Monday, June 20, 2011

Rest in Peace pretty Camilla

I have made sympathy cards for animals to include dogs, cats and horses. This is the first time I've made a sympathy card for the loss of a chicken. A sweet friend's most prize hen was killed by a coyote and my friend is heart broken. My friend said, "Camilla was a wonderful momma and she raised my whole flock. I'm in tears that in spite of all the precautions we took when we saw a predator in the area he dug in under the fence apparently and got my lovely hen. I miss her spirit, her protectiveness, her diva personality. I feel dumb for loving a chicken, but I do..."
I don't think it is dumb at all to love one of God's creatures, no matter what kind of animal it is, so I wanted to make a special card in remembrance of Camilla for my friend.For this card I used a Stampin' Up! set titled "Roosting". It is a retired set and I'm so glad I have it as it has lovely stamps of a beautiful rooster, baby chicks, an egg basket as well as this lovely stamp of a hen. I tried to color the hen as close as possible to match my friend's lovely Camilla hen using copic markers. The background chicken wire is a background stamp by Darcie's. I stamped the chicken wire with versamark and then embossed with ultrafine antique gold embossing powder. Camilla's name is computer generated and I punched out the image and name with my spellbinders nestabilities oval and scalloped oval dies, added a bit of raffia and some burnished bronze brads and a bit of sponging and spritzing of walnut ink to age it and finish it off.
In the past two weeks I've made and sent 12 sympathy cards for the loss of pets. So sad... I hope it will be a long while before I find the need to make more sympathy cards.

Until next time,


  1. I don't think it's dumb either. I hope your card helps her to at least smile a little.

  2. Oh Jennifer, I think this is such a thoughtful and meaningful card!

  3. wonderful idea and beautiful card!

  4. Love is never dumb, no matter how or where or to whom it's directed. Your friend's heart hurts and you are very thoughtful to acknowledge her grief with respect. I know she'll appreciate your card. That's a great background stamp. Good detail. I love chicken images, too. Don't know what it is about them that's so appealing, but there it is.

  5. RIP Camilla ... A very pretty card, I love it !


  6. I think this card is awesome. What a dear friend you are, Jennifer!

  7. Can you double check the maker of the chicken wire stamp. I have looked and looked and the only one I found from Darcies in a tiny pattern.

    1. Yes, the chicken wire stamp is from Darcies. It is quite an old stamp so I'm guessing they may no longer make it.


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