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May Arts Ribbon ‘Lights it up Blue’ – Winners!

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As you may know, today is World Autism Awareness Day.   Every year on this day, people and organizations all over the world ‘light it up blue’ to help raise awareness for this growing disorder.  With our most recent statistic saying that 1 in 68 children being diagnosed with autism, it is being called a national epidemic.   If you would like to learn more about autism or how you can light it up blue, please go to the Autism Speaks website.

I don’t talk much about myself on this blog.  Because, let’s face it, it’s a ribbon blog not a ribbon lady blog.  ;)  But I would like to share that I am a very proud mother of an autistic boy.   That is why every year I like to do a little something in honor of Autism Awareness Day.   In the past, we have had a Puzzle Piece theme and a “Light it up Blue” theme.  If you are looking for more Autism Awareness theme crafts, please head on over and check out those posts too.  

This year we are having a group post with simply the theme of Autism Awareness.  Please take the time to hop along today, as I am very thankful to these wonderful ladies for helping me out! 

 

Now, of course, there is a giveaway for you too: 

3 prizes of 1 spool each from our “blue” ribbons – winner’s choice! 

That’s 3 chances to win!  What do you have to do to win?  Just post a comment along your way.  I will announce the winners right here on Monday, April 6th. 

 

And now for some crafty goodness:

Gini Williams Cagle

I chose to create a Mixed Media piece for this hop – because I know with a piece like this, it is easy for everyone to see something a little bit different.  As we celebrate Autism Awareness, I think this is perfect to express the beauty of each individual that is affected with Autism. The cherub is to remind us what sweet angels we have living among us.

'Blue' Mixed Media Canvas

'Blue' Mixed Media Canvas

For more details on this project, click here

 

Jen Shears

I tried to incorporate several elements from the Autism Speaks movement: the blue, the puzzle piece & the phrase “light it up”- all parts of the Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness Day! Hopefully we can all shine a light for those affected by autism!

Handmade 'Light it Up Blue' Card

For more details on this project, click here.

 

Jenifer Cowles

As a mother of a child with disabilities it can sometimes can be difficult, but in the end we are all better off and I wouldn’t change it for the world.  I created this card to let my son know that I think he is a super star, and it is in our differences that make me a better person and mother.

Handmade 'Autism Awareness' Card

 

Jennifer Davey

Fidgets are small items that keep restless fingers busy, bodies relaxed, and minds focused. Silent fidgets can be a helpful tool to help at homework time, and while in stressful situations like in a restaurant, on a school bus or in a waiting room. These  little items can be made of scraps of fabrics with unique and interesting textures…come on over to my blog and learn how to make a simple fidget.

DIY Fidget Toys

For more details on this project, click here.

 

Karen Hanson

For this little card, I decided to play with the sentiment “I love you to pieces” which seemed like a perfect match with the puzzle piece symbol for Autism Awareness.  I simply cut the shape out with my Cricut and then added some hand-lettering for the sentiment.  I used some of the beautiful 1/4″ silk ribbon in teal (SK-04) to break up the busy patterns in the DCWV paper.  I love that this little card could be used for almost any occasion, but could have extra special meaning for the family or friends of someone with Autism.  

Handmade 'Autism Awareness' Card

Handmade 'Autism Awareness' Card

 

Mary Brockway

When asked if I’d like to participate in this event, I saw it as an amazing opportunity to learn a bit more about something I knew little about.  This Burlap ribbon covered picture frame features puzzle pieces and the color blue—both used as icons to raise Autism awareness.

Puzzle Piece Picture Frame

For more details on this project, click here.

 

Tracy McLennon

International Autism Awareness Day is something that is near and dear to the hearts of all of us at May Arts Ribbon. SO we have prepared some creative projects to share and spread the word on behalf of Autism Awareness. I decided to create this card using Sheer Royal Blue Ribbon.

Handmade 'Autism Awareness' Card

Handmade 'Autism Awareness' Card

For more details on this project, click here.

 

Thanks again for stopping by today!  This one is very near and dear to my heart, so taking the time to browse through these projects means so much to me.  :)

 

TRL

 


 

Winners! 

 

We have some winners:

 

Lucy E.

What a beautiful hop for an amazing cause. It is really mind boggling how fast this disease/condition has emerged! We need to find answers and cures/solutions! Awareness is the first step for sure.
Gorgeous projects by the team

Linda Grady

As the mother of an autistic son, I want to thank you for helping to make the awareness of autism a blog hop. All the cards are wonderful and I would like to use some as ideas on my own cards. I wore my blues today, too. Thanks, again!

alison bergman

I absolutely love all the projects, the use of the puzzle pieces, and of course the glorious color blue in the ribbons on the projects! Hopefully there will be more awareness, understanding and patience with the difficulties faced by autistic children and their families.

 

 

Congratulations, ladies!  Email me at [email protected] with your shipping address to claim your prize!

**all winners have 2 weeks to claim their prize**

 **when emailing, please note which giveaway/prize you are claiming**

 

  1. TracyM #6773

    CONGRATULATIONS to the winners and THANK YOU for supporting this great cause!!!

    Reply
  2. sherry butcher

    AMAZING Blog Hop to increase awareness of a great cause. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
  3. Amy C.

    Beautiful job ladies! Thanks for raising awareness.

    Reply
  4. Judy B

    What a wonderful way to get the word out on this illness. The ladies on the blog were very inspiring and the projects lovely. Thanks for sponsoring this blog hop.

    Reply
  5. Lucy E.

    What a beautiful hop for an amazing cause. It is really mind boggling how fast this disease/condition has emerged! We need to find answers and cures/solutions! Awareness is the first step for sure.
    Gorgeous projects by the team 🙂

    Reply
  6. Linda Grady

    As the mother of an autistic son, I want to thank you for helping to make the awareness of autism a blog hop. All the cards are wonderful and I would like to use some as ideas on my own cards. I wore my blues today, too. Thanks, again!

    Reply
  7. Martie Rollin

    Puzzle pieces are such an appropriate symbol for the mystery that is autism. Thanks for this posting…much appreciated.

    Reply
  8. Taunya Butler

    What fun projects – they are just so BLUEtiful!!!! Have a great day and thanks for helping to raise awareness about Autism!!!

    Reply
  9. Pam

    Love these fabulous projects! Having worked with all types of kids with special needs, many on the autism spectrum, I know the joys and frustrations of dealing with this. I have loved every second of working with these wonderful children. Hold tight to your precious little one. Bless you.

    Reply
  10. TracyM #6773

    ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS and THOUGHTFUL projects created by the Ribbonista’s today – THANK YOU for sharing how Autism & Disability have impacted your lives and THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION ladies!!!
    Although I don’t have close experience with autism, my family is familiar in dealing with a variety of illnesses and disabilities, from Cystic Fibrosis & Dementia to Spinal Cord Injury & Rheumatoid Arthritis and understand the impact they can have on every part of your life => I always appreciate when there is an event like this AMAZING Blog Hop to increase awareness of a great cause.

    Reply
  11. erin

    Great projects and what a worthy cause.

    Reply
  12. Sue D

    Great variety of projects for Autism awareness–thanks for sharing.

    Reply
  13. D.Ann C

    Each of these are gorgeous… a fab testament to the awareness day! Hugs!!

    Reply
  14. Denise Bryant

    Awesome creations for this Light It Up Blue hop!

    Reply
  15. Terri Burson

    Nice work ladies! Enjoyed all the projects. I’m participating in another hop to recognize autism as well, if you would like to check it out? facebook.com/wavingmywand

    Reply
  16. alison bergman

    I absolutely love all the projects, the use of the puzzle pieces, and of course the glorious color blue in the ribbons on the projects! Hopefully there will be more awareness, understanding and patience with the difficulties faced by autistic children and their families.

    Reply
  17. alison bergman

    As a former leader of a special needs Girl Scout troop, with two girls on the spectrum in the group of 5, I know how much autism affects families. Hopefully in the future there will be more help for finding cures, and therapies that are more effective, and more understanding of the difficulties faced by autistic children, and their families! I where blue for many reasons – my favorite color, my son is a NYC police officer, and many friends have had their lives touched by autism, as I have I in a peripheral way. Prayers for all who have an autistic blessing in their family.

    Reply
  18. Carla Hundley

    Beautiful card and what
    a great way to use the
    ribbon!
    Carla from Utah

    Reply
  19. Tona

    Fabulous projects!!! Thanks for your help in spreading awareness.

    Reply
  20. Mary Holshouser

    We have not been touched by autism in our family. My daughter did work with autistic kids for several years. It was rewarding and frustrating work but it was a worthwhile experience. Blessings to you and your child.

    Reply

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