A Cup of Yorkies

Hello!  It’s the first of the month and that means it’s time for another challenge over at Craft-Dee BowZ!  The challenge is always “Anything Goes and Include a Handmade Bow.”  Our sponsor this month is Cute as a Button.   Head over to Craft-Dee BowZ for more details and for some wonderful inspiration from the rest of the team.

For my project, I chose the adorable “New Year Yorkie Sassy Digital Stamp.”


I wanted to have 2 Yorkie’s, so I printed several images, then enlarged it so both dogs would fit and re-printed on a scrap from my stash.  My scraps of paper are from the retired “100 Days of Summer” collection from Simple Stories.  I love this paper and was happy I had enough left over for my project.  All of my coloring was done with Distress Inks and the eyes and noses were covered in glossy accents.  I added extra hair bows for dimension.


The original image has the dog’s feet hanging over the cup and some holly on the handle, so I needed to cover those up. 

I added the yellow gingham ribbon (thank you, Donna!) and trim from a paper doily and inked them with Vintage Photo.  The Butterfly Accessory dies are from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The body of the butterfly has a few layers of Vintage Photo Distress embossing powder, and the lacy wings are embossed with Broken China.  It’s hard to tell, but I embossed the lacy corners with Dried Marigold, but didn’t like it and embossed over that with Broken China.  I edged around it with my Nougat Pitt Big Brush Marker. 


I was having a hard time making the butterfly work with the 3rd layer until I decided to add a ribbon (thank you, Donna!) and then adhered the lacy wing to another lacy wing with the cut-out pieces intact…then it was just right.    Of course, I made that adorable triple-loop bow with the bow tool, which you can get here.  You can make so many different sizes of bows to fit your project.  I prefer larger bows, but my design got a bit too busy for that, so I was happy to be able to make the perfect size for my card.



For my background, I decided to get out my neglected stash of Shimmer Sheetz (from Elizabeth Craft Designs).   If you’re not familiar, these are sheets of Mylar and are available in a variety of colors and 3 finishes – do check out this short video from Elizabeth Crafts to see how beautiful and versatile this product is.  I used a sheet with an iris (iridescent) coating and after embossing in one of my Anna Griffin Mix and Match embossing folders, I used my sanding block to reveal the white underneath.  I did end up sanding it a little more after this pic was taken.


To finish up, I added the “Thinking of You” which are peel-offs and also from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The red gingham paper is the reverse side of the blue floral, and I placed a doily underneath.  I used a Martha Stewart punch for the top and bottom borders. 


That pretty much sums it up.  Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave comments.  Have a great day!

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7 thoughts on “A Cup of Yorkies

  1. Hey sweet Marty, I just love that wee bow/butterfly on your gorgeous summery make! The pair ‘o pups are adorable and look great as a set. Great to see you making my friend! Hugs, Autumn


  2. Its a fantastic card, the little dogs in the teacup are so cute. Thank you for joining us at TioT;s this time.
    Yvonne .


  3. Marty this card is great I love that you used so many different pieces that make up the background.And that ribbon on the edge of the cup – great idea an looks perfect there. Super coloring and such a cute image. Thanks for a super card.


  4. Very cute image and great card design. Wonderful papers. Thanks for joining us at CHNS patterned Paper Challenge this month.


  5. Marty, this is just so adorable! I love Yorkies, and you have colored and used them perfectly paired with that gorgeous shimmer sheet embossed background! The butterfly turned out so well; love the grungy embossing! I’m giggling here, because I just used my Stampin’ Up punches as a little border like this on a card, and I haven’t used it in ages…two great minds! I really love this design; so clever and really cheerful! Your bows and ribbons are a delightful adornment! Hugs to you!


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