The Muffy Chronicles

Sometimes no matter how much you wish for something, it just does not come true.  You can wish for it with all your heart and all your soul, but it still does not come true. So it is with Muffy. I wished she would finish her grand champion title in Springfield, IL this past weekend.  She needed two wins.  I know time is running out for her in more respects than one. Her handler, Amy, is under contract to begin working with a new girl next month.  She will take Muffy’s place in the Best of Breed class.  Muffy will finally get the chance to be the excellent mother she is destined to be.  No more latex fish babies or toy footballs for her.  Living, breathing New Year’s puppies will make their debut, and a new chapter of The Muffy Chronicles will begin.

But when I saw the numbers of champions entered at Springfield, and when I saw those champions included Best in Show winners, Best of Breed winners, and the #3, #6, and #7 ranked Boxers in the nation, I knew the chances of winning once, let alone twice, were slim. 

But sometimes small miracles happen.  Muffy did win a select rating one day!  You can see her sharing a celebratory kiss with Amy in the photo above.  We are now one major win away from her Grand title.  And so the wishing begins again.  In fourteen days, Muffy will sparkle in the ring one final weekend in Kalamazoo, MI.  If she wins, she will become Grand Champion Cimarron’s Do You Know the Muffin Man.  If she does not…she will forever remain just one win away.  And so, the wishing continues.  

Until next time…

Bright and Beautiful for Pals Paper Arts

It’s Thursday and time to play with the Pals at Pals Paper Arts! The talented Nicole, our resident sketch artist, has a fun sketch for us this week.  I pulled out the Bright and Beautiful set, and created a holiday card featuring Brushed Gold cardstock.  Enjoy!

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This finished card measures 4-1/4″ wide by 5-1/2″ long.

  • Seeing stars! The Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is getting quite a workout at the Schach shack. But who can resist the beautiful texture it imparts to a holiday card? I know I can’t!
  • Stack of stars! A Brushed Gold star, cut using the Star Framelits and embossed with the Beautifully Baroque Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, forms the bottom layer of a stack of stars. The next star was stamped using Baked Brown Sugar ink. Next up is Brushed Gold again, followed by a Champagne Glimmer Star. I would have used Gold Glimmer Paper, but can you believe I don’t have any? I guess I need to order some.
  • A great greeting! A simple sentiment works perfectly for this card.  I selected “peace and joy” from the Good Greetings hostess set, inked with Baked Brown Sugar.  This is one set which truly is filled with “great greetings”!

    I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  I love the elegance of  Very Vanilla and Brushed Gold together.  What about you? Do YOU have a favorite elegant color combination? Won’t you let me know in today’s comment? Your comments are important to me. If you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…

    Coming Soon:  Find out what Miss Muffy has been up to in the latest segment of “The Muffy Chronicles”.

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    Weekly Deals for October 21st

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    My favorite product is the Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit.  Just watch this video to see why I am in love with this kit!


    Free Tutorial Update

    Many of you have stated in your comments that you would like to receive a copy of my free Ornamental Pine Founder’s Circle card tutorial.  However, you did not leave your email address in your comment, and you did not send me an email message to me.  Please, if you would like the tutorial, send your email address to either [email protected].com or [email protected]  Until next time…