WOW! What have you done to your hair???? You look amazing! It makes you look so young! I'm so glad to see you here! I want to welcome those new followers too! You pushed me to 300 followers and I couldn't be happier that you are here! Thanks to Patti (Cherish Each Precious Day) and Mark (Deadbeat Designs) for mentioning me on their blogs. It was great of you to do, and I appreciate it so much.
On with the post. . .Nothing too special tonight, but I can tell you that some fun new stuff is coming in the next couple of posts (videos!). So keep tuning in. My first card is a card that I really don't like AT ALL! But I wanted to post it because it was one of those types of cards that we all fight with. Take a look:
This card started with the sunflower head from Bo Bunny. I then added a stamped stem with leaves which is actually from a poppy stamp. That's all I had that even came close to add to the sunflower. Totally not happy with the look, I added some Autumn colored FlowerSoft to the center. Still not happy. . .Added the CuttleBugged frame and had the flower head stick out from it. Ehhh. . . .Added the bee and used Stickles on t he wings. . .errrrrr. Added the rust colored mat. . .ekkkkk. . .stamped the sentiment. . .ho hum. . . .big empty space needs something on the lower left so added orange dew drops, OK, I'm frickin sick of trying to save this damn card! So, there you have the process, and after reliving it again, I HATE this card! LOL
This next card uses punch art:
I made this card for some neighbors who recently lost their sweet dog Jake, but have gotten a new one since (rescue dog named Miley). I wanted to welcome the new member of their family. She's predominantly brown and white so I stayed with a monochromatic look. I learned to make this punch puppy here with this great video tutorial. It's little ears curl forward. I created the background card stock and popped up the puppy with dimensionals. The treat can is a recycled cashew can (I have several of these because cashews and pistachios are my favorite nuts). I filled the can with "Pup Corn" which is a favorite treat of my boys. The sentiment says "There is nothing better that to end a bad day covered in dog slobber." Such a wonderful sentiment to welcome their sweet dog.
My final card (get ready Bonnie!!!) is a Halloween card:
I used one of those $1 stamps again but this time by itself. I intend to do that with the other 3. I wanted to get a "mummy" feel for the card, so I used masking tape all over the mat panel then used distress ink to "dirty" it and make it look like old bandages. The "ribbon" is a used dryer sheet that I again "dirtied up" with distress ink. Stamped the sentiment and done.
Now, I have to share a remarkable gift that one of my crafting neighbors (NINA!!!) gave me. I was awe struck when I walked into her kitchen and it was sitting on her kitchen island lit up. Take a look at this!
Bonnie has probably fainted right about now. . .LOL Isn't this fabulous!?! The eyes of both the man and the dog have lights in them so that they glow! She said when she saw this, that with the combination of it being Halloween oriented and mentioning a dog, it had my name written all over it. For the picture, I sat it on my mantel, but it has a permanent spot on the built-in bookcase next to the fireplace. It looks so awesome! Thanks again Nina! You know me so well. . .LOL
Pic of the Week
BUG DRESSED FOR HALLOWEEN!
OK, that's it for this edition. I'm still working my way around your blogs, so if I haven't gotten to yours yet, I'm on my way. As you know, I use my comment section from the week before to visit all those who have left me a comment. So I've been hitting an average of 45-50 blogs a week. And I read EVERY word of your posts. So it takes me some time, but I love every minute of it!
I do hope you are all well and happy and that you are having a great week. You all are important to me and I think about you all a lot. I don't have a big family (there are only really 4 of us) so you all have become my extended family, and I'm honored that you visit me each week.
Love you guys!
"God, please help me be the person that my dogs think I am."