Today’s post is very near and dear to my heart. Next month, a new set will be debuting in the new Summer Mini Catalog that benefits The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. I purchased it right away when I saw it due to the fact that I have 4 people very dear to me that have had to battle with different types of cancer.
For starters, Brenda has been cancer free for several years now. 1-1/2 years ago, my friend Ginger found out she had ovarian cancer, but once she had surgery, also became cancer free.
This past Sunday, we got a double-whammy of good news. My father-in-law who has been battling prostate cancer for several years now, is 100% cancer free and off all medications. But the true miracle has to be my dear friend Jessica.
Last Summer, at age 32, Jessica was diagnosed with Stage III Glioma cancer and the doctors estimated that she had approximately 2 years to live. However, through the power of prayer, faith, research, technology and good old fashioned determination on Jessica’s part, she is now cancer free. This is truly amazing. I just found out this astonishing news on Sunday within about 30 minutes of my Father-in-law’s news. What a phenomenal day. I think I hugged Jessica about 20 times.lol.
So this card is for her. If you look at the words behind the H in the circle, it’s a word stamp that comes with this new Strength & Hope stamp set and I think it portrays Jessica and her situation perfectly. It says “courage hope believe unity survivor caring together love kindness support strength blessed thank you“.
So when this new set comes out next month in the Summer Mini Catalog, I’m hoping that each and every one of you reading this adds it to your order as $2 from each sale will be donated to BCRF. Hopefully one day, through research, cancer will be a thing of the past.
OK, now let’s talk about my card. Along with the Strength & Hope stamp set, I used the Springtime Vintage designer paper which is only available through the end of this month. This paper is breathtaking and if you haven’t already picked some up, you may want to do so quickly – or you might want to grab some more if it’s one of your favorites. I also added some of the beautiful Rosettes and Seam Binding that is in the 2011 Occasions Mini catalog.
My layout is inspired by a card created by Julee Tilman and is the March muse over at the CASE study challenge blog. This challenge is a bit different than others as you look at this card and draw whatever inspiration you like from it. I chose the layout and the butterfly, but it could just as easily been the color green, the decorative bottom border or the stitching around the edges.
I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday. We’ve got some storms moving through today, so it’s a great day to stay inside and get some stamping done!
If you have any questions about today’s share, please let me know.
CS partner and DTM for Brenda Cook
Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator
EDIT 4/8/11 – I just want to say that I am honored to be chosen as one of the CASE Study Top 3 picks for this week’s CASE Study. Here’s the badge.it’s my first, so I’m super excited!
Stamps: Strength & Hope