Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Thinking of You Card ~ You Inspire Me

As most of you know this month is Breast Cancer Awareness month.
What you may not know is how personally I have been touched by this disease.
On November 14th 23 years ago my sweet momma lost her battle with breast cancer.
The last year of her life she stayed with us at our house.
Knowing she was fighting this awful disease was both a curse and a blessing.
The curse part is obvious...  and included her pain and suffering.
The blessing part...
I was able to have the time to tell her how much she meant to me.
She was able to see and spend time everyday with my daughter who was just a toddler.
I was honored to care for her when she most needed me.
My Momma was the most amazing person ever.
She overcame so much in her 56 years of life...
Her parents were both mean alcoholics who left her orphaned when she was a young child.
She was separated from her 2 siblings when she was placed in an orphanage yet remained close to them throughout her life.
She faced and overcame abuse at the hands of those people in the orphanage whose job it was to care for her.
She was widowed in her 20s when she was pregnant with her 5th child.
My mother was ALWAYS there for me and my 7 siblings and I am so happy I was able to be there for her when she needed me most.
If my Momma was here today I would be giving this card to her...
Momma this post is dedicated to you.
I love you with all my heart and miss you daily.
My HOPE is that I can spend my life being just half the person you were.

*Card base 5.5 x 4.25 in. embossed using the Cuttlebug Polka Dots folder.
*Design paper from the Breast Cancer Awareness12x12 pad from Me & My big Ideas.
*Heart cut using a die from the Spellbinders Classic Hearts set.
*Banner cut by hand.
*Sentiment frame cut using the Mini Bookplate Die Set from Verve Stamps.
*Sentiment from the Old Fashioned Florals stamp set from Flourishes
*Ribbon from
May your day always be filled with love.
Crafty hugs,

Please join me and play along with these terrific challenges!
Mojo Monday Sketch #314
Craftin Desert Divas #16 Anything with a sentiment
DL Art Thankful Thursday October linky
DL Art Linky pinky Breast Cancer Awareness
Cuttin and Stampin #40 Breast Cancer Awareness
Cardz TV #37 Breast cancer awareness
Word Art Wednesday #101 Anything goes
Red Carpet Studio #54 Pretty in Pink
Loves Rubber Stamps #73 Polka dots (*used Flourishes stamps)
Love to Create #86 Breast Cancer Awareness
Cut It Up #29 Think pink
Path of Positivity #7 Hope
Sweet Stamp Shop #19 Use what you have (paper from my stash)


  1. This is just so beautiful. Love the focus thats on the heart shape. This is so perfect for our HOPE theme this month. Thanks for sharing your talent with us and good luck.
    {Path of Positivity DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  2. Oh my, just gorgeous! I love that big heart. Thanks for playing at Red Carpet Studios! :)

  3. What a beautiful card! I really like the different pink elements and all the attention detail. Cancer is such a nasty disease (I lost my own mom to it too). Your mom would be thrilled with your tribute to her. Thanks for sharing it with us at Word Art Wednesday.

  4. Love the design. That heart is beautiful. Great card design with lovely use of embossed polka dots. A perfect entry for our challenge over at Loves Rubberstamps. Hugs Nina

  5. A very Beautiful card. Love the designer paper. I love this card and I know that she is looking down from heaven and LOVING it TOO.
    Thank you for joining us at Cut It Up Challenges.
    Have a wonderful day my friend,
    ♥ Crafting With Creative M ♥
    ♥ 2 Creative Chicks Challenges ♥

  6. A beautiful beautiful post, D :-) Love the card and thanks for sharing!

  7. That's a beautiful card and a beautiful tribute to the wonderful woman your mother was. You were lucky to have her in your life and in your home.

    Thanks for linking to Cut it Up Think Pink Challenge! Don't forget your monthly breast self-exams and yearly mammo!!


  8. Beautiful card; thank you for playing along with us at Cuttin' and Stampin' Breast Cancer Awareness Challenge.

  9. Beautiful cards and a touching tribute to your mother. Thanks for sharing with us at Cardz TV.

  10. What an absolutely sweet card, and beautiful post. An touching tribute to your mother. She must have been an amazing woman. Thank you for sharing from your heart. Also, thank you so much for your participation and support and for sharing your inspiration with us at Word Art Wednesday. We're so glad you joined us and hope you come back often!
    Diane Noble
    Word Art Wednesday (DT)

  11. Wonderful post, Dawn. Love your beautiful heartfelt card.

  12. Dawn, I am so sorry for your loss, what a wonderful story of LOVE!! Your mom is looking down from heaven, I just know it.Thank you for joining the Linky Pinky Party- for Breast Cancer Awareness. Have a blessed day, my friend
    DIANA L.
    Linky Pinky Party

  13. Beautiful card! The embossing looks great and I love the paper you used for the heart! Thanks for playing along at Cut It Up Challenges! :)


  14. What a beautiful post! I am sure your Mom was right there with you as you were writing it :) My Grandma is currently battling breast cancer as well - for the 2nd time. It is never an easy thing to watch someone go through. I was in the same position as you with my Grandpa when he was sick with Lung Cancer. We cared for him daily for the 3 months he had left. You are right about one thing - it is a curse and a blessing. I am so grateful to have been able to share that time with him. I am sorry for your loss! Your card is so pretty! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Loves Rubberstamps this week! We hope to see you play along with us again soon!

  15. nice card.Thank you for linking up with us for Tara's linky party at Craftin Desert Diva's We hope that you will join us again for the next linky party!

    CDD DT Robin
    Cut One Designs by Robin

  16. Wonderful work. Your cards are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing at RCS.

  17. Love your card for such an important cause ... AMuse Studios is giving away a FREE stamp set called Fight Like a Girl in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness ... interested? Go to for more info.

  18. This card is beautiful ! I had to come by , love the design !


  19. Beautiful card but the real story here is your post. Thank you for sharing your story. So deeply touched.

    Thanks for joining the Cardztv Design Team!

  20. What a beautiful heartfelt tribute to your Mom. I know she would love the card. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Word Art Wednesday. Blessings!

  21. Love all of these fabulous layers! Thank you for joining us over at Love to Create Challenges.
    Amanda LTCDT

  22. Great card.

    Thanks for sharing at Love to Create this week.


  23. Lovely embossing on your card. I am very glad you entered this week at LUFP. I hope you had fun!!! See you back very soon to play in another fun challenge. Remember to get the girls checked and remind a friend! :-) Together we can beat Breast Cancer!!!


    Link Up For Pink DT

  24. Beautiful card! Thank you for joining us for our Breast Cancer Awareness Pink/Support Challenge this week at Love to Create.
    Ruza, LTC Designer

  25. What a great story of courage and triumph. Thanks for sharing your beautiful story and card with us at Loves Rubberstamps!

  26. Perfectly said Sis- and you are already JUST LIKE HER- love you!

    1. Thanks sweetie.
      Love you, too.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  27. Thanks for coming and leaving a little bloggy love. I appreciate each and every one.
    Crafty hugs,

  28. Just a perfect little clean and simple card!!!
    Thank you for joining our linking party!!!

  29. D, this is an absolutely beautiful tribute to your mother, she sounds like she was amazingly resilient and wonderful through and through! What a beautiful tribute post ... and what a beautiful card for her. Thanks so much for linking it to the UWYH challenge at the Sweet Stamp Shop.

  30. Absolutely beautiful... I am sure your mom would have loved it. She sounds like an amazing woman and would be so proud of you!!!

  31. what a beautiful tribute to your mom! hugs to you xoxo Tyra

  32. Beautiful card & beautiful words about your mom. She was obviously a very special lady xx

  33. Super sweet card!
    Thanks for playing along with Cuttin & Stampin Challenges!
    ♥ Pam, C&S DT

  34. you post brought tears to my eyes what a blessing to be able to spend that time with her and let her know how much you loved her some people never get that chance. I am sure she would love your beautiful card. thanks so much for joining CARDZ TV go-to-galz "Breast Cancer Awareness" challenge. Karen

  35. Wow D~. Thank you for sharing something so incredibly personal. I watched my momma (that's what I call her too) battle vaginal cancer but we were extremely lucky and thirteen years later she is still with us. I can't imagine the pain that you have gone through in your loss. This card is a beautiful tribute to her and it is obvious why it is one of your favourites from the past year.

    While I am here I'd also like to thank you for not only linking up your card to my World Card Making Day Celebration but also to our current challenge over at the Path of Positivity.

    I hope that you always have the courage and strength to face any battles that come your way just like your momma did throughout her difficult life. She truly was a beacon for strength.


  36. Your card is beautiful and very obviously made from the heart. Thank you for sharing not only your card but the inspiration behind it. Suze, DT Path of Positivity Challenge

  37. Such a sad tale about your MuM but a very inspiring card :-)
    Thank you for playing at Path Of Positivity Challenge HOPE

    PoP DT Member


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