Sunday 3 December 2023

Sunday Snippets and a twinkling star

My snippets card for today is almost a direct steal from Chrissie Stokes over on YouTube - I already had a snippet of silver glitter paper handy and the star shaped die just 'happened' to fall into an online shopping basket! Such a sparkly outcome:

I used:

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

- piece of the same white card, trimmed to 5.25" x 4" then a star shaped aperture die cut using a Creative Expressions die called 'Aurora Star'  

- I then followed Chrissie's method to the letter and flipped the aperture panel over before sticking strips of narrow foam tape to each side of the star points as well as just inside the outer edges of the panel 

- stripped off all the backing from the foam tape then ran a glue stick over all the exposed adhesive surfaces, to allow some 'wiggle room' when doing the next steps

- added the trimmed down piece of non-shed sparkly silver glitter card behind the star itself, flipped the panel over and then adhered it onto the card front - BTW, the silver sparkle card is absolutely pure silver - utterly gorgeous. 

- final touch was a sentiment, die cut from the little piece of leftover silver glitter card as well as from plain white card as a backing layer

- layered the two together and glued the sentiment in place at the bottom right of the card, using a glue pen

- and of course, the die I used for the sentiment is my favourite Tonic Studios 'Mini Moments Merry Christmas'. At the moment I keep mine on the top of a small magnetic 'Surprise' box, which sits on my desk to stop me from losing small dies whilst working. Yup, another idea from Chrissie!

- finished!

A couple of things about the card. First of all, huge thanks to Chrissie for all the inspiration (and 'spend enabling'!) over on YouTube. This is the link to her channel - Val, myself, Brenda L, also pretty sure Darnell is .............. and no doubt quite a few of you are - already subscribed (which is free, it's just another term for following). I really loved making today's snippets card and the result is nothing short of stunning IMHO - all thanks to Chrissie and the idea of lifting the star aperture panel away from the main card itself. 

Foam tape - Chrissie uses Stix2 products and her roll of very narrow foam tape is mahoosive when new! I can't do wrestling whilst crafting - but a little search some while ago turned up some really great, very narrow self adhesive foam strips on Amazon. Here's the link if you feel tempted - they will probably last you for years!  

Card bases - I mostly use a stock of Craft UK 5.75" x 5.75" square card blanks to use 'as is' and  for trimming down to USA A2, plus various smaller square card, sizes. Over time, I've found that it's not necessarily the cheapest option - but it works for me as the card is so robust, pre-scored and a decent shade of white. For top layers, where water or alcohol isn't involved in the colouring - I will often use part of another (same range) card blank.The card will take a stamping directly onto it in any ink BTW, so it's really good to hold onto snippet strips. Then you can stamp your sentiment ....... either directly onto the card base - or do it onto the snippet and then die cut or trim down to suit. And of course the white strips are also super for die cutting a second sentiment to reinforce the top layer, coloured or not. I do have a variety of larger sizes from the same range.

Sarn has posted the results of Challenge #467 over in the Snippets Playground HERE. As ever, there are some great choices as 'Picks' - and a lucky prize draw winner too! 

Dudley Pupdate: I'm typing this late on Friday afternoon and, as he so often is, Dudley is curled up underneath my desk ......... doing his best to have a sneaky lick of my feet. Len has begun to put up some of the outdoor Christmas lights - and it's incredible how Dudley almost hops around in excitement when the boxes come down from the loft. It's probably the one place inside the house that he hasn't explored, so he possibly thinks that's where all the 'magical' stuff lives!

There's still one week of the current challenge left to run! Check underneath this post, make a card and come and play with us. I'm sure some of you will still be rushing to make those final Christmas cards so check those snippets! There's a decent chance to win a nice prize if you join in the draw. 

With love from Dudley and myself,


  1. This is so beautifully CAS Di and I love the silver glitter card showing through it and also used on the sentiment. I watch Chrissie's videos and tried to get this die but it was sold out. Mind you I did manage to get some bargains from the Craft Stash Black Friday sale, so I can't complain. I'm sure your Christmas lights will look beautiful. x

  2. I follow Chrissie too, but haven't watched this video yet. A stunning result Di

  3. Oh how beautiful & elegant! That star die is amazing! I'm with Dudley--LOVE Christmas decorations & especially the lights! Happy Holidays to all 3 of you!

  4. Lovely sparkly card Di, and lots of tips too , thanks. We’re hoping to get the tree up today xxx

  5. A stunning card Di - this is a wonderful CASE :) Having a Dudley is almost like having a child at Christmas by the sounds of it :)

  6. STUNNING Christmas card my friend. So sparkly and so CAS. Great tips and thanks for the links.

    An excited pup is a happy pup!!! Methinks I’ll be taking a trip to the attic later today to fetch my Christmas dec’s out to thaw!!!
    Happy Snippets Day!!! Xxx

  7. CAS but such impact - fabulous card and a great shout out for Chrissie and her many and inspiring videos on YouTube. Great fun to watch and so informative - plenty of 'enabling' too 🤣🤣. Had to smile at Dudley getting excited to see what appeared out of the loft.

  8. Absolutely gorgeous Di. You’ve used that lovely sentiment die too which I have tried unsuccessfully to buy. I think it must be discontinued.🙁

  9. Its so pretty Di that start is gorgeous and really shows of with the silver background xx

  10. A lovely card Di and a beautiful twinkling star.

    I also use Craft UK card blanks for all the reasons you have given!

    Kath x

  11. It happens in Autumn.... falling leaves out of the door and falling items into online baskets! Ah ah :D LOL Well done with this star card, it's really gorgeous!
    Thanks also for the link to Christine Stokes' YouTube channel, I subscribed now, it seems full of interesting things :)
    How cute is Dudley thinking that there is a magic place in the house loft :) and I'm happy he has forgiven you for all the attention to his hair... :D LOL
    Hugs, happy Sunday and give lots of cuddles to my furry friend!

  12. This is so pretty Di - beautiful star die aperture and the silver glitter card backing card sets it off perfectly!
    Pauline xx

  13. A gorgeous CAS card Di, I also view Chrissie's videos, they are so helpful. I have saved the link for the tape, I have a bit left of my £1 tabs, but I like the look of the strips, no more struggling to cut smaller pieces. I also use Craft UK cards. They take my DI's ink, quite well, too. Thanks for all the great information. x

  14. I spy my beautiful Christmas card!! Thank you Di, I love it! xx


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