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Taylor’s Cupcake Challenge #10 April 5, 2008

I’m so lovin’ Taylor’s challenges she posts on her blog, Taylored Expressions

Here is my sample for her sketch:

I did get the opportunity to do some paper shopping yesterday but it was really short lived.  Ethan was a wild little boy.  I should have known better, but I HAD TO GO..   Let’s just say, I will be returning tomorrow.  What I did find was this awesome patterned paper, ribbons, and brads that I used for this sample. 

The stamps:  Cuppacakeabella and yummalicious stamps by Stamping Bella.  I just split the sentiment to make it work for the space I had. 

The papers: patterned papers are by Daisy Bucket Designs and I used Sweet Marabella Francesca and Bianca.  Also used SU! Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, and Shimmery White CS.

The brads:  The medium sized orange glass ones are by creative cafe/imaginations.  The little brown ones I LOVE.  They are called ultra mini brads by Queen & Co.

The ribbons:  The orange striped organdy ribbon is by May Arts.  The green ribbon is actually paper ribbon by Daisy Bucket Designs.

Other accessories:  Due to the image “popping out” of the main image square, I couldn’t use my ticket corner punch…I used my word window punch to create the corners.  I used an aqua painter for coloring.  Boho Blossoms Punch to a piece of the patterned paper to create the flower near the sentiment.  Used 1-1/4″ & 1-3/8″ circle punches for sentiment.  All edges sponged with ink. 

Now, head on over to Taylor’s blog to check out this awesome sketch.

Have a wonderful evening:)


(long story) Living with a BEAST….. March 30, 2008

isn’t always easy.  There are many responsibilities as a pet owner….one being that no one gets hurt.  Let me set the scene for you.

Here is the beast that some of you are aware I have:

bailey bear

It was about 6:30 in the morning a couple weeks ago.  I took Bailey out back of our home to do his business.  Yes, he was leashed.  He got away from me and took off towards the front of our house.  Perfect timing that there would be a woman walking her dog.  My dog has issues…he is aggressive towards other animals (ie: dogs, cats, birds, squirrels, worms, grasshoppers,  He likes to believe he is the alpha of all alpha males.  Now, with that being said, some may know that Saint Bernards are so loving towards people.  Due to his wierd animal behaviors, we keep him on our property at all times and many neighbors don’t even know that we have a dog.  He doesn’t get to go for strolls through the neighborhood cause I wouldn’t be able to restrain him if we did encounter someone else walking their dog (he is up to 170 lbs.) 

So, this woman walking her dog is one of those good pet owners who walks her dog 3 times a day and works on obedience training with her dog.  She rescued her dog when it was young from an abusive environment so her dog has issues as well with other dogs.   Now, picture it….my dog goes running towards her and her dog out front of my home.  They start growling and fighting.  We were both screaming.  I was able to grab my dogs leash and pull them apart (I was afraid to go near her dog being it looks like a Pitt Bull and I have issues with them for some reason….now, this woman will have issues with Saint Bernards and I totally understand).  She was very stand-offish and just walked away from me.  I looked down at my dog and he had blood on his mouth and face.  Great!  I put the dog in the house and jump in my car to go talk to the woman.  I was so upset and apologized like you wouldn’t believe.  I wanted to make sure her dog was okay, explain what had happened, and inform her that my dog is up on all his shots and such.  She was so nice to me and asked how my dog was.

I get back home to check out my dog and the blood wasn’t from the other dog (which I first thought).  My dog was the one who was injured with 4 punctures to his face.  He limped around for 2 days.  He is 100% better but still continues to have his issues with other animals.  I waited to see if I would be contacted from someone or how ever that process works if someone reports an incident and I didn’t get a phone call or letter.  What I did receive was a very nice “Thank You” card in my mail box for showing concern and apologizing.  She went on to explain the history of her dog and she wanted to make sure my dog was okay.  HOW SWEET RIGHT?  I was so relieved and this will be an isolated incident.  We have had our dog for 5 years and this has never happened. 

To show my appreciation, thanks, and to apologize for causing any distress, I made the following items for her:

 neighbor gift 1        neighbor gift 2

The first set features a SU! retired stamp set “Ruff Day” that I had to use cause it was one of my favorites and appropriate to use. 

Here is a breakdown and single pic of each card:

neighbor fire hydrant card  Cause I know some will ask….this fire hydrant card I cased from the most talented Lauren Meader.  She has a tutorial on her blog that you can view here.  The only thing I changed from her tutorial is I didn’t have any oval stamps so I used Word Window Punch.

neighbor doghouse card  Yep, I so love this one.  I used Key Tag Punch for the doghouse door.  The bottom horizontal CS pieces I created with Word Window Punch and just cut longer pieces of cs for the top of the house.  I’m lovin’ the sign…lol

neighbor ruff day card  Simple but didn’t want to take away from the dog collar I created with Silver Brads, 5/8″ Old Olive Grosgrain ribbon and I forget where I purchased the clasp/buckle.

Now, since she always walks her dog, I thought I would also create 3 of each of the following cards (6 total) with envelopes and different sentiments so she would have cards handy to send out to people.

neighbor stamping bella card  I love this Stamping Bella image.  What pet owner wouldn’t?  It is called Dogwalkabella with “need a hug” sentiment.  Paper is American Crafts “sixth avenue gramercy park”.  The Light Yellow card base and envelopes coordinate and are from Gartner Studios which I purchased at my local craft store. 

 neighbor MFT card  I used MFT set Let’s go for a walk for this card.  Same line of paper (can’t find on the amer crafts website..must be older). 

So, I know the gesture will be well received.  She does continue to walk her dog by our home.  We wave and all is good:)  Oh the life of a pet owner. 


Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #41 March 28, 2008

First, I must say thanks for all of your comments over the past two days.  I read every comment and think I have replied to all of them:)  Such a supportive group of people visiting me.

Second, I am so glad it is Friday.  I don’t have to work this weekend so I am really excited to be home.  I’m getting the urge to do some spring cleaning and have a list compiled for hubby to help out some.  I’m sure we will probably decide to postpone the tasks and just have some family fun.   Hershey Park opens to Season Pass holders and I would really love to take the kids.  Or, should I just stamp.  See, told ya I’m so excited to be home.

I love this weekends sketch.  You can check out the details on Beate’s blog if you would like to participate.

beate wsc #41  Ignore that eraser mark to the left of the image (oops moments do happen).

I had the honor of meeting Emily Block (Presidentabella) of Stamping Bella while at CHA this past February.  She is an amazing woman.  So is Nicky.  I think I could have carried on a conversation with them forever.  Truly amazing!…and so are the images.   When I saw the above image, new friends ella and looloo, I had to have it.   And, such the perfect sentiment for the set, need a hug?  This is a card I will stash away and give to my daughter when she needs a little “pick me up”.

The card base is Going Gray CS 4-1/4″ square.  The patterned paper is SU! Bali Breeze DSP.  The lock charm I can’t remember which craft store I purchased it at…I have had it for some time.  I used Vintage Brads to coordinate with the lock.  I added Cotton Candy Stickles to the crowns, dress sleeves, and necklace on ella.  Ribbon used is Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon. 

Check out the blogs of these talented ladies to see more takes on Beate’s wsc:

Cambria Turnbow

Charmaine Ikach

Jenn Balcer

Laurie Schmidlin

Lori Craig

Sharon Harnist

Have a wonderful weekend:)