Monday, April 2, 2018

2018 Autism Awareness Blog Hop


Hi friends!  Today is World Autism Awareness day, and I'm participating in a hop organized by Veronica Zalis to help raise raise awareness for Autism.  Veronica is a great friend, amazing crafter, and wonderful mom to three kids including Cameron who has autism.  To learn more about autism, I encourage you to visit Autismspeaks.org, and Autism Daddy.

There are all sorts of prizes up for grabs from lots of crafty sponsors during the hop, and you also have the opportunity to link up a card or project to help increase Autism Awareness, so be sure to head over to Veronica's blog for all those details.


When I was looking through my stamps for an image for today's hop, nothing was really standing out, but then I came upon this quote from a Studio Calico stamp set and it really resonated with me, so I made the sentiment the focal point and built the rest of the card up around it.

The images/flourishes around the sentiment are from Altenew's Lacy Scrolls stamp set, and I basically alternated images, but stamped them somewhat symmetrically around the sentiment.  Because the images themselves aren't symmetrical it's a bit more of an organic look, but remains pretty balanced.  


All the stamping was done with Altenew Desert Night ink, but I wanted to give the stamped flourishes a bit more depth, so I added some accents with a dark blue Copic marker (B29) and Copic Opaque White.

You could definitely just use a white gel pen for the white dots, but I like how bright white the Copic Opaque White is and you get a bit of texture and dimension from that as well.  OK, be sure to head to Veronica's blog to start, but I also have the entire list below if you need it.

Veronica Zalis 

128 comments:

  1. What a beautiful and simple card with a perfect statement. Bravo.

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  2. Absolutely beautiful card with a beautiful sentiment! I love it, Miriam!

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  3. What a cool background and the sentiment is just perfect for this hop! I've never heard of Copic Opaque White... must check it out. thanks!

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  4. This is so amazing! What a great hop! Thank you for supporting Autism Awareness in this way!

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  5. your card is just wonderful. And I'm in love with this quote !! <3

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  6. WOW! Here is why I am awestruck..and have a big smile on my face---What a wonderful crafting community we have and the impact that we can make together. I am so proud! Veronica and all the sponsors- THANK YOU!

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  7. What a worthy cause for this blog hop! Your card is AWESOME! I especially love the sentiment!

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  8. I like it! Especially the fact that you chose a sentiment that pulled at your heart.

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  9. What a very nice looking card. Thank you for also taking part in such a wonderful blog hop for such a worthy cause!!

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  10. Beautiful card!! Thanks for participating to bring Autism Awareness 💙

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  11. really nice card it says it all in one message. thank you.

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  12. Beautiful card and I love the sdd d elements you gave it. So pretty.

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  13. Beautiful card!! Thanks to everyone who are part of the awesome blog hop, and to the sponsors!

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  14. Very nice card. Love that sentiment!

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  15. What an amazing sentiment. Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing and taking part.

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  16. Beautiful and simple with a perfect sentiment!

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  17. You have framed that profound sentiment so beautifully, Mim! A great card for the Hop!! Hugs, Darnell

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  18. Beautiful! Love how you arranged the scrolls around the sentiment - every time I try to do that, I end up with a hot mess!

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  19. What a cute card idea, I love the sentiment! What a great inspiration for this hop.

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  20. Wonderful card for such a worthy cause!

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  21. Love the statement!! Very Pretty Card!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  22. What a great sentiment to build a very pretty card from. It is so right for this hop.

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  23. Great card for a worthy cause. Love the sentiment.

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  24. What a thought provoking sentiment, and the scrollwork truly makes it pop. Such a wonderful card for an incredibly important cause. Absolutely beautiful!

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  25. Beautiful card for such a worthwhile cause. Thank you.

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  26. Unusual card! Thank you for sharing your talents to help this great cause!

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  27. I love that Colour of Blue so happy and the design just makes it perfect... Thanks so mcuh

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  28. Beautiful card Miriam! Truth in that sentiment!

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  29. I would like to say how much I appreciate that you are participating in this. My son is 12 and he has Aspergers syndrome. He also has aggressive ADHD and it was hard to get the autism diagnosis and therefore to get it treated. This is a wonderful way to raise awareness

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  30. Love this use of the flourishes in the set. I love this initiative! After homeschooling my 5 children for 27 yrs, I took a job as an EA/TA to a 7yr old boy who was on the autism spectrum. He also had FASD. I was with him for 3 years and LOVED it all! Thank you for bringing forward more awareness of the awesomeness of these children.

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  31. Beautiful design.
    when I try to stamp backgrounds
    like this, I'm never satisfied.
    They never look professional
    like your's do. thanks for
    sharing and helping spread the
    word about autism.
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  32. Great background with that fabulous sentiment, perfect together, thanks!

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  33. Love this sentiment. Thanks for sharing

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  34. Your card is fantastic and very elegant ! I love the color (I'm a "blue person" !) and also the sentiment, which is so true.... I'm doing my best to live, an every day's work.

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  35. Such a lovely card that speaks to the heart. Thank you for sharing.

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  36. Beautiful card and amazing sentiment.

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  37. Love the sentiment. I wish there was an easy formula to living, then everyone could use it. Thanks for helping raise awareness of the autism spectrum!

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  38. It turned out so great! It is so clever and really quite stunning! Thanks for the inspiration! I think I need to look at my flourish stamps a little differently!

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  39. So pretty! Thanks for supporting the Autism Awareness Day & Blog Hop.

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  40. When a child grows up without friends, love & acceptance from others & understanding, they are only existing. We want them to THRIVE! Your sentiment says this well. THANK YOU SO MUCH for helping in the Autism Awareness Hop!I know how these kids yearn for friendships, as our son was/is one of them. He is now 26. God is SO GOOD to bring the right people into our lives for him.

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  41. What a perfect quote for all of us to follow. Love how you built the images around it.

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  42. This quote is so beautiful and something that everyone should read <3 thank you so much for sharing this beautiful card with us and for participating in this important blog hop!

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  43. Lovely card, love the sentiment. thanks for sharing.

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  44. Awesome card! Thank u so much for helping raise awareness for autism!! It's amazing how many people are participating, it's wonderful 😍

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  45. Beautiful card and such a wonderful sentiment!

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  46. Beautiful card and such a wonderful sentiment!

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  47. Your card is so beautiful! I love that saying!! Thank you for being in this amazing hop.

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  48. Gorgeous card! The sentiment is perfect! Thanks for supporting this worthy cause!

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  49. Beautiful card. Love the monochrome look

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  50. I love the sentiment in your card thank you for sharing.
    Thank you for participating in this wonderful cause.
    I also have a daughter with autism.it is very challenging she is adult now and it doesn't get easier.
    But our life would not be the same without her.
    My crafting is my escape from the challenges.
    Have a blessed day!
    Kimberly

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  51. Simple with such a meaningful sentiment!

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  52. Great quote and I like the lacey scrolls.

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  53. Love the use of the scrolls and a powerful card! Worth framing!

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  54. Another mama with a beautiful 30yo son with Autism and a 28yo daughter that teaches Special Ed with a true passion! So very proud of them both, and grateful to you getting this blog hop going! Sporting my blue today, and have my front porch blue bulbs glowing! Thank you ........ the sentiment is lovely!

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  55. Thanks for participating for this great cause. Your card is beautiful.

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  56. Great sentiment on your lovely card!

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  57. Beautiful card! thanks for helping raise awareness!

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  58. Great card and really shares the heart of this blog hop

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  59. Fabulous card with a lovely sentiment. The copic marker and white gel pen add so much depth - fantastic!

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  60. Lovely card with a great sentiment!

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  61. What a beautiful way to showcase the quote!

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  62. Thanks for bringing awareness to this worthy cause!

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  63. Miriam, this is a fantastic card and you are right, this sentiment is VERY fitting for the cause! Well done as always!

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  64. I too love your sentiment! Thank you for the links on autism!

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  65. I love that sentiment it says volumes!

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  66. WOW beautiful sentiment that is so true on so many levels, your card is so beautiful, many thanks for raising awareness with this hop x

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  67. Really stunning card - the colour you used, the stamps and the quote - just love it!

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  68. This is beautiful! That sentiment....so true and so fabulous. Love your card ♥

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  69. Absolutely gorgeous card, I just love how it was custom stamped by you. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  70. Looks like it's time for me to go Altenew shopping. I love that Lacy Scrolls stamp set!

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  71. Wow, what a fantastic card. Love that sentiment. Thank you so much for participating in this worthy cause!

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  72. What a great card! Love the colors and that sentiment is amazing!

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  73. Sometimes that's all we can do, try to exist. Just saying.....these kids change our lives, and it can be very difficult. I love that the blog hop is focusing on autism, and some are donating to help fight it. Thank you very much for participating!!!!!!

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  74. what a wonderful card and what an amazing sentiment! Love it

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  75. Such a beautiful card. Thanks for sharing.

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  76. What a wonderful sentiment on your lovely card! Thanks for participating in the hop.

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  77. Beautiful card, lovely sentiment. Thanks for bringing attention to the autism community.

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  78. Just lovely...thanks for participating

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  79. Thank you for supporting Autism awareness, as a parent of a daughter on the spectrum I appreciate it! Your card is beautiful!

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  80. Great use of the Altenew scrolls...worthy cause and hop.

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  81. your heart shines through in your cards...amazing thoughtfulness for this cause...thank you

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  82. Awesome card!! I love the sentiment and pretty background!!!

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  83. Beautiful card - beautiful sentiment - love the blue and white color combo.

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  84. I love this card. I especially like the background!

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  85. Thanks for sharing this lovely card and supporting autism awareness.

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  86. Beautiful card..Love the beautiful sentiment..

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  87. This card is beautiful and I love the sentiment.

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  88. Such a nice card! I love the sentiment.

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  89. Oh Miriam I LOVE your card! You stamped everything perfectly, and that is no easy feat using stamps that aren’t perfectly symmetrical. 😋 Your support and friendship mean the world to me. Thank you for making the Stamping For Autism Awareness Blog Hop such a huge success!

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  90. Beautiful and elegant card!!! Love the sentiment!!!

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  91. wow the background is amazing, beautiful sentiment!

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  92. Beautiful sentiment for a beautiful card! You did a wonderful job stamping and detailing the background. Thank you for helping to raise awareness for Autism.

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  93. This simply designed card carries such a lovely message. Thanks for sharing it on this special blog hop.

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  94. The message means everything, lovely for such lovely cause

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  95. What a striking card and a fabulous sentiment!! Thanks for your enthusiasm in supporting such a great cause - My daughter teaches kids with autism!

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  96. Love those added details on the scroll and how the flourishes really set off your quote. Beautiful!

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  97. Gorgeous card and
    a great cause.
    Carla from Utah

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  98. What a beautiful card - love the white highlights on the scrolls!

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  99. What a wonderful card and beautiful sentiment you chose! Love it!
    Kind regards from stempelfrida
    http://stempelfrida.blogspot.de

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  100. You chose the perfect sentiment!! It makes me think of when our son was little. It was so freeing to get out in the woods and hike with him. It was our most peaceful time. Being hikers my husband and I enjoyed moving along the trails with a quick pace but our little boy noticed EVERY THING!!! He would stop and point out every little thing we had totally missed. Our little guy didn't just exist he LIVED in the moment. He is 21 now and doing well. I am so appreciative to all who bring awareness to this special cause!

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  101. I just love the background. It reminds me of the complexity of life and the pathways of the brain. Thanks for sharing in the Autism awareness blog hop.

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  102. You’ve designed a great card !!
    [margessw(at)icloud(dot)com]

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  103. I love blue so this card really stands out to me! I love the details and the sentiment is so sweet!

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  104. Thank you so much for being a part of this blog hop. Its so great that so many individuals in the crafting community is willing to support awareness. The sentiment is perfect! What a lovely card.

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  105. A great card, stamp, and design to spread a wonderful message of Autism Awareness. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  106. I love the simplicity of this card that can be used for anyone.

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  107. I just adore this wonderful sentiment and your lovely card.

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  108. Beautiful quote! Thanks for supporting autism awareness.

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  109. Fabulous message on your beautiful card!!! Thanks so much for supporting this important cause!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  110. So pretty. I love the extra depth you created with Copics and white detail work!

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  111. Beautiful card and sentiment!

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  112. I love your card, wonderful sentiment

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  113. Awesome graphic card!!! Love it!! Thank you for the inspiration. :o)

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  114. SQUEAL!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this BEAUTIFUL Card!! THANKS for supporting such an AMAZING Hop!! Have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!!

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