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It's Pink Week here on Splitcoast. Some of the different challenges have had Pink variation challenges all month, but the TLC group is going Pink this week in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. What was started by two people 23 years ago as a one-week way to promote mammography as an effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer has grown into a month long international pink-phenomenon to raise awareness.
--It's the most common form of cancer among women, accounting for about 25 percent of all cancer diagnoses among women, according to the American Cancer Society.
--The American Cancer Society predicts that breast cancer will occur in nearly 183,000 women this year.
--Nearly 41,000 of those women are expected to die from the disease, according to the society.
--Nearly 75 percent of women older than 40 get mammograms, about double the percentage when the breast cancer awareness week was started, according to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
--Early detection is key. "Numerous studies have shown that early detection increases treatment options and can save lives. That is why it is so important for women 40 and older to get an annual mammogram," said Dr. Otis Bawley, American Cancer Society chief medical officer.
--The society recommends clinical breast exams yearly for women 40 and older, every three years for women in their 20s and 30s. Women at high risk (more than 20 percent lifetime risk) should get a mammogram and MRI yearly.
--The five-year survival rate for early detection is 98 percent, according to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, up from 74 percent in 1982, when the organization was founded.
--The Komen organization estimates that 5 million Americans will be diagnosed, and 1 million will die from the disease over the next five years; 25 million diagnosed and 10 million will die around the world over the next quarter of a century - so there is still work to be done.
Many of us know people who have been afflicted with this disease. My mother had a radical double mastectomy in 1967. She was one of the lucky ones back then who beat the odds and survived another 32 years. Today we have so many state-of-the-art methods of examination, but the key is early detection, and that still remains the responsibility of US!
The challenge hostesses would like to encourage you to send your cards that are made for this challenge to Chemo Angels, while not mandatory, we'd love for you to share your creations so that they go to those most in need of encouragement.
Ok - public service announcement is over and now on with the FUN!
This week our technique involves PINK and Twinks (a/k/a Twinkling H2os) Twinkling H2O's are watercolor cakes that are incredibly shimmery, non-toxic and acid free. They come in little pots of individual colors, so find one in a shade of pink and let's get going. I first saw this technique done by Pat Huntoon and her gang of creative genius' back in February. Since this week we are focusing on Breast Cancer Awareness, it's encouraged that you include PINK in your design and focus on encouragement and strength within your theme.
For this week's technique the supplies that you will need:
Open Image Stamps
Permanent Ink or Stazon if you prefer
Paint brush or aquapainter
Pink (or pinkish hue) Twinkling H2O's
#1: Start by preparing the Twinkling H2Os (Twinks) by adding some water to the little pot...not too much, just enough to soften the cake.
#2: Stamp your image onto your cardstock using permanent ink or Stazon.
#3 Using your watercolor pencils apply color to the areas in your stamped image where you want to add focus, and not necessarily the entire image.
#4 Using you paint brush or aquapainter, pick up the H2O and bring your watercolor pencil colors to life by moistening the areas you have laid down with your watercolor pencils using your your brush or aquapainter loaded with H2O, blending the Twinks and watercolor pencils. Brush in one direction blending the colors into your image as you go.
#5 Allow to dry and enjoy the shimmer that the Twinkling H2O's add, then complete your piece as desired.
HINTS: Using a variety of shades of Twinks make beautiful colors come alive. Just be sure to clean your brush/painter between color pots.
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Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Dublin, Ireland
I love my H2Os . I'll be back later on as I've got to head in to town in about 5 minutes. At least I can think about the encouragement and strength bit which will be much harder for me. Thanks for the great challenge today, Lynn.
Please feel free to use any shimmery product you have on hand. The technique explained in post #1 is designed to use the watercolor pencils and blending with the twinkling H2O's, but just modify your technique to suit your product's properties.
There is no cheating with a challenge...the main idea behind any challenge is to get the creative juices flowing and to help jumpstart your creative process. Go for it girl!
Thanks for the grace in using virations of this technique!! It was a challenge for me even improvising because it has been a long time since I got out my PearlX!! So thanks for the encouragement to use those items that get hidden away!!
Man! I'm really beginning to think I need a new scanner - or a digital camera! There are NO marks on the original card, but the picture looks sloppy to me. I apologize. It's not, really! And you can't see the shimmer of the crocus'! What's a girl to do????? Anyway, thanks for a great challenge, Lynn. It's for a great cause! So, here's my card.... Penciled Pink Crocus