Thursday, March 31, 2011

Birthday Card

So for Sketch Mania #37 I decided to make another birthday card.  It was intended for my dad, but I'm not totally sure it's masculine enough... 

I was going to post this yesterday, but then decided to add something to the card, and I think it works a lot better now.  I'm still not sure it's mascualine enough, but it's better.  It's amazing what a couple of brads will do for a card.  I'll have to keep that in mind for future projects.

 So for this card, I used DCWV Linen Closet, Bazzill Basics dotted swiss cardstock, MM mini silver brads, and my Basics card with my Slice.  The inside message will be "Hope, love and joy...  These are the things I wish for you today and through the year.  Happy Birthday."

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Birthday Invite

So Sketch Mania #36 stumped me for a little bit, and then I realized that I could turn it into the invitation for Sam's birthday party.  The ragged edges work well for dinosaurs, which is the theme Sam picked this year.

I used the Junior Paper Kit by American Crafts, as well as their Jewelry Box silver thickers.  The punch is a Martha Stewart border punch, and most of the roughed edges are made by shaped scissors.  The stamp is from a Birthday set from OT.  I think it turned out pretty cool.  It's definitely not what I normally think of for an invite.  Now I just have to make about 10 more.

I loved that I could kill two projects with one sketch.

Thank You Cards for Breast Cancer Walk

So last year for my walk, I decided to make my thank you's more personal and sent out notes to all those who donated.  Most of them I made (and I will post pics of them soon).  I have the same goal for this year's walk, and I decided that I had better get started soon.  I only made two of each design and each one was slightly different (either different papers, or different colors).  So the recipients got a one of a kind homemade card.

So I made my first one last week using a recent Sketch Mania challenge (#34).  So here it is.  It is pretty simple, but it says a lot.

I used MM mini silver circle brads, MM watercolor cardstock, MM Elizabeth 5th Avenue patterned paper, and some pink ribbon and stamp from OT.  Hope you like it, and maybe this card will be the one you get if you donate.  See the link on the right hand side for more information.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure - Philadelphia 2010

So last year I participated in the most incredible experience of my life (after child birth that is) - I walked 60 miles in 3 days to help beat breast cancer.  It was for an organization called Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which was set up by Nancy K. Brinker because of a promise she made to her sister Susan as Susan lay dying of breast cancer.  I was joined by my sister Deb, and a friend who has become like a sister to me, Michelle.  All of us were first-timers.

Getting ready for the event was time consuming, between the training and fund raising (each walker is required to raise $2300 minimum), but when we got there, we felt it was so worth it.  We all ended up teary eyed during the opening ceremony, especially as we watched some breast cancer survivors walk the flags in.  We were amazed and touched by the range of ages (from late 20's to 60's - I'm guessing of course, but a couple were tooooooo young).  We were also amazed at how many walkers there were - supposedly 2200 of us all dressed in some sort of pink.

While walking, we were part of a very, very long pink parade that wound through the outskirts and center city of Philadelphia over three days.  There were numerous cheering stations where locals would hand out goodies (candy, mints, stickers, pins, buttons, etc) that showed how much they support the cause and us as walkers for what we were doing.  Most of these onlookers probably only knew a handful of walkers (or none at all), but they were so encouraging.  It helped make it all worth while.

Now, when we were packing we were anticipating really, really crappy weather (really cold and really wet) in Philly for at least Friday.  And at night, we were originally supposed to sleep outside in tents.  Well, luckily for us, the week before the walk, we got an email saying that we would be sleeping INSIDE.  WOOHOO!!!!  We ended up in the Philly Convention Center.  They didn't change the walking route at all since they had already gotten the permits they needed and assistance from local authorities.  Instead, they bussed us from the camp site to the convention center.  It was nice because it allowed us a little time to sit prior to having to put up a tent and unpack the first night.  Another amazing sight was the sea of pink tents (and my pictures don't do it justice)!!!   WOW!!!  I've never seen so much pink in one place before.

My husband and kids (and my sister's family) had joined us for the trip.  They got to sight-see while we walked, going to the zoo, the Please Touch Museum, historical buildings, etc.  But they made a point on the morning of day three to meet us at the cheering station just outside the zoo.  It was great to have them see what was going on, and try to appreciate what their mom was doing (and had been working on for months).  Now, Mary might not remember exactly all that happened (she had just turned 2), but I think she got a little of the point.  And since she is partly why I made the huge commitment, I was glad to see her along the way.

While walking the three of us stuck together, stopping at each and every pit stop for the line of port-o-potties, drinks and snacks.  We took our time, not feeling like we needed to be the first ones, and knowing we weren't going to be the last ones.  In fact we were consistently in the middle of the pack every day.  We made sure each other was drinking and peeing enough, and could tell when someone's feet were hurting just a little too much too keep going.  We made our own jokes about things to keep us talking and sane, and became closer through the whole experience.  Michelle and I managed to walk the whole way, and Deb missed the last two miles of day two due to some blisters that popped.  And we all ended up much slower on day three than day one, but we DID IT!!!

The closing ceremony was at the old Navy ship yard, and was the most welcoming sight.  We each got a t-shirt and pink rose and high fives all around from those who had already finished.  Then we got to relax a little bit before the ceremony started.  This gave us a chance to meet with our families and drop some of our stuff off with them.  After that all the walkers gathered together to make the victory walk into the ceremony.  And that ceremony was just as tear jerking as the opening ceremony.

So three days of walking and two nights of sleeping in tents over concrete floors (not to mention having your pillow over a metal access panel to the crawlspace, which I didn't see until we packed everything up) really does a number on your body.  I had a couple of blisters and very sore, achy feet and legs, but I felt good about what I had done.  I'm not sure if we were just too tired and it was just the adrenaline talking, but the three of us swore we would do this again. 

And we are, this year we are taking on Washington, DC at the end of September.  Stay tuned for more information.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Another card for Sketch Mania

Over the weekend, I actually managed to carve out a few hours to make another card.  This one is for my sister, whose birthday is tomorrow.  I used Sketch Mania #33 for this one.  Here are the pictures:

For this card, I used paper from DCWV's Citrus collection and cardstock from Bazill Basics dotted swiss collection.  I embossed portions of the Happy Birthday embossing folder from Cuttlebug to get the words (which is why the "happy" is not squared).

I like this design and the colors, however, I will probably simplify it if I want to make multiple versions.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Cards with Sketch Mania

So my new goal is to use @UmWowStudio's weekly Sketch Mania sketches to make cards.  They might be birthday cards, or thank you cards, or anything just to build my stash.  I might make one card, or several from it depending on how much I like it.  I am also planning on going back through to sketch #1 and using them as well eventually.

This week was Sketch Mania #35, and I used it to make a birthday card for my mom.  Here it is:

I used paper from DCWV's Cafe Mediterranean, cardstock from Bazill Basics dot collection, So Very stamp set from Stampin' Up!, brads from MM's Chloe's Closet, and some random alphabet and fake stitching stickers.

I will probably end up making more of these eventually.  I really like this one.