Sunday 24 January 2021

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #395

First of all, many thanks to those of you who have already signed up to be Guest Designers, have very generously sent prizes for Ruby's Memory Challenge - and also those of you who played along with Challenge 394 where Jane was our Guest Designer. The cassette tape certainly brought back a few memories! The Guest Designer list is still open and any new and unwanted items for Ruby's Challenge are also always very welcome.

This fortnight it's my turn to be my own Guest Designer (snigger) and I aim to do this for every other challenge - interspersed with Guest Designer fortnights as well as Ruby's Memory Challenge. 

The basic Snippets Playground rules are just the same so we should move seamlessly from one type of challenge to another and back again without you really noticing much different.

So here's my snippets card for this fortnight and it's one that I've been itching to make for a little while now:
I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" black card blank, tent style
- snippet of white card onto which I stamped the main image using Memento 'Tuxedo Black'  and the Misti. The stamp is from the Stamping Bella 'Oddball with Martini' set

- then coloured the image using Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils and a Derwent blending pencil

- die cut the image using the matching die 

- stamped the sentiment using the other stamp in the same set, again using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and another snippet of white card

- snipped the sentiment into pieces (following a design on the Stamping Bella Blog where there are lots of ideas, I just chose one which would fit nicely onto the snippet of patterned paper I wanted to use up)

- slightly trimmed a snippet of gold spotted paper which was tucked into the back of my Studio Calico's 'Snippet Collection' paper pad and glued it onto the card front

- added a little bit of grey shadow to where the 'Oddball' was going to stand, to 'ground her' slightly  and then glued her in place 
- followed by the snipped up sentiment words, which I just did fairly roughly - and called it done!
I made the card with a friend's Birthday firmly in mind but, due to keeping well hunkered down here, it didn't get written and posted - hope you had a lovely day my friend! x
Here's a photo of the prize for this fortnight:

It's a 'Stamping Bella 'Oddball with Martini' stamp set plus the matching die to cut out the main image. The sentiment doesn't need to be snipped up of course and you could stamp the 'Oddball' straight onto a plain card front without using the die. Lots of options!

As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 6th February. 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.
Please also remember that I only allow a total of nine other challenges, which makes 10 in total, when you enter a snippets make into the Playground. From now on I will delete entries which break this 'rule'. I'm a soft touch and have been as lenient as possible up until now so please don't forget - else your entry will just disappear in a puff of smoke with no reminder.
The results of the Grand Draw were published last Sunday (17th January) and thank you to all of you who have claimed your prizes and sent me your address.

I'll put a post on here when they've been posted as that's easier for me than emailing you all separately. Perhaps more than one post as they will probably go off to UK winners first then Overseas winners shortly afterwards - as and when I feel it's OK to venture out. Don't fret, I won't do anything daft (or let's say dafter than usual!). I'm watching things very closely here - our local area is now above the national average infection rate for this wretched virus. Sigh.

Dudley's latest role in life seems to be 'care giver'. The other morning I was sat in bed about to get my lazy rear end into gear and suddenly had a terrific sneezing bout right out of the blue. Dudley literally leapt up onto the bed and almost wrapped his paws round me whilst nuzzling me, whining and looking very anxious. Dudley was the one whining, not me - gonna buy him a nurses outfit I think! Betcha don't get fluffy hugs and nuzzles on the NHS!

I'd like to enter this card into Darnell's NBUS Challenge #22 HERE. I resisted entering all the snippets samples I made for the Grand Draw, which would have been nine NBUS entries in total!  Darnell only went and broke a bone in her back fairly recently (ouch!) - get well soon Darnell and much love from all of us in the Playground.
Stay safe and be kind. Right now some of our lovely Playmates, as well as Darnell, need our love and thoughts more than ever. Please remember, we all care about one another in the Playground and if one of us hurts then we all hurt for you.

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


  1. Hi Di, gorgeous card. Love the oddballs so yes please to be included in the draw. Sending extra love and hugz. Dudley is a sweetheart. HUGZ

  2. Oh my, that’s a hilarious stamp, where do you find these gems?! Beautifully coloured, and love how you chopped up the sentiment, it adds to the oddball effect. So it’s a yes please from me. Hope Darnell heals quick smart, and lovely words you have used, that’s what I love about your caring sharing Playground. Healing thoughts to all those suffering. Nurse Dudley must have been so worried about you, such a cutie xxx

  3. I've seen this sentiment before and it makes me laugh every time. Although I'm not a drinker, I have several friends who would appreciate this image a LOT! Yes please to this hilarious stamp set.
    Your story about Dudley grabbing hold of you when you started sneezing made me wonder if he was practicing the Heimlich maneuver on you, haha! The only thing Toby has ever done when I've suddenly sneezed near him was startle and then stare at me as he prepares to leave the vicinity!

  4. This is a really fun image and a super card. Just playing for fun this time around.

  5. Such a fun and wonderful card Di, I love the colouring and how you placed the words. You're correct, many people need to feel a little love atm.
    Keep safe
    Faith x

  6. Lovely card, Di! Nice move Dudley - sweet, Jo x

  7. A great card with a lovely fun sentiment Di. I'm just playing for fun this time.
    Kath x

  8. I love your pup! And your card has such a fun and funky feeling to it. That said, I think I have enough alcohol related stamps, so I'm just playing for fun this time.

  9. I LOVE this sentiment! TOO CUTE! I love the set and your card! Can't wait to play!

  10. Oh my gosh, I laughed so hard when I saw this card. It is a hoot, both the image and sentiment. What a fun card, Di. Also, a very thoughtful post.

  11. Such fun card and the sentiment too! :) Great design!
    How caring is Dudley? He is so sweet! :)
    Hope that Darnell health improves quickly!
    Hugs and some cuddles to your canine nurse :)

  12. A really super fun image, it made me smile, great post as always and hope that you are still keeping safe and now warm.

    Kath x

  13. Those are funny stamps. Yes, please I would like to be entered into the draw. Thank you.

  14. Oh that sweet little Dudley! Your card is such a kick! Leave me out of the drawing, please. The virus is so scary & don't know if we'll even get our first shots next month. Thinking we need to double mask now that the variant is in our state. We only go inside one store & that's when it isn't crowded, but may not be safe now. Glad you guys have stayed healthy--keep it up!

  15. Love the card, Di, and that sentiment is just too funny! Cuddle Dudley once for me. He's such a sweet little nurse. :-D Not entering for the prize this time.

  16. Oooh Di what a fabulous image l just adore her and your card loving the fun sentiment too! keep safe as we will all come through the virus hugs to Dudley xx playing for fun

  17. Adorable card, Di. Hopefully I'll be back to join in the challenge soon as my snippets piles are almost out of control! xoxo

  18. Your card is just perfect, especially for today's times! Those stamping Bella images are all hilarious! I find dogs are so special in the way they care for us, and Dudley is just precious. I'm so glad he watches over you in his own special way! Playing just for fun this time around, but whoever wins this will have fun with it for sure! Take care

  19. What a fun card and love the sentiment I am still laughing.

    Hugs Diane

  20. I've been gone for to long and it seems there have been some changes. Good ones though! Your card is adorable and makes me smile Di! That image just cracks me up and we all need some laughs with the currant situation all over the world. Here we were hoping things would be a bit better by now but it only seems to be worse and now we have to contend with new strains of this virus as well. So thank you for this cutie card! A smile is what I needed and I'm sure other's needed it too. I had to laugh at Dudley and his nursing skills. When I sneeze, Maverick comes jumping up (he is like a bull in a china shop!) and gets in my face to see if I'm ok. So funny they are. Yes, we all care about one another and if one of us hurts when we all hurt. My prayers have been going up for Auntie since I learned of her back break. Stay well, stay healthy, Hugs, Brenda

  21. Oh my, this card is just too adorable and fun! Love the image and also the way you split up the sentiment. I would love to play for this sweet prize, thank you!
    Dudley is so special, isn't he?! I'm glad you have both Dudley and Len to watch over you. ;-)

  22. I love your card Diane!! That saying is perfect for today's world. In fact, I could use that drink right now. Yes please for the drawing.

  23. Brilliant card Di, really made me smile. I'll be a Yes Please for the prize, I have a few friends that this image and sentiment would be perfect for. I'd love to be added to your Guest Designer list. xx

  24. I love the fun sentiment to go with that quirky image Di and looks great on the bright yellow background with those teensy hearts. How lovely that Dudley was so concerted for you when you had a sneezing fit..he's a sweety! If I get a card in I will be playing just for fun this time. x

  25. Love that card Di - it's such a fun one. yes please for the draw :)
    Stay safe

  26. Your card is great and I like the text stamps! The girl stamp is so funny, so I say yes to it!
    Lia xx

  27. Thought I’d commented but evidently no... and no thanks to prize too, Di playing for fun. Clever work though and keep well and thanks for mentioning Darnell’s back too.. been praying fir her since read it on Sunday.
    Thanks for sharing, and God bless, all of you.. Shaz in Oz.x

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

  28. Your card is hilarious, Di. Great sentiment and super coloring. Playing Just for Fun this time.
    How sweet of Dudley to be concerned for you during your sneezing fit. My cats would probably hold a pillow over my face in my sleep if they weren't so concerned abt being fed in the morning!! lol...
    Thank you for another fun challenge!
    Stay healthy and creative!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  29. Thank you for the shoutout, sweet Di, so I have even more lovely friends praying for me. It is very much appreciated! I loved reading about how Dudley jumped to your aid during your sneezing fit! They might be little, but they are amazing and caring protectors! Of course, you know how much I love your alcoholic and amusing snippets card! What a hoot! I had to hold my core to keep from hurting myself with giggles! (BTW, the good news is that I got my first shot yesterday! No side effects except for a bit of soreness which Tylenol fixed. I hope you guys get yours soon!) Keep safe. Love and hugs, Darnell

  30. A great card and sentiment Di. I will be a yes please for this one.
    Dudley is so sweet! One of ours put his arms around hubby's neck, but that's because he likes licking his bald head :). Have a good week xx

  31. Happy New Year, well first visit to you this year. Good little Dudley and a cuddle with will have given you the perfect reason to delay getting up just a little longer. When I'm going to sneeze there must be a tell because Harley cat jumps up and runs away. Sneezing is scary he tells me that cat is such a woose. Much as I loe your boozy prize this time I will pass it needs to go to a home where it will get lots of use! Take care, keep well and have fun x

  32. This card made me chuckle Di. It certainly wasn't too much salad she's been having!! It's a great stamp but I'm just playing along for fun this fortnight.

    Dear Dudley is a sweetheart! Eva does the same when any of us sneeze - I'm certain she doesn't think we're capable of looking after ourselves! Vicky xx

  33. Hi Di,
    This time I only want to play.
    I have not been in the mood for crafting for months. But now I made this birthday card for our little grandson. Hope I will "awake" again soon.
    Hugs, Liv

  34. Hi Miss Di, a funny card and we feel for all the other countries who are having to be locked down for the sake of the health system. We are getting let off a little by the government, no new cases in the community for a week!! Playing just for fun this fortnight... Have a wonderful week... Megan

  35. So wonderful and fun card. I love it!
    Yes for the prize, please. Thanks for the chance.
    Valerija xx

  36. A fabulous fun card Di, love that sentiment - it's coming on Friday evening here in Australia and I'm thinking a red wine might be fine. Dudley just loves his mum that's for sure - stay safe everyone and yes I'm thinking of all those who are dealing with COVID and restrictions, hugs Robyn
    ps I'm playing for fun this month

  37. Hi Di your card is stunning. I do love reading about Dudley. I am here just for fun this time. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  38. Yes, please to the prize. Such a snarky sentiment - Terrific! Take care and stay safe. Love to Dudley.

  39. Hi Di

    A great fun card .. .. .. love that sentiment!

    Hope all is well at your end.

    Just playing for fun.

    Love Jules xx

  40. Hilarious card - yes please to the prize! Keep safe!

  41. Yes, please I would like to be entered into the draw. Such cute card, Di!
    Stay safe and warm hugs from across the world.


  42. Such a fun card. Love those stamps!

  43. Oh yes please count me in the draw Di, I love this prize. CarolG/creationsnz

  44. Awww Dudley is such a sweetie!!!!
    Yes please to be in your draw, I'm lovin your fab fun card xx

  45. I love your card - it looks like the kind of thing I would make, so naturally I'd love to go into the hat please. Loved the video of Dudley!

  46. I love your card and that fab stamp. So Yes Please to being in the draw.
    L x

  47. That sentiment is so funny. There's a billboard on Interstate 75 for the town of Dalton, Georgia, that uses it to advertise the local restaurants.
    My card is another one inspired by Mrs. A and the Butterfly Challenge -- the current technique is another excellent one for snippets.
    Just playing for fun this time.

  48. Yes please for the draw, this set is fabulous!

  49. Sorry to hear about the bout of sneezing, a big awww for Dudders and the concern he showed too.

    Just uploaded my entry, a card this time, rather than an ATC too!!! Just for fun this time around though

    Happy Wednesday


  50. Such a fun card! Yes please to the prize :)

  51. Cute and very fun!! Though, I do love me some salad!! I will play just for fun this time, thanks!

  52. Yes please for the prize Di, I love the oddballs. The sentiment is hilarious :D
    Katrina x

  53. Such a fun card!
    Dudley is such a sweetie <3.
    yes for the prize, please.
    crafty hugs xx

  54. Ha ha - such a fun image & sentiment...fab card!
    I'm a 'yes please' for the prize draw.
    Helen x


Thank you so much if you take the time to comment!

This is a public blog. Those leaving a comment on any post on this blog or entering a piece of artwork into a linky do so in the knowledge that their name and blog link are visible to all who visit this blog and in so doing have published their own personal details and consented to my use of that personal information should they be selected as a winner or to accredit work.