January 26, 2021


Have you ever taken a look at the cute Deigner Series Paper, Playful Pets, on page 149 of the Annual Catalog? It's a must-have if you love cats and/or dogs. 

Even though I am definitely a cat AND a dog lover, there was another reason I personally was especially drawn to this DSP. FUSSY CUTTING! A wonderful treasure trove for fussy cutting aficianados. That would be me!

I cut up almost entire sheets of the four that sported large animals. During blissful summer deck type weather, I had such a wonderful time doing this. 

But, then, what do I do with all these animals???

I ended up using the following card sample for projects for my girls. I first asked them if they preferred cats or dogs. And, if they preferred dogs, large or small? It was fun to see how this played out.

Since our Harley -- a big black lab mix -- crossed the rainbow bridge five years ago (I still miss the big lug!), I am left with only one pet, my cat, Fred. Fred, I am sorry to say, I think won't be with us much longer. At 14 years old, he seems to be ailing some.

Anyway, with my Fred (and my other long lost kitty, Pretzel) on my mind, I chose a cat for my sample card. To me, it looks like the Stampin' Up! version of Grumpy Cat.

Do you love that gorgeous texture on the flag behind Grumpy? That comes from the Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folder. Hope you have it!

If the girls chose the cat for their card, the background DSP is what is shown on my card, all cat type toys, dishes, etc.

The dog people got a coordinating doggie DSP for their background. Also, the cat was on Flirty Flamingo cardstock, while the dog cards boasted Real Red.

I used the Dark Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blend to color the pearls to match:

Doesn't he look like the epitome of love?

An even closer look at this poor face: 

Read on for the tutorial on how to recreate the card.

Flirty Flamingo cardstock OR
Real Red cardstock
Playful Pets Designer Series Paper (page 149, Annual Catalog)

Itty Bitty Greetings (page 44, Annual Catalog)

Black ink
Stampin' Blends in either Dark Flirty Flamingo or Dark Real Red

Die Cutting/Embossing machine
Banners dies
Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folder
Small Pearls colored with Stampin' Blends
White Woven Trim
Stampin' Dimensionals
Fussy Cut Animals

Fold a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of either Flirty Flamingo or Real Red cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder to form your card base.

Depending on whether you are working with a cat or a dog, choose the complementary DSP as your backdrop. Cut it to 4" x 5 1/4". Stretch a length of chosen ribbon or trim just above the center point, and fasten the ends to the back of this piece. Adhere the piece to the card base.

From either Real Red or Flirty Flamingo cardstock, die cut a flagged piece. Repeat with a smaller die to fit inside the first flagged piee, but this time from white cardstock. Run this white piece through your die cutting/embossing machine inside the Wrapped In Texture Embossing Folder.

Adhere the two flagged pieces together and add to the card front.

With a few Stampin' Dimensionals, add your chosen pet to the far right side of the flagged piece.

On a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, stamp in black your favorite sentiment from the Itty Bitty Greetings. With a small flag die, die cut these words.

With either a Dark Real Red or Dark Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blend, color two of the smaller Basic Pearls. Add this to the sentiment piece.

Attach the sentiment with Stampin' Dimensionals alongside your furry friend.



  1. I love your Grumpy Cat - and your card is beautiful too! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's.

  2. I love that cat's expression! So cute!


    1. Yeah, I'm sort of drawn to it too. Some days I feel just like she looks.

  3. That grumpy cat is hilarious!! I love your card. Pinned.

    1. Thanks, Joanne! Yeah, somehow I can relate to that particular cat.

  4. Love that cat! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

  5. The grumpy cat is too cute. I am definitely a cat person - I have two of them.


    1. Yeah, I really love that girl too! I had two kitties until we had to put our precious Pretzel down several years ago. Now, I just have my Fred.

  6. Very cute Linda. I like both dogs and cats, but my preference for a pet is a dog. We lost our loving companion of 15 years, Charlie, almost a year ago. We just adopted a new dog, Buddy. He is quickly stealing our hearts as well!

    1. Thanks, Christie! We lost our beloved mutt Harley five years ago, and have never had the heart to replace him. Sometimes I'm tempted, as is my husband, but so far, we've held strong. And once our kitty, Fred, is gone, that's it for pets. Way too heartbreaking to say goodbye.

  7. Awh, his face is awesome! What a grump!
    We had a dog and a cat when I was growing up, I loved them both for their VERY different personalities! They were the best of friends though which was funny and lovely!

    1. Yeah, I never understood the term "fighting like cats and dogs". On and off, we've had a combination of both, and I never experienced that once. In our case, mostly they ignore the other. But, yes, I do love the expression on this cat's face.