Tuesday, August 9, 2011

SOS12: dogs, digistamps & denim!

i was *TRIPLY* thrilled when carla asked if i'd like to guest design with the shopping our stash team because:
  1. they are some of the nicest and most talented gals around (& include my friends leslie and lisa! hi guys!!!)
  2. i *LOVE* using up my treasured (and/or embarrassing) older supplies... and...
  3. they have the coolest and most inventive challenges out there!!!
case in point... this week's dare! here's how carla put it:

Challenge 12- Dogs, Digi Stamps and Denim: Celebrate the dog days of summer by using your canine themed images, sentiments, and/or paper, or use a digi stamp you haven't used in a dog's age, or use denim- color, images wearing denim, denim fabric.

i tried to work in a little bit of all three... in my own unique and laureny way, of course! ;)

(patterned paper: tim holtz, chatterbox, october afternoon, american crafts, my mind's eye, crafty secrets; felt dog sticker: paperchase; plastic letters: produced by heidi swapp during the rennaissance... (i'd forgotten all about them until i stumbled on this post of jamaica edgell's the other day! on the other hand, have you seen THESE NEW ONES?! flashback, baby!!! :) fonts: mom's typewriter & susie's hand downloaded free from dafont.com; edge punches: ek success, recollections, martha stewart; inks: colorbox; adhesives: tombow monorunner, 3m foam tape, sewing machine; other: denim ripped from a pair of ragbag jeans, vintage seam binding, avery clear inkjet labels)

the dog is the strongest and most obvious of the three elements--he's a little feltie patch from a super-sale in borders' crafts department, i have had in my "baby stuff" stash for years. not because i didn't love him, just because i haven't made many baby cards lately. this one for my cousin and his wife seemed the perfect opportunity! for "digi" i've somewhat cheated, by not using a digi stamp or even a paper, but i did use multiple fonts on the quotation, which is integral to the design of the card. the denim was my strongest inspiration, and sadly you can see it the least. in fact, here's a closeup to PROVE it's even there, lol!

you know that at the moment i am in love with the idea of using torn denim strips as ribbon. i tried it out on a father's day package and did something similar again the other day. plus, i have a zillion ideas for cards and other projects. i actually think it looks WONDERFUL here, but then the vintage seambinding was cool too, and i did such a good job of artful ruffling it kind of covered the denim. ah well.

with the exception of the tim holtz kraft card stock base, absolutely every single thing on here was a scrap, a leftover, or elderly enough to apply for medicare. which is sort of nice on a baby card, don't you think? yin and yang. really old stuff for a really young recipient. i dig it!!! :)

what have you cast off, hoarded or forgotten about??! does any of it involve dogs, digi-stamps or denim??! well then, COME AND PLAY! i cannot wait to see what you will make!!!


  1. Such a fun tall card...love it!

  2. Woot woot for your guest DT spot. Three of my favorite bloggers on the planet in one spot too…Lauren, Leslie, and Lisa :)

    Once again I marvel over your details: the "baby" 3D letters, the denim, stitching, and excellent use of border punches!

  3. I am SQUEEEEEing that you're joining us at SOS! :) Well done, missus!

  4. Hey this is the awesome blog post....thanks for sharing such an awesome stuff.....Good work...Keep it up...:)

    thank you cards

  5. Fabulous "scraps" card, Lauren. It's amazing what you come up with just digging into your stash.
    I'm not familiar with this challenge blog, so I'm off to check it out... thanks, dear girl, for cluing me in on it!

  6. wonderful card, lauren! love all the fab fonts you used and the doggie is adorable! also love the layered edge punched strips and the stitched ruched seam binding. thanks for sharing and have a lovely day! *hugs* steph :)

  7. Isn't it great how scraps and stash sometimes combine to make the most fabulous cards? Serendipitous, I tell ya. Love your take on the challenge.

  8. So glad you're joining us over at SOS :)
    Love this card, it's so sweet & I didn't even notice the denim strip on the DT blog. Way to go fitting in all 3 elements. Love the ruffled ribbon too!

  9. Fabulous as always even if there is no pink anywhere heheh!

  10. So creative and fun! Happy you are a part of SOS!

  11. Congrats on your GD spot ... this is amazing Miss Lauren ... as always

  12. I love this card!! How great. I am in need of a new printer, and am trying to get myself..still back in the groove. I love that new challenge site. Wow!! I'm going to have to look for some doggie stuff. I can only think of one dog stamp I have. Embellishments...hmmmm... I don't think I have any! I'm getting back into reading blogs I think *fingers crossed* :)


the *BEST* part of blogging is the comments, dontcha think? thanks for taking time to leave one! ~♥~