This is SO me!

This is SO me!

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Hambo Hoedown is in the DOGHOUSE!!

This week's challenge is to use the DOGHOUSE BLUES digi-image and incorporate a dog tag, dog bone, or metal charm onto our card or project. The DOGHOUSE BLUES image comes with the doghouse and 3 sentiments- I Miss You, Feeling 'Ruff'? and Hope you're better soon! I decided to crop down the Feeling 'Ruff' sentiment to just Ruff and use it as a name sign on the front of the doghouse. My little dog, Ruff, is looking pretty sad and lonely, isn't he? He must REALLY be missing his human.

Close up:

I think my card turned out pretty cute..., but...while I was making my card, I had a brain storm...or brain fart, not sure which! ;) Anyway, my idea was to make a dogbone gift bag. Now, please keep in mind that this is a working prototype...well, it's more like a hot mess...

In theory, it's a cute idea, but I definitely need to work out a lot of kinks! First of all, I should have but the "box" part of the bag a little higher so that it doesn't show at the bottom of the bone...secondly, I would have attached the handle with just brads so that it would move (I used redline tape AND brads...) Thirdly, I'll have to figure out another way to attach the "To and From" bone tag. I'm not too crazy about how it's attached to the handle. My idea is to make a batch of Puppy Chow (recipe to follow- just in case you're interested!), put a cup or so into a clear cello bag, tie it up and put it in the box. HEY! I could tie the tag onto the bag when I tie it up!! Woo Hoo! I'm cooking with gas now! :)

So, there you go- my cute little card and my hot mess brain storm...

If you'd like to see what everyone else is doing with this adorable image, head on over to the Hoedown Challenge blog here. You can even play along and earn FREE digi-images!!! You don't have to use this image to play- just make sure you use a HAMBO stamp or digi-image on your project and include a metal charm. Have fun!!

Cute Little Doghouse Card:

Stamps: Doghouse Blues digi-image (Hambo Stamps), the dogbone I found online and shrunk it to fit
Ink: Close to Cocoa (Stampin' Up!) for sponging
Papers: Cranberry Crisp, Summer Sun (Stampin' Up!), Neenah 80# white, patterned paper unknown
Accessories: Copic Markers, pop dots, 1/16" hole punch, antiqued copper brad, thin hemp, sponge

Hot Mess Dogbone Gift Bag:

Stamps: Doghouse Blues digi-image (Hambo Stamps), same dogbone that I found online
Ink: Close to Cocoa (Stampin' Up!) for sponging
Papers: Very Vanilla, Real Red, brown and white DSP (Stampin' Up!), Neenah 80# white
Accessories: Copic Markers, 1/16" hole punch, 1/8" hole punch, small antiqued brass brad, large antiqued brass brads, redline tape, sponge

Recipe for Puppy Chow:


9 cups Rice Chex cereal squares
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar


In a saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate; add peanut butter and mix until smooth.
Remove from heat, add cereal and stir until coated.
Pour powdered sugar into large plastic bag, add coated cereal and shake until well coated. Store in airtight container.


  1. Great idea and great recipe. Love your card. I have to make mine yet. Guess I better get busy.

  2. Mary, I love your card! Very creative...the way you used the sentiment and your doggy bag is a great idea. I think I'll have to CASE it!

  3. Very cute card. The doggy bag is a great idea and thanks for the recipe.

  4. Adorable card. I love that set too. Very creative bag. Love it love it love it. Rose

  5. Mary, your card is adorable!! And what a cute idea for the gift bag! You know this image is right up my alley!!!

  6. Cute projects Mary! Love the bone carrier...very nice work Hun & TFS!!!!

  7. Adorable card, and yes, your puppy does look sad. Your doggie bag is really cute too. Wish my brain farts would turn out that good.
    I love the picture of your cat. They do love ribbons don't they.

  8. this is really cute Mary! I must checkout Hambo stamps, i've been seeing some adorable images from them throughout blogland!
    hugs & blessings

  9. Your card is TOO cute! I really love how you made the name for the adorable sad little puppy :) and the DP is so fun with it!
    Hey, your "hot mess" as you call it is SUPER CREATIVE and with your few kinks worked out, it will be a masterpiece!
    Thanks for playing in the Hambo Hoedown!

  10. Both cards are super cute! I love the playful designer paper in the first one, and how you used the Ruff for the dogs name...awesome! Thanks for joining us at the Hambo Hoedown this week!


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