Friday, January 9, 2015

The Nicest People

Sometimes it seems like terrible things happen to the nicest people.  I recently found out that a lady I got to know in the NZ scrapbooking world has been diagnosed with breast cancer. I was deeply affected by this - who wouldn't be? Even though I've only known M for a short time and I hardly get to see her in real life very often, I know that she is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet. At times like this you think: What can I do?  As I don't live in the same city I can't just pop over and help out with whatever needs doing but I can make and send a card letting her know that I am thinking of her.

Here's the inside of the card. This time I added the small message on the bottom left hand side of the card rather than on the right hand side.

In my stash I have a stamp set from Amuse Studio which was designed to support breast cancer.  They only charged shipping on the stamp set - not for the stamp set itself. I think shipping was only $2.95. When I decided to make a card I knew instantly that I needed to use that stamp set. I love the phrase: Fight Like A Girl. Only women understand this threat and fight so I thought it was appropriate. As a side note, there is an online campaign, I believe was started by Jennifer Garner, about stopping the negativity behind the phrase "like a girl". It is never used in a positive way like: you fight/throw/play like a girl. When I read about it I really understood where they were coming from. Let's change our thinking one person at a time. So my friends: fight like a girl - I mean that in the best, most positive way.

When I made this card I just went with inspiration. I didn't have a challenge in mind but it just happens to fit a couple of challenges. Here's my dilemma: does it make the sentiment behind the card less if I enter it in online challenges? I truly hope not!

The challenges are:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Make New Friends But Keep The Old. The challenge is here .  This card is for a newish friend and I used items I already had in my stash (old friends).
Inspiration Emporium Challenge - Fresh Start. The challenge details are  here . I'm making a fresh start on using my stash. My 2015 resolutions include using up my stash and not adding to it (hard to do when I already want to order some of the new dies Tim Holtz is releasing at CHA this week!). This card uses items I already had and nothing new was bought.

Paper (by Allison Kreft for Echo Park), Cardstock (Stampin' Up!), Ink (Stampin' Up!, Ranger), Stamps (Amuse Studio), Journal Tag (Bella), Embossing Powder (Celebrations of Australia), Doily, Twine, Ribbon.

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