Happy Independence Day to all our Playmates across the pond in the USA!
Steaming hot right now - wise little Dudley has learned to take up position in front of a fan in our bedroom. For UK bloggers, his coat streams out just like the dog in that hilarious Automobile Association advert!
First of all, the picks:
Isn't this a brilliant card?! I adore the sweet little scene that Linby created from so many lovely snippets. The real icing on the cake is the fabulous embossing folder created 'room' background! So clever and all so perfectly positioned as well. Do hop over to Lynn's blog as there's a lovely story behind this card.
I picked this delightful card, made by Greta, as it's so lovely and a joy to look at. Every single thing about it is gorgeous - plenty of snippets used, wonderful colour combination and what a design, including the rounded corners. I really love it!
That's my picks from Challenge 405 in the Playground and I've stuck to the three picks limit. We had 36 entries and no new Playmates.
Now for the prize draw which is a Crafter's Companion stamp set called 'Hello Summer', a Crafter's Companion set of two dies called 'Summer Afternoon' to compliment the set of stamps, a Waltzing Matilda 2" x 2" doily die called 'Tiny Doily' and a set of two stamps by Creative Expressions called 'Apple Blossom Spray'. Prizes kindly donated for Ruby's Memory Challenge by Val and Viv. And the winner is:
Congratulations Jane! Been a little while since you had a Playground win and I'm sure you'll make some lovely cards with your prize. I think you had in your comments about being a tea lover, so this win seems very appropriate.
Please send me your address, even if you know that I know it already, with your full name at the top as well so it can be can be copied and pasted for speed and ease. It's also confirmation that you still would like the prize of course. Please put Playground Winner or similar in the subject line of your email in case it drops into my junk mail. Email address is on RH sidebar as always.
My car is in for service on Tuesday and if I've heard from you in time I'll post your prize when I'm doing the runaround taking the car to and from the dealers.
Remember folks, there's still almost one more week to run on the current Challenge 406 which you can find HERE. The prize is a Honey Bee 'Team Tie Dye' set of papers plus a Whimsy 'Big Hugs' set of dies. A lot of interest in this lovely prize already - and I'm not surprised. Do join in with some snippets inspiration please.
Challenge #405 was in aid of Ruby's Memory and I just sent off a further donation to USPCA, the rescue charity who saved Ruby and gave her the chance of the wonderful life she had with Lynne and Greg.
Dudley has totally lost interest in the old Stinky Monkeys that I washed ages ago. However, he is so very sharp and has spotted that there are four, I don't take chances, brand new ones in a set of 'Dudley's stuff' storage drawers in the garage. It's a tall plastic unit with crystal clear drawers - and Dumbo here (ie. me) stored the 'new monkey stock' in the bottom drawer. He's only noticed them fairly recently but of course now, when he goes to the garage, following Len like a shadow, he Dudley) stands with his nose pressed against the drawer front. He will be three years old on 22nd July, but I doubt if he (or we) can wait until then to 'secretly' give him a new one and dispose of his absolutely 'humming' current one.
His 'spinning' act for a treat after his midday walk is coming along nicely - he's up to sometimes five total turns, accompanied with a little 'woof' at each turn! He also has a new game at bedtime which we 'hoomans' imaginatively call 'The Game'. When it's bedtime he bounds upstairs, sometimes carrying his beloved monkey and other times leaving it for one of us to gingerly carry up by the tail. Then, he jumps up onto our bed, helped by a strategically placed foot stool, with tail wagging and a huge grin on his face, waiting for his bedtime treat - at 1% fat they're not naughty and are his absolute favourite. Then it's hide and seek time whilst we flip it between us or tuck it out of sight. He then sets off hunting just like a truffle hound and he always finds it in the end of course. - sometimes with a little bit of help rather than keep him hunting for too long.