Monday, September 28, 2009

Altered Doggie Album for My SS

I wanted to share the Dog Album I made for my CHP Wives Secret Sister. She has 3 doggies, so I knew a personalized album would be perfect for her. I used the D IS FOR DOG stamp set from Stampin' Up! One of my favorite doggie stamps they've ever had. The paper is from a paper stack - non-SU!

Friday, September 18, 2009

In Memory of Boo

Boo in 1998
This past Wednesday we lost one of our four-legged kids. We got Boo as a puppy in October of 1996. We had 13 great years with her. She was a great dog - she loved kids and other dogs. She was a trouble maker though. She loved to get into the trash and the laundry - our dirty underwear had to be kept away from her! I also have quite a few pictures of her with a muddy nose. She will be missed! Kayley especially is having a hard time since she grew up with her and she says she was the only dog that would follow her around.

Here's our Boo Girl the morning of the 16th. She had stopped eating and wasn't able to get up and move around. We didn't want her to suffer anymore. We were with her for her last breath.
In Memory of Boo aka Boo Bear
October 1996 - Sept 16, 2009
My best friend closed his eyes last night,
As his head was in my hand.
The Doctors said he was in pain,
And it was hard for him to stand.
The thoughts that scurried through my head,
As I cradled him in my arms.
Were of his younger, puppy years,
And OH...his many charms.
Today, there was no gentle nudge
With an intense "I love you gaze",
Only a heart thats filled with tears
Remembering our joy filled days.
But an Angel just appeared to me,
And he said, "You should cry no more,
GOD also loves our canine friends,
HE's installed a 'doggy-door"!
jan cooper '95

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Scallop Square Cards

I am hooked on the Scallop Square Die from Stampin' Up!

I used the "D is for Dog" for this one and the Soft Suede In-Color cardstock, ink, and ribbon.

This was another August Stamp Class project. We used the "Bright Blessings" Jumbo Wheel (p.27 of the catalog).

I used one of the centers from one of the Medallion cards on this one. Card was embossed with the Finial Press Embossing Folder. Love the Soft Suede with so many colors - its very versatile!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Build-A-Bear Girl Card

Made this one for one of Kayley's friend's birthday! She was so cute - I almost didn't want to give her away! Time to make some more!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Medallion Stamp - LOVE IT!!

Last month we used the Medallion Stamp from SU! in my monthly stamp club classes. This stamp is so versatile and I love how you can add so many different things to the middle to create different looks. This is for sure one of my favorite stamps!!

The Pretties Kit with Dazzling Diamonds on the flower. I brushed some Crystal Effects on each petal and then poured the glitter over it. I used Craft White ink and then stamped another image in Black and cut it out to the square piece.

Love the White Jumbo Grommets in the center! This is one of the cards my Stamp Club members made in August.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Build-A-Bear Projects!!

I've been working on Kayley's Kindergarten Album for years now!! I'm trying to get it done before she is done with 2nd Grade now!! lol It's the big joke with my scrap group since I've been working on it since she was in Kindergarten. I was so excited to see that the new Build-A-Bear products would work great with the Teddy Bear Picnic pictures I had. The Alphabet is the Go-Go Boots Alphabet - also from Stampin' Up! LOVE the new BAB Designer Paper also!

Last weekend I was playing with the new Build-A-Bear Dies in my stamp room. Kayley and her friend wanted to play too. Here's what they came up with -

Kayley and Annabelle

Check back for more Build-A-Bear ideas!! I have lots of cute bears that are almost ready to be put on cards!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Fall Soccer Season - The Little Misfits

I can't believe Kayley has been playing for so long! She started when she was 3 and she'll be 8 in Oct! She whines about it, but she is having fun and is doing so well!

Here's this season's banner (and we didn't have to make it!!) :)

Practice before the 1st game of the season -

Kayley is #10.

She actually likes being Goalie now! She went for so many seasons hating it and doing all she could to avoid it!

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