Sunday 16 June 2024

Sunday Snippets - 'smile'

A fairly pink card from me:

I used:

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

- used an Altenew 'Bold Floral' stamp and Clair VersaFine 'Morning Mist' inkpad to stamp the flower onto a snippet of the same white card as the card blank (I have a 'thing' about whites being the same shade)

- then coloured the flower using Arteza Watercolour pencils and a fine brush

- die cut the flower using a matching die and set it to one side

- die cut a lattice panel from a snippet of Tonic pearlised 'Luna Silver', using a lovely unbranded die gifted to me by a kind friend and also set that to one side

- die cut the pink frame from a 5.25" x 4" snippet of pink linen effect card, using a die from Penny Black's 'stitched frames' set of dies - which left me with the centre as a further snippet for future use

- backed the pink frame with a 5" x 3.75" snippet of the same white card using very narrow red line tape

- at that point I could pop the frame with the white centre panel into the Misti and juggle the silver lattice die cut and the flower about to position the 'smile' sentiment, before removing the lattice and flower then stamping the sentiment using 'Morning Mist' again. The sentiment is from the Funky Fossil 'Making Memories' set of stamps that were part of the prize in Challenge #480 

- then stuck the lattice panel onto the front panel using Stix2 micro dots

- adhered the flower using thin sticky pads

- finally, stuck the front panel onto the card front using very narrow foam tape - and the glue stick trick of course

And, whilst everything was out on the desk I made a second card almost the same, just changing the colours:

I'd like to enter the pink card into the following challenges:

- Darnell's NBUS challenge #63 - HERE- the lattice die was having its first outing

- Allsorts Challenge #785 HERE - under the 'Anything goes' option

- Creations in Pink - Challenge #71 HERE

Dudley Pupdate: The other day, Len spotted a new bit of cooperation between Dudley and myself that I'd been keeping quiet until we both perfected it. Honka Duck is a pretty big thing for such a small chap to carry at the same time as he uses a strategically placed footstool to hop up onto our bed. So, if I'm sitting either in or on the side of our bed he brings Honka to me and holds him up in the air. That's my signal to take Honka from him and put him onto our bed so that Dudley can then skip around to the foot of the bed and hop up. It worked so seamlessly and Len's jaw did drop. 'How did he learn that one? was his question, at which I just shrugged as if it was the simplest thing in the world! Little does he know how long we've been working on it!

It was my turn for a little surprise on Thursday when I couldn't find Dudley anywhere - suddenly I spotted him and had to grab my camera to take this photo:

Len was sitting at his desk playing the guitar and Dudley was on his 'lookout' fleece covered table beside him .......... with his head resting on Len's arm as he dreamily absorbed some Spanish melodies! Apparently he was like that for around 20 minutes, I wonder it it's in his DNA? Havanese are descended from dogs of the Bichon variety that were originally taken to Cuba (hence the Havana link) by Spanish Traders many years ago. Len says my theory is 'barking' mad - ha, ha!

Remember, the results from Challenge #481  are now published in the Snippets Playground HERE 

Hope to see you on the swings for the current challenge as that runs for almost another week.

Love as always, Dudley and yours truly,


  1. Love the sweet flower backed by the lattice and framed, two fab cards Di. I’m surprised Len can play with Dudley’s head on his arm! That’s a cute practical trick to get the duck to bed 😍xxx

  2. A very elegant creation Di. Hope the eyes are back to rights again, although imagine short distance needs an opticians tweak.

    B x

  3. Such beautiful cards.
    Such fun tricks with Dudley :)

  4. A couple of great cards making good use of the lattice and pretty flower. Just love to read the ongoing saga of Dudley's exploits, clever trick with Honka and he's obviously enthralled with the guitar music. Is it going to be flamenco dancing next I wonder 🤣🤣

  5. Ole! Indeed. He's such a sweet pup AND clever with it. Love the cooperation trick with Honka Duck,

    Both your cards are beautiful Di. Love the lattice background showing off your pretty flower. xxx

  6. I may have to CASE this great card - I absolutely LOVE it! Both color versions are wonderful. That's a dreamy little photo of Dudley enjoying the guitar music. I love how music can calm our pets :)

  7. A wonderful CAS design Di, both the versions are so beautiful but the pink one is my favourite! The beautiful Altenew flower pops very well from the lattice die cut!
    I immediately recognized the sweet and so pretty font of the Funky Fossil sentiment with that heart for the "i" dot!! :D LOVE it!
    Hope that your eye is improving day by day!!
    Happy five to Dudley and a very well done to you for your new cooperation for Honka Duck! :)
    I have my eyes with hearts looking at Dudley's photo with Len!! How sweet picture!! You might put it framed on a wall, is just amazing! Stunning that he loves Spanish melodies, perhaps your theory is right and not "barking" mad :D ! However you cached a very intimate moment :)
    Big hugs and my usual cuddles to the little dude!!

    1. Thank you so much Alice! It was quite a moment to capture Dudley like that - usually he would move away or close his eyes. He certainly was enchanted! I might just have it made into a canvas as a surprise for Len. Thanks for the idea!

      Di xxx

  8. Beautiful cards Di, that die works perfectly with your pretty flower.
    Isn't that funny that Dudley was so chilled listening to Len! And well done you on teaching him a new trick!

  9. Hi Diane, your pink card is fabulous, I love the flower, it's very well colored and the gray mesh is the right element to make the flower stand out.
    I'm happy that you stopped by to visit my blog and discovered the Creations in Pink challenge, thanks for joining the pink month challenge. a hug Taty

  10. Your Smile card is wonderful! Love the picture and Dudley pupdate! Thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week!

  11. A wonderful card Di - the flower is just right for the lattice diecut. A beautiful balance.
    So not only is Dudley clever, but also musical - a wee genius - especially when it comes to mischief ;)

  12. ooh so pretty in pink and a lovely design. That pic of Dudley is super cute and love your theory! Thank you for taking part at Allsorts challenge.

    1. If memory serves me right, you would probably 'get' it more than most! x

  13. Wow Di both cards are stunning lovely colours for both flowers and that background Morning mist is stunning so effective cute does Dudley look he must like Lens music xx

  14. Fabulous cards and good color choices! Dudley is just too cute!

  15. A beautiful card design Di and both colourways are lovely!
    I love the communication you have with Dudley. Handing you Honka so that he can nip round and climb up onto the bed is such a sweet thing! Love the photo of him enjoying a little spanish guitar and I'm with you - he was bred to it. He probably practices his salsa while you're out!! Hugs, Vicky xx


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