Monday, January 25, 2021

January Rudolph Days

Hi everyone.  Today I'm playing along with Rudolph Days.  Maureen runs this Christmas challenge from the 25th to end of month, January - November.  It's always Anything Goes Christmas.

Today I inked up an adorable stamp that I received from a sweet friend.  The little dog resting their chin on the window sill reminds me of Jessie.  I think she might have even posed for the artist that created this stamp. :)  Of course, I had to go with the Blenheim colours like Jessie! :)  The pup images (Hunkydory's King Charles Spaniel) images are stamped in black, clear heat embossed, and watercoloured with Rusty Hinge distress ink.  I fussy-cut the pups and set them aside.  Found a lovely green argyle patterened paper for the background, stamped the dogs again and then paper pieced my fussy-cut ones on top.  Framed it all with a stitched rectangle frame and then added watercoloured and glossed Christmas lights to the top of the "window".  The sentiment (Merry Messages - Lawn Fawn) is stamped in red to finish the card.

Close-up ...
I had a lot of fun making this card! :)

Since this is the first time inking up with adorable stamp, I'm entering this card into the NBUS #22 Challenge ...


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Speaking of Jessie ... 

Found out several months ago that Jessie had major problems with both hips.  It is a genetic defect but it didn't show up until she was over one year old.  She had surgery on one hip on Monday and is doing OK.  She's starting to put weight on her leg now that it's a few days post-op.  She slept non-stop for most of the first couple of days, but now she has spurts of energy and wants to play, run, and jump (which is forbidden for the first two weeks after surgery).  It's a bit of a challenge to keep her quiet. :)

Jessie is a trouper and we know she will do well with her recovery.

Here's a photo of her today ... she was being stubborn (wonder where she gets that from??), and wouldn't look at the camera.  Took me a while to get a photo of her sweet face. :)

    


Stamps:  King Charles Spaniel (Hunkydory) - gift from friend; Merry Messages (Lawn Fawn) 
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card base and frame (Neenah 110 lb.); Green Argylie (unknown)
Ink:   Black (Momentum); Distress Inks:  Rusty Hinge, Fired Brick, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Salty Ocean (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Clear embossing powder, heat tool, waterbrush, Christmas lights die (?), Posca white acrylic paint pen, Crystal Glaze (Nuvo), Stitched rectangle die (?)

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39 comments:

Susan said...

Adorable card! It definitely looks like Jessie! Beautifully coloured in the Blenheim colouring. And a great card design too.

Glad to hear she's doing even better. Thanks for including photos of her.

I Card Everyone said...

Poor sweet girl! Hope she's mending well, Loll.
You're so right about that stamp - it was meant for you!
=]

JD/ Jill said...

Your card is fabulous, and Jessie is so adorable! Thanks so much for sharing her pics...Hope she's still healing just fine!

Jeanne H said...

Oh my, what a super card. Think I will have to get that stamp. Hope your pup is doing better each day. Take good care of you and Jessie too. Hugs to you both!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Hello Loll, happy new year! :-)
Your card is so cute, and I love that shiny bulb garland. Your Jessie is soooo sweet. Glad the healing is going well!

nancy littrell said...

OMG...your Jessie and friend (at least that is who they look like) are adorable on your Christmas card, Lolly. I love your coloring of the pups and fussy cutting. Fun and festive green argyle pretty paper for the background and colorful lights. An awesome card, my friend.

Poor Jessie...she looks a bit sad, but I am impressed she is already putting weight on her leg, which attaches to a very sore hip...you would think! What a challenge to keep her from being too active. Take care and Take care of Jessie...Love and Hugs...Nancy

Char said...

Very cute card - the Christmas lights really set off the darling dogs.
Good luck to you and your pup.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your little dogs image is so cute and I love the hanging Christmas lights you added.

Bunny said...

A sweet Christmas card. Love their faces.

I hope Jessie makes a complete recovery. Good Lord wouldn't it be nice if we could go through a hip surgery and want to run around a few days later. I love that when they shaved her you can still see her beautiful marking. [Bunny]

Carol Cel said...

such a pretty card - great coloring and paper piecing.

Bonnie said...

Your friend couldn't have picked a more perfect stamp for you Lolly! That does look like Jessie! Love the festive argyle background and the row of Christmas lights! I'm glad Jessie is recovering nicely!

linda said...

Such a sweet and festive card! I love the string of lights too! Aw, Jessie does look a bit sad but no wonder, having to tolerate a hip surgery. Hope she continues to recover quickly. Thank you so much for sharing with the first 2021 Rudolph Days Challenge!
Linda, DT

Brenda said...

Your card is adorable and the pup with her head down looks just like Jessie! I love the "sweater" looking background, so cute behind the pups. The lights are fun too. A fun and festive card! I was wondering about Jessie over the weekend and wanted to email you, glad you did this post! I bet little Jessie did sleep a lot. Once they feel better though it is very hard keeping them "quiet". Bless her heart, she is probably wondering why there is a draft back there! She is looking so sweet and I pray that all heals well and she can get the other hip done. Hugs and gentle hugs to Jessie, Brenda

Pat said...

As soon as I saw this sweet pair I thought of Jessie straight away and love that green argyle dp and the festive die cut lights across the top which look so pretty, and your colouring of the sweet little doggies is beautiful Loll. So pleased that Jessie is recovering well from the op. x

Christine Alexander said...

adorable image, like Jessie in so many ways - they look very very mischievous :)
I'm so glad she's feeling better, good luck keeping her calm ♥

Nstiz said...

Good Gravy! Could that stamp have been more suited to you and Jessie? I just LOVE how you have the little one resting his chin outside the box! That sold me right there. Adorable card. So sorry to hear about Jessie’s issues but glad to see she’s on the mend.

Papercraft Boutique said...

The little one does look like Jessie, especially with your wonderful coloring, Loll!
The shiny Christmas lights and the argyle background are festive and fun!
I’m so relieved to hear that the surgery was successful and Jessie has been recovering well. She is really a trouper and I'm proud of her. :-)
Thanks for sharing the pictures!
Hideko xx

Trina P. said...

Sweet card. Does look like Jessie. So glad Jessie’s on the mend... she’s adorable stubbornness and all. 😉

HilaryJane said...

I had to look closely to see how you did this as I thought the dogs must be fussy cut but how did you get all the little hairs sticking out. Thankfully you told us! The finished card is wonderful and you chose the perfect background for those cute puppies. So sorry to hear Jessie has problems, I do hope she recovers well

Robyn Oliver said...

Very very very cute card Loll and best wishes to Jessie for a successful recovery..hugs Robyn

Julie B said...

Aw, poor Jessie, hope she's fully recovered soon. When I saw the cute pooches on your fab card, I immediately thought of her! :)

kiwimeskreations said...

Beautiful card Loll - those stamps really do look like Jesse - the one photo of her face made me think of my son, who hates his photo being taken, and often has that longsuffering look on his face if we insist - and he's in his 40's!! I do hope she makes a full recovery.
Stay safe
Blessing
Maxine

Sue - said...

That is such a sweet image and makes a gorgeous card. Perfect for any dog lover.

Marcia Hill said...

LOVE your card Loll and the stamp really does look like Jessie posed for it!! I really like the bright argyle dsp you used for your background too...definitely a FUN Christmas card that will totally make someone smile! I'm glad to hear Jessie's surgery went well and that she is on the mend! And yes, good luck keeping her from running and jumping for two weeks!! I'll say some extra prayers for Jessie and you!! :0)

Viv said...

Great card Loll.
Poor Jessie - but it's obvious that she is on the mend if she wants to run and play. Love the sulky expression - 'I really DON'T want to have my picture taken Momma'!!xx

Daffodil Cards said...

WOW! What a wonderful card, as soon as I looked at it it reminded me of our Blenheim, Abbey. What a wonderful stamp and beautifully coloured. I think a lot of Cavaliers have genetic problems, ours had awful skin problems and she had to be put asleep after 10 years of suffering, in the end she was gnawing at her paws, nothing helped her, I still break my heart thinking about her.
Faith x

Brenda in IN said...

What a great stamp that is and it does look like Jessie, especially the way you colored it. I like the string of lights along the top and against the argyle paper. I was just thinking about her this morning so I was so pleased to see an update. Sounds like she is getting along well and already started her physical therapy all by herself by putting weight on her leg! Isn't she smart.

Leslie Miller said...

Awwww, Jessie! You know, Wally had a leg surgery when he was 7 years old (11 yrs old now). It was quite extensive for torn ligaments. It's hard to keep an active dog down without making them think they're being a bad dog. LuLu was actually very helpful in Wally's healing. Anyway, you have made a MOST adorable card, Loll! What a darling stamp and such a cute way to display it. I love this so much. Reminds me I do have a Golden Retriever digi that looks just like LuLu. Good luck and hugs to you and Jessie!

Mac Mable said...

The most adorable card and yes Jessie sure did pose for that amazing and perfect stamp Loll x. This card would bring a smile to anyone lucky enough to receive it x. How kind of a friend to think of you and send you this stamp Loll x. Thank you so much for the update on Jessie and yes I wonder where she gets her stubbornness from? So glad she is recovering well and give her a gentle hug from me x.

BożenA said...

Two little Jessies on your card, Loll. Oh, how happy this card is. Just like your sweet pet. Jessie is stubborn? Like you, Loll? Well, she had to "inherit" something from her wonderful guardian. I am very glad that she took the operation well.
hugs,
BożenA

TK said...

Wonderful card, Loll, and I definitely saw Jessie right off the bat! As for Jessie, best wishes and hugs from here for a speedy recovery -- sweet thing!

Sandy said...

Your dog is so cute and pretty - your card make this puppy even more lovable!
Sandy xx

Heather said...

Such a sweet Christmas card, Loll and the dogs look delightful looking out at the viewer.

Darnell said...

Poor little Jessie! But how wonderful that they can fix the hip defects so she can have a long and pain-free life running and jumping! I'm sure just keeping an eye on her these two-weeks has been a full-time job, Lolly! I'm glad she is doing great!

I can't believe how much the stamp images look like Jessie! Your coloring is perfect and I love the argyle background and string of colorful lights. It's a warm and cozy Christmas card! Thank you so much for sharing with everyone at NBUS! Take care and keep safe! Love, Dolly

Becky said...

Awesome Christmas card.

Tina Z. said...

super cute card.
wishing speedy recovery to Jessie.
hugs xx

Ros Crawford said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Jessie and I hope she soon feels better... It's so hard when it's our pets. Your card is just perfect and couldn't be more meant for you!

scrappymo! said...

Jessie looks like such a sweetie in her photos. Her eyes are so expressive! Hope she has a quick recovery.
The previous owners of our house had two dogs like yours. The lady 5 doors down still babysits them while they work. I often see them in the neighbourhood when they are out for their walks.

Your card is darling. Love the layered look to the dogs and the cute Christmas lights above.

Thanks for taking part in the first Rudolph Days Challenge of this year.

Jo said...

A Christmas family photo is perfect for the holidays. Jessy is quite the inspiration for make the best of life. Quiet a contagious state of mind, so happy that she's doing well, bet you're enjoying the progress.