Pretty Things Survivors Make Blog Hop

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

In case you don’t know what PTSD is. Here is a little information about it.

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. (Bran 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.

I am so happy to participate this blog hop so I could let more people know about PTSD and find their ways to overcome it. Now let us talk about this card that I made. To begin with , I stamped Pretty Pink Posh Wild Rose stamp set onto a piece of masking paper and hand cut them out. I was able to build my own bouquet using partial masking technique  I used Tim Holtz distress ink in Antique linen to stamp all images on a piece of watercolor paper for no line watercoloring.

Coloring part was required time and patience which I usually don’t have. I used different brands of watercolor paints (Daniel Smith, Holbein and M. Graham) to achieve the colors that I wanted. Once the coloring was done, I hand drew the branch to pull everything together. I splattered white paint and grey paint to make the white background not so boring. I also embellished the background using Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Sparkling Clear Sequins/6mm Sparkling Clear Sequins.

At last, I used the sentiment from Pretty Pink Posh Encouraging Greeting Stamp set to stamp it onto black cardstock using Versamark ink. Then I poured white embossing powder over it and heated to set. I cut the sentiment into desire sized rectangle and attached it with Foam tape onto the background.

Here’s the blog hop list:

  1. Sandy Allnock
  2. Josefine Fouarge
  3. Rubeena Ianigro
  4. Leigh Houston
  5. Mamie Carson Wadsworth
  6. Tania Talat Ahmed
  7. Ana Reese
  8. Tracy Freeman
  9. Amy Tsuruta
  10. Tracie Pond
  11. Sharna Waksmulski
  12. Alix Davis (You’re Here)
  13. Janette Kausen
  14. Mayra Duran-Hernandez
  15. Kimberly Wiener
  16. Seeka
  17. Joanne Maree Soukup
  18. Crissy Salima Smith

Joanne is offering a I Care stamp set on each blog participating. You simply have to leave a comment below and a random winner will be selected by next week. Be sure to visit EACH blog since some of them are offering their own giveaway.

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.


  1. Jessica says:

    So that’s how you do the no line painting/coloring with stamps! I’ve been trying to figure out if it’s a light box or what. I’m obviously new to stamps and card marking and thank you for sharing!

  2. andrea murdock says:

    I suffer from PTSD badly so I am so appreciative of this amazing blog hop! Thank you so much for bringing awareness to it. I will remember to also reach out to others who are suffering and could use some kindness including you. And thank you for sharing your lovely art. . xo Andrea

  3. Arianna Barbara says:

    This is a great hop for a great cause! <3
    Your card and your colouring are pretty amazing!!! Love them!!!

  4. Meghan Kennihan says:

    Thank you for being a part of such a great cause! I Love the way you colored these flowers! makes me happy!

  5. Michele K. Henderson says:

    I love this beautiful card! The soft, subtle coloring of these pretty pink petals and leaves is stunning! Thanks so much for being an important part of this hop!
    Take Care!


    No line watercoloring is a tough technique. You nailed it! Wow! Great card, worthy cause. Thank you.

  7. shartl says:

    This is a gorgeous card, and uplifting sentiment. Thank you for participating in this hop and letting us know you care.

  8. Karen Page says:

    Great sentiment and the effort you put into the card will surely show someone how much you care about them! Beautiful card!

  9. Teri S. says:

    Beautiful card & a wonderful sentiment as well!! This is such an important topic & am glad this blog is trying to make people aware Thanks for participating..

  10. Jakki says:

    Thank you for sharing your card and participating in this blog hop. I am happy that you are bringing the issue to the forefront, but I ask that you also remember the families of the PTSD Sufferers. In many cases they too develop PTSD as a result of coping with the trauma of the person with the initial diagnosis. I know this from personal experience and my heart goes out to those people who support and care for the wounded person.f

  11. Arianna Barbara says:

    Hi dear Alix, first of all I hope you spent a very merry Christmas!
    Dropping by to know if the winner was announced. Thank you in advance!
    Happy New Year!!!

    • alixsworld says:

      Hi Arianna,
      Joanne who offered the stamp set will not be able to send out the prize until Jan. So I decided to wait till next week to announce the winner. I will create a page in my menu bar showing as “Giveaway”. Please come back to check it out next week. Good luck

      • Arianna Barbara says:

        Thank you for your answer dear Alix! Yes, I understand. I’ll check the giveaway page next time. Happy New Year from Italy!

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