Stampin’ Up! Rustic Climbing Orchid

Morning, y’all – it’s Finally Friday!  And I’m glad.  It’ll be nice to not have to think about the “real job” for a minute – I’ve sorta got my hands full fretting about Finn.  Full Finn Fretting, if you will.  It’s a full-time job, for certain sure. 😉

The card I made today is clean and simple – and made easy by the existence of the Climbing Orchid bundle – which includes the Orchid Builder Framelits!  When I added a bunch of pink orchids to some Wood Textures DSP I got…well, take a look-see:

I borrowed the layout from the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge.

And I also played with the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge.  I went right down the right side.

I started simply – by Fast Fusing a piece of Wood Textures DSP to a Powder Pink mat for the card front.

I stamped several orchids with the Climbing Orchid stamp set – these are all two-step images – in Powder Pink on Whisper White.  Then I cut them out with their matching die from the bundled Orchid Builder Framelits.  I also stamped some little centers in Powder Pink and cut them as well.

I used Pear Pizzazz to stamp a few leaves and cut them with their dies.

With Sponge Daubers, I sponged the leaves with more Pear Pizzazz and each of the flowers and middles with Powder Pink.


I popped each of the flower middles onto a flower with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the sentiment, which is also from the Climbing Orchid set, I stamped it in Pear Pizzazz on Whisper White.  Then I cut it with the larger banner die in the new Lakeside Framelits (available 1 June).  I lightly sponged the edges of the banner with Powder Pink.

I layered all my pieces onto the card front, using Liquid Glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

A few Pearl Basic Jewels finished off the card front.

On the inside, I stamped the smaller two-step Orchid in Powder Pink on a Whisper White panel.  I also stamped it on a sticky note and fussy cut it to make a mask.  I placed that over the stamped flower and added two Pear Pizzazz leaves.

I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Powder Pink mat and into my Thick Whisper White card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done.

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got another masked-off Climbing Orchid on the front…

…and I added a little more Wood Textures DSP to the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  Pretty quick and simple to make – and I love how the pink Climbing Orchids look against the Wood Textures DSP, don’t you?  I hope you like!

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Thick Whisper White Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″)

Powder Pink Card Stock:  4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner)

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Finn Fan Fix

Well, folks – on the road to recovery there are going to be some dips.

Today was kind of a big one.

We went for a walk this morning and things seemed pretty normal…

Then he came in with me and was quite happy to eat some of his food mixed with chicken and rice (he’s no fool) – and even ate his medicine.

And then…he started to wander around.  And pace.  And stand in corners just staring at…the corner.

Around lunch time I called the vet and he suggested a couple of Benadryl to help him relax.  Which worked for a time.

I started to really take note of the fact that my lovely Aussie is….just that.  A lovely Aussie.  But right now – he’s not “Finn”.

He didn’t clean up the kitty food around the bowls.  Didn’t try to lick the dishes in the dishwasher.  Didn’t bring me one of his bones to hold for him to gnaw.

See what I mean?  Decidedly. Not.  Finn.

We went to see the vet in the afternoon – and…the answer is unclear.  The brain is a complex thing.  We’re not really sure what’s going on in there.

So – my vet is consulting with some veterinary neurologists to see if there’s anything we need to be doing that we’re not.

And we’re trying to be patient.  It’s only been 4 days, after all.  Surely time will return my Finn to me?

Y’all – send all the positive vibes and prayers you’ve got.  He needs them.  And so do I.



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60 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Rustic Climbing Orchid

  1. Your card is so pretty. I continue to pray for Finn and you. I hope the neurologist will discover what is happening. Perhaps with that kick, he has suffered amnesia? No matter what, it is very disconcerting.

    • stampsnlingers

      Amnesia has crossed my mind – I don’t know why he would NOT have that!! Thank you so much for the prayers, my friend – and know that you and Perry are in mine!

  2. What a pretty card! Love the woodgrain background with the pretty pink flowers. So sorry that Finn still isn’t himself. 🙁 Sending good thoughts for a speedy recovery! 🙂

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks so much, Amy – I liked how the flowers look with the wood, for sure! Appreciate the good thoughts! 🙂

  3. Beautiful card.

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks, Julie – and thank you for the nice e-mail! 🙂

  4. Donna B Wright

    Oh Mary, my heart is right there with yours! The prayers have been constant since this happened to Finn.That is just what we do for our children … pray without ceasing! No need for a lot of “foo foo” words,right now. We will just give him to our Lord and pray that His will be done.
    Your sister in Christ, fellow demonstrator and lover of all Gods creatures

    Love you and how you love Finn!
    Donna Wright
    Winnsboro, SC

    • stampsnlingers

      Thank you so much, Donna! I appreciate the continued prayers! We’ve got a bit of a road ahead of us!!

  5. Mary sending all the prayers and Love to you, Finn and all the doggie carers as they work to get him sorted. Concusion in us humans is a somewhat dificult thing to treat so think it might be the same for Finn. I can only feel for you all. I know what the brain does when it gets a hit from a force or sedation – not nice. Love from Australia. Rosalie

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks, Rosalie – I know he’s got all that stuff going on his head right now – and also know that time will be the best medicine! Appreciate the thoughts and prayers! 🙂

  6. Kate

    The card is beautiful.
    The FFF is sad. The prayers ramped up and continuing…and, yes, most assuredly for you both.

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks, Mom. And I appreciate the prayers! 🙂

  7. Karen Ksenakovic

    Love your card. So sorry to hear about Finn not being himself, it brought tears to my eyes. Breaks my heart knowing an animal is sick. Maybe it’s just a side effect from the surgery and he’ll be out of it by the end of the weekend. Hopefully with time you’ll have your sweet little man back to normal. You and Finn are in my prayers.

    • stampsnlingers

      I’m sure hoping that’s the case, Karen! I suspect it is…but won’t know for sure for a bit. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts and prayers! 🙂

  8. Beki Rich

    Sorry to hear the news about Finn, will say some prayers for both of you. I am sure all of your readers are pulling for him, he is such a love, through your comments.

    • stampsnlingers

      Thank you, Beki – I’ve been seriously touched at al the love coming his way! I know it will be successful! 🙂

  9. Gale S.

    You just wish they could talk and tell you what is wrong and what hurts! But you know your Finn and you know when something isn’t right. Thinking of you both and sending all of the good vibes that I can.

    • stampsnlingers

      Yep – I sure do. When you spend nearly every waking (and sleeping!) moment with an animal you have a pretty good idea what’s going on. But you’re never really SURE, right?!? Thank you so much, Gale! 🙂

  10. Stephanie A

    So sorry to hear about your Finny boy. It’s so hard when we can’t understand what’s going on. My cat had a stroke last year. It took a few weeks to eat her up and moving, but she is definitely not the same cat. She tries to be “her normal self” but there are just some things she doesn’t do anymore. I pray for the best recovery for Finn and you. (I also had a stroke 6 yrs ago and I know I’m not the imagine an animal..) sending {hugs}

    • stampsnlingers

      I’m sorry she’s still got a deficit – hope she’s not too upset by them! 🙁 And – sorry you had one, too! 🙁 Thank you so much for the prayers, Stephanie! 🙂

      • Stephanie

        Awe..thank you. of her “old ways” was to get on the kitchen counter or table. We would get the air can out..the kind you spray dust with..not the air once she saw it..she would get down. Now..we’ll the counter is too high for her, but it’s like a victory when she does get up there, even tho it’s only been a few times. So, yay for any victories for her and for Finn. Even the small ones. It’s been a bit over a year for us. She is 11 this month. And your guy is still young.

      • stampsnlingers

        It says something when we’re HAPPY when they do something that used to make us crazy, doens’t it? We’re odd, we humans! I think his youth and health will stand him in good stead. Thanks, Stephanie! 🙂

  11. Get her up..not eat her up! Lol

  12. Pat

    Oh Mary, my heart hurts for both of you. I’ll continue to send up prayers and think healing thoughts for your sweet boy. ❤️
    Your card is lovely, the pink/brown combo is a favorite of mine.

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks so much, Pat – I like this color combo, too! And thank you for the prayers and healing thoughts! 🙂

  13. Robbie Miller

    Poor Finn, poor Mary … praying for Finn’s recovery !


    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks so much, Robbie! They’re very appreciated! 🙂

  14. Susan Stetina

    Sending love and prayers to both you and Finn. Praying Finn will have a full recovery and be himself again soon.

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks so much, Susan – that’s pretty much exactly what I’m praying for! 🙂

  15. Barbara Riefner

    OMG – what a worry. I am praying for Finn to be Finn. Maybe that is somewhat normal for a head/brain injuries. Wonder if concussion is possible in a canine? Kinda sounds like what a person goes through with concussion. Please keep us posted, and we all will continue praying and thinking positive thoughts for Finn. I think we all want our Finn back!!! We enjoy his stories and antics so much.

    • stampsnlingers

      Yes – concussion is a thing -and there’s really no reason to think he would NOT have one – even if mild. So – Mary needs to chill and give him time to get past this and his body do the healing. Thanks very much for the prayers and positive thoughts, Barbara! 🙂

  16. Karen

    I read your news about Finn every day and know how much you truly love and care for him. Please know that I am thinking about both of you and sending a prayer for his complete recovery. It’s funny how fast those furry friends become such an important part of our families.

    • stampsnlingers

      It’s sort of crazy how quickly I fell totally and completely in love with the little goof. And yes – I don’t hardly remember a time he wasn’t with us! Thank you so much, Karen! 🙂

  17. Pauline Silano

    I will be saying lots of prayers for Finn – and you! How frightening it must have felt for you to realize he isn’t himself – yet. With all of his Fans praying, he’s bound to be himself in no time.

    • stampsnlingers

      Yea – it scared me – enough for me to forget completely that we’re still only 4 days out from the accident. Hello?? Impatient much, Mary!? Thanks very much, Pauline! 🙂

  18. Oh, Mary. My thoughts and prayers are definitely with you and Finn. It is so hard to feel helpless and not know how to fix it. Our fur babies are family! I just read your other posts today and got caught up on what you’re going through. So sorry to hear it. Hang in there. He is young and healthy so hopefully that will be in his favor. Hopefully he is fully recovered and back to his old self soon! Beautiful card, too, by the way. 😊

    • stampsnlingers

      Thank you, Laurie! It’s been a week, for sure! I am praying that time will do the work! 🙂

  19. Susan K

    Prayers coming your way for Finn. Lots of them. And fingers crossed and everything else too.
    Beautiful card but that’s secondary right now…

    • stampsnlingers

      Prayers and a little luck – I’ll take ’em all! And some time…plenty of time! Thanks, Susan! 🙂

  20. Prayers are definitely with you both.

  21. Barb

    I’m so sorry! Poor Finn and poor you! It is probably going to take time! I’m hoping and praying it’s nothing serious! He is such a lovely dog, inside and out!

    • stampsnlingers

      I think that’s right, Barb – I see glimpses of him in there. So…I need to chill and let time do it’s thing. Thanks so much! 🙂

  22. Mary my thoughts and prayers are with you and Finn, praying for a speedy recovery

  23. Sharon

    Oh, Mary, I’m reminded when my kids were small–I cried because they couldn’t tell me what was wrong and as they got older I cried because the could! Prayers being said that Finn will have complete recovery soon so you will know all is well with him. Please keep us up to date on the Aussie’s progress! Many hugs.

    • stampsnlingers

      Thank you, Sharon – I’m blown away by the prayers coming our way!! And yea – quite a bit of crying been going on here this week! 🙂

  24. Rita R

    My heart aches for you and Finn …. but we know that prayer changes things, don’t we!! Praying for both of you!

    • stampsnlingers

      It seems to be so far, Rita! Thank you so much! 🙂

  25. Mary,
    A concussion even in a sweet Finn will take time to heal. He is walking, eating, peeing and pooping. Some of this could be side effects from anesthesia (if he had some) or medication. He may still be a little loopy, just keep a close watch on him don’t hesitate to call your vet.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. btw I am an RN.

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks muhc, Kay, for the good advice! I’ve had enough personal experience with the after-shock of Anesthesia (he DID have some) that I KNOW in my head to be patient. My heart has other thoughts! 🙂

      • I understand completely!! I kinda get that way myself, thank goodness my sister is here to set me straight. If we didn’t overprotect our fur babies then what else would we do??? I guess it’s overreact? I tend to do both!!
        Hang in there you have lots of friends praying for you and Finn. BTW the card is gorgeous!
        🤗 🤗

      • stampsnlingers

        Thank you so much, Kay! For everything! 🙂

  26. Elisha Smith

    Oh my goodness! Please know that every time I interact with my daughter’s dog (Killian – he lives with us) I say a prayer for Finn and you. My husband has had several surgeries and the week after seems to be the worst. Hang in there! Hoping he turns a corner soon. Hugs!

    • stampsnlingers

      Yes – my brain knows that’s a huge part of it – my heart is convinced it’s WAAAY more! We’re going to be okay, Elisha – thank you so much! 🙂

  27. karren Olaveson

    Oh, Mary, I am so sad about today’s Finn news. I don’t even know what to say. The little guys with fur sure do occupy huge places in our hearts and lives. Sending lots of good vibes and prayers your way, Mary. Try to relax, although I know how hard that is. Take good care, and I know soon little Finn will be
    Finn once again.
    Best wishes,

    • stampsnlingers

      I’m working on it, Karren – I know it’s a lot better for HIM if I’m chill! Thanks, Karren – I appreciate your friendship and caring very much! 🙂

  28. Terry Lynn Bright

    So here it is Sat. And I’m justg now reading your Friday post. I am so sorry about Finn and his head…. The brain IS a complicated organ and I am praying time will heal him to closer to the dog he was before all this trauma. There may be some swelling of the brain too. It rather sounds as though he has discomfort. A lot has happened to his body in the last four days – understatement! Thinking of you and all the heartaches and worry this is creating. Hugs and prayers. TL

    • stampsnlingers

      Thank you so much, Terry Lynn – appreciate the hugs and prayers. And hoping we’re headed out the other side – even if it’ll be slow! 🙂

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