Dog Days of Summer

Good Morning & happy start of the last week of June. Oh my, _where_ has this year gone? Anyhoo, the June Challenge over at DeeDee's Digi's is nearly at the end, but you still have some time to snag a delightful digi from the store and play along.

The featured set for June Challenge at DeeDee's is Life's a Beach,  and is totally adorable. . You can purchase this month's featured set for just $1.25, or you can get it for FREE with any $10 purchase of Deedee's Digis products from the shop. (NOTE: To receive this set for free with your qualifying order, you must enter this code, minus quotes, in the comment area of the checkout form: "DDOM-10.") Create and share any wholesome project made with this set by the challenge deadline, and Deedee will email you next month's featured set for free. Keep playing, and keep collecting freebies -- it's as easy as that!

I chose the delightfully fun set of Dog Days of Summer. There's two really adorable dog/puppy designs in the set, precolored if you wish or layered art if you choose to select your own colors and media. Some wonderful design papers and appropriate sentiments are in the set too. Here's what I did with my precolored image:

- printed several images on GP paper (which worked great in my new Canon printer purchased last July but just now set up properly). Got so frustrated trying to work with an Epson Stylus, which is cranky with certain card stock. Used an S/B rectangle to cut out the base image, and fussy cut elements from 2nd image. The sun is a separate image, also fussy cut. Did a bit of shading with copics, spica pens on the fussy cut bits.

- Printed out the digi design papers (a new thing for me.Used some Bright White printer paper purchased at Walmart, and it worked much nicer than using the plain bulk purchased printer paper). Nice colors resulted - but different printer could have made a difference too. Anyway, I was happy with the resulting papers. Cut the sun image paper to fit the card base, embossed with the C/B dots EF.

- Printed the wildly colored chevron design and then die cut with a MB Ribbon Candy Border. This worked great to hide a spot in the background paper where the EF didn't emboss all the way because of the placement of the paper in the folder. I really liked this bright chevron design and the lovely thing is, I can reprint as much of this paper as I wish and not have to store it!!!

- IO Die 156-H for the birdhouse using a snippet of kraft (found it quickly in my color coded plastic bins! Normally I would have spent an hour hunting for that little bit). Did some coloring with copics and a highlighter. (the die was a NBUS as it was purchased many, many months ago after attending a class taught by Mitra of Impression Obsessions.)

- IO Die154-A (tiny birds - also a NBUS - purchased at the same time). These were cut from tiny white snippets and colored with copics.

- Sun had been fussy cut, and was glazed with a clear WoStella and dried before layering with foam tape.

- Dog & puppy were popped up with foam tape, as was the bird house and flying bird. Red bird was glued flat with Easy Flow glue as was the chevron ribbon. After placing the dog in the pool, used some clear WoStella over the water to give a glisten, and a Sakura Silver Star pen over the water coming out of the puppy's hose. Used clear Spica on the hose, White gel pen to add some highlights.

- Sentiment from the same set printed on a snippet of the digi paper while I had the design in my Word program. This just involved placing the sentiment down at the bottom of the document - still within the margin boundary, before printing. Trimmed it out, added to another snippet of white cardstock for stability, and hand cut it. Edged with just a bit of blue Distress Ink that was on a sponge in the drawer (guess that might be a snippet too? Hey, it was leftover ink!). Some gold pearls at the bottom and this puppy was done. A fast card, other than the fussy cutting, which I do slowly.

Do check out the June Challenge over at DeeDee's.  And see what some of the awesome DT members have created for your enjoyment.

Since I have a couple of NBUS items on this card I'm going to link it to:
Darnell's NBUS Challenge #1 (which ends June 27, so you still have time to enter!)

Ta Ta for now. Our daughter is in the air on her way up to Upstate South Carolina for a few days. I'll have a scheduled post that will go up later, but will be MIA again for a few days. Ya'll enjoy whatever it is that you have planned for this week, and see ya later. Thanks for stopping to visit, please do check out the challenges, and I hope you like today's card. I did, and had fun making it too! These precolored images are great because I don't have to agonize over what colors to chose. Hugs & Blessings.


  1. I love your little doggies in the sunshine, Mary, and that great "dog days of summer" sediment! You are a whiz with the computer! Even though you didn't have to color, you put a lot of work into this cutie card!!

    Thank you so much for entering my NBUS Challenge again! Have a wonderful time with your daughter and enjoy the break!! Hugs, Darnell

  2. So cute, Mary. I do like your doggies and the pretty scene. I like the wonderful, bright chevron, too.

    Oh, a visit with your daughter. I know you will be so happy for her to be back in South Carolina. Have fun and enjoy every minute.

  3. Love your card Mary. The doggies are great and all your background work was well worth it. Enjoy the time with your daughter! Hugs Christine xx

  4. This is so adorable!! What a sweet image!! You colored it beautifully!! I love the background!!

    I hope you have a wonderful time with your daughter!! Enjoy my friend!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. This is a real fun card Mary, and love what you did with that cute image, and love the extra die cuts, and the CB dots embossing folder is always so good as a background. I am aiming to enter Darnell's challenge too, but I just have not had the time or energy to do anything for the last week or more, but will try to do better this week. How lovely to have your DD to stay. I know time spent with our 'kids' is always so precious. Thank you for the lovely messages. x

  6. Brilliant card, love the cute image.
    Have a great time with your daughter

    Patricia x

  7. This is soo fun ,and perfect for summer !!! Great background and colors !!! Hope you are having a wonderful summer !!!

  8. Cute made a really nice card with it. Enjoy your visit with your daughter.

  9. Precious, precious, PRECIOUS! Love the addition of that bird house and sun! Such a fun and cute card!
    Glad you got your printer working correctly. Makes life so much easier now, right!
    Have a great time with your daughter and enjoy ever minute of your time together.

  10. That is so cute:) I agree where has the year went but glad to be in the summer part of it :) Have a fantastic visit with your daughter :)

  11. This is gorgeous Mary. The image is so cute and the decoration is lovely and bright.
    My dog is enjoying the cooler evenings better than the hot afternoons.

  12. How come we don't get any cat days? I think felines are feeling slighted. Or maybe they don't care. They are cats after all. The cat days of winter. Or probably knowing cats any day a hurricane hits could be a cat day.

    Anyway, cute card! It have such a lovely summer feel to it with the colors and the paper (and the greeting!).

  13. Brilliant card and sentiment Mary, it's far from summer here today, cold windy and a real "just stay indoors' day....♥aNNie

    The Journey is the Start

  14. Cute card with those adorable puppies! I just love that twisted design on the right side, along with all the little sun images! So cute and fun, and I'm LOL at Judy's comment above about cat days! LOL Have a grand old time with your daughter and make every moment count!

  15. Oh what a cute, cute card Momma Mary! I love them doggies with their swimming pool keeping cool. Wish I was in mine! lol The sun paper is fabulous, I'm thinking you printed that paper too and I do love it. I so hope to check out this challenge when life calms down here. Of course it might not be until the fall. lol But I will be checking it out because I am so loving these cute digis!! Enjoy the kid this week Momma Mary! Hugs, Brenda

  16. Hi Mary! What a sweet card! Just wanted to pop over and return the favor. What a sweet visit it was and your comments were just as lovely! I hope my tutorial helps. Have a fantastic week! Hugs

  17. Your card is so adorable Mary. I love the little dogs and design of the card. Have a fabulous day.

  18. Lots of cuteness on this card, Mary!!!! And a lot of work you've put into it!!! Lovely!!!

    Enjoy the time with your daughter!!!


  19. Your card is adorable! I can not believe it is a digi stamp, I have not tried them yet. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I am following you now.

  20. What a fun and cute card, Mary. So you used some digi papers - they are cool! Your pre-colored digi is darling, and love the sentiment. You have lots of sweet details :)

  21. So adorable Mary! its really pretty I'm playing catch up again because we have had some lovely days of sun and its a pity to stay indoors lol lots of huggles Sue xxx

  22. They most certainly are Mary. Love the dogs in your image, well, I love dogs anyway so it's a no brainer really!! xx

  23. love the cute image and fussy cutting -like the chevron border
    carol x

  24. A dog lover I am. THIS is a summer card. I can almost feel the heat coming from it. At least the pups are keeping cool. Enjoy the daughter.

  25. I love those doggies in and by the pool. A perfect card for summer. I like the color and background paper too. Have a wonderful visit with your daughter.

  26. Missed this yesterday, had no reading list, fab image and a really lovely summery card.
    I have an Epson Stylus DX4850, had it years and it has been fabulous, takes 300gsm too. Not looking forward to anything happening to it.

    Kath x

  27. Who Says!!!!! But you know me and summer. Your card is very cute, now can you make one for cats!!!
    sandy xx

  28. I love this one Mary, those dogs are so cute.