Not sure what the heck I'm talking about? The Hop to Stop is a 2-week linkup party where we're asking papercrafters to use their voices and share their talents to bring awareness for victims of Domestic Violence. One in 3 women will be a victim of domestic violence in her lifetime.
Since October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month here in America, and purple is the official color, all you have to do to play along is make something that *features* purple! And there are over $500 in sponsored prizes!
Before I share my latest purple creation, I thought I'd feature a few of the stories that have been shared throughout the Hop. It's incredible how long I've known some of these crafters, and how I might not really know their stories. Domestic Violence is silent, and not something that's freely shared about, and this hop is helping to change that narrative.
KT Fit KittyKitty shared bits of her story in comments along the hop - and believe me, she's commented on almost every linkup in the hop.
|"My mother was a victim of domestic violence, from my birth father, and she is lucky to be alive. She escaped with my brother and me when I was three"|
Like Kitty, Terri had first-hand experience with domestic violence as a child.
One thing that's been mentioned so many times in comments throughout this hop is "thank you for giving me a place to share my story." Em shared a bit of hers, something she hadn't felt comfortable doing in the past.
|While my experiences don't define who I am, they have, all of them, helped shape me into the woman I am today.|
Thank you to ALL of you who've been one of the 178 linkups so far. You may not be able to see all of the private messages sent my way, but just know that YOU are a part of helping some women share their stories, and know that they are not alone in their experiences.
And now for my card! I used some of my new Paper Smooches sets along with a Distress Spray Stain Double-Dip Background.
|STAMPS: Paper Smooches Tri-balations and Royal Cuteness.|
I also used some incredible adhesive ribbon from May Arts to create that swag banner. A while back I went a little crazy buying the cool adhesive ribbon and honestly, I have no regrets. It's so fleepin' cool and easy to use!
I loved the sentiment paired with that princess. :)
I'm going to link this up to Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Watercolor (because my background is a watercolor wash). 613 Ave Create - Anything Goes. Allsorts - No designer paper.
One last thing before I go - My friend Taunya (who is the sunshiniest ray of light that you'll ever meet) of Daisies Girl is having a blogoversary contest. After this hop is done and I have time to breathe, I'm going to totally play along but I thought I'd throw it out here, too in case any of you all want to go wish her a happy month and play in her challenge! :)