Thursday, 26 December 2019

Pixie's Snippets Playground #368 - Prize E

It's Boxing Day - and to be honest I do prefer the more relaxed pace of today. All I need to do for our evening meal is to simmer our mahoosive gammon/ham joint in Coca Cola - ready to add to some leftovers from Christmas Day, a selection of pickles, poultry slices, pigs in blankets, stuffings - and Brussels sprouts with chestnuts, cut up then mixed with mashed potato and fried as bubble and squeak. We do tend to mix and match all the cold meats etc. for a few days to make life more relaxed.

Yummy - and one little boy called Dudley will be dancing on his hind legs in the hopes of a treat or two!

Len should be at the annual Boxing Day Archery shoot at his local club (waterlogged field permitting). So whilst the ham simmers I'll be bashing on making more samples for forthcoming prizes in the Christmas Draw!

And here's another prize in the 'Snippets Playground Celebration' prize draw:
I used:

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

- snippet of pale green pearlescent card, trimmed to slightly smaller than the card front and glued in place

- snippet of plain white card, trimmed to slightly smaller than the pale green layer and kept to one side for now

- snippet of silver mirri card, backed with Stick-It adhesive paper than die cut using both dies from the Creative Expressions Sue Wilson 'Poinsettia Flower Square die

- I poked all the pieces out of the die cut, leaving just the frame with the flower outline inside it then backed it with a little snippet of white card cut marginally smaller than the actual die cut frame 

- to be honest, hindsight being 20/20 vision, I could have so easily not used the Stick-It at all for the flower die and cut outs. Much simpler to have covered the snippet of white card with ordinary double sided adhesive paper before adding it to the back of the die cut poinsettia frame - and probably costing a lot less angst, as well as expense to be honest. But, on I plodded with head still in the sand, sigh

- snippet of Stick-It backed white pearlescent card, die cut using just the inner main image part of the poinsettia die set, and the same with snippets of Stick-It backed baby green and pale pink pearlescent card

- then I added the relevant pieces to the die cut silver outline and watched with a smile as it came to life

- ran the panel through the Cuttlebug just to 'set' it then backed that panel with fun foam and put it to one side

- die cut the sentiment using Sue Wilson's 'Festive Mini Expressions - Christmas Wishes' die from a snippet of pale green Stick-It backed card (now that IS where Stick-It is worth every penny) - lined it up on the front panel and ran it through the Cuttlebug to 'set it' in place. I just used the normal cutting plates, making sure the front of the panel had the unmarked/scored plate against it - ask me how I know this is important - a lesson learnt some time ago. You can also add a single piece of paper on top of the die cut you're adhering to be sure to prevent any 'scoring' marks from possibly having used the cutting plates the wrong way at some point in the past

- added  the poinsettia panel and the sentiment to the card front before adding a few Mei Flower little pearls to the centre of the poinsettia - finished!

The light is so bad here right now, the frame for the image layer and also the sentiment are cut from snippets of exactly the same pale green card as the leaves on the poinsettia itself. I did originally try cutting the sentiment using silver mirri card but it just wasn't working for me so I switched to the pale green. Ha, and you can see my reflection in the silver pieces as well :)

The poinsettia also looks gorgeous in rich red, green and gold of course - but I thought pastels were also a very pretty option. In fact, it's possibly my favourite card I've made this year.

I adore this pretty poinsettia die and sentiment - so much that you have three chances to win. Yup, I bought three of the poinsettia die sets and three of the gorgeous sentiment dies (a further one already appeared earlier fro me as part of the 'Snowman Edger' prize on Monday 23rd). So here's the prize you can play for today - purely by leaving a comment in this post:

It's the Creative Expressions Sue Wilson 'Poinsettia Flower Square dies (there's an outer frame on this one) as well as a Sue Wilson 'Festive Mini Expressions - Christmas Wishes' die.

At the end of all of the celebrations I'll do a massive draw session for all the prizes using the one Mr Linky - which is on the main snippets post HERE along with details of exactly how to join in - so you do need to have entered one snippets make, over on that post during this fortnight, to be in with a chance :) Maximum of one entry please - to keep things fair for those who may not have time to craft. Mr Linky closes at 11am on Saturday 4th January so you do need to have added a snippets make by then to be eligible for the draw.

Just leave a comment on this post if you would like the chance to win today's prize.

Love from Parsnip, Dudley and of course me, just relaxing after Christmas Day here - bliss.


Wo put thag mud od mulled whine there? I thort it woz tea!






55 comments:

Glennis F said...

Fabulous card Di. I have never heard of cooking ham in coca cola - off to research!!

Pat said...

This is a very pretty flower, not just a poinsettia but I think it lends itelf to different colours as you have shown us with hour pretty pastels Di, but also paper pieced I think it would look lovely. I'm glad you have enjoyed your Christmas Day and hope today is equally relaxing and pleasurable. I like the cold cuts too as we call them with different meats, pickles and salads. We often start with some soup and have some hash browns or such like with ours. Anyway, have a good day. By the way I am a 'yes please' for today's beautiful prize, i.e. Prize E. x

Andre M. said...

Beautiful die and a fab inlay technique. Hope your shoulder has healed sufficiently that you're pain free. Yes, please, for today's prize. Enjoy your Boxing Day!

Di said...

We always call them cold cuts too Pat! And after a few days I'm longing for a salad I must admit! We always have baby tomatoes and cucumber fresh in the salad drawer but I do love a full lettuce, radishes etc. one!

I've seen images of the poinsettia die cut done using gently patterned papers as well - they do look very effective.

Hugs

Di xx

Greta said...

Oh wow--one of my favorite cards, Di! Love the dies & this color combo! Fingers crossed that Dudley pulls out my name for this prize!

Liz said...

Brilliant card Di, looks beautiful in pastel colours. Love these dies.... I'm thinking that using yellow petals and brown pearls might even turn the flower into a sunflower. 😉 I'll be a Yes Please for prize E.

Hope you have a relaxing Boxing Day. I've never tried cooking a ham joint in Coca Cola. There was a ham joint bubbling away in a pot of cider on Christmas Eve when we arrived at my niece's house. Very nice it was too! xx

Aquarius said...

Here's to a relaxed day although it is chucking it down - contrast to the nice sunny dry day yesterday. Love this card and of course your detailed explanation - a 'yes' please for the draw

LesleyG said...

That's a lovely set Di, and I really like your version in the pretty pastels, so I'd like to be in the draw please. We also have cold meat, bubble n squeak and pickles today, whilst my turkey stew is simmering :) . Have a relaxing day xxx

Kathyk said...

Your Boxing Day routine sounds delightful, we'll be seeing the surrogates later, there'll be nine of us - it'll be chaotic but fun - thank heavens we had our chilled day yesterday! ENJOY

Happy Boxing Day

Kathyk

Karenladd said...

Yes please to this beautiful set of dies! Until I bought some Stick It, dies like this with all the intricate parts made me shiver in terror. However, after trying Stick It, I can approach them with more confidence and this really is a lovely design.

I can't imagine how having to cook anything at all right after Christmas could be "easy", but it sounds like you've got enough left-overs to make it tolerable at least! Hope that Dudley has gotten through Christmas without any mishaps, and that you and Len enjoy the slower pace now that Christmas is over.

Kath said...

A beautiful card Di - I do love these large flower dies. I would love a chance to win this lovely prize, please.

Enjoy your Boxing Day and your meal later.

Kath x

Paper Lily Leaf said...

Such a pretty card, Di! So sorry to hear about your shoulder. Thank you for the very cute Christmas card and a big Merry Christmas hug to you. Yes please for lovely prize. Snippets card to follow shortly! April Xxx

Sandra H said...

Such a beautiful set and card Di will make someone very happy to win this l am just placing a comment so don’t include me love to all x

Viv said...

Yummy card!! Love the colours Di - you've excelled yourself!! So yes please -
Knackered today even tho there was only 3 of us yesterday - hard work keeping M-I-L happy even for just 8 hours.
Got some crafty stash from himself so guess where I am going to be today??? xx

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Adorable poinsettia card! How sweet in pastel colours!! Creative Expressions dies are always very elegant - yes for the prize, please - and your card looks delightful! Love the little pearls in the centre and the mirri outlines!
Thanks for sharing the trick about preventing "scoring" lines, my plates are very ruined, time to change them.
Happy relaxing unboxing day! Hope that Dudley will have a bit of your turkey, it sounds so yummy! :D

Vicky Hayes said...

You sound as if you're having a lovely time Di. We are having a relaxed Boxing Day too with a similar 'mix and match and help yourself' eating arrangement and, like Dudley, Eva is hovering in a hopeful way...!
I absolutely love your card today. What a great idea to use those stunning pastel colours on the poinsettia - it gives a beautiful ethereal look. It's a Yes Please from me for the draw!

Hugs,
Vicky xx

MadeByMeghanK said...

Happy Boxing day!!! And gorgeous card

Gail said...

A beautiful card - happy you had a nice Christmas and possibly Dudley got some of the meat after dancing on his back leggs -hmmm - Wishing everyone a very blessed New Year - I am passing on today's Poinsettia prize and lovely sentiment dies - but it certainly is a lovely prize to be won-- [I have many poinsettia dies which I love and feel blessed to own] Have a blessed and wonderful day!

ionabunny said...

Gorgeous card and prize. Poinsettias are lacking in my stash so yes please to include me in the draw. Sounds like your leftovers are a feast. Top up that mulled wine and enjoy. Hugz

Carole said...

Beautiful classy card Di..please to the draw! xx

AlisonC said...

Finally have a moment to breathe before heading off to the outlaws. Cook, eat, wash up, repeat! Love this card and die so Yes Please to the draw. It looks very effective. Hope you all had a good day and a relaxed one today. Also hope your shoulder is recovering. Hugs.x

Heather said...

This is gorgeous!! Such a beautiful image die and sentiment, as well! I would like to play for this one as well, thanks!

Becca Yahrling said...

Such an elegant card, Di. I think this would be beautiful in just about every color combo there is honestly. ;-) Thanks so much for the chance to win it! I'd love it. :-)

Jane said...

We drove home from the south coast in tipping monsoon rain Di, hope Len got to his archery but me thinks maybe not? Another fab prize and card, yes please again. I hope your shoulder is settling and you are enjoying all those yummy meats. We are just waiting for our company for tonight to arrive and I have just finished getting the food done so time to sit down for a few mins. Hugs xxx

Susan said...

Love the pastel colours you used for the poinsettia! Such a pretty card!

Have a wonderful relaxing Boxing Day!

Yes, please, put my name in the draw for this prize.

Suzanne H said...

Yes please! I love this color combo. Enjoy your ham!

Jeanne H said...

Yes, please. I'd love the dies in Prize E. And I do like the soft colors you used on your card. Hi to Dudley from Willie (and me).

Janice said...

Both lovely sets of dies, your card is beautiful Di. Please also put me down as a yes please for this prize.
Thank you and I hope you’ve had a good Boxing day.
Janice x

Craftychris said...

Ooh is a Yes Please from ms too! I love your card and the gorgeous soft colours you used. Our dinner today was really easy - leftover turkey, pigs in blankets and stuffing with waffles and baked beans. It was yummy! Hugs xxxxx

kiwimeskreations said...

Glad you had a wonderful Christmas Di - and can live off the left-overs for days!
That is magnificent die pair, and yes please, put my name in the draw
Blessings
Maxine

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wow, what a beauty! Your card is gorgeous, and so is today's giveaway! Thank you so much - I love it! Yes, please! Your meal sounds yummy!

JennyH said...

This is beautiful Di, I love the non-traditional colours and the shiny mirri, so pretty. I have had this poinsettia die on my wishlist for ages, so YES PLEASE and fingers crossed : )

Jane Willis said...

This is stunning, especially in the subtle colours you have used. Yes please

Liz said...
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Liz said...

Oops! I deleted my comment above as it should have been in the Prize F post. Not sure how I managed to put it in the wrong place - I can't even blame it on drinking too much wine! LOL xx

Elizabeth said...

Hello Di, I'm catching up after a very lazy Boxing Day, recovering from the day before. Your card is beautiful. I love both dies - together they make a stunning card. I'd be grateful if you would include me in the draw. Hugs, Elizabeth.

PS: I've not tried the gammon in Coca Cola recipe but I've heard it's tasty.

Lynne said...

Love your card Di and it looks so pretty in the pale colours. I'm sure there are many ways in which it could be used colourwise. I will be a Yes please for this one, many thanks. A busy Boxing Day for me with the family round so having a relaxing one today x

Carol L said...

I can see why this is a favorite card of yours. It's just stunning in many ways! I love the gold mirror card with the pastel colors and that sentiment die cut just floats my boat big time! LOVE IT! Yes please to prize E! I hope your finding some relaxing down time with your um........special tea :)

KandA said...

Gorgeous card and looks really lovely in the pastel colours. That is a fabulous die and I was very tempted but being good and saying 'no thanks' xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Yes please Miss, big .. but gentle hugs. Praying for you.
Thanks for sharing, and may God bless you.
Hugs, Shaz in Oz.x

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Sandy said...

Ham and CocaCola sound like you're from my part of the world, Di. (Though the other big favorite here is HoneyBaked Ham, and since my husband's company gave out gift certificates to HBH, that's what we did for Christmas. After lunch and dinner for 2.5 days, I cut up the rest of the ham and froze it for later use earlier today.)
I absolutely love this poinsettia die, so yes please on this.

Linby said...

Beautiful card. Your ham sounds lovely, one year I will get to do that! My "cold" is still getting me down and slept most of yesterday and today, but still hoping to make a snippet card. For some reason my since I got a new phone I can't comment from it only my pc - even though it says I am signed into google.

Pam Sebring said...

Sorry...I’ve been out of touch with no internet and so just getting caught up....I know you said that was a no no....sorry! Did want to tell you that your poinsettia card is lovely! Yes please?

Janis said...

What a beautiful card, Di! I love how you used the pretty pastels and shiny frame and outlines. The tiny pearls are a wonderful touch! Yes, please to this wonderful prize!

Yes, I am still catching up...bad me!! But I have to say that one fun thing about coming in a couple days late is that I get to read everyone else's lovely comments. I was wondering if others were as charmed and fascinated by the name "Bubbles and Squeak" as I was...lol. Perhaps I was the only one who didn't remember what it was...I'm sure you prob have mentioned it here on Boxing Day before. I had to look up Gammon, also. LOVE the internet and learning abt others' local customs, etc!! Sadly, we Americans have prob ruined the English language to the point where we don't any charming phrases that bring delight to the rest of the world....so my thanks to you for sharing your fun with us!!

Hope your shoulder is feeling better. Take care and thanks for all the wonderful chances to win!! You are so kind and generous!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com
HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

Valerija said...

What a LOVEly card you have created Di. I love the Poinsettia.
Yes for the prize please.
Valerija xx

KathyA. said...

Ahhh... that mulled wine can be dangerous! Love your bit of humor at the end of your post. So fun. Also love the beautiful simplicity of your card. And would love to add those dies to my slowly growing collection. So please count me in on the draw. Thanks!

EdenLand Designs said...

Your card is STUNNING!!!! I'm drooling over that poinsettia die, so I definitely want to be included in this draw <3
Susan Sudbury

creationsnz said...

Oh what a fab flower. Yes please. CarolG

Helen said...

This is beautiful Di - love the pastel shades you chose!
Helen x

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

Robyn Oliver said...

I'm a bit late but Happy Christmas Di and now Happy Boxing Day and must say all your 'leftovers' cooking sounds wonderful... ooooow
yummy bubble and squeak (your brussels sprouts and chestnuts sounds interesting, we don't use chestnuts in Australia and not many eat brussels sprouts, we did have them though). This is a really lovely poinsettia die - and your silver and soft pink looks gorgeous... so yes please, I'm in this draw.

Majda said...

Beautiful card - a 'yes' please from me.
Hugs, Majda

NanaConnie said...

Stunning work with that die, Di, and I love your choice of the pale colors. The pearls are so magnificent! Would love to win these dies! Thank you.
I'm keeping you in my prayers that the shoulder heals quickly and completely. :-D

designbydonna said...

Lovely poinsettias. And yes they do look gorgeous in pastel colors. I would love to win this beautiful poinsettia die and sentiment.

Linby said...

came back to say that I meant to say "yes please" on my original post but being unwell I forgot to actually state that - sorry L x

Tina Z. said...

I love your CAS card and I love poinsettias.
Yes for this amazing prize, please.