Dog Wrestling Matches

Our two dogs Lucy and Aspen. We adopted these two at the same time. We wanted two so they would have each other to hang or play with. At first it was kind of a challenge. Partly because one of them has taken much more time to come around. For instance she is afraid of the dark. Anyway they are not buddy buddy but they like each other and get along well. They romped and chased a few times when we first got them 5 months ago but not much since then. Just the other day out of the blue for two days in a row they decided to chase each other like crazy and do some wrestling. I think the first day Lucy (the black and white dog) took the points. The second day I think Aspen (the brown and black dog) took it. I got photos each day.

They are fun to watch and each one has their own thing going on. Lucy will fetch and bring back a ball or toy the entire day long and doesn’t care about much else. Aspen likes to chew on the toys and squeak them but doesn’t care much about fetching. They are both sweet girls.

This is Lucy. She is such a smart dog. She slide open the shower door to lick the water off the shower floor and it is not that easy to slide. She also knows when the phone rings around 7 pm it is Scott my husband calling to make sure the dogs are in the house or secure in the back yard so he can pull in the garage. She starts running back and forth looking out the front window and going to the garage door to see him. She also loves chasing the flashlight beam so when I go out to roast coffee beans at night she follows me right out and will wait for at least 7 minutes for me to play the flashlight game with her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Monday Holly Wreath

Merry Monday #244 - Wreath

I created this for the Merry Monday challenge this week with the theme of wreath.
You can check out Merry Monday here. This was fun to create.

  •  I created the background bricks using a stencil from My Favorite Things called Small Brick Wall (ST-46). I mixed the embossing paste with Fired Brick Oxide ink.
  • The wreath and holly are from an Impression Obsession die set (DIE23-X). The wreath and leaves are cut from colored cardstock. I layered 2 wreaths. The lower wreath has a bit of Heidi Swapp gold Color Shine sprayed on it but I didn’t love it so I kind of tucked it underneath.
  • The holly leaves were a bit tedious to cut since there are only the two leaves connected together. I put some Nuvo clear drop on them to create a bit of shine. I spread it with my finger to not have it be to thick. I am not crazy about the look but there it is.
  • The berries I created with Nuvo drops. I think I need a bit of practice. Some of them kind of ran together. One bunch of them I completely removed and redid them.
  • The sentiment is cut with a die from Find It Trading which you will see on many of my cards. I love the way it looks and the size too. I used a Xyron sticker maker to add adhesive to the sentiment. I got the sticker maker in a package from a thrift store and it didn’t work to well on getting the adhesive removed from around the word so I may be dumping that roll of adhesive. I sprayed the sentiment with a little bit of the gold Color Shine.

More Ms. Bunny Cards

More Ms. Bunny Cards

Here is a couple more bunny cards that I made. I had two bunnies already colored and I like the way my Scramble bunny card looked so here’s a few more. I was inspired by Hero Arts Scramble 151 that was hosted by Cindy to make my first bunny card. I really like the way the orange dress turned out on my Scramble card so that is why you see another orange dress here. You will notice each is a bit different. I get bored making many cards exactly the same. I like to make my life more complicated instead of easier sometimes.

Background Paper – Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid – Rainbow. I love their plaid paper pads. I have two different ones.

  • The long stem flowers on the purple plaid card are from a Hero Arts set I found at a thrift store. I don’t have the name but they are from 2004. All of the flowers are colored with Copics. I added Clear Wink of Stella over the flowers.
  • The group of flowers on the other two cards is by Kolette Hall called Flower Garden.
  • The grass is a stamp from Avocado Arts. I stamped it several times and then ink blended over it.
  • The bunny is a La-La Land Crafts – I colored some of the bunnies with colored pencils and the others with Copics. There is a little bit of Nuvo glitter drops on the third card.
  • The sentiment on the first and second card is from a Hero Arts set Celebrate Everyday (CL498).
  • The sentiment on the third card is a stamp from Peddler’s Pack Stampworks.

 

Chocolate Easter Bunny

Chocolate Easter Bunny

I saw an Easter wreath somewhere on a card and decided that would be fun to come up with that type of thing.

The purple border… That was a long process. It seems simple enough but it was not. I was trying different punches and papers to find a look I liked. I even broke a border punch by trying to use it on paper that was to thick. Darn it. Finally I ended up with this one which is a Martha Stewart border punch.

The background is watercolors. I was thinking I used green and yellow but in the photo it looks green. Anyway some watercoloring.

The wreaths are from Hero Arts September 2016 My Monthly Hero kit. This is a really great kit. I was lucky to get one. One bummer at the moment is I do not know where the stamps are from the kit except 4 leaves. One wreath I die cut from brown paper and the other was off white and I inked over that with green ink.

The bunny and eggs are from a set called Easter Basket from Two Paper Divas. I colored them with Copics. It’s kind of funny I am noticing I use my Copics a lot. When I first took a class on how to use them I didn’t really like them. Now I have a bunch.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Celebrate Everyday (CL498) and stamped with purple ink from Hero Arts.

Gray Sympathy Flowers

Gray Sympathy Flowers

I created this some time ago without the sentiment. I created the watercolor background and then stamped the flowers in a gray color of ink I think it was. The flowers are stamped using Hero Arts stamp set Wildflower Garden (CG170). The sentiment is from Hero Arts set With Sympathy (CL476) stamped with Versafine Onyx Black.

Unfortunately my dentist passed away unexpected and kind of suddenly. So sad for his family, his office staff and me. I went to him over 25 years and mostly went twice a year.  He was very kind and sometimes let you decide how much things were bugging you and not always doing a procedure. He also would answer my curious questions related to teeth. This was for the people that worked in his office.

Easter Peeps

Easter Peeps

For Easter this year my husband asked me not to get any candy for him. He likes peeps so this is my sugar free Easter card for him. It actually doesn’t have a back so it is kind of a panel I guess.

I created the background awhile back with Distress Oxide inks (cracked pistachio and spiced marmalade) using a plaid stencil by Echo Park. The oval is cut out with a Spellbinders die and inked with Spice Marmalade Oxide ink too. The Easter basket and peeps are from a stamp set by Two Paper Divas called Easter Basket. They were colored with Copics. The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Celebrate Everyday (CL498) and stamped with Archival ink in Sepia.

Thrift Store Crafty Find

Every once in awhile I drop in a thrift store called Savers to look for crafty stuff. I hit it today! I usually look for stamps which I find some good ones a couple times a year. Today I found these Cotman WaterColours. When I saw the word Cotman on the box I knew I needed to check it out. So I took a chance and bought it. The bag was priced at $3.99 and I had a 30% off coupon so it ended up $2.79. They package stuff in baggies so this baggie had the paints, a small Xyron sticker maker, little postit type page flag things and glue sticks for a hot glue gun. I already have the sticker maker but I can use up the roll in it. I have a need for some glue sticks coming up very soon so that is good plus they last quite awhile.

  When something is still in the box they either didn’t use it or took good care of it so the chances were that things would be in good shape. Look at the outside box. It looks older. After a quick look I could not find this box online. The current version of these sells for around $25. The price on the box I got is $14.95 and then marked down to $5.99. I got it for about $1.25. Each paint pan is sealed up still. Hopefully the paint is ok. My other great find was a box of Derwent water color pencils that I got for a few bucks and they were all pretty much brand new. It’s just fun to find something exciting once in awhile.

Thrift Store Find

Merry Monday Snowman

Merry Monday Challenge #242

I am happy to say I got another one submitted over at Merry Monday. I often think about it all week then wait until the last minute to finish creating it and submit it.

Merry Monday Snowman

The snowman is a Stampendous stamp called Country Snowman (M318). I colored this cute snowman with Copics. I added some glitter under the snowman and on his cuffs. For the background I stamped some snowflakes and used sparkly embossing powder and heat embossed them.

Hero Arts Scramble 151

Cindy hosted the Hero Arts Scramble today. Her theme was use an oval.

Hero Arts Scramble 151

I wanted to make an Easter card and I liked her large ovals that were part of her cards. I don’t use this oval die very much so it was an opportunity to use it.

Background Paper – Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid – Rainbow. I love their plaid paper pads. I have two different ones.

  • Tulips – Hero Arts Tulips (F895). I think these are from a thrift store also.
  • The other two flowers are from a Hero Arts set I found at a thrift store. I don’t have the name but they are from 2004. All of the flowers are colored with Copics except the purple one which is colored with a Violet Wink of Stella pen. I added Clear Wink of Stella over the yellow flower.
  • The grass is a stamp from Avocado Arts. I stamped it several times and then ink blended over it.
  • The bunny is a La-La Land Crafts – I colored the bunny with Copics. It is hard to see but there is Wink of Stella on the bottom part of the dress.
  • The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Celebrate Everyday (CL498)

 

Sunsets – I Love Them

Beautiful Sunset
Dublin Sunset

Many times a year I go out to watch the sun setting. Sometimes in my yard and sometimes I drive to a specific area close to home to enjoy them. I also love taking photos and of course I take lots of sunset photos. I have a very nice point and shoot camera that can go on auto or manual. Funny thing is that this photo came out pretty nice and I just took it with my Samsung phone.