2018 Autism Awareness Blog Hop

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.

LINKS TO SUPPLIES USED:
*You can find the Autism stamp set HERE and the puzzle die HERE


Also, a big thank you to the sponsors…


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137 Comments

  1. Kelsey Thomas
    April 5, 2018

    So cute!

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  2. Carly pool
    April 5, 2018

    Wow! Loving all the shaker cards! They are Beautiful! I love the puzzle piece dies!

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  3. Kelly
    April 5, 2018

    The subtlety of the last card is so great

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  4. Heather DePasquale
    April 5, 2018

    These cards are each perfect. Such great ideas. I love the puzzle piece as a symbol for Autism. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Angie B
    April 5, 2018

    Awww! All three of your cards are stunning. The one with Alden grabs my heart!! So very sweet!! Big Hugs!!! I am an autism mom of 21 years. Our son is doing well and in college. When he comes home it’s like energy walks in and when he leaves it’s as if the air has left the building. There were long hard days but thankfully we made it through them. Hugs!!!!

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  6. stempelfrida
    April 5, 2018

    Your projects are all wonderful! Thank you for supporting this initiative.
    Kind regards from stempelfrida

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  7. Miriam Prantner
    April 5, 2018

    Wonderfully sweet cards as is that photo of your son! Love that he is thriving and your family is too!

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  8. Holly
    April 4, 2018

    Every single project you made was precious but that one with your son just melted my heart!

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  9. Maura
    April 4, 2018

    Love this puzzle set and so glad to hear your son is doing so well! My daughter teaches kids with autism, so this cause is near to my heart also!

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  10. Kenisha
    April 4, 2018

    Love the idea of card #1 I kno someone that would melt if he got one like that for his grandson

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  11. Helen
    April 4, 2018

    Heather, what a fabulous selection of cards for this blog hop. The one with the photo is so touching. Thanks for sharing everything!

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  12. Cathy Lillie
    April 4, 2018

    Such sweet cards! My favorite is the one with your adorable son. I love that stamp set by Taylored Expressions. It has such wonderful sentiments.

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  13. Amante del Papel
    April 4, 2018

    This cards are adorable!

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  14. Arianna Barbara
    April 4, 2018

    Wow! All your cards are totally gorgeous!!! The heart shaped one is my fav! Colors are amazing!!!

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  15. Veronica Zalis
    April 4, 2018

    Heather, your projects and your post were beautiful. Your son Aiden is a lucky little boy to have you for a Mommy. I’m happy he has touched the hearts of the teachers and aides that work with him at school. I’m thankful Jennifer M introduced us, and I’m thankful to gain another Autism Mommy crafting friend. We all have to stick together. It’s hard sometimes, sometimes it’s hard a lot of the time but we just have to make it through because at the end of the day all that matter is love, and those precious gifts that came in a different package then other kids. Thank you for your part in making the Stamping For Autism Awareness Blog Hop such a huge success! 🌈💙

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