Social Stamping | sunshine

Hey there!  Thanks for joining me for Social Stamping Blog Host #8!!!  What a cool ride this has been.  You can see the full list of my stamping friends who are joining me for today’s hop by clicking here and visiting the main post.

The theme for today is sunshine.   Summer is my favourite season.  I love hot weather and I love the warmth and light that the sun brings to a day.  The sun for me is a symbol of hope and positivity.  I initially chose this theme to coordinate with the Share Sunshine digital stamp set brought out by Stampin’ Up as a special release to raise funds for COVID-19 relief.  Many of the sentiments in the download are uplifting and quirky and make for great rays of sunshine to brighten someone’s day (hence the title of the set!!).

This is my card using the Share Sunshine PDF images with a blended rainbow on Shimmery White cardstock.

Love & Paper Hugs | kelly kent
Front of the card

The colours are all from the Brights family – Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana and Gorgeous Grape, blended with a makeup brush.

The ‘sending love & paper hugs’ is one of my favourites from the digital stamp set – and just perfect to let someone know you are thinking about them.  Since the set is being sold as a download to my computer, I’ll have this set forever, without needing any physical storage and I can just print the pages I need, as I need them.

I’ve added another sentiment from the download to the middle of the card with more of the rainbow card I made.

Love & Paper Hugs | kelly kent
Middle of the card

If you’d like to own the Share Sunshine digital stamp set too, click here to visit the purchase page.  All funds raised from this project will go towards COVID relief.

This theme inspired me to create another card, using the bright yellow of the sun as the main feature – with some white clouds and a ‘hello sunshine’ sentiment.

Hello Sunshine | kelly kent

The stamp set is a retired favourite (I can bear to part with that hello) called Hello.  It was a Sale-A-Bration stamp set many years ago, but I often pull it out because of the awesome fonts and cool sentiments.

Hello Sunshine | kelly kent

Since I’ve decided I do like gingham after all (slow but steady seems to be the craft style here!), I’ve used Pineapple Punch DSP in the gingham pattern from the 2018-2020 In Color DSP.  The cloud die is another retired favourite – Rainbow Builder Dies.

Speaking of rainbows, do you remember my rainbow window from week three?  I updated it again yesterday with balloons for my birthday.  I was convinced it was going to fall down as soon as I put it up, but over a month later, it has survived everything including the most intense storm I’ve seen recently.

Rainbow Window | kelly kent

I most often craft in the afternoons while Little Master Papercraft has his afternoon nap, and then again at night when all the Little Papercrafts are in bed.  So I didn’t realise, but when the sunshine is coming through the window in the morning, it projects a silhouette of the rainbow wall onto the wall behind my computer.   What a beautiful sight!

Rainbow Window | kelly kent

I hope the reflections you see this weekend are beautiful and you take the time to stop and notice.  If there’s one thing that this pandemic has allowed me to enjoy, it’s a a slower pace and enjoying the little details!

Next hop to visit for more sunny inspiration is Nicole Wilson.  Nicole is one of the brightest and joy spreading humans I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet.  She’s vibrant and generous and radiates positivity.  Everyone is better for spending time with Nicole!

If you’d like to see the full list of participants for today’s hope, click here.  See you next week for another Social Stamping Blog Host!

12 thoughts on “Social Stamping | sunshine

  1. Just beautiful cards Kelly, so pretty and gorgeous colours! Thank you for organising and hosting this fun hop! x

  2. Loving the positive vibes of both cards. I do like a bit of gingham and yellow is one of my favourite colours. Thank you for organising the hop-enjoying the themes and connection each week 🙂

  3. Love the rainbow strips on the first cards and also the cheery yellow card. I hope you had a lovely birthday. I love the addition of the balloons to your butterfly rainbow!

  4. I just love the rainbow blend on the first card – and love that it’s on the inside as well. That’s such a beautiful and happy card and a great layout for a quick and simple card design. Would be great for mass production. I also love your sunshiny bright yellow gingham card. That features two of my absolute fave retired products that I won’t part with either – the rainbow builder dies and that hello stamp. As for your rainbow butterfly window, here’s hoping it survives until Christmas so you can add something appropriate in, mwahaha. 🙂 Siobhan.

  5. Two gorgeous cards, Kelly! I love your soft rainbows in the first card and the pop of the Pineapple and sweet hello in the second. I’m a brights’ lover – I wasn’t always but they’ve won me over lately. Thanks for organising this fun hop for us all. xx

  6. Your cards are everything I associate with Sunshine, warm, bright and happy, I love the contrast between the two cards. Keep that window going Kelly, it is so beautiful xx

  7. Happy Happy Birthday Kelly! Gorgeous cards, and your simplicity is so perfect with the amazing colours and sentiments! Love it all.

  8. Your cards are amazing Kelly! I love the colors of your rainbow cards and that gingham card is gorgeous. I hope you had a lovely birthday. xx

  9. Hope you had a happy birthday Kelly! Your rainbow cards showcasing the Share Sunshine set are beautiful and would definitely cheer someone up. I love the little sunshine card too with the gingham background (my son calls that ‘picnic cloth pattern’!) Vicky x

  10. Love these bright beauties. Your addition to the rainbow looks fab and I love the shadow you get from it! Thanks for organising another great hop. x

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