How much is that doggie?

My husband grew up with dachshunds.   By the time I joined the family, they’d had quite a few.  The pair in residence when we were married were named Max and Ginger.  My dear Mother-in-law warned me about Max – he’d been abused as a young dog before they adopted him from the shelter, and he was unpredictable.

One of Max’s notable characteristics was LOVING to play ball.  He was incessant.  You’d throw the ball, he’d bring it back.  Throw, bring back, throw, bring back.  If you didn’t throw the ball out right away when he brought it back, he would bark at you.  If you ignored too many barks, he might nip your ankle.  My husband and his brother would tease him with the ball, pretending to throw it or hide it, but Max was too smart for them and wouldn’t play that game – he’d let them know he wasn’t kidding.

Once when we were visiting, someone rolled the ball under the TV.  (For any readers under 20, there was a time when a TV was a piece of furniture – a screen built into a wooden cabinet on legs.  Yes, I am old enough to remember that.)  When Max got to the TV, he was sure it had his ball.  He barked at the TV…no ball.  Barked again…no ball.  The TV was apparently playing games.  Max started to nip at the wooden legs on the TV, and at that point my mother-in-law gave orders to the brothers to get that ball out from under her TV before the dog chewed up the leg.

What does that have to do with cards, anyway?  Just this:

How much is that doggie?

  • Longfellows Hostess Stamp Set and Itty Bitty Backgrounds
  • Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, and Soft Sky (retired) card stock
  • Retired Halloween DSP from a year or two ago and Thoroughly Modern DSP
  • Early Espresso and Soft Sky Classic ink pad
  • Early Espresso Stampin’ Write marker
  • Pumpkin Pie corduroy button; Linen thread; Photo corner punch
  • Piercing tool, mat and template; Aquapainter

This little doggy is not an ankle nipper 🙂  One of the things I love about the Longfellows Hostess Stamp set is that the stamps all have a little sentiment included underneath those long bellies.  These are stamps for quick cards!  I just stamped this fellow and used a marker to color in his spots, then took the Aquapainter and gave him a little ground to stand on.

Those corduroy buttons are on the Last Chance list and you’ve got until the 30th to bring them home from the Online Store.  The thread I tied the button on is our Linen thread dragged through the Early Espresso stamp pad.  If you are patient, you wait until it’s dry – if you’re me, you hit it with the heat gun a couple of times and then get your fingers inky.


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