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Sunday, October 24, 2010

My own LIVESTRONG challenge...


This weekend the Livestrong Challenge bike ride is taking place in Austin. As most of you know, I'm a huge cycling fan, a huge Lance Armstrong fan - and like pretty much everyone else on the planet, I hate cancer with a passion! I'm also a crazy girl who likes to make cards inspired by cycling, and I bored you stampers with a bunch of them this past July!! :-) (Dying for a recap? You can see them all HERE.) Well I'm trying to do a tiny bit of good with those cards - make sure you read to the end of this post to find out what. But first I need to show you one more card:


This one is inspired by both cycling and breast cancer awareness month. My grandma is a breast cancer survivor. She fought it like a girl and pretty much kicked it's butt. The colors for this card were inspired by Livestrong (yellow), Breast Cancer Awareness (pink), and also the Play Date Cafe's 1 year anniversary challenge:


The bicycle image is Tim Holtz and the sentiment if from the wonderful Flourishes Fight Like a Girl set - love this set soooo much! I embossed a bunch of ribbons from that set right over the bike in a shimmery gold powder and then colored them light pink with a Copic:


I had fun grouping a ton of embellishments together on this card:


That felt flower was made with the MFT rolled flower die - love. I also love that little pink ribbon bead I found a while back at the craft store. The pink button says "live groovy" - that just makes me smile. :-)

Ok, now back to what I'm doing with all my cards!! I've decided to put them all on eBay, with 100% of the money donated to Livestrong. I know it's a teeny tiny amount of donation compared to what they can bring in, but I figure every bit helps. If you aren't familiar with Livestrong, here's a little about them:

At the Lance Armstrong Foundation, we inspire and empower people affected by cancer. We believe that unity is strength, knowledge is power and attitude is everything.We provide the practical information and tools people with cancer need to live life on their own terms. We take aim at the gaps between what is known and what is done to prevent suffering and death due to cancer.

Next fall I'm actually going to RIDE in the Livestrong Challenge with my friend Doug, who's currently undergoing chemo and showing cancer who's boss. It will be interesting - I'm pretty much a slug now, and want to ride 65 miles next fall. But if Doug can take on cancer, surely I can take on a little bike ride, right? HELL YES!

And until then I'm doing my little auction to support the 28 million people living with cancer. LIVESTRONG! So make sure and VISIT MY AUCTION!! :-)


Even if you don't like the cards, just think of it as a donation to a great organization, and as a bonus you get a little card. :-)

26 comments:

  1. Love your super sweet card, it is just beautiful, and so you Libby :) I cannot wait again for the Tour again so we can chat, maybe we can skype this next time round :)

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  2. This is gorgeous, Libby, with a message! Love how you made the ribbons and the flower. Kudos to your Grandmother, I will wear my Fight Like a Girl t-shirt for her!

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  3. Libby... Love the card and that you put the ribbon in the background. The embellies in the corner are fabulous! and most of all what a great post about livestrong and donating proceeds to fighting cancer!! Glad you joined us at the PDCC this week!

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  4. I love this card, Libby - everything about it! You're doing a great thing!

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  5. Love your card and all that it stands for! The pink ribbon background (or is the bicycle the background?) and the cool embellies really make this card rock. Let's kick cancer to the curb!

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  6. Libby - I've always deeply admired your bicycle motif cards but this one not only takes my breath away, but it speaks to me. Maybe it's the yellow embossing, or that stunning felt flower, or the way all the elements come together to compliment each other. Maybe it's because I've got cancer and am struggling with the horrible and humiliating effects of the radiation - but anyway I look at it, your card is absolutely beautiful and oh so touching. You go, girl!

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  7. LOVE this card, Libby! Will have to check out your eBay listings and hopefully remember my password... :)

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  8. I love your card. What a great idea! I did get a scrapbook page loaded a day late. I loved your page yesterday. Good luck with the bike ride!

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  9. Fab card, wonderful sentiment and embellies! Thanks for playing at the PDCC.

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  10. Darling card, Libby! Love all the details.
    Hugs and smiles

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  11. wow, your work is gorgeous. love this bicycle card with those gorgeous flowers. great post about livestrong and your grandma!

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  12. An amazing card with a great message! Love all the embellies and details!!!

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  13. Super card. I am checking out all the embellies...what a brill mix!

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  14. There isn't a THING about this that isn't just downright awesome! LOVE the cause, (I see you got your auction up, LOL!), the colors, the bike, that rolled flower (DARLING!), the trim, everything. What an awesome card!

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  15. Holy guacamole! This is AWESOME Libby!! LOOOOOOOOOOVE the layout and stamps you've used! The rolled flower is the PERFECT touch!!

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  16. I love, love, love, love, love this, Libby! The ribbons in the background, the cluster in the corner ... everything!

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  17. Love that sentiment! Awesome card for an awesome cause. Wonderful job with our color story! Thanks for playing along with our special 1 year anniversary celebration at the Play Date Cafe!

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  18. You absolutely did NOT bore me in July with all your creatively inspired cycling cards!! Love what you are doing with them, Libby. I have two sisters who are breast cancer survivors.. One going on 6+ years the other over 20 years!!!!!! Thank you for your help in fighting this horrible of horrible diseases.
    Oh yes and btw... your card is DARLING!

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  19. Beautiful card love everything about it:) I'm now a follower:)

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  20. I love this card!!!! Awesome cause!

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  21. Beautiful card! Such a wonderful cause too! I love the background you've created, and your felt flowers are gorgeous! So glad you could join in with our anniversary celebrations this week at the PDCC!

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  22. Hi, Libby! Dang, you've sure got a lot going on over here -- scrapbooking, cooking, SURGERY! I hope you're in the process of a very quick recovery. I love all the creativity that's evident on your card. Very cool the way you combined the two causes. Good luck with your fundraising!

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  23. love, love, love this one libby! Love the saying, and the embelishments- so fun!

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  24. LOVE that background!! And that bike--so cute:) Great card with so much detail! Thanks so much for joining in the fun and playing along with our one year anniversary celebration over at the PDCC:)

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  25. Hi Libby! So hoping your recovery is quick... I lOVE this card, especially the 'Live Groovy' button - I want one. ;-) I also love that you're selling your cards to help a great cause, and yes, ANY amount you give helps!

    Lori :-)

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