Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lucy Blue

Here is a layout of my beautiful Lucy!
I took this photo 8/19/17 with my iphone.  
The incandescent lights in our bathroom made the photo look yellowish and Lucy's eyes a much softer blue than they really are.  I had to work on fixing the photo so that it is closer to Lucy's true colors. 

I made this layout late in the evening and didn't realize until today that the heart chipboards on 
each side of the photo aren't level with one another.  LOLOLOL!
Plus my photograph of this layout is a bit on the angled side. Oh well!  C'est la vie!

I'm completely in awe how close in color this 49 and Market paper is to Lucy's eyes in the photo!!! 
WOW!!   It was then that I decided to title this Lucy Blue >^..^<

I was so anxious to use some new Spellbinders dies I recently bought!  
I used all four dies on this layout.  I LOVE them!!  

**Helpful tips** 
Intricate dies like the one shown below will be much easier to remove from your die if you add wax paper in between the die & the paper.  
MOST important: always add a piece of cardstock in between the platform & the acrylic cutting pad for a thorough cut.  

Staying with Lucy's colors of beige/buff, dark chocolate brown & blue, I created flower clusters.  

I FINALLY had the right layout to use this pretty button on!

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day!

Products used:

49 and Market - Heirloom Botanicals collection - Oasis

Spellbinders dies - Iron Romance

Sizzix Thinlits dies - Tim Holtz Alpha-numeric Script

Creative Embellishments chipboard - Whole Lotta Love Border

Blue Fern Studios Imagine Ink Embossing Powder - Stormy Skies

Tattered Lace dies - Ornate Leaves

Wild Orchid Crafts -
White Frosted Berry Spray

Blue Mix Cottage Roses - 30mm

Brown Mix Open Roses - 15mm

Blue Mix Curly Wild Roses 35mm

Vintage Mix Open Roses 10mm

2-tone Antique Blue Open Roses 25mm

ColorBox Pigment Ink - Colonial Blue

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Thinking of You (handmade card for a friend)

Hello everyone.  I know that it's been a while since I've posted anything, but I've been really down in the dumps since our little Pepper passed away & along with other set backs, I just haven't felt like creating.  

However, I was very honored to have been asked to share well wishes with a very sweet lady who is ill.  
She really needs to know that her friends are thinking about her and praying for her. 

I made her a card & pocket-envelope using Blue Fern Studios Spring Parade paper collection.  
The pocket-envelope is 8-1/2" long x 6" high.  
I used Sweet Grape colored seam binding for a little handle.  
My favorite color is purple, so I wanted to share a little piece of me with this dear lady.
Rub-on glitter butterflies and a pretty white pearl swirl piece completed the envelope decorations.

The card is 6" x 6". 
I decorated the front of it with Spellbinders Victorian Medallion Two, die cut in white cardstock.  
The "Thinking of you" sentiment is printed on BFS paper; die cut with Spellbinders Victorian Tags
adhered with foam tape for dimension and placed to the left bottom of the medallion.
It's edge inked with Wisteria color.

Decorations were completed with a small arrangement of pretty roses from Wild Orchid Crafts
Tattered Lace rose leaves die cuts; floral fussy cuts from the BFS Spring Parade collection papers; 
and lilac pearls along the printed lace edge. 

I wrote a personal note inside the card for this dear lady.  I've blocked her name for privacy purposes.  
I sure hope she starts feeling better soon.

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful weekend! 

Products used:

Blue Fern Studios - Spring Parade paper collection
for Main Card & fussy cut flowers

for fussy cut flowers

for pocket-Envelope

Spellbinders dies - 
Victorian Medallion Two

Victorian Tags

Paper House - Rub On Glitter Butterflies

Wants2Scrap - White Pearl Swirls (#7504)

Wild Orchid Crafts flowers - 
30mm Purple Cottage Rose

10mm 2-tone (Green & White) Open Roses

Tattered Lace dies - Ornate Leaves

Hug Snug - Seam Binding - Sweet Grape
Michael's - Recollections Lilac Pearls
ColorBox - Pigment Ink - Wisteria

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Remembering Pepper (8/31/2004 - 8/25/2017)

Pepper - August 25, 2017

I'm so very sad to say that I had to let my little buddy, friend and companion, Pepper, go to The Rainbow Bridge on the day Hurricane Harvey made landfall, August 25, 2017.  A day I will never ever forget.  My heart is broken in two and so is Joe's, my husband, as well as our precious kitties, Miss Gali & Lucy.  Yes, they are mourning the loss of their dear friend.  I don't understand how some people can even think that animals don't have feelings and don't have emotions.  They definitely do!  I've always known this, but what I'm witnessing with my own eyes the proof that animals really do "FEEL".  

Miss Gali paces back and forth where Pepper's beds were under my computer table.  Then she sits at a distance and just stares in that spot.  How awfully SAD!   
Just yesterday, she laid on the side of the loveseat where Pepper used to lay next to me.  She NEVER EVER does this!!!!  OMG!  She's heart broken!  Poor thing!
Miss Gali laying in Pepper's 'spot' on the love seat next to me.
She misses her friend, Pepper, so very much!
Lucy smells and smells and then lays down in spots where Pepper once laid.  Just breaks my heart!  And Lucy has been sleeping in the scrap/computer room for hours on end, which is where Pepper always was because Pepper was with me.  Lucy NEVER did this before.  How sad.  :(

Two years ago, Pepper was diagnosed with a heart murmur.  If you don't know what that is....it is when the heart valves don't close completely after blood is pumped through, allowing a 'back wash' of blood to come back into the heart chamber.  Over time, this builds up and then the heart enlarges because it's having to pump 'overtime'.  Pepper's heart should have been 10 cm and was 13 cm. The vet couldn't believe how awfully fast her heart murmur progressed.  It was to a point that there was really no saving her.  Also, because her heart enlarged so dramatically, it pushed her esophagus to be at a parallel to her spine - it's supposed to be at a 45 degree angle downwards from the spine.  When I saw her x-rays I was just taken aback!

Back track:
For about 2 months or so, I noticed Pepper having more trouble running a long distance.  She always loved to run real fast to the end of our lawn, right by the road, to do her business and then she'd run at full speed back to us.  Panting like crazy, I just assumed she's getting older and is starting to slow down.  I used to tell her not to run.  Although she was over weight, an unhealthy beginning in life for her, she did lose some weight when she started living with us due to more activity and no table scraps!  She maintained her weight which is always better than gaining.

Then On Thursday, August 24th, I noticed she was breathing really quickly, but her happy and playful demeanor remained constant.  Next day, August 25th, same thing.  It was on my mind all day and I noticed she was a bit slower too.  Then she coughed - a sound I've never heard before.  I knew it was her heart.  I got ready & off we went to the vet.  

At the Vet:

Pepper's nerves got the best of her as we waited in the lobby to be seen.  She started coughing a LOT and then foam came out.  I stood up with her in my arms and demanded a vet immediately.  Pepper received an emergency injection of Lasix to help with the fluid retention.  Her little lungs were full of fluid & edema (swelling).  So the initial plan was to leave her with the vet so she could be monitored and then pick her up and bring her to the Emergency 24 Vet so that someone could watch her constantly.  Well, as soon as I arrived home my phone rang and it was the vet asking me to return quickly because Pepper had stopped breathing and had to be resuscitated!  OMG!  I rushed back to find little Pepper on a comfy mat on a stainless steel table breathing so quickly and had a tube down her throat for oxygen.  When she heard me say "Hi Sweetheart" her little eye turned to look at me.  Awwwwwwwww.  I felt her relief that I was there.  For that I am so very grateful....that she knew Lisa was there and she wasn't alone in that scary place with a tube down her throat.

After listening to the vet I just looked at her and said 'I think I need to let her go.  Don't you think that's the best thing?'  She told me if it was her dog, she would definitely put her to sleep.  I agreed and quickly signed a form and requested cremation.  I picked up Pepper's little head and held it in my hand and kissed her over & over again, telling her "You ole Haggidy.  Lisa loves you so so much.  I love you Pepper.  Now you get to go be with Mom & Pop."  The vet gave her the stop breathing injection and almost instantaneously she stopped breathing; then came the heart stopping injection.  The vet listened and told me she was gone.  I pinched Pepper's eyes closed and asked that the tube be removed so I could see her in a normal state.  I closed her little mouth and proceeded to just ball my eyes out.  Even the vet and the technicians cried.   I kept kissing her and telling her how much I loved her.  OMG!  The pain of losing a pet is, at least for me, much worse than losing a human being.  

Monday, August 28, 2017

Welcome to the Marcy Jungle

For those that may not quite understand this title....I used the title of a fave song by Guns & Roses 
"Welcome to the Jungle" because Marcy, my Grand-kitty, looks like she's on the prowl and don't get in her way!  This totally awesome photo was taken by my daughter, Brianne, in April 2010 in our back yard. 
Such a gorgeous cat and quite the little bitch too >^..^<
But that doesn't deter my love for her.  
Don't you just love the natural 'eyeliner' that's around Marcy's eye?!

I've really loved this page for a long, long time and just never felt that I had the 'right' photo for it.  
This is Blue Ferns Studios Tranquility collection page named Patience.
I used another BFS page in the same collection under the photo.
Just a minimal amount of scrapbooking was needed 
because I love to use the beautiful print on the paper as part of my design. 

You have to know Marcy to really understand the 'huntress' in her.  
She can spot a lizard (lee-zard as we tell her) a mile away!  ha ha!

I decided to keep this layout simple and focus 100% on the beautiful photo of Marcy!
I randomly punched the edges and then under-laid the backside of BFS Serenity paper.
Stenciling was done with Versamark and BFS Imagine Ink embossing color Sand & Sea
Sand & Sea has a very dark concrete color base with a beautiful blue over-tone.  YUM!

I chose to use The Dusty Attic chipboard Branches & Berries to frame this gorgeous photo!
Heat embossing it in BFS colors - Sage for the leaves & Black Sand for the stems & berries.
As you can see, the Black Sand EP is a light mushroom color with jet black specks.

My flower choices were in coordination with the photo.
Marcy has a beautiful earthy tone in her fur, so I picked this same flower color and then enhanced them with Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst color Wake Me Up Before You Go Gold (retired color).  WOW!
To these I touched the petal tips with ColorBox Pigment Ink color Chestnut Roan.
Also I added some green wild roses that I touched the petal tips with Curry color.  Another WOW!

Below Marcy's photo I chose to place a beautiful Petaloo Anemone in Pistachio color.
Along with a white resin birdcage by The Paper Studios collection at Hobby Lobby, I painted it sparingly with Prima Finnabair art Alchemy acrylic Metallique paint color Brass Hardware. 

This was a very welcomed relief for me during a very heartbreaking time, which I will talk about later. 

Thank you so much for visiting and have a wonderful week dear friends,
Lisa : )

Products used:

Blue Fern Studios - Tranquility collection - 
main page - front
under photo - back side

under photo - back side

Black Sand

Sand & Sea

EK Success - punch - 
Scroll & Dots

The Dusty Attic - chipboard - 
Branches & Berries

Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz layering stencil - 

Petaloo Bontanica collection flowers -
Anemone - Pistachio

Wild Orchid Crafts
Earth Tone Curly Wild Roses -30mm

Earth Tone Hip Rosebuds

Green Mix Curly Wild Roses - 30mm

Prima Finnabair - Art Alchemy acrylic paint - Metallique Brass Hardware -

Recollections - Black pearls
Hobby Lobby - Resin Birdcages