Monday, October 20, 2014

Crafting for a GOOD Cause!

Hello all! Today is a super fun day because I am today's hostess over on Splitcoaststampers for one of their Hope You Can Cling To challenges! Are you playing along this month? It not, you're missing out on the chance to lift the spirits of women battling breast cancer at MD Anderson. There's also about $5000 in prizes from some of your favorite crafty companies!

Just click HERE to join in on the fun!

So what is my challenge? It's called -- GET SMOOSHED! In the past 15 years, more than 200,000 breast cancer deaths have been averted thanks to that ground-breaking test we know and love -- the mammogram. With this challenge, help spread the word! All you need to do is try one of these fun Splitcoast tutorials (Ink,Spray,Smash or Acrylic Smash), make a card to inspire others and encourage those women you love to "smoosh or smash" and get that annual mammogram!

I used the  Ink Spray Smash Technique for my creation! If you want to see a fabulous tutorial, all you need to do is click on that link and scroll down to the end for a BRAND NEW video done by the ever-so-talented Dina Kowal! 

On to my creation! 

I put a bit of a spin on this technique. Instead of just creating a background with ink splatter, I started by stamping the Poinsettia image from Power Poppy on the glossy card stock using Versafine Ink. I heat set the image to make sure that it wouldn't smear and hoped that after I inked up my paper, I would have a beautiful resist image! After heat setting, I squeezed a few dots of  reinkers using Vivid! Bermuda Blue and Memento Summer Sky. I followed the directions of the tutorial -- spray my ink splotted paper with a mist of water and "smash" two pieces of glossy card stock together! I didn't use gloves but man -- I should have! My fingers were MORE than inky! ;-) It was fun though! 

From there, I used a Spellbinders embossing folder called Holiday Magic. The main image is matted on some sparkly glitter paper and accented with a sentiment from the Poinsettia set and some sheer sparkly ribbon. Add a splash of bling and that's about it! 

WHY NOT GIVE THIS TECHNIQUE A TRY and....join me with Hope You Can Cling To? The  Master Challenge Thread can be found  HERE.  (My challenge is HYCCT1420.) You have until November 7th at noon CST to be in the running for some of those fabulous prizes! :-)

And, because we want to lift the spirits of women undergoing cancer treatment, please help us with our Hope You Can Cling To Card Drive!!!

The Department of Volunteer Services – Unit 115
Attn: Maggi Suttles
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX 77030

Thanks for stopping by! I sure hope you join in on the fun!


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Maria Rodriguez. said...

Gorgeous card Julie and that video tutorial by Dina is awesome. Thank you for sharing.
I will definitely make some cards to donate for this amazing cause, thank you for the address.

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Julie, this is beautiful! And I just LOVE that you are hosting a HYCCT challenge! And what a wonderful one too, since it's so important to get our yearly "smooth!" Stunning results with the glossy paper and reinkers, and I love the poinsettia on it with the embossed background! Gorgeous card, Julie!! Thanks, and perhaps I can work this challenge in my schedule. Still time! :) Hugs!

Marcella Hawley said...

Magical, Julie. What a sophisticated look for this stamp... it's dreamy and gorgeous! I can't stop looking at how cool the poinsettia looks on this mottled background. You are SO. GOOD.