Sunday 4 August 2019

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #358

First of all, thank you so much to everyone who commented about my quandry whether or not to order from Simon Says Stamp! I did end up placing a small order, needless to say the postage is sky high, so it remains to be seen what transpires once it reaches the UK! Fingers crossed.

It's still hot down here in Hampshire, but thankfully we're not having the rain problems and flooding that some others parts of the UK are contending with.

I needed a Birthday card for a good friend last weekend and so I also made it my snippets card ahead of the usual panic here - me not totally stupid.

And therefore, here's my snippets card for this coming fortnight:
I used:

- 4" x 4"square white card blank, side opening

- snippets of peach coloured card which I used as 'frames' for the main image panel and also the sentiment - I try to choose the coloured card before then looking for matching/toning colours for coloring in the backgrounds and images

- another snippet of white card onto which I stenciled a background using Altenew's 'Feeling Dotty' stencil and 'Tumbled Glass' Distress Ink - applied using a Clarity stencil brush

- piece of white card, also a snippet, onto which I stamped the adorable Newton's Nook 'Dainty Daisies' plus a sentiment from the same set (I chose one suitable for a Birthday but I do love the other sentiment which is 'Thanks a bunch!'). And of course I used Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and the Misti

- then coloured the 'daisies' image using Pro markers before die cutting the bunch using a die from the Newton's Nook co-ordinating set, I did find it best to use another snippet of card to cut a template to ensure the placing of quite a detailed die

- I had set out to make a USA A2 sized card but then realised that the balance was going to be all wrong - would have been better to have the daisies within an oval or rectangular frame in the centre perhaps for that card size

- so I cut everything back to go onto the now reduced in size card blank and glued the peach frame and image background panel in place, before trimming and adding the sentiment to another peach frame

- that meant I could sit and sort of juggle things around a bit until I was as happy as I'd ever be

- then glued the bunch of daisies in place and popped the sentiment to the bottom left

- final touch - a rootle through my huge box of gems and other similar (rarely used these days) embellishments and found some lime green sparkly but almost clear 'domes' which I popped in place

- as always, I added an insert although I usually leave those blank but this time I added 'Happy Birthday Wishes' using a stamp from a pre-loved SU set called Avant-Garden (this is really for my own record as it took me ages to find a small enough sentiment that went with the font of the sentiment on the front of the card)

So, it ended up as a much smaller card than I originally envisaged - but, victim of my own OCD really, I like (as far as possible) to only use goodies on my fortnightly snippets card which form part of the prize. Otherwise, I really do think those daises would be in a pretty die cut frame (of which I have a good selection) or aperture - and the sentiment would have also been die cut using an elongated pennant/flag or some such die, IF I could find one absolutely the right size, which is rare when I'm sticking to using a specific sentiment.

There are loads of ideas out there for how to use this lovely 'Dainty Daisies set' - quite a lot don't even need the die cutting and some are such vibrant and quite funky colours. I think the set is a fairly recent release (2019) and I just bet I spotted it on one of your blogs (or Seven Hills blogspot which is fabulous but so tempting) and ran off to buy them.

The prize this fortnight is:
Of course it's a Newton's Nook 'Dainty Daisies' set of stamps with matching dies, plus an Altenew 'Feeling Dotty' stencil.

As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 17th August. 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 only playing for fun - otherwise I don't add you to my little list.

And we do have a few photos of Dudley this week - in the garden one evening, having one of his favourite times of the day, which always includes a little 'treat' or two of course. He still hasn't opened up his Birthday cake shaped treat though, it's being saved for after this coming Tuesday when he gets home from having a 'shampoo, set and manicure' at our local grooming salon. He'll need so little trimming that, for now, he's going to the local branch. That makes life much easier for us not having to trek to Winchester as I can take him on his own and then either come back home for an hour or nip round Sainsbury's just over the road from the grooming place.

Anyhow - here's the little chap, especially for you:
OK Mama - I'm ready to perform, get that camera clicking!
I can 'dance for my Daddy' for treats anytime!
But just got told to 'sit' and wait
Then,when I give my paw, I get the treat :) Sometimes I'm gentle and other times I just slap my paw like a high five and think 'get on with it!'
And this is my toy box - a few of the toys are strewn around elsewhere - but you can see Benjamin Bear who came to live with me on my Birthday - and of course my beloved 'Stinky Monkey - Mark 2'. I'm working hard on him 'cos one day he was suddenly all fresh and new for some reason!
Lots of love from us all - Parsnip, Dudley and of course me,


  1. What a fabulous daisy card - so fresh and cool looking. Love the colour choices. Super pictures of Dudley too of course. I'll be back with a card sometime soon.

  2. Fabulous card, Di, I love everything about it! Lovely design and the colours are beautiful. As for Dudley.......could he get any cuter?!
    I'm a Yes Please for the super prize. xx

  3. That’s a gorgeous card Di and the sets used are fabulous great colour choice with the stencilled background to match the daisies yellow and blue always in my eyes go together and layout and Yes please my card will follow shortly just great to see Dudley too he’s just the cutest thing ever so adorable enjoy your day xx

  4. Beautiful card Di - I love that stamp and die - please include my entry in the draw.
    Dudley is really looking so gorgeous-what a sweetheart!

  5. This is so so pretty Di and love the daisies with the dotty stencilled background and a great colour combination too and your friend will adore this beautiful card. Needless to say Dudley gets cuter by the day, and if I manage to get a card in I am a 'yes please' for the prize. x

  6. Hi Di what an adorable Daisy card..I love this as would my Daisy so please add me into the draw and I will be back to link up soon. My Daisy went home yesterday after 3 days of crafting for England! Hello dear Dudley..looking so gorgeous. It has cooled down a little so enjoy this August weather! Hugs xxx

  7. Wow, such sweet and lovely card with these amazing daisies!! Love the delicate stencilled background too!
    Fingers crossed for your SSS order! :)
    Dudley is amazing, such cute face with those eyes and ears!!! His grooming is so beautiful :) And he is becoming a very educate doggie ;)
    Hugs, today I'm in hurry

  8. What a gorgeous card! I love the stencil background and beautiful flowers! Dudley is looking handsome and I think he and Maddie got groomed on the same day! I love that we spend more money on our dog's hair than our own!
    I am definitely playing this week for this great prize!

  9. Lovely card Di - the stencil background works really well. Will try and join in again this month - I await to see what happens with your order from the US. I sadly (and angrily) had to cancel my monthly subscription to Technique Tuesday after being stung.
    The problem is now there isn't a set price any more - the amount is calculated monthly and is dependent on exchange rates so you have no idea when you order how much the rate is going to be - (sorry this is really long winded but have only just seen your post!) Here's what i was sent after I made enquiries as to why I was being charged.

    "VAT is payable on ALL items from outside of the UK which have a value of over £15.

    The applicable section is 2.3.

    The Exchange rate varies each month and is applied using the following tables..

    At any time where the Exchange rate is less than 1.301 then VAT will have to be paid".

  10. Oh Dudley is just too precious, Di. He sure knows how to tug at his mom and dad’s heart strings. *lol*😂
    Your card is beautiful. Have eyed this set a few times... would love to be included in the draw.
    Have a wonderful week. xx

  11. Beautiful card. I love the stenciling and the lime green sparkly enamel dots. Tuesday sounds like a day I would like.Maybe I'll go with Dudley.

    Yes, yes and yes for the prize. Thank you so much. [Bunny]

  12. Hi - yes for the prize (love the flowers). Would really love Dudley to be the prize since he is so super cute.

  13. Oh my goodness--Dudley is just so adorable! I'm ready to get a passport just so I can come give him a cuddle! Newton's Nook isn't in my stash & I do love that wonderful bouquet stamp & your card! Bet your friend loved it, too! I'll play for the prize this time.

  14. Well Di, that's a lovely card... but a GORGEOUS doggy woof :-)) I buy very little from overseas because of postage costs and exchange rates/fees.... now we have to pay GST (equivalent to your VAT) at 10% on top, which we didn't have to previously when buying from oveseas... it's made the cost of anything from the US or Europe even more prohibitive... one of the reasons I'm a fan of digital images and paper! Yes please for the draw, btw :-)) Donna xx

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  16. Fabulous card Di. Love daisies! Great inking too.

    Dudley is looking as adorable as ever.

    Happy Sunday.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  17. Beautiful design and colours. I realy love your daisy card.
    Super cute pictures of Dudley too. He is adorable :-)
    Just play for fun this time.
    Hugs, Majda

  18. Flowers are the best items for any kind of card, because they always bring joy or comfort.
    I like your card so much and say yes to the prize.
    And Dudley: it's an adorable cutiepie and I know you will be fond of him!!
    Lia xx

  19. Super make, fab prize and TOTALLY ADORABLE pix of Dudders, he's such a joy

    Just uploaded my entry, just playing for fun this week


  20. Have added my card and may I say a 'yes please' for an opportunity to maybe own this lovely prize

  21. Gorgeous daisy card, Di. And of course Dudley is too! xoxo

  22. Oh, I love what you did with the daisies, Di, and the background stencil is marvelous! I'm tossing my hat in the ring for the prize this week, hoping to get that stencil (and the other goodies, of course.) I'll be posting in a day or two.
    Darling Dudley - love how he poses and does his required tricks. What a sweet face he has. I think I've fallen in love with him all over again. :-D

  23. What a gorgeous daisy card and such lovely fresh colours. It's a really fabulous prize but I will be very good and say 'no thanks' as I already have quite a collection of flowers!

    Love the photos of Dudley, but I'm not sure if it's you doing the training or him.... bet he thinks if he gives you that cute look he can get you to give him treats! xx

  24. Love your pretty daisy card. I have just discovered your fun challenge so would like to play for your prize. Happy to see the photos of your sweet dog...we have a furry member of the family too. :) Sure you will see me again as I do love a good card challenge. :)

  25. Beautiful card Di, your daisies are so pretty and I love what you did with your background. Yes please to be in your draw x
    High 5 to Darling Dudley :)

  26. So wonderful card. I love it!
    Yes for the prize please.
    Dudley is so cute! Thanks for sharing amazing pictures!
    Valerija xx

  27. Thanks so much for the inspiration and your gorgeous Daisy card! I would like o sayyes for the prize please and how adorable your furbaby is. xo

  28. Yes please (cos I love those Newtons Nook flowers and I am becoming addicted to Stencils I think...... ) x

  29. Gorgeous card Di and love the pictures of Dudley. Yes please for the prize x

  30. A lovely card Di and I'll be in the playground soon. I would also love a chance to win this beautiful prize, please.

    Thank you for the link to WRS paper - I've just ordered a pad!

    Kath x

  31. Dudley is looking so cute!
    And your card s just fabulous with elegant look! Love it!
    Yes for the prize!

  32. Hi Di. Oh I do love daisies, they are so perky and optimistic. Your card is as well. Orange and blue with the green, just lovely. In a frame or free, still lovely. Nice prizes too. I would like to be in the draw, please and thank you. And Dudley is looking very well-behaved! I would definitely be proud of him. Learned a new word - rootle! I like it. Hope you are feeling well. xoxo

  33. This is beautiful!! Those daisies are so pretty and I love the stenciled background! Have I ever said that this is my favorite challenge?!! What's better than being encouraged to use up those bits and pieces we just can't throw away!! That being said, just playing for fun this week, thanks!

  34. Ooh this is one of my fav stampsets from NND and I would love to win this set! <3 Your card is so pretty!! <3

  35. Di, your card is like a breath of fresh air....with a splash of bling! And your gift is so very generous. I'll say a big, hopeful, YES!

  36. Hi Di, your card is gorgeous; the daisies are so pretty and the stenciled BG is perfect for them. I would love to play for the fabulous prize; many thanks!
    So … I seem to be having the same troubles with adding my link from Flickr. Not sure why. I'm not having a problem at any other challenge. Very frustrating!! So here is my link if you would be so kind (again!) to link it for me:
    Forever grateful, Becca

  37. What a stunning card Di, the daisies stand out so beautifully against the stencilling. I'd love to go into the hat please.
    And the photos of Dudley are absolutely gorgeous - he's looking quite grown up now!

  38. The card is wonderful!! I love the stenciled background with those glittery dots and the flowers are colored beautifully! The sentiment is awesome and what I'd love to put on the birthday cards I send out! Mr Duds is looking mighty cute with his grooming too, what a special, adorable and lovable companion. I think he needs a few more toys in his collection :)
    Yes please to the draw this week!

  39. I love these crisp white daisies, Di! Dudley is such a handsome fella and looks like he's very smart too. Playing just for fun. Hope you are doing well. xoxo

  40. Oh my gosh, Dudley is just so adorable and I love his summer cut. That pose of him looking straight at the camera just tugs at the heart doesn't it? How can you ever say no to that face.
    Yes please to this challenge prize...such a fun way that you layered the stamps and stencil!

  41. Oh Di, your card is so beautiful! I am in love with those daisies. Daisies are so my favorite flower or at least one of my most favorite flowers. Dudley is such a cutie! Such a sweet little face that makes you want to snatch him and smother him with kisses! lol Nope, I can't imagine that he is spoiled at all. snicker I am joining in to play for the prize Di, it's been a long time since I've played along. Hugs, Brenda

  42. Hi Miss Di .. .. stranger alert!!

    I hope you and all the playmates are well.

    Loving the card you have posted. A super happy creation .. .. I love it!

    Dudley looks gorgeous and I can't believe how lovely his toys look. My Sister's dog would have ripped them to pieces within five minutes and there would be stuffing all over the place!!!

    Just playing for fun thanks Di.

    Love Jules xx

  43. Love your card, daisy's are my favourite and I would love to be in with a chance of the prize. Although I haven't made a card this time I have used lots of snippets!

    Dudley just gets cuter in each photo, Stanley has a box of soft toys he loves to drag around they are a little large than Dudley's though lol

  44. Hi Di, finally time to pop over say hi and comment, I’m not sure but definitely always seems to much to do, so little done etc. lists grow not shrink etc!
    Ooh love love love that daisy set, when first saw your card I thought I’ll be good and say no till saw 1. Dotty mask 2. Dies to match stamps oh boy, sucked in so yesss please, as said on last post Dudley is cuteness itself! Hope that white coat stays out of duck pond, made my card with yes all Snippets except base, so can go play... thanks Di for all this playground fun!
    Thanks for being a blessing, and may God bless you too.
    Hugs, Shaz in Oz.x

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

  45. Hello Di, what a clever boy, he has you both trained well! YES please count me in. CarolG

  46. I love daisies. I submitted an entry and am playing for the prize. Love your sharing of Dudley's birthday party. Looks like he had so much fun.

  47. I love daisies and your card is so beautiful. Yes, to the prize.

  48. Hi Di, I have come back to enter Daisy's crafting into the challenge. I hope that's OK? She used lots of snippets too and would love to go into the hat for the prize.I found a way to enter her card as well as mine as suggested by a kind DT member of Simon says stamp! I hope you had a lovely weekend, hugs xx

  49. YES PLEASE! I haven't seen Dudley since you first got him. He is spectacular! I have been away from across the pond too long! Thank you for the opportunity to play. Your card is great, Diane.

  50. Entered! :D It's a busy time for me :(
    Yes for the prize, please, those daisies are awesome

  51. Love your card Di - so fresh & cheerful!
    Awww...Dudley is looking so grown up!
    Helen x

    PS - I'm a yes please for the prize draw

  52. Oh, I can't remember if I left a comment on this or not so please ignore this if it's a duplicate! Dudley is such a little cutie, begging for his treat! He's lucky to have you and Len...and I'm sure you're just gaga for Dudley too, lol. Yes please to this pretty stamp and die set.

  53. Thank you for another fun challenge! Love these cute flower stamps, would be amazing to win them! The dotted background you created looks fab. Have a good week! xxx

  54. Hi Di your card is gorgeous. I love those flowers. So yes please to be considered for the prize for me. It is not so warm now and the rain has come. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  55. Beautiful card Diane.Love the photo's too.
    For me a YES please.
    Thanks for the challenge.

  56. What a lovely, sunny card. Yes, I'd love to win the prize this time.
    Dudley looks cuter all the time.

  57. A gorgeous card Di and your green sparklies are a perfect touch with your green leaves. Dudley looks really cute and I love your "get on with it" quote :). I will be a yes please for this fabulous prize. Thank you x

  58. Beautiful card! I love it! Yes Please! I would love to be entered into the draw for the truly fabulous prize! I am loving the photos, what an absolute darling!!!!!! I quite often see things I like at SSS but get scared off by the postage and the import duties etc. Wish they had an outlet over here lots! Take care my friend. Hugs xxxxxxxxxxx

  59. Yes! I'd love to win 'cuz I love daisy. Also love Dudley. Thanks for the cute pictures.

  60. Yeah, into the playground again. Dudley looks so cute. Great card Di. Please include me in the prize draw. Hugz

  61. wow, such a beautiful flower and I love the stencil - such a perfect combination.
    I love SSS but this postage is killing us all. I wish they would have some store here in Europe, ahhh ...
    Dudley is super charming.
    yes for the amazing prize, please.
    have a great weekend.
    crafty hugs xx


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