Stampin’ Up! Autism Matters Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Autism Matters Leadership Blog Hop!

The intent of our blog hop today is to raise awareness and funds for autism related research, resources and services for those affected by autism and to advocate for the needs of those with autism.  Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as on the autism spectrum–a ten-fold increase in prevalence in 40 years.  It is now more common in the United States than pediatric AIDS, juvenile diabetes, and childhood cancer combined.

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you probably already know this part…if you’re new to my blog, you’ll see why I jumped right in with this hop!

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Raising awareness and funds for research and services for those with autism is very near and dear to me…I have a daughter with autism.  If you’re interested in reading more about our story, you can click over to this page on my blog.

Since Autism Speaks encourages everyone to, “Light It Up Blue” for the month of April to raise awareness, I’ve tried to do just that with my project today.  I used the Perfect Pennants and Timeless Textures stamp sets as well as the Rose Garden Thinlits Dies to create my card to share.

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Fun Kids Artwork Note Cards – Stampin’ Up!

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you probably know that I have a daughter with Autism.  One of her very favorite activities is painting.  She will paint with watercolors, finger paints, regular paints, really any type of paint.  We’ve got stacks and stacks of her little works of art (she can do 4-5 in a given session) and I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with all of them.

When my Mother-in-law asked me to make her some note cards with the sentiment that I’d used on my card for World Autism Awareness Day (you can see that card here), I had an idea…and this is what I made for her.

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Perfect Pennants Good Thoughts Card – Stampin’ Up!

I used the Perfect Pennants and matching Banner Framelits from Stampin’ Up! to create my card to share today.  My card design was loosely inspired by Seize the Sketch #21.

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Spiral Spins Hello – Stampin’ Up!

I used the Spiral Spins and Perfect Pennants stamp sets from Stampin’ Up! to create my card to share with you today.  My card design was inspired by Mojo Monday 341.

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Undefined from Stampin’ Up!

Some of you may know that today is World Autism Awareness Day.  What most of you probably don’t know is that my younger daughter is autistic.  I created a personal stamp using Stampin’ Up!’s Undefined Stamp Carving Kit with one of the autism awareness symbols, a puzzle.  And I made it a heart shape just for my daughter.  🙂

The Undefined stamps are really easy to carve, if I can do it, anyone can!  I found the puzzle piece heart image online, printed it out, traced over it with a pencil, transferred the pencil tracing onto the rubber by scribbling on the back of the image with my pencil, then carved it with the tools that were included in the kit.  Super simple and it only took me about 15 minutes to make this stamp.

My card design was inspired by the Stamping and Blogging SB50 Sketch Challenge.  Be sure to click on the links at the bottom of my post to see the other Stamping and Blogging Design Team Members creations.

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Perfect Pennants Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Card – Stampin’ Up!

I’ve been seeing fabulous cards posted all over Pinterest that use the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch from Stampin’ Up! for the closure.  They are so easy to make!  I found the instructions in this video from Miriam Castanho Bollinger and I used the same measurements and punch techniques to create my card base.  And just in case you were wondering, the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch is back in stock at Stampin’ Up! and is shipping out to those of you who’ve got it on backorder.  🙂

My card design was inspired by the Mojo Monday 337 sketch.

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Baby, We’ve Grown Easter Treat Holder & New Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up!

When I saw the Dynamic Duos #93 colors this week, I immediately thought of spring and Easter.  So I pulled out my favorite little bunny image from the Stampin’ Up! stamp set called Baby, We’ve Grown and I went to work stamping bunnies and flowers to create a treat holder for Easter goodies.

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