Monday, April 2, 2018

2018 Stamping For Autism Awareness Blog Hop


 Hello! Happy World Autism Awareness Day! My name is Veronica Zalis, the host  and organizer of today's Stamping For Autism Awareness Blog Hop. As many in the stamping community know I have a 10 year old son with non verbal autism. Today I am THRILLED to be here along with so many of my dear friends, and amazing stamp companies as we help bring Autism Awareness to the stamping community. 



    My son Cameron was  officially diagnosed when he was 5. Up to that age his pediatricians thought he was just a "late talker" and that he had a few "quirks". Cameron doesn't display many of the classic autism characteristics. A day with Cameron is actually not that different from a day with any other kid. He loves Disney, listening to music, and organizing his extensive DVD collection.  He doesn't speak but he communicates via smart device and is an extremely advanced typist and speller. I am so very thankful for that. He has no problem letting us know what he is feeling, which 99% of the time is pure joy. We consider ourselves lucky, yes, LUCKY. Cameron has autism, but there are so many that have so many more challenges associated with an Autism diagnosis. Our life isn't always easy but we can't imagine what our lives would be like without him. 

    “Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine,” - Alan Turing, creator of the first computer used to break codes during WW II.

     When I started organizing this hop I couldn't believe how quickly stamp companies enthusiastically offered to sponsor AND take part in the Stamping For Autism Awareness Blog Hop. These are the generous and just flat out fantastic companies that have donated over $1,100 in prizes!!



Altenew - 2 - $30 Gift Certificates




Avery Elle -$30 Gift Certificate




Brutus Monroe - $25 Gift Certificate







Chibitronics - $30 Chibitronics kit

Craftin Desert Divas- $25 Gift Certificate

Ellen Hutson - $30 Gift Certificate

Heffy Doodle - $35 Gift Certificate


Hero Arts - $25 Gift Certificate

Honey Bee Stamps - $30 Gift Certificate

Jennifer McGuire Ink - $100 SimonSaysStamp Gift Certificate

Lawn Fawn - $25 Gift Certificate

Lil’ Inker Designs - $35 Gift Certificate

My Favorite Things - $25 Gift Certificate


Newton's Nook Designs - $25 Gift Certificate

Pink and Main - $25 Gift Certificate

Pretty Pink Posh - $30 Gift Certificate

Reverse Confetti - $25 Gift Certificate

Right at Home - $20 Gift Certificate

Sandy Allnock - Sponsor - 3 slots online class

Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine - Melissa Phillips

Stampendous - 3 - Everyday Chicks Stamp and die set - (Prize available to USA residents only)


Stampin’ Up - Stamp With Tami - 2 SU Sunshine and Rainbow stamp and die bundles




Studio Katia - 2 -$25 gift certificates



SugarPea Designs - $25 Gift Certificate

Sunny Studio Stamps - $25 Gift Certificate

Taylored Expressions - $25 Gift Certificate

Technique Tuesday - (Love You To Pieces stamp and die set) $25 value





The Greeting Farm - $30 Gift Certificate

The Ton - 1 stamp set of your choice


Top Flight Stamps - $20 Gift Certificate

Waffle Flower Crafts - 2 - $25 Gift Certificates

Your Next Stamp - $25 Gift Certificate

 Today I am excited to share two cards I created using the Brand New release from Taylored Expressions: "Look With Your Heart". Taylored Expressions is donating 25% of April sales of "Look With Your Heart" to  The Autism Society. Amazing!






To create my rainbow puzzle background I used the single puzzle metal die to create a stencil. It was time consuming, but easy! I am thrilled with the end result. I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink to create my bright, rainbow background. The striped ribbon is retired Stampin' Up! ribbon. I save EVERYTHING!




To create this card I used the negative die cut of the Stitched Heart Stax from My Favorite Things. I used three shades of Tim Holtz Blue Distress Oxide Ink. I heat embossed the sentiment using white Stampin' Up embossing powder. I did that before sponging the blue heart. The butterfly is from the MFT Beautiful Butterflies stamp and die set.



I invited a FANTASTIC group of designers and friends to join me today. The cards they created are absolutely amazing. Prizes will be chosen from the comments on this blog, and all of the designers posted below. 
Joscelyne Cutchens (Instagram)

       This is the fabulous group of designers that Tenia invited to join today's blog hop! Be sure to also visit and leave comments on their pages/blogs to increase your chances to win!



    The following companies have also created cards for the Stamping For Autism Awareness Blog Hop. Many companies are offering additional blog hop prizes from comments left on their company blogs and design team blogs!! Get prepared to be blown away..

Waffle Flower

My dear friend Joscelyne Cutchens designed a beautiful Autism Inspired stamp set:

                                   

A lot of people ask me what my favorite Autism charities are, these two are at the top of my list!

https://the-art-of-autism.com/

http://www.autism-society.org



If you would like to create a card to share please do and upload it to this gallery. One card per person please. Winners will also be chosen from the card gallery! You have until Sunday April 8th 11:55 PM to upload your cards. Winners will be announced on Tuesday April 10th.

                           


  Thank you so much for visiting today, have a wonderful day, and enjoy the rest of the Stamping For Autism Awareness Blog Hop!



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Kirsty Vittetoe said...

I appreciate all the effort you put in to this, what a great post and thank you to the amazing sponsors as well, thanks for sharing your awesome creations!

Pauline Abeysekera said...

Thank you so much. I love someone with autism too, so seeing all the generosity of spirit is a beautiful thing ❤️

Britney Ritchey said...

Thanks for bringing awareness to this worthy cause!

Kathy Schoening said...

Beautiful cards and thank you for organizing a hop to raise autism awareness.

Multiplicity Crafts said...

Wow - what a generous giveaway from all of the various companies! Amazing cards for a great cause!

Emma said...

Your blue heart and butterfly card is especially beautiful. Great blog hop!

Mirjam F said...

Thank you so much for starting this blog hop. I have Autism and I'm very thankful for the awareness you and all the participants are creating with this blog hop.

Betty J said...

Thank you for bringing focus to autism and making this world a better place.

Beth B. said...

My son is on the spectrum. Sometimes I turn to card making as a stress reliever on difficult days. Thanks for bringing awareness to this cause and great cards.

Loly Borda said...

Thank you so much for organizing this event! I love when our awesome crafting community gets together for such an important cause! Your son's smile is contagious! Adorable boy! TFS

Sandy S. said...

Thanks to everyone for worked to put this together, what a wonderful cause! Love the cards and the stamps created for autism awareness cause. What a great hop.

Mary-Anne V said...

It was very nice to hear your story and a great way to bring increased awareness to Autism! Love your cards.

Holly Melanson said...

This warms my heart to see so much support for autism awareness. Absolutely love your cards and the messages they send!

Brandi R said...

Love when this hop comes around. My heart swells.
Love your cards too ♥

Melinda Fox said...

I absolutely love to see this, it shows that people can still be awesome in this crazy world we live in today!

Kristin M. said...

What a great hop for a great cause!

jan metcalf said...

Inspiring awareness for autism! Thank you!

Terri Burson said...

You're fella is such a handsome guy. Thanks for allowing me to be a part! Your cards are wonderful, Veronica!

funkycrafter said...

what a great thing to do. your cards say it all.

Good Kardma by Jules said...

What a great idea and it's heartwarming to see so many people and companies involved! I used to work with developmentally disabled adults, some of whom have autism, and it was such rewarding work. Thank you for the chances to win some AWESOME prizes!

stampingbowd said...

What a wonderful hop! Your cards are gorgeous! Your rainbow puzzle is amazing and I love blue card as well!!! I created a card in blue this year, last year I created one with the rainbow of colors. I LOVE the graphic at the bottom of your post with the sentiment about "whether we color the world our light it up blue...". Is it ok to grab it and use it on my own blog?
Our son was diagnosed with Aspbergers syndrome. He is doing well and in college right now but there were some very difficult days. Your son is adorable!!! I am so glad that he is able to communicate with you!!! Love and hugs!!!

Kym Maxwell said...

What a FANTASTIC hop you have put together to raise awareness. This is something that many people do not understand. Thank you so much for sharing your story as well as links to additional information. You are absolutely amazing and Cameron is LUCKY to have you too!! Big Hugs!!

kit kat said...

Wow! So wonderful to see so much love and support here. It's great to know that much love and joy is generated. Great reach for awareness 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 Thank you! Love the ideas and cards so heart warming and inspiring :)

sharon g said...

Thank you for organizing this blog hop. What a worthy cause!!! My son is on the spectrum.... I like your pretty butterfly on your card. It speaks of change...

Nana Griffin said...

A wonderful cause for h hop.

Nancy said...

Lovely cards and such a worthwhile project, bringing awareness. Looks like you've already got a lot of support, good luck!

ljcasselman said...

This is a great idea! We should do it more often!

Jeanne Newton said...

I love any thing rainbow. Great card

amymwz said...

On my husbands side of the family there is many children with autism. I love how many of the great companies I love are helping raise awareness. Makes me even prouder as a crafter our community cares.

Anushree Vaish said...

Great initiative for a good cause and it's so heart warming to see so many sponsors come up together for this noble cause! loved ur cards...so cheerful!!

Beccy Holiday said...

A great cause to raise awareness for.

Marcie Lovett said...

Thank you for this, Veronica. I am amazed that autism touches so many people's lives and I'm so happy to see the new stamp set. Those of us who have family members with autism know that it can be very challenging to get others to understand the people we love.

Cathy Lillie said...

What a fantastic idea to raise awareness! Lovely cards you created with the beautiful Autism inspired stamp by Taylored Expressions. It's wonderful (but not surprising) how the crafting community has gathered round to support you! Thank you for your time to organize this hop and also to the designers and the companies for their participation and sponsorship.

Card Happy One said...

Amazing job putting this hop together. I know it will bring so much awareness to so many!

Suzi said...

I won't be able to hop along, but I wanted to congratulate you on your amazing list of generous and talented friends! I personally know the blessing (and trials) of raising a special child. Cameron has a beautiful smile. I'm so glad he can communicate his joy.

Cindy Evanoff said...


thank you for all the organizing you have done for this awareness....my heart belongs to mental health and breast cancer

Maura R said...

Thanks for drawing attention to this important cause. My daughter teaches kids with autism and so this cause is near and dear to my heart!!! So glad your son is doing so well!

Nisha said...

Hi Veronica. Thank you for doing this awesome hop. There is so much to learn about autism. I am not shocked by the amount of companies who have donated. This means a lot to me because my nephew is autistic. The cards are so beautiful. He's 8 going on 9 in a few months. He is also non-verbal but is unable to communicate with any type of device. His parents, including myself and my mother have set up schedules for feed and interact with him on a daily basis. We keep things consistent. He does not like change. His favorite thing to do is listen to music and chasing his little 4 year old cousin around. I love my nephew so much and so happy to have him in my life. Thank you again Veronica and sharing about your son. Have a blessed day.

Iris said...

Your cards are beautiful - so bright and colorful. Great hop too. Good to see so many caring individuals and companies supporting a worthy cause.

Mia Cams said...

Hi, it is absolutely great to see so many people come together to raise Autism awareness. This is an amazing way to bring focus on art and the therapeutic aspects of it. I loved your both the vibrant colors of the puzzle card as well as Andrea Shell's little owl card. keep up the great work guys... :)

slgibbs1 said...

Beautiful card. I love the rainnbow background. I wuld never have tought to make a stencil from it! Very Crreative

~amy~ said...

Girl, you're a superstar. What a wonderful turnout this hop is having! Your projects are amazing. Thank you for all your hard work behind the scenes, I appreciate all the love that goes into everything.

I'd love to send Cameron a card, when you have a spare moment, would you shoot me your snail mail? He's a beautiful kid and you're a fabulous momma.

cghundley said...

Fabulous blog hop and
the cards are all so
amazing.
Carla from Utah

Patty said...

Your cards are beautiful & I applaud you for taking this bold & amazing step in bringing awareness to autistic children! My coworker has an autistic nephew that is in his teens now. I'm hoping to venture into all the blog posts if possible!!

Allison Sheppard Nokes said...

Thank you so much for bringing positive attention to autism!

susiefreckleface said...

Sandy, thank you for sharing - you are a wonderful person. Beautiful art work. My husband is a behavior technician and loves working with amazing families.

LC Lamothe said...

What a wonderful way to raise awareness and understanding! So heartwarming to see so many talented crafters and fabulous companies coming together for such an important cause.

Karen @ Misplaced Mojo said...

Your cards are awesome, I especially love the puzzle card!!! So bright and colorful! And those stamps are perfect! I worked in the school system for years in a support role and know how awesome these kids and families can be, and the struggles they go through too. Thank you for bringing this to light ;-) Crafters with a cause is a powerful force!

Deepti Aggarwal said...

What a great cause...Love this beautiful hop.. Love the cards you have made Veronica.. HUgs to you girl..Deepti

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Dear Veronica,
I was so touched to read your post about the blog hop. I have joined your blog and also subscribed.
We have two autistic lads in our family and so wanted to support this when I saw it on Jennifer's post. I shared my post on our WOYWW blog hop which is a Workdesk Wednesday blog hop and so should get you some more coverage especially in UK.
I pray for you and your brave son Cameron, may the LORD bless you in all ways.
The hard things on our life cause us to cling to Him more and not rest in our own strength so it is good.. hard, very very hard but good.
Prayer hugs, in Jesus' name,
Shaz in Oz.x

{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

Arianna Barbara said...

Wow! What amazing hop to raise autism awareness!!! Thanks for sharing Cameron's story!
Both your cards are adorable!!! Love so much your beautiful rainbow puzzle background! Off to hop! Can't wait to see all the other artists creations!!!

Connie Mercer said...

Glad you and Tenia decided to do the hop this year. All the cards are lovely and soooo "special"!! Thank you!!!

YoPilchard said...

What a great idea! I've a relation with mild Aspergers so I do have some understandig of this whole new world!

Barbara Godden said...

What a fabulous line-up of sponsors and gorgeous design team and hop cards, so happy I could make a card for the hop, now I'm off to hop.

Pretty mommy said...

Love your post and thank you for sharing your story. For many parents it's hard to even accept the diagnostics. When my family member found out he wanted to keep it a secret from everyone. He unfortunately passed and he left his child behind, but has a gift from God, the child's grandfather has embraced every part of it! He takes him to therapy, swimming classes, creates everyday patterns for him, teaches him songs. It has been difficult because everytime he feels there's progress it's 5 steps back but when there is God and love there is a way. The whole family gathers around to show their support, love and affection but none like grandpa's love. So salute to you and all the other families that show so much love even when things get rough.

tvorcha_ya said...

Beautiful cards! And the sentiments are just great!

mss deedee said...

(Pretty momma) Love your post and thank you for sharing your story. For many parents it's hard to even accept the diagnostics. When my family member found out he wanted to keep it a secret from everyone. He unfortunately passed and he left his child behind, but has a gift from God, the child's grandfather has embraced every part of it! He takes him to therapy, swimming classes, creates everyday patterns for him, teaches him songs. It has been difficult because everytime he feels there's progress it's 5 steps back but when there is God and love there is a way. The whole family gathers around to show their support, love and affection but none like grandpa's love. So salute to you and all the other families that show so much love even when things get rough.

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Helen Budz said...

What better way for crafters to highlight autism awareness?! The creations say it all. Thanks!

sunnee63 said...

wow. thanks for sharing. what an amazing family! AND what an amazing community we have!!

Lisa Petrella said...

Fabulous cards! I especially love the rainbow inked puzzle piece one! And those new products from TE are incredible!!! Thank you for organizing such a wonderful blog hop for such a great cause!!!

3kidmama said...

What an amazing purpose for a blog hop, The amazing generosity by so many of our favorite stamp companies is beyond inspiring What a wonderful community we belong to! May the families blessed with these precious children feel encouraged by this outpouring of support.

The puzzle card is perfect in so many many ways! Exquisitely designed for this wonderful event! Love it!

Heather DePasquale said...

Just love your cards. Can't wait to get the TE Autism awareness stamp set. Thanks for supporting such a great cause.

Nioki77 said...

I love that so many talented folks are contributing to raising awareness for such a wonderful cause. Your cards are lovely and thank you so much for organizing an amazing blog hop

Beverly Perdue said...

Thank you for organizing this blog hop for Autism awareness. Love your rainbow colored card with the puzzle pieces with a great message.

Miriam Prantner said...

You put together an amazing hop Veronica! Thanks so much for asking me to join. I've been struck by the folks visiting my blog - definitely crafters, but I think you've touched a lot of people who have friends and family with autism too, their gratefulness and appreciation has been wonderful, you did good!!!

mandalj said...

I love the idea of crafting for a cause! It's wonderful to see so many people willing to contribute to increasing people's awareness and understanding of autism.

Kim Faucher said...

Thanks so much for organizing this very important blog hop. I love seeing everyone come together in support and get so many new ideas for creating cards for our special loved ones, the many therapists, aides, special teachers and organizations that work with them. I love to be able to send a handmade card with a special story of how they touched my sons life in some personal way and handmade cards have been so cherished by those that receive them.
It’s also so reassuring to see this huge community of support so I don’t feel quite so alone!
Peace, Kim Faucher

Kelsey Thomas said...

What an awesome cause!

Nicole Diedrichs said...

What a great initiative you have taken here! Wonderful project. I am amazed about the response you gained. All the best to you and to all supporters. Your card is gorgeous!
Love from stempelfrida
http://stempelfrida.blogspot.de

Quillish said...

I have a friend who has a kid who is as special as all the other kids. I remember when her son was diagnosed and she said, 'why my child?' And I told her because only very special children of God can take care of a boy as special as hers. But this awareness is so important, our society needs to embrace and give more support. I wish you and your boy, the very best in life and a biggg hug from me in India! God bless him with his choicest blessing.

Alaska .Kris said...

Super idea for this blog hop! God bless you and yours!

Jeanne H said...

Thanks for doing this! My nephew has autism and is bi-polar. He loves swimming and music. Blessings on all of you on the hop and hoppers.

Amante del Papel said...

it was an stunning and super beautiful hop, super inspiring!

kellymotz said...

My kiddos too. Thanks for doing this and to all the companies for making beautiful, meaningful things for us to use.

Kari V. said...

What a wonderful thing to do!! I love this cause and I adore your cards!!

Annette Reed said...

I finished the hop and I just wanted to come back by and say thanks again. I saw some beautiful cards but even more important were the stories. You don't realize how many people are impacted and touched by autism until you here the stories and see into people's lives.

Lucy E. said...

Your cards are both amazing-I really love the
rainbow puzzle card! This is a huge Blog Hop
for Autism-way to go!

Lee Larsen said...

I deeply appreciate everyone's efforts to bring awareness to the disability of Autism! Thank you all! I have a 34 year old daughter with Autism. There were so many years I struggled alone to find a doctor or therapist, anyone to help with my daughter. We struggled during those beginning years as the laws changed toward children with disabilities in schools. So much has changed, yet there is more to go! Again, thank you for helping to open the world to individual's with Autism!

CarlavdM said...

Wonderfull cards, the one with the puzzle pieces is just gorgeous coloured.
Hope you get a lot of respons on your blog hop and that it will bring moreawareness to people about Autism

Corinna Buchan said...

I love this blog hop - it's wonderful to create more awareness of autism in it's many varied forms.

My "baby" cousin, who delights in also being my "biggest" cousin has autism and I find people often make assumptions about him due to his autism. He continues to surprise me even now at the age of 31.

Also after the past few weeks I really needed an evening of inspiration and this has been the best medicine! Thank you!

Marjorie DUMONTIER said...

Thank you for this fabulous hop !
[margessw(at)icloud(dot)com]

staceyl685 said...

Beautiful cards! Beautiful reson for a hop. I'm new to card making. I'm impressed with the way you reach out to lift up others. No offense to men but these strong beautiful women help encourage each other.way to go!

Kim Klinkovsky.My Kraft Kloset said...

WOW! What a wonderful hop. Great cards, projects, colors, stamps and designs. Just amazing. Thanks for the inspiration!

Dorcas Troche said...

Thank you for supporting such a wonderful cause. My heart is full. My son, Bryan, was also diagnosed at age 5 and I'm blessed by him every day! Thank you for the inspiration. Dorcas dtroche@bellsouth.net

Tammy Graf said...

I love your card and especially the puzzle stamp set. I have a nephew with Asbergers (a form of autism) and I've seen him made fun of all over the world (military family) and it breaks my heart. Even though he can function and live on his own he has never had a girlfriend and some people are afraid of him. He is now working on getting an Emotional Support dog because of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrom from being bullied. The more people who understand and are compassionate towards others the better.

Viola Leary said...

I’m late getting to this hop.. It’s so wonderful to doo something for autism awareness. My 22 year old som is auttiistic. You wouldn’t nessecarily notice right away and people are sometimes taken aback when speaking with him. He’s very bright but his communication skills are off and he doesn’t understand verbal ques. People that don’t work with autistisc individuals need to understand that my. son has feelings and can understand when they are treated differently. He just wants to feel normal.

Kim Klinkovsky.My Kraft Kloset said...

WOW! What a wonderful hop you have created. Wonderful cards for a wonderful message to spread and keep people aware. Thanks for your inspiration!

Janis said...

Thank you so much, Veronica, for all the work that went into this hop. Fabulous sponsors!! Your card is gorgeous.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com
HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

NicoleN said...

What a wonderful way to highlight and bring awareness to all the stories of Autism. Kudos to all the amazing companies help out with this blog hop. I especially like the artists who designed stamps & dies specifically for autism.

Kathy said...

I have a nephew with autism so I am aware of the challenges some of them face. This is a great way to bring awareness. Love the cards.

shy324 said...

I love the idea of the puzzle pieces and how they represent not only our children but everyone.

Dianne said...

Wonderful idea for a great cause. Love all the inspiring cards and products.

Milka Gubo said...

Great initiative and great blog hop. Your cards are wonderful!! Thank you for the great hop and inspiration. :o)

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