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…
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!
For 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!
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.
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.
But, when you take a peak inside…
And then open it up…
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!
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).
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.
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!