Sunday 30 July 2023

Sunday Snippets and Rudolph Days July 2023

The buses all came along at once lately and so my snippets card for today will cover a few challenges. It uses snippets, so most importantly is right for the final week of our Playground 'Christmas in July' Challenge which Sarn is running over HERE.  And this is my snippets card:

And the snippets I used:

Very simple, just plain card snippets in white (mostly off cuts from making card blanks), and smaller pieces of green and peach card. The camera lied about the peach card - as usual! I also cut into a whole piece of 6 x 6 designer paper for the background - slap my wrists:

I used:

- 5.25" x 4" white card blank, side opening - don't ask me how, I got the measurements smaller than the USA A2 card size I was aiming for, probably thinking about other stuff .... or losing the plot!

- a sheet of backing paper from Whimsy Stamp's 'Blurry Flurries' paper pack, cut down to the same size as the card front

- then, to check for size and spacing, I die cut the 'MFT 'Peaceful Dove' from snippets of plain white card for later - two layers for the body and wings

- knowing the size of the dove, I could position my MFT 'Peace' word die onto the paper for the card front and run it though the Gemini

- backed the PEACE aperture in the patterned paper with double sided sticky paper, protected the sticky bits on the front that were exposed by covering them with the peel off paper from one side of the 'sticky - using easy peel tape for extra adhesion - and then set them aside 

- die cut two further 'Peace' sentiment dies from plain white card which I layered up onto the letters which were the fallout from cutting into the pretty backing paper, using a glue pen

- then stuck them into the sticky backed apertures to create a 3-layer inset for each nicely spaced letter, with the saved pieces from the middle of the letters P and A then popped in place

- glued the front panel to the card front

- time to assemble the doves! I added the beak to the top layer of the body and then coated it and the two wings with Clear 'Wink of Stella' for a nice shimmer

- next added the back and then the front wings to the body of the dove - using red line extra sticky tape

- then had a fun time adding the die cut double layered olive branch to the dove's beak before adhering the assembled birdie to the card front

- final touches, one tiny silver sparkly gem in the centre of the star and another tiny silver sparkly gem coloured with black Pro marker for the dove's eye 

It's a shame the subtle shimmer from the clear Wink of Stella on the body and wings of the dove can't be picked up by the camera - trust me, I tried! And of course, I made two cards exactly the same in tandem - me not totally daft!

I'm entering this card into three challenges - go me!

Rudolph Days for July - HERE 
Darnell's NBUS Challenge #52 HERE.  The Peace and the Dove dies were both NBUS.
Allsorts Challenge #739/740 HERE where the theme is 'Anything but square' and it runs for two weeks

The results of The Snippets Challenge # 458 are over on the Snippets Playground blog HERE

Dudley Pupdate: It's been a bit of a mixed week here for weather so at times Dudley has needed a gentle push to nip out in the rain to 'spend a penny'. Otherwise we're sure he'd cross his legs for as long as possible as he hates getting wet. News of other animal antics - we still have a huge family of hedgehogs visiting each night - they live under the shrubbery in the front garden and come to eat in the back garden - we had a gap left at the bottom of the garden gate especially for them. Dudley can lie and peek out but he can't wriggle right out. 

There's still one week of the current Snippets Challenge to go, hope to see you in the Playground soon if you haven't played already. It's the final week of 'Christmas in July' with some nice bundles of Christmas themed prizes. Make a card and come and play - one less to make for Christmas - and a chance to win a nice prize if you join in the draw!

Love, as always, from myself and Dudley,


  1. Amazing! Love so much this card! The dove and the sentiment look so beautiful together, great design on that wonderful paper! I never think to colour the gems with a marker, thanks for remember me the trick!
    Poor Dudley, having the bath out isn't enjoyable for sure :)
    I'm happy to know that the hedgie family is still in your garden!
    Hugs, and the usual cuddles to the white boy!

  2. This is simply beautiful! Such a clean design and that little sparkle in the star is just right. Thank you so much for joining the challenge at Allsorts.

  3. A very elegant card Di, I love how you share how much goes into the making of it, never as simple as it seems, and you used the paper perfectly lined up for the star, such a pretty card xxx

  4. So stylish Di, loving the clean CAS design. Lovely to see you at Allsorts, many thanks for joining us.

    B x

  5. Your snippet make is simply gorgeous, love that it all came together for you

    Happy Snippet Day


  6. Such a beautiful peaceful card Di, that little star is the perfect finishing touch (and great idea to colour your gem for his eye too!)
    Miss Molly isn't keen on the rain either, she scarpers if her coat appears!

  7. A totally gorgeous Christmas card Di. I love everything about it. Congrats on getting two more made for the big day. Hugs, Sarn xxx

  8. A really beautiful card and such a lovely detailed description as to how it was put together - love it

  9. What a beautiful and elegant card Di - love it!!! sounds as though you have quite a menagerie going there :).

  10. I am loving how you used the different sized letters of the sentiment and how perfectly they fit with the dove! What an elegant and beautiful card!

  11. I love this card DI, it really is peaceful. Can't blame Dudley not wanting to go out, I don't want to either, rotten weather.

  12. A beautiful serene card. Thanks for joining us at Allsorts challenge.

  13. An elegant design, thanks for sharing at Allsorts this week.

  14. Very petty is your card Di l like the Dove image and the added colour for the beak and olive branch the sparkle in the sky is so effective too beautiful as always

  15. A lovely card Di, the sentiment and dove are perfect together.
    Kath x

  16. This is a great snippets card! Love that dove. It is a wonderful die.
    Thanks for taking part in the Rudolph Days Challenge.
    Maureen aka Scrappymo

  17. Fabulous card Di, the dove is just beautiful. As for cutting into a whole sheet of designer paper….. if we didn’t do that occasionally, we’d never have any snippets. 😉 xx

  18. What a lovely card Di! Such a pretty background.

  19. Hi Di,
    Happy Rudolf Days.
    Oh I love this wonderful card and your background is gorgeous.
    I also love the Dove Die and the Peace Die it makes for a very fabulous design.
    Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love and hugs. Jenny L. DT

  20. A beautiful card using the pretty die cut dove with his snippety beak and olive branch, and the background paper looks great. Glad to hear you still have hedgehogs visiting your garden, and can just imagine Dudley with his nose in the gap at the bottom of the gate to see what might be happening out there. x

  21. Thanks for your additional and awesome NBUS Christmas entries, Di! I especially love this peaceful dove and I enjoyed reading your creative process, as always! And how fun that your pet family of hedgehogs is alive and well and their antics adds to the pleasure Dudley brings you! Life is good! Hugs, Darnell

    1. You nailed it - life is indeed good! xx

  22. How lovely - what a beautiful card! Jo x

  23. A stunning card Di, I love it. Thanks for joining in the fun at Rudolph Days this month.

    Sue xx

  24. Really lovely in a beautiful colour. Lucky you to have the hedgehogs visiting. We know we have them but don't often see them.

  25. This is a beauty Di, what wonderful die cuts. How lovely for you to share your garden with hedgehogs. I have never been fortunate enough to see one. Martin used to see them regularly when we were farming and he got up at silly o'clock to do the milking! Thank you for joining in at Allsorts this fortnight xx


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