Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A Furry Thank You

As most of you know a few short weeks ago we had to put down our sweet kitty Olivia. This was not, as some of you may know, an easy task. It was heart wrenching for us, especially since this was our first pet loss. With that being said however, Olivia’s doctor and nurse were the best we could have ever hoped for. Top notch from beginning to end. I wanted to do something special for them to say thank you. Thank you for loving Olivia as much as we did. For caring for her every moment and for their support and gentelness to her humans as we took this very sad journey.

So how do I say thank you? With handmade cards of course. It’s what I do! And what kind of cards do you make for your favorite veterinarian? Well kitties and doggies of course. So I wanted to share these adorable cards with you. I made these great boxes to hold them with envelopes also but alas, I forgot to take pictures of the boxes. (I was in a hurry to get to the voting booth before it closed!)

orange cat


This handsome guy is a stamp and coordinating die set from The Stamps of Life. The set is called cat2stamp. I love this guy! He is so fuzzy. I got out my copic markers and attempted to turn him into an orange tabby. Of course I used other stamps from the set to make my own original background.



Isn’t she sweet? This pup, and the rest of the doggies and kitties you’ll see, came from a coordinating stamp and die set called Furry Friends at Avery Elle. Once I choose the gray color for this pooch and got it colored up I decided she looked like a girl. And what girl doesn’t like flowers and polka dots, right? She just looks so innocent and sweet sitting there I knew I wanted the card to reflect that as well.

I wish you guys could see all the dimension and sparkle. So much gets lost in a flat picture. (Especially if I am the one taking the picture!)


How about little Miss Kitty taking a nap here on her pillow. When we brought our Olivia home to keep her comfortable our vet sent us on our way telling us whatever Princess wants, Princess gets. Doesn’t she look like a little princess? I added a little bling to the top of the card to reinforce that for Miss Kitty. Do you see that the pillow matches the patterned paper I chose to use at the top of the card? This is called paper piecing. I stamped the cat bed image twice. Once on a gray cardstock and once on the pink polka dot paper. Then I cut out the pillow part of the cat bed from the pink polka dots and adhered it to the gray cat bed where the pillow part is. Tada! Customized cat bed for Miss Kitty. Only the best for a princess.

What do you see when you look at this cat? This kitty has her eyes closed and she is sitting so tall with her face turned up, don’t you think? It made me think of when my cats catch a ray of sunshine shining through a window and they turn their faces up to it to enjoy the warmth of the sun on their fur. So there you have it, a window card. I used my scoreboard to put the siding on the house wall, my window die is from Memory Box if memory serves me (I have had it a long time), and I used a decorative border punch to make the valance hanging in the window.

And last, but certainly not least, is this super cute ball of adorable fuzz! Who wouldn’t want this guy snuggled up in bed with you every night keeping you warm? I’m not sure if you can tell from the picture but I used crystal accents to make his nose look “wet”. The effect turned out perfect on the card. And I didn’t want his white bones to get lost on the white border so I popped them and shaded them a bit to be off-white with my copics.


Thanks for stopping a while and taking a peek. Hope you enjoyed hanging out with my furry friends as much as I did. Until next time!

Happy Crafting!   Shan

1 comment:

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