Hi, crafty friends. Today’s post is extra special to me. Today is World Autism Awareness Day and I’m taking part in the Autism Awareness Blog Hop to celebrate my son.
My son (Aiden) was diagnosed two years ago with Autism and it has changed our lives. While Aiden may face challenges on a daily basis, his challenges do not define him. He is a very smart, funny, and affectionate six year old that lights up the room. He may be different, but he is awesome.
I created three cards using THIS new stamp and THIS die set from Taylored Expressions. Taylored Expressions is donating a portion of the sales of these products to the Autism Society during the month of April.
For the first card…
I die-cut the puzzle die several times and adhered all the pieces on a white background that was covered with adhesive. I temporarily adhered it to the card base and die-cut THIS heart die to create a window. I stamped a coordinating sentiment on the acetate using THIS ink and stamped tiny hearts from THIS stamp set on some of the puzzle pieces.
I also added a blue puzzle piece to the background and a picture of Aiden to the inside of the card so it would peek through the heart window.
For the second card…
I wanted to create a shaker card. I love the sentiment from the set that is geared towards teachers. I can’t say enough good things about the teachers who care for Aiden. They are amazing. He even has relationships with a few staff members there aren’t his specific teacher but go out of their way to bond with him. I wanted to make this card for one of them. She is a special needs teacher down the hall that he adores.
I created a shaker card by die-cutting two of THESE dies together to make a frame. I stamped the sentiment on acetate just like the first card. I adhered some of the puzzle piece die-cuts down on a black note card and then placed sequins and heart embellishments on top. I rubbed down the acetate piece with THIS to remove any static and adhered the frame on top using two layers of THIS foam tape.
For the last card, I created a similar background as the first card but I used an alcohol ink background. I die-cut the piece using THIS heart die and stamped a sentiment using THIS ink. I adhered the heart to a larger white heart for a mat and then to the card base created from a larger heart.
As I mentioned, these cards are part of a blog hop. Click HERE for the next stop on the hop and visit the talented, Amy Tsuruta. You can start at the beginning of the Blog Hop (and find out info. about prizes ) HERE.
Before I go, I want to leave you with a quote from Dr. Temple Grandin, one of the most renowned autism advocates in the world. She says, “Different not less.” I think if we approach any disability with kindness and understanding that everyone is different, this world would be a better place
Thanks for stopping by today. I appreciate your support.