Apparently Creatures WERE Stirring

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
~Ben Williams





Hee hee . . . this is exactly what Pillow Pup would do with a Santa intruder: wag her tail and lick his face. Pillow Pup is the most affectionate (and yes, sometimes needy) dog we’ve ever had. She does this funny thing when she greets you, especially if it’s been a few days. She gets so excited she whimpers. It’s really a site to see her dancing in circles, jumping, wagging her tail, and yet whimpering at the same time. Do all golden retrievers do this? Or is my our Pillow just a little whacky (psychotic?). Anyway, it’s pretty sweet to get such a warm greeting every day.





I know! Seriously!? Christmas. Already? Hang with me, and you’ll see why Christmas in October isn’t such a bad idea.

First of all – it’s time for the Paper Garden Project Holiday Garden Walk.


The Garden Girls have all kinds of wonderful holiday projects to put you in the holiday mood. Grab some eggnog and take note of each designer’s name (mine is Linda) and their special Christmas decoration (mine is Mistletoe – be careful). Once you finish your garden tour, you can send an E-mail to with the list of designers and their garden walk word for a chance to win an amazing set of digital stamps. You’ll have until Friday, October  22, to send your list – good luck!

Here is the garden tour guide list.

I hope you find some magical ideas, because October 30 is the deadline to get your handmade Christmas cards to Operation Write Home (OWM) for our deployed heroes. OWM’s mission is: “To support our nation’s armed forces by sending blank greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them.” They are doing amazing things, so if you haven’t checked them out before, here‘s their site. Be sure to read the guidelines before you start making your cards to keep your creations out of the “card hospital.”


Well, it doesn’t really resemble it that much anymore, but I started out with this week’s Mojo Monday sketch #160. I also took advantage of some of the great tutorials to practice colorless blender techniques on Santa’s shoes. Be sure to check out the Copic Challenge #37 for some great tips.


And, for giggles and grins, I crafted the card to allow Pillow Pup to really dance on top of Santa (like, you know, she would!) by putting a spring under her.


So, Pillow Pup doesn’t just sit on Santa – she wiggles. If you want to try this at home . . . just wrap some thin 22-guage craft wire around your needle nose pliers about 4 to 5 times. (You can find both the wire and the pliers at your hobby stores.)


Pull the wire off the pliers and trim the end – and you have a spring!


Now, use your spring to attach Pillow Pup over your original Pillow Pup. I used some thin strips of red sticky tape to both ends of the spring.

Here’s the rest of the recipe along with the Copic Markers.

  • Fibers: Stampin’ Up! Victorian Crochet Trim, The Girls’ Paperie Tinsel and Twig Market Trims, Jillibean Soup Red Baker’s Twine.
  • Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic  markers (see below).
  • Paper – Neenah, Prism Cardstock, Cosmo Cricket Mitten Weather paper pack.
  • Stamp: Eat Cake Graphics Santa’s Doggy Welcome cling stamp set.
  • Tools: .Nestabilities, Fiskars border punch
  • Embellishment: Matte Buttons
  • Misc.:  Ivory Flower Soft, 22 guage silver craft wire





It’s way past time for me to get to bed. This creature needs to NOT be stirring. Be sure to wander over to Andrea‘s for the next stop along the Holiday Garden Walk and tell her I said “season’s greetings.”



Sweet Comments

  1. This is fabulous girl, I just love this image and love how you did this kool.

  2. Lorrie Simons says:

    This is absolutely the most adorable card I have ever seen! I love it!!!

  3. This is fantastic!  Love the puppy on the spring!!  Thanks for the little tut too – something that should be so easy and has me smacking my forehead!  :)

  4. You are just more and more amazing by the day!  This is FABULOUS!  I am totally in love with this card.

  5. This is painfully cute!  I just love it.

  6. What a fun and cute and well put together card! :-)

  7. Your card is so cute. Thanks for the tutorial on the 'spring'. LC

  8. This card is just BRILLIANT and so fun!  Yup I'm workin' on my cards for OWH. :)

  9. Adorable card.  I love your image and your coloring is so pretty.  Also love that picture of your fur baby…so cute!

  10. Luv your springy pup! We've got a very friendly pup too :-) Thanks for the create info too!

  11. I love Pillow Pup. I have a Pekingnese and he does the same little dance and whine. It's like I've been gone for days when it can be only an hour. That's why we love them!!!! Love your card and I never thought about a spring. Great inspiration.

  12. I love that stamp and the way it wiggles, so going to try that!!

  13. Eek, Linda….I'm coming to steal your puppy!!!!  It is adorable.  LOVE your card, oh my so perfect for dog lovers.  And the sentiment!  Perfect!

  14. Love your card.

  15. Adorable Linda!  Love Pillow Pup and your card!  Perfect for dog lovers!

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