I had already intended to make a birthday card today using this dog image but I did a little blurfing (blog surfing) before getting started and stumbled across a contest that PaperTrey Ink is having where you can win LOTS of ribbon (95 spools – worth almost $300).  Since I was making a card anyway I decided to use her layout and use the card as my entry.

I did take some liberties with the sketch – I added a few extra elements and shortened/stretched parts of the sketch to suit my needs.  I knew I wanted lots of white space to the left of my image so I coud stamp a birthday sentiment in the area.   It DOES meet all the elements of the layout but placement has changed very slightly.

Incidentally, the “best” card doesn’t win.  It’s a random draw but you have to make a card and provide a link to it in order to be entered in the contest.  Here’s my entry:

This Whipper Snapper stamp is adorable – as are the others I purchased.   Originally, I was going to stamp the pom pom on the dog’s hat twice and pop the second one up just like I did on Thursday’s giraffe image but then I remembered I had a container of pom poms in my craft closet so I rummaged through and found a blue one that was just about the right size.  This card IS going in the mail but I know it’s going to be inside a parcel so I didn’t limit the amount of bulky embellishments.

The bone under the “Happy Birthday” banner and the paw prints running down the right hand side of the card are buttons.  The paw prints didn’t photograph well but that’s SOP for my pictures so I’m living with it.  I can’t guarantee this card will fit in the envelope – I’ll probably have to find something a little bigger to put it in.  I did trim the back off the pom pom but I couldn’t take too much off or it would have fallen apart.

It was a fun sketch but I did have different plans for my card today so I’ll probably give this one another go with my “original” half-formulated plan. 

Even if I don’t win the ribbon, it was great motivation to get an early start on the projects I need to finish this weekend.

Supplies used: Whipper Snapper stamp, Family Phrases stamp, Nestabilities (long rectangles), pom pom, buttons, bashful blue and certainly celery cardstock, Patterned Paper (possibly American Crafts and Karen Foster?), dye inks, aquapainter.