Friday, August 26, 2016

Today Is National Dog Day!

Since today is National Dog Day, I'm celebrating my dog with a post all about him.

This little guy stole my heart.....

In the 30+ years that my husband and I have been married we've had 4 different dogs - a black Lab mix name Belle, a full blooded Shih tzu named Susha, a full blooded Yellow lab named Max. The hardest to loose was Max. He was old and didn't survive a heat stroke after playing on a farm. I didn't think we would get another dog for a very long time... but a long time turned out to be about 6 months I think. This time my husband chose a breed that he had wanted all his life - a Chesapeake Bay Retriever.   We named him Remington - Remi for short.  At the time, my husband owned his own business so for the first 4 years of Remi's life he was an office dog.  He was so used to going to the office that if my husband was out of town, I would still take him to the office and drop him off in the morning and pick him up in the afternoon.  His main office tasks were guarding the door and sleeping all day.  At lunch time, he would take a break and change big sticks.

Remi shows his emotions... in the picture above he is actually smiling.  His loves his sisters and when they come to visit, he is just beside himself.   When Remi was a puppy, Kirsti would take him to work with her occasionally when he needed a break from the office so I think they have an extra special bond.  When Jeff sold the business and went to work somewhere else, Remi had to adjust to becoming a Stay At Home Dog.  We installed doggie door so he could come and go as he pleases out back.  I get to work from home 2 days a week and on the mornings that I get up to go into the office, Remi lays in the bathroom floor and pouts.  

At Christmas, Remi dresses up in his best bow tie collar.   He knows what presents are his and usually can sniff them out.  Last year, Jeff went Christmas shopping and brought some things home he had bought for Remi.  He put the bag in the closet to wrap the toys later.  Well, that night Remi comes walking into the family room with one of his brand new toys!  He had gone into the closet and sniffed it out and pulled it out of the bag!

And finally, this is the look we get if we are not paying enough attention to him. This is a face that is hard to resist.   He is a dog of routine habit.  He goes to get the paper every morning - I do not read it - it goes straight to the trash but Jeff won't let me discontinue it because it is IMPORTANT to Remi to get the paper every morning.   At 8:30 EVERY night Remi thinks it is time to go out and chase the 'red light'.  Not 7:30, not 8:00, but you can count on the clock saying 8:30 if he is staring at you.  He will sit and stare at Jeff until he finally gets up to go out with him.  He will NOT stop staring.  He would most certainly win any stare down contest.  He must think he has mind control.... well I guess he does somewhat.  We always give in.  

So today, I salute Remi!  He has a made a huge difference in our lives. It's his day and we'll do something he wants to do, But wait, isn't that EVERY day?

Happy National Dog Day everyone!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

True Love - A NEW Special Operation Smile Stamp Set!

Each year, Close To My Heart introduces an exclusive new stamp set that benefits Operation Smile! When you purchase this year's stamp set - True Love (D1711), Close To My Heart will donate $7 of your purchase to Operation Smile!   This is one of the cutest stamp sets that I have seen so far!

True Love - D1711
I especially love the sentiment -"This Card Is a Paper Hug".  I couldn't wait to create a card with it!
I used the new Enchantment Fundamental paper for my card.  I stamped the little boy and the balloons on White Daisy Cardstock, colored them with ShinHan Touch Twin Markers and then I cut them out.

I stamped the oval of hearts and the sentiment onto my White Daisy base.  I used the masking technique when I stamped the sentiment so that I could stamp the hearts in Cranberry Ink and the sentiment in Sapphire ink.  I used the masking technique again for the boy and the balloons, stamping only the balloons and string onto the base.  Then I adhered my cut out balloon on top of the stamped ones.  I tied off the card with twine from the Enchantment Ribbon Pack.

Isn't this stamp just adorable?  
Add this one to your collection and at the same time you will be helping a child get a smile!

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Happy Place Crop Day Layout

We had a wonderful time during the Crop Day last weekend.  I hope everyone accomplished MOST of what they brought with them to work on.  I know I saw several people that seemed to be making progress! 

I provided a special layout for my croppers to create that day.  This was a one page layout that featured new papers from Adventure Fundamentals and cuts from the new Flower Market Cricut Collection.   They got to choose the color combination they wanted.  Either Lemon/Lagoon or Raspberry/Pacifica combination.

The title of the layout - Happy Place is one of the many title images from the Flower Market cartridge.  It is a layered image but I only used the top layer for this layout.  "Laughter is the best medicine" is one of the many sentiments from the sentiment stampset that is included in the collection. Also, the flowers and leaves are all cut from Flower Market.  We used one of the background stamps that is included with the collection to stamp on the leaves.  See a closer shot of the leaves below.

Another new product that they got to use was the new Happy Thoughts Embossing Folder.
I'm not sure how well it shows up in the picture.  The 4x4 Lemon / Pacific cardstock are the pieces that we embossed with this folder.

Happy Thoughts Embossing Folder - Z3249

Flower Market Cricut Collection - Z3285
Adventure Paper Fundamentals Z3253

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