Find a Cure

Today is an odd day for me — it is the 3rd anniversary of our daughter’s diagnosis with Type 1 diabetes. Although she is an extraordinary little girl, who deals with an average 8 pokes per day to test, an insulin pump attached to her 24/7 and site changes for that pump every 3 days, and is doing amazingly well in all ways, the anniversary of her diagnosis always brings back a ton of emotions for me. It is just another day for her, as she is too little to even understand what diabetes even means. In honor of my sweet, amazing little girl, here is my card today:

I inked up my Inky Impressions LiLi’s Awareness Ribbon stamp for the first time. A portion of the procedes from this stamp go to the American Diabetes Association (as well as the National Breast Cancer Foundation). I used Mercy’s sketch (MTSC65) for this week and the DCRU challenge #30 — use the colors found in the My Mind’s Eye Lush collection (oh, how I need to get some of this paper!). I chose pink & red, which I paired with Basic Gray (the color of the diabetes awareness ribbon). I colored LiLi with Copics, making her ├╝ber-cute in pink & red overalls. Her mat is cut from the two largest Big Scalloped Ovals from each set. I cut an additional scalloped oval and sponged it with Memento Angel Pink before handwriting “find a cure”. The final touches were some Christmas Red Stickles for a drop of blood on the ribbon and some sparkle to her head band.

As a bonus, here is a picture of my ridiculously adorable daughter, who says she is “smart, strong & brave.” She is most certainly all of those things! (We were having smile issues this morning — either this or really cheesy!)

Find a Cure
Stamps: Inky Impressions LiLi Awareness Ribbon
Paper: Basic Gray, Pretty in Pink, Pure Poppy, Select White (PTI)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Angel Pink
Copics: B00, C1, C3, E00, E21, E33, E35, E39, R02, R24, R46, R81, R83
Other Stuff: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, Christmas Red Stickles, ribbon, Nestabilities

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My First Easel

Oh, how I can’t wait until Wednesday! The coldness is settling in our house and I think I am getting sick. I will be so, so happy when the new boiler is put in. Our son came out of the bath tonight, just shivering and shaking. Poor little guy!

A few weeks ago, I came upon the Inky Impressions line of stamps. I think my response was “oh, crap!” because they were absolutely adorable and I’m a sucker for cute stamps. I ordered one stamp and a digi stamp. Rachel’s Gingerbread Christmas is such an awesomely detailed digi. When I printed the image out, I new I wanted to try this with an easel card. It seemed to be the perfect type of image.

This was so fun to color! The lights, the ornaments, the gingerbread men! I colored everything in with Copics and then added lots of Stickles for accents. I painted the star with Silver Fox Smooch and then went over that with some Silver Bells Shimmerz for added shimmer.

Since the image was so large, I just cut it as a large square. I went with traditional Christmas colors and used Always Artichoke and Real Red. I wanted to use ribbon somewhere on the card, so I added a piece of red satin organdy on the larger red piece and then added a double bow on the top.

I used a greeting, as well as some ivy, from There She Goes Home Sweet Home Holiday Additions for the sentiment and cut it out using a Labels 8 Nestie. In order to form the stop for the easel, I popped it up on dimensionals.

The easel cards are such awesome statement cards, IMO. This would look great on a mantle.

My First Easel
Stamps: Inky Impressions Rachel’s Gingerbread Christmas; There She Goes HSW Holiday Additions
Paper: Always Artichoke, Real Red, Select White (PTI)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: YRO7, G85, RV10, E00, E29, Y17, E40, G05, R24, B00, V15, B06, 100, E71, R29, R00, C-1
Other Stuff: Stickles Xmas Red, Golden Rod, Silver, Green, Holly, Lavender; Silver Fox Smooch, Silver Bells Shimmerz, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, Labels 8 Nesties

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