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Monday, October 3, 2011

SNS World Animal Day Blog Hop

Welcome to my page on the SNS World Animal Day Blog Hop.  If you've hopped here from the amazing Judy's blog; you're in the right place.  If not you may want to hop back to the SNS Home Blog so you don't miss out on any of the great critter cards (and details on the great prizes too).

Out & About after the Blizzard 2010
I'm so excited about this hop because I'm a major animal lover!!  I live on a small hobby farm & have also rescued many, many animals over the years.  I am amazed, amused, and educated by my animals every day and I am so very grateful to have them in my life.  Sadly, one of my dear farm friends just passed yesterday.  Taz was one of our "adoptees".  We took him in from a neighbor that was moving & couldn't have animals at their new place.  He was an older, gentle giant (compared to our other goats) and was a joy to have around for his last few years.  Of course, I couldn't find a good picture of him when I wanted one, but this is my son & Taz "out & about" after the blizzard of 2010.  Taz, this post is dedicated to you - you will be dearly missed - rest in peace dear friend.  And to all those other critters that touch our lives in so many ways - this day we honor you. 

On to my cards - there are sooo many great critters in the Sparkle N Sprinkle stamp line that there's soooo many I would have loved to share with you today!  I settled on using the adorable Mulder.  For those times when we accidentally miss someone important day, the expression on Mulder's really shows how sorry he is that he "Fur-got".  I just love the look on his face!  And in theme with our critter hop - even the embossing powder I used goes with the theme..... it's Teddy Brown - I know, really that was a coincidence; but it happens to be one of my favorites though!  Mulder & the saying were cut out & framed in with Spellbinders.

I also did another "piece" with Mulder - he was so much fun to work with!  This time I created a great multipurpose piece that could either be a card (for various occasions for a dog lover) or it would make a great picture frame or scrapbook piece if Mulder was replaced with a picture of a favorite pooch.  Either way you choose to do it; again, Mulder hits the spot with that expression and those perfect sayings to match him.  This piece was done up with an older Spellbinders frame - the polka dot frame - I love the perfect size of that frame; I just didn't emboss the polka dots.  Mulder & the sayings were done up in a bunch of different embossing powders.  Black & white detail EP's were used for him & the main saying.  And then a bunch of really fun, really colorful SNS EP's for the "Woof" - By the Lake, Spring Willow, Firefly, and Spiced Cider create the bright & colorful squares.  It's funny how things work out sometimes.....I had chosen those four colors specifically to match a printed ribbon that I thought would be perfect for this project.  But then after all the pieces where made & "test fit" together; I ended up deciding the ribbon just didn't add what I had envisioned.  So I left the ribbon off, but still loved the look of those bright colors & decided to keep them even without the "matching ribbon".  It's interesting to see how our pieces "evolve".

Sayings for both projects comes from the really fun - Set 249 - Kramer There's even more great sayings on this set, a great & versatile set of paw prints, and a few more of the great SNS dogs.  Be sure to check them out.

Well, I sure hope you enjoyed your two visits with Mulder!  I know I've enjoyed working with him so much I'm sure I'm going to be reaching for his expressive eyes many more times!  I hope you'll leave a little comment to let me know what you thought of these two projects - I always love hearing from you all!  Then hop on over to our wonderful guest designer for October, Karalee Ingram, and check out what she has for you on her blog! Enjoy the rest of the hop!!

"Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms."  ~George Eliot
 "An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language."  ~Martin Buber
Until next time,
***Julie***

35 comments:

Donna Ellis said...

Aww, Julie, so sorry to hear about Taz - animals enrich our lives so much! Your cards are the sweetest doggy cards! Love the colors and textures you employed, bringing real doggy flavor to the human recipients of your cards. Thank you for joining us in this blog hop!

Sandy (Cheesy) said...

Oh, Mulder looks so sad that he "fur-got"! What a fun card. Love the colors and all the paw prints! LOL.
Cheesy

Shona Erlenborn said...

Love the two completely different looks that you got with these cards - using the same stamp! So much fun and your right - he really does look sorry that he fur-got!

Karin said...

So sorry to hear about Taz...So hard to say goodbye to our animals...Lovely cards today Julie! I love the layouts and I love that stamp :) Perfect dog lover cards!

Linda L said...

Julie your cards are great. Love the elements and colors on both.

Anonymous said...

Love what you've done with Mulder. He looks so sad that he missed the birthday :) Brenda

pjw said...

Two great creations. Love the colorful "woof"

Janet said...

Mulder's face is just perfect for furgetting an event. The bone background and eyelet add eye appeal. The colorful "woof" makes the 2nd card fun.

April said...

Juile, these are great cards! I just love the sayings that go with him.

Joni said...

Great cards! I love the saying. I also love the picture of John and the goat.

Sharon from FL said...

Really nice and I like this stamp.

Anita Braddock said...

so sorry about taz. you have don such a great job on your Beautiful dogs. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.abbraddock@msn.com

Dee in N.H. said...

Sorry to hear about your sweet Taz!
Your cards are so adorable with those puppydog eyes. I'm not sure about being reminded that all that snow is just around the corner! LOLOL!!

Amanda R said...

Love 'em both Julie! That is a great expression on his face and sorry to hear about your goat, at least he had a good life while you had him.

NWFlamingo said...

He ain't nothing but a hound dog, but he sure makes cute cards!

Mary said...

Sorry to hear about Taz. The cards you made are so adorable.

Lynette said...

So sorry to hear about Taz.
Mulder is so adorable. I love your creations.

Pat K said...

Special pets, special cards. Love
your work

Kathy Vogel said...

I'm sorry for your loss of Taz. I do like the picture of him & your son. I especially like your second card. The colorful Woof is very sharp. I love the sentiment, "Dogs are people with fur."

Aileen Freeman said...

I really enjoyed your cards. My favorite is the first card, I liked the bacground paper and all the doggie embellishments

Barbara Bruder said...

Julie, I am so sorry about "Taz" and am so glad to see him in the snow playing. Love your cards and the saying is perfect.

judys said...

The eyes on all of our wonderful 'real' friends are copied exactly in Mulder! Oh those eyes.........

Booknplays said...

Thanks for sharing your Taz story. It was sweet, and I love the picture! I love Mulder too. You showcased him very well! Great cards.

Anonymous said...

Your puppies are cute! My puppy is people, too! Thanks for sharing.
Jan Hobbs

Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work with your animals. What s darling picture of your goat. Ilike the hound cards. So cute.
Pat

StampNK said...

So Sorry to hear about Taz but glad you showed us that awesome photo of him! I just love goats, although that is one pet that I haven't gotten around to.
Your Mulder cards are just adorable and I love that they both look so different even with the same stamp image.

Frann said...

Both your cards are wonderful! I love your snow picture too.

Gerlinde said...

Great cards! I make a lot of doggy cards for my groomer - I'll HAVE to get that set! (mind if I copy your layout? - I love both of them!)

Jann said...

not related: that pic you your son and Tax is fantastic.

I love the late card. Somehow a happy dog looks remorceful and he is not lost in the card. Then he changes his personality with the WOLF card to one simply stating a truism.

Donna Ellis said...

testing

creativearts said...

Your cards are darling, Julie!

happy said...

I like the birthday stamp.

NanaConnie said...

Love the "Dogs are people with fur" sentiment! Sorry about the recent loss of one of your fur babies. Great cards!

chipielolo said...

Very nice job, Julie! Sorry for your loss...

E. Marie said...

Sorry I am late commenting. What great use of this soulful image. Animals do become so much a part of your family and it is always hard when we lose one. Our very old cat died earlier this year and it was so sad. I know you felt that way about Taz.