Monday, December 16, 2013

Dog rescue Paper Smooches/IHP blog hop

Welcome to a very special Paper Smooches Blog Hop!

You all know by now I am a huge animal rescue advocate.  In addition to having two rescued dogs of our own (Mr. Barbo and BooBoo), in my spare time I volunteer with a rescue, drive transports and foster dogs.  Recently we took in a foster, Eclipse, from a high-kill shelter in NYC and saved her from death row.  She was adopted a week later and is living happily in upstate New York. Without opening our home as a temporary haven for her, she would have died in the shelter. 


And, as I write this, we have two more fosters, siblings Anderson and Amber, little 4 pound papillon mixes from a kill shelter in SC.  We even had a kitty foster, Bertucci, for 3 months who we trapped in our yard, got vetted and adopted out.  Anyway, a few months ago, I suggested an idea to Kim Hughes (owner/designer of Paper Smooches Stamps) to create a stamps and dies to support our rescued furry friends. We worked together to create some really fun dog rescue products! A portion of the sales will be donated to Home for Good Dog Rescue. Kim asked us to share these fun products with you, through our projects.  


My project for today was inspired by Eclipse.  I made this little card to congratulate her new owners on adding such an amazing dog to their family.  I used the two new rescue themed sets, Paws For A Cause and Lucky Dog.  I stamped them in Luxe Memento ink (my new fav ink for full coverage like on the solid stamps), A2 Sprig embossing folder, dimensional dots and the word bubble from another PS set called Fascinators.

Here's a closeup of the card for more detail:

On the inside of the card, I used the large paw print die from the Dog Icons die set and stamped the perfect sentiment from Lucky Dog in it.  I LOVE that this sentiment fits perfectly on the paw pad.


The goodie bag was filled with some cookies, tied off with some red twine and I added the small paw print from the Dog Icons die on a tag I made using my circle Nesties.

And just to show you a bit more of the versatility of these stamps/dies, here's a doggy sympathy card I made to have on hand.  I hate that I need these cards but sadly, every so often, I do.  It's very clean and simple.  I diecut the pawprint on heart die twice, once in red and once in black and overlaid the red fallout on top of the black.  I added a small piece of ruffled red ribbon and stamped the sentiment.  


To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize! 

  • TWO winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs.
  • The prize - A Lucky Dog stamp set, Paws for a Cause stamp set and Dog Icons dies.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed for your chance to win! (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your chances) 
  • You have until midnight MT on Wednesday, December 18th to leave a comment. 
  • Please check back HERE at the IHP Blog on Friday, December 20th to see if you are one of the TWO lucky winners.

And here are the rest of the blog Hop Participants:

Kate/IHP: http://www.blog.iheartpapers.com (HERE)
Sarah Gough: http://thinkingstamps.blogspot.com/
Lori Tecler: http://inkingaloud.blogspot.com/
Judy Rozema: http://www.jarfullofjoy.blogspot.com/
Deb Felts: http://withastampandasong.blogspot.com/
Vera Yates: http://lingshappyplace.blogspot.com/
Wida Miller: http://beachorado.blogspot.com/
Stacey Schafer: http://stampinwithstacey.blogspot.com/
Lindsay Amrhein: http://lindsayamrhein.blogspot.com/


I will also have some more projects using these sets here on Thursday during my day of the 12 Days of Craftmas.


Until then, remember, don't shop, ADOPT.  Every breed has a rescue.  It may take a little extra research and effort but you'll be saving a life and not supporting puppy mills.  If you are looking for a dog and don't know where to start, contact me and I will try to help get you in touch with some local to you that can help.

And for those of you wondering, these are our two current foster pups.  Aren't they adorable?  12 weeks old and only 4 pounds!
Have a great day!  And thanks for stopping by today!

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43 comments:

Libby Hickson said...

Super duper cute projects and sweet dogs. You have a huge heart, Kate.

Lindsay said...

These are adorable, Kate! I LOVE that treat bag! Thank you for all you do to help these animals!

Leslie Hanna said...

CUTE projects, and I love the cause. I can see I'll need to shop soon. :)

Stacey Schafer said...

adorable project for the hop, kate! thrilled to be part of such a wonderful cause!

Lisa H. said...

sooooo SUPER CUTE! love it all. what a great concept you submitted and Kim's execution of it is awesome. love your projects.

Wida said...

ahhh, I love the pics of the dogs with your cards, I especially like the first one :)

Jessica said...

Your projects, and pics are so adorable!!! I just adore dogs and am so happy to see all that you are doing to help these sweeties!!!! :)

Sarah Gough said...

Awwww, those pics are so so sweet!

Trisha Klowak said...

These stamps are adorable and I love the projects that you came up with!! Can't wait to checkout the other blogs :)

Joyce said...

These are really awesome. And, you are wonderful to foster dogs. We just adopted a puppy who was fostered--and he is sweet as pie because his foster family was so loving.

Crafty Math Chick said...

I still wish little Amber could be my doggie, she is adorable. I just purchased all these goodies (who me? Miss out on canine themed stampy things?!! No siree!) from YOu in fact! So I didn't want to miss out on all the inspiration your talented team had for me... Lovely projects! Thanks for all you do to further the cause for paws! ;)
~Meredith

Vera Yates (Ling) said...

Super cute projects, Kate! Wish there are more people like you. So many dogs out there that need helps. Thank you for all that you do.

Sandra said...

What a great cause! The stamp set is adorbs.

lynda said...

I'm here visiting from Paper Smooches. I saw this line a few days ago on their blog. It is so cute & it was such a great idea!

Disco Queen said...

Hi Kate, You & Kim have come up with a winning combination: Stunning stamps & dies, heartfelt sentiments & a contribution to a cause close to my heart. I hope you sell lots & lots. Theresa x

Lee said...

Fabulous projects. I too like the treat bag! I always adopt rescue animals!

heartforhandmade said...

I love all your projects, Paper Smooches is one of my favorite stamp company & I adore all their stamps & dies too

cm said...

Wow, you are supporting a most fabulous cause; so thoughtful and heart-warming! Your cards are cute, and ever so special! Wonderful inspiration!
c

Jamie Christenson said...

Super sweet idea!

~Tammy~ said...

Oh my goodness, I totally heart your foster dogs! I would be a foster fail due to the fact I would want to keep them!

Love your concept for the set and awsome projects to showcase them!

crazymom said...

So sweet!!

~yIpPi3~ said...

Nice n very cute stamps!! U have such a big heart for helping all those animals.

the*Creative*Manderbean said...

Love these! We just lost our dog a couple weeks ago. :( I am glad people take the time to think of making and sending pet sympathy cards...it is appreciated when you're going through a loss like that.

jimlynn said...

What a wonderful post and a huge heart you have. There are a lot of lucky dogs (and cat) out there because of you. Hugs!
Great card and gift bag. Love these dies and stamp set. Just wonderful!
Lynn

Sue D said...

Great projects. We have always taken in cats and our relatives have rescue dogs.

l rekroc said...

Great cards!! My sister has a rescue. She tells everyone that SHE was the one who was rescued! Awesome cause!!!

Maye M.L said...

Great cause! Fantastic stamps and dies to support it. Love dogs but will settle with some of these stamps for the time being. Cheers and best of luck with your foster dogs

Kristin said...

Sounds like a great cause and such cute stamps.

jonim52 said...

Love the pups, adorable projects. Great cause!

Terri E. said...

Love hearing about your passion!

Paper Smooches said...

I adore each and every one of your projects Kate (you are very talented) It is a pleasure being your friend and I am honored to be a part of this with you! XO

Marianne said...

Great idea and cause. We became the owner of a neglected pup when someone dumped him in our garden on my birthday about 6 weeks ago. Here in Greece things are not as organised compared to the US or the UK, so I guess Bernie will be staying with us and our 6 Greek cats, who all adopted us at some point LOL.

grandmato19 said...

Such a great passion for our worthy animal friends! Cute and fun projects!

marylouh said...

It is sad when you need sympathy card for the loss of a pet but they appreciated. animals become part of the family and are mourned just like our human family

Brittany said...
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Brittany said...

Such cute stamps and unlike anything I already own!

Indy said...

Such cute stamps! Thanks for all that you do to inspire us and for helping those critters!

Kathy H said...

How I wish I could adopt them, they are adorable! Anyone who rescues pets is good people. Thank you for doing that!

Christine Lukie said...

I love the rescued dog stamps! They are amazing and I can't wait for a chance to win. Thanks for all you do and many pets thank you!

Houses Built of Cards said...

AWESOME hop - and wonderful projects by all! LOVED them all!!!

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Susie said...

So adorable and a great cause!

Janis said...

Absolutely wonderful cards. Love this very important set of stamps!!! Thanks for your work in this area.
<3 J

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PBrown9624 said...

Love that our hobby can help our furry friends. Great cards!