2.10.15

Stepping Blocks Card

Blocks Card
       Yesterday night I stumbled upon Becca's blog with a unique challenge and special blog hop" Hop to Stop " promoting awareness about domestic violence. Many of us have first hand experience about it and being a doctor I see far too many victims of domestic violence. Every month I see cases of ear drum perforation and ladies losing their hearing [albeit temporarily] as a result of being hit by their husband .The sad part is that majority of the women don't complain. Even educated and financially independent ladies take the abuse as if its normal. It is a topic which raises my shackles and  I could go on and on but then....
Stepping Blocks Card
          I felt a Stepping Block Card was perfect for the theme...a person has to find the courage often within oneself  to step out of such abusive situations .
Fairy Card
       I made my step card in a purple fairy land theme...fairies are such magical beautiful creatures and it is always good to believe in a bit of good magic!
Step Block Card
Here is how my step card looks from above.
Block Card
       I felt like adding grapes on one of the stepping blocks ...sour and sweet grapes...life after all does deal one sourness and sweetness...we just have to muster courage to deal with the sour situations!
Clay Grapes
 On a lighter note...my grapes are made from lightweight clay and varnished to give a glistening shine!
Fairy Card
On one of my steps is another cute fairy sitting peacefully on a cherry blossom branch!
Flat folding Card
         This was my first attempt at making a block card and I love how it folds flat for mailing. This card was inspired by KT and the StampOwl 
         Supplies :Dies : Joy Crafts lace border, Couture creations scallop square, Heartfelt creations Botanical Wings  , Provocraft butterfly
Linking to  BGC 72
Edited : This card was chosen as Top 3 at Mod Squad Challenge things with wings

71 comments:

  1. Sniffle* wow... reading through this was so emotional. What a beautifully written, thought out post. I love what you've created - the clay grapes, the lovely fairy. I hadn't seen a stepping block card before, so this was really neat. THANK YOU for being a part of the awesomeness that is the Hop to Stop.

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  2. Such a beautiful project, I can see this sitting on my dresser... love the purples and the pretty images... Awesome as always Sonia!

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  3. This brought tears to my eyes. I really like how you explained your step card and your connection to this issue. It hits home with me too as my mother was a victim of domestic violence and almost lost her life. Hard for me to talk about as I end up crying, like I'm doing now. Your step card is beautiful!

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  4. Great card for a great cause!!! Absolutely beautiful!

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  5. Dr. Sonja - your card is truly a work of art and LOVE! The images, the unique shape (stepping block is a first for me), the creativity...I am in AWE! Your post is heart-breaking, yet touching. How wonderful that YOU can make such a positive difference in people's lives. Indeed, you've already done so in mine, with your visit and warm comment! Thank you!
    ~c

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  6. Beautiful! I love how it all folds flat too! Great job and cause too :)

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  7. This is gorgeous Sonia. I have to have a go at this type of card..loz

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  8. Sonia this is a lovely project !! you are right Domestic violence leaves scars not only on the body but on the soul too , great initiative !!

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  9. Beautiful block card, Sonia. Like a walk in a lovely garden. I especially like the way you used scalloped squares and other delicate die cuts. Makes me sad to hear about so much abuse, especially about those who are able to live independently. Hugs, de

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  10. Gorgeous creation for the hop to stop. I do have a giveaway on my blog if you would like to stop by..http://lakefrontstampingcreations.blogspot.com/ Donna

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  11. Everything about it is beautiful and for such a worthy cause.

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  12. Bee-utiful 3D style card. Not seen a block card before. Especially like all the embellishments.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  13. Hi Sonia...your post is so touching. Domestic violence is as bad as not raising the voice against it! I totally agree - literate or not - don't suffer!
    Your step card is a perfect way to let the message reach people... thanks for sharing! :)

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  14. What a beautiful block card, lovely decorated. Also like the sybol of the steps for an example how to
    step out of abusive situations.

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  15. So good to see your gorgeous and unique card to support this cause and spread awareness about this unfortunate and sad reality many women(and some men too !) have been facing. I loved those clay grapes.

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  16. Seeing a block card for the first time. .and it is absolute stunner! Love the combination and all the cute embellishments.
    You are right about domestic violence. .it is high time that women stop suffering and come forward. .

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  17. Fabulous step card Sonia..love the Fairy and grapes, the flowers and butterfly..such a wonderful design.

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  18. Love your step card! Love how you incorporated the idea of taking a step to get out of a DV situation. Love the grapes, butterflies and the lattice edge!

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  19. Nicely written. Domestic violence is something that needs to be addressed. Like you said the victims many a times think it is normal and suffer. Lovely thought behind the card. Haven't heard of a step card so learnt something new today.

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  20. Wow this is so pretty Sonia, not seen one of these before, what a lovely project, I particularly love the colors you have used.
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

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  21. Wonderful step card, Dr Sonia!! It's really sweet and a positive tought for all the ladies that are victims of domestic violence! Love all the details, and the colours combo is adorable. The grapefruit is just stunnig, it seems real!!

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  22. Such gorgeous card. Love the die cut blocs and beautiful embellisments.
    Cheers, Aurora

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  23. This is beautiful Sonia, lovely colours and fabulous design.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Pauline
    x

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  24. This is awesome. I love everything about the project. I have never tried one myself. The write up was very touching. I have seen friends stick it out for years and there is nothing you can do to help them until they want help. I was so glad when they took the step.

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  25. Such a gorgeous creations! Love the butterfly and elegant details.
    Have a blessed day,
    Migdalia
    Crafting With Creative M

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  26. a very worthy topic for a blog hop. It's hard to imagine how someone could stay in an abusive relationship like that unless you've actually been in the situation.
    Your card is beautiful

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  27. Beautiful work!! Love the grapes.. Very beautiful!
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  28. I love your adorable stepping blocks card idea! Very creative and very beautiful too! Dr. Sonia, you are a creative genius!
    Take care!
    Michele

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  29. Very well said doctor..
    Beautiful card with the lovely details & awesome color combo :)

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  30. Hi there Sonia! I have come for a visit from Ann's blog. Your card is absolutely stunningšŸ’œ I used to love to make many different types of greeting cads and attend classes on different techniques, but now that I have begun writing review posts on my blog, there just is not enough hours in the day for me to do it all. I am sure you know what I mean. The significance of this post is near and dear to
    my heart and the card is perfect for the cause. I will add you to my blogroll so I can read about all of the beautiful cards you have made! Nice to "meet" you! Jeanne

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  31. Oh my, what a gorgeous creation that serves a beautiful purpose. I have made cards for women's shelters and their stories shatter the heart. I love this type of card but have never seen one like this. It is uniquely beautiful, just like YOU. Thank you for inspiring us... you are a blessing in more ways than you can even imagine. :o) Have a blessed weekend, sweet friend.

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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  32. Such a great creation, love it.

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  33. You are on card making spree ! A card on your blog everyday and sometimes two ! Keep going .loved the purple colored step card and lovely embellishment with a thought ;)
    I have never come across DV victim till now and I hope it never happens.

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  34. Fantastic card! Never seen a block card before, I love how it folds flats for posting. Beautifully embellished. What a wonderful cause to promote. Having a loving husband is the best thing in my life, along with my children, so to have an abusive partner is too horrific to contemplate. My heart goes out to these people, it happens to men too, and hope that they can take the first step to being free of abuse. Debra x

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  35. Beautiful block card for great cause...love the grapes..

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  36. Beautiful creation lovely design and super colours used..
    Thank You for your kind words re my dad passing...Funeral is in another state of Australia next Wednesday. We had to transport dad over 20hrs away to be with mum....
    {The Journey Is The Start aNNie my personal blog}

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  37. beautiful block card

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  38. This is gorgeous! LOVING the colors and the flowers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  39. Stunning, thank you for sharing, I must try my hand at making one of these cards.

    Hugs, Lori m

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  40. Gorgeous, Love the design and all the fairy's. This is a neat way to make a card.
    Hugs, Pat♥

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  41. Gorgeous! Love the unique design and pretty palette! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

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  42. DR. S: I too stand for the cause. Having worked in OB-GYN have seen and reported to social services many cases of domestic abuse and the fear the patients express or show of the abuse. I will make the step card honoring this cause. Support is necessary to get the word out or pray someone will notice and seek help.
    ps this card ts gorgeous as are all of your projects.

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  43. Hi Doc, I just want to thank you for lovely comments and the link to this stepping block, and like you, I being a nurse have seen DV so many times it's not funny....great project and fill up your blog with the purples. .xx
     {The Journey Is The Start  aNNie  my personal blog}


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  44. Wow Doc. Sonia this is adorable project
    I am speechless looking at this
    how many hours you put to made this Dr...I have so less time with two little boys heheh
    always amazing looking your beautiful and adorable project
    I am sorry if I visit you not often but I remember you always Dr. Sonia..
    love the colors and the flowers there

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  45. I do believe you're a genius. Besides being a beautiful card, all the little elements included on it are AMAZING. The fact that it folds flat seems like magic to me. This is perfect for the hop. Kudos!

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  46. Gorgeous! Love all the fabulous detail and how it folds completely flat!

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  47. Wonderful card to raise awareness. I love all of the fabulous details you've put into it. Thank you so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog this week :)

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  48. What an incredible stepping blocks card! I've never seen anything like this before. Your attention to detail is fabulous, and your post is amazing and heartfelt! Thank you!

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  49. So pretty and I love the flower fairy.
    Julie x

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  50. Sonia this is AMAzing!! It is so beautiful! You have used my favorite colors, I LOVE it!! Love that you used different things to depict different aspects of life! I know Domestic Violence can be a hard place to escape from. Thank you for your compassionate post!

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  51. So pretty, colors, designs everything. Loved the card

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  52. Wowza! This is beautiful...stunning and all that...love the symbolism too....can't believe it's your first one...I've yet to try one. I'll be happy if it turns out half this nice when I do...lol...

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  53. Wow!! I really love this Sonia!! The stepping blocks is such a wonderful theme for your design and I love the sparkle with the elegant images too!! I'm sure you've seen so many things and want to thank you for helping others! HUGS

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  54. What a beautiful project? LOVE it all! So many details to admire. Thanks for playing along Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Wednesday CHallenge :)
    Gayatri

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  55. This is AMAZING! I LOVE the gorgeous vintage feel and beautiful embellishments! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

    PS: If you’re looking for another chance to win with the Hop to Stop, make sure to stop by my blog and comment! http://www.mynnettekitchenonastampage.blogspot.com :)

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  56. Fabulous card and "card story". Thanks for sharing your reasoning. Thanks for taking the challenge with us at the Mod Squad Challenge

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  57. Like your story on building your blocks. I will be looking up a tutorial for this, like the idea that it folds down as a card. Very unique and beautiful card.

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  58. Love the story, love the blocks/card. Truly special! Ty for participating in the Mod Squad Challenge.

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  59. I love butterfly creations. They have a special meaning to me. This is gorgeous!!
    Hugs,
    Karen C

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  60. This is sooo lovely!! I want to try one of these!!

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  61. Oh wow, this is so creative and fabulous!! I love the step block design!! You decorated it so beautifully!! And I love that it folds up, too!! This is stunning my friend!! Have a great day :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  62. Wow this is gorgeous. Love the color combination and the wonderful elements. Thank you for joining us in this months blog challenge at SweetStamps.com.

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  63. Wow!! This is amazing! So true about the steps! I love the grapes! You are so talented! :)

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  64. Wow - this is mind blowing gorgeous! Never seen this before - LOVE it!

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  65. Hey doc,
    Kudos to you on both your thoughts and the cards, they r lovely. Loved the outcome of your attempts ( though they look like a pro job) at alcohol inks. They r gorgeous. If it is fine with you, could I know where you got your fairies from? Would love to lay my hands on them. Thanks and Gud luck.

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    1. Thank you so much ...the fairies are actually part of a 3 d decoupage sheet I picked up from my local shop called Devi and Co in Bangalore. Its called Flower Fairies Friends and its freestyle decoupage sheets from Crafters Companion. PS : its no longer available in Devi and co ...I bought this sheet 2-3 yr back...yes I am a big hoarder!

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    2. Thanx doc, they r beautiful. U surely ve hoarded an awesome collection, guess that justifies the hoarding. Me too trying my hands at a step card, shall post a pic once done. Ciao.

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  66. Wow, it's beautiful. I love this small faries and all flowers here.
    Thank you for playing with us this month, Dr Sonia!
    Greetings,
    Aneta

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