Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs

Today I am sharing a card I had a lot of fun creating. It was for my son for his birthday.

This first photo is more detail focused.
This photo is focused on the colors of the card.

I created these two dogs to kind of look like our dogs. An artistic version… Here they are. Lucy is the black and white dog and Aspen is the brown and black dog.

For the background I used some Distress Oxide ink and did some smooshing on the craft mat. Then I did some second generation stamping of the numbers in the Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz set Faded Type. I went over two stencils with Hero Arts Unicorn ink which you can barely see. Like I am looking at and can barely see it. I heat embossed the bones using Broken China Glaze embossing powder.

For the dogs I created two panels with Distress ink smooshing and tapping. For the black dog (Lucy) I ended up making another panel and strategically stamped so she would have a white chest. I heat embossed each dog using black embossing powder so that the detail would show up. I hand cut them out. Creating black dogs, which I have done several times, is tricky because you can lose the detail. I was super happy how they turned out.

The tennis ball stamp from the set had to be a part of it since the Lucy would play fetch with her ball 24/7 if you kept throwing it for her. I created the ball by first stamping it. Then I hand cut it out and put some colored grit paste on it to make it look fuzzy. I drew the lines back on.

The sentiment is stamped.


  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Faded Type stamp set
  • Clearly Besotted Say What? stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Chevron stencil
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Burlap stencil
  • Judikins Black Detail embossing powder
  • Distress inks
  • Distress Oxide inks
  • Archival ink

Quick Quotes Scrapbook Layout

Howdy! Today I have a layout to post. Many of the card makers I have met over the years probably don’t know that I scrapbook too. I also probably haven’t posted hardly any scrapbooking stuff  on my blog. I started out scrapbooking and went to card making. I still like it but hardly do it. I have many page kits to put together so I started digging around in them to organize them and get some put together with photos on them. This was the first to be done. Quick Quotes made the kit so I cannot take credit for the design but it is such a nice layout.


Hubby’s 60th Birthday Card

Howdy! I am finally doing some catch up on my card posting. In October my hubby turned 60. We stayed in Lake Tahoe in a house for about 10 days. We love Tahoe and have stayed there many times. We had our two dogs with us and my son was with us for the first time for most of the time. We did dog walks to the river, hiking, bike riding and just hanging out. It was a great trip.

Here is the card I made for him. I made most of it there except the die cutting because I can’t take my die cutting machine with. He has 3 guitars. I have one guitar stamp. The one on the right is an electric guitar and the style of the guitar doesn’t look much like his but I colored it like his. I was sneaky and took pictures of all of them for reference.

Guitar Birthday Card

The background is stamped with a music background stamp.

The guitars are stamped with a random guitar stamp I have. I stamped in brown and black and colored with Copics. I used a white glaze pen to put accents (not sure what you call all those things) on. The sentiment and 60 are die cut. I got a long Tim Holtz die that wouldn’t have worked that well in my old die cutting machine but works great with the Big Shot. It has numbers and letters.

Here is a little something else I colored for him. We both like to watch hawks him even more so. He bought this hawk stamp online to make something. He gave it to me after so I decided to stamp and color this for his birthday. It’s just a panel not a card.

Here’s a few photos from our Tahoe trip. We also had a family and friends dinner when we got back home.

My family at Fallen Leaf Lake. Aspen, Jeff, Lucy, Me, Scott
Bear having a feast on the salmon at Taylor Creek.
The birthday boy Scott on his birthday eating his favorite food.
A birthday toast with Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. I normally don’t drink bourbon but it was a special birthday and special bourbon.

Supply List:

  • Stampington & Company – Large Sheet Music
  • Rubber Hedgehog – Hawk
  • Random Guitar stamp (can’t read company name on stamp)
  • Spellbinders Die – Sentiments One
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Die – Wanted Alphabet
  • Copic Pens

Crazy Dogs Birthday Card for Hubby

This was a fun one to make. I colored these two Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs to look like our dogs.
Lucy on the left, Aspen on the right.

The background for the two dogs was created with an embossing folder Bricks by The Paper Studio. After embossing I painted over the bricks with a couple of red Distress Oxide inks.

The two dogs and the ball are from the Tim Holtz Crazy Dog set (CMS271).  I colored all of them with Copics and hand cut them out. On their eyes and noses I used a glaze pen. It took me awhile to find the glaze pen because the black was in the pencil cup upside down. My eyes just didn’t spot that for awhile. I had it up at Lake Tahoe so I was glad to see I did not leave it there. The ball by Lucy is there because she would play fetch for the entire day and night if you kept throwing for her. It’s kind of funny too sometimes if you throw an orange ball instead of her favorite yellow ones she will just watch it go and drop and not even go after it.

The sentiment was cut out with a die from Elizabeth Crafts.

Entered in the Love! – Handmade Cards October Challenge located here.









Mixed Media Frame – For Hubby

Mixed Media Frame for Hubby

I was struggling to figure out what to get my hub for his birthday. It finally hit me, make a fun frame with a photo from our recent Tahoe trip.

I started out with a plain light wood frame. I used several different colors of Distress paints on the frame to create the streaky wood look. I was very happy how that came out.

The trees were die cut from water color paper that I had water colored with a couple different greens. The die is Sizzix/Tim Holtz Woodlands (660978). I ended up cutting a couple more trees out and glued them together so the trees were thicker. I also put some inks over the original watercolor. Then I was having trouble with white showing from the bottom layers of trees so I ended up spraying the trees with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. So let’s just say those trees have many layers. Note to self go around at least the edges of the paper layers underneath with some ink or spray.

The letters I had and inked them up with some Distress Oxide inks.

All the wood pieces I had and I just colored them with different inks or Copics. The bird is supposed to be a blue jay which are very common at Lake Tahoe.

The photo is of my hub and our two dogs Aspen and Lucy at Fallen Leaf Lake. The brown and black dog is Aspen and Lucy is the black and white dog.

This was a fun project and I am really happy with how it turned out.

Here is a few more photos of our dogs in Tahoe.

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.







Our New Doggies

Meet our new furry family members! Aspen and Lucy.

My son Jeff with the girls right after we picked them.
Still by PetSmart while my hub Scott was filling out the paperwork.

Earlier this year we lost our dog Charlotte which was so darn sad. We finally got ready to adopt two dogs which we have not done before. We went to PetSmart when an organization called Stonecliffe was there with dogs to adopt. We heard a lot about them and like how they socialize the dogs, spay/neuter them, and care for them. They have a huge property and are taking in dogs all the time to save them. So we did a little research on the dogs we wanted to check out for the adoption event. We wanted girl dogs and dogs about 1 year or so old.

Aspen – She is about 2 years old. She is Shepherd Hound mix. She is kind of shy, like to bury things in the yard and skittish but very sweet.
Lucy – She is about 1 1/2 years old. She is a Border Collie mix. She has a lot of energy, friendly, loves to fetch, very sweet also.
Me, Jeff (our son), Scott (my Hub) in our yard the day we got the dogs.
Day two. Cutie dogs.
Aspen has kind of nabbed the spot under my craft table on the brown bed thing so I haven’t seen the two of them there to much.
Lucy could play fetch all day long and is very smart.
Day 3 – Trail dogs.. We took them to the regional park very close to home called Dublin Hills that we love to go to. They seemed to enjoy it too.
Day 7 – Another regional park trail called Las Trampas. They love all the smells especially what the cows leave behind.

Well we have had these two for a bit over a week. It is quite the experience. You kind of feel like you have young kids again. Someone has been home with them all the time since we got them. We just want to make sure things are ok. They get along really great. No food fights. They do some scuffling around playing with each other. What I am not sure of where the line is between playing and a dog fight. Since Lucy has so much energy we take them on two walks per day and throw the ball for Lucy a couple times a day. Aspen is not comfortable with the dark so she gets skittish so that is something we are working with and hopefully she will be more comfortable over time. Unfortunately it is kind of hard for me to walk these two by myself. They pull quite a bit and are 50 or so pounds each. It seems things are kind of settling down and routines are happening which is really nice. We are very glad to have these two sweeties with us.

On another note.. This is my 100th blog post! I have had my blog going for a little over 1 year.