Happiness is a Warm Puppy…Words 2 Craft By

Hello!  I’m so thrilled to be joining the super talented ladies at https://words2craftby.blogspot.com/ on a regular basis now!  Thank you to Sybrina, Penny, Bobbi and Annie for inviting me – I’m so happy to be part of the team!  Please visit the blog to see their inspirational designs and hopefully join in on the fun!

This month our words are, “Happiness is a Warm Puppy” by Charles M. Schultz.  So true and in recognition of October being “Adopt a Shelter Dog Month”, I’d like to expand on his quote:  “Happiness is a warm puppy…no matter the age or size”.   If you are thinking about adding a dog (or cat or any pet) to your family, please consider the thousands of animals in need of a home.  You can also find puppies and kittens on rescue sites if your heart is set on that.  I can tell you from personal experience that a rescued pet appreciates being given another chance.  Okay, off of my soap box!  Here’s my project:



I went a little overboard on my Fall colors!  It’s my favorite time of year, though, and I wanted these dogs to have fun playing in the leaves.  LOL!

I started with a black 8×8 board that I had in my stash – really too small for all of the dogs, but you know how it is when you just want to use something you’ve had for years, plus I was determined to use all 6 dogs!  My background paper (love that paper!!) is from G45, Raining Cats and Dogs.  Such a beautiful collection of papers!  I used watercolor paper and Distress Inks to paint all of the dogs.  I did write down the colors used for each, but after looking at how many colors I used for 6 dogs, it’s just too much to list them all and too boring to read about!  It’s hard to tell in the photos, but I did fussy cut an extra set of eyes for all of them and then applied Glossy Accents (also added to dogs’ noses).



For my leaves, I colored my paper and then stamped some leaf images onto part of it.  The stamps were way too big for the dies I used, but I thought it would add a little bit of interest.  After I cut the leaves out, I inked with a combination of Vintage Photo and Mowed Lawn.  I used flower-shaping tools for dimension (I also did that to the dogs’ ears, except for those tiny Bulldog ears).



I used the Woodland Branch die by Memory Box (you can’t tell in the photo, but I used the Steam Punk Faber Castell Gelatos set to add color to the branches) adhered some leaves, and also stenciled some hearts (Tim Holtz stencil) onto the branches and at the side.  I colored my Wendy Vecchi Crackled Texture paste with Fired Brick ink and after it was dried, added more of the same color in addition to Vintage Photo.


My sentiment was cut from the Raining Cats and Dogs collection and you can’t see that it’s a tag, but I used the Main Street dies by Poppystamps.  I also embossed the sentiment with a paw print folder by Darice.  I added a little fork bow I had previously made.


My pumpkins are digital stamps from http://gracielliedesign.blogspot.com/ (she has gorgeous digital stamps and papers!) that I printed onto watercolor paper – my first time using digi stamps and I love how they turned out!  I colored them with distress inks, added some Vintage Photo Distress embossing powder to each for texture, and used my flower-shaping tools for dimension.  I also made an extra set of flowers and leaves for each pumpkin and added some Perfect Pearls for shine and sparkle (it doesn’t really show in the photos 😦  )


I decided to add a few sequins from my stash just for a little something extra.  I think that’s it!  Please feel free to leave comments and/or questions.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!




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19 thoughts on “Happiness is a Warm Puppy…Words 2 Craft By

  1. What a fun and festive scene this is! It makes me want to play in the leaves with these pups! LOL! You really combined a beautiful card with these fun elements and colors. The plaid background is such a win! Big hugs, Autumn and PS. Send me your snail mail so I can add you to my holiday card list. ❤ teamclark AT rocketmail DOT com.


  2. What a fabulous creation, especially for dog lovers, great images, beautifully coloured and a lovely background.
    Thank you for joining our ‘Colours of Autumn” challenge this week at Allsorts.



  3. Marty, You are sooooo talented! And the way you’ve combined these sweet dogs with those fall leaves and gorgeous pumpkins… Well, you are just a master of design and multi-media projects. We are thrilled that you will be joining us on a full-time basis at Words 2 Craft By. Welcome!!!


  4. Nothing cuter than puppy and kitty cards. This one is stinkin’ adorable! Love that black bow…what a pretty fluffy bow! Thanks for joining us at Craft-Dee BowZ for our October challenge. –Gail


  5. Oh my goodness is all I can say!! This is absolutely PAWSOME and a work of heart! Love all your details ~ the scene just comes to life and I’m just swooning over the dimension and texture. So glad you’ve joined the W2CB team, Marty!


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