Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hope (Breast Cancer Awareness FREEBIE)



October is Breast Cancer Awareness month! Although I think breast cancer, like all cancers and other dread diseases that impact our loved ones, is something we need to be aware of all the time, I really appreciate that there is a special effort made, too, during this month each year.

Many of you know that this disease hit my family hard this last year. My cousin Brandi was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer last Fall, and passed away in January. Her sister, Wendy, was tested for the gene that sometimes causes breast and ovarian cancers, was found to have it, and had to have a double mastectomy and hysterectomy. Right on the heels of this, my sister, Betty, was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer (a particularly nasty, aggressive form of it). Betty just completed her last stage of treatment this week -- HOORAY! -- and has finally begun the post-cancer healing process. We are so thrilled that Wendy was able to take measures to prevent the disease, and that Betty can now be called a survivor, but it really hits home for my family that we need to reach out to others and help raise awareness about this disease!

As a dear friend and long-time survivor told me when my sister was diagnosed, breast cancer is not the "death" sentence it used to be. But as I've learned through my cousins' and sister's experiences, it is crucial to catch it early. So although this is a sensitive subject for many, I beg you to do those monthly self-checks, and to get regular mammograms!  Moreover, I ask to you reach out to those who are battling or recovering from this disease. The ups and downs of having and being treated for a potentially fatal disease are tremendous! I can't even begin to tell you what this struggle was like for my cousins and sister, and I am just an outside observer, if a very emotionally invested one. But there were so many little things along the way that made it more bearable for each of them. Every time someone reached out to them with love and care, it lifted their spirits and their hope and their strength with which to fight. No gesture of care is too small to make a difference!

OK, I've said my piece, and won't keep harping at you on this. But I have one last bit to share, and that is that if you feel inclined to make cards and other projects to reach out Breast Cancer patients and survivors, or to honor those who have fallen to this disease, we have a couple of different sets available to you for FREE in our shop. "Think Pink Oscar" and "Hopeful Heart" have been available for some time, and we've now added "Passionately Pink" as well. You can find them all in the "Try Before You Buy" section of the shop.



If you need a little extra inspiration to make something, you can find all sorts of inspirational challenges this month in the "Hope You Can Cling To" forum at Splitcoaststampers.com. Each challenge also includes directions for how to mail your cards to patients at UT MD Anderson cancer treatment center, in case you want to reach out beyond those affected in your immediate life.

Last but not least,  the beautiful card at the top of today's post was made by designer KT Fit Kitty. She combined elements from the "Think Pink" and "Passionately Pink" sets to create this wonderful card of hope. Thank you, Kitty! :-)



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Special Delivery with Faith Anderson



Every baby is a precious gift worth celebrating! For today's share, our Guest Designer, Faith Anderson, has created this darling card to celebrate a brand new baby boy. I literally squealed with delight when I saw this card, and it's not even for me -- ha ha!

To make this, Faith used elements from the "Special Delivery" set. She used digital paper from this set to create the house, along with SVG-cut borders for the roof and the flowers. She printed the image of the stork and baby boy on acetate. Because ink prints somewhat pale on the acetate, she also colored on the back of the image, too, to brighten it. As if the front wasn't cute enough, here's what the inside of the card looks like:


Faith carried the house theme inside, hanging a little "charm" of the baby on the "knob" of the door. She added a super sweet poem of her own, accented again by the stork and baby image. This is just about as cute as it comes!

To read more about how Faith created this precious card, and to view more of her fabulous creations, please visit her blog at Daffodil Cards. We'll of course have another of her projects to share her next Wednesday, too, so stay tuned! :-)


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Digi of the Month Challenge Inspiration Week 3

We've shared a lot of inspiration this past week for challenges we're sponsoring, but don't want you to forget that we also have our "in-house" Digi of the Month Challenge going on! :-) In this ongoing progressive freebie challenge, everybody who plays along per the challenge rules gets the next month's featured set for FREE! Our current challenge is to use the featured "Thinking Spot" set to create a project and link it to the October challenge post by no later than November 2. There is still plenty of time to play, and here's a little inspiration from our designers to get you thinking. We sure do hope you'll play along! :-)













We'll have more challenge inspiration for you next week! In the meantime, you can also check out the projects made by fellow challenge players by following the link-ups in the October challenge post.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sponsoring at Not Just Cards

We share a lot of cards here, but digis aren't just for cards! Over at Not Just Cards, they would love to see some of your non-card projects this week. Scrapbook pages, altered notebooks, tags, boxes, frames, bags...anything goes! Of course, cards count, too, but they -- and we -- encourage you to try something new. With Christmas not too far off, this is an especially great time to make little gifty items. Plus when you play along, you could win a $10 gift code to our shop! A few of us card-makers at Deedee's Digis decided to challenge ourselves, and here are some of the things we came up with. What will you make? :-)

Sandy - K-Cup Gift Packs featuring "Open Window" and Fall Teddies and  "Whole Latte Love"



Sandy - Pumpkin Bread Gift - Sweet & Spicy and Open Window



Faith (Guest Designer) - Christmas Treat Box featuring Snowman Tags



Deedee - Fall Treat Pouch featuring "Happy Jacks"

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sponsoring Sentimental Sundays

Oh yes, we sure do have a whole lot of sponsoring going on this month! But that's good news for you, as it means LOTS of chances to win some of our digis!!! Today and throughout the coming week, we are sponsoring the challenge at Sentimental Sundays. The theme this week is "buttons." Ooh, that's a fun one -- I love buttons!!! Oh and don't forget to include a sentiment -- it is "Sentimental Sundays," after all! :-)

Here are some samples that our designers have made for this challenge to inspire you. Enjoy, and happy crafting!