Friday, September 25, 2015

The Outlawz Friday Coloring 'Anything Goes/Christmas Twist' Challenge

Good day to you all. Hope you have had a nice, relaxing week. Somebody needed to. We certainly didn't at our house. Pfffffffft!

Let me 'splain. Our darling dog, Donovan, who has never cost us one thin dime in vet bills--true, it has been thousands of dollars, but not simply a dime--needed to get his annual dental work done. So we took him in last Friday to get his teeth cleaned. He also had a small, hard growth on the top of his head. At first I thought it was just his brains leaking out, but then I decided we probably needed to find out what the lump was. So, for a mere $400+ additional, we had it removed and biopsied. The really, really good news is that the growth was benign. 

However, the really, really bad news is that he has had to wear a plastic collar for the past week. And will need it until Monday. Now I don't know about your pets, but mine is none too crazy about his collar. Ahem. You know that's putting it mildly, right? Yeah, he simply will. not. move. while wearing it. Just sits in one spot. Which is a problem for going outside to go potty, or even eating his food, for that matter. So we removed it for potty breaks and meals. And, if looks could kill, I would have been deader than a doornail the first time I put that collar back on him. So, rather than have him shooting invisible arrows at me, and acting like a ticked-off statue, I have let him go collarless during the day. I still make him wear the collar at night on our bed, because he doesn't need to move much while he is sleeping, and I don't have to worry about him hurting his incision.

BUT. The time that he is collar-free has been a pain in the patoot for Gary and me. Because we pretty much have to have Donovan next to one of us at all times. Otherwise, he tries to kick at his head or rub it on the floor or furniture. I am sure it itches. A lot. Too bad. Mostly for us. And here is the kicker. I want to you feel especially sorry for me now. Because this was Arizona Restaurant Week. Yup. We had plans to visit at least four different places that we had never been to. And taste some mighty fine food as we always do during these weeks. Donovan made that impossible. We couldn't very well leave him home with his collar on. We are not that heartless. (Well, at least Gary isn't.) And he couldn't be left alone without the collar on. So we have not had one single meal at a participating restaurant for Restaurant Week. Big, heavy sigh...

We are going to manage one restaurant visit on Sunday night after the Cardinals game. In which they'd best beat the 49ers. Merrilyn is taking Don for the day and night, so that we can have some fun time without worrying about him. Then we'll pick him up on Monday to take him to get his sutures out. So we should have a very fine day on Sunday. (Unless, of course, the Cardinals lose. Bite my tongue!)

That reminds me. I am sorry dear Shelly that our Cardinals trounced your Bears. Sorry for you. Gleeful for me. Which makes me not a very nice friend. I apologize. Sorta. (KWIM?)

Gary got notified yesterday that our new iPhones will be at our Verizon store after 4:30 p.m. today. Not sure how we will get them with our DOG being in a collar and all, but we will figure it out. Perhaps we will take him along, and one of us will stay in the car with him while the other one goes in and gets their phone, and then vice versa. Gosh, pets can surely complicate your lives, can't they? Kind of like husbands. Snicker...

Before I go, I should probably get to my card details. Ya think?

We are sponsored once again this month by Norma J. Burnell Fairy Tangles Art. She has such a wonderful selection of beautiful images. I actually used mine this week. She is called The Gift. Isn't she pretty? Norma is giving a prize of three digis to our lucky winner. So get your entries in for a chance at them! 

I printed the image on X-Press It BC and colored it with my Copics:

Skin: E000, E01, E11
Shirt: G000, BG32, BG34
Other colors used: YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97, E70, E71, E74, E79, R02, R05, R08, Y38

My DP is from the Basic Grey Aspen Frost collection. It was paired with Stamping' Up CS. I made the die cuts using Cheery Lynn Pine Branches. And that's it for this edition. Another Christmas card done--YAY!!!

Do check out the fab creations by my talented teammates: Carla, Kathi, and Vanessa. Then please play along with us--remember, it's anything goes, and you can use any medium you'd like for your hand-colored image on your project.

Have a wonderful weekend! Go Cards! 


  1. I was going along reading your sad Donovan stories and then POP I saw your card which just about jumped out at me. What stunning color! I can't believe that there are 4 restaurants in your town that you haven't been to that is probably the most amazing part of your story, hehe. Enjoy your weekend and hope Donovan heals well.

  2. Poor Donovan! They really do hate those collars don't they!!! Mathilda had an eye op when she was about 10 months old and had to wear one...she couldn't get through doorways with it on, being a big girl with a very large 'halo', it really freaked her out! We ended up doing exactly as you are!
    Poor Penny...missing restaurant week...look on the bright least you didn't gain any weight!!:)
    Your card is, love that gorgeous image and your wonderful colouring!
    Hope you have a better week...!

  3. She's just beautiful...with your gorgeous colouring!
    You're a hoot, my friend! Thanks for the chuckles!
    Have a wonderful weekend! :o)

  4. fantastic coloring, as usual

  5. Your card is gorgeous Penny, I love the image and your colouring is stunning.
    I hope you have a good weekend.
    hugs Sue xx

  6. Awww, poor pooch. So pleased his biopsy was fine but sounds like quite a nightmare for you both - especially having to miss some fine dining.
    Your image is fabulous and beautifully coloured.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  7. I feel so sorry for Donovan, that poor baby what you put him though. After all I would not think you spoil him in anyway. Right?
    I feel so sorry for you missing all those restaurants I do not know how you made it though the week, see you can do it!
    Now about your beautiful card. You did a stunning job coloring her and love the stunning colors you choose. She has a lot going on in her hair or under her hat, I bet she was hard to color but you sure did a fantastic job. Have a great week end.
    Hugs Pat♥

  8. wow. Fabulous image. Your coloring is amazing.

  9. Oh Penny thank you for sharing the collar of shame story, I am still laughing and I know all about how dogs act when they are wearing it. It is a good thing Donovan has a short memory.

    Your colored image is just stunning, wow you are so talented.

    Hugs Diane

  10. Good morning sweetie, this is so gorgeous <3 huggles Pops x x x

  11. Beautiful card Penny, I love the colours :o)

  12. Your card is just so beautiful as always Penny. Adore the aqua colouring with touches of red.
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  13. So sorry for your poor dog! We have never had to put a collar of shame on ours...... Oh yeah, the Bears are so bad- we were almost sad they won last weekend- they will have to give up 1st round draft pick! Love your card- the colors are so awesome together and really bring your image to life!!!


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