Sunday 8 December 2019

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #367

I'm sure many of you know that we got Dudley's results back on Wednesday, late afternoon. I wrote a little post about it HERE, and thank you again for all your lovely and very supportive comments. As you can imagine, the relief is enormous and now we just need him to have the outer stitches removed on Monday (the inside ones dissolve on their own of course) and what we hope is his final check up for this little adventure we've been on. I think he's going to miss wearing his sweet onesie! He's been totally amazing as well as really patient and now we want to just put this behind us and move on, whilst doing regular little checks of course. As a few of you have said, knowing your dog's body and then acting fast if you find something untoward is certainly what helped with a happy outcome in Dudley's case.

So, happy thoughts here and we're finally feeling a bit like Christmas is in the air!

Here's my snippets (very un-Christmassy) card for today:
I used:

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

- snippets of white card - and I have  tons of those - trimmed to the same size as the card front

- then die cut the aperture in the piece of card for the front, using an MFT Peek-a-boo Window' square die - placed that piece of card onto the card front and lightly penciled in the frame I could position the stamp I wanted to use for the image

- before setting the front panel to one side I used the Misti to line up a sentiment from the Clearly Besotted 'Hot Stuff' set of stamps and stamped it using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink

 - then stamped the image I wanted to use onto the card front itself, within the square I'd penciled in earlier

- rubbed out the pencil marks and coloured the little 'newly hatched dragon' using Pro markers

- because the Pro markers had bled very slightly through to the inside of the card front I covered that with another snippet of white card, trimmed to slightly smaller than the card front

- time to assemble the shaker element. On the reverse of the front panel I ran some red line tape right around the die cut aperture, then right around the sides of the panel and a couple of strips across as well

- working from the bottom I added the panel to the card front, leaving the top of the shaker punch aperture, the very top of the card and also one side open - don't ask me why I didn't put the shaker bits into the punch and gently place the card front straight on top, hindsight being 20/20 vision this might have worked better but I didn't want it to be 'wonky'. The result of me choosing this tortuous route is explained below

- used some Lucy's Card 'Little Things' 'Bubblegum' sequins for the shaking element - I almost drowned the poor little dragon - note to self, use a LOT less another time!

- due to a bit of an issue I had to rootle though my ribbons and add a  knotted length of ribbon down one side of the cards - not really by choice but there you go!

I've had the lovely set of stamps for over a year now, and the aperture die and shaker elements almost as long! For some reason I didn't get matching dies - either they weren't available or I was still on the fence about dies which leave a white margin around the images when they're die cut, I'm fine with them now! And of course have also had the same as a duplicate waiting in the Playground toy box.

Lack of concentration thinking about Dudley meant that I managed to get a couple of really tiny clear sequins trapped in between the card front and the die cut layer with the shaker pouch in place as I was filling it. Grump, grump! Also, it showed all the more as I'd picked a snippet of quite thin white card stock for the die cut front. What an eedjit, lesson for the future there, sigh.

Of course this 'boo-boo happened right at the  very end and I just didn't have the heart to tackle another card - so found a snippet of lilac ribbon and tied it in a knot, around and running down the side where the teeny sequins were trapped to cover up the two very slight bumps. Job done - although I'd have preferred a more CAS card, without the ribbon.

I love Lucy's sequins mixtures, but every single packet I have is discontinued, I think Lucy moves onto new mixtures very frequently. Sequins are easy enough to find but her mixes are quite special - Simon Says Stamp used to stock them I think. In the UK you can buy directly from Lucy.

And here's the prize for this fortnight:
A Clearly Besotted 'Hot Stuff' set of stamps (can be used for babies, friends and Birthdays with the sentiments provided in the set), an MFT Peek-a-boo Window' square die and a packet of 10 MFT Square Shaker Pouches (quite why they call them replenishments I don't know - possibly as they're 'consumables'). And it's all one prize - sadly no sequins though, explanation above.

As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 21st December. 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.

The little hedgie seems to have gone into hibernation - we haven't picked it up on CCTV footage for a good few days now. I hope it survives the Winter and we'll still be keeping watch.

And just a quick 'heads up' - I'll be running the Grand Christmas Draw again this year. The format will be the same as it always is and it will run from Sunday 22nd December, closing on Saturday 4th January. During that time you have to enter just one snippets make to cover the whole fortnight as usual, it also keeps a level playing field, but you'll need to comment on each individual prize that you would like to be in the draw for as they appear day by day - and there are a LOT of prizes to be won. So, as I keep saying, you will need to comment over here if you want to be in the draw. And do try to comment as the days go by - not all at the end. I know that we have busy family times over the festivities so I will allow some leeway of course! Comments show up on Blogger's dashboard in date and time order so it's really easy to spot a 'cluster' of comments from one person all made at the same time so you would be found out. This is to be fair to people who do take the time to hop in regularly.

No photo of Dudley this time round - he's fast asleep right now and I don't want to disturb him.

Edit: Huge apologies! First of all this post was still marked as draft so it didn't publish on time - and secondly, I totally forgot to add Mr Linky! It's all sorted out now - just shows my state of mind recently!

Lots of love from us all - Parsnip, Dudley (woof, woof!) and of course me,


  1. This is such a sweet card Di and the ribbon covers the rogue sequins perfectly. I would love a chance to win this prize, please (I've had this die on my wish list for a while now and I love CB stamps).

    Kath x

  2. Your card is adorable, Di. Good save on your boo-boo with the lovely ribbon too. I'll be a Yes Please for the super prize. xx

  3. Ahhhh. . . That's a cutie. Good save!

    Hugs, Sarn X

  4. Lovely card and so please you can now start looking forward to Christmas knowing he is well. Would love to win this

  5. Hi me again I don't see a linky

  6. HI Di -I am a shaker freak! Yup! I made several last night - so I shall be entering a shaker with the use of my Snippets and YES PLEASE to the shaker prize - I have a ton of sequins waiting to be used and using them I certainly am!! Since I am a newbie I will make note of your hop coming up and I shall look forward to participating] Wish you and Dudley and the hu-bmaster [that is what I call my husband - hehe] a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thanks for another challenge - I shall return when I get a tag or card completed - a Shaker of course! Blessings

  7. So sorry folks! I was late publishing this post and then, to make matters worse, I'd forgotten to add Mr Linky! All sorted now.

    Di x

  8. Yes, please.

    I think this could be a Christmas card.The sentiment could say Just Unwrapped. He's got his own hard covered wrapping with that shell.

    I'm glad that it's beginning to feel like Christmas for y'all now that everything is settling down.

    I need to make more shakers. I always feel like I have two left hands and all thumbs when I try and make one. [Bunny]

  9. A very sweet CB image and adore the shaker element Di and it goes beautifully with the Peek-a-Boo rectangle die, and no-one would have guessed you had a sequin problem and the ribbon looks very pretty. Glad things are going on well with Dudley and you can put it all behind you and look forward to Christmas. I'm sorry to have been missing from the challenge lately but have had a lot going on. If I should manage to get a card in I will just be playing for fun. x

  10. Such a sweet little card Di, and I always love shakers, Kate x

  11. Nobody would have notice of the "blob" without your explanation! This card is so sweet, cute and elegant too with the lilac ribbon!! LOVE the Clearly Besotted little adorable dragon, and the sweet sequins! I have never used a shaker pouch, it seems more simple and fun, too! :D The lovely stitched frame adds interest to your lovely card!
    So so happy for Dudley and for you! :) Waiting to see Dudley without the blue onesie He will need a grooming for sure :)
    Hugs and so many cuddles to Dudley and Parsnip!

  12. Absolutely adorable is your card Di love that it’s a shaker card and that image is so cute and great news to read of Dudley xx

  13. Yes please for the prize, your shaker card is so cute!

  14. Gotta say--I LOVE the addition of the ribbon! Such an adorable baby card, Di! Glad Dudley has done well post op & so, so glad you caught it early! I'm playing just for fun.

  15. Great card and so pleased that Dudley is fine, bless him.
    Can't remember if I haevalready told you this but my Grandson, Austin, 11 last week, doesn't believe in FC anymore is sick for a dog, so he wrote his list for Christmas...

    !. A dog
    2. A dog bed
    3. A dog bowl

    So I made him a card with a dog on for his Birthday and said sorry but this is the only one you will get. I think if John didn't work away so much then she would have softened but being on her own for just about 6 months of the year she couldn't go out on her own in the winter evenings..

    They looked after a friends dog for a long weekend last Summer and he never left it alone and the dog followed him everywhere, it was an old rescue dog and it was really lovely, I am certain he felt the love from Austin.

    Kath x

  16. Awww super cute card Di, great save with your beautiful ribbon - yes please to be in your draw for your goodies!

    So glad to hear Duds is doing well - our Ruby has a wee kidney infection so shes on medicine which should clear up her incontinence (fingers and toes crossed!!!)

  17. Hi Diane:
    I want to thank you once again for having me as your Guest Designer in November. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I posted my second give-away winner today on my blog. Folks can see that information at the very bottom of the post here on my blog:

    I am planning to play along in this challenge, and I would totally LOVE to win this prize. I absolutely adore My Favorite Things. Thanks for the fun challenges, my crafty friend. Our Miniature Schnauzer, Belle, sends her best, most heartfelt WOOF WOOF to Dudley.


  18. EEek! This is just the cutest card and I love that stamp set. YES PLEASE to the prize...and yay for Dudley! I'm too scared to try making a shaker card at all, and don't even have the excuse of a poor sick puppy to stop me. I would never guess there was a boo boo in this adorable design.

  19. Great use of the dies to make this shaker card 0 love it. Playing for fun again.

  20. What a DARLING CARD! I LOVE this set so much! And yeah Dudley! Glad he is healing up and the results came out well! I will definitely be playing along! Will link up soon! THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Such a great card! Glad your pup is on the mend! I would love to be entered in your prize drawing! Happy holidays!

  22. sweet card...I have entered my card and love to play to win these lovely goodies...

  23. Oh, this card is so adorable! So I say yes to the prize, and would like making great cards with it..
    And thanks for updating about Dudley. Perhaps you know the phrase: A home without a dog is just a house. That's soooo true!!

    Lia xx

  24. I won't be playing for the prize, but I DID enter a card! Yea me!!! Love your cute card. Sending Dudley special hugs too.

  25. Wow, I just love shaker cards and your is so very cute. I really love it!
    Yes for the awesome prize, please.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Valerija xx

  26. This is such a cute card Di and yes please to the lovely prize this fortnight. The latest Dudley news is so positive, phew!! Hugs, Jane xxx

  27. Cute card. I would love the prize but totally understand if the shipping to Slovenia is too much. Love to read about your little furry friend.

  28. Cutie one!

    I will be back later today with my card for this week's fun at the playground, and it is definitely a yes please from me for the prize.


  29. Just loving this cute little shaker card, and that big pretty piece of ribbon looks perfect! Great fix! Again, I'm so glad Dudley is OK and expected to make a full recovery. Playing just for fun this week, but thanks for another fun playground week!

  30. Yes please to this fun giveaway package, and thanks for sharing your sweet little shaker card. On one of my few shaker card adventures I also got a sequin or two stuck in the wrong place and it bothered me quite a bit until I convinced myself that it added extra charm to my design, ha! Try as I might, I can't even see your sequin boo boo so I say pretend you meant to do it that way all along.

    The happy results of Dudley's biopsy and surgery will make this a very merry Christmas indeed for your family...and all without Dudley having any idea of the worries it caused. Once again, he is lucky to have you and Len keeping an eye on him and giving him the best of care. Go Dudley!!

  31. I'll be adding my card on Friday and I'm definitely tossing my hat in the ring for the prize this time. I've wanted that die for ages but it's been out of stock the last 2 times I tried to buy it. :-D Darling animals in the set, great use of the little hatching dino on your shaker card, and I love that lavender ribbon!
    I'm afraid I may be one of those who leaves comments in batches during the Grand Christmas Draw but it's only because I'm going to be traveling around 3 different states visiting with different parts of my family over Christmas and the New Year. That means that I'm going to be competing with grandkids for online time and I may have to do 3 or 4 days all at once. But I do promise to do my best not to do it all on the last day. :-D Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours, Di.

  32. Adorable card Di - great save with the ribbon!
    So pleased to hear that Dudley has bounced back!
    Helen x

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

  33. Cute image and card. Yes for the prize.

  34. FAB make and so DELIGHTED to hear that Mr Dudders is on target for a good recovery - you can breathe a sigh of relief.

    It's a YES from me, for an entry to the prize draw please

    Happy Friday


  35. So super cute and the perfect die too. Yes, for being in the running for the cute prizes! Happy holidays!!

  36. Yes, I'd love the prize. Cute images and the die is super. I have twin great nieces turing two, so winning would be a real treat.

  37. Entered in time! :D Yes please for the chance in the super cute prize.
    Big hugs and cuddles to Dudley!

  38. Definitely playing for prize this time. Those little unicorns are adorable and my granddaughter would love for me to make cards for her with that image.

  39. Yeah! I'm in!! I have been AWOL. Just life being too busy. I have been lurking and following the Dudley Saga and very glad he's feeling better. I would love to be in the prize draw cos I love dragons and those are just adorable. Take care. HUgz

  40. So glad I got a chance to come by the Playground to wish all my Pixie friends a Happy Christmas! Your shaker card is adorable, Di! Of course you know how relieved and pleased I am to hear the good news about Dudley! It will definitely be a blessed Christmas for the three of you ... and Parsnip, too!! Happy Holiday Hugs, Darnell

  41. Oops! I think I just put my "Yes please" on your latest post. Not with it at the moment, I seem to have lots to do for Christmas.
    Your card is so sweet Di. I've not made a shaker card before and would love to be a "Yes Please" for this one.
    My boo boos often happen right at the end of making a card too, it's so annoying! I usually get glue somewhere it's not supposed to be or something similar.
    I did wonder what had happened to your post that Sunday morning as I tend to read it in bed, but pleased if was only a draft problem and nothing more serious xx

  42. Adorable shaker card Di and a super prize but I'm only playing for fun. I bought myself the MFT rectangle die - still unused!! xx

  43. Yes for the prize, would love to win.

  44. Hi Di, yes please to the draw. I'm happy Dudley is recovering. I will try to comment everyday but I will be away at some point and it gets kind of complicated, lol!!!! Hugs

  45. Hello Di!
    Thank you for your wonderful challenge!
    I just want to say Christmas hello!
    Merry Christmas Di!
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful holidays!
    Hugs, Gloria

  46. This is so adorable!! And the ribbon is such a fun way to cover up a little oopsie! Glad to hear Dudley is doing much better now.

  47. So glad to here Dudly is doing well and a Happy Cristmas to you and your family,
    Love to enter for the prize,

    lilian B

  48. Your card is so cute! I adore the little critters and would love to be in the running for the prize. Have a great holiday!

  49. OH DEAR, I just realized I put my link to my main blog page instead of directly to my post. Apologies! Here is the direct post:

  50. ooh Di your card is absolutely gorgeous and soooooo cute! definitely 'Yes Please' to be entered in the prize draw for this wonderful prize, thank you!

    Big Hugs my friend and to Dudley too! xxxxxxx

  51. Merry Christmas, Di! Hope you, Len and Dudley are enjoying the holidays season so far.
    Your card is adorable. Yes, count me in!

  52. I am so happy for you, this is such a good news!
    your card is super cute.
    I am playing just for fun, I got your amazing prize, thank you and your card is just perfect.
    hugs xx


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