Sunday 5 November 2023

Sunday snippets and cards for chaps!

I always struggle to make cards for boys once they're past the very early years - same with grown men. However, I decided to have a go at making a bunch of cards for chaps to have on standby - here are the first results, one of the cards is going to a young neighbour:

I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" white card blanks, side opening

- snippets of Tonic Pearlescent card in 'Glazed Chestnut' and 'Majestic Gold' 

- a MFT 'Diagonal Strip Sentiment Cover Up' die was used to cut the backing panel - using the same die on both colours meant I could switch the contrasting colour around by using the 'fallout', which I did carefully keep to one side in the right size order 

- glued the backing panel onto the card fronts and inserted the contrasting strips of card into the apertures - using glue pens

- die cut the word 'Birthday' twice from more snippets of the same colours of card, layered them together then glued them onto the diagonal band across the width of the backing panel. I used the actual word part of a Whimsy Stamps die set called 'Birthday Word and Shadow Die' 

- finished!

Sarn has posted the results of Challenge #465 over in the Snippets Playground HERE.  As ever, there are some great choices from Sarn as 'Picks' - and a lucky prize draw winner too! 

Dudley Pupdate: Halloween - well, where do I begin! We joined in with the 'Trick or Treat' fun and games until rain stopped play at around 8pm. 

The sweetest part of Halloween around here is always early on when the little ones come around, usually singly with their Mums. There were some brilliant costumes and make-up and it was so nice to see the effort that had been made by parents for their kids, as well as a lot of the older kids too! We had a couple of younger ones wearing 'Wednesday Addams' outfits, complete with pigtails. The smallest caller almost made me cry when she, before even taking a treat, shyly handed me a little slip of torn paper on which was written very carefully 'Thank you'.

Dudley was in ecstasy, just lying at the front door in between callers patiently waiting with his nose against the door - his party piece was to then poke his nose and smiling face out when I opened the door a little bit. And of course, he stole the show as always - he wore a Halloween bandana - which was much admired! I overheard more than one group of people saying 'Go to that house, they have a cute little dog'! Afterwards, Dudley slept like a log right through the night - worn out by all the excitement. So did we, come to think of it!

There's still one week of the current challenge left to run! Make a card and come and play - there's a chance to win a nice prize if you join in the draw. See you on the swings!

Remember, remember the Fifth of November! Sarn has been working away making sure there's a veritable feast to be had in the Playground - Bonfire Toffee from Vicky plus Sarn and I will be dishing out soup & rolls, jacket potatoes - and some hot chocolate which I have my suspicions about. For a start, Dudley isn't allowed human chocolate - but if he was, I suspect there might be a little stagger added to his wiggle when he walks. Would that means he would walk with a 'staggle' I wonder? 

Sarn thinks I don't know 'peep' of course! And there's a huge bonfire - extinguishers are at the ready lest a spark sets the tree house alight! I also suspect that Dudley will be wearing a 'Fire Warden' Hi-viz jacket given half a chance!

With love from Dudley and myself,


  1. Great idea, and love how you can get a twofer. Your Halloween sounded fun. I’ve helped Sarn make the guy, but my lips are sealed…… xxx

    1. You were a star working on the Guy. Thanks! X

  2. Perfect pair of masculine cards here Di. Love the font of the birthday sentiment. Great idea to do the strip die cutting in 2 different colours then mixing and matching!!!

    Love that Dudley enjoyed Halloween. Of course everyone was smitten by him. Sounds like at least one of your trick & treaters has been well brought up - giving you a thank you note! X

  3. This is a great way of getting two cards suitable for men of any age and I guess with different colours they could well do for absolutely anyone - clever stuff. Pleased you enjoyed Halloween, see you at the bonfire night shenanigans 😊

  4. What a great pair of cards Di - suitably masculine in the subdued colour palette and simplicity of design - and lack of bling...
    So glad Dudley was the star of the show at your place.
    Halloween is not a 'big' thing here, but Guy Fawkes... it's gone bonkers outside, and my poor cat Tinks is hiding in my wardrobe still (heading up to 10pm) I can't believe the money going up in noise and smoke...

  5. O, this is so well done. What a great idea, using it in this way!
    Lia xx

  6. Not only is this a great design for masculine cards, the alternating colors are just perfect! I can just visualize Halloween at your house, and I'm sure it was fun with Dudley getting in on the action wearing a bandana!

  7. A fabulous card Di - a great design and a lovely die.
    Kath x

  8. Fabulous design for masculine recipients cards, always so hard to do!! Both the versions are very elegant and clean!
    It seems that Trick or Treat' fun of Halloween was a party for Dudley! :D Surely he slept very well after all the emotions!! How cute the little kid that gave you a thank you on a snippet of paper! I think he wanted play in the challenge! LOL :D
    I don't know if I could come to the feast today, sadly I'm very busy! And however I don't deserve it , as I didn't helped Sarn to collect wood for the fire some days ago...! :D LOL
    You could devolve my portion of soup & roll to Dudley (and a little lick of chocolate, please, please, please, Mama...!!! :D )
    Happy playful Sunday to you and Sarn, and of course to Fire Warden Dudley!

  9. OH! I should have visited earlier, I had to do a quick card, this would have suited beautifully. Super masculine cards Di.

  10. Such a clever design Di! Must remember this one... I always heave a sigh of relief when halloween is over - the one time of year I loathe! My neighbours all know we don't do halloween and are very considerate but Lulu could hear people outside and was very unsettled bless her. She was a star on bonfire night though and I think Eva took heart when she saw how unfazed her little sister was! Sounds like Dudley is a very sociable young man and I love how he joined in with all the fun! Vicky x

  11. Love your masculine cards! Fritz & Dudley have very different personalities. I really wish Fritz was a bit more open to strangers. Halloween is no fun here since Fritz doesn't want anyone coming to our door!


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