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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Light It Up Blue for Autism Blog Hop


Welcome to a very special blog hop called "Light it Up Blue for Autism"!  April is Autism Awareness month.  I have quite a few friends who have children with autism.  I took a look at the Autism Speaks website and was stunned to find that 1 in every 68 kids has autism.  1 in 68!  I found a convicting article about how having a child with autism affects both the parents and the other siblings in the family.  Let me tell you, it really makes you think!  Do we really recognize and appreciate what families go through when they have a child with special needs, be it autism or any other "thing" that we label "different"?  

How can we as individuals, as friends, as family members, as neighbors be a light to those who may need an extra lift, a little extra understanding, some patience, some love?  How can we light up THEIR lives?  I guess that is what my challenge is to myself because of this blog hop.  Can I be more conscientious to be a light to a mom who needs a break?  To a child who needs a little extra care and understanding?  Because by being a blessing, I am also blessed through them.

So my card today is dedicated to the families out there who face autism every day, every hour, every minute of every day.

Jen Carter Lil' Inker Autism Blue

Love. Always.

Jen Carter Lil' Inker Autism Blue Closeup

I used 2 sizes of the Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Mats: Dual Stitched Squares (LOVE!!) to cut out all three of my dual stitched square pieces.  I watercolored with various blues onto the smallest square and then stamped with VersaFine ink the Pieces of Me puzzle piece which seemed to be the perfect fit for this blog hop as the puzzle piece is the symbol for autism.  The sentiments are stamped from a set called All About Ampersand.

There are many fantastic sponsors that have shown their support for Autism Awareness and you can see the complete list here. If you would like a chance to win a prize from one of these fabulous companies leave a comment on this blog, and any of the other blogs participating in today's hop! Winners will be chosen at random and will be announced on Monday, April 6.

Thank you for joining me today and be sure to check out all of the other participants in today's hop here!

Stitched Mats: Dual Stitched Squares
All About Ampersand
Pieces of Me

I'm also linking this card up over at The Challenge blog!

Supplies: 
Dies: Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Mats: Dual Stitched Squares
Stamps: Lil' Inker Designs Pieces of Me & All About Ampersand
Cardstock: Master's Touch Watercolor paper, SU! Pacific Point
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Here & Now
Enamel Dot: MME Charmed
Ink: Fresh Ink & Amuse

88 comments:

  1. Perfect, Jen! I wanted to use the puzzle pieces from Lil' Inker too but just couldn't get my card to come together. You sure rocked it. :)

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  2. Gorgeous card! Love your CAS design!

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  3. A fabulous card and a great blog hop!
    Kath

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  4. So LOVE your card!!! Thanks so much for participating in this AWESOME hop!! You ROCK!!

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  5. Love your card. Hope the hop is a huge success. It is for such a good cause. Happy Autism Awareness Day. Ann xxx

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  6. Love this gorgeous design, Jen!

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  7. What a great card! I love the simplicity!

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  8. i REALLY love this card.... Simple & sweet !!

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  9. Your puzzle card: perfect x awesome! Fabulous!
    ~c

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  10. You are so kind and your card is perfect for this BLog Hop! I love it!

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  11. 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!!

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

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  12. Great CAS card. Love the puzzle piece!

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  13. Beautiful post and card, Jen!!! Thank you for the inspiration!!

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  14. Beautiful card! Love the puzzle piece with blue.

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  15. Sweet card!! Love the little puzzle piece!!

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  16. Lovely card! Thank you so much for joining the LIUB Blog Hop!

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  17. Wonderful card, love the puzzle piece against the striped background.

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  18. Love the bold and simple nature of this card!

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  19. Beautiful card! Simple and cute
    Kisses;)

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  20. 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.

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  21. Such a very cool card!!!
    Hugs,
    Karen.xx

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  22. Your post tugged at my heartstrings as I thought of my dear brother and sister-in-law who have 2 boys in the Autistic spectrum - they never get to go out because they can;t go anywhere with the boys because they act out in unknown situations - just a reminder to me that they need my LOVE ALWAYS!! Your card is beautiful, wonderfully styled and it touched my heart - THANK YOU!! Also thanks so much for participating and supporting this hop!! I hope you have a REALLY GREAT day!!!

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  23. Oh your sentiments made me cry and I don't even have a child with Autism...snf. That is certainly the message we can all live by. I love your card with the puzzle piece and it's so perfect for this hop. Hugs.

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  24. Wonderful card! That striped paper is a perfect touch for this theme! Thank you for joining the hop ♥♥

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  25. Simple but powerful. love your card

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  26. I love your puzzle piece idea! Very cute!

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  27. I love your card. Lovely design. xx

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  28. WHat a great CAS card. It speaks volumes!

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  29. Love the stitching details! Very sweet CAS design!

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  30. What a neat card. Your details are wonderful. It is awesome you honor your card to all the families. Thanks for being apart of the hop.

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  31. Beautiful card for a great cause.

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  32. very cute~great design!!! love simple :)

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  33. I love the puzzle piece framed and all the stitching!

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  34. Perfect implementation of the puzzle piece =)

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  35. Super Cute! Happy World Autism Awareness Day!

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  36. Nice, clean design. Love the vibrant blue on the puzzle piece.

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  37. Great card! Thanks for participating!

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  38. Such a sweet card. Thanks for sharing that article. I have two children with autism. Thank you for supporting this cause.

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  39. This is genius! LOVE the puzzle piece and I adore the rainbow striped paper, too! Fabulous card! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

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  40. Oh Jen, you made me cry (again!) I love your card. I love your post. Thank you so much for taking part in this hop that is just making my heart sing :)

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  41. What a cute card! This is a great way to raise awareness about autism.

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  42. Love the puzzle piece on your card - so perfect for the hop!

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  43. love the middle of your card with that blue jigsaw puzzle...
    sweet card you made

    hugs,
    Monika
    (I love and proud to join this hop and hope you like to hop back to my card it is #155)

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  44. Love the frames and bright colors.

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  45. Very nice card design for this cause.

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  46. Beautiful card...just perfect for this challenge, and your words were so thought provoking...thank you for sharing.

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  47. Beautiful and simplistic. I love it. Nice work! facebook.com/wavingmywand

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  48. very nice CAS card, great focal point

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  49. Jen, you always amaze me! LOVE this card and your post is just perfect.

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  50. Lovely card with a great sentiment - it says it all, unless it's only 2 words.

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  51. Sniffle* The thought process behind your CAS card is so amazing. LOVE!

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  52. What a great card Jen, and I agree with you, that we should all be lights to everyone and help those that need it most! <3
    Hugs,
    Nina-Marie :)

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  53. amazing card... love the clean, crisp design!

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  54. Really love the simplicity of this card, great job.

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

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  56. Oh my---you have the perfect stamp for this blog hop...super fun with the stripes to make it shine! ♥ Sue Kment

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  57. Your Light it Up card warms my heart... thank you for participating in such an awesome hop and for sharing your gorgeous card with The Challenge!
    =] Michele

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  58. 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}

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  59. I can see that puzzle pieces stamp set used in a lot of great ways!

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  60. Thank you from the deepest part of my being for sharing that awesome link about parenting a child on the autism spectrum. The tears just won't stop flowing. My Aspy daughter is 28 now and I so wish we had known things about coping and parenting her like the ones shared in that article years ago. Resources just weren't available back then. I also appreciated that it dealt with the siblings, too. The article described our younger son (who is the "older brother") to a tee. Thank you so much for sharing this important article and for participating in this helpful and healing hop.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  61. Terrific card. I like the stripes and puzzle piece.

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  62. Great design and perfect use of the puzzle piece image! Thanks for joining us for the first anniversary celebration at The Challenge!

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  63. Fabulous card and a very thought provoking and well written post - thank you!

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  64. Thank you for supporting this cause and for sharing your sweet little card!

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  65. FABULOUS card - LOVE the design Jen!!!
    TRULY APPRECIATE the wonderful words of support too!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION and being part of this AMAZING event for a great cause :)

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  66. What a perfect image for this blog hop! Fabulous card!

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  67. Wonderful card! Thank you for sharing!!!

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  68. Sweet card, great cause!!!!!!

    Thanks for joining us at The Challenge on our Anniversary Linky Party Celebration! Sure hope that you join us again for a BRAND NEW exciting challenge tomorrow! -YAY!!!

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  69. What a fabulous card. So glad to participate in such a fun and talented way to raise awareness.

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  70. I absolutely LOVE your design! Thank you for joining us at The Challenge!

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  71. Great way to showcase and bring emphasis on the puzzle piece.

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