Nope, that’s not Tessa!

November 15th, 2011

What a weekend! (photos below)  I had planned to spend a good deal of Saturday creating samples for my stamp class this week.  We realized we were out of bird food so a trip to Fran’s was in order.  Curt could see that I was in the zone (stamping zone) and offered to go to the store by himself, and although I really didn’t want to stop what I was doing, I truly just wanted to spend the time with him so I said I would take a break.  We went to the bird store and stopped for an early dinner.  It looked like rain.  On the way home I suggested we take a different route so we could drive by the condo complex I lived in when we met.  I have no idea why I did this, you can’t see much from the street (it’s gated) and I wasn’t all that interested as we drove by.  It would be dark soon…dark and raining.

This route took us by the park where we like to take Tessa to walk.  As we drove by, I looked at the park and saw a small dog sitting on the steps…all by himself…with no one around…and it was starting to rain.  Curt whipped the car around and parked.  I tried to get the scruffy little guy to come to me, but he was frightened.  At one point he jumped into a cardboard box and we saw there was a fleece blanket inside.  We tried to call Animal Control, but they were closed.  We couldn’t just leave him there.  Curt stayed at the park in the rain while I drove the 5 minutes home to get a leash and some food.  Driving back I pictured us chasing this pup all over the sizeable park.  I prayed that we would be able to catch him.

When I arrived at the park Curt had the pup in his arms, holding him inside his jacket.  We stopped at the 24 hour vet to check for a chip – nope.  Had him weighed (just over 11 pounds) And we brought him home.

He looks a lot like Tessa, huh?  This whole thing has an eerie similarity to how we got Tessa.  Roger was quite dirty (oh yeah, within the first hour home we had named him Roger after a good friend who Curt had to cancel plans with that night) and we decided a bath was in order.  After his bath he cuddled up next to Curt on the couch.

We have found him to be very playful – he loves all of Tessa’s toys and I’ve given him a couple of his own.  He loves to go for a walk.  He’s well-mannered (except today he decided he needed to protect his territory when anyone would come to our backdoor) – he doesn’t beg or jump up while we’re eating.  He’s housebroken with no incident over night, although he did piddle in the house today.  We think he’s just having a little trouble with the new environment.  He’s loving.  Overall, he’s a great dog.

So, I know what you’re thinking and what you’re going to say.  Everyone for the past two days has been telling us we should keep him.  And believe me, we’ve thought about it.  But we just can’t.  Why?  Well the main reason is that Tessa is not at all happy to have him here and it breaks our hearts to see her unhappy.  We have been blessed with the most wonderful and joyous relationship with Tessa and we just can’t stand the thought of jeopardizing that.  Roger wants to play with Tessa, but he is twice her size and rather bouncy and she is intimidated by him.  When she tries to meet/greet Curt at the door, Roger bounds over her and blocks her.  He’s not doing it on purpose, he’s just excited.  But she is crestfallen not to get to her daddy.  Could that change and could they become friends?  Maybe, maybe not. 

I had to trap all 3 of us in the laundry room to get this photo of the two of them together.  Roger is a good boy and I know he’s going to bring a great deal of happiness to someone.  So we are looking for a wonderful person/family for him.  If you are in SoCal and interested, please contact me ASAP.  Also I’d love it if you would forward this information to anyone you think might be interested or even post a link to this post on your Facebook wall.

We did put “found dog” posters up tonight, although we really think he was most likely abandoned.  You never know though.  I find it hard to believe in our current world of technology that is it so difficult to get lost pets back to their owners!  I mean seriously – we’re taping posters to light poles?!?  We did register him on one website.  We checked out another one, but it had a $25 fee.  Really?


Roger has been neutered, but of course he’ll need shots.  We have no idea how old he is, but I’m sure a vet could give you a good guess.  We just put a dose of Frontline on him so that’s taken care of 30 days.  He could really benefit from a professional grooming.  He’s adorable and he’s a sweetheart.  Would you like Roger to live with you and be your companion and friend? Look at that face!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for reading about Roger!

TESC150 Triple Prize Celebration

November 11th, 2011


Happy Veterans Day!  Today Taylor presents her 150th Sketch Challenge and she chose a sketch I submitted.  Coming up with sketch ideas is NOT my strong point, so I always feel so proud when I come up with something I like – let alone something anyone else likes.  LOL!

Since we’re celebrating the 150th Sketch, Taylor is doing something EXTRA SPECIAL!  There will be THREE random winners drawn from among all the participants in TESC150 and each winner will receive one full size TE stamp set!  How cool is that?  You can get all the details on Taylor’s blog!  Here’s the sketch –

It’s funny because this sketch came from a card I made quite awhile back and seemed to me very specific to the images I had used.  So when I started to work on my card for today I thought I would have trouble finding something that would work well.  However once I started going through stamp sets, I actually had too many ideas!  LOL!  So I’m hoping to get a chance to make a couple more cards with this sketch in the next week or so. 

For today’s card I went with Fall A la Carte.  Just can’t resist those cute little squirrells!  This layout really works for all the Word A la Cartes.

I colored the image with copics and covered the letters with Ranger Crackle Accents.  The sentiment is from the Autumn Wreath Petite set.  I used the Mini Leaves Taylored Die set to die cut some leaf accents that work perfectly with this image.  The paper I used is from the MME Stella & Rose- Mabel 6×6 pad along with SU cardstock Cajun Craze and Sage Shadow.  I colored some ivory seam binding with a Copic marker.

Since we’re celebrating a milestone sketch, Taylor asked the Sketch Crew to also post one of our favorite sketches from the past.  I had fun looking through my old creations and eventually chose my sample for TECC62 (yep it’s so old that it was called the Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge back then!).  This card is actually one of my all-time favorite cards and I still have it.

This card features one of my all-time favorite sets Branching Out.  (It looks like TE still has a few of the untrimmed versions of this set and they are on sale – check it out!!)  This card just makes me smile.  Here’s the sketch – I think it’s a good one.

And now let’s see what the Sketch Crew has in store today:

  • Cassie Trask
  • Lisa Hjulberg
  • Lori Craig
  • Margie Cortina
  • Monika Davis
  • Rachel Sztonyk
  • Taylor VanBruggen <— Get all the info to play along here
  • Tracy Clemente
  • Merry Best

    November 10th, 2011

    Happy Thursday!  Wow this week is just flying by!  Today I have a card to share for Karen’s sketch SSSC142.  This is such a great versatile sketch I almost couldn’t decide which way to go with it, but I have ssome new stamp sets from The Craft’s Meow that were just begging to get inky, so I chose one of those.


    I just love the retro look of this new set The Merry Best!  I adapted the sketch slightly so I could accomodate that awesome big sentiment.  I used Chocolate Chip cardstock with papers from the Echo Park Holly Jolly 6×6 pad.  I used a Krylon silver leafing pen around the edges of several of the layers and finished off the design with some Frosted Lace Stickles and some hot pink Kaiser Craft rhinestones.  One more Christmas card for my growing stash!  WooHoo!

    I’m off to have lunch with some wonderful ladies that I’m blessed to have as friends.  I hope you have a great day!  Thanks for stopping by.

    Field Flowers for Lisa

    November 9th, 2011

    Happy Wednesday!  Today is a day to begin trying to catch up on some things before the holidays hit full-force.  Note that I said begin “trying”.  I’m not sure if it’s even possible to actually be caught up, because I can’t really remember the last time that happened. LOL! This morning I made the time to take Tessa to the park for a walk and I was so happy that my friend Lisa and her pup Molly could join us.  It was a great way to start the day!  Being with Lisa reminded me that I had not yet shared the birthday card I made for her last month. (click on it to see it larger)

    This card features the SU set Field Flowers along with SU book print designer paper and a floral patterned paper that I cannot for the life of me remember which 6×6 pad it’s from.  I loved Field Flowers the minute I saw it in the catalog and the samples in the SCS gallery are wonderful.  I was heavily influenced by several samples there when creating this card -especially by 2 cards (this one and this one) created by Eileen LeFevre.  Since I don’t have the card in front of me, I don’t remember all the exact colors and such, but I must say that I had a blast working on this card.  As much I enjoy coloring, I really miss just straight-forward stamping and this set is perfect for that.  It also plays to my love of a more vintage look that I don’t play with very often any more.

    Thanks for stopping by.  I’m off to start working on that daunting to-do list!  I hope you have great day!

    Another Tree

    November 8th, 2011

    Happy Tuesday!  I’m just popping in quick, before I head off to work, to share another card I created with the Trim the Tree Taylored Die and Echo Park Season’s Greetings 6×6 pad.

    I used the base die to cut a white tree and the layering dies on several different patterns from the paper pad.  The edges of the layers are slightlly curled up and I added Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the white edges as sparkly snow. The tree was mounted onto a die cut from the Take Note 3 Taylored Die. The sentiment is from TE Woodland Winter.  The plaid paper was cut with the Large Scallop Border Taylored Die.  The layout for this card came from TESC147.

    I honestly just can’t get enough of this tree die, so don’t be surprised if you see more cards with it coming from me.  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a great week!

    Happy Thursday and Happy TE Release Day!  All the new stamps and dies are no available for purchase at Taylored Expressions and we have some more fun samples to share.

    TE Release Day!

    • All of the new products are now available for purchase! Check out the Fresh Out of the Oven Department to see everything in one place!
    • More projects from the Baker’s Dozen to inspire you.  Just follow the link list below.
    • Did you win one of the Mystery Baker’s Dozen Blog Giveaways? Find the list of winners on Taylor’s Blog.


    My sample today features the Sunflower Wreath Petite stamp set.  It’s so exciting to see how popular this series has become.  Nancy McKinney does such a wonderful job illustrating these wreaths for the Whimsical Wishes collection.


    This card is 4.25″ square and it is a gate-fold card.  I was inspired by a card created by Vicki Stys that I received in a swap several years ago.  (Click here to see it in her SCS gallery.) When I was a SU Demo, I used to host a lot of swaps.  I had THE BEST group of stampers in my swaps and I miss them so much!  I still have a lot of those cards and I was sorting through them recently and came across Vicki’s card which was something I always wanted to copy.  She created her wreath by hand-cutting individual leaves, but mine is much simpler and would work with really any wreath in the series.  Here’s a view of the inside:

    I used the same MME Stella & Rose – Mabel 6×6 pad that I used for yesterday’s cards.  Of course I used the Seasonal Wreath Taylored Die and added some hemp twine.  The bee was cut out by hand.  Bisque Liquid Pearls are the finishing touch.  I had a little trouble keeping my card closed, so I put a little Mono Multi on the back of the wreath and sentiment and let it dry completely so it becomes a temporary adhesive.  In the future I’ll need to be a little more careful in creating the gate fold.  Vicki’s original sample stays closed perfectly and I know my issue is that the flaps overlap just a hair on mine.

    Want a little more inspiration before you go shopping?  Let’s check out what the Baker’s Dozen has cooked up!

    So, what do you think of the TE November Release?  Pretty cool, huh?  Enjoy your shopping!  *GRIN*  Thanks for stopping by!

    Happy Wednesday!  I’m thrilled to be back for Day 3 of the TE peeks!  There’s so much to see!  I hope you’ll hop around and leave comments along the way so you can be entered to win a Taylored Expressions gift certificate!

    November Release At a Glance

    • We have sneak peeks to share Monday through Wednesday.  All of the new products will be available for purchase on Thursday, November 3rd at 8 am PST. You’ll find it all in the Fresh out of the Oven Department at the Taylored Expressions Store.
    • Join us as a fan on Facebook for an early peek at the stamp sets, as well as a SPECIAL Facebook GIVEAWAY, on Wednesday night beginning at approximately 6 pm PST.
    • Mystery Baker’s Dozen Blog Giveaway: Each day, one lucky blog commenter will be chosen by random draw to win a $10 TE Gift Certificate.  Winners will be chosen from a different Baker’s Dozen blog each day and will be announced on Taylor’s blog on Release Day!  Be sure to hop around to see all the sneak peeks and leave comments on each and every blog for more chances to win. Limit one comment per blog per day, please.  Comments close Wednesday 11/2 at 7pm PST for the drawings.


    Today we are showcasing one full-sized set Thankful, one Petite set Sunflower Wreath and one Word A la Carte Thanks.  Even though these new stamps are from different illustrators and collections, they all coordinate beautifully together.  I am especially excited to be showing you the samples I created with Thankful because this set is one of my concepts wonderfully illustrated by Doug as the newest set in the TE Lasting Impressions line.  In fact, I got so excited that I created not one, but two cards!  Thankful is a full sized set (on a 5.75″ x 8.5″ full-color sturdy storage panel)  featuring 15 images in deeply etched rubber for $21.95.

    Both cards are 5.25″ square and use Jen’s Deconstructed Sketch – DS25 – as well as paper from the MME Stella & Rose – Mabel 6×6 pad.  My first card features the pumpkin trio image that I am in love with!

    The pumpkins were colored with Copics and I sponged ink while the image was still in the Spellbinder Scallop Oval die.  Here’s the inside:

    The sentiments in this set are all about our blessings and being thankful.  Aren’t the fonts beautiful?  My second card features sunflowers in a pitcher.  After coloring the pitcher I covered it with Crackle Accents.  You’ll see that I turned the sketch on it’s side this time.  The flower centers were covered with Stardust Stickles.

    The sentiment “You’ve blessed my life in so many ways” was stamped onto patterned paper and die cut with a Spellbinders Fancy Tag.  Here’s the inside:


    Both cards – TE Thankful Stamp Set, MME Stella & Rose-Mabel 6×6 pad, Copic markers

    Pumpkin card: cardstock – Always Artichoke, Pumpkin Pie, ribbon – SU Artichoke Seam Binding, KaiserCraft Pearls, Sponged ink – Sage Shadow, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Spellbinders – Standard Circles Small, Big Scallop Oval, Lacey Circles, Corner Chomper

    Sunflower card: cs – SU Bermuda Bay, Cajun Craze, ribbon – SU Choc Chip polka dot, KaiserCraft rhinestones, Crackle Accents, Stardust Stickles, Spellbinders – Circles Small, Scallop Cirlces, Fancy Tags

    Now it’s time to see what the Baker’s Dozen has cooked up!

    Thanks for stopping by.  Tomorrow is Release Day and I’ll be back with one more sample.  In the meantime, it’s off to the dentist for me for a crown prep (not the fun,sparkly kind either) so…yippee.  Hope you, on the other hand, have a GREAT day!