Wow, it has been so long since I posted something on our blog. A couple of weeks ago, Bitten by the Bug 2, posted their Princess (the Word) Challenge and I decided I wanted to participate. Of course, I waited until the last minute to finish my project. Time is running so short, in fact, that I am going to post pictures right now so I can link my project to their blog and then come back and post the details. I am hoping I can come back and add comments without creating a disaster — we’ll see how that works out
OK, now I will see if I can add some details. The picture in this layout is of our dog and it was taken in 2006, shortly after we adopted her from a rescue group. Fifi was in foster care for about a year before we got her, so we decided to keep the name she came with — even though it was not high on my hubby’s list of dog names.
Fifi also came with a few issues, the most worrisome was that she nipped. We talked with our veterinarian about the problem and she recommended a dog trainer–Fifi likes to refer to her as her personal trainer. Anyway, the trainer seemed to do the trick as Fifi has not nipped since getting individual and group training.
At the end of the year, the trainer had a party for the dogs. She does this each year and always chooses a different theme. For 2006 the theme was Prom. The dogs all came dressed up, but once they walked for judging they got to get undressed and get down to some serious partying — which included running in the dog park and lots of doggy treats.
This was the first (and so far only) time that Fifi has dressed up — and I wanted to make her something special to wear. I altered a dog pattern to make her frilly dress. I also made a matching cover for her leash. I was surprised that Fifi did not mind wearing the dress. After walking for the judges, Fifi was chosen as a Prom Princess and her award was a new chew toy.
I used a paper stack from Die Cuts With a View called The Chateau Lavender. I laid out my design in Cricut Design Studio and I used the Once Upon a Princess cartridge for the title “Princess” cut and Don Juan for “Prom”. The frame was cut from Elegant Edges, the throne from Formal Occasion and the dog and crown from Paper Pups.
I did some heat embossing on the frame using some Stampendous products that I recently bought. The embossing powder I used all over the frame is called Fran-tage Shabby White Opaque. It is chunky and has lots of gold glitter in it. I also added some Stampendous Shaved Ice on top of the powder before I heated it — the Shaved Ice adds chunks of bling. My only problem was trying to keep it from blowing all over. I heated the frame from underneath, as Stampendous recommends.
I cut a throw rug to go underneath the throne using George and Basic Shapes. For the white on the crown, I heat embossed it using the same Stampendous products that I used on the frame. I did some chalking on the pup.
I used Stampendous Fran-Tage Lavender Crushed Glass Glitter on the princess hat in the title and used Stickles on the star that dots the “i”. The last step was the small flowers, which are Recollections brand from Michaels that I recently got on clearance. I used Stickles in the center of the flowers.
- DCWV The Chateau Lavender
- Cricut Cartridges: Don Juan, Elegant Edges, Formal Occasion, Once Upon a Princess, Paper Pups
- Stampendous Fran-tage Shabby White Opaque Embossing Powder, Lavender Crushed Glass Glitter, Shaved Ice
- Recollections flowers