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Papercrafting Christmas Presents, Part 1

Hello Friends.  Thanks for stopping by.  As we near the holiday season and begin thinking about gifts for loved ones, don't forget that we have our hobby affords us the opportunity to create gifts that are unique and personalized.  My niece is a brand new veterinarian and she was so dismayed and upset when her first pet patient died.  I thought she would feel better if she had a lovely card to send the patient's owner so I pulled out all my pet stamps and dies and started creating cards.  The primary stamp set I used is Taylored Expressions' Care & Comfort - Pets:

Care_comfort-pets And here are two TE die sets I used:

Buildadoghouse

Doghouseaccessories For this card I embossed the background with the Puppy Paws (my name) embossing folder from Marianne.

Our-pets-teach-pink-bedOur Pets Teach – Taylored Expressions stamp Care and Comfort Pets; TE dies Doghouse Accessories and Frame in Frame 1; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen

Adding a little heart to the card's corner is a loving touch.

Our-pets-love-bedOur Pets Love – Taylored Expressions stamp Care and Comfort Pets; TE dies Doghouse Accessories and Grass Border; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Stephanie Kraft

This card has multiple layers.  The scalloped frame in the background is topped with brown and red layers and finally another kraft layer embossed with hearts. I used more embossing too on the little ball (TE embossing folder Weathered) and the doghouse (Bead Board).

DoghouseDoghouse – Taylored Expressions dies Build a Doghouse and Stitched Banner Stacklets; Taylored Expressions embossing folders Bead Board and Weathered; Taylored Expressions stamp set Care and Comfort Pets; Cuttlebug embossing folder Hearts; Impression Obsession die 6-in-1 Rectangle Frame; Paper Smooches die Dog Icons; design inspired by Kendra Wietstock

For this card I used brighter colors, multiple layers and embossing in the background.

Our-pets-striped-paperOur Pets Striped Paper – Taylored Expressions dies Stitched Bracket Stacklets and Stitched Frame Stacklets 1; Taylored Expressions stamp set Care and Comfort Pets; Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder; Memory Box die Glorious Hearts; Paper Smooches dies Dog Icons and Woofers and Tweeters; design inspired by Sankari Wegman

I love this card but it was a little difficult to create.  The paws were stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in white on the red heart.  Then I had to hold the heart over the front of the card face and figure out where to stamp the paws again in black, lining them up with the white paws.  It's not hard, just a little tedious.

Our-Pets-HeartOur Pets Heart – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Max; Spellbinders die Hearts; Taylored Expressions stamp set Care and Comfort Pets; design inspired by Taylor Van Bruggen

My first cat sympathy card features a Paper Smooches cat die (Cat Icons). 

Pink-Sitting-CatPink Cat Sitting – Paper Smooches die Cat Icons; Spellbinders die Hearts; Taylored Expressions die Stitched Banner Stacklets; TE stamp set Care and Comfort Pets

I love this card.  It has been my go-to sympathy card for friend's pets.  Here's a tip on how to create it.  I cut white cardstock to 4.25" x 5.50" and then die cut it with the paws die 4 times, essentially creating a template or stencil.  Next I cut the paws from colored cardstock, keeping each paw (5 pieces) together in a little pile.  Then I placed the cardstock template over the white card and glued the paws into the openings.  This technique allows you to have the paws perfectly mounted on top of the card.

Colored-Paw-PrintsColorful Paws – Paper Smooches die Cat Icons; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Paws for a Cause

A paw on a red heart says it all.  The heart background paper keeps with the red, white and black color format.

Red-HeartRed Heart – Spellbinders die hearts; Taylored Expressions stamp set Care and Comfort Pets; Paper Smooches die Dog; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles

Another cat card features a large walking cat with a handsome blue collar and a little bling.

Walking-CatCat Walking – Taylored Expressions die Stitched Banner Stacklets; TE stamp set Care and Comfort Pets; Poppystamps die Large Cat Walking

Gray-PawGray Paw – Paper Smooches die Dog; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Paws for a Cause; Memory Box die Mini Heart Collection

Watercolor-PawWatercolor Paw – Paper Smooches clear stamp set Paws for a Cause; Memory Box die Cross Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Kecia Waters

Gray-Dog-BowlGray Dog Bowl – Taylored Expressions stamp Care and Comfort Pets; TE dies Doghouse Accessories, Build-A-Calendar 1 and Tag Stacklets 1; design inspired by Jami Sibley

Think about your friends and family and the type of cards they could use.  I am sure they would love to have a set of special cards made just for them.

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National Spoil Your Dog Day

Hello Friends.  I hope everyone is having a good week.  I must tell you that it's a delight to come to work these days as my new refrigerated air conditioner is keeping the store so cool.  Chloe is enjoying it too and sleeping much more comfortably.

As we gear up for fall and winter papercrafting, new dies and stamps are arriving!  It's like Christmas opening the packages and seeing the new goodies.  From Penny Black we have new dies including one that I personally think is a hoot!  It's called Silly Birds -- birds dressed up as ghosties!

Silly-BirdsPenny Black die Silly Birds ($17.49)

In our recent order we also got the die and stamp to make this very popular card.  Here's the outside of the card.

Glorious-ScenePenny Black die Glorious Poinsettia ($19.69) and stamp Snowy Hamlet ($13.09)

Glorious-Scene-2

Inside of card (design inspired by Marika).

 

Another popular die is Penny Black's Into the Woods (birch trees). 

Into-the-WoodsPenny Black die Into the Woods ($25.19)

Here are a couple samples:

Into-the-Woods-cardPenny Black dies Into The Woods and Love and Joy; Penny Black stamp Letter;Impression Obsession die Snowflakes small; design inspired by Judy Jung

 

Tall-Timbers-1Penny Black cling stamp Tall Timbers; Penny Black die Into the Woods; Impression Obsession die Snowflakes, large and small, and Small Deer set; Taylored Expressions die Frame in Frame; design inspired by Jill Foster

I love these two deer as they lend themselves to lots of different uses.  Here are some samples:

Together-diePenny Black die Together (20.79)

 

Together-BluePenny Black dies Together and Very Merry Christmas; Penny Black stamp Woodland Wonder

 

Together-SilverPenny Black dies Together and Crystal Trio; Penny Black stamp Woodland Wonder; Spellbinders die Circles; Taylored Expressions die Build A Scene Rolling Hills

 

Together-TealPenny Black dies Together and Exultations; Penny Black stamp Woodland Wonder


Back to August 10 ... did you know today is National Spoil Your Dog Day?

Of course at my house it's spoil your dog day every day!  Any way, it's a good day to share some cards that feature new stamps and dies from Taylored Expressions.  But first let me show you the new dog set from Penny Black:

Love-Me-Dogs Penny Black stamp set Love Me ($8.99)

 

Dog-Day-diesPenny Black matching die set Dog Days ($15.29)

 

Here are the samples with Taylored Expressions' newest dog stamps and dies:

 Max-Doghouse-1Max and Doghouse 1 – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Max; TE dies Build A Doghouse and Doghouse Accessories; Impression Obsession die Frame in Frame Rectangles 2; design inspired by Shelby Mercado

 Max-Doghouse-2Max and Doghouse 2 – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Max; TE dies Build A Doghouse and Doghouse Accessories; Marianne Designs embossing folder Paws; design inspired by Jean Manis

 

Care-comfort-1Care and Comfort 1 – Taylored Expressions stamp Care and Comfort Pets; TE dies Doghouse Accessories and Frame in Frame 1; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen

 

Care-comfort-2Care and Comfort 2 – Taylored Expressions stamp Care and Comfort Pets; TE dies Doghouse Accessories and Grass Border; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Stephanie Kraft

 

Madison-Window-lgHappily Homed – Memory Box die Large Madison Window set; Poppystamp dies Cozy Kitties and Friendly Kitties; Paper Smooches stamp set Lucky Dog; design inspired by Yoonsun Hur

 

If you'd like to see more dog cards, go to this earlier post.

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Who Let the Dogs Out?

Hello Friends.  I sat down recently in my stamping studio with two Penny Black clear stamp sets featuring a lot of cute dogs and one fabulous duck!  Once I started I couldn't stop making cards so please enjoy them all.  My precious Chloe is struggling with old age right now so it was fun to play with these stamps and remember her younger days.  I am grateful for every day I have with her. 

Because most of the cards are self-explanatory, I will just list the supplies I used.  If you want more information or to order any of the supplies, please contact me through email or telephone (915-833-9500).

Here are the two Penny Black clear stamp sets I used for these cards.

Buddy-Duck   Man's-Best-friend-set
Buddy and Duck Cards


Buddy-Balloon

Buddy Balloon – Penny Black clear stamp set Buddy and Duck; Spellbinders die Petite Ovals; design inspired by Birgit Edblom

Buddy-Cupcake

Buddy Cupcake – Penny Black clear stamp set Buddy and Duck; Spellbinders die Classic Ovals Buddy-Umbrella

Buddy Umbrella – Penny Black clear stamp sets Buddy and Duck and Sentiment Collection

Buddy-Balloon-Clouds

Buddy Balloon Clouds – Penny Black clear stamp sets Buddy and Duck and Snippets; My Favorite Things die Round Banners; Poppy die Fancy Clouds; Taylored Expressions die Love Confetti; Memory Box die Mini Heart Collection; design inspired by Christine Drogt

Duck-Hearts

Duck Hearts – Penny Black clear stamp set Buddy and Duck; Penny Black paper pad Painted Blooms; Spellbinders die Classic Circles; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; Taylored Expressions die Love Confetti; design inspired by Cathy Andronicou

Duck-Balloon
Duck Balloon – Penny Black clear stamp set Buddy and Duck; Memory Box die Stitched Ovals; Impression Obsession die Greetings Edgers; design inspired by Judy Jung

Doggone-Birthday

Buddy Present – Penny Black clear stamp sets Buddy and Duck and Man’s Best Friend; Taylored Expressions die Frame in Frame

Umbrella-Ducks

Duck Umbrellas – Penny Black clear stamp set Buddy and Duck; Penny Black die Feel Better; Memory Box die Puffy Clouds; design inspired by Judy Jung

Man's Best Friend Cards

Birthday-Stars

Birthday Stars – Penny Black clear stamp sets Man’s Best Friend and Snippets; My Favorite Things die Brushstroke Greetings; Paper Smooches die Stars; design inspired by La Von Hall

Bring-me-joy

Bring Me Joy – Penny Black clear stamp sets Man’s Best Friend and Happy Snippets; Penny Black die Flower Portrait; Impression Obsession die Banners and Tails; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Corrugate

  Circle-Clouds

Circle Clouds – Penny Black clear stamp set Man’s Best Friend; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; Spellbinders die Classic Circles; Poppy die Fancy Clouds; design inspired by Debby 4000

  Hello

Hello – Penny Black clear stamp set Man’s Best Friend; Memory Box die Hello Balloon; My Favorite Things die Mini Scallop Border; design inspired by Debby 4000

  Hi-Hey-Hello

Hi Hey Hello – Penny Black clear stamp set Man’s Best Friend; Taylored Expressions die Peek-A-Boo Circles and Hey, Hi Hello; design inspired by Helen the Heffalump

  Jumping-dogs
Jumping Dogs
– Penny Black clear stamp set Man’s Best Friend

Love

Love – Penny Black clear stamp set Man’s Best Friend; Penny Black dies Polaroid and Love and Joy; design inspired by Judy Jung

OMG-Mom
OMG Mom
–This card may need an explanation.  My niece Emilee just graduated from veterinary college at Texas A & M University.  Yeah!  She and her 2 dogs will soon be moving to start work at a veterinary practice in Las Vegas, Nevada.  I thought this would be a cute congratulatory card to send her from her dogs!  Inside the sentiment "we did it!" would be appropriate!

Supplies -- Penny Black clear stamp sets Man’s Best Friend and Happy Snippets; Penny Black die Flower Portrait; Taylored Expressions die Conversation Bubbles; Penny Black stamps Skyline and Dots in Space; design inspired by Therese Schaffer

  Paw-Prints

Paw Prints – Penny Black clear stamp set Man’s Best Friend; Memory Box die Pinpoint Squares; Paper Smooches die Dog Icons; design inspired by A J Bodine  Smile

Smile – Penny Black clear stamp set Man’s Best Friend; Penny Black die Doodles; design inspired by Therese Schaffer

  Thinking-of-you

Thinking of You – Penny Black clear stamp set Man’s Best Friend; Spellbinders dies Classic Circles, Scalloped Circles and Petite Scalloped Circles; design inspired by Helen the Heffalump

 Thanks for reading the blog today.  Please stop by the store soon to see these and many more samples in person!