Sympathy for Loss of a Pet

Stampin’ Up! Painted Harvest Cat for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Happy Thursday, y’all – and welcome to the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop! We’ve got a full roster for today’s sketch challenge, so be sure to check ’em all out when you get done here!  

This is the fun sketch we all played with this week.

I decided to play with a cool technique that seems to be all the rage right now (search Pinterest – you’ll see what I mean!) – it’s called the Eclipse Technique.  But…I did a Double Eclipse – using the almost-available Painted Harvest stamp set and Cat Punch plus the Sorry For Everything stamp set from the Annual Catalog.  Take a look-see:

I started with a panel of Painted Autumn DSP and Fast Fuse’d it to an Early Espresso mat for the card front.

For the art panel, I cut a slightly smaller panel of Very Vanilla card stock.  Near the top, I cut the largest Stitched Shapes Framelits circle die.  Using the new Cat Punch, I cut the cat out near the middle of the circle.

To do my stamping, I laid a sticky note upside down on my work surface (sticky side up), and laid the entire panel – with the cut outs back in place – over the sticky part of the note.  If you do this, be sure that the cut outs are lightly stuck on the sticky stuff.  This keeps them in place while you do the stamping.  Make sense?

Using Crushed Curry ink, I stamped my three flowers in a cluster around the cat and cutout circle.  For each flower:  stamp the largest flower image several times – turning the stamp a little with each stamp.  On this larger image, you’ll want to stamp off on a piece of scrap paper before stamping the card.  Then, repeat with the smaller – more detailed – image.  On these – use full strength ink (don’t stamp off first!).

Be sure to use a squishy mat under the card stock and to leave the stamp down on the card stock for a few beats with each stamp.  That helps to eliminate the “halo” around the cut-outs.

I used Crumb Cake to stamp the centers of the flowers – stamping twice in each flower, turning the stamp a little each time.  Then I added the little triple-dot image a few times in each flower in Crumb Cake.

I pulled out the Sorry For Everything stamp set and, using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get it lined up, stamped the large sentiment in Early Espresso.  Then I added the smaller sentiment, too.  While I had the ink out, I stamped the cat face from the Spooky Cat stamp set (available tomorrow!).

To assemble the card front, I cut two more Stitched Shapes circles in Crushed Curry card stock and stacked them up with the stamped circle with Liquid Glue.  I also punched two more cats in Crushed Curry and stacked them.

Using Fast Fuse, I matted the main panel on Early Espresso and then to the card front.  Then I used Stampin’ Dimensionals and Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop the Circle on the card front, then did the same with the stacked Cat Punch shape.

I wrapped a piece of Jute Twine (available tomorrow!) around the panel, securing it in back with scotch tape and adhered a bow with Liquid Glue.  A Crushed Curry Enamel Shapes heart finished the card front.

On the inside, I ran several more Painted Harvest sunflowers down the side a Very Vanilla panel – stamping them exactly the same as I’d done on the card front.

I Fast Fuse’d the panel to an Early Espresso mat and then into my Peekaboo Peach card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and the card was done!

My Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got the line of Painted Harvest sunflowers across the front…

…and added a little more of the Painted Autumn DSP to the envelope flap.  And – when I saw that I’d gotten a little smudge of Crushed Curry on the back of the envelope…I “fixed it”.

Et Voila!  Painted Harvest Sunflowers and Cat Punch kitties.  Yep – that’ll work.  I like this card to send to someone who’s lost a dear kitty – I think it’ll be perfect!  And I sort of love how this Double Eclipse turned out!  Hope you like!

Now that you’ve seen my project, please take a little time to visit all the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hoppers today!

If you click on the Next Blog button, you’ll go right to Jari Francis’ page. And you can just click on the names below to go direct to all the blogs!

Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage – YOU ARE HERE!

Jari Francis

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Have fun on the Hop!





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The Painted Autumn DSP, Painted Harvest stamp set, Spooky Cat stamp set, Cat Punch and Jute Twine will all be available tomorrow!! 🙂


Peekaboo Peach Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, score and fold at 5 1/2″)

Early Espresso Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); (mat for art panel)

Very Vanilla Card Stock: (art panel); 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner)  

Autumn Harvest DSP:  3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front); Envelope Flap

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Stampin’ Up! The Daisy Punch is IN STOCK!!

Hey, y’all!  The Daisy Delight Bundle and Daisy Punch are available right now in the online store.  Get ’em quick!!  Here’s handy links to then in my Online Store!  Whoo-hoo!!!

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Stampin’ Up! Sorry For Everything on a Whole Lot of Lovely

Good morning, y’all.  It’s Tuesday – and there’s exactly one week left in the month of July.  Which means there’s exactly one week left to…earn Bonus Days coupons and (more importantly!!) join us in Stampin’ Up! and cash in on the additional $72 in free goodies in the Essentials Pack.  Folks – really, now.  Do not miss this.  If I told you that you had to sign a 2 year contract with Stampin’ Up! – that would be one thing.  But all these free goodies…and at least a 20% discount…AND you can quit anytime?  Come on!  Not jumping on that is just…cray cray!! 🙂

My card for today is a pretty one – but for a sad occasion.  My friend’s friend lost her yellow lab recently.  So…an appropriate card was requested!  I used my usual non-Stampin’ Up! dog stamp and combined it wth the new Sorry For Everything stamp set and the oh-so-lovely Whole Lot of Lovely DSP.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Better Together With Sunshine Wishes

Mornin’, y’all!  Hope your week is going well!

Before we get to the card – let me remind you of the Ordering Special I’ve got going on right now.  I’ve put some info down below – bottom line:  you’ve got until Monday, 8 May to cash in by ordering the Premier Eastern Palace Bundle thru my Online Store!

So my card for today is another sympathy card – this time for a friend of my friends’ parents.  He recently lost his Jack Russel Terrier.  I don’t know much about the gentleman, but I suspect he lived alone with his dog in the retirement community.  So – doubly sad.  And it meant I needed a card masculine enough to suit a man, but sentimental enough to suit the occasion.

Now – I don’t have a stamp for every breed of dog, so I can’t completely personalize a card.  But, I pulled out the sleeping dog in the Sitting Here stamp set, combined it with a little bit of Sunshine Wishes die cuts and new Wood Textures DSP.  The Better Together stamp set lent the sentiments.  Take a look-see:

I started with a piece of the Wood Textures DSP Stack paper and, using the sleeping dog image in the Sitting Here stamp set, I stamped the dog all over the panel in Soft Suede ink that I stamped off once on scrap paper before I stamped the panel.  

One might say it was…ghosted.

Bad form, Mary.  Bad form.

Then I inked up the sentiment from Better Together with Versamark Ink and, using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to position it, stamped it in the bottom corner.  I sprinkled it with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heat embossed it.

I used the heart die in the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits set to cut a heart from a piece of white-washed DSP in the Wood Textures stack and one from Copper Foil.

Next I made my embellishment from a length of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon and one of new 1/4″ Copper Trim (avail 1 June).  I folded both pieces over once, layered the Copper Trim on the Burlap and stapled them together with my Handheld Stapler.  Then I used Liquid Glue to adhere the ribbons to the panel.

I used more Liquid Glue to adhere my two Sunshine Wishes hearts to the panel over the ribbon.  Finally, I made a small bow from the 1/4″ Copper Trim and adhered it with a Glue Dot.  I SNAILd the panel to a Copper Foil mat and the card front was done!

On the inside, I used a piece of the whitewashed paper in the Wood Textures Stack as my inner liner, stamping a second sentiment from Better Together in Soft Suede in the middle.  Down in the corner, I stamped my Sitting Here dog in Chocolate Chip, covered him with a sticky note mask that I’d carefully stored in my stamp case for just such an occasion, and stamped his dog bed over top with Soft Suede.  I used my Sahara Sand and So Saffron Stampin’ Write Markers to color the bed, and added some JRT-like spots on the dog with my Soft Suede Marker.

I SNAILd the panel to my Copper Foil Mat and into my….no.  Wait.  What I did next was use my Heat Tool to loosen up the SNAIL so I could pull the panel off the mat.  Cuz….I’d made a portrait inner liner for my landscape card. 👀

I pulled it off, re-did the inner liner (the right way this time!), SNAILd it to it’s Copper Foil mat and into a Tranquil Tide card base (avail right now in the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle!!).  Then I popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done.

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got my Sitting Here JRT-like dog on the front…

…and I added a bit more of the whitewash Wood Textures DSP to the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  I think – hope! – this will fill the bill.  I discovered that a card to express sympathy for the loss of pet – for a MAN – is a lot harder than I expected.  Hope he likes it – and I hope you like it, too!




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The Tranquil Tide card stock is available now in the Eastern Palace Card Stock pack.  The Wood Textures DSP Stack and 1/4″ Copper Trim will be available 1 June.


Tranquil Tide Card Stock (avail now!): 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card stock, scored and folded at4 1/4″)

Copper Foil: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); Sunshine Wishes die cut heart

Wood Textures DSP Stack (avail 1 June); 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front and inner liner); Sunshine Wishes die cut heart; envelope flap

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Finn-Fan Fix…

I’m pretty sure he’s checking that Bo’s stall is latched.

Or he’s asking him “Why the long face?”

Either is equally plausible. 😏



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Stampin’ Up! Wild About Flowers Aussie Sympathy Card

Good day-after-SB LI, y’all!  I’m suspecting if you watched the whole game – you’re a bit on the sleepy side this morning!  As I type this, we’re smack in the second quarter and Atlanta has just posted the second score of the game!  Atlanta came to play, folks!  But Tom’s no slouch – looks like it’s going to be a good one! (Monday morning addendum….Oh My Goodness!  What a game!  What a crushing defeat for Atlanta.  You have to feel bad for the Falcons – it was a heartbreaker, for sure.  But – say what you will about Tom Brady.  He is just one helluva quarterback.  And the Patriots showed real heart, didn’t they?  To come back after such a deficit – a record breaking effort.  They earned this one, for sure!  I have to say – it was one of the best SBs I’ve ever watched! Wow. 🙂 )

I don’t have any stories about Finn today – well, I do, but I’m going to save them for another day.  I got a little bit of sad news on Sunday morning – a friend of Finn’s – from where he was born – has died.  His name was Cody and he was only 10 years old.  Not related to Finn, but certainly his friend for the first 5 months of his little life.  And he’s the reason they got into Aussies in the first place so…he’s kinda the reason that Finn….is!!   

So I made a sympathy card for Cody’s parents.  I used the pretty flowers in the Wild About Flowers set and some sentiments from the Flourishing Phrases and the Better Together stamp sets.  And – cuz my mom sent it to me last year when we brought Finn home – I was able to add a little non-SU! Aussie image.   Until you get to the inside, where the dog image resides, this card would be perfect for any Sympathy Card need.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Avant Garden Serene Scenery Sympathy

Good morning, y’all!  Hope you’re having a great weekend!

Finny is still recovering from his play date – so’s Scout.  She apparently took advantage of the chance to eat…well…”Stuff”.  The kind of stuff Finn eats on a too-regular basis.  But she’s not used to it – so, she discharged said stuff….on my friend’s Oriental Rug. 🙁  Oops.  We may have to do play dates at their house for a while!

Finn’s not sympathetic.  He thinks she needs to toughen up.

You can tell just by looking at him what he’s thinking.

Girls. 😉

My card today is for a friend of my mom’s – who recently had to put her horse down.  He wasn’t terribly old and they didn’t expect it.  So…quite sad.  I had a hard time with this one – I wanted a good quote to put on the card, so I had to read thru a bunch of them.  Which made me think of the horses and dogs and cats that have already left me.  It’s the plight of every animal owner – we outlive them all.

But – I finally found what I wanted to use and called on my Labeler Alphabet again.  I paired it up with some rustic Serene Scenery, and added some vintage feeling touches.  The Sale-A-Bration stamp set called Avant Garden played a supporting role, too.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Better Together Bloomin’ Heart Sympathy

Hey, y’all.  It’s Sunday – hope you’re enjoying the weekend!  I’m card making and Good-willing and avoiding-cleaning….  and contemplating a re-arranging of my crafting area.

Contemplating is hard work.  It’s way more intense than what Wayne does, which is Debating.  He’s always Debating what to do.  This?  That?  Neither?  Debating is a long-term exercise.  It can last for…years!

Contemplating, on the other hand, is more difficult.  Contemplating has a time-limit.  When you contemplate – you’ve already done your debating and decided that you will do something.  You probably even know what the something is…contemplating is where you determine the how to do the something you’ve done decided to do.  Do you see? 😉

My contemplation will continue for a bit longer – my Russian visitor is not coming now until the end of the year….so…I have a bit of a cleaning/contemplating/re-arranging reprieve!

My card today is for a friend who just lost her dog.  Her story hit me pretty close to home, because her dog became ill rather suddenly, spent time at the vet and then died.  Just like our Buck did last summer.  So when I heard the news, I needed to send a card.  I went with the super stamp set called Better Together, and a little bit of Thoughts & Prayers.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Wetlands Seaside Shore

Good morning!  It’s Friday.  Which is 3 days after I ordered my 2016 Holiday Catalog Pre-Order to arrive in 2 days.

So – guess what that means??  Yep – I’ve got a couple of teaser pictures for you.  I fought my instinct to tear into the box like my 10-year-old self would have torn into a Christmas present under the tree.  You know the one – the one that would somehow – magically! – contain a HORSE!?!

But – I thought of you and restrained myself.  See?

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You know when you go to the grocery store, and you spend $200?  And you can put it in your car in 6 bags?  You know that feeling, right?  

Well – I’m not even going to tell you what that little ole box costs!  It never fails to amaze me how much stuff Stampin’ Up! can put in one little ole box! 😉

Check this:

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That’s Jar of Haunts – and guess what it coordinates with?  Yup – the Everyday Jars Framelits from the Annual Catalog.  Cute, huh?

Here’s a little something that I’m about as excited over as anything in the catalog…

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I do love pinecone things!  And so does my mom…  So – an embossing folder with a pine bough so works for me! 🙂

Here’s another lovely Christmas stamp set:

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And one last shot of the whole box.  Cut I just like looking at it!

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More to follow in the next few days and – spoiler alert! – tomorrow I’ll reveal the Stamps-N-Lingers 2016 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Shares!  

So get ready!

Now – on to the card for today!  This one is another special request card – from the same friend.  This one is for her friends who live in California – by the ocean, and recently had to put their Alaskan Malamute to sleep.  So, she needs a sympathy card.

I bought a couple of non-SU! stamp sets, cuz she asked to have Malamute images.  But I was really drawing a complete blank on what to do with them once I got them!

And then, in the middle of my massage – yes, I get a lot of good ideas in the middle of massages! – it came to me.




Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Artistically Asian For a Single Stamp Set Saturday

Happy Saturday, y’all!  Hope you’re staying cool/dry/safe – whatever you need to be today.  Our country is for sure in a weather turmoil, isn’t it?  Epic flooding on one coast, insane fires and heat on the other.  Craziness – and I wish you all well, wherever you are!

Before I get into my card, I have a picture to show you.  Today (Friday – when I was typing this), the horse shoer came.  The ladies got a mani/pedi and Bo got a new pair of sneaks.  The shoer brought his 5 -year old grandson with him.  He’s quite the little helper and problem solver and he decided he needed to open the water-bucket door in Bo’s stall.  So he went to work on it.  Now – that door hadn’t been opened in….well, ever?  So it was a little tough – would have been for me, let alone a 5 year old.  But…he persevered.  And…he got a little help….

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Little one was not to be distracted by warm horse breath in his ear!!  I think Bo was just watching to see if maybe he could repeat the feat at a later time….

Now – just to allay anyone’s fear – no, Bo is not blindfolded!  That’s a fly mask – and it’s see thru.  I promise.  They get along just fine with those on – and it keeps the oh-so-pesky flies off their eyes.  On the other hand, the grazing muzzles the ladies have to wear – now that’s probably horse abuse!!  Just ask them – they’re being abused and tortured every single day – it’s a crime!! Somebody call the Pony Police!!  LOL 🙂

And yes – the water bucket door did get open!

Okay – enough rambling about my horses!  On to the card for the day.  This one is real easy and quick – and only needs one stamp set.  The beautiful new Artistically Asian provided the images and the lovely sentiment.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Greatest Greetings Rainbow Kitty Sympathy Card

Good morning!  Wow – this was a gorgeous day here in Atlanta (I’m typing this on Saturday night)!  The past two days of rain and stormy weather that signaled the passage of a cold front left the air sparkling and (momentarily!) pollen-less-than-normal (not pollen-free but at least we’ve been able to have a few windows open today!)!  The dogwood trees and azaleas are going crazy – we only have a few that the previous owners planted – but everywhere you drive are mounds and mounds of azaleas in every color!  They’re so spectacular they’ll almost literally make you gasp when you round a curve in the road and see them.  Here’s a picture of one of my little ones –


Now, imagine that about 10 times bigger and in a group of about a hundred!  All enmass under tall pine trees.  Yes, that’s how folk plant them here and it’s magnificent!  If I’d been smart and planted one a year since we moved here…I’d have my very own breathtaking display.  As it is…I look at my meager group and go out of my way to drive down roads where I know I’ll see them!

I’ve spent too much time the past couple of days trying to make a card that can come close to echoing the colors of the azaleas….I have yet to be successful. 🙁

So, the card I have to share with you today is a sympathy card for the loss of a pet.  My friend needed one for her friend who, apparently, had a mama kitty who had trouble delivering a litter – and lost all the babies. 🙁 That’s a pretty sad thing.  So….she asked me to make a card to send.  I used a non-Stampin’ Up! kitty image – and combined it with the rainbow-building swath image from Over the Rainbow.  My sentiment is from the ever-handy Greatest Greetings and I also added some of the very pretty flowers from the Number of Years stamp set.  It’s easy to forget how pretty those flowers are – the number images pretty much steal the show!  But…take a look-see:

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