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Dogs & Cats & Paws

Hi there!

Before I get started on today's stamping post, I'd like to share a moment from Monday morning.  The last launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour, STS-134. 

(Image Credit:  NASA, Taken from the Saturn 5 Facility at Banana Creek)

Because of a low cloud deck, we were only able to see the launch for 21 seconds, but the excitement and exhilaration weren't diminished for those of us standing outside the Launch Control Center.  One benefit of the low cloud deck was that it kept the sound of the launch close to the ground.  As the sound wave traveled from the launch pad toward the Launch Control Center I could feel the building of the sound as the ground trembled.  Then I felt the "ripple of wind" on my clothes as the sound passed.  It was just too cool!

(Image credit:  My BFF Terry S.)

Yesterday, I walked from my office building to the tow way to see Space Shuttle Atlantis where it stopped for a photo op on its way to the Vehicle Assembly Building, an event called "Roll Over."  The last time this will ever happen for a Space Shuttle.  One of the many "lasts" in the coming weeks. 

OK, enough of the day job stuff.

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Aren't these cards cute?  I designed these for Make & Takes for Sale-A-Bration workshops in February and for the SASS Stamp Club in March.  I also made a stack of the "D is for Dog" cards as a gift for a Puppy Shower.

The card base is Crumb Cake.  The P is for Paw Standard Stampin' Around Wheel was inked with Crumb Cake ink and rolled across the bottom edge of the card front.  The right side of a rectangle of Soft Suede cardstock was punched with the Scallop Trim Border punch and then adhered near the lower right corner of the cardfront.  A slightly smaller rectangle of Marina Mist cardstock was adhered, centered, to the un-punched area of the Early Espresso cardstock with Stampin' Dimensionals.  A slightly smaller rectangle of Naturals White cardstock was rolled with the P is for Paw wheel inked with Crumb Cake ink along the left side and a length of Marina Mist 3/8" Taffeta ribbon wrapped around the left side of the cardstock and knotted on front.  To the side of the paw tracks, the cat or dog was stamped (D is for Dog or C is for Cat stamp sets) using Soft Suede ink.  The corresponding sentiment for the cat or dog was stamped using Early Espresso ink.  The focal point was completed by adhering the Naturals White cardstock, centered, to the Marina Mist cardstock using SNAIL.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Naturals White cardstock.  As with the Naturals White cardstock on the focal point, the P is for Paw wheel was inked with Crumb Cake ink and rolled along the left edge of the cardstock.  The lower right corner of the cardstock was punched with the Scallop Trim Corner punch to add a little interest and then the liner was adhered to the inside sentiment area of the card with SNAIL.

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The P is for Paw wheel was inked one more time with Crumb Cake ink and rolled along the left front edge of the Medium Crumb Cake envelope.  The C is for Cat or D is for Dog image was stamped near the lower left corner of the envelope front using Early Espresso ink.

A fun and easy card to make.  And a shoe-in candidate for a quick stack of note cards when you need a gift for a dog lover, a cat lover, your pet groomer, or your Veterinarian. 


Stamps:  C is for Cat, D is for Dog, P is for Paw Standard Stampin' Around Wheel; Inks:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Soft Suede; Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Naturals White, Soft Suede; Embellishments:  Marina Mist 3/8" Taffeta ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Standard Stampin' Around Wheel Handle; Scallop Trim Border punch, Scallop Trim Corner punch; Other:  Medium Crumb Cake Envelope


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Tanya Boser

These are just adorable, and perfect as Make and Takes! I have both of these, and may have to use your idea myself :)

Kathy Tolleson

I really like these cards --Do you think this set will still be around in July? I would like to think they would be. I also enjoyed hearing about the take off that had to an amazing feeling.

Adriana Benitez

Adorable cards - love the color scheme you chose.
It's so sad to hear about the "lasts" for the shuttle program. I still remember when we moved to the area and heard the first (for us) launch. *sniff*


Great cards! They feel so fresh to me!


Puppy shower! I love it! Great cards -- I may have to make some of those as well! Thanks for sharing your day job -- I find all of the shuttle stuff fascinating.

Sara Mattson-Blume

I love the card, but really, your day job is with NASA? How cool is that!


Awesome picture of the launch, thanks for sharing.

Karen Gilbert

Hi Mickey, what interesting memories you will have of your time at the Space Center. So many of us have only seen the launches from our living rooms, but to feel the power and the sound must be something. Your puppy and kitty cards are so cute and I bet the puppy shower was so fun.

Holly/Rubber Redneck

Mickey love the cards! Way too cute!!! I was bummed I missed the launch on T.V. the other morning how cool you got to see the last shuttle.

Heidi Baks

I love when you share your day job stuff, Mickey!

Holly / InkPaperStamps

Love the cat & dog cards--what a great make & take!

And thanks for letting us relive the shuttle launch vicariously. . . DH and I were misty-eyed watching the broadcast.

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