(I show two cards so be sure to read all the way to the bottom.)
Many people in America are recognizing October as Breast Cancer Awareness month. I feel that almost everyone, if not everyone, has been touched by this disease. My own mother has been touched by this. She had it removed for precaution. But sadly, that is all I can tell you. My heritage is European. I am 3rd generation born in America. In my heritage, we don’t talk about “stuff.” So I am aware that my mother walked on this path, but we have not talked about it much.
Thus is was strange to me to learn that people send cards to women in all stages of breast cancer journey. Including, those who are survivors. But I like it–when appropriately worded! We should celebrate the life of those we love.
When The Digi Bistro announced it’s current challenge, I had to think about it. I have never given someone a card for cancer. I have taken on the challenge and made a card for my mom. She has been cancer-free for 5 years!!
The Digi Bistro’s current “This to That Tuesday Challenge” is to create a twisted easel card for breast cancer awareness.
This was indeed a challenge. I am creative but I am not mechanical! I watched this tutorial by Margaret’s Crafts. Very easy to follow. Now, it appears that twisted easel cards are either square or wide. No one told me that I really should not make a tall card. Also, remember that I am not mechanical–the base for the easel really should be flush to the left in order to balance and stand. Try to make one and you’ll see. The base that holds the standing portion of the card is supposed to be flush to the bottom, left corner of the card. But I had a fancy edge and thought about lining it up after I punched it. I am a perfectionist, but I am also stingy. So I had adhered most of the elements on my card when I discovered the aforementioned mechanical properties! We learn from our mistakes. I now know what to do and not what to do. My mom will love the card!!
Keep reading, because as I said, I am a perfectionist and I made a second card.
So, it really bothered me that the mechanics of my twisted easel card were not 100% correct. I made a second card. This time I went with a 6″ square. What can go wrong with a square? I was happily met with success. I drew the tree trunk myself (actually from a previous project). The “leaves” are a squished scallop and the flowers are from the Pazzles’ library. I drew the ribbon myself. The stamp was $1 at Michaels and I thought is fit the theme perfectly. I really like the layering that I incorporated. I think this card is really cute.