Doggie Valentines

Office Doggie Valentines

I am a little late in posting this but…

My sweet husband Dan works for a great woman-owned company that allows it’s workers to bring their pups to work with them! (How awesome is that???) Since the company is located in California and we live in Illinois AND since we don’t have a dog….Dan doesn’t get to join in the fun.

However, when Dan does get to go into the office he loves seeing all the different dogs. Each has a sweet personality and their own personal charms.

We thought it might be fun to make special little Valentines for each dog. We filled a bag with ridiculously small milk bones (we Non-dog owners have little experience with buying dog treats clearly). I created little open ended Sour Cream containers with little Valentine tags. 

And here is Ajax… A super smart Pup and handsome fella!
And Buck, who loves to carry his leash around the hallways…you know…just in case someone wants to take him for a walk Tee hee! I’d take him for a walk…right after I gave him a big hug!

And a little Cockapoo names Gracie..the only dog in the office that might appreciate such small little Valentine Treats LOL!

Here’s my favorite Valentine, my husband Dan. 
And for a final Valentine thought…Dan sent his favorite girls some beautiful roses for Valentines Day! I think Pickles, (our only girl kitty who was once a stray) is thinking, ” I have the best Daddy in the world”. I totally agree with her!

I hope you make a special treat for someone you love!!

Mojo#438 Fear Not

Mojo# 438 – Fear Not

Time for another Mojo Monday Challenge! Great Sketch this week. Here it is:

My Take:

I just love the Birthday Bouquet Paper! This is one of the prettiest sets of paper Stampin’ UP! has designed in my opinion.

 Hard to choose which one is a favorite! But this is my favorite:
I couldn’t help but use it on this sketch. 

I really find comfort in the verse included in the Rose Wonder Stamp Set. So this card came together naturally for me. Of course, I had to add the gorgeous Pool Party ribbon which coordinates perfectly.

Rose Wonder Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
Here is a small close up of the paper. However, a close up shows my poor cutting job-oh well.

One great thing about the Birthday Bouquet Cardstock Pack is that it includes the beautiful Blushing Bride, Pool Party AND Whisper White Thick Cardstock~ All for only $7.00! 8 each of the three colors.

If you have an order that is less than $150.00, please consider using my hostess code of 3Q6FNFDJ. You will receive a special thank you from me if you do!
Here’s some items you might consider!

Life Without Dogs-Mojo#436

Life without Dogs? I don’t think so!

Today’s card features my love of animals. I love all kinds of furry creatures…even dogs. (Crush does not look amused at my saying this).

My husband and I would love to have a fawn colored Great Dane some day. While on vacation  in Arkansas years ago, we came across a a massive stuffed Great Dane in a souvenir shop. The childhood part of our hearts couldn’t resist purchasing him. Thus Belle (as we named her), is one giant stuffed Great Dane who keeps watch over the entry way to our home. Many guests have been startled by her. 🙂

Here is the Crush meeting Belle the first time:
He seems to be saying  “Fess up! Whose idea was this??”

Enough silliness-  on to this week’s Mojo sketch:  
And my Take on it:
 I had to omit one of the circles due to the size of the dog heads. But I think it still worked out!  While fussy cutting the ribbon on the bone from a Real Red stamping of the image, I began to question my own mental stability. However, I survived.
 I gussied up the inside a little with some left over pattern paper. I really like this years DSP stacks.
And finally, I had to share another photo of Belle and one of our other kitties named Bling. This photo was taken in our previous home in Indianapolis. Bling (he has extra digits on his two front paws making him polydactyl) felt brave enough to stand watch at night with his big friend by his side. Now during times of extreme danger (ie. someone other than Dan and I in the house) he can be find hiding inside my stamp cabinet upstairs. 🙂 Shh…he is safe there because no one knows where he is!

Please come back again soon for more stamping inspiration!

Mojo Monday 434 Friend Card

Mojo Monday 434 Friend Card

Hi Stampers,
I finally made a new Mojo card. It is interesting to me that what I end up with, is usually different than what I have in my head starting out. That isn’t a bad thing…just somewhat surprising.  For instance Garden Green is not something I reach for right off the bat, nor is stamping a heart in that color but…that is just where the process took me.
Here is this week’s sketch. I struggled a bit with that top circle. I like the idea of it getting cut off the card… but not sure I chose the right paper. I am still working with pairing pattern papers. I wish I had taken a design class while in college.

Here is my take on the Sketch :
I ended up using the opposite side of the pattern papers once I had them cut. I kinda wish I had tried stamping the heart on Crumb Cake paper instead of white as well. That would have changed the second circle to the beige hearts I wanted to originally use. Didn’t think of that till now….

One more detail:
I used one of the It’s My Party Enamel Dots and then added a Rhinestone on top. Not sure how well this will make it through the mail but it is pretty in person.

My new crafting resolution of using the pretty accents (designer paper, enamel dots, etc) instead of collecting them seems to be working out.

Hope you enjoyed the card! All the products I used are listed down below. Click on one to go directly to my online store.

Saleabration Creation

Sky is the Limit Card

Hi all! Now that I have had a lengthy break it is time to get back to what I love! Crush was definately excited to see me back at my stamping desk. 

I decided to start the year with a card using a Limited time Saleabration set. Who doesn’t love a free set? The Sky is the limit has a fun mix of images and words.
I chose a small design pattern paper from the new Have a Cuppa Designer Series paper stack (140567). The 6×6 size makes it perfect for card makers.
I chose to heat emboss the plane with White Embossing powder to give it a special touch. I also took a cue from the paper and added some red glitter hearts I punched using the owl builder. Every project has to have some bling in my opinion.

If you would like to order any products from my website please click on the items below. 

Santa Belly Kleenex Box

Santa Belly Kleenex Box

I am getting ready for the Holiday in the Grove Craft Fair here in Sugar Grove. One of the items I will be selling are these Santa Belly’s.
Kleenex came out with these Perfect Fit boxes.
I decided to wrap them in Real Red Cardstock.

The Tag Says, “We Tissue you a Merry Christmas!
Crush as always, was a huge help. 🙂
  Hope you enjoyed it!

Santa Box Card

Santa Box Style Card

Recently we made this box style card at two of my stamp classes. I think it turned out so cute! I have a PDF of the instructions that you can download if you like.
The Home For Christmas Designer Series Paper has earned it’s way to my number two favorite Stampin’ UP Papers ever… Anyone know what my all time favorite was? (Answer at bottom).The time spent fussy cutting the Designer Series Paper images is well worth it. 


The time spent fussy cutting the Designer Series Paper images is well worth it. The Hearth and Home Framelits set the scene perfectly.
The Cozy Christmas Stamp works so nicely with the outside and inside of cards. The house stamp is perfect to stamp on the envelope as well! I added gold glitter to the tree with the fine tip glue pen….Don’t squeeze the bottle-it comes out fast.


Here is a file you can use for the instructions on how to cut and score this card.

Here are the items I used to make this card. If you need any of them you can visit my online Stamp Store to purchase them. 

Mojo Monday #421

Mojo Monday #421

The Mojo sketch was a simple one this week and I was able to put together a card fairly quickly.

 I took a huge cue from Stampin’ UP!’s catalog sample for the Wonderous Wreath stamp set. 

I liked the idea of Altering the Happy Wonderful Christmas to fit inside the wreath so I went with it. 

I was impressed by their color scheme as well. So the Every Day Chic Designer Series Paper fit the bill!
Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!
I then decided to cut one extra die cut of the ribbon and flag the ends to complete the sketch. Super simple and the Red Glitter Papper adds the sparkle I desire.
If you would like to make this card, you can purchase the products from my website by clicking a product below. Hope you enjoyed the card!


Word Art Wednesday #207

This is the weekly verse from Word Art Wednesday. It is a good verse. A good reminder to me.

And here is my creation:
And a close up of the card:
The birch pattern on the Farmers Market DSP # 138448 $11.00 is so classy.  I fussy cut one bunch of grapes from another one of the patterned sheets and added some Wink of Stella to them.
Farmers Market Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

The die cut is from My Favorite Things. Sorry, I don’t know the name of it and I think I got on a retired sale. It was the closest thing I had to something “viney”.
Hope you enjoyed and if you decide to play along with Word Art Wednesday I would love to see your creation!


Word Art Wednesday #203

Lovely verse and a lovely card. I used my go-to favorite color. Pink. Blushing Bride to be exact.

Here is the verse this week:
I was having trouble with inspiration for my English Garden Designer Series Paper. So, I pretty much cased a card I found on Pinterest made by Paula Dobson. While I used her version for inspiration I ended up putting a few changes on mine. Two similar versions of the same card because after printing the verse, I was required to use different framelits so I wouldn’t waste them.

This week’s card for WAW brought three product based revelations for me. First let’s take a close up look.
My three newest Stampin’ UP! Product loves are:
  • Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad
  • Whisper White Thick Cardstock 
  • Garden in Bloom Photopolymer stamp Set
Basic Black Archival:I almost didn’t order the newest Black Stamp Pad. I mean really, I have retired black pads, Memento Tuxedo Black , Stazon Black…why another one? Could it possible beat my Memento Pad? I have been stunned at how nicely the new Archival Basic Black stamps. Crisp clear and waterproof! Give it a try..I don’t think you will be disappointed. I still need my Memento for Alcohol Markers but I will be using the new Basic Black from Stampin’ Up as my regular.

Whisper White Thick Cardstock:  I was excited to see this addition in the newest Idea Book and Catalog. What a difference it makes in the feel of quality for your handmade cards. It brings a high quality feel to any project. It will be hard to not make this the card base of every creation.

Garden in Bloom Photopolymer stamp set: This set may be my new favorite. Ease of lining up and multiple design possibilities make it a winner. I first stamped the outline in my Basic Black Archival pad. Next, I inked the solid petal image in the Blushing Bride ink. Before stamping, I used a sponge dauber to pick up some Melon Mambo ink and dabbed a bit into the center. I think this made a huge difference dimension of the flower-and so easy! I used the same technique with the leaves using pear pizazz and Mossy Meadow.

Finally, here is my Deco Label version. Dan and I determined this one to have a more pleasing layout. Do you agree?
I hope you give  Word Art Wednesday a try. It is a lot of fun to participate!