Monday, June 5, 2017

Dad's Dog

     For years, my SIL said, "No!" to all requests from the kids about adding a dog to the family.  After a few years, he amended that to, "If we ever have a dog, it'll be a working dog for bird hunting or retrieving."   Finally, about 3 years ago, he brought home a darling Brittany Spaniel puppy and and she was named Samantha.  Not Sam or Sammi or any version of a nickname -- she was to be "Samantha" and he started with her training immediately.

     But kids will have their own influence and within a few weeks she had become Sammi.  SIL found he really didn't have the time to dedicate to her training for bird hunting and, once they were beyond the house breaking stage and the basics of "sit," "lie down," and "stay" (which she never did learn completely!), she was clearly a pet more than a working dog, with tons of instincts which came from generations of breeding but little sense of control when it came to chasing birds.  lol

     So, this card is for my SIL on Father's Day.  The image (from Bugaboo) is a perfect representation of Sammi's reality.  :-D  She does love her "Papa" but let's face it, she's a pet!

I used the sketch from Stella Says Sketch
and pulled my colors from the inspiration


     I colored with a combination of Shin Han Touch Twin and Copic markers, then die cut the image with a simple rectangle die from Spellbinders.  I rounded the corners and distressed all the edges, then mounted it onto a die cut diamond (also Spellbinders) from which I trimmed and rounded two of the corners, distressing the edges of that piece, too.

     I used scraps of dp from one of my Recollections stacks for the background and the strips, including the brown mats behind each of the strips.  Again, I distressed the edges of everything.  Before layering on the image piece, I used a bit of string which I had dyed that color with a Copic marker, and tied it with a simple square knot.

     There are no other embellishments on the card  because SIL just hates anything "fussy" and I usually opt for as simple as I can get.  He'll probably think this one is too fussy since it has more than just a single layer.  :-D

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     Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie


  1. What a great story! My parents had a collie until I was born, and they couldn't keep up with Nikki's needs and a baby, so the doggy left! Sad day for everyone. (at least, that's the story, that it was all my fault LOL). I secretly think they could not afford the dog. We finally got another dog 10 years later - a beautiful silver and black german shepherd who had the most fantastic personality! The only time he chewed on our shoes was if we were wearing them! LOL

    Your card is fun, and your son in law will laugh - knowing that he just needed a fur child to round out his life. Great Father's Day card, Connie! hugs, de

  2. NanaConnie this is so wonderfully crafted.
    This will also be perfect for one entry as an anything goes creation for our current challenge below.
    {ATG with a CREATE WITH TLC Element}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  3. So cute :) Thanks for joining us at Quick Quotes.

  4. This is a wonderful card. A lovely image and layout. Thank you for joining us at a Gem of a Challenge. Michelle x

  5. Hehe, that is so funny! Love the card and great reason behind it's creation. I bet your SIL loved it! A wonderful masculine creation. Thanks for joining our 'For a Special Man' challenge at Sweet Stampin'. I'm so glad you did. Hugs, Wends xoxo Sweet Stampin' DT

  6. Love this beautiful card , fab image and colors.

  7. That's dogs for you, they creep into your heart without you knowing LOL. A Fabulous card, he will Love it.

  8. Not too fancy at all - just a perfect guy card. I loved your story about his intentions and how the family realized she's a great pet non the less. Thanks for using a Bugaboo Stamp for this weeks challenge at Catch the Bug.

  9. Love your project! Thanks so very much for playing along with our June Anything Goes Challenge at Bugaboo I hop to see you again very soon!

  10. I love the strong masculine feel to the layout you used - great card! Thanks for sharing your lovely creation in our "Anything Goes' challenge at Bugaboo's Catch the Bug blog this week - good luck in the draw.
    Please join us again soon.
    Bugaboo DT

  11. I LOVE the story behind this card! The card is terrific and I'm sure your SIL will get a grin out of it! Thanks so much for playin' along with this weeks Bugaboo Stamps Anything Goes Challenge! We hope you'll join us again this week for our Fast & Furious Guys challenge! :)

    Hugs & Happy Days!
    Min - Bugaboo Stamps/Catch The Bug DT

  12. Great story and great card!! Thanks for joining us at Quick Quotes :)

  13. Cute, cute card! Thanks for playing along in our Stella Says Sketch Challenge at Catch The Bug.

  14. Such a cute card and i love the dog.
    Thank you so much for joining us at Polkadoodles Craft Challenge Anything Goes.
    Hugs, Tina – DT

  15. Just downloaded that image, perfect for one of my brothers! Love your card, totally masculine with a great sentiment.

  16. Great story and darling card! Thanks for playing along with Quick Quotes this month!


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