Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Pepper - Then & Now

I recently captured a really nice picture of my sweet little dog, Pepper! 
She was my parent's companion and when Dad passed away in 2011,
she came to live with us where she could be loved and spoiled.
She will be turning 12 years old in August!  WOW how time flies! 
Pepper is a Jack Russell-Rat (Manchester) Terrier mix.  Well, the 'radar ears' give that away big time! LOL!

This layout is loaded with beautiful flowers because Pepper deserves a feminine page since most people think she's a boy (ha!).  She was 2 years old in the photo on the left, so there is a 10-year span of time being shown here. She sure has grayed.  She's a very happy little dog and I'm madly in love with her!

No fancy techniques on this one....just lots of flowers and other embellishments glued on.  However, I am exceptionally happy and proud of how the Want2Scrap custom cut chipboard title "Pepper" came out!  After a gesso-prep, I heat embossed the whole piece with Blue Fern Studios embossing powder Imagine Ink color "Auburn".  Then I added BFS ep Imagine Ink color "Nutmeg" to the bottom of the letters.  To tone it all down, as well as to attempt to coordinate better with the beautiful rose & pink tones in the BFS Serendipity page "Merriment", I re-heated the chipboard and sprinkled on Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder color "Stardust Candy Rose"; and then heated the sprinkled areas to set the color.  Then just a few spots were done in the same way using Ranger Tim Holtz Distress ep color "Shabby Shutters". 

Look at the gorgeous rose shimmer of the LSG color Stardust Candy Rose!

For the Blue Fern Studios Flourish chippie,
I used Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder color "Kaiser Russet Red".  WOW! 

All of the flowers I used are listed in the Product list at the end of the post. 
All were simply kept as they are straight from the package except a couple. 
The Petaloo mauve flower (top of the left photo) was rubbed with Liquid Pearls color "Rose Gold".

To the white English roses I inked just the tops of the petals with ColorBox Fluid Chalk ink color "Amber Clay". 

Here are a few close ups of the flowers on the layout.  The pretty baby pink lilies from Wild Orchid Crafts were given to me by a sweet lady (and friend & my daughter's MIL), Molly Downing.  I didn't have that color so I was so happy to be able to use some of them on my little "P-Baby's" layout :)  Also, I JUST got in a new order from Wild Orchid Crafts and had to add a couple of the pretty heather flowers to this layout!

I love the pretty etched olive green buttons!

The die cut rose leaves make any flower arrangement come alive!

Here are those pretty baby pink lilies I told you about.....
and the added heather flowers in 2-tone baby pink!

These are the baby blue heather flowers! 

As you can see, a few other embellishments add interest - including dark brown burlap (under each photo), pretty etched buttons in olive color, pretty shiny green beads, bronze colored metal filigree corner pieces, die cut doilies, die cut rose leaves and butterfly & dragonfly stickers.  

The bronze glittery sticker numbers 1 & 2 (for Pepper's age..well almost 12 yrs old) are fastened with a bronze binder clip.  The 'Serendipity' above the numbers was cut from the bottom piece of the paper (where the page name is).  What a perfect fit in the printed rectangle box!

Thanks so much for your visit!  Hope you have a wonderful day!  Lisa : )

My sweet Pepper (aka: P-Baby; Crazy; Pepperoni; Pep; P)

Products used:

Blue Fern Studios paper - Serendipity collection (main layout page)

Kaisercraft - Be-YOU-tiful collection - "Graceful"  (backside used for die cut rose leaves) 

Blue Fern Studios chipboard - Whimsy Flourishes

Blue Fern Studios embossing powders - Imagine Inks

My Favorite Things Die-namics dies - Decorative Doily Duo

Tattered Lace dies - Ornate Leaves 

Wild Orchid Crafts flowers & Leaves -

2-tone Baby Pink Heather
Baby Blue Heather

2-tone Champagne Pink Open Roses 20mm

Medium Green Leaves

Baby Pink Lilies

Mixed English Roses
Mixed Pink Curly Wild Roses

2-tone Baby Pink-Ivory Rosebuds 6mm

Green tone Trellis Roses

Green tone Hip Rosebuds
Red-White Sweetheart Blossoms
Pale Peach Open Roses 20mm
Pale Blue Wild Roses 30mm
Earth tone Wild Roses 30mm

Hobby Lobby - The Paper Studio Spare-Parts flowers - Vintage embossed Daisies

Petaloo Flowers -

Mini Garden Rosettes-Yellow

Mini Garden Rosettes-Antique Red
Mini Wild Roses-Antique Mauve
Forgetmenots - Antique Peach

K&Company - Susan Winget dimensional butterflies

Michael's/Hobby Lobby - bronze binder clips; Recollections bronze glitter numbers; green beads; Mark Richard's 3mm gold colored nailheads; adhesive rhinestones-amber color
Want2Scrap - custom cut chipboard
Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powders - Stardust Candy Rose & Kaiser Russet Red

Ranger - Tim Holtz - Distress embossing powder - Shabby Shutters
Ranger - Liquid Pearls - Rose Gold
ColorBox Fluid Chalk Inks - Amber Clay; Creamy Brown
LaPetite buttons
Metal Filigree bronze colored corner pieces


  1. This looks lovely, Lisa! Pepper looks like a happy girl :) Love all the flowers and the custom Pepper name has a great finish. A fitting tribute to a loyal companion. Lovely!

  2. Lisa - I think you must be one of the best pet mamas ever - Pepper is beautiful and even though she has aged a bit - she has so much sweetness in her face. Your page is gorgeous, as always!!

  3. I love the technique on the title... it looks awesome and so many pretty flowers, this is so beautiful!! The photos of Pepper are just adorable and are the 'stars' of the layout. A favourite!!!

  4. Merriment is one of my absolute faves! Great alterations on your chipboard. Pepper looks well loved!

  5. Gorgeous! I love how the chipboard "Pepper" title turned out too! Beautiful combination of flowers!


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