Saturday, July 21, 2007

Stars and Smiles...FIRST card on my new blog!




I used two stamps for this one. Those gorgeous swirly stars came from Heather's Stamping Haven in Ottawa Ontario. This stamp is from her own line. That beautiful calligraphy sentiment came from Suzanne at Quiet Fire Designs in British Columbia. I just LOVE her collection! I used some special papers and Swarovski crystals too, and, of course, pink ribbon.

I created this card for a friend who's fighting Inflammatory Breast Cancer, an advanced and accelerated cancer usually not detected by mammograms or ultrasounds. IBC requires immediate aggressive treatment with chemotherapy prior to surgery and is treated differently than more common types of breast cancer. If you're a woman, please take the time to educate yourself by starting here http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/inflammatory-breast-cancer/DS00632

I also entered it in a ten day spree of card challenges over at Caardvarks, and it won for Day Eight. Check their challenge galleries to see wonderful and inspirational work from fabulous artists! http://caardvarks.blogspot.com/

Finally, this card is also one of several, in sets, that will be auctioned off at a fabulous, outrageous fund-raiser for local women living with breast cancer here in Halifax. It happens every fall, and is called "Titz 'n' Glitz." You can read a little here http://www.titznglitz.com/halifax_home.htm This was started here in our little province by Margo Kerr, and will soon be taking on a national identity! It's an evening for women only, to celebrate women and their breasts. HONEST! The evening moves from "in-your-face" to naughty to sheer heartache. You can even see a ten minute video at the website.

My own involvement in all of this stems from a friend's current battle with Stage 4b of IBC. She's a strong, brilliant, beautiful, young doctor, married to her soulmate, a cute little hottie-in-a-Mustang, and she was the keynote speaker at last fall's Titz 'n' Glitz. Please keep Debbie and Jamie (wedding photos here, just so you can put faces with names: http://twopeasinabucket.kaboose.com/pg.asp?cmd=display&layout_id=1148509) in your prayers.


14 comments:

Penny said...

Deborah, I'm so excited you've started a blog!!! It's looking fantastic already :)

Congratulations on winning the Cardvarks award for this - it's really well deserved as it's beautiful and unique.

Oh and MANY thanks for linking me already *blushes*

Cora said...

Your blog is beautiful. I love your work and am looking forward to seeing all you create.

Pam Speidel said...

Congratulations Deborah on your beautiful new blog! I *love* your banner with the light shining through the autumn leaves.

This card "stars and smiles" is awesome! WOW! The sentiment is one I will have to write in my journal. I love it. I'm going to add you to my list of blogs to visit each day. Please add mine to yours too... "Stamping with Serendipity". What I've found is that blogging has inspired me to do more creating. I love it...and yes, it is addictive! ENJOY dear friend! smiles, pam :)

GrammaStamper (Barb) said...

Deborah, this is a gorgeous card. So glad you want to blog now. It's every bit as addictive as stamping, so take care.

Kim said...

I am so happy to see you starting a blog! Congratulatiosn on your card winning in the Cardvarks challenge, it's gorgeous. Can't wait to see more!
:)

Nicole said...

Looks fab, love it ;-)

Annes Art said...

Deborah, veel succes met je nieuwe blog!! Groetjes Anne

~Stacy said...

I am so glad you started a blog! Love that card too!

mum on the run said...

Beautiful card, congrats on the award!!

Nancy Maxwell James said...

Deborah! I am so thrilled you took and plunge and made your blog! I adore your work!

whymommy said...

This is an absolutely beautiful creation. Especially beautiful to me -- I was just diagnosed with IBC as well. I'm going to your friend's blog right now to offer support and hugs.

whymommy said...

I misunderstood -- I thought the link was to Debbie and Jamie's blog, not just their picture. Please tell your friends that I'll be praying for them. If they want the company of another woman with IBC, they are welcome to visit me at my blog -- http://toddlerplanet.wordpress.com

Anne said...

Oooh Deborah, I just found your blog and I have to say how gorgeous it all looks. I absolutely love this Cardvarks winner - congratulations, well deserved!

Lisa Renéa said...

Deborah!! Congrats on the win! Wasn't that a fabulous challenge to play in? Love your entry! Well deserved win!!