This week’s card is really easy to make. I used the (retiring!) set called Inspired by Nature. I’ve used this set quite a bit – especially the grass, which is a great subtle background – so, I’m sad it is retiring. But on that note… I have seen the new catalog! I’m already planning my first order. There is a new butterfly punch – it is gorgeous!!
Anyway, for this card… I used the ink, emboss, ink technique to get the light and dark diamonds. I was pleasantly surprised that the Memento ink I used on the flowers actually stayed wet enough to grab some of the embossing powder. It’s a really cool texture because it has the flowers and diamonds raised, but the diamonds are a bit thicker. Anyway, try it yourself to see!
I used the Modern Label punch twice in black (one to layer up and one to layer down) to get the border on the sentiment. Much easier and cleaner than trying to cut around it yourself! Scroll down for the video, or read on for a sweet story.
Alaina is very passionate about rescuing dogs. This girl has lemonade stands to raise money for the SPCA, and she donates her own money as well. She’s always asking if we can drive around and “look for lost dogs”. She’s working on a Web site to raise awareness for dog rescue. She is counting down the days till she turns 12, when she will be old enough to volunteer at the SPCA. She wrote a letter to our congressman about banning puppy mills. And, she has prepared a speech to deliver to the entire 5th grade about the plight of abandoned dogs.
Four weeks ago, she was at soccer practice and noticed a dog running loose in a nearby overgrown field. After practice, she spent about an hour, at dusk, trying to corner this dog and capture it. Alaina was getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, but she didn’t care. There was no way she was going home without this dog. Let me tell you – this dog was not happy. It would growl every time you reached a hand toward it. Alaina finally got it on a leash and into a crate (thanks to my husband, who brought the crate and leash from home). I was so proud of her! It took a lot of courage to force this mean dog into the crate. We took it home, and the dog spent the rest of the night balled up in the corner of this crate, growling.
When I came downstairs the next morning, I was surprised to see the dog sitting on Alaina’s lap, tentatively licking her face. As a mom, I was more worried about this dog attacking her face – it had been so hostile the night before! On the contrary, Alaina was beyond excited. When she went to school, the dog immediately retreated to the crate, where it spent the entire day. It would growl at me if I even looked at it.
I will never forget the moment Alaina got home that day. As soon as the dog saw her, it bounded out of the crate and leaped into Alaina’s arms, licking her face frantically and yelping cries of joy – seriously, uncontrollably yelping cries of joy. It was unbelieveable. It made me cry just watching the scene. The picture above was taken that night. From that moment on, this dog would not be more than 2 inches away from Alaina. She sleeps snuggled up against Alaina every night and follows her everywhere.
I put up “lost dog” signs in the surrounding neighborhoods, just in case. But, no one called. I also checked to see if she was microchipped. Nope. So… Rosie is now a permanent member of our family. She is a 1 year old chihuahua. She has since warmed up to the entire family and is the sweetest, most amazing snuggle bunny dog I’ve ever met!! In fact, she’s in my lap right now! And yes, we already have two other rescue dogs, so now we officially have a pack!
Okay, just wanted to share that story to hopefully make you smile today.
Next week’s card is going to be really fun – I made it but haven’t recorded the video. It’s a double slider card! Stay tuned and have a GREAT week! Oh, and of course, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all you moms out there! Hope you get lots of hugs on Sunday.
Note: If you are reading this post in an email, you’ll need to click on the post title above (“Wednesday’s Card”) to go to my blog and play the video.
- Stampin’ Up! Inspired by Nature
- Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card Harlequin
- Stampin’ Up! Garden Greetings (retired, check eBay!)
- Hero Arts Black Gem