Birmingham Regional – Dog Bone Bag

And another one of my bags from the Birmingham Regional.

It’s hard to see in the photo but the bag is stamped with crumb cake ink with the bone and paw images from D is for Dog stamp set.  I used the Old Olive Polka Dot Scalloped ribbon to go around the bag and the Decorative Label is stamped with the dog image from the same stamp set.  I punched a second Decorative Label in Old Olive – cut it in half and layered it behind the white tag.

And inside the bag there are dog bones of course.  The one in the this picture has the D is for Dog tag tied around it with White Baker’s Twine.  It was punched with the 1″ circle and layered on an Old Olive 1-1/4″ Circle.

I still have a few more bags to show you.  I got all of the pictures taken today.  But I had a lazy Sunday – I got laundry done and did some more cleaning up from the My Digital Studio Retreat that we had this weekend.  We had 12 demonstrators at my house all day Saturday learning about My Digital Studio – it was so much fun!  I’ll be sharing more about that later in the week along with pictures of our projects.  My friend Cindy Schuster teamed up with me to hold this retreat – it was something we first talked about on our plane ride out to the Stampin’ Up! Convention this summer.  And it was a huge success!  Thanks to everyone that joined us we hope you had as much fun as we did.

Have a productive week!

D is for Dog Treat Box

D is for Dog is the name of this stamp set that I used on this little treat box.  There is also a C is for Cat set that you could do the same project with – just fill with cat treats instead.  The box is the BIGZ XL die Box #2 for the Big Shot – I cut if from Always Artichoke card stock.  On the front I used Very Vanilla card stock and stamped the dog image in Chocolate Chip and sponged the edges.  On one end I added a piece of Chocolate Card stock that was punched with the Scallop Border punch – I trimmed it down to be just 4 full scallops that tucked out at the end.  Tie a piece of Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon around the piece and attach to the front of the box.  Stamp the D is for Dog on a piece of vanilla and punch out with the 1-1/4″ Circle punch, sponge the edges, mat it on an Always Artichoke piece punched with the 1-3/8″ Circle punch.  Add to the front of the box with a Stampin’ Dimensional.

inside the box I added a small cello bag filled with dog treats and tied it with another piece of ribbon.  Inside the lid is the quote from the set – it says “a dog wags its tail with its heart. – Martin Buxbaum” – I think my dogs wag more than just their tails – the wag their whole back ends sometimes!

Give some love to the dogs today!

Friends Fur-Ever

This was one of the cards that we made at Stamper’s Club Friday night.  The card idea was one that I found on a blog somewhere but it wasn’t a Stampin’ Up! blog so I wanted to use the idea with our products.  I liked the black and the white and needed to add a third color – I pulled out my Color Coach and this was one of the color combination’s  for the Whisper White card – Whisper White, Basic Black and More Mustard.

The Bitty Button does not have thread in it but instead it is a thin piece of More Mustard card stock that is pulled through and tied in a knot.  When you don’t have thread in the color you want just use a piece of card stock!

I made the dog and cat look like they were really white by watercoloring around them with a little bit of Sahara Sand Watercolor Wonder Crayon.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Card stock: More Mustard, Basic Black, Whisper White
  • Ink: More Mustard, Black StazOn
  • Stamp sets: Every Little Bit, D is for Dog, Friends Fur-ever
  • Accessories:  Big Shot die-cut machine, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, 1″ circle punch, 2-1/2″ circle punch, 1-3/8″ circle punch, Bitty Buttons, Stampin’ Dimensionals,  Mini Glue Dots, Stampin’ Sponge, Watercolor Wonder Crayons – Neutrals, Aqua Painter.

To order Stampin’ Up! Supplies to make this project click here.

Dog Treat Jar

This project was one from my Love Your Pets class.  Its a treat jar – mine is decorated for a dog but I gave the class the option of doing a dog or cat.  We used the D is for Dog and C is for Cat stamp sets.  And the jars are decorated with the new Stampin’ Up! fabric in Holiday Mini Catalog and the Big Buttons.

I used one of the fabric patterns from the Deck the Halls bundle and the coordinating Big Designer Buttons.  The fabric is torn into strips and wrapped around the jar to overlap the ends.  Then I used Linen Thread to tie around it and hold it tight and then I put one of the big buttons on it.  So its not a fabric sewing project but it is a fabric project!

The lid is decorated with elements from the D is for Dog stamp set.  And the new 2″ Circle punch is exactly the right size for the top of the jar – these were the regular mouth jars not the wide-mouth.  And I ran the circle through the Square lattice embossing folder too.

I also created a tag to tie around the button – the D is for dog stamp is punched with the small tag punch and layered with the large tag punch.  The paw print is punched with the 3/4″ circle punch, and the bone is cut out.  They are all threaded on a piece of Linen Thread and tied around the big button.

I filled it with dog treats and now it sits on my counter.  I really like this fabric because the patterns aren’t really Christmas patterns – you can use them for every day projects not just holiday projects.  I can keep this on the counter year round.  And I know Aspen and Magnolia will be happy about that!

If you are checking in on Monika’s Blog Bingo – I finally found my winner on Sunday afternoon.  So it’s time to get a new group started – this time it will be group 4 and here are the players:

  1. Marilyn from NY
  2. D from WA
  3. Cinthia from MA
  4. Susan from Wis.
  5. Peggy from Maryland
  6. Sandi from MI
  7. Ruth from CT
  8. Ola from Indiana
  9. Sue from MS
  10. Cristy from TX
  11. Judy from CA
  12. Jeanette from GA
  13. Amy from MN
  14. Cinda from GA
  15. Patty from FL
  16. Kim from NJ

I will email Bingo cards for Round 4 to all of you and the first Bingo piece will be called on Tuesday 9/28.  I really like how everyone is from all over the US!  Isn’t it fun?  Thanks for playing along.  I’ll have an updated post with all the rules when we start on Tuesday.

Have a wonderful Monday!

D is for Dog and C is for Cat

I’m back with my post for today – again sorry I didn’t get it up sooner – I wasn’t expecting to not have access last night.

This month my hands-on class was “Love Your Pets” and we focused on projects featuring cats and dogs. You might recall the dog and cat cards that I designed for our visit to the Ronald McDonald House – I decided to use that same card design for this class but step it up just a little bit.  Click here to see the RMHC post.

These cards use a Crumb Cake card base, a layer of Baja Breeze card stock and Elegant Soiree Designer Series paper.  The circles are cut with the Big Shot Die-cutting machine using the Circles #2 die.  The images are stamped in Soft Suede ink on the Very Vanilla circles.

For the Dog card I added Linen Thread around his collar.  The easiest way to do this is use a paper piercer to put a small hole at each side of the dog’s collar.  Then I use a floss threader – the kind your orthodontist or dentist gives you to help get floss through tight places or around braces – pull the linen thread through the hole with the threader and then tie in the front.

A peek at the inside – I had the paw prints “walking” around the inside of the card.

The cat card is basically the same layout but turned in the other direction.

For the cat I added a small rhinestone to her collar where the tag is on the stamped image.

And the linen thread around the collar.

Isn’t she a cute cat with her new fancy collar and tag?

I’m happy with how these cards turned out.  Next week I’ll be going to the Baltimore regional and I still need swaps so I’ve decided to make some more of these for my some of my swaps.

No  Bingo Winner emails yet – so its time to pull another Bingo piece – here we go…..

Let’s play Bingo…..

It’s BINGO TIME!  We are playing Round 3 of Monika’s Blog Bingo.  I’m currently taking names for Round 6.   See this POST for more details on how to join, how to play and the Round 1 and 2 winners.

Here is piece #16  –the dog from All in the Family stamp set (stamped in Chocolate Chip).

Ronald McDonald September Visit

This last week we went to stamp with the families at the Ronald McDonald House.  We have a small group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators that go once a month.  We each take turns designing a card and this month was my turn.  I decided to do something with dogs and cats since I was already working on pet projects for my regular monthly class which was also this week.  When designing for RMH we try to keep it fairly simply, usually one color of ink and want it to be easy for everyone to make something of their very own.  I designed two cards using the same supplies but two different stamp sets – D is for Dog and C is for Cat.  Everything was the same color of card stock, designer paper and ribbon – Brocade Blue and the ink was all Chocolate Chip.

I used the same idea for cards in my pet class so I’ll give you a few more details in another post and show you those.

Now I want to show you some of the kids and families that we met and show you their creations.

We met a young girl – I think about 13 years old and her mother.  We were so excited for her to join us because last month she would only watch from a distance.  This month she sat at the table and we helped her make her very own card.  I did not get a picture of her this time but I hope to see her again next month.

Then we met Hunter – I believe he was 8 years old.  He was our high energy creative little guy for the evening.  He and his mom both stamped with us and Hunter talked and showed us his creativity.  If you read Hunter’s story and where he was just a few months ago you would be amazed at his progress!  Here is a link to his CaringBridge site –

If you have a minute read his story, sign his guest book and send some prayers.  This is Hunter when we were at RMHC this week.

Hunter had fun with the stamps on his envelope he decided to stamp the fish and the cat chasing the fish and the dog chasing the cat.

I’m so glad we were able to provide a fun evening activity for Hunter and his mom.  She had fun stamping too!

Then we met Jessie (I think that is her name).  She was about 5 years old and finally made it over to us at the end of the evening.  She was in a wheel chair and is supposed to still be there when we come next month so we are hoping to see her again.

Hunter should be headed back home before we come back.  So we won’t get to see him again.  The cards that the kids didn’t make were put together by the rest of us and left for Cari the house manager.

If you would like to learn more about the Ronald McDonald house here is a link to the Atlanta site – We are volunteering at the Peachtree Dunwoody house.  If you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and would like to join us please contact me.  If you don’t live near me contact Stampin’ Up! to find the house near you and a group of demonstrators that you can join.  I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed doing this once a month.  It is so fun to see the joy on their faces when they have made a card.  And they spend time figuring out who to send them too.  One of them this month was going as a thank you to the family that was caring for their dog while they were here at the RMH.  The families that stay here are not local – they come from other parts of Georgia and other states too.

That’s this months review of the Ronald McDonald House visit.  I’m going to try to include this each month that I go.

Let’s play Bingo…..

It’s BINGO TIME!  We are playing Round 3 of Monika’s Blog Bingo.  I’m currently taking names for Round 6.   See this POST for more details on how to join, how to play and the Round 1 and 2 winners.

Here is piece #10  –the Alphabet from Cute by the Inch stamp set (stamped in Poppy Parade).

We have some players that are close – will there be a winner today??