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Rescue Hearts for the pet lover

Rescue Hearts for the dog and cat lover…vintage photos and rescue themed.

Front imprint close up catI found some simple paper mache’ hearts at a craft store…they were destined for a date with my craft table and some vintage pictures.  I had a blast making these heart ornaments…what do you think of them?

For a free tutorial on how I made these click here: Hearts Tutorial.  These finished hearts are going up on my ETSY shop.

Enjoy and Rescue On!



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Got Rescue? Messages in Pawffiti from the dogs we love…

Acrylic Pet Rescue Art

This is a new Pawffiti painting…it is 8×10 on mounted canvas…what do you think?

I am proud of my Rescue's aren't you?
I am proud of my Rescue’s aren’t you?
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No Kill…Join the Revolution

A few days ago I posted a news story in Medina OH about a local shelter destroying its gas chamber and going “No Kill”.  I was so inspired by the story that a new painting was born…what do you think?

Inspired by a news story regarding another shelter becoming a No Kill shelter!
Inspired by a news story regarding another shelter becoming a No Kill shelter!
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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,


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Pet Craft – Bookmarks

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Pet Craft – Bookmarks!

Here is a tutorial for some really easy to make bookmarks for the pet lover.  These make a great last minute gift idea or stocking stuffer.

I used a variety of pet fabric to embellish them because I am a bit of cute pet fabric hoarder but you could use anything you have laying around in your craft room to make them cute, even cute photos from pet magazines (just put a little mod podge on them.).

Anyway; here you go – Bookmark Tutorial

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Pet Rescue Art: A Rescue Dog’s Prayer

Original Painting – A Rescue Dog’s Prayer

A Shelter Dog's Prayer

What do you think of my painting?

This is a pastel on velvet paper.  I just love working in pastels and despite what many people think, they are a permanent paint.  This sweet dog praying in his shelter “cell”  with graffiti behind him has a special prayer for anyone looking for a dog.  Most of my pastel paintings have a dimension item to them, in this case its wire for the effect of his cage.   The poem was written by me.

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This painting is on file with the US Copyright Office.

Check out my Art Gallery for other Pet Rescue Art I have done.  Many of my paintings and cards are available for purchase at my ETSY shop use the coupon code “NEWCUSTOMER” for 10% off your first purchase.  Are you a pet rescue advocate and just love all things pets?  Follow my blog for pet news, art and ideas for handmade gifts for the pet and pet lover!  I post 1-3 times per week to my blog and daily on Facebook and Pinterest.

Rescue On!


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Stylish dogs should have stylish accessories…

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A new design for my Rescue Chic line of accessories for pets and the people who love them.

This particular set is made from a very soft variegated light weight yarn.  This particular leash is 36 inches long and 2 inches wide.  The handle of the leash and the snap hook are secured with a crochet flower with a pom pom in the middle.  The matching scarf is 20 inches long with pom poms on each enc.

My leash model, Kringles, was paid with a cookie.

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If you don’t crochet yourself I sell some of these leashes at my ETSY Store.



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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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Real men are kind to animals

Original Painting – Real men are kind to animals

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This is one of my original paintings.  It is pastels on velvet paper.  I usually add something dimensional to my paintings.  In this case it is a bad boy spike collar on the dog (see angled picture below).

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Stylish dogs should have stylish accessories…

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A new design for my Rescue Chic line of accessories for pets and the people who love them.

This particular set is made from a very soft and sparkly light weight yarn.  This particular leash is 42 inches long and 2 inches wide.  The handle of the leash is secured with a crochet flower with a black flower button in the middle.  The matching scarf is 24 inches long.  It has nine sparkly felt hearts on it.

My leash model, Kringles, was paid with a cookie.

leashscarfHere is a basic tutorial for how I make these leashes…Crocheted Leash Tutorial

If you don’t crochet yourself I sell some of these leashes at my ETSY Store.



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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?

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Handmade prayer candle for pet sympathy

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Prayer Candle

Pet Sympathy

One of the product lines that I design is called “Anima”.  “Anima” is the Latin word for soul; all of my products in this line are meant to bring comfort to those who are mourning the loss of a beloved pet and to celebrate the joy that our sweet pets have brought to our lives.

I recently finished this candle; it is the end result of about five designs landing in the garbage can in my studio.  I designed these to match my favorite sympathy cards.  These are really not too hard to make they just take some time as it is several layers of work that needs to completely dry in between applications.

I started with a basic prayer candle; you can find these in Catholic stores, Dollar stores, etc.  I used 8 inch pillar candles.  You could use any size candle or candle holder to make this project just remember to stick with tempered glass.

The first thing I did was print out the poem on white card stock with my laser printer.  When I print lettering from my laser printer that I want to use for crafts I spray the printed paper with Fixative so that it will not smudge.  You could use a multitude of things on the front of one of these candles; a photo or a card for example.  I loosely tore the edges of the poem, stained the paper with black Distressed Ink and sprayed it with Perfect Pearls.

feb 10 182I put a thin layer of mod podge on the candle and then rolled it over a pre-cut piece of tissue paper.  Here I used a tissue with paw prints on it but you could use any kind of tissue or even plain tissue that you stamp your own images on with Archival Ink.  I let this first layer dry overnight.  When I work with mod podge I use the general rule that less is more.  I always apply it fairly sparingly so I don’t tear the paper I am working with, cause bubbles or make a big ‘ol mess.  For the second application I put mod podge on the back of my poem and pressed the poem down on the candle – again I let it dry overnight.  The third layer; I put a layer of mod podge over the candle (not on the poem) and sprinkled glitter generously (I used a clear large flake glitter here).  Again, I let this dry overnight.  The final layer was a layer of mod podge over the glitter (applied with a paint sponge).

The reason for the last layer of mod podge was to avoid having a situation where the candle flaked glitter every time someone touched it.  When I was finished I did spray the candle with a glaze (if you do this step make sure you cover the inside of the candle as glazes are flammable so you don’t want any residue in the candle).

The reason I let my projects dry for at least 24 hours between steps is to avoid having a finished project that feels tacky.  If you have ever done a mod podge project that felt tacky when you were done (which really makes it useless) it is either because of the humidity where you are working or the project didn’t dry long enough between coats.

feb 10 107To finish this project off I attached a small black ribbon at the top of the candle.  I am fairly happy with how these candles turned out and the project has inspired several other ideas for me.

How do you like these candles?

I hope this was a helpful tutorial on how I made these.  If you are not a crafty person I do have several of these for sale at my ETSY store (use coupon code “NEWCUSTOMER” for 10% off).

Rescue On!


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Celebrate Pet Rescue with a handmade dog adoption card!

Celebrate Every Dog Adoption!

I released a cat adoption card last week …so here is one for the pups!

A pet adoption is a life saving event so why not honor the event with a card!  Thinking of any dog sitting in a shelter waiting for a family breaks my heart and I wince at the thought of how many never make it to a family – so when adoption magic does happen I get very excited!
I am really happy with how this card turned out, do you like it?

It is a very simple design.  I used a base recycled card stock that I stained black with Distress Stain, pearlized and randomly stamped with opaque paw prints.  I layered a piece of black card stock on the front that I embossed with paw prints.  You can find the paw print embossing folder I used at JoAnne’s for a just a few bucks – I love that design! The dog silouhette is hand painted – first with heavy gesso and again with white acrylic paint

I added a paw print ribbon (I believe Michael’s has similar ribbon) with a wooden heart that is painted red and stamped with paw prints.  I buy these little wood hearts in bulk – you can do so much with them!

The inside of the card is plain white card stock and it reads ” Some of the world’s greatest love stories began at the local shelter.”

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If you are not crafty yourself, I sell my cards on my ETSY store , use coupon code “NEWCUSTOMER” for 10% off.

Rescue On!


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A new design for the stylish dog!

Hand crocheted leash and scarf set for the stylish dog!

I am fortunate that I have two small breed dogs that enjoy the attention they get from others when I chic them up with a little doggy couture.  This leash and scarf set is a new item in my Rescue Chic line.  Rescue Chic is a line of accessories I design and sell as a pawsitvely stylish way to make a difference for shelter pets.

This particular leash and scarf are made from a very light weight, soft and sparkly yarn.  The leash is 36 inches long and 2 inches wide with a 2 inch swivel snap hook.  The hand loop of the leash is anchored with a crocheted flower with sparkly button in the middle of it.  I also sew two small jingle bells under the flower because why shouldn’t a stylish dog have a little jingle when he walks?!

What do you think, would your dog look stylish with this set?

My leash model, Kringles, was paid with a cookie.

If like to do your own crocheting here is a basic pattern for making leashes. Crocheted Leash Tutorial

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If you don’t crochet yourself and want one of these sets there are several styles available on my ETSY store.  Use the coupon code “NEWCUSTOMER” for 10% off.  I donate a portion of the sales of my Rescue Chic line to the ASPCA.

Rescue On!


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Handmade Pet Sympathy Card

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I finished this sympathy card last night.  I spend quite a bit of my studio time on pet sympathy cards.  I know all to well the grief experienced when a beloved pet dies and hope to provide sentiments that can bring comfort to others.

This card is made from a base recycled card stock.  I stained it blue with Distress Stain and dry brushed it with cream acrylic paint (you can see the effect in the second picture).   I hand painted a silhouette on the front of the card using a layer of heavy gesso first and then black acrylic paint.  The heart, lace and flowers are all stained to match the rest of the card and finished off with perfect pearls.

The front of the card reads; “How blessed we are to have loved them so much that it makes saying goodbye so very, very hard.”    I print my greetings on to card stock with my laser printer and then spray the card stock with fixative so they won’t smudge.  This is a far more cost effective method than buying stamps.

The inside of the card reads; “with sympathy for your faithful and loyal friend.”  If you are ever in need of any cards or gifts for pet sympathy; I have a nice selection in my ETSY shop (  Use the coupon code “NEWCUSTOMER” for 10% off.

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Handmade Cat Adoption Card

february 6th 077Celebrate a life saving event!

I just finished this card and I am really excited about how it turned out.  Adopting a cat from a shelter is a life saving event, why not celebrate it ?!

I used plain recycled card stock to get this card started.  I stained the base card stock with an Antique Bronze Distress Stain and then painted it (dry brushed) with a blue acrylic paint.  It gives the paper the look of something completely unique and handmade (you can see it in the last picture below that shows the inside of the card).  I used some sweet paper I had in my studio with “Happily Ever After” all over it that I stained and distressed on the edge.

I drew a simple cat sillouhette and painted it with a super heavy gesso to get the textured look (let this dry overnight) and then painted it with bronze acyrilic paint and dry brushed with blue acrylic.

I added some simple embellishments (that I painted to match my color theme); ribbon, flower and heart.

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The inside of the card is a cream card stock that I distressed and slightly stained (on the edges).  It reads; “Some of the world’s greatest LOVE stories began at the local shelter”.

The card was inspired by my own rescue cats who I couldn’t love more; Taco, Jasmine and Catzilla.

If you don’t like making cards I do have some of these available on my ETSY shop:

Rescue On!


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Fun Valentine Craft for the Pet Lover!

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Quick and easy gift for a pet loving friend.

I wanted to make some quick handmade items for all the sweet people in my life for Valentines Day. This is one of the item I decided to make.  I use regular old clothes pins to make these.

february 6th 001  The basic items you need are clothes pins, ribbon, magnets and acrylic paint.   I painted all the clothes pins first.  I typically use a slightly better paint than craft paint when I make a project as I find it covers faster and looks nicer longer but craft paint will work fine too.  I had several spools of paw print ribbon in my studio – you can use any ribbon, just make sure its the width of the clothes pin.  When the paint was dry I glued the ribbon to the pins with tacky glue.  I applied ribbon on both side of the pin but just doing the front would be fine too.

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I wanted small hearts on the front of my clothes pins.  I buy bulk bags of small wooden hearts.  I painted them red, stamped them with paw prints and then sprayed them with ModPodge pearlized glaze.  You could use any type of sealer but I like the shimmer of this glaze.  I glued the hearts on to the pins with Beacon’s 3 in 1 – it is a wicked smelly glue but it is a very strong hold.

I finished them off with a large magnet on the back so these clips can be used as refrigerator magnets but they have functionality without magnets too.

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I made a few different styles of these.  The skulls were for me …why not?  The snowflakes for my mom.