Friday, June 10, 2011


It is my pleasure to participate in the Royal Purple Freedom Blog Hop, for a remarkable cause and one that has deep personal meaning to me.  This hop is designed to call attention to the pervasive problem of domestic violence ... and to most of all, offer support and encouragement to those who need strength to move forward.

HERE ARE HOP DETAILS so you don't get lost:
         You have arrived from: Deborah at Scrapping Mamma
         Your next stop is: Gill at Creations by Gill M
         The start of the hop is here:  Faith at FaithfuleCreations

REMEMBER:   No matter if your relationship/marriage is physically abusive or you're left with the scars of emotional abuse, know you do not deserve to be treated this way. 

Here is one of the cards I made for this hop.  I made this sweet purple flower using triangles of cherry-printed lilac fabric, topped with purple and red buttons for the center.  The flower is removable, and is put on an "alligator clip" to use on a hat, headband or pocketbook.

The flower pot and leaves were cut using a DieCut Designer SVG file, using my Cricut.  I centered the flower pot on a white background that I "punched around the corner" using a Martha Stewart set called "Double Loops."  I made the complimenting striped paper (in the background) using my computer/printer. The butterfly is a paper embellie that came in a kit I bought at "Tuesday Morning," cheap!

BREAKING NEWS:  CardMonkey is offering a chance to win a sweet basket of her own goodies -- including EmbEllies, a pack of DCWV paper, and Glimmer Mist -- in exchange for your "following" and comment to this post!  (Please leave a way for me to contact you when you win!!!) 

Now here's the EXTRA SPECIAL magic of this hop -- you can actively participate to WIN BIG PRIZES!! How, you ask?

Create a purple-themed card with a message of hope inside of it. For each card you mail for the hop, you get one chance to win the grand prize (FANTASTIC) baskets! For each $1 you contribute with your card, you get additional entries.
Here are more specifics on the prize, and the cause, straight from our HOP COORDINATOR, Faith:

About 4.8 million intimate partner-related physical assaults and rapes occur every year while many more assaults and rapes go unreported entirely. More than 3 million children witness violence in their home each year and those who see and hear violence in the home suffer physically and emotionally. These statistics are sad and overwhelming, but help IS out there for those who choose to break the silence.

Together we can make a difference!

Help us instill some hope where very little probably exists and give 24 families a chance at recovery when we are able to donate 1k dollars to the Bradley Angle House. Your purple themed card(s) with a hope filled message inside could make all the difference, not to mention give YOU a chance to win the grand prize for this hop...what is it you ask? A prize basket valued at more than $100.

Want more chances to win the grand prize?

Additional entries will be given for each $1 donation you include with your card. Would you prefer 1 entry, 10 entries, or is 100 entries more of what you had in mind? It's all up to you! Cards must be postmarked by June 30th for inclusion in basket drawings and can be mailed to the following address:

Royal Purple Hop
c/o Vicki Smith
P.O. Box 1496
Millbrook, NY 12545

♥ Thank you for participating in this important ♥
and FAB blog hop!! 
Don't forget to hop along to Gill.  Leave a comment here to win my BLOG CANDY.  Send a card (or more) for an entry for each to win the grand prize; for each $1 you donate also gets you an entry toward the fabulous grand prize basket.  AND helps a family in need!

In case you need the whole hop line-up, here it is... Don't miss a stop!










Lori A:






Debbie W:

Jen R. http:/













abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Beautiful card! Great awareness hop! Already a follower abusybee24atcoxdotnet

Lucy said...

I never thought of making a flower with material. Thanks for the idea! Great hop. I'm already a follower.

Tami B. said...

I don't know what to say first -yay, Ellen's back, or oh, what a pretty flower you made for this card, so you choose what you want to hear first. said...

Great card Ellen (I'm partial to that design!). What a wonderful theme as this is very close to my heart. I lost a great friend to DV. There is a nonprofit in her honor and hosts a Scrapbook Event every October to raise funds for "Mary's Dream". Please check out the FB page for more info:!/home.php?sk=group_75241841138
P.S. I'm already a follower and admirer of your work!

Anonymous said...

You are so brave...fabric scares me! This card is so visually appealing. Great work my friend! Thank you for all the support and love, I appreciate you!

An EXTRA basket full of goodies to win in addition to your contribution to the hop...that rocks my world!


What a pretty card, love that the flower is removeable!! I am already a follower! Thanks for the chance to win and even more thank you for raising awarness.I am a survivor!!

Susan L said...

I am a follower and your creations never cease to amaze me. I will be consulting the calendar for a get together SOON .

Happy Scrappin'
suenj99 at yahoo dot com
Sue B

Linda Dale said...

I love your cards, Love the fabric touch it is fabulous.

Walking on Water said...

What a pretty and neat card! love how you made the pot and the flower...TFS and for a great cause became a follower on the Network blog since your regular follower thing isn't showing

AmyJRockstar said...

This is such a great idea! I love adding things to a card that can be used for other purposes. It's like getting two gifts in one! Great job! TFS and thanks for the chance to win! I'm already a follower. :)

XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
amyjrockstar at gmail dot com

Emily said...

Your fabric flower is beautiful! What a good hop to raise awareness!

Emily (coolcricutcreations at yahoo dot com)

Anonymous said...

love it! i'm a big fan of fabric :) I'm so honored to be here with all of you on this hop!

jjocarlson said...

Love the flower! So creative. said...

Thanks for sharing and being part of a very Important Hop!! I am A Follower!!! Love the fabric added into it!!
ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card!!!!!!!!

Unknown said...

I love the fact that the flower can be remove and used again.
Lovely card
And I am a follower

Anonymous said...

ur card is adorible....thanks for helping my mom with her hop...u can reach me at

Anonymous said...

i love comments to.i love your cadto

thekolbes said...

Your card is awesome. Thanks so much for sharing. I am a follower
krazykcrafters at msn dot com

Gill McCall said...

what a lovely card - its great to be part of the hop with you

Krista's Paper Cafe said...

A fun card.
I’m so happy to have the opportunity to be a part of this hop with all of you!

Katrena said...

Great job! Awesome idea for the flower to be able to be used on more than just a card. Very creative.

Lori said...

Wow! What a great card! I never would have thought of that!


jengd said...

Fabulous card! Such a cute flower and I love that it's removeable!

SpantastiKreations said...

Ellen! I love your fabric flower. I'd love the deets on that.


Anonymous said...

I am impressed with your card! It's fabulous just like you!

TuttleTime said...

Wow...Ellen! I was just popping by to say "Hi!" and fell in love with this card. Is that ribbon or fabric rolled up? What a great reason to have a blog hop! I am going to start from the beginning. Thanks for sharing. I love this and the cause!!!!

AJoy said...

Great job!

nginerd at gmail dot com

scrappingmamma said...

beautiful card~ I'm already a follow of your and look forword to your posts.
Deborah Foti

Lori Comeau said...

Great card. Love the technique.

sweetlilscrapper said...

very cute card!
thanks for the chance to win!
sweetlilscrapper at hotmail dot ca

CathyinMN said...

Very nice card! It's so nice to have something removeable and useable from a card so it can be remembered long after it is put away. TFS and thanks for the chance to win.
tcsobotka at charter dot net

DIANA L. said...

Hi Ellen,

That card would cheer anyone up.I love your fabric flower , it is so simple and clean.
I made a card here is my link

I'm making a few more also. I've posted the hop for today on my blog. As I make more cards I will add them there. I'm going to hop now.


Kimmarie Baker said...

Your card is nice nice. I love how you made the flower and the butterfly is almost lifelike. tfs