Sunday 24 September 2023

Sunday Snippets and a thank you card

We're seriously thinking of building an Ark here! The rain has been torrential and temperatures have dropped radically.  I'm not complaining though as it's an improvement on some of the steaming hot weather we had prior to that.

My snippets offering for today is a Thank You card with a really heartfelt sentiment:

A close-up of the sentiment - my camera didn't capture the gorgeous shine of the embossing too well on the main image

The snippets I used for the leaves and the sentiment

I used:

- 5.75" x 5.75" white card blank, side opening
- a selection of snippets from the Dalton Manor 'Pearlescent Greens' card pack 

- for the stamped images and sentiment I used MFT's 'Geometric Greenery' set of stamps

- stamped and heat embossed onto the snippets of various shades of green card, using an ancient 'Emboss' pink tinted ink pad and Stampendous 'Pirate Gold' embossing powder (such a true gold!). The embossing pad was so old I had to totally revive it using some of the refill bottle of 'pink refresher gloop' but it worked really well and I will happily carry on using it if/when I do more heat embossing **
- die cut the stamped leaves using the matching set of MFT dies and then the sentiment using a die from the MFT 'Mini Mail' set of dies. The sentiment die was a tad too long so I die cut it then replaced it in the die with it partially poking over the straight end to die cut the straight end to suit

- time to assemble the card - bit of a heart in the mouth event after all the work thus far

-  trimmed a piece of white card to a bit smaller than the same size as the card front

- then used a NBUS Penny Black die called 'Curved Stitch' to cut right across the piece of white card, ending up with two curved pieces to use

- dived into the packet of Dalton Manor green pearlescent card and, shudder, had to slice off the end of a piece of A4 unsullied card to used for the 'separation' piece area of the two white curved edge panels held in my sticky paws

- at that point I went for broke and guillotined the right side of the bottom curved layer so that the pattern ended without partial holes

-then did the same with the upper portion of the white panel and glued both parts onto the strip of green card I'd cut just earlier - making sure it was lined up at the right hand end

- then trimmed the complete left hand side, complete with the backing piece of green card to the closest complete holes

- so now I had the width measurement and just trimmed the top of the curved panel to make an exact square

-  ran a gold calligraphy pen around the square front panel and also the sentiment strip for some definition

- glued the unadorned but waved panel onto the card front 

- used easy peel masking tape for a straight line for the leaves across the top portion of the card, which I added using snipped up thin sticky pads 

- did the same with the sentiment strip and called it a wrap!

** That was my first foray into heat embossing for absolutely ages - and I know why! So much of my craft stuff is tucked away on shelves behind custom made sliding doors in categorised and accessible Really Useful Boxes but it's quite a palaver hauling all the bits out to heat emboss the likes of a single card. I just can't craft in total chaos and having everything to hand would probably discombobulate me!

I'm entering this card into Darnell's NBUS Challenge #54 HERE.  The MFT stamps and dies as well as the Penny Black die, were all NBUS items.

The results of The Snippets Challenge # 462 are over on the Snippets Playground blog HERE.

Dudley Pupdate: The change in the weather here has made Dudley very reluctant to venture out in the rain unless it's really essential. We have to literally push him outside at times - any chance of Dudley ever entertaining a proper walk for sheer pleasure in the rain is not in his DNA! I suspect that Len doesn't mind that to be honest - and there's no way I could easily give Dudley a run around the block!

Earlier in the week I had all of Dudley's numerous grooming tools, sprays etc. spread all over our bed to be sorted more logically into additional baskets for easier access and then loaded into a wheeled trolley to be kept in Len's study/small lounge where much of the day to day grooming takes place. And one little guy must have been watching me with growing horror and the fear of an impending grooming session 'cos he went missing! He eventually was located - tucked right down by the hidden side of a guest bed! By that time the sorting out was finished and he had nothing to worry about after all - what a silly sausage! BTW, his new dew claw is doing really well - hooray!

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, come and play. No doubt Sarn is getting ready to dispense hot chocolate drinks the way the weather is going! 

Love, as always, from myself and Dudley


  1. What an absolutely stunning card you've made with all those leaves and that curvy die-cut panel! I love the sentiment and colors! And BTW, having you CASE a card I make is the best compliment anyone can give, so have at it and CASE away! I'm truly honored!

  2. What a change of weather you have had - it is gradually warming here, but also with rain for another week or so...
    Love your card Di - that really is beautiful - I always have my heat embossing 'stuff' handy.
    Poor Dudley - not only is it wet, wet, wet, he then had (mistakenly) to face the prospect of a grooming session :)

  3. Well worth the effort Di, a beautiful card. We’re back from two weeks in Somerset. The first hot and sunny, the second cold and soggy. Typical British weather eh ☔️☀️😉, we got soaked numerous times! I know exactly how Dudley feels 😂😂😂xxx

  4. What a stunning card Di. Fab matching set of leafy stamps & dies. Love this xxx

  5. Fabulous card and great description of the making including a rare foray into heat embossing. Really useful boxes are just what it says on the tin and I use them for storage but why, oh why is the one I need ALWAYS at the bottom of the pile 🙄. Certainly can't blame Dudley for not wanting to go out in the torrential rain and I love how he went into hiding when he thought he was due a major grooming session 🤣🤣

  6. Lovely make and a LOT of your precious snippets consumed too!

    Sorry to hear that Dudders prefers to stay dry! Our pooch used to disappear on "grooming day" too!


  7. Your all behind Di, our Ark is al but finished now!! Absolutely love your leaf card, the design and colours so appeal.

    B x

  8. What a beautiful card Di. Such pretty colours too. xx

  9. Same situation here two/three days ago, but now the sun shines again and they says we will have a new heat weave tomorrow, 30 degrees and more. We will see. For now, we are happy for the water, it has been a year without rain and the rivers are dry.
    Love, absolutely love the shades of green and the fabulous gold embossed leaves of your card! Such beautiful card!! The two curved pieces with the pearl green look amazing too, as well he gorgeous embossing and the sentiment!
    Poor Dudley, he really hates his grooming so much and certainly doesn't miss any movement of his human mom! But he is a guy full of resources and hiding secrets to escape torture! Danger escaped this time! :D LOL
    Give him my usual dose of cuddles, please! :)
    Hugs, have a happy Sunday!

  10. I love the different colours of green card you used for the leaves and the gold embossing looks really pretty, and also the ornate curved split filled with another piece of the green card, and finished with a lovely gold embossed sentiment...a beautiful card Di. x

  11. Di wow your card is fabulous the leaves are gorgeous love the swirl too x

  12. A fabulous card Di - your heat embossing is beautiful.
    Kath x

  13. Beautiful card Di, I absolutely LOVE your colour combo!
    Molly's not a fan of the rain either and we have to do a snatch and grab to get her into the shower, otherwise she scarpers!

  14. Such a stunning card Di! I absolutely love the gold embossing on the leaves and on the sentiment and that beautiful curvy part of the design gives so much lovely movement. Like you, I rarely drag out the embossing stuff - partly because it's more of a faff than just stamp and go but also because I'm rubbish at embossing! When I have more time, I'll learn how to do it properly... *runs mind over impending arrival of Eva's new sister• !! Poor Dudley, panicking over the grooming session that never happened! Eva always looks very disapproving when I appear with a handbag or when I reach for the car key! Hugs, Vicky xx

  15. I can't believe I have missed so many of your gorgeous works. Catching up and not much time left, so will be quick with the next few comments. This is gorgeous Di, I love the colour, and the gorgeous design.


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