Wednesday, 8 May 2013

50 Shades of Pink

Good morning friends and hope you are well. A rather belated but still a very warm welcome to Robyn who is my newest follower ... sit back and I hope you enjoy the crafting ride!!!!!

I'm a tad late posting with the start of a new challenge at Whoopsi Daisy - I hurt my back over the weekend and it's only just eased up enough to be able to sit for a length of time and craft/blog! Anyway, back to the challenge! Our theme this week is For a Special Lady/Mother's Day. Here in the UK, we've already celebrated Mothering Sunday, so I've gone with the theme of "For a Special Lady".

As usual, our lovely "boss" Linnie is offering our lucky prize winner one sheet of images from the Whoopsi Daisy Store, unless you've used a Whoopsi Daisy Image for your project in which case you can choose two sheets of images. Linnie has also let us all loose in her store again,  and allowed us our choice of image for this challenge.

Before I show you my project for this week, I'd like to explain a little about why I've created this project and why the recipient is so special:

Karen is a colleague at school and a Breast Cancer Survivor. Late last year, Karen underwent surgery and was found to have secondary Breast Cancer. She has been receiving treatment for this and is determined to kick the big C into touch once more. She is fund-raising like mad for several Cancer Charities here in the UK and her biggest project is to hold a "50 Shades of Pink" Grand Ball in the autumn to raise at least £1000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer UK, to help fund research into a cure for this dreadful disease.

Of course, my brain went into overdrive (I really wish it would sometimes consult me first :o)!!!!!) ... and this is the result, something that Karen can use for tickets, menus, advertising etc.:

My project recipe is as follows:

  • Base Card - made from Centura Pearl in Fuschia (mine came in a pack called Brights from Crafter's Companion which doesn't appear to be available at the moment) which I cut to A6 in size (10.6cm x 14.8cm)
  • Image - this glamorous girl is from Sheet 448 and is one of Linnie's newer creations ... I call them the "Misses" as the images are of older girls/ladies. As with a number of Linnie's newest sheets, this sheet comes with 2 different images, and both come coloured (great if you need a quick card) or as a line drawing if you want to take time over your project. I brought this Belle of the Ball to to life using my
     Spectrum Noir Pens in the following colours:
    • Skin - FS2, FS3, BP1
    • Hair - GB8, GB10
    • Dress -  IG1, BP1, Colourless Blender
    • Stole - BP5, BP6, BP7
    • Jewellery - Silver Gel Pen
    • Outline - BT1
  • Sentiment Tickets and Pink Ribbon - are by Debbie from The Crafty Pad Designs (her designs are available from Card Making Downloads) and these were freebies from the challenge blog last year in support of our Crafty Pad teamie Dawn who, at that time, was doing her own fundraisers for Breakthrough BreastCancer. I digitally set out the sentiment tickets around the edge of the card before inserting the rest of the wording, which was computer generated. The ribbon using my Spectrum Noir Pens in shades BP5 and BP6 before being affixed to the card.

Both Linnie and Debbie have very kindly given their generous and full permission for their images to be used on this layout for the fundraising, and I can't thank them enough for their support. 
Ladies - you're truly wonderful ... x x x mwah x x x  

Do come over to Whoopsi Daisy Challenge and have a look at the stunning creations that some of the Divas have made for For a Special Lady/Mother's Day. Then come back and show us your creations - this challenge closes on Sunday 12th May. And don't forget, as usual, if you use a Whoopsi Daisy image then you don't have to follow this week's theme!!!

I would like to enter this project into the following challenges:

Hope you have a great week.
Hugs, Helen x


  1. Beautiful Helen, great design and for a great cause..Big hugs to Karen and hope your back gets better soon..
    Thank you for joining us this month at Sweet Pea Stampers and hope to see you again..Good Luck..Hugs Lozzy xx

  2. This is gorgeous Helen, love the design and image, what a worthy cause it affects so many families.

    Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog.

    Hugs Julie xxx

  3. I hope your back gets better soon.
    A fantastic project for a wonderful cause. I love the tickets around the edges.
    Nikki x

  4. this is absolutely fabulous Helen - so glad you're doing this for such a worthy recipient. Hope your back gets better soon! Big Hugs Rachel x

  5. This is a fabulous card Helen, I love the way you have used Debbie's sentiment tickets and your great design.

  6. Wonderful card! Thank you for playing along with the Inky Impressions Challenge!
    Danni-Inky Impressions DT

  7. Wow, she is lovely! Love the image and all the tickets, thank you for join us at Artistic Inspirations this week, hugs Kate DT

  8. A great idea Helen and such a worthwhile cause! Fabulous design and layout I wish her good luck with her fundraising and battle with breast cancer. Hope your back is better too Helen, Susan x

  9. Great card and a great use of pink and interpretation of the monotone theme

    Thank you for joining us at Artistic Inspirations this week,
    Claire x

  10. That´s such a super lovely card! I love the colours you have used, the image and your coloration. Thank you for joining us at Fairytale Challenge! xx Bianca

  11. beautiful card , love it ,thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations challenge

  12. Fabulous card for a fabulous cause Helen.

    Thank you for joining us over at the Lacy Sunshine Challenge. Good luck.

  13. Helen, this is gorgeous. I hope it helps your friend makes ooodles and ooodles of dosh for the charity! My Mum, sadly now gone from a stroke, was a breast cancer survivor for over 20 years, so any breast cancer charity is also close to my heart.

    Sending your friend positive vibes in her fight against this horrendous disease.

    Lin xx

  14. Just brilliant, a great design and a super image. Hope you friend hits her fund raising target and more importantly, wins her fight. Jx

  15. I´m pleased your brain never consulted you first Helen! This is an awesome card, so beautifully designed and coloured and for such a worthy cause too. I wish your friend all the best in her fund raising.
    Nicola -x-

  16. Very pretty!!! Thanks for participating in our LACY SUNSHINE challenge!! Hope to see you again next week!


  17. This is beautiful Helen. Love the design with the tickets and colours too. Thanks for playing at Inky Impressions and good luck. Hope to see you back wednesday for a new challenge. Bettina DT Member at Inky Impressions xx

  18. Beautiful card, love the pink! Thanks so much for playing along in our Jellypark challenge! Join us again this Friday for a new challenge!


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