Just Add Pink

Hi all!  Happy Thursday!  I cannot believe it has been almost two weeks since I posted on here.  The mojo has been very slow & lethargic lately.  I’m hoping with all of the fantastic challenges out there for Breast Cancer Awareness month, I’ll get a boost.  I still have a hard time believing I’m part of this “sorority” now.  I’m one year post diagnosis (actually 1 year 3 months today) and am counting down the days until I get my “real fake boobs”! LOL!
I’m trying to use up my stash of colored images and pulled out this sweet Pink Ribbon Gal – Beth image from Bugaboo Stamps.  

The layout is this weeks Sweet Sunday Sketch and it has a healthy dose of pink!  Last year, I bought the Me & My Big Ideas 12×12 paper pad and I really love the script words papers included.  Strength, determination and courage are definitely three traits that you need to do battle with breast cancer (or any cancer for that matter!).

One of the challenges I’m linking this up to is the first Hope You Can Cling To challenge — Show Me What You’re Made Of — over at SCS.  We are to show our stamping style — I’m definitely a layers girl.  I love my ribbons and rhinestones.  I also love tracing the inner edge of my Nestie before taking the image out — I saw this on someone’s blog and it is probably “so last year”, but I just love the little added element this gives an image.

Challenge Submissions
Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge — #169
The Stamping Boutique — #53 Pink Ribbons
Link Up For Pink
Hope You Can Cling To – Show Me What You’re Made Of

Just Add Pink
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps Pink Ribbon Gals – Beth; MFT Stamps – a la modes Fight Like a Girl
Paper: Raspberry Fizz (PTI), Innocent Pink (Gina K), Neenah Solar White, Me & My Big Ideas Breast Cancer papers
Other Stuff: Nesties, rhinestones, ribbon, MFT die-namics Fishtail Flags STAX, Stardust Stickles, Glamour Dust

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Thank You For Your Support

Good Morning!  I have a special post today — as many of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  You’ve likely heard the astounding statistic that 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 70-80%  have no family history.  Unfortunately, I became a statistic this July.  I was diagnosed with breast cancer and have no family history of breast cancer.

I discovered the lump through self-examination, as well as feeling something that wasn’t quite right.  I had a mammogram when I was 36 as a baseline and hadn’t had one since — because I had no family history.  I am 39 now.  

I have been undergoing chemotherapy since mid-August.  Thankfully, I have completed the “super sucky” chemo.  It took approximately a week for me to recover from each treatment, which is why I have not been around as much.  This week, I begin yet another form of chemo, which I will have weekly for 12 weeks.  It is a bit daunting to consider that I will have it through the last week of the year.  Surgery will follow in 2012, along with radiation.  It is a long road, but the prognosis is good.  I’m being treated aggressively as I am only 39 and they (my doctors) want to lower the risk of recurrence as much as possible.

When you listen to the awareness campaigns and PSAs, they all say if you are over 40 to do annual screening. I’ve heard far too many stories of women under 40 being diagnosed, as well as being one.  Please, if you think there might be something there, don’t wait — see your doctor.  

Since diagnosis, I have received some of the most wonderful support from my online family at Bugaboo Stamps.  My card today is dedicated to all of these wonderful ladies & Paul — thank you for all of your wonderful support & virtual hugs — as well as all of the wonderful happy mail I’ve received from you all! Hugs to you all!

I picked out the teddy from Jodie’s Some Support collection.  It’s paper pieced with pink ribbon paper from the Me & My Big Ideas stack of breast cancer papers.  The pattern on this piece is nice and small, making it perfect for this.  I cut out the teddy and chose to cut off the straps.  The ruffle trim has charcoal Stickles on it.  The layout is from The Sweet Stop this week and worked really well here.  After getting everything lined up, I added in lots of bling — clear rhinestones in the lacey circle and black rhinestones on the laces of the teddy.

Challenge Submissions
The Sweet Stop — SSS129
Lexi’s Creations — #50 Pink for Boobies
Link Up for Pink

Thank You For Your Support
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps TY For Your Support
Paper: Basic Black, Raspberry Fizz, Me & My Big Ideas Breast Cancer papers
Other Stuff: rhinestones, ribbon, Cuttlebug Polka Dots & Swiss Dot, Nesties

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

You Totally Rock & Blog Candy

**Make sure you read all the way to the end of post.**

Good Morning!  Today is the “anniversary” of my daughter Ainsley’s diagnosis with Type 1 Diabetes.  It has been 4 years and it is still a day that brings a slew of emotions for me.  We usually don’t mark the day with any acknowledgment, but this year we are.  Since starting school last fall, Ainsley has many times cried that she doesn’t want diabetes and wants to be like her friends.  She doesn’t like being taken out of class to go to the nurse multiple times a day to receive her insulin bolus for food or blood sugar corrections (she wears a pump, but this may only be done by the nurse, even though the aide would be perfectly capable of it).  She has even attempted to cover up her pump by pulling her shirt over it because she didn’t want anyone to ask her about it.  It’s heartbreaking to see how this upsets her.  So today we are going to celebrate her and how she “totally rocks” while dealing with all of the crap that goes along with diabetes care.  We are also celebrating my son Carter being potty trained (finally).  We are going to go into NYC and go to the big Toys ‘R US located by Times Square.  They have a big ferris wheel in there and Ainsley has wanted to go on it for months now.

Oh, and another shameless plug — this weekend is the Gap “Give & Get” sale — you can get 30% off your entire purchase at Gap, Old Navy & Banana Republic, plus you can elect to have 5% of your purchase donated to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).  A coupon code is required — HERE is a link to an in-store coupon.  The event goes through Sunday March 20.

On to the other official business today…LOL!
We have a new challenge over at Catch the Bug for you today and we are challenging you to make a project for a baby or child.  You have a chance to win up to 7 free digis from Bugaboo Stamps (top prize only to a participant who uses Bugaboo on their card/project).

I made this card for Ainsley.  I used the image that Jodie so generously drew for me of Ainsley — you can see her pump pouch there on the right.  This was her first day of school outfit, but in pink.  She’ll love these colors too.  The papers are Gina K Lovely Lavender and Turquoise Sea, paired with Basic Grey Kioshi and Kaisercraft Konstrukt.  The layout is the sketch from Flutterby Wednesday (I missed the butterfly, fairy or angel requirement — although it does have an angel — Ainsley :)) 

We’d love to have you play along — just link up your NEW project to the Catch the Bug blog with a DIRECT LINK to your post (not just a link to you blog). 

Now, before you go!! I have some blog candy — in celebration of my kiddos, my new blog, lots of new followers and having my etsy shop set up (I just have to actually put cards in there LOL!).
 How to enter:
  1. Become a follower.  If you are already a follower, mention it in your comment.
  2. Leave a comment on this post.  
  3. Help spread the word, if you’d like, by posting on your blogs.  
  4. Don’t forget you can grab the blinkie up on the right too!

Blog candy will be open through Friday, March 25 @ 8 PM EST.  Sorry, but US addresses only. Blog candy is now closed!
Challenge Submissions
Do You Stack Up? — #11 Add a Bow
Little Miss Muffet Challenges — #5 Brads, Gems or Pearls
You Totally Rock
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps Ainsley’s Brat; Gina K Tag Lines
Paper: Gina K Lovely Lavender, Turquoise Sea, Select White, Basic Grey Kioshi, Kaisercraft Konstrukt
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Other Stuff: ribbon, Nesties, pearls

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Blog Candy Redraw

Good Morning!  Just a quick post this morning.  I had to redraw for the 1st blog candy package.  Unfortunately, the winner did not contact me, so the tickets went back into the bag.

Introducing my other assistant.

There you have it!  The winning number for the 1st prize package is 557356 — Alison.
Please contact me at sophiapie@gmail.com by Monday, November 1st.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Blog Candy Winners!

 A Big Thank You to:
  • all of the companies who donated product for this fundraiser.  I was overwhelmed by the generosity and willingness to participate.
  • my stamping friends who donated products and gift certificates.  You each are so incredibly generous & wonderful.  
  • to Jodie Mackrell of Bugaboo Stamps for adding on a fantastic special this past weekend and for drawing me that fantastic brat.   You have no idea how much both mean to me.
  • to all who helped spread the word of this fundraiser by posting on your blogs or displaying the badge.  
  • to all of you who donated to JDRF.  I know times are tight for most people and giving up your hard earned money is greatly appreciated.  Lots of virtual hugs coming your way! 
Now onto the big stuff!
First, my lovely assistant for the evening:
 She’s decked out in her finest sparkle & tulle dress! Plus her pearl necklace!
Drawing her winning tickets…
And there are the winning tickets.
(I’m not going to make you try to read those numbers off the picture!)
Grand/First Prize Package —557334 redrawn
Second Prize Package –557575 Irene
Third Prize Package –557186 Delia
Fourth Prize Package –557234 Debra D.
Fifth Prize Package –557517 Carol
Sixth Prize Package –557252 Yoo-Rah
Seventh Prize Package –557549 Robbie
Eighth Prize Package –612481 Nicola

Please check your numbers!  Please send me an email at sophiapie@gmail.com with your shipping information if you are one of the lucky ladies!  

If I do not hear from any of the winners by Friday, October 29th @ 7:00 PM EST, I will redraw for another winner on that package.

Thank you and have a great night!


Walk for a Cure

**Blog Candy for a Cause is located HERE**
**Blog Candy packages are located HERE**
**Donation page is located HERE**

Hi all!  Happy Sunday!  I just wanted to pop in and share a few pictures from the walk yesterday.  We had a beautiful day, albeit a bit chilly at the start.  Our walk takes place at Liberty State Park in Jersey City. It is right on the water and quite windy.  We have the fabulous backdrop of NYC, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

The kiddos were little less than enthused at the start.  They were also quite cold — they hid under a blanket and my extra jacket.  
The Manhattan skyline.
The Jersey City Fire Department came out and started the walk off by spraying water.
Our family photo — the kids were still not warmed up to this whole idea.
Our family walk shirts featured Ainsley’s Bugaboo Brat.  This was my son’s — he calls Ainsley “sis” — but with a long e.  The letters were done with a stencil & fabric market and it worked perfectly.
Lady Liberty
 Carter in the bounce house after the walk. 
My reason for doing all of this.
These are the last two days of the Blog Candy for a Cause.  Donations have been coming in rather steadily today. YIPPEE!! I so appreciate each and every dollar you are donating!  Plus, there is the fantastic offer that Jodie has going for Bugaboo Stamps and Unicef & JDRF.  Jodie knows what it is like to live with Type 1 diabetes as her son Michael also has it.  Please consider checking out both offers!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

What’s Your Cause?

**Blog Candy for a Cause is located HERE**
**Blog Candy packages are located HERE**
**Donation page is located HERE**

Good Morning!  Well, our walk day is here!  For once we have good weather, which has not been the usual case in the past.  I look forward to walking with a view of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the New York skyline.  I look forward to the feeling that everyone there is working toward one common goal — a cure for diabetes.  Donations are still open for our walk team, as is the Blog Candy for a Cause.  You can still get in on a great cause, a tax deduction and some awesome blog candy!  In addition, make sure you check this out if you need a little bit more of a nudge.

Anyway, today starts a new challenge at Catch the Bug and our challenge this week is “What’s Your Cause?”  What is closest to your heart?  What is the cause you fight for most? If you noticed, Jodie released some adorable bunnies and bears with awareness ribbons yesterday.  Two are freebies and would be perfect for this challenge.  Plus, she has the fantastic Pink Ribbon collection.  Link up your new creation, showcasing your favorite cause to the Catch the Bug blog for a chance to win up to 7 free digis.  Please note a few particulars — link up to your NEW creation (no back-linking), link to our challenge post in your post and in order to win the 7 digis, you must use a Bugaboo Stamps image.  You can still win digis with a non-Bugaboo project, but not the top 7.

In addition to the Bugaboo Stamps images up for grabs, our challenge is also sponsored by Creative Craft World this week and they have generously donated a set of Promarkers in skin tones for the winner.

As you may have guessed, my cause is a cure for diabetes.  Just this past week,  another  family lost their 13 year old to Type 1 diabetes.  They were not remiss in giving insulin. They weren’t failing to test blood sugar.  The young girl went to bed the night before, seemingly in good health and never woke up.  The early diagnosis was a severe hypoglycemic episode, horribly named “dead in bed syndrome“.  It is a reason why, until earlier this year, my husband rarely went to bed before 2 AM.  It is why we test our daughter in her sleep.  It is why we’d rather have her be 250 at midnight than 100.  It is just one of the reasons why a cure for this disease needs to be found.

Now, really on to my card:

Each year, JDRF chapters hold galas as a way to raise funds for research.  I remember when Ainsley was first diagnosed, our local chapter held it in the town where Jon Bon Jovi lives.  I had dreams of going, looking all glamorous and maybe rubbing elbows with him.  Well, I woke up quickly when I realized three things — I was 7 months pregnant at the time of the gala and not feeling glamorous at all, the tickets were for people with much deeper pockets than us and Jon Bon Jovi was not attending.  LOL!  We’ve never gone to a gala because we still don’t have deep enough pockets — the tickets usually cost hundreds of dollars.

So I’m living vicariously through Beth from the Pink Ribbon Gals collection.  She’s glammed up with a red gown, a gray ribbon for diabetes and lots of rhinestones.  The layout is this week’s Sweet Sketch Wednesday sketch.  I’ve been on a bit of an easel card kick lately, so I chose to do another.  The designer paper is from Making Memories Black Tie — very elegant patterns in this collection.  That fabulous ribbon is May Arts — satin trimmed grosgrain, from my friend Michele.  I added in a pair of awareness ribbons cut with my Cuttlebug die.  Each ribbon has a red rhinestone for that ever needed drop of blood.  I stamped CURE with PaperTrey Ink’s Fresh Alphabet.

Challenge Submissions
Sweet Sketch Wednesday — #72
Stamp Something —October Digi Day
Tuesday Throwdown — Anything Goes

What’s Your Cause?
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps Pink Ribbon Gals – Beth; PaperTrey Ink Fresh Alphabet
Paper: Basic Gray, Pure Poppy, Select White, Making Memories Black Tie
Ink: Memento lady Bug

Copics: C3, C5, C7, R24, R27, E00, E11, E000, B02,
Other Stuff: May Arts ribbon, rhinestones, Nesties

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Make sure you check out Catch the Bug for the rest of the fabulous creations from my fellow design team members.