Dog Days of Summer

We are in the “Dog Days of Summer”, but do you know what that means?

It refers to a period of particularly hot and humid weather occurring during the summer months of July and August. In ancient Greece and Rome, the Dog Days were believed to be a time of drought, bad luck, and unrest, when dogs and men alike would be driven mad by the extreme heat. This heat wave coincides with the rising of Sirius, the Dog Star toward dawnThe name “Sirius” even stems from Ancient Greek seírios, meaning “scorching.”

For the ancient Egyptians, the dawn rising of Sirius (known to them as “Sothis”) also coincided the Nile River’s flood season. They used the star as a “watchdog” for that event.

Of course, the appearance of Sirius does not actually affect seasonal weather, but because it rises near dawn during the hottest part of summer, the star lends it’s lore to the hot and humid season.

Now you know the history, let’s make a fast and simple card using the Dog Builder punch!

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Download the Tutorial Here

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The best way to stay cool during these “Dog Days of Summer” is to craft in your air-conditioned craft room. Take my advice and make something to mail to a friend 🙂

 

Disney Dog Daydreaming

Disneyland is my happy place: Just thinking about a day in that magical park brings a smile to my face! Yes, I’m over 50, but like Peter Pan…I won’t grow up if it means I can’t enjoy the delight and wonder that is the happiest place on earth, and I never miss a Disney movie, live action or animated.

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Thus, I’ve been noodling on the TGIF Challenge #195 since it was announced last Friday, and had a brainstorm when I was creating with the Happy Tails bundle from the 2019 Occasions Catalog, I had a jolt of inspiration! I think it’s “spot on”:

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You may recall from 101 Dalmations how the pet owners’ personalities were all reflected in the dogs they owned…it’s become a habit to observe how often that is true! What do you think: Does Tiger look anything like me??

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If we don’t share any physical resemblance, we certainly share the “easily distracted” trait!!

To make the letters stand out, I used the Real Red Stampin’ Marker and just rubbed it along the edge of the letter…sometimes I ran over and marked up a letter, but just use a black marker and make a bigger “spot” to cover your mistakes. I’m a “close-enough” crafter, so I don’t mind a few marks to indicate that “I cared enough to make you the very best card I could”:

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If you’d like to create your own, you may order the supplies from my Stampin’ Store below, and I’d wag my tail AND send you a thank you card! Don’t forget that for each $50 you order through March 31, 2019, you earn a FREE Sale-a-Bration product, too.

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