Encouraging News

I don't know about you, but I could sure use some encouragement.  It's been a rough 7 or 8 months for our family.  I've lost a great aunt, a great uncle, an uncle, an aunt, and last week, my grandma.  There are days it is hard to pull back the covers, but I am still alive and I am still blessed in so many ways.  Several of my cardmaking friends have been sending me notes of encouragement, and let me tell you, it does make a difference!

Today I get to announce my changing role with Calling All Sistahs.  As you know, I have been the blog hop coordinator for the Calling All Sistahs reminder posts for the past year.  On the 17th of each month we have done a blog hop to remind you to do your breast self-exams and schedule your yearly mammograms.  We wanted to include more people, so Michele (of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps) came up with a brilliant plan....


On the 17th of the month we will still be doing a reminder post.  We don't want any of our sistahs to forget to check themselves.  Instead of a blog hop, we have a design team and all the cards will be together on the blog.

Then, on the 18th of the month we will have a challenge and EVERYONE is invited to join and link up.  Even if you don't have a blog you will be able to link using linky tools.  :)  More on that to come later.

Today we kick off announcements with "me".  Michele asked me if I would coordinate this new blog.  Of course I said YES.  Who can say no to Michele? Who would even want to?  To kick things off, I made this card and video.

Stamps: Full On Floral, Peace Out, Special Delivery (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: 004, 036, 042, 026, 027, 080, 081, 082, 083, 202 (Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers) Aquatini, Midnight, Pixie Dust (Catherine Pooler Designs) Razzle Berry (My Favorite Things Hybrid) Versamark
Paper: Bristol Cardstock (Ellen Hutson)
Accessories: #2 Round Brush (Silver) Black Baker's Twine (Stampin' Up) Bubble Box Fri-Dies (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps) Opaque Bright White Superfine Embossing Powder (WOW) Sistahood Sparkle Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Direct link to video on youtube: https://youtu.be/sDTkS-dWQok

Technically, I made this card below, and then realized the stamp set I used was discontinued a year ago.  Stamp still works, but I didn't want to share a card none of you could make.  I was so proud of myself for having a Mother's Day card done early too.

Addition Supplies:
Stamps: Mums the Word (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Mint to Be, Party Dress (Catherine Pooler Designs)

Please go over to the new blog and leave me some love over there to let Michele know she chose wisely.  LOL


Lori Kobular said...

Both your cards are beautiful! I think I "NEED" that Full on Floral stamp set! The colors are beautiful on your card! I am sorry for the tough time you have had lately!

Gwendolyn said...

What beautiful cards Heather and thanks for the video, it really shows how much work went into making the card ... and I love hearing your voice, its nice to put a voice to a face! Thanks again for all you do to coordinate the challenges.

Michelle Wallace said...

Congrats on your new role Heather! Looking forward to participating in the challenge. Your card is absolutely beautiful!

Anonymous said...

The card's a great idea, and any sentiment can go on the tag. Thanks for showing how you did it. I'm much slower than you. LOL (no, I did get it that you fast forwarded =)

Carol Held said...

Thanks for the lovely video Heather. I am so sorry to hear of your losses. It is often difficult to continue on with our every day tasks, when our hearts are heavy. I will pray for you, and ask the Lord to strengthen you each day anew. God Bless

Rahmat said...

I like both versions Heather, in fact the second one adds extra interest with the Flowers in the sentiment panel.
I am so sorry to know that it has been tough times for you.

Mary M. said...

Congrats on the new team. love both card versions... the Full on Floral stamp set is a must have :)

Susan White said...

Beautiful cards Heather and I hope there are no further losses for your family.

Ceal said...

Heather, Your card is amazing. I am so sorry for all the loss i your family here lately. you are being lifted up in prayer... HUGS!

Larissa Heskett said...

Such a BEAUTIFUL Card Heather!! I LOVE the Design!! So SORRY for your Losses!! Sending HUGE Hugs!! <3 <3 <3