Hello everyone and welcome to CaCaCraft by Erica!
I am so excited to be participating in the first I Care Blog Hope to benefit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on World Suicide Prevention Day 2018!!
Joanne Soukup of Perky Penny Paper Arts©, in collaboration with Simon Says Stamp©, organized this blog hop to raise money and awareness for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and World Suicide Prevention Day. When she contacted me, I knew right away that I wanted to join in!
I have experienced the devastating effects of loosing someone to suicide as well as having a younger sister who tried to commit suicide but luckily was brave enough to call for help before it was too late. Man, that was one of the most awful phone calls I have ever received. Even with the news that she would physically be ok, it shook me to my absolute core that she felt bad enough mentally that she even thought this was a possible solution. A siblings go, we bicker a lot and have had our ups and down, but I’m so glad that she made it.
When I was around 17 years old, a friend of my then boyfriend’s committed suicide over a broken heart and I still remember so vividly seeing him being absolutely broken over it. It wasn’t the first time I had heard about suicided of course, but the first time I personally saw the devastation, heartbreak and questions the departed leave behind. Coming from a small community, it was many around us who were affected, not to mention shocked that this had actually happened. What I find most heartbreaking about people choosing suicide is that they all think their friends and family will be better off without them and nobody will miss them (that’s the evil voices of depression speaking) but that is never, ever true. EVER!
I hope you will find the will and the motivation to reach out for help if you ever feel that suicide is a possible way out for you. Please do not listen to those voices saying it will solve everything for you. Because you matter, you are loved and the world will be a bleaker place without you.
The card I have made for this hop is made with bright colours and plenty of sparkle, in the hope that someone who needs a pick-me-up, will see it and find some joy in it. The sentiment I chose is also a straight to the point one: You are loved. There are several sweet and encouraging sentiments in the stamp set I Care, which you can find at Simon Says Stamps.
To start with I used a homemade marker chart to create a turn-about background stamp, and after dusting my card stock with anti-static tool, I stamped the four quadrants with VersaMark ink and sprinkled white embossing powder all over it. Once that was set with my heat tool it was time to get to work with my Distress Oxides inks and the Mini Cloud Edges stencil from MFT Stamps.
Working from the top to the bottom, I used so many different colours ranging from lilac, through blues, greens and finally yellows to create a really colourful and fantastical sky behind the messages heat embossed.
On a small banner I had cut out using MFT Stamps Essential Fish Sentiment Strips, I stamped the message ‘You are loved’ in Salted Ocean and mounted to the middle of the card using foam tape.
To draw the eye in to the message (and because I adore sequins) I added lots of different sized ones from PPP Sparkling Clear Mix. Bigger ones around the edges of the card and smaller towards the middle. It ended up being quite a few sequins… maybe 25?? Oh well, as this card is aimed at someone who probably isn’t feeling very sparkly themselves, I figured it was ok to add lots in the hopes that the sparkliness (apparently NOT a word!) will rub off on them. Also, some of the sequins are strategically placed next to words like ‘enough’, ‘loved’, ‘amazing’ and ‘you’. Again, in the hopes that the words will be seen and rubbed off on the recipient so they realised they ARE loved, they ARE enough and they ARE amazing, just as they are.
That’s it from me for today but there are plenty of other fabulous and inspiring projects to check out along the hop, Joanne has all of the links on her blog, so please visit her blog to see everyone’s amazing creations, read their personal stories, and donate by ordering the I Care Stamps set from Simon Says Stamp.
Thanks for stopping by and happy hopping!
Lots of love from Erica