2018 Autism Awareness Blog Hop!

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Hi guys!
Today I am thrilled to be part of a fabulous blog hop organised by Veronica Zalis, with the focus on Autism as today, April 2nd, is World Autism Awareness Day. Almost everyone I know knows someone who’s either diagnosed with it, has a child or relative afflicted by it or is some other way affected by it.
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Many years ago, I worked for an organisation that offered respite care for families with autistic children and whilst I didn’t directly work with the children myself, I saw what a difference my co-workers made in the lives of these families. I also, as mentioned, know many families that have autistic children so when I was asked to take part in this blog hop, it was a no-brainer! Crafting AND raising awareness all wrapped into one? Yep, I’m in.
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There is an exclusive new stamp set from Taylored Expression Look With Your Heart
which will be available from today (25% of proceeds from the April sales of this set will go to the Autism Society) Sadly mine didn’t arrive in time for me to use it for this blog post, however I am sure I will use it lots when it does arrive though, it’s full of lovely sentiments and that puzzle die? C-U-T-E!
I’ve got two cards today and I have gone for one with multi-layered look as there are so many different “layers” to autism, it affects each person in a different way. The other one has a mono-chrome look using white and different shades of grey to represent the fact that autism isn’t a ‘one diagnosis fits all’ and it’s not a black or white diagnosis.
The first card is done with an alcohol ink background, a piece of foam sheet cut to size and Neat & Tangled’s Polygon Cover Plate die. I attached the foam to the alcohol ink piece and ran it through my BigShot. This whole shebang, minus a few of the tiles, I added to a black card base. Almost everything I have used for these cards are from Neat & Tangled.
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Those loose tiles I added to the card like they had been lifted up (which in fact they had) and then left behind. I added a sequin to each hole as well as each tile and then added the sentiment saying ‘We’re in this together’ from the Together stamp and coordinating diecut set, also from Neat & Tangled.
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The ‘together’ bit is heat embossed with Altenew Platinum Crisp embossing powder and the ‘we’re in this’ part is stamped with Altenew Tide Blue ink. I cut out the shadow bit with foam tape too to add another layer to the card.
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My second card was very fiddly but well worth it, I think!
First I used the Falling Circles Cover Plate Die on a piece of white card stock, and then also in light grey, medium grey and dark grey. To make things slightly easier for myself when it came to the puzzling part, I added some Sizzix adhesive sheet to the back of the white piece before filling in all the circles with the different greys. All I had to do was match up the right circle to the hole and press down!
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The official colour of Autism awareness is royal blue but I have not used any on this card at all, instead using the different shades of grey to symbolise how many different “shades” of autism there is depending on where the autistic person falls on the spectrum. I hope that makes sense?
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I stamped ‘You’re pretty!’ in an ombré look using Altenew’s Rock Collection inks and then added ‘Pretty awesome’ in black at the bottom. These sentiments are from the Neat & Tangled set ‘You’re Pretty’.

This look was so fun to create, I went ahead and made another three (..!) which you can find HERE. I decided against putting 5 cards into one blog because ain’t nobody got time for that, right?

I’ve used compensated affiliate links in this post. What that means is that, if you choose to purchase something after clicking on one of them, I get a small commission directly from the company itself, at no extra cost to you! Thank you in advance if you choose to support my little blog and I this way, I really appreciate it!

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To finish off the card, I added the panel to a medium grey card base and a few sequins also got added to it. Because why not?? That’s it from me today and the next person in the hop is the amazing Sandy Allnock! The full list of participants is down below but if a link isn’t working, go back to Veronica Zalis as she has all the details and list of all the sponsors as well as prizes on her blog.

Don’t forget to click on the InLinkz link at the bottom for a line up of the fantastic prizes from all the generous sponsors!!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope everyone who celebrated a holiday over the weekend had a lovely time. Have a great week and happy crafting!
Lots of love from Erica

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erica1ab

I'm a crafting, coffee, chocolate and cake mad girl. Oh and doggies! Actually most animals.... My main crafting-love is card making, for sure. You can follow me here, on Instagram (@erica_cacacraft)YouTube(CaCaCraft By Erica) or Facebook (CaCaCraft) for more crafty adventures!

356 thoughts on “2018 Autism Awareness Blog Hop!”

  1. Your cards are stunning. I am mesmerized by your creativity. I love your take on these with the color schemes. Simply fabulous!!! Thanks for sharing!! Big Hugs!!

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    1. Oh wow, that’s such a lovely thing to say, Kym! Thank you so, so much for taking the time to, not only stop by, but to leave that comment. I really made my day! Hugs!

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  2. You put so much thought into your amazing cards. Thanks for explaining the meaning behind each design and for helping to raise awareness.

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    1. Thank you so much, Michele! I’m so glad you think so as I wanted to make more than just a card. I wanted to put my understanding of autism into a card and for it to “say” more than what was on the sentiment. It’s thrilling to hear that you get it and like them!

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    1. Surely we are tickled blue this time? 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by and for leaving such a lovely comment, I really do appreciate everyone being so encouraging, kind and I hope we have reached a few people that might have taken a few minutes to educated themselves about autism.

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  3. Thanks for helping to share awareness about autism. As a teacher of young children, I know the importance of early diagnosis and treatment. Thanks for sharing your card and your providing community support.

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    1. Thank you so much, Barbara! And you are the one who should be thanked, for working with children every day. All I did was make a few cards and write up a blog post but I’m glad you think I might have helped a little. Hugs!

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  4. Two fabulous cards for such a worthy cause! I have a dear friend with two autistic grandchildren. They are great kids that have a very loving family.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Kathy and for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment! I’m so glad to hear your friend’s grandchildren have supporting and loving families, not all autistic children are so lucky. Give her an extra big hug from me next time you see her!

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    1. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment and for stopping by, Cathy! I’m so glad you like the cards and can tell I tried to make them “say” something beyond the sentiment.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment, Maura! I have a big soft spot for blue so it was a no-brainer using it for this awesome cause!

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    1. Thank you so much, Dana! And yes, that set is super cute! Make sure you get yourself one before they sell out…!!

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    1. Thank you! I thought they went perfect for that card as the official colour of Autism Awareness is royal blue. Plus I love blue and don’t need an excuse to use it.

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    1. Thank you so much, Patty! I love that cover plate too, so much in fact I made another 3 cards with it!! There was no stopping me once I got on a roll, lol!

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    1. Thank you so much, Allison! I’m so glad you liked it as I tried to get my understanding of autism across in a card, which can be a bit of a challenge but it’s so rewarding to hear that you like it and get what I wanted to “say”.

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  5. Both cards are great but your blue card is absolutely stunning! I love how it came out and now I covet that cover die even more… its been on my wish list! Will be coming back to explore the rest of your blog after hopping along. One of the side benefits of blog hops is finding new to me bloggers!

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    1. Hi Karen and welcome to my little glittery craft bubble! I’m so glad to hear you will be coming back, that is like music to my ears!
      That cover plate really is so lovely, I do hope you will treat yourself to it soon. I can absolutely see myself using it over and over again, I have all sorts of colour schemes in mind already.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment, Deepti! I really appreciate you taking the time to stop by and leave me one, I’m so glad you like the cards too!

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  6. Such great cards! I just love that second one. Autistic people are pretty awesome. I had a cousin who was autistic and while I didn’t see him often he was a joy. When he passed away a little sunshine left the world. I love the symbolism tied into the gray coloring and I think this card looks very elegant.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and for stopping by Annette! I’m very sorry to hear you lost your cousin, hugs to you.

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  7. Erica, your cards are beautiful. The thoughtfulness and love that went into creating each one is a testament to the wonderful person that you are. Thank you for saying yes, and thank you for being a friend. You helped make the Stamping For Autism Awareness Blog Hop a total success. 💙

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    1. Aww, thank YOU for asking me to be part of it! I loved it and I’m so glad you like the cards, I really wanted them to say more than what just the sentiment says and I’m so pleased it seems I managed, without chewing anyones ears off…! LOL!

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    1. Thank you so much! It’s always lovely to hear someone enjoys my creations so thank you extra much for stopping by and leaving me a ray of sunshine!

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  8. thank you for supporting this wodnerful blog hop and sharing your experience with autism too.. it touches so many …
    I love both your cards .. especially the details and words on first card.. and on second card..I had to smile at you saying this card was a lot of work but worth it (and I agree!).. like me I jump in at deep end too.
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

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    1. Lol, we sound like two peas in a pod! I don’t have the patience to watch tutorials and how-to’s before trying something new either, I just get stuck right in and hope for the best!
      I’m very happy to hear you like the cards, it always brightens my day to hear someone enjoys what I have created.

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    1. Thank you, Helen! I really wanted to make more than just a couple of cards, I wanted them to “say” something beyond what the sentiment says. I’m so glad you like them!

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    1. Hi Lisa and welcome to my little crafty, glittery corner of the internet! Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you will be back soon.

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  9. Gorgeous cards, Erica! The polygon cover plate die is a new one to me and I really love the tone-on-tone mosaic you created with it. Just beautiful and perfect for this amazing blog hop. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration today, and for helping to draw awareness to needs of families and people whose precious lives are impacted by this condition!

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment and for hopping along! I’m so glad to hear you like my cards as I put a lot of thought into them. I really wanted them to “say” something beyond what the sentiment say. Hopefully a few people have been inspired to further their understanding of autism after this hop.

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    1. Thank you so much, Heather, it’s heartwarming to hear someone praising your creations so thank you for that and for hopping along with us!

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    1. Thank you so much, Beverly! I’m so glad you like the cards. Alcohol inks are absolutely addictive and so much fun!

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  10. Such a great design on both of your cards. I love the idea with the cut out elements to move them a bit, but still have them in place. Thank you for the inspiration and for supporting this initiative.
    Kind regards from stempelfrida

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    1. Thank you so much, Stempelfrida! I put a lot of thought into these cards as I wanted them to say something more than just what the sentiment say, so I’m very happy to hear you like them.

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    1. Thank you so much, Ishani! It’s always heartwarming to hear someone enjoys your creations and especially when it’s for a great cause! I hope you enjoyed the rest of the hop!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kelly! I really wanted the cards to say more than what just the sentiment says and it’s wonderful to hear that an Autism Mama totally get what I wanted to get across so thank you extra much for that ❤️ Hugs to you and your babies!

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    1. Aw, thank you so much, Kari! I’m so glad to hear you like them and can see what I wanted to get across, beyond the sentiment, with them.

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  11. Both of your cards are so awesome!
    I love the shades of blue in the first one
    and the shades of gray circles is a great
    way to show the various type of Autism 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Lucy! That was exactly my thinking behind that card so I’m really happy to hear you like the idea!

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  12. I just wanted to let you know that both of your cards are very lovely.
    Like the one with the blue colours very much.
    Like you wrote there is always someone who knows someone or somebody that has Autism in the family or among their friends, and this blog will help a lot I think.

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    1. Aw, Carla, that’s so lovely of you. Thank you so much for stopping by and for taking the time to leave me a comment, I really appreciate it!

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