Puppy Time Cards

September 13, 2014

Puppy Time Cards by Judi Kauffman

Judi Kauffman is back as today’s Guest Designer and once again she’s been making cards three at a time. This trio will tug at your heartstrings – Puppies and more puppies. Nothing could be cuter! And speaking of Heartstrings, that’s the name of the embossing folder she chose.

Thanks for inviting me to be here at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today, Joset. I have a soft spot for puppies, so of course I fell in love with the new Puppies Peel-offs (2584). They’re fun to color. And yes, I do seem to be making cards in batches of three lately. But there are five puppies on the peel-offs sheet so I could have made five one-pup cards instead. And I do have all of the negative shapes left for other projects so this is just the start!

Beginners: These cards are very easy and quick to make. Skip the pen doodling in step 3 and they’re even faster to finish!


1. Make top-fold card bases from pink linen-finish cardstock or use purchased pre-folded cards with matching envelopes. Option: Pick a different color palette instead of pink and red.
Sizes shown: 4.25” x 5.5” and 4” x 9.25”.

2. Place the peel-offs onto smooth white cardstock, arranging them as shown or as you prefer. Puppies can face each other or sit or stand on their own. Include the bones, bowls, hearts, and a greeting, or place the greeting on a separate piece of cardstock. Use the photos for layout ideas. TIP: Substitute a different peel-off for the greeting – Happy Birthday, Congratulations,
Get Well Soon. Or hand-write, stamp, or computer-generate a greeting if you want to say something that is not available in peel-offs.

3. Color puppies, bowls, hearts, and bones. Add doodles and dots with a white pen. Cut out, leaving a simple rectangle around the puppies (like the 4” x 9.25” card) or fussy cut selected areas, allowing portions of the peel-offs to extend past the rectangle (like the A2 cards). Option: Instead of realistic colors, puppies can be silly and bold (stripes, zigzags, pink and yellow with purple spots or whatever suits the occasion and the recipients!).

4. Mat the white rectangles to solid red cardstock (or color of choice).

5. Use the Heartstrings folder to emboss two 4” x 5” pieces of Red Iris Shimmer Sheetz. Accent the left and right sides of the card front with small bands or squares of the Shimmer Sheetz or use it as a larger frame behind a puppy and a message block. Keep the scraps for other projects. Options: Lightly sand to reveal the white core of the Shimmer Sheetz and tone down a bit of the shine. Use either side of the embossed Shimmer Sheetz (one side has raised hearts and strings; the other side has the reverse – de-bossed pattern).

6. Assemble the cards. Use foam tape or dots for added dimension under the puppies and message block.

7. Get out some postage stamps and send the cards on their way! Or deliver them in person, along with a hug.



Elizabeth Craft Designs –

2584 Puppies Peel-offs in Black

2580 Thinking of You Large Peel-offs in Black

SS0226 Shimmer Sheetz in Red Iris

E112 Heartstrings embossing folder

Double-sided adhesive sheets


Other – 

WorldWin Papers – ColorMates Smooth & Silky 90# cardstock in White

Letraset – ProMarkers

Sakura of America – Gelly Roll Medium pen in White

Bazzill Basics Paper – Pre-folded cards with matching envelopes in Pink or color of choice

Foam dots or tape; Sanding block; Red cardstock


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  • Reply Mary Prasad September 15, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Adorably cute cards! Your doodles add a really nice touch!

  • Reply Frances Byrne September 13, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Super cute cards, I also love the doodling on those cute puppies.

    • Reply Judi Kauffman September 14, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      What pens do you use for doodling, Frances?

  • Reply Raquel Mason September 13, 2014 at 11:39 am

    So cute & I love the doodling on the puppies!

  • Reply clickityklak September 13, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Love these puppy peel offs. A friend of mine just made a card with them and it was so-o-o cute. Love the idea of shimmer sheetz background…..Gotta do that ! ! ! Thanks for sharing

    • Reply Judi Kauffman September 13, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      The Heartstrings folder seemed like the perfect choice! I love that folder.

  • Reply Judi Kauffman September 13, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Hmmmm, I wonder where the second half of my last name went?!?

  • Reply judi kauff September 13, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I wanted it to look a bit like paper piecing, but without the work! If you wanted the entire puppy to be one pattern, put the peel-off onto paper with a very small-scale almost tone-on-tone design. That would work, too.

  • Reply sharon taylor September 13, 2014 at 9:22 am

    puppies are so cute and the hearts add alittle love

  • Reply Stampinhigh September 13, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Great way to add texture to the puppies! I, too, at first thought you had used patterned paper.

  • Reply Candy Spiegel September 13, 2014 at 8:08 am

    So cute! I love the doodling on the puppies. At first glance, I thought you had used different patterned papers!

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