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Friday, September 21, 2012

Fall Fun and a Farwell

I know that life is full of surprises, but when you have a extra happy week that suddenly takes a sad turn it's hard to deal with the change in mood.  I learned last night that  my parents had to put down their dog, Odin.  He was part of our family for 14 years, and we used to joke that he was my mom's favorite child (and it might not have been far from the truth!).  He was a fantastic dog, so full of personality, and it was hard to watch his health start to deteriorate as he got older.  My mom took excellent care of him, and he ate better than most human do!  But he was a large breed mutt (part German Shepherd, we think) and he suffered from hip dysplasia among other things.  We all loved him and will miss him, but my poor mom is going to notice his absence the most.  She only works part-time, evenings, and he was her constant companion.  I cried for him; I cried for her; I cried for me, because I didn't really say good-bye properly the last time we were there.  I knew it was coming, but didn't think it would be so soon.  Or maybe I didn't want it to be so soon...  My small man was upset because I was but he is too young yet to really grasp what it all means.  All he knows is his buddy won't be there to hug anymore when he visits his Babci and Papa.  Sorry to start a post with such sadness, but he deserves and needs a final tribute.  He gave our family many smiles and all of his loyalty and love.  We love you, Odin!

Now onto my card!  It is another Fabulous Freebie Friday over at Sassy Studio Designs Paper Craft Planet group (found here)!  We have another terrific 24 hour free image for you!  She's called Fall Fun, and it's easy to see why!  Even at my age jumping into a pile of leaves sounds like a good time!  

The current challenge at PCP is "Orange You Glad It's Fall" and all you need to do to play along is use orange as your focal color.  There is no shortage of orange here!  I have colored the image with Copics.  I actually colored two images of the girl and fussy cut one to pop up on top of the other. I like the dimension this gives.  My layout is loosely based on the current Sketch N Stash challenge (#96).  I had to adjust it slightly to work for me.  Papers are My Mind's Eye - Halloween Scary Sparkles.  A bit of bling, a few flowers, some baker's twine and a Deconstructed doodle around the image panel (cut with my Labels Seventeen Nestabilities from Spellbinders) finish off the card.

If you'd like to make this cutie yours simply head over right over to our Paper Craft Planet group!  While you're there take a peek at what the Fabettes have made to showcase the image and leave a little love for the lovely design team ladies!  We hope you'll be so inspired you'll want to play along!

Thanks for stopping by and have yourselves a fantastic weekend!

Markers used: Copics (E11, E21, E00, E04, R20, E13, E19, E23, E31, E33, E34, E39, YG93, YG97, YR04, YR07, YR18, W4, W6, W8, Y32, Y38) and Prismacolor Art Markers (150, 169).

- 4 Crafty Chicks: #108-Leaves
- Creative Belli Challenge: #152-Autumn/Fall 
- Digistamps4Joy: #51-Leaves 
- The Paper Shelter: #82-Fall Colors/Image 
- Bearly Mine: #53-Fall Colors
- Paper Take Weekly: A Hazy Shade of Autumn
- Ribbon Carousel: #71-Fall into Fall
- Sweet Stamps: #83-Shades of Autumn 



Papercrafting Princess said...

Your card shouts out FALL! Love it

Jasmine said...

So sorry about Odin. It's never ever easy to lose a pet even when you kind of know it's coming :-(

Very cute and fun fall card.

Cards By MI said...

So sorry to hear about your mum's dog. They really are a part of our families all these wonderful pets.
Your card is really lovely and the image is fabby. Thanks for joining us this week over at the paper shelter. Good luck with the challenge.
Love n hugs

Desire Fourie said...

Regan this is so beautifully designed. Loving your creative style. Lots of eye candy here. ... and the doggie is so funny sitting so nicely on the chair. Wishing you a fab Friday.
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Angela B. said...

I want to go and jump in that big pile of leaves! Your card is so much fun! I just love it!Thanks for sharing your creation and joining us at Digistamps4Joy.

Angela Bonanno (DT Member)

Linda Palmer said...

So sorry for your loss. It is so hard because they are just like members of the family.
Your card is gorgeous. Love the colors and design. Fab coloring on the great image.

Kim Kelley said...

OH Regan so sorry to hear that about Odin. My heart goes out to all of you. We just had it happen with my mom's dog too. She was 14 and was put down on Tuesday. It is never easy when an animal is that much a part of your life and for that long!
On a better note...what a great card! Love the fun papers! HUGS and PRAYERS!!!

Heather D. said...

So sorry to hear about Odin :( It's never easy losing a pet, especially one that's been in your family for so many years! I'm sure you all have wonderful memories that you'll cherish forever. And apparently some really adorable pictures of him with Kayne! :-) So cute!

KarinsArtScrap said...

Gorgeous card.
Thanks for join us at DigiStamp4Joy.

Greetings karin DT member

Robin said...

Gorgeous as always Regan. So sorry to hear about your dog. It's sad to loose a dog. Mine are just like my kids. I would be crushed too. Take care. Big, big hugs, Robin

Tracey said...

Fabulous card Regan & I love the photos :)
Thanks for joining us at The Paper Shelter & good luck!

Julie said...

Fabulous card, gorgeous autumnal colours! Thanks for playing along with us at SNS this fortnight, Juliexx

Lori aka lorib117 said...

Regan, fabulous job as always!

Brodders said...

Great take on this weeks challenge at Papertake Weekly,thanks for joining in with us and good luck - Jane x

Jackie said...

Rgean, what a stunning card, but I really wabted to say that I am so sorry for your loss. Pets really are ahuge part of any family and losing onr hurts more then most people realize. Huge huga coming your way!

AN said...

Sinulla on todella kauniit ruskan ja syksyn värit ja tunnelma tässä kortissa ! Kiitos kun tulit mukaan The Paper Shelter- fall/autumn image + fall/autumn colors-haasteeseen tällä viikolla! Paljon onnea arvontaan!
Hyvää viikonloppua sinulle ja kaikkea hyvää elämääsi ! T : An

Ginger said...

Awesome Card! Great job! You are so creative! What a great card to celebrate the change of the season!

Unknown said...

Regan your card is gorgeous! Love your coloring and how you used the sketch!
So sorry to hear about the pup! He is a beauty! HUGS!!!

Natascha said...

Wow, what a lovely and cute card. Thank you so much for joining us at Bearly Mine Challenge this week. Good luck!

Hugs, Natascha

Tamie said...

Loving the fall colors you used and the image you cut out is fabulous! Fantastic leaves too! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.

Leanne said...

Thanks for joining our leaves challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks, great job!

Jen Leeflang said...

Thanks so much for entering your fabulous card into our "All the Leaves are Brown" challenge at Digistamps 4 Joy. Please pop along to the blog later to find out if you are a winner.
luv'n huggz
Jen Leeflang