Sunday, April 12, 2015

Non-traditional Baby Card with the UnstampaBelles

This April, the UnstampaBelles are challenging you to make a Non-traditional Baby project. You can link up your projects until the end of the month, but remember that you can't use ANY STAMPS (digi or otherwise).

I made a vintage-style card to celebrate a new "fur baby" ...  adopting a pet can be a real life-changing experience, as I well know. 

The inside of the card was inspired by the Flag Book technique. I winged it, but it came out great. It's a bit difficult to see in this photo, but each gray piece is folded in half and cut down to create the flag. I placed the gray pieces slightly away from the center fold of the card so that the flags pop out.

Obviously, I was inspired by the fun "Cats & Dogs" paper collection by Graphic 45. I used it for my base card, as well as for all of the images. I made the "Welcome Home" sentiment in SCAL and cut it from black paper & silver vinyl on my Silhouette Cameo.

The background frame on the front is packaging from a bag of dog food. We buy our dry dog food is large bags, and my husband got a smile from seeing the top edge of the nag being cut off ... he knew it was for crafting purposes! The charm is from Maya Road.

Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper: Anything goes with Patterned Paper
Dream it Up: Showers of Showers
Open-Minded Challenge #34: Recycle (dog food bag)
Simon Says Stamp: April Showers and/or Spring Flowers
Sisterhood of Crafters: April Showers

Just for fun, here are photos of our dogs way back when... they are known around the neighborhood as "the children" as they are enthusiastic barkers but everyone knows they are sweeties too!
Walt, 2006

Allen, 2007

Be sure to check out the fabulous projects by my teamies and hope you'll join us this month at UnstampaBelles!

Thank you for visiting,


  1. What a cute project! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘April Showers’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters

  2. Great card & loving the inside too. Your dogs look like sweeties too

  3. Very cute your post...thank you for joining us at The Sisterhood for our "April Showers" challenge!
    Diane TSH DT

  4. Back again,I just wanted to invite you to join the challenge at Classy Cards 'n Such which is Rainy Days...the link can be found on the Sunday listing at Paper Playful....hope to see your "there"!
    Diane CCNS DT

  5. A delightful card ..would be loved by any dog lover ..Great front image and cleverly created inside ..Thanks for sharing with Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenge

  6. What a great card using a retro image. Very clever. Thanks for joining the Sisterhood's "April Showers" challenge.

  7. Gorgeous, beautiful card inside and out.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  8. Great project! Thanks for joining us at The Sisterhood of Crafters!

  9. I am back again with a "different hat" as they love to invite you to enter our "Rainy Days" challenge at Classy Cards 'n Such with your beautiful card...the link can be found at Paper Playful under the Sunday listings or on my blog (by scrolling down to Tuesday) as well! ....Hope to see you there.
    Diane CCNS DT

  10. Fabulous card. I wold love to adopt a kitten but my big dog disagrees. Thank you for joining our challenge at Dream it Up!

  11. Great card & lovely pics!
    Adopted fur babies are so special! xx

  12. What a great idea for a 'baby' card CG........very inspiring. I love how you've done your insert too.......a bit different. Think I've figured out how you did it. It's either two tags or two pop ups ....not sure lol. W x

  13. Adorable pic of your children. Great idea to use the bag from dog food as a background designer paper. Thanks for sharing on the Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenge #34 - Recycle Something.

  14. Thank you so much for joining my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper April challenge with your delightful crafting - hope to see you again soon x

  15. love it! and love your pups!! they're adorable! thanks for playing along at open-minded crafting fun challenges and hope to see you again soon!

    lovies, =o) kel


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