Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Two Furbabies and a Tweet-Heart

This project features what has got to be one of my very favorite pictures of Cosmo the crazy dog and his "cousin" Bella, my sister Jill's dog. I took this photo the very first time they met. Bella was so little and Cosmo was so enamored with her--and he still is, four years later. She likes him, but nowhere as much as he adores her. He still looks at her like this and she just walks away. Poor Cosmo!

I needed a special way to display this fun photo and this is what I came up with. The photo is set on a heart shaped clipboard I picked up at Michaels. I covered it with some Bo Bunny Valentine paper, adhered with Mod Podge. The photo is set on a Chocolate Chip mat. The mat is adhered to the clipboard, but the photo isn't. The photo is held in place by the clip at the top of the clipboard so it can be changed out if I want at a later time.

I added chipboard letters and a felt heart to spell "love." I also embellished the plain clip part of the clipboard with a scalloped circle and a paper-covered chipboard heart along with some ribbon. I didn't want to make it too girly because Cosmo is a boy dog after all.

I'll be adding this to the Supernova Design Team gallery over at Paper Craft Planet. Check it out for some amazing Valentine's Day project inspiration. These ladies are so very talented!

Materials Used:
patterned paper (Bo Bunny-); Cranberry Crisp and Chocolate Chip cardstock, Pink Pirouette Patterns designer paper, mat pack and paper piercing tool, dimensionals (Stampin' Up!); heart clipboard (Plaid); grosgrain ribbon (Michaels); heart die (Sizzix); circle and scalloped circle dies (Nestabilities); felt heart (American Crafts); chipboard letters (Target dollar spot)

Lots of people in the crafting world are heading off to the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) show in California this week. Wish I could be there, too . . . Many new products will be introduced at this event--how exciting! Kate from i {heart} papers will be there and sharing reports on her blogs and on the blogs of her DT members, including me. In anticipation of all the new goodies that will soon be filling the shelves at IHP, Kate has put tons--and I mean tons--of stuff on sale at the store. She's also added a preorder page for some of the new releases, including the new Nestabilities dies. And, even though postal rates have increased, IHP has maintained its free shipping for all orders of $40 or more.

Here's a card featuring some stuff that I got in the mail today from IHP. It was still cold when I pulled it out to use it! I loved the images in this cute Hero Arts Whoo Loves You stamp set and couldn't resist adding it to my collection. I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch as the inspiration for this card.

I stamped the branch image in brown ink on a strip of Soft Sky cardstock, then colored the hearts in with a red marker. I coated them with some Fruit Punch Stickles for some sparkle. I stamped the sentiment underneath the branch in bold red ink.

The bird was stamped on a scrap of white cardstock, then colored with Copic markers and cut out. I stamped the image again on a Soft Sky circle, then attached the colored image with a dimensional.

I used a piece of Piggy Tales patterned paper to cover the cardfront. I wrapped a strip of reversible pink/light pink satin ribbon across the front of the panel, then positioned the layers in place. I added a tiny puffy pink heart to the corner of the branch panel as an embellishment.

And, before I forget, Deb from the IHP design team has some fun blog candy available this week. Be sure to stop by and check it out.

Materials Used:
other: Lavender Moon cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Real Red Classic ink, Real Red marker, Soft Sky and Pretty in Pink cardstock, mat pack and paper piercing tool, 1" and 1 1/4" circle punches, dimensionals (Stampin' Up!); white cardstock (Xerox); Rich Cocoa ink (Memento); markers (Copic Ciao)


  1. True -- to this day, he still looks at Bella like that, as if she can walk on water. It's true love!!

  2. Totally lovin' the Puppy Love project and your card!

  3. i love the tweet bird in the circle!


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