THE ART OF GIVING: Thanks for stopping by and getting involved in this great opportunity. In starting off the new year, Christine and I decided to put together a challenge blog that would not only provide you with inspiration and free goodies, but to also let you know about the many ways we can "PAY IT FORWARD" to others in our simple and GIGANTIC ways. We hope that in combining both inspiration and giving to others, we can all make this world a better place, one layout, card, and gesture at a time. Thank you for taking this journey with us.

Woof there it is...  

Monday, May 16, 2011

A bunch of us love our cuddly canines right?  Or our Other furry little friends I bet! There are many organizations out there to dedicated to helping out our lap dogs, cuddly cats, and so on. One is that I can think of is called "The Animal Rescue Site".  This is taken directly from their site: "The Animal Rescue Site provides simple, effective, feel-good ways to address an urgent, specific need: providing food and vital care for some of the eight million unwanted animals given to shelters every year in the U.S., as well as animals in desperate need around the world". What I really like about their site is that with one click of your mouse you can help feed an animal in need for free and no obligation.  The sponsors of their website will do the rest and you can visit the site daily.  So think about bookmarking their page!
Bree, Illyse and I all are dog lovers and all of our dogs are rescue dogs.  That is they have not come from pet stores but from pet rescue organizations. We are all animal lovers. So we thought that the next challenge should be something that was personal to all of us.  But before I go into our next challenge, Bree even has something a bit more to share:

Recently while watching a TV special I heard about Tara the Elephant and Bella the Labrador mix who had became best friends at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee ( At about the same time I had started making cards for friends who had lost a pet - and they were always asking where I got them from. The idea suddenly came about - how could I help both people who lost pets and the elephants? That is how "Wipe Your Paws" then came into being. I make and sell a variety of cards and pet related gifts and ALL the money made is donated to the Elephant Sanctuary and the Humane Society - where our little dog Jackson came from. Both these groups are doing amazing work and no matter how small the donation - every little bit helps.
Wipe Your Paws -

Elephant Sanctuary -

Humane Society -
Okay so now on to the challenge is it quite an easy one, just show us your layout with your cat or dog and tell us something special about him/her.  Make sure to please link the layout in your post! This challenge will begin today, May, 16th and end Wednesday, June 1st. A winner will be announced on Thursday, June 2nd.    Now let us share our cuddly little loves with you!

Bree's Layout about.... Jackson

Illyse's Layout about.... Naomi

Christine's layout about.... Leila
 And lastly, here is the fun prize for one lucky and random winner!

  So hurry and get those layouts in!!! Link us up, share your layouts with us, post them on your blog and share with us in your post what makes them so special!  We can't wait to see your cuties!!!


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Mother's day Challnege winner announced!  

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Hello all, if you were waiting! Here I am with a winner being announced now!!!

Thank you all for your participation in our challenge we will have a new challenge up on Monday!

Our winner of this challenge is Erin R!  Here is a link beautiful card that she made! Erin please contact us via our email with your mailing info.

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