Good Friday afternoon.  I have a fun project to share with you today but first I want to announce the winner of my ribbon blog candy.  Congratulations to Jeanne H for leaving the 15th comment on my post.  Jeanne please send me your mailing address to and I will get your gift right out to you.

I went to my work place today for a baby shower for one of my girls.  I was able to find the cutest baby gift bags to take all the new things I purchased for the baby.  My friends, Steve and Tammy  (husband and wife physicians that I worked with for 18 years) were attending the shower as well.  They recently got a new little pug puppy and I wanted to take them a few puppy of the toys that have been a lifesaver for me with my little puppy.  Sadly there were no puppy themed gift bags to be found so I decided I would make one myself.  I pulled out my beloved  retired Stampin’ Up! 1997 Bow Wow and retired 1996 Stampin’ Up! Meow Meow stamps and set out to make a fun backyard scene.  I also added lots of texture to the scene using my favorite and beloved mini fern stamp from the retired Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Minis. 

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The gift bag is made with Kraft paper so I knew it would work well for a scene.  I stamped all the images  using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and heat set them.  I colored all the images with Memento markers and filled in the grass area around the images using a Peeled Paint ink and a mini applicator.  My animals sort of died in the scene after I added all the grass and grass texture so I decided to stamped them along with the roof, dog sign and dog bowl on white cardstock.  I cut all the images out with my snips.  I colored the accessories for the dog house and scene with markers and colored the animals using Distress Inks.  I applied glossy accents to the images and popped right over the original images. I sketched the tree trunk with an black multi liner and colored it with brown markers.  The tree top was sponged on with and ink blending tool and then I filled in with the mini fern stamp.  I used an ink blending toll to add the blue sky area.  I finished the scene by adding a few birds from the Impression Obsession Small Bird Set.  I had to add a cat looking over the dog house just for my friend Steve because he doesn’t like cats…..and I do!!!  LOL!

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I couldn’t resist stamping the paw prints all around the bottom of the gift bag along with the sentiments-Stay Woof Sit Bow Wow and I Love My Dog. Since I added those I thought it only fitting to put the fire plug from the set in the corner.

For those of you who have known me for a long time you know that  when I began stamping these kind of scenes were my favorite thing to do.  We had no dies to cut out images so we used our scissors.  I felt like I was taking a walk down memory lane playing with these sets as they are among my treasured Stampin’ Up! sets that I will never let go.  I thought you may enjoy seeing some of my projects from years and years ago using these images and taking me back to my beginnings as a paper crafter.


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Thanks for putting up with my little step back in time.  Creating scenes with stamps, ink and sketching with an artist pen was the stepping stone to my love of creating scenes with die cut images.  I hope you have a great weekend and as always I appreciate you coming by.