Sunday, October 15, 2017

Curtain Call Cuddle Your Worries Away Challenge Card


Hello, Friends!

The card I have for you today was so much fun to make because it was also a part of a really big honor!  When my Dreamcatcher Card won the Lead at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge blog in September, I was invited to be a guest for another challenge on the Curtain Call blog.  Swoon!  I was super excited.  I was also a little nervous, truth be told!  I silently prayed that I would have a good stamp set I liked a lot that would fit the challenge.  

When I opened the email containing the picture and the word for the 
October 15th challenge, I was beyond thrilled!   


I instantly knew what stamp set I would use for my card because the My Favorite Things Stamp Set Playful Pups has one of their puppies cuddling his toy dog.  It even had a sentiment which included the word "cuddle!"  

This is the card I created!


The card is pretty easy to see how to make.  One thing I did to up the cuteness factor was to cut the "blanket" out of patterned paper that matched the other papers I was using.  I could have colored it with Copics like I did the rest of the image, but I thought this was more fun.  I also put the die-cut image onto the pale aqua card stock with foam tape, so in person, you can see that sweet little puppy cuddling his friend.  

The other thing I did was changed the sentiment that My Favorite Things had put together for their stamp set.  The original cuddle sentiment said, 

"You're the Best Cuddle Buddy."  

I wanted to be able to use this card sometime and I don't have a lot of Cuddle Buddies!  So, I looked at the other sentiments and liked the one that said, 

"Let's Snuggle Our Worries Away."  

I liked the idea of getting rid of worries for someone who was having a hard time, but all of my friends live in different cities and states.  Again, we're not really Cuddle or Snuggle Buddies, either!

There was one more sentiment that included the word, "Your."  It originally said,

"Sending Wags Your Way."

So I stamped and embossed all three sentiments and then cut them up, in a fun and whimsical fashion, to make a sentiment that I could send.

"Cuddle Your Worries Away."

Now, I can send this card to a friend who owns a dog that is having a hard time and write on the inside of the card, "Grab (name of the person's dog), cuddle up with him or her, and try and forget about all your worries.  

I know first hand that cuddling with your favorite four-legged friend definitely can help things look better.  It's also relaxing to watch your friend fall asleep in your arms or on the couch beside you!  

Thank you so much, Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge Bloggers, 
for choosing my Dreamcatcher card as your Lead 
and for inviting me to be a guest designer for this challenge.  
I can't begin to tell you how much it means to me!

Also, I would love to see my blog followers create cards for this Cuddle challenge!  You can enter them up until October 25th at 

Happy Stamping, Friends!


I used the following products to make this card:

Playful Pups Stamp Set by My Favorite Things
Playful Pups and Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics by My Favorite Things
Memento Tuxedo Black and VersaMark Ink Pads by Tsukineko
Copic Markers
Solar White Card Stock by Neenah
Nightshift Blue Card Stock by My Favorite Things
Crushed Curry and Pool Party by Stampin' Up
Rock-a-Bye Baby 6 x 6 Paper Pad by Carta Bella
Dots and Stripes Winter 6 x 6 Paper Pad by Echo Park
Scotch Foam Tape by 3M
MISTI by My Sweet Petunia
Opaque Bright White Super Fine Embossing Powder by Wow!
Heat Tool



Monday, October 9, 2017

Challenge Winners

Hello, Friends!

Well, I didn't have the stamping weekend I had planned.  A nasty headache sidelined me for the weekend.  So instead of a new card, I'd like to show you some of the honors that my cards, mainly from September, have won.

This may be the most arrogant looking post I have ever posted on my blog.  I don't think I'm an arrogant person.  I hope not because I'm usually not a big fan of people who are arrogant!  

Some of the cards I have made have won different challenges that I entered them into, much to my surprise!  I'd like to share the winners with you because each win is such an honor!  It means so much to me to have other stampers say, "Good job," especially when I haven't been able to stamp for so long.  

This post is much more of a "thank you" to the challenges that chose my cards as winners than it is a "look how great I am."  

In the future, I will share any winners that might happen
as they are introduced to avoid a long post like this!



Back in May, I created this card I called Watercolor May Flower.  It was chosen by Happy Little Stampers as the Watercolor Challenge Winner out of 93 other cards!   I couldn't believe that my card was chosen as their favorite!  At the time, I was so sad about losing Frankfurter that I didn't share this honor with you then.  It truly was and is an honor, so I wanted to share it with you now.  I received a $20 gift certificate for stamps from the Happy Little Stamper Store and a badge which I have put on the side of my blog.  

The other cards that have won awards were all made in September.  



This card, You're #1 in My Book, won two awards.  

From The Paper Players, it won "A Cut Above" which is an honorable mention award.  The Paper Players have a badge for this award which I have added to the side of my blog.  From The Color Throwdown, it also won an honorable mention type award where it was labeled as an eye catcher for the week.  I have played in these challenges for years and this is the first time I received any recognition from either one.  They both made me super happy when my card was chosen for the honorable mention awards.  



This card, Reverse Confetti Dreamcatcher, won three awards.  I was afraid this card was too dark and dreary looking to win anything and almost didn't enter it into the Reverse Confetti sketch challenge!  I'm so glad I entered it anyways!  From Reverse Confetti, I was chosen as the 'Fetti Friend of the Month.  This means that my card was chosen as the best card entered into their challenge and I won a $20 gift certificate to their store!  This was a huge honor!  I love Reverse Confetti products and will only have a hard time spending my money because there are so many great things to choose from there!  I have added the badge for this award to the side of my blog.  

This card also won another huge honor.  This same card took the Lead from Curtain Call.  This is the highest award the blog Curtain Call gives!  Along with the badge which I have added to the side of my blog, I have also been invited to be a guest designer in an upcoming challenge.  I will be the featured stamper in one of the October challenges.  This is so exciting!!! 

This card also won the Just Add Ink #357 Challenge 
Just Add "D" Honorable Mention.  There isn't a badge for this honor, 
but it still means just as much to me!



This Hugs from my Heart card was also chosen by The Paper Players for the honorable mention award of A Cut Above for the color challenge to use pink, green, white and silver on a card.  I have placed their badge on the side of my blog.  It was another surprise to win this honor from a blog challenge that I've been playing for years!

I don't enter challenges expecting to win.  I just do them because I think they're fun.  They are great jumping-off points for me when I begin to create a card.  When one of my cards is chosen for an honor, it is always truly that- an honor.  It's always nice to feel that your work is appreciated.  It's an even bigger honor knowing how hard I've had to work to be able to get back to the point that I can stamp again.  

Thank you so much to anyone who has had a hand in choosing one of my cards as a challenge winner.  I never take that recognition for granted and greatly appreciate each award one of my cards has been given!

Now, it's time to get back to making more cards!

Happy Stamping!


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Friday, October 6, 2017

You're Sew Thoughtful with Someone who is So Thoughtful!


Hello, Friends!

Welcome to Life with a Wiener Dog!

Whether this is your first visit to my blog or you've been following it for years, I'm so glad you are here today!  

My regular blog followers know that I have been making and posting my cards here for years!  Seven, to be exact!  However, over the last four years, I have been battling a severe back injury that has left me disabled.  Until recently, I was unable to stamp with any regularity because of my back.  One way I kept in touch with stamping during the long time I wasn't able to do it myself was to follow other people's blogs.  I quickly developed favorites that I couldn't wait to arrive in my Inbox so I could see the latest creation that each stamper had made.  

One of those favorites was Kim Heggins of

You may already be familiar with Kim's cards because she is on a bunch of different design teams including Merry Monday Christmas Challenge (which you've seen me participate in the last two weeks), Addicted to Stamps and More, The Card Concept and Cupcake Inspiration.  She also participates in challenges and has been a guest stamper for Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge Blog!

I've admired Kim's work for years!  In September, I decided to be brave and ask Kim if she'd like to do a Dual Post with me where we both used the same colors, sketch, technique or theme to create a card.  Much to my surprise, Kim admired my blog and said, "Yes!"  

For our first post, we decided that we would use the same colors to make a card and then would share what each other created.  
Kim picked these gorgeous colors!  

cvetovaya-palitra-1584= NICE ***

Aren't they fabulous?!!

We both loved that they were colors you could see in fall, but they weren't just the usual red, orange, yellow, green and brown.

It took me a while to decide what stamp set I wanted to use with these rich, beautiful colors.  I knew I wanted my card to be a way to thank Kim for her encouragement over the years on my blog, so that had a huge influence on the set I chose to use.  

In addition to being a fabulous stamper, if you follow Kim's Instagram Account, you know she's also an amazing seamstress.  She "whips" things up that would take me a month to make, like cute little travel bags and now gorgeous shirts!

With that in mind, I finally decided to use Lawn Fawn's Sewn with Love Stamp Set and Dies for my card.  I wasn't sure if they would work, but after I stamped, die-cut and began coloring my images with Copics, I was relieved to see that they all came together perfectly!  My sentiment, from the Sewn with Love set, was an easy choice because it fit Kim perfectly!  I used Lawn Fawn's Watercolor Wishes Petite Paper Pack for my background, so if you noticed the variation of blues in the paper, you're not imagining things!  That's what the Watercolor Wishes papers look like!  Although you can't tell in the picture, I adhered the spool of thread on top of the sewing machine, the scissors, and the jar of buttons with foam tape so they stand up from the card a little bit for some extra interest.  I used the Reverse Confetti Lacy Scallop Frame Die to frame the little sewing scene I had created which seemed to bring all the different pieces together nicely.  Everything is attached to a white card base, which you can see through the Lacy Scallop Frame.

Now please finish reading this and then
you must go visit Kim's blog, 


to see the adorable card she made with the same colors.  

Her card features one of my very favorite things at this time of year! 
Take some time to look around at her cards while you're there.   
Please leave her some love in the comments section of her blog, too!

I hope you've enjoyed this collaboration post as much as Kim and I 
enjoyed doing it.  We've decided to make this a monthly feature on both of our blogs which is going to be super fun getting to know Kim better and seeing what we both create with the same guidelines each month!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today!  
Please feel free to come back anytime! 

Now go check out Kim's blog right now!


Have a wonderful weekend!  
I have some stamping planned, so it should be a good one for me!

Happy Stamping, Friends!


I used the following products to make this card:

Sewn with Love Stamp Set by Lawn Fawn
Sewn with Love Lawn Cuts Dies by Lawn Fawn
Lacy Scallop Frame Confetti Cuts Dies by Reverse Confetti
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad by Tsukineko
Dark Indigo Dye Ink Pad by Papertrey Ink
Copic Markers
Solar White Card Stock by Neenah
Dark Indigo Card Stock by Papertrey Ink
Watercolor Wishes Petite Paper Pack by Lawn Fawn
Scotch Foam Tape by 3M
MISTI by My Sweet Petunia
  



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Very Merry Christmas Trees


I would like to offer my deepest sympathies and prayers to all of those who were touched by the Las Vegas Massacre.  May God give you peace and comfort in the midst of this truly senseless tragedy.  


Hello, Friends!

I had intended to post one card for all of you on Wednesday.  
Instead, I decided to make ten cards, which meant it took me two days
 to finish them instead of one!

I have always wanted to participate in one of the card drives that collects cards for the elderly or children in hospitals.  In fact, I had just emailed a card making friend and told her that I wanted to participate in one of those drives when I received an email about one later that evening.  


In 2008, Vera Yates, a fellow stamper, began collecting holiday cards for the elderly who live in nursing homes.  The first year she collected 750.  Last year, they collected of 66,000 cards and distributed them in the United States, Canada, Australia and United Kingdom!  If you are interested in the Caring Hearts Card Drive, you can click the picture above and it will take you to Vera's blog page that will tell you all the information you need about participating in this hop.  

I had planned to make one of this card for the Merry Monday challenge, however when I received the information about the Caring Hearts Card Drive, I decided to start making multiples of my Christmas cards now so I would have cards ready to participate.  On Tuesday, I die cut and stamped the Christmas trees.  I used the MISTI to stamp everything on my cards except for the bows on the presents, which I did myself using an acrylic block.  For the Christmas trees, there are three separate stamps used to make each tree and a fourth to stamp the trunk.  The tree is made up of so many different stamps so you can use three different colors on your tree, if you would like.  They can be stamped in fun, bright colors for a whimsical look, or darker colors for a totally different elegant look.  After stamping the green portions, I stamped the tree trunks.  I also stamped the garland in red pigment ink and embossed it with clear sparkle embossing powder.  As always, you can't see the sparkle in the picture but it's there and it's cute!  I also cut my card bases and my Dad die cut the red frames.  After laying out where the frame would be and the tree would go, I figured out where the sentiments should be on the cards and stamped them.  After all of that, I was worn out and had to stop!

On Wednesday, I finished my cards.  I die cut the stars for the tops of the trees.  I tried embossing them so they'd be shiny but that didn't work very well.  Instead, I ended up putting Clear Wink of Stella on them to give them some shine.  I decided that I wanted to add two Christmas presents under the tree.  I laid my tree where it would be adhered on the card to determine where the presents would go.  I had thought about putting the tree on with foam tape, which I love!  However, I thought that might add more bulk which wouldn't be good for mailing all of those cards.  I still wanted the presents to look like they were under the Christmas tree, so I planned that when I put the presents on the MISTI.  Since the tree was on a die cut, the presents still looked like they were under the tree!  After the presents were stamped, I stamped the two different bows on the presents.  I glued my stars to the tops of the trees and the frame onto the card base.  Then I put the trees on the card bases and all ten cards were finished!

It was important to me to participate in this card drive because my Grandma was in the nursing home before she died right around this time last year.  She always enjoyed looking at the cards I made.  When I would show them to her, the other residents enjoyed looking at them, too.  If I can bring a little bit of joy to their days, I absolutely want to do so.  

This card had a lot of steps which probably was not ideal for a card drive.  I'd like to make as many cards as I can for this drive, so making ten cards that took two full days for me is probably not the best choice.  However, I also want the cards to look special and not like I just slapped something together really fast.  I'll try another design and keep both of those goals in mind when I plan it.  

If you can, please consider participating in the 
There are prizes that are drawn for people who participate as well, 
but it's definitely not about the prizes, but bringing joy to our elderly.

  


I am entering my card in two challenges.  

The Merry Monday Challenge #259 is to use a Christmas Tree on your card which is what inspired this card from the very beginning.  The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is to make a Christmas themed project.  

Be sure to come back tomorrow!
I will have a very special post
for you to see!

Happy Stamping, Friends!


I used the following products to make this card:

Very Merry Stamp Set by Papertrey Ink
Very Merry Dies by Papertrey Ink
Pierced Rectangle Frames Die-namics by My Favorite Things*
Sour Apple, Gumdrop Green and Field Day Dye Ink Pads
by My Favorite Things
Pure Poppy and Cocoa Bean Dye Ink Pads by Papertrey Ink
Cherry Crisp Pigment Ink Pad by My Favorite Things*
Solar White Card Stock by Neenah
Pure Poppy and Bright Buttercup Card Stock by Papertrey Ink
Clear Sparkle Embossing Glitter by Wow!
Heat Tool
MISTI by My Sweet Petunia




Sunday, October 1, 2017

Let It Snow on the Penguins!!



Hello, Friends!

I'm back!  After my card making spree, I needed a bit of a rest!  So I took some time off to clean, organize and work on some other projects that you'll see here soon!  This past week, we've had company at our house and I didn't want to be rude by dragging out all of my crafting supplies and getting into my stamping zone!  Sometimes, I get so focused on what I'm doing that I miss whatever else is going on around me!   So I waited until I just couldn't wait to stamp anymore!

Today, I couldn't wait any longer and had to make a card!  There are so many great challenges and I had to jump in on them before they were over.  


   

The first challenge that inspired this card was the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #258:  Penguins!  I love penguins, so I had to make a card for this challenge!  Freshly Made Sketches 307 provided the design for this card.  As you can tell from the sketch, I didn't follow it exactly, so you'd be able to read the words under those cute penguins.  

  IT'S HERE!

Speaking of words, I wasn't sure what I wanted this card to say, however Just Us Girls Week #413 challenge gave me the idea to use word die cuts on my card.  Because the penguins are all standing in a line in the show, I decided to use the words "Let It Snow" for my sentiment.  This was the first time I had used any of the dies on this card and the patterned paper.  This meant it also qualified for my dear friend, Darnell's NBUS Challenge #12.  Don't you just love the name "Never-Before-Used-Schtuff" that Darnell created?  

The actual card is pretty straightforward, although I will give you a tip!

I wanted to be sure my penguins really stood out from each other, knowing they'd be colored in grays and black Copic markers.  If you emboss first and then color with your Copics, it can mess up the tips, which are also called nibs.  I've read this and heard it on a video.  I haven't tried it myself, because if it's true, I didn't want to mess up my markers.  So I used a trick I learned that still allowed me to emboss those cute little penguins!  First, I stamped my penguins in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink using my MISTI.  When I was finished, I left the stamp on the MISTI.  I used Memento inks because they are Copic friendly, so I could easily color in my penguins.  Since I kept my stamp on the MISTI, after I was finished coloring, I stamped the same image on top of the first, this time with VersaMark Ink.  Then, I heat embossed the image with black embossing powder.  These embossed, raised, shiny outlines really made each penguin stand out.  I used a Clean Color Real Brush marker to make the sky.  I didn't color it in perfectly because I wanted it to look like a blue, but snowy sky.  I did move the ink around a little bit with my Clear Wink of Stella pen to make the sky sparkly.  Then, I colored in the snow under the penguins with the same  Wink of Stella pen to make the snow sparkly, too.  Unfortunately, the camera never picks up the sparkle, but it is there!

And with that, I'm back to stamping!  Making a card everyday isn't something my back will allow very well, so I'm hoping to post on my blog three times a week, some might be more, some might be less.  Either way, I am so thankful to have the strength to make each and every card I can!  

I hope you've enjoyed this card and that there will be many more to come!

Be sure to check my blog on Friday, October 6th!

I have a fun post to share with you that day!
I'm super excited for you to see one of the things 
I've been working on behind the scenes!!

Happy Stamping, Friends!


I used the following products to make this card:

Mimi's Christmas Stamp Set by Penny Black
Let It Snow Border and Everyday Sentiment Banners 
Lawn Cuts Dies by Lawn Fawn
Single Stitch Line Circle Frames Die-namics by My Favorite Things
Memento Tuxedo Black and VersaMark Ink Pads by Tsukineko
Copic Markers
Clean Color Real Brush Marker by Zig
Solar White Card Stock by Neenah
True Black Card Stock by Papertrey Ink
Electric Red Card Stock by My Favorite Things
Christmas Delivery 6 x 6 Paper Pad by Carta Bella
Black Opaque Embossing Powder by Zing
Clear Wink of Stella Marker by Zig




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