Monday, April 2, 2018

2018 Stamping for Autism Awareness Blog Hop

Hello! Today, stampers across the world have come together to spread knowledge, awareness, and understanding and to show our support to all those who are touched by autism.  April is National Autism Awareness Month, and this blog hop affords us an opportunity to further the message of the Autism Society by "encouraging friends and collaborators to become partners in the movement towards acceptance and appreciation by getting [us] one step closer to a society where those with ASD (autism spectrum disorders) are truly valued for their unique talents and gifts."  

For a significant portion of my life, I have had the pleasure and the privilege of working with autistic adults in a college setting, and they have been an incredible source of inspiration for me.  Each semester, they teach me something new and open up pieces of the world that I was blind to.  They are also a testament as to what can be achieved with patience, understanding, guidance, and acceptance.  I encourage you to visit the Autism Society or Autism Speaks to learn more about ASD; and please, share what you learn with your friends and your loved ones.  The more people that are informed, the better chance we have at making our world a kinder, gentler place for those living with autism.

I have been away from the card making world for quite some time, but when Veronica Zalis asked card makers to join her in spreading this loving, encouraging message, I knew I had to dust off my markers and play along.  For my card, I wanted to create something that expresses the honor I feel when I am welcomed into the world of a person with autism.  It is not something they do with ease, and they are in fact entrusting you with a piece of their heart when they develop enough trust to finally let you into their world, and it is never something to take lightly.  As I stated earlier, the students I have worked with have taught me far more than I could ever teach them, and for that I am truly grateful.  

Just an added reminder, there are loads of generous sponsors who have graciously donated prizes to help raise awareness and to encourage support, love, and creativity to promote this incredibly worthwhile cause and the message of acceptance and understanding it provides.  

For all of us card makers, each one of us extremely passionate about promoting knowledge, awareness, and acceptance of ASD, and we want to join Veronica in spreading this loving, encouraging message of love, understanding, and acceptance.  I hope you will join us by creating a card and posting it at THIS LINK, and if you are not a paper crafter, please visit the talented card makers in the hop and leave them a little love.

Have a wonderful day, and thank you so very much for dropping by!

Note: The image of the little boy is an image created by my friend Thomas Goins and is not one that is available for purchase.

The "Love" image was created by Amy Purdie for the "Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness Blog Hop" in 2015.  I love this image so very much, and I could not resist using it for today's hop. :)  If you love this image as much as I do, Amy has graciously allowed me to post it here to share with you.  All you have to do is click on the image and save it to your computer.  Please, drop by Amy's blog and thank her for sharing her heartfelt creation with all of us! <3

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sharing a Budget-Friendly Craft Haul :)

I know that it has been a VERY LONG time since I have posted anything on here, but I absolutely, positively HAD to share with you a store filled with crafty goodness that I recently stumbled upon.  I won't bore you with having to read all the details, I will simply place a video below revealing all the FUN stuff I found at ridiculously amazing prices.  Honestly, you are not going to believe the deals.  Anywhoo...check out the video:

The name of this awesome store is PerriAnnsArts&Things, and they can be found on Etsy. I cannot express how INCREDIBLE their prices are, their service is, and their fabulous collection of products!! If you are as frugal as I am, if you too have a limited budget available to you to purchase crafty supplies, THIS IS THE PLACE TO SHOP! I can honestly say that they are now my go-to place for crafty yumminess. :)

If you are interested in any of the items featured on this video, I have provided links in the description portion of YouTube, directly under the video.  Again, let me reiterate, I am in no way affiliated with this store other than being a super happy customer. :)

I hope you have a WONDERFUL day!!  Happy crafting!!

aka: The Frugal Crafter :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


Hello again!  Here is my final card for the Hop to Stop Domestic Violence, which is being hosted by the lovely and talented Becca Cruger.  Today's card is another simple creation, and the stamp is one of many fabulous stamps from the set "All About Hope" from Unity Stamps.

According to Merriam-Webster, HOPE is defined as such: to cherish a desire with anticipation.  I cannot think of a better word to share with someone who has or is enduring domestic violence.  Typically, no person chooses to be in a relationship in which he/she will be harmed physically, emotionally and/or psychologically, and most people do not envision their child/children growing up in an unsafe environment.  Most of us enter into relationships and create families out of love.  Unfortunately, once the abuse becomes present, it is extremely difficult for the victim to leave.  Oftentimes, it takes many attempts before a person chooses to escape the destructive environment of domestic violence; and sadly, for some, they lose their lives in the process.  If you know someone who is experiencing domestic violence, please don't them find HOPE in what may seem to him/her a hopeless situation.  Love, support, guidance, patience, and understanding is what he/she needs.  If you need to talk with someone, call the 24/7 National Domestic Violence Helpline at 1-800-799-7233...the call is confidential and could help save a life--yours or someone you love.

I thank you for dropping by and visiting for a bit.  It truly does brighten my day!  

Hugs and smiles! 
Carolyn :)

I kept trying to capture the shimmer in the pictures.  Hopefully, you are able to see it in one of these pics.  Oh how this girl stinks at photography! ;) 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Hello!  Just wanted to share another card I created for the Hop to Stop (Domestic Violence), which is being hosted by the kind and talented Becca Cruger.  It is an extremely simple card, but I believe the sentiment says it all.  Like the card I posted earlier today, the stamp featured is from the fabulous set by Tifany DeGough for Unity Stamps and is called "All About Hope".  This is a set every card maker should have in their arsenal of creativity!  It is incredibly versatile and filled with loads of lovely inspiration to support those loved ones going through personal struggles.

This hop is very near and dear to my heart as I am a survivor of domestic violence.  Generally, I do not speak of the negative aspects of my personal life; however, I felt compelled to share that there is light at the end of the tunnel.  You can get your power back!  For me, it was a journey.  I started out a woman who wondered, "Why can't I do anything right?"..."What is wrong with me?"...I was afraid of everything because I felt there was something wrong with me...I considered myself a failure.  Today, in spite of my struggles and doubt, I am better, stronger, wiser, and much happier.  Since my growth, I have helped change legislation in my home state.  I have met with various politicians, locally and nationally, to raise awareness for this cause.  I have even been on Oprah to help shed light on this dark subject that plagues homes across our nation.  I also earned my degree.  If any  one would have told me then what I would ultimately accomplish, I never would have believed them; yet, here I am.  For me, I thank God each and every day for giving me a second chance at life, and I pray that one day domestic violence will become obsolete and no other person will have to endure pain at the hands of someone they love.

Thanks so much for dropping by!  I hope you have a wonderful evening!!

The Hop to Stop!

As usual, I am late in my card making efforts, and this makes me incredibly sad.  It saddens me because the cards that will be featured on my blog today were created with a specific purpose in mind--to raise awareness of the damaging effects of domestic violence.  The month of October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month, and the color chosen to represent such an important month is purple.  You have probably seen a flurry of purple creations across the blogosphere to help spread the word.  Please, click on the photo below to visit Becca's blog and view all the heartfelt creations submitted by a plethora of amazing artists who support the needed awareness to a plague that infects many homes across our world.  If you feel inclined, link up your lovely purple creation.

For my card, I opted to keep it simple.  The featured stamp is one of many from the beautiful set, All About Hope, designed by Tifany DeGough for Unity Stamp Co.  I love all the butterflies!  Don't you? 

Below, you will see a list of all the generous sponsors for the Hop to Stop domestic violence.  Please, stop by their company blogs and thank them for their kindness and support.  Have a wonderful day, and many thanks for dropping by!