SugarPea Designs - Autism Awareness Blog Hop

April 3, 2018

Happy Tuesday, blog friends! I hope you've had a great start to your week so far! Well, yesterday my blog was super busy with the Pinkfresh Studio 4th Birthday Bash, but I had also wanted to participate in the Autism Awareness blog hop as well.
So, I created a card to go on the SugarPea Design's blog post yesterday! We chose to create with a rainbow friendship theme, and all the cards turned out amazing! You should definitely check them out {once you are done here, of course!}. This blog hop is HUGE, with lots of sponsors, prizes & I highly suggest you get all of the details at Veronica's blog post, who organized the event!

Awareness blog hops like this are so important - we had been told to be prepared for Layton to possibly be diagnosed with autism, or developmental delays after all the medical procedures he would have needed....and that they weren't sure of the level of severity. It didn't turn out that way for us because we lost him at 5 months old, but my eyes were definitely opened to all the things he would have likely faced.

I think it is so important for us to teach both children AND adults to have compassion for those that are different from us...that they are precious & worthy of love, friendship and inclusion.  Today, I created this sweet little friendship card in honor of just that.

To start, I created an A2 sized card from white cardstock and set aside. Next I cut two white cardstock blocks the same size, and set one aside. On the other block I blended distress inks in a rainbow gradient, then sprinkled with water droplets. I picked up the droplets with a paper towel to reveal where the water reacted with the inks. Then I adhered the block to the card front with Scor Tape. {I wanted really bold rainbow colors, so I chose to use my standard distress inks instead of my oxide inks this time.}

Next I grabbed the other white cardstock block and diecut the Large Striped Coverplate from it. I added foam tape (trimming it down in size for the really thin stripes) and adhered it to the top of the card front.

Then I proceeded to work on the sentiment. First I diecut the word You four times - once from glitter paper and three times from white cardstock. Then I adhered them together with my Zig two way glue pen. Next I stamped & heat embossed the sentiment in white to a black cardstock strip, then cut banner edges to it. I layered these to the front over top of a knot of gold thread, popping the sentiment strip with foam dots.

The final step was to accent with my signature jewels tucked here & there!
I hope you like my fun rainbow friendship card today! It looks like there is a ton of fun to be had on this blog hop, so be sure to check it all out! I know that I had a great time creating a card for it.

Before you move along with your day, I wanted to invite you to follow me on social media. I hang out on Instagram a lot, and share my work in progress in my stories...along with REALLY cute photos of my dogs! :)

Have a great start rest of your Tuesday!

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Card Challenges:
-Stamping for Autism Awareness Blog Hop - link up
-Tuesday Throwdown challenge - rainbow colors
-Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge - a trio of something (jewels!!)
-Happy Little Stampers April Watercolor challenge - rainbow


  1. Beautiful card! Love the rainbow with that stunning background panel! A great card to go with a great cause!

  2. Gorgeous card with beautiful colors and layers! Love the positive sentiments that are flowing through this hop!

  3. Wowzers, this is fantastic! So, so beautiful. I love that the team went with a rainbow theme. So many colors in a rainbow and so many scales on the autism spectrum. One way to look at it!

  4. Love the rainbow background,
    so lovely, great looking card.
    Carla from Utah

  5. What a beautiful design. Love the details and creativity. Thanks for your entry in our challenge at Tuesday Throwdown Blog. Happy Crafting!

  6. Love the colorful background and the sparkly You.

  7. Thank you for participating. Two of my children have autism and the third is being evaluated so this hop is near and dear to my heart. I love the card, so bright and cheerful!

  8. Your background is just rainbowy goodness!

  9. Awesome distress ink technique!

  10. SQUEAL!! Such a SWEET Card and Design!! I LOVE the Colors too!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

  11. That’s a fantastic duo of cards ! All these bright colours are so cheerful !!

  12. What a great card! I love the stripped die and the background is absolutely amazing. Thank you for joining us over Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

  13. Great design, all details are so striking. I love your gorgeous watercolor background.
    Thank you for joining our challenge in HLS Watercolor.
    BożenA DT HLS


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