Hello! Can you believe we’re up to week 5 of Social Stamping. I’m so lucky to be a part of this network of wonderful crafters. You can see the full list for today’s blog hop by clicking here.
The theme for today is “war & peace” because it really feels like the global pandemic is on par with the turmoil, injury & economic fallout of a world war.
I’ve taken inspiration for this card from the PacMan video game where the little yellow character eats up all the dots. Now, in the traditional game, he needs to avoid the ‘ghosts’ – or in this case the coronavirus – but the COVID-19 version of the game, victory will come from taking back power from the virus, so it’s chomping them all up. If only the war against the virus was this easy!
The sentiment for this card comes from the Love You To Pieces stamp set – available until 2nd June 2020 (or sold out). The fight against the virus really does feel like we just have to keep going at this thing one piece at a time until it’s under control.
The coronavirus is made using the flower centre pieces from the Poppy Moments Dies. These are carrying over and will be in the next catalogue – yay! I wish I knew who was the first clever person to see these as a virus so I can give them credit, but I’ve seen it so many times now, I’m not sure where it started.
This card will be on its way to the US to send some love around the world. I stamped this very apt sentiment from the Positive Thoughts stamp set into the middle.
Since this theme covers both war and peace, I’m sharing a second card.
I mentioned in a previous blog host how wonderful it is to see the world heal a little as we stay home a little more and slow down. Turtles are laying record numbers of eggs, the air is cleaner and environment noise is down.
The idea for this card came from the thought that the animals of the world are saying thank you for this amazing side effect of the virus.
The seahorse and sentiment are from the Seaside Notions stamp set (another set you’ll see return in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue!).
If you’ve seen the Last Chance Retirement List you may have been a little concerned that Stampin’ Blends appear on there. Thankfully they are not retiring but being reconfigured. But, they will no longer be available in singles, so if there’s any one colour you use more than others, now is the time to add a spare to your collection.
This card uses the same layout I used for two of the cards in my Social Stamping April 2020 Kit. I love being able to use a layout for different themes!
If you need some isolation kits (and live in Australia), I have some ready to post next week.
Social Stamping Kit – April 2020
All materials* to create 5 cards. Includes post or delivery Australia wide. * does not include adhesive, stamps, ink or stamped images.
All the DSP in each catalogue retires, but don’t fear, we have some gorgeous new patterns on the way. If there’s any DSP you’re going to miss from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue or 2020 Jan-June Mini Catalogue (especially the ones that match the dies or stamp sets that aren’t retiring), make sure to stock up before it sells out or retires. I’ve used the reverse sides of Follow Your Art (discounted to $8 from $20) and See a Silhouette.
Thank you to all my Stampin’ friends who joined me for this hop. You can see the full list of participants on the main blog host post – click here to visit.
Next up is Narelle Simm, a friend of mine in my every day world as well as the crafting one. Narelle was actually the one who introduced me to Stampin’ Up! I think I owe her a drink 🙂
Hope, love & prayers for more peace & less war,