Saturday, 10 October 2015

The Hop To STOP

Purple is the colour of National Domestic Violence Awareness month. 
1 in 3 women will experience domestic violence over the course of their lifetimes. 
Let that sink in - 33% of all the women you meet. 

And women aren't the only people who are affected! Women, men, transgender - gender doesn't matter. Domestic violence is something that exists regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, religion, education level, etc.  And yet, it's something that is rarely talked about in very public ways. It's something that's hidden and hushed.

With the help of Becca Cruger (our Blog Hop Hostess), crafters from all over the world are banding together to raise awareness about Domestic Violence and say STOP!

There are a lot more details to be found on
Becca's Blog "Damsel of Distressed"
YOU can help say STOP,
create a purple card
share it on Becca's Blog
and have the chance to win from one of
the generous The Hop To Stop sponsors.

PLEASE take the time to join The Hop To Stop and visit some of the blogs linked there.
So many wonderful cards, so many tragic stories, so many brave souls, so many messages of hope!!!

Here is the purple card I created.

The PURPLE was inspired by The Hop To Stop and I have linked it to Becca's Blog linky.

After taking the photo, I have to confess that I will be making another one but adding more purple to add more contrast.  I plan on folding the doily over the patterned paper layer, so that the purple mat shows across the top edge.  I think that the pennant strips and doily need more contrast too, they get a bit "lost" against the patterned paper, so will try them with some purple matting.

I have made another one of these cards (you can never have too many HUGS to share) and I'm much happier with "mark II" - you can read all about it HERE.

Card base - A4 (folded in half) Quill Mother Of Pearl 285gsm metallic cardstock
Purple mat - American Crafts Plum Weave (textured cardstock, same colour is in their value pack)
Patterned paper - Kaisercraft 12x12 Garden Arabesque "Lattice"
Tsukineko Brilliance Archival Pigment Ink - Moonlight White (to ink the edges of the patterned paper, the paper was already distressed around the 12x12 edges, so I had to distress the cut edge to match
Kaisercraft Decorative Die - Doilies
Kaisercraft Foam Dots - to add dimension under the doily
Winnie & Walter - In A Word - Hugs Cutaway
Bella! Bling - Borderlines - cut one of the 12" strips into three for the pennants
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue - it holds everything securely in place, even on the metallic cardstock.
Fiskars - self healing craft mat - to cut and assemble the layers
Fiskars - Finger-Tip craft knife - to cut the matted layers and pennant strips
Fiskars - embossing stylus - to score the card base and the doily
Fiskars - Micro-Tip Scissors - to cut the ends of the pennant strips

The design was inspired by the sketch shared on the
Scrapbook & Cards Today Blog World Cardmaking Day 2015 - Sketch Challenge
Nicole_sketch 3
and I have entered in their challenge.
Entries must be submitted by Friday 9th October.

          I have entered my card in the following challenges:          

As per above, the challenge is to make a card with purple.

The challenge is to create a card based on one of the four sketches in the challenge post.
I used the 1st sketch - it is shown above.

Scrapbook & Cards Today World Cardmaking Day 2015 - Round Robin Challenge
The challenge is to create a card based on the inspiration photo or one of the cards shared by the challenge post.
Although my card was originally based on a sketch from the SCT Sketch Challenge (above), I was also inspired by the wicker chair in the original inspiration photo, so combined them together.
My doily and pennant strips mimic the rounded shape and three legs visible in the chair image.  The patterned paper I used also has diamond shapes like the fabric in the pouffe.

The challenge is to create and share a never before published card using what you have on hand AND to link at least three or more products used to the store.  All of the ingredients were from my stash ... I have to confess that the patterned paper has been waiting in my stash for quite a few years.  The bonus is, now that I have cut the 12x12 sheet, it will be making a couple more cards real soon.

Simon Says Stamp World Cardmaking Day Contest
The challenge is to link up a recently made card.



  1. Replies
    1. Thank You Lisa :)
      While I was making it, I loved the purple and metallic shimmer but I have to confess I was disappointed with it once I took the photo. I'm much happier with the 2nd version and learnt a lot from my mistakes, oops, I mean "opportunities for improvement"!!!

  2. Gorgeous card, Tracy. Great take on the sketch.
    hugs, Asha

  3. Wow! The design of this is just so elegant with the banner-esque look! And I bet this just shimmers and shines in real life with all of those gemstones. Thank you SO much for linking up to the Hop to Stop!

  4. the banners are adorable especially the gemstones running down them. thank you for supporting Beccas hop to stop

  5. Very pretty! I saw the second card first and came to take a look at the first one. Well I Iike them both! The bling is such a nice touch on the banners! Thank you for caring about this issue and supporting the hop.

  6. Wow...beautiful cards. The design paper is gorgeous and adding the doily along with the gems on the pennants, clean and simple and elegant.

  7. This is a pretty card too! I say "too" because I looked at your second card first and thought it was really nice. This one is very pretty on its own, but I love the extra details you added to the second one to really make those details pop!
    Take Care!


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