Monday, October 15, 2012

Hope You Can Cling To - Peaceful candy, too!

Coffee of the Day - Salted Caramel White Mocha

Today is the big day for me - the day I am so very honored to be a Hostess over at Split Coast Stampers for Hope You Can Cling To!!!! I truly hope you will join me and the other hostesses in creating cards to send to breast cancer warriors at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas. As I have mentioned before, I have participated in this card drive ever year since it started. To be asked to play along as a Hostess is such a thrill! :)  So many amazing companies and individuals have donated prizes. Please consider making a card or several to send along. if you bear with me, you might even find a bit of blog candy at the end of this post....... ;)

The theme for my challenge is called 'Peaceful Pink'. many of you know that pink is one of my most fave colors, especially in crafting. when I was told that I had breast cancer, one of my first thoughts was, "well at least I got the pink one and not a yucky pea green one!" my oncology nurse just thought that was hysterical! :-D  But really, if you read my blog very often, you know that nature is very important to me, and has been even more so as I have been battling this dreaded disease. The birds singing brings me such comfort when the side effects of treatments get so horrible. I can sit and gaze out my window watching the squirrels and chipmunks play on my front porch for hours and my mind is brought to ease. So when I was asked to be a Hostess, I knew immediately that I wanted a challenge that could help bring a sense of peace to someone else who is fighting cancer. You can find more details about the challenge here in the HYCCT forums.

I chose the image for this card because while going through my own cancer battle, I have found great peace listening to the beautiful birds that sing outside my window. even when the chemo was at it's most horrible, I could listen to those birds, find comfort, and get through the next few minutes.

Image is from A Day for Daisies, papers are K & Co. Flora and Fauna, trim is Prima, buttons are vintage, leaf flourish die is Cheery Lynn. butterflies are covered in spun sugar distress stickles, flowers are accented with pink spica glitter pen, and water is covered in frost shimmer spray.

Even in the midst of winter, these bare trees are full of beauty. They remind me that while my hair is gone and my body is going through so many changes, spring DOES come again.....

the image is from A Day for Daisies, papers are Basic Grey Serendipity, sky was first watercolored and then sponged with SU! inks. snow on fence was painted with shimmer spray, as was the snow line among trees. button & seam tape are both vintage. seam tape was lightly sprayed with tea rose glimmer mist. chevrons accents were cut with a MFT die. rose is a Prima. after scanning this card I went back and added some rock candy distress stickles to the Prima rose for just a hint of sparkle.

Now for the blog candy....
I was a true Goober Queen and accidentally ordered 2 of these fun stamps from MFT - Fix-it Fred. So one of you will be the lucky winner to get not only this stamp, but also a roll of Prima Craftsman washi tape and bottle of Peeled Paint Distress Stain to go with it. I will also add a few other fun little goodies to the package. BUT you need to do a little something in order to qualify - please create a card for Hope You Can Cling To. it does NOT have to be for my challenge, but can be for any of the challenges going on all month. link your card from the SCS gallery or your post in the HYCCT forum so I'll know you have played along.

you do NOT have to be a follower of my blog to enter. but IF I reach 500 followers or more by the end of the month, I will add an ADDITIONAL blog candy for another winner. :)

I am adding another BIG candy for y'all - I bought this gorgeous Rosettes Big Pro die from Sizzix. Sadly the store I bought it from did NOT mention anywhere that it is ONLY for the BIG PRO machine, which I do not have and don't have the almost $400 to buy. IF you have one of these spunky machines and would like to have this beautiful die, please enter your info in the below Mr. blue froggy linky thingy. I would love to pass this cutie along. isn't is wonderful? there are some fab dies for the Big Pro, but I sure can't even imagine having an extra $400 in my lifetime that isn't going toward medical bills that seem to hit our mailbox on a daily basis.... sigh. anyhow, ONE of you can most certainly have this and I would be delighted! it's a value of $59.99!!!!!!
btw - this does need to be for USA residents only. the die is very heavy for shipping. sorry.

Winner(s) will be drawn on Nov. 1 and posted the next day. if you are not a member of SCS, you are more than welcome to send cards to me and I will put them in the card box at my Cancer Centers. just let me know in your post. Thank you so much! Jennifer

*Inlinkz tool removed per new privacy laws since all prizes have been claimed. thank you for your understanding. :)


Gorse Auto Detailing said...

What a beautiful, heart-felt post!
You share so much of yourself on your blog and even though it is likely we will not meet in person, I sometimes feel like I truly know you so well!!
I hope today that you find that peace you are seeking and know that there is an army of friends sending love and peaceful vibes your way!!

Rhonda Miller said...

Both of your cards are lovely. What a great way to get cards for this great cause.

Anita said...

Stunning card! I love your challenge. I will try and create something. Sending hugs!

Melissa S. said...

Congrats on the Hostess Gig over at SCS. What an honor and what a fun challenge you have come up with. I have to try and get a few cards done but this is a crazy week for me. Adding 2 new classes to my scheduel and my regular ones as well. Ay dementia seniors are decorating small pumpkins for table decorations. That will be fun. Have a great week, thinking of you always Melissa S

Carissa said...

Such beautiful cards. So wonderful the way that you are thinking of how you can cheer others even while you are going through your own battle.
Hugs and positive thoughts being sent your way.
Carissa :)

Penny said...

My goodness, two more gorgeous cards, Jennifer! Both with such soft, wonderful colors. Love your bird card, with the pretty image, the die cut, cool bird paper, and great embellies.
I have to say the second card may be my favorite of yours. The image makes me want to jump into it; love the fab colors, papers, doily, tab, ribbon, design, and faux stitching--I love everything about it! Soooo gorgeous! :^)
Keep on keepin' on, Kiddo. You have so much love and light in that heart of yours. :^)
Huge hugs, Penny

Esther said...

Your cards are so beautiful, serene and peaceful!!! I just love them!!!

This is an awesome cause!!! You are one sweet lady!!!!

Hugs from me to you!!!!

tellana said...

These are wonderful cards - I hope that they will bring lots of hope and joy to someone!
I also hope that you know how many people think and pray for you!
Liva ❤

ThePurplePlace said...

Thinking of you and sending more hugs and happy thoughts!


Beate said...

Jennifer, thank you so much for hosting one of the HYCCT challenges. Your samples look wonderful. Big cyber hugs and blessings!

MicheleV said...

hi Jen - I'd love to send you cards that you can drop off - your cards are fantastic as always -
...I don't have a big shot and I usually don't enter for blog in Canada it always cost a fortune for shipping BUT I am always more than willing to send cards out!

You are always so upbeat and positive - truly an insipration to all of us!
Take Care!

Lisa Minckler said...

Hi Jen :)
Your cards are absolutely peaceful and stunning. No doubt nature is the most calming remedy when the birds are singing and the sun is shining. I loved your challenge theme so much and I hope I've done this correctly. Good grief there are so many links over at SCS. Anyway, if I've made an error just let me know how to fix it.
Miss you and thinking of you daily!
Lisa xx

Michelle VP said...

I love your pink, peaceful cards. So soothing and serene. And I can relate to enjoying nature and taking time to sit back and watch. That's a really cute stamp set and you can tell by my user name that I like bears. :) I only have the regular Big Shot - tho that die and a Pro would be fun to play with! Hope you can find someone who can put it to good use. :)

maria f. said...

Hope you're having a peaceful day today, Jennifer. Keeping out of Sandy's way.
I'm trying to do all the SCS challenges - whoa. What a wonderful idea. New to me this year. Thanks for the blog candy chance.