Crafty, Stamping

Light It Up Blue

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Today I’m lighting it up blue in support of World Autism Awareness Day. And I’m in good company: a great group of crafty folks are sharing their experiences and creations to as part of the Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness Blog Hop. The list of sponsors is long and the list of contributors is even longer, but if you learn even one new thing about autism along the way, the hop will be worth it. If you leave a comment here, or at any of the other blog posts in the hop before April 6, you’ll have a chance to win one of the many prizes contributed by our generous sponsors.

Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue

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This is a pretty simple card, made with Lil’ Inker Designs’ Piece of Me stamps and Puzzle Pieces dies. I stamped the base with a cascade of puzzle pieces, then used the coordinating dies to cut a piece out of a stitched rectangle mat. I backed the mat with a piece of ridiculously sparkly silver paper and dropped a tiny blue heart into the negative die cut. My blue-obsessed kid totally approves.

And finally, a little about why autism awareness and this blog hop are important to me:

A few years ago, my son’s preschool teachers started dropping words and phrases like “not typical” and “extreme” instead of the usual “adorable” or “wicked smart”. They recommended developmental assessments. The kind that lead to all kinds of intimidating diagnoses that keep parents up at night. I did a lot of research, read countless articles, and even interviewed our family for things I might have missed (during which, my mom mentioned that learning more about autism over the years made her wonder if I had undiagnosed Asperger’s). Almost every bit of that research (and subsequent maternal epiphany) was made possible by the people fighting to change the visibility and perception of autism.

While Tom’s evaluations didn’t reveal enough of a developmental delay to warrant early interventions or vigorous pursuit of a diagnosis, the results did make us aware that he’s not neurotypical. And that’s OK. Seeing celebrities and regular people talk about their ASD, ADHD, and other disorders publicly has made it safer. Knowing that he’s different–not just difficult –has made it a little easier to cope, not to mention opening us up to a world of resources and advice for raising and educating kids who aren’t like the rest.

48 Comments

  • KT Fit Kitty

    April 2, 2015

    Wow, this is amazing! Perfect card for the hop! Love the sparkle!

  • Krissy

    April 2, 2015

    I LOVE this card!!! Everything about it!

  • Jessica

    April 2, 2015

    Great job I really love this card. Thank you so much for being part of this blog hop for such a great cause!!Happy Stamping/Keep Moving Forward!! I love the sparkles on this card. :)

    Jessica Lynn
    http://jessicalynnoriginalstamps.blogspot.com/

  • Melissa Beattie

    April 2, 2015

    Lovley card & thank you for sharing your story. More people do definitely need to be made aware of Autism and Asperger’s.

  • Tenia Nelson

    April 2, 2015

    This is such a super CUTE card!! Thanks for sharing your story and thanks for participating in this AWESOME hop!! You ROCK, dearie!!

  • Taunya Butler

    April 2, 2015

    WOW – I appreciate you and your candor and your story!! Thank you for sharing not only that part of you but this awesome card also!!! I really like the ridiculously sparkly(to use your words) silver paper – IT LOOKS SO AWESOME!! What a great card – adding that set to my ever growing Lil’ Inkers wish list!! Have an amazing day!!

  • wendy

    April 2, 2015

    great card love your design !

  • Miriam Prantner

    April 2, 2015

    I love the stamped puzzle piece background. What a great card!

    • Veronica Themm

      April 2, 2015

      Sarah, I am sure it helped a lot, from all the learning you did while you researched it! Sometimes just knowing what it is, is a big relief and it makes it easier to deal with. I love the card!

  • Shelly

    April 2, 2015

    This is so pretty, Sarah! And thanks for sharing your story…<3 Hugs

  • Jen Carter

    April 2, 2015

    Great card Sarah! I love how you made your focal point with the cutout puzzle piece!

  • Angela

    April 2, 2015

    Simple yet effective card.

  • Amy#8546(TheTigersHaven)

    April 2, 2015

    Your card may be simple but it is amazing. Thanks for being apart of the hop. And thank you for your story. I send encouragement your way.

  • Brandi R

    April 2, 2015

    Love this! GREAT card!! Thank you for joining the hop ♥

  • Vanessa

    April 2, 2015

    Your card is just so sweet. Thanks for sharing your story with us. Sending hugs to you and your special little guy! <3

  • D.Ann C

    April 2, 2015

    Fab card… perf for this hop! Hugs for you and your sweetie!

  • ~amy~

    April 2, 2015

    Your card is perfect…I’m such a fan of your work and style.

    Sarah, thanks for sharing your story.

  • Denise Bryant

    April 2, 2015

    Awesome puzzle piece card! Love it!!! Perfect for the Light It Up Blue hop!

  • Tracie Pond

    April 2, 2015

    Amazing creation, Sarah! Love how you added the heart to the puzzle piece =)

  • VikiB

    April 3, 2015

    Simple, yes, but very touching.Thanks for participating!

  • Kristie G.

    April 3, 2015

    Perfect card! Love the puzzle pieces!

  • Monika Reeck

    April 3, 2015

    Sarah I love the idea to stamp many puzzle there on the blue card stock
    cute little heart in blue and lovely glittery paper there..
    AWESOME MADE
    hugs,
    Monika
    (I love and proud to join this hop and hope you like to hop back to my card it is #155)

  • Anne

    April 3, 2015

    I was delighted to find this blog hop in aid of Autism as our 8yo son has low spectrum autism. He is a wonderful boy, much loved by many. Your card is brilliant! Thank you to all the sponsors for supporting this cause.

  • Eva

    April 3, 2015

    OMG!!! I love your card!!! It is perfect.
    Thanks for sharing your personal story.
    Hugs and kisses;)

  • Yolanda Garrido

    April 3, 2015

    Your card rocks! I love the sentiment!

  • Paula

    April 3, 2015

    I really like how you removed the puzzle piece from the embelly & placed a red heart where it goes

  • Michele K. Henderson

    April 3, 2015

    I love your glittery puzzle piece! Great design idea adorable card!

  • Amber P

    April 4, 2015

    Awesome card! Loving this hop! My baby boy (14-year-old, Jake) has Autism, so this is close to my heart!

  • Liz Cavill

    April 4, 2015

    Stunning card! Such a beautiful design. The silver looks perfect with the blue. xx

  • Becca Cruger

    April 4, 2015

    Your card is gorgeous but your amazing, resilient spirit is even more gorgeous. Your little guy is so lucky to have you for a momma.

  • c

    April 4, 2015

    Thank you for sharing your connection with autism, and especially, for creating a most impressive card for this wonderful cause. Your puzzle pieces card is simple, stunning and fabulous!
    ~c

  • Helen F.

    April 4, 2015

    Love this card and that sentiment :-)

  • Lieve

    April 4, 2015

    Pretty simple card ? Just a great card !!! A real eyechatcher. I love it !
    Thank you for sharing a bit of your and your sons story with us.
    Happy Easter weekend !

  • D~DesignsByDragonfly

    April 4, 2015

    I saw you at the Light It Up for Autism Awareness hop and came over to take a closer look.
    I loVe your wonderful card. Thanks for sharing and for helping to raise Autism Awareness.
    Crafty hugs,
    Dawn
    DesignsbyDragonfly {blogspot}

  • Mynn xx

    April 4, 2015

    Sarah, thank you for sharing a piece of you along with your card. Your son is so lucky to have you as his mom! This card is absolutely BRILLIANT! LOVE it! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  • jerrie

    April 4, 2015

    I love your background and how you switched it up with the white and cut the puzzle piece out. Very nice!

  • Sandie Strickland

    April 5, 2015

    Your story is touching. Your card is inventive and lovely. I have two autistic children. Thank you for supporting this cause.

  • Dana W

    April 5, 2015

    Thanks for sharing your story! Very touching!! And your card is fabulous!! Love the rectangle with the cut out!!

  • Jessica H.

    April 5, 2015

    This is the absolute perfect card for this cause. Love that you used the puzzle piece and that little blue heart was such a perfect touch!

  • Jessi

    April 5, 2015

    How I love your card! Every element is perfect. And ((hugs)) and fist bumps to a fellow mom :) I’m so glad you could join in this hop that is making my heart sing :)

  • Ruby N

    April 5, 2015

    This is a beautiful card. Thank you for sharing your story with us and for participating ♥

  • Ann

    April 5, 2015

    Wonderful card, love the heart in the puzzle piece.

  • Sue D

    April 5, 2015

    I like the puzzle theme and thanks for sharing your story.

  • Amanda

    April 5, 2015

    Love this, I need that puzzle die, what a cute card!

  • Mary R

    April 5, 2015

    Adorable project. Thanks for Shining a Light.

  • Janis in ID

    April 6, 2015

    Thank you so much for sharing your lovely card and your story. Prayers and hugs for you as you guide your amazing son into the future. I have a 28 yr old daughter who is an Aspy. We are all in this together, my friend.
    Thanks for participating in this important hop!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

  • Lynn Hardy

    April 6, 2015

    Such a lovely sparkly card! It’s so interesting to read your story too – hugs x

  • TracyM #6773

    April 6, 2015

    BEAUTIFUL card!!!
    LOVE your falling puzzle pieces and your sentiment panel with the SPARKLE in the negative space, along with the cute blue heart – LOVE IT ALL!!!
    This blog hop has been such a wonderful event that helps make us all appreciate all the more that EVERYONE has a story, EVERYONE IS SPECIAL and a little LOVE goes a long way!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION and being part of this AMAZING event for a great cause :)

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