Sunday, 23 August 2020

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #385

Hooray, Dudley has returned to snuggling up with us during the night. It's a mix of cooler weather and also most likely the fact that he had a hair cut so is feeling generally cooler!

Nothing exciting to report from this end, each day is very similar with the odd 'absolutely necessary' outing thrown in. The most stressful outings were on Thursday, following Len to the car dealer/garage as they aren't currently collecting cars for servicing, bringing him home and then doing the same process in reverse later on in the day. The driving itself was fine - it was the 'pesky passenger' in the back of my car, safely in his booster seat, causing the mayhem that was the real issue! Who knew that a fairly little dog could make such a variety of sounds, chuffing like a steam train, yodeling for England - and almost imitating a chattering parrot in between. All done at full volume and it mattered not whether Len was in the car with me or not. The one time Dudley IS quiet is when I zip along at high speed - but at roundabouts, traffic lights and in built up areas where I poodle along he lets rip! He's always the same and it's doubtful if he'll ever grow out of it to be honest - little tinker. Later we discovered that the car's Sat Nav software hadn't been updated as it should have been, as part of the service (grump, grump), so we have to go through the whole garage 'to and fro' process once again on Monday - happy days!

Anyhow, here's my snippets card for this fortnight:

I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" white card blank, tent style
- snippet of white card as a plain backing for the heart, which I die cut using a Memory Box die called 'Cupid Heart' 

- another snippet of white card, die cut using a Memory Box 'Cream Puff Heart' die - in fact I die cut two of these in the end, just why is a bit further down

- snippet of 'pink roses' card from a Wild Rose Studio 'Butterfly Garden' paper pad which came free with 'Quick Cards Made Easy' magazine' ages ago - die cut using the same Memory Box 'Cream Puff Heart' die

- at that point I glued the 'cream puff heart' white frame onto the white plain heart

- then I added the pink roses top part of the heart - in the process damaging part of the white frame, due to sticky paws, sigh

- rather than begin all over, I die cut the second 'frame' from white card (I did mention above that I cut two and that's why!) and glued it in place - success!
- the sentiment almost tripped me up as well. I had a set of love sentiment stamps by Avery Elle called 'And then' - and so wanted to use one for this card - in the white space on the heart. Only one would fit - sideways!
- however, I stamped the sentiment using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and the Misti - and phew, it worked

- I had kept some of the little teardrop shapes from cutting the white 'cream puff' hearts and I added one into each aperture - which was already white but I wanted to build up another layer

- then cut snippety strips of black card and topped them with strips of more of the pink rose snippets before adding them to just a smidgen away from the top and bottom of the card front, with an overhang

- snipped the overhangs off from the back of the card - one reason I'd opted to make a tent style was to get a nice clean cut along the edge at this stage

- added the assembled heart at a jaunty angle, using thin sticky pads

- final touch, glued a few iridescent sequins in place

I did learn a few things along the way whilst assembling the heart. Most importantly, make sure your paws aren't sticky. The other thing is that I die cut the plain white heart using a Memory Box 'Cupid Heart' die - because I already had it from years ago (2014 to be exact). I can't find it here in the UK to buy, but I could easily have drawn around the outside of the 'Cream Puff Heart' die and fussy cut it instead, making sure I was a very tiny bit inside the heart shaped guideline I'd drawn. The 'cream puff heart' actually looks very nice just left open with no infilling to be honest.

And of course, here's the prize for this fortnight:
It's a Memory Box 'Cream Puff Heart' die and an Avery Elle 'And then' set of sentiment stamps. Lots of lovely and quite unusual sentiments in this set.

As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 5th September. 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.

As I used the 'Cream Puff Heart' die and also the Avery Elle set of sentiment stamps for the first time, it means I can join in with Darnell's NBUS #17 challenge HERE

And, remember it's August's Rudolph Days Challenge over at ScrappyMo's - running from Tuesday 25th to the end of the month.

Stay safe my lovely friends.

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


Pat said...

This is a very pretty MB die and love the card you have made with the pretty paper used in the background and on the heart too, and a lovely sentiment too Di. Glad that Dudley is settling down with you at night again and hope your journey to the garage is not too arduous. It must be a bit stressful with Dudley yodelling all the Sorry I didn't get an entry in for the last challenge, I have been a bit lazy with my crafting and this week I have not been feeling much like it. I think the trouble is hubby and I could do with a break away but really with everything like it is at the moment not really an option. x

Sarn said...

LOVE-LY looking card Di.
Great news that Dudley is feeling more comfortable again and sleeping in his usual place. Shame about the car travel singalong tho . . . Must be very distracting.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Aquarius said...

An interesting heart die but I'm just playing for fun this time. Sorry to hear that Dudley thinks he has to 'sing' when travelling in the car!!

Zoechaos said...

Well Good morning. Thank you for allowing a little back line from me I was very disappointed when realising that the previous challenge closed just a little while before I got her. Really enjoyed your post this morning even if I did get a little confused. Thought the loud back seat driver was your OH at first and then thought it was the pups sticky paws on your delightful project. Much to linear in my thinking! I do love a Memory Box die but prefer to let the prize be won by someone who is more observant of the rules. Here's to another great fortnight and thank you again. x

Carol L said...

So you have a little back-seat driver now, eh? LOL Dogs sure do bring a lot of surprises to our lives don't they? Glad he's feeling cooler now. Your card is so pretty with that lovely heart, and I love the design! It's a yes please to the draw this week for me, thanks so much! Have a good week ahead, and better luck servicing the car next time!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Darling heart card, Di - just love that pink patterned paper with the white!! Fun doggy story too - they are sooo challenging sometimes (my sister's dog barks unexpectedly and loudly). Looks like another fun challenge - hopefully I can play along & if so only once this time - LOL!!

MadeByMeghanK said...

I'm sure DUDLEY cuddles are the best :)... glad it's getting cooler! Darling Card! I LOVE the sentiments in that stamp set! I will definitely be playing :)

Kampin' Karen said...

Di, I LOVE your card and that heart is to die for...see what I did there! Yes, please to be considered for the draw. I noted that in my post too :-) I would love to hear Dudley yodel!! He's a cutie. Sorry about the car. We have a recall on mine and neither my son nor I want to take it in :-(

Swissie said...

Oh Dudley, - such a sweetheart! Good luck with the car and the drive tomorrow!

Your card is wonderful, Die.
This time I play just for fun. You see I am in love with this ballerina die. Thank you for the sweet comment on my last card with her.
Hugs, Liv

Marjeta said...

This card is gorgeous. Love the dies you used.

Greta said...

Truly a beautiful card in the end & worth your efforts, Di! I love that MB heart, but since I already have a couple, I'll stay out of the drawing this time. So aggravating when people don't do what they're supposed to do, but it happens all the time. As we say to Fritz--good thing you're cute! Fritz doesn't holler the whole time he's in a vehicle, but he does bark loudly if you stop at a drive through (hubby has no tolerance for that) & whenever you park--including back at home. Annoying, but I've given up on thinking that will change. Funny thing is, he was so quiet the first year or 2 we had him. Stay safe!

Kathleen said...

A really lovely die and papers, great card.

Kath x

Helen said...

Fab card Di - love the way you added the paper to the die cut heart!
I'm a 'yes please' for the prize draw.
Helen x

Jules said...

Hi Miss Di

Pleased things are settling down a little for Dudley. The backseat driver story made me smile.

A lovely card and beautiful prize for someone to win .. .. I am just playing along for fun.

Love Jules xx

Kathyk said...


Fab make and prize but I'm just playing for fun this time around as there are others who use dies a LOT more than me!

Sorry to hear your garage s imply forgot to update your Satnav, necessitating the return trip - hope all good now.

Yes, we're still pretty much just doing the bare essentials trips though we have sallied forth a couple of times without a real purpose - such rebels!

Happy Monday


Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous card, Di. I'll play for fun again IF I get round to entering this time... xoxo

D.L. Walls said...

Lovely prizes on offer and thanks for such fun challenges. Yes, I am playing for the Prize, Thank you!

Kath said...

A beautiful card Di - I love the heart die you've used. I'll be in the playground soon and would love a chance to win the prize please.

I hope your car was sorted too.

Kath x

Sandra H said...

Ooh Super cutie is your card Di just love the pink as l know you do! that die cut heart is gorgeous Ha ha there's never a dull moment where Dudley is concerned sending lots of hugs take care enjoy your day only playing for fun xx

Fikreta said...

Wonderful card!

Liz said...

Fabulous card, Di. I love the unusual heart die and it looks great with the the lovely patterned paper inlaid in the top half. I did make me smile reading about your Pesky Passenger! LOL! I'll be a Yes Please for the lovely prize this fortnight. xx

KathyA. said...

Your sample card is lovely. And I'd have fun playing with the prize items. So yes to be in the draw. Thanks, Di!

Chandhini said...

That's a sweet card.
Yes please for the prize.

Valerija said...

Gorgeous card. Love the dies you have used and love the soft colours too.
Yes for the prize please.
Hugs, Valerija

Tina Z. said...

yes, always interesting with Dudley :)
such an elegant card, I like this paper with roses, so beautiful.
yes for the prize, please.
have a great week.
hugs xx

Lia said...

I like that heartshape very much and you have chosen just the right colours for your card. It's gorgeous! And I say yes to the prize.
Lia xx

Lynne said...

A gorgeous, elegant card Di. Love the pink, black and white combo too. Sticky fingers can be a problem I've had one or two mishaps I'm afraid and it's so annoying when your card's just about finished too. I would like to be a Yes please for the draw. Have a good week x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

A quick comment... stunning card Di, really love it the way you’ve matched the designer paper and die cutting, beautiful work but no thanks to the prize don’t need the stamps at all and do have neglected dies.
Mm Mr Dudley’s car travel accompaniment can be quite a trial, wonder if some sort of music would settle him, have heard classical good for cows.
I don’t know.. but research it perhaps am sure some behavioural tips would be out there for you somewhere! Pray so.
Thanks for Sharing, God bless and keep you safe, and all those you love, hugs Shaz in Oz.x

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

paperpapier said...

Lovely die to have with great set of sentiment to play with. I am participating my tag for a chance to win the prize. Thanks for the opportunity.

Pat said...

Hi Di. I have just entered my card. I did put it up several days ago and was debating whether to make something else, but hope it is OK that I decided to enter this after all. I would like to be included in the draw for the MB die and Avery Elle sentiment, so a 'yes please' as I didn't mention it in my earlier comment. x

Mary-Anne V said...

What a pretty die and card. I would love to be included in the drawing.

Jeanne H said...

Yes, please enter me in the draw this time. The die and stamps would be so fun to use. I sure like how you used it and appreciate you letting us all know how you made your card. Thanks, Di.

Sarn said...

Me again! I've come to play - but just for fun.
Hugs, Sarn xxx

Becca Yahrling said...

Hi Di - love your very pretty card! The roses dp is so feminine and goes perfectly with the heart! I would love to play - thank you for the opportunity.

LesleyG said...

Hi Di, just playing for fun, but that's a cute prize, and a very pretty card xxx

Inkami said...

Quite an eye catching design on your snippets card, I was most intrigued by the colour combo and gave it a go. Dudley is quite the talent and must be a great travelling companion. So glad to hear your weather has improved, take care. I'm throwing my hat in for the prize this time.

Donna said...

Thanks for the inspiration! I would like to be considered for your lovely prize. Thank you.

EmmaT said...

Just playing for fun this time, your card is beautiful Di. Glad Dudley is feeling cooler - my old cat hates the heat. Hugs Emmax

Vicky Hayes said...

What a fabulous card Di. Gorgeous paper and I'm in love with those iridescent sequins. The die and stamps are wonderful but I'll just play for fun this time :)

How lovely to have cuddly sleepy Dudley back! Poor Dudley doesn't sound as if he's a fan of the car. Eva is the same and I've just had to learn to live with it - we don't go further than 10 or 15 minutes drive. So sad, because I'd have loved to take her further afield.

Hugs, Vicky xx

Unknown said...

Lovely card...playing for this awesome goodies...

Lady Joyful said...

Such a beautiful card! Yes please to the prize.

Janis said...

Beautiful card, Di! I adore the jaunty angle of the sentiment....sometimes necessity actually brings a creative serendipity!! Good save on the heart frame die cut, too. I have trouble getting the really wispy narrow die cuts layered cleanly, but yours is perfection. Yes, please, to this lovely prize.

Oh, Dudley....singing away. I can just imagine. How lucky you are for your mechanic to pick up and deliver (in NORMAL days!!) your vehicle for service. We always have had to do the relay with taking two cars, dropping off, then repeating the process in reverse as just part of getting cars repaired or serviced. Jim does a lot of the routine chores himself, of course, but we have been getting a bunch of things done on our several vehicles recently so there has been a TON of the tag team stuff. Our main mechanic is a half hour away, so it adds up!!

Thank you for another lovely challenge, Di! Stay safe and well.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Jane Willis said...

Phew, I made it this time - just playing for fun.
Sorry I missed last time's challenge - I get so confused about which week is which at the moment, thought I still had another week to play and then all of a sudden I didn't. In last weekend's results post you mentioned that numbers were falling and I wonder if that's part of the reason - in this strangest of all years, none of us knows what day, week or month is is, so deadlines are flying out of the window. All we know, and we'll never forget it, is that it's 2020.

Jane Willis said...

Aaaargh! Just posted a long comment and got a blogger error so here's a short one to say just playing for fun.

creationsnz said...

Yodelling? OMG. You deserve a prize for endurance!
Yes, please, include me in the draw for this wonderful prize. Thanks, CarolG

ionabunny said...

Hello Di. Beautiful card. Please include me in the draw. I do love Memory Box. Glad you are keeping well. Hugz

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Such delightful card, so sweet and cute!! The patterned paper adds a special feel to the lovely design and that Memory Box heart die is just adorable! I always damage my diecuts because of the sticky paws... it happens usually to me :(
Yes please for entering in the draw with my niece's work, she surely would love the heart die and the fun sentiments!
Hugs and a high-five to Dudley by me :D

Hazel said...

It's so good to be in the playground once again. I would love that prize. Hello to all playmates, especially dear Di. xx

Katrina Bufton said...

Beautiful card, I love that heart. Yes please for the prize x

Diane said...

Very beautiful card you have created!! Such a pretty heart, love how you have backed it!! Had a good laugh at the antics of Dudley riding in the car!! My Mack used to be the best rider but all of a sudden he became the worse, he pants and pants and drives us nuts when we travel our 5 1/2 hour ride to here. We also have 3 kitties traveling with us, so sure for the prize, but playing along because I want to..always a fun write up on your blog posts, I enjoy them!!

Bonnie Lynn said...

Beautiful card! Yes please for the prize.

Eemeli said...

Beautiful design. Love the simple look.


P.S. YES please for the prize :)

Craftychris said...

Such a lovely card Di and 'Yes Please' to be in the draw for the lovely prize! Dudley does sound a cutesy pest when you are driving around, bless his cotton socks! Take care and stay safe! Hugs xxxxxxx