Friday, November 10, 2017

A Christmas Card Made with a Birthday Stamp Set!

Hello, Friends!

I'm so excited for today's post because it's the one that 
Kim Heggins of Cupcakes, Cards and Kim 
and I are doing together for the month of November!

This month, it was my turn to decide on our challenge.  With Christmas coming right around the corner, I decided our challenge should be to take a stamp set that wasn't designed to be a Christmas stamp set and 
make a Christmas card with it!  

If you're like me, you love to find ways to make your stamps or dies more versatile.  If you can use a birthday set to make some Christmas cards, that's a fun way to challenge yourself and stretch those products!

I used My Favorite Things Birdie Brown Birthday Bears stamps for my card.

Birthday presents can easily be turned into Christmas presents just by the colors you choose to use when coloring them.  I chose the traditional Christmas colors of red, green and added turquoise for my presents.  Most of the cards I have seen with this stamp set has the bears colored in different browns.  By leaving my bears white with some gray accents for shadows, they look like more like Polar Bears which are seen on Christmas cards more often than brown bears.  That being said, I think brown bears would have also been cute, I just decided to leave them white.

By using patterned paper that could also be used for Christmas cards, I also added more of a Christmas feel to my Birthday Bears.  Although the red, green and turquoise dotted stripes could also be used for other cards than just Christmas, the lighter red with snowflakes behind the bears definitely brings Christmas to mind!  

Finally, I added the sentiment, "Merry Christmas" to my card.  If there was any doubt that this was to be a Christmas card before, this should definitely clear up any confusion!  :)  Although I stamped it in green pigment ink so 
it would remain green on the patterned paper, it looks darker in the picture.  The rest of the colors are spot on, so I'm not sure why this is a bit darker.  In real life, the green sentiment goes along very well with the presents and patterned paper to continue the traditional Christmas colors.

I love the Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frame dies from My Favorite Things that I used to make the red frame for my bears and snowflake patterned paper.  The stitched scallops are so fun and cute!  After all of my card front was finished, I added my bears with 3D foam tape, which is another love of mine!  It gives the bears just a little bit of dimension and adds interest to the card!

Be sure to check out Kim's blog today to see the card she made
 with this month's challenge.  You can find it on her blog at
I haven't seen her card yet, but I have no doubt that it will be cute!!

It was so much fun to make a card again!  Being a new mom with a puppy who likes my undivided attention doesn't leave as much time to stamp as I would sometimes like.  However, when a sweet little puppy wants you to hold him, you definitely hold that adorable little guy!  I'm certainly not complaining!  As Gunner gets more and more comfortable, he doesn't mind being a few feet away from my side, so hopefully, I'll be stamping more often soon!

Thanks to Kim for doing this month's challenge with me!  
It's something I've come to look forward to every month!

Happy Stamping, Friends!

I used the following products to make this card:

BB Birthday Bears and Trim the Tree* Stamp Sets by My Favorite Things
BB Birthday Bears and Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frame Die-namics 
by My Favorite Things
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad by Tsukineko
Field Green Pigment Ink* by My Favorite Things
Copic Markers
by Papertrey Ink
Real Red Card Stock by Stampin' Up
Jolly 6 x 6 Paper Pad by Pink and Main
Clear Fine Detail Embossing Powder by Simon Says Stamp
Heat Tool
MISTI by My Sweet Petunia
Scotch Foam Tape by 3M

*These items are retired.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

No Tricks This Year- Just a Very Special Treat!!!

Hello, Friends!

I have a very special surprise for you this
Happy Hallo-wiener Holiday Night!

I'd like to introduce you to our new dog,

Gunner James Walters!

I know this isn't the best picture ever, but it was taken on Gunner's first night at our house so I wanted to use it in this post.

The Story of How Gunner Came Into Our Lives

In August, we began thinking and talking about getting a Dachshund.  Our veterinarian gave us the name of Theresa, who is a dachshund breeder in our area.  About a month later, we decided to call her just to see if she had any puppies or if she was going to have any puppies anytime soon.  Theresa said that she had an 8 month old long hair miniature dachshund named Gunner who needed a home.  We weren't sure if this would work out or not, because my Dad has a lot of allergies.  Long-hair dogs make them worse than short hair dogs, but we decided we would go ahead and meet Gunner.

Even though we were going to meet Gunner, my Dad said that we couldn't just fall in love with him instantly.  We would need to see how things went before we could make a decision.  I wanted to take pictures of him, but my Mom said we should wait until we knew if he was going to be ours or not.  I know me quite well and knew that I would fall in love with Gunner and would be sad if it wasn't going to work out, so I stayed upstairs while my parents met him.  If my Dad was instantly itchy and got a stuffed up nose, we would know it wasn't going to work and I wouldn't meet Gunner.  

It was a loooong 40 minutes, while Theresa and Gunner got to know my Mom and Dad better.  Finally, my mom came upstairs with pictures on her phone, to show me Gunner.  She told me how beautiful Gunner was and what sweet and wonderful personality he had.  She also said I had to come down and meet Gunner!  I didn't have to hear that twice before I headed downstairs!  

I remember holding Gunner for the first time as clear as a bell.  
He gave me kisses!  
Theresa said how rare this was for Gunner.  He is very shy and timid.
He was even more gorgeous in person than he was in the pictures on my Mom's phone.  In fact, the three of us told him over and over during that first meeting how beautiful he was!

Gunner is an English Cream Miniature Dachshund.  This kind of Dachshund is much more rare than the red or black and tan dogs that most people thing of when they think of Doxies.  Gunner's family is quite distinguished.  His relatives lived in Canada before they were adopted by Theresa in the United States.  
His Great-Great-Great-Great Grandpa was the Grand Champion at a dog show in Canada that is similar to our Westminster Dog Show in the US.  Gunner definitely has show dog blood in him!  He walks with the same gate as the dogs in the dog shows walk!  He also holds his tail out to a point just like show dogs!  I always wondered how they trained dogs to do that!  Now I know some of them are born that way!  

Dogs like Gunner are not cheap if you have purchase one.  It would be a bargain to get a Cream for $3,000.  Most of them cost at least $5,000.  Thankfully for us, Theresa was willing to give Gunner to us as long as we were willing to give him a good home!  I had seen cream doxies on Pinterest and always thought they were gorgeous, but knew how costly they were and figured I would never be able to own one.  Thanks to Theresa, we now have this gorgeous dog as our family pet.  (I'm only telling you this so you know I have not recently won the lottery to be able to afford this dog!)  While Gunner is gorgeous, his wonderful personality far outshines his looks.  

Needless to say, our first visit went well!  We set up more visits with Theresa and Gunner throughout September to see how he liked us and how my Dad's allergies handled a long-hair puppy.  My Dad does get a little itchy with Gunner, but decided it was worth it to have this wonderful dog in our family!

Remember when my Dad said that we couldn't just fall in love with Gunner instantly?  After our first meeting, it was obvious that my Dad was smitten with this little puppy so I asked him, "When did you fall in love with Gunner?"

"When I saw him on the front porch."
was his answer.

It's clearly much easier to be reasonable before 
you've met that wonderful little ball of joy than after!

On Monday, September 25th, Gunner came for what was supposed to be a three or four day visit.  Those first few days were pretty hard for Gunner.  He obviously missed Theresa and all the other dachshunds that he lived with, including his sister Lilee (pronounced Lily).  We all decided that it would be too hard on him to go back and forth between homes a few more times like we had originally planned.  We didn't know it at the time, but on that Monday night, Gunner had found a forever home and a life with another wiener dog began.  

Gunner is his own dog.  He is not a replacement for Frankfurter.  Frankfurter was one-of-a-kind and can never be replaced.  We all still miss Frank every moment of every day.  We still shed tears when we remember Frank because he was so special to each of us.  With Gunner, our hearts have grown to love another dog.  Our love has not changed for Frank, except possibly that we continue to love him and appreciate him more and more each day.  

You may be wondering why I didn't tell you about Gunner a month ago!  Because of my Dad's allergies, I've been very afraid during this whole time that something was going to happen and we would have to give him back to Theresa.  As hard as that was going to be, I knew it would be even more heartbreaking to have to post that Gunner was not going to get to be our dog after all.  So, I waited until after we were sure my Dad would be okay with him and his first vet visit to make sure he was okay before I made the big announcement.  Please don't have your feelings hurt that I kept this a secret for so long.  I just wanted to be absolutely, positively sure that this was all going to work out.   

Because this post is already soooo long, I'll end for now and tell you more about Gunner soon.  I'll share more pictures with you then, too!

Now you know why I haven't been posting many cards, though!  One of the few things better than stamping is holding a puppy!

Happy Stamping from Gunner and I!

I used the following products to make Gunner's Adoption Announcement:

Critters at the Dog Park, Happy Howloween and Little Bundle Stamp Sets by Lawn Fawn
Happy Howloween Lawn Cuts Dies by Lawn Fawn
Skinny Mini Party Borders Dies by Taylored Expressions
Blueprints 27 Die-namics by My Favorite Things
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad by Tsukineko
Copic Markers
Cornflower Dye Ink Pad by My Favorite Things
Solar White Card Stock by Neenah
Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight Card Stock by Stampin' Up
Blue Breeze and Cornflower Card Stock by My Favorite Things
Scotch Foam Tape by 3M
MISTI by My Sweet Petunia

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!

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

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