Monday, October 17, 2016

The Hop to Stop - Domestic Violence Awareness (2 cards)

Hello, everyone!  I'm popping in from my blog break because I want to support The Hop to Stop. This important hop is raising awareness about domestic violence.  Thank you to Becca at The Damsel of Distressed for organizing this hop for the third year. I made four cards.  I am sharing two of them here, and I'll be back later today with the other two.


One in three women will experience domestic violence over the course of their lifetimes. That's one-third of all the women you meet. Women between the ages of 15 and 44 are more likely to be injured or die as a result of domestic violence than through rapes, muggings and car accidents combined.

I want to be involved in this hop because this is an issue very close to my heart. It's not an easy subject for me to think about or remember. My mother was a victim of domestic violence, from my birth father, and I am not exaggerating when I say that she is lucky to be alive. She escaped with my brother and me when I was three. I have never had a desire to be in contact with my birth father. I have memories of that time and they are full of tears and terror.

Please become informed about domestic violence, its impacts, and available resources. For more information on domestic violence in Canada, see hereIf you are a woman experiencing abuse in Canada, there is someone you can reach out to any time of day or night; see here.

Purple is the color for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month so participants in the hop are creating cards featuring purple.

Card #1

Sadly, approximately every six days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. With this in mind, I created a sympathy card.


I fussy-cut a botanical flower image from Graphics Fairy and popped it up on foam tape. The sentiment is die-cut with Simon Says Stamp - With Sympathy.  The embossed panel was in my stash (source unknown). I finished off the card with a few clear sequins.

Card #2

Domestic violence is a serious subject but I wanted to make a fun card. I was a small child when the traumatic events happened in my life, so the card I made is suitable for a small child.


I recently won this adorable Kitty's Balloon image from Di's Digistamps (thank you, Di!). I coloured her with Prismacolor pencils and fussy-cut so I could pop her up on foam tape. I added clear Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents to the balloon. The sentiment is from SugarPea Designs - Smitten Kitten, which I stamped repeatedly in Simon Says Stamp Wisteria and once in Memento Grape Jelly. The white cardstock was die-cut with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.

The design of my card is inspired by Jennifer McGuire and her technique called Sentiment Backdrops. This is the first time I've tried it!  I fell in love with her cards and decided to CASE this one:

Sentiment Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


I would also like to support these challenges: 
Card #1
613 Avenue Create AG 1/8; Cardz TV AG 1/3; Craft Your Passion AG 1/3; Crafts Galore Encore AG 1/3; Creatalicious AG 1/3; Creative Corner Sympathy 1/3; DL.ART October Linky AG UE 1/d; Glitter N Sparkle AG 1/3; Great Impressions AG 1E; Happy Little Stampers AG w Dies UE; Just Keep on Creating October AG UE; Not Just Cards October AG UE; Penny's Paper-crafty AG 1/3; Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 1/5 wk 1

Card #2
613 Avenue Create AG 2/8; Cardz TV AG 2/3; Craft Your Passion AG 2/3; Crafting Circle Crafty Awesomeness AG 1/3; Crafts Galore Encore AG 2/3; Crafty Gals Corner CASE it 1/2; Creatalicious AG 2/3; Crop Stop Linky 21 AG (Memento inkpad sold at Crop Stop here 1/5); Digi Designs Add a Sentiment 1/3; Doodle Pantry Any Digital Image 1E; Glitter N Sparkle AG 2/3; Just Keep on Creating October AG UE; Little Scrap Pieces Show it Off Saturday 1E; Love to Scrap AG 1/5; MFP Stamp Shop Photo Inspiration (I was inspired by the cats) 1/3; Not Just Cards October AG UE; Penny's Paper-crafty AG 2/3; Send a Smile 4 Kids Celebration Cards 4 Kids 1/3; The Crafter's Cafe Use a New Technique (Sentiment Backdrop technique new to me) 1/3; Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 2/5 wk 1

Thank you for looking at my cards! Wishing you a joyful day!

44 comments:

Tinka's paper wonderlland said...

Beautiful cards my dear, I am sory that they needed to be made and sorry to hear that traumatic events happened in your life , I hate vbiolence and am werry hapy to have a husbant who will never put his hand on me the wrong way...
I pray for all woman and child, and hope that one day we all shal be violence free...
♥Hugs Valentina♥

brenda said...

Fabulous creations as always Kitty and the first for a very good cause, we have the same here in the UK and all too often it's not highlighted enough to shame those responsible.

B x

Dr Sonia S V said...

Like you for me too it is a very personal subject and I love the sweet little kitten card you made ...I too have made some fun themed cards for the hop this time
Cheers
Dr Sonia

lauren bergold said...

two gloriously purple creations! i adore that sweet kitty & the fun sentiment. and your sympathy card is BEYOND lovely... which is a great accomplishment, as i think those are the very hardest cards to make! ♥

Stir Your Creativity said...

Lovely cards. Just back from vacation and have to make sure I support this cause

vinita jain said...

Both of your creations are so pretty for this good cause, love the fun kitten card in purple!

Barb said...

Two lovely cards Kitty to highlight a very important cause and something which is often hidden. I am so sorry that you had those experiences in your life. I am fortunate to have never had first hand experience of domestic violence but two of my friends suffered at the hands of husbands. Barbxx

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Very pretty cards! Your sympathy card is gorgeous and the birthday card purr-fectly adorable. That is a sweet design I may have to CASE myself. :-)

creationsnz said...

Both great cards and your backdrop sentiment is purrfect. So glad you joined us at the Crafters Café, CarolG

Lisa said...

Your cards are both so beautiful!! The first one is so elegant and gorgeous!! The second is totally adorable!! Love them both my friend!! Thank you so much for playing along at DL.ART!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your cards are both wonderful and I am so sorry you had to experience domestic violence in your life.

Pia S said...

I know that murder is mostly committed by someone close to the person killed but never realized the statistics were as harsh as the one mentioned in your post... A blog hop with an important purpose, glad you crawled out from your blog break hole and shared these pretty cards. First card elegant, second cute and very nicely CAS!

Bad Kitty (Fiki) said...

oh my dear friend!
I am so sorry you had to experience domestic violence.
your cards are very pretty!
lots of love and hugs to you!

Lizzy Hill said...

Great ideas behind making these cards... thanks for your comment on my blog- I really love that BIRTHDAY kitty card. Totally cute!!! And so with you on the kids being affected thing, too:):)

Becca Cruger said...

I feel honored that you'd give up your blog break to come Hop along. Your first card is so elegant and your second design is just adorable. You're such an awesome bloggy friend! Thanks for creating for the Hop to Stop and raising your voice for victims of domestic violence.

scrAPpamondo said...

The first one card is very elegant and sweet, my friend! A perfect simpathy card! And the second one is so cute!!! Love this kitty with his balloon and the fab background with that SS repeatedly stamp!! Very well done, these are two fabulous cards!!

Vickie Y said...

Sweet image and card. Thank you for sharing with us at MFP Stamps Challenge.

Pam Tiedtke, or Pammie Lou said...

What a CUTE CUTE CUTE card! I love the colors and your kitty is adorable! Thanks for joining in at MFP Stamps Challenge!
Hugs

Tinka's paper wonderlland said...

ps. I am glad that you have visit you realy make my smile <3 and ...

Thank you for joining us at Artistic Inspirations!
Good Luck and hope to see you again.
xx Valentina DT xx
Tinka's paper wonderlland

Donna Ellis said...

Beautiful cards, Kitty! Lovely designs, and elegant! Hugs, de

AJ Bodine said...

Very pretty cards, you put so much thought into them and it shows. I'm sorry to read how domestic violence personally touched your family.

Robin said...

Both are so beautiful! I really love this hop you are doing. Bringing awareness is so important. Thanks for playing along with us at LTSCB and good luck! Hugs, Robin

KraftyKoolKat said...

Both cards are gorgeous. Showing the different ends of the spectrum of this very sad subject.
Hugs
Cathy
xxxx

Barbara Godden said...

Both cards are beautiful, good cause to pop in out of your break.

Lisa said...

So happy to see you here... so sad that you ever had to go through anything like that and so happy your mother took you away from all of that... here's to her and her strength and love... beautiful card and that kitty is adorable... hugs to you my friend... see you again soon!

Olga Fink said...

Gorgeous cards Kitty! I'm very sorry your family had to go through that!
xoxo Olga

Christine said...

Thank you for sharing your heart. It must be painful beyond what most of us can imagine, but by speaking out, you may open the door for another person to seriously consider breaking away from a bad relationship. Prayers for your continued strength and healing, Christine

Linda said...

Wow, I love both of your cards and yes, domestic violence is a horrible situation to be in. I'm glad your mother had the courage to leave with keep your family safe.
Thanks for playing along with Cardz TV Anything Goes challenge!
Linda

Davi said...

Great cards for a Serious Cause! Im also experienced domestic violence,something that makes life a daily chore! A Darling kitty and makes a lovely card with the purple!! I especially love the first one so pretty with the embossing and flower. So glad you joined MFP Challenge :)

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Awesome card for an important issue! And your second card is just stinkin' cute! Thanks so much for playing along with us at HLS!

Jerrie said...

What staggering statistics if you really think about them. Your sympathy card says it all! Your birthday card is so fun and lifts your spirit!

Amy Seigler said...

I'm so sorry that you had to have that experience as a child and I'm saddened to see those type of statistics. Your cards are Beautiful! Thanks for playing with us at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies!

Donna Ellis said...

I am back with my other hat, KT! Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge "Anything Craft Goes". I hope you have enjoyed playing along as much as we have enjoyed seeing your talent. Please check back to see if you are a winner!
crafty hugs,
de

Lisa Dryden said...

Stunning make , thanks for joining us this week at Glitter n Sparkle Lisa DT x

Princess Judy Palmer said...

That kitty card makes me all soft and gooey inside (you know me and cats).Your sympathy card is very lovely too. What a great blog hop to raise awareness.

Sheryl said...

Two beautiful cards. I really love the sympathy card so simple and elegant for such a sad occasion.
Thanks for visiting at 613 Avenue Create.
Hugs Sheryl DT member xx

Richa Maurya said...

I somehow missed this post...I am so sorry to hear that...Its good that you and your family overcame the past...Very pretty cards btw...lovely flowers and love the kitty on purple..
Love
Richa

suzARTe said...

This is such a worthy cause, and it's great that hops like this are organised to spread awareness. You have done such a great job with the purple and white, lovely cards.Thanks so much for sharing your creation at
Anything goes October link-up, Just keep on creating
Susan xx

Dawn Frost said...

Both cards are lovely! Thanks for joining Doodle Pantry's AIMPDC good luck and hope to see you again. Dawn Doodle Pantry DT.

Therese Engström said...

Wonderful card <3
Thanks for joining us at Creative Corner Challenges.
Hugs from Therese, DT

Donna said...

Stunning cards Kitty, thanks for your bravery in sharing your your story, you never know when it will reach and help someone. Hugs, Donna

Donna said...

Stunning cards Kitty, thanks for your bravery in sharing your your story, you never know when it will reach and help someone. Hugs, Donna

Lori Kobular said...

I am so sorry to hear that your Mom was a victim, so glad that she got you and your brother away from that! Your cards are beautiful and you can just feel the love that you poured into them!

Melanie said...

Wonderful cards!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes with optional Halloween” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

Hugs,
Melanie
(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

(DT Crafty Friends)

(DT The Sketchy Challenges)