Dog Gone It – Thinking of You

'I wonder what Piglet is doing' thought Pooh.
'I wish I were there to be doing it, too.'
      ~ Winnie the Pooh

Maryse Carrier Thinking of You

Do you have one of those scheming, manipulative mothers or mother-in-laws? Don't answer that. This card is my blatant, scheming and manipulative attempt to make my daughter homesick when she moves back to Central America in a few weeks. My plot is this. I'm gonna save it, and when I'm missing her more than I can stand it, I'm going to send this to her. I'll even sign it from Pillow Pup – make her miss her puppy even more. Ahh . . . I am evil. What a Mamma won't do to get her baby home (or at least to call more often).


I ordered this stamp (a Maryse Carrier image called "Thinking of You") as soon as I knew Stampotique Originals was going to be sponsoring our challenge. Isn't this a great stamp?! I want to thank Stampotique Originals and their fabulous Designers for supporting us and playing along with the Catered Crop FTR5 challenge.

And, now, drum roll please . . . Heidi Karpen submitted this beautiful card to our challenge that ended Thursday. And, now, according to, she's won a $30 gift certificate for stamps from Stampotique Originals. Heidi, just e-mail me (, and I'll give you the instructions to claim your prizes. Congratulations and have fun with all those amazing stamps.

Tomorrow we'll announce who "baked it best" and our next recipe. Or, if you just can't stand the wait and want to get a head start, just join the Catered Crop Facebook fan page.

So many fun challenges out in the blog-so-sphere this week. I used the colors and inspiration from the Play Date Cafe challenge (PDCC69) and CASE Study Challenge #27. It's a two-fer-one challenge. Our Top Chef Libby Hickson is on the Play Date Cafe design team, so be sure to go see her beautiful inspiration.

I used the template from the Papercraft Star #33 challenge, where blog visitors get to vote for the winner – so, darlin's go vote for my card!

Here's the rest of the recipe with the Copic markers.

  • Cardstock – Neenah, Stampin' Up! Real Red and Natural Ivory
  • Pattern Paper – October Afternoon Thrift Shop and Ice Cream
  • Stamps – Stampotique Originals Thinking of You
  • Color Mediums – Copic Markers, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Distress Ink (Antique Linen)
  • Tools – Nestabilities, Stampin' Up! spiral border punch
  • Fibers – Baker's Twine and seam binding
  • Embellishments – a button from Mom's button jar, Making Memories brads
  • Techniques – Paper Piecing, Machine Stitching


See you all tomorrow – when we launch the new challenge and announce our newest sponsor. We'll have our Cake and Eat it, too! (That's all I'm sayin'.)


Sweet Comments

  1. Linda this is one gorgeous card!  I love your use of the colours – so strong :)  Love the seam binding/twine combo and the notepaper/spotty background!  Thanks for joining us in the Play Date Cafe this week!

  2. LOVE the card! It's awesome! Why do I get the idea that the card might even arrive in Cent. Am. …even before your daughter does?? just sayin'…! ; ) Thanks for sharing!

  3. oh are bad…have your cake and eat it too???….bad bad girl!  :)  LOVE this adorable card- where do u get this wonderful ribbon and I love that twine…   jane :)

  4. Adorable and Pretty card!! love the image and all the patterned papers!! :)

  5. Oh man Linda… this is aDORable!!!  Great image, papers, LO… everything!!!  Great job!

  6. I love those OA papers.  They're some of my favorites and you have used them wonderfully on this card.  The image is adorable.  Great use of the sketch and that bow, button and twine are fabulous.  Thanks so much for joining us for this week's challenge at Papercraft Star!

  7. Linda, your card is amazing! I love the bright colors and the stamp is truly adorable! I love his blushing cheeks – I might have to add him to my wish list of stamps. I am so glad you were inspired to create this card – it came together perfectly! 
    And aren't you a fun mom? My mother would do the exact same thing, only we live down the street from each other. She still bribes me to meet her at the coffee shop every weekend. 
    Anyway, I am so glad to see you playing along with us again this week at Papercraft Star! I love seeing what you bring us and can't wait to see you playing along again!

  8. I keep coming back to look at this card, even made my hub come and look at it too !  Completely wonderful.  We are so pleased you joined us this week at Papercraft Star – you are one kinda talent !!

  9. oh my gosh, i LOVE this! that little fur baby is just adorable! and i love the baker's twine & the way you used the patterned paper on the chair! so adorable! hugs!

  10. Andrea Ewen says:

    Wow, this is a fabulous card, Linda! So many wonderful details come together to make a cohesive design! Love that cute little dog stamp, the vibrant papers and the gorgeous twine! Superb work, my  friend!  Thanks for playing along with us at both the Play Date Cafe and CASE Study challenges!

  11. What an adorable card, Linda!  I love the piecing, the little notebook page, and all of the fun colors.  Love it and your daughter will, too!  Thank you for playing with us at Papercraft Star this week!

  12. Eeekk, this is tooo adorable!  I love the way you played with the colors and the fun paper piecing!  so many cute patterns too!! Love it, Love it, Love it!  Glad you had fun with our Combined Grind this week at The Play Date Cafe!

  13. Beautiful! Love how you incorporated so many of the patterns from the original. And that's one cuuuute dog! Thanks for joining us this week at CASE Study!

  14. Linda, this is so cute!  Love how you paperpieced the chair he's sitting on.  Great papers!

  15. OMG, I LOVE this card!!  You have to show me how to tie one of these bows!  Just beautiful and that little doggie is too STINKIN CUTE!  LOVE it!

  16. What a beautiful card! So many wonderful details with the sewing, spiral punch, and lots of fluffy ribbon! I'm sure your daughter will love it and want to come home soon!

  17. This is super cute!  Love it lots!  You have some great players in your challenges, too.

  18. Oh, my gracious, Linda!  I'm in LOVE!  This is the sweetest card I've seen in a long time!  And your attention to detail is phenomenal!  Thank you so much for playing along with us, this week, in The Cafe!

  19. LOOOOOOOOOOOVE it! I love those Stampotique stamps! SO SO SO Fun! Great layers and detail on your card! FAB job!! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the PDCC:}

  20. Gorgeous card!  I love everything about it.  Your DD will love receiving it. 

  21. Linda this is COMPLETELY fabulous, I love every single detail.  That image is just doggone cute! :-) Thanks for playing along with us at The Play Date Cafe!

  22. Oh and THANK YOU for the super sweet shout-out, my friend.  :-)

  23. Oh Linda, this is so stinkin' CUTE!!! How creative too, you inspired me to do some paper piecing now! :)
     Thank you for joining us for our special challenge this week!

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