Sunday, October 8, 2017

Ribbon of Courage

Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Earlier this week I posted about my mother’s breast cancer, which I still don’t know that much about.  I remember when she went through it and that she had a mastectomy, however, mom didn’t want to talk about it in detail.  It is the way it was for her generation, some things were kept to oneself.  She advised her daughters (because men getting breast cancer was not talked about then) to have regular mammograms, but not told what kind of cancer she had.  At the time I didn’t even know there were different types of breast cancer. 

Today I want to share with you about IBC, Inflammatory Breast Cancer, which is a rare form of breast cancer (1-5% of cases in the US are IBC) yet is a very aggressive form. It is not detectable in routine self breast exams, you will not find a lump as this cancer grows in nests or sheets, rather than as a confined, solid tumor; and therefore, can be defused throughout the breast with no palpable mass.  There is a SISTER check posted below, but I would recommend you google for more information and talk to your doctor if have any questions.

My friend, Shelly, has been living with this decease and is an advocate to helping others learn about this often misdiagnosed cancer.   Shelly holds charity crops in my area at a local craft store and talks openly about the disease and it's  symptoms.  She wants you and I to be informed.  She is working tirelessly to raise money for research and awareness.  This post is my small part in spreading the word to you.

If you would like to donate to this cause, see Shelly’s link below.  She has an ongoing-fundraiser link.  Thanks!

In honor of Shelly and the countless others who have been effected by Breast Cancer, I thought I would share projects made with the Ribbon of Courage Bundle available in the 2017-18 Stampin’ Up! catalog.  This stamp set was designed by a demonstrator in honor of a family member who battled with Breast Cancer.

Eclipse cards are all the rage right now.  The trick to these cards is to stamp first before you cut out the letters.  Then you save the letters that have the stamping on them and put them on the top of the subsequent letters you stack.  This is how you get the design to match up. Today I will share a few different versions of this technique.  The below card is the typical Eclipse style.  The words are cut out twice and stacked to lift them off the page. 

For this one I thought I would try coloring the letters with Stampin’ Write Markers so they would really stand out. The world ‘Love’ was inked from the larger sentiment using Stampin’ Write Markers.

This last Eclipse style is not at all typical.  I did cut the word out, however, I did not add any layers, I let the cut create the lines for each letter. The small ribbon was die-cut twice, then stacked and trimmed to appear as if it is hanging off the letter ‘s’ then I covered the ribbon with the Fine Tip Glue adhesive to give it a shine.

Here’s a bonus card as a reminder that this stamp set, and the coordinating dies, can be used for many occasions.

Please remember to make an appointment with your doctor for a mammogram and, if you have any of the symptoms listed in the SISTER check, ask about IBC.

The product information for the items used on these projects are listed below the hop-link. If you plan to place an order, please use the Hostess Code: Q39ZHT6D  You will be entered into a drawing for FREE Product on October 23rd.  The winner will be announced on my blog and on my Facebook page @MemoryINKers.  

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Until Next time . . .
                   Hugs, Karie B.

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