Thursday, June 11, 2009

Boxer-licious





Just when I think I have all of the punches that I could ever need, along comes Mary Fish and another one of her fantastic cards! On her blog, Stampin' Pretty, Mary designed a card for her pug, Isabella. When my Boxer, Missy, heard about this, she insisted that I make a card for her. So this morning I pulled out all of my punches and began the task of creating this card, only to find that I did not have any small circle punches. Necessity is the mother of invention, as they say, so I improvised with a lip stick case and eye shadow stick. (Thank you, Estee Lauder!) Feeling a little bit like MacGyver, I was able to accomplish the task. However, I did add two circle punches to my wish list. Never will I be caught without the perfect punch again!

On the brighter side, I spent so much time designing the ears that the UPS man delivered my new Stampin' Up! "sneak peeks" before I was finished with the card! I wasted no time opening the box and pulling out the new In-Colors. Missy's head is mounted on Crushed Curry, and rimmed with Bermuda Bay. The card base is made from Dusty Durango and the pattern paper is from the Razzleberry Lemonade collection. The ribbons are Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, and Dusty Durango. Notice how they are reversible...solid on one side, dotted on the other! The "Friends" sentiment is stamped in Bermuda Bay and features the new Modern Label Punch.

If you are a Boxer lover like me, and would like to create your own Boxer-licious card, here is the recipe:

  • Using a Glass Mat and the Circle Scissors Plus, cut a 2-1/2" circle from Close to Cocoa to serve as the head.
  • Use the Wide Oval Punch to create the characteristic Boxer mask from Basic Black.
  • The Full Heart Punch was used to create the jowls from Basic Black. (Tip: Since black jowls does not stand out on a black mask, a second heart was punched from Kraft and layered under the black heart.)

  • Rose Red and the Small Oval Punch were used to create the tongue.

  • In a perfect world, the eyes would have been created using 1/2" and 3/4" Circle Punches from Close to Cocoa and Basic Black. I used a lip stick case and eye shadow stick. Whatever works!

  • The ears were punched with the Full Heart Punch, folded down the middle and cropped. The edges of the ears were then inked in Basic Black for a slight amount of contrast.

  • The collar was fashioned from Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper using the Small Oval Punch.

  • The head was then mounted on Crushed Curry, and a Ticket Corner Punch was used to add interest. This was then layered onto Bermuda Bay.

  • Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper was matted onto Bermuda Bay and layered onto a 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" Dusty Durango card base.

  • Snippets of Dusty Durango, Bermuda Bay, and Crushed Curry ribbon were adhered to the card base. The image mat was then positioned and adhered in place.

  • The "Friends" sentiment from the Garden Greetings stamp set was inked with Bermuda Breeze and stamped onto Whisper White. The new Modern Label Punch was used to punch to it out.

  • To add a touch of bling, Pumpkin Circle Fire Brads were added to the ends of the sentiment.

This cheerful card did help Missy feel a little better after her accident Wednesday morning. My poor baby received a very bad sprain jumping out of bed. Luckily she did not break her leg or dislocate her hip, but she certainly scared her mom and brother...who carried her to the car for the emergency trip to the vet's. She is on the equivalent of "doggie bed rest" for the next few weeks, and is basking in all of the extra attention!

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Stamp Set: Garden Greetings (113716)
Ink: Bermuda Bay (115655---Available July 1st)
Designer Series Paper: Razzleberry Lemonade (115675---Available July 1st )
Card Stock: Dusty Durango (115321---Available July 1st), Bermuda Breeze (115317---Available July 1st), Crushed Curry (115319---Available July 1st), Close to Cocoa (101341), Basic Black (102851), Chocolate Chip (102128), Rose Red (102544), Kraft (102125)
Tools: Full Heart (113693), Wide Oval (112082), Small Oval (107304), Modern Label (116630---Available July 1st), ¾” Circle Punch (107217), ½” Circle Punch (104390), Glass Mat (112531), Circle Scissors Plus (112530)
Embellishments: Dusty Durango ½” Grosgrain Ribbon (115609---Available July 1st), Crushed Curry ½” Grosgrain Ribbon (115614---Available July 1st), Bermuda Bay ½” Grosgrain Ribbon (115610---Available July 1st), Pumpkin Circle Fire Brads (109110)

Please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you! Until next time...

12 comments:

Patti said...

That Missy sure is bossy! Cute Cute Cute!!

Workshops said...

I love the way you created that dog, Can you do a cat as well?

Mary Fish said...

I'm in total shock. Absolute perfection. May I please add a quick blurb and photo to my blog--probably tomorrow?

Hugs,

Mary

Melissa said...

How stinkin' cute is this?? Absolutely adorable! Soon, we will have a kennel club going! I love it!!! (in case there was any doubt)

Anonymous said...

Ann--your blog is great. You and Mary are both full of ideas!!!

Patti C said...

Am I glad I found your blog. Boxers are our favorite dog (we've had 2). I am going to surprise my husband with a birthday card using this later this month. Thanks - it's terrific.

Kris Kilcoyne said...

Hot diggity dog! This is so cute, I especially love the ears.

Sunstamper said...

He is absolutely adorable! and the card layout is beautiful too! TFS
Martha

LeAnne said...

Well, this is too fun! My brother has a boxer, guess what his birthday card is going to look like this year?! TFS!

lifesabeach32940 said...

How CUTE AND CLEVER!! I am so glad Mary Fish sent us over!! I can't wait to explore the rest of your blog!! :)

Linda Callahan said...

Love these punchy dogs! Great card!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad Mary Fish put your fabulous Missy on her blog! I love both yours and her Pug! Just too much fun. I have mixed huge lab and I don't even think I would try anything as cleaver as yours and Mary's cards are. Murphy doesn't show much enthusiasm for this hobby. At least with needlework I can make pillows for his pleasure! Anyway, looking forward to looking through your blog some more. Thanks so much for sharing the card with us!

Chris R. from Iowa