Punchy Pug

Stampin up absolutely fabulous pug

It's her 10th birthday today.  Even though she's a "senior" girl, our pug, Isabel, is "absolutely fabulous."  She's never missed a family meal, has consumed a dozen brownies in one sitting (not a good day) and never ceases to warm our hearts with her squishy face.

I was kicking the idea around of using exclusively punches for her face . . . but the ears weren't quite right.  My friend, Ann-Marie (an engineer by trade), took one look and immediately knew the remedy was to fold the small oval ears.  Brilliant!

  • Isabel's eyes consist of 1/4" (Chocolate Chip) and 1/2" Circles (Soft Suede, available July 1).
  • Her Soft Suede nose is an upside down heart created from the Heart to Heart Punch and her tongue (which is the longest ever on record, according to my husband) is a Ruby Red Horizontal Slot Punch.
  • The Kraft face was fashioned with a 1 3/4" Circle Punch and the ears (also Kraft) are produced with the Small Oval Punch (then folded as Ann-Marie suggested).
  • Her Ruby Red collar was created using the 1 3/4" Circle Punch twice.  TIP:  For extra doggie dazzle, I added Silver Brads to glam up the collar.
  • Her face was adhered to Chocolate Chip card stock and I used Stampin' Dimensionals to mat a piece of Soft Suede behind.
  • Using a Paper Piercer and Template, I created a tidy little border to tuck my Ruby Red Trio Flowers into.  TIP:  To mirror the collar, I added Silver Brads to the flower centers.
  • The card base measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", scored on the side.  It's topped with Sweet Slumber Stampin up absolutely fabulous heart to heart Specialty Designer Series Paper.  TIP:  Sweet Slumber is on the Last Chance Accessories List & Sale.
  • Using a Stamp-a-ma-jig, I positioned the "absolutely fabulous" sentiment (in Chocolate Chip) directly on the designer paper. 
  • TIP:  The Absolutely Fabulous stamp set (sentiment on the outside and it's companion on the inside) are on the Stampin' Up! Last Chance Stamp List (available alphabetically and by page number on my top right side bar).

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Stamp Set:  Absolutely Fabulous (114914)
Paper:  Sweet Slumber Specialty Designer Serie (114037), Soft Suede (115318, available July 1), Ruby Red (102030), Chocolate Chip (102128), Kraft (102125)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip (100908)
Cool Tools:  Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049), Paper Piercer and Template (104310, Stampin' Up! Crafter's Tool Kit)
Punches:  Trio Flower 109183), 1 3/4" Circle (112004), Heart to Hear (113694), Small Oval (107304), Horizontal Slot (105089), 1/2" Circle (104390), 1/4" Circle (retired)
The Perfect Touch:  Silver Brads (104336), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Absolutely fabulous


  1. This is so cute! I’ve never thought to just use punches before, what a great idea!

  2. ADORABLE! I’ll have to CASE this for Father’s day from our dogs to my husband. TFS!

  3. That is just wonderful! How clever! 😀


  4. I love this! I always make birthday cards for my three cats. I can really the green tint in the Soft Suede paper in this project also. Happy Birthday Isabel!

  5. I can’t think of one superlative that hasn’t already been posted. Now, smartypants, can you do one for a German Shepherd/beagle mix? It’s not even possible to imagine. Isabel should be duly honored by this amazing effort.

  6. Happy Birthday Isabel….you have a brilliant Mama!

    Hugs and blessings to you both – Jean

  7. Denise January

    You truly are a punch maven, Mary! An AWESOME project – your ideas are SO fresh and clever – delightful! Now, I challenge you to make a chihuahua! 😉

  8. I will have to try that – our pug Sly has a bday coming up. Plus my girlfriend absolutely adores pugs and has 2! Very cute – thanks for sharing. And happy birthday to Isabel.

  9. This is soooo cute! You’re the best Mary!
    Happy B-day Isabel.

  10. How cute is this!!! Very creative, Mary!

    I just love pugs!!!

  11. He,he,he – this is tooooo stinkin’ cute – Mary!!!! I love this 🙂 Hugs ~S~

  12. SUper cute and I love the collar! Happy Birthday Isabel!

  13. What an awesome card, what an awesome design, I just love what you did with punches.

  14. Oh my gosh! This is SO cute! How clever to use the heart punch, it works so perfectly!

  15. From one Pug Mama to another … this is an adorable card!! xoxo Isabel from Sammy, Dixie and Daisy!!

  16. Love it!!! I will have to try and play with my punches to see if I can make a punch schnauzer. Give Isabel a good scratch behind the ears for me. 🙂 Happy Birthday, Isabel!!!

  17. Oh my, Mary! Your pug is absolutely adorable! Love her collar too – she is VERY FAB!

  18. So cute! Give her a belly rub for me – Happy Birthday Isabel

  19. Rosemary Olson

    Sooo cute! Wonder if I could do a portrait of my dachshund Ginger? Might have to try.

  20. aww!!! what an awesome discovery! tfs! hugs, liza

  21. leslie nyholm

    cute mary!

  22. Dee Dee Bryans

    Absolutely adorable! I have owned four pugs in my life and I always appreciate anything puggy! Can’t wait to make this card! Thanks. Dee Dee

  23. Mary, you’ve outdone yourself! This is too cute!!!
    Give Isabel a birthday hug for me!

  24. Pugs Rule! I have a puggy too and I can’t wait to make this card! Mary you are awesome!

  25. colleen kramer

    You clever, clever girl! How perfect for a Grand-dog card, too!

  26. I am so glad I am not the only one who makes cards for her pets!

    This is sooo flippin adorable! I am printing this one off! I had bulldogs for years, and this is mighty close! I love those squishy faces.Dogs are a girls best friend.

  27. This is adorable! I bet with the right CS changes it could be a Boston Terrier! I’m so gonna try that…..I have 2 and love them! Thanks for the inspiration! {SMILES}

  28. Oh, Mary! How clever of you. You are an amazing artist! What a great idea. Hope you have a wonderful day!

  29. Happy Birthday, Isabel!

    This is precious, Mary! It is also very obvious that Isabel holds a special place in your heart!

  30. Adorable! This put a smile on my face this evening! Happy Birthday, Isabel!

  31. Elizabeth Fortuna

    super cute! thanks for sharing!

  32. What a cute card. I have to remember to make my other grandchildren (the dogs) a card like that on their b-days. I bet she will love it. Absolutely fabulous!!!

  33. Aww, so sweet! Happy Birthday Isabel.

    And now I suppose I must admit that it took Isabel’s birthday to bring me out of blog lurkdom. *smile* (I’m owned by 2 canines, and, so, have quite a soft spot in my heart for any doggie.)

    Always enjoy and appreciate your wonderfully creative ideas and Stampin’ Up info!

  34. This is probably the cutest card (or anything for that matter) I have ever seen!

  35. How fun! This is the spitting image of Izzie!

    Happy Birthday, Dear Isabel.

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