Pretty Things Survivors Do Blog Hop + Giveaway!

**Scroll to the bottom for the Winners**

Welcome to our Pretty Things Survivors Do inaugural blog hop! We are glad you’re here.

PTSD is a “psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, serious accident, terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.” (American Psychiatric Association definition)

Although mostly associated with war veterans, it affects 3.5% of the population and 4% of US children ages 13-18 will experience PTSD in their lifetime. About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year. (Brain and Behavior Research Foundation)

The holidays are a difficult time for those living with PTSD. We are participating in the blog hop in the hopes that you may be reminded to reach out to loved ones, neighbors, and friends who could be living with PTSD daily. If one person is remembered this holiday season, then we have achieved our goal of spreading awareness. Below you will find different ways you can help those with PTSD.

You should have arrived here from the awesome Tracy Freeman's blog.  If not, you'll want to start at the beginning which is Sandy Allnock's.
Rubeena Ianigro
Amy Tsuruta 💚
Crissy Salima Smith

The wonderful Joanne Maree Soukup is donating one I Care Stamp set for us to each giveaway!

I'm doing a separate giveaway!  How about a $15 Gift Card to Butterfly Reflections Ink?

Just leave a comment to be eligible to win!  Commenting will be open until Friday, December 14th at 11:55 pm pacific.  Are you a no-reply blogger?  Make sure you leave your email so that I can reach out to you if you're one of my winners!

So, I have to tell you, I fretted about my project for today.  I was invited to be a part of this special blog hop.   Although I haven't personally experienced PTSD, I have friends that do struggle with it.  I wanted to make a project that is appropriate for the season but not necessarily shout Christmas:

I ended up combining The Ton's Brushed Hugs + Blizzard Hugs.  I teamed them up with American Crafts Cozy & Bright paper.

I'm sensitive to the fact that not everyone celebrates Christmas.

This is perfect for the winter season and to let someone know that I'm thinking of them.

Thank you for joining us!  If you know someone who lives with PTSD and would like ways to support them, please visit the following sites and remember to reach out to a neighbor, friend or family member during this holiday season, you could make a difference in their day.

Next up is the spectacular Tracie Pond!

(edited to add)
I used to draw for the two prizes, first up is the awesome stamp set, I Care Stamp set donated by the fabulous Joanne Maree Soukup.

Congrats Jean!  I'll reach out to you!

Next is the $15 Gift Certificate to Butterfly Reflections Ink!

Yay Mary!  I'll send over your Gift Certificate!

Thanks to everyone that stopped by.


Debbie L said…
Adorable card. And it can be used for any season just be switching colors and images. Great inspiration.
Janette Kausen said…
Your card is perfect for today's hop! Thank you for sharing! <3
Love this card! Perfect for the hop but can be used at anytime, we all need some extra hugs sometimes.
jenny said…
Sometimes all we need is some encouraging words and a hug.
sharon g said…
The simple red and white is wonderful. I love the message...
Dee Earnshaw said…
lovely card and thanks for spreading awareness on this PTSD
Vicki Dutcher said…
Fabulous card love the red
What a wonderful, supportive card - perfect for this blog hop.
Arianna Barbara said…
This is a great hop for a great cause!
Love so much your card. The message is so sweet and the choice of colors really adorable!
MarthaG said…
A lovely warm winter card
MadeByMeghanK said…
What a GORGEOUS card! I love HUGS :) Thank you for sharing! I struggle with anxiety and I know how crafting has helped me!
Unknown said…
Hugs! Who doesn't need hugs? Everyone needs hugs. Thank you for sharing yours with us.
Amy, your card is really warm and thoughtful! I am so glad to see that you are a part of this awesome blog hop. It is so important to get the word out, especially during the holiday season when it is so easy to be wrapped up in our own busy schedules. Thank you so much!
Take Care!
Laura S. said…
Amy, your card is so sweet, i feel like it is perfect for the occasion! Wonderful color and those snowflakes are gorgeous.
Pretty card, love the big word.

Polka Dot Orchard

Helen said…
This is such a beautifully designed card...hugs are great, aren't they? tfs
Beverly S. said…
Amy, I think you did a great job on your card....very appropriately done. Love the pretty red with the snowflakes.
I can feel the care and xoncern for your friends coming from your card. Thank you for that. I appreciate all of you for doing this blog hop.
JAS424 said…
First I've seen of the "I Care" stamp set. It is such a truly set filled with beautiful heart-felt words that for many years I've longed for people to say to me.
Tracie Pond said…
Nice, warm card for the Winter, Amy. Thank you for helping to spread awareness <3
Tracy Freeman said…
This card is just perfect, I love the warm feeling to it and the large hug is well perfect ❤️
Karthikha said…
That's a wonderful winter card!! Thank you for sharing with us, for spreading awareness and for the giveaway!
Lori Kobular said…
Oh Amy, your card is gorgeous! I love the snowflakes paired with that huge hugs stamp! The red and white color combination is so classy looking!! Thank you for spreading awareness about PTSD!!
Mary Holshouser said…
A beautiful card that will
enclose the recipient in love
and warm arms. thanks for
sharing. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com
JS2010 said…
Wonderful share Amy! Great to Hop with you!
Lucy E. said…
What a lovely card, Amy!
What a special Hop for a
minimally recognized disorder.
No need to fret about your card... it is lovely! A perfect sentiment to let someone know you care!!!
Kirsty Vittetoe said…
Love this beautiful card you created! it's so pretty, thanks for sharing.
Your card is so perfect! Thank you for being a part of this aweome hop. I hope it spreads the message.
jeanchaneyaz said…
Amy, this is indeed a very difficult time of the year for many people. It is good to be reminded to be kind as we seldom know what is in another's heart. Your card is simple, but perfect to send to someone who may just need that extra hug.
I love your card. I find in my own cardmaking that sometimes I will combine stamp sets to come up with just the right card. I think this one is just PERFECT. Thank you for supporting those of us who suffer from PTSD.
scrappygurl said…
I love those two reds! Thank you for sharing wiht us and for being mindful of your friends, I wish most people were more mindful of it. I'm so grateful for your participation! I need that blizzard hugs stamp!!! Thank you!
Denise Bryant said…
Beautiful card! I love those gorgeous snowflakes! Fabulous sentiment too!
Thanks for participating in the hop!
Rubeena I. said…
Your card is just perfect! You are so thoughtful. So glad to know you. Hugs
Kaye Thrasher said…
Great card. Very winter thinking of you. Good choice.Thanks for sharing your art.🐧
Dandi93 said…
Beautiful card and heartfelt wishes....Perfect for the hop
Janis said…
Such a lovely seasonal card with the warm wishes.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com
Morwenna said…
Love the warmth and kindness in your card. The 'I Care' stamp set is amazing for its sentiments and also for the warning signs of suicide on the back of the package. Thank you for sharing!
Fikreta said…
Very nice card!
Mary Holshouser said…
Thank you for the gift. I've been shopping
already. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.