Thursday, April 2, 2015

Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness Blog Hop

 Today is World Autism Day and Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness. It's a special day set aside to increase awareness of autism and show support for the community. More information about World Autism Day and Light It Up Blue can be found here.

Autism has not affected my family directly, but I do have a special needs child. I know first hand how challenging and yet rewarding parenting a child with unique needs can be. While I can't directly relate, I can certainly sympathize on some level.
So when Veronica Zalis and Tenia Nelson, two very talented card making bloggers, came up with the idea to host a blog hop in recognition of this day, I immediately jumped in and said "Add me to the list of participants!" Not only are Veronica and Tenia talented ladies (seriously, they are like rock stars in the card making world), they are also mothers of autistic children. I love how they are using their talents to spread good in the world.


I thought I would share a little about the thought process behind my card. The theme is Light It Up Blue and we were asked to make a blue card, but I wasn't sure how I was going to present the blue. I started thinking about lighting. I thought about rays, stars, spotlights, blue buildings ... None of it was clicking for me. Then, I came across a card and video using the bokeh technique. I had been wanting to try the technique for a while. Yay! I had a start.

I also wanted my card to be encouraging; something I would want to give to a person with autism to brighten his/her day. The In Every Way stamp set by Waffleflower Crafts was the "perfect" fit.  I finished off my card with some enamel dots and stars and some sparkly twine.

Tons of fantastic sponsors have shown their support for Autism Awareness and offered up prizes for this hop. 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. You can see the complete list here: http://lk2thestarz.blogspot.com/…/the-light-it-up-blue-for-….

96 comments :

Leigh Penner said...

Fabulous!

Kristie Goulet said...

Gorgeous card! Your bokeh is amazing!

wendy said...

oh this is so pretty , lovely creative technique

KT Fit Kitty said...

Love your bokeh technique! Great sentiment too!

Tenia Nelson said...

LOVE your card, Miss Lady!! Thanks soooooo much for participating in this AWESOME hop!! You ROCK!!

Kath said...

A fabulous card and a great blog hop!
Kath

Julia Aston said...

A beautiful card!

auntbubbels said...

Your card is "perfect"

AJ Bodine said...

Very pretty card, love it!

Dana said...

Gorgeous card!! LOVE the background!!

Ann said...

Brilliant sentiment - just perfect. Hope the hop is a huge success. It is for such a good cause. Happy Autism Awareness Day. Ann xxx

Yolanda Garrido said...

Your blue background is amazing! Thanks for sharing this card with us!

Lee-Anne said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love the bokeh!

Krissy said...

Beautiful card! LOVE Bokeh!

ValByDesign, Valerie said...

How gorgeous

Jerrie said...

Love Bokeh and how you did your sentiment. Love the black strip as it seems to complete your card!!

Lizzy Smith said...

Your card is just perfect. Great sentiment! Tfs Lizzy

cm said...

Your blue bokeh and sentiment: perfect x awesome! Fabulous card!
~c

Laura Cox {aka scrapaddict} said...

Beautiful card....beautiful sentiment!

Miriam Prantner said...

The background looks amazing! What a wonderful card!

Jessica Lynn Mould said...

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/

Jessica Frost-Ballas said...

Love your card! The background came out beautifully!!

Melissa said...

Love this card! The sentiment is absolutely perfect for this blog hop.

Mary said...

Beautiful card!!

LauraJane:) said...

Fantastic job on the BLUE bokeh!!

Sarah Anderson said...

Stunning card, going to look up that technique!!

foleysfriend said...

Thanks for the inspiration; your card is beautiful

D.Ann said...

I'm normally not a fan of Bokeh, but yours is FAB!!

Ruby N said...

wow gorgeous!

Veronica Z said...

A beautiful card and a beautiful person! I love the sentiment so much. Thank you so much for joining the LIUB Blog Hop!

Jingle said...

Great background! Very pretty card!

Jen Carter said...

Love this!! Wonderful card!

Ann said...

Beautiful card, love that background.

Nina-Marie Trapani said...

I think this card is perfect in every way!! LOVE the background, and the big sentiment!
Hugs,
Nina-Marie :)

Shelly said...

Beautiful card!

Jen Carter said...

Love this card!! Very eye catching!

Eva said...

Beautiful blue baclground. I love the card.
kisses;)

Michele Henderson said...

Very pretty card! Great colors and design!

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

Beautiful Blue on this card! nice

Anne said...

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.

Karen said...

Fabulous!!
Great card hun.
Hugs,
Karen.xx

Taunya Butler said...

So beautifully done - that Bokeh background has such glorious and beautiful tones of blue in it!! It is gorgeous and the message of your card is so awesome!!! Love it!! Thanks so much for participating and supporting this hop!! I hope you have a REALLY GREAT day!!!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Oh I love your Bokah background, this is so fabulous

Brandi R said...

Great sentiment! LOVE that background ♥

Karen said...

A perfect card!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Beautiful Annette! Fabulous background!

Liz said...

Fabulous card. Stunning background. xx

Cathy P. said...

Love that blue background, Annette.

Wanda Cullen said...

Fabulous CAS design! Love that striking background!

DoofyJEss2 said...

What a gorgeous bokeh background!! You really lit it up!! I tried and failed miserably but this card has inspired me to try again. Lovely sentiment!

Dana Joy said...

What a perfect card for the hop today! Fabulously made.

Vickie Y said...

Beautiful Bokeh!

Connie Mercer said...

perfectly done~beautiful!!!

Tracie Pond said...

Perfect card....It's beautiful, Annette!

Kristina B. said...

Beautiful! Happy World Autism Day!

BurningRubber said...

Great card! Thanks for participating!

Stampy Sister said...

It's truly lovely. I have two children with autism. Thank you for supporting this cause.

Sue D said...

Beautiful. I have been wanting to try this technique.

JD/ Jill said...

Pretty card!

Amy#8546(TheTigersHaven) said...

Awesome card. I love the sentiment. It is perfect. This is a wonderful technique. Thanks for being a part of the hop.

Terri Burson said...

Well, you pulled it off brilliantly is all I can say! facebook.com/wavingmywand

Mynn Kitchen said...

Your bokeh looks fabulous, Annette! LOVE the tones of blue you used and your perfectly placed bling! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Jessi Fogan said...

Absolutely gorgeous! That background is simply sumptuous and I love the sentiment. Thank you so much for taking part in this hop that is just making my heart sing :)

Sarah Gray said...

Such a great idea to combine the blue with bokeh! Fabulous card :)

Monika Reeck said...

Fabulous BOKEH card you made Annette I adore the black big bold sentiment and that black white sentiment too
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)

snazzyjj said...

Love the dreamy blue look, fits so well with this hop.

VanessaB said...

beautiful!

Sue McRae said...

What a great bokeh background!

Carol McGregor said...

Love your card. The sentiment is excellent. Thank you for your support for Autism Awareness month.

Paula-Scrap Addict said...

Gorgeous dreamy background!

Chrissy Larson said...

I love hearing your though process and the technique turned out amazingly well! LOVE

Lieve said...

Your Bokeh technique came out great ! And you combined it with the perfect sentiment !
Great card for a heart-warming blog hop !

Angela Hoynes said...

Great card and technique

Becca Cruger said...

The thought process behind this card is definitely perfect. ;) Love that inky background.

Rosemary said...

perfect card for the hop... love it!

Lindsey said...

Beautiful use of the bokeh technique! Perfect sentiment, too.

Wombat said...

Beautiful card and thanks for sharing your process.

hippymom83 said...

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

Kris in Alaska said...

That's definitely an encouraging card! Lovely!

~amy~ said...

Annette, this is beautiful!

Sue from Oregon said...

This is just so pretty! ♥ Sue Kment

Mary Roberson said...

YOUR CARD IS ENCOURAGING, you achieved that hands down. Love the stars and enamel dots on the pretty blue background. You have made an awesome card:)

D- said...

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

Lisa H. said...

Such a super sweet card. Love the blue and how you did the sentiment.

Janis said...

Such a softly beautiful card!!
Thanks so much for participating in this important hop!!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com
HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

Vera Yates (Ling) said...

Annette, this is so cool! Love the sentiment.

Lynn Hardy said...

Gorgeous card! I have just bought that same stamp set, so it's nice to see it being used!

Karenladd said...

Such a pretty background technique and love the sentiment!

Chris D. said...

Gorgeous card - love that bokeh effect!

Helen F. said...

Yep, Annette, your card IS totally perfect for this Hop!

Rachel Winn said...

Absolutely beautiful card!

Lucy said...

Your card is so pretty!
I need to try that bokeh technique!

Deena said...

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

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

gorgeous, gorgeous card! Love the background!

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

this is beautiful! You did a great job! I'm sure that sentiment will make Veronica and Tenia's hearts sing.

Mary-Anne V said...

Very pretty bokeh effect.

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