth of an inch smaller on each side

- backed the light blue card with white fun foam, again cut a bit smaller than the blue card, and adhered it to the card front using Collall All Purpose Glue - just to lift it up a little bit

- then rummaged through the snippets folder for some scraps and die cut the clouds using white card and MFT's 'Cloud' Trio' set of dies

- then die cut the kites, lines, tails and little stabilising 'bows' from snippets of red, green, yellow, red and white and carefully popped them into an upturned lid I keep on the desk - through (bitter) experience. I used a lovely die set made by Impression Obsessions called 'Kite' - what else?! 

- then added the lines and clouds to the background using a glue pen - allowing some parts to hang over the edge - which I then snipped off from the back to be sure of a straight and clean cut

- still building the scene - I then added the main part of each kite - using thin snippets of sticky pad to add dimension, then added the little bows using a glue pen (this time I didn't use the 'sectioned' part of the die cutting set but that would be fun to try (say) using pretty patterned papers for a girls card)

- next I needed a few words so I used an MFT set of 'Label Maker Sentiment' stamps and the Misti with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink for stamping. The Misti comes in so handy when stamping very solid stamps like these as I find, even with a newish ink pad, it does take more than one go to get a nice clean black finish

- then I just carefully fussy cut the words, you can actually buy a set  of matching MFT dies but I truly think they would be more trouble than they're worth - a nice sharp pair of medium sized scissors and decent light and they were done in no time at all

- then used red line sticky tape to adhere the words where I wanted them - all done!   

I couldn't find the MFT word stamps in the UK (I've had mine for a while now), but Uniko do some lovely sets - I have one which a sweet crafter bought for me a while ago and, like all Uniko products, it's great! I didn't use my Uniko set on the card as my blank spaces weren't right, next time I'll plan ahead more! Thanks again Sue! x

The prize this fortnight is:
An Impression Obsession 'Kite' set of dies and a 'Your Next Stamp' set of two 'Cloud' dies. Again, I couldn't find the MFT 'Cloud Trio' set of dies for the prize but the Your Next Stamp set is every bit as good IMHO. And I used two cloud sizes almost identical to the prize ones when I made my card. As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 20th July. 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.

Dudley will be one year old on 22nd July and I'd forgotten just how much joy a doggie would bring to us - and how much work as well! He's so enchanting, you can't help but love him even when he's being a little pickle! Much to my quiet delight I took him for a walk during the week whilst Len was out - he behaved beautifully (after getting over the shock that after some months it was Mama taking him out!). We did about three quarters of a mile on one of his favourite routes, which might not sound much to many of you but was a huge step forward for yours truly.

On the subject of Dudley, we took him to the groomers on Thursday as his adult coat had begun to 'blow' over the past few weeks (basically changing from puppy coat to adult coat which generally begins at around one year old, and can take up to six months) so keeping on top of his tangles was almost impossible. Within half an hour of a full groom at home, making sure he was free of tangles, they came straight back. Basically, it wasn't a good situation for Dudley - deep mats can cause health problems and are also quite painful either to be removed or even before they're removed as they can cut off the blood supply. So, right now, Dudley looks like a little shorn sheep with a lovely plume of a tail and his wonderful long silky ears left untouched. His dear little face looks just as it did as a puppy - although of course the top knot has gone. I always thought he would look cute with a teddy bear/puppy cut - and no doubt he will .... as soon as it grows back just a bit! As for Dudley, he's absolutely fine needless to say, and also much cooler! Although, I think he feels it's just a bit undignified to have his 'crown jewels' exposed as they are at the moment - so he's taken to wearing dark glasses when he goes out for a walk. 

Here he is, taken yesterday, waiting at the top of the stairs for Len to return from archery:
 Lots of love from us all - Parsnip, Dudley and of course me,


  1. Love your card and these dies - will have to try and enter!!

  2. Fabulous use of your snippets with this "airy"! card :D It's so happy and cool!!
    Great you finally have took Dudley for a long walk!! Yay! :D Well done for you both! He looks so adorable with his new grooming! One year already??? Oh...How fast times fly.... Happy Birthday, Dudley!! :D

  3. Sweet, summery, card with all those cute kites.

    I think Dudley looks sweet and summery too!!!! I know he looks like a different dog without his full coat but he's still gorgeous.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  4. Such a clever idea: making kites of snippets. I like your card! And I see that Dudley has taken his 'coat' out. He will be glad because it's sooo hot!
    Lia xx

  5. Aww what a lovely set your card Di is so sweet and of course Dudley too! what a great way to use up snippet enjoy your day xx

  6. We are a KITE FLYING family! My whole family flies STUNT kites! I love this card!!! Definitely joining in for the prize this week... I could use some Kite dies!
    HI DUDLEY! Maddie says GREAT GROOM!

  7. I love your fun bright cheerful card, and thanks for the tip about using a lid for all the small bits.....I'm forever losing them on my desk!
    I can't believe Dudley is nearly one! He's adorable whatever coat he's wearing ;)
    Just playing for fun, as it is soooo long since I last visited.
    Oh and well done you, that walk must have seemed almost like a marathon!
    Hope you continue to feel better xxx

  8. Dudley looks great! Thanks for the photo!

  9. A lovely card Di - I'll be in the playground after my holiday and would love a chance to win the prize please.
    Kath x

  10. A lovely cheerful and summery card - love it. Playing for fun this time. Well done with the doggy walking progress I'd say!

  11. How dare you blaspheme, no-one should utter the R word, you need a couple of water butts, life savers, not ours, but the gardens.
    Great card made with lovely dies and great choice of colours.

    Can't believe Cudley Dudley is nearly one, a really fabulous photo, still so very cute. I keep showing my youngest Grandson photo's of Dudley as he is desperate to have a dog but I have now had the hard word from my Daughter to stop showing him the photo's.

    Kath x

  12. This is a fabulous card Di and adore the pretty coloured kites with the fluffy white clouds on the blue sky coloured card and your sentiment strips work beautifully. I think these would work well for lots of different cards so I am a 'yes please' for the draw if I manage to get a card in. Personally I think Dudley looks even more handsome with his shorter cut and it must feel much cooler for him I think. x

  13. Yes please to this adorable die set prize! Those colorful kites flying through the air would make anyone smile.
    As for Dudley...oh you cute, handsome boy! I love his puppy cut for summer and I think he'll be happy about it as well. The extra time you gain from not having to groom him as often will be put to good use, I'm sure!

  14. Entered. :) Yes please for the prize!

  15. Finally found a bit of time to play along and make a very tiny dint in my ever increasing pile of snippets.

    Sorry for being a stranger Miss Di. Loving your super happy card. Kites always remind me of times spent on the beach as a child .. .. and then with my children. Happy days!

    Just playing for fun and to blow the dust off my Christmas snippets box!!

    Love Jules xx

    p.s. Can't believe Dudley is nearly one .. .. time really is flying .. .. and he looks as beautiful and cute as ever!!

  16. Yes please for the prize. Dudley is looking so cute!

  17. Dudley looks so cute with his short back and sides. Hugs Mrs A.

  18. Love your card Di, very summery. Dudley looks very handsome with a his haircut.
    Lynne x

  19. Beautiful card and Dudley dog xoxo

  20. Hi Miss Di, the lovely Parnip and of course Cutie Dudley.

    Yes Please.

    I love your super card and the scene you have created from Snippets is so wonderful.

    My is it year since you got Dudley that has just flown by.
    I bet he is such a lovely falla to have around I am quire envious.

    Lots of crafty love and hugs. Jenny L.

  21. Hello Di, it's raining up here at last, and it's saving me the watering job tomorrow! Your card is lovely - loads of snippets used up in those kites. I like the cloud dies too so I'd like to be included in the draw this time. I'm so glad to see you're well enough to be getting out for walks with Dudley, who is looking very much cooler after his haircut. Too cute too. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  22. Such a bright and lovely card.
    Yes for the prize.

  23. What a lovely card! And Dudley looks great! :)
    Would love to win! :)

  24. Your card is so bright and sweet, and I love the dies. So... yes please to enter my name into the draw.

  25. Oh my--he is just the cutest little pup--no matter what the haircut! I do love the sweet Dudley face, but so glad you have the 1 yr old & I have the 6 yr old--haha! Wonderful BD card, Di--would be great for a guy or a girl! I don't have any kites, so please include me in the drawing. Hoping your weather improves soon! Hugs, Greta

  26. Love your card, Di. And I'm gonna need a pic of Dudley out and about in those dark glasses! lol I know he's at least cooler. xoxox

  27. Your card is fab but your doggy divine - give Dudders a hug from me!

    YES PLEASE to an entry in this draw

    Happy Wednesday


  28. Great card Di, so summery! I would love to be entered into the draw please, thank you.
    Dudley looks very smart with his new ‘hair do’!
    Janice x

  29. Hi Di I am late to the playground again, so sorry but I have been mega busy and have a Dotty's event coming up tomorrow too! Fun but busy busy. Gorgeous card, yes please to the super prize, kites and clouds...perfect as you lovely card showcases so well. Pats for Dudley and a purr from Billy. Hugs xxx

  30. Hi Di your card is gorgeous. I love it. Yes please to the prize this time. Dudley looks very handsome with his new hair cut. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  31. Wonderful wonderful card Di, thanks for the inspiration but no thanks for the prize!

    Love the last pickie most, I think he’s the star of the show, Di, the delightful Dudley looks handsome cute and adorable all at once, so glad you’re back to small walks that’s wonderful indeed! Happy 1st birthday Dudley!
    Hugs Shaz in Oz.x

  32. Really cute card, Di! Yes please to the prize. Hopefully Dudley is enjoying his haircut. xxx

  33. Dudley sure is growing up! How wonderful that his birthday is coming up! I’m glad to hear you got a walk in too! Glad you are feeling up to it.

    Love the kit card, such cute images there. I would love to be entered for the prize this time. Have a good day!

  34. Hi Di, love this cute card you made! I have a kite set on my wish list as I was looking thru my stash for one for another challenge awhile ago … and don't have any!! So yes, please, to play for the prize. Well, as soon as I get the card uploaded … it's giving me an error at the moment ...

  35. Di, what a lovely set of your card. It is so sweet and of course Dudley too :-)
    Yes please to the prize this time.
    Hugs, Majda

  36. Love your creation! Yes please, for the prize.

  37. Thanks for sorting out my entry link, Di. Looks good to me (and yes, I tried more than once! lol). You really ARE the best! :-)

  38. Hi Di, thanks for your comment and especially your offer. The papers I had were a digital download called Vintage Roses and it had to be my favourite paper set ever. Unfortunately Liz retired the set some time ago and, although I emailed her begging her to bring it out of retirement, it hasn't happened yet. I've shopped at the Lovely Studio and often pop in to see what's new so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I do have lots of similar papers so I'll say no to your offer but please know I really appreciate the thought. Thank you so much X

  39. Fab card Di - those dies are just perfect for using up the tiniest of snippets!
    I'm a 'yes please' for the prize draw.
    Helen x

    PS - even with his drastic haircut Dudley is still totally adorable!

  40. Dudley is just so ca-uuuute, Di! So well groomed, too.
    Fun card. I already have a kite and cloud dies, so I’m just praying for fun. xx

  41. Your card is just as cute as can be, but I'm more delighted to know that you're able to walk again, especially with Dudley! I'm so glad progress has been made! Speaking of that handsome Mr Duds, he looks happy with his haircut, and I bet he's more comfy in the heat too! So cute! Playing just for fun this week :)

  42. OMG, Dudley is soooo adorable!!!! Love his new haircut!!!Great card, I love the bright colours, it's perfect for the summer.
    I would love to participate in the draw!

  43. Marvelous bright summer sky on your card, Di, and I love the clouds and kites! I think Dudley is looking fine in his new hair cut and I'm sure is much more comfortable if the heat is still sweltering out your way. I'm playing for fun this time (again.) :-D

  44. What a fun, colorful card Di. Yes please to this awesome prize package. Summer is just flying past, with vacations, kiddie activities, and HOT weather. Dudley looks wonderful!

  45. Great colorful card. Yes please for the prize.
    Hugs, Chantal S

  46. I love your bright summery card Di. I was never a very successful kite flyer , but it was fun trying. Playing just for fun this time and Dudley looking as cute as ever x

  47. Gorgeous card and even gorgeouser photo of Dudley! Just playing for fun this week.

  48. Super fun and playful card Di, it really is a happy card design :) In light of the fact that kites just make you smile I'd like to take part in the draw this time so its a Yes Please x

  49. ooh what a breath of fresh air your card is (just what we need in this heat!) its absolutely gorgeous! Yes Please!!!! I would love to be in with a chance to win the fabulous prize, thank you. Dudley looks so cute with his hair cut and well done taking him out for his walk which must have been painful for you! Take care my friend. Hugs xxxxxxxxx

  50. Finally made it! Fabulous card Miss Di and super prize, but I'm only playing for fun. Love the pics of Dudley - can't believe he's nearly a year old already xx

  51. Super cute card!! I love how you made the little bows on the kite tails all different colors! So fun and cheery and perfect for using up little snippets! I think I will play just for fun this week, thanks!

  52. Just as well Dudley lives on the other side of the world to me, or I may just have to dog-nap him, he is so adorable.
    Yes please to the prize Di - and thank you for the challenge

  53. Super card, Di. The kites and clouds make a lovely scene. I'm a Yes Please for my name in the hat for the prize.

    How cute does Dudley look with his new hair cut!! xx

  54. Yes, please!

    Let's go fly a kite up to it's highest height. Love the cute card.

  55. Such a fun and colorful card. Love it.
    And happy early birthday to Dudley.
    Yes please to the prize.

  56. Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my card Di, yes it is my first time joining in your challenges, I've only just found your blog and happy that I have :)
    I would love to win the gorgeous generous prizes, thank you for the reminder (I had written it down but forgot when I added it to your blog, might take me a few goes to remember hehe!)
    Hope the blue skies come back for you,
    XOX Lucy

  57. I love your summer scene, such bright and cheerful card.
    and Dudley is super cute.
    yes for the prize, please.
    crafty hugs xx


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