Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Bucket list item number 15 complete!!

Any of you who know me personally or are friends with me on Facebook, will know dogs ... and in particular Bernese Mountain Dogs ... are a big part of my life. I was given the opportunity to go to New York City to watch the Westminster Kennel Club dog show last week.

Oh wait, to bring this back to card making, I'll post here a picture of a Bernese die by Tattered Lace, Barney the Bernese and the card I made with it 😏

You can imagine how I squealed with delight when this die arrived in stock!!!

Barney the Bernese is from Tattered Lace (#TTLETL551), I'll post a link below.

And I'll post a little tip with regard to sentiments. It has to be the bane of every card maker's existence having to find sentiments that fit the theme of the card, and then into the space available once the card is assembled. I would spend more time on that than designing cards!! So I ordered from Amazon some matte transparent labels (here's a link to give you an idea) , they come in a variety of sizes, then I can print out my sentiment and adhere to card stock and have it fit the card design. Also the background of this card was finished with the Gilding Polish and embossed. Gives card stock a pearlescence and is quite lovely. Comes in a variety of colors as well!

To make it look a little spiffier, I use different fonts within the sentiment. Looks more professional that way, I think. Here's another example of the sticker and printer sentiment, I think this was one of the first times I used this method on a card. Now it's my fall back when a die or stamp sentiment doesn't fit or I don't have one that says what I want my card to say.

OK now back to my New York story ... I haven't been to New York since the late 80's and haven't spent time in a big city since moving to the country in 2010, so made for an even more exciting trip. Did some shopping, of course!! And to make the trip a true NY experience, lost my cell phone in the cab on the way back from Madison Square Garden. Thankfully a lovely person, Nina, found it and left if with her doorman for me to pick up! I'll have to send her a hand-made thank you card, of course!!

I'm back in the office now, so can get back on track with the blogs.

And don't forget the month of February contest, enter a comment on any of the February blogs for a chance to win the Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders used in the card on blog entry for February 13th.

Until next time,


Barney the Bernese items used: TTLETL551 Die by Tattered lace; Snowflake embossing folder from Leane Creatief #359777; Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Polish Pearl Lustre #CSMGP08; Snow Flakes by In The Making Dee's Distinctively IME216; the doily die is from Marianne Designs #CR1331 and behind is a circle die with hearts by Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions #CED1503; after I watercolor painted the die cut of Barney to the Bernese colors with Memento brushes, I spritzed it with the Cosmic Shimmer Mica Mister Pearl #CSM04; and to do the eyes, I used brown sequins glazed up with a gloss glaze finish from Cosmic Shimmer, if you see the card in person this is more evident than in the picture. I also glazed the top of the nose with the gloss glaze, because you know, dog's noses are wet 🐕

For the Autumn card, I used: Frog's Whiskers' "Backwoods" stamp CK1043; Marianne Design's Wheelbarrow LR0260, boots LR0316 and rake LR0374; Frantic Stamper's Leaves (for the wheelbarrow) FRA9599; Memento watercolor markers


  1. Glad you had a great trip to NY! Thanks for the clear label trick and your Barney card is pretty cute!

  2. I love Barney, and dogs in general. I would like to see Dee's Dies Dogs (say that three times fast) cards.

    1. I did one with Winston but of course made it into a Bernese. I can't post pictures in the comments section here. I posted a picture of it on the EC Crafts Facebook page:

  3. Lucky you!!! I guess I'm lucky too because I watched the Westminster from an oceanfront unit in beautiful Maui. Looking forward to upcoming classes!

    1. Yep, Maui might just beat out NYC!! See you in class!