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Pet Sympathy Cards…new designs…fresh grief

New designs for my handmade pet sympathy cards…

Pet Sympathy CardI have been having a burst of creativity and inspiration to make some new pet sympathy cards…I am sure it is has everything to do with losing Sparky.  Funny thing grief is…we never “get over it”…at least I don’t believe we do.  We just learn to live with it…and over time living with it makes it an important part of who we are as spiritual beings.  Funny thing too…grief can happen in such flashes…I was at Hobby Lobby, buying some card making supplies, when I felt inspired to buy a wind chime for our backyard…to hang in honor of Sparky. At first I just felt moved as I was picking one out…almost a bitter sense of comfort in the memory of him and for doing something in his name…and then a moment of guilt came over me because I realized that it was the first time I had thought about him that day.  Grief is weird.Pet sympathy card

I believe we are all put here to play a special part…to be involved in a spiritual enterprise that rubs the rough edges off us as we grow…for me it is pet rescue.  I make no apologies for my pets playing such a large role in my life…not to friends…not to family…it is who I am…take me or leave me as I am.  I was made for taking care of them.

Sparky rubbed a lot of rough edges off of me…it was patience and persistence that he taught me for sure…but more important and especially later in his life it was that every day he reminded me to never waste an opportunity to have a little enjoyment.  I had six dogs when he was still alive and I am a bit of nut about exercising my dogs…which takes a lot of time in my day and a lot of my energy.  Sparky was SOOOOOOOOO slow the last year of his life and he had a bit of doggy dementia…so often we would walk back and forth down the same street…he would get confused about which direction we were walking…I always just went with it.  But I had to walk him separate from the other dogs and even a very short walk took an enormous amount of time (sometimes I would even bring a book).  But dammit…I was gong to make sure he had his time…he loved his walks and it was one thing I could give him…I new that one day he wouldn’t be there…if today was by chance the last day…it was going to be one he enjoyed.   I find a lot of comfort today in my patience and persistence for him and his walks.  It has made me a better person.

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Cat Sympathy Card

I am one of those oddly wired people that needs to create to be whole.  I lose time when I am creating…whoooda thunk it would be pet sympathy cards that I enjoy to make…but that is how it just turned out….so I go with it.   If I can be a small part of bringing a tiny bit of comfort to someone grieving a pet…I am glad to do it.  I write my own greetings for my cards…they are not poetic…just genuine thoughts from someone who knows a little something about grieving a pet.Pet Sympathy Card

If you ever need a pet sympathy card, keep me in mind…they are available at my ETSY shop…I take great pride in making them and in my customer service in regards to them.

Love your pets today…and everyday…you are their whole world.

Rescue On!

Nancy

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Cat Sympathy Card – new handmade design…what do you think?

Cat Sympathy Card…new handmade design!

What do you think of this design?

front big  I hand painted the cat and heart on lovely card stock that I stained with some distress ink.  What do you think of this design?  I wrote this greeting…

” Sometimes a special animal enters our lives…their presence changes our hearts forever…and we can call ourselves blessed for having known them.”

It’s the first time I have used it in a card…what do you think?

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All of my sympathy cards are available at my ETSY shop and I do give discounts for pet professionals buying in quantity.

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Pet sympathy cards

Handmade Pet Sympathy Cards

big  Just finished these cards for Anima line of products…what do you think?  I am always happy to answer questions on how I make my cards.  I sell them at my ETSY store and offer discounts for pet professionals who purchase multiple cards at a time.

Rescue On!

Nancy

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Pet Sympathy Card

big frontHandmade card for loss of pet.

I am pleased with how this one turned out, what do you think?.  Death does not break the bond of love with our pets and I hope this card brings comfort to those grieving the loss of a beloved pet.

The front of the card reads…”Love…it is the shortest distance between two hearts.”

The inside reads…”May time heal your heart and memories comfort your soul.  With Sympathy”

Feel free to write to me if you have questions on any techniques I use to make my cards.  If you are interested in purchasing them, most of my cards are available at my ETSY Shop.  I do offer discounts for veterinarians and other pet professionals buying multiple cards at one time.

Rescue On!

Nancy

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Gift tags for the motorcycle lover…

Handmade gift tags for your favorite biker!

I like to make packages pretty and personalized, don’t you?  These tags would work on gift, a gift bag or bottle of wine.  What do you think?

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Pet Sympathy Card

imprintHandmade card for the loss of a beloved dog.

 

I just added this new card to my Anima line of products for those mourning the loss of a beloved pet.  Feel free to contact me if you have questions about techniques I use to make my cards.  If you are interested in purchasing my cards, most are available at my ETSY Shop.  If you use the coupon code “NEWCUSTOMER” you will receive 10% off your first purchase.  I do offer discounts to veterinarians and other pet professionals who purchase multiple cards at a time.

Rescue On!

Nancy

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Gift tags for the pet lover

Hand made gift tags for the pet lover!

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I love making packages pretty and personal, don’t you?

What do you think of these gift tags?

I made a set for myself and put three sets up for sale on my shop.  I am charging $6.99 for four – does that seem like a fair price?

Rescue On,

Nancy

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Sparky says………

WTF imprintSnarky Card

Ok, this one might be a little too snarky for some.  This is another new card in my “Sparky says” line.  Sometimes there are occasions when all we can say is “WTF?” and this card will make them smile.  The  inside of the card reads:  “sometimes that is all we can say…:”

What do you think of this one?

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Sparky says…Peace?

peace imprintHandmade Card…Sparky says Peace!

Another new design in my “Sparky says” line…what do you think?

This is the perfect card when you need to call a truce with someone you have had a disagreement with and want to make peace.

The inside of the card says ” Peace?”

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Sparky says…my foot is in my mouth!

Foot in mouth card…

Here is another card from my Sparky says line…

We all have moments where something has slipped out of our mouths that we wished we would not have said.  This is a card for just those moments.

The inside of the card reads; “I can’t believe I said that..I am so sorry”

What do you think?

Foot in mouth apology card
Foot in mouth apology card
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Sparky says…a new line of cards

Snarky Cards

black bike imprintThis month I am launching a new line of cards.   I am really excited about these because the sketches for them have been in the works for a long time.  The line is called “Sparky says…”  Sparky is my 16 year old lab, he is a very expressive and terribly funny dog.  I have wanted to capture some of his personality in a creative way for awhile…these designs came about over time.  All of the cards are my own pencil drawings of Sparky’s expressiveness.  The line is going to be snarky…cards meant to make people laugh because Sparky has been making us laugh and smile for years.  I will be posting new designs all month…I would love feedback (even if you think some of them are a bit too snarky). The first two cards are below.

Rescue on!

Nancy

black bike imprint

The inside of this card reads; “The question is not whether or not our ideas are crazy…but are they crazy enough.”

The inside of this card reads:  “Life is too short to act normal”

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Handmade Pet Sympathy Card

Handmade card for loss of dog

Sympathy poemThis is one of my original designs for a sympathy card.  This card starts with a base card stock of recycled paper.  I stain it (all sides) and then heavily emboss the front.  There is a distressed, stained and embossed piece of cream cards stock that is largely covered with the poem and embellishments but it creates a lovely accent behind the poem.  All of the embellishments are stained to match and some of them are stamped with designs.

This is one of my favorite cards, what do you think?

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Get Well Card – for pets (or their parents)

Get Well Card  Pet Get Well Card

Just finished a new pet get well card.  I hand stamped this and colored it with colored pencils and gamsol.  Dressed it up with flowers and lace.

The inside of the card reads; “Heard you were a hurtin pup…feel better soon!”

Do you like this card?