Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Cancer Awareness - CC&M September Blog Hop

Welcome to the September Cancer Awareness Blog Hop for Creative Cuts & More from my personal blog since Kim is on The Scrap-a-Teeny Girls' site today! You are in for a GREAT treat! Our Designers are very excited to share some beautiful projects created with the Awareness Ribbon products from CC&M.
Don't forget on the NEW website have over 100 NEW Die Cuts AND a NEW section called GREAT DEALS!

Once you are finished HOPPING along the Blog Hop, you will have an opportunity to win an assortment of Awareness Ribbon goodies! (including an Awareness Ribbon Album & cards!)

You will find the instructions for ways to win this wonderful prize at the end of this post...

Hopefully you are joining us from Melisa Waldorf's beautiful blog! If not, you'll want to hop from the beginning at the Die Cut Diva blog so you don't miss any of the amazing creations we all have in store for you!!
(*If for some reason one of the links is broken along the Hop do not worry, HOP back over to Die Cut Diva where you will find the complete list of all our bloggers!)

When I was told that we were going to do a Cancer Awareness Hop, I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do! I haven't done just a layout yet & I have a very close friend who is a 2x SURVIVOR of Breast Cancer. So today, I will share 2 completely different layouts I did with her as my inspiration!
I had emailed my friend's husband in the hopes that I could keep this little project under radar to get some photos from him, but Kathy saw the message & I am soooo glad she did! Although Tim (her hubby) sent me some nice photos of her, the one's she sent were much more inspiring to me!!
 This one is actually the most recent photo (2010) I received & I decided to play a little bit with it in Photo Shop Elements because the colors didn't work with what I had in mind. I think the image turned out kind-of fun & dreamy.
Since I plan on framing these layouts & giving them to her, I thought it might be fun to attach this one on something different first. So I took a piece of corrugated cardboard (roughly 12x14) & ripped it up a little bit & inked the heck out of it.
I used a piece of edge-torn & inked 12x12 paper from Shabby Green Door on the background (available in our Etsy shop) & attached it to the cardboard with decorative brads.  
 (White scallop circle in background)
To create the layers under the photo, I first cut a Scalloped Circle not quite in half, layered on top of torn pieces of more Shabby Green Door paper, an embossed piece of cardstock, another piece of cardboard & finally, just under the photo is 1/2 of a Awareness Ribbon Card.  I inked up everything to keep it shabby, added the lace, flowers, tag & a butterfly (all punches I own, but you can probably find the equivalent at Creative Cuts & More or ask about something similar that might not be on the site yet).
I love the way it turned out & really hope that Kathy does too!

The other photos that she sent me were from the first Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure they did as a family back in 2005 - not too long after she went into her first remission. These photos warranted a more fun & youthful layout for me to play with...
I started with a piece of black cardstock & used another Awareness Ribbon Card as a mask with a silver paint Dauber to "stamp" the ribbons all over the background. 
Once that was dry, I cut out the image of Sabrina (Tim & Kathy's adorable daughter) & gave her WINGS made from another 1/2 of the Scallop Circle. I "daubed" more paint on the edges & added some Bubble Gum bling dots to them. Isn't it great!!

For the photo of all 3 of them, I simply layered together the other half of the Awareness Ribbon Card (w/o the cutout), some flowers cut in different colors of felt & a few embellishments from my stash (a Jenni Bowlin "Live" bingo card, a giant pink paperclip from the office supply & an old Making Memories "Journey of a thousand miles begins with one step" metal statement.) Added to that a couple little felt hearts & I was done!
You are probably wondering why I didn't journal anywhere? Well, I knew that I was giving these to her & I felt that her story isn't really mine to tell. So I left off all my thoughts of how amazing she is & how much I admire her determination & strength as she travels down the road to recovery! She'll get all that in a card!

NOW for the Blog Candy!!
Here's how to enter to win the Awareness Ribbon Assortment:
RETURN to the Die Cut Diva site then:

(A) Leave a comment on the DIE CUT DIVA post. (This is limited to one per person unless you meet the criteria of B, C, and/or D below.)
(B) Leave one extra comment if you've posted a link to the Die Cut Diva blog candy on your own blog. Make sure to include a link to your specific post in your comment.

(C) Leave one extra comment if you become one of the Die Cut Diva blog followers. See the right-hand navigation column to follow us.

(D) Leave one extra comment if you click over to our new page on Facebook and become a fan of Die Cut Diva.

(E) Leave one extra comment by commenting on ALL of our talented Designers in our Blog Hop!

(F) Leave one extra comment by another chance to win subscribe to mailing list at

Thanks SOOOOO much for hopping along with us today! As a special way of saying thanks, Creative Cuts & More is donating 20% of all sales of Awareness Ribbon products in September & October to charities. They will be splitting the proceeds with half going to the American Cancer Society & the other half to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. We hope that you will help support these wonderful charities by visiting CC&M today!!
Next you will want to hop on over to Steph Zerbe's blog for some truly inspiring work!
Enjoy the hop & see you soon - you won't want to miss out on our BIG 2-DAY HOP with the talented designers at Clear & Simple Stamps on Sept. 21st & 22nd! We are teaming up with their designers to create some fun combinations for you!! 
So be sure to come back soon!


Noelle Reese said...

Fantastic Becky! Both are so beautiful and she is going to L-O-V-E Them!! I can't belive you made wings out of the scallop circle. You are one talented lady!

Jennybean said...

beautiful layouts!

Chrissy D said...

Beautiful pages and layouts!! TFS!

mustangkayla said...

What great layouts! Love how you used the card on the first one, great idea!

TN Granny said...

What a wonderful tribute to your friend. I love your scrapbook page its precious for her.
God Bless,

Darsie Bruno said...

what an inspiring tribute to your friend's amazing life. Fabulous layouts!

Dawn said...

Love your shabby look on these layouts. Wonderful gift for your friend.

agypsyangel said...

I especially love the corrugated cardboard on the layout....I want to try that...

Holly said...

Such fun and funky projects! Great job!

Sue D said...

Great layouts--your friend will really appreciate them.

Lynn Stevens said...

Great pieces and what a wonderful tribute to your friend! So glad to hear she kicked it!

Melisa Waldorf said...

Becky what a sweet friend you are! She will cherish these so much.
I LOVE corrugated cardboard projects and yours is a fabulous shabby chic project!! And the idea of making her daughter an angel is so cute. Very clever, I don't think I ever would have thought of making the scalloped circle into wings.

lisa808 said...

Great L/Os.