Family Pet Veterinary Center Handmade Cards

Every week we send out many cards to clients. Some are welcoming them to the office. Others are congratulations. We always send sympathy cards for the loss of a pet. Most of these cards are hand stamped.

Clients have likely seen information on our dental referral service. I am in a residency program in veterinary dentistry. Why do I like it so much? Dentistry is the best way to improve the lives of pets. It is also the arts and crafts of veterinary medicine. I need to use my art side as well as my science side.

There are times I am overwhelmed with work/family/life. My stress relief/outlet is a half hour of paper crafting – I feel renewed and love that I can admire in a short time something gorgeous I’ve accomplished. Then I am able to get back to the long marathon tasks instead of the almost instant gratification of many paper crafts.

While I am an experienced paper crafter, it’s always fun to learn new techniques. I signed up with Altenew’s classes to view other ideas. These classes are easy for me to view on my phone when I have a few minutes between meetings.

This blog series will showcase projects from the classes I’m using to make the sympathy or welcome cards for the office.

In the class, Let it Shine, many shiny techniques were shown: glitter, glitter tape, embossing, rhinestones, sequins, mirror card stock, shimmer pen, foil, etc… The designs shown were primarily clean layouts always with some sparkle. I wanted to add some new shine techniques in my demo card. The additional techniques I used that were not in this class are: acetate, inka gold as paint, glass glitter, pearlized card stock, clear lacquer, and gilding flakes. I also used dry embossing and the shown effects of glitter tape and mirror card stock.

I chose butterflies – one of my favorite images for cards. I did not have a sympathy die and would have preferred it as butterflies are good for sympathy cards especially paired with a saying from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly.”

I chose a monochromatic effect with gold/metallics and white:

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No stamping was done in this card, only dies with my Big Shot machine.

The base is made from pearlized card stock, folded and a quarter page of acetate attached with double stick tape and altenew’s glitter washi. A strip of mirror card stock was used to sandwich the acetate and complete the look. Sizzix’s large butterfly (Tim Holtz?) was cut with a steel rule die then dry embossed with the coordinating embossing folder. The body of the butterfly is clear lacquer that can be used as dew drops in flower cards. Gilding flakes in metallic colors were pressed onto the dry embossed areas and adhered with tombo monoadhesive. Inka gold Bees Wax pain was used with a water brush to apply to some of the embossed areas. The margins of the butterfly were finished with tombo and silver glass glitter. The die cut hello was attached with tombo and the bottom edge of mirror card stock was attached with redline double sided tape.

If you are the recipient of this card from my office, I hope it brightens your day!

Dr. Jen

Family Pet Veterinary Center Handmade Cards

Every week we send out many cards to clients. Some are welcoming them to the office. Others are congratulations. We always send sympathy cards for the loss of a pet. Most of these cards are hand stamped.

Clients have likely seen information on our dental referral service. I am in a residency program in veterinary dentistry. Why do I like it so much? Dentistry is the best way to improve the lives of pets. It is also the arts and crafts of veterinary medicine. I need to use my art side as well as my science side.

There are times I am overwhelmed with work/family/life. My stress relief/outlet is a half hour of paper crafting – I feel renewed and love that I can admire in a short time something gorgeous I’ve accomplished. Then I am able to get back to the long marathon tasks instead of the almost instant gratification of many paper crafts.

While I am an experienced paper crafter, it’s always fun to learn new techniques. I signed up with Altenew’s classes to view other ideas. These classes are easy for me to view on my phone when I have a few minutes between meetings.

This blog series will showcase projects from the classes I’m using to make the sympathy or welcome cards for the office.

The first class, All About Layering 1, illustrated layering of different stamp sets. The designs shown were primarily clean layouts often with some embellishment. Some were outlines and color fills, while others layered without the outlines. Some used coordinating dies to cut out the images while others did not. The inspiration for my card was the muted tones in the background with the subtle “wink” of Stella accent.

I chose warm greys and yellows for this project:

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The stamp set selected is Altenew’s build a flower Gardenia set. This set comes with the coordinating dyes. I used Tim Holtz’s stamp positioner to align the layers. The flower was outlined with moon rock ink and filled base to top with buttercream, sunkissed, and sand dunes ink. The leaves (base to top layer) were inked with lava rock, morning frost, and evening gray. The text (from Remember This) was also in moon rock and the thin border paper coordinates with moon rock ink. The gardenia was cut with the coordinating die, covered with Wink of Stella to add a hint of shine, and raised by attaching two layers of foam dimensionals.

If you are the recipient of this card from my office, I hope it brightens your day!

Dr. Jen

Patient Highlight – Meet Bruce!

Patient Highlight – Meet Bruce!

Last month, this adorable kitten was relinquished to a local rescue group following a traumatic injury to his left front leg. When Bruce was brought into our Norwalk office his leg had been mangled by a mower blade and infection had already set in. Unfortunately, Bruce’s leg was not salvageable as the leg had been crushed and Bruce no longer had any feeling in it. Following his examination, Dr. Maggie Wilson recommended forelimb amputation to the rescue group.

Fortunately for Bruce, the rescue group allowed Dr. Maggie to surgically remove his leg and treat his infection so he could return to his normal, active life. While amputation is never something we jump to recommending, it can be a great option for some patients (like Bruce) who have injuries that are not repairable by other means. Most pets do great following a limb amputation as they use their other three legs to balance out the difference. The majority of pets who have undergone limb amputation are back up to their full capacity within 2 weeks following surgery.

During his recovery period, Bruce has spent quite a bit of time at our Norwalk office with his foster mom Erin (who happens to also be one of our fabulous veterinary assistants). As you can see in the video below, Bruce is now healed and infection free, and he has returned to his active, playful self. If you are interested in adopting Bruce, or would like to contribute to the rescue that is paying for his medical costs, please visit the Panora Pets Facebook page.

Bruce Post-Amputation Video

If you are interested in reading more about the type of services we offer pets, please visit our website at www.fampetvet.com.

Is your family looking to add a new member?

There are a number of ways to find your new furry friend! From breeders to Craigslist adds to local shelters, it’s hard to know the best choice. Although a “free” pet from the local paper may be tempting, they are anything but. New pets need wellness exams, vaccines, deworming, and a variety of other care that adds up fast. We at the Family Pet Veterinary Center strongly recommend checking your local shelters before other sources. The shelters are full of adorable, adoptable cats and dogs in need of permanent homes! Continue reading “Is your family looking to add a new member?”

The Extra Special World of Specialities

By Trudee DeWitt, RVT

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The journey to becoming a veterinary doctor or registered technician is not an easy one. It takes years of study and continuous learning in an ever-evolving field. What many people don’t know is that there is a sub-set of credentialed individuals who go above and beyond in particular areas of study called Specialists. These are the individuals that your daytime practice may refer your pet to for necessary diagnostics, procedures and treatments for cases that need extra expertise or tools that are not typical to daytime practices. Let’s look at what they go through to achieve the title of “Specialist”.
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Fatty Acids for Our Pets

Our bodies require fatty acids to build new cells and maintain both brain and nerve function. Essential fatty acids (especially omega 3s) are those which are not produced by the body and have to be supplemented into the diet. Different species of animals like cats, dogs, and humans need different types and amounts of these essential fatty acids. Aside from their regular functions, fatty acids are used by the body in unique ways to achieve several beneficial effects. Continue reading “Fatty Acids for Our Pets”