Friday, September 30, 2011

Puppy Love, with Daisies

Can you believe I haven't colored anything in over a month?! I got into paper piecing and then kinda didn't feel like crafting for a little while...sometimes that happens, but now I'm back in full force!

I was recently introduced to the Stamp and Create online store, through the very generous prize they sponsored for Top Tip Tuesday's birthday celebration, and part of my delicious haul was this polymer stamp by Mo Manning. The stamp came just in time for me to break it in for this week's Bronte & Bella's Challenge (Mo's challenge blog). The theme is "Furry Friends," and since this stamp actually depicts Belle and Bronte it seems like kismet! (Although I used my own color palette.) I love how the dog is sitting ... it reminds me of a game we play with our dog Walt (which my husband invented), where we say "Show me your belly" in a funny voice and Walt rolls over for us to scratch his fat little belly. It's the sweetest show of submission from a dog that has quite a personality. Seriously, I can say it from across the room and, if he's in the mood, he'll roll over and give you a look like, Well come on then! That's him in the photo on the right, wondering what Mommy is up to this time!

I'm entering this shaker card into the following challenges (thank you for the wonderful inspiration, all!):
Craft Your Passion #77: Green, Yellow, Black and White
My Sheri Crafts Challenge #69: Sew Simple
DP2 Challenge #102: Furry Friends
Cute Card Thursdays Challenge 184: Animal Crackers!
Going Grey with Scrap-Creations Challenge: It's a Girl Thing

I took the card outside to take advantage of the lovely sunshine for the photo. The other day I was taking a photo of a card on the back porch, and I heard someone across the street say, Now what's she doing?! We live across from a halfway house (really lovely folks, and there's always someone around to keep an eye on things), and between me & the dogs & the squirrels, we provide quite the entertainment for them!

The paw-flowers and sentiment are heat-embossed (see my supply list below). I used my Sew Easy tool to pierce the holes for the stitching. It really is relatively easy! The only trick is the surface you use; I found a really helpful review at Scrapaganza, and she suggested using corrugated cardboard for the mat. So now I have an old mailing box in my craft space for just that purpose!

And here it is "all shook up". This was my first time using micro beads, and although folks have been telling me how easy and fun they are, I ended up getting covered in them. Those little buggers can really move! For the card base, I used the very handy Shake It set from Impression Obsession. So, the card, the base, and the plastic piece we are provided for me. Easy peasy!

And here's the inside. Wow, the light yellow really matches our house!

Stamps: Bella and Bronte by Mo Manning (manufactured & distributed by Stampavie), Paws to Remember set by Raisin Boat
Paper: Recollections, Hammermill
Tools: Fiskars papercutter, stamp block, MS detailing scissors, Marvy heat tool, Sew Easy piercing tool, needle, awl
Other: ZipDry glue, variegated embroidery floss, Recollection adhesive rhinestones & micro beads, Stampendous embossing powders, Versamark & Memento inks, Shake It set from Impression Obsession
Copics: B10, G02, YG41, G07, BG09, BG49, BG15, YG03, YG63, Y000, Y08, Y06, Y17, YR12, E13, E35, E33, E37, E11, E31, YR01, E51, E000, RV42, RV02, C-1, C-5, C-7, 100

Update: This card won an "Ooo-La-La" Blog award for My Sheri Crafts Challenge #69. Thank you!


  1. lovely card and pretty color combinations. I love the stitching you did! Great job!

  2. wow, fabulous card, love the shaker element!
    Many thanks for joining in the Cute Card Thursday Challenge!
    have a fabulous weekend!

  3. Oh, I love Walt! For some reason I thought he was white, but maybe that's his buddy.
    The girl on your card looks a little like Fancy Nancy. :]

  4. Adorable card! I love the stitching and the embossed paw prints. Glad you joined us in Mo's Challenge.

  5. This is wonderful! Thanks for joining our "Sew Simple" challenge this week at My Sheri CRAFTS ;-)

  6. wow cute creation dear.

  7. Whoohoo...I love it. Well...first, let me say, Walt is sooooo cute!! I'll bet he's a lover, huh?! And your card...well...I loved it when I first looked at it...and then I realized it's a shaker card! Love it even more! And, I laughed when I read about the micro-beads sticking to everything! Yes ma'am...I just made my first shaker card the other day and I had those little b-bs a;; over me! hahaha!! So glad you love Mo images...your card surely showcases Bella and Bronte beautifully! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Mo's! Hugs. Pat Frank

  8. Your card turned out wonderful, even if you did get the micro beads all over yourself LOL. Thanks for playing the Mo's Challenge!!

  9. What a great card:) I can see this for every animal lover:) Thank you for joining us for our Color Challenge at Craft Your Passions. Good Luck:)


  10. Fabulous shaker card!! Love this sweet image from Mo Manning.Thanks for sharing and playing along with us at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations


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