Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hope Floats

I'm delighted to announce that I've been invited to join the design team over on Hand Stamped Sentiments! If you don't already know, Hand Stamped Sentiments is a weekely challenge blog with color challenges, technique challenges, theme challenges, and inspiration challenges. As I said over on HSS, I love challenges! When I find time to sit down at my craft desk I get lost in all the ideas and supplies. I don't know where to begin. Challenges inspire me, give me somewhere to start, and a focus for my creativity. Which is one reason I'm so excited I was invited to be a part of the Hand Stamped Sentiments Design Team. I get to play along with a new, fun challenge each week!

This week the theme is Breast Cancer Awareness. Most of us have been effected by breast cancer through friends or family, or even personally. I had a personal scare a few years ago when I started having breast pain and found a lump. I was relieved when I find out I have fibrocystic breasts. Fibrocystic breast changes are normal and harmless. They are not cancer, and they do not increase your chance of getting breast cancer. Experts think that fibrocystic breast changes are linked to the hormone changes that happen during your menstrual cycle. I may be sharing a little too much info, but breast cancer is serious. It is so important to be aware because early detection can increase the chances of surviving breast cancer.

With my project I knew I wanted to make something uplifting and encouraging, but I wasn't quite sure what. After two days of playing in the little blue room, I ended up with a hot air balloon. Hope floats. 
This balloon is huge! It measures around 15 inches tall with the little hanging basket. The basket can hold goodies or a small gift. 
I didn't have any pink ribbon so I made my pink ribbons using strips of paper.

If you find some crafty time this week I hope you'll play along and link your creation at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

Thanks for visiting the little blue room!
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16 comments:

Kim Score said...

Beautiful! This will be on my inspiration blog post today. Thanks for sharing.

Julie said...

Wow!!! You are so talented. I love all the little details...beautiful!

stampinbygenny said...

Welcome to the HSS design team. I'm so glad you're sharing your creativity with us. Your project blows me away! It's so creative and I like that hope floats. Perfect! There are so many beautiful details. How did you make the balloon form?? TFS

inkedx2 said...

Welcome to the team! I love your balloon. So clever. Lots of details and interest. Whomever gets this will love it!

RORO LEE said...

This is a really great project! Like the color and the idea!

Shannon said...

Rachel, WELCOME (officially) :). This is incredible! My first thought was, "Are you kidding me?!" So detailed and inspiring. Beautiful. I love that you shared your experience and brief scare. It's important to know that it's not always the worst case. So glad you're with us.

Kara said...

this is so beautiful!!! i love it!

Emily Kim said...

Aww! Congrats! I'll have to follow along!!

Bada-Bing Creations said...

Welcome Rachel and WOW! Um, way to show us all up on your first day:-) This is just great! You are super talented! And I love HOPE FLOATS! And I agree with you, I really love challenges to get me focused and going!

Sharon Field / Created By You said...

This is too cute, "hope floats" is perfect!! Love your balloon and challenge submission!
BTW Congrats on the D.T. too!
I look forward to seeing more of your fabulous art work!

Jean Fitch from jlfstudio said...

Wow! This is such a Wow and yet I can see exactly how you did this. Thanks for sharing this uplifting project (sorry couldn't help the pun - lol)and your own story. Time to paint my room blue if that's what brings on such fabulous inspiration!

Angela McKay, Stampin' Up Demonstrator said...

Oh my gosh! I feel totally honoured to even have my name on the same blog as you! You are INSANELY talented! I can't imagine all the hard work that went into this! Hopefully we'll get to meet in person one day:)

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Wow, Rachel! This is amazing! You certainly know how to start your new DT gig with a bang! Congrats on your new gig! I am sure you will love it. Thanks too ... for popping by my blog ... and for leaving such a warm and friendly comment! Hugs xxaxx

DAWN Braun said...

this is so cute and VERY uplifting...awesome job!

Just Me said...

Your balloon and basket is very uplifting. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. Thank you for your comment on my blog

Edna said...

wow, I happened to see this post in Paper Punch Addiction, and browse your blog, I just love to see so many creative and beautiful crafts, I love to see crafts projects, because I always make crafts with my church kids who are grade oners to graders sixers, totally 40 of them, I love to teach them punch crafts, there are so much funs for them to do on their own, they are always thrilled to see beautiful crafts as much as I see yours, your style can help me with huge ideas, can you do a tutoral of the air balloon?
thanks for sharing.

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