Going Gray in May: Brain Cancer Awareness

May is recognized as Brain Tumor & Cancer Awareness Month. It is a time to recognize and honor those who have been affected by brain cancer and to stress the need to support ongoing research. If you’re wondering why gray — well it makes perfect sense, since gray matter is a major component in the brain.

So in support of Brain Cancer Awareness,  I am “Going Gray in May” by making one gray card a week  This is my third weekly gray card. 

Sneak Peek in Today’s Card

Today I used two retiring products and a third “Sneak Peek” item from the New 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up Annual Catalog. Can you spot the sneak peek? It’s the Forever Fern Stamp Set which I used to create this stunning background.

This gorgeous stamp set is also available in a bundle with coordinating dies and will be available for purchase on June 3, or you can get it now by joining Stampin’ Up! and including it as one of the products in your starter kit.

New Items will be available for purchase on June 3 or you can join Stampin’ Up! and get them NOW! 

Retiring Items

The two retiring products are the Support Ribbons Dies which I used to crop the gray support ribbon and the Kindness & Compassion Stamp Set which I used for the sentiment. I feel like both of these items should be staples in your crafting stash.

Although it would be nice to think we would never need them they are good to have on hand when the occasion arises. The support ribbons are very versatile and can be easily adapted to support any cause by simply switching out the color of the ribbon. The Kindness & Compassion Stamp Set is perfect for both supporting others in their time of loss or thanking others for their support. 

The Support Ribbon Dies and the Kindness & Compassion Stamp set are on the Last Chance List and only available until June 2 or while supplies last.

Last Chance List

Last Chance/Retiring products are only available while supplies last. Don’t miss out on some great items and deals.

Forever Fern Support Card
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  • Start with a card base made from Whisper White Thick Cardstock
  • Cut a 5 1/4″  x 4″ layer of Basic Gray Cardstock and attach with Snail Adhesive.
  • Stamp a random pattern on a piece of 5″ x 3 3/4″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock with Basic Gray and Smoky Slate Ink. Attach the stamped layer with Snail Adhesive.
  • Use the Support Ribbon Die Set to crop the ribbon from Basic Gray Cardstock and attach to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Stamp the sentiment from the  Kindness & Compassion Stamp Set  with Basic Gray ink on a 3 1/2″ x 1/2″ strip of Whisper white cardstock and attach with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Personal Note

My husband, Mark, passed away on December 22, 2019 at the age of 60 from Glioblastoma (GBM), a rare and aggressive brain cancer.

There is no cure for Glioblastoma — it is always fatal with a median survival time of 12-15 months (with treatment).

Mark’s treatment consisted of surgery to remove as much tumor as safely possible, followed by radiation and chemotherapy. The point of these treatments was only to buy time as there is no cure. He survived less than 7 months.

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To find out more about Glioblastoma visit NORD (the National Organization for Rare Disorders) or the ABTA (American Brain Tumor Association.

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Mark J. Carr

Jul 13, 1959 – Dec 22, 2019

Previous Brain Cancer Awareness Cards

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Thanks for stopping by! The supply list for today’s card is below and remember to “Go Gray in May” in support of Brain Cancer.

Happy crafting!

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