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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Who Let the Dog's Out and A La Card Monkey Holiday Sketch #79 - What a Combo!

It's a beautiful sunny day without a cloud in the sky.  I'm going to take full advantage of this break in our normally rainy weather by doing a short post and then taking the dogs for a walk around the lake. They'll be so excited to run through the leaves and chase the ducks!  "Who Let the Dogs Out!" 

We've been babysitting Murph's little sister for the past six weeks and she's been a real joy to have around.  She loves Murph's company, gets the cat all excited (she hates dogs!) Here's some pictures of the them looking all innocent..............anything but!!!  

Here's Murph, the love of our lives.  You can tell by the look in his eyes that he runs our lives. 
And this is his sister Meeka.  She's a much smaller dog.  Who couldn't love that face.........snaggle tooth and all!

My post today is based on this week's sketch from A La Card Monkey # 79 called Holiday Cheer.  Isn't this an awesome sketch?  I love groupings on a card and enjoy finding a singleton stamp that works by repetition.  When I started planning my card I knew I wanted to use the Frostwood Lodge Designer Paper (124002 pg. 28 Holiday Mini).  It's so woodsy looking and reminds me of men in plaid shirts.  I love the masculine colours that go with this Designer Paper - Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Early Espresso, Marina Mist and Whisper White.  Any combination of those colours would work well.  So with no further ado here is my version of this wonderful sketch.  Let me know if you like it.

The card base is Whisper White Card Stock with a 5 1/4 x 4" layer of Garden Green that's been embossed with the Snow Burst Embossing Folder (#124096 pg. 33 Holiday Mini).  A strip of matching plaid designer paper from the Frost Wood Lodge DSP (Holiday Mini) was used for the half layer  along the top.  The small reindeer image from the Winter Post (#117780 pg. 31 Idea Book and Catalogue [IB&C] set was stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink on Whisper White cardstock.  I punched out the squares with the 1/14' and 1 3/8" square  punches. These three images were mounted with  dimensionals to give some definition to the card.
The Whisper White scalloped piece was made with the Lace Ribbon Border punch #122362 pg. 211 IB&C) and is topped with a piece of 3/8" Quilted Satin Ribbon in Cherry Cobbler (#124105 pg. 30 Holiday Mini).  The Mix and Mingle tag is from a retired stamp set called Perfect Presentation.  Isn't it cute!  I stamped it in Cherry Cobbler on Whisper White and punched it out with the Large Tag #119876 punch.  The Garden Green layer was punched out with the Extra Large Tag punch #119866 (pg. 209 IB&C).

Here's a view of the inside of the card.  I used a piece of the plaid designer series paper from Frost Wood Lodge (#124002 pg 28) along the bottom of the card and topped it with a small strip of Cherry Cobbler that was punched out with the Scalloped Edge Border Punch (#119882 pg 211 IB&C). I didn't want to use a large border so the cardstock strip I used in the punch was only 1/2" wide to begin with.  This leaves you with a much smaller scallop.  The sentiment is from a retired stamp set called Christmas Punch.

Here's a close up of the cute little tag.  I've mounted it on dimensionals and  tied a bow with Cherry Cobbler/White Baker's Twine (#123125 pg. 194 IB&C).  These cute litte Mini Jingle Bells (pg. 30 #124116) are from the Holiday Mini and I secured them with crystal effects to ensure they wouldn't fall off the card. The Mini Jingle Bells come 48 to a package and for $3.95 they're a really good buy.   Prior to the Holiday Mini coming out and since then, I've been looking for small silver bells in our local big box craft store and dollar stores and can't find any in the 6mm diameter, so  I plan on stocking up on them before the Holiday Mini buying period ends on January 4th, 2012.
Okay so that's it for today.  Hope you enjoy these! 



Patti said...

Great card Penny. That dsp is terrific; very country-ish. Great job on the challenge.

Miss Charming said...

I love the reindeer card. So cute!

Shirley Pumpkin said...

Your Card is Beautiful! I see that you got the embossing folder on your card Perfect... lol mine is not! The doggies are so darn cute! Thanks for Hangin with the MONKEY!!


Dilsaver Designs said...

I just love all your texture with your wonderful image, really sweet Christmas card! Thanks for joining in on the A La Card Monkey Challenge this week :)

Lucianna- Guest Designer

Tina said...

beautiful...love the reindeer...thanks for joining us at a la card monkey

guest designer

paper bag create said...

Simply GORGEOUS girlfriend!!! :)

Debbie Martin said...

Nice job on this one Penney! Then you say your sentiments are retired. So sad I don't have them, they are really cute.

Shari Winterstein said...

Great card Penny! LOVE those little "angels". I know that Miss Daisy NEVER does anything that she shouldn't - right? WRONG! But aren't just the best little pals. Thanks for blessing my day. :)

Maureen said...

Love this card - just might have to case!

Dale Morin said...

Love your card! It's a great Christmas card. The dogs are so darn cute. Hope you had a great walk.

Terry Blais said...

Your card is so festive! I love that tag, and that you did the inside of the card too. Great job with our sketch this week. Thanks!

Julie Gearinger said...

Great card Penny! Love all of the texture, the tag and the take on the sketch! Thanks for sharing your "fur babies" as well- they are so cute!

Brenda Rigby Riehle said...

Your cards look great, and those dogs are adorable!

laurie said...

Awesome Christmas card....love the deer!

Cindy van Oorschot said...

Fantastic card, I love your take on the challenge. Thanks for playing at A la Card Monkey.
Cindy GD

Sue said...

Great card, love the reindeer. Very cute puppies also!