Always in My Heart

What sweeter way to let family and friends know how much they mean to you than with a card which tells them, “You are always in my heart”?  It’s Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players!
Always in My Heart

It’s theme week at The Paper Players, and Laurie is our host. She has a timely theme for us, “Love and Friendship”.    My card features pink peonies,  which symbolize the beauty of marriage and also love at first sight.   But for me, the sentiment says it all.  What about you? I can’t wait to see what YOU create!

always in my heart
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always in my heart

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Peonies, punches and dies! Oh, my!  Get ready to give your arm a workout running dies through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss.  The peonies were colored using Blender Pens and Polished Pink and Evening Evergreen inks. Since these colors are intense, be sure to remove a lot of the ink on scrap paper before coloring the actual stamped images.  As for the sentiment, heat embossing makes the white sentiment “pop” right off the Evening Evergreen heart.  A trio of die cut stems adds interest to the background.  Iridescent Rhinestones add sparkle to the center of the larger flower, while a Windowpane ribbon double bow accents the sentiment.

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Notes from Nueve

Hey, everyone! It’s me! Good Boy Nueve!  Mom wouldn’t let me use the ‘puter earlier this week, ’cause we had a ‘mergency at our house. The vet, Doc Rita, thought Great Uncle Brody ruptured his spring.

Brody being comforted by his pack.

Oh, grrr…here it goes again:

Sixx:  He didn’t rupture his spring, Nueve.  It’s his SPLEEN!
Nueve: Are you sure, Sixx? I’ve never heard of a spleen. But, isn’t it a spring that makes us Boxers jump? Great Uncle Brody wasn’t jumping, so I KNOW his spring was broked. Anyways, he had to go to Doc Rita’s and have special pictures taken that showed his insides. It ended up that his spring wasn’t broken. It was bigger than it was ‘sposed to be.  It made Mom cry a lot. But, I licked her face and made her feel better while she watched the Old Limpicks.
Sixx: Well, I made her feel beautiful, because I fixed her hair during the Olympics!
Nueve: Sixx, Mom said I was her special blog helper, so I need to tell the story! You go do show dog stuff or something.  Anyway, Doc Rita – I like her ’cause she calls me handsome and tells me I’m a Good Boy – had some good news, too.  At Great Uncle Brody’s age, we are just going to watch it.  He doesn’t get sugary. I guess it’s ’cause he is sweet enough.  And if he needs a transfusion, whatever that is, Uncle Jackie is going to do it. He’s a therapy dog, and he goes and visits people in nursing homes and donates blood.
Sixx: Nueve! I have to step in here. You are making it sound like Uncle Jackie gives blood to PEOPLE! He is a canine blood donor. He does NOT give blood to people in nursing homes!
Nueve: He does, too! I have a picture of him donating blood.

Jackie Donating Blood

Jackie donating blood at the American Boxer Club National Show in 2019.

Sixx: Yes…but it was for a canine blood bank!
Nueve: You can get blood at the bank? I go with Dad to the bank, and I get treats! I don’t get blood.
Sixx: What? You get treats? I want to go to the bank!
Nueve and Sixx: Dad! Dad! Can we go to the bank?
Nueve: Time for me to say good-by! I’ll let Mom finish telling about Great Uncle Brody. I have to go be Good Boy Nueve with my Dad! We are going to the bank.  He just doesn’t know it yet!

I hope you have an awesome week, with LOTS of treats. Maybe you can get some at the bank, too. Just tell them Good Boy Nueve sent you!

Always in My Heart


MOM Here:  Brody is feeling better.  He had fell hard on the ice and collided with the steps on our back porch. We had taken him into the vet because he was limping and very sore. Because his gums were pale and his abdomen was distended, the vet thought he might have a ruptured spleen and internal bleeding.  Imaging showed an enlarged spleen with abnormal margins, indicative of cancer.  But, thank goodness, there was no bleeding.  The swelling of his legs has gone down, and he is moving much better. In a way, it was a blessing in disguise. At his age and because of his smushed face, surgery (or sugary as Nueve would say) is very risky.  However,  we can now monitor his blood counts and take X-rays periodically to see how quickly, or even if,  his spleen is enlarging. He’s 11-1/2 in 3 days.  Boxer life spans range from 9 – 12 years on average.  He has beat the odds with his bladder cancer.  Every day we have with him is truly a gift.  We are making these final months his best months ever!  And yep, Jackie is a canine blood donor. He gives, so other dogs can live.

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  1. Love those greens and the pretty peonies framing the hearts too. So pretty! A gorgeous bow too. Love the romantic feel of this card!

  2. Ann, I love this card. The polka dot paper and all those wonderful florals behind that wonderful heart.

  3. Beautiful Ann! Love the layered greenery in the background, too. So very sorry about your sweet Brody. Keeping you in my thoughts. Hugs!

  4. Ann, your card is just gorgeous! I love the beautiful florals and the soft hues. Polka dots, ribbon and rhinestones make me smile! Pink peonies are one of my favorite flowers. This card has it all!
    I love hearing that Jackie was a blood donor. I am praying for you and Kim! I know it has been a very difficult week losing Brody!

  5. Love the colors, the bow…everything!! beautiful!

  6. Ooooooh, Ann , I’m so sorry , may he Rest In Peace, he has brought us so much JOY , 🥲
    Hugs and love Frenchie 💔💔💔💔💔

  7. Great card as always. Brody, you need to rally back and keep the pack in line! It doesn’t seem like it has been over 11 years when Muffy and Brody came into OUR lives. Give him a special hug from Teddy and myself!

  8. Prayers for Brody, we know he will received all of the love and best care possible at the Schach home!!! That is so neat about Jackie being a canine blood donor, I had no idea!
    Beautiful card, as always, Ann; love all of the details and the soft calming color scheme.

  9. ¡Ay, chico! Nueve,¡ eres muy cómico! Brody, Jackie and Sixx are lucky to have you around. Ann, as usual your card is so beautifully original.

  10. I am absolutely in love with this card, Ann. The florals are so pretty and you’ve colored and arranged them beautifully! The greens are gorgeous hues, and the card takes on a rich peaceful vibe with their addition. So nice to hear about the pups!

  11. Wow….the card is fabulous! It’s nice to see a non-Valentine-y creation, that still is infused with friendship greetings! Now, the pups…they are something else! Glad all is well and I am so impressed that your Jackie is a blood donor!!

  12. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your stories about the dogs!!! Keep them coming. Of course, I love your cards always! Keep up the good work…and MANY THANKS!!! Brody is well loved and taken care of during this difficult time!
    Diane Gil

  13. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your stories about the dogs!!! Keep them coming. Of course, I love your cards always! Keep up the good work…and MANY THANKS!!!
    Diane Gil

  14. Your card is gorgeous and has inspired me to make a similar one for my dear mother-in-law for Valentines Day.
    But your dog stories are priceless!

  15. Pretty card! And I learned something about peonies today :)! Sorry about the pup, hope things go better this week!

  16. Dogggie story is a riot. The pets keep you amused and that’s a good thing. looking at the picture of the 4 of them they must be a handful. love this card and can’t make up my mind if it’s the bow, flower or branches added that make this card bounce, it’s a beauty regardless.

  17. Love, love your card. So sorry about Brody! I love the Nueve reports and look forward to them!

  18. Hi Ann, I love how you made the heart on your card green instead of pink–it’s a bit less traditional but to me green always symbolizes growing things, so I think it’s appropriate. Your pink peonies are beautiful!

    I know it was a stressful week with Brody…I’ve been in a similar situation before. Hope he’s feeling better soon.

  19. Oh, Ann, you make me laugh and cry at the same time! Nueve and Sixx are quite the story tellers!! I’m glad Brody doesn’t need sugary and how proud you must be of Jackie’s willingness to help others. Your card is truly beautiful. Have a blessed day.

  20. So sorry about Brody . . . he deserves the quality of life you give to him. I think I have told you, but I repeat it . . . I love Nueve’s reports!!!

  21. Sorry about Brody. Love the card. I want to go to the bank too : )

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