Sunday 1 January 2023

Happy New Year!

Many of us will be glad to see the back of 2022 - the year in which we lost our beloved Queen Elizabeth, I lost two close friends and also my guardian (from when my parents returned to the UK and left me at school in Germany) - and several of you suffered much, much closer family bereavements. A year of losses for many of us - but I do try to always remember that 'heartache is the price we pay for love'.

Onto brighter things though - we're into a brand new year, and one in which I so hope that Sarn, myself, Dudley and you, will continue to thrive in the Snippets Playground Challenge. There are so many ways to use up snippets - it's almost endless - sigh, as are the ever-expanding storage holders we keep our snippets in!

Our current Christmas/New Year Challenge is a change from the intensive and massive load of running a Grand Draw. This year, we've gone for one 'Winner Takes All' prize of a 'Your Chosen Favourite Craft Store Gift Voucher' to the value of £50 - or the equivalent value voucher wherever you live. Check out the Snippets Playground if you haven't done so already.

The current challenge has a theme - not something we often do but this is Holiday Season after all! It's - 'Anything BUT Christmas'. As well as using snippets of course and this is what I made. I CASE'd it from my own card, made several years ago - which was in turn had been CASE'd from a SU Demonstrator. And here it is:

The 'snippets' before being attacked. My crafting OCD means I don't like to store snippets of any size with undulating edges if possible!

I used:

- 5.75" x 4" black card blank

- a layer of slightly smaller white card stock, quarter of an inch on each of the four sides

- a layer of smaller again black card stock for the board - I ran it through the Cuttlebug, using Cuttlebug's 'Swiss Dots' folder and then trimmed it to 5.125" (five and an eighth in old money!) x 3.25" - then glued it onto the piece of white card stock

- snippets of red, blue, yellow and green card - punched using SU's 1" square punch and SU's Itty Bitty round punch

- double layered the 'dots' and glued them onto the pieces and used a white Prismacolor pencil to add curves to give the impression of even more dimension 

- added the Lego pieces using thin sticky pads then

- 'happy birthday' sentiment was stamped using a stamp from the 'Happy Messages' set by Stampendous, and a Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink pad onto a piece/snippet of the same white card as before - sized at 3.125" x 1.625" (the detailed measurements are for my own reference really)

- added the sentiment using thin sticky pads onto the card front - and called it a wrap!

Made for a little neighbour, aged six (Jack).

Dudley Pupdate: Oh what a little scamp he is right now! We think that being rather spoiled over Christmas is reaping its own rewards! The other night, he claimed my space on the bed, and despite spending so much of his time cosied up to me during the day, he let me know with a Grinch-like growl that I wasn't very welcome to disturb his slumber! Len gave him a semi-stern ticking off so he moved - I then woke up in the early hours of the morning to find him (Dudley) snuggled back, right up against me, head back sharing the pillow and snoring gently! And looking so angelic of course!


Sorry the above images are so small and also a bit blurred. I clipped them from a couple of CCTV shots - taken when Dudley went out onto our front drive to give his 'Bestie' Arnie a big hug on Thursday! When they meet they go into 'hug mode' and dance round and round like a couple on the dance floor! So far we haven't managed to catch them on our phones or a standard camera for better definition  - but at least this proves I wasn't fibbing when I mentioned it a while ago!

As I type this we're hoping that the usual mayhem of New Year's Eve fireworks here won't trouble Dudley. So far, so good, although he did jump late on Boxing Day when a barrage went off nearby. He'd been asleep so that was probably what startled him. Our best bet is to have the TV on with the sound up and the London Celebrations streaming - as a distraction from what's going on in the neighbourhood.

Welcome 2023 - we need you to bring happiness and peace into our lives for sure.

Love from Dudley and myself,


  1. Happy New Year Di, best wishes for you and all in the playground in 2023! Hoping to mow down my snippets pile this year lol! Cathy x

  2. Happy New Year to you and yours Di. Let’s hope it’s a good one.

    Fab Lego CASEd card for little Jack. Well worth a remake. Xxx

  3. Happy New Year to you and all your loved ones and all the best for 2023! How cute to see Dudley and his pal greeting each other.

  4. I’m so glad you used your card idea again, I may have to case! Love your entertaining posts……your OCD, I don’t have all straight edged snippets but I will probably think about it now haha…..Dudley’s bed take-over…..and his and Arnies’s dance, how cute is that! I echo your sentiments. Here’s hoping for a very happy New Year xxx

  5. Happy New Year Di (and Dudley of course), hoping for creative and crafty 2023. I love your card, the lego takes me right back to when the children were young.

    B x

  6. A brilliant card, so colourful too. Thanks for sharing the pics of 'dancing dogs'; made me smile. All the very best for 2023 xx

  7. Happy New Year Di! I wish you all the best for the coming year. Love the pics if Dudley and Arnie - simply adorable! Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  8. Happy New Year to you too, Di. You've made a lovely snippets card and I'm sure Jack will love it!
    Kath x

  9. Happy New Year to you Di, and also to Dudley and to your hubby. Your CASeing of your own card is fabulous and love the way you added the white accents to simulate the 3D look!
    So nice seeing Dudley with his pale Arnie dancing together! How sweet!!! Love these photos! Here there were a lot of fireworks this night, almost two hours of them... and all my cats hidden under the furnitures meowling! :(
    I'm so touched by your words: "heartache is the price we pay for love". It's what Jesus shown us... So true and heartbreaking.
    Sending my best wishes for the New Year, it may be blessed with heath, peace and joy.
    Hugs and cuddles to Dudley

  10. What a fun card Di! My new years resolution is to get back entering card challenges. Been so long! Happy New year to you and yours!

  11. Happy New Year to you, Di, Dudley and Hubby - love your striking card - that is fabulous Di.

  12. I really like this lego-look on your fun birthday card and it's perfect for a youngster! I couldn't agree more on leaving 2022 behind with all of it's sorrow and grief. Trying to move on into the new year won't be easy either, but I'll give it my best shot. I'd let Dudley cuddle as long as he wants to - if it gives him a sense of comfort it's well worth it! Have a blessed, crafty, and healthy new year in 2023!

  13. Those little dogs are so cute it must make you laugh every time. What a monkey he is. I'm sure he's not spoilt at all 😆 Oh and a great idea for a card too. Lego is always a winner. I must try that.

  14. Happy New Year Di, I'm pleased to see the back of 2022 too! What a fab Lego card, I may have to case this!! Your little white accents finish it perfectly!
    Bet you have the biggest smile when you see Dudley hugging his chum!

  15. I love your card, something I have been wanting to do for years!, I love the dash of white on the "buttons" and the placement of the colours, a fabulous card Di.

  16. Happy New Year Di to you Len and Dudley l just adore your Lego card all children and adults love Lego even l have been know to participate lol l love the images and Dudley looks so cute with Arnie he's just so entertaining xx

  17. What a great snippets card! If I cut snippets into regular shaped pieces they might not be such a mess in the storage boxes. But now the boxes are stuffed & I'm never going to spend my time trimming them when I could be making a card--haha! So glad you got the shots of Dudley & his friend--blurry or not! It's just amazing & makes me smile!

  18. Happy, Happy New Year to you, your hubby and of course, Dudley. I'll be trying to get a snippets card together one of these days. Hugs.

  19. Hello Di! Thanks a lot for your comment on my blog! I am so happy that my christmascard has arrived. I heard from some English friends they did not get the card (yet). It seems that it takes a long time these days. Even british magazines don't arrive (I am a subscriber to some..). Anyway: I wsh you, your hubby and Dudley all the best for a good, healthy and creative 2023!!
    Lia xx

  20. This lego card is great Di and perfect for little Jack, and I laughed at Dudley's latest trick, and the picture of he and Arnie is just so cute. I somehow missed this and so my new year greeting is rather late, but am sending my best wishes for a good 2023. x


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