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 post. PLEASE: 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).
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