Monday, April 2, 2018

The Autism Awareness Blog Hop

I am honored to be joining Veronica Zalis and so many other designers and companies in the paper crafting industry to bring awareness to Autism. Autism is a developmental disorder that interferes with a child's ability to communicate and interact with others. Impacting their relationships and how they view and navigate the world. 

During my teaching years, I had the privilege of being an early childhood special education teacher. Along with my home bound students, I had a group of 5 boys, all on the Autism spectrum. Each one of those boys had a unique need. One would not speak. One would not stop talking. Another would not touch anything. The other would touch too much. It was exhausting and yet so rewarding. Like any child, they all had something that made them unique, that thing that made them click. With these boys, it took much longer to break their code, but once you broke through, magic. Its been over 15 years since I taught them and I can still remember each of their names. I hope that each of them is soaring towards their dreams. While I tried to help them begin to navigate their place in the world of school, their impact on me was so much greater. 

I applaud the parents and teachers of children on the Autism spectrum. The battle can be long and hard-fought, but your work and love helps these children be all they can be in a world that communicates differently than they do. 

This sentiment from Taylored Expressions is so beautiful. Each and every child is beautiful and unique and precious. 

Taylored Expressions is releasing a collection of Autism Awareness stamps and dies today. 
When you purchase the stamp set 25% of the proceeds will be donated to the Autism Society. 

Autism and its spectrum of disorders needs money for research. To understand the causes, to help identify children earlier, and to provide much-needed resources for parents and teachers. I love that Taylor and Jon are being so generous with their support!

To follow along the entire hop, click here --- Autism Awareness Blog Hop

ETA: I had NO idea all the prizes that would be provided by so many wonderful paper crafting companies! You really must visit the home of the hop!! Good luck!!


Sincerely Yours,

170 comments:

Lesa Seigler said...

Beautiful card, thank you for sharing.

Helen Strahan said...

The words say it all.

Kaky Long said...

Simple card, and very pretty.

Janet Robson said...

Thank you Kimberly for supporting this cause. As a Mom with an ASD son your words in your blog brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for having such a positive contribution and understanding.

Krissy said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for shining the light and bringing awareness!

Karthikha said...

Wonderful card for an awesome initiative! Thanks to everyone who are part of the blog hop, and to the sponsors!

Jingle said...

This is beautiful! I just love that soft background.

D.Ann C said...

I love the soft flowers that gently accent that terrific sentiment! I have friends with precious autistic children. They, and many others, appreciate all the support we can give!

Mary said...

Beautiful card-already ordered the TE stamp set! Happy to contribute to the Autism Society!

Laetitia Lisa said...

your card is so heartfelt, and so are those sentiments ... I cannot use them as I live in the french speaking part of Switzerland, but it encourages me to think about how to do my part ...

Mamie Carson said...

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

Tenia Nelson said...

What a GORGEOUS card, dearie!! Thanks for being a part of this AWESOME event!!!

Lagene said...

What a worthy cause for this blog hop! Your card is AWESOME! I especially love that Taylored Expressions has created such an awesome sentiment set!

a49erfangirl said...

What a gorgeous card. I have two with autism and to see the cards you all are making and that companies actually have stamps and dies with sayings are amazing.

Indy's Designs said...

Wow! What a perfect sentiment and card for this worthy cause! Such an elegant card!

Susie Sonnier said...

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!

Dena Barrios said...

Thank you for sharing your talent with this great cause.

Char- The Mad Shopper said...

This is such a beautiful card with a sentiment as equally beautiful.

Kim Salito said...

Love your card. Thanks for supporting a great cause.

Ericka Strange said...

Beautiful card and I love the sentiment! Such a great blog hop for an important cause.

Tami Priebe said...

Absolutely Beautiful!!

charliemmh said...

Lovely card thanks so much for taking your time to participate. Have a wonderful day.

memurz said...

Such a sweet and lovely card! Thank you for participating in such a wonderful cause!

kruzr87 said...

Your written word is as beautiful as your card.
#autismawareness

kruzr87 said...

Your written word is as beautiful as your card.
#autismawarenessby

Carla Stiksma said...

Love your card and that so many are participating to bring Autism Awareness. It warms my heartπŸ’™

Evelyn said...

I love this card, I really need to get this stamp set to bring into work. The school I work at really needs this one.

Darnell said...

I love how you made that beautiful sentiment the star of the card, Kimberly! Your subtle background is lovely!! Hugs, Darnell

Pennie Glasser said...

Beautiful card! So soft and subtle!

Stephanie Savidge said...

I absolutely love the saying on your card. Great job!

Maxine M. said...

Love the softness of the card.

Mimi M said...

Love the message you selected and the way it stands out against the soft background.

Janet S said...

Gorgeous card! Thanks for supporting such a good cause. :D

Sweet Bramble said...

I like the way your card stamping is subtle and brings attention to the sentiment.

sharon said...

Great cards for a great cause.

Teri Smith said...

Such a pretty, soft coloured card. The sentiment is so true for every child with developmental difficulties, physical disabilities, or no visible difficulties at all. Autism touches so many peoples lives, including ours & I applaud this blog hop & those supporting it.

Rebecca Romines said...

What a beautiful card. The colors are so soft and it allows for the sentiment to stand out! I just love it!! Thanks for your inspiration.

Arlene said...

Lovle card, subtle and lovely. A very good cause.

JANIS FROM CANADA said...

Thanks for your idea ... I love the sentiment... lovely

Rexann Menz said...

Beautiful card!! Thank you so much for Sharing and taking part In a very wonderful cause!!

Jennifer Bishop said...

Beautiful card for such a worthwhile cause. Thank you for participating and sharing.

kathy mccreary said...

Love the soft looking card! So pretty. Thank you for participating in this great card.

Isabelle Baudin said...

Your card is beautiful and very elegant ! This is really a fantastic blog hop.

Amy C. said...

This is an especially beautiful sentiment!

Sherri Piechnik said...

Love the subtle background of this card. So elegant. 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.

MTPatB said...

The sentiments from Taylored Expressions are so wonderful. Your soft background of flowers for the garden sentiment is perfect.

Whimsey said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the soft background; absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for participating in the hop to bring awareness to autism.

KIrsten Sykes said...

That sentiment is so special! Card is perfect!

Tammy Stamp This! said...

That sentiment is very well said-love it!

K . Shuster said...

A beautifully elegant card that speaks volumes! Thank you for sharing.

Cindy said...

Your beautiful card speaks truth, thank you for your support!

Kellie Whitmire said...

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

Carolyn Bounds said...

What a lovely creation for such a worthy cause. Gorgeous! Thank you. <3

Stanlee Runner said...

Beautiful card. Love the sentiment.

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Super sweet sentiments. Beautiful project. TFS

Stanlee Runner said...

What a fun card, amazing colors.

Donna said...

What a wonderful sentiment and so true! Autistic children are amazing. I have a 35 year old autistic daughter who now has twins of her own. It was a battle sometimes but so worthwhile! Thanks for raising awareness of autism!

justMarie said...

What a beautiful card!

Renate Harrison said...

Very lovely cards, thank!

Dana M said...

Gorgeous card! Beautiful and elegant background. I love how you kept the background soft so the sentiment could shine.

TLady said...

BEAUTIFUL CARD, Kimberly! I can see that it was made with love! I WISH our son had had a teacher like you! Jr. High is a VERY HARD TIME for kids & then if they have any differences, it can be even harder! Thank you for being a part of making a difference for these kids! ;)

Cynthia Cole said...

This is a wonderful card!

Teresa Doyle said...

Kimberly I am sure you made a positive impact on those boys' lives.
Your card is lovely and what an encouraging sentiment. TE's sets are wonderful. TFS!

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

So soft and pretty. Thanks for supporting the Autism Awareness Day & Blog Hop.

Tommie said...

What a beautiful card!

Eve N said...

This stamp set has beautiful sentiments and your delicate card is lovely.

Celeste Goff said...

Love the sentiment! !!

Sarah Biswabic said...

Your card is so beautiful! I love it!!

RobynLovesPedro Silva said...

Hi Kimberly. Your card is gorgeous. I can not thank you enough for participating in this hop to raise awareness for autism. I have 2 boys, both with autism and I love them so much!! They are amazing and they perfect in every way. Again, thank u very much for this ❤️

Melissa Roell said...

Great card - love the background and the message is perfect for such a worthy cause.

Sophie F said...

Such a beautiful, simple, elegant card <3 I especially love how you highlighted the sentiment so well with the soft background. Stunning!

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

I too have worked with many children with autism. I got my bachelors in early sped/severe sped. It's so great to see hops like this!

Kristie Maynard said...

What a lovely card. I love the softness. Thanks for sharing.

Holly said...

Beautiful card! I LOVE that sentiment!

k ostgard said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely card and your lovely contributions to helping those young boys you speak of with autism.
The world needs more people with understanding like you thanks for spreading the knowledge and awareness.
Thanks to all the sponsors.
I to have child with autism.
Have a blessed day!
Kimberly Ostgard

Billie Sue Woolley said...

A lovely card. I plan to order the sentiments set in order to make a contributions.

La'Nay Johnson said...

Kim, such a beautiful card and an inspirational message. My son has had some pretty amazing teachers helping him to navigate his learning experience and building his confidence. Like you, I applaud every teacher and parent that face whatever challenges may come on a daily basis.

Debbie said...

Love the subtle background and the beautiful sentiment.

jane said...

Love the sentiments in this stamp set! Thanks for supporting this worthy cause!

carrie K said...

Love the soft simplicity of this card. The sentiment stands out and grabs you!

Jennifer said...

Such a great design! Love the softness and sweetness it conveys!

Alicia Lutman said...

such an elegant card!

Doreen said...

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! Love the sweetness of your card <3

Sheila said...

Outstanding card! I love the subtle background so that the message is the focal point!

Ana Ruba said...

You’re all amazing

Viki Banaszak said...

What a lovely soft card.

Cary said...

Thanks for participating for this great cause. What a beautiful background.

Donna Hawkins said...

Wonderful card and love the soft and subtle background.

Gayle Bartholomew said...

Beautiful card and sentiment. Thanks for participating in and supporting this cause.

Lauren Lovato said...

This is so lovely, and that sentiment is amazing!! 😍😍

Ceal said...

Beautiful card, love that set by Tailored Expressions. Thank you for helping raise awareness!

Gab said...

Really beautiful card!

Anna Tracy said...

Excellent sense better choice and it's so true, every child has something to offer and deserves an opportunity.

Karen @ Misplaced Mojo said...

Gorgeous card, and sweet memories. I too have fond memories of the years I spent in the school system in a support role, which brought me close to students on all places on the spectrum, and the years I spent volunteering with the Special Olympics in our county.

MJ said...

Your card is so elegant, I love it. TFS

Caren Char said...

Such a pretty card! Thanks for sharing your great story!

Regine said...

beautiful, love it

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Love the beautiful way you used those images !
Pretty card!

Britney Ritchey said...

Thanks for bringing awareness to such a worthy cause.

Kathy Schoening said...

Your card is awesome and thanks for supporting such a wonderful cause.

Andrea Hastilow said...

Just like yourself, I've had the privilege of working with people on the autistic spectrum all my teaching life and the rewards out weigh any hiccups. Beautiful card created to support such a much misunderstood difficulty x

Tammy TWP said...

I love simple cards there's just something about them that is so beautiful and this one is a great example.

Betty J said...

Thank you for sharing your story and your exquisite card!

Amy McCue said...

What a beautiful sentiment! Such a great cause.

Sara Mellos said...

Clean, classy, beautiful card. (Plan to do similar!). Thank you for helping to raise awareness.

Brandi R said...

Gorgeous card. LOVE that sentiment ♥

Denise Terry said...

Most of the cards I've seen so far have been very bright and colorful and whimsical. This card stands out for its simplicity and beauty, but still as impactful as the rest. Love it!

lennie said...

Thank you for sharing awareness of Autism. My daughter is on the spectrum and I appreciate your support. The sentiment on the card is beautiful!

Dee Earnshaw said...

lovely card - the background is super - thanks for sharing:)

funkycrafter said...

this card certainly shows that subtle pastels can project beauty and feeling.

Good Kardma by Jules said...

Such a beautiful card! Love the sentiment you chose and the background is dreamy!

Terri Burson said...

What a precious card! Thank you so much for participating in this worthy cause!

FD91354 said...

Such a lovely card and what a touching and perfect sentiment.

Kym Maxwell said...

What a beautiful card!!! And that sentiment!! Oh my goodnessvI love it!! Will definitely be getting that set!! TFS!! Big Hugs!

sharon g said...

Perfect for moms like me who need to be uplifted...

Mary-Anne V said...

Thanks for sharing your story...working in a school has also opened my eyes to the spectrum of autistic kids. I love your card and the wonderful sentiment.

Robin Platt said...

This is a beautiful card. Love your background. Thanks for sharing.

Barbara S said...

Like you, I have had the privilege of working with many young children diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Thank you for helping to spread awareness though your stamping talents.

amymwz said...

Thank you for sharing your story! Thank you for join g in the blog hop to raise awareness. This stamp set is amazing and on my list of what to buy. Your card is beautiful

Carolina Kathy said...

What a great sentiment for such a great cause! Your card is gorgeous!

Marcie Lovett said...

Lovely card, Kimberly. Thanks for bringing attention to the autism community.

Cathy Lillie said...

Lovely card and the sentiment is so true! Thank you for your support of Autism now and back when you were teaching. I imagine that you made as much of a difference in their lives as they made in yours.

Kristin M. said...

Oh your car just makes me smile. Thank you so much for bringing attention to this worthy cause!

Maura R said...

Love your soft use of color and the fabulous sentiment! Thanks for supporting this great cause!

Cindy Evanoff said...

Lovely and soft...what we all need in our lives

Iris said...

Lovely card, beautiful sentiment.

Dana said...

Gorgeous card! I love the soft blue background and the sentiments are fabulous in this set!!

slgibbs1 said...

So understated, but elegant

~amy~ said...

That sentiment is soooooooo perfect and so is your card.

Tracey Magner said...

Hi, What a great cause, glad you were on the hop, beautiful card and I love the phrase on the front, beautiful. Thanks.

Sue D said...

So pretty. I like the softness.

Denise Bryant said...

Beautiful sentiment on your pretty card!
Light it up blue!

Allison Sheppard Nokes said...

Beautiful sentiment, beautiful card. Thank you for supporting autism awareness.

Rebecca Ednie said...

What a great card! I’m so excited to get the Taylored Expression Stamp Set and dies! Thank You for participating. I have 2 kids who are autistic and another who is being evaluated.

LC Lamothe said...

What a beautiful card and sentiment! Thank you for your support of such an important cause.

Deepti Aggarwal said...

Beautiful card..love the soft background and sentiment is so true..Love it..

Annette Reed said...

Your card is lovely. The sentiment is so true. Children are beautiful and everyone adds a unique flavor to life. I love my job as an elementary school secretary. I just love seeing all of the kids.

Veronica Z said...

Kimberly, your card is stunning. The subtle stamped background compliments the beautiful stamped sentiment. Your post was as beautiful as your card. It takes a special person to be able to work with children on the spectrum and the love and compassion required isn’t something you always see when it comes to special needs children in school. Each of your students was lucky to have you and I’m sure you were a positive impact on their lives, just as they were to yours. If we could all just love a little bit more imagine the world we could create. Thank you for your help in making the Stamping For Autism Awareness Blog Hop such a huge success. πŸ’™

Arianna Barbara said...

Such adorable card!!! Love the sentiment!!!

Amante del Papel said...

your background is super beautiful and stunning!!!

Barbara Godden said...

Beautiful card, lovely story it sounds like you were a fabulous teacher. TFS.

Helen Budz said...

What a beautiful card and great sentiment choice from the TE release. Thanks for sharing your design on this special blog hop.

mss deedee said...

The words made the card powerful

sunnee63 said...

beautiful! and thank you for the time you spent working with beautiful young people!!!

Holly Melanson said...

Such an elegant card with a beautiful sentiment! Lovely.

Heather DePasquale said...

Lovely, soft card. Great hop for autism awareness. A wonderful cause.

cghundley said...

Lovely soft card.
Love the colors
and design.
Carla from Utah

Beverly Perdue said...

A simple card with an awesome message! Thanks for sharing.

Miriam Prantner said...

Love the soft color of the stamping/ink, just beautiful!

Nicole Diedrichs said...

Your card is gorgeous and the sentiment is absolutely wonderful.
Thank you for supporting this Blog Hop.
Kind regards from stempelfrida
http://stempelfrida.blogspot.de

stampingbowd said...

Wow! I can see how the boys would have impacted your life!!! Our son is 21 and in college. He is one of the ones that won't stop talking! :) I love him so!! He is a force of energy in the house so that when he goes back to school it feels like air has been let out of the balloon!!! (which sometimes is a good thing but he is always missed). Your card is soooo gorgeous! I adore the sentiment!!!

kellymotz said...

I love the subtlety but accuracy of the message

carly pool said...

Thanks for teaching do many years! I'm sure you have so many memories and will cherish them always

Kari V. said...

Beautiful card, it is so peaceful and I just love the background!

Kelsey Thomas said...

Beautiful card! :)

Lucy E. said...

What a heartfelt sentiment and a
lovely card.

CarlavdM said...

So true the saying on your card.
You made a lovely card for this Autism Awareness blog hop.

Annette Gordon said...

I just love the saying! And the card is beautiful. Autism seems to run in our family, and its so great that there is a whole blog hop dedicated to awareness. And that there is so many awesome teachers out there willing to help.

Kim Klinkovsky.My Kraft Kloset said...

Such a beautiful card. Great card and such wonderful words and story to spread a wonderful message of Autism Awareness. Thanks for all you did as a special teacher too. It takes a very special person to have the patience with special kids. Thanks for the inspiration!

Tammy Graf said...

I love your card and the sentiment was perfect!

Lucy E. said...

I love your sweet CAS card!

NicoleN said...

WOW! What a wonderful card design.

F. Andre said...

Such a sweet card for a worthy cause.

Kathy said...

This is a wonderful card to bring awareness to Autism. Great sentiment stamps.

Marjorie DUMONTIER said...

That’s a fantastic card !! So delicate and elegant !!
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Janis said...

Such a softly beautiful card!!! Just lovely. Thanks so much for supporting this important cause!
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Dianne said...

Beautiful subtle card.

shy324 said...

I love your card, the soft floral background is perfect to support the main focal point of the sentiment. Beautiful sentiment!

Milka Gubo said...

GORGEOUS!!! Love your card a lot. :o)

Larissa Heskett said...

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

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