Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Hello Friend

Hi! I thought I had this post scheduled to publish Monday, but it disappeared, so we'll try it again. Is Blogger being weird for anyone else or am I just losing it? Anyway, I have a Verve-y hybrid card I've been meaning to share, along with a story. First, the story...

One of my oldest friends (old as in we've been friends since we were babies, not old like old lady), Tiffany, was very recently diagnosed with Stage 3c breast cancer. Tiffany, 35 years old, is an amazing mother of 3 young children, wife, daughter and friend. Tiffany and I grew up together in small town Oklahoma - our Moms have been good friends since I think before we were born. Tiffany's maternal grandmother died at a too-young age from breast cancer. My sweet friend had a modified radical mastectomy and axillary dissection on July 6, they found her tumor was very aggressive and she had 10 of 12 positive lymph nodes. She started chemo on August 3 and will undergo radiation after her chemo is completed. In this very short time from diagnosis to surgery to a few chemo treatments and already the loss of her hair (shortly after the loss of her breasts), Tiffany has remained amazingly positive and is such an inspiration. I hate that I am so far away and feel somewhat helpless. So, for a lack of anything else to do, I've been sending Tiffany a "hello" or "thinking of you" card in the hopes of just making her smile and letting her know I'm thinking of her about once a week. So, consider this fair warning for lots of those types of cards on the blog in the coming months! And please keep Tiffany and her sweet family in your thoughts.

So anyway, I created the following card to add to my stash of "Tiffany cards", ready for mailing.

I used a mix of old and new Verve goodies on this one. Those fun felt flowers were created with the Loopy Blooms Die Set and some 100% felt I can't seem to stop buying from the Felt on the Fly Etsy shop (awesome prices and selection). My favorite thing about this card is that cute little circle tag - it's stamped from the new Tag Time set and then punched out with a 1 1/4 circle punch (SU). I added a little glitter around the edge for some shimmer. Then I just simply attached a little sentiment strip right on top of the tag, from one of my most-used sentiment sets, Friendly Phrases. All of the patterned paper as well as that cute vintage looking bicycle image are printed digi goodies from the Charming kit by Misty Cato (Sweet Shoppe).

And finally, I wanted to end with this hilarious photo of me and my friend Tiffany when we were little girls. This was taken before some kind of dance recital way back in 1984, when we were about 7 years old. I'm the short one with the ill-fitting costume and no front teeth on the left (always the short one, even back then. Some things just never change), Tiffany's on the right.

I know what you're thinking and no, we're not horribly sunburned...that's our makeup. And yes, it was like that on purpose apparently. And no, our Mother's did not let a legally blind drag queen do our makeup before the show (at least not that I know of. It's possible though, but I'm betting our makeup would have looked better). It was 1984. 'nuff said.


Lynn said...

Love, love, love the picture of you and Tiffany. I have some like that of me too...we all thought the make up was gorgeous back then :) Your card is beautiful Jen and I will certainly be saying prayers for Tiffany.

Esther said...

I will keep your friend Tiffany in my prayers!!!!
I am a survivor myself and I feel for anyone having to go through chemo, etc.
It's a tough road, but she can do it!!!!!!
Your card is darling as is the pic of you two!