Showing posts with label Dogs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dogs. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Choriza's First Christmas

My son recently adopted a  dog  from the MSPCA  (Mass Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)  - she's a 2 year old Staffordshire Bull terrier.  Her name is Choriza.  I don't have any photos of her yet  -  but she looks pretty much like this photo I found on line.  She stands just about a foot off the ground - and she is one sturdy little piece of muscle - very sweet and well behaved!
So, being a crafter,  I made simple personalized ornament for my new granddog - since this is her first Christmas with my son and we wanted to make her feel welcome!
I found this unfinished wooden dog bone at Joanns - it's about 4" x 2".  I painted it with Bronze Art Anthology Metal Effects Dimensional Paint - leaving the streaks in it to look more like a dog cookie.  I added her name and the year with Idea-ology Label Letters and the snowflake and Christmas are Remnant Rubs Christmas Time.  I brushed over everything with Multi Medium Matte to seal it.   I added a piece of tan felt to the back and looped a piece of twine through the hole so he can hang it up. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Dot the Dog

I've got a quick CAS card to share today -  I whipped it up after seeing this fortnights Addicted to CAS Code word: Dots challenge.

Trying to think of what stamps I might have with dots on them -  I came across a NBUS set of dog stamps from Inkadinkado, two of the pups had spots on them!
Here's a close up of the spotted pooch -  in a pinch - you might be able to use him as a cat (?!) being on the slightly scrawny side -  but don't tell the dog that!!!
I embossed the background panel with a Polka Dot Embossing Folder from Life Style Crafts and die cut the image with a Stitched Mat Square die from Lil' Inker Designs.

So there you go -  a quick post for a quick Addicted to CAS card!

Stamps:  Hi stamp - Inky Antics, dog stamp - Inkadinkado/Dogs
Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Archival Tree Branch
Accessories:  Stitched Mat Square die - Lil' Inker Designs, Polka Dots embossing folder - Life Style Crafts, foam dots.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Creative Packaging for Valentine Treats! (and some cards)

I just love Valentine's Day - not because of anything I might receive - I just love all the hearts, the red and white colors, all the lovely boxes of chocolates, jelly hearts, and of course - all the cute little cards - like the kind we used to give each other as kids in school!

Every year, two stamping friends and I have a sale at our church of Valentine goodies to make money for the church.  Here are some of the things I made this year.

First up are some sweet little corked bottles that I found in Michaels in the Wedding aisle.  I filled them with M&M's, added a 'be my valentine' sentiment at the base, and tied a glittery punched heart around the neck using some white wrinkled seam tape.

Next I stamped an arrowed heart and sentiment on these cute little drawstring muslin bags - I found them at a garden shop - you could either buy them separately (which I did) or fill them with potpouri they were also selling.  I filled these with cherry jelly hearts.
And here are some cards I made for the sale -  we made the first two in a card stamping workshop last week at my church - another thing my friends and I do to make money for the church (and to have some fun!)

First are these cute little Sizzix Die pups -  see how different they look with different papers - and check out their eyes -  the first two are looking to the pup on the right - and that one is looking straight at us!  All a matter of where you put the pupils!   Inside I stamped You're doggone great!  Happy Valentine's Day.
 And then we have these cute snowman Valentine's - cut from a Tim Holtz die, the front and back are attached from the neck up with ScorTape.  I punched the hearts, stamped them with Be Mine,  and tied wrinkled seam tape around their necks - and added a 'coal' rhinestone eye!  I love how the wrinkled seam tape seems to be blowing in the wind that is making the snowman hold his hat on.   I cut a little off the base of Frosty so that he would stand up!
 And finally a cute little squirrel Valentine.  I die cut a circle out of the center of the card front then die cut circle frames out of black and brushed gold.  The little squirrel and sentiment are stamped on a Vintage Cream circle that is adhered to the inside of the card so you see it through the circle cut out.
 I layered a little red heart to the hand of the squirrel with foam tape and added the Valentine sentiment to the bottom corner so you don't see it until you open the card.
I was inspired to make this card by these earrings from Villa Sorgenfrei Etsy shop - for the Inspiration Challenge over on Splitcoast this past Saturday.

So there you go - some easy, quick to work up ideas for Valentine's treats and cards!

Corked bottles:
Stamps:  Tiny Treats: Valentines - PTI
Paper:  White - PTI, sparkly card stock - Michaels
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  heart punch - EK Success, wrinkled seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop, word window punch -SU

Muslin treat bags:
Stamps:  My Heart - Waltzingmouse
Ink:  Ranger Distress Festive Berries, Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories:  muslin bags - from a garden shop.

Puppy Card:
Stamps:  inside (not shown) - Tiny Treats: Valentine - PTI
Paper:  white, true black, pure poppy,  patterned papers - PTI, brown bazzill
Accessories:  Dog/Puppy Bigz die - Sizzix, Scor Tape

Snowman Valentine:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Sweethearts
Paper: white, pure poppy - PTI, patterned papers - retired SU
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: heart punch - EK Success, wrinkled seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop, snowman die - Winter Wonder Tim Holtz Alterations, black rhinestone - Kaiser Craft 

Nuts for You: 
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - My Puny Valentine
Paper: vintage cream, pure poppy, true black - PTI, Cordinations brown, Brushed gold - SU
Ink: Memento Potters Clay, Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: circle Nestabilities, small heart punch - McGill, retro circles embossing folder - Sizzix Tim Holtz

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

and FIVE more.....

I'm continuing to participate in the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges over on Split Coast this week.  Here are more of the cards I have made. 
 monochromatic with a punch of color and stitching
 one layer flowers
 pets & focus on text & monochromatic with a punch of color
the beach  and focus on text
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Teacher's Apple
Paper: white - PTI, Certainly Celery - SU, DP CDWV Fall Stack 2 
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Rhubarb Stalk and Bamboo Leaves  
Accessories: Nested Lacey Penants - Nestability, word window punch - SU, foam tape, rhinestones - Kaiser, Copic E37 
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - sentiment from Quilters Sampler, quilt blocks from Quilters Sampler Additions Paper: Soft Stone - PTI, Basic Grey - SU  
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black  
Accessories: Copic - RV09, wrinkled seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop, rhinestone - Kaiser  
With Sympathy
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - flowers from Asian Garden, with Sympathy from Frame It  
Paper: white - PTI 
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, London Fog, Grape Jelly, Sweet Plum, Lilac Roses 
It's a Dogs Life 
Stamps: Rag Dog - American Art Stamp  
Paper: Fine Linen, Dark Chocolate - PTI, DP DCWV The Pet Stack  
Ink: Archival Ink - Coffee  
Accessories: foam tape, sticker - It's a Dogs Life - Man's Best Friend - EK Success, heart gem - Amuse 
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - My Island  
Paper: white - PTI  
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Teal Zeal & Summer Sky  
Accessories: rhinestones - Kaiser

Friday, July 27, 2012

For the Dogs - WMS DT Blog Waltz - Creating with Pouch Mart Bags

I am excited to be participating in a special blog waltz today.  Several of the WMS Design team members are using Waltzingmouse stamps to embellish bags from Pouch Mart - a web store that sells all shapes, colors and sizes of bags.  The folks over at Pouch Mart generously sent us some bags to work with and they are also offering a $25 Pouch Mart gift certificate for one lucky commenter.    See all the prize details at the bottom of my post.
I've chosen to work with these fun 4"x6" paw print bags today -  I make a lot of crafts to sell at my Church Fair in October - and one very popular item has been dog treats in fun packaging!   I make my own dog biscuits using a recipe from (Scroll to the bottom and click on the Recipes box - I used the Milk Bone Dog Biscuits one)
The" home made for you" label is from the Candy Jar Christmas set and the Best Friend is from the Compact Family set.  I attached the best friend label to the circle with a little flower brad, punched a hole in the circle label and looped a key chain through that and the drawstring tie on the bag.  I put the dog cookies inside a clear bag, stapled the top to keep them fresh and placed the bag inside the paw print bag -  and ready to go!

I'm always looking for cute cookie cutter shapes and this past winter I found these wonderful dog and mouse ones in a shop in Vermont when we were visiting my DH's brother and his wife.
I just had to get the mouse - right?  (although it doesn't look like she's waltzing!?!)

Be sure to leave a comment at each blog -   one lucky commenter will win a $25.00 gift certificate to Pouch Mart - and another lucky commenter will win a Waltzingmouse Stamp set!  You have until Sunday July 29th 11:59 pm EST to leave your comments!

Winners will be announced here on my blog Monday July 30th.

Here are the links!  Let's go see what bags each of these designers used for their projects today!

Anya SchrierBonnie SharpJulia AstonKelly SchirmerLynn MercurioMona PendletonTosha Leyendekker

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Candy Jar Christmas, Compact Family
Paper:  White PTI, Basic Black - SU
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories:  beaded key chain - Tandy Leather, metallic mini flower brad - Making Memories, Key Tag Punch - SU, 1 1/2" circle punch - EK Success, scallop circle punch - SU, 4x6 paw print pouch - Pouch Mart, dog cookie recipe - 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Paws-itively Doggone Great Day!

I'm playing along again with the Dynamic Duo challenge -  this week we are using Bashful Blue and Marina Mist -

 well -  I'm actually using Bashful Blue and a Bazzill Blue (don't know which blue it is!) as I didn't have Marina Mist.

I embossed a square Nestability on the card, stamped and cut out the dog house, dog and sentiment and layered them with foam tape.The little CELEBRATE over the door is from the Box Word Set.   My stamps are all from Rubbernecker.

This card was also for the Featured Stamper over on Split Coast today - Susan Bridgman (Susanbri). I chose to CASE her Spaniel with Sleigh bells card.  I changed the stamps and made mine a b'day or special day card - but kept the dog theme and blue color.

 I hope everyone (in the US) is having a fun safe Memorial Day Weekend -  and I'd like to take this chance to thank all the women and men serving (or who have served in the past) in the military.   You help keep us ALL safe and it is greatly appreciated.

This is a picture of my son Josh (on the right) when he was stationed in South Korea in 1997.  He joined the Army right out of High School.  His first assignment was 12 months in South Korea.  

Stamps: Rubbernecker - Paws-itively sentiment #651-10, dogs/Alfie #651-04, Celebrate sentiment - Box word Set #622  
Paper: white - PTI, blue bazzill, bashful blue - SU  
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black  
Accessories: foam tape, rhinestones - Kaiser Craft, square nestabilities, circle punch - ek success, scallop circle punch - SU

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Stampin' Sisterhood Father's Day Blog Hop

Hi stampers!   Welcome to the Rubbernecker Design Team's Stampin' Sisterhood Father's Day Blog Hop!  We're here to give you lots of ideas for cards for those men in your life!
Be sure to read all the deets below to see how you can win some Rubbernecker rubber!! 

I made my Father's Day card for my son - who is father to two basset hounds - Daisy and Roscoe.  Yes -  my grandchildren are dogs (!) and they are very loving and cute!

The doggie stamp is not a basset hound - his ears are too short -  but close enough I say!  I attempted to color them with the appropriate areas of white, black and brown.  I'm sure Josh will say I woefully failed in that attempt!  but at least I tried!
Here are the real doggies -  Roscoe is on the left and Daisy is on the right.
 Something caught their interest in the neighbor's yard
 Roscoe still sits pretty and Daisy loses interest in looking at Grandma's camera!

I used the April SFYTT sketch for my card - using a wonky rectangle instead of a circle.  I thought it made the card a little more jumpy - just like the dogs!

So here you go with all the details!


A Stamp set of your choice!
Winner to be announced on the Stampin' Sisterhood Blog on 4/28 (you have 1 week to hop!).


-Follow the route below
-Leave some love at each stop
-Go back to the Sisterhood Blog and let us know you have hopped.


-As a bonus we will draw an EXTRA winner for a STAMP SET of your choice, just for sharing our HOP on your Facebook page or Blog!!

-After you have SHARED, just go back to the Stampin' Sisterhood Blog and let us know where you have SHARED our HOP!!

Here's the hopping route!
Stamps:  Rubbernecker - Dog #569-18, Happy Father's Day #565-1314
Paper:  Kraft, Dark Chocolate, White - PTI,  DP The Pets Stack - DCWV
Ink:  Archival Coffee, Ranger Distress Antique Linen
Accessories:  foam tape, glue dots, opaline half pearls - Basic Grey, Bricked embossing folder - Tim Holtz Sizzix, wonky rectangle - Nestabilities, Copics: E31, E35, E40, N6, Button from stash, cappuchino twine - the Twinery.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Perfect Cat

Confused by the title and the image?!!

I combined both Monday Split Coast challenges in my card today. The CAS challenge was to use humor - the Try a New Techinque challenge was to use a different shape for your card.

I found this cute little scottie dog template in Papercrafts Magazine on line. Isn't he just adorable?!

I cut the dog out of a textured Bazzill paper, added his little jacket, stamped the sentiment, cut it out and tied a bow around his neck!
The sentiment is from Rubbernecker.

I used to be just a dog person - we had a sweet cocker-springer spaniel mix dog growing up and later I had the most wonderful great dane, but years later someone gave me a little homeless kitty and I became a cat lover too.

Now we have two beautiful Russian Blue cats who are sisters, named Scout and Boo. I have to say, they are a lot easier to take care of than a dog......

Scout always sits with me when I stamp - so I had to explain to her that I really didn't mean what I stamped on the card ....... LOL!!

This sweet little pup will fit in a regular size envelope in case you're wondering!

Stamps: Rubbernecker - The Perfect Cat is a dog #77-11
Paper: Black tie Bazzill Basics, More Mustard - SU, DP OCtober Afternoon/Modern Homemaker Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: wrinkled seam tape -, brad - Imaginesce, template from PaperCrafts Magazine

Monday, September 13, 2010

The King of the Yard

Hi my stamping friends! Phew - it's nice to take a breather after the mad rush of the Waltzingmouse release!

My card today was created for three challenges!

Teapot Tuesday this week is all about the dogs - inspired by a teapot decorated with a frolicking pup - we are to bring whatever kind of dog we have to the tea party. We also need to help provide enough sanitary facilities for all these canines - hence my row of leafy trees! My sentiment is a fun sticker by EK Success. The cute little pooch is Rag Dog by American Art Stamp/Emerson Quillin and the trees are Teeny Trees by Waltzingmouse (I told you I can't stop using this set!!).

I used Taylor's fun sketch for my card and the colors of cream and greens inspired by the Shabby Tea Room photo - to be inspired by Nature and Green!

Thanks for stopping by today! I'm back to work this week - but surprisingly it's ok!!??

Oh - and I keep forgetting to tell you all! My new little Grand Nephew arrived 10 days early - Landon Holmes Caggiano was born on 9/7/10 (due 9/17!) and since I was home on vacation - I was able to go to the hospital and wait with my sister for the arrival!

Landon's middle name (Holmes) was my father's first name (his mother's maiden name). My dad died suddenly at the age of 66 when I was just 28. Only my son (who was 3) knew grandpa but we always talked about him to our kids. So my sister and I were in tears when Katie told us Landon's full name (they had kept the name a secret until he was born). Landon is my sister's first grandchild and my first grand-nephew!
Here he is about 7 hours old!

And here's the new little family! Katie, Landon and Greg

Thanks for indulging me!!!
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Teeny Trees, Rag Dog - American Art Stamps/Emerson Quillin
Paper: Bazzill Green Dots, Rustic White & Dark Chocolate - PTI
Ink: Ranger Distress - Peeled Paint, Bundled Sage, Crushed Olive, Wild Honey, Barn Door, Memento Rich Cocoa.
Accessories: Vintage buttons and satin ribbon - PTI, Nestabilities - Circles & pinking circles, Sticker - EK Success Phrase Cafe, Copics: Y26, YG63, R35, foam dimensionals.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Birthdays are for Spike!

This is Spike and he is just thrilled to be on this Birthday card today - can you see his big friendly smile?!?!?

I had a busy day Sunday - with church in the morning, then teaching a card stamping class there in the afternoon with two friends. We had 12 people signed up this month which is a full class so we were all excited! I finally got home around 3:30 and wanted to pack away my Christmas decorations (yes, they are STILL up!)

But I always like to do the Featured Stamper challenge over on Split Coast so first things first right?!?!? This week it was WeeBeeStampin. I cased her cute pumpkin Emma card. I made mine a birthday card - used Spike instead of sweet little Emma - changed the sentiment and added a ribbon and some dry embossing. I did use her overall card design.

I cut the sentiment using the Labels Eight Nestabilities and just cut it off above the words. I embossed the background with the Diamonds in the Rough Cuttlebug folder.

Be sure to check out the stamps over at Rubbernecker - they are all on sale "preinventory" right now!!

So now I have no excuse for not packing away the decorations - or is there another card I need to make ...............

Thanks so much for coming by!

Stamps: Rubbernecker
Paper: vintage cream - pti, basic black - SU, DP DCWV The Pet Stack
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: foam dimensionals, Labels Eight & rectangle Nestabilities, saddle stitched ribbon - PTI, Silver Spica Pen, Copics: E11, E33, E37, BV23, BV31, 100

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Not A Creature was Stirring........

OK - so can you tell what this is on my card????!!! Here's a clue - I made it for the Moxie Fab World challenge - to incorporate a critter into your card. So - this is my kittie Scout - sitting happily under/inside the Christmas tree!

And here's the story - we had just put up our tree - no ornaments on yet - and I walked out into the kitchen - and when I walked back into the livingroom- there she was - a headless kitty sitting under the tree (actually with her head in the branches of course!) - it just CRACKED ME UP!! I grabbed my camera and took the shot - I was so glad she stayed there long enough!

So I thought I'd make the picture into a card for the challenge.... The sentiment is computer generated - I thought it was kind of 'tongue in cheek' funny for the pic! I added a lacey punched edge, some gems as ornaments, a button with punched ferns behind it over a ribbon - and good to go!

And while I'm sharing pet stuff - thought I'd show you what I made for the dogs in the family that will be coming over for Christmas Day. I made some dog biscuits in the shape of a moose and some shaped like bones.

Not sure if you can see the moose in the package - his antlers are at the top left - and there are two bones behind him. (I forgot to take a pic before I sealed them all up!) I slipped them into cellophane bags and wrapped a piece of twill around it that I had stamped with 'woof' and a dog paw print. I got the dog biscuit recipe from

I think they will be happy crunching on these!

Stamps: Paw print - Art Impressions Clear Stamps, Woof - Pet tootie sentiments- Cornish Heritage Farms
Paper: Handsome Hunter, Black - SU, White - PTI
Ink: Dark Chocolate - PTI
Accessories: Edge punch - Martha Stewart, adhesive gems - K&Co, vintage button - PTI, fern punch - Martha Stewart, pure poppy satin ribbon - PTI, printed picture, computer generated sentiment, Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder, putty twill - Martha Stewart

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Cookouts Over - The Dog Cookies were a Success!

Our cookout on Sunday to welcome Mini to the family was a great success - it was pretty hot and humid but we had a couple of fans going under the canopy and plenty of cold punch/beer to keep us hydrated!

So I thought I'd introduce you to the characters of the day.

This is the star - the reason we were all getting together - Mini - a rescue dog who came all the way from Puerto Rico to Massachusetts to find a family! She is a beagle/Jack Russell terrier mix and she is just the cutest thing. My sister had a little cheerleader outfit on her when she first arrived (Yikes! the poor thing !) but she didn't seem to mind it! She was one cute happy little camper with her new family and took well to the extended family too!

And here is her older brother Gus - another rescue dog that came to Mass from somewhere in the southern US. Another beagle/Jack Russell Terrier mix who is about twice the size of Mini but looks very much like her!

The other canine characters at the party were my grandchildren - my son Josh and his fiance April's bassett hounds. Here is little boy Roscoe checking out our kayaks.
And here is Daisy with April keeping cool in the shade of the canopy.

The dogs LOVED the dog cookies that I made and the humans loved their little boxes that had sugar cookies in them. You can find all kinds of dog biscuit recipes here. Check out my post below for more details and pics about the treats I made for everyone if you missed it!

And now I'll introduce the human attendees at the cookout.

Here we have left to right - DH Kent, neice's husband Nate, and sister's husband Bob ( with Mini in front) Here are (l-r) niece Katie's DH Greg, my son, Josh, BIL Bob, niece Christie leaning over and her DH Nate shading his eyes.
At our table are (Left to Right) niece Chrstie with DH Nate, DH Greg with niece Katie, and lifelong friend Cilla who is moving to FL in November where her sister, already lives (boo hoo).
Here is Cilla again with my sister Marcia - holding Mini.
And here are the red hot dogs I was telling you about! - we grilled these along with some marinated chicken, had macaroni salad and delicious carrot cake for dessert - Yum!!!

Tomorrow I'll have a card to show you! Thanks so much for coming by - hope you enjoyed the pics!