Monday 12 August 2013

DT card for Sketch 'n' Stash Challenge.

Good Morning to you all my wonderful crafty friends.

Just wanted to start by saying sorry that I have been a bit quiet recently. One of our cats, Claude, suddenly became very ill last week  and we had to make the heart breaking decision to have him put to sleep yesterday. Our pets become such a big part of our lives, it's so hard to say goodbye to them. So, we shed a lot of tears yesterday, but at least he is at rest now and no longer in pain and we have lots of special happy memories.

Anyway, today is the start of a new Sketch 'n' Stash Challenge.
This week we are onto sketch number 15 and our optional theme is use handmade flowers.

For this challenge we are sponsored by the fabulous Ooh La la Creations
The prize is a CD of the winner's choice and some bling!

I decided to ink up one of my older Penny Black Stamps. Obviously, I made this card before Claude became ill,  now I will dedicate it to him, he brought so much happiness into our lives.

Items used:
Stamp - Penny Black Cat Bath coloured with Promarkers
Papers - First Edition Blank Canvas
Cheery Lynn - Mini Fanciful flourish
Memory Box Norland Flower

Here is the sketch for you to follow, as you can see, I have rotated it

If you take a look at the Sketch 'n' Stash Challenge blog you will see the wonderful creations made by the rest of the design team and we have introduced our fabulous new teamies too.

I would like to enter my card into the following fabulous challenges:

Polkadoodles - In the Garden 
Sweet Stampin' - Going Krafty
Pile it On - Outdoors
Penny Black Challenge - Bright and Sunny
Penny Black and More - In the Garden 

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop and look at my blog today. I really do appreciate it and love to read any comments you may wish to make.
Bye for now


Debs said...

Oh Sue I'm so sorry to hear your news about Claude - it must have been so difficult to make that decision but as you say at least he is not suffering and can rest in peace.
sending hugs to you and the family.

Your card is a perfect tribute for Claude - fabulous image and gorgeous details as always.

Hope today is a better day than yesterday hun - take care
Debs xx

Sally said...

Sending hugs Sue.
Fabulous card, love that image don't think I have seen that one before.
Hugs Sally xxxx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

So sorry to hear about your cat, so hard to lose one I know from experience. Your card is gorgeous, such a cute image and fab colours x

Kim said...

Oh Sue, so sorry to hear about Claude. As you know from my blog too, our pets are such a big part of our family it's heartbreaking when this happens. Sending a hug (or as many as you need)
But a beautiful card - a lovely tribute to Claude.
Kim xx

Jackie said...

I am so sorry to hear of your sad loss Sue...hugs
Wonderful card, very pretty colours and papers :O)
Jackie xx

cuilliesocks said...

Very sorry to hear about Claude, and yes it's heartbreaking when a beloved pet dies. I lost my beautiful Cuillin a couple of years ago and I still miss him every day. My blog is named after him.

Like your wonderful card dedicated to him he will be with you for ever.

I love the image and the sketch is fab, love it. Big Hugs Sue, Kate xx

Laine said...

So sorry to hear your news Sue. We become so attached to our pets and they give us so much unconditional love, it is a huge wrench when we loose them. Memories remain and hopefully will give you comfort.
Wonderful card and most suitable image.

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Sue I am sorry to hear about Claude, as you say he is at peace now.
Fabulous card lovely colours and gorgeous flowers Ginny X

Janet - aka stacky said...

Hello Sue I am so sorry to hear your sad news what a beautiful card to tribute to Claude I hope your sadness eases with the lovely memories you have of him xx

You have coloured the image as always so beautifully, I love the colours you used and the papers and flowers look so pretty xx

Sending you a great big thinking of you hug xx

marion said...

Love the bling on the bracelet of the cat, such a fun and lovely card, hugs, Marion

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous,love the design and fab

Christine Harrop said...

A really lovely card Sue, and as you say, a nice tribute to Claude. Pets become so much a part of our lives don't they? Hope you are all feeling a little better today. Love and big hugs from Christine xx

Chrissie said...

A fabulous card Sue but I'm so sorry to hear your sad news sweetie.
Chrissie xx

Teresa said...

I love this one Sue, this PB stamp is gorgeous, your colour choice is perfect for it too. Have a great week, hugs Teresa xx

Teresa said...

Omg Sue I'm so sorry to read about your cat, I didn't see that bit at first I was busy looking at your card, so very sorry. xxxx

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Firstly sorry to hear about Claude I know what that decision is like sending you a big crafty hug xx

your card is beautiful Sue love the colours and layout
jacqui xx

ALI said...

Sorry about your news Sue, they do become part of the family very quickly.
Love the colour combo on your card.

Loopylou. said...

oh sue :( I am so sad to read about your Claude hunny, sending you some huge hugs.
Your card is gorgeous though hunny
more hugs Lou xxxx

crafty-stamper said...

so sorry to hear about Claude I do know how you feel having lost two in last couple of years, but your card is beautiful love the colours and beautiful cat collar
carol x

Claire said...

Hello Sue, so sorry to hear about Claude (sending hugs). Love your card, fabby layout and just love that colour combo. Have a lovely day. Hugs, Claire x

Julieanne..aka pinkjools said...

Hi Sue, Sorry to hear about your claude ...sending hugs...What a beautiful card..Love the image sweet...Joolsx

Sarah said...

So sorry to hear your terrible news Sue, heartfelt wishes to you and yours and I hope Milton is Ok too, getting extra cuddles I expect.

Your card is fab and a fitting tribute to Claude xx

Mojca said...

Ohhhhh I am so sorry to hear about your loss. We had to do the same a year ago with my cat ... he was with us 10 years!!! I was just devastated. I know it's hard, but he will be always in your heart. The card is just gorgeous. Hugs! Mojca

Desire Fourie said...

Just precious. The kitty looks really very happy. Love the design and zesty colouring.
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Desire Fourie said...

Just precious. The kitty looks really very happy. Love the design and zesty colouring.
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Carol Willis said...

Fabulous card, love the design.
Caz x

rachel said...

such a gorgeous card Sue. So sorry to hear about Claude - I expect Milton is at a loss as well as you and yours. Big Hugs Sue xxx

Lisa xx said...

Oh sue, im so sorry to hear about clause....sending you big hugs my lovely xx

gorgeous card, love detail on the collar xx

Tracy said...

Sue I love your choice of image, beautiful details and the design too, thanks for joining Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

rachel said...

hiya sue - just popping back to say thanks for joining us at crafty sentiments and good luck x

Karen Petitt said...

Hi Sue, so sorry for your loss hun - pets do become so much a big part of our family and loosing one hurts like hell even if it is in their best interest because of pain. This is a beautiful card and a perfect tribute to Claude. Hope you have a much better week Karen x

McCrafty's Cards said...

Gorgeous card Sue, I like the adorable image the papers and the swirls.
Kevin xx

*Vicki* said...

AWW!! Sue, I'm so sorry for the loss of your furry friend. It is so heartbreaking to loose a pet.

I saw your creation on the challenge this morning and so happy I could stop by and tell how much I love it! What a lovely dedication to him! Love those glittery papers and PB has some sweet images! :) BIG HUGS to you friend!

Craftdee said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear you've lost one of your little friends; they do have a way of leaving their pawprints on your heart, don't they?! I love your card, a nice tribute to Claude. Hope you're feeling better soon, Donna xx

Tammy said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss, I know how very much our pets mean to us! But your card definitely brings a smile! Wonderful design and details!

Hazel said...

Sue, I am sorry to hear about Claude, but as you say he is not in pain any more. He might not be with you in person but he will also be in your heart. Just take your time getting over him, he was a big part of your lives. Your card is a fitting tribute to him - a beautiful card.

Hazel x

Redanne said...

Such a beautiful tribute to Claude Sue, it is always devastating for the family when a cherished pet dies. I am so sorry but as you say, he will be at peace now. Your card is beautiful. Hugs, Anne x

Donna said...

Gorgeous card Sue, love the autumnal colours and cute image. Pretty papers too! So sorry to hear about Claude...sending hugs for you and family. Donna ♥ x

Marlene Atkinson said...

Oh Sue, I am so sorry to hear about Claude, it can be so devastating for the family, hugs to you and your family. Your card is gorgeous,love the Autumnal colours. Marlene

julie_woolston said...

Oh Sue I am so sorry to hear your sad news, it is very difficult, sending you hugs.

Your card is really beautiful, lovely colours and sweet image.

Hugs Julie xxx

Pauline said...

So sorry to hear about your cat Sue, your card is lovely xx

Mayras Designs said...

I'm sorry about your cat our pets do become part of our families ! The card is a beautiful tribute ! The paper and the image are perfect ! Thank you for sharing this beautiful card with us at Pile It On !

Mayra DT

Karen said...

My dear friend, I am so sorry about your sweet furbaby. They indeed become part of the family. Claude's paw prints will forever be on your beautiful heart. Lots of love to you, Sue. **Hugs** As for your card, it is gorgeous as ever. The colors are stunning and the image is spectacular. One of the sweetest I've seen.. and the timing is perfect. Claude will still bring you joy every day just by thinking about him. Wonderful work on this marvelously designed card, Sue. :o)

Hugs and blessings!

Patricia said...

Good evening Sue,
So sorry to hear about your beloved pet.
Love that you have dedicated your stunning card to him.
Beautiful card with wonderful colouring and layout

Patricia xx

Lorraine said...

Sue, I'm so sorry to hear about about Claude.
Your card is gorgeous. I love the PB stamp and pretty colour scheme.
Lorraine x

Céline said...

soso cute, love the colors and papers
thanks for playing with us at crafty sentiments

sue said...

Sue, I am so sorry to hear about Claude,you are right they are a very big part of our family.
This is a gorgous card and a perfect tribute to Claude.
sending you lots of hugs.
sue xx

mixamatoasties said...

So sorry to read about Claude Sue. Sending lots of love and hugs your way.

And your card is fab too. I love the layout. I might use that this week :)

Susan xx

kay said...

Sorry to hear of your loss x

Cat's sCrap said...

I like cats, I like your card ! Absolutely fabulous ! Bravo !

Hugs from France.

Daniele said...

awwww this is soooo sweet Sue, lovely colouring

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue,
firstly I am sooooooooooo sorry to hear your sad news about Claude.
This card is such a fitting tribute to the many happpy years you all had together.They say time heals so hopefully in time you may start to feel less pain, about you loss.
Superb card as always.
Have a wonderful crafty evening.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Penny said...

Oh, sweet Sue, I am so sorry that you had to make that decision about Claude. It is always such a tough one to make, and it hurts us so much more than our babies. They are just relieved that we did so. Bless you for doing that for him. Sending you great big hugs right now.
You made such a beautiful card with this sweet image! Love your design, DP, coloring, and wonderful die cuts! Great tribute to Claude. :^)
Lots of love, Penny

Chrissy said...

Oh!how sad Sue..I'm so sorry.It is a heart wrenching decision,but the right one when our fur babies get so sick..I just love your card in memory of Claude..such a cute image and fabulous cat used to sit in the bird bath too..


Kat W said...

This is such a gorgeous happy card and a fabulous fun image.
So sorry to hear about Claude but glad you have the happy memories of him.

Hugs, Kat xx

Jane said...

Sorry to hear your sad news Sue... I know exactly how you feel having lost my beloved Dusty lasy year.
Your card is a lovely...big hugs xx

Jo said...

Gorgeous...a fab layout & a lovely image too. So sorry to hear about Claude....sending you hugs!
Jo x

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Oh dear Sue how heartbreaking for you. I have lost two cats this year my heart goes out to you.

A lovely card and very fitting tribute to Claude, Susan x

Karon said...

Fabulous card - wonderful papers and great image! Thanks for joining us at Polka Doodles this week. Karon, DT Polka Doodles.

Whisper said...

Aaah hun, my heart goes out to you and your family and sending you big hugs too - i'm dreading the day anything happens to Whisper.

I so love this gorgeous PB too and a very fitting card to Claude too.

Luv Sam x

Sasha said...

So sorry to hear about Claude, Sue...Bless him!
Our beloved pets are part of the family and when we loose them it's heartbreaking and we grieve for them. Sending warm thoughts and (((hugs)))

Love the beautiful card you made and dedicated to him xx

coops said...

so sorry to hear about claude sue.lots of hugs coming your way.

your card is gorgeous, fabulous colour combo and i love your image and design.


xx coops xx

pam said...

so sorry Sue, my heart goes out to you and your family, when we loose are beloved pets, it breaks our hearts, sending you a big hug.
your card is perfect, beautiful.
pam xxx

cotnob said...

I'm so sorry to hear your sad news Sue, our pets do become such a big part of our families and it is so difficult when we have to say goodbye.
Your card is fabulous, an adorable image and lovely papers - a perfect tribute to Claude.

Sue said...

Awww Sue how sad so sorry to hear about Claude..yes your right they are part of our families and so hard when you lose them lots of huggles hun and your card is beautiful xxxxxxxxx Sue xxxxxxxxxx

Pat (mspfd) said...

Oh my gosh, your coloring of the fur it so lifelike. Sweet, adorable image which to colored beautifully. Lovely card.
Sorry to hear your cat had to be put asleep. It is always so sad to loose our pets.

Tracy said...

So sorry to hear about Claude Sue. It's tough to let our furry friends go. I think your card is a perfect dedication to him. That kitty looks like he's in a very happy place. Beautiful coloring. Hugs!

June Nelson said...

Aw Sue this is so beautiful, love it sghug, so sorry to hear about your cat, im a terible one for animals and it never gets any easier when you have to say goodbye, thinking of you me lovely xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Jules said...

Hi Sue

Such a beautiful card .. .. and a gorgeous colour combo.

So sorry to read about Claude :-(

Love Jules xx

Bridie said...

Fab card, the flowers finish it really nicely.

Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting on my blog

Happy Crafting!

Bridie@BGPayne Crafts

Stamps and Paper said...

So sorry to hear about Claude Sue...
Love your cutie card, great image and lovely colours


debby4000 said...

Absolutely gorgeous and so cute too.
Sorry to hear about Claude.

Doreen said...

Hi Sue...I'm back *lol*
Hope you are ok.
Have had fantastic holidays ;)
Your card is gorgeous. Fab colours and the image is so cute
Have a nice week
Big hugs
Doreen xx

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

So sorry to hear about Claude. As a pet lover I know how heartbreaking it must be for you. {hugs}

Cute card - love the glittery paper and those pretty die cuts.
Hope you're feeling well.

catherine said...

Fabulous card Sue and thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week
x catherine

Sarah said...

I am so, so sorry to read about Claude Sue :-( My cat is very much my eldest child. Your card is beautiful, I love the cute image and pretty rich colours x

Kirsty said...

great card, thanks for joining us at sweet stampin this week!

Kirsty Pearly Pop Cards

KraftyKoolKat said...

So sorry to read your news Sue. We still miss all our babies and we still talk about them all the time, remembering all what they got up too. They are a member of the family.

This is an adorable card, love the image and the gorgeous layout.


JayBe said...

What sad news, Sue - how right about our fur babies becoming part of our lives, my doggies are so precious.

Your card is lovely and what a fitting tribute to Claude. Thanx for sharing with us at Polkadoodles.

Hugz, Jan (DT) xx

Whisper said...

Ooops forget to say with my DT hat on, thanks for joining us at PB & More this month and good luck, Luv Sam x

mags said...

A beautiful card Sue and a lovely tribute to Claude. As you say our cats become a part of the family and it is always a difficult time when they go.

Little K Smith said...

Aawww this is just gorgeous hun! One of my fave PB's and I love the bright juicy orange colour too :)

Julies Crafty Creations said...

Awww how adorable is that image, love it!
Love the colours you have used on this card and the gorgeous embellishments too
Hugs Julie x

Glenda Atkins said...

Oh Sue so sorry about your cat, so very hard to lose them. Big hugs to you! Your card is gorgeous and wonderfully coloured.

XxJULESxX said...

wow!!!! stunning Sue!

Ellen Taylor said...

So sorry for your loss Sue! It's the kindest decision to not let our pets suffer. Big hugs for you! You card turned out marvelous!

Pia S said...

Sorry to hear about your cat - I hope your other one doesn't take it too badly. I've grown up with cats and I know how easy it is to get so attached to them - they're just the most adorable creatures!
The card looks very cheerful with the vibrant orange details. A great card for great memories of your beloved cat!

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Hehe this made me smile, love the cute image and the unusual colour scheme is fab
Lindsay xx

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

I meant to say so sorry for your loss hun, sending you lots of hugs and thinking of you
Lindsay xx

Dawn said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your furry companion. They really do become a part of the family and have a special place in our hearts, and it is so hard to watch them suffer. Your card is beautiful and is a great reminder of the joy he brought into your lives.

Sending you a big big hug, Dawn

mixamatoasties said...

Back again.

Thanks for sharing at Sweet Stampin' this week.

Susan x

alethea said...

Sweet card! Thanks for joining us at Polka Doodles! Hugsxx

Helen said...

Fabulous - just perfect for our 'Bright & Sunny' challenge!
Thanks for playing at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge!
Helen x


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