Well here I am back from my very first Stampin' Up! Convention, and have been a bit unwell so haven't been here to update my blog since then. I hope you liked my swaps and gifts for Convention, I did manage to trade all my swaps and now have a big box of some really great work - some I will feature here over the next few weeks. So much to tell from Convention, but for now I want to focus on this week's Friday Mashup.
This week it's all about Ribbons, and Pearls, and all things Girls! Now, I am not usually a "girly" card maker but one of the things that Shelli Gardener, founder of Stampin' Up!, spoke about at the Stampin' Up! Convention was a lady from Cairns, Sharon Cohrs, who had her own struggle with breast cancer and who had made some of these cards to raise awareness of this disease that affects so many women. Now Sharon is also a mountain climber and as part of her recovery she and her husband Alan plan to climb Mt Everest, and coincidentally is due to arrive at the peak in mid May (right about now). One of the things Shelli told us about this story was that when you climb Mt Everest and reach the peak it is traditional to bury something of meaning at the top. Sharon is planning on leaving one of these cards up there! That story really touched me in so many ways, but the thing I really take away is that no mountain is too high if you have the right determination. You can follow Sharon's journey via her facebook page. As of 19th May they had begun the final push up the mountain.
Having heard that story just last weekend it seemed just perfect to recreate one of these cards for hte Friday Mashup, what could be more girly than that. And of course it was easy to add ribbon and pearls! I got the template for this great card from Stamp Owl's Studio and was so happy with how it turned out. I think the crochet trim gives just the right lacey look to this card, who wouldn't want to own a cute little bra like this?
Now what is a cute bra without a matching pair of knickers? This is the back of the card and you might notice that the pieces that have been cut out for the legs are actually the pieces you use for the front of the bra! How clever is that design. I just love these, and might just be making a few more 'pairs'!
I would encourage you to join in over at the Friday Mashup, it really is a lot of fun and I am totally loveing my experience as a guest designer for May. Don't forget to pop over and see what the rest of the design team have come up with to inspire your creativity, and check out the other entries while you are there. Don't forget to leave a little message here or there to let the various artists know you like their work, we all love that little bit of encouragement.