Thursday, November 22, 2012

"Celebrate More Birthdays" - Challenge No. 7
Welcome back to another LUFP challenge! This month we are once again being sponsored by, Ippity Chick-Mary's Creative Journey.  We are also including a set of Marvy Uchida BCA Le Pen set.

Here's what you are playing for,

Here are the "Celebrate More Birthday" samples from our DT:

Esther used  "Cake Wishes" stamp set

Sarah's birthday hootie.

Inside of card:
Joanie used I'm sweet on you stamp set.

 Yolie used "Live, Laugh, Love Girl" stamp set.

And here are two freebies designed by Yolie for you to play.  Click on the images to download one or both.  Hope you join us! :)

3 Girl Jam

  1. Create a pink BCA Birthday project.
  2. You do not need use Ippity Stamps.  Use the freebie or any other birthday theme stamps.
  3. Link directly to your post not your blog.
  4. Unlimited entries allowed.
  5. Combine with other challenges, the more the merrier.
  6. Ends December 6th, midnight PST.  Winner will be announced on Friday, December 7th.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Hello My Friends


I am back again to post a card for my friends out in blogland that are fighting the battle of breast cancer. I hope and pray a cure is close by. So here is my card for Link Up for Pink for Breast Care Awareness.

I chose white CTMH white cardstock for the cardbase, the patterned paper is from Mambi Sheets Specialty Cardstock for Breast Cancer, the stamps used are from Just Rite "Be Strong", the seam binding is from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and the flowers are from Kaiser Scrapbook and Recollections. Well, I think that's about it, I should have it all. ; )
Thanks for visiting Link Up for Pink and I hope you visit often as we are here to offer support for those fighting the battle and to cheer for the Survivors.

Please have the girls checked, it could save your life.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving & Last Call

So I challenged the DT to create Pink cards for the upcoming holidays. Esther created the cutest pink Turkey card and this is my Pink Thanksgiving card. I embossed the background with a roller stamp I got at Marshall's for 3 buckaroos. Great deal since it came with a brayer and two harvest designs.  I followed a tutorial by Angie to create the weaved wreath.  It took me several tries but I finally got it.

Last Call:
If you have not received your prize from our October event, please contact me as soon as possible.  I also have two unclaimed prizes.  I have emailed them and left comments on their blogs but no response, so I am re-drawing the names.

(1) Bug Bites Stamps choice of Mistletoe or Magic Spells polymer clear stamp set ....NEW WINNER #194 Karen

(1) Anonymous sponsor prize - Cosmo Cricket kit....NEW WINNER  #380 Tara.
The Karen and Tara, I have emailed you both and left comments on your blogs.  I need to hear from you no later than 11/20.

Thursday starts a new challenge, please come back after pie and check it out! :) :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Just buzzing by......

Happy Wednesday everyone, glad you stopped by!

Just a little card today that would be great to send to someone just to let them know you care.

We all need a little of that Cancer patient or not!!!!

Supplies used: card stock - white, pink; Patterned paper - Yellow Gingham by Paper Pizazz; tissue paper; stamps - bee4me from The Stamps of Life; bakers twine - my stash; rhinestones - BoBunny; ink - Tuxedo Black by Memento; Sizzix Framelets Labels Fancy #4; Pop Dots.

Remember ladies - take care of your girls!!!

Get Your Mammograms!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Brighter Days


Good morning my friends, hope all is going well in your part of blogland. Having a little rainy day here, but a great day for scrappin'. I am posting once again for Link Up for Pink and hope you enjoy my CAS card today.

The cardstock I used was Pretty in Pink from Stampin Up, the embossing folder was from Provocraft, no name on folder, the white cardstock is from Close to My Heart, the patterned paper is from Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby and the sentiment was designed in Make the Cut and used Spellbinders Scalloped die to cut it out.

Well, my friends, that's all I have for today and I hope you enjoyed your visit. Please come back often.

Please check your boobies, save the girls, and get that mammogram.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Time For Thanks

Last month I came up with a Halloween card which included some pink and Yolie jokingly asked me if I was going to come up with a pink card for all the Holidays.

Well.... I took that as a challenge!!!

Therefore here is my pink card for Thanksgiving :)

Supplies used: card stock - chocolat; patterned papers Light Nook Plaid and Light Orchard Blossom in Scrapbook Walls by ChatterBox; border punch - Fiskars; Bakers Twine - LUFP; Brown twine - Liz's Paperloft Boutique; rhinestones - Kaiser Craft; stamps - Hero Arts; ink - Rich Cocoa by Momento; button - my stash.

Remember ladies - Take Care Of Your Girls!!!
Get Your Mammograms!!!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Challenges of Caring for a Cancer Patient You Love

I was recently contacted by Cameron asking me to share his wife's battle with mesothelioma and of course I agreed.  I hope this article helps those battling cancer and their caregivers.

Cameron is husband to Heather Von St. James, survivor advocate for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, and father to Lily Rose. He, along with Heather and young Lily, had their world's turned upside down when Heather was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma, just 3 1/2 months after the birth of his only child.

The Challenges of Caring for a Cancer Patient You Love
After her mesothelioma diagnosis, my wife wondered how I felt or what I experienced. I only talked to her once about my perspective as a caregiver, but through this forum, I hope to share more about my experiences.

Our first daughter, Lily, was born just three months prior to my wife's diagnosis. We experienced incredible joy and also immense uncertainty and fear at the same time after she was diagnosed. I distinctly remember hearing the news of her diagnosis for the first time. She was crying, and I remember thinking, “How are we ever going to get through this together?”

I remember feeling overwhelmed and ready to break down, but the doctor’s questions about future medical choices made me refocus on solutions to help my wife rather than being in despair. Though I chose to remain focused on solutions, this was the first day of many days that I felt overwhelmed with despair. Though overwhelmed, I still had to make difficult decisions with my wife.

After her diagnosis, I experienced anger, rage and fear. There were many times when I only communicated with others by using profanity. Even church members and the medical community were subject to my rage. Over time, I learned to control my emotions better. I had to be strong for my wife and daughter because they were depending on me. Sometimes I fell short, but I always tried to be strong around my wife. I never wanted her to see my fears, and I needed to be a source of optimism and stability. Though this was the right course of action, it was easier said than done.

After the diagnosis, I had a long to-do list. I was responsible for work, my daughter, pets and travel arrangements. After I learned to prioritize events in my life, I was not as overwhelmed. I also learned to accept offers of help from other people. My family was so blessed to have people to help us during this time. I couldn’t have made it some days without them. Even with the help, I still felt overwhelmed on many days.

One two-month period, my wife, Heather cannot imagine what I went through. After her surgery in Boston, Heather flew to South Dakota to spend time with her parents. She was recovering from surgery and preparing for the rest of her mesothelioma treatment. Lily was also with her mother during this time. I was home trying to keep the family financially above water, and I was only able to visit with Heather and Lily once during this time.

One Friday, I drove all night for 11 hours and through a snowstorm to see them. I slept a few hours in the car waiting for the road to be cleared and arrived Saturday exhausted. I spent the rest of the day with them on Saturday and started back on my journey on Sunday. I arrived in time for work Monday morning.

This time for me was extremely difficult, but I realized it was for the best. I couldn’t take care of Lily and work at the same time. I don’t regret this decision, but it was a difficult choice. I was thankful we still had another day to make a choice. I learned that it was difficult to accept help from others, but help helped us maintain control despite uncertainty. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

I need to hear from you...

If you have NOT received your prize, I need to hear from you.  Please reply to the email sent to you or email me at  in the subject line, please include the name of the prize you won.

Thank you!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Give a Hoot for Hope

It's great to be back after a short break!!!

Thanks so much to all of you who "gave a Hoot" and joined our linking party with your fabulous creations!!!! I really enjoyed seeing all the beautiful cards that were created!!! A huge thank you to all for making our second annual linking party a huge success!!!!!!!!!

For my card today I used a stamp set called Give a Hoot by Unity which I won from one of our generous sponsors Mary Friederichsen!!! Thank you Mary :)

Supplies used: card stock - white; patterned papers - Glee, Cloud Nine, Delight and Tickled Pink in Happy Go Lucky  and Princess Tiara in Ever After all by Pebbles; stamp - Hoot for Hope by Unity; ink - Tuxedo Black by Memento; brads from my stash

Remember Ladies - take care of your girls!!!!
Get Your Mammograms!!!!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

You're Sew Special


Hi my friends, it's great to be back and sharing our cards and projects on Link Up for Pink to help provide support for those that are fighting the battle with breast cancer. We just want to let you know that we're all here praying, believing and hoping a cure is very close.
So here is my side step card that says.......

Yes, you "Are Sew Special" because of the strength, faith, courage and hope that all of you are having and putting forth during this journey of your life.

I thought the image was really cute and would put a smile on everyone's face. She is a digi stamp from The Paper Shelter and is called the Cute Dress Maker and that she is.
The sewing die cut used on the bottom front is from Tim Holtz and is called the Sewing Edge.
All the images where colored with my Copic Markers that I absolutely love.
All other buttons, paper, and thread are from my scraproom stash and oh, gosh, there is lots of that on hand. ; )
I want to remind all the Scrappers that the new Link Up for Pink Challenge #7 will begin on November 22nd and we will be looking forward to seeing all your fantastic creations posted and the Sponsor for the Challenge is: IppityChick - Mary's Creative Journey

Be sure to come back often to visit and to post your creations because you could be the next lucky winner!!!