Sunday 20 November 2022

Christmas wishes snippets card

If there's a drought and water shortages next Summer, I'll scream! The rain here has been unrelenting for weeks and there's a permanent dampness in the air. Despite the house being warm, the humidity levels are up and down, which isn't good for arthritis. Poor Dudley, never a fan of going to the toilet in the rain, is so fed up and has become an expert in crossing his legs for as long as possible!

One rainy afternoon I made this snippets card:

I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" white card blank, tent style

- snippet of silver really super-sparkly card, trimmed to an eighth of an inch smaller all round than the card blank and glued in place using Collall All Purpose glue

- a sheet of DP from the NBUS Fairy Hugs Craft Papers 'Misty Whisk' paper pad, trimmed to an eighth of an inch smaller all round than the sparkly silver layer and glued in place using Collall All Purpose glue 

- the trees were made using an NBUS unbranded set of two dies

-  for the green Christmas trees I used just the plain outline die - and then embossed them using a 'Twirls and Swirls' embossing folder by Taylored Expressions

- the centre tree was die cut using the plain outline die and a snippet of the sparkly card, then topped with a 3D effect die cut tree using a mossy green snippet of card - of course in real life you can peek at the card at an angle and see the silver layer twinkling at you!

- glued the green trees onto the card front then added the 3D tree using thin sticky pads

- the sentiment is by Craft Expressions, called 'Festive Mini Expressions - Christmas Wishes', die cut twice from a snippets of the mossy green card and the top layer die cut using the sparkly silver card

- glued the three layers together using a glue pen and added the sentiment to the top right hand corner of the card - finished!

Such a shame the super sparkly silver has once again defeated my camera - there are hints of it here and there so perhaps you can imagine the rest. ☺ The patterned paper pad I used has some interesting abstract designs, mostly featuring the sun or moon on the front with co-ordinating abstract patterns on the back. I was idly flicking through the pad when this particular paper shouted 'use ME' and I remembered the NBUS Christmas tree dies. And so a card was born!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Christmas Kickstart #68 where the theme is 'Trees, Trees, Trees!' Such a lovely theme, must try to make a second entry if I find some time.

Allsorts Challenge #703 'A/G with option trees/leaves' - that was a bit of luck!

Darnell's NBUS Challenge #44 - the Fairy Hugs paper pad and the unbranded tree dies were NBUS.

Dudley Pupdate: Earlier in the week, Len gave Dudley Part 1 of his trim - his legs and 'undercarriage' still need to be done. I suspect I'll have to perch on a stool opposite to Len and hold Dudley on the grooming table on his hind legs like a boxing hare, facing Len to have his undercarriage done. Right now he looks adorable - and his trimmed areas are so soft and silky, very much reminds me of when he was a little puppy. You know that little groove that doggies have running down the centre of their skulls - it's much more exposed now and he adores a gentle stroking there! We suspect he's feeling the difference due to being 'shorn' as he's taken to sleeping most of the night snuggled between us on our bed.

The Results from Challenge #440 are now up and running in the Snippets Playground - and there's still a week left to join in with Sarn's current challenge #441. Hop over to the Playground pronto - Sarn is sure to have something nice in the way of warming food and drink to share at break times in the tree house.


  1. Your trio of trees are beautiful Di, and love the the flourish embossing on the two outer ones, and that bright and pretty silver glitter paper behind the main one which has those lovely dimensional branches, and another great background paper shown off by the silver glitter mat and perfect for the sentiment too. A gorgeous card! It would be great to have a photo of the handsome Dudley when his haircut is complete. x

  2. Hi Miss Di, a pretty sparkly card, love the sparkle I can see, and the beautiful die cut trees, we are currently suffering giant mosquitos due to all the rain we have had here, I had an idea come up on interest app, people are making their pet pooches 'toilet' area using kiddies pool and fake grass... not sure if two legged want to clean it out after days of wet weather... Have a wonderful week.... Megan

  3. So sorry for your continuos rain, certainly it's no good for health and especially for arthritis! Poor Dudley too, it’s not nice to pee in the cold rain! :) Waiting to see his new hairstyle :) Perhaps now he need a rain hat?
    Fabulous Christmas card, those trees look so beautiful with the embossed swirls and the detailed diecut! Fabulous paper as background too and the silver sparkling, so festive!
    Hugs, have a lovely Sunday! As always, give some cuddles to Dudley by me, please!

  4. Great use of the tree dies for this lovely card. Raining here again today but yesterday started with a serious frost which hung about for ages but at least it was a dry (and sunny) day. Look forward to seeing your planned make which was mentioned in a recent comment 😉 Good luck with completing Dudley's trim

  5. What a lovely Christmas card. Love how you embossed the plain trees - it’s the little details that make a card special. I enlarged the photo and could see lots of sparkle!

    Good luck with the rest of Dudley’s trim. He doesn’t need an electric blanket - he’s got 2x hoomans instead!!! X

  6. Lovely card Di. The paper really is the perfect backdrop for the trees. xx

  7. Oh Dudley is such a joy! How I would love to give him a cuddle! Please give him an extra cuddle from me, and best wishes with his undercarriage, yikes! Your card is beautiful and I can see the silver sparkle, no worries! That's a beautiful tree die and I love the texture and design of your paper! Also wanted to pop in and thank you so much for your heartfelt comments on my blog, on my Snowie card and on Brian's Snowie album page. We like to read the comments on Snowie together and Brian was so touched by the encouragement. She was a special cat, and we miss her so much, especially Brian, as she was his girl. Your words were particiularly appreciated, Di, thank you! You are a sweetie!

  8. A wonderful card Di, I love the embossing on your 3 trees with the bit of silver, so Christmassy. Poor old Dudley, he's had enough of the rain as we have. I need some sun and some wind to blow my washing dry!
    Have a good week.

  9. Super Christmas card, Di. Great idea to emboss the trees. xx

  10. This is a lovely card Di with your usual clever way of using just the right bit of background paper and the sweet Christmas trees. The glittery silver is showing up very nicely on my screen too!

    Thanks for sharing some of your festive rituals with me. What a good idea to add a little minced onion to the sausage meat. I add grated apple and a dash of brandy to shop-bought mincemeat for mince pies with a little extra pizzazz! OH is in charge of the ham and it is very popular :) Lovely to read the Dudley pupdate. It must have got chilly because even Eva has been making her way up on the bed in the small hours! Vicky x

  11. Adorable card Di, the sparkle does shine, lovely background paper, and fab sentiment too! I’m having to make do with a hot water bottle, would prefer Dudleycuddles xxx p.s. I’ll be shouting with you!

  12. Marvelous card! Love the inked background and gorgeous texture and sparkle. Many thanks for sharing your project at Allsorts and playing with the Trees & Leaves option.

  13. Can I send Poppy your way for Len to deal with, she's so overdue for her trim and with all this rain never dried out before the next loo trip.

    Very elegant trees Di, lovely to see you at Allsorts this week, thanks so much for joining in.

    B x

  14. How lovely is your Christmas card Di the die trees are gorgeous l have that die and its been used many a time lovely background too xx

    1. Hi Sandra! So, I BET that's where I first saw the die set being used! I'm a follower where buying much of my craft stuff is concerned. Hugs
      Di xx

  15. Beautiful Chirstmas card Di - love how you embossed the die cut trees, and the background paper goes perfectly to create this scene.
    Pauline xx

  16. A fabulous card Di - that paper background is awesome, and you have used it stunningly here - the trees are gorgeous also.

  17. Wow! Beautiful card Di! I love all of the different textures from your snippets. Thanks for sharing, and inspiring, us again over at NBUS. Hope to see you again. Bonnie GDT

  18. Such a lovely card, Di, and I can see the silver sparkle! Love the Dudley grooming update. My in-laws dog used to shake for days after being groomed and needed lots of cuddles, bless him. Thanks for playing at Christmas Kickstart, Jo x

  19. Very pretty card! Fritz understands about being groomed when the weather is cold! I do like his shaggy look, but just not practical.


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