Sunday 17 September 2023

Sunday Snippets and a bunch of Christmas robins

I was digging through a pile of stuff on my desk the other day and came across some decoupage sheets that I'd made a start on then put to one side. Purely so that they could find their way down the increasing pile and be temporarily forgotten - as one does! I suddenly felt in the mood for some evening crafting and assembling a load of decoupage robins using snipped up thin sticky pads fitted the bill nicely. The following day I made up the cards and produced six in no time at all - two of each design:
Sorry, no photos of snippets - they're the scraps of pearlescent gold card that I used for the sentiment die cuts

I used:

- 5.75" x 4" white card blank, side opening

- piece of Tonic pearlescent 'Majestic Gold' card for the outer 'frame' - cut at just under the size of the card blank and glued in place (sometimes wonky, just for fun!)

- piece of white card, embossed using a Sizzix 'Holiday Frame' embossing folder and trimmed to just slightly smaller than the gold layer of card before being glued on top of it

- glued the decoupage robins in place - such fun to play with and so relaxing. They 're made by Craft UK - Line 000430. I bought them years ago at a craft fayre and doubt if they're available now. The beaks are properly lined up - those are shadows you can see.

- then die cut the sentiment twice using the mini Altenew die cutting machine (if you don't have a mini die cutting machine to quickly grab for small dies then you're missing out. The plates are 3" wide and 6" long so it's surprising how versatile such a small machine can be)

- the die I used for the sentiment is one I return to time and time again - Tonic Studios 'Mini Moments Merry Christmas' 

- glued the two sentiments one on top of another for more stability and dimension then glued them onto the card front - using a glue pen

We now have our latest Challenge, run by Sarn, over in the Snippets Playground HERE - with a lovely prize made up of several goodies.

Dudley Pupdate: The drop in temperatures here in Hampshire, and no doubt most of the UK, is SO welcome! We're sleeping well and Dudley is much more settled during the night. The past day or so he's been holding up his left paw where he ripped out the dew claw. Len managed to take a look - a bit like wrestling a box of frogs dealing with Dudley at times - and there's a new claw just poking through the end of his left 'thumb'. Gosh that's got to hurt - rather like teething. But, he still manages to do zoomies around the garden when he's not having a little 'pity party'. We're watching closely of course and are on standby in case he needs to see the vet. In fact, as I do the final check on this post on Saturday, he now seems to be just fine!

It was my Birthday on Tuesday and, as always, Len came up trumps with his cards for me. The one 'from Dudley' is below - and never was a truer word spoken/written!  

Love from Dudley - and of course me,  


  1. Hi Miss Di, a fabulous desk find, I sometimes poke stuff under my cutting matt so as not to loose things and to keep them flat. mind you the piles of snippets makes me wonder if I should tidy up before my next session... Hope you have had a wonderful birthday. Our weather is just starting to warm up, 30C this week...

  2. Your Robin card are so elegant looking Di, love them and the card from Dudley.

    B x

  3. A fabulous set of cards Di - well done on the all the snipping and mounting with the foam dots.
    Dudley is a class act... and the card is so true - well done Len!

  4. An evening well spent assembling those lovely robins and great that you've made 6 cards with them. Brilliant birthday card from Dudley, such a clever pup 😉😉

  5. HA HA HA - LOVE Dudley's birthday card to you - I'll be singing that song by Police all day now!

    Terrific festive robin cards withe that lovely sentiment die cut from your snippets.

    Happy Sunday xxx

  6. I still love decoupage, and everyone loves a Robin, so love your cards Di, and also love that Card! So very apt 😂xxx

  7. Love your Robin cards, very Christmassy! As for Dudley’s card - just perfect!

  8. Oh, how sweet and delicate Christmas cards Di, well done using those decoupage sheets, they well deserved to be used! Love the embossing that glued all together and the gold sentiments! That birthday card from Dudley makes me giggle... :D Adorable and so right!!
    I didn't know that the dew claws could grow back, wow, such good thing!!! Well done Dudley! :D How fun reading about Len's and Dudley wrestling :)
    Hugs to you and lots of cuddles to the little "box of frogs" LOL :D
    Happy Sunday!

  9. I really really like this beautiful trio of cards! The birds look just beautiful on top of that pretty embossing. I love Dudley's card for you, what a fun idea Len had!

  10. What lovely cards and made so quickly too. Love the embossing under each image. As for Dudleys card - What clever wording. It's a super card.

  11. Your bird decoupage cards are gorgeous Di, and the backgrounds with the gold and then the embossed oval frame on each look elegant too. I had to smile at the card Len put together from Dudley for your birthday, such clever words and it conjures up images of Dudley drooling whenever there is food Glad the new claw coming through is not giving him any trouble so far and hopefully all will be well. x

    1. Hi Pat. Len cheated and bought the card from Amazon, which makes it no less precious of course as he could have designed it! So right about the drooling when food is about - Dudley, not Len!! xx

  12. Wow 3 fabulous Robin cards Di l just love hope your enjoyed your birthday and the card from Dudley is brilliant xx

  13. Oh Di, I've missed loads on your blog! Belated Happy Birthday, hope you had a lovely day - that was a cracker card from Len! I'm kinda envious that you had all that warm weather, ours has been rubbish since June and it already feels like it's going to be a long winter!

  14. This cards are fenomenal. I love CAS version. Happy birthday . Hope your celebration was unforgetable.


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