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MMDT Challenge #6: Blue

Challenge #6 was a photo challenge; we were to choose a famous artist and let him/her inspire the photos you take/use.


Having never studied art history, this challenge was just that: a challenge! My first thought was to take a bunch of photos, cut them up into 1” squares and place them on a page in no particular order and call it “Inspired by Picasso.”  After a little more thought, I remembered the print that has hung in my bedroom for many years: “Master Bedroom” by Andrew Wyeth. I love the works of Andrew Wyeth. His watercolor images bring me a certain unidentifiable sense of peace: a lighthouse in a storm, a barn window, a hunting dog asleep on his master’s bed. Here is my inspiration piece, “Master Bedroom”:




When I decided to go with a dog-themed layout, I realized that I had yet to create a tribute page to my dog Blue, whom I lost this past August very suddenly to a brain aneurysm at the age of 6. Blue was a beautiful smooth-coated, blue merle collie and, as you can see, she was very photogenic.



For this challenge, I used Toffee Grid Paper from, Page Pattern #72-Two Page Spread with Borders from, patterned paper from Basic Grey’s “Max & Whiskers” collection and coordinating card stock from Stampin’ Up! I used no special processes or embellishments as I wanted the photos to be the center of attention in this layout.



 Imagine my surprise when I started going through my photos and found the one at the top of page 1, almost identical to Wyeth’s subject with her head on the polar bear as a pillow! Blue’s two favorite things to do were play with her giant ball and go for long walks. Some of her puppy pictures comprise the border. 




The top left picture is Blue in Aspen, CO; next is Blue showing her baby sister, Risi, around at a vacation cabin in Michigan; bottom center is Blue learning that she can swim in Williams Bay, WI. The border consists of Blue posing pretty for her mama, sniffing her 1st birthday present and chewing on a stick as a puppy. I inked some chipboard letters and applied Liquid Glass (Close to My Heart) for her name, my simple title.


She was a beautiful girl and I miss her everyday. Thank you for sharing my memory.

Shared by Heather Cartland on March 17, 2013 | Memory Date: March 17, 2013
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What a great tribute to a beloved old friend. My favorite photo is that of Blue with the mountains behind her. Great story and photos. I did a similar tribute to my dog also, but it was done before my MM days. I plan to re-do the photos and your layout gives me some great ideas.
Posted By: Dale Hill  |  March 23, 2013 at 2:50 am   
Your pages are a perfect tribute to your Blue! My favorite of Blue is her standing on her hind legs and balancing the ball on her nose~ awesome shot!! I enjoyed your memories of your dog Blue. Thank you for sharing.
Posted By: Shannon Nixson  |  March 23, 2013 at 12:34 am   
What a wonderful story. How many tears were shed as you revisited those special agape love memories. She was obviously a special family member who brought you great joy for the short time she was with you.
Posted By: Diane Cook  |  March 22, 2013 at 12:05 pm   
Heather, beautiful dog! Love the close up nose shot - so clever. Very well done!
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  March 20, 2013 at 11:33 pm   
Beautiful tribute to a lovely dog. Great pages! I, too, love Wyeth - all three of them - and this inspiration as much as any.
Posted By: Libby Wiers  |  March 19, 2013 at 1:28 pm   
Beautiful layout, Heather! I love the patterned paper that you chose to use and the photos you used are awesome as well. It looks like Blue was a very big part of your life and was loved very much. Again, beautiful!
Posted By: Billi Glenn  |  March 19, 2013 at 6:01 am   
oh you added a bigger picture of the "Master Bedroom" - thank you!
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  March 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm   
Heather I love the colors you have worked with to present "blue". It is so warm and playful, a perfect representation of your dear dog. The Wyeth's are a talented family, thanks for making Andrew your inspiration. Well done!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  March 18, 2013 at 5:41 am   
Great layout and an amazing story. It was very touching.
Posted By: Candy Spiegel  |  March 18, 2013 at 2:00 am   
OK!! I found a better image for my inspiration piece. Hope you can see how it inspired my Blue pages better now!
Posted By: Heather Cartland  |  March 17, 2013 at 11:46 pm   

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