Sunday, 12 September 2010

One Stitch at a Time Challenge 30

This candy is now closed. I'll pick the winner's name shortly and post it.

There's a special event happening over at One Stitch at a Time this week. As usual, there's a theme, but this time, all the artists have created a new digital image or paper to celebrate. And there's candy on various blogs too, including this one, with lots of prizes on the OSAAT blog!

The reason for the event is to increase awareness of Autism. It's a subject that's particularly close to my heart, as I work with severely autistic children. Awareness seems to me to be the biggest need. People on the Autistic Spectrum don't wear badges or have a single 'look' that identifies them. They look like everyone else. But the condition often causes them to act in ways that seem bizarre.The children I work with have little or no language. They don't understand the world around them and can often become extremely anxious and distressed in situations that appear to others to be completely ordinary. When they can't cope with the rest of the world, they often block it out by becoming engrossed in something else - a hand flapping in front of their face, self-induced pain, twirling, making loud noises, tapping something or they express their fear by crying or screaming. When that happens, they don't need people telling their parents or carers that they just need a good smack, or an irate adult shouting at them. (I've experienced both while in local parks and supermarkets.) If people are more aware of the condition, hopefully they'll consider the possibility before making the parents' job even harder than it already is.

General professional opinion is that there is no cure for Autism, but a lot can be done to allow the person to cope better with the world, and thereby to achieve their potential.

If you want to find out more about the specific charity we're supporting, go to the site below.
And there's a history of why we've chosen this particular young man on the OSAAT blog as well as many of the DT blogs.

Alternatively, if you want more general information on Autism, you might find the
National Autistic Society  website useful. Or, if you'd like to get some 'first hand' information, try this interview with Ros Blackburn - an articulate autistic adult.

So, onto my card.

The theme this time is Rainbows - either actual rainbows or the colours of the rainbow, and I was lucky enough to be given Hope Jacare's image - Wish Upon a Rainbow. I coloured the image with Promarkers, and then I had even more fun with it! I designed the backing paper and frame in Photoshop Elements, and then I drew and coloured a rainbow on shrink plastic. To finish the card, I added some ribbon and a special 'rainbow' flower. I really enjoyed making this card - well, give me a theme like 'rainbow' with free rein to use colours like that - what's not to like? The name of my blog is not a coincidence!

I've put aside a few bits and pieces - some die cuts (more than in the photo - there were too many to include), charms and stickers, and one commenter, chosen at random, will win them. So, please think a little about what autism means to those affected both directly and indirectly, and if you wish to, support an appropriate charity. And then, leave a comment here, and be sure to visit the rest of the design team. Good luck!

I hope you find time to join us in the challenge this week - and that you enjoy it as much as I have!

I'd like to enter this card for the following challenges:

 Digi Doodles who are looking for charms (the rainbow), Delightful Sketches who want ribbon in Autumn shades (I used red and gold (and blue)), Fab 'n' Funky  for whom 'Anything Goes' and Your Next Stamp who also have an 'Anything Goes' challenge this time.


Liz said...

HIi Josopine Great post there hun and even better card I love it Have a nice day!

Liz xx

michele hileman said...

I just love your card, it is so cute

Laney said...

A super rainbow card Josephine!!
great candy too

Claire Phillips said...

Wonderful post Josephine and I love your card - it's perfect! Cheers Claire x

Claire Phillips said...

Just wanted to say I popped by the link for the interview with Ros Blackburn - really interesting! Thanks Josephine....cheers Claire x

Brenda Brown said...

Wow, love the card Josephine and your creations too. How clever of you. Fab rainbow attached. Luv B xxx

Love crafts forever said...

Amazing colors, love it. Hugs, Nataliya.

Eiglas said...

Jo, your treatment of HopeJacare's digi is brilliant! Love all the rainbows!
Super card for a very worthwhile cause.

Unknown said...

I love that rainbow hon, great card.x

sallysbitz2 said...

This is a fab card, i just love the way you have used all those colours xx

I work in a nursery school where we can have upto 10 children from age 2-4 yrs with autism.

Tammy said...

You did a lovely job with the image! Thank you so much for all you do for us at OSAAT!

Anita said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Delightful Challenges.


Hi Josephine
A fabulous card,thankyou for joining us this week at Delightful challenges,
hugs Dianne xx

Gem said...

beautiful card Josephine, love all the rainbows around the image :) x

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Great card hun really fab image, loving the papers you have used
hugs shell xx

Choccy said...

What a gorgeous card Josephine. I so love the image you had to use its stunning.

Choccy xx

Unknown said...

This is a beautiful card! You really should consider entering some of the challenges over at Papercraft Star! The challenges are provided way in advance so you have plenty of time to enter them and you have an opportunity to win prizes as well.

Berry said...

This is gorgeous Jo I love the use of the image and that rainbow and flower are brilliant! Great ideas! Hugs Rebekah xx

Karen said...

Gorgeous Josephine, thanks for joining us at Delightful Challenges.

Karen said...

Fab and Funky!! xx

uksharon said...

Great card - love the one above "Nights are drawing..."
Thanks for your comments - hoping to get to know everyone.
Best wishes

Scrappy said...

FANTASTIC card Josephine! Love what you did with this image! So fun to be able to work with you at OSAAT!

Lindsey said...

Great card! Thanks for joining us at Fab and Funky this week x

Carol Ann said...

Love the card with the gorgeous rainbow and rainbow coloured paper.
Carol Ann xx

Scrappy Scatty said...

Lovely card and fabby candy

stitchy said...

Josephine, what a wonderful story..Your card is beautiful so bright and beautiful. I want to personally thank you for all that you do - you are such an asset to the team :)..

stitchy xoxox

Sharon Caudle said...

Fantastic card! Thanks so much for joining us at Delightful Challenges!
hugs, Sharon

Sharon Caudle said...

Fantastic card! Thanks so much for joining us at Delightful Challenges!
hugs, Sharon

Rachel said...

Cute card! thanks for joining us this week at Delightful Challenges.

Marjo said...

Hi Josephine,

I just love this Hope Jacare image. It's one I don't have yet. I suppose I will have to be getting it I just love all the added detail on your card, it's simply gorgalicious! Wonderful DT inspiration.

Hugs, Marjo

Amanda said...

I love the bright colours of your rainbow card.

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