Monday, June 28, 2010

Bulldog Birthday

Hello everybody! How are you this fine Monday? Eager for a fresh, new week to begin? I have a lot of plans for this week, as far as personal life goes. This afternoon I want to take my boys to see the movie, "How To Train Your Dragon." It's playing at the discount theatre, and Monday is their bargain day -- just 75 cents a ticket! They also have a Monday Movie Meal -- a box of popcorn and a small drink for $2.50, so even with snacks included, it's still extremely affordable. I'm hoping they'll sit through it. My kids must be the only kids in America who don't like going to the movies! I practically have to drag them there. Lol. But it's been a while since we've gone so I'm hoping they'll do better.

As far as other plans, I want to really start organizing my office/spare bedroom/craft area. My sister-in-law from Germany is coming to visit in four weeks and right now it is a disaster! I'm one of those people who needs to have a place for everything, but so far I have zero storage containers, so everything has no where to go but on every available surface. Well, that's changing. After hours and days of researching online, I finally ordered the Cropper Hopper hanging file caddy and folders, and I've picked up some desk organizers and I'm going to get everything squared away. It's going to be a job that extends into next week as well, since I don't expect the Cropper Hopper caddy to even arrive until then, but I'll try and take pictures when I'm all done and everything's got a home.

Well, on to today's project. This is actually a card I made in the wee hours of Saturday morning, for the son of a friend who's birthday party my boys attended this weekend (hubby had to take them, I had to work -- boo. There was even a bounce house!) Check it out.

I started out with this bulldog image from Inkadinkado, which I stamped with Colorbox Chalk ink in Chestnut Roan in Kraft Bazzill cardstock. I also stamped him in black Memento ink so that I could color his collar with Copics. Then I cut that out and paper-pieced over top of the original for some dynamic color. I loved the Kraft paper so much (my first time using it, that I decided to use it for my card base as well, instead of the white I was intending on using.

The patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye, called "Reach For The Stars," I believe. I stamped the sentiments from Studio G next to the bulldog on the Kraft paper and cut that out, rounding one corner. Then I added a little strip of the patterned paper's B side -- that blue grid -- just to break up the background a little. I cut out one star circle and adhered that next to the sentiment to reinforce the color scheme, then popped the whole thing off with dimentionals.

I thought I was done then, but I felt like it still needed something. I remembered that I had these little dog bone paperclips, so I added one, and tied a bit of blue polkadot ribbon around the corner. Not satisfied with the subtle shade, I decided to take an orange Copic to it and liven it up a bit. I was really pleased with how it turned out.

Well, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by. I love your visits. :o)


  1. Cute! I love the bulldog and the colors you used.

  2. This is fantastic, what a great job you did! Good luck at the movies, wish we had something like that, movies/snacks are so expensive these days. I can relate to cleaning up, I am using my son's room while he is at college and have to move out everytime he comes home to visit.

  3. Adorable card. Love the little touches you added. Bet it was the hit of the party!

  4. What a face on that dog! so cute!

  5. Such an adorable dog, and the bone clip is genius with this theme. I like the background paper you've chosen.

  6. What a cute dog image that is. You chose some terrific colors and patterned papers to go with it.

    I never liked going to the movies as a kid either. Not that we had a lot of opportunities. I still don't actually. It's always too hot, too dark and too loud for me. Plus the noise of a hundred other people eating popcorn (with their mouths open it seems) drives me nuts :-) That's why I haven't been to the movies since 1992.

  7. Good Grief! What a doll baby of a card. I adore it. That dog is to howl for! I have some of those paper clips too. I never would have thought to do that. Awesome.


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