Thursday, October 6

Breast Cancer Awareness - Personal Story and a card

Now, I know many of you have gotten done with your Breast Cancer Awareness Cards.  HOORAY AND KUDOS ALL AROUND!!!  
All the while I have been peeking in at many blogs and trying to get some inspiration.  Everyone's level of talent is definitely a force to be reckoned with.  I am amazed on a daily basis by the Beautiful Artwork all of you create and share!!  I am feeling very blessed to have so many wonderful people who are a part of my daily life.  Even if we never are WONDERFUL!!!

I know this doesn't quite fall within the realms of my usual Creative Scrapbooking Divas DT Thursday post since it is not a Home Decor or Gift project.  But, I felt fully inspired to finish this card today and am sharing it, along with my personal story with you all.  

I dug into my stash of embellies, digi images and sentiments, stickers, and scraps.  I knew I wanted to create a BCA card.  I picked a sketch to work with and fell in love with the sketch at Creative Craft Challenges.    I love the inspiration at this blog and highly suggest you stop by to visit and see what I mean.  This is one of my faves and I try visit at least every couple days to see what's new.  The design team's creations are always Eye Appealing!!!   The sketch challenge is open until Oct. 10th so get your thinking caps on, grab a cup of joe, and get crafting!!! 

I also knew I wanted to join in on the Link Up For Pink Party with Celeste, Yolie, and Gaby.  This is a topic that it very near and dear to me.  It is so important to me to be a voice, no matter how small, of encouragement to all of the fine ladies in my life that EARLY DETECTION IS CRUCIAL!    So, don't wait.....FEEL YOUR BOOBIES as often as you can!!!! 

WARNING...I get a bit personal in this paragraph.  
But, with good intentions, I promise!
To hear the news that there is a mass in your breast, is heart sinking.  I know this first hand as I was told this back in 2009.  I instantly started to cry and had tons of questions for my doctor.  My OB/Gyn, the first to notice the lump other than myself during a self breast exam,  was doing her routine check at my annual visit.  I brought it up to her, she felt it, and instantly suggested I walk down the hall to see the specialist.  I was examined again and they sat up an appointment for the following week to have my first mammogram.  Jittery nerves got the best of me that week.  It was a week full of a roller coaster emotions.  So, I went for the mammogram and the results came in only moments later,  while I was still wearing my robe.  The doctor and nurse decided that from those results they wanted to do the biopsy.  I must have had a devastated look on my face as they both suggested doing the biopsy that same day, staying later than they were scheduled, God Love Them.  I waited about a week to find out those results.  That entire week I was the most scared I had been in a very long time.    I am sure that this is a common struggle for anyone in the same predicament.  And, although I feel blessed that the tumor  was benign, I understand the tables could have been turned and the news could have been a lot worse.   I did opt to have the surgery to remove the fibroidenoma (sp.) so that it would not cause further discomfort.  I felt that once it was removed, I would be more aware of any other masses that may show up without dismissing them as "oh, that mass I had a while ago".    So please, if you have never had a mammogram or its been several years....what are you waiting for???

Thanks for sticking around to read my ramblings!  Onto my card....
Black card stock for base
Papers are all from my scraps pile
friends digi image/sentiment is by Raindrop Echo Designs-Funny Friend Sayings
Breast Cancer Awareness ribbons (digi images) by Yolie at Just Yolie, Just Create
Frame die cut and vellum sentiment (beautiful you) were included in a Blog Candy win a while ago
Paper rose was handmade by rolling and adding one gem.
Glittery flower sticker, butterflies stickers, small circle stickers, buttons, pearls, black lace, and friendship definition embellishment, black flowers and stems

I really enjoyed the dimension on this card, so I snapped a pic to show you all the wonderful layers.

I am entering this card into the following challenges and/or Link Up parties:
  1. Celebrate the Occasion - Breast Cancer Awareness
  2. 1st Annual Link Up for Pink Party - October 1 - 14th
    1. Yolie
    2. Gaby
    3. Celeste
  3. Simon Says - Sparkle and Bling
  4. Inking It Up - WCMD challenge (pink, black, and white)
  5. Whimsy Stamps - Recipe
  6. Creative Inspirations - Friendship
  7. Divas by Design - Button Up
  8. Creative Craft Challenges - Sketch
  9. Whoopsi Daisy - Lace and Pearls
  10. Flutter by Wednesday - Open
Thanks again for visiting me, my blog, my ramblings, and my creations and don't forget...



  1. wow, what a touching story. you, my friend, do not take life for granted, and it shows. i'm glad that you made it through that time. and because of you, i just felt my boobies! LOL, rock on, girl!

    and the card is cute to boot!

  2. Fabulous card and a "touching" story. Thanks for reminding us to squeeze a boob.
    Glad everything worked out for you.

  3. WOW.... Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.... Your card is fabulous.
    Thank you so much for joining us for Link Up for Pink....

  4. Such a touching story...thanks for sharing it with us!

    Love your card! Im' doing a BCA (pink, white, and black color) challenge...stop by and enter if you'd like :)

  5. Very pretty card. I'm so very happy that things turned out OK for you, and that you are able to share your experience and your story.

  6. Very beautiful card! Thanks for sharing your story with us and Thanks for visiting my blog. I thought I followed your blog but I didn't. I'm a follower now! Have a great day:)

  7. Dearest Jessica! Thank you for sharing your story with us! I'm so thrilled to see one of the CSDivas linked up!!
    Thanks for joining Link Up for Pink!

  8. Really cute..

    Thanks for playing this week with us at CTO..


  9. Really pretty card and such wonderful details! Thanks for joining us this week @ CTO :)

  10. This card is so cute! Thanks for playing with us at CTO!

  11. Love your creation and so so sorry you had to go through that horrible scary ordeal! but so glad it was benign Jessica!
    Thank you so much for linking up with us at LUFP! ~Gaby

  12. Thank you so much for joining in at Creative Craft Challenges and for sharing your personal experience with us all. Your card is delightful. I'm off to feel my boobies {hugs}

  13. Hugs to you, glad your tumor was benign!!
    A wonderful card! Thank you for playing along with my flutter by challenge!

  14. Jessica, thanks for sharing this story. So glad to hear your news was good news. Your creation is beautiful. I grew up in Cleveland, but my parents moved here about 7 years ago, so I don't get back too often, but if I ever come up that way, we should try and meet up! Thanks also for joining WHOOPSI DAISY challenge this week:)

  15. thanks for sharing your story. really appreciate your Whimsy Stamps participation.

  16. What a wonderful card, and wonderful of you to tell your story! Thank you so much for joining us at Flutter By Wed!

  17. oh such a touching story and totally agree never take life for granted your card is really beautiful the thought,and detail you have put into this really shows,bless you for playing at creative craft challenge this week hugs cherylxxxxx

  18. Thanks for sharing your story and helping to get such an important message out there. Great card Thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Challenge
    Jenny x

  19. wow fantastic hun love what you have done with our skecth, thanks for joining us at creative craft challenges and good luck,
    and thanks for sharing your story too hun
    hugs sandra

    p.s i have blog candy on my blog x

  20. Wonderful card! I love the lace and buttons. Very pretty! Thanks for playing at CTO!

  21. HI sweetie this is stunning, love your colour choices here thanks for joining our Whimsy challenge hugs pops x

  22. Thanks for sharing your story and your beautiful card with us at WhoopsiDaisy. Hugs...Mona

  23. Fabulous!
    Everyone needs a friend in good times and in bad!
    Thanks for joining us at CTO!

  24. Wonderful card!!! Love the sentiment and the wonderful embellishments!! Thanks for joining us at creative craft challenges.

  25. Jessica, I'm glad you shared your story... I've been there in the room waiting for the results and had to have re-tests... Breast Cancer runs high in my family, which is scary in itself, and my aunt is currently battling... Although I stress each year when it's time for my appointment, I'm so thankful for the kind and supportive people in my life. Thank you for reminding me that there are others that experience those same feelings -- today I'll say a prayer for all the women who may be sitting alone in those waiting rooms in anticipation of the news that will change their lives either way...

    As for your card -- It's beautiful, and I LOVE the dimension!! :)

    Thanks so much for sharing your talent at Celebrate The Occasion this week!! A new challenge starts tomorrow -- Can't wait to see what you create!! :)

    Amy :) at
    Celebrate The Occasion DTM

  26. Thank you for sharing your touching story. Your card is fabulous and extra special because of the meaning it has.
    So glad you joined us for the Whimsy Challenge and hope to see you here again.

  27. As I am a daughter of a mother who suffered this horrid diease I thank you for sharing your story and such a wonderful card. Thanks for sharing with Creative inspirations

  28. What a touching story, Jessica - thank you so much for sharing it. I am so glad your story has a happy ending :)

    This card is absolutely amazing!! The design, the dimension, the embellishments - everything is just fabulous!! What a gorgeous card! I love, love, love it!! :D


  29. A very touching story chick and one with a happy ending. I LOVE the sparkle and bling you used here. A really lovely card and such pretty colours too :) Thank you for joining us over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge. Hugs, Dawny x


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