Thursday, August 25, 2016

Having a RRRuff Day?

8/31/2016 Update: This card was a Top Three winner in Challenge #174 at AHSC!

8/30/2016 Update: This card was a Top Three winner in Challenge #134 at Cardz 4 Guyz!

My card was inspired by challenges whose themes were pets and furry friends. The sketch challenge works perfectly for the layout. One of the challenges is strictly for masculine cards but I know that my brother would enjoy receiving the card because he has a female Labrador Retriever whom he adores! I think interpreting whether it is a gender neutral card is a matter of personal taste. And there is no pink - that's cantaloupe.

The card base is black, lined with a panel of cardstock and stamped with a paw print and the sentiment, "Having a RRRuff day?" The card front has layered panels, one of which is embossed with hearts. Frames were die cut and adhered. The dog was stamped, fussy cut, decorated with a bit of color then popped up with foam onto the small panel. The small panel was backed with foam and adhered. Ribbon was also adhered to the front. A tiny bow was added to the dog and her nose was covered in Glossy Accents.

1. Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #174

2. Can You CASE It? #134

3. Cardz 4 Guyz #134

Techniques: Stamping, coloring, die cutting, fussy cutting, dry embossing
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Stampin' Up! Materials
Stampin' Write Marker: Crisp Cantaloupe
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Pool Party, Crisp Cantaloupe
DSP: Birthday Bash Collection (retired)
Misc.: Ribbon, Dimensionals foam

CTMH Materials
Embossing Folder (hearts)

Other Materials
Stamps: Inkdinkadoo "Dogs"
Ink: Stazon Jet Black
Die: Reverse Confetti "All Framed Up"
Misc.: Glossy Accents


  1. Very sweet card, and I'm sure your brother will love it! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Can You Case It! – Kayla

  2. Great card! Love the doggie and the colors used!!! Thanks for joining us at CYCI this week! Jeanne

  3. Adorable card, actually great for male or female even with the pinks. Love the inside of your card with the paw print and great sentiment.

  4. Awesome card Melanie! I love the little dog image, perfect colors. Your layering is fantastic too. :)

  5. I love the textured elements you used. Popping the puppy with foam was a good idea. Good luck in the challenges.

  6. His shiny little "wet" nose just makes my day, Melanie!! Thanks for joining our challenge this week at CYCI! ~Amber

  7. Love his expression! Awesome colors too! Thanks for playing along with us at CYCI!- Kevin

  8. Such an adorable design! Love how you did all of the details! Thanks for joining CYCI :) Eva

  9. that puppy of yours! And that card is absolutely precious! Thanks for joining us at CYCI ~ Wynne

  10. That dog has the cutest expression - like he is just ready to pounce on something unexpected... Love the colour combination (with NO pink!) and the strips of gold down the side. Nice take on the sketch at Atlantic Hearts.

  11. Great interpritation of the sketch - and I love that doggy!!
    Hugz Tinz

  12. This is absolutely adorable and I especially love the sentiment on the inside of the card as that is usually the neglected part! Thanks for joining us at AHSC.

  13. Oh my, talk about adorable!!! Love, love, love your pup. The cantaloupe color is fantastic. Thanks for joining us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.


  14. This is DARLING! I bet your brother will LOVE it (NO pink!) Love your cards, their insides included. Lovely job, as usual. Thanks once again, for joining us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge! ~ Ali (AHSC DT)

  15. An awesome card, I love how the dog has been coloured, perfect background papers and card. Love it! Thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz. Hope we see you again. Caz DT.

  16. Your take on this pup is so cute! Thanks for playing along with AHSC!

  17. This is such a cute card and very original, I'm sure this will make your brother's day! I love your paper and color choices as well as the touches of gold, but that dog image really puts it over the top. Great job, thanks for joining us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and I hope you continue sharing with us.