Sympathy for Loss of a Pet

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!!   

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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. 😉

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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.

Ocean.

Dog.

Beach.

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 –

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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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Stampin’ Up! Rose Wonder Sympathy for the Happy Stamper’s Blog Hop

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Welcome welcome – to another edition of the Happy Stampers weekly Blog Hop!  This week we all worked with some lovely colors – Rose Red, Whisper White and Gold!

12301543_1305619832797922_1745474301327676133_nI hope that you’ll take a little time today – maybe get a cuppa something warm (and a cookie!)  – and settle back to peruse all the pretty projects our Happy Stamper ladies have made for you today. 🙂

My share uses the wonderful new Occasions bundle with the Rose Wonder stamp set and Rose Garden Thinlits ($49.25 for the bundle, a savings of 15%).  I made a sympathy card – for my friends in Atlanta.  They’ve lost too many of their 4-legged kids this past few months.  But, here’s the thing.  You could oh-so-easily make this exact card, minus one tiny element, and it would be a lovely sympathy card for any human person need!  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Over the Rainbow for Super Simple Single Stamp Saturday!

Good Saturday morning!  It’s another Super Simple Single Stamp Saturday.  This week features the new-to-the-2015/2016-Annual Catalog Over the Rainbow stamp set!  I learned yesterday that our friends in Atlanta had to put their old friend Stumpy to sleep that day.  It was sad news – they’d had him his entire life and he’d pretty much gone everywhere with them.  A lot like Buck was for us.

So – I needed a Sympathy card.  But here I am in Yuma, AZ – with nary a sympathy stamp sentiment to be found.  Oh, of course not!  So – time to improvise!  I went for the Rainbow – a nod to the Rainbow Bridge poem that gives comfort to many a pet parent.  And this card was so easy and quick – the longest step in the process is pulling out each of the ink pad colors!  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Thoughts & Prayers and Leaflets Offer Sympathy for the Loss of a Pet

Today, sadly, I do not have a Christmas card to share.  Or even a Halloween or Thanksgiving card.  Today, I had to delve into my Thoughts & Prayers stamp set to make a special request card.  A friend of a friend lost their 14 year old lab this past week.  So, after seeing the Pink and Black card I made with the black lab stamp, she asked me to make a card for her to give.

All of us who share our lives with 4-legged fur-kids know that this is the greatest downside…they never stay with us long enough.  It’s just part of the deal.  The sucky part.  I hear all the words….he had a great life….he knew you loved him.  Yada yada yada.  It still sucks and it still hurts something fierce.

But – I hope this card will bring some comfort and a smile.  Take a look-see:

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