I have known far too many people that should have received this card. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when our son was 18 months old. Thankfully, after surgery and chemotherapy she was declared cancer free 5 years later. But it was a tough fight. I have lots of other friends and acquaintances that have been diagnosed with breast cancer (and other types of cancer, too). Some have completed their treatment, and a couple are in the process right now. I think that they might enjoy receiving a handmade card to lift their spirits. Do you have someone in your life that would appreciate a card like this?

This is the “easy” card that we made at the So. Burlington stamp club gathering on Wednesday. I wanted to show the group the amazing bundle for the Ribbon of Courage stamp set and the Support Ribbon Framelits. I really love the versatility of the bundle, and you can make a creation that is the right fit for the recipient.

Another cool thing about this card is the gingham pattern in gray in the strip across the front of the card. The ladies were wondering where the patterned paper was for that piece when I handed out the supplies. The cool thing is that you make it yourself – using the Diagonal Stripe background stamp. All you do is stamp the paper twice (re-inking the stamp between); after the first stamp, rotate the stamp 90º and stamp a second time. Voilá – instant gingham! We even talked about changing ink colors between the first and second stamp to create a plaid image. I haven’t tried it, but I think it would be pretty cool. The stamp club gals were pretty tickled with how easy it was to create this element.

I used this sketch here as the basis for my card design. I didn’t do anything tricky with the sketch in my creation, you can easily see that I followed it pretty directly. Many of the examples that I found used patterned paper for the center layer. I was happy to try out a new embossing folder to add some texture in that spot. I really am quite pleased with how the finished card turned out. What do you think?

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