Thursday, April 2, 2015

Light It Up Blue Blog Hop for Autism Awareness

I'm thrilled to be participating in today's Light It Up Blue Blog Hop for Autism Awareness blog hop. I'm a kindergarten teacher and over the course of my career, I've worked with a number of children with autism and the elementary school where I currently work houses a prekindergarten program for autistic children, so I've had the opportunity to learn firsthand about autism.  I've also had the pleasure of seeing children with autism make great strides and flourish over the course of a school year with the support and guidance of educators and their families. Our school will be marking World Autism Day today by having everyone wear blue to school to in recognition of the event.

Today's blog hop has so many fantastic sponsors and participants that have shown their support for Autism Awareness and you can see the complete list HERE.  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.

I Thank My Lucky Stars card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from WPlus9
Now here is the card I created for today's hop! I incorporated the day's blue theme into my card by using several different distress inks to make a gradient night sky.  The inks were sponged over a silver embossed sentiment from the WPlus9 Lucky Stars stamp set.  I masked off part of the sentiment before stamping it in silver ink, then heat embossing.  After inking the panel, I cut it apart and adhered it to a navy card base, leaving a slight gap between the two pieces.  The gap was filled in with a narrow strip of silver paper.  I accented the sentiment with a trio of sparkly silver sequins.

After assembling the card, I went back and drizzled a bit of Bahama Blue irRESISTible texture spray over the inked panels.  If you haven't tried the irRESISTibles line yet, definitely check it out.  The colored spray adds a fun texture to your designs.  It comes in a spray applicator, but I took the applicator out of the bottle and gently flicked it to get the bigger spots and dots you see here.  I'm usually pretty hesitant to add random elements like this, but I decided this card needed a little something more and I'm glad I gave the spray a go.

Materials Used:
Lucky Stars stamp set (WPlus9); Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Salty Ocean, and Faded  Jeans distress inks (Ranger); Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink, Bahama Blue irRESISTible texture spray (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); Night of Navy cardstock (Stampin' Up!); silver paper (Target); silver embossing powder (American Crafts); silver sequins

70 comments:

  1. Gorgeous card! Love the background!

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  2. Hi Lori, love your card, this is a fav set of mine and you've done such a pretty job with it. I'm a new follower of yours :)

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  3. A great card and love the background.
    Kath x

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  4. This card is GORGEOUS, Miss Lady!! Thanks so much for being an AWESOME teacher as well!! Thanks so much for participating in this AWESOME hop! You ROCK, Miss Lady!!

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  5. What's not to love about this card? It's absolutely GORGEOUS!

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  6. 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/

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  7. Love this card - it's so pretty & for a great cause!

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  8. I love that background, beautiful card!

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  9. gorgeous card Lori! thanks for your help as an educator !

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  10. That's beautiful I love the soft sponged background with the little bit of sparkly gold.

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  11. Your beautifully sponged night sky card: fabulous x awesome! WOW!
    ~c

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  12. Really liking your background!! Love that sentiment too!

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  13. Love the ombre and the blue spots are perf!

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  14. Your card is simply splendiferous!!! Love the peaceful, relaxing feel it has!! Love the thought and sentiment on it!! Just really gorgeous work - Thanks so much for participating and supporting this hop!! I hope you have a REALLY GREAT day!!!

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  15. Beautiful simplicity! LOVE this!! Thank you for joining this hop ♥♥

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  16. Oh this is so super cute. I love that your school is wearing blue today. LIUB!

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  17. Wonderful card, love the background and the sentiment.

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  18. Beautiful card for a great cause.

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  19. Beautiful colours and lovely dimension with the spray!

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  20. Beautiful card for today's Light It Up Blue hop!

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  21. Lovely creation, Lori. Such a pretty background!!

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  22. Such a beautiful and thoughtful card. I have two children with autism. Thank you for supporting this cause.

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  23. Lori, thank you for sharing your experience with Autism and thank you for all you do to help the Autism community! Thank you for joining the LIUB Blog Hop!

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  24. LOVE this pretty effect! Great card!

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  25. What a pretty card. Your sentiment is perfect. Thank you for taking part in this hop.

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  26. Beautiful card, and for a great cause too :)

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  27. Beautiful card!!! Ilove that soft background
    kisses;)

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  28. Gorgeous card. I love the simplicity of the design. beautiful! xx

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  29. Love this! Awesome background and scattering of the texture spray. Looks like different shaped enamel dots. :)

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  30. What a beautiful card!! It rocks!

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  31. I love the BG you made Lori....looks so dreamy and I adore how much enamel dots you put here..great add of the blue on blue..
    AWESOME MADE LORI
    hugs,
    Monika
    (I love and proud to join this hop and hope you like to hop back to my card it is #155)

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  32. Love that soft and dreamy background!

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  33. 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.

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  34. Very, very pretty. Love the ombre effect. Nice work! facebook.com/wavingmywand

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  35. this certainly has that *wow* factor! I truly love it from the background to the embellies all put together

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  36. Wow! This is so beautiful with it's inky background and sparkly little sequins.

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  37. Coming to visit from Operation Write Home; but before that I was checking out my SugarPea posts. I really like your blue card. Your elements came out just right! Thanks for sharing!

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  38. This is a very lovely card. I like the added dots and sequins.

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

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  40. LOVE, super sentiment, lovey blues!!!!

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  41. This card is a beauty !! Thank you for sharing your talent and caring about autism !

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

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  43. Such an amazing card! I LOVE all the bits of bling, and that sentiment is perfect for the LIUB hop! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

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  44. BEAUTIFUL card!!! Thanks for sharing it with us. Bless you for the work you have done with special needs children.
    Thanks so much for participating in this important hop!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  45. Love this sweet card! The speckles and sequins add just enough interest and texture!

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  46. Ohh Lori this is beautiful! That spray was the perfect touch (I totally get the hesitation beforehand!) I'm so glad you joined in this hop that is making my heart sing :)

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  47. Beautiful card and sentiment, Lori!

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  48. This is such a beautiful blue background!! Thanks for spreading awareness for this cause!!

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  49. Very pretty. I like the random elements.

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  50. WOW! Your card is fantastic! Thank you for being an educator!

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  51. Such a lovely shade of of blue. Very pretty.

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  52. Gorgeous! I like the ink splats too!

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

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  54. Beautiful! I love the dots and sequins! The sparkly sentiment really sets this off nicely! Thanks for taking the time to spread Autism Awareness!

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