Sunday 27 August 2023

Sunday Snippets and Rudolph Days August 2023

It's hard to believe we're heading towards September really fast. As a September baby, I really love the Autumn and look forward to cosy evenings in front of the dancing flames of the (electric effect only these days) lounge fire, using the slow cooker more for lovely stews and casseroles, not sweltering trying to keep cool with fans blowing from all directions etc and most likely still able to spend time in the log cabin to enjoy the Autumn days and evenings. 

BUT, then the panic as Christmas looms closer. So, my snippets card for today is a Christmas card - and I made two the same whilst the place was in an uproar of umpteen dies and goodness knows what else:
The sentiment circle is bright silver but our shower room (usually a great place to take photos) is bathed in golden light for much of the afternoon and so I had to go with the photo I managed to capture!

And the snippets I used:
I scrabbled around in my box of 'best' white card and found a ton of snippets, which I thought would look more interesting as 'leftovers' from some of the die cutting than just plain white snippets

I used:

- A6 white card blank, tent style

- loads of white snippets and a bundle of dies from the Sizzix Tim Holtz 'Funky Festive' set of dies. I did the die cutting using my Altenew mini die cutting machines and assembled the foliage etc. as I went along as it was much less confusing that way

- I also used white snippets to die cut a Creative Expressions Tree and star using their 'Christmas Tree Triple Layering' die set. Sizzix Micro dot sheets were a life saver when assembling the intricate layers of the tree!

- finally I had what I could see in my mind's eye enough foliage etc. to decorate the card so I then turned to the backing layers and for those I used fresh whole sheets of the same white card and two dies from the Spellbinders 'Resplendent Rectangles' set of dies

-  ran the smaller die cut layer through the Gemini using SU's 'Freshly Falling' embossing folder - and then it was time to assemble! So I went to bed for a good night's sleep to approach the 'White on White Marathon' with renewed energy - the following day

- before I went to bed I did swipe a Wink of Stella clear glimmer layer over a lot of the die cuts - not the main part of the Christmas tree as I liked it how it was, and some of the small foliage pieces only had parts 'glimmered'. Not that it matters as the camera absolutely refused to show the glimmer anyhow

- did my morning yoga session with Dudley (he strikes a cool downward dog pose during our sessions and then back to the card). OK, so truthfully I got up and just trundled into the craft room - but yoga sounds pretty impressive huh?! 

- glued the two pretty Spellbinders die cut panels onto the card front (btw, those intricate Spellbinders dies are not the best cutters so I'd had a tussle the previous day with them)

- then added the Christmas tree using red line tape and popped the star in place with a little SU sticky pad 

- next, it was just a matter of faffing around adding the foliage pieces to two opposite corners using partly glue pens and partly red line tape

- final touches, adhered with pieces of thin sticky pad, were the assembled poinsettia - from the same Sizzix set of dies - plus a sentiment circle by Craftwork cards. It IS silver, and a lovely bright shiny silver too - but once again the light and the camera weren't on my side at all! 

So that was my first 'proper' foray into making a White on White card. I did enjoy the process but am not sure that the time taken is really justifiable. The 'in house critic' hugely approved  - probably as it kept me quiet and occupied for a good while! 

I'm entering this card into two challenges:

Rudolph Days for August - HERE 

Darnell's NBUS Challenge #53 HERE.  The Tim Holtz Sizzix dies were NBUS.

The results of The Snippets Challenge # 460 are over on the Snippets Playground blog HERE

Dudley Pupdate: Poor Dudley, he's super quick to pick up on most 'vibes' - no matter how subtle we are. Every other week, his grooming session includes the application of either anti-flea or anti-tick liquid just in a little strip down his back, between his shoulder blades. In Winter it's just a monthly thing with the 'anti-flea' as the ticks here die off in Autumn. However, he seems to just know when the required vial/tube of a single application of liquid is brought up by Len to where I groom him. He does get groomed but he knows that 'vial application' day is serious stuff! He has light grooms meanwhile and his eyes are cleared every single day - but the 'vial of doom' is something else for him! 

When it was time for Len to lift him onto the table where I work on him, he (Dudley of course) hid right towards the far corner under my desk. He had to be coaxed, quite strongly at one point, but it's only ever verbally - to even stick his nose out from under the desk! I was sitting on my desk chair, pushed back from the desk when he popped his head out. Before Len could even lift him up - Dudley whipped out, put both of his paws up onto my knees and buried his head in my lap as if to hide from his fate. It was heartbreaking - especially as I'm the one who was lined up to do the grooming session! Talk about pulling at the heartstrings!

However,  Duds and I  got through it OK - with Dudley stood up on the table on his hind legs like a boxing hare - fighting me for much of the time. What a scamp!l

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 - make a card and come and play and also have a chance to win a nice prize if you join in the draw! 

Love, as always, from myself and Dudley (aka 'The Boxing Ring Scamp/Champ'!),


  1. Wonderful White on White Christmas card, Di. I had to laugh at your comment about the yoga! xx

  2. Me too Liz! Yoga indeed! Snigger!

    Got to say your white on white card is truly beautiful Di. Certainly worth all the effort xxx

  3. Your card is fab, I always thing white on white is so elegant, and SO many snippets used - you rock!

    Poor Dudders, your pupdates always make me smile


  4. Oh Di - you do 'my style' of yoga ;) - as for Dudley, he sound's like my cat come treatment time for worms and fleas - thankfully it's only once in three moths, and generally only during summer, so roughly twice a year, sometimes three times.

  5. Such a beautiful white on white card - quite a marathon by the sound of it and so many snippets used. A real labour of love but well worth the time and effort involved and I can image the subtle touches of glimmer even though sadly they never show up on camera.. Had to smile at your version of yoga but I bet the Dudley grooming sessions give you both a good workout.

  6. Your post always entertains, but this morning I was guffawing! Love your white on white, and avalanche of snippets. My craft area often looks like we’ve had a burglary 😂 xxx

  7. A lovely white on white card Di.
    Kath x

  8. The white on white card is just lovely and I love how you layered everything together. Just beautiful! LOL at the yoga and grooming sessions. Life with a dog is never boring is it?

  9. This white on white is absolutely fabulous and I love it all but the framing and the layered tree are real stand out dies and the falling snow embossing and the added flowers and foliage, and the 'silver' sentiment circle are all great finishing touches Di. Dudley certainly keeps you and Len on your toes with his antics, but you get there in the end, and the grooming and the tick and flea treatment are important for his health and well being, and you both deal with it all so well! x

  10. I great WoW card. At least Dudley is doing the downward dog LOL!

  11. Wow, such amazing white on white Christmas card and a lot of snippets used here! I too have a box (big) full of white pieces! :D
    How fun reading about Dudley makes yoga with you in the morning!
    Poor Dudley, he feels hunted when you have to put him the pesticide! I think it’s the smell that really bothers him, even if the latest generation fleas in vials are not as terrible as they used to be, he has a very sensitive nose, poor pup.
    Have you tried to put a flea collar, for example one like Seresto? It would last longer (at least 40 days if I remember correctly) and does not have such strong odours.
    However I understand well how it can tighten your heart when he seeks refuge from you and you have to betray him! For his sake, of course, but surely heartbreaking...
    Hugs and lots of love to you both

  12. What a lovely white on white card. Yoga did sound impressive. Wish I could do one pose. Maybe they have one that's called stand there. I know I could do that one.

  13. What a lot of work, Di, but what a fantastic layered W-O-W design! Thoroughly enjoyed your Duds update! They are so funny and definitely heart-breaking with their antics! Thank you for another NBUS entry! Hugs, Darnell

  14. This is a gorgeous card Di the white on white is brilliant and the work you put into it have definitely paid off it really is beautiful x

  15. A beautiful white on white textured card Di with just that lovely pop of silver in the sentiment. And the satisfaction of using up a whole pile of white snippets too!
    Eva hopes Dudley had a nice little treat or two for putting up with the grooming :D
    Hugs, Vicky xx

  16. Great white on white card! Thanks for the Dudley update!


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