Wednesday, March 30, 2011

SBF designers - Across the pond designs

Across the pond designs is a collab of 2 of the most talented scrappers at SBF : Amelia who lives in England and Lindsey who lives in South africa.  They have made 3 fabulous kits so far and am looking forward to see what is next for them.these kits are all freebies.

I have made pages from all 3 kits but I have to say my favorite page is from their 2nd kit called Debonair - a vintage gentlemans kit

                               Debonair Cooper
Their first kit is called jungle fever. I made 2 pages                              
made for fun
made for alphabet soup A challenge
Their 3rd and latest kit is called charming a vintage ladies kit
made for vintage challenge
My last page i made was using both the charming and debonair kit together .
made for vintage challenge

Monday, March 28, 2011

Sammy has been adopted!

On Saturday Sammy was adopted by a retired couple who have had rescues all their lives. They currently have one very old dog and 2 that are age 7 ( retired greyhound and a golden mix). They have a fully fenced backyard that is over an acre. On the surface this sounds great but I still feel we made a mistake - that this isn't the best home for him. I plan on writing to them in a few days to see how Sammy is doing.

Meanwhile Cooper seems to be quite happy to have the house back to himself.He has even acted much more playful today than usual. Cooper has his own version of  man cave - place to go to be alone and away from the fosters. It has a  couch, window seat and his favorite toys. He was bringing out some of those toys which he never did when sammy was here.

typically Cooper gets about a 2 week break in between fosters.

Friday, March 25, 2011

SBF designers - belle15

belle15 makes terrific wordart and many of them are either geared toward dogs or works well with a dog layout.

I just used one of her wordarts for a page for a sbf member who recently lost her dog
one time i asked about xmas dog wordart and she made one just for me.
here is another one

SBF members designing -Lindalou

lately it seems more and mores sbf members have branched out to designing. The talent they have is just awesome.

i would like to feature now some of these super talented and creative people. I will do each one in a different post ( order is purely random)

I will start with linda lou only because my last page made was with one of her kits - Ain't life grand!
She has made many kits all of which are free
Here is another I made with her kit Asian drama

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

SBF pet challenge #3

Last week DitziB ( brenda ) held the 3rd SBF pet challenge. This is where you upload photos of your pet and others scrap them. You do NOT scrap your own pet. As Coopers birthday was during the challenge I uploaded some generic birthday photos from previous years. 4 pages were made and I was quite happy about that as he has been in the previous 2 so i wasn't sure if anyone would even bother to scrap him. I love them all.

to see all the wonderful pages in this challenge click here

kittylicious's page ( she also made a separate extraction which is being used in the birthday banner)

 made by belle15

made by abbyspots

made by shellandshilo

For the challenge I did the maximum 5 pages
this one was for Goinscraphappy and it came in first

this page was for Serendipity123

this page was for oreosmeow - Bradley is a cat living at her vet clinic and was returned after being with the same fmaily for many years because of diabetes. And has had a hard time adjusting. everyone has fallen in love with bradley.
this page for barknmeows
this page for Neeltje

Sunday, March 20, 2011

birthday photos with my first slideshow

Cooper had a great birthday - i think he really enjoyed himself. Friday afternoon the cake was made and he got to lick out the batter.  Jerry and I each hand fed him a slice of pizza. all during this tried to get some photos. He would not tolerate either of his birthday hats this year but did get a pic of him smiling in front of cake and presents.

both Sammy and cooper got cake and they will both be having it all week.  i am pretty sure i used the same recipe last year but this year it came out much better at least as far as humans eating it. last year i recall it being more dried and not sweet enough.

As Cooper was getting too tired to open presents ( he is always tired), he opened them Saturday morning. Sometime I think he enjoys tearing off the wrapping paper more than the actual toy. One toy was a giraffe that makes noise if you just shake it and the other was a small round toy - he loves to mouth these types.

after just cooper, Jerry and i went to marymoor park. we haven't been there since Sammy has been here. (park is too large and not totally fenced so is not good for Sammy with the way he loves to run). Cooper sat up and smiles the whole trip there and then entire time we were there and even most of the way home. he never smiles that long. even though he never played with other dogs, i have no doubt he was just so happy to be with us alone.

( this post took all weekend to type up in bits and pieces)

I made one page so far of his birthday.
Below is my first slide show where you can see some of the photos I took

Friday, March 18, 2011

Happy 6th Birthday Cooper

today Cooper is 6 - everything for the cake has been bought plus I also got him his birthday dinner. the cake will be made later in the day. instead of his usual special steak dinner this year , hubby and i agreed that there is one food item he would enjoy more and that is pizza. so we got him a small frozen meat pizza.

on a side note I don't know why i can't get a banner to fit now. cutest blog didn't have a matching one so i just used the same size as previous ones. those fit but this one doesn't.  well this one won't be up long

I made a birthday page for cooper
I am hoping to get some photos of cooper with his cake and hat on. maybe if i am lucky will get both cooper and sammy with hats on. Sammy will share in the birthday cake but no pizza.

i have made a page for each year, planning on making more for this year

Thursday, March 17, 2011

New St Patrick's day page

Happy st Patrick's day!
I just made a new page - a pure fun fantasy holiday page for the St. Patrick's Day Page challenge over at SBF

Cooper's Birthday cake recipe

 Friday is Cooper's 6th birthday and like any good doggie parent , I have to celebrate. Last year I made a cake and will make one this year too. Previous years I used store bought cakes like 3 dog  bakery ( out of business in my area now). They do look nicer especially his name but this is so much cheaper.

Peanut Butter Delight Dog Birthday Cake

1 cup flour ( I use brown rice flour as I want to avoid wheat as much as possible)
1tsp baking soda
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup shredded carrots
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup honey
1 egg

Mix flour and baking soda. Add remaining ingredients. Pour into greased 8" round cake pan and bake at 350° for 30 minutes

Banana Cream Cheese Frosting

1 Ripe Banana
6 ounces non-fat cream cheese
1/2 tsp vanilla

Mash the banana with a potato masher in a bowl. In another bowl incorporate the vanilla with the cream cheese. Fold in the banana with the cream

cheese mixture. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Sprinkle with carob chips and enjoy!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

my st Patrick's day page

just uploaded my st Patrick's day page of cooper
this is actually a reworking of a page I did make previously but i deleted it when i needed to make room on my sbf account .I may just make a new one if i have the time as I am not all that thrilled with it. I like the one i did last year with the 2 vintage girls so much better

St Patricks day

St patricks day is coming up soon.This year there is no St patty days dog parade so it looks like I won't be getting any new holiday photos. SBF started a St patty days challenge tonight. I will make my page tomorrow. here are some pages I made previously of Cooper

Sunday, March 13, 2011


this weekend is the big dog show here in town. Am going sunday.  I have been going every year since i have had cooper. Cooper is not allowed to go as he is not a participating dog - dumb rule if  you ask me. I am hoping to pick up lots of kibble samples and even better would be if there are some good deals on food and treats. maybe I will find something to give Cooper for his birthday. while i have taken many photos of the show I have never made a scrapbook of it.

agility ring

Emerald City Canine Freestyle Dancers- dancing dogs
the booths

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Sammy, my current foster dog

I have been fostering Sammy - a black lab mix for over a month now. I work with a wonderful small rescue group called Love a Mutt
  He is very high energy thus it has been hard to find the right family to meet his energy needs.  Tomorrow morning a family is coming over to look at him. They have one dog and from the photos , Sammy and their dog could be twins. I always make at least one scrapbook page of any dog  I foster.

this is the  page I made right after I got Sammy
it snowed briefly for one day so naturally had to take the dogs out  to play in it
this layout is photos when i gave Sammy a tire toy. the first couple of days he loved it but now he hardly touches it.

Friday, March 11, 2011

welcome to my blog

hi. my name is stacey and i am mom to a yellow lab named Cooper who will be the main focus of this blog. I love to scrap .  Cooper is the main subject on many of my pages. this is my latest page of him using a fabulous freebie kit called Debonair made by some friends  at Across the pond studios.