Social Stamping Blog Host | sunshine

Hello!  Thank you for joining us for Social Stamping week #8.  At the start of social distancing, lockdown and isolation, the Social Stamping blog hosts were a way of keep us connecting, giving us a creative outlet and providing a platform to share our ideas.  Over the weeks, it’s become a wonderful journey through this time of uncertainty, watching our communities – both local and global – stand together and fight against this virus that has completely changed life as we know it.

You can see the other blog hops by clicking on the links below.  Each week has a different theme, telling a different part of the COVID story.

Week 1: Hello
Week 2: Thank You
Week 3: Rainbows
Week 4: Friend
Week 5: War & Peace
Week 6: Birthdays in Isolation
Week 7: Family

Today’s theme is ‘sunshine’.  For some parts of the world, the metaphorical rain is clearing, the clouds are lifting and the sun is shining again.  Parts of Australia are completed COVID free.  Other parts have seen a dramatic decrease in numbers and as a country, we are hopefully entering a period where we can hold strong against the spread throughout winter.  I get the sense from the scientists that we are likely to see further waves of the virus as we progress through the return to “normal life” – but what that looks like, no one can be certain.

Until then, we’ll enjoy some socially distanced sunshine and reflect on the parts of “normal” that we missed, hopefully leaving behind the parts of “normal” that we didn’t.

My stamping friends on today’s hop are sharing a range of sunshine inspired projects from the happiness of sunflowers to the uplifting sentiments of the Share Sunshine COVID relief PDF (click here to purchase this limited edition digital stamp set).  Please be inspired by the projects that are shared, but if you make something that is a copy or heavily inspired by one of the projects on the hop, let others know the fabulous designer that inspired you.

Wishing everyone some rays of sunshine this weekend – if not by weather, then by craft!

Participant list | “sunshine”

Paper Adventures Team Hop | CASEing the Birthday Girl

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Happy Birthday to ….. ME!  It’s my birthday today and I’m blessed to be spending some of it blogging with my stamping family.  These ladies are such a wonderful part of my life and I’m so grateful to have them with me in this part of my papercraft journey.  This is the perfect way to celebrate!

Because it’s my birthday (well birth “month” actually – because … why not!!) I’ve asked the team to CASE the Birthday Girl!    So, the team have chosen designs I’ve shared on my blog and put their own spin on it.

We’re lucky to be joined by the super talented Tanya Rees.  Her style is gorgeous (and she is too!).

My blog started in October 2013 and in my very first post I shared a baby sampler I’d made for friend’s new little man.  It used Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Coastal Cabana and Whisper White – still one of my favourite ombre colour choices to this date.

The second project I shared was a card using the cult classic Owl Punch.  Although long retired, I still have mine in my collection.  This was one of the first builder punches Stampin’ Up! produced and resulted in many punch art creations that were not actually owls!!!

This is the first card I blogged and the one I have decided to CASE today and do a 2020 version…

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

Using the same layout and colours and 6 more years of experience playing with paper, stamps and inks, here is the update –

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I love the finesse of the Bird Ballad DSP.  It takes a little patience to fussy around around the images, but that is time well spent to add a beautifully coloured artwork to the front of my card.  The striking yellow for this card is from the Best Dressed DSP.  I’ve had this on my desk, waiting patiently to be used.  Yellow is such a wonderfully happy colour!

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The top note shape of my original card has been replaced with a scalloped stitched rectangle from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies and stamped with Birthday Wishes from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.

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Although I like both yellow and green, my tastes over the years have changed and current style often features one strong colour with a neutral.  So I’ve done another update, and changed the card up to a Petal Pink & Sahara Sand that is much more my 2020 style!  Time will tell what my 2026 style will be!!!

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Isn’t it funny how colour trends, our personal style and what’s available in the catalogue influence what we make across the years!

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I love this layout and I’m thinking I should go back and do this for more of my cards with some of the new products coming out in June!

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These birds are just the sweetest – and really do make it so easy to add prettiness to your cards!  Last I checked, this DSP is still available in the online store – and at a discount!  Click here to visit.

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

I’d love it, as a birthday gift to me, if you could visit all of the blogs on the hop and leave a little message for my wonderful team.  It’s so nice to hear that people are reading our blogs and enjoying what we are sharing!

The next blog from here is our guest designer, Tanya Rees, who makes stunning cards!!

Thank you for being part of my birthday!

 

Participant List:

Kelly Kent
Tanya Rees (Guest Designer)
Narelle Simm
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Shannon Kissane
Lisa Whitehead
Mandy Depiazzi
Sheila Pybus

Social Stamping Blog Host | Family

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Hello!  Thanks for joining us for week 7 of the Social Stamping Blog Host.

You can see previous weeks of the Blog Host by clicking on the themes below:
Week 1: Hello
Week 2: Thank You
Week 3: Rainbows
Week 4: Friend
Week 5: War & Peace
Week 6: Birthdays in Isolation

This week we are sharing projects inspired by the theme ‘family’.  With social distancing and travel restrictions in place, I know of lots of my friends that are missing family.  The borders between regions are closed in WA, which means many families living in different regions are unable to travel to see each other.  With this being the likely case for the next 2 months, I’m excited to see the projects on this hop and use them for inspiration to send some happy mail to family who I can’t see.

It’s also Mother’s Day tomorrow here in Australia, so you might see a special project or two for Mums.  Sending lots of love to all the Mums celebrating tomorrow – either with their family or thinking of their family.  A time will come when we can all be together again.  Until then, lets send some paper hugs!

Below is the master list of participants.  Click on the designers below to see their project. Some bloggers may link to the next blog, but to keep things simple, this was an optional requirement.

 

Participant list | “family”

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Mandy Depiazzi

Social Stamping | Family

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The theme for today’s Social Stamping is ‘family’. Family is my number one priority (followed closely by stamping!) and the most important thing in my life.  I also believe that you choose amazing people (or they choose you!) and they become your chosen family.

With the rapid changes, intense global shift and uncertainty that has been the last 2 months, it’s been easy to become overwhelmed, and I am very grateful for the support and steadiness of my tribe of both family and chosen family over this time.  There’s nothing like a pandemic with social distancing, home schooling and job changes to force an evaluation of what and who are important.

My stamping friends joining in today have great inspiration for projects you can make and send to loved ones.  They’d love for you to use their creations to inspire creativity in your own craft room, but please give credit to the original designer.


My project was made for a special lady who is having a birthday in isolation after a very tough couple of months.  A friend reached out and asked her network to shower her Mum with happy mail, so while this project wasn’t made for someone in my family, there’s some very special family love happening here.  One of the cliche sayings of the COVID situations is that ‘we’re all in this together’ – and we really are!

I’m not sure what this style of card is called – in my head I’m calling it a Card on Card Fun Fold.  The base of this card is just one layer, and then the folded card sits on top.

Pop Up Note Card Set | kelly kent

The birthday girl’s favourite colours are pink and orange and she loves flowers – so I let this guide the choices of DSP (Peaceful Poppies) and cardstock for this project.  The card base is Lovely Lipstick – such a bright & fun pink to play with!  The flower is Pumpkin Pie with Rich Razzleberry leaves, cut using the Poppy Moments Dies and layered on a Stitched So Sweetly Die cut.  The sentiment (Peaceful Moments stamp set) is stamped in Lovely Lipstick.

I wanted my happy mail to contain some extra love, so I made a note card set to go with it.  For this, I adapted the Pop Out Purse card made by Lou Kitzelman.  You can see Lou’s blog post with more information by clicking here.

Pop Up Note Card Set | kelly kent

The ‘bones’ of the card remained the same, but instead of adding a purse to the middle, I added a center panel on to the pop out element.  This style of fancy fold has so many possibilities.

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I also added pockets to the side two panels – one for cute little 3″x 3″ Envelopes and one for 3″ cards that I made featuring poppies to coordinate with my overall theme.

Here’s a close up of the note card set including envelopes stamped with the poppy field stamp from the Painted Poppies stamp set.  I picked colours that matched the DSP – Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Lovely Lipstick & Flirty Flamingo.

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With the pop out centre panel, I was able to attach a pen to complete the set.

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And then it all folds in and ties with a Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon for easy storage until needed.

Pop Up Note Card Set | kelly kent

I’ve always loved the matchy-matchy of a project set – a card with coordinating gift is such a delight!

If you’re stuck for a last minute gift to make your Mum this Mother’s Day (tomorrow in Australia), this might be a great crafty project for you today!  Your gift set can include anything from note cards to tags to post it notes.  Let your creativity run wild!  For the base template, you’ll need Lou’s amazing tutorial with step-by-step instructions and full colour pictures.  It comes in a bundle with 3 other fabulous tutorials by The Dimensionals.  Click here to purchase the full tutorial and support some wonderful bloggers.


There’s a wonderful array of clever designers and amazing projects to follow on this hop, so keep clicking on the next button to visit.  Click here to see the full list of participants.

My next link to take you to the gorgeous Leonie Stuart.

Thank you for joining us today, we love being able to share with you.  Thank you to my network of stamping friends, many of who are part of my chosen family and their friendships are extremely valuable!

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).

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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!

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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!

Social Stamping Blog Host | Birthdays in Isolation

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Hello!  Thanks for joining us for week 6 of the Social Stamping Blog Host.

You can see previous weeks of the Blog Host by clicking on the themes below:
Week 1: Hello
Week 2: Thank You
Week 3: Rainbows
Week 4: Friend
Week 5: War & Peace

Hands up who has a birthday in May?  Me!!!!  I do!!!  It’s my birthday month and this would have been the 4th “Kelly’s Stamping Friends” blog hop.  But lucky me has already been hopping with my friends for the last month under the Social Stamping themes.  This year I’m combining the two blog hops – the theme for today’s Social Stamping hop is ‘birthdays in isolation’.

Though we may still be experiencing some form of physical distancing, it doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate!  I’ve seen some great ideas for COVID-19 birthdays including specially designed tshirts/jumpers, “honk, it’s my birthday” signs outside houses and driveway drive by birthday celebrations.  Birthdays are always special and having a birthday during April or May 2020 gives us a great chance to be creative in sharing our joy with others.  If there’s ever a good time to flood the letterbox of the birthday girl (or boy), it’s now!

Enjoy the wonderful hop my stamping friends have put on today.  Please feel free to use any of the projects on the hop as inspiration to send a ‘birthday in isolation’ card to someone who know who may be celebrating a little differently this year.  If you need a stamp that is perfect for a socially distant birthday greeting, check out the COVID-19 digital stamp collection released by Stampin’ Up!.  Click here to view.  All proceeds from this COVID-19 Giveback project go to specific COVID-19 relief efforts.

Below is the master list of participants.  Click on the designers below to see their project. Some bloggers may link to the next blog, but to keep things simple, this was an optional requirement.

Happy birthday to all the May babies!

Participant list | “birthdays in isolation”

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Lisa Whitehead
  3. Catherine Creer
  4. Chantell Randall
  5. Mandy Depiazzi

Social Stamping | birthdays in isolation

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I like birthdays – a lot!  I love celebrating other people, and I love celebrating mine.  Each new year is a gift – making it to the point where you can watch another number tick over the calendar is an achievement.  It’s my birthday month – who knew it would be celebrated in the midst of social distancing!!!

For the past 3 years, I’ve had a birthday blog hop with my stamping friends.  This year, thanks to the pandemic, I’ve been blessed with their creativity for over a month now.  What a wonderful present!!!  We’re all hopping again today for a combined birthday & Social Stamping hop.

The theme is “Birthdays in Isolation”.  With 1.5m of social distancing this May in Western Australia, paper hugs are going to be the best form of birthday celebrations!  There’ll also be Quaratini’s and a digital PAR-TAY!!!

In perfect timing for this hop, Stampin’ Up! released a Share Sunshine PDF to raise funds for charities supporting COVID-19 efforts.  It’s a 15 page digital stamp set (no hard copy, you print the pages yourself at home).  Click here to see more info and purchase the download.  I’m sure you’ll see lots of the digi stamps used in this hop – they are just perfect for what we’re going through right now!!!

I’m sharing two cards with you today…

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Let’s start with the card on the left.  This pandemic will largely be remembered as the time when panic buying set in and of all things, toilet paper became rare!  I don’t think generations to come are going to believe the intensity of the toilet paper crisis!

Share Sunshine | kelly kentFor this card, I’ve printed the toilet paper roll from the Share Sunshine digital stamp set and fussy cut it out.  I’ve then added in the candle die from the Doily Wishes Dies (on the retirement list).  This seems like the perfect birthday in isolation birthday cake!

Share Sunshine | kelly kent

I’m not sure what this style of card is called, but I love it for something different.  I used this layout in my April card kits.  It looks fancy, but it’s so simple to make.

Share Sunshine | kelly kent

Cut your card base as normal (long ways, with a top fold), score at half way and then cut 4-1/8″ from the card front.  Cut this again at 1-3/4″ and keep this piece.  You can use the middle piece (rotated at 90 degrees) to hold the front of the card together, but I’ve cut another piece here in Pool Party to create a contrast.

The sentiment for this card is “quarantine” printed from the Share Sunshine PDF and ‘happy birthday’ from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set stamped in Versamark and white embossed. The patterned paper on the top and bottom panels is from the Woven Threads DSP (on the retirement list).


The second card I’m sharing looks all very plain on the front, with a couple of banners from the Bonanza Dies (very, very sadly on the retirement list),  the ‘let’s (digitally) party’ stamp from the Share Sunshine PDF and some retiring Blueberry Bushel ribbon.

Share Sunshine | kelly kent

But, when you take a peak inside…

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And then open it up…

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It’s a party!!!

I’ve made the inside of the card look like a laptop and created a virtual party.  Online interaction has become the lifeline of many during social distancing.  To be able to stay in touch, many people around the world have found themselves learning the ropes of virtual meeting platforms such as Zoom, Houseparty, Google Hangouts, Skype, Facetime, Messenger Video Chat  – there’s so many ways to connect!  I’ve been using Zoom at work for the past month, which has been lots of fun!  We’ve used it at home to see family and the Little Miss Papercraft have had virtual play dates to stay in touch with friends.  So glad to have technology on our side during social distancing!

Share Sunshine | kelly kent

The fun little creatures joining the party are from the Birthday Bonanza DSP  (on the retirement list).  They are all partial images from the side of the DSP sheets, that would have otherwise gotten thrown away.  They were perfect for my little screens, because you can rarely see a whole person on the screen (and when kids are involved, it’s generally an eyeball up close, a head on the side or a blank screen while they go find something “amazing” to show you).

Share Sunshine | kelly kent

I downloaded and printed the keyboard (click here for the image) and added a ‘happy birthday’ sentiment from the Here’s a Card stamp setwhich I cut out using the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  Both of those products will be available again in the new catalogue.


Thank you for joining me for Social Stamping.  To see a full list of my stamping friends that joined in today’s hop, click here for the main blog host post.

To keep moving through the hop, click next to visit my gorgeous team mate, Lisa Whitehead.

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If you have a birthday coming up, be sure to make plans and celebrate that day (or week, or month!) for all it’s worth!  Isolation or not, birthdays are meant to be fun!

 

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.

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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 | rainbows from kelly

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Hello!  This is week 3 of Social Stamping.  I started this blog host when COVID-19 made social distancing a term in everyone’s regular vocabulary and our opportunities for face-to-face contact with family, friends and colleagues became limited.  Wanting to continue to share and inspire after so many of use had to cancel classes and events, I brought together some amazing friends from my Stampin’ Up! network.   You’ll find the full list of bloggers for this week’s hop by clicking here.

Today’s theme is rainbows.  One of the lovely positives to come out of COVID-19 is the way communities – both local and through technology – have connected.  In the face of the chaos that is this virus, I am choosing to seek as much of the positives as possible.  Finding joy in the storm is definitely a silver lining!

I’ve had several friends share the Rainbow Trail with me on Facebook (click here to see it too).  The Rainbow Trail encourages people to add a rainbow of colour to the world in publicly visible artwork projets.  The most popular has been chalk drawings on footpaths & driveways, but I’ve also seen painted fences, covered lamp posts, canvas & poster paintings and baked goods.

So, with the help of the Miss Papercrafts, our project this week was to contribute to the Rainbow Trail and make a butterfly rainbow.

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This is the front of our house.  We live on a bush block in the suburb of Dalyellup, part of the greater Bunbury region, about 2 hours south of Perth in Western Australia.

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The window is actually my craft room, so when I sit at my desk now and look out, I can see a beautiful array of butterflies.

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To create some texture on the rainbow, I used two different colours for each layer of the rainbow (14 colours in all).

  • Violet – Gorgeous Grape & Highland Heather
  • Indigo – Pacific Point & Blueberry Bushel
  • Blue – Coastal Cabana & Bermuda Bay
  • Green – Granny Apple Green & Call Me Clover
  • Yellow – Daffodil Delight & Mango Melody
  • Orange – Pumpkin Pie & Calypso Coral
  • Red – Real Red & Lovely Lipstick

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We also used 2 different butterfly products – the joined butterfly from Butterfly Beauty Dies and the large & small butterflies from the Butterfly Duet Punch.  In total, the rainbow has over 600 butterflies!!!  The Little Miss Papercrafts helped with everything showing great teamwork for this art project.  Little Master Papercraft even got in on the action, adding some texture of his own to our pile of butterflies when he kept walking over them while we were cutting & poking out all the middle bits!!!

Here’s a video of the rainbow…

We took some time to work out what saying we wanted to add to our butterfly mural.  We are of course all in this together, as we make conscious choices to “flatten the curve”, protect each other, hero our essential workers and pull together to keep each other safe – both physically & mentally.  But in the end, we decided to choose a quote that reflects the enormity of this situation – “the greater the storm, the brighter the rainbow”.

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Although this virus has caused great adversity, I know on the other side of it (and perhaps even from within our days of acute corona-ness), we’ll see so many shining lights that arise from the global lockdown we’re currently in.  Already, there are reports of brighter skies & clearer water.  We’re seeing acts of kindness on a regular basis as we look after the most vulnerable members of society.   And, we are adapting to the ‘new normal’ like never before, showing tremendous creativity & resilience.

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We are choosing to embrace the positives and hope you do too!


Next up on this blog host is Angela Meiriz-Reid, who is one of the most beautiful people I know, with absolute sunshine radiating from her soul.
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Stay strong, stay safe and stay connected.  We’re all in this together!

Just Add Ink #500 | Add a Die Cut Word

The Just Add Ink Design Team are super excited to be sharing 500 challenges!!!  Not only did we make it to this point, but our challenges continue to be popular with lots of stampers joining in every week from around the world using a range of different brands.  It’s an honor to be involved in the Just Add Ink community.  Thank you to everyone who shares their creation in our gallery for challenges – we appreciate you!

To celebrate this amazing milestone, we have turned this challenge into a blog hop.  Click through the next button on each post to visit the whole design team and see what they’ve made.

It’s a great challenge, suggested by Jan – Just Add a Die Cut word!

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As fun as this challenge is, it was a sad crafty reason for me this week with another of my friends losing someone close to them.  I’ve made a string of sympathy cards since the beginning of the year.

This card started with some fussy cutting of the Pressed Petals DSP.  The floral photography is so beautiful and vivid and made a great centrepiece for my card.

The die cut word is from the Well Written Dies, with the coordinating ‘heartfelt’ from the Well Said stamp set.

One of my favourite techniques for using word dies is to using adhesive tape on the cardstock before cutting, cut several of the same word and then layer them on top of each other for some depth & texture.

Since the front of the card is so plain, I’ve added more DSP to the middle of the card and followed through the centre panel (cut using the Nature’s Thoughts Dies which were available as a special purchase last month).

I find the colours in this DSP beautiful and the styling very serene.

Next up on the blog hop is the gorgeous Tina Gillespie with her fabulous project.  I always look forward to Tina’s take on each challenge.  She has such a diverse range of products and comes up with such unique cards!

To upload your creation to the gallery for this special challenge, visit the Just Add Ink blog.