Monday, June 6, 2011

Faithful friends leave pawprints on your heart

The sentiment reads, "Faithful friends will always leave pawprints on your heart." The inside closure sentiment reads, "With heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your beloved companion."

As you probably know, I have three Newfoundland dogs. I belong to an internet group of Newfoundland dog owners and it is a wonderful site of friendship, information and support. This past week seven (7) Newfoundland dogs from our site have passed away. Seven! Some were senior citizens and had lived a good long life, and some were still young and are gone too soon. We members of the site grieve for one another and know the heartfelt pain when one loses a beloved companion.

I wanted to make special cards for these members who've lost their beloved Newfs. This is the card I've come up with. The sentiment stamps are from Papertrey Ink from their "With Sympathy: loss of pet" set. I use this lovely sentiment set far more often than I wish I needed to.

The Newfoundland dog stamp was a gift to me from a dear friend. Unfortunately I cannot read the maker of the stamp but I believe it is a company who makes dog stamps of many breeds. It is a deeply etched red rubber stamp mounted on wood. I stamped the image with Momento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic markers.

I used my Spellbinders Pierceabilities die and piercing tool to create the edge cut and as a template to pierce the swirls. The pawprint satin ribbon is Michaels (I think it is Offray).

Seven beloved Newfoundlands gone in one week. It really has left many heavy hearts on our owners site. But as one person posted, the circle of life continues and a couple of new Newfie puppies have come home to new owners. So life continues and as we mourn the losses, we also rejoice in the new births.

Until next time,



  1. I'm sorry to hear of your losses as a collective group, Jennifer. My thoughts are with those who have lost their beloved fur friends.

  2. I just popped onto your blog and saw the teabag organizers from your December post. They are darling and what a great idea!!! I will put the directions to use and make some for Christmas gifts. I am always looking for new ideas for small gifts. Thanks you for sharing your creation and the directions! :-)

  3. Jennifer, I loved your card, but I am so sorry to hear of your group's recent losses. When I was growing up as a teen our next door neighbors were Newfoundland breeders and our family grew to love our neighbor's and their beautiful dogs! Thinking of your friends and praying them through their sadness.

  4. Your card is one of the most beautiful cards i have ever seen.I am so sorry for the loss of any beloved pet.It's such a heartbreaking experience,so good to have the love and support of people who understand what it's like.Hugs to all

  5. It's always hard when a pet passes, I'm sure your group members are going to appreciate your thoughtfulness.

  6. My friends' beloved newfoundland has just passed away aged 11yrs and I was looking online for a card to send to them that would mean something to them. The card you designed is really beautiful. Myself owned by one special newfoundland I can't imagine the day when she would no longer be with me.


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