Happy Howl-idays!!

Happy Friday!!!
It is time for another fabulous release from Sami Stamps!  Woot Woot!!  I can never get enough of her releases and they are always so perfect!  This release is no different.  It's a Christmas Mix release and definitely one you want to go check out!

I decided to use Present Pups for my release card.
To be honest...this card doesn't sit right with me.  Something is just off with it and I'm not sure what...maybe the checker background...the colors?  I'm not sure.  I still like it, but feel I could have done something different to make it much better.

To start, I took a couple shades of red distress ink and blended out the background before spritzing it with some shimmer mist.  I had the checkerboard panel cut out from a different card idea and grabbed that to place over top of the reds.  Maybe white wasn't the right color?...I don't know.

The image was the most fun to work with!  Since I don't have puppies, I had to sift around for some coloring inspiration and settled on a rescue organization out in Washington called Panda Paws Rescue.  I've been following them on Facebook for awhile now and my heart goes out to them for all the work they do with the pups that they rescue.  Amazing people there!!

They have a few dogs that I just adore-Duncan Lou "Dubs", Effie, and Maggie Simpson.  I did my best to color in my pups to represent these 3 adorable cuties :)

The card was finished off with a button strung with some red twine and a couple of jingle bells, and a perfectly fitting sentiment from Create with TLC.  I printed the sentiment onto vellum so I could heat emboss it with some black sparkle powder.

Be sure to stop by Sami Stamps today!  We are starting a new challenge and we want to see your Christmas Embellishments!!  I've been using snowflakes a lot lately, so I opted for the jingle bells this time around.  But you can use anything you feel represents a Christmas embellishment!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    DigiStamps4Joy #105-Christmas
    Pattie's Creations #105-Christmas Cards
    Simon Says-Christmas/Holidays
    Sweet Sunday Sketch #247
    Totally Gorjuss #264-Christmas Animals

Thanks for stopping by! <3


  1. This is absolutely ADORABLE Emily!! These pups are the cutest and I don't see anything "off" about it AT ALL!! Perfect! :) HUGS

  2. So cute. I like your checkered background. Thanks for joining us at DigiStamps4Joy for this challenge.
    Margaret, DT

  3. This is a wonderful creation with great attention to detail and perfect for our ‘CHRISTMAS’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  4. this is so beautiful Emily
    Thanks for join us at
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}


  5. Gorgeous card Emily! The image is adorable and so beautifully coloured.
    Thanks for joining at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  6. Thanks for playing in our "CHRISTMAS CARDS" Challenge #105!
    Sandi ♥
    DT Coordinator for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
    and Pattie's shop
    Home of Pattieboop and Allie!