Autism Matters Blog Hop: You Matter to Me

Today is a special day.  As we kick off April (Autism Awareness month), I am joining a group of amazing friends to bring awareness to this challenging condition.  As you hop from blog to blog, you’ll be introduced to great paper crafting ideas – but we hope you’ll also learn a little bit about Autism and be moved to make a small donation.  Ginormous donations are also accepted.  🙂  I’ve broken my post into three pieces: learn, look, love.


Each member of the hop is sharing a fact or statistic about autism.  Here’s mine:

Children who are born underweight or premature may have a higher risk for autism.

Autism is usually linked with genetic factors, but this study’s authors suggested birth weight and complications from being born premature can increase children’s risk for the condition.


We’ve also made paper crafting projects to share with you, and we hope you’ll enjoy them.  For today’s hop, I made a quick-and-simple card with big heart and a great impact.  Here’s my casual t-shirt with a bold message:

Custom Tee, T-Shirt Builder Framelits, Bunch of Blossoms, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Bold Statement.  We can build all kinds of fun shirts with the Custom Tee stamp set a coordinating T-Shirt Builder Framelits Dies.  The set comes with all types of cuffs, colors and accents to dress up three shirts however you choose.  I chose to put a bold statement on a white t-shirt.  I pulled “You matter” and “to me” from the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set – clear, photopolymer stamps that were so easy to perfectly line up.  I added a small heart (to balance the sentiment) from Layering Love.  All three stamps came together perfectly as a bold statement of support and love.
  • Bold Stripes.  The diagonal stripes that provide a backdrop for this t-shirt are cropped with strips of cardstock that I glued at an angle on Thick Whisper White cardstock and then snipped along the edges.  The diagonal moves up-and-to-the right, a positive direction, and gives thee widths of stripes:
    • Each Pacific Point stripe is 3/4″ wide.
    • Each Marina Mist stripe is 1/2″ wide.
    • Each Real Red and Daffodil Delight stripe is 1/4″ wide.
  • Bold Colors.  As with the other projects in the hop, I’ve showcased the bright, bold colors adopted by Autism Speaks, the organization we are supporting today.  Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Real Red and Daffodil Delight come together beautifully.  If you are inspired by this color combination, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Real Red, Daffodil Delight


I’ve set up a fundraising page for this hop.  I hope you’ll show your love and consider making (at least) a small donation.  I will make and send a thank you card to everyone who contributes $25 or more to my efforts for this worthy cause – you’ll just need to please list your name on the donations page and email me with your mailing address so I have your information: After you’ve made your donation, I hope you’ll hop along to all the other participants in this hop.  These are some talented folks, and you don’t want to miss a thing!  Here’s a list to help you hop along:

  1. Brian King
  2. Julie DiMatteo
  3. Sandi MacIver
  4. Mary Deatherage
  5. Lydia Fiedler
  6. Kim Vogel
  7. Amy Koenders
  8. Linda Geiger
  9. Lisa Curcio
  10. Candy Ford
  11. Lisa Pretto
  12. Jari Francis
  13. Jaimie Babarczy
  14. Beth Hooper
  15. Sue Prather

Thanks for stopping by today!


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Here are the Stampin’ Up! products I used in my project:

Stamp Sets:  Custom Tee, Bunch of Blossoms, Layering Love  Papers:  Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Pacific Point, Real Red  Accessories:  T-Shirt Builder Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Custom Tee, T-Shirt Builder Framelits, Bunch of Blossoms, Stampin' Up!, Brian King


  1. awesome card Brian and the sentiment is perfect!

  2. Wonderful card! And the colors are perfect.

  3. Awareness is a wonderful thing.

  4. I absolutely love it!! Perfect sentiment and awesome design. Thanks so much for joining in the hop!! 🙂

  5. Such sweetness. I adore the wee heart!

  6. bold and adorable, just like you my friend xo

  7. Jennifer Spiller

    Such a perfect card for a wonderful cause!!!

  8. Wow, this card is great! The colors are amazing! Wishing you huge success with your donations.

  9. Awesome Card Brian and speaks volumes. Thanks for being you and participating in this hop.

  10. I’m so glad you are hopping for a great cause. Your fact was interesting because my daughter that was premature is Asperger’s. The striped background on your card is fabulous.

  11. Great card, Brian! I love the bold stripes. Pretty sure I had a t-shirt with the exact same stripes on it… 🙂

  12. Awesome, Brian. I love that sentiment and it works perfectly with that t-shirt!

  13. Love your Tee ! I have a high level Autistic GS that was adopted at 6 months . It was a rough go for awhile until he was diagnosed . So I think the Autistic Awareness Project is great !

  14. Great card for a great cause. Love the bright, bold colors. Thanks for spreading the love on this important topic.

  15. Love this card, Brian! The t-shirt with the background is just perfect.

  16. Awesome Card and Awesome Charity…. Thank You for bringing this to our Attention…. Faith

  17. A great card in support of a great cause

  18. Your card is delightful to look at and an inspiration.

  19. I really like your card, Brian, and this is a very worthy cause.

  20. Brian your card is perfect for Autism Matters and for a guy! Guy cards are hard to come by. Great job!

  21. What an anazing way to do a blog. A place where you learn something important and get some good creative ideas. Thanks!

  22. Wow what a neat card! and so “fitting” for the cause! Love it!

  23. Marianne B in AZ

    This hop is a great thing for you to be doing. I am always glad to educate myself and know that others care enough to raise awareness about something as important as autism. Thank you for being one of those caring people!

  24. Oh! I love this! What a fun shirt!! I love the primary colors worked into your background! I love a special someone on the spectrum!

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