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New Addition to The Family

Last January one of my boys started bugging asking about getting another dog. He did his research, presented the evidence and supplied the deposit for a German Shepherd puppy. We were supposed to get her last fall but that fell through. We put ourselves on the wait list for a puppy with a different breeder and were notified that we would be getting a girl, Grace, this spring.

Grace-Cute as a Button

The boys made the road trip to Saskatchewan at the end of April in a rented RV and then took her camping for a couple of days before bringing her home permanently.

Now you probably already know that we already have 2 dogs so this makes 3! Dudley, 11 year old, blind Dachshund. Sophie, 10 1/2 yr old Boston Terrier. They are not fans of the puppy and who can blame them? She is as annoying as shit to them! ๐Ÿ˜†

Dudley-King of the House
Sophie-Best Behaved of the Pack

So life with a new puppy has been interesting to say the least! As a dog mom to 2 small dogs that are old and only slightly more energetic than a sloth. She is in everything! I mean EVERYTHING! And she poops A LOT .

Saturday Shenanigans!

On weekends when the weather is nice I like to spend the time in my backyard working in my garden and flower beds. This little stinker tries to help. ๐Ÿ™„ She is terrible at it!

Look Mom! Iโ€™m a helper!

We are all thankful that she starts puppy preschool at the beginning of July!

Finally Just Chillinโ€™

So if you counting here is the final pet count: 3 dogs, 2 cats, 1 rabbit, 2 dwarf frogs and 1 Beta fish!

Also if you are interested,Duds has his own Instagram page. He shares pictures of himself and Sophie while complaining about his new sister Grace. He occasionally shares pictures of Stumpy, his CBF (cat best friend) and his nemesis Dinkers.

Dudleyโ€™s Instagram

If you have made it this far into the post thank you! If your pet has an Instagram page let Dudley know. He likes to follow other pet pages!

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Iโ€™m Still Here!

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I realized the other day that it had been almost 2 years since I made a blog post! As we all know THINGS HAVE CHANGED. In the two years since my last post I went back to college and have been acing it. I quit my job, started a new one, quit that one and then started another which I am much more suited. I currently teach pre-Kindergarten and I am still going to school to upgrade my qualifications.

Lucky to be a Teacher

I picked up hobbies here and there. I still scrapbook and use my Cricut and post at Scrapatini but not nearly enough. I mostly just make jewelry for special occasions now and make the occasional pieces to sell at Feather & Fox Finery.

Tree of Life
made by Feather & Fox Finery (thatโ€™s me)

Last summer when I was at home because of Covid lay-offs I really got back into using my Simply Earth essential oils and making natural products. I collected dandelion heads, dried them and infused them in oil. The infused oil I made into a dandelion salve.

I buy my essential oils at Simply Earth.

You can buy subscription boxes, single oils, blends, supplies and accessories. I like the customer service, transparency and I love that 13% of profits go to end human trafficking.

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Today I picked spruce tips and covered in oil to make a spruce infused concoction that I hope to turn into a salve in a few weeks. I also picked some lemon balm herb from the garden to infuse. I will let you know in a few weeks how that goes.

Spruce tips in oil

Anyways just a quick update to say that I am still here and I hope to get back to blogging more often!

JENNIFER

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Birdie-Goha Digital Stamps

I wanted to share a project that I have made with this birdie image from Goha Digital Stamps.

I decided to try this image with my watercolour paints.

I cut the image with my Cuttlebug and dies.

Her are some of the supplies that I used. There is a more complete list at the end of this post.

Here is the finished project!

Supplies

Goha Digital Image

Watercolour paint

CTMH ink

Recollections cardstock & patterned paper

AC cardstock

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Heart Coffee Cup-Stamprints

My eye was caught by this cute image from Stamprints Etsy. You can also check out more here on the Stamprints Blog.

I used my Prismacolor pencils to colour the image. Colours chosen were a combination of teals and some black to create shadows.

I fussy cut the image and attached it to a custom made background. The background was created using Distress Oxide ink in Vintage Photo and Walnut. I used the bottom of 2 different sized mugs to stamp the “coffee stains”onto the water colour paper that was previously stained with a watered down coffee mixture. Once dry I brushed off the coffee grounds.

Here is the completed project.

Challenges Entered:

Through The Craftroom Door-anything goes

Creative Moments Challenge Blog

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New Year, New Team

I am excited to share the news! I am one of the newest members of the Goha Digital Stamps Design Team.

My first project is a card made with this gorgeous feather girl digital image. I printed the image with my home printer and coloured it using Spectrum Noir and Chameleon alcohol markers.

I made a card base from Recollections card stock. The patterned paper is from a lovely Canadian paper company called Wild Whisper. The oval background was cut with the Sissix oval framelets. Feather girl was fussy cut and then attached to the oval with some dimensional tape. I slipped the “survivor” card by Wild Whisper just behind the feather girl.

I used some miscellaneous hemp twine to tie some feathers, mimicking the feather bunches on the image. It was attached in place with Glue Dots. .

Here is a close up view of the feathers attached o the card front.

And here is my finished project for the Goha Digital Stamps Blog.

Challenges Entered

Through The Craft Room Door -anything goes

Creative Moments Challenge Blog-anything goes

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Mushroom-Stamprints

I thought I would try something a little different with my mushroom image from Stamprints. I printed my image as usual n regular printer paper but I decided to use my pearlescent water colour paints to colour the image.

I cut the image out with an oval metal die run through my Cuttlebug. I used Recollections card stock for a base and for the plain kraft card stock layered oval. The patterned paper was layered over the base and the 2 oval layers were placed on top with a small paper embellishment. The final project seemed to be missing something so I ransacked searched my boxes of miscellaneous junk embellishments to find this cute wooden “Happy”. I used some Distress Stain to colour match it.

Once the wood was dry I attached it with some 3D tape. Here is the completed project! I think it would make a cute new home card but it suited for most “Happy” occasions.

Stamprints Etsy

Stamprints Blog

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Surviving Zombies

*this post contains an affiliate link. This means that should you purchase through my link I will receive a small commission but you will not pay more. ๐Ÿ˜Š This helps me support my Kindred Stamps Addiction!

just wanted to share a couple of cards that I made this weekend with the Surviving Zombies stamp set from Kindred Stamps.

This birthday card! Here are a couple of other views.

And this Valentine card!

Thanks for looking! ๐ŸงŸโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐ŸงŸโ€โ™€๏ธ

Challenges entered

https://ttcrd.blogspot.com/2019/01/ttcrd-anything-goes-challenge-week-15th.html

http://carabbiemomentsofcraft.blogspot.com/2019/01/challenge-160.html

https://craftingbydesigns.blogspot.com/2019/01/food-and-drink.html

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A Horror-ific Birthday!

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Have I ever shared my love of Kindred Stamps with you? I am a huge pop culture lover and their stamps fulfil my need for all things nerdy! Over the Winter break I coloured numerous images with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

I purchased and downloaded the digital image from Kindred Stamps and used the newer stamp set “The Horror” for the sentiments.

My youngest son is obsessed with a certain creepy clown although he hasn’t actually seen the movie this character is inspired by (& likely won’t until he is an adult๐Ÿ˜‚). This is the birthday card that I have made for him even though his birthday is a few months off yet.

I thought that this creepy guy would suit some old DCWV patterned cardstock that I had in my stash, stock. I stamped the sentiment with CTMH ink and Stazon red ink. I added the images with a few pop dots for dimension.

Here is the completed card!

I also whipped together a quick Valentine using the same 2 sets!

As you can see I also coloured a few other characters, not quite sure where they will take me yet but I will share the final project when completed.

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Shrinky Dink Earrings!

My boys and I are really into pop culture! I think that this shared love of pop culture puts me in the parenting win column but the I realized that I have at least one fail as a parent! This was realized tonight when my youngest asked me what I was making. My boys often see me creating projects for various design teams, gifts or for personal use but I guess I have never made anything with Shinky Dinks in front of them! I combined my love of pop culture, making jewelry and colouring to make Shrinky Dink earrings!!

I started by stamping my chosen Kindred Stamps onto Shrinky Dink film with my Momento ink. I let it dry for a few minutes and then coloured my images with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. Once my colouring was dry I cut out the stamped image and left a bit of space at the top so that I could punch a hole into the plastic. That would be where I attach the earring hook or jump ring if used. I then used my heat gun to shrink.

The weird thing with Shrinky Dinks is that they always look bad before they look good! The above picture is during the shrinking process. Notice it looks twisted and not very nice. After heating a little longer you get the finished product.

Here is a picture of the Shrinky Dinks before and after the shrinking process.

You will notice that after shrinking the colours look a bit more concentrated so keep that in mind when choosing your colours.

This particular stamp shrinks to a nice size to be used as earrings or a necklace pendant.

Here are the completed earrings! I love how this turned out and now I have a sweet pair of earrings to wear in October. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Products used:

Clear Shrinky Dink plastic

Momento ink pad

Spectrum Noir markers available at Scrapbook.com (affiliate link)

Kindred Stamps -Holidays Are A Nightmare << referral link ๐Ÿ˜Š

Earring hooks or jump ring if making a necklace pendant

Pliers

Heat gun

So what do you think?