I have been invited to hop with a totally amazing group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world to celebrate World Card Making Day – what an honour!
This is a hop you’ll want to run through from start to finish!!!
If you’re already hopping, then you will have just come from the delightful & talented Amy Koenders in the US.
Currently you’re visiting Kelly Kent in Bunbury, Australia.
And next up is our very own South Pacific Artisan Design Team Member – Paula Dobson from New Zealand.
Click on the next button at the end of this post to hop on over to Paula’s blog.
It was a totally free slate for this blog hop – which means we’re going to see some amazing projects.
I took this opportunity to think about what card making means to me – which has led me to share 3 different projects with you that each focus on what card making brings to my life.
The first project is about my team. When I first joined Stampin’ Up! I could have never predicted that I would surround myself with strong, talented women with many things in common – but bonded by a love of paper, stamps & ink!
During the week, I sent out this card to each member of my team.
I wanted to reach out to them with personalised messages of thanks for their support and congratulations on their successes during the year.
These cards were made using my favourite elements of card making – beautiful DSP, white embossing, vellum, and a spray of flowers.
With one of my new favourite stamp sets – Hello Friend! The floral wreath is simply stunning!
And how perfect is the sentiment from Labels to Love for cards that celebrate the end of the Stampin’ Up! year!!! The Holiday Catalogue is not just about Christmas!
I also included a gift for everyone – a charm with their initial & a paper aeroplane (our Paper Adventures team motif).
It could have many uses but I think it’d make a cute scissors charm or key chain decoration.
This is how I attached it to the middle of the card – with the Circle Tab Punch
The next project was made during a class and represents my customers.
I am fortunate to spend time every month with a group of ladies who all love card making.
Each class is full of laughter, stories and friendship – and is a highlight of my month!
This is an eclipse card we made last month using the Painted Harvest stamp set.
You’ll never guess the colours for the sunflowers…
Crushed Curry (that one was probably easy enough) and Peekaboo Peach (I have no idea what possessed me to pick that ink but it totally works!).
We stamped the fern in Sahara Sand and leaf in Old Olive at random points between the flowers.
This is another style of card that looks impressive but is oh-so-simple when you know how!
The final project for my post today reminds me of the both the friendships I’ve made because of this wonderful hobby and the power of sending a card.
I’ve sent cards around the world, across Australia and across my own town.
They’ve been sent for all kinds of reasons – because it doesn’t have to be someone’s birthday to send a card! #makeacardsendacard
A friend and I affectionately refer to handmade cards as ‘happy mail’ because there’s nothing nicer than checking the letterbox and finding something made & sent just for you!
This card travelled to the US last month to celebrate Holly Stene welcoming a beautiful baby girl into her famiy.
I love all the texture in this card!!!
It also includes some of more of my favorites – Sweet Sugarplum, gorgeous ribbon & trim and lots of layers!
Who are we kidding – most of the Stampin’ Up! range counts among my favourites!!!
That is all from me today! I hope your Saturday 7th October 2017 contains some stamping happiness – whether it is making a card, sending a card or spending time with crafty friends!
I hope you enjoyed scanning through the pretty pictures. That’s my style of blog visiting, so bonus points if you read the text too!
Please keep hopping to see the marvellous projects from the rest of the designers on this hop.
From here, click on next to visit Paula Dobson in NZ!
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