Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Purple Day Blog Hop - Epilepsy Awareness

LILAC-POINT SIAMESE - as close as real cats come to being purple.  :)

Hi, Friends......

It's Purple Day!! Maybe you are like I was and don't know what Purple Day is all about. It is a day to promote Epilepsy Awareness. Our dear friend, Fiki, over at Bad Kitty's Craftroom has organized this important hop and I am honored to be a part of it by featuring a purple card on my blog today. There are giveaways on some of the hop stops, so you will be sure to want to visit each blogger on the list you will find below.


Please take a moment to read the story behind PURPLE DAY:

Purple Day is a global grassroots event formed with the intention to increase worldwide awareness of epilepsy, and to dispel common myths and fears of this neurological disorder. Further intentions of this movement are to reduce the social stigmas commonly endured by many individuals afflicted with the condition; to provide assurance and advocacy to those living with epilepsy that they are not alone in their ongoing endurance; and to initiate individuals living with the condition to take action in their communities to achieve these aims. The day occurs annually on March 26.

Formation and history
The concept of Purple Day was initiated by a 9-year-old named Cassidy Megan, and was motivated by her own struggle with epilepsy. The Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia helped to develop Cassidy's idea, and the first Purple Day event was held on March 26, 2008, and is now known as the Purple Day for Epilepsy campaign.

In 2009, the New York-based Anita Kaufmann Foundation and Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia joined to launch Purple Day internationally and increase the involvement of numerous organizations, schools, businesses, politicians and celebrities around the world. On March 26, 2009 over 100,000 students, 95 workplaces and 116 politicians participated in Purple Day. In March 2009, the official USA Purple Day Party launch was organized by the Anita Kaufmann Foundation. Canadian Paul Shaffer of the Late Show with David Letterman attended the official launch at Dylan's Candy Bar in New York City.

In March 2012, Purple Day received the Royal Assent and became a legal day for epilepsy awareness in Canada.
In December 2015, Electronics retailer Dick Smith had arranged a major corporate partnership with Epilepsy Action Australia to support Purple Day in Australia with a $50,000 cash sponsorship, prizes and exclusive distribution of Purple Day merchandise. A week prior to Purple Day celebrations in 2016, Dick Smith was placed in receivership. Later, the Retail Food Group provided a $50,000 donation to match Dick Smith's previously promised sponsorship. 

I love purple almost as much as I love pink, so it was an easy decision to use purple AND pink in my card for today.

I decorated an envelope for it, too, with heat embossing and doodling with my Sakura Moonlight and Souffle gel pens that show up on the deeper color envelope.

Supplies used include:
Stampendous - Laurel Burch Love Cat Angel stamp
Distress Markers for watercoloring
Newton's Nook Designs - Baskets of Wishes stamp set (for sentiment)
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set (for purple scalloped background)
"Leftover Easter-Egg Dye" Background from my stash
Canson - Mixed Media Paper Spiral Bound Notebook
Core'dinations/Darice solid colored cardstock
Zig - Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen
For my envelope:
Stampendous - Laurel Burch Fish Wishes stamp set (for the round swirly designs)
Winnie & Walter - LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs stamp set (for the hearts)
Hero Arts - Unicorn White Pigment Ink
Sparkle Embossing Powder from my stash
Sakura Gelly Roll Souffle Gel Pens
Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight Gel Pens

Here are more interesting facts about Epilepsy. I learned a lot by reading through these!

Epilepsy Myths:

MYTH 1: You Convulse (Shake And Jerk) When You Have Epilepsy

FACT 1: Not every seizure means a person jerks convulsively, nor is a person always unconscious during a seizure. Convulsions while unconscious are usually associated with tonic clonic seizures. There are a range of seizures which have different side effects and can affect people differently.

MYTH 2: Flashing lights cause seizures in everyone with epilepsy

FACT 2: Around 1 in 100 people has epilepsy, and of these people, around 3% have photosensitive epilepsy. Photosensitive epilepsy is more common in children and young people (up to 5%) and is less commonly diagnosed after the age of 20. Triggers differ from person to person, but common triggers include a lack of sleep, stress, and alcohol.

MYTH 3: You can restrain someone during a convulsive seizure and put your finger in their mouth

FACT 3: During a convulsive seizure you should never hold the person down or put anything in their mouth. It's important to know exactly what to do when someone has a tonic clonic seizure so that you can act quickly. Here's our 10 first aid steps for someone that has a convulsive seizure.

MYTH 4: Epilepsy is rare

FACT 4: Epilepsy is anything but rare, over 500,000 people in the UK have epilepsy. That’s about one in every 100 people. There are also around 60 million people with epilepsy in the world. Anyone can develop epilepsy, it happens in all ages, races and social classes.

MYTH 5: The only side effects of a seizure are tiredness and being confused

FACT 5: Having epilepsy can affect people in different ways. Knowing that a person ‘has epilepsy’ does not tell you very much about what happens for them or how epilepsy affects them. For example, some people may have problems with sleep or memory and for some people epilepsy may affect their mental health.


There are a number of bloggers on the hop today that you probably already know or will recognize. Some of us (including me!) have blog candy that you have a chance to win by hopping along and commenting on our cards. More about my blog candy later....
Here's the hop list:
(Our hostess....Yay!)
Sandie (She made our lovely Purple Day Badge!)
Janis (You are here!!)
(Link is fixed now.)

Now for my blog candy......I have a small surprise package of crafty goodies for one lucky commenter who mentions something new they learned about epilepsy in their comment on this post. My giveaway is open internationally and I would appreciate you leaving your email address (in code) in your post so I can contact you. Deadline for comments is 11:59 pm Pacific Daylight Time on March 31, 2019. I will randomly draw the winner from qualifying comments and post it on my blog soon after that.

Thank you, Fiki, for organizing this hop.......and thank you to all the participants and hoppers!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. SUYP Challenge #40 - Furry-thing Goes opt St. Catrick's Day
2. Mod Squad - Use 1 or More Metal Dies
3. Allsorts challenge 512, feathered friends (Does an angel kitty with fur AND feathers work?)
4. TCP March Tuesday Challenge #355 - Envie Envy (decorate an envelope to go with project)
5. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #378-379 - Anything Goes
6. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Cute
7. Hero Arts National Craft Month - Dress up an Envelope Challenge

8. The House that Stamps Built - DCC36 Easter or Spring  


  1. Oh, adorable card for this Blog Hop!! I love purple, too, and your design is amazing with that fun flying cat! Love the decoration on the envelope, too!
    I have learned something new about the possible effects of a seizure :(

  2. Hello, Janis! Your card and matching envelope are adorable! I love the angel kitty with flowers and gorgeous purples and pinks! This is an informative hop. I don't think I'm eligible for your prize because I'm part of the hop, but I learned about tonic clonic seizures.

  3. Hello Janis! Your card is gorgeous and the envelope is super cute! Such an exciting blog hop and I am so happy to be a part of it and spread such an important message.
    xoxo Olga

  4. Thank you for being part of our hop and what an amazing card for the hop toy made, I just love pink and purple together, my giveaway is on IG

  5. Dear Janise
    your card and envelope are reallly beautiful and i love the colors too.
    Thank you for taking part in the Purple Day epilepsy Awareness Blog Hop to create awareness about epilepsy.
    MYTH 5: The only side effects of a seizure are tiredness and being confused. Today i learnt that these are not the only side effects. I also had a rare form of epilepsy for years. But thank God I have got over it now but i know how it feels to hv the worry of not knowing whjt will happen next situation.
    Thank you for your extra kindness. I am also tryinga nd hoping to win your craft goodies. my email address is surekhagalagoda@gmail.com.
    May you and your family be blessed with good health and happiness always.
    Love and hugs from Sri Lanka

  6. I learned you aren't suppose to hold them while they are having a seizure. Thanks for bringing awareness to Epilepsy.

    Beautiful card and envelope. [Bunny]

  7. Oh your card is super sweet!
    love that kitty!
    I cant tell you anything new because I learn so much past years.
    Thank you for joining in this blog hop!

  8. Hi Janis. Beautiful purple card. I didn't realise so many people were affected by eplilepsy. This is a wonderful blog hop. Thanks for offering a prize. I love surprises. Hugz

  9. Gorgeous card and a wonderful matching envelope.
    All do and don't are new to me, as I did not know enough about epilepsy. This is a great awareness bloghop. Thanks for offering a prize.
    burger dot margreet at gmail dot com
    xxx Margreet

  10. Such a pretty card in purple to spread the awareness through this amazing hop! I love the matching envelope too! In my relatives one of the member is suffering form this epilepsy and it sure helps me to increase my knowledge!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win your generous giveaway!

  11. Great card, love the matching envelope. I had no knowledge about epilepsy, so learnt a lot about it. I had no idea that it occurs to 1 in 100 people. Thanks for the chance to win.
    chandhini22 gmail com

  12. What a very pretty creation Janis!! I just love the pretty watercolor effect of your background and that sweet kitty too!! :) Thank you so much for bringing awareness to epilepsy and being apart of this blog hop!! HUGS

  13. Very happy to be hopping with you today for such a good cause! Gorgeous purple card! The cat with wings stamp is super, I am going to have to look out for it now! :D Annabel xxx

  14. Great thinking outside the box with kitty's feathered wings, Janis. A really cute card! Thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge this week!

  15. Such fun! Cute kitty! Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge :)

  16. Janis, this dreamy floating kitty caught my attention immediately in the gallery. Love the purple to add to the dreaminess. Glad I came by to learn more about Purple Day. I too was incorrectly under the impression that "swallowing their tongue" was a huge danger of an epileptic seizure, and thus something to watch for. Glad to know it apparently is not.

  17. That is a wonderful card design and I love the pink and purple colors used on it. Thanks for helping teach us about this disease too. I learned so much.

  18. Love your beautiful pink and purple card! You colored it beautifully and I love that sweet kitty! Thanks for bringing awareness about Epilepsy to the public! It is such an important topic!

  19. LOVE your beautifully colored card, Janis, and the matching envelope is just beautiful!! The postal works are sure to ooh and ahh over it if it gets sent thru the mail to someone. :-) I learned a lot about epilepsy as I really didn't know much at all! I thought convulsions were always part of the symptoms, but they aren't. And 1 in 100 people?! Really?! That's just crazy.
    rebyah1 @ gmail.com

  20. Lovely purple creation - thanks for dropping it off at Mod Squa

  21. Such a fun card! I have known several people with epilepsy. Thank you for sharing this informational and inspirational hop!! I learned that you should never try to hold someone who is having a seizure.

  22. Your card is beautiful and I like your photography with the purple sequins too!

  23. WHAT A DARLING KITTY! I love the purple... perfect for this Purple Day Hop! I learned that you should not hold a convulsing person down. That would have been the first thing I did! Thank you so much for being a part of this and bring awareness to it! (meghan.kennihan@gmail.com)

  24. SQUEAL!!! That Laurel Burch cat is too much! Love the purple flowered pjs and all that glimmer. I thought I was pretty familiar with epilepsy but have to say that the number of people who have it kind of surprised me. One out of a hundred is very common. Thanks for participating in the hop and making me smile with this adorable card.
    kladd94803 at aol dot com

  25. What a fantastic reason to hold a blog hop. Thank you for participating! I am interested to know how prevalent epilepsy really is and that it is not that rare at all.
    Love your purple kitty card!
    - Shauna

  26. Purple and pink and a cat--how wonderful. I learned the proper way to put a person in the recovery position.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  27. What a fun image and fabulous card design. Brilliant! Thanks for the detailed information about Epilepsy and how to help someone who may have had a seizure. Hugs, Wends xoxo

  28. Wow is this a cute card, and the matching envelope is gorgeous! I haven't heard of those gel pens but they look awesome on dark backgrounds. This angel cat is bringing a huge smile to my face and the fact that it helps support the hop is even better. I learned that epilepsy can cause symptoms that aren't widely known, like sleeplessness or confusion.

  29. Great card! Yes, purple is a close second to pink for me, also! I have leanrned LOTS about epilepsy, since I was, in large part, quite ignorant prior to this hop. I learned when to call an ambulance, that it isn’t such a rare disease, and how to put someone into the recovery position following a convulsing seizure. Plus a few more, but I didn’t want to show off since you really only asked for one:) katiegray316(at)gmail

  30. Love your purple and pink card! That cat is just adorable, and the Lilac-Point Siamese is a beauty too!
    I learned about the origin of Purple Day and the first event held in 2008! I am learning a lot about epilepsy awareness along the hop!

  31. Thanks to the blog hop, I came accross your site.
    It's the first time I heard about Purple Day, although my sister has epilepsy (she is 52 now - and mentally disabled). - I have to check if March 26 (my birthday, so for sure I will remember) is known as epilespy awareness day here in Belgium too.
    Great that a 9-year old initiated the Purple Day concept !
    Something I did learn is that 1 out of 100 people got epilepsy - I wasn't aware it was that many. sigh !
    Your card - and envelope - are great !
    Thank you for sharing your creations in this important, heartwarming bloghop !
    Spring greetings from Belgium, Lieve
    lieve dot stoffels at skynet dot be

    1. Happy Birthday, Lieve, and may strength and blessings be yours as you and your family care for your dear sister. Thank you for taking the time to comment on our hop.


  32. Janis your card is lovely and I did not realise how many people suffered from epilepsy. Thanks for joining us at Allsorts. Xxxx

  33. Lovely take on our theme this week. Thank you for joining our challenge at Allsorts this week with your project.

  34. Janis, I accidentally deleted my comment :) Love that purple kitty!! He looks so happy. I've learned so much during this hop and didn't realize how common it is and I've always thought convulsions were the most common symptom. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  35. Hi Olga, I am your new follower.
    Today I learnt that Epilepsy is not rare. I couldn't image that one in every 100 people suffer.
    Thank you so much for the chance to win a great prize.
    Kisses from Greece.

  36. Beautiful purple card and thank you for the myth and fact information
    Carol x

  37. Thank you for this hop and information - and your lovely purple card creation - have a blessed day

  38. Your purple AND pink kitty card is beautiful, Janis! I love that huge bouquet he is holding! It was fun hopping with you for this great cause!! Hugs, Darnell

  39. Absolutely gorgeous, such a sweet image and fabulous design.
    I learned a lot about epilepsy awareness along your post! But I was most surprised that 1 out of 100 people got epilepsy. That's really a lot.
    Thanks for the chance to win your surprise package. I just love surprises :)
    Valerija xx

  40. I love all the shades of purple!!!! Gorgeous card

  41. I had never heard of Purple Day before, thanks for making it more well-known. Your card is very cute and that kitty looks fabulous in purple and pink! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

  42. Oooh - fabulous card Janis and lovely picture of the kitty
    Lovely to see you on this Hop.

    IKE x

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  43. Janis thank you for the beautiful card and love the envelope too. You are doing so much for awareness I lost a sister with epilepsy an so many are not aware what it does to a family

    1. So very sorry, Patricia. Thank you for taking the time to comment on our hop. May your heart be comforted with loving memories of your sister.


  44. Hi Janis...I learn much reading your post today...I just know the Fact Number 5 too..my Brother in law has a few time epilepsy...but he still work normal and has wife (my sister) and never seen his so very sick...thanks for this blog hop I learn much and...
    I love your purple and pink card so sweet the Image Cat fly...great coloring too...sweet card Janis..
    big hugs from Germany

    1. my email addy monik1973 (at) yahoo (dot) com
      sorry forget to write it before... :)

  45. Great card... I especially love the background! Really? Left over Easter egg dye?!? My only kid is too old for dyeing eggs, but I'm going to get a package of tablets and give it a go! I learned that not all Epilepsy seizures cause convulsions. I never knew that! Makes me wonder if my son's friend has it as he doesn't drive, but his family never warned us about seizures with him spending time at our house without them. Thanks for sharing those myths!

    1. I see you read my supply list and saw my leftover Easter egg dye background. :) One year I dyed eggs with my granddaughter and couldn't bear to throw away that lovely colored water. So I made backgrounds with it!! So much fun. Hope you give it a try!!!



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