Monday, November 29, 2010

My Fur Baby

"That don't impress me much!"

Here is some Cat- ittude for you!
If there is a cat with a tude, it would be him!
He just wakes up some mornings and you know he has
 given you the paw!  For right now he has
lost some of his spunk, but we are working hard
to get all his "I'm better than you" attitude back!

If you have been on Dorcas blog you may have
noticed she made a card for me to cheer me up 
since this weekend was a bit  horrible not knowing
if I was losing him or not.  The card helped. 
She is the bestest! 

Anyway, Cody had been diagnosed with
pancreatitis a few weeks back.  He has an inflamed
liver, pancreas and intestines.  He looks like a 
giant cat, but don't let all that fluff fool you.
He actually lost 4 pounds and most of his muscle
mass.  The vet gave him some antibiotics and he seemed
on the mend.  Then on Friday I noticed he stopped eating.
This was unusual, because he has been sick before, and 
has NEVER stopped eating or lost his appetite.  So it was 
a rough 24 hrs., but with force feeding him broth
and letting him lick tuna juice off my fingers
he gained a little strength.  One of the horrible
things is he wanted to be outside and left alone.
That was gut wrenching for me because he has always
been affectionate towards me. He did not even want me 
to touch him.  He stayed curled up in a ball
in his little cube barely able to lift his head or open his eyes. 
Again gut wrenching! My crying hysterically did not help 
him any either.  He has never been a big fan of my crying!
 I was worried about him being warm enough 
because he does not have much meat on him.  
It seemed crueler to force him in the house 
when he clearly wanted to be outside.  He was very
weak, so I did not want to use up his energy fighting 
with me.  He has a stubborn streak... Where did he get 
that from I wonder! LOL

So with a lot of spoon feeding and giving him
bits of chicken, turkey, and tuna, he slowly is
regaining an appetite.  As of last night he started
annoying me wanting to eat. Only meat, but he wants to
eat !Yey!! You don't know how much his
 annoying me, makes me happy!

He still is weak, but coming in and out on his own 
now.  I don't have to hand feed him now, and he is
 really digging being spoiled with more meat!  Just
trying to be careful because his organs are so tender.

I am hoping this all means he is on the mend and
will have a full recovery, but it could go either way
right now. 

Thanks for letting me vent! The thought
of something happening to him has been more
than I can bear, but reality is, he is an older cat
with an illness.  As most pet owners know,
it may be just an animal to some, but it is my 
baby to me!  I was able to write
this without crying, but am having a hard time
fighting the urge now! 

These photos were all taken a while ago!

"I am so incredibly bored with my life!"

"I will kill you!"
He is playing... sort of.  When he gets that
look in his eyes, watch out!  He scoots along
the grass and WILL pounce on you or
your poor unsuspecting fingers!

"What part of no don't you understand?!"

Isn't he just the cutest?  

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

For You!

Mo is having a Dream Team Call!
I love her images so it would be an honor
to be considered.  I love the image I chose
for this card! Hard to say if it is my favorite
since I love so many of her images.  This
one seems to be perfect for get well cards
or sorry cards!

Gem Of A Challenge
Another get well card!  This card is the 2nd card I 
made for my friend who had surgery the other day.
The first was a support card for the fact she has
(Maybe now had) cancer.  This one was for her
hospital stay and recovery.  Since my mother 
lives far away, she is like a mother to me.  Her daughter
is my age and we are like sisters.  She told everyone
 in the hospital she was waiting for her other daughter
 to get there.  When I arrived they looked at me funny
because for obvious reasons I do not look like
her daughter!  We laughed anyway!

This is my attempt at darker skin.
Still a work in progress.  This is about 16
layers of color.  I know there is an easier way
just have not figured it out yet.

 Close up of stitching and MS punch with
ribbon woven through

Another panel with stitching


Another sentiment from Whimsy
New Martha Stewart Double Arches Punch
This is one of the larger punches which is 
nice because the paper sizes are
different than most of the punches.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Paper Studio
Designer Paper: Mandarin Modern Paper Pack by Tapestry
Ribbon: Offray
Sentiments: Get Well Soon- My Sentiments exactly
Sentiments: Sending Hugs & Kisses, and Happy Thoughts-
Ink: Distress Ink- Marmalade
Punches: Martha Stewart's Large Double Arches & 
Perforadora Para Double Edge
Die Cuts: Spellbinders Nestabilities- Scalloped Ovals
Jewels: Recollections
Pencils: Prismacolor Pencils  with Goo Gone

Challenges I would like to enter this card In:
Ai Factory: Bring on the Bling
Simon Says Stamp: Sparkle- Jewels
Stamp R Us: Sparkles & Scallops- (Inside) Jewels
Karber: 2 Or More Designer Papers. 
Mark's Finest Papers: Circle- (Inside)
Pals Paper Arts: Ribbon or Fabric
Crafty Creations: Beautiful Insides
Crazy 4 Challenges: Circles- (Inside)
Fab'n'Funky: Old Forgotten Stamps- Get Well Soon Stamp
Papertake Weekly: Cut It Out- Punches or Die Cuts
A Spoonful of Sugar: Anything Goes

Monday, November 22, 2010

For Extra Support

 Another Bikini Card!
If you have rooted around my blog,
you may have spotted a few of these.  They are
a fun way to show your support for someone
going through a hard time.  As you may have noticed
from my last few posts many of my friends are going
 through some rough stuff right now.  This card is one 
of two that I made for a friend who also had surgery 
this week, but also has cancer.  This card is to show
my support of her and her family through it all.
The next post was a card I gave to her in
the hospital.  You may have seen the card I made 
for her daughter 2 posts back.
This is a fun card for heavy stuff!

Her home is decorated in these colors with a
safari theme.  And who doesn't like a 
leopard print bra?!

 This picture is not for young eyes!
This booty is necked!!
"Friends are like a good bra: Close to your heart and there
for support." I colored the heart, just forgot to before the photo
was taken.

Supplies Used: 
Cardstock: Bazzill
Designer Paper: DCWV Safari Paper Pack
Lace: Misc. from stash
Flowers and Pearls: Recollections
Die Cut: Scalloped Ovals from Spellbinders Nestabilities.
Booty Template- Stamp Owls Studio
Sentiment: Whimsy- Raindrop Echo Designs- Funny Friend Sayings 

Challenges I would like to enter this card in:

Pixie Dust Studio: Lets Go Safari
Daring Cardmakers: 3 Of Something- Flowers
Kaboodle Doodles: Recipe- 1 Solid Paper- 2 Designer Paper- 
3 Embellishments (Flowers, Ribbon/ Lace & Pearls)
Stampin' Royalty: Patterned Paper
Stampavie: Monochrome
Everybody Art Challenge: Monochromatic Brown

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I got 'tude Baby!

Looky what I got!  It is always fun to win something! 
Thank You Linda!

First, I'd like to thank the academy!
My Mom & Dad, the fans...
Oh sorry wrong award!
What made her think of me hmmm ?? 
Which one of has the tude... 
Me or my blog?

So to qualify for the $5 free digi certificate from Digi's with Attitude 
I have to tell you three things that makes my blog unique, 
and pass the award onto 5 other blogs...

I am a bit stumped with this
1) When I am posting I sometimes share way too much!
I feel I have to share EVERYTHING!
2) One of the reasons the tude award fits me, is I can be extremely Sarcastic!
I can be quite funny! in fact, I'm hysterical, just ask me!
 I crack myself up all the time!
3) I like collecting my craft goodies almost as much (If not more) than making them

The five people I would like to nominate are:

Andrea Ewen- for your fabulous creations! I love ALL of your work!
Yenni Natalia- also for your your wonderful work as well as being so sweet!
Keri- for being a great long time friend and for just getting your blog started!
Love your stuff too!
Annika- your work too is awesome and wonderful! Your coloring blows me away!
Chris Olsen- for your beautiful creations as well as being from my stomping grounds!

Now you wonderful ladies, to qualify for the $5 gift you just have to 
do the same as I have, but please first pop over to

Saturday, November 20, 2010

It's a Jungle Out There

This card for my friend Debbie who had surgery this week.
Not connected to the card I made in the last post.  Two 
of my friends had surgery this week.  I chose this image
because she LOVES giraffes.  It seems like it should
be simple to color, but since I am new to this type of 
coloring, it was a challenge to me.  Still learning how to 
use my big girl crayons! 

Their smiles are contagious!
The Laughing Giraffes are from Designed 2 Delight

Thought the sentiment fit perfectly!-

Close up of Stitching


Martha Stewart Perforadora Punch
Woven with ribbon

Sentiment- also from  the Get Well Whimsy set

Supplies Used:
CardStock: Paper Studio
Patterned Paper: Safari Paper Pack by DCWV
Buttons: From My Stash
Die Cuts: Spellbinders Nestabilities- Labels 1 and Rectangles
Brads: Making Memories
Martha Stewart Punch: Perforadora Para Double Edge
Image: Designed to Delight
Prismacolor Pencils w/ Goo Gone
Sentiments: Smiles and Feel Better- Whimsy
Stamp: Feel Better Soon: Inkadinkadoo
Ink: Distress Ink- Aged Mahagony
Ribbon: Satin- Offray Ruffled- American Crafts

Challenges I want to Enter this In:
Crafty Catz: Get Well Soon
Pals Paper Arts: Ribbon Or Fabric
Fairy Fun Friday: Buttons and Bows
Crafty Hos': Fall Colors
Paper Sundaes: 2 of 4 Toppings- Ribbon and Punch
Papertake Weekly: Autumn Skies
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle: No Flowers
Pixie Dust Studio: Let's Go Safari
Gingerloft: The Great Outdoors

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I Got Your Back

 This card is for a good friend of mine whose mother had surgery 
today.  I made this for her to show support.
One of her favorite movies is The Blindside
and "I Got Your Back" is a line from that movie.

"I'm Behind You"

Inside- Sentiment from Whimsy

"I Got Your Back" From Blindside
Nestibilities and Layered Arches Punch

Swirling Lace MS Punch

Supplies Used:
Misc. Paper From My Stash
Image from Mo Manning
Sentiments- My Own and from Whimsy- Friends
Punches- Martha Stewart -Swirling Lace and Layered Arches
Die Cuts- Spellbinders Nestabilities- Scalloped Circles & Labels 1, Renasiance Hearts
Jewels- Recollections
Ribbon- Offray- Lace- From Stash
Prisma Color Pencils
Buttons- From Stash

Challenges I want to Enter this Card in:

One Stitch at a Time- Favorite Color- Purple
Sentimental Sundays- Childhood Plus a Sentiment
Crafty Creations- Beautiful Insides
Gingerloft Challenges- Outdoors
Tuesday Throwdown- Buttons and Bows
Fresh Brewed- Show Off Your Style
Ai Factory- Die Cut or Punch
Hodge Podge- Anything Goes
Digi- Doodle Shop- Anything Goes
Paper Romance- Favorite Things- Purple, Cuttlebug, Ribbon,  MS Punch
Creative Belli- Something Old,  New, Borrowed or Blue-  New- Ribbon-  Old- Lace
Paper Playtime-Something I love- MS Swirling Lace Punch, Purple
Stamp R Us- Sparkle & Scallops- Jewels and inside card- Scallop Circles
Paper Sundaes-  2 Of 4 Toppings- Ribbon and Punches- Inside
Wags n Whiskers- Lavender and Lace

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

So Sorry....

Sentimental Sundays- Sketch

This card is for friends who just had to put their
dog to sleep because of serious health problems.
They have had her for 11 years and this is a very 
difficult time for both of them.  Our pets are part of
our family and it is very difficult to lose them.

Image by Mo Manning

Close up of butterfly.  There is some stitching
in this panel, but it is hard to see.

Sentiment- We Are So Sorry!

Inside- With Caring Thoughts & Thinking of You

Close up of pendant

More stitching, but again, hard to see!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Bazzill and Affinity by Paper Studio
Designer Paper: K&Co.
Buttons: From My Stash
Ribbon: Decorative Trim (Green) Basic Basic (Yellow)  Both in my stash but never used
Die Cuts: Spellbinders Nestabilities- Scallop Circles, Circles, Rectangles and Renaissance Hearts
Jewels: Recollections
Sentiment Stamps: K&Co. and Hero Arts
Ink: Distress Ink- Mahogany
Digi- Mo Manning
Color- Prismacolor Pencils and Goo-Gone

Challenges I would like to enter this card in:

Stampin Royalty: Pear Pizzaz, Cajun Craze, Marina Mist,  So Saffron
Rubber Redneck: Early Expresso, More Mustard, Old Olive, Cajun Craze
(Expresso is in her hair, Butterflies and designer Paper)
Sentimental Sundays: Sketch and Sentiment
Digital Tuesday: Never Used Stash- Both Ribbons. In stash but never used
Lexi's Creations: Anything Goes
The Crafty Pad: Circle and 2 Ribbons
Crazy 4 Challenges: Square Cards
Catch the Bug: Anything Goes
Fresh Brewed: Anything Goes
Raise The Bar: Curvy- Scallops, Circles and Curvy image
Ai Factory: Garden Party
Delightful Challenges: Stitching (Hard to see, but it is there)
The Crazy Challenge: Things With Wings
Paper Play: Circles
Gingerloft: Buttons (On the Inside of Card)
Paper Romance: Everything But the Kitchen Sink- Layers, Jewels, Bow, Stitching, Die Cuts


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