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Strength & Hope

Good Evening!!

I know I’m coming to you a little late today however we’ve been out trying to find me a new workbench – a nice long one so I have plenty of room to make a mess create and store all my tools and such.  We have decided to go with the one we’d chosen from Ikea a little while ago but be sure you’ll see pictures once I’ve cleared the area and have the new table and its all set up and before I make a creative mess!

Now onto this week’s sketch for the Utah Divas Internation Sketch challenge # 130 …

As you know we had the new Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue start on 1st April and one of the ‘must have’ sets in the new mini is the Strength & Hope stamp set.  Now this is not just ‘another’ stamp set – this one is very special and worth the purchase whether you are a stamper or not!  You see its been designed for a very special purpose – and not just for Australia but for Stampin’ Up! worldwide!  This set was created to raise funds for Breast Cancer Research and while anyone raises funds for Breast Cancer Research this also creates awareness of just how this illness affects so many people and just why it is so very very important that us women check our breasts regularly. So for every set that is sold throughout the world Stampin’ Up! will donate $2 to that countries National Breast Cancer Research Foundation – dont you just love how Stampin’ Up! do whatever they can to help those in need whether its from Tsunami’s, Floods, Fires, Hurricanes or Breast Cancer! I dont know a company that gives back as much as Stampin’ Up! does.

Oh yeah … the sketch … the card … whoops!

Here is my card that I created using the Strength & Hope set and this week’s sketch …

I have to say I love how this turned out! I surprised myself and I even surprised myself more when created my own little corner frame from the flourish stamp and all by accident!  I wanted to stamp the image close to the edge so i could punch out the little pink heart and it turned out on an angle on the scrap piece of cardstock and when I saw it I immediately thought “oh what a cool corner frame”!  Sometimes the best ideas do actually come out of nowhere!

I also wanted a ‘special’ butterfly and the single layer one wasnt doing it for me so I thought some acetate wings would go nice and give it a ‘floating’ effect.  Here’s a close up …

This just shows the dimension of the butterfly not to mention those gorgeous pearls and a bit of the corner frame.

Now dont forget to stop by the other Sketchy Divas and leave some comment love – cos we allll love comments! The next blog on the list is the lovely Ruthie Burkey or you can visit via the Utah Divas International Blog.

Now for all Strength & Hope stamp sets I sell not only will Stampin’ Up! donate $2 to the National Breast Cancer Research Foundation but I too will dontate $2 to the National Breast Cancer Research foundation. So contact me today to place your order and help raise funds for Breast Cancer Research.

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  • Reply Dotty


    27 June, 2011 at 2:24 pm
  • Reply Sharon Davis

    Leonie – thanks for posting this… motivated me to make the card that I was procrastinating about……yours is so lovely……

    4 April, 2011 at 6:00 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth M. Harris

    Leonie- This is just stunning! Consider yourself CASEd!


    4 April, 2011 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Barbara Dykhouse

    Leonie, this is awesome! I love the colors, the corner elements, the layered butterfly…all of the details are perfect!!

    4 April, 2011 at 9:44 am
  • Reply RuthieB

    This is gorgeous and I love the way you did the ribbon and the butterfly! The colors are sooooo soft and pretty!

    4 April, 2011 at 5:03 am
  • Reply Cathy Clark

    It’s lovely, Leonie, and I love the butterfly!

    3 April, 2011 at 7:52 pm
  • Reply Lynda

    This is truely a magical card Leonie. Even has a slightly vintage feel too. The small and intricate details are just beautiful. So very well done.

    3 April, 2011 at 10:34 am
  • Reply Janine

    Love your card, Leonie! And have fun with your new work bench!

    2 April, 2011 at 11:38 pm
  • Reply Adriana Benitez

    Gorgeous card, Leonie! Love the vellum layer on the butterfly – wow! And I am with you on Stampin’ Up! – I love being a part of a company that cares so much for others.

    2 April, 2011 at 11:32 pm
  • Reply Tammy Fite

    This is absolutely gorgeous! the colors are beautiful, and that butterfiy is so pretty!! GREAT job!

    2 April, 2011 at 11:11 pm
  • Reply Monique

    You have done a great job with this card Leonie. I really like that you have incorporated the pink ribbon in the card! TFS

    And yes .. the bigger the desk the more “creative” you become

    2 April, 2011 at 10:41 pm
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