Social Stamping | thinking of you

Happy Saturday!  Saturday has been one of the highlights of my blogging week for the past 3 months as I hop with my stamping friends as a way to stay connected through these COVID times.  Today’s theme is “thinking of you”.  There’s a full list of all the themes so far and all the designers participating in today’s hop on the main blog post for this hop – click here to visit.

For my cards today I’ve made 2 cards using the split card technique – an idea shared by Jennifer McGuire last month.  It’s a great way to get two cards with one lot of stamping and a great corner or border style design.  You can see Jennifer’s post here.

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock that measured 5-5/8″ x 7-3/4″ and stamped the blossoms in Misty Moonlight down the middle portion of the cardstock, adding in Seaside Spray flowers, Night of Navy mini flowers and Crumb Cake accents.

The inspiration for the colours of this design came from Stacey Marsh – a demo I recently starting following in the UK.  Check out her Instagram – she’s amazing!  She had me at blue flowers!!

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

Once all the stamping is done, cut the cardstock down the middle (at 3-7/8″) and use the pieces to make up your cards.

This first card features a Crumb Cake base and Vellum butterflies using the Butterfly Duet Punch.  The sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set cut using one of the label dies from the Hippo & Friends set.

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

The second card features a Seaside Spray base, hearts from the Pattern Play stamp set and sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set.

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

This technique makes it easy to whip up some cards to send to family and friends in no time at all.  Feeling adventurous?  Try stamping a whole sheet and cutting into 4 pieces!!!  Or using die cuts for your images.  There’s so many possibilities!

Next up for more ‘thinking of you’ inspiration is my gorgeous friend Narelle Simm.

Thanks for hopping with us. If you need the full list of participants, click here to visit.

See you next week for more Social Stamping!

 

Just Add Ink #510 | Fancy Fold

Hi!  You are going to love this week’s Just Add Ink theme – we’re adding “fancy folds”.  The main blog post over at Just Add Ink will be a great place to visit for endless inspiration from the design team and contributing designers in the gallery to keep us trying different styles of folds for many projects to come!

I love to try out fancy folds that trend over the year.  Although not new, I’ve seen a few different versions of this Accordian Style Fancy Fold pop up recently – and it’s lovely to see it make a resurgence because I haven’t tried it before.

Accordion Fancy Fold | kelly kent

It’s a single layer (ie, not folded) card base with a folding layered cart front.  It is a beautiful way to show off the pretty patterns of a DSP.

Accordion Fancy Fold | kelly kent

I used the now retired Bird Ballad DSP as I’m still waiting (not so patiently) for Australia Post to deliver the new DSP designs from the 2020 Annual Catalogue.

I’ve adapted this card from Lisa Curcio in the US.  Lisa has a great video tutorial and measurements for US sized cardstock. You can see Lisa’s blog post by clicking here.

My version uses A4 cardstock (suitable for the South Pacific – Australia & New Zealand and UK / Europe).  I’ve also used a ribbon to hold the accordion fold together (Lisa used a belly band).

Accordion Fancy Fold | kelly kent

Here’s the measurements needed for A4 cardstock:

  • Cardstock Base: 4-1/8″ x 5-7/8″
  • Mat for Base: 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″
  • Cardstock for Accordion pull out: 4 3/4″ x 11″, score at 3″, 5-1/2″, 8″ and 9-1/2″
  • Designer Paper – front & first fold: 1-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ (cut two)
  • Designer Paper middle folds: 2-1/4″ x 4-1/2″
  • Designer Paper base: 1/2″ x 4-1/2″
  • Thick Whisper White (insert): 2 1/8″ x 4-1/2″

Accordion Fancy Fold | kelly kent

With the pretty ribbon feature on the front, this card won’t fit into a normal envelope very easily, but it does fit into a C6 Acetate Card Box which can be posted in Australia as a large letter.  Thanks to Elizabeth Gross for sharing this tip!

Acetate Box Envelope | kelly kent

I can’t wait to use the new catalogue DSP designs with this style of fancy fold and show off some new patterns!

Accordion Fancy Fold | kelly kent

Be sure to visit the Just Add Ink blog to see the fancy folds the rest of the design team shared, and share a favourite to our gallery.

Have a great weekend!

 

Stamp Review Crew | Daisy Lane

Hello!  Thanks for joining me and my international stamping friends for the first Stamp Review Crew hop of the new catalogue.  We’re excited to show you lots of new sets.  We also have a new blog – Stamp Review Crew – where we will host the main list for each hop.  This post tends to go live a little later than the individual blog posts, but a great reference if there’s any broken links or you want to browse through projects from previous hops.  You can find our previous blog by clicking here for an amazing number of projects from previous Stampin’ Up! catalogues.

Today’s chosen stamp set is Daisy Lane – a carryover set from the 2019 Annual Catalogue.  It has two coordinating punches – the Daisy Punch and the Medium Daisy punch.

Having spent some time playing with the Daisy Punch previously (see here to read about a presentation I did at a Stampin’ Up! event in 2017), I wanted to feature the smaller daisy stamp & punch for this project.

Daisy Lane | kelly kent

I love being able to pair carryover products, which we’ve seen and used for a while, with new products which freshen everything up.  This card features a Just Jade panel embossed with one of the patterns from the Greenery Embossing Folder Duo.  Just Jade complements Mint Macaron so well – which is the colour I selected for the flowers.

Daisy Lane | kelly kent

Each daisy is made up of two stamped & punched segments to create a full flower.  The leaves are heat embossed in white on Vellum and fussy cut.

Daisy Lane | kelly kent

The sentiment is a lovely large size, but in a delicate light font that adds a great finish to the card.  “Friend” is a favourite sentiment of mine to use – it covers so many occasions!

Speaking of friends, next up is the gorgeous Heidi Baks in the USA with her pretty Daisy Lane designs.

If you’re in Australia and you’d like to purchase the Daisy Lane stamp set or any other Stampin’ Up! supplies, please visit my online store for the full range.  If you need a hard copy catalogue, let me know and I’ll happily send one out to you.

Thanks for hopping with us.  I hope you have a great week!

 

Social Stamping | travel

Welcome to week 12 of Social Stamping.  The theme today is ‘travel’.

With three young kids in the mix at Papercraft HQ, my travel plans at this point of my life are not extensive, elaborate or far reaching.  A girl can certainly dream though!  On my list of places I’d like to travel are the Maldives to one of those resorts on the water, Croatia to see it’s magnificent coastline, Japan to see the cherry blossoms and Vietnam for some more South East Asian Culture.  What’s on your bucket list of travel destinations?

With COVID-19 changing how we all travel for the immediate future, I’m excited about some travel around the state I live in – which is huge and a major internationally appealing travel destination, so I’m very lucky!

My project for today is inspired by the time honoured tradition of sending postcards while on holiday.  Nanna Papercraft holidays more often than I do and always sends lots of postcards along the way to include us in the fun.  International holiday related happy mail is always fun to receive, even if they do beat some of them back!

Silhouette Scenes Postcard | kelly kent

The stamping for this card is black heat embossing on Whisper White cardstock using the boy from the Silhouette Scenes stamp set. I love the symbolism of the boy looking into the future.  I imagine him searching for the great adventures that lie ahead.

Silhouette Scenes Postcard | kelly kent

I used my Stamparatus so I could get the boy in the same place on every panel.  The panels are coloured with different inks (Real Red, Bermuda Bay & Crushed Curry) and splattered with water to add some texture.

This is the reverse side that turns it into a postcard…

Swirly Frames Postcard | kelly kent

How awesome are the Swirly Frames stamps for creating a postcard theme!!!

I feel like this might be the start of a new phase!  Postcards are fun to send through the mail because not just the recipient gets to enjoy them on the way!

To see more travel projects, keep hopping through the great projects ahead, starting with my gorgeous friend Nicole WilsonYou can see the full list of participants by visiting the main blog post.

Thanks for joining us today – I hope you enjoyed the journey!

Social Stamping | new normal

Hey there, thanks for stopping by for a Social Stamping Blog Host with my friends.  You can see the full list of designers who have joined in for this theme by clicking here.

As we ease from COVID into post COVID, we settle into what is now our new normal.  There’s some really wonderful things we are taking from the lessons of a global pandemic.  We’re also at the start of a new catalogue – yay!  So, the theme for today’s blog hop is “new”.

When reflecting on this theme, and my experiences during COVID, one of the things I really enjoyed was the simplicity and space that being at home more and being less busy allowed.  As we pave a path forwards into what life looks like after the coronavirus of 2020, the pace is picking up and I miss the lazy starts to the day, the time to bake (and craft!) and being able to spend time being fun with the kids.  I’d like to keep some of the simplicity and luxury of time that we experienced and build this into our new normal.

I wanted the essence of simplicity to come through in my cards for today’s hop, so as well as using new products, I’ve used simple stamping (well, simple compared to my usual style).

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

My cards today feature the Jar Punch in a solid colour, cut twice to make it a little shorter.  Cut once as usual, then feed the bottom of the jar back into the bottom of the punch and punch again.

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

The white panel used as the backdrop for the card is cut from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies (scalloped rectangle) and then embossed with the new Tasteful Texture Embossing Folder.  This is a fabulous addition to the range of embossing folders – just a bit more texture than the Subtle folder, but still very nondescript so it doesn’t detract from your theme. I’ve used the same die set for the sentiment, which is white heat embossed from the Forever Fern stamp set.

With simple in mind, I just love the look of a leafy die in the jar.  Not to complicate things, I used the same colours and general styling and created two more cards.

Forever Flourishing Dies | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card is stamped directly onto the jar and is from the Many Mates stamp set.  This versatile set is going to be a favourite from this catalogue for all your greeting needs.

Forever Flourishing Dies | kelly kent

I’m sad that the Whisper White twine has retired, but there’s still a couple of twine options in the new catalogue.  The blue (Misty Moonlight / Night of Navy) cards feature the Misty Moonlight / silver Baker’s Twine from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack.  The pink (Blushing Bride / Rococo Rose) cards feature Linen Thread – a staple favourite.


Thanks for joining me today.  Next fabulous designer to visit is Lisa Whitehead with her beautiful new project.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Social Stamping | animals

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for today’s Social Stamping Blog Host.  I’m joined by some amazing designers to share projects with the theme ‘animals’.  To see a full list of everyone joining in today, click here for the participant list.

I had a hard time deciding which stamp set to use for this hop – I’ve collected a few with animals and they are all super cute!  After receiving my preorder of new Stampin’ Up! products from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue during the week, I decided the new Flowers for Every Season DSP was perfect for the retiring Leave A Little Magic stamp set.

Leave A Little Magic | kelly kent

This time of year is my favourite for mixing the old & the new.  New colours and patterns are an easy way to freshen up a stamp set that has been neglected in your stash!

2020-2022 In Colors | kelly kent

The new In Colors for 2020-2022 are Magenta Madness (used here for the card base) plus Just Jade, Bumblebee, Mist Moonlight (all seen in the DSP) and Cinnamon Cider.  I’m in love!!!

Leave A Little Magic | kelly kent

The style of this card has a flat base and then a folded card in the middle.  It’s super fun to make and so easy!

Leave A Little Magic | kelly kent

There’s a fold over band, which I’ve tucked under the unicorn’s feet to keep it flat.

Leave A Little Magic | kelly kent

The unicorn was stamped on Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper, heat embossed in silver and coloured with an Aqua Painter and inks (Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry & Pretty Peacock).  The body of the unicorn has been layered with Frost White Shimmer Paint (which no matter how I tried I couldn’t capture the shimmer in the photo).

Leave A Little Magic | kelly kent

Every unicorn needs a floral crown, so I fussy cut a few flowers from the DSP and added them for a finishing touch.

I can’t wait for you to see more with these new colours.  They are bright and fun and I know you’re going to love them!  New catalogue ordering is available from 3rd June 2020, or join my Paper Adventures Team now to get early access and a great discount!

If there’s any retiring products from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue that you’d still like to order, you will need to do so ASAP.  Click here to browse the Last Chance Retirement List in my online store.

Next clever blogger on the list is Nicole Wilson

Thanks for hopping with us!

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!

Stamp Review Crew | Painted Poppies

Hello & happy Monday!  I hope things are wonderful in your part of the world.  I’m hopping today with my friends around the world as part of the Stamp Review Crew.  If you’ve come from Cindy in the US, welcome to the Southern Hemisphere where you are visiting me in Western Australia.  From here you go to Lou on the east coast of Australia, so keep hopping around until you’ve seen all the great projects.   You can see the main post for this hop by clicking here (note: there may be a delay until this link goes live).

Today we’re all hopping using the Painted Poppies stamp set.  This is currently available in the Stampin’ Up! Jan-June Mini Catalogue, but will carry over to the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue from June.  It’s bundled with the Painted Labels Dies.

This suite also includes coordinating DSP, embellishments (sequins, ribbon & elements) and another stamp set and bundle die (Peaceful Moments stamp set & Poppy Moments Dies).

The main colours of this suite are red, purple & green (Poppy Parade, Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, Mossy Meadow & Old Olive).  It also features Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo & Pool Party.  To create different look on the main trend, I’ve focused on Pool Party for my set of cards – specifically the Pool Party striped sheet from the Peaceful Poppies DSP.

Painted Poppies | kelly kent

All the stamping for these cards is white heat embossing – mostly on White Vellum.  I love the look it gives!  Stampin’ Up! have used this technique in the Poppy Elements (as well as watercolor paper and printed elements).

Painted Poppies | kelly kent

Painted Poppies is an image only stamp set, which gives stampers the opportunity to pair it with their favourite sentiment sets.  You can use the coordinating set from the suite (Peaceful Moments stamp set) but any greeting will work with these gorgeous floral images.  I’ve used the Label Me Bold stamp set (currently on the Last Chance Retirement List).  The ‘from me’ sentiment is perfect for a card that suits any occasion and I do love a good happy birthday sentiment!

Painted Poppies | kelly kent

I really love the poppy field stamp in this set.  I’ve stamped it twice here so the poppies flow across the whole card.  The vellum crinkles a little when you heat emboss it, but I love the texture that adds!

Did you notice that White Baker’s Twine is retiring?  It’s possibly the product I’m most sad about losing.  I use white twine on EVERYTHING!  I’ve stocked up, so I’ll be able to add it for a while longer, but I might have to start learning to tie by bows with just one wrap instead of two or three!!!

Painted Poppies | kelly kent

This card uses the label as a background from the Poppy Labels Dies (as well as the Stitched So Sweetly Dies for the DSP label).


Thank you for joining me today.  Next up, you’re visiting my stamping bestie, Lou Kitzelman over in Queensland where the sun is bound to be shining, and you’re always going to find great inspiration on her blog!!

Have a great week!

Freshly Brewed Projects Blog Hop | Stack of Cards

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Collaborations, blog hops and tutorial groups have become more common among Stampin’ Up! demonstrators and I couldn’t be happier!  It’s so nice to be involved in someone else’s fun!!

Today I’ve been invited by Leonie Schroder to hop with her Freshly Brewed Projects.  The theme is “Stack of Cards”.  After making the Double Wonder Card set designed by Shannon West & Julie Davison using 2 x half sheets of 12″ DSP, I was hooked on the simplistic creativity that comes from one sheet wonder templates.

For this hop, I wanted a template that I could use with a 6″ x 6″ sheet of DSP.  Some DSP patterns, like Best Dressed DSP only comes in 6″ x 6″ packs.  And then there’s all the paper shares I have from all the catalogues!  I have so much DSP, I probably don’t need to be economical, but making lots of cards from one piece of DSP is a great way to use but conserve your favourite patterns!

On my hunt, I found this gem of a pattern by Jackie Bolhuis (of Klompen Stampers).  You can see Jackie’s post here and the template here.  Thank you to Jackie for a wonderful tutorial.

I’ve chosen one of the pretty floral patterns from the Best Dressed DSP (one of my all-time favourite designs!).  Pulling out colours from the DSP, I used Blushing Bride, Granny Apple Green & Whisper White as the card bases.

One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

The stamp sets featured on my set of six cards are Dressed to Impress (coordinates with the DSP) and Peaceful Moments (my favourite go-to sentiment set at the moment).

One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

My favourite part of Jackie’s template was the clever use of the circle from the large rectangle to be able to make two cards!

One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

Just because you only use one sheet of DSP, doesn’t mean you can’t add other touches to your cards to take them to the next level.  Across my cards, I’ve used:

  • flowers from the Dressed to Impress stamp set (and Stampin’ Blends to colour them in)
  • Stitched Shapes, Layering Circles, Seasonal Layers and Stitched So Sweetly Dies
  • Scripty Embossing Folder
  • Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace Trim Ribbon & Whisper White Baker’s Twine
  • Cardstock: Lovely Lipstick & Whisper White
  • Ink: Old Olive, Lovely Lipstick
  • White embossing powder & Versamark

One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

Jackie is based in the US and has slightly different cardstock sizes to us, so I modified by template slightly by not cutting the extra piece off the bottom half of the template, and then cut these strips to size as  I needed them (this actually ended up being 5-5/10″).

One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

These cards have great layouts that you could use even if you weren’t making a one sheet wonder set.

The best part about this hop is getting to skip around to see the stack of cards the other clever crafters have brewed up to share.  Next blog to visit is Libby Dyson.

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Happy crafting!

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Social Stamping | friend

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Hello friends!  It’s so nice to have you hop around Social Stamping Blog Host #4.  Today’s theme is ‘friend’.  I’m missing seeing my friends, being able to hug my friends, being able to catch up for coffees, or linger for a chat at school drop off.  This weekend was supposed to be a camping trip with friends, which we’ve had to postpone.

As much as I miss my friends, I’m also very grateful to have been on the receiving end of some lovely gestures of friendship that make social distancing and isolation a little easier.  I’ve had Zoom chats with friends so I could still see them, I’ve had surprise deliveries on my doorstep, I’ve had happy mail cards arrive in the letterbox.  I love the irony that the very same virus that is keeping us apart is actually bringing us all together.

Knowing how lovely it has been to receive surprises during this time, I’m planning a few surprises of my own!  And happy mail is always more fun with a pretty card to open too.

The set of cards I’m sharing today was inspired by some of the gorgeous art I’ve seen shared on the Rainbow Trail page (read more about the Rainbow Trail in last week’s social stamping post).

Using washi tape to mask the lines and Stampin’ Blends to colour the spaces, I made these card fronts…

Washi Masking Technique | kelly kent

They started as a piece of Whisper White cardstock with washi placed across the front to separate the card into segments.

Washi Masking Technique | kelly kent

I then coloured each segment with 2 different Stampin’ Blends.  My first attempt used solid colours, but the blended effect looked much better!  And works perfectly with the Stampin’ Blends.  I also tried a variety of different colours & thicknesses of washi tape.

Once coloured, I ever-so-gently lifted the washi tape up and then cut the artwork with a stitched rectangle.  The ‘hello friend’ stamp (from Seriously the Best stamp set) was heat embossed in black.  This was adhered to a coordinating piece of cardstock and attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals to a Whisper White card base.

Here’s the finished cards –

Thick washi with two tone segments in a multi-colour scheme
Blends: Dark Pumpkin Pie, Dark Mango Melody, Light Night of Navy, Dark Bermuda Bay, Light Lovely Lipstick, Dark Rococo Rose.

Washi Masking Technique | kelly kent

Medium washi with ombre segments in one colour scheme
Blends: Light & Dark Flirty Flamingo, Light & Dark Rococo Rose, Light & Dark Lovely Lipstick

Washi Masking Technique | kelly kent

Medium washi with ombre segments in a multi-colour scheme (bright)
Blends: Light & Dark Lovely Lipstick, Light & Dark Night of Navy, Light & Dark Mint Macaron

Washi Masking Technique | kelly kent

Thin washi with ombre segments in a multi-colour scheme (pastel)
Blends: Light & Dark Purple Posy, Light & Dark Pool Party, Light & Dark Mint Macaron

Washi Masking Technique | kelly kent

This technique is so easy and looks amazing!  I love that the finished effect looks different for each set of colours.  It’s also a perfect way to get some use out of retired washi tape that seems to build up for me, no matter how good my intentions are to use it!


The next friend on my list is Nicole Wilson and her fun project.

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I’ve been humbled each week to hop with so many amazingly talented stamping friends.  It’s also been a delight to welcome new designers to the blog host each week.  Thank you to you all for making this happen.  To see the full list of participating blogs, visit the main blog host post (that’s a tongue twister!).

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  I hope it involves some time to make something special for a friend.