Friday 6 September 2013

The dog with the amazing magnetic nose

I've been dying to show you today's card for ages. I made it for my eldest son's birthday knowing that my cool, manly teenager would melt when he saw it!

And I was right - when he saw this little cutie from Storybook Friends bounding across the beach my son lost the bass notes in his voice and made a high 'aaaah' noise!

Everyone likes an interactive card but especially teenage boys I've found. My son was deeply satisfied to find that when he pulled this tab...

... the puppy got to catch the ball! I realise now that I should have had the pup on the slider rather than the ball as my family discussed 'the dog with the amazing magnetic nose' with great enthusiasm all day! Anyway, I'm sure you get the general idea!

I made the background scene with inked and spritzed acrylic blocks, adding detail by swiping with my So Saffron ink pad and drawing the horizon with a marker.

This shot shows the mechanics of the card better. I'd forgotten how much fun it is to make these kind of cards. Here's another one I made with instructions - do have a go and let me know how you get on!

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Storybook Friends, Morning Meadow (sentiment)
Ink: Soft Sky, So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
Card stock: Whisper White, scrap of core'dinations Real Red for the ball
Other: Word Window, 1/2" circle punches, paper snips, markers, stamp-a-majig

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My son has always longed for a dog and if you are a regular reader of this blog, you may know that as well as Tuppence the cat we own a completely imaginary dog, a golden retriever called Aramis. I can exclusively reveal that our family has been deep in conference for months now about whether to make our dog a reality - and there is a distinct possibility that we may go for a pup. Obviously I have made it my business to look into this thoroughly but I would be very interested to hear some real life stories about getting a puppy. What do you think?

I don't know where the sunshine has gone but have a great autumnal weekend and I'll see you very soon.


  1. Well you certainly know how to draw them in with the post title! lol! Had to read all about it, especially since it's not obvious in the first photo! Love this classic little dog, and once again, you've really showed SU! product to great advantage.

  2. Oh that is so cute!! :) ...

  3. Lovely SLider card Vicky and such a great idea having the dog chase the the beach scene...


  4. Brilliant card, I love a slider card too and the little pup and ball - perfect!
    I'll be very jealous if you get a puppy...

  5. I love slider cards and yours is so cute. I love that little dog.

  6. This is soo cute! Love the scene you created. I think getting a digits a great idea, I had a dog when I was a child and just loved it

  7. This is a fun card Vicky - love the cute puppy - Jacqueline xx

  8. Fantastic slider card Vicky. Interactive cards are great fun aren't they?

    Can't help with any dog advice as never had one! Am sure someone will be able to give you good advice. Maybe get one with a VERY GENTLE nature as I don't reckon Tuppence is going to take too kindly to a usurper!

    Sarn xxx

  9. Ha Ha I think the ball running up to the puppy is fab. A special twist. I don't have this set but may have to buy it just for the puppy. This is exactly how Jess runs round the garden with her ears flying up. She's been an amazing addition to our family. Go for it! x

  10. Ooooh this is so cute! I do love how you always think outside the box :)

  11. You have me grinning from ear-to-ear, Vicky! I love that the ball is running towards the pup, rather than the usual way! You were just thinking outside the ol' box again, my friend!!

    It's exciting that you are seriously thinking of a real pup! I'm not sure how far you took your conversations and actions regarding Aramis, but did Aramis have imaginary poops and were the pickup dodo duties assigned, as well as care and feeding? LOL! The good news is that all that practical stuff related to a Real Dog is more than balanced out by the love and affection and joy a Real Dog brings, as you know from Tuppence - well possibly even more so than Tuppence, if Tuppence is haughty like a Real Cat should be. Dogs don't tend to be haughty that way. And please, when you get the pup, won't you name it Real Dog? You can call it RD for short!! Hugs, Darnell

  12. Great card Vicky, what a fun idea.

    I'd definitely recommend a dog. We weren't long married before we bought our first pup. We've had different breeds but our favourite has to be Labradors. We've had a yellow dog, a chocolate bitch and now two black dogs. Max and blue are brothers and great friends! My daughter has Labs too and Poppy and Oliver have never known a home without a dog or dogs. I think your children would enjoy having a dog.

    Kat xx

  13. Ah, very cute! We own both cat (Frostie) and dog (Spike) and thinking about it, I've always had either or both from when I was quite young (not the same ones of course LOL ).

  14. What a fun card, and such a cute puppy.
    Can really recommend getting a puppy. Chloe has certainly changed our life for the better. She's such a part of the family. Looking forward to hearing more x x

  15. Oh so sweet! The ball is running towards the pup, it makes perfect sense.
    A puppy sounds delightful, though Tuppence may have a different opinion... And obviously you'll need to factor in what you do with a dog during holidays, kennel fees, etc. But I think dogs and cats bring huge joy to a family, in a way that hamsters and rabbits just can't!

  16. We weren't sure about getting a puppy for my son, so we signed up to foster dogs/puppies from the Humane Society. We ended up adopting the first puppy we fostered, and she is now a member of the family. We love our furbaby so much that we adopted a dog about the same size from the Mini-Aussie Rescue. I think it is really important to take some obedience classes with your dogs as it increased the relationship with our furbabies, and nipped any problems beforehand. Now we do dog agility with one of our girls!

  17. Omgosh I love this card Vicky!! Such a fun card, even if it should be the other round with the dog and ball!
    I used to have a white German Shepherd from a puppy, and they are adorable to have around! I adored her and was devastated when she died at only 4 1/2years old. If you do decide to get one, make sure you get insurance! If you fancy 'trying' a dog for a while, contact Barking Mad...I look after dogs for them while the owners are on holiday. It's a great way of having a dog, but only short term, when you want one! And you get paid for it! :)
    Lizy xx

  18. What a cute card, Vickie! I love the story of how they say the dog has a magnetic nose. :o) I also viewed your posts using the Everybunny stamps and they are also very cute.
    Sue Erickson


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