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ED Blog Hop

So when Candice from Candoodle Creations put out an instagram story asking for people to take part in a YouTube hop for eating disorders awareness week, I jumped at the chance but said that I was not willing to share my personal experience. I guess I feel a little embarrassed by it, that secret gremlin that I battle with on a near daily basis. As time passed a tiny seed that had been planted in my head begun to grow. If I feel like this, how are people expected to find and seek help when their mind really is at breaking point?

I spoke with Candice and agreed that I would record my story. I have kept it very short as I do not want to bore people but it is intregrated into the introduction of my video in the hop. Please pop over and see the amazing creations made by the other participates.

There are a number of prizes for comments on the Youtube hop. You can find the full details in Candices Video here

The colour for Eating Disorder (ED) awareness is purple so that became the basis of my creation. 

You can find my video here Mrs H's Crafty Corner

At my diagnosis I felt like an empty shell and one that had let so many people down, my parents, my husband, my children and yet they continued to support me. Flowers came from work, cards from friends, a voucher for a massage from a distant relative... people still cared, I had done this to myself (yes I was ill but my mind did not understand that at the time) and yet people were still telling me that they cared. In the early days of recovery that is properly the only thing I could cling too.

My list of fear foods was endless and I have just about got through this. A massive one was achieved on Christmas Day. White bread!! That seems so silly I know but this was a biggy and the bacon sandwich tasted AMAZING!! 

This card was designed with that in mind. Just a note to let someone know that they are in our thoughts.

Card Making Supplies

Time For Tea Designs XOXO Plate Die
Time For Tea Designs Mini Rainbow Shaker Die
Sentiment from Creative Expressions Tough Times Stamp Set
Heffy Doodle Thinking of You Sentiment Stamp
Versamark Ink
Cosmic Shimmer Embossing Powder
Luggage Tag Nesting Die
Torn Rectangle Nesting Die
Foam Squares

Card Making Tutorial 

I swoshed the distress oxides onto an acyrlic plate and sprinkled with water.

Water coloured card was laid on top of this, then left to dry

Once dry the background was cut using the XOXO die plate 

The Thinking of you sentiment was heat embossed a number of yimes onto this panel

This was adhered onto a purple card base 

I cut the rainbow die with silver card and purple card and combined the 2 together

The luggage tag die was cut into Pearlescent card and the torn rectangle die in the purple card.
The creative expressions sentiment was heat embossed onto the torn rectangle. 

This was then adhered onto the luggage tag and then the card panel with foam squares

Thank you for reading

Happy Crafting

Claire xx


  1. Claire you are so brave to share your story, however abbreviated. Stay strong and continue to heal.
    Love your card with all the shades of purple, and the encouragement it carries is so sincere
    Stay safe

  2. Claire you are amazing to share your story and even more amazing to have come through the other side! Your card is so apt, as there is always something good at the end of any path, but especially a rainbow! Take care and thanks so much for sharing xx

  3. A pretty card Claire.
    Well done for being brave and sharing your story, I'm sure it will help others - I hope you continue on your road to recovery, it sounds like you are making great progress.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  4. Almost missed this Claire -very brave of you to share but sounds like you are on the right track and enjoyed your bacon sandwich.My first DIL has an eating disorder so I know how hard it can be -sounds like you have plenty of support to keep you strong
    Carol x x

  5. Lovely card great design love carole x

  6. Beautiful card and a sweet image , love the use of the foil and stencil.
    Babs x


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