Sunday 18 April 2021

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #401

Hello again! Glad you could drop into the Snippets Playground. Once again, we've had a week of mixed weather and more snow flurries interspersed with some lovely sunshine.

Time for another snippets challenge:

It takes a certain kind of mindset to painstakingly tear up small snippets of paper and then even more painstakingly layer them back together to create a pink 'decoupatch' style background to show off the floral bouquet!

Here's a photo of the prize for this fortnight:
A super stamp set made by Woodware, designed by Jane Gill, and called 'Bold Blooms - Isabella'. I love it and also think the sentiment is so perfect for a host of occasions.

As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 1st 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.
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.
Dudley loves his walks - once he has his harness on and accepts that there's no way he's not going for one! We have a routine when he gets back home - he always has a particular doggy treat that's his very favourite. Just this past week or two he's learned a new trick whereby if you hold the treat above him and sweep your arm round in a circular motion - he does a joyful 360 degree spin around on the spot! He's done three consecutive spins for one treat so far ☺ Today the spins, next week Crufts agility! I suspect not - he has too much of a mind of his own.

The other day Len brought a tray with mugs of coffee on up from the kitchen and deposited it on a furniture unit. When we looked, there was Dudley up on his hind legs - casually leaning with one front paw against the side of the unit whilst his other front paw hung limply in front of him - he really did look like a foppish 'dandy' from the Regency era! Of course he was just checking there wasn't a treat on the tray - it looked so funny but I couldn't grab my camera in time to take a photo. Priceless though.

This coming week, Len is going for his second Pfizer COVID vaccination, I follow him a week later. Here's hoping he fares better than he did first time round, my reaction wasn't good but nowhere near as bad as his.

We watched the funeral of HRH Prince Philip on Saturday, on TV. Very moving and our Queen looked so tiny and alone. Dudley couldn't understand why I spent a lot of the afternoon in tears - bless his little heart. Extra cuddles had to be given :)

What a lot of entries from people joining in the 400th celebrations - even a good few who haven't played for some while - great stuff!

Stay safe and be kind.
Lots of love from us all - Parsnip, Dudley and of course me.


  1. No for me. Since I just won #399. I don't want the girls and guys to beat me with a wet noodle.

    I'd love to see Dudley doing his 360.

    I am so sorry for your country's loss. There are a lot of us Americans that have great admiration for the Queen and her family. [Bunny]

  2. Oh how fun to see Mrs. A as your guest DT! I so enjoy her Butterfly challenge... and would love to perch a butterfly atop those beautiful blooms. So yes, please, for my name going into the draw. And hope you and Len both do well with your shots. I've recovered from mine, although the second did cause a migraine and fatigue. Meanwhile, my sweet hubby still hasn't recovered two weeks out. He has MS and it appears to have triggered a relapse. He feared that might happen, so is just getting lots of rest. It is so very hard to watch him struggle. He is the love of my life. And after a little over 43 years I can't imagine life without him! Take care of each other.

  3. Dudley is such a character! Always fun to hear what he's up to! Mrs. A's card is amazing--so beautiful! Love the prize, but I'll stay out of the drawing this time.

  4. Sorry I missed the big party, but I'm early through the gates this time! Just playing for fun this time Di, but what a wonderful gift and creation from Mrs A xxx

  5. Great to see Mrs A as guest designer and with such a pretty floral card. I'm just playing for fun this time, coincidentally also with a pieced background effect!!

  6. Gorgeous guest design! I will not be playing for the prize! I got my J & J shot last week! Good luck on round two!

  7. I'm finally able to play again after weeks off due to COVID pneumonia and it's a delight to be crafting again. I'm playing just for fun this time but I do love all the time and effort Mrs. A put in making her incredible card. Good boy, Dudley, learning a new trick. :-D

  8. How brave of you to have Mrs A as your guest designer, lol. Great stories about Dudley. We go for our second jab this week. But most of all I have a hair appointment next week too, while I do not look like the 'Wild Woman of the Woods, well not quite, I have 50 shades of grey. busy month?
    Hair 20th
    Second jab 25th
    Dentist 27th .

    Whoo Hoo will finally get out of the house.

    Kath x

  9. Hi Di, Very sad the loss of Prince Phillip - my heart goes out to the Queen and family. Sad but I hope it helps heal the separation that has torn them apart.
    Beautiful card from Mrs A - and I would love to win the stamp set to put my flair on it. Stay safe and well - Cheers Maurs xxx

  10. Morning, have just uploaded my entry for this challenge, your prize is fabulous Di but I'm just playing for fun, thank you.

    Dudley is such a charming character that a "fop" or "dandy" sounds perfect for him, what a dear! He must give you SO M UCH pleasure - ENJOY

    Happy Monday


  11. Morning Di just playing for fun, what a fabulous card Mrs A has produced with that amazing stamp Bold Blooms Isabella just love everything about it, just love to read the updates on Dudley how the time as passed too enjoy your week take care x

  12. It is always so much fun to hear the stories about Dudley and what he has been up to lately. He definitely is a character.

    YES please for the prize & a lovely and inspirational creation by Mrs. A

    Hugs from Finland,

  13. You paint wonderful word pictures especially about Dudley. I'm sure there are times when our 4 legged family members have no idea what to do with all their limbs so just leave them hanging hahaha. Yeah I'm back again this fortnight just for fun please don't put me in the draw. Congratulations Mrs A on your generosity and fantastic card. x

  14. Great to see Mrs A as a guest and with a beautiful Woodware stamp generously given by her, and love the card she made with it too with that gorgeous shiny snippety background, and I am definitely a 'yes please' for the prize if I get my card in. Dudley's antics never fail to make us smile, he is such a sweet little dog. x

  15. Just the thought of Mrs.A tearing bits of paper and then piecing them together makes my eyes pop! What a lovely card, and prize on offer. Yes please to this beautiful stamp. It would make lovely springtime cards.
    Best of lucky on your second vaccinations, and let's hope you both sail on through.

  16. Hi Di, lovely to hear your stories about Dudley. Just playing for fun though!

  17. A lovely card from Mrs A - just about to pop over to her blog. I'd love a chance to win the prize, please.
    Kath x

  18. Hello, Diane and friends;
    I hope this finds you all well. My heart aches for the Queen, and I can understand why you shed tears....I'm an American, and it was sad for me, so I can only imagine how much harder it is for all of you in the UK who "knew" them more closely. It's terribly sad, as he was a good man. I will definitely be playing along (as always), but I will say "no thank you" for the prize this time and hope someone who needs a beautiful floral stamp will win this beauty. I already own this one. Welcome to your lovely Guest Designer, and I will go check out her challenge blog. Have a wonderfully creative and blessed week. Woof to Dudley from our princess, Belle.
    Karen L
    Las Vegas, NV

  19. Beautiful card from Mrs A - playing just for fun this time.
    Good luck to you both for jab #2 - I've heard folk say that if you get a rough reaction the first time it's less severe second time round.

  20. Hi Miss Di, a beautiful card from Mrs.A, I'll have to pop over for a visit on her blog. I'm playing just for fun this time. Hope all goes well with the second jab.. Megan

  21. Hi Di and playground friends. I just thought I would pop in to show that I still exist! I'm so sorry I am so missing in challenge blogland. Life and lack of time is to blame I am afraid. I am loving what I am doing I just don't have time to write non DT posts. I hope you are well and safe? I am glad to hear that Dudley is good and that the jabs are going well, abeit with a few side effects. Let's hope that life can continue to settle down to some kind of normality soon.
    Huge hugs all round, stay safe and stay creative, Jane xxx (PS I have added Jack's birthday card but I am just playing for fun....on the swings I think!!)

  22. Just playing for fun this go round, Di. Mrs. A's card is so pretty and I just love how shiny it is. The torn paper technique is awesome and has always been a favorite look to me. :-) Have a beautiful day!!

  23. Such a pretty card; the silver embossing is really fabulous! I think I will play just for fun this week, thanks!

  24. Mrs. A made a wonderful card. Love the image.
    Yes for the prize, please.
    Valerija xx

  25. Hi Di, I've added the link back in my blog. Thanks for the help. I love the photo and update about Dudley! A great card by Mrs A and a wonderful prize. I would love the opportunity to win if that is ok. Stay safe. :)

  26. Stunning creation by Mrs A and as love Woodware, am saying yes please Miss, last one I bought is stained permanently.
    Now 360 spins what a character, but you had me chuckling with his foppish pose checking out the non- treat tray!

    Yes, dear Di, I watched some of it, the funeral before mainly, as was too late here, had to go to bed so really didn’t see it properly, but have seen it afterwards. I really felt for her in her loss and pray for them all, and yes, maybe she’d a tear or too as well.

    Popped over to check post, as was doing prayer time and thought maybe you’d put in this post re second doses! I’ve been praying for all of you second time around.
    In NSW where I live, worked put today there have been 5,405 cases so far and 54 deaths in our state, so by current stats have .001% likelihood of dying from it, die of car accident first, or heart attack, cancer etc.. so I’m not getting it.
    Am grateful to Lord that I live where I do ..we also have very good NSW state government, blessed indeed.

    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}

  27. Nice to see Mrs. A's fabulous card here! Just playing for fun this time around!

  28. I couldn't resist inking up my fabulous prize right away, but am playing just for fun this time.
    I have a similar Woodware stamp...might have to give that fab technique a try!
    Helen x

  29. Yes, please to the prize. I say the same thing every time, but I love the stories about Dudley. He's such a delight.

  30. I thought I'd left a comment on this post. I know I read it, but I must have had a Senior Moment and forgot to press Publish! Super card by Mrs A showcasing this lovely stamp. I'll be a Yes Please for my name in the hat. xx

  31. Gorgeous card from Mrs A. Please include me in the draw. Hope your second vaccines goes well for Len and you. Dudley makes me smile. Hugz

  32. Just playing for fun this week, as I already have a couple of similar stamps (which I really ought to use more often).

  33. Fab floral spray design from Mrs. A., I'm playing for fun this round. Hope you and Len have an easy time after your second vaccine.

  34. Love to be in for the prize Di, and love how Dudley has grown, still very handsome

    Lilian B

  35. A beautiful card from Mrs. A and I do love a floral stamp so will be a Yes please for this one. Would love to see Dudley doing his spins. I'm sure I wouldn't be able to get ours doing that, even for a treat! x

  36. Just made it this time Di - no idea where the days have gone - it's not like I am out and about tripping the light fantastic!
    6 weeks to go for the second stabbing for us - hope all went Ok with you.
    We managed a coffee (served in real cups instead of paper ones too!)sitting outside a tea rooms on the way home after visiting the MIL last week! Made me soooo happy - I had to be restrained from doing a happy dance - all because I got proper coffee in proper cups in a lovely tea room!! x

  37. YES please Di, what a great stamp. CarolG

  38. Thanks for the challenge. I love to win the prize.

  39. Hello, Di! So sorry to be late commenting and joining in but I haven't been blogging this month until today. I just linked up my snippets card and I am definitely a YES for this gorgeous stamp! Mrs. A's card is stunning! Absolutely beautiful! It's so nice to get caught up with reading what's been going on with you, Len, and Dudley. I feel sad that I missed the big 400th challenge. Looks like you had some beautiful entries! I hope your and Len's second jabs go okay, with no bad reactions. We are now on another tight lockdown in Nova Scotia.

  40. A big thank you to Mrs A for the lovely inspiration and providing the beautiful prize. Yes, please for putting my name in the hat for it. Her card is just stunning! So pretty and what a great technique!!
    It's always fun to read about Dudley and the latest antics and mischief.
    Hope you are having a lovely spring!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  41. Hi Di, I have just uploaded my entry for this challenge, your prize is fabulous but I'm just playing for fun :-)
    Hugs, Majda

  42. I was sure o having commented here, but seems that google ate my comment.
    However, Great technique by Mrs A with her tear snippets.
    Dudley is a mischievous and genial doggie, I'm sure that you could teach him a lot of stunning things with a little treat! LOL :D
    I entered in corner with a snippets card, yes for entering in the draw, please.

  43. What a great card from Mrs A. The way the stamp has been cut out twice and rotated has given it a completely different look. Kudos for sticking so many little pieces together for the background ;)

    If I am lucky enough to win I would like the stamp please.

  44. What a wonderful prize - yes please, I'd love to enter the draw! That's a wonderful card from Mrs A and must have been a real labour of love! Your story about Dudley leaning casually against the unit like a fop really made me laugh. Hugs, Vicky xx

  45. lovely to see Mrs A as guest designer with her beautiful floral card and with great technique.
    I love reading about Dudley.
    yes for the prize, please and have a great weekend.


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