April 2, 2014


Last night was really tough for me. I had to make the difficult decision to put down my precious Pretzel, who would have been 16 years old on May 1.

She was a very important member of our family for almost 16 years. Ailing lately, and having such difficulty walking, I contacted our Vet yesterday. Before doing anything final, I asked him to check her over  to reassure me that we were making the right decision. After noting all that was going on with my poor Pretzel, he reaffirmed that this was the absolutely right thing to do.

So, with me holding her in my arms, he administered the shot. I will miss her ever so much. She was my best friend, and was supposed to live fur-ever.

Anyway, after we arrived back home, and shedding lots and lots of tears, I decided that the only thing that would give me some relief was Creative Therapy. I headed downstairs to my Creation Station, and diligently got to work.

I was excited that, in my grief, I was able to connect with some beauty. Having purchased the So Very Grateful set shortly after the Occasions Mini went live, I had yet to give the wonderful happy images of the flowers a chance at coming alive.

And "alive" was definitely what I needed.

This is the cheer-me-up card I came up with:

The flowers were colored with retired Watercolor Wonder Crayons and an Aqua Painter. The blue background is an emboss resist, with the flowers stamped in VersaMark and embossed with White Embossing Powder. I then sponged Marina Mist ink over the flowers for the resist.

Other than the piece of Whisper White cardstock I did the emboss resist on, the rest of the card was created from watercolor paper.

Honest, I felt much better when I came upstairs after my session of Creative Therapy.



  1. Your card is absolutely beautiful! I'm so sorry about your cat. I know how much they wrap themselves around our hearts, and I know how much it hurts when they're gone.

  2. So sorry about your precious kitty. Your card is sweet!

  3. So sorry to hear about Pretzel. Another hug for you! Your card is beautiful. I love the coloring you did.

  4. You are right- creating =it's terapy!When have goo results(like your creation)- the best terapy I think!
    Wish you all the best!
    Ceep creating!

  5. Beautiful card, I really like the colors you used!

  6. I'm so sorry to hear about Pretzel. I'm so glad that your creative therapy helped brighten you mood a bit. The card you created is stunning. Wishing that each day gets easier!

  7. So sorry to hear about Pretzel. Your card is beautiful, love the subtle colouring!

  8. So sorry to hear about your precious kitty. My mother had to put her sweet cat, Oreo, down just a few weeks ago. So sad!

    I love your card! Thanks so much for sharing on our Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party! Please join us again next week!

    ~ Ashley

  9. I'm sorry to read about losing your precious fur-baby.

    The card you created is just beautiful.

  10. Your card is so beautiful and I am sorry about your sweet Pretzel. Our pets are our family and I know how hard it is to lose one.

  11. So sorry to about kitty!
    Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing with us at Your Designs This Time!

    Emily & Erin @ elizabethjoandesigns.com

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  12. How very lovely, calming and sweet. The colours are so peaceful

  13. Oh Linda - I'm so sorry about your dear Pretzel. I've been through it, I know how you feel. Hugs!

  14. I am so sorry to read this sad news about your beloved Pretzel. I hope you are recovering from your grief and sadness.

    Thinking of you.

    Natasha in Oz

  15. Очень красиво и нежно! Спасибо за участие в проекте Рукодельное кафе!

  16. И очень сочувствую! ((