Social Stamping Blog Host | new (normal)

Hello!  Welcome to week 11 of Social Stamping.  You can visit previous themes by clicking on the links below.  So many thanks to my wonderful friends for joining me as sharing their creative talents!

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
Week 8: Sunshine
Week 9: Animals
Week 10: Hearts

This blog host started when we were first experiencing changes brought about by COVID – social distancing, lockdown/quarantine/isolation, more focus on hand hygiene, essential workers, working from home, job loss, crisis schooling at home.  So many changes, and if you can believe it, all within the last 3 months in Australia!

As the numbers of active COVID cases in Australia have decreased and new cases have slowed to a minimum, we are finding ourselves entering the ‘post-COVID’ phase (albeit temporarily).  But, as with any major change, we can’t go back to the way things are. We are forging ahead with a “new normal”.  A time where shaking hands with a stranger seems strange, where hugs aren’t as liberally dished out and where keeping our distance from others is no longer rude.

The projects on the hop today are inspired by the concept of ‘new’.  With spectacular timing, this is a great opportunity for us to share with you some products or techniques that are new in our craft spaces.

Thank you for joining us.  You can see the full list below of my stamping friends who are participating today.


Participant List “new normal”

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 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 Blog Host | War & Peace

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Hello!  Thanks for joining us for week 5 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

The theme for today’s hop is ‘war & peace’.

Although there’s been conflict around the world during my lifetime, I’ve always wondered if World War 3 would be part of my life’s journey.  I think it’s pretty safe to say that COVID-19 and our global pandemic status would qualify for a world war.  Instead of bullets and guns and fighting over territory and power, we are fighting a scientific war against a virus that has literally put the world into time out.  We are fighting for control, for scientific answers in a time frame never seen before and against an enemy that is so familiar yet so novel.

As with any major life event, this “war” has brought about so many positives, and the peace – both in the natural world being able to take a breath, and mankind being able to sit still for a while – has been a comfort and much needed reset for some.  For others, especially those on the front line of the disease, there’s been far more combat than rest.

Here in Western Australia, we have been able to “flatten the curve” and are seeing a string of days with no new cases and fewer active cases .  This brings some wonderful hope, which is a relief after some of the chaos of the past few months.  However, as I watch the news, I am aware that the situation is not so good for other parts of the world, and there are communities and cities that continue to be significantly impacted by the virus.  This is war – and to win at war you need clever strategy, major teamwork and sometimes a little luck.

As a global network, we need to all stand together, to be united as one in the face of the pandemic that continues to bring sadness, anxiety and desperation across the world.  This too shall pass and in time to come we shall remember the brave contributors to the war against COVID-19, just as we are remembering the impact that those before us has in previous wars.

The projects for this hop are varied, and I can’t wait for you to see how everyone has put their creative spin on the war & peace theme.  Please feel free to use the creations on this hop as inspiration, with credit to the original designer where due.

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.

Hugs, prayers, love,

Participant list | “war & peace”

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Narelle Simm
  3. Kathryn Ruddick
  4. Angela Meiritz-Reid
  5. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  6. Andrea Sargent
  7. Denita Wright-Smee

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…

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

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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.

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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.

Social Stamping Blog Host | Friend

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Hey there, thanks for joining us for week 4 of the Social Stamping Blog Host.  It’s been a wonderful opportunity to connect with my stamping friends and allow us to share with the wider crafting community.

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

The theme for today’s blog hop is ‘friend’, because we all need one in uncertain times like these.  Perhaps you have a friend who has lost their job and could do with some happy mail?  Maybe a friend who is now exclusively at home full time with multiple mini-me’s who want feeding & entertaining all the time and she needs to hear that someone is thinking of her?  Is there a friend you know who is working tirelessly at this time because they are in an essential role and the demands of their job went from 10->100 without warning? Do you have a friend who brings out the best in you at this overwhelming time?

Whatever the reason, how nice would it be if we flooded the (already busy) postal system with some mail designed to brighten someone’s day.  Worried about sending or receiving the virus by mail?  The scientific consensus seems to be that the virus can only live on paper up to 24 hours.  So, mail is very likely to lose any risk of being contagious as it transits.  If you are especially worried about receiving mail, leave it to quarantine for 24 hours after arriving.  Of course, if you have an active case of the virus, please wait to send your mail until you are no longer at risk of infecting others.

We invite you to hop through the designers participating in today’s hop who have all created projects suitable to send to a friend.  You are welcome to CASE (copy) the cards on the hop – but please remember to give credit where credit is due!  Let’s turn those projects from craft creations to happiness creators!

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.

Thanks once again to all my lovely stamping friends for joining in.  Without you all, it just isn’t the same!  Stamps are what often bring us to Stampin’ Up!, the friendships are what means the most!

Participant list | “Friend”

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Nicole Wilson
  3. Chloe Evans
  4. Odette Kermode
  5. Sheila Pybus
  6. Richelle Fletcher
  7. Shannon Kissane
  8. Sharon Dalton
  9. Lauren Meiklejohn
  10. Leonie Schroder
  11. Monique Fielder
  12. Tanya Bell
  13. Angela Meiritz-Reid
  14. Chantell Randall
  15. Denise Buetler

Social Stamping Blog Host | Rainbows

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Hello! Welcome to week 3 of the Social Stamping Blog Hosts.  You can see week 1 (hello) here and get some history to why this all started!  See week 2 (thank you) here for more amazing projects.

The theme for today’s projects by my stamping friends is “rainbows”. Out of the chaos that is coronavirus, we are seeing many great examples of community spirit. creative togetherness and inventive ways to stay connected.

One of the initiatives that caught my attention was the rainbow trail.  Households and businesses across Australia (and the world) are using rainbows as a symbol to relay the message that “we’re all in this together”, everything is going to be ok, stay safe and many other positive messages to keep spirits up in a time when it can be easy to be overwhelmed.

People are drawing rainbows in chalk on their driveway, painting their fence in rainbow colours, putting rainbow artwork in the windows, decorating lamp posts with rainbow bows and so many more examples.  They are literally filling the world with beautiful colours, sharing their creativity with others and actively working towards connecting with others.

So, out of this, the theme for today’s hop was inspired.  To see more about the Rainbow Trail in Australia, visit this group on Facebook.

I can’t wait for you to see all the bright, fun and colourful creations made by my crafty friends this week.  Don’t forget, these designers are sharing to inspire you, so you are most welcome to copy (CASE) their designs or use them as inspiration for your own creation.

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 | “Rainbows”

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Angela Meirtiz-Reid
  3. Vicki Boucher
  4. Chloe Evans
  5. Mandy Depiazzi
  6. Nicole Wilson
  7. Sharni Haines
  8. Michelle Strazds
  9. Lisa Whitehead
  10. Rebecca Scurr
  11. Elizabeth Gross
  12. Nikki Spencer
  13. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  14. Julia Quinn
  15. Lauren Meiklejohn
  16. Andrea Sargent
  17. Sheila Pybus
  18. Peta Stephen
  19. Shannon Kissane
  20. Richelle Fletcher
  21. Narelle Simm

Social Stamping Blog Host | Thank You

Hello! Welcome to week 2 of the Social Stamping Blog Hosts.  You can see week 1 here and get some history to why this all started!

The theme for today’s projects by my stamping friends is “thank you”.  I’ve lived by the mantra that there’s no point just making card, you have to be sending them to make a difference.  I give away almost all of my cards – to friends, as gifts, as donations.  It gives me good motivation to create more.

We are currently seeing a time where the hero status of our community has shifted.  It is no longer sports stars or celebrities who are the most valued in our society, but the everyday hereos that don’t always get the acknowledgement they deserve.  The healthcare staff, cleaners, child care & school educators, retail & hospitality staff, transport & couriers, Centrelink employees, farmers & so many more that we cannot function without.  There are so many ‘essential’ services that keep our society functioning and it’s a nice chance to pause and say ‘thank you’ to each and every person for their contribution.

There might also be someone in your life that has made a difference to your COVID-19 experience.  Perhaps they bought you some toilet paper when you were finding it hard to get to the shops, maybe they called to say hi at a time when the crisis was getting you down or is it someone who is just there for you all the time – pandemic or not.

This week, as you craft in isolation, can you create and send a card to one of these everyday heroes or a person who has made your life better?  To remind them that they are noticed and valued, to give them a little boost in what is a trying time for everyone and to spread some gratitude throughout the world in a time of great stress.

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You are most welcome to CASE (copy) any of the cards you see today on the blog hop.  These designers are sharing their creations to inspire you and would love for their design to be part of the thank you message.

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 | “Thank You”

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Andrea Sargent

Social Stamping Blog Host | Hello

Hello!  Last week I advertised on my Facebook page and invited some of my stamping friends to join me to blog today.  I won’t pretend I’m amazed, because I knew my fantabulous friends would be the first to step up and embrace another occasion to create something to share.  In a week that has been filled with ups & downs for so many families (including mine!), it’s wonderful to come together with the sole purpose of being creative and providing creative inspiration for crafters who may be at home in isolation.

As a bit of background, my use of the phrase “Social Stamping” started last year.  I had to make some changes to the focus of my Stampin’ Up! commitments.  I wanted to keep the things about stamping that were important to me and one of those things was the social aspect – my online friendships with other demonstrators, classes purely for the joy of getting together and providing community for my Paper Adventures team.


The theme for today’s hop is “hello”.  It’s a time when we’ve all been asked to socially distance ourselves from each other, but actually a time when we need each other more than ever.  I’d love for you all to reach out to those in your network, on the edge of your network or bring someone new into your network and use this fast changing and very overwhelming situation for some social good.  It’s possible to be social although physically apart – we just need to think in different ways.

This blog host is born of that desire to pull together the social part of stamping.  To bring us together, to allow us to share and to spark creativity in others.

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.

Stay safe, stay connected and be comforted in the knowledge that although big at the moment, this will pass.  Until then, let us craft!

Participant list | “Hello”

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Denita Wright-Smee
  3. Jo Stubbings
  4. Lisa Whitehead
  5. Lauren Meiklejohn
  6. Lou Kitzelman
  7. Leonie Stuart
  8. Mandy Depiazzi
  9. Odette Kermode
  10. Rebecca Scurr
  11. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  12. Melissa Gifford
  13. Nikki Spencer
  14. Nicole Wilson
  15. Elizabeth Gross
  16. Bronwyn Eastley
  17. Sheila Pybus
  18. Michelle Strazds
  19. Angela Meirtiz-Reid
  20. Sharni Haines
  21. Vicki Boucher
  22. Julia Quinn
  23. Mae Collins
  24. Chantell Randall
  25. Narelle Simm
  26. Catherine Creer
  27. Richelle Fletcher
  28. Leonie Schroder
  29. Kathryn Ruddick