Maggie wasn’t feeling good last week and her ears were bleeding. Initially we thought she had allergies and made her ears bleed by scratching them so much, but it turned out she had major infections in both ears. After a few hours at the vet’s office, she came home with lots of medication. Some of the medication is in her ears and it gradually disperses over time. Its made her pretty deaf so thats been interesting. She’s still not back to normal but she’s improving every day.
I’ve been having fun making some Halloween cards. This set was made with a stamp set from Taylored Expressions.
I stamped the images and colored them with copic markers. I then used the coordinating dies to cut them out.
I used some Halloween cardstock for the background and stamped and embossed the sentiment on a black strip of cardstock. I adhered everything to a grey cardbase.
We are a dog family. I didn’t have dogs growing up but when I got married and moved to Utah, we went through 7 years of infertility and I was so desperate for something to love, so into our lives came our first dog, Misty. She was a toy poodle and she became my best friend. When she was 18 months old, we adopted our first daughter. Misty was not happy. She didn’t like kids until they got to be around 8 or 9 years old, then she would tolerate them. She had to go through it all again when we adopted our 2nd daughter when Misty was almost 6. The girls learned to just stay away from her and then when they were old enough, Misty would let them throw a ball for her. Misty lived until she was almost 15 years old.
After Misty passed we were devastated and couldn’t stand being in a home without a dog, so along came Poppy a few months later. Poppy was another toy poodle. She loved the kids, who were older then of course. She was not healthy and we almost lost her at a few months old until we learned that she was allergic to dog food. So I had to cook her special meals every day. She also had a collapsing trachea and couldn’t run and play without choking. She was the reason we bought our RV as we didn’t ever want to leave her home when we wanted to go on vacation. She didn’t like traveling but liked to be with us. Since I was home all day, she quickly became my shadow and was my constant companion no matter what I was doing. Unfortunately, we only had her for 5 years as she caught double pnuemonia and despite lots of vet care, she passed. This was so devasting as she was so young and should have had so much more life to live.
It took us over 2 years before we felt we were ready for another dog, then along came Maggie. Our sassy little Schmaltese or Malshi – a Shih Tzu/Maltese mix. She is 16lbs of fun and fiestyness (is that even a word?!). She will be 2 this year and I hope we have her for many years. She has also become my best buddy and follows me everywhere. She loves everyone though…she loves to snuggle on the couch.
I got thinking about our dogs today as I was making a sympathy card for the loss of a dog. Here is the card:
The card was made using items from Taylored Expressions. I created the heart using their heart masking stencils and used gold ink to color it. I then stamped the paw prints with black ink. I used the paw prints stamp set which also includes the sentiment. I also used one of their small dog breed die set and added the silhoutte of the dog. I framed it in a gold/orange cardstock and adhered it to a white card base.
Losing a dog or any beloved pet is such a hard thing but the love we have from then while they are with us makes it all worthwhile.
Its been a week already and its only Wednesday! On Monday I went into afib so that pretty much took me out of commission for the day. Yesterday I had a Facetime appointment with my cardiologist. It was interesting to say the least. Kind of nice to “see” him from the comfort of my home but also kind of strange. So I get to wear a heart monitor for 30 days again. I did this last year around this time. It wasn’t too bad until towards the end of the 30 days when I had run out of places to stick the electrodes and I got such a bad rash from the adhesive. We had gone away for Memorial Weekend and my skin was so irritated that I took the monitor off for a few hours. We were in the middle of nowhere when my phone rang and the monitor people were calling to make sure I was still alive!! It was pretty funny. Yes, I was still alive, just so darn itchy!!
Today we are taking Maggie to the vet. It will be strange once again as they will come to our car and take her in without us. It makes me anxious as I know how stressed she gets at the vet, even when we are with her. She has strange rust colored areas on her body and little black flecks on her stomach. When we google it, it seems it may be from a yeast infection. Hopefully its something that is easy to treat. She’s acting ok. Last night she ran around the yard so long that she just collapsed on the floor when she came in, she completely wore herself out! Every time we all settle down to watch a movie, she starts talking to us because she wants a bone to chew on. The trouble is, she wants a brand new bone every time and she will literally argue with us over it!! Its hilarious. We’ve never had a dog who will “talk” to us before.
We checked on the baby starlings yesterday and they are growing fast. Their eyes are open and their feathers are growing. Its so fun to watch them grow.
So, onto card making. I got a cute new stamp set from My Favorite Things the other day. So I made a birthday card featuring one of gnomes.
I really enjoy using patterned paper on my cards, as well as using stamped images, so this card uses both. I stamped the image and colored it with copic markers. I then cut it out using the matching dies. I got a paper pack from Photo play ages ago that featured garden gnomes and all of the patterned paper was from that.
I stamped the sentiment and then adhered everything together.
Its been a hard week with one thing and another. Its been hard to get motivated to make any cards but last night I made two. I’ll share one with you today.
I love to make slimline cards so I’ll start with this one.
I picked up a new stamp set yesterday so that gave me some motivation! This stamp set is called “Fetch” and its from Photoplay. I love dogs so its always fun to use them in a card. My card base is by Recollections and is their white heavy weight cardstock. I cut it to 9″x8″ and scored it at 4″. So the finished base is 9″x4″. I layered some burgundy faux stitched cardstock on the base, leaving about an 1/8th of an inch of the white base showing. I then cut some plaid paper with the Whimsy Slimline Marquee die. I then cut the same die with some heart cardstock and filled the openings in with those.
I used copic and spectrum noir alcohol markers to color the images and then cut them out with the coordinating dies. I die cut a heart and stamped the sentiment on that, using some distress oxide ink to shade the edges. The sentiment I chose was “Missing you is RUFF”.
I used some Scotch foam adhesive tape to give some dimension to the window panel and then adhered everything together. I like how it turned out.
Since we are on the subject of dogs…here is a picture of our little Maggie!!
I hope you will stop by again soon to see some more cards. See you soon!