A few weeks ago, I posted "Horses and Dogs, Part 1" where I talked a bit about the horses in my life and showed a couple of cards featuring horses. I thought it was about time I came back and did Part 2 - dogs. If you only want to see the cards I've made recently that feature dogs, skip down part way through the post.
I've lived with dogs my whole life. As a child in England, we lived with my grandparents and their spaniel, Lass. After we came to Canada when I was 10, we got our own family dog - a sweet little spaniel cross, Sandy. She was followed by a larger spaniel cross, Sasha. So I seemed destined to have spaniels in my life. But my first dog as an adult was a rescue Husky / Samoyed cross, Usk, that my boyfriend and I had. He was so bonded to my boyfriend that I wanted a dog that bonded more with me so I went back to spaniels and we bought a Springer Spaniel puppy, Sheena - to my dismay, she bonded more with the Husky / Samoyed dog than with me! After the two of them had died, my then-husband and I bought another Springer, Jessie, who saw me through some of the worst parts of my life - divorce, ill health, the death of one of my best friends.
As Jessie got older, I knew I didn't want to have a period of time without a dog and I knew I wanted to go slightly smaller as I got older, so I got Will - the adorable English cocker who I still have. I got him as a tiny puppy and when he was three years old, his breeder got back his sister from a neglectful home and asked me to take her. By then, Jessie had died (a huge heartache as she'd been with me through so much) and I was ready to have two dogs again so along came my sweet Shea. It took some time to make her feel safe and secure but after awhile, Shea became the most loving and gentle of dogs who followed me everywhere - probably the most bonded of any dog I've ever lived with. Will and Shea became the best of friends, and when she died of cancer this spring, Will grieved as much as I did. Here are the two of them (Will is the black one, Shea the brown one):
Will is now 11 - average life span of English cockers is 13 or 14, so after losing Shea too soon, I'm hoping Will keeps on going as his usual robust healthy self.
Now on to cards. Of course, I have bought whatever English cocker stamps I can find since I started card-making. And lots of my friends who come to my fundraiser Christmas card sale love dogs so I have quite a few dog-themed Christmas stamps. Here's one that is both English cocker and Christmas:
I was at Loll Thompson's house recently for a fun day of trying
different techniques. One technique we did was spraying cs with various colours
of spray, then running it through an embossing folder, and then rubbing
Inka Gold over the top of the raised parts. I used one of my pieces for
the background of this card.
My focal image is stamped in grey and then heat embossed in a sparkly ep
called "marcasite". I used metallic pens to colour the ribbon blue and
the sleigh bells silver. It looked a bit too stark so I sponged
Distress Stormy Sky around the edges to soften it.
I twisted silver cord around silver ribbon and threaded two metal mini
sleigh bells on it for the SCS Ways to Use It challenge "Make It Metal".
All the layers are attached with foam tape so it has nice dimension in real life.
It's also for the September theme "snowflakes and blue" for the SCS Christmas Card Challenge, for the Less is More challenge "sprays", and
for the Addicted to CAS challenge "blue".