Think Pink for All Our Sisters

Stampin up flight of the butterflies pink
 

Surprise!!!  My new blog design can change into each color of Stampin' Up!'s In Colors.  Need I point out that the first tulip I used was Baja Breeze and today's is Pink Pirouette? 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so today's post  and pink theme honors our sisters who have suffered, survived or been lost to this horrific disease.  My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer almost two decades ago.  I'll never forget the helplessness and shock I felt upon hearing the news. She was so young, her strength inspirational.   I remember spending "chemo time" together and watching her auburn hair grow back almost white (strikingly beautiful, by the way).

I'm so grateful that she survived and lives a cancer-free life.  Unfortunately, we still have a long way to go.  My sister-in-law and dear friend, Karol, was recently diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer.  We thought she had it licked after extensive treatments and surgery over a year ago.  The dragon has reared it's head and it's back with a vengeance.  She is in for the fight of her life–literally. 

My niece, Kris of Kween Bee Kreations, is Karol's daughter.  She is planning to surprise her mom this month with a basket full of homemade cards from stampers around the world.  If you would like to participate in this special gift, please EMAIL KRIS to obtain the mailing address.  Further details also can be found on this SCS postPLEASE:  As tempting as it is to send prayers or get well wishes, please try to think of ways instead to make Karol smile.  It's a tribute to her kindness, spirit and keen sense of humor.

Today's Flight of the Butterfly card is for Karol.  The polka dot butterfly stamp was inked in Chocolate Chip and stamped on Regal Rose card stock.  I next dipped the solid image butterfly in Versamark and layered it on top of the polka dot image.  TIP:  A Stamp-a-ma-jig assists for perfect positioning.  Since Versamark is clear, I first stamped the solid butterfly in Chocolate Chip on my Stamp-a-ma-jig sheet.  Much easier when lining up.  TIP:  The butterflies were heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder for shine and substance.  Click for Heat Embossing Tutorial.

The cute and curvy sentiment was stamped (Chocolate Chip) on Whisper White card stock.  I extended the tail a bit with Micro Brads (www.justbrads.com).  The butterflies were snipped out and adhered.  TIP:  Gently bend their wings so they appear in flight.  A Pink Pirouette mat follows along with a Pumpkin Pie border, shaped with my Scallop Edge Punch (Scallop Punch Tutorial Here). 

TIP:  For some added interest, I cut the striped pattern from Sweet Always Designer Series Paper on an angle.  It's layered on Regal Rose.  The Regal Rose Textured card base is 4.25 x 5.5.  A darling floral pattern from Sweet Always brightens the entire personality of the card.  The final touch was a strip of Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, tied up in a breeze using the Stay-Put Bow Method.

TIP:  My layout is from this week's SCS Daily Challenges, SC197.  To see all daily challenges, please check out my left side bar (I moved them).

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Stamp Set:  Flight of the Butterfly
Paper:  Sweet Always Designer Series, Regal Rose Textured, Pumpkin Pie, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White

Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Cool Tools:  Heat Tool, Scallop Edge Punch
The Perfect Touch:  Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Clear Embossing Powder, Micro Brads

Flight of the butterfly

19 Comments:

  1. BEE-u-tiful card, Mary!

    I really like how the butterflies shine.

    Thanks so much for supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

  2. Elizabeth Fortuna

    beautiful card! can’t wait to get this set!

  3. Love this!! Such a bright, happy card!

  4. What a beautiful card. I am sorry to hear about your SIL. I think it is great you are supporting Breast Cancer Awareness.

  5. Love it, I relaly love that DSP!! Beautiful, beautiful!! Kelly

  6. This card is breathtaking! I go crazy over anything pink. Those butterflies are great! I don’t have this set, but I’m re-thinking about it.

  7. Pretty card Mary!!
    Love the pink and all the butterflies.
    Super cute.
    God bless
    Giovana

  8. Your SIL will love that card. I love the color change also. I need that set, but more important, let’s get a card out to Karol.

  9. Fabulous PINK card for today! And I love that you can change your colors, that is a neat idea. Thanks for sharing. I read about Kris’ project on her site and I plan to join in as well as link her on my blog.
    I really love how you popped those butterflies off the card!

  10. I LOVE all the new SU In color’s this year; they’re so cheery! Lase week, I sent a card to Kris for her mom; it was hard to make only one card because I had a few ideas. I hope it will make her laugh! Nobody in my family has ever had cancer [finger’s crossed] but it has touched me through 2 close friends. I’ve volunteered through http://www.armyofwomen.org which I heard about on The View the other morning; sounds like a worthwhile endeavor.

  11. Beautiful card! I definetly have this stamp set on the top of my wish list.

  12. Colleen Kramer

    Very pretty! The card is so nice, but even more beautiful was your writing today. So glad your sister is doing well, and so very, very sorry Kris’ Mom’s battle is so tough. You can bet I will be getting a card to her promptly!

  13. Gorgeous card, I will pray for your sister in law!!

  14. A beautiful card for a wonderful cause!!!
    I know Karol is gonna love this delightful card!!!

  15. Love the pink pir. tulip and this lovely pink card! Sorry to hear about the cancer in your family, I wish there was a better way to cure it! Both my Grandma’s had breast cancer and conquered it. Hugs, Monica

  16. Very Beautiful Mary! I’ve had the chemo sessions with very close friends and love ones …it’s such a small world.
    Hugs & Prayers

  17. Mary…I knew you were beautiful on the outside and I knew (since you stamp) that you are beautiful on the inside. But this post shows how truly special you are.
    Thanks for telling us about your sister and now your sister in law.
    I had cancer when I was 15. (just a baby) Not breast cancer, though I know what they are going through. And thanks for asking us to send funny cards. I try to not remember much about that time…but I remember getting such sad cards.

    This is a pretty card-that you made. Love it.

  18. This card is adorable!! Love the colors and the butterflies have lots of dimension. Really pops! Michelle 🙂

  19. Mary, you are so kind and thoughtful… Sorry to hear about your family… Love your butterfly card! Very beautiful colors!

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