Social Stamping Blog Host | sympathy

Hello!  I started Social Stamping Blog Hosts back in March when COVID first started affecting our day to day life in Australia and we were in our first experience of lockdown.  It was a way to stay connected with each other and share projects in an online platform while many of us were at home.  Visit week 15 of the weekly Social Stamping posts to see all the topics – with links to each theme.  The themes were chosen for their relevance to the COVID experience and it was wonderful to see how they were interpreted and expressed through creative designs using paper, stamps & ink.

The next phase of our Social Stamping Blog Hosts have moved to a monthly hop with themes of social greetings.  They weren’t in any way meant to be related to COVID, but this month’s theme of “sympathy” still seems particularly relevant.  I wonder with COVID being so all encompassing at present, that everything in our world will somehow form ties to this pandemic we are living through.

It’s July 2020 and the world has undergone a humongous change.  It’s been 5 months of change, chaos, adaptation, adjustment and emotion.  We are living through the evolution of this virus – we are part of the research, action and analysis.  For some there’s been a huge amount of loss and grief and for others a wonderful amount of reflection and positivity.  Many of us have experienced the highs and lows of this pandemic rollercoaster.

While things are fairly stable here in our Western Australian bubble (for now), our east coast has had a spike in transmission and virus numbers.  My heart goes out to friends who are in Victoria and back into a lockdown environment. The first time around was challenging.  I’m not sure if the second lockdown is heartbreaking, or a sense of resigned de ja vu.

I’m also thinking about family and friends around the world who live in an area that is yet to feel like they are winning against the fight, where numbers keep rising and they feel vulnerable to the spread of the virus.  Socially distanced virtual hugs!

Sympathy cards are by far one of the hardest type of cards to make.  I’m looking forward to the inspiration on this hop, to be able to draw on the layouts, colours and designs of my crafty friends to make this task a little easier in the future.  There’s a full list of participants below, please enjoy the talents of my wonderful stamping friends!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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