Sunday 16 October 2022

Happy Birthday to Len!

Yesterday was Len's Birthday - and Dudley commissioned a card for his beloved 'Dad' from me:

I used:

- DL white card blank, side opening

- snippet of black card, trimmed to a bit smaller than the card front and glued in place

- another snippet, this time of white card, trimmed to a bit smaller than the black layer

- then dug out my Altenew 'Poured Acrylic' paper pack and cut into a whole new sheet! Basically to add one and a half inch bands across the top and bottom of the white panel

- die cut the Creative Expressions 'Mini Woof' using a turquoise snippet from the patterned piece of the 'Poured Acrylic' paper - so I could check the alignment of everything

- then used Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink to stamp the fun sentiment ('Don't worry, I ate all the candles so nobody will know your age!') and the adorable pooch onto the white panel - his ears, eyelids and the pads of his paws were coloured pale peach using a Polychromos pencil. However the light when I took the photo has almost faded them - but they're there, trust me!

- stamped the pooch's bandana onto a tiny scrap of the turquoise part of 'Poured Acrylic' paper, fussy cut it and ran a new black 'Tombow Brush Pen' around the edges to hide any potential white edges from showing. After over 15 years of use, my black Whispers brush pen finally dried up/ran out of ink - it was the most used of the set of 36 markers and owed me nothing

- glued the turquoise bandana in place onto the pooch (now looking very much like Dudley in trouble!) using a glue pen

- glued the die cut 'woof' onto the image panel - and thought that was it finished

- however, the 'white space' was too stark with a mainly white dog - so I used a small paw print stamp by 'Fun stamps' and black ink to add some extra interest

- now it was finished!

I went bonkers with the little paw print stamp on the envelope, a gift tag, the inside of the card under Dudley's 'signature', and even on the back of the card besides the words 'Commissioned by Dudley'!

I'd like to enter this card into Darnell's NBUS Challenge #43 HERE' The NBUS is the Penny Black stamps set - oh, and the little 'Woof!' die as well!

And, this card also qualifies for this week's Allsorts Challenge #698 over HERE - hooray! So many weeks I just don't get the chance to join in, so it's great when the week's Allsorts theme works in my favour! The theme is 'Add a sentiment'- and I think the cute little sentiment voicing the pooch's 'don't blame me' trip fits the bill very well!    

Len loved his card from Dudley - and, even though I cheated and bought a ready made laser cut 'sailing schooner 3D card' from me (time was not on my side) - he was really pleased with that too. A few other lovely cards and of course pressies from Dudley and myself - a happy day! Nice evening meal - worked well.

The week has been busy with bits and bobs so we only managed one excursion on Tuesday with the 'Purple Peril' - which some of you rightly guessed is a wonderful purple mobility scooter! The feeling of freedom is incredible.

Thursday was my COVID vaccination day, in town. I was lucky and had both the COVID as well as the flu vaccination - one in each arm. Yay! So far so good - a bit tender but nothing to be concerned about.

Dudley was there outside the 'Health Hub' in the shopping Mall and he waited with Len whilst I disappeared to be 'dealt with'. He was SO good - he just watched everything going on round about him and kept close to his Buddy Len. Dudley is such a curious dog - always interested in what's going on and I think the outing to somewhere totally new and quite busy really stimulated him. Without even trying, he really charmed loads of people as well. It's only recently that 'non-assistance' dogs have been allowed into the shopping Mall, we didn't see anything untoward so there's a chance that the move won't be reversed. Obviously not all shops will allow them inside but for us it's a great step forward.

Sarn (and I) work hard to make Playground a fun place - and, to that end Sarn has opened up a new Snippets Playground challenge HERE

Also a little heads up that in two weeks time so NOT just yet girls. I'll be hosting a new challenge on 30th October. We don't often have 'themes' but we will be looking for Autumn, Halloween and/or the associated colours in your entries for the challenge that opens 30th October ................. not just yet, I'm just giving you some advance warning so you can plan ahead! It's not mandatory but would be fun we think!

With love, from Di and Dudley


  1. A fun sentiment for Len and cute Dudley dog, lovely to see you at Allsorts 'Add a Sentiment' theme this week, many thanks.

    B x

  2. What a wonderful card Di, no wonder Len loved it!!

  3. Happy Birthday to Len and that's a wonderful card, not surprised he was thrilled with it. Pleased to hear your outing for the injections went well and a good idea to get two done at the same time if possible (which wasn't the case here unfortunately). Thinking cap is on for the next challenge - hot chocolate helps the process 🤣

  4. Woof! That is a really fun birthday card for Len’s birthday from Dudley. Love the layout and all the little paw prints xxx

  5. Hi Di. What a great card from Dudley. Glad Len had a good birthday. It’s good you’re able to get out and about on your Purple Peril, I bet it’s quite good fun too. I’ll put my GDT hat on now and say thank you sharing at NBUS. xx

  6. Oh such a cute image Di and lovely colours too. Not surprised Len loved it. Pleased your vaccinations went well. I had both at the same time too and thankfully, apart from a couple of tender spots, no other side effects x

  7. Such a great image and fun card, thank you for joining us at Allsorts this week.

  8. What a delightful card from Dudley to Len for his birthday, and glad he had an enjoyable day. That dog image is just the cutest thing and the sentiment is a hoot Di,
    and love the paw prints too, a great find, and love the colours of the faux pour background. Pleased your double jab has been OK with no side effects, apart from some tenderness. We weren't sure about having them together and ours are about a couple of weeks apart with Covid jab next Sat. and the flu early Nov. Well, I missed your hint about going for woodland walks and how great it was, but the purple peril sounds like it is a great success and am so pleased that you can get out and about together which is wonderful! x

  9. Happy belated Birthday to Len, and what an adorable and fun card you created for him! Hopefully all goes well with your new purple peril and you can now enjoy freedom again!

  10. Awwww.... Dudley's commissioned card for Len is just awesome!!! How sweet, cute and heartfelt creation!! The sentiment is SO fun!!! :D Happy Birthday to your hubby!! The purple peril sounds like a lot of freedom and fun! So glad for you!
    Hugs (and cuddles to the furry boy)!

  11. Love this charming card and the sentiment is fantastic! The paw prints were an excellent addition. Many thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week.

  12. Oooh, a theme challenge? But in the meantime, Di, what a perfectly perfect card from Dudley to Len! (Happy Belated Birthday, Len!) I love that dirty pour paper behind the cutie-patootie and all the paw prints. I know the Woof is doggie speak for Love! I'm delighted that you are getting out and about and that you both got both your jabs. So important this year!! We've had ours, too, and no problems and I feel almost normal again. Thank you for linking your smoochable pooch at NBUS! Hugs, Darnell

  13. Dudley choose the perfect card for you to design to send to Len- it looks fab.

  14. Wow that's one perfect card for Len from Dudley l just love it hope Len had a lovely birthday xx

  15. Oh what a perfect card from Dudley to Len - I really love everything about it. Glad your Covid and flu jabs sent off ok .. I have my flu jab on Wednesday and need to book my Covid jab for the next couple of weeks as i only had a jab at the end of April.
    Thanks so much for joining in with my "Add a Sentiment" challenge at Allsorts this week.
    Pauline xx

  16. Smashing card love the image and sentiment thank you for joining us at Allsorts
    lolo x

  17. Love Dudley's card to Len its sooooo cute! The image is fab and the paper is really cool. Yay! You have a scooter, the Purple Peril - I was correct! You will sooooo enjoy your 'walks' with Len and Dudley, I am so pleased for you! I would like one but my concentration and brain fog would make me the peril to everyone else in mowing down distance! I will stick to my walker with a seat to have a sit down on my rare trips out. Safer for everyone! Tee hee! Take care, big hugs xxxxxxxxx

  18. Sorry to have been awol Di. I love this card, what a great background and image, love the die Woof too.

  19. Oh my goodness--you nailed the commission, Di!! Totally love this card--every single detail! So glad the Purple Peril is giving you a new lease on life! How great that Dudley did so well & brought some joy to people there, too! I've had my flu & updated Covid vaccines with just an hour of being sick, so well worth it.


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