Good Luck Swallows

For centuries, the swallow has been viewed as a symbol of good luck. Why not send a good luck swallows card to someone who needs a boost of confidence or encouragement! It’s Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players!

good luck swallowsThis week, the sweet and talented Joanne is hosting our monthly Clean and Simple challenge. She has selected the theme of “Good Luck” for us. While my card features a pair of swallows, am SO excited to see what you create. But remember, this is a CLEAN and SIMPLE challenge.  Before you run off to gather your stamps, papers, and inks, keep in mind that when The Paper Players use the term “clean and simple”, we mean cards that:

Have minimal layers and embellishments
Have plenty of open space
Are simple and uncluttered

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Color Combo for Good Luck Swallows
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The Marvelous Nature stamp set is one of those sets I LOVED and had to own. Alas, I never inked it up until this card. Not only does this image make a great good luck card, it is perfect for a variety of occasions. All you need to do is switch out the sentiment. Need a sympathy card? A birthday card? A thank-you card? Anniversary card? Hello card? Thinking of you card? No problem! Stampin’ Up! has a sentiment for that…and more!  The Crosshatch pattern embossing folder adds interest, while three pearls add a little bling. Other than fussy cutting around the wings and tails, it is a fairly straightforward and easy card to create.

good Luck Swallows closeup

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Nueve’s  Notes

Hi, everyone! It’s me, Nueve!  I got lots of news. I passed my AKC Temperment Test and now I have a new title behind my name:  ATT.  Mom said it was a very important test ’cause it means I really am a good boy and won’t get scared and bite and do other bad things. I got a pretty ribbon for it.

I look a little pouty because I am still sad I didn’t get to go to my human brother Brady’s wedding in Washington. I’m not sure what a wedding is, but I know that my Aunt Kia got to go. She was the flower dog. She got to go to the wedding place, which was by a big tree overlooking water and islands.

Mom held Aunt Kia’s leash, and she got to stand up by Brady and Korin. Mom didn’t get any pictures because she was standing up front. She has to wait until the fancy picture lady gets them ready to look at. Aunt Kia also got to go to the eating place after the wedding. It was sad, though, because Aunt Kia was very tired. She has the same disease that caused Uncle Jackie to travel to the Rainbow Bridge. She has Cancer. She had just had kee-moe.  Mom said that is when the Boxer doctor gives her meds to try to kill the Cancer.

Mom and Dad are sad about Aunt Kia.  They made sure to take lots of pictures of her, so that when she crosses the Rainbow Bridge to be with her brother Jackie, her mother Muffy, and her Uncle Brody, they will remember what a beautiful soul she was.  I will remember the wonderful month I spent with her when she taught me how to be brave and bold and confident and how to walk on trails and how to run in the dog park.

I hope Auntie Kia is with us for a long time.  The Boxer doctor doesn’t know for sure how much longer she will be with us.  But when Aunt Kia decides she is ready to say good-bye, I’ll be there to kiss away my Mom’s tears and to rest my head in Dad’s lap. I will do funny things to make them laugh. I will help their hearts feel better. It is part of what I do. I am a working dog. I am Good Boy Nueve.

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  1. I am so sorry for Aunt Kia and from the distance I send you my company. I do know how much you love your dogs.

  2. The swallows stamp set is retiring, so I have to get it quick! It is perfect in Lost Lagoon. As always, I get such inspiration from your cards. Butterscotch sends her best to Kia.

  3. Beautiful card and sending big hugs for Kia. There is just never enough time with these amazing friends. Thinking of her and sending all of the positive thoughts her way. Bg hugs!

  4. Your swallows are just beautiful…I love that color and the way you extended the wings beyond the edges. So sorry to hear about Kia too….Nueve is a good dog to keep your mind occupied on other things!!!

  5. Claire Broadwater

    Oh Ann, my heart is breaking for all of you! I will pray for peace for Kia. So hard!
    Your card is just perfect I love the serene feeling and the lovely swallows are perfect! Sending warm hugs to you, My Friend!

  6. Joanne James - The Crafty Owl

    So sad to hear the news about Kia Ann – I’m sure it’s heartbreaking. I love that photo of you with her though – just beautiful! As is your card – you nailed CAS week! I forgot about swallows being lucky, this image is so perfect. I love it!

  7. Ann, I am so sorry to hear that Kia has cancer. It’s so hard to know that the end is coming. You have been through these feelings so many times and it doesn’t get any less heartbreaking. I was following you when Missy was your companion. I haven’t been great about following any emails for the last few years. Big hugs to you.
    Love your card.

  8. A lovely card today. My heart aches for Kia and you. Thanks for sharing and Nueve picture too. He’s truly a good boy.

  9. Bonnielee McGuire

    Oh Ann….so sad about Kia. I drive a Kia Soul and will think of her every time I get in it. Tears. As for the card – beautiful. Back when I lived in NJ and kept horses in the country I adored the barn swallows and the cattle egrets. Thanks for sharing. Hope the fancy picture lady hurries up.

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