Followers

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hark The Angel Sing!

My favorite cards to make are winter/Christmas cards. I think it's because I live in the Phoenix, Arizona USA desert and don't have snow where I live. That doesn't mean I don't know what snow is...I grew up in Connecticut where we had LOTS of cold and snow. But I do love the spirit of the holidays and the fact that our winter weather is beautiful!  I'm participating in a new release at Crafty Sentiments Designs Inspirational Blog where the theme is "Christmas in July". We begin our two day preview today with the stamps available on July 25, 2014 at Crafty Sentiments Designs. The new stamp I used is named: "Hark The Angel Sing".


The supplies I used on this card are as follows: Basic Gray paper; Memory Box music die cut; Prima poinsettia petals and leaves (which I layered, used a brad in the middle and then glittered the edges of the poinsettias and the leaves); Whimsy sentiment with the matching die cut; Live and Laugh Crafts lace; JoAnn's red and gold metallic ribbon; a snowflake brad in the center of the bow (which I embossed with gold embossing powder); and, gold flat back self-adhesive balls in the corner of the image and bottom left corner of the card.

 
I colored the image with Copics but to get that yellow soft glow around the image, I used Pebbles, Inc. yellow pearlescent chalk. I'm hesitant to use a Copic pen around the outside of this image since it's such a dark green and I was afraid it might smear the green ink outside the image. I tried to make this green dress look like velvet and it's a big darker in real life than in the picture. My little angel's wings are highlighted with a light green Copic and then I coated them with Elizabeth Designs' Warm Diamond Glitter.
 
I hope you'll take a moment to cruise over to Crafty Sentiments Inspiration Blog to see the other newly released stamps that are being shown on July 23 and 24 with the stamps available on July 25 at Crafty Sentiments Designs. The Team has made their best cards ever to show you these beautiful new stamps!
 
                                                                                       Hugs,
                                                                                       Gail
 
This card is entered in the following challenges:

I love ice cream!

The challenge for the next two weeks at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog is ANYTHING GOES. During the next two weeks the Design Teams will be taking a summer break and that means we won't be on our computers to leave comments on your art work. The image I used on my card is named Not Big Enough!  You can get her from The Paper Shelter.
 
 
I chose papers from the Doodlebug pad named Sugar Shoppe. The pennant I made with my new Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio tool. I punched the pennants and then the self-adhesive pennant acrylic banner shape went on top of the punched pennants (one at a time). I glued the pennants onto thin pink craft wire. I used the thick 3-d dots to adhere it to my card. The corner die cut is by Quic Kutz.  I used an "Around the Border" punch by Martha Stewart as the base of my card. The cupcakes horizontally across the card is actually washi tape by Doodlebug and I taped it on white paper and then added the strip of dark teal and the ribbon between the strips of washi tape. The sentiment is by The Stamps of Life that I saw at the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Phoenix. I don't recommend the stamps. The set I have are all small sentiments and as I use them, I keep finding that some of the letters are "cut off" on the clear stamp, so when I stamp them, they're not whole. I've returned them once only to get a second set that has the same issues as the first set.  The ice cream cone in the middle of my bow is a button. I adore these types of buttons by Dress It Up!  You can see the ice cream cones here. The turquoise pearls in the corners are by Queen & Co., the rhinestones on the image and the ribbon are from my supply stock.
 
 
I colored this adorable image with Copics and whitened the polka dots on her dress with a dash of white paint on a toothpick.
 
The Design Teams have both gotten together this week and posted cards on the Challenge Blog. It's not often you see cards from all of us in one place since we're split into two teams, so please take a moment to take a look at the creations we made to inspire you!  And as usual, we are sponsored by The Paper Shelter who is giving away this prize:
 
 

If you have a Paper Shelter image, ANY PAPER SHELTER IMAGE, this is the perfect time to color it up since the challenge is ANYTHING GOES.  If your name is drawn and you've used a Paper Shelter image, the prize is a $30 gift certificate versus 3 digitals if you use a different brand stamp.
 
Thanks for stopping by and leave a little comment if you like my card! 
 
                                                                                  Hugs,
                                                                                  Gail
 
This card is entered in the following challenges:

Kraft Christmas Cards

This month's challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' is KRAFTY CHRISTMAS. We'd like to see your creations with brown Kraft paper.  The brown Kraft paper is so versatile that it can be used for elegant or cute Christmas cards and if you look at the Design Team's cards, you'll see both styles! We'd like to see what you can come up with. I'm with the second half of the team that provides inspiration mid-way through the challenge, so that means you have 2 weeks to get your card done.

Starting August 13 this challenge will have ONE posting for all of the Design Team's inspirational cards for you. We will no longer be split into two teams and are combining our forces to give you as many ideas as possible when the challenge is first posted.

Here's my DT card for this challenge--KRAFTY CHRISTMAS.  I used an adorable rubber stamp from Little Miss Muffet named Swings 'n Slides Snowballs.


I layered brown kraft paper on top of my base card of navy blue. Then I took a sheet of scrapbook paper that was plaid and cut two strips layered them with dark brown paper and put some tan lace between the plaid papers. It needed some color...I couldn't just do brown, sorry!!  The snowflake dies are by Spellbinders and I used thick white embossing powder on them. I used a CK punch to cut out my sentiment is by Cardz TV. The blue pearls are from Queen & Co. (my favorite rhinestone and pearl company).


My image is colored with Copics and I used Cool Glitter Ritz on the snowballs and the pom-pom on his hat. I used white thick embossing powder to represent snow. I used some tiny light blue rhinestones on the scallops around my image for more color. What can I say...I like color!

Our sponsor for this month's challenge is StampArt Design by Kathryne who has donated five digital images! These are some of the cutest digitals you'll find and every one is 'clean' and 'clear' when you resize it to print. And yes, I'm now noticing which companies sell 'dirty' images vs. 'clean' images!

http://stampartdesignbykathryne.blogspot.com/


The gals at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' have made some awesome cards for this challenge of KRAFTY CHRISTMAS and we'd love to see you enter this challenge. The prize is awesome and who doesn't need to start Christmas cards now?!

Thanks for coming by and leave a little comment if you like this card!

                                                                               Hugs,
                                                                               Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Crafty Girls, C.R.A.F.T., Treasured Times Rubber Stamps, Winter Wonderland, Craft Your PassionFan-Tastic Tuesday, Scrap-Creations, Cards Galore Encore, The Sisters of Craft, Penny Black At All Sorts, City Crafter, Papertake Weekly, Hambo Challenges, Aud Sentiments, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, Sparkle n Sprinkle Creative Challenges, Christmas Cards All Year Around (non-traditional colors), Polka Doodle, Jelly Park Challenges, Di's Digi Designs, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, Deep Ocean Challenge, My Sheri Crafts, My Bestie Norge, Eclectic Ellapu, Pumpkin Spice, Scrapbook Stamp Society, Lexi's Creations, My Craft Creations, Crazy Challenge, Love To Scrap (my color scheme is non-traditional Christmas colors), Die Cuttin' Divas, Fitztown Challenge, Digi Choosday, Sparkles Forum

Monday, July 21, 2014

I love to color!

Here's the challenge for you this week at Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge Blog...use a HAND COLORED IMAGE on your card/project. Here's my card as inspiration to you and I used the image from Crafty Sentiments Designs named Twinkle Fairy.


The papers are from my stash as are the buttons and enamel, flat backed brads; the red sparkly (I love sparkly) jewels in the corner of my image are from Queen & Co.; The flowers are from Wild Orchid; and, the sentiment is from The Stamps of Life and I used a Stampin' Up punch to punch them out. The Stamps of Life is a company I saw at the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Phoenix. I don't recommend the stamps. The set I have are all small sentiments and as I use them, I keep finding that some of the letters are "cut off" on the clear stamp, so when I stamp them, they're not whole. I've returned them once only to get a second set that has the same issues as the first set.

My fairy is colored with Copics and I highlighted her wings with a touch of peach and then coated them with Warm Glitter Ritz for the sparkle and shine cause fairies without sparkly wings can't fly. I don't know why my little fairy's face looks mottled. She looks fine in person. I can only wonder if it was lighting since I tried to take this picture with light coming in from a window. This is such a poor example for the challenge "use a hand colored image" cause it looks like I can't color for beans. My apologies to you for this poor photograph.


The prize this week at Crafty Sentiments Design Blog is a voucher to the store. Take a look at the cards the Design Team has created for this challenge of USE A HAND COLORED IMAGE and let's see what you can do!

                                                                                          Hugs,
                                                                                          Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Delightful Sketches, Sister Act Card ChallengeWags n Whiskers, Fussy and Fancy, Treasured Times Rubber Stamps Challenges, Crafting at the Weekend, Scrappers Delights, Sparkle n Sprinkle, Deep Ocean, Art by Miran, Di's Digi Designs, Tokbobok, Pumpkin Spice, Scribble and Scrap, My Craft Creations, That Craft Place, Artistic Inspirations

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

No, no Allie...this is mine!

The challenge this week at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog is BIRTHDAY WITH A SENTIMENT. You need to have a birthday sentiment on the front of the card.

I used this adorable image named Chinese Food.  I chose this image because the birthday card is for my daughter, Stephanie. If you've read the posts for Stephanie's birthday and Valentine cards over the years, you know she has a disabled kitty, named Allie, who uses a cart because her back legs don't work due to a spine injury. Allie loves to sit with Stephanie and watches tv with her. Allie also loves human food and sits next to Stephanie begging. If you'd like to read about Stephanie and Allie, you can click on here, here, here, and here. Anyway, this card depicts Stephanie and Allie and I knew she'd love a card with this image!


The beautiful flower rhinestones in the corners are from Lillian in Michigan. She went to a convention and visited the Queen & Co. booth. I love their products...but then again, I like shiny. :) The peach pearls are from my stash of pearls. I love pearls maybe because they're my birthstone. The doily die cut is by Cheery Lynn and I cut it out of heavy white vellum. The sentiment is by Lili of the Valley and I used a Stampin' Up punch on the sentiment.


I colored my image with Copics and these colors are pretty accurate...Allie really is tan and gray and Stephanie does have red hair and brown eyes (and eats on her tan couch in front of the tv).

 

My flowers are from Wild Orchid and so are the leaves. I put glitter on the edge of each petal for some pretty glittery shine (glittery shine is always good). The stamens I found in the cake decorating aisle at JoAnn's and I added glitter to the tips of them, too. BTW, did you notice my paper has some glitter on the flowers in the pattern...and you wonder why I like this paper?! I like it so much that I even used it on the card posted right before this one--although it was a true accident since I made the cards a couple of months apart! I used solid green and solid peach papers on my card to accent the printed papers.

 
I made my two stickpins and used some of my best crystals, pearls and sterling silver on these knowing that Stephanie would appreciate them. I haven't yet gotten her into beading...but I'm working on it. It would be nice to call and place an 'order' for stickpins that I'd like for my cards. Hahaha!


And this bow...well, this ribbon is from my teammate, Eva Gro Røsok in Norway. It's beautiful ribbon with shiny edging and a gorgeous texture. Eva sent me a box of ribbon and I sent her a box of lace! It was fun to do since we have different products here in the USA than they have in Norway. The cat face is actually a button from Dress It Up. The button was plain light tan and I colored it with my Copics to match Allie. I clipped off the back loop and then glued it in the middle of my bow.

So, as you may have heard, if you use an image from The Paper Shelter and win the drawing, the prize is a $30 gift certificate to the store. If you win and haven't used a TPS image, you get 3 digital images.  You might want to use an image from TPS because your luck is that you'll win the one time you don't use a TPS image and regret it. Take a look at the images at The Paper Shelter and I promise you'll find an image (at least one) that is so versatile that you'll use it more than once! Remember that they come in black and white, color, a color background, and then a colored image ON the colored background. You get a lot for just a little investment!


The gals at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog have created gorgeous projects for you to look at and, hopefully, inspire you. The challenge is BIRTHDAY WITH A SENTIMENT and we all need those during the course of the year, so let's see what you can create for this challenge!

Thanks for visiting today!
                                                                                        Hugs,
                                                                                        Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Crafty Girls, Brown Sugar, 613 Avenue Create (Create your own challenge: image, sentiment, solid color paper, flowers, ribbon), Pile It OnRobyn's Fetish, Crafting from the Heart, Paper Makeup Stamps, Deep Ocean, My Crafty Spot, Art Impressions, Art by Miran, We Do Doobadoo, A Gem of a Challenge, Eclectic Ellapu, Fitztown Challenge, Glitter n Sparkle, Love to Scrap, Craft Creations, Scrapbook Stamp Society, Crafting at the Weekend, Just for Fun, Cards Galore Encore, Emerald Faeries, Bearly Mine, Great Impressions, The Sisters of Craft, Dragonfly Dreams (Pearls are my June birthstone), Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper, Craft for the Craic, Stamp and Create, Digi Choosday, Fan-Tastic Tuesday

Monday, July 7, 2014

I love girly cards, flowers, butterflies, pearls and all things pretty!

This week the challenge at Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge Blog is Anything Goes. I used this adorable image from Crafty Sentiments Designs named I Love Flowers.


I used an older piece of design paper for my background and a solid salmon and a solid soft yellow as layers. I love the color peach/apricot and I love this peach and soft yellow together! The paper doily is from a restaurant named '11:30 the Restaurant' in the Center where I work. I was taken there for my birthday by my friend, Bobbi, and they served us extra salad dressing with doilies under the dressings. I swiped the doilies cause I thought they were extra pretty! The butterflies (with a bit of stickles on the edges) are a die by Memory box, the sentiment is by Lili of the Valley and I used a Stampin' Up punch on the sentiment. My flowers are from Wild Orchid and I used a button with the shank cut off and glued it in the middle of my bow (and colored with Copics to match my card). The pretty yellow pearls (pearls are my birthstone) are from Queen & Co.  I used two different washi tapes on the bottom of my image just because (If I could have thought of a good reason for using the washi tape, I would tell you!). Here's a close-up of this sweet image.


I colored my image with Copics but ran into a dilemma after coloring her pants. I had used Copic #RV32 and couldn't find a darker shade to use for shading. I took out my Prisma pencils and found #928 was a bit darker than RV32 so this card is a combination of marker and pencil. Oh, that little curl in the corner of the image--it's a leftover from when I used a corner punch a while ago.

Our sponsor is Crafty Sentiments Designs and the prize this week is this fabulous CD of digital papers.


The Design Team has made some awesome cards with Crafty Sentiments stamps to inspire you and with a challenge of ANYTHING GOES I know we'll have lots of entries. Remember, if you use a Crafty Sentiments stamp, there's an extra drawing for those cards!

Thanks for coming by and I hope to see you enter the challenge this week!

                                                                               Hugs,
                                                                               Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly, Paper-crafting Journey, Divas by Design, Crafty Girls, Crafty Ribbons, Fussy and Fancy, Brown Sugar, Chocolate, Coffee & Cards, Sister Act, The East Wind, 613 Avenue Create (Create Your Own challenge: image, sentiment, solid paper, flowers, ribbon) , Pile It On, Ribbon Girls, Crafting from the Heart, Deep Ocean, Scrappers Delights, Art Impressions Stamps, Art by Miran, Fairytale Challenge, Fitztown, Crafting at the Weekend, Natalie and Amy's, Crafting Musketeers, Sisters of Craft, Cards Galore Encore, Dragonfly Dreams (Pearls are my birthstone), My Mum's Craft Shop, Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper, Craft-Dee Bowz, Ladybug Crafts, Die Cut Divas, Crafts for the Craic, Scrapbook Stamp Society, Creative Corner

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Planes, trains and automobiles...

The challenge this week at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog is TRAVEL. Where have you been, where do you want to go, what destination do you dream of going to? It can be a place, or it can be a card like mine below...showing someone on their way to their next destination.

The image I used is from our sponsor, The Paper Shelter. The name of the image is Bon Voyage. I don't think she has to be getting on a ship...to me she looks like she's headed to her next destination in some fashion, but not necessarily on a ship. I thought she represented the topic TRAVEL quite well.


This card was fun to make. For one thing, I made my background paper. I took out all my travel stamps and stamped on pink paper with brown ink. It's kinda hard to see, but there's all different countries represented. Then I went through all my words and found some that seemed like they would fit with the topic. I used some washi tape up in the corner under my silk bow. I found this little camera charm in my charm box and tied to the bow. My papers are just a hodge podge of pink and brown that I had. The pink jewels in the bottom corner are from my stash. I put some glitter on her heart stockings, on the frill of her shirt and on her earrings and hair tie. And my latest die purchase is that adorable "Lovely View" die from Little Darlings made by Spellbinders and cut out with my favorite little machine, the Cuttlebug. Did you have a View Master when you were younger?  I'll never forget mine. That was the beginning of 3-D pictures. It was awesome and I travelled all over the world with my View Master. I went to England, France, China, Niagara Falls, national forests and assorted places within the United States. I can't even remember all the places I went, but I was a world traveler who never needed a passport! hahaha! 

Here's a close-up of the image. You can see how I used some grayish-tan chalk to go around my image because I felt the white was just too white. I thought the chalk was a better idea to do this because I was afraid if I used a Copic pen, it might touch a color on the image and then leave a streak on the white area of the paper that I was trying to shade just a tiny bit.


The Design Team at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog have made awesome cards to inspire you and to show you what we mean by the topic TRAVEL.  There are lots of stamps that fit the topic over at  The Paper Shelter and I hope you use one of our stamps for this challenge! The below badge tells you why!


I'm glad you stopped by and I hope to see you join the challenge!

                                                                                     Hugs,
                                                                                     Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Paper Crafting Journey, The Squirrel and the Fox, 613 Avenue Create, Card and Scrap, Cards Galore, Craft-Dee Bowz, Rhedd and Rosies, Scrappers Delights, We Do Doobadoo, Ditzie Digi Designs, Stampin for the Weekend, Fairy Tales Stamper, PDE Linky Party, The Paper Nest Norway, Ladybugs Crafts Ink Challenge Blog, Cuttlebug Mania, Everybody-Art-Challenge, Fan-Tastic Tuesday,

Winter Fairies


Being the mid-month inspiration at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' I've made this card for the CHRISTMAS FAIRIES challenge. I've used an image by Sherri Baldy for my card.


My fairy is colored with Copics and I used Warm Glitter Ritz all over her wings. I used Stickles Star Dust for the snow falling and on the ground. The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley, the poinsettia die is by Spellbinders, the snowflake border is by Martha Stewart and the die around my image is a Sizzix Thinlits Die-Doily.

The sponsor this month at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' is Funky Kits who are giving the winner 2 fabulous Gorjuss Girl stamps from Personal Impressions! The gals at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' have posted some awesome cards to inspire you and there are some Christmas fairy stamps that have been used that I just have to have!!!  Thanks for stopping by and as of June 25, there are only 182 days until Christmas. Wouldn't this month be a GREAT month to start your Christmas or Holiday cards and make a CHRISTMAS FAIRY card?

                                                                                  Hugs,
                                                                                  Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Paper-Crafting Journey, Fussy and Fancy, Completely Christmas, Sparkle n Sprinkle, The Sisters of Craft, Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, Dragonfly Dreams, Sparkles Forum Christmas Challenge (fav combo: pink/turquoise), Craft-Dee BowzRhedd and Rosie's, Scrappers Delights, We Do Doobadoo, Ditzie Digi Designs, PDE Linky Party, Crafty Bloggers Network (tic-tac-toe: Row A: diecuts, image, patterned paper), Whimsy Inspires (tic-tac-toe: ribbon, flower, sentiment), Deep Ocean Challenge Blog (fav combo: pink/turquoise), Creative Card Crew, Loves Rubber Stamps, Fan-Tastic Tuesday

Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer has arrived!

This card is my first card as Guest Design Team member of Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog. You can see my new badge over on the right side of my blog. I'm so excited to have been invited to join the team for the next six months!  The challenge this week at the Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog is SUMMER OR SUMMER COLORS. What an easy topic and I know we'll have lots of entries!

The stamp I used is named Primrose - Beach Life. I fell in love with her as I was cruising the Crafty Sentiments Designs site.



I colored my image with Copics and after I colored it, I felt it needed some highlighting and I used yellow chalk from my Pebbles Inc. Pearlescent Chalk set around the image and also I chalked my sentiment with it, too, for a tint of yellow. My sentiment is from Crafty Sentiments Designs, too. I used REAL beach sand and shells that I had collected when we vacationed in San Diego, California, USA. I think my paper adds a lot to this card and it's from the Doodlebug "Springtime" pad. The die around my image is from Spellbinders. The daisies are by Martha Stewart and I am loving my cool Glitter Ritz lately becuase it's so fine and it actually sparkles in photos! And this card has some of my favorite lace on it..the kind where I can weave the ribbon through it. The rest of the items on my card are from my stash.

Here's a close-up of my image. The polka dot colors on her swimsuit match the polka dot paper. J


This challenge is sponsored by Crafty Sentiments Designs and the prize this week is:
 
http://craftysentimentsdesigns.co.uk/

The gals at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog have made some fabulous cards to inspire you for this challenge. I hope you'll take a look at them and perhaps leave a comment on one or two which gives us inspiration!

I'm glad you stopped by my blog and could read my exciting announcement about being on this team and if you follow my blog, now you'll see even more adorable cards since the stamps at Crafty Sentiments Designs are some of my favorites!

                                                                                            Hugs,
                                                                                            Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Divas by Design, Penny's Challenges (lace is my fav embellishment), Paper Pretties Blog, Cute Card Thursday, Moving Along with the Times, Paper Crafting Journey, Craftitude Challenges, Brown Sugar Challenge, Paper Crafting Challenges, Creative Corner, Crafting Musketeers, The Sisters of Craft, Just for Fun, My Mum's Craft Shop, Chalk n Stock, Robyn's Fetish, Fairies Challenges, Craft-Dee Bowz, Hiding in my Craft Room, Hambo Challenges, Rhedd and Rosie's, Milk Coffee Challenge, Jo's Scrap Shack, Fairytale Challenge, The Doodle Garden, Ditzie Digi Designs, Addicted to Stamps, Catered Crop, Melon Headz Friends, Cutie Pie Challenge, Whimsy Inspires (Tic-Tac-Toe: ribbon/flower/ sentiment AND summer/diecut/sentiment AND lace/diecut/flowers), Sparkles Forum, Lexi's Creations, Crazy Challenge, Whoopsi Daisy

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

It's Summer Time!

I'm glad you stopped by today. Today starts one of the easiest challenges you'll ever enter. The challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog for this week is SUMMER TIME. We're sponsored by The Paper Shelter for this easy peasy challenge. The image I used for my card below is named: Summer Holidays.


I knew this image would be perfect for our theme and I had a great time making this card. I colored her with Copics and love the vibrant green, blue and orange on this card. The palm tree is a die by La-La-Land and the small flowers and ferns at the base of the palm tree are punches. The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley. And those little green flip flops? Those are buttons by Dress it Up and I cut off the button loop and glued the flip flops on the card. A tiny orange jewel was perfect to glue on her flip flops, too!  Here's a close-up of her and you can see her suntan and even little sunburn on her cheeks! Her drink in the coconut looks scrumptious, doesn't it?!


Remember, if you use an image by The Paper Shelter and win the drawing, the prize is a $30 credit at the store. But, if you use a stamp by the 'other guys', the prize is 3 digis. There are so many wonderful summer themed digis at the store...take a look!!!

http://www.thepapershelter.com/

The gals at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog have made fabulous cards to inspire you!  Take a look at their wonderful cards and let's see what you can make for the challenge of SUMMER TIME.

                                                                                   Hugs,
                                                                                   Gail

This card is entered into the following challenges:
Fussy and Fancy, Craftitude, Treasured Times, Cut It Up, Sister Act, Digitally Sweet, CCC Digi Creations, Catch the Bug, Fairytale Stamper, One Stitch at a Time, Glitter n Sparkle,  The Squirrel and the Fox, Perfectly Rustics, Card Mania, Whoopsidaisy, Crafting from the Heart, Jo's Scrap Shack, Pile It On, Stampin for the Weekend, CMC Copics Challenge Group, My Sheri Crafts, Addicted to Stamps, Ditzie Digi Designs, My Bestie Norge, Scrapbook Stamp Society, Melon Headz Friends, The Paper Nest Dolls, Bastel-Traum, Art by Miran, Challenges 4 Everybody, Cards Galore, Sparkle n Sprinkle, Just for Fun, The Sisters of Craft, Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper, One Sweet Challenge, Craft for the Craic, The Doodle Garden, Crafty Bloggers Network (Tic-Tac-Toe: Row A: Diecuts, image, patterned paper), Whimsy Inspires (Tic-Tac-Toe: summer, diecut, sentiment), Bunny Zoe's, Craft-Room Challenge, Digi Choosday, PDE Linky Party, V's Sweet Ideas

For a GREAT Dad!

In July of 2002, I saw a puppy in the pet store window. You think I'm kidding...this is exactly how it happened! My daughter and I went into a mall and were looking in the pet store window while we waited for Victoria's Secret store to open. I saw a cute little 7 week old beagle in a glass cage who was shivering. I asked the clerk about him shivering and she said that he had just arrived and had his first bath and it was a little traumatic. I offered to hold him. Can you guess what happened next? I named him Bailey before I even held him (MISTAKE MISTAKE MISTAKE--ONCE YOU NAME THEM THEY ARE YOURS) and...well, I didn't make it to Victoria's Secret cause I ran out of money at the pet store. Sigh...and it was the best $1,100 I ever spent in my life.

I met Tim on September 25, 2005 after talking to him on-line for weeks.  The true test of our relationship, however, was the meeting of Tim and Bailey. Bailey loved Tim instantly the day they met. That little traitor...after 4 years of MY tolerance of this dog's behavior: cracking my CD cases he broke chewing on them, the family rocking chair leg he left his teeth marks on, the carpet he treated like a potty (and practically wore out being cleaned daily), the rack of barbecued ribs he stole off the kitchen table, the food he stole off the kitchen counters, the leftovers he managed to get out of the refrigerator and then even opened the Tupperware bowls...and he loved Tim instantly and I was no longer his BESTEST friend?!  And I have to admit, I was slightly relieved that Tim and Bailey hit it off as best friends since I would have had to interview more men to be Bailey's Dad and I found out there were a lot of frogs out there. In 2006 I married Tim with Bailey's approval.

In September of 2009 Bailey hurt his hip/leg. He needed to be kept under house arrest and no going on walks or running around the house and yard. We had to keep him quiet so he'd rest his tendons and muscles. We carried him upstairs at night to sleep with us, and carried him downstairs in the morning. If we went upstairs for some reason, he'd stay at the bottom of the stairs and give a little beagle aarrrooohhh to tell us: hey, come and get me. That continued for about 8 weeks. His leg got better but Bailey liked Mom and Dad carrying him up and down the stairs. He also got used to lying around the house watching tv and eating bonbons. The vet told me: he needs some inspiration to get moving again..another dog would help. In November of 2009, I found a beagle puppy through the Phoenix newspaper. Off we went that night to check her out...hahahhaa...did we really think we wouldn't bring home a 4 lb baby beagle girl? Who were we kidding?! Tim named her Lucy (because she fell asleep in his arms and collapsed and her little body was limp and loose) on our way to PetsMart to get our new little girl a collar, a bowl, puppy food and baby doggie toys. We could afford those things since she was a whole lot less expensive than Bailey, and as a matter of fact, Lucy was discounted being the last puppy of the litter to be sold. I call her my "blue light" special. Hahaha!

Today Tim and I are Mom and Dad to two beagles, Bailey and Lucy. Bailey and Lucy give their Dad a card each Father's Day. Why? Because they love him and he has opposable thumbs. These two beautiful beagles are not spoiled, they are pampered. It's hot here in Arizona and when the ground is too hot to go for a walk, Mom and Dad take them for a ride around the neighborhood in 'idle' so they can still see everyone, including their friends Sassy the orange kitty, Feather the Australian Shepherd, the 2 boxers that aren't trained to walk on a leash very well (and Bailey and Lucy love to stick their tongues out at them when the boxers are straining at their leashes and the beagles are in the car with their heads out the windows), and even the human neighbors wave to the prince and princess in the car.

Is the suspense of this year's Father's Day card getting to you yet?  Well, here's the card and the image I used this year is from Tiddly Inks. The size of this card is 5.5" x 7.5".


I used Copics to color my truck, a La-La-Land banner die (using my Cuttlebug machine), a bone stamp that I stamped and cut out a bunch of bones, and I even used rub-on letters made by Sizzix for my DAD on the banner and then used my glue pen and put some Cool Glitter Ritz on the white letters (and the heart) so they'd have a little shine. I used a Marvy corner punch that put nicks in the paper and then wrapped my blue embroidery floss around the entire image. The sentiment is an old one that I got at a convention at least 5 years ago and the 3 pretty blue jewels are from JoAnn's. My paper, I am sad to say, is one of the first pieces of paper I got at one of the local craft stores and it's lightweight scrapbook paper. It's older than as long as I've been married (almost 8 years now) and it has even faded a bit, but was perfect for this card. I have no clue who made the paper since it has absolutely no tag or markings on it.


You probably guessed...this is Tim driving the truck, Bailey sitting next to Tim and Lucy is looking out the side window. And yes, these really are their photos. The challenge making this card was getting photos down to 3/8" or about 8mm. I cut out the 'paper' windows and put in clear plastic as the windows. I then fussy cut the photos and put them in the windows and then took a piece of white paper and my lightest blue Copic pen and colored the white paper and used that as the background for their heads.


Well, that's my story about this card and for some reason I couldn't get my watermark program to work but I'm not worried about someone taking this card and claiming it as their own. If they try to do that, I'm shipping Tim, Bailey and Lucy to them...you steal the card and you get the driver and passengers along with it.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous day!

                                                                                   Hugs,
                                                                                   Gail

I'm entering this card in the following challenges thinking that even if it doesn't win, it will bring a smile to anyone who looks at this card and reads this post.

Reasonable Ribbon, Scrapping 4 Fun, Crafts 4 Eternity, Treasured Times, QKR Stampede, Sister Act, The Stamping Boutique, CCC Digi Creations, Catch the Bug, 613 Avenue Create, One Stitch at a Time, Glitter n Sparkle, Hobby Cutz, Fairies Challenges, Make My Monday, Artistic Inspirations, Paper Makeup Stamps, The Pink Elephant, Craft Your Passion, Crafting from the Heart, The Paper Girls, Love to Scrap, Pile It On, Polkadoodle, CMC Copic Challenge, Catered Crop, Ditzie Digi Designs, Cutie Pie, Ooh La La Creations, Doodle Pantry, Emerald Faeries, That Craft Place, Bearly Mine, Cards Galore, Memas CraftsNatalie and Amy's, The Sister of Craft, Dies R Us, Crazy 4 Challenges, Crafty Bloggers Network (Tic-Tac-Toe: Row A is diecut, image, patterned paper), Country View, Ladybug Crafts, Bunny Zoe's Crafts, Sparkle n Sprinkle, C.R.A.F.T., Crafters Café, Crafty Sentiments, Sweet Stamps, Cuttlebug Mania, Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT, Oldie But a Goodie, Papertake Weekly, Tuesday Throwdown

Bailey and Lucy enjoying the warm sunshine..I think they need their sunglasses.  Hahahha!