I’m having one of those weeks, months, or is it years?!? where I can’t believe it’s the end of May! Time is just rushing by!
My stamping friends have now joined me for ten Social Stamping Blog Hosts – a big thank you to them for sharing in this with me. What started as a way to connect and share during COVID has now become a Saturday ritual.
The theme for today is hearts. You can see the whole list of designers who are participating by clicking here for the Blog Host post, or keep clicking on the next button to take the trip around.
Hearts are such a wonderfully uplifting symbol. For me, they are about love, kindness and friendship. The card I’ve made to share today is about all of these things. It uses the ‘sending hugs’ heart from the Share Sunshine PDF. This exclusive digital stamp set is available until 2nd June 2020. Click here to purchase and contribute to the COVID-19 fundraiser. So far, Stampin’ Up! have raised almost $200,000 (US). Click here for instructions to make some cards using DSP & the Share Sunshine images.
The colours and styling for this card started with wanting the heart to be printed on Crumb Cake cardstock. So far, all the cards I’ve made and many of the ones I’ve seen other share have printed the sentiments on Whisper White cardstock. I wanted to try it out on Crumb Cake – and I love it!!! The sentiment is cut using the solid heart from the Heart Punch Pack.
One of my favourite combinations for Crumb Cake is Mint Macaron and Whisper White. I had the Forever Fern bundle delivered this week and I couldn’t wait to use the gorgeous leaves from the Forever Flourishing Dies. These dies were available as an early release to Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. They can be purchased by customers from Wednesday (3rd June).
I’ve added in some Vellum leaves because I love how this softly fills out a leafy flourish. There’s also Nature’s Twine and Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon behind the heart for some lovely texture.
Here’s my little cheat trick for getting the twine on each side without looping across the back. This saves a lot of ribbon for big shapes! Add some Tear & Tape (or other double sided adhesive) to the back of the shape. Make a circle with the twine or ribbon and then fold it back on itself From the front, it will look like it loops across and back, but you’ll save yourself a heap of ribbon or twine (especially for large shapes).
You can add more ribbon behind the twine loops for extra texture, like I’ve done in my card using the Whisper White Polka Dot ribbon.
While I was taking photos of my cards today (because last minute is how I roll!), these little guys appeared on the fence. Native to Australia, Kookaburras have the most amazing ‘laugh’. We often hear them in the trees but we don’t see them as much.
One more share, since hearts are all about love – here’s an anniversary card I made for the Social Stamping May Kits.
It uses ink blending on the back panel and then hearts from the Detailed Hearts Die. I was happy to see this appear in the new catalogue – it’s a gorgeous array of hearts that looks beautiful on every card! To see more about my May Social Stamping Kits, click here.
Next blog to visit for the heart themed Social Stamping is my very wonderful friend Narelle Simm.
Thank you for joining us! Have a great (crafty) weekend! It’s wet and cold here – perfect weather for cups of tea and lots of card making!