Thursday, September 24, 2015

Remember Me Thursday - #LIGHTFORPETS

 Remember Me Thursday shines a light on those precious, precious shelter animals plight of passing on before receiving their forever homes - and allows you a means to remember your own darling pets! 


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Be a Part of the Remember Me Thursday®Awareness Movement

Unite with pet-lovers and animal welfare organizations around the globe on Thursday, September 24, 2015 (the fourth Thursday of September, annually) , with a worldwide pet candle-lighting ceremony.  
The candles, lit on the exact same day across the world, honor the millions of pets who lose their lives without the beneļ¬t of a loving home and shine a light on the millions of healthy pets who are still awaiting adoption.
The Remember Me Thursday® global awareness campaign encourages individuals to light a candle this day (literally or virtually) and to opt to adopt, reducing the millions of orphan pets euthanized each year. - end quote.

I took a few minutes and did a small vignette comprised of a photo, a faux flickering candle, our Pepper's ashes, and one of his beloved tennis balls that he used to chew apart - something he never tired of, lol. My daughter and I offered up a wee chewy treat and chatted up about a few happy memories of that handsome, mischevious dog. I like this -  quiet, treasured moments. 
I know many of us carry around wishes that the world would correct itself knowing that the need to adopt out animals is not considered a priority to some, but then there are true angelic people like Eugene - described as: 
" Meet Eugene Bostwick: retired farm owner, friend to homeless animals, and conductor of the Fort Worth "dog train" [CBC.ca]

How beautiful!

Share all you can folks - and visit our new facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ORPOcares

Goodnight to all you little angels!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Note of Appreciation Card

Well hello again!

Today I am sharing a card which has me wondering what labels to apply to it....because it evolved from rather 'nothing' to 'something'!  It was in my stash of cards from years ago darlings - like 2008?  And it was one I initially made at one of our old Canadian Inks get-togethers [ a group of SU Demonstrators under Caroline Lebel ] .....and there it sat. And sat.
It was a rather bare-minimum card IMO, nothing too fancy. So I think you can guess where this is going, right?

Now, I organize my cards according to their a) purpose or b) season.  This has been in my 'Fall' seasonal cards and recently I placed a few of them in a basket on my bookshelf.  And one morning I wanted to pass along a ' note of appreciation ' to a very nice lady and I looked this card over. It had a simple design: a container of sorts holding grass and a few flowers, sitting on a strip of torn cardstock and only adorned with a ribbon.

Well, that wouldn't do.

Now here is the card after I spent about an hour on "jazzing it up"!  Ta da:

If you look at the card from its underpinnings of a rust-coloured container, a few scraps of grass,
4 burgundy flowers, a ribbon and a strip of torn cardstock 'earth'....well, you can appreciate why it 
took me an hour to bring it up to my level of happiness! 

There's more flowers - with gems! There's more grass with glittery dirt [yeah, I went there, my inner glimmer goddess couldn't help herself!], there's confetti flowers and maple leaves....and then I thought, its missing something....hmmm...

...a cutesy bird!  Well, actually I thought of adding some perky yellow by attaching a corner and only when I was gluing the corner down did I think that it might be just the place to tuck a bird! Oh, how the mind works!  As I used a scrap of printed paper for the yellow corner, so too did I find a pretty green print paper for the bird but added a solid gold wing and a wee tiny gem for its eye!  See how I sneak in a gem, yes!

For the inside, I made a plain interior jump with colour by sponging on greens, purples, oranges, yellow and then popped it up with green cardstock border!


Close to my Heart's stamp set was perfect for this note because I thought it summarized up the type of profession this lady has in event planning, where change is a constant - yet there is an end in sight, hopefully many good endings for years to come. 
Thanks for stopping by,
cheers!

Supplies
CTMH's clear stamp set: FLORAL HAPPINESS S1303
SU's rubber double-sided stamp, INSPIRED BY NATURE [daisy grass side]
Scallop Border Punch
Banner die
confetti punches
SU's Bird and Blooms die set

Birthday Card feat. Papercut Peacock

Hello to everyone!

Back to blogging today, yay! Its beautiful "summer-to-fall" days here in Canada and really trying to take advantage of every lovely day. But today I am sharing a birthday card made for someone's special Mom...and while I do not know the mom in question, I figured that a nice white card featuring a peacock with its beautiful shades of greens,blues and purples would appeal to most women.

So I am glad to have in my collection, INKADINKACLING's rubber stamp: Papercut Peacock. Its a nice size stamp and works great with markers meant for stamping. Using markers allows for precise colouring especially for accenting the feathers. And it's very inexpensive!!  My link takes you to 123stitch.com which I have found to be very reliable source for stamps and other crafts with good shipping, even to Canada.

Here is the card and a tag to go along with her birthday present:

I embossed the background card base with a scroll-style embossing folder which I sponged over with some greens, blues and pink dye inks. I cut a heart in pink and white cardstock using Stampin' Up's Heart Framelits and stamped my greeting using their retired "Well Scripted" stamp set. The flower accents were from my stash of previously prepared items. Then I used both satin white and a sheer white ribbons and bling scrolls to add even more femininity - if you're gonna give Mom a birthday card, go all the way :)


Inside the card is a border stamp from Prima - Mixed Media Borders Stamp from Julie Nutting. And a scrap of cardstock that, once more, I prepared earlier using Heidi Swapp's Cherry Color Shine.  It is such a pretty spray! A beautiful soft pearly finish, yummy :)


The tag is all scraps of this'n'that! I attached more of the sheer ribbon - a Dollarama find - because its a very pretty effect....and now I can see from the close-up that my peacock has gems attached - I should of known as I can never finish anything without some bling, lol.

So all and all, its great fun to have an opportunity to do "pretty"...and to use some of your scrap items is very gratifying I must say!  Do try! Oh, and get a peacock stamp - if not Inkadink's there is a great one with Heartfelt Creations that I am dying to own, 

Well I am on a roll, so onto my next project - Thanks for stopping by!