Today is the day! I’m the hostess for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenge (HYCCT1430) and I have to confess, I’m a little nervous! Fortunately, some of my stamping friends have already joined in as sample makers for my challenge!!
This is the 5th year that Splitcoaststampers has hosted this amazing month long series of challenges in support of those struggling with cancer. The MD Anderson Cancer Center is the recipient of so many of the cards. Some are just for encouragement but most are donated so that those in the hospital can find just the right one to brighten someone’s day.
As I thought about a theme, I found this quote (turned into a graphic with My Digital Studio by me):
I know that when a diagnosis of cancer is first given, it can seem like the world has turned against you so it seemed fitting that I base my challenge on this quote. The theme of my challenge is Hope Soars. I challenge you to create cards inspired by things that take off! I hope that you will come over to Splitcoaststampers and join me. There is even the opportunity to win prizes! So you can help a worthy cause and win cool crafty stuff! Perfect!
Here is my own sample card for the theme. While much of the month has focused on breast cancer, for me the inspiration was actually my dad who passed away from colon cancer. So I chose to use a more masculine palette. I pulled out the retired Epic Day DSP and created a tiny paper airplane. Then using the Word Bubble Framelits (these are on special this week, by the way), I cut out some clouds. I love that the one of the clouds has inspirational words! The sentiment is from Truly Grateful stamped in Soft Suede. I distressed the panel and did some crazy stitching to add a little character to the card and that was it other than a bit of sponging.
Now I mentioned that some of my creative friends created samples for me. Make sure you go take a look at the work by Linda Callahan (abbysmom2198), Jen Mitchell (jenmitchell) and Rita Wright (kyann22), along with the other amazing hostesses who joined in so far. You can see the whole gallery for my challenge here: Gallery for HYCCT1430. I am looking forward to seeing that gallery fill up even more!
Thanks so much for stopping in today. I really hope you will consider sharing your talents for this fantastic cause! For easy access to all the challenges, click here: Hope You Can Cling To Master Challenge Thread
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Stamp: Truly Grateful; Paper: Naturals Ivory, Epic Day DSP; Ink: Soft Suede; Accessories: Big Shot, Word Bubbles Framelits, Sewing Machine, Stampin’ Distress Tool, Sponges, Hot Glue