Thursday, 19 November 2020

A birthday in the park

Hello, crafting friends!

It was my gorgeous daughter's birthday at the weekend and Eva and I made a card to help her celebrate!

I made a background by stamping the bench from WPlus9's New Home, then covering it with a mask made from a sticky note. I was then able to mask off, and sponge in, a sky and some grass. I added the tree from Stampin' Up's Sheltering Tree (and if you're reading this Gill, I bless you every time I use this set - thank you!) colouring the leaves with autumnal markers before stamping. I  added more leaves to the grass too before removing the bench mask and trimming the panel with a stitched rectangle die by Heffy Doodle.

Now we needed a pup to sit on the bench. I nearly died from cuteness overload when I saw Clearly Besotted's new Holiday Huskies stamp set; the dogs have been drawn by a human who clearly knows dogs very well! Eva thought one of the huskies could pretend to be a golden retriever, only with pointy ears instead of floppy ones. She asked me to help her demonstrate the look and, since she looked very cute with her ears up, I stamped the dog, coloured her with alcohol markers and snipped her out before popping her up on the bench. The sentiment is from Concord and 9th's Enjoy it all.

This card was inspired by the beautiful colour palette at The House That Stamps Built (this is the challenge blog of Repeat Impressions Stamps and I enjoyed having a browse there too!) I'm also joining in at Animal Friends Challenge where the theme is Dog/Cat; I'm also sharing at NBUS (never before used schtuff) with my new Holiday Huskies and New Home schtamp schets - thank you for bearing with me Darnell!!!

One of the dogs I walk has to be kept on lead at all times sadly, but she and I have made friends and we have lots of fun together. Once while walking her, I had a text that I had to deal with immediately, so I sat down on a handy bench. The little dog hopped up and sat solemnly beside me until I pressed send and continued our walk. I was amused by this so I sat down at the next bench to see what she'd do, and she came up and sat beside me again! It gave me the idea for today's card but, since my job is to be walking and not sitting about, I now use the benches (which are just narrow seats, no backs) as sort of agility equipment for her to jump over. She loves this :)

Sending hugs,


  1. Absolutely LOVE this card Vicky, and the story that goes with it is so wonderful.
    Keep safe
    Faith x

  2. Well looks like Eva is as talented as you. A really super scene and love the little doggy on the bench.

    Kath x

  3. This is so adorable and so pretty!! That huskie can definitely pass as a Golden! Love the little scene you created; it's so perfect! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

  4. I love how you added all the Autumn leaves to the tree and grass, Vicky. Wonderful inviting bench and adorable stamped and fussy cut husky. TFS your sweet story too. are a professional dog walker?!? Great way to get your exercise and have company too! I do a brisk walk everyday and chat with the cows and goats along the way and enjoy the birds, ducks and deer with an occasional chat with neighbors from a safe distance:-) TFS your daughters B-day card and your story:-) Love and friend...Nancy

  5. P.S. I was a SU Demo for 10 years, but was becoming a job. Then I started my blog in March 2016 with Lolly designing my blog and encouraging me:-) Fun getting to know each other more with every blog post:-) I do enjoy being on a couple DT's and love becoming friends with creative paper craft bloggers! Loving your stories and creative card designs. Hugs...

  6. A beautiful card Vicky,your daughter will love it,the pup does look a bit like Eva

  7. An adorable scene Vicky, perfect for your daughter, that stamp is just like your fluffy smiley Eva. Love your agility tail....oops tale :) xxx

  8. Oh that little huskie turned retriever is adorable Vicky! And perfectly socially distanced alone on his bench too (heehee). I’m sure your daughter loved it! Love reading about your dog walking exploits too!

  9. Aww, what a lovely birthday card for your daughter. Another excellent background made and the focal point of the dog is just pawfect.

    Hugs, Sarn x

  10. This is so cute! great background and that dog is super cute! Thanks for playing over at The House That Stamps Built.

  11. So cute, Vicky! Eva is wonderful inspiration!

  12. Happy Belated Birthday to your daughter, Vicky! You have made a beautiful autumn card with the adorable fluffy pooch masquerading as the beloved Miss Eva! And you've even given us an amusing and warm story of the inspiration behind the card ~ thank you! Its a lucky dog that has you as its walker!! Keep well and thank you for sharing with everyone at NBUS! Hugs, Darnell

  13. I am sure you daughter loved her special card Vicky.

    B x

  14. What a cute cute card you and Eva created together, I am glad you took Eva's advice and made the dog like her only with pointy ears. Thanks for joining us over at The House that Stamps Built.

  15. Ganz wundervoll! Danke für deine Teilnahme bei den Animal Friends.
    LG Dreja

  16. Oh, wie süß. Eine wundervolle Karte. Vielen Dank für deine Teilnahme bei den Animal Friends.

    LG Heike


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