Sunday 26 June 2022

Rudolph Days Challenge - June 2022

I've been playing with some NBUS goodies once again, in an attempt to start using and stop buying stuff! That's the problem with the Snippets Playground, new things are always popping up!

I'd like to enter Scrappy Mo's Rudolph Days Challenge for June (it runs to the end of the month). Other challenges I plan to enter are listed, with links, at the end of this post:

I used:

- 8.25" x 4.0" white DL card blank, tent style (bit more about this below)

- the white panel was die cut using a die by Creative Craft Products from their Slimline and DL Nestabilities range, called 'DL Stitched Straight Edge' die set - I used the second largest die in the set

- glued the die cut panel onto a onto a backing of very slightly larger Tonic 'Inca Gold' mirror card - then the whole panel was glued onto the card front and set aside. I wanted to keep the gold border as thin as possible to live in harmony with the gold 'skeleton' leaves

- then used snippets of forest green plain card, 'Firestone Red' mirror card and 'Inca Gold' mirror card to die cut the holly leaves, berries and the 'skeleton' pieces to pop on top - using a NBUS set of Sizzix dies by Tim Holtz called 'Seasonal Sketch'

- used snippets white card and more snippets of the 'Inca Gold' mirror card to die cut the sentiment - two white layer topped with a gold one. The sentiment die set is certainly one that I spotted one or more of you lovely 'enablers' (Greta, Lynne?) using a while back and I rushed straight off to go onto a wait list until it came back into stock. It's by Poppystamps, is called 'Merry Christmas Poe Script' and I LOVE it!

- then I assembled all the elements and the sentiment using a very fine glue pen

- added all the elements to the card, using the same fine glue pen plus some thicker adhesive for the solid parts of the holly and the berry clusters

Being a glutton for punishment, I made three at the same time. Yup, the Christmas 2022 stock is building up really nicely!  

I'm very happy with these cards - the set of dies also comes with a poinsettia - which is lovely as well but somehow the holly stole the show for me! I have a plan for the poinsettia die - which might be best done sooner rather than later, whilst a few things are still left on my desk from the previous session.

One really neat trick I picked up from watching videos recently is an easy way to find and mark the centre of your work - for example I needed to find the centre of the width (from one side to the other) of the stitched panel to add the sentiment. So, I used a narrow strip of scrap card, cut it to the width of the panel and then folded it in half matching the two ends and make a nice crease line at the fold. Then just place it across the panel width and the crease line is your centre point. Mark a point using a soft pencil (easier to erase later on) and  then use your T-square to draw a fine line down the exact centre of your work. So simple and so much easier than struggling with tiny fractions of measurements on a ruler! I have a feeling that I've seen both Jennifer McGuire and Ann  Melvin showing this trick and it's so simple yet infallible! 

Now, along the way I also discovered that there are Craft UK DL cards and envelopes and there are large 'slimline cards' (possibly USA?) - and they differ in size. I won't go into all the detail but the large slimline cards are taller and yet narrower than the shop bought Craft UK DL cards that I've been used to. Just a little word of warning to be careful when buying large slimline dies and make sure you check the measurements. I now have a set of the taller slimmer dies here (mine are made for the USA market), for which I'll have to make not only the card bases but also the envelopes to match. No matter, I'll do it but mentioned it as it might save someone from making the same mistake as I did.

I'd also like to enter the following challenges:

Darnell's NBUS #39. The Poppystamps sentiment die set and the Sizzix 'Seasonal Sketch' dies were both having their first outing.

Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge #18. Anything goes.

Four lovely ladies will be receiving my 'ephemera' such as flowers and fancy embellishments, just as soon as I manage to sort through the boxes and then package stuff to send. The offer is now closed.

Pupdate - I thought there wouldn't be anything much to write about Dudley - in this recent heat he's spent a lot of time finding places to stay cool. However, the other evening it was time for his bedtime treat and I was sitting here at my desk when Len passed the 'much treasured by Dudley little bone shaped treat' over to me so I could give it to Dudley (we try to take turns!). And then we began to talk about something totally unconnected with Dudley and his 'treat' whilst I sat sort of waving the bone treat absentmindedly whilst illustrating a point to Len. And Dudley was beside me, obviously becoming irate as, all of a sudden, up he stood on his hind legs and firmly slapped his paw flat just like the palm of a hand onto the arm of my desk chair as if to say 'Excuse me Missus - I'm down here, still waiting for my treat'!! Len and I just looked at one another and said 'Did he really just DO that?'. Whereupon the little scamp stood up on his hind legs and did exactly the same thing again!! Nothing like a resounding slap of the paw to gain attention - and of course his treat! He does know to give his paw to say 'please' when he's asked - but this was more like a demand. ☺

And last but certainly not least - Sarn has posted the latest Snippets Playground challenge HERE. She's made a duo of lovely snippets cards and has a great prize on offer. And no doubt she will be dispensing some lethal concoction in the tree house!


  1. Super card Di, your Holly really pops! I kinda never really got into slimline cards as the envelopes are so hard to track down, a DL is the skinniest I get! Great tip on finding the centre of your card, so simple when you know how, I'll be using that one for sure!
    Lol bet you had a good giggle at Dudley, sounds like he's trying to train you up to produce the goods a bit more promptly ;)

  2. What a fantastic Rudolph Day card Di. Really gorgeous dies and a brilliant tip about centring. DL card measurements duly noted! Thanks.

    Clearly Dudley is not to be ignored! Tee hee! Xxx

  3. Oh dear--I can just see Dudley doing that! Made me laugh! Adore your beautiful card, Di! I had to immediately buy that TH die set after seeing it on a card (better get it out & use it again!) & yes, I believe I did help enable your getting the Poppystamps sentiment die which is truly a keeper!

  4. Classy card Di, great tip for finding the centre, and such a funny story of Dudleys demand xxx

  5. Elegant and classy card Di - and yes, the differences between USA and English sizes (which we use in N.Z.) can be problematic I have discovered - very early in the piece when using embossing folders.
    Dudley is quite the character - he certainly knows how to get your attention :)

  6. Such an elegant card, look forward to seeing the poinsettia one as well. I have DL cards with envelopes in white, cream and kraft and they are not all the same size. I don't use that many of them so they have been in my stash for a considerable time. A useful cautionary tale about checking the dimensions of 'DL' dies before purchase and please don't ask how I know this 🙄🙄

  7. Beautiful card and very much Christmassy love the layout and the touch of mirror card just peeping through l always like to hear of Dudley's going on he's a one off but so enjoyable to have truly makes you and Len very happy enjoy your day x

  8. A gorgeous card Di and I love that Inca Gold mirror card. A great tip about finding the centre too, saves all that measuring :) xx

  9. What a very lovely classy card it. I may have already made the same mistake with the slimline dies but not really had time to play yet!

  10. This is just gorgeous Di and so elegant too with the pretty holly leaves and berries framing that wonderful die cut sentiment, and the stitched backed with the gold matted layer is the perfect base for it. I am also here with my GD hat on and saying thank you for joining us over at the NBUS Challenge again this time. I have had a look and don't see the link over there yet, and I did have a quick peek at POE and don't think you've linked there either..just in case you don't realise. x

  11. Fabulous CAS card, Di!! Love the die used and that Inca gold mirror paper looks great!
    Dudley is a very intelligent doggie, he lacks the word but knows how to be understood perfectly!! :)
    Hugs to you and a lot of cuddles to him!

  12. Beautiful CAS design and that is a lovely sentiment die, especially in the irridescent mirri. Was lol here at Dudley's attention grabber. L x

  13. Wow Di, making CAS cards is so hard to do (I think!), so I am admiring this one!!It's beautiful!
    Lie (also with my DT hat on for POE)

    1. Hi Lia! To be totally honest, CAS IS very easy - but only with the right ingredients and this happened to fall in place. I've just been packing away some cards and have the ones from the Jubilee, also now in cello bags. If you would like one or both as a UK Royal Celebration memento then please email me on my own email account. No worries if you don't have interest. xx

  14. This is stunning Di! So glad I popped in for a closer look!

  15. Lovely card Di, Christmas Elegance!. Hope all is well with you all - just meeting myself coming back at the mo! x

  16. A gorgeous card Di, I love the top layer is separate. Thanks for the tip about the centre marking, I hadn't seen it before. I had seen the size of the USA slimline, seems they have 2 sizes, different to our DL. I really like our DL size, I don't use it enough. As for Dudley, I think our pets are cleverer than we think, I know ours was. Have a great day.

  17. Yes, I agree with everyone, your card is just gorgeous and very elegant. TFS As for Dudley, yes he sure is a smart doggie. Hugs to you both.

  18. Ooh such a gorgeous card! Beautiful sentiment and fabulous holly dies. I have UK sized DL dies so it makes it easy for me. Thank you for the centering tip, its awesome! Will be using that one for sure! Dudley is such a character! He really must keep you entertained, bless him! Take care and big hugs. xxxxxxxxx

  19. Beautiful card! Love the use of the mirror gold card. Dudley certainly is an engaging little fellow - love the story of him slapping his paw on the chair!

  20. Your card is gorgeous, Di! Good idea to make three and build your stash. Love the shimmer and shine from the mirror papers. Dudley is a character. :) He sure knows how to get your attention. :) xx

  21. This is simply gorgeous with those holly leaves and golden overlays! You might have convinced me to make a slimline card one day soon with this beauty! Dogs are people with 4 paws, not a doubt in my mind after reading this latest incident from Mr Duds! LOL


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