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Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #66 November 14, 2008

So much to chat about this morning (that’s what happens when I don’t post that often). 

My Hubby, John, is definitely my inspiration for Beate’s wsc.  He made me so proud yesterday.  Some of you are aware that I have a Saint Bernard named “Bailey Bear”.  He turns 6 years old tomorrow…so that means he had his yearly check up yesterday.  With every Vet visit, I get a stress-induced migraine.  It is such a pain and major task to take him to the Vet.  I drive an Excursion, so that means get out a ramp; He’s aggressive towards other animals, so that means last visit of the day; We have to wait till the area is clear of other animals so we can sneak him in the back door of their office.  Ughhhh!  I have taken him every year without Johns help and that means trying to restrain a 170 pound dog with my little Ethan.  I had my whole families support yesterday and they all came with me…John did all the restraining.  I was smiling from ear to ear and was migraine-free. 

Here is what I placed on his car dashboard this morning:


What do you think?  I took a Valentine’s set (SU! Happy Hearts) and put a masculine spin on it.  And so glad I did because I didn’t want to wait till January to start inking up this super cute stamp set.  I just love this card (I may have to sneak it back into my possession after he looks at it lol). 

Here is the inside of the card:


Ready for more pet problems?  I don’t think I have shared this info yet.  If you are a Stampin’ Up! Demo, you may have seen my “Discover” scrapbook page, with my little Ethan, in the December Stampin’ Success Magazine.  See, Ethan has a serious fascination with marine life.  We have been to several Aquariums.  Due to this obsession, we have a 55 gallon freshwater tank with 4 “Green Terror Cichlids” (very aggressive fish from South America).  I am faced with a situation I have never had to deal with.  It seems like some fish have decided to…………..well, there are now eggs on one of the rocks.  One of the males has become EXTREMELY AGGRESSIVE and all I keep thinking about is the movie Nemo (very beginning of the movie).  I have no idea what I am doing lol.  I had to separate this rock from even the parents (the Dad started to eat some of them).  Okay, the last thing I need is baby fishies.  We are going to see what happens so we can educate Ethan, then we will give them to our local fish store.  

Check out what these awesome stampers have created with Beate’s sketch.  You will be amazed for sure:

Cambria Turnbow, Charmaine Ikach, Jenn Balcer, Lori Craig, and Sharon Harnist.

A big Congrats to Cambria as she is launching a NEW STAMPING COMPANY!  Make sure you check out ourcraftlounge.  The images are just so cute.

A new Dirty Dozen Gallery will be visible in the near future over at splitcoaststampers so be on the look out 🙂

Many have inquired on how to make perfect corners with the scallop edge punch.  You can view a tutorial at splitcoaststampers.  The tutorial shows how to make a square.  To make a rectangle, you just change the number of scallops to the sides KWIM.  You can create any size rectangle or square by following the tutorial.

Finally, I have accepted the su! “lead demo” position for my local Ronald McDonald House in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  This is so important to me personally.  I hope that I can bring a smile to a Mothers face and distract her briefly with some therapeutic stamping.  Just brings tears to my eyes.  I don’t think I’m quite ready to work with kids yet, but that is definitely on my list of goals.

whoooooo!  I think that is all I have to share lol.  Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by.


STAMP:  A Happy Heart (Holiday Mini Catalog)

CARDSTOCK:  Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Night of Navy.  Urban Garden Designer Series Paper.

INKS:  Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Night of Navy, and Basic Gray.

ACCESSORIES:  Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Build A Brad, Basic Gray Tafetta Ribbon, On Board Lots of Letters Chipboard, 1/2″ Circle Punch, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sanding Block.


36 Responses to “Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #66”

  1. beate Says:

    Oh MJ, I love this card! I love your masculine take on the cute set. Gorgeous! Love all the pop up hearts and x’s.
    Awesome Valentine’s card.
    Have a great weekend. Hugs and smiles

  2. Mary Jo, this is just too cute! I LOVE it!

  3. Ashley Says:

    This is soooo cute!

  4. Cindy Major Says:

    It looks amazing. Those are my favorite papers from the catalogue and you rocked them! Love every little detail you’ve included in there, especially the popped-up tic tac toe images and the chipboard letters.


  5. Fabulous card, MJ — love that stamp and the chipboard is the perfect compliment! Hugs from Texas!

  6. 2stampis2b Says:

    Wow, what a great use of masculine colors with this set! I just got mine and can’t wait to use it (maybe I shouldn’t wait!). TFS!

  7. You rocked it again MJ!! I love this set too… need to play more with it. So sweet of you to surprise your hubby!

    Thank you sweet friend…. thank you! 🙂 Made my day!

    Love ya… have a super weekend!

  8. jenn Says:

    oh, MJ. This is AMAZING. WOWZERS! You’re fabulous, babe!

  9. DebbieY Says:

    I love it! I just got my set and had to ink it up right away as well!

  10. Cathy Y. Says:

    I just love this card. What a cute idea.

  11. Linda Says:

    Wow great card Cami…love what you’ve done with this set…these colours look fab, great idea not doing it just in the pinks/reds…love it.

  12. Debbie Olson Says:

    MJ, it’s totally perfect! You always ROCK–and I’m awfully glad that you didn’t have to take the dog by yourself. 🙂

  13. Lisa Says:

    This is a great card! Love it!

  14. Stephanie P Says:

    MJ, you continue to astound and amaze!! That card is gorgeous. I just got this set of dp and was considering my options with the lined part of that particular design when you answered my question by using it horizontally in the background. My fav dp set this catelogue and you provided a great way to use it. Thank you for sharing!! PS Glad you didn’t have to deal with the vet visit alone this year. When the dog weighs more than you, it is time for back up!!

  15. Vera Says:

    Thanks for sharing your stories. I have vivid memories of my saint Barney scaring a poor woman with a chiuhauha (sp?) at the vet one time. She literally thought my dog was trying to eat her little dog. I can laugh about it now.

    I do have one question, what do you do with Bailey when you have company? My saint, Pickles, is a bit much around people. She means well, but with her herding instinct, she tries to ‘herd’ people and keep them in their place. Plus, the slobber is too much for some people. I’ve tried putting her in the garage, but she scratches at the door and barks constantly. Do you have a problem with Bailey and houseguests?

    Love your work as always! Good luck with the Ronald McDonald house!

  16. Rhonda K. Says:

    Great cards! I really love the one you did for Beate’s challenge…great colors and so much detail!! Very cute! TFS

  17. Ilina Crouse Says:

    Love the way how you made masculine card with a valentines set. Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. Conniecrafter Says:

    Terrific card, great colors and idea!

  19. Lori Craig Says:

    I bet your hubby loved this! What a trooper to help you out yesterday! Goodness, I have a ton of questions about your dog… 170 pounds…crazy, MJ! Your card is adorable! Have a wonderful weekend! HUGS!

  20. Anthonette Says:

    OMGoodness, awesome card! I just got this stamp set. I love how you used it. That paper is great too.

  21. Kay Kalthoff Says:

    An amazing card and I loved your chit chat, too. TFS!

  22. chloe Says:

    Holy MOLY this card is cute! I am so stoked I ordered this stamp set after seeing what you’ve done with it!

  23. Barb F Says:

    What a gorgeous card! Love the masculine spin you put on it (that’s always a toughie), and all of the dimension.

  24. Dawn Says:

    Love your card! I can’t wait to case it!

  25. Vicki Says:

    So beautiful!! Love the tic tac toe theme!! 😉 Awesome papers!! TFS!

  26. Candy aka cwilliams Says:


  27. Oh my gosh, MJ…You’re gonna make me get this set…which I’ve been avoiding cuz I just don’t NEED it! This is soooo cute! Love that you left it for your hubby too…sweet, sweet, sweet! 🙂

  28. Mandi Kehoe Says:

    I can totally relate. One of my Great Danes HATES other dogs and actually isn’t that fond of strangers either. Taking her to the vet is a CHORE! We always take the last appointment of the day and sneak her in the back door too. All the other vet techs know to ignore her and not make eye contact! At least she likes the vet, otherwise I don’t know what I’d do! And we have to take her in about every 6 weeks for a chiro adjustment due to severe arthritis in her neck. I get the migraine on the way home, after it’s all over. Ugh!

    Love this card!

  29. Sue Says:

    Beautiful card! TFS

    We had the same fish when I was a teen..and we were able to buy some sort of plexi glass divider to separate the breeding fish from the rest of the occupants of the aquarium. Check with your pet store. Plus they will probably buy any babies that survive from you. Good luck..I’ll wait to see what happens! I remember being facinated by it all.

  30. Amy Lee Says:

    I love the masculine touch, yet so sweet. I also love those Build-A-Brads. Why don’t people use them more? I LOVE THEM!

  31. stampinbythesea Says:

    Whoo Hoo girl. Love that card but very excited about you becoming the lead for the RMH. That is soooooooooo awesome. You bring a smile to anyones face. 🙂

  32. Rhonda K. Says:

    WOW! I love this card. The colors are fabulous and I have such a hard time with masculine cards..this one is great. You did a wonderful job.
    Also congrats on the Artisan Award..I just got my new Stampin’ Success mag and saw you in there. That is exciting news. Thanks for sharing your talent!

  33. Kerry Fitzpatrick Says:

    Where are you??? I’ve missed your blog. Are you okay???

  34. Nayheli Says:

    I love your card, is beautiful!!!

    Saludos desde México.

  35. Mary Says:

    How pretty! Love the colors and the coordination of everything

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