Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Some Cards and a Puppy

It seems like it's been forever since I posted anything or even made anything.  I know I am terribly behind in visiting all of my friends in blogland.  I do have a good excuse--besides the usual end of summer, getting kids ready for school, in-laws visiting--we got a puppy!

He is a 6 month old German Shepard-Lab mix that we got from a rescue shelter.  We named him Sherlock and he has been keeping us very busy.  We got him 2 weeks ago, and our house hasn't been the same since.  I was the one who didn't want a dog for the longest time, but I must admit that he is a real sweetheart.

He follows me all around the house, especially when everyone else is out at school or work.  I am training him to be my crafting buddy.  Today, he sat and slept by the front door for a long time.  He was either waiting for the UPS guy to deliver my PTI package, or just waiting for the girls to get home from school.

On to the cards.....

I had an idea to make an ombre sort of sky, and pulled out all my yellowish and orangeish Distress Inks.  I sponged them within a mask I created with a rectangle die, and adhered a die cut Memory Box Marvelous Bridge over the inked rectangle.  I am entering this card into the Tuesday Trigger Honoring Ombre challenge.

I got two new dies last week, and made a quick little note card set with them.  I used the PTI Wonderful Words Thank You die on some thin Michael's patterned paper.  I made two note cards with the die cut and 2 with the negative die cut.  Then, I lined all four envelopes with the same paper.  It was very quick and easy, and only used 1 12x12 sheet of patterned paper, one piece of white card stock and 4 envelopes.  I am thinking I will use some of the patterned paper scraps to make a belly band and have this set on hand in case I need a little last minute gift.  This was so easy to make and a great way to use up some of those 12x12 sheets I have been storing forever.  I think I'll make some more.

Supplies Used (PTI):
Thinking of You
Stamps:  Think Big Favorites
Paper: White, True Black
Ink:  Distress Tattered Rose, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Versafine Onyx Black
Other:  Memory Box Marvelous Bridge Die

Thank You Note Cards
Stamps:  none
Paper:  White, patterned paper from Michaels
Ink:  none
Other:  Wonderful Words Thank You die, WPlus9 Envelope Liner Die

Thanks for Visiting


  1. Beautiful cards, especially that bridge card background! Sherlock is so cute!! Enjoy him!!

  2. Awww such a sweet face on your puppy. I love your ombre card. The colors just flow. The four thank you cards with matching envelopes will make a wonderful gift.

  3. Love the cards and Sherlock is adorable.

  4. That's a great scene you created. You have some of the best crafty toys! Good job getting some gifts done early. Enjoy your new baby!

  5. I wondered where you were! Great thank you cards and really gorgeous ombre card! Love the bridge image! So glad you are enjoying your new stamping buddy. He looks like such a sweetie!

  6. Beautiful note cards and great picture and story about Sherlock. It is nice to have a crafting budy too!

  7. Sherlock is adorable - love his name. Your ombre sky looks fab and your thank you notes make great use of the -/+ die cuts.

  8. Sweet pictures of Sherlock. I bet he will bond with you the most now ,with the girls going to school.
    Love all the cards you made and the lined envelopes. I did order the envelope liner from wplus9 .
    The ombré card is beautiful with the sunny color.

  9. Joyce...I will be honest with you I am not a dog or pet person at all I just fell in love with Sherlock. He has a sweet and kind soul. Your card is fabulous and I love that bridge, and the sky behind it, stunning! Love the thank you cards too, need to order that liner die, really adds so much to your amazing cards.

  10. Stunning ombre sky, Joyce and such a lovely 'thank you' notes set! How cute is your new puppy ... such a cool name! Anita :)

  11. Beautiful cards, I especially love the thank you note cards. Great idea! Love the pictures and story of Sherlock! Adorable.

  12. I'm sorry, but Sherlock is so cute that he totally distracted me from your gorgeous cards... ;-)

  13. Oh, I love the way you've done that sky and bridge! Makes me want to run upstairs and create right now,...only I have other jobs to finish first.

  14. Oh, your puppy looks so cute! And I love his name, too!
    I love your sunset card with the bridge, Joyce! You've totally inspired me!

  15. Love the ombre sunset - beautifully inked! Enjoy Sherlock - we satisfy our puppy cravings with dogsitting a friend's Maltipoo so much that we consider her ours.

  16. Lovely sky over your water - and what a cutie Sherlock is. Turning into your crafting buddy...clever. Our wee one is sleeping through the night. Hope that is a milestone.

  17. Hey Joyce! Thanks for linking this up to this week's Tuesday Trigger in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

    ...and your puppy is adorable! LOVE his name! :)


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