Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Warm memories

Happy Wednesday!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built and this week we have a fun color/photo inspiration challenge for you:
Image may contain: cat
I made this card for my grandmother who's cat had to be put to sleep last week.  She's had the cat for almost 18 years and it had been her faithful companion since my grandfather died almost 9 years ago.  I'm sure she's taking this loss pretty hard as she now lives completely alone (don't worry, there is a lot of family living around her, so she's not all alone!)
I started out by measuring my "Dimond Deco, Sil (lg)" stamp and marking out a grid on my cardstock, so I could stamp the image in a nice, lined-up pattern.  I stamped it in a dark gray, stamping off on scrap paper first to get a muted color.  Then I stamp over it with "Sheet Music" in black.  Then I die cut it using a stitched rectangle die and inked the edges with dark gray to soften them.  I also used the dark gray (stamped off once) to stamp the strip of flowers and leaves and sponged the edges as well.    I used some silver Texture Gems (similar to liquid pearls) to dot the center of the large flower.  I really love how this card turned out!  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this week.  Head on over to The House blog to see how this photo inspired the rest of the DT, you will NOT be disappointed!!

Stamps: Repeat Impressions: "Dimond Deco, Sil (lg)", "Sheet Music", "Daisy Outline, sm.", "Leaf Outline, sm.", "Daisy Outline, lg", "Leaf Outline, lg", "Cat Sitting Sil." and "Warm Memories"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Spellbinders "Classic Standard Ovals, large" and "Standard Cirles, large"

Retro Rubber #58--anything goes (the music stamp, the cat stamp and the sentiment are all nearly two years old--in June)
{Pin}spirational #186--photo inspiration (I was inspired by the black and white colors and I added some flowers)

Sweet Stampin'--anything but birthday
Cuttlebug Mania--sketch

Dare2B Artzy--lots of layers
Divas That Cut--For the love of animals/pets
Scrapper's Delights #64--anything goes


Glittered Paws said...

So sorry for your grandmas loss - but what a beautiful card you have created in his memory. I hope I can still live in my own home when I get "older".

Donna said...

What a charming card Heather, so many beautiful details and a perfect saying for the occasion. So sorry for your Grandma's loss, so glad she has family close to her.

Patti J said...

How sweet of you to make this card for your grandma. So glad she's got family close by. Please tell her I'm so sorry about her kitty. Your card is perfect, Heather! Thanks for the inspiration!

Laurie Unger said...

Perfect take on the sketch! Love this.

Michelle N. said...

Such a beautiful, sweet card for your grandmother. It's so hard to lose a fur friend. Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Diva's this month.

joy said...

Oh this is fabulous! I love the sentiment and the combination of images! Great job.

crafty-stamper said...

So sorry for your Grandmas loss --it's hard when you lose a cat or a dog no matter how long you have them for-Beautiful monochrome card love the silhouette cat and great sentiment
Carol x

Carole J said...

This is a beautiful monochrome card with a heartwarming sentiment, Heather.
Thanks for sharing your work at {PIN}spirational Challenges #186. Good Luck and hope to see you again next time.
Carole x DT (Craftilicious Creations)

Debbie Mageed said...

Aw! I love your card and have already pinned it. Sympathy cards for pets are such a challenge and I just love how you created this beautiful card! Thank you for playing along with Retro Rubber and hope you will join us again soon.

Maria Rodriguez said...

Hello Heather: Your card is just the sweetest card for someone who has lost a pet, specially if that pet has been a constant companion for your grandma. I'm so happy she has her family around her to make this sad times easier to bare.
Your card will sure bring sweet memories to your grandma, it's beautifully and lovingly made.
Thank you for sharing it with us at RETRO RUBBER, hope you join us again next time.
Maria Rodriguez.

Cass said...

Fab monochrome card. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin'
Cass xx

Katy McGloin said...

Heather, I have not seen a more loving pet sympathy card! Your attention to details is superb! This card is definitely frame worthy. Thanks so much for sharing it with Retro Rubber "anything goes" challenge this week. Hope to see you again in our gallery!

Jane Knudsen said...

What a lovely card! And such a beautiful tribute for your Grandmother's cat. It is so hard to lose a pet - they become one of us! Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber!

Claire Grantham said...

What a beautiful, elegant card for your Grandmother, it's so hard to lose a treasured animal. I have no doubt she will really appreciate the thought you put into creating the card. Thanks for playing with us this time at Retro Rubber. Claire DT

Scrappin Sue said...

Thanks for sharing at Scrappers Delights Challenges x

Karou said...

Oh quelle belle carte j'aime vraiment beaucoup. Merci pour ta participation sur Scrapper's Delights

Arlene said...

This is a card full of warmth and just lovely.

So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

Jan Clothier said...

Beautiful! You've done justice to the colour scheme and your attention to detail is fantastic. Love the background you've created. Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber.

creative lady said...

Love your card. Love the layout of it. Thanks for joining Retro Rubber.

Swissie said...

Wonderful pet sympathy card! I understand very well that your grandmother is missing her beloved cat.
Thank you for joining Cuttlebug Mania this time!
Swissie DT

Donna said...

Congrats on your win at Cuttlebug Mania!!