Saturday 1 September 2012

Pink Power!

Good morning!

Today is a very special day over at The Crafty Pad as our lovely boss is letting Dawn set a special month long challenge. Why?
Around eighteen months ago, Dawn's Mum found a lump and shortly afterwards was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. She has had surgery for this, and now is in the middle of a course of Chemotherapy. As a result of this treatment, Dawn's Mum has lost her hair and our wonderful Dawn has decided on a charity fund raiser for Breakthrough Breast Cancer as chosen by her Mum. On Saturday 8th September, Dawn will be having her head shaved and you can read more about her venture on her Just Giving Page. I know crafters are a friendly bunch and will try to help a fellow crafter out, so I hope that if you do pop over there, you can give a small donation to help Dawn. Even a donation of a £1 or $1 will help Dawn not just reach her target of £1000 but smash it!!!!!!!!!!

So, back to our Crafty Pad Special Challenge ... as requested by Dawn, our theme is
Breast Cancer Awareness and /or Think PINK
not just a little pink but lots of PINK!
Debbie, Crafty Pad Designs, has created a special set of images which you might like to use. These are on the challenge blog. You are very welcome to use these images but please, we do ask that you do not share these images with anyone ... instead, please send your friends over to The Crafty Pad to get them. And if you do use any of these gorgeous designs, please include a link back to The Crafty Pad. Thank you!
Dawn has contacted some of the fantastic regular Sponsors of The Crafty Pad Challenges and they have very kindly donated some whopping prizes for you all to play for!

£12 to spend on downloads from the shop

A whopping £25 Voucher

An amazing £30 gift certificate!
A £ 10 Voucher for their shop!
3 individual images (No Sets)

Phew! With that many prizes on offer, you've just got to join in!

So here is my card for this special challenge, featuring Debbie's images:

My card recipe is as follows:
  • Base Card - made from Centura Pearl in Fuchsia onto which I traced a circle, using one of my cereal bowls! Having cut this shape out, I then cut, scored and folded the card to make a Circular Side Stepper Card. This is only the third one of this style that I've made (I made 2 out of thin card to see if I could follow the instructions and I'll be blogging the third card later this week) but this tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers makes it very easy!
  • Design Paper - is called Pink Ribbon Paper from a set by Summer at Summertime Designs called "Awareness". 
  • Image - this gorgeous Bra is one of the special images that Debbie has designed especially for this challenge. Go over The Crafty Pad Challenge Blog to see this and the other wonderful designs Debbie has created for this challenge. I have paper-pieced this image onto another of Summer's gorgeous papers from the "Awareness" kit - this time the paper is called Stripes Paper. I have layered the bra onto an embossed small rosette from the "nest" on the Ultimate Pro Embossing Board Springtime Sweets and Cupcake Treats  made from my Fuchsia Centura Pearl Card.
  • Sentiment - is another of the special images that Debbie has designed especially for this challenge.
  • Posh Pins - are some beads which I've glued onto header pins. The three larger beads came from Hobbycraft whilst the small beads came from a mixed bag I bought from Sanctuary Beads.
  • Ribbon - this is some pale pink organdie ribbon from my stash. I've looped this round in the shape of the Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon, and then threaded my "Posh Pins" through the ribbon to fix it.

Please hop over to The Crafty Pad and see what gorgeous creations my very clever and talented DT colleagues have made showcasing Debbie's wonderful images, and don't forget to come back and show us your Pink creations. And if you can help with a donation, however small, it will be very gratefully received.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges, with a little bit of help from the girls at Feline Playful:

Hugs, Helen x


  1. Fabulous design Helen! Just perfect for Breast Cancer Awareness, I wish your friend and her mother warm wishes and hope her treatment is successful, hugs Susan x

  2. Thanks for creating such a wonderful card helen! I love it & it showcases Debbie's wonderful FREEBIE images just perfectly!
    Dawn xx

  3. Fab card Helen, I love the shape and your lovely pin.

  4. Beautifully shaped card love the images perfect for the Breast Cancer Awareness-love your paper piecing and thanks for joining us at LEJ designs this week good luck with the challenge and best wishes to your friend and her Mum
    Carol DT x

  5. Great card. I lost a dear friend to ovarian cancer 2 years ago, its now linked in my mind with breast and also testicle cancer they somehow seem so much more personal. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room Challenge XOXO Zoe

  6. Fantastic card Helen and such a wonderful design, thanks for joining us at LMMS. Joey x

  7. Beautiful card Love the creative shape and all the prefect pink touches. ;) Thanks for playing along in our 'Anything Goes' challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog! xo

  8. Hi Helen wow what a fabulous card, and a worthy campaign breast cancer affects many families each and every year, my MIL had breast cancer so it is close to my heart,I wish Dawn and her Mum well I really hope they reach their target and more.

    Hugs Julie x

  9. Wonderful card, love the shape, the paper piecing and the great sentiment. Lovely work!

  10. Hi Helen, fancy seeing you here! Love this card great design and such an important message.
    Thanks for joining us at CRAFT challenge this week - really good to see you. Hope we see you again soon.
    Hugs Sheryl xx

  11. lovely card,fab shape. thanks for playing along with us at CRAFTY CATZ and CRAFT this week, x carol

  12. beautiful card great design thanks for sharing with us at chocolate coffee and cards , good luck with the challenge Tracy x

  13. lovely thanks for joining us at LEJ this week xx

  14. this is a lovely card - am hoping to get mine done today!
    thank you for joining in the challenge at LEJ Designs this week

  15. Wow, I love the design of your card, and such a fabulous image in aid of this good cause. Your paper piecing looks brilliant! Thanks for joining in with our Charms & Pins theme over at the Craft-Room Challenge.

    Maria x

  16. Wow...perfect is putting it lightly! Great clean card, and so pink...the older I get, the more I love pink. Lost my mom to breast cancer at the young age of 44...thanks for joining the LEJ anything goes Challenge.


  17. great card for a great cause! Thanks for joining us this week at CraftyCatz! Kim x

  18. what a fab card, and such a good cause too!
    Thanks for joining us over at LMMS this fortnight
    good luck
    Hugs x

  19. Wow what a stunning little card..thank you for sharing with us at CRAFT Challenges this week

    Good luck in the challenge

    Sylvia x

  20. Brilliant shaped card! Thank you so much for joining us for our Charms and pins challenge and look forward to seeing you for our collage challenge this fortnight! Hugs

    Nikki Craft room challenge DT

  21. This is fabulous! I love the shape! Thanks so much for joining us for the LMMS challenge!

  22. Pretty in pink! Love the layout! Thanks for playing with us @ CC&CC.

  23. Fab card and thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz with our 3,2,1 embellishment challenge


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