However, I'm finding it really tough to settle down to anything connected with crafting, even commenting on the Playground is falling behind all the time - I'm very sorry about that and will give myself a jolly good shake and try to knuckle down. Cooking and baking seem to be top priority for now - I'm trying ideas I would never have really entertained at the moment. When we can get fresh fruit and vegetables then they are top priority to be enjoyed whilst at their best. It's an interesting process, not one I would have chosen given the circumstances, but now I look at an ingredient and its potential rather differently than I did a month ago for sure.
Here's my snippets card for this fortnight, and it's meant for each and every one of you to think of as having been made especially with you in mind:
- 5.5" x 4.25" white card blank, side opening
- all snippets of patterned paper were found tucked safely in the back of LOTV's NitWit Collection 'Perfect Pair' paper pad, such a pretty pad with shades of green and pink, and touches of white. Still a shame LOTV discontinued their papers, sigh
- firstly I die cut the big 'hugs' word and the 'shadow' using both dies from Pink & Main's 'Hugs' set of dies - and pink and green snippets
- glued them together using a Zig glue pen and set them aside for now
- then trimmed a bigger green LOTV patterned snippet for the backing and glued it onto the card front
- snippet of plain white card which I die cut using a die from Lil'Inkers 'Stitched Rectangles' set of dies
- checked the placement of the large 'hugs' die cut piece and positioned the sentiment stamps using the Misti
- did a test stamp onto a scrap of paper and then stamped the sentiment words, which are from Pink and Main's 'Hugs Needed' set of sentiments stamps, which perfectly complements the 'hugs' die - using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink
- next I glued the 'hugs' die cut onto the white panel and added it to the card front which had the green patterned layer already in place
- almost there, final touch was the addition of three black self-adhesive domes to fill out the blank area to the bottom left of the card
I loved making this card, despite almost needing a 'KITA' to get me going in the first place! I chose pretty but I bet it would look great in strong blues for instance - or white black and red, for Valentine's Day perhaps.
Shame on me really - I clearly recall the day I bought this set of dies and stamps. September 2018, when 'Dies to Die For' had a 'pop-up shop' in Tadley Community Centre. They had Mrs A's very talented, and utterly delightful, daughter Faye running Copics Colouring workshops in the morning and afternoon so I drove over for the lunchtime break to meet Mrs A - and couple of other Playmates it turned out.
It was a beautifully sunny day - isn't it funny how strongly you can recall days like that whilst being holed up indoors. Here's hoping it won't be long before we're allowed to stretch our wings again. The goodies that Tracey had brought for the 'pop-up shop' were all very tempting so I also spent far too much with 'Dies to Die For' needless to say - and this pair of dies and complementing stamps was one of my numerous purchases.
Shame on me for not using them sooner - but it does mean I can enter this card into our lovely Darnell's NBUS Challenge HERE. I do encourage you to join in if you haven't done so already - now is an ideal time to crack open some Never Before Used Schtuff and this current challenge runs to the end of April. Hopefully followed by more - if only to encourage us to USE and not just HOARD!
And here is the prize for this fortnight - you didn't think I would have left you out of my shopping spree did you? It's this:
As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 2nd May. 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.
So, another week of isolation stretches ahead of us, here in the UK at least. I've finally managed to get hold of SR flour to do some more baking, wouldn't you just know it though - we got no eggs in Thursday's grocery delivery (how, why?).
We can cope, but I'll certainly be giving someone the 'stink eye' if he decides to have boiled eggs for breakfast! I neeeeed the ones I still have for my baking therapy right now!
So far Dudley has avoided the dreaded hair cut (I got a bit frightened when I read on a Havanese FB Forum how easily you can hurt a dog with clippers). His coat is staying mat free thankfully, although the daily brush and comb is always a bit of a battle of wills. His latest trick is to almost prance on the spot as I'm doing his front legs and paws - a bit like a Lipizzaner horse!
I found lots of video footage of performing Lipizanners on You Tube. Amongst them is this very short gem, dating back to around 1946, in black and white - it illustrates what I was trying to describe about Dudley's 'groom time prancing' perfectly! Look for the guy on his own at about 30 seconds into the clip :)
Stay safe my lovely friends.
Lots of love from us all - Parsnip, Dudley and of course me,