Sunday, 11 July 2021

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #407

Welcome to a new Snippets Playground Challenge.  It's been warm and humid here - with some rain thrown in, just to keep us on our toes! 

World Cup tension around where we live has been palpable - enough bunting and flags for a Royal Jubilee! I wonder if they will do the same for the Jubilee - I hope so. The final match is on Sunday evening and amazingly we reached the final. 

Let's just see who can throw themselves on the ground, roll around faking pain waiting for a penalty and then miraculously hop onto their feet when their team scores a goal anyhow. What a farce. One of the funniest quotes I read recently - no team mentioned - but it doesn't surprise me. 'Good grief - he just slapped him in the mooey!' I had to look up mooey (face) and from then on have cried laughing at the expression.

And for this challenge we have another lovely Guest Designer. This time it's Katrina (Bufton), one of our UK Playmates:

Katrina will tell you all about how she made her lovely card when you hop over to her blog, link above. I really love this sea themed card - such a fun play on words for the sentiment and lots of snippets used. I also really think the design is terrific (reminds me of bubbles or little portholes), plus and a big plus, see the super die cut circles? The die is a Leonie Pujol design called 'In a Spin' and the sample card that Leonie chose for the packaging, shown below, was made by Katrina! I would be so thrilled if my work was deemed good enough for product packaging - or even magazine publication. I did once or twice have cards published on a magazine 'readers page' but that's the extent of it for my crafting fame.

The prize this fortnight, VERY kindly donated by Katrina, is made up of two items:

It's that terrific Leonie Pujol 'In a Spin' die - with Katrina's card on the packaging and it's absolutely perfect for using up snippets. Plus a great set of alphabet stamps in both upper and lower case and a few additional sentiments included in the set too.

What a super prize, thanks so much Katrina!

As always, the Snippets Challenge will run for two weeks and the Playground gates will close at 11am UK time on Saturday 24th July. 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.
I finally braved the car dealership and took my car in for its first service. It all went very smoothly (with so few miles on the clock I should hope so!) and they are obviously observing all the current COVID protection regulations - which was reassuring. Thankfully the manufacturer relaxed the time limits on servicing which allowed me to wait until I felt more secure. 
Not that I'll be whipping off my mask with gay abandon later on this month when things here in England are planned to change quite dramatically. Just not convinced that leaving social distancing and mask wearing to 'the judgement of individuals' is totally safe yet with infection rates still rising - and total 'eedjits' romping around the country.

Dudley was responsible himself for some rapidly thumping hearts here earlier in the week. On Monday I was playing with him and, as I regularly do, took the opportunity to take a peek at his teeth and gums. I do try to brush them even though he puts up such a fight and up until then they were looking pearly white and very healthy. However, what I saw was a bit like something out of a horror movie - his upper right canine tooth was brownish black right from the gum to almost two thirds of the way down. I called Len and we both had a good look and a gentle feel. It was like a very thick layer of tartar had rapidly descended right down and around the whole tooth. Oh dear, looking like a trip to the vet. Len took him out for a walk whilst I frantically Googled about dog's tooth issues. After the melanoma issue about 20 months ago, both of us were silently thinking it might be something sinister growing very rapidly.
Anyhow, after the walk Len hopped Dudley up onto a garden table to brush the inevitable grass seed from his coat and especially his face (nose into everything) and took the opportunity to take another look at the tooth issue. He gently felt the 'brownish black thing' again and it was slightly moveable - so he carefully ran his fingernail along the gum line - and bingo, with a gentle wiggle - off popped this:
The photo is of the offending item, sitting on my glass cutting mat and those lines are at quarter inch intervals to show the size. Turned out to be a piece of the outer covering from some domestic wiring cable that Dudley had decided might be interesting and fun to chew! Unfortunately, 'it' had other plans and he got it wedged firmly around his right canine tooth - to the point it was actually pushed right up under the gum line, probably as he ate and very likely as he chewed and mouthed his beloved Stinky Monkey. 
How he hadn't been showing any signs of something amiss is beyond us as his gum even bled a little as Len popped it off. I'm sure that one of us would have been pretty stressed and in discomfort - but even with his issues like separation anxiety and fighting the dreaded grooming sessions - basically Dudley is very laid back when it comes to health issues, he's a tough little guy deep down. Day by day it's become less red around the gum line but what a little pickle he is and we may never know where it came from. I think I know as we recently had some careless builders working high up, a lot of feet from and above us, They used to flip bent nails over into our back garden, daily collected by Len and flipped back over the fence. 
The main thing is that Dudley is fine, the gum is practically back to normal and it didn't turn infectious. And I quickly replaced his old Stinky Monkey with a new one when he wasn't looking ☺ So far, he hasn't totally rejected the new monkey but neither has he launched into the usual licking and sucking frenzy with it. He isn't looking for the previous one either - perhaps another milestone in his growing up journey? Almost three year old now - where did the time go?
Our heart beats? Almost as normal as they could be, with Dudley Dog around to keep us on our toes!

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


Mrs A. said...

Unbelievable and .i thought I was having a bad week. Couldn't make it up if we tried. Hugs Me.

Diane said...

What a fabulous card design.

Hugs diane

Sarn said...

Lovely sample card by Katrina on the packaging AND for the wonderful prize.

Thank goodness Dudley is okay . . . and your heartbeat is back to normal.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Aquarius said...

A great card from Katrina and a super prize. So pleased to hear that you quickly found out what the problem was with Dudley but what an odd thing to happen.

Kathyk said...

Aarrrggghhhh - what a worry for you? SO GLAD it was a quick and easy fix and also hope that stinky monkey will soon be accepted too.

Fab prize again this time around .... I'll be heading to my Table of Craftiness to see what snippety goodness I can rustle up - Be Back Soon!

Happy Sunday


Sandra H said...

Fabulous prize on offer and great card l am only playing for fun Di ...Gosh thats some object so pleased Dudley is okay its such a worry take care enjoy your week ahead whatever your plans extra hugs to Dudley xx

kiwimeskreations said...

What a wonderful card ... that is amazing!!
Your Dudley certainly is a pickle and keeps you on your toes, and with elevated heart rates and no doubt blood pressures - glad to hear all is well with him though.
Stay safe

Liz said...

Glad to hear that Dudley is okay, it must have been quite a scare for you! He certainly continues to keep you busy.

Fabulous card by Katrina and how great for her to see her card on the packaging! I'll be a Yes Please for the lovely prize. xx

Bunny said...

Yes, I'm in, please.

It's not Dudley's fault. Thank goodness he is growing up. Cable wire won't taste as good in another year or so. Maybe...... At least his poor little tooth wasn't falling out and he didn't have something horribly wrong with him. I remember when he was just a wee puppy.

Pat said...

Thank you to Katrina for donating this great prize and love her card with the sea themed die cuts and the little circles to add your snippets of paper into. I have been a useless playmate and get 0 out of 10 for effort lately, but will try and do better, and if I get a card in I will be a 'yes please' for this super prize. Glad you solved the riddle of Dudley's tooth problem and managed to remove the piece of rubber before it did too much damage and now he has a new stinky monkey playmate which I'm sure he will soon be best friends x

R's Rue said...

Beautiful card. Sending hugs to you and Dudley. Have a great Sunday full of hope, love and joy.

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

OH! Di, what a time you have with Dudley, he does make me laugh. Love the card and the die, would love to have it, but will pass it to someone else. Hope England wins for you all. My Welsh brother, always puts the St George flag up his flagpole, when England are playing football or rugby, he has too, his wife is English ;D
Enjoy your Sunday
Faith x

MadeByMeghanK said...

Awesome card and prize!!! Oh Dudley! Way to give your mom a scare!!! Glad it wasn't a tartar issue!!! Maddie had to have a tooth pulled and it is SOOOO EXPENSIVE!
Definitely playing for the prize this week!

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Oh my!!! I can image your worries... and I'm SO glad that Len took out that cable gum piece from Dudley's teeth!
Katrina's card is amazing, such great way to use snippets! So kind of her giving the die for the Playground! And congrats to her for the sample shown in the die's packaging!
Hugs and cuddles to Dudley!

LesleyG said...

Wow what a fabulous prize, and awesome card from Katrina, I will definitely have to up my game and enter, so a yes please to be in with a chance. What an awful experience with Dudley, so glad you managed to extricate the offending object with no harm done, such a brave boy. Take care and have a hopefully quiet week ! Xxx

Inkami said...

Lovely snippets card from Katrina! Dudley surely gave you a scare, glad everyone's on the mend. Picturing Len popping the nails back over the fence gave me a hearty chuckle!

Carol S. said...

Love Katrina's card its stunning. A brilliant way of using snippets. Big hugs, Carol

roffeycreations said...

What a gorgeous card from Katrina - really fresh design - would love to win the prize please! Stay safe & well Di - Cheers
Maurs xxx

Susan Sudbury said...

Oh, Dudley!! LOL Glad you got the bit off his tooth before it caused any real problems!! Today, in Saskatchewan Canada, ALL public health restrictions were lifted...all...I just shake my head, as there will be all kinds of squawking when cases start to rise and restrictions are re introduced. Hope I'm wrong, but looking at other places, it seems inevitable. Love the beautiful card, and would love to be in on the draw for the prize!!
Take care!!

TK said...

Wow! What a wonderful card from Katrina, and a sweet gift too! I have a card, now just to get it posted, so yes please..
And Dudley? What a pill! Glad it wasn't anything serious, nor anything that would've caused a vet visit. Maybe now he'll relax and let his "hoomans" recup!

Kathyk said...

Fab makes and prizes again this time around, just added my own snippet-y entry - it's a YES PLEASE from me this challenge

Happy Monday, stay dry!


Aquarius said...

A Christmas card from me this time - please include my name in the 'hat' for the super prize. Thanks

Lynne said...

A fabulous sea themed card by Katrina and with all those little snippets too. So pleased you found the answer to Dudley's tooth problem fairly early on and that it was just something he'd eaten and not a trip to the vets! One of ours tries to raid the various bins we have but I've learned not to put tissues in them as he loves to eat them :) . I will be playing just for fun this time Di. Have a good week x

Karenladd said...

Oh my gosh, I don't know whether to laugh or cry at this latest Dudley story. I hate to think of his poor gums, but good for you on checking his teeth and mouth on a regular basis. Thank goodness Len realized it was removable and was able to get it off. We once had a rabbit who managed to eat a piece of thread that was attached to a sewing needle...argh! The needle (fortunately) wedged across the roof of her mouth, against her teeth, instead of going down into her tummy. I noticed her having trouble eating, as her food kept falling out of her mouth and found it. Had to take her to the vet for them to remove it, and she was fine. Animals often don't show their distress with things that would drive us crazy, so it's great that you keep on eye on Dudley. They sure do keep us on our toes, don't they?

Jeanne H said...

Yes, please enter my name for the prize this time. I love those circles.So glad Dudley is must have been scary. You all take care.

Valerija said...

Ohhh, nooo... Poor Dudley. Glad to hear that he is fine.
Wonderful card by Katrina.
Yes, for the prize, please.
Valerija xx

VoormeKaartje said...

Want to be in the draw for the prize. In the Netherlands the change the rules some time ago. But high numbers with infection now. Last saterday a lot of rules are changed back. Greetings, Christa

Vicky Hayes said...

Oh my goodness, Dudley, that is exactly the kind of thing that happens with dogs! I think God must have made dogs so gorgeous and cuddly so that we'd pet them all the time and so be able find the things in their fur, ears, skin, mouths, paws that shouldn't be there! Thank goodness you found it before it had a chance to do any damage.

Katrina's card is just wonderful! I love the background papers and it's so effective in that die. I cannot feel I have the patience required for this though so I'll sit this one out.

Hugs, Vicky xx

KathyA. said...

So glad you and Dudley are both okay. How frightening for all of you! In spite of that, you find time to post this fun challenge. You are amazing! (And so is the wonderful prize that Katrina pulled together for us. Please count me into the draw!)

Mary-Anne V said...

Puppy adventures ...crazy! I like that you have a great sense of humour about it! Thanks for the new challenge-please include me in the drawing. Thanks.

Lia said...

The circles on Katrinas card are amazing and I like the way she added the details into the apertures. I would never have thought about this! And the alphabet is so useful, so I say yes to this great prize! Thanks a lot for donating this.
Lia xx

Lady Joyful said...

What a fun card! Yes please to the prize. Oh gosh, that story about Dudley seemed rather stressful. Glad it all worked out! - Charlotte/Lady Joyful

Viv said...

Managed to finally join in a challenge Di.
Lots going on here - will send you a mail in due course. Yes please to that luverly prize.... xx

Karen Letchworth said...

I forgot to leave a comment. I hope everyone is having a BLESSED week creating with their sweet snippets. I do not need to be in the draw for the prize this time. I just received my prize in the mail today from my recent win, and I'm SO grateful. My hope is simply that everyone will treasure their snippets and make something beautiful with them.
Have a great week!
Karen L

Linby said...

It's a fab card and made with a die I already own so I'm playing just for fun. I did go over and take a look at the card as I love those little fish and seahorse dies but unfortunately can't track down the IO set.

kiwimeskreations said...

Yes please for the prize, Di - now I have entered...
Stay safe

Carol L said...

Playing just for fun this week, but I'm glad all turned out well with Dudley. Fun card from Karen, I must go visit her blog! Take care and have a good week ahead.

Carol L said...

Sorry, I meant to type Katrina, not Karen. I need more coffee :)

Janice said...

Lovely card by Katrina and yes please for my name to be entered into the draw, thank you.
Apologies for my absence Di, but I am pleased to be back :-)
What a scare for you with Dudley, so pleased it turned out well.
Janice x

Sue - said...

A lovely card! Yes please!

Helen said...

Love Katrina's snippets card & the sample on the packaging - wonderful inspiration for that fab die!
I'm a 'yes please' for the prize draw.
Helen x

Kate said...

Thank heavens Dudley is ok, I can understand your heart skipping a beat or two! I have a similar die and alphabet set so I'll just be playing for fun this time!

Lynne in NI said...

Aww poor Dudley, glad you got him sorted without too much grief! Those builders sound a bit dodgy, how mean to chuck over bent nails into your garden!!
Fabulous prize from Katrina, yes please to be in the draw for her goodies.

Jane Willis said...

What a wonderful card and such very useful stamps and die - that's a big yes please from me!
I'm off to the garage today, too, to get my car MOTd - not that it's done much mileage since last year's. And "freedom day" or not, I'll still be wearing a mask.

Becca Yahrling said...

What a fabulous card from Katrina. That die is pretty awesome!! I would love to play for this prize - thank you so much, Di.

creationsnz said...

YES please count me in. CarolG

New Creations said...

Love the ethnic background and cool color on this pretty card!
Super prize! Yes for me!

Jill said...

That is a wonderful card from the guest designer. YES, I would absolutely love to be entered into the challenge to win the die/stampset. THANK YOU!

Tiny Treasure Workshop

Tina Z. said...

Such a beautiful card, I love blue summer cards.
Uf, what a story, I am glad Dudley is Ok.
Yes for the great prize, please.
Have a great weekend.

Craftychris said...

Gorgeous card by Katrina and fantastic prize too so - Yes Please to be in the draw! Thank you. I am so glad Dudley is ok after his tooth escapade. Take care my friend. Hugs xxxxx

Sarn said...

Playing just for fun mate!