Hello Everyone. . .
Before I begin my post tonight I have to pay tribute to a remarkable young woman who lost her brave battle with stomach cancer this past Monday. Katie Renz was diagnosed with this horrible disease about a year ago and it took her from us much too soon. Katie turned 40 this year and leaves behind 3 kids (two very young twin sons) and her amazing husband Kevin. I've been following Katie's battle for almost a year, and I have been overwhelmed by her spirit and courage. She has truly been an inspiration to me as has her husband Kevin who was always there for his beautiful, sweet wife. They both faced this disease head on with incredible courage and grace. I can't tell you how many times I cried reading some of her posts and what she was going through. I have actually cried several times over the past couple of days thinking about her. As I wrote in my last comment on her blog, this world is a dimmer place now without Katie's light. If you weren't aware of Katie's battle or her blog posts, you can find her blog HERE. Rest in peace dearest Katie. . .
The post tonight will be shorter than usual because I'm really effected by Katie's passing. It just feels odd to me to do the post tonight in my usual manner.
I don't normally use a lot of digital images but this one is certainly an exception. For those of you who are always looking for "manly" images, this would be perfect. The digital image is from "The Digi Doodle Shop". Judy Thompson is the owner and she delivers amazing customer service. I've gotten several images and you'll be seeing more of them soon in future posts. You should go take a look at what she has to offer there. These are very high quality images. I colored this one with my colored pencils and oms. The pumpkins were created by lots of masking. The pumpkin image is by There She Goes. I placed the image a little cock-eyed to add a little more interest.
Here I've made another one of my "scene" cards for Autumn. The tree and fence are by the ever so talented Mark at Deadbeat Designs. Right now Mark is doing his "6 Tags of Texmas" on his blog HERE. The fence is actually double stamped on top of the first image to make it a 4 rail fence instead of a 2 rail. The pumpkins are from Tapestry Stamps. The leaf stamp is one I cut from a vine stamp from some set long ago. I colored them in with various colored Stickles for lots of sparkle. The background was created with sponging using Distress Inks.
The last card for the post is just a quick card I made to include what I call the "Ruff Report". I "babysit" for various neighbor's dogs from time to time, so I create a report for each job to let the owner know what went on during their absence (the times I was there, feeding times, etc.).
This is made with various scraps of paper left over from another project. I created the "leather collar" by running the paper through my CB with a CB folder, rubbing it with Versamark and embossing with clear embossing powder to give it a glossy leather look.
OK, that's it. Sorry for the mood downer of this post, but I just admired Katie so much and the blogging world has truly lost a wonderful blogger. Please keep her family in your prayers as they navigate the next several difficult days.
Pic of the Week
|KATIE RENZ 1971 - 2011|
"God, please help me be the person that my dogs think I am."