We have another INSPO list for you at Festive Friday this week. Every two weeks we produce a crafting/cardmaking challenge based on a celebration from around the world. That challenge theme provides us with a list of items to include on your creation. You don't have to follow the theme we are celebrating, just use at least 3 of the items from the INSPO list. The challenge this wee is very close to my heart and I was inspired to make this card from the sentiment with the Just My Type set.
Here's a sneak peek:
And here is our theme and INSPO list for the challenge this week:
For my card I pulled out my SU Just My Type stamp set as well as the Typeworn embossing folder. I just love this sentiment - I hope your day is full of sunshine and rainbows!
I stamped the typewriter in a gradation of blue and green and fussy cut around it. I used my very favorite stencil - Knitwits from The Greetery to create the hearts in the background and then mounted the typewriter with some foam tape. I added the sentiment and backed it onto a piece of Neenah Solar white that I ran through my Gemini with the Typeworn embossing folder.
Here's my card:
Inspo List Items: Blue, Green, Ombre, Hearts, Sparkle
As always, the design team have some fabulous inspiration for you:
Mental Health Day has personal significance for me and it is a cause that deserves much more recognition, and I am happy to be able to shine even the smallest light on this cause. My father suffered from terrible PTSD (although we didn't recognize it as that back then), my mother suffered from depression, as did my first husband. My sister in law was diagnosed with post-partum depression and my ex-brother-in-law committed suicide. Having seen the results of my father's PTSD, I wish there was something more we could do for vets returning home who find themselves unable to cope with the pressures of what they have seen, or done, during their service. An estimated 22 vets commit suicide every day and vets are 50% more likely to become homeless than the general population. Among teens, suicides between the ages of 13-14 have doubled in the last 10 years and overall, there has been a 35% rise in teen suicides since 1999.
Years ago I read a recollection from a man who had survived a suicide jump from the Golden Gate bridge. A psychiatrist that interviewed him afterwards was told that if someone had smiled at him that day, it could have prevented him from jumping. That story has stayed with me for years. It had a very profound affect on me when I read it and I used to sign off my blog pages back in the day reminding people to smile because you never know whose life you might change. A geniuine smile can make someone feel connected and recognized. A basic human need that we all share.
I'll be back on Sunday with my Paper Player's card. In the meantime - a smile and prayer for those of you who need it tonight.
- Stamps: Just My Type - Stampin' Up!
- Stencil: Knitwit - The Greetery
- Embossing folder: Typeworn - Stampin' Up!