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March 23, 2018

QACAS Stenciling

Hello Stamplings!

I hope this finds you feeling well! I'm not even going to talk about the weather. Maybe if we don't give Mother Nature any more press, she'll just settle down, have a drinkie poo, and take a look at the calendar!

Today I have a coupla Quick And Clean And Simple cards. I mean, uberly so!
I know I should've done a video, because this explanation might get too complicated with words, but do your best. You take a piece of white card and fold it over, lay a stencil over it (this one from Tim), hold it down with removable tape, and pounce a pretty color through the holes using a stippling brush. You can do it! For this card I used chalks from SU. Remember those? I added a vertical sediment from Stamps By Judith and two score lines and, wallah, a birthday card for any age!

  • AAA Cards: Use only one third.
  • Less Is More: OLC Stencils.

That was so easy, I switched to a snowflake stencil from Loll for a Christmas card, only this time I used Doxies. The sediment is from MFT.

You might have noticed that you don't see a lot of beautifully ink-blended designs from me. What can I say? It's just something my inks don't do. I have tried to make them blend. Lord knows I've tried. I've had lessons. I've watched experts with awe. I've even tried cheating and using Hammy's fur. Then his nose. Then his paws. I wish you could have seen how pretty he looked, but the cards, not so much.

But I digress. Anyway, since I was pouncing and not blending, I tried using inks. The coverage wasn't as great as with the chalks, but I think that's okay because snowy wintry skies are a bit fuzzy, aren't they? Oh, sorry, we weren't going to talk about the snow. Sorry.


A Cautionary Tale

With her permission, I wanted to share that our beloved daughter-in-law Rachel (mom to the grandtwins) was diagnosed with breast cancer recently. She has had a lumpectomy and the prognosis is very positive because her cancer was caught early with a mammogram. We don't know the full extent of her treatment plan, but we do believe she will be fine and we're very relieved and grateful.

I am sharing Rachel's story to remind you how important and life-saving mammograms can be. Rachel is only 45. She had her first mammogram two years ago and it came back clean. She recently received a letter from the clinic telling her that the protocol for her age is to wait five more years before having another one. Thankfully, Rachel's intuition told her to go ahead and get a mammogram anyway. The tumor was deep and would not have been discovered with a self-exam. 

I know having mammograms for women under the age of 50 is controversial, but we shudder to think how advanced Rachel's cancer would have been had she waited five more years! You're all dear to me, so if you've been neglecting getting your mammogram, make that appointment today, especially if you are over 50. I have neglected getting my own, but now I have an appointment next month. 



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