D is for Dog-Friday Mashup Challenge #15

Today I am participating in the Friday Challenge, and I made a card using both the colors and the sketch.  The card is using Stampin’ Up! “D is for Dog” set.  My friend recently lost her dog named Princess and I wanted to do a card that would capture her spirit.  I typically do not do such a vintage card but I wanted to use the new Beau Chateau DSP.  Yes, I used my first piece of the DSP which I received in a paper share.  The new DSP is fabulous, and so much better when you see it.  For this card I used a new technique although you cannot see it in the photograph.  I sprayed the card with alcohol mixed with a few drops of Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint.  It gives the card a very subtle sparkle.  Oops!  I just realized I did not use Whisper White for the card but rather I used Very Vanilla.  I went back and forth between Whisper White and Very Vanilla but ultimately felt Very Vanilla worked better with the dog.  So for my colors I used: Pink Pirouette, Early Espresso, Real Red (I do not have any Riding Hood Red Ink), Old Olive, and Very Vanilla.  I was inspired to do the grass for the dog, after I saw the card shown in the challenge by Holly.  I thought it was the perfect backdrop for the dog.  The grass is a stamp in “Inspired by Nature”, and the bird is from the hostess set, Silhouette Sentiments (retired).  The ribbon is Pink Pirouette (also retired) with finished with an Antique Brad.  Thanks for a great challenge.

D is for Dog

I also stamped the inside of the card, and placed the outline from the Top Note Die.  The frame from the Top Note Die is perfect for photographs, and I hope my friend will keep the card and put a picture of Princess in it.

Inside with Top Note Frame

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Inspired by Nature

Inspired by Nature

It was so exciting to be in the Stamping 411 Showcase last week.  I had a really hard work week since I was on call and had calls in the middle of the night three nights in a row, so it was such a pleasant surprise.   I had hoped to get some time to stamp this weekend, but time flew by with little time indoors.  It has been not only hot in Florida, but also smoky in North Florida and South Georgia from forest fires.    Today was a beautiful day with little smoke so I had to take the time to work in the yard.  I have had a knee problem since the end of May, and had a cortisone shot last week that seems to be working (boy do they hurt).  I am taking some much-needed time off later in the week, so I know I will have some time to stamp and hopefully participate in at least one challenge.  I am also planning on cleaning out my clothes closet and linen closet.  I am hoping someone will come help me with the hard decisions of parting with clothes that do not fit.

Now on to the card, I made this card a week or so ago for my in-laws fifty-third wedding anniversary.  My mother-in-law really liked it, and it used one of my favorite sets Inspired by Nature.  Nothing fancy, but I love the Top Note Die and SU DSP Beyond the Garden.

Keep your fingers crossed that the cortisone shot holds in my knee, even though I will have more time to stamp.