Sunday 5 May 2024

Sunday Snippets - Christmas wine anyone?

Hooray, we've had a few sunny days here - and not before time either.

Whilst idly browsing online around unbranded dies, I came across such a fun wine glass die set. This is how I used it for my snippets card today:

Left over snippets, fished out of the waste bin! Amazing how the light above the top of the pile washed out the red of the rich Tonic card to almost pink!

I used:

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

- for the main outside frame I used Tonic's mirror 'Inca Gold' card, trimmed to 5.25" x 4" - and set it to one side for now. Resist the temptation to always build up a card directly, layer by layer, onto a card front - far better to build up most or all of the front panel and then glue it together in the proper order - simple advice I was given when first card making and, for me, it always works best! 

- then trimmed a Kaisercraft 'Blue Bay' wooden planks effect piece of 6" x 6" paper to 5" x 3.75" - and set it to one side 

- obviously, I already had the snippets I wanted to use out on the desk before selecting the two layers to form the backing frame so out came the Altenew Blossom Mini die cutter and off I went!

- first of all used a snippet of Tonic's iridescent  'Firestone Red' to die cut the wine glass. The die set is unbranded but I've never seen it before under licence - fingers crossed! The wine glass die is actually shaped slightly 'on the wonk' so it isn't anyone's eyes - perhaps Santa already had a tipple!

- then spent a quiet hour or so half watching You Tube whilst cutting out the belt and buttons (Tonic Black Velvet), buckle (Tonic Mirror 'Inca Gold') - and what I assume is Santa's beard from plain white card - ALL of them were snippets. In fact, I double layered them all for dimension - being a bit soft in the head!

- fully assembled the Santa wine glass and put it to one side

- glued the gold and wooden planks backing layers together using Collall All Purpose glue, then added the made up Santa wine glass, for that I used a glue pen

- adhered the panel onto the card blank using  thin foam stripe and the glue stick trick

- die cut the sentiment using a Creative Expressions die set - 'Lisa Horton's Borderline Ho Ho Ho'. I like this little die set but it IS tricky to line up and cut properly IMHO. Sadly I find that with a few of Lisa's designs

- for the sentiment I used snippets of Tonic 'Inca Gold' and also parchment paper
 - gluing them together as I went

- glued the 'Ho Ho Ho' sentiment across the stem of the glass using a mix of glue pen as well as mini glue dots at either end of the sentiment strip to both raise it and also beI invisible

- finished!

I'd like to enter this card into Darnell's NBUS Challenge #62 HERE- the die sets were both having their first outing.

And, into the current Allsorts Challenge, under the 'Anything Goes' rule.  Allsorts are celebrating their 15th Birthday on 18th May - with lots of lovely prizes too!

Dudley Pupdate: During the week, I was sitting on our bed, folding some laundry, ably assisted by Dudley of course. Suddenly there was a little scuffle against the bedroom window and there sat a rather pretty little pigeon on the outside window ledge. Dudley immediately woofed 'Go away you interloper' at the bird. It blinked and settled down. Nonplussed at his lack of 'authority' - Dudley trotted over to the window. popped his paws up on the wall and stretched as high as he could - to give a few more 'Go away' woofs. The bird stayed settled down. ๐Ÿ˜‚ So Dudley shrugged then decided to join it, curled up at my feet and had forty winks!

Since then, Len has given Dudley a really good trim - he looks like a newborn lamb! But. he took it all in his stride, if you ignore the few 'Dudley doing the Egyptian sand dance' moves around the grooming table. 

Very importantly, the results of Challenge #478 are now published HERE . 

Do please come and play in Sarn's current challenge over in the Snippets Playground! Just scroll down.

Love from myself and Dudley, xxx


  1. Christmas wine it is! That's so great!

  2. It certainly is nice to see some sunshine isn't it Di.

    Your card is fabulous, love how you have adapted the wine to give it the Santa look, very creative.

    B x

  3. That’s a very fun die set, bet your card is dazzling in real life! Love your little stories, I can just picture the faces of the pigeon and Dudley ๐Ÿ˜‚ you should write a book! Xxx

  4. What a great festive make this card is. Fun die set and perfect sentiment.

    How rude of the pigeon to ignore Dudley like that! Xxx

  5. That's a super fun card for the Festive season - it's rumoured that Santa likes a tipple๐Ÿ˜‰. Very well chosen background and the effect of the card used for the components must be brilliant when seen for real. Lovely tale of Dudley and his pigeon pal.

  6. I've never seen a wine goblet dressed up like Santa, but this is really FUN! I just love it!!

  7. What a fun die set, it gives “Santa’s tipple” a whole new meaning!! Xx

  8. Brilliant card, Di. I love the Santa wine glass and the patterned paper makes a great background. Thank you for joining in the Allsorts Challenge this week.
    I had to smile when I read about the interaction between Dudley and the pigeon. xx

  9. Wow Di this is brilliant the wine glass and wine looks so realistic good enough to drink lol and the background l just love absolutely stunning as always x

  10. This is so fun and beautifully done! Your snippets worked out so perfectly for it!
    Thanks so much for joining us this week at Allsorts challenge!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  11. WOW!! This is SO creative Di, absolutely love that "Santa glass"!! Well done with all your snippets to make the belt, buttons, buckle and beard!! Really clever and the result is so professional! Love the addition of Ho Ho Ho on vellum too! The perfection!
    Poor Dudley, that pigeon had no respect for a little lion like him! LOL :D
    The "Egyptian sand dance" is a fabulous way to say what Dudley does! :D How fun!
    Hugs and lots of cuddles to my friend!

  12. Always great to see a brand-new idea in die form and this one screams Christmas party! I love it, Di! Always love your Dudley pup-date, too! Thank you for inspiring everyone to use their NBUS through all these 11 years! I hope the sun hangs around! Hugs, Darnell

  13. What a fun card Di - and a fabulous die set!!
    As for Dudley... how frustrating not to be taken notice of by a bird!! as for the Egyptian Sand Dance... :)

  14. This is really fun with the Santa wine glass, and love the woodgrain background and the vellum layer under the gold sentiment which looks great. Dudley must look really cute with his short hair the way you tell'em Di. x

  15. What a fabulous die. It also reminds me a bit of an Irish coffee (probably just me lol!). Thanks for joining us at Allsorts


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