Sunday, 29 September 2019

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #362

I did post on Thursday that Dudley is back to normal - phew! What a worry it's been and it's so wonderful to have him sticking his nose into everything. He's eating heartily and his 'system' is back to normal ...... so no need for Len to have to collect the dreaded samples after all! And his weight is back up to 6.4kg again.

We've had torrential rain here, like a lot of the UK has. Several places were flooded and a local cinema had to be evacuated during Tuesday afternoon's monsoon downpour. It's not something we're often affected by but when the rain is non-stop, after a long dry spell, it's bound to cause issues. At least the pathways and grass in our local park had a good 'wash down' which, if Dudley did pick up a bug on one of his walks, should lessen any future risk.

And here's my snippets card for this fortnight, using a set of stamps and dies I've had for a while, but not everything I used to make the card is duplicated in the prize I'm offering:
I used:

- 4" x 4" white card blank

- snippet of white card, die cut using the biggest (4" x 4") die from MFT's 'Stitched Square Scallop Edge Frame' set of dies

- snippet of white card, 'Broken China' Distress ink pad and Sugar Pea's 'Waves stencil. I used a Clarity stencil brush whilst the stencil was held in place on the piece of white card

- trimmed the 'background waves' panel to 4" x 4" and stuck it onto the card front

- then die cut a couple of snippets of Neenah 'Desert Storm' card using a stitched edged die from Spellbinder's 'Curved Borders One' set of dies, trimmed them and added them to the waves panel to depict the sand dunes under the sea - deliberately using a tape runner (the reason why is further down)

- next added the white scalloped frame using narrow red line tape, so that was the background piece all sorted out

- next I stamped the sentiment, seahorses, bubbles and a heart from the Lawn Fawn 'Sea-Horsin' around' set of stamps onto another snippet of white card using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink

- the seaweed is a solid stamp so I stamped four of the clumps using a couple of quite old, small, square SU green ink pads (Certainly Celery' and Old Olive')

  - die cut all the little stamped elements using the matching set of dies and carefully trimmed the sentiment down to the size I wanted

- then it was just a case of building up the little scene and adding the pieces using a glue pen. Having just used a tape runner on the little 'sand dunes' meant I could carefully lift them to tuck bottoms of the seaweed underneath - bit of forward thinking for once!

- finally, added the sentiment strip using red line tape

And the prize this fortnight is:
A Lawn Fawn 'Sea-Horsin' Around' set of stamps with matching dies - plus a Sugar Pea 'Waves' stencil - and all items in the photo make up one prize.

I'm sure most of you know that I stopped the option of splitting prizes a while ago  - which makes life easier and also helps to save some postage. But, a couple of very sweet people have said they were playing just for fun as they don't live in the UK. All prizes that I offer will be posted to anywhere in the World folks and I would hate for anyone to feel they shouldn't play along purely through living in a different country. This Playground is our 'happy place' and you should play for prizes if you want to win them, regardless of where you live.

As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 12th October. 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. I sometimes spot people saying in their blog post that they're playing for prizes but am afraid that I ignore that. As Scrappy Mo says over on her Rudolph Days challenge, it's not a lot to ask for people to leave a comment on the challenge blog post itself if they wish to be in the prize draw.

And finally, since his recovery, Dudley seems to have taken up smoking big fat cigars:

He looks a bit like Dracula here - I think his fangs look a bit scary! And yes, that is a hide bone chew. We know there are very mixed opinions about them but even before we had him from the breeder he was keen on them. We're very careful to remove any small pieces he manages to chew off as well as not leaving him alone with a hide bone chew. And to be honest, even when you do everything by the book as we did with Advantix, absolutely everything you can give to a dog has both good and bad reports. He loves them, and to us it showed how well he'd recovered when he finally became interested in a chew again.

Lots of love from us all - Parsnip, Dudley and of course me,


Greta said...

Hurrah for a mischievious Dudley being back! That is one funny picture! Super cute card, Di! I'll play just for fun.

Bunny said...

Every dog needs a good chew now and then.

I kinda like the fangs. It gives him a rather distinguished Halloween costume look. A white coated Dracula. Except his bite is only for chews. [Bunny]

Bonnie Lynn said...

I'm so happy Dudley is feeling back to normal. Love his choice in cigars! LOL My Bella used to chew hers the same way. Boy do I miss her. Yes for me for the prize please.

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

So so happy to see Dudley chewing his bone and smiling!! :D Such a relieve!
Now you can sleep again :) LOL
Absolutely LOVE these cute seahorses and the delicacy of your card!! Oh, it's so sweet!! The sand dunes are just perfect and the stitched scallop frame adds cuteness!! You have created an adorable scene!!
I lost your last challenge because of my busy work.... so sad and sorry. But I will manage to enter in this one!!
Hugs for you and so many cuddles to the little furry Dracula! :D LOL He makes me smile

Aquarius said...

Such a cute card. Really good news about Dudley - seems to be enjoying that chew and looking chirpy.

Sarn said...

That's a cute card Di. Great picture of Dudley . . . Sooo pleased to hear he's back to being himself.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Sandra H said...

Ooh Dudley is looking at his best ..another gorgeous card Di love the sentiment and scene along with those great images and fabulous background enjoy your day xx

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

I entered early this time! Yes for the awesome prize, if I will be lucky! :D

Lynne said...

Such a cute card Di and I love the sentiment. The Desert Storm paper is the perfect colour too for your sand dunes. So pleased Dudley is back to full fitness, I know it is a worry when they are poorly.I will be a "Yes Please" for the draw, thank you xx

ionabunny said...

Gosh, I think I totally missed the last playground challenge!!! 6 out of 10, must try harder. Glad Dudley is back on form. Always a worry when our fur babies are under the weather. Hopefully I will manage to join the fun soon and I would love to be included in the draw for those fun goodies. Hugz

MadeByMeghanK said...

Darling card and DEFINITELY playing for the prize this week!! It's pouring down rain here too! Isn't it a pain for the pups? Everytime I bring Maddie inside, I have to take her to the tub to get all the dirt off her!

creationsnz said...

So glad the wee man is alright again. I like his fang look, looks like he's smiling. CarolG

Craftdee said...

Cute card, Di. Yes please for a chance in the draw. Glad to see Dudley's back to his cute best, they really are like your children aren't they? :-) Donna xx

Jenny L said...

Hi Miss Di, the lovely Parsnip and of course cutie Dudley.

Yes please if I'm lucky enough.

Love your wonderful card and it always amazes me how much you get on such a small card.
Such a very sweet design wonderfully created as usual.

So glad Dudley is back to his mischeivous self.
I think most dogs love those chewy things.
He sure is a sweet bundle of fluff that's for sure.
Sorry not been about for a while time seems to fly by now especially having to do everything myself now.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

So glad that Dudley is feeling better and that has to be a lot less work for you. I love your card. The pun is so cute! I would love to be in the running for the prize.

I am hoping I didn’t accidentally enter the Linky twice. I had a bit of a technical problem.

Pat said...

The little sea horses are so cute Di and framed beautifully with the pretty stencilled background and the scalloped frame, and the accompanying underwater foliage and dunes look great too. I will be playing for fun if I manage to get a card in this time. x

Kathleen said...

Really cute images and just love that sentiment.

Kath x

KathyA. said...

Great card and adorable pup with stogie! Count me in for the prize... I love under sea cards!

Christine Alexander said...

I'm so glad Dudley is feeling better. Susan and I left London a week ago Friday to wonderful weather I'm so happy we missed the torrential down pours :)

Lisa :) said...

Fabulous prize, thank for you for the chance to win it!!

New Creations said...

Feeling good about Dudley!
I love the cute sea scene! Would love to win the Prize!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Such a cute card, and of course Dudley xoxo

Viv said...

Dudders is looking sooooo much better! Managed to get a card made since we came back and before we go off again!
And as for that yummy stencil (which I simply HAVE to have) and bootiful cutey stamps and dies - YES PLEASE!!!

Liz said...

A really sweet underwater scene, Di. Yes Please for my name to go in the draw.

Great to see Dudley looks so well and full of life! :-) xx

Jane said...

I'm so glad Dudley is well again, thank goodness! Such a sweet card Di, I love underwater scenes. Yes please to the lovely prize. Keep dry, hugs xxx

Janis said...

In a terrible rush at the moment, but wanted to say yes please to the prize and thank you for another super-fun challenge.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Karenladd said...

Haha!! Dudley with his big fat cigar is quite distinguished looking. So glad to hear that he's back in fine form, and let's hope he doesn't have another bout soon.After all, I'm sure that Len has more interesting things to do than follow Dudley around with little sample jars!
Yes please to this prize offer!

Aquarius said...

Back with a card - playing for fun this time

Jane Willis said...

So glad the little rascal is back to being a little rascal again! And yes please, I would love to go into the hat - your card is absolutely adorable!

cuilliesocks said...

I'm so pleased that little Dudley is back to normal Di and doesn't he looks the just the ticket with his big chew.
Love your sweet card, I adore sea horses, and these are so cute, great little scene.

I've clicked the Follow button and now going to scroll through your lovely blog to see your other creations. Thanks for your visit and for following me too, Kate x

Heather said...

So glad to hear that Dudley is feeling better! It's no fun when our littles (of any type) are feeling poorly. Your card is super cute; always love the sets by Lawn Fawn. I think I will play for the prize this time, thanks!

Kath said...

It's good to hear that Dudley is well again - it must be such a relief for you.

A lovely snippets card. I'll be linking tomorrow and would love a chance to win this lovely prize please.

Kath x

Carol L said...

I'm sure you're relieved to know Dudley has made a quick recovery! That photo of him is hilarious, and all he needs is a mug of beer to go with that big "cigar" LOL Love the sweet and fun card, especially the watery background! It will be a "yes please" for me to the draw this week. Who could resist such cuteness?

Mrs A. said...

Managed to link up to some challenges for the first time in ages (one fingered) and realised I have used a scrap of white card left over from card cutting to make the butterfly disc on the front of this card so playing along. If it stays fine I might even plant a few bulbs over by the duck pond if Dudley will dig the holes for me! Just playing for fun. Hugs Me.

Vicky Hayes said...

What a gorgeous card you've made Di! I absolutely love the cute little sea horses and that beautiful background, and the colours are just perfect. I would love to be in the draw please :)

Nice to see Dudley back on form again. I've always understood that the ones smoking the big fat cigars are the ones in charge... Just sayin'!

Vicky xx

NanaConnie said...

I'm so happy to hear that the Dudley boy is back to normal. What a relief. I adore your waves and water, Di, along with those adorable little sea horses! Loving all the great die cuts. I'm playing just for fun this week and should have my card entered in a short while.

SHartl said...

Yeah for Dudley! I love hearing that he's better now and he certainly looks better in his photo! We dog-sat our Toby for the weekend while my parents went on a short trip so my two girls got to enjoy walking the dog and being pet-owners for just long enough, lol! My parents took my dog, Toby, 8 years ago when he didn't react well to our new baby. As any dog owner knows, the pups are just a bundle of fun but also a lot of work. Dudley is lucky to have you and Len taking such good care of him.

Before I forget, Yes please to the cute prize!

Nicky said...

Great card love the scene you have created, glad Dudley is back to himself. His photo reminded me of pictures of Winston Churchill lol. Playing just for fun this time have a great week x Nicky x

Valerija said...

Wonderful card. Love your cute sea horses. So sweet!
Yes for the prize, please.
Valerija xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Di, what wonderful news to see a smiling addled, phew rest and recuperation is order of day, such a handsome fella, all his playmates will be delighted.
Oh love your card, Di, and what a cute set of three goodies, make such a great set, so yes please, it will make a great birthday set. Hope you’re well Di, and thanks for running this challenge each fortnight.

Thanks for being a blessing, and may God bless you too.
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x

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

Lia said...

I am glad seeing Dudley in a good mood again!!
And you have made a great card again: I like those cute seahorses a lot, so I say yes to the prize! Wishing you and Dudley the best
Lia xx

Fikreta said...

Wonderful card!

Inkyfingers said...

What a lovely card, Di! The background is beautiful but those little seahorses are the cutest things ever!
Have a great weekend.
Carol x

Jackie T said...

Hi Di your card is gorgeous. I love it. We even had flooding in Southampton that as far as I know has never happened before. Yes please to the prize this time. Have a great weekend. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Elizabeth Hart said...

I love anything with a seahorse on it and this sea themed card is so cute, Glad your pup is on the mend. Yes, playing for the great prize!

Majda said...

Dear DI, hank you for a really good news about Dudley :-) Sending him a big hug!
Your card is so lovely, the little seashorses are so cute.
Yes please for the prie this time.
Have a great weeknd, Majda

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Your card is adorable! I love the stencil you used on the background. Dudley looks so good. Glad things are going well! Yes please for the prize.

Aunty Sue said...

So pleased to see him back to normal he is such a sweetie. Managed to play along again. Yes please for the prize if that's ok. Give Dudley a hug from me

Jeanne H said...

What a darling card along with your darling dog1 YES, I would like to be in the draw. Thanks

creationsnz said...

Yes to the prize. So glad your wee man is all better. CarolG

Sandra H said...

Only playing for fun Di and l almost missed this challenge l cannot believe it must of assumed l had already entered enjoy your day xx

~ginny said...

Yes, please!

Janis said...

Hi, again...
I didn't have time when I was dropping off my entry several days ago to leave a proper comment so I am back to do that. Love your sweet seahorse card, Di. LF critters are so adorable and I love your brilliant choice of stencil for the background. Just so cute!! So, again, yes please to the prize this time.

So glad to see Dudley back to normal...the dear little fellow. I like those scary fangs. We always say our cats have "hangs" that "fang down"...and for short we just call them their "hangs". :)

Thank you for another fun challenge. Take care!!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Paper Lily Leaf said...

Hi Di! So happy to see that Dudley is feeling better! Yes please to cute seahorse prize. Big hugs to you Xx

Becca Yahrling said...

Those LF sea horses are so cute!! You've made a perfect underwater scene with them, Di. LOVE this sweet card. And yes, I'd love to play to win that darling set. But of course, as usual now (and just why did it change anyhow? I'll never figure it out!!), I am unable to get past the very last step of adding my card thru Flickr and need your help; the link is:
And thank you so much for the gold star on challenge #361 - can't wait to tell my nephew about it next week when he opens the card on his birthday. :-) hugs, Becca

Tina Z. said...

I'm so happy Dudley is feeling back to normal.
Your card is super sweet, I love sea horses and LF.
We had some heavy rain here too but now it is cold, children are starting to wear their winter coats.
Yes for me for the prize please.
hugs xx

Eemeli said...

I am back from my awfully long crafting break and of course had to participate right away to the fun at the playground of snippets.
Sorry to hear about Dudley but happy to hear he is much better now.
Cutie card - it is definitely a yes please from me for the prize.


(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

Hey Di.. It's been a while since I entered last.. I love your card and this fun prize.. We should tell Dudley that smoking is back for you ;) he is so precious.. Yes .. Please enter me into prize drawing .. Hugs..

Trina P. said...

OMGee, Dudley is just too precious. So happy he’s feeling back to his adorable self... but he needs to kick that smokin’ habit. 😂
Your card is so cuuuuuuute. Yes to the prize please.
Hugs, Trina.

cuilliesocks said...

Hi there Di, I've tried to link up but I can't get my thumbnail on to the page, so I don't know why this is, I get so far and it tell me I'm done and to close the window and when I do, my image is not there????, Kate x

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Di me again, my picture is there now, so just ignore previous post and yes I would love a chance to win this cute prize, Kate x

Aimeslee Winans said...

Hello, Di! I just love your sweet little birthday sea card. All of the die cuts go so nicely together. And your pooch is so posh with his chew toy! I'm just playing for fun this challenge, no draw please. Thanks! xoxo