October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As women, I’m sure that all of us have been touched by breast cancer in one way or another, personally, either a family member or a friend. Even though great strides have been made in fighting this disease, more advances are needed. I am very honored to be a part of this new Minis on a Mission by My Favorite Things. This one is called Think Pink. For every set of Think Pink that is purchased, 50% of the retail proceeds (and 25% of wholesale proceeds) will be going directly to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and breast cancer initiatives. Please visit their website and have a look around!

In my family we used to make it a girls day event to get our mammograms together. Myself, my mother, sister and aunt would all go together. We are now all off schedule and no longer get to go together, but there are those periodic reminders from my mother — it’s time for our mammograms, do you need an appointment? Then I have to reminder her that I’m off schedule with them now. So this is my reminder to you, visit your doctor, get your mammograms and/or ultrasounds (for those of us who get ultrasounds over mammograms).


The image was stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White and colored with Copic Markers. I picked some scraps of BasicGrey Stella Ruby and sewed all the pieces on a panel of SU Night of Navy. The sentiment medallion is made from covering a thin chipboard coaster with the designer paper and then using the Cuttlebug for the bottom piece and SU circle punches for the top 2.

Stamps: Think Pink from My Favorite Things

Paper: SU Night of Navy, BasicGrey Stella Ruby

Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black

Accessories: Sewing Machine, Cuttlebug, SU Circle Punches, Copic Ciao Markers, Mounting Tape, Ribbon

Good Sunday morning! It’s that time of the week again, another JBWW Challenge. This week I have another Sketch Challenge for you. Remember that if you post your card to your Splitcoast Gallery, to use the keyword JBWW. But, either way if you post to your blog or your gallery, please come back and post a link to this entry or post on Jeanne’s blog, Inky Paws. Hope you enjoy this sketch today.

Boho Sketch

The set I used to make my sample today, is the new Boho Blossoms to be released by My Favorite Things on October 1. I stamped the flowers in Groovy Guava and cut them out so I could layer them on the smaller panel of River Rock Sand paper. I haven’t sewn all week, so I just couldn’t help myself – had to break out the sewing machine. Not only that, but I just so needed to do a little sponging along the edges of the Apple Cider paper. The centers of the flowers are made by sponging a bit of Groovy Guava on Whisper White and then stamping on the small elements from this set in Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. I punched them out using the ½” circle punch, mounting them on River Rock and then punching those out with a 3/4″ circle punch. The middle flower and all the centers are raised with mounting tape. The card measures 5.5 x 5.5.

Boho Blossoms

Stamps: Boho Blossoms by My Favorite Things

Paper: SU River Rock, Chocolate Chip and Apple Cider Designer

Ink: SU Groovy Guava, Tim Holtz Ranger Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink

Accessories: Sewing Machine, Sponge Daubers, Ribbon, Brads, Mounting Tape, ½” and 3/4″ circle punches

Good Saturday morning! This week has gone so fast, I feel like I’ve lost a day somewhere. I have another Sneak Peek for you today! This time it’s Meet Me at the Café, another new set being released by My Favorite Things on October 1st. There are 5 sets being released and if you like them all, there is a great special for you. Take 5 for $65.00. If you get all five sets, you’ll also get free shipping!

Cafe Sneak Peak

The main image was stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White and colored with Copic markers. The background was stamped with one of the small elements in the set in groups of 4 and the café awning was stamped on designer paper and then cut out. For added stability, the awning was then glued to a piece of Basic Grey cardstock, trimmed and raised on mounting tape.

Stamps: Meet Me at the Café by My Favorite Things

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, SU Basic Black and Basic Grey, Radiant Heartwarming Vintage Collection from Crafty Secrets

Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, SU Basic Grey

Accessories: Copic Ciao Markers, Cuttlebug, SU Circle Punch, Velvet Ribbon, Mounting Tape

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the next JBWW Challenge!

When I was in my first year drawing class in college, one of our projects was to take an object and change it gradually over a series of six drawings. I remember having seen a photo in an art book, of an animal in a jungle. I can’t remember what I drew as an animal, but it eventually grew horns and the foliage grew over and around the animal. The drawing has been gone for many years now but every once in a while I remember it and how truly awful it was.

When I saw It’s a Jungle Out There one of the new October 1st releases from My Favorite Things, that old drawing immediately came to mind. I was talking with Jeanne on the phone one night and was telling her what I wanted to do with this set. During the conversation, Kittie’s name came up and I realized that I hadn’t even looked at the DD Gallery yet. I started to scan through the gallery and saw a Kittie card, with this set and very much like what I visualized. I remember exactly what I said to Jeanne on the phone – and it probably cannot be repeated here. I dropped the window, don’t think I left a comment even and have not been back to look at Kittie’s gallery since. I wanted to this card, without Kittie’s influence. So my dear, sweet friend – be flattered, great minds DO think alike!

It’s a Junge Out There Prerelease

The images are colored with Copic Markers, and the remaining scene is stamped with VersaMagic Chalk Inks. I messed up and didn’t paint the background first, so I sponged in color (ala Kittie) after the images were colored and the details were stamped. The background layer and the photo corners were stamped with the solid leaf image from the set.

Stamps: It’s a Jungle Out There by My Favorite Things

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip

Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black; Adirondack Espresso; VersaMagic Spanish Olive, Hint of Pesto, Tea Leaves, Sage, Niagra Mist and Jumbo Java

Accessories: Copic Ciao Markers, SU Hodgepodge Hardware, Twill Tape, May Arts Ribbon, fantastix coloring tool brush point

How about a little sneak peek today? Yes! One of the new sets being released by My Favorite Things on October 1st is all about chocolate, sweets and ice cream – How Sweet It Is!

I colored this image with Copic Markers and had it sitting there on my counter, trying to decide what to do with it. Then I remembered the challenge recently for Jenn Balcer’s 2-5-7-10 box and a light bulb went off. I made this box larger, using an 8-1/2 x 12″ sheet of cardstock, added a ribbon handle and scored the top flap so that it would fold over the front of the box. I used Fiskars Scallop edged scissors to cut the panel around the image, but used the Fiskars Cloud edge scissors to cut the top flap. I think I am lovin’ these little boxes, and I have filled this one full of my new favorite snack, Almond Snickers! One other thing, I stamped the swirly flower image from Behind the Scenes on the box in Night of Navy ink, but don’t know how well you can see it in the photo. In real life, it gives the box a tiny bit of umpf!

How Sweet Oct Rls

Stamps: How Sweet It Is and Behind the Scenes from My Favorite Things

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, SU Night of Navy, Real Red

Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, SU Night of Navy

Accessories: Copic Ciao Markers, Fiskars Scallop and Cloud Edges Scissors, Night of Navy Marker, Making Memories Ribbon, Brads, Small and Large Tag Punch, 1/8″ Circle Punch

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