Thursday, April 2, 2015

Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness Blog Hop

***There's a GIVEAWAY at the end of this post!***

Hi friends!  I hope you are well!  By the time this post goes live, I will hopefully be on a cruise to Mexico!  YAY!  Let's hope this publishes!  


Today's post is very near and dear to my heart.  My friends Veronica and Tenia have teamed up to create an amazing event for World Autism Awareness Day.  Today is the day we LIGHT IT UP BLUE!  I invite you to wear some blue today in support of Autism Awareness.  The blog hop is hosted on Veronica's post HERE.  Please go to her blog and check out all the links, become more aware, and enter to win in the HUGE amounts of AMAZING prizes!  I'm offering up a prize for the hop and TONS of great companies are offering up all sorts of amazing things!

April is Autism Awareness month.  I will be donating 10% of my Just Jewelry by Ashley commission to Autism Speaks for the entire month of April.  I will also donate 100% of the commission I make from any of the Autism Awareness jewelry on my Just Jewelry site, the BRACELET, EARRINGS, or CHARM.

My backstory:
Before I had Brady, I was a therapist for children with Autism.  I mostly worked with kids 5 and under.  I've always loved working with children.  I started babysitting from a young age.  I was at one point nanny and a preschool teacher.  But I found my real passion in working with children on the Autism spectrum.  I loved teaching them life skills, academics, social skills, and getting to be there for them!  I loved being able to make a positive difference in the lives of these children that held such a special place in my heart!  These kids are so special.  Life is hard when you cannot think, function, or process like other people.  Once you are able to understand that their behaviors come from an inability to cope, you can see people with Autism in such a different light.

To do this, society must become more aware.  I'm so proud of Veronica and Tenia for putting together this blog hop to spread awareness!  I'm so happy for the over 200 bloggers and crafters who are joining together to light the blogging world up blue!  Here's my card for today.  I might have maybe borrowed (ahem stole) some puzzle pieces from the kids to make this card.  I colored them with Copics then added TONS of Stickles.  The paper is from Echo Park and I used several different kinds of tiny alpha stickers to make the sentiment.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post!  Today, I'd like to giveaway 3 of Just Jewelry Autism Awareness Charms to 3 people who leave comments!  Just tell me how Autism has touched your life or how you heard about this hop.  Giveaway will end Friday April 10 at 11:59pm.  Winners will be announced on my blog and will need to contact me to claim their prize.
Have a great day, friends!  Don't forget to go to Veronica's Post and check out all the fabulous creations and enter for the prizes!


46 comments:

Anita said...

Wow! This is so fun!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Awesome card for the hop! Love your sparkly puzzle pieces! The charm you are giving away is beautiful - thank you for sponsoring the hop!

Krissy said...

LOVE the sparkly puzzle pieces! I work at a preschool and have made a connection with the autistic brother of one of our students. It took a few months before he would even look at me, but now I get big smiles every morning and even an occasional high-five! He brightens my day every day!

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/

Lori Kobular said...

Wow! I absolutely LOVE your autism awareness card! The glittery puzzle pieces are perfect for this card for such a wonderful cause!

Tenia Nelson said...

This card ROCKS, girl!! Thanks for being an awesome friend, sponsoring and participating in this AWESOME hop!! I love you and you ROCK!!

Taunya Butler said...

Thank you for everything you are doing as part of this hp to help raise awareness!! I have 2 nephews within the Autism spectrum!! Their behavior, judged without knowledge of their diagnosis, is not understood or accepted by others!! This makes me sad & I hurt for my brother and his wife!! I am proud to be a part of this hop alongside amazing people like you!! Your card is delightfully cool and I love the sparkle!!! I hope you have the greatest day!!

wendy said...

such a pretty card love the sparkle !

Miriam Prantner said...

I love your card. Those sparkly pieces and the alphas, great design! Love hearing about your work before kids. I am sure you were such a blessing to those kids!

Shelly said...

So super sweet! Love those puzzle pieces!

Angela Hoynes said...

Love your puzzle card. Hope you have a great cruise.

Vixykins said...

Hi Ashley, I saw a post on facebook digi galore about it. Not heard about the hop before this evening despite having my autism badge showing right at the top of my blog lol!

I have aspergers myself and adhd. My 8 year old son is also an aspie X I had actually posted an autism card on my blog today too with a link to the female aspie traits as they're still very much ignored by professionals and it may be useful to women seeking a diagnosis to take along to at least the first hurdle so they take you seriously and refer to the specialists :)

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Oh I love the glittery puzzle pieces, so fabulous.

Dana Joy said...

Fantastic card Ashley. Love the glitter pieces.

Brandi R said...

Awesome card! Thank you for joining the hop! Love your back story.....Thank you ♥♥

Vanessa Middleton said...

This is super awesome, Ashley!!! I love the puzzle pieces and the sentiment you put together, too. <3

D.Ann said...

Love your fab card... one of the autism orgs would love it for a promo, I'm sure!! And that charm is fab!! I have friends at varying levels on the spectrum. I found this hop as most of the blogs I regularly follow are sponsors.

~amy~ said...

Love reading more about you...your card is so much fun, I think of it as a team effort between you and the kids..LOL.
I bet you're having sooooo much fun!

Tracie Pond said...

Ashley, amazing contribution!

BurningRubber said...

Great card! I love the sparkly puzzle pieces. Thanks for participating!

Michele Henderson said...

Love your card! I think I read abut the hop from Dana Joy's blog and thought I'd play along. I have never personally met anyone with autism in their family, but the facts I've learned today are staggering. It's an issue we should all learn more about.

Monika Reeck said...

Lovely sparkle Pieces of the puzzle and cool sentiment on your card
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)

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. Thank you for helping so many others like our son.

Eva said...

Beautiful card!!! Adore glitter puzzle pieces. Thanks for sharing your story.
kisses;)

Yolanda Garrido said...

What can I say. I am so impressed after reading your post. You are so generous!

Paula-Scrap Addict said...

I love the sentiment with the sticker alphas not quite touching or straight - that is awesome!

Sue from Oregon said...

This is just awesome, and it will be interesting to see if your children miss their puzzle pieces LOL! You are a special person! ♥ Sue Kment

hippymom83 said...

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

Niki G said...

Love the sparkly transformation of the "borrowed" puzzle pieces! My goddaughter was diagnosed 5 years ago and she has taught me so much about patience and other ways of communicating. Love your story of being a therapist and helping kids. As a pediatric nurse kids are near and dear to my heart as well. Enjoy your cruise!!

Becca Cruger said...

Your card is so innovative and adorable!! You truly are such a class act!

cm said...

Thank you for sharing your connection with autism, and especially, for creating a most impressive card for this wonderful cause. Your jewelry and your generosity in donating to this cause: utterly heart-warming! I second Becca: you are a class act!
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Helen F. said...

Fabulous card Ashley, just love the glittery puzzle pieces.

Lieve said...

I love your card, and the sentiment even more ! Just great !
I have a cousin with asperger, and a cousin's son with autism. My sister is mentally disabled.
I am glad I found out about this blog hop on Tenia's blog.
It's such a heart-warming bloghop. A big thank you and congratulations to you all !

Liz said...

I love your card - fabulous design with those lovely puzzle pieces.

What a beautiful little charm!

I discovered this Blog Hop two day ago through one of the sponsors pages, so set to work to make a card to join in. What a great way to raise awareness of autism! xx

Mynn Kitchen said...

LOVE all the glittery goodness on those puzzle pieces! This is fabulous! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Jerrie said...

Your card is so colorful, so fun and so unique. I love the tile words. Very stunning card!!

Stampy Sister said...

Your card is super fun! I have two autistic children. I can't tell you how much I appreciate the help I get every day from the therapists who help my children. Thank you for supporting this cause.

Dana said...

Super cute card!! Love the puzzle pieces and sentiment!!

Jessi Fogan said...

I am sending you the hugest hugs! People like you who are enthusiastic make such a difference in the lives of my boys. They both have autism & it's because of folks like you they've come so far. I love your card (and that you snitched the puzzle pieces! lol! In the service of crafting, kids, I had to!) I'm so glad you could join in this hop that is making my heart sing :)

Ruby N said...

I'm glad you enjoy what you do. Hope you are on that cruise, enjoying it :) I heard about the hop from Tenia, and I'm a social worker so I had to participate in raising awareness :) Thank you for participating ♥

Ann said...

Lovely card, the sparkle is the perfect touch.

Sue D said...

Love the colorful sparkly puzzle pieces. I heard about the hop from Tenia. I don't have much exposure to Autism.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Mary Roberson said...

I like how you arranged the puzzle pieces and the sentiment.

Janis said...

Fabulous card. Love all the sparkle and glitteriness on the puzzle pieces. Wonderful sentiment.
Thanks for sharing your lovely piece of jewelry with us. My daughter who is 28 yrs old is Asperger's but we have only known about this for a very few years. I deeply regret that we did not have the resources available to us when she was small to help us understand her better. So glad for hops like this that promote awareness.
Thanks for participating in this important hop!!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com
HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

Lynn Hardy said...

Great card and jewellery - but more importantly thanks for doing such a great job! It must be so rewarding and I'm sure that you are much appreciated!

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, what a fun card!