Finding Joy with Mailey

Img_1045_3 At the request of one of my favorite scrapbookers (whazup D), I put together a big buckle card. If you haven’t made a buckle card before, there’s a great tutorial here at Splitcoast Stampers done by Beate Johns. My only additional suggestion is that you make a mock-up of the card on some cheap typing paper first. It was a challenge for me to get the window punch, buckle and card base to all line up at first and I found that helped.

I wanted the card to have a little bit of an Olde West look. It just seems like big buckles and Olde West make sense. But I still wanted it to be a happy card. So I used the paisley stamp from the polka dots and paisley set with our white signo pen on Bravo Burgundy card stock to make a bandanna-looking card front, and then added some So Saffron for a little Texas sun brightness in the card base and flower. You can just barely see it, but I also used the Weathered background stamp on the yellow with a Versamark pad. There’s already so much pattern in the bandanna that anything else needed to be subtle. I created the flower by coloring directly onto the stamp with More Mustard, So Saffron and Old Olive. Then I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line of the outline on the flower.

Img_1054_2 I don’t always do a good job of making the inside of my cards interesting. The polka dot and paisley set has so many great accessories, it just seemed a shame not to use the coordinating designer paper, Petals and Paisleys, so here’s how I finished the inside.

The rest of the recipe includes Chocolate Chip and Old Olive card stock and ink, linen thread, brads, and Window punch.

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"find joy in the little things," there’s no better role model for such a great sentiment than Mailey dog.  Mailey can find just the most extraordinary joy from something as simple as sunlight and a cool spot of the floor. I mean really, is this girl tanning? She actually sleeps like this – she finds a little sunny spot and just basks in it. And when she’s awake . . . nothings more fun than just the rattiest chew toy. And, if it wasn’t ratty before, well, it will be when she’s done.

MaileyplayHere’s wishing you a joyful Thursday. Linda and Mailey

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  1. That is the FUNNIEST dog photo! I cannot believe the position. Love the card!

  2. Dee aka stampincuzILuv2 says:

    This is my first time seeing your blog, you have some beautiful projects
    Dee

  3. Your work is beautiful. I have just recently discovered your blog and love to see your ideas.

  4. Great buckle card…love your color choices!

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