Show some lovin’

to a new papercrafter! Meet our buddy Robert, and check out what he’s sporting – a camo ball cap, a glittery 5 o’clock shadow, and a set of cards he helped make! Doesn’t he look happy (or scared that I might actually post this on the blog as I told him I would! Hey, he asked if I’d blog him. . . ) and proud?


I’ve mentioned Red a few times here and there . . . he’s Mike’s best friend and pretty much a part of our family. A few weeks ago, he asked if I’d create some simple Christmas cards for him to send to his clients over at Preferred Landscape. He deemed this card too girly, so it was back to the drawing board. One night he came over and made dinner for us, and while he cooked, I watercolored one of these gorgeous Magenta images that I picked up at my local stamp store. He liked it, so I stamped a bunch and watercolored for hours and hours.

When Robert and his girlfriend Nohely came to visit this evening, little did they know they’d be part of the assembly process! Everything was already watercolored, so all that was left was to trim & glitter them, and then put the card together. Here’s what they look like up close (already boxed up for him to take to work . . . I couldn’t let him take them in anything other than a pretty stationery box from Papertrey!)


Hope his clients will enjoy them – I think the botanical image is perfect and so appropriate! I also think he did a great job – he’s the one who adhered everything after Noey glittered the images. Great job, Red. You & Noey can come stamp with me any time!

If you want to read about what stamps were used, click for more!

Stamps: Magenta (no name on block, just a penciled number 20025-0) holly and Stampin’ Up! “Holiday Greetings” from Sincere Salutations

Ink: Palette Burnt Umber for image & sentiment, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive + Always Artichoke, Real Red + Ruby Red, and Bordering Blue for watercoloring

Paper: Fabriano Mediovalis flat notecards I picked up accidentally when in Portland. They’re great for stuff like this!, Always Artichoke, Ruby Red

Accessories: Sakura Quickie Glue, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Pop-up glue dots

Noey didn’t leave empty handed. She did some shopping from the card stash, and then we whipped up a tag for her Secret Santa at work using Fancy Pants & Papertrey stamps, Always Artichoke, Fired Brick distress ink, vellum, and some Prima swirly crystals:


All in all, a fun night!

Now . . . for the reason I’ve been missing for a month! My daughter turned 8 and all she’d asked for all year long was a puppy. After much deliberation, we caved in and adopted this sweet 7 month old. Meet Marly!


She’s just the perfect dog for us, and we’re happy to have her as part of our family.Β  It’s been much fun going on walks and stuff, and we love that she’s not whiny, isn’t yappy, and is very well-behaved. She likes to sit at my feet in the office when I’m working on the computer or whatever, loves to fetch a ball, and absolutely LOVES Adrianna. The feeling’s mutual, ya think?Β  (This picture was taken the day I brought her home. I walked down to the bus stop after school was out, and you could have heard Adri squeal for miles, I’m sure!)

Thanks for looking, and I hope to be back soon with some more stuff to share!

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  1. Posted December 16, 2007 at 1:01 am | Permalink

    GREAT man-cards!! And LOVE the Tag!!

    Oh and that girl and her puppy!!

    Both are adorable–and inseparable?? LOL

  2. Posted December 16, 2007 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    That was s’posed to read
    “That cute girl of yours and her puppy!”

  3. Posted December 16, 2007 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    Beautiful Christmas cards Jen! They are perfect for a landscaping business and I love the added glitter. It’s just the right finishing touch.

    Cute puppy too! I’m glad he’s become part of your family.

  4. Bonnie aka raduse
    Posted December 16, 2007 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    Oh Jenn, Marly is so cute!!! I thought I heard a squeal all the way here in Cali. πŸ™‚ Tell Adrianna a belated Happy Birthday. Red did an awesome job with his part of the assembly process. Love that stamp you used too.

  5. diane mcvey
    Posted December 16, 2007 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Oh, he’s adorable! The guy, not the dog! haha What a man, what a man! Somebody’s lucky to have HIM for a friend! Too cool…
    Happy Christmas!!! πŸ˜€

  6. Posted December 16, 2007 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    oh how cute…..what a darling photo of the two of them!!!

    LOVE your watercolored image–stunning…beautiful cards too!

  7. Ann Conn
    Posted December 16, 2007 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Now that’s a real MAN!!!! Love it!

  8. Posted December 16, 2007 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Awww, what a sweet puppy for Adri — just perfect! I can hear the squeals all the way to Dallas, LOL! And what a gorgeously watercolored card set for Red’s business — absolutely perfect, Jenn! And what a man, to let you blog him! πŸ˜‰

  9. Jennifer S
    Posted December 16, 2007 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    her new pup is precious! πŸ™‚ I hope that they have a wonderful Christmas together!!

    and how fun to welcome another guy into the stamping fold!! πŸ™‚ let Red know we all think he did a great job adhering the pieces to the cs! And his girlfriend did a great job on the glitter, too! a very pretty card!

  10. Posted December 16, 2007 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    What a GREAT card set! Just beautiful! And what a cute puppy! OH my! I’ve missed you! πŸ™‚

  11. Posted December 16, 2007 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Hi Red! I feel like we’re old friends. Beautiful cards! Hope your clients enjoy them. πŸ™‚

  12. Posted December 16, 2007 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous card – awesome tag – cute puppy.

  13. Tammy -SCS-Feathers&ink
    Posted December 17, 2007 at 2:51 am | Permalink

    Card is great! Client is very cute and looks rather happy! πŸ˜‰ And your daughter is sweet as sugar with that puppy!

  14. Posted December 17, 2007 at 4:42 am | Permalink

    WOW! Now that turned into a great little stampin’ party, assembling these scrumptious cards! And those tags? They’re perfect and FUN! Love that bling!

    What can I say about Adri & Marly! Adorable! Already well-behaved? What a super bonus!!


  15. Michelle Schissler
    Posted December 17, 2007 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Awwwww, I love it. I think it is so cute that he helped with the cards. “What a man, What a man, What a man, What a mighty good man!!!” LOL..now that song will be in my head forever. Great job.

  16. QC
    Posted December 17, 2007 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    OK Dang…….that is one saWEEEEEEEEEEET lookin’ pup! NOT what I had envisioned when you told me the breed cross!! Adri looks BEYOND thrilled.

    Isn’t a new baby just joy for a house, Jenn?
    (Want another one?! LOL!!)

  17. Posted December 17, 2007 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    jen–how kind of you to help your hubby’s friend come up with just the most classy business Christmas card ever! love it!

    marly’s ADORABLE! if he has any pug in him, though, watch out for your food! pugs have eating disorders, i.e. they want food all the time and not just dog food! you don’t want a pudgy puggy! way to go on the gift Adri will never forget…

  18. Posted December 18, 2007 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Those are some great-looking cards…and I love the tag too!

    That is such a sweet picture of Adrianna & Marly!!

  19. Lisa
    Posted December 18, 2007 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    Marly is adorable – and so is your daughter! What a great picture to cherish many years down the line.

    I’m a sucker for dogs, so “share away” more pictures. Merry Christmas,


  20. Posted December 19, 2007 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    That is so great a guy that stamps ya gotta love it –

  21. Posted December 19, 2007 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Cute puppy and gorgeous card and tag! Looks like you are having a good holiday season so far! Merry Christmas Jenn!!!

  22. Tejal
    Posted December 21, 2007 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Always been a stalker but had to comment on this one..I loved the watercoloring on the card..Simply stunning..
    And the cute adorable dog..such gorgeous eyes..it must have been love at first sight for your munchkin!!!

    Adore the tag!!

    Merry Christmas

  23. Posted December 23, 2007 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    You are such an enabler! I just had to click on your Magenta link, and I’m totally blown away – really bad timing with the new SU catty, though! Thanks for pointing me in this direction.

    LOVE the cards – beatiful watercoloring. Congrats on the new family member. Dogs bring such joy!!

    Thanks for sharing all of your great creativity – you’re an inspiration! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  24. Posted December 23, 2007 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jenn:
    What a Fabulous card and love the tag .. your daughter is adorable and your doggie is sooo cute too .. Have a Merry CHRISTmas girlie
    Dawn Griffith

  25. Posted December 28, 2007 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    These are so beautiful and great job getting him to help you!

  26. Posted December 30, 2007 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    How sweet! What an adorable picture of your daughter and her puppy!!! They are going to be the best of friends for a very long time. Happy New Year to all of the Balcers!

  27. Christine (aka kiki)
    Posted January 1, 2008 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    Your puppy and daughter are adorable! Quick question on Red’s cards…What brand of green sticthed grograin? thanks!

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