Thursday 1 December 2022

Light up the Snippets Playground!

It's time to have the Grand Switch on of the Christmas lights in the Snippets Playground. Do hop over to take a peek - HERE - at 7:30 pm UK time - this evening!

I made a Christmas card in keeping with the lights theme:

I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" white card blank, side opening

- snippet of white card which I die cut using a NBUS die called 'Christmas Light Background' by Poppy Stamps

- coloured the strings of lights using Pro markers

- added little white lines to the bulbs 

- went on the hunt for a suitable single word sentiment to fit in between the lights and ended up using one from the Colarado Craft Company's 'Big and Bold' set of stamps called 'Holly and Berries'

- bit of fiddling around with the die cut and Misti to line up the stamp with the string of lights, before removing the die cut then stamping the sentiment onto the card front using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink

- added the die cut to the card front, using a glue pen on the frame and the lights - the 'cable' just sat in place nicely - apart from one little curl which ! popped down with a teeny dot of glue

- finishing touch was to coat the glass of the light bulbs with Glossy Accents - so really didn't need the little white lines

Got a shock when I realised that this die came out in 2014! I bought it during 2022 and it was in my Christmas NBUS basket. There's a sample card made for Poppy Stamps over on their blog, which I followed - mostly for speed. One could snip the strings of lights from the frame and use them in several other ways of course.  

And, being stupid, I made two the same when really time wasn't on my side!

Dudley is already really excited about this evening, having helped Sarn and I to do the decorating - he seems to be anticipating a few savoury nibbles as I've baked us all a tray full of sausage rolls plus a tray of cheese straws, to go with the mince pies. Dried fruits aren't good for pooches so no mince pie for him - all the more for us then!

It STILL beats me how Sarn and Dudley managed to manhandle (or should that be 'woman and dog handle') their (ahem) acquired Christmas tree back from the farm to the Playground! I worry that we'll hear that a tractor also went missing! Last seen on CCTV being driven by the tall, slim one wearing black and a balacava - with the little one also in black but with a white fluffy tail, also wearing a balaclava. The farmer swears he heard someone singing 'Oh Christmas Tree' around the time of the CCTV footage! 


  1. Fabulous card, love that die, and the white lines do make a difference! Can’t wait for the switch on, I’m a big fan of sausage rolls and cheese straws, but you can have the mince pie 😃 xxx

  2. Ho ho ho! Looking forward to tonight’s post - and a sausage roll or 3! Xxx

  3. What a brilliant die - I can see why you needed that one!! Tonight sounds like fun. Will have to delay reading your previous post until I've caught up with everything having been without broadband since last Friday.

  4. Silly me - forgot to say how wonderful your Christmas lights card is. Looks like it needed some patience but the result was totally worth it.
    Tractor? WHO mentioned a tractor? I’m saying’ nuffin’! X

  5. A perfect card with the Grand Switch On Di. I've already put my personal preference into Sarn and those cheese straws will compliment very well. My girls asked me if Dudley will allow them to come and share his nibbles - in return they are happy to donate tomorrow's advent calendar offerings. Who else has four canine advent calendars on their craft room wall I wonder, even Eddy questioned my sanity!

    B x

    1. Of course the girls are welcome to come and share Dudley's nibbles - he'd be delighted. Oh how I giggled though - FOUR advent calendars?! Eddy could have a point. x

  6. l love your card and the lights are amazing looking so realistic too xx

  7. A lovely card Di - the lights look so pretty.
    Kath x

  8. What a wonderful card, Di. I just love it. Hugs to you and Dudley.

  9. A Beautiful, bright and wonderful card Di. I think you should keep Dudley away from Sarn, she is a terrible influence over him :)

  10. I love the lights and such pretty colours and perfect with the added shine on them. Sounds like it's going to be a good party...I love cheese straws and the occasional mince pie. I'd better get a move on as it's starting soon!! x

  11. Such amazing card Di, that Christmas Light die looks just wonderful, well done using it! The white accents give a fab effect to the lights! The sentiment is just perfect to finish the cheerful design!
    I believe that tonight you, Sarn and Dudley will sleep very deeply, after all the effort of preparation! :D GRAT work at the Playground!

  12. What a wonderful die Di, and so cleverly used on this fabulous card. As for Dudley and Sarn, I am fast coming to the conclusion that they are both equal in the mischief making department!


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