Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Autism Awareness Blog Hop 2018

Hi Everybody! I'm back today with a really special blog hop. April is Autism Awareness Month and you may remember that on April 2nd (International Autism Awareness Day) I participated in a different hop to raise awareness (you can see that post HERE). Well, April lasts for 30 days and we are only on day 18 so it's time to hop again for Autism Awareness. I've teamed up with a truly amazing group of stampers for today's hop. I hope that you will visit each of us and read what each of us has to share today. You can do this by clicking the next button at the bottom of each post or by clicking the links in the blog roll at the bottom of my post. Thanks so much for joining us.

All over the world Autism affects so many people in so many different ways. When I made this card I was thinking about a friend of mine who has two autistic children. She is truly one of the loveliest people. She is kind and thoughtful and patient. She never seems to get tired or frustrated... how that is possible I do not know. When I saw this sentiment I felt like it was the right one for her because it just warms my heart to know that people like her exist in this world.

I made my card in tones of blue as that is the color for Autism Awareness.  Earlier in the month my post was about lighting it up blue for autism. That post was more about creating a feeling of solidarity and making sure everyone affected by autism feels supported and that they are not alone. Today I am focusing more on supporting one specific individual and I am painting a card blue just for her. 

I stamped my image in Basic Gray Archival ink and then used my aqua painter with Dapper Denim, Pool Party and Soft Sky inks to watercolor it. I layered the watercolored piece over a mat of Pool Party and added that to a preprinted card base. You can't see it in the pictures but I added Clear Wink of Stella to the flowers to give them some sparkle. I also added some Glitter & Clear Epoxy shapes for subtle texture that reminds me of dew drops.

Whether or not you are directly affected by autism you can make a difference in the lives of those who are. There are many national and international organizations that you can donate to (tax deductible). Today I am fundraising for the Organization for Autism Research. If you are interested in making a tax deductible donation you can get started by clicking on the Donate Now button below... and, Thank You! If you are not able to donate at this time no problem! You can still help me spread this fundraiser by sharing this blog post with your friends or on your social media pages. Thank you for any support that you are able to give!

Thank you so much for joining us for today's blog hop. I hope that you will continue on with the hop by clicking on the Next button below and heading over to see the fabulous Elizabeth Price. Have a wonderful day!

Maria Willis

Sue Plote
Jenny Hall
Denita Wright-Smee
Maria Willis: You are Here.
Elizabeth Price: Next.
Tami Hewlett
Lisa Curcio
Lauren Alarid
Tanya Boser
Jen Sootkoos
Eva Dobilas
Kim Oliver
Charlet Mallett
Sandi MacIver
Adrienne West
Amy Koenders
Carolynn Sander
Stella MacKay


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  1. What a fantastic card! Your flowers are just beautiful and the shades of blue are perfect. :)

  2. Absolutely gorgeous card Maria! Thank you so much for organizing this blog hop for such an important cause. Your light shines bright my friend! ❤❤❤

  3. this card is absolutely stunning Maria, what an artist you are Great message.

  4. Beautiful card and message. Thanks so much for organizing and including me on this awesome hop!

  5. What a stunning card, Maria! Thank you for taking the helm on this hop! So excited to be involved with an amazing group of demonstrators who have a heart for helping bring awareness to Autism.

  6. Maria, this is so stunning! Love your watercoloring, the layout is awesome and of course the stamps you picked are gorgeous! Thank you so much for organizing this hop and to make it fun for all of us! I am tickled pink to be included with such amazing talents!

  7. Beautiful card, so sweet of you to make it for your friend. She's in our prayers. Thanks for helping to raise awareness for autism.

  8. This sweet card is absolutely stunning, and your story of your friend is beautiful! Often times the strongest people are those who struggle or have struggled in their life. They are truly amazing people. Thanks for an amazing hop, my friend!

  9. This is gorgeous!! I am in love with this card!! Thank you again for inviting to participate in this wonderful blog hop!

  10. Gorgeous as always, Maria! Thank for all of the hard work you put into organizing this amazing blog hop. You are a rockstar!

  11. I absolutely adore your card, Maria. What a wonderful person your friend is, and such a strong soul. Thankyou so much for inviting me to be a part of the Autism Awareness Blog Hop - you are amazing too. D xox

  12. This is such a beautifully watercoloured work of art Maria. I know that your friend will love it.😉 Thanks so much for organizing such an amazingly meaningful hop. The world is blessed to have you.💖

  13. Maria, I always enjoy seeing your crafty skills and especially your talents with watercoloring :) Your card and story bringing to light the struggles and love that Parents of children with Autism is heartwarming - I couldn't agree more about what you said and how important it is to support those around us so no one feels alone in their struggles. Thank you for organizing such a great way for us all to share!


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