Sunday, 16 May 2021

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #403

It's been a strange week really, very mixed weather. Sunny and quite warm then, chilly with rain. Len went back to archery on Wednesday morning for the first time for a year and it was a shock to Dudley for sure. He, Dudley not Len, lay at the top of the stairs, watching the front door for the whole morning until the 'aching archer' returned home.

I struggled to make some upcoming Birthday cards  - lack of inspiration didn't really help either. And my exciting outing of the week was a routine dental check-up.

This current challenge's 'snippets sample' card is actually a card made by the lovely Liz of 'Crafty Sunflower'. I spotted it linked into the challenge that just closed and loved it immediately, earmarked it as a 'pick' then rushed out to buy the set of dies for a Playground prize, plus one for me of course. I then  realised this shoulder really needs more TLC so I asked Liz if I could use her card image as a sample - and she very kindly said 'Of course'. And here it is:


I'm hugely grateful to Liz for coming to the rescue - I think we might have had a challenge with just a photo of my huge concertina snippets folder otherwise!

To find out how Liz made this clever card, you can find out all about it on her blog post HERE. I do so love the design and even the sentiment has that 'paint brushed' look about it. You can rely on Liz to come up with some clever ways to use dies and this is a perfect example.

And here's the prize on offer:

Sweet Dixie SDD365 Cutting Die, Metal, Grey, Medium: Amazon.co.uk: Kitchen  & Home

It's a Sweet Dixie 'DIY Tools' set of dies needless to say, with lots of depth to the die cuts as well. The image is from the internet as still I'm waiting for delivery of the sets of dies. Absolutely perfect for male cards - it's a while since we had a 'male' themed prize and Liz's design especially is so very clever.

As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 29th 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 is currently fast asleep under the desk, with his head resting on one of my feet. I'm convinced he's attached to us with invisible velcro! If I stand up, even to just get something from a cupboard in here, he's up and watching. Of course though, he's also incredibly nosy and hates to miss anything ☺

My week ahead includes a check-up at the optician's which means venturing into the centre of town for the first time in well over a year. Then the following week I have a 'hair chop' booked. With cases of the Indian variant of COVID on the rise it seems prudent to get a few appointments out of the way just in case we go into yet another lock down. I really think that would be utterly soul-destroying - certainly I'd be pretty devastated, particularly on behalf of so many people who've been apart from loved ones for so long. Let's hope for the best.
 
Stay safe and be kind. 
  
Lots of love from us all - Parsnip, Dudley and of course me,


48 comments:

KathyA. said...

Oh my... I LOVE Liz's Card and the die set, so I raise my hand as a yes please to have my name in the prize draw (actually it is more of a "pick me, pick me!!" Ha!)
I'm also glad that you were able to share Liz's card and rest your arm, Di. Am so glad you are taking care of yourself!

Sarn said...

Great card by Liz and fab prize for those seemingly “difficult to make” masculine cards.

Glad you were sensible and rested your shoulder. Hope it improves given time.

Bet Len was pleased to be able to do his hobby again, even if he ached afterwards xxx

Aquarius said...

I too thought this was a clever card when I spotted it on Liz's blog and it is good to have a more masculine theme to the prize since so many people seem to struggle with cards for men.

Liz said...

I was only too happy to let you use my card as a snippet example, Di. You need to keep taking care of your shoulder. The tool dies are a really good size and emboss as well as cut. For anyone who hasn’t seen Sweet Dixie dies before, there are quite a few masculine themed ones. (I’m not on commission for them. lol) I’ll be back later with a snippets card, but will obviously just be playing for fun this time. xx

Kath said...

A fabulous card from Liz and a lovely snippets prize. I'll be in the playground with my card later in the week and would love a chance to win the prize, please.

Kath x

Mandy said...

Liz's card is fantastic so this is a really nice way of showcasing her card and perfect four the snippets challenge :)

kiwimeskreations said...

What a wonderful card, and prize Di.
Yes I heard on our news today that the Indian strain is gaining traction in the UK - what a year you have had of it... I agree that another lockdown would be soul destroying and exceedingly difficult for you all.
Love that Dudley is such a devoted pet - pets are wonderful therapists.
Stay safe
Blessings
Maxine

Aquarius said...

I seem to be first with my card this time, please pop my name into the draw. Thanks. Take it easy with your shoulder!

Daffodil Cards said...

I thought Liz's card wonderful too Di, the dies are always great by SD and I have a couple in my stash, I would love to add to my stash with these though, so YES! please, to the "include me please" list, as I resisted the buy when I saw Liz's card originally. I'm glad you have a few appointments sorted out, as yes! it is not looking good with the new variant.
Faith x

Sarah said...

How lovely of Liz to share her make while you are incapacitated Di. I am always drawn to cards using primary colours xx

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Liz's card is surely wonderful, such stunning paint brushed striped, I remember this card and I'm so glad to see it here as inspiration!
Little Dudley live for you both, it's normal he was worried as he didn't see Len! Invisible velcro, such beautiful thought you had,surely o the other edge it is attached to his little heart.
Hugs and a lot of cuddles to Dudley

Bunny said...

Your exciting outing this past week are most people's nightmares. Just kidding. I know it was NOT exciting. I do hope there's no more lock down for y'all. We've just went maskless. I do hope it's not going to bite us in the butt.

I'm in for the challenge, please. If I can remember to add a card AND follow the rules. [Bunny]

Pat said...

I loved this card of Liz's when I saw it on her blog and the dies will make a great prize, but as I have just won if I get a card in I will be playing for fun this time. Sorry your shoulder is still playing you up and you must not overdo it Di. It is right for us to try and do more normal things, albeit with care and good for Len to get back to his archery. x

ionabunny said...

Glad you are managing to do a few things. Hope we don't go one step forward, two steps back, but people do seem to have very little restraint or common sense. I suppose Dudley loves lockdown, with you home all the time LOL. Love Liz's card and what a fun die set. Yes please to be included in the draw, once I get my snippetty make made. HUgz

Brenda in IN said...

I hate that your shoulder is still giving you trouble and hope it clears up soon. I love the colorful card that Liz made, so cheerful with such bright colors. Dudley waiting for Len is just like the movie I just watched called Hachi on Netflix. Great movie about a dog. I hope you can get it.

MadeByMeghanK said...

I LOVE that card! Great colors! Good luck at your appointment!

Greta said...

What a great card by Liz! A great set of dies & not like anything I have, so I'd love to be included in the drawing! So heartwarming to have a totally devoted furbaby! Hoping no lockdown for you guys!

roffeycreations said...

What a lovely and bright birthday card - love it - but I already have a die set of tools - maybe I should drag it out for this playground entry ... Stay safe Di and kin - it's nice to have a hair cut etc but would rather have you safe - at least you have had the jab - I hope it covers all the variants! Cheers Maurs xxx

Karenladd said...

Yes Please to this fun prize! That paintbrush design is so colorful and fun that it's no wonder it caught your eye right away. I'm so sorry to hear that your shoulder continues to plague you, and happy that Liz allowed you to show off her card for the sample.
We went to a restaurant today for the first time in over a year, and had lunch on the outside patio there. We were celebrating our son's birthday a month late, and hadn't seen him (or his wife) since January. So I was glad to be able to treat them to champagne brunch as our first restaurant outing. I admit it felt odd being out in public, but as we've been fully vaccinated for more than a month we risked it. Just hoping none of these variants become too common in our area.
Stay safe!

Kathyk said...

Fab card from Liz, super prize too but I don't die cut much.

Good with your foray to the optician and hairdressers this week too

Kathyk

Jackie T said...

Hi Di this is a gorgeous card that Liz has made. It is a Yes Please to the prize those dies are fantastic. Have a good week. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Carol L said...

I loved Liz's card when she first posted it! It's so unique and fun for the guys! I hope you don't have to go into lockdown again - this has just gone on much too long already! Take care of yourself and have a good week ahead. I'm playing just for fun this week :)

Em Louise Fairley said...

Great card from Liz. Please take it easy, Di xoxo

Sandra H said...

Wow this card from Liz is stunning l love the prize too that's on offer l am only playing for fun though anyone winning this will be so pleased enjoy your week xx

Diane said...

I love the colors and fun design.

Hugs diane

SHartl said...

What a super duper fun card from Liz, and a big YES PLEASE to this great set of dies. My husband and his dad are both fix-it guys, so this would get a lot of use.
I'm hoping your shoulder gets better with rest, and it doesn't seem fair for you to be limping along just as things are opening up. My husband and I are finally fully vaccinated, but our three kids are too young, so we're still easing into things.
Give Dudley a cuddle from me, and let's all hope that these variants don't cause more shut downs again.

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Entered pretty early this time :) Yes please for entering in the draw.
Hugs and cuddles to Dudley

Hazel said...

It's soooo long since I came into the playground that I think I ought to go and stand in the corner - lol! xx

Vicky Hayes said...

Haha, glad to hear it wasn't Len lying around at the top of the stairs!! Liz's card is a beauty and I love those cute little tools so it's a yes please to go in the draw! Have fun with all your appointments! (Well perhaps not but at least it'll be a novelty!) Vicky xx

Darnell said...

Thank you to Liz for coming to the rescue! The card is so bold and bright and such fun! I agree with you about the soul-destroying bit and really hope we can somehow avoid it, in spite of so many not getting vaccinated. Take care and keep safe! Hugs, Darnell

LesleyG said...

Love Liz's card and prize, so cool for guys, so I'd like to enter please (finally found time to play!) Good luck everyone xxx

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful card from Liz. Thanks for the chance to win this lovely prize.

Becca Yahrling said...

What a super fun card from Liz - I love it! So creative. Yes, please, to play for this fun, masculine set.

Marjeta said...

Love this card. Simple and great. Yes for the prize please.

Bonnie Lynn said...

Yes please for the prize Diane. I was finally able to get something done.

Glennis F said...

Great card from Liz,
Yes please for this super prize

Zoechaos said...

OK lovely lady I'm back and have linked, just playing for fun and praise no prize draw for me thanks. I did enjoy reading the next post about your childhood and wonderful stand-in parents, assuming you were a services "brat" and at a very testing time for all service people. Not that you would know it reading our memory which just sounds happy. Stay safe, Keep well, and have fun x

NanaConnie said...

Great card from Liz! I'm loving the tool dies and will definitely be playing for those. :-D

Inkami said...

Great design on Liz's card and such a grand prize. I hope your outings went well and you're back home safe and sound. We went into another lockdown in late April (only supermarkets and pharmacies are open, most other businesses are closed), and have now progressed to a State of Emergency and curfew. After all this time, people are still having home parties (some of my neighbours) and gathering by the dozens in public spaces for prayer vigils. Sigh! A definite yes from me on this fortnight's prize as I have nothing similar in my stash. Take care!

Lynne said...

A great card from Liz and lovely prize for masculine cards, I always struggle with those. I hope your shoulder improves soon and I will be a Yes please for the prize. Thank you x

Heather said...

Oh, what a fun card!!! I love how she has the paint "swaths" coming out from the brushes!! I'm torn about the prize as I already have a set of tool dies, BUT I don't have all the ones in the prize set and my husband as well as his grandfather are both carpenters. I think I will play for the prize this time, thank you so much!

Mrs A. said...

Just playing for fun as I have a similar set already. Hugs Me.

Linby said...

What a fab and happy card you've made with a tool set! It looks great. I'm playing just for fun as I won a few weeks ago.
L x

Valerija said...

Wow, what a fun and creative card. I love it! These dies are fantastic and so useful for masculine cards. Yes for the prize, please.
Valerija xx

Craftychris said...

Fabulous card - glad you rested your shoulder. I am just playing for fun this time and am so glad I made it here! Please take care of yourself. Hugs my friend. xxx

Helen said...

Love Liz's card - what a genius idea!
I'm playing just for fun this time.
Helen x

Jane Willis said...

Oh, Liz's card is brilliant, right up my street. I have some stamps that would work perfectly along side these dies so it's a yeas please from me.

VoormeKaartje said...

Like the card from Liz so much! Looks so colourful. I'm loving the tool dies and will definitely be playing for those.