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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!