My Miniature Poodle, Biscuit, is 14 and my Havanese, Bandito, is 2. So as you might imagine they are not usually the best of playmates. Don’t get me wrong, they co-exist fairly well, but that’s really about it. So it was a wonderful surprise to me when after we lowered some of Biscuit’s medications a few weeks ago, she became more loving and I found the two of them playing together.  Luckily I was able to capture a round of this play on video.

20150317_122737I was able to pull snapshots from that video, so I thought this would be a perfect time use the Tim Holtz Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Filmstrip Die I was recently gifted. I have to admit that cutting down the pictures to fit perfectly into each frame was time consuming (I think it would be much easier to back it first and perhaps stamp inside each frame), but it was well worth it. To give a more finished look, I inked the edges of the grey water colored patterned paper with Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad in Black Soot.

In order to give some places along the film strips to rest ones eyes, I inserted a couple of close up facial shots of my fur babies along with some frames just filled with pearlescent ombre pink polka dot papers and pink die cut words from the Diemond Dies Word Die Set #1.  To embellish the LO I used a heart shaped paper doily, script chipboard words by Heidi Swapp, some dimensional stickers from American Crafts, teal and pink enamel dots from My Mind’s Eye and My Style Stamps, and a chipboard bird from the Basic Grey Fresh Cuts collection.

20150317_122726To add softness and texture, I also added bits and bobs of pom pom trim, ruched lace, and crocheted lace, hot gluing them into place under the bottom edge of the film strips here and there.  I also added a bit of pink and white bakers twine in the mouth of the chipboard bird’s beak.  This may have the appearance of a free and easy snippet, but I am embarrassed to say that I fiddled with this bit of twine for 20 minutes! LOL

To keep up continuity of color throughout the layout, I used papers from the Basic Grey Fresh Cuts collection to make tabs, hand fussy cutting the brackets from the selvage piece of a 12 x 12 piece of paper and punching out one side of my old EK Tools Large Flourish Square punch.  Lastly I made some dimensional double layered pennants using the Diemond Dies Mini Pennants Die Set with both sides of a double sided paper of a green base floral and a bold pink polka dot from the same Basic Grey Fresh Cuts collection.  I inked all the edges of the green floral paper with green American Crafts ink and the pink polka dot paper with Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad in Picked Raspberry so that they would pop from the background chevron wood grain paper from the Dear Lizzy Neoplitan collection. 🙂  Ok these pennants took a ridiculously long time with all the inking, adding foam adhesive, and wet glue, but the results added a fantastic visual movement and pops of color.

The following is a video share of this layout:

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This layout is being entered into the following challenges:
The Friday Mashup 200th Challenge: Combining #29 That’s a Wrap (twine) and #37 Chip Off the Block (chipboard and ink distressing)
MarkerPOP Anything Goes Challenge
The Pink Elephant Green Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday Lions and Lambs Challenge (dogs)
Naughty or Nice It Ain’t Easy Being Green

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