Sunday 28 July 2019

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #356 - results

What a week! We've almost melted here, by day and night, despite having six fans running strategically placed around the house - basically they've just pushed the hot air around a bit most of the time.Dudley has coped in his own little way - we have a cool mat for him and he tends to seek out tiled floors to lie on a lot of the time. We've been sorely tempted to join him! Today is Saturday and thankfully the temperature has dropped a bit.

More about the little chap later, but let's first do the real Playground business starting with this fortnight's picks, and there are four as I really couldn't whittle it down to three:
I absolutely love this card, made by Elizabeth! It's so elegant and everything is so beautifully placed and balanced. The baubles are snippets of alcohol ink pieces - so rich with the gold. Plus, I fell in love with the sentiment die and just had to run off and buy one, which I used on my Rudolph Days card - published on Thursday. Do hop over to Elizabeth's blog for a look at the inside of the card!

I know, another Christmas card - in this heat! I just love how Jackie T used strips of snippets for the background and how cleverly she used the sentiment die as well. Reflecting it in the sweet little reindeer she added. Jackie, and a couple of others of you won this NOEL Antlers die at Christmas here in the Playground - so here's a great idea for a way to use it!

Mary Anne had been missing in action for a while but I'm so glad she's back again playing with us. What a great card and another super way to use up snippets. It's called the starburst or sunburst technique and is so satisfying to do. The basic part of it is to slice strips/rectangles of paper diagonally so you can build up the background - and the Mary Anne's placement and balance is just so perfect! Topping it with the flowers and a sentiment panel is a great idea too!

Andrea (aka KandA) came to play with this great card. I loved it at first sight - and then I realised just what she'd done! The front gnome is set into an aperture in the front of the card - and his pals are lined up inside, waiting to surprise you when you flip the card open! It's not for me to show but for you to go and see, very clever work, HERE!  

We also had a new Playmate:
Lucy Patrick - and what a wonderfully Summery card as well!
We had 52 entries, including Lucy - brilliant!

Time now for the prize draw which is for an Impression Obsession 'Kite' set of dies and a 'Your Next Stamp' set of two 'Cloud' dies, and the winner is:
Well done Claire! I know it's about two years since you very first came to play with us - and a quick check tells me that this just might be your very first win? So sorry it's been a long wait! I blame the random number thingy! Please send me your address, with your full name at the top as well so I can copy and paste or just write straight from the email onto the envelope - for speed and ease. It's also confirmation that you still would like the prize of course and I'll post your prize once I hear from you. Please put Playground Winner or similar in the subject line of your email in case it drops into my junk mail. Email address is on RH sidebar as always.

Remember folks, there's still almost another week to run on Challenge #357 - you can find it HERE. The prize is a Clearly Besotted 'Puppy Love' set of stamps with matching dies.

First of all, with the heat I haven't been too good at commenting on your entries for Challenge 357, but will catch up ASAP. I've been watching comments for anyone having linking problems though and have sorted a couple out.

Of course, it was Dudley's 1st Birthday on Monday gone - although I doubt if he realised it was anything special. Apart from his pressies and cards - plus another lovely pressie and card from his favourite Auntie SaRn (who is equally as bonkers as we are!). One of his pressies from us is a floppy 'dog toy' bear called 'Benjamin Bear' - and Benjamin has really long legs and arms and is actually rather large for a little chap like Dudley - but he adores him! So funny to see him carrying Benjamin around the house then lovingly giving him a good wash.

I did manage to take some photos during the week - the 'other' dog in three of them is actually a door stop that Dudley isn't allowed to play with but now and then he stops and has a little chat with 'Woody' - named by Len!
Ooopsie, got caught showing interest in a pooch that's out of bounds!

I'm only here to ask if you're also finding it hot Woody - but you don't reply. See if the 'hoomans' buy that one!

I rest my case M'lud - he was hot and so I gave his ears a good wash, and now he's cooler and less likely to cause trouble

And after all that licking and washing of a rather unresponsive dog - I lay down on some tiles to cool off - who cares if a 'hooman' needing a wee has to step over me - I'm bushed, and fed up with this heat!
We also bought Dudley a 'doggie treat' Birthday cake - as yet unopened as he had a bit of a tummy upset on Tuesday after we gave him his worming and flea treatments. Not had that happen previously so it might just have been the hot weather. I'll take a photo of him with 'the cake' when we open it up - but if I do that now, he'll want some for sure!

Me, Di, had a docs appointment on Tuesday and the preventative meds are already doing their job and after four weeks had brought the uric acid levels down really dramatically, to almost half what they were. So, am now on an increased dose to reduce it further - taking it slowly and hoping that by increasing the dose gradually it will help to avert any major flares. How I long for a Marmite toastie - but they seem to be off limits for now, it's been months on end!

Love from Parsnip, Dudley - and of course me,


  1. Congrats to the ladies with their four gorgeous cards and also well done to Claire for winning the great prize. The weather has been too hot for all of us and am pleased that it has cooled a bit. I was singing today, had a rehearsal this afternoon and concert tonight and we managed to stay relatively cool, but I must say I was glad to get out into the fresh air when it was over, but it went down really well which is very pleasing. Dudley has the right idea laying on the tiled floor to keep cool though. x

  2. Bless everyone with the dreaded heat this summer! We had 106 here today, but thankfully have air conditioning so I don't have to lay on my naked tummy on the bathroom floor, which I defo would do! Dudley is very smart! Such great photos of him - he's really brilliant in that white coat of his - and super snippets highlights! And belated Happy Birthday kisses to him!!

    I'm glad to hear that your meds are working so well for you, Di! It is the same with Dan, thank goodness. I hope the news gets better and better for you! Hugs, Darnell

  3. Hi Di it's hard to believe the heat in the UK. I left in 1987 and I only remembered one hot summer in Wales, it was 1976 I was 14 yrs old. Global warming is changing everything :(

    Hugs Christine

  4. Big congrats to all the top picks and the winner!! fabulous makes!
    Here has been very hot too, but tonight an incredible and scaring storm has changed the temperature (and made a lot of damages). Now it's still raining and no more heat... Climate challenges effects are very scaring... :(
    I smiled so much seeing Dudley with the door stop Woody, how fun!! :D And such sweet smile has Dudley!! Laying on the tiled floor seems the best way to have more cold, I think you have to try too LOL :D Waiting for new shots of Dudley with his new toy! :)
    So glad that your medicines are giving a good result, and so hope for the new ones!!
    Big hugs, have a happy Sunday!

  5. Oh how splendid... thank you random number generator, that's so cool. Chuffed to bits :) aww bless the furrbabies in this heat, my cat has mooched around trying to find a cool spot too but definitely didn't look as chilled out as Dudley does on the bathroom floor x

  6. Congratulations to Claire on her win.

    Fab picks . . . They're all great, but Andrea's is a lovely surprise inside after the uber CAS outside!

    Waving hello to the newbie, Lucy.

    Great to see new pictures of my fave pup. Hope he's feeling better now.

    Also pleased to hear your good health news. Long may it continue.

    Hugs, Sarn xxxx

  7. Great picks as always and nice to see you had a good number of entries. The heat has certainly been a bit much this past week but thankfully it seems to be a little cooler today.

  8. Wow fabulous great picks again Di congratulations to you all and congrats to Claire enjoy your has been hotter than l can ever remember and bit cooler now with rain so let some sunny weather return enjoy your day Di xx

  9. Hi Miss Di,
    congrats to the winner and also congrats to the featured cards.
    I am just blown away by some peoples use of Snippets they are such excellent ideas.

    Dudley looks as cute as ever with his little playmate and cooling himself on the tiled floor.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  10. Congrats, and thanks for the mention. Mary Anne moved to a new state and had to re-design a stamp studio into a small space. It is the struggles of retirement. LOL!

  11. Beautiful picks! And I love Dudley and his new little buddy! Good luck with the new meds! I hope you can have Marmite toast soon!!!!!

  12. So sorry you guys are suffering in high temps & hope it cools down! We only had 2 really hot days--well, compared to others we weren't that hot. Now it's pretty much normal, but still too warm for much walking except early & after dinner. Dudley is such a cutie pie & fun to see the apricot in his ears showing. The stretched out picture is just so fun to see! So, so happy the med is working, Di--fingers crossed upping the dose doesn't give you a flare. Congrats to the pics & winner!

  13. Congratulations to the winner and the Top picks. I love the off limits dog Woody. He is so cute. No wonder Dudley stops to chat once in a while.

    Yay that they meds are doing a good job. I had to go to Google to look up a Marmite toastie. The description sounds yummy. Especially when you add cheese to it.

    That's one of the things I like about blogging is hearing about different things and the way other people in different countries say things and what they mean.. It's so much fun sometimes. [Bunny]

  14. Pleased to hear the pills are working for you. Our Doc asked
    ‘The Doc’ if he wanted to change his life style because of the continiuning attacks. The short sharp answer back was no so his pills have been upped to the maximum strength. Doctor said his kidneys wouldn’tt sustain another attack.( panic ? Not likely just water off a ducks back!!! ) hugs Me .

  15. Congrats to all Di and I'm so glad your meds are kicking in. Happy birthday to sweet Dudley...where has that year gone! Hugs xxx

  16. Hi Di thank you for choosing my card. I am addicted to making those backgrounds now. I hope Dudley had a happy birthday. I am pleased your meds are starting to work. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  17. Some super picks this week Di, especially love the first one. Gorgeous photo's the last one really made me smile as he looks like a draft excluder.

    Kath x

  18. Congrats to Claire and fabulous picks too. I didn't like the heat we've had lately, but it has been so different here today, it's been more like October weather. Dudley looks so cute with your little door stop. He looks as though he's giving it a kiss :). Sounds like he was well and truly spoilt on his birthday too. Have a good week x

  19. Congratulations to Claire and the Top Picks, lovely choice of cards.
    Dudley looks so cute, as always. Glad to hear that your meds are doing their job, fingers crossed everything continues to go well. xx

  20. Happy first birthday, Dudley! He’s so cute. Glad you got a teeny tiny bit of a drop in temperature... hopefully, the dip continues.
    Great picks, congrats to Claire and welcome Lucy.
    Take care and keep cool. xx

  21. Congrats to everyone, those are indeed some loverly cards. Welcome, Lucy. Dudley's still a scene stealer. Hope you get some cooler weather, XOX

  22. Congrats to the winners, and the birthday boy! Glad you're feeling better too xoxo

  23. Oh how lovely of you to showcase my card because I'm a newbie to your blog, thank you so much Di! XOX Lucy

  24. Hi Di, love the Dudley stamp set and your cute card. Glad to hear your feeling better and hope that hot weather is passing by quickly for you especially when you're not used to it....glorious weather here at the moment, the mango trees are covered in flowers and the garden is looking lovely. Take care and happy birthday Dudley, hugs Robyn

  25. Oh wow, Just seen my card in your picks this fortnight, thank you. Super cards from the others and congrats to Claire, oh and a big Hi to Lucy.
    Love the photos of Dudley 'looking after' his little friend xx


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