Sad News .... Happy News

Hello blogging friends :*)   Wow,  it's been awhile since I've been able to get a post up.  It's been hard to wrap my head around blogging - and crafting -  as the Santi household has been a very, very sad household.  Our sweet doggie, Brandy, passed away early Saturday morning.  She's been battling cancer but doing so much better than anyone thought she would and then took a very sudden and fast moving downward spiral at the end of last week.  She was our sweet doggie that the kids have grown up with and loved so much and so closely resembled "Nana" from Peter Pan.  The kids are devastated and it's been pretty weepy around here and the mere site of her collar and leash make us all start crying all over again.   I do take some comfort in knowing she's resting in the Savior's arms and I know my dad was there to welcome her home.  She is greatly, greatly missed.   I know that many of you have been praying for her  - for us - and I have so appreciated all the thoughts and prayers - it has meant the world to me! x0x0

On a happier note, Riley and Company once again bringing you a new challenge this week by our very own super talented Silli!   Her challenge this week is to create a gift box.   I went with this darling schoolgirl Sophie with her cute lil plaid skirt on to create a gift card box for the end of the year teacher's luncheon.  Making this out of paper was defintely more economical, especially when they can all be different!  But it was a labor of love - I should have googled a template, I think, rather than plow thru 5 sheets of scrap dsp making my own! :)  

I filled the inside with tissue paper and a gift card and it was the perfect fit.
The end measurements of this accordion gift box are 4.5" x 3.5".

Thanks for stopping by today :)

Remember to stop by the Riley and Company blog
and see what the DT have created and also to link up your
own fabulous gift box creations! 
If you would like to play along with us,all you have to do is create a card/project and upload it to your blog and/or to your SCS Gallery using the keyword Riley1011
We'd love to see what you make and remember,
it's a 2 week challenge so you'll have plenty of time to play along :)

Blessings always
 and make sure to hug your furbabies super tight today :*)

Card deets:  DCWV School Pack; School Girl Sophie from Riley and Company; PTI white cardstock, Momento Ink; Prismacolor markers; Ribbon from my Stash; American Crafts Button; Twine from SU!


  1. Kelly ~ you know how much I love you and my heart does break for you. I know how you are feeling and have been praying for you all. I will continue to do that and pray that as time goes by you are all able to remember and focus more on the good times you had with your sweet Brandy and be able to stop and smile more often than be filled with tears and sadness.

    Your box is just too sweet!!! I have a box of Riley's in my craft room that have not seen ink in AGES!!! I will have to go and look around and see the other wonderful creations made with them. I do love them ~ they were one of my first cardmaking obsessions. :)

    Smiles and hugs and prayers to you my friend. I <3 you!

  2. I am sooooo sorry for your loss! I know what a part of the family our fur babies are. Love your little gift bag... super sweet!

  3. I'm so sorry about Brandy. I pray that God will give you all comfort and peace. Hugs!!!

    Your gift box is darling! Terrific job.

  4. That is a sad thing to lose such a wonderful member of your family. We've been there before, too.
    Now......you have scrap DP?????? lol You sure wound up with a very cute little gift package after all that plowing!
    Hoping and praying the days get less weepy soon! Hugs for you and the kids!

  5. Your little project is adorable....but I am so sorry about your beloved doggy. We get so close to our little furbabies. :( Hugs.

  6. I'm so, so sorry to read about Brandy. I know you've mentioned her a few times on your blog and she was very much a part of your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Kelly, your gift box is adorable! Good for you creating it on your own! It looks fabulous!
    Thanks also for the heads up about the school challenge at Riley and Company. I was able to add my link.

  7. Kelly,
    i am so sorry to hear about your loss. I know it must be very hard. Your perspective however is awesome and I wholeheartedly agree.
    If I were closer, I'd give you a big hug!!

    I'm so sorry.

    As for your project.... very cute!!! :)

  8. Oh my sweet Kelly....I am so so sad for you and your family....It is so hard and probably won't ever be easy but good memories will prevail. God bless you all....am praying for all of you.....((hugs))

    Your box is so adorable....I can't believe you created this especially with all the sadness....it is just wonderful...cheery, fun and perfect...love, love, love it and love you too....mwahh.....take care of yourself....


  9. sorry to hear about your dog! Love your cute Riley gift bag

  10. You know that I am sorry about Brandy! From experience, it does become easier!
    Your project is adorable! I have a bit over a month to come up with a fifty for Teach...lol (Thank goodness for that!)

  11. Oh Kelly! I'm sooooooo sorry for your loss!... I remember you posting her pix on the blog once in a while....what a sweetie! My heart aches for you and your family. I'm sending BIG hugs from across the miles.

    Your bag is absolutely. adorable. And best yet, you've made your own!!! Hooray! I'd have given in after the second try and purchase a temple. Loving all the pretty and bright colors... go so well with that cutie-patootie Sophie and her plaid skirt!

  12. big smile my sweet Kelly...and so sorry to hear that... Thinking of you and your family...!

  13. so very sad to hear of your loss. :(

  14. Hon so sorry to hear about Brandy and to know you are going through this terrible loss. It always breaks our hearts to lose one of our little fur family members, God bless you and hang in there. Your card is cute!

  15. oh kelly, i'm sooooooooooooo sorry! it's just as hard to lose a pet as it is a person. but know she's in a better place and looking down with love on all of you.

    what a fabulous bag! love the colors and the red tissue just makes it pop! i LOVE it!

    hugs, stef (Glitterbabe)

    do check me out, my store and
    Glitterbabe@Stitchy Bear

  16. I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet doggy Kelly! I hope that time heals your wounds Sweetie!!

    Absolute FAB project Hun! It's really cute & that Riley is adorable....your coloring is AWESOME btw! Very nice work as always & TFS!!!
    Hugs & Love!!

  17. Kelly I am so sorry to hear about Brandy, after losing some of my pets, it is so hard to lose a fur baby,take comfort in knowing the Lord has her, and your Dad was there for her. {{Hugs}} and prayers to you and your family, wish I could protect you from the heartache.

    Your Riley box is adorable, you did a great job with it and now you can start your own template.

  18. Kelly,
    Our fur babies touch our hearts and stay with us forever even when they are no longer with us on Earth. So sorry to hear about your lose. I lost my dear sweet Sophie in Sept, there is not a day that goes by that I don't miss her.
    I got the Poem from a blogger and it might bring some comfort. I took me about a week and a half before I could bring myself to read it.


    Hugs, Heide

  19. Kelly I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved family dog.

    Love your gift box, great idea, perfect for the Teachers!

  20. Kelly so sorry to hear about your little dog. It's always so sad to lose a pet.
    Your gift box is just darling! Cute image and great patterned paper - and very useful! So cute.

  21. i am so sorry to hear this, big hugs!

  22. I am so very sorry for your loss, hugs to you and your family...
    Your card box is adorable, Sophie is so sweet!

  23. My heart is just breaking for you and your family. I know what a sad time it is right now, and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Hugs to you during this time of sadness.

  24. I'm so sorry for the loss of your furbaby *hugs*

  25. so sorry for your lose, hugs to you and your family!
    very cute gift box!

  26. I'm so sorry, Kelly! Have had Brandy, and all of your family in my prayers since you found out how sick she was. Our fur babies are such wonderful blessings in our families, and my heart goes out to you all as you grieve the loss of your loved one. Please know that you continue to be in my thougts and prayers!!!

    Your gift card box is truly a work of art! It's so sweet, and a wonderful way to present a little giftie! In true Kelly fasion, it brightens one's day even at a glance, and then you study all the detail and it brings even more joy! So very well done!!!

    Love you!

  27. Oh, Sweet Kelly, I'm so sorry. I was hoping this day would never come and that your Dear Brandy would keep on keeping on. My heart goes out to your and your kiddos...I pray that God will continue to comfort all of you in ways that only He can. HUGS

  28. Aw, I'm so sorry to read about your dog. It's never easy to lose a loved pet.

    Your little bag is just delightful - love the fun paper you choes for it. :)

  29. Oh Kelly, I'm so sorry to hear about your Brandy. Losing a pet is like losing a family member, it's never easy. May God be with you and help you through this difficult time. Super cute gift bag.

  30. Anonymous5/19/2011

    Oh Kel, my heart is breaking for you sweetie! I stopped over to see your darling Riley package, and was so shocked to read your news. Please know that my prayers are with you and your family, that God will ease your hurting hearts and that in time the hurt will be replaced with only warm, loving memories of your very special puppy. BIG hugs, my friend!

  31. Kelly, I´m so sorry to read about your dog, too.

    Your gift bag is fabulous. I like the colors and your coloring. Wunderbar !!

  32. Oh Kelly....I am so, SO sorry about your sweet Brandy! I am even more sorry that I missed telling you sooner. i just know she had a wonderful life with such a beautiful family. My heart just hurts for you. I lost my beloved lab, Nikki to cancer a year and a half ago an it is such a difficult thing to go through. I am keeping you and your family in my thought and prayers and wish I could give you a big hug.