Thursday, April 24, 2014

Joan's Challenge #10 Distressed

Good Morning Ladies,
I have another busy day ahead. Going to my day job and training dogs again this evening. I love to be busy. If  I wasn't busy I don't know what I would do.
Joan's Challenge #10 Distressed is what the card today is all about. You can check out the challenge here...
The requirements this week are as follows:
Use something from nature
Make it purple and white
Distressed edges
You must use a product that can be purchased from
The last requirement for me is not a challenge for me. Joan's is my favorite place to order from. I have lots and lots of product from there in my room. Terri is the go to gal for all your wants and needs.
Here is my entry.
 When I think about distressing and torn pieces I think of La Blanche stamps. So I started with the vintage boy image from La Blanche stamps. I stamped him in Memento ink on La Blanche paper. The stamp and paper was purchased at Joan's. I then sponged Tim Holtz distressed ink in Dusty Concord. You can buy Tim Holtz distressed ink at Joan's. I then tore the edges and sponged on more ink. Let the distressing begin. I took a piece of white card stock and distressed the edges with my Tim Holtz edge distresser. A base layer of purple card stock was distressed next. The white card stock was to stark so I spritzed it with purple Dylusions ink spray. I let that dry overnight and distressed the edges again. Now for something from nature. I added the purple grass. It was cut from an Impression Obsession die #DIE060-I. I purchased this die from Joan's. I added the white bunnies next. Who says bunnies are only for Easter? These bunnies were cut from Impression Obession die #168-C rabbit set. You can purchase this die from Joan's. I do not own this die set as of yet. How did I come to get these bunnies? When you order from Terri over at Joan's she sends a die cut set or piece. That's where these bunnies came from. And now I will have to order the die they are so cute! To top this card off I added two rolled roses cut from a Sizzix die and a pearl sprig.
 A close-up of the bunnies.
One of the distressed edges.
My boy was popped up.
Another great challenge Joan and Terri!
Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Simple and Sweet the Stamps of Life

Good Morning Ladies,
Weight pull training is underway for the dogs. Dude is back to agility. Life is good!
My card for you today is Simple and Sweet the Stamps of Life
This card was created using the Stamps of Life PB&J set. The jelly jar was stamped on Bristol paper and colorized with Prisma pencil, Gamsol, and silver metallic pen. The sentiment and inside sentiment were stamped and cut using a Sizzix Frame-lits set. The dsp is from a DCWV pad. 
This is the inside sentiment of this gate fold card.
Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Graphics 45 French Country Sunflower

Good Morning Ladies,
I headed out to Hobby Lobby yesterday to pick up some staple. Like glue, card bases, pop-dots, you get the idea. I have had something on my list for quite some time. I picked that up to yesterday. What is it you say. It is a Sizzix magnetic platform. For wafer thin dies they say no more taping the dies. I have not had a chance to try it yet, but I'm sure it will be a winner.
My card for today is Graphics 45 French Country Sunflower
 This card was created using the Graphics 45 pad French Country. I love sunflowers and this pad has it's fair share of sunflowers. I covered the base card with the diamond paper. I cut a stamp from the first page in the pad. The tag type piece was matted using the opposite side of the diamond paper. I then cut the sunflower from the first page and popped it up. The sentiment is from TPC.
A side view of the popped sunflowers.
A close-up view of the sentiment.
Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog

Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Baa....thday Sheep

Good Morning Ladies,
Easter Sunday was nice and relaxing. We went with different food this year. We had steak, baked potato, and a veggie. With pecan and chocolate pies for dessert.
My card for you today is Happy Baa....thday Sheep
This card started with the Happy Baa...thday stamp set from Local King Rubber. I think this sheep is just the cutest thing. I stamped him on Bristol paper with memento ink in black. His body was then filled in with stickles. He was then cut with a Spellbinders die set as well as the black mat behind him. The card stock that covers the base card is from  a DCWV stack. This is a paper I thought I would never use. But it went perfect with this crazy looking sheep. The flowers were created using a Sizzix rolled rose die with a crystal sprig tucked behind them. The pink polka dotted ribbon tops this card off.
 A close-up of the sheep.
The inside of the card has the sentiment from the same set. The Australian Shepherd dog is from Dog Stamps Plus
Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Boston Terrier Jumps

Good Morning Ladies,
Happy Easter!! Here's wishing you a lovely dinner with family and friends, plenty of Easter candy and the peace of the day.
My card for today is Boston Terrier Jumps
Looks like fun! The fence image is from The Artful Stamper. It was stamped in black memento ink on Bristol paper. The image was then colorized with Prisma pencil and gamsol. I tried placing many different things in front of this fence and nothing seemed to speak to me. So I had it laying on my work space for about a week. I was looking through a stamp grab bag from Viva Las Vegas Stamps and found this happy jumping Boston Terrier. I knew he was the perfect gentleman to add to this card. He was stamped on Bristol paper with memento ink and hand cut. I decided he needed to be jumping for something and what better than a butterfly. The butterfly was cut from a Cheery Lynn die. This scene was then matted with brown card stock. The card base is covered by Graphics 45 paper from the French Country collection. A sheer ribbon and rolled rose top this card off.
A close-up of the Boston Terrier and Butterfly.
Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Joan's Challenge Dies Only

Good Morning Ladies,
I am up bright and early this morning as usual. I will have some time at home this morning. A welcome break as the earth seems to be turning faster these days.
I have a second card entry for Joan's Challenge Dies Only You can see and join the challenge here:
These are the requirements for this week:
Use any color
Use dies only ( no stamps)
Use at least 2 layers
You must use something you can purchase at
Terri has posted the new dies from IO. There are so many new cute and awesome dies. Go check it out!
Here is my card....
This was a fun card to create. The card started by using Memory Box die Flower Mound #98144. This was cut out of a piece of blue card stock and then layered over red card stock. The next die that was cut was Memory Box Twiggy Tree #98143. It was cut out of brown card stock and applied on top of the blue card stock. The tree sets the scene. The next die to add was Impression Obsession (io) grass die #DIE060-I. This die was added over the tree trunk. The next die was Poppy Stamps die Large Walking Cat #873. I had way to much blank space above the tree so more had to be added to the scene. I added Memory Box die Marshmallow Clouds #98344 in the blank space above the tree. Still not looking as I wanted it too I grabbed Memory Box die Woodland Branch #98187. I placed the branch across the cloud thinking I would add some birds but I had a little paper boo boo in the top corner right at the branch. So I decided to add leaves to cover that boo boo. So I pulled out Memory Box die Tender Leaves # 98313. I was glad for the boo boo because the leaf die was what I needed to complete the bare branch. The little birds were created using Memory Box die Resting Birds #98527. They finished this card off. All dies used on this card were purchased from Joan's Gardens.
The wide variety of dies that Terri has to offer over at Joan's Gardens is amazing.
Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog

Friday, April 18, 2014

Wash Your Cares Away

Good Morning Ladies,
This morning I have a quick tag for you Wash Your Cares Away
This tag was created for a beauty basket I made for my mom's birthday. The stamped image is from CTMH. I stamped it on an ATC card from Strathmore. It was stamped in Memento ink and colorized with Prisma pencil and Gamsol. The flower was created using the Cheery Lynn Black Eyed Susan die. A pearl sprig tops this tag off.
Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog