Every October, over the past few years, SplitCoastStampers does a Hope You Can Cling Too challenge. Here's more information about it in their words:
Splitcoaststampers is proud to partner with the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center for our fifth annual month long card drive to benefit those affected by breast cancer.Whether your stamps cling to acrylic, wood, or to your hard drive, they hold the power to convey hope and lift the spirits of anyone who sees what you create with them. That is the inspiration for our “Hope You Can Cling To” stamping campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. When we began this event, we kicked this campaign off on World Card Making Day - a day of celebration of the power of a handmade card. The year we began, WCMD was October 1st, and so that is now our official kickoff date each year. We encourage papercrafters across the globe to put their talents to work creating beautiful handmade cards to send to patients and their families at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, and, in the process, turn our gallery pink! Hope is powerful medicine. Here is part of a letter from MD Anderson after last year's event: “On behalf of the breast cancer patients at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas I’d like to say thank you for the beautiful handmade cards that you sent to us! The “Hope You Can Cling To” month long campaign was very much appreciated. The volunteers in our Breast Center enjoyed filling baskets with these special cards. As they made their visits each day and introduced themselves to patients, they encouraged each to select one of your handmade cards. These special cards truly offered hope and lifted the spirits of everyone during Breast Cancer Awareness month! I personally have had the pleasure of opening each envelope. What beautiful work you all have done for our patients.” - Maggi Suttles, Assistant Director, Volunteer Services, UT MD Anderson Cancer CenterMany in our community have been affected by breast cancer, directly or indirectly. We would love for each of the patients at the UT MD Anderson cancer center and their families to feel this same encouragement and inspiration and we know this community always rises to a challenge. There will be special challenges in our Splitcoaststampers Hope You Can Cling To Challenge Forum to inspire you throughout the month, and we will have some fun giveaways, including of course, some pink! We'll begin the campaign with three challenges on October 1st, and we will have challenges each day in October. So keep watching this space as we approach the exciting kickoff of Hope You Can Cling To!
For even more information, check out the SCS forum posts here. LINK
The challenges are named for Hope You Can Cling To 2014, and then in numerical order starting with 01. On the first day they did 3 challenges, so they are listed 01A, 01B, and 01C.
Here is my take on the very first challenge this year, HYCCT1401A: You raise me up.
"I wanted a challenge to start us off this year that I felt really conveyed what Hope You Can Cling To is all about - and that's raising other people up. Being strong when other people are weak. That's what you do so well, and I'm so, so grateful to watch all of you do it!
So I took my inspiration from the utterly fantastic Josh Groban song, You Raise Me up, and....
***********************************************************************my challenge is Paper Tole!Now paper tole is not just popping an element up on your card - it's a true technique that takes a little time and practice. You color several images, cut parts of them out, shape them using a stylus and a soft mat to have a rounded look, and then use a dimensional adhesive to pop them up over a colored version of your image. Take some time to learn this - it's very fun and such a unique look for your card!"
Read more about this challenge here: SCS HYCCT 2014 You Raise Me Up
Cardstock: Recollections and Bazzill
Stamps: Hanging Around by Newton's Nook Designs
Ink: Archival Jet Black, Tim Holtz Mowed Lawn
Markers: Tim Holtz Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Old Paper, and Tattered Rose.
Embossing folder: Birch by Darice
Others: Green twine (unknown), orange twine (Newton's Nook Designs), tag is a trimmed down Cricut cut from Plantin Schoolbook.