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Sunday, 14 October 2012

Devil Dog, A DT Card & Some Candy

Hello peeps,
I have been a busy girl "trying" to train this mad puppy of ours! Sit & paw, toilet training, stay etc all ticked off he's a good boy with that, but overall he is a flipping nightmare!
We are not new to having dogs we've had 2 Labrador's both rescued & needed lots of help & confidence boosting, my stunning 12 & a half stone Dogue De Bordeaux X English Mastiff who I absolutely adored (think Turner & Hooch & that was Judge), the most loving & loyal dog I've ever known my little shadow Frodo who was a Staffie, Dude who is cross Springer, Jack Russel, Terrier & goodness knows what else & is an angel, he doesn't even need to be told what to do he is just so good & only ever needs a lead when we take him shopping in Pets at Home to pick his own treats, and then there's .............. Damien Jester!!!!
Hubby absolutely adores him, but they do say love is blind lol. Jester only ever behaves for hubby which is strange!!! Hubbs won't use a Halti to stop him pulling on the lead as he says Jester "doesn't need it & doesn't like it" Apparently Jester is always a good boy up the park & across the fields!!!! Hubby seems to be the only one who doesn't need to jump around like an idiot waving an arm around and blowing the dog whistle trying to attract Jester's attention while he blissfully does exactly as he pleases and Jester most certainly "does not need to go to dog training classes" according to hubby as none of our other dogs needed to, & when I tell him Jester's meat & 2 veg is being removed to hopefully calm him down, well that sends him right over the edge & he pales significantly lol.
As I do love the naughty pup & I want to enjoy him more I've been reading countless books & articles on dog training & my plan is - forget the Halti, I'm getting him a straight jacket, employ a dog walker for when hubby is at work & I'll just walk Dude, book him a nice little holiday for at least a month in Dog Borstal & I'll collect him when he is well behaved, book him in to the vets for the removal of his bits, & make sure my last will & testament is up-to-date for when hubby sees this photo and reads my plan of action  lol. There could well be hundreds of Magnolia's up for auction on ebay soon ha ha ha.

As some of you know when I'm tired I don't get grumpy I just really waffle on and become even more stupid than usual, nobody can get any sense out of me lol. I was still catching up with emails at 2am as I couldn't sleep as pins & needles in my arm were driving me mad, by 3am I was reaching for chocolate & must have nodded off eating it as it was melted on my face & chest when I woke up this morning, so choclolate really does make everything better as it cured my insomnia lol.

It's new challenge day at
& this fortnight our challenge is
 Ingredients -
Image - Magnolia, Cozy Christmas Bear
Medium - Copics
Sentiment - Magnolia
Papers - Pion, Marianne Designs & Whiff Of Joy corrugated cardboard
Flowers - Kort & Godt
Twine - Hemptique
Blingy button - The Ribbon Girl
Pearls - Melissa Frances, Live & Love Crafts & Wild Orchid
Sparkle - crystal glamour dust
Ribbon, Doily, Twigs & Berries from stash
Tools - Spellbinders floral ovals, Memory Box Cherise label & Tiffany Frame, MS Himalayan & Aspen snowflake punches, MS Frond leaf punch, SCAD corner die, Cuttlebug snowflakes embossing folder & sewing machine
The Copic colours I've used are -
bear - E53, E51, E50, E93 / E57, E55, E53 / C1, C00, hat & scarf - B23, B000, B0000 / C1, C00
 I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Hanna & Friends - sketch, 2 Sisters - anything goes, Crafty Hazelnuts - snowflakes, Inspire Me Fridays - anything goes
Let's have a bit of followers candy shall we?
I have a new Special Tilda on offer today, I know all Tilda's are special but she is extra special and is only available from Doe@Ding in Holland
The only rules are you must be a follower of my blog and please pop her in your sidebars :)
I will keep this candy open for a couple of weeks & close it on Halloween 31st October.
Leave your details with Mr Linky if you wish to win Tilda 
& Thanks for stopping by
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  1. Oh WOW, so generous of you Mandy, I've been a follower for a while now and I've added the gorgeous Magnolia stamp to my sidebar for the world to see (not that the world comes to my blog lol). XOX Lucy

  2. gorgeous card Mandy as always...puppy training..oh my that's harder than baby training I!!


  3. Wow! Thanks for the chance to win the gorgeous stamp!

  4. hihihi! Your dog is ready to celebrate Halloween ;p
    And Mandy... What a beautiful card you have made! Love the color use and all the little details :D
    And yes! I love to play along for your amazing candy!!
    Hugs, Karij

  5. LOL, butter wouldn't melt in Jester's mouth would it, but I am loving the horns! Great xard hun, love the image and gorgeous soft colours and elements. Have a lovely Jester free weekend. Hugs, Claire x

  6. Mandy...did I ever tell you the tale about our dog? Obviously not. Ben was a Springer Spaniel and I loved him to bits BUT he was a bloody nightmare.
    Oh I got him one of those halti leads, did it work? No. He would still take off at a gallop and I remember one particularly nasty episode, at 39 weeks pregnant and walking Ben on the park and right at the top of the hill he decided to take flight and dragged me on my knees all the way down the hill and half way into town! I hobbled home clutching my full belly with blood pouring from both knees and vowing to NEVER take him out again!
    Sadly, he never did improve. He couldn't be left home alone, not even for 10 minutes while I popped to post a letter..he would howl constantly and then started to demolish the kitchen by chewing and ripping off the cupboard doors.
    Good luck Mandy, I hope you have more success with the training than we did, because apart from being badly behaved permanently, Ben was a big softie but he really did test my patience!

    Stunning card Mandy, no change there then eh?
    Beautiful colours and packed full of jaw dropping detail :)

    Big hugs
    Elaine xxx

  7. cute little tilda,i never used any, thanks for the chance,already a follower


  8. Hi dearest Mandy your card is fabulous^_^
    I love the double frame you have created for the cute image^_^
    Gorgeous embellishments and fab soft colors^_^
    Thanks a lot for this candy,you are so generous,this Tilda is wonderful^_^
    Finger crossed^_^

  9. Love your card, it's gorgeous!! Love all the details!! had a chuckle at you falling asleep while eating chocolate - glad you ended up getting some sleep!! Thanks for a chance to win this cute stamp! Hugsxx

  10. Your Christmas card is cute so much!!! Love all about it!

  11. OMG...Mandy, that brings back memories of my Shepherd puppy! What a challenge and let me tell you....we did not win that battle!
    I hired several trainers, called Bark Busters,tried puppy training classes (which she flunked) and nothing worked. We finally had to accept the fact that we cannot change this dog! Despite all the imperfections, we adored her!
    Hope you have better luck!
    Your card is it!

  12. great love this candy, sutch a sweetie stamp, thanks for the chance to win xx



  14. Love your card Mandy, the colours and image are beautiful. As for Jester he looks like butter wouldn't melt Tinaxx.

  15. Oh Mandy, I really love your cute card! All your details are amazing and your coloring is just perfect! And thank you for the gorgeous candy!
    Hugs, Anja

  16. Oh you do tickle me with your tales. Poor Jester, he looks like butter wouldn't melt. Debs xx

  17. Your card is totally gorgous! Wow! I love it!

  18. Thank you so much Mandy for the chance to win this wonderful stamp..
    I tried to order one but they won't send it to my country.. What a shame..
    I'll keep my fingers crossed.. :)
    Hugs, Tina

  19. Well, Mandy, I have to say, Jester does look a bit of a devil! I hope he calms down a bit, even if it does mean resorting to the chop! My hubby would love a dog, but I am allergic to all things with fur and they are as much commitment as children, and I've already got 3 of those (2 boys and the biggest kid of all is my OH!)

    I did laugh at your chocolate tale, visions of you with a Dairy Milk stuck to your mush!! ;D

    So, back to crafting - love your card, heck, I love all your cards! Fab colour combo and stunning embellies as usual. Thanks for the chance to win that lovely Magnolia, too! Lisa x

  20. Hi hun, wow love this, gorgeous die cuts I so want them lol, lovely image and colours too, hope you've recovered from your pins and needles,

    ps still waiting for my e-mail, yes it's your turn lol,
    hugs Liz xx

  21. Fab candy, Mandy! Love your coloring and cute image. Thank you for the lovely candy! hugs, Helena

  22. ha ha.. Sounds like you have quite alot of work left with your Cute dog.. But.. I guess he will give you lots of joy also in the training time too.. :o).. Just keep up the good mood :o) And I guess you can always be treated with some chocolate. :o)
    I am joining in on your candy. :o)
    And hope to win! :o)

  23. And I totally forgot to comment on your Card.. ha ha.. I was so into commenting on what you had written in your post.. Ha Ha.. I am getting old.. Fantastic use of Dies and the way you have mounted them is Great.. FAB coloring and Beautiful Decorations That bow is Gorgeous.. I love that Big Bling.. :o)

  24. What a gorgeuos Card I love the stamp He is so cute

  25. Ohhh Mandy!!! I love your dog and the card!!!! Beautiful, gorgeous sparkles and what a beautifully coloured image! Hugs, Brigitte

  26. Lol at you with chocolate melting down your front, what a waste of good chocolate! Your dog is gorgeous, hope he starts behaving himself soon. Your card is stunning, love the pale blue against the cream and brown shades xxx

  27. Oh Mandy, you do make me chuckle. Poor Jester, I'm sure he'd behave if he could read LOL!! Love your card, it's sooooo beautiful. I love the way you put everything together, just gorgeous.
    Caz x

  28. Hi Mandy, what a lovely card, I really like this sweet Teddy Stamp from Magnolia and all the cream looks very pretty! Hugs Frea

  29. That card is totally stunning. Love all the beautiful embellishments. Thanks for the opportunity to win awesome candy.

  30. You did make me chuckle - poor Jester and poor you !

    Your card is stunning, love those frames.


    Jo xxxx

  31. Thank you so much for the chance to win, Mandy... lovely image! I love your card, the detail is gorgeous! And I love that dog... he looks adorably mischievous, doesn't he? You really sound like you are at the mercy of those two males... but you gotta love them, haven't you????
    Kim M

  32. Oh my, Mandy, you made such a wonderful and magnificent card, again!! So many lovely details and gorgeous coloured. Hugs, Nicole

  33. Gorgeous card Mandy, and gorgeous pup, good luck with the training, kate x

  34. Aww Mandy, he doesn't look capable of misbehaving lol!
    Think we should have had a picture of you with the choccy, bet that was a sight hun.
    Your card is another smasher, I love it,so many gorgeous details.
    Thanks for the chance of this wonderful Tilda.
    Hugs Sue W.

  35. Lol.........oh so funny Mandy! fabulous card x

  36. I really enjoyed your tales of Jester! I hope he doesn't drive you too mad.
    Your card is gorgeous. I love the colours.
    Nikki x

  37. Hi:)Sooo sweet of you to give away this lovely stamp:)I love your work,and visit your blog quite often:)
    Have a lovely week!
    Hugs, Linda

  38. Love all the lacy effects on your card, Mandy and thanks so much for offering the candy to your followers. Will have to keep my fingers crossed.
    Tine :)

  39. Absolutely gorgeous card. I love those colours together, .
    I have a very naughty Pomp that only behaves for my husband and I wouldn't even consider walking him without moral support.
    Good Luck

  40. GOt it posted and I am following you on pinterest (my new addiction) also. thanks mandy for the chance to win and your card is beautiful. joann sassy raggedy

  41. This card is gorgeous! You are such an inspiration!

  42. Absolutely gorgeous card, so much going on, I love it. Love your sweet doggie, he looks so angelic, lol! Thanks for the chance to win some candy.

  43. Loved your demon dog story! Your card is beautiful!
    Thanks so much for the chance to win this little Tilda! I am a follower and have put the pic in my sidebar!

  44. Oh, Mandy, if I didn't know how trying a willful pup can be I would be doubled over with laughter at your little story! I must admit that I had a good giggle over it all the same... couldn't help myself. The worst thing about dogs like your Jester is that they really don't mean to be devils and really want to please you. They just don't know how so their stubbornness gets the better of them. I think I would go for the training despite hubby's protests. A well-behaved furbaby makes for a happier family. Your card is beautiful, as always. I have posted your candy piccy in my sidebar and have my fingers crossed to win. Thanks for the grins and the chance to win.


  45. I feel the same way about our new kitten!! He's INSANE, lol!!!!

    Love the new Tilda - how fun! Thank you for the chance to win. She'll be put on my left sidebar and linked up to this post!

  46. Oh that is one heck of a dog! I do hope you get him (or hubby) sorted out soon!
    This is just a preciously sweet Christmas card. Love all of the creams and browns you've used and the bear is colored up just perfectly.


  47. Awww your doggy is gorgeous! Good luck with the training lol Ive just about managed to get my Shih Tzu to give me the paw....and thats after over a year trying lol
    Thanks so much for a chance to enter for this gorgeous Tilda :)
    Fiona L x

  48. Hey Hun,

    oh, what cutie "devil" doggy. Give him a hug from me :)

    Your card looks so wonderful and thanks for the chance to win this sweet Tilda. I'll cross my fingers :).

    Many hugs

  49. picture of Tilda is on my blog on the page with candy
    greetings from Poland :)

  50. You're card is stunning. The pearls are great.

  51. Golly gee Mandy this is BEE-Utiful!!!!!!! OMG just stunning!!!! Great accents and the cardboard is clever--you no me always searching for new ideas :D
    Hope you get some rest after working with Jester--our daughter just got a german shepherd pup and came home to visit for a week and when she returned home...she said Jax was so hyper that he woke her twice that nite and still got her up at 6am to play. At 10am she sent me a pic of him sleeping in the corner:)
    Take care of yourself dear!!
    Love and thanks for chance at Magnolia stamp--yum yum :)

  52. OMWord is this card bleeding stunning or what!!!!! Its so so gorgeous I'm getting my darn keyboard rather wet here as I'm drooling........not good is it lol.
    Love your dog he is lush & you are like me when you are tired....I dont get grumpy I get hyper active & laugh at the most stupid of things lol.

    Thank you soooooo much for your lovely comment it really did mean the world shug.

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

  53. Oh Mandy stunning card!!!
    thank you for the chance to win the gorgeous stamp.
    I had to smile at your "devil dog" pic!!

  54. Very generous Mandy. Love your christmas card. So many lovely details. cheers Linda

  55. What a stunning card Mandy. Love the colours and such a darling image. Beautiful embellishments also.
    This is such lovely candy. Thank you so much for the chance to win.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  56. Hi Mandy, I know what you mean about dogs behaving with one person and not the other, our dog behaves with me when shes on the lead, but takes my hubby for a walk when she goes with him. She always knows when we come to a curb, but whether he keeps it up when he takes out Im not so sure. A stunning card by the way. hugs Shirleyxxxx

  57. Where do I start?
    Words fail me gazing upon your beautifully stunning creation...
    I can only hope that when I grow up I can create like you! Hehehehe! :0)

    As for your precious candy... oh me oh my she is simply the sweetest!!! I can already feel my fingers itching to bring her to life! Smiles.

    Hugs to you,
    And thank you so much for being my newest follower...
    Love love love stopping by your blog for a WEE nosey every now and again!


  58. Ohh - love you beautiful card with an adorable motive and nice details!

    :-) Nina

  59. Love Magnolias, She is super cute

  60. Gorgeous card Mandy, love the soft colours. Great candy, thank you for the chance.

    Pam x

  61. Hi Mandy, your card is so adorable!! I know what Jester is putting you through as my Yorkie doesn't behave as well as the other little doggies i've had. He's very clever but tries to make out that we're the stupid ones but i love him so much!! Thanks for the chance to win the cute Tilda and keep trying with Jester!!
    Hugs Hazel xx

  62. A fantastic card Mandy, love the pale colours and all the beautiful details - it's gorgeous!
    Have a nice day!
    Hugs Kjersti:)

  63. Mandy this card is just stunning, I love the softness of colour. Joey x

  64. Stunning card! such beautiful details,
    Thank you for the chance to win this beautiful Tilda x
    Wendy x

  65. Mandy, Your cards are drop-dead gorgeous - I love your tales about Jester..... We have two dogs, but the youngest is an imp. For the first four years of her life I said a 4-letter word constantly....SPCA.
    (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) (They also take dogs that are abandoned). I threatened her, to no end. I actually drove her up to the kennels to show her what it would be like to be homeless.....and repeated the 4-letter word. SPCA.
    She actually improved after that little visit!! I think we both learned a little. Good luck with your "munster".
    Your Candy is awesome!! I sure hope it finds its' way to my doorstep.
    hugz, Madge

  66. OH wow Mandy he's a fabulous bear first time I've seen him!! your card is stunning as always!! super sweet candy too thanks for the chance of winning such a beauty

  67. Hi Mandy, another chance to win some great candy, you're really nice!
    Hugs from Spain

  68. You are so talented and creative. It's a joy to visit your blog - you are so inspirational!! Thanks for the chance to win more gorgeous Tilda:)

  69. Hi This card is utterly gorgeous with some cuteness added in !! Lost for words as always ... ;0)

  70. A fantastic card Mandy, love soft colours and all the beautiful details - it's gorgeous!
    Thank you for the chance to win the beautiful stamp.

  71. I so enjoyed reading about your puppy Mandy - you are a scream. We have a new puppy in this house too - hence my lack of time around blogland!! We are puppywalking for the Irish Guidedogs. We will have Clarly for a year and then she will go on to further training. We are doing the whole sit, wait, busy/busy! too... LOL!!!!!! Enjoy! She loves waking us at the weekend at 5.57 am! I have puppy brain!!! it's turned to mush! Hugs to you, Dee

  72. Card is beautiful.
    Stamp great painted and decorated.
    I love to watch and admire your work.
    Very beautiful painting,
    I would like to just be able to paint

  73. Thank you for the candy .
    I fell in love in Magnolia's stamps.
    In my country Im in club - here is our blog

    So you can see that my love is great, I love the color stamps, see the smiles of the people who get a card with Magnolia stamp.

    hugs mONAmi

  74. Your cards are totally. Thanks for the chance to win the yummy candy.
    Hugs, Nancie

  75. oh mandy what a gorgeous super cute little puppy you have, jester's just adorable. I found your blog after visiting a DT members blog and have now become one of your latest followers. Huge Hugs, Lorraine xXx

  76. Hallo Mandy,
    ich habe Deinen Blog durch Zufall entdeckt. Mein Kompliment an Dich, Du machst so wunderwunderschöne Karten. Ich liebe die Magnolia Motive sehr.
    Vielen Dank für die Chance diesen schönen Stempel zu gewinnen. Ich bin jetzt ein Verfolger von Dir, und habe das Candy in meiner Sidebar verlinkt.
    Herzliche Grüße aus Germany sendet Dir Carmen

  77. Gorgeous card, Mandy! Thanks so much for the blog candy opportunity! That little Tilda is my new fave!

  78. Hi Mandy,

    I've been following your blog for a while and love your cards but it was your dog story that finally got me to write lol, I have 3 springers so I know where your coming from , sorry but your story did make me chuckle but only cos I've been and got the tshirt the one thing I have learned it to go with the flo and not get to stressed (if that's possible) cos that seams to make them more excitable if that was possible enjoy your boy.


  79. So cute , I love your creations such a talented lady , thanks so much for the chance to win your candy Hugs Denise xx

  80. I absolutely love your card Mandy. So beautiful and so many gorgeous details.
    Thanks so much for the chance at winning your wonderful candy. Someone is going to be really lucky.
    Hugs, Rosalee

  81. Awesome card!
    I love the sweet image...

    ...thanks for the chance to win this beautiful stamp :)

  82. Wow, your card is wonderful LOVE IT.


  83. Jester is just adorable... Love the soft colors n the cute flowers of the card. And thank you for the chance to win this cute tilda.


  84. Eccomi, ci sono anch'io!! Grazie per questa oppurtunità!
    Ciao, Gina

  85. Awesome! Thank you for the chance!
    Rene :D

  86. Olá, Mandy!
    O seu cartão é um encanto!
    E este doce Tilda é um amor!
    Muito obrigada,
    Fabiana Strehlow.

  87. Gorgeous card. Thanks for the chance to win some candy.

  88. Oooohhh almost missed it.... glad I didn't, hope I win this stamp, it's sooooooo sweet!!!

    gr. arjette.

  89. Aaa...I put the wrong onw...this is NOT my second entry for the can check Mandy!!! It is quite late so I want to take my chance as well! happy Halloween to you!

  90. Lol, I can sooo relate to you. Ollie is now 15 months old and is marginally better. I've been on that field blowing the whistle whilst he merrily totally ignores me and begins going home with his play mates. Now when he does it I'll think of you and know I'm not alone.
    Beautiful card as always Mandy, I'm trying not to follow the links, need the pennies for Xmas. Thanks for the opportunity to win this gorgeous Maggie.
    Hugs Tracy x

  91. Hopping through blogland I arrived here.... woww what gorgeous cards you make.... I'll be back more often!!
    Would love to take part in the candy draw... but I am too late I guess...


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