Social Stamping | sympathy

Welcome to Social Stamping – the first of the monthly hops focused on social greetings as themes.  If you joined us for any of the 15 weekly Social Stamping hops, you’ll be familiar with the blog hop style, linked to each other and also a main blog host post.  Click here to see a full list of designers participating today.

Today’s theme is ‘sympathy’.  Sympathy cards can be very hard to make.  The elements of the card – the colour choices, the theme, the stamps, the layout – it seems to carry more weight when the job of the card is to express to someone how much we care.  I wanted to make a card that covered feeling sad and the new Boho Indigo stamp has has the perfect sentiment – “sorry you’re feeling blue”.

I really love the Boho Indigo Product Medley with it’s serene blue tones and beautiful imagery in the stamp & die set.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

Flowers are a great way to express condolences and a good theme for sympathy cards.  The stamps and dies in this project set make it easy to create visually stunning arrangements in no time at all. I’ve used a combination of the vase (Smoky Slate), flowers (Misty Moonlight) and leaves (Seaside Spray).

I came across this style of card on Debbie Henderson’s blog recently.  She called it an interlocking card – and I just love it!!!

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

The finished card is the same size as a standard Australian card (A6) and fits in a normal C6 envelope.  To create the gap needed for the slider, you cut the card front down by 1/8″ to allow for the slider mechanism to sit snugly down the gap.  The card base is 8-1/8″ x 5-7/8″, scored at 2″ from each end.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

The slider is made using two labels or tags held together with Foam Adhesive Strip.  I used two of the same size die from the Tasteful Labels set, cut from Misty Moonlight cardstock and held together using a piece of Foam Adhesive Strip.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

It’s so simple but so clever – my favourite kind of card!  I can see this being my new favourite as it will fit any style or theme of card.

I’ve added the flowers & vase to the slider and also a piece of ribbon to act as a pull tab.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

Thanks for hopping with us today.  Next blog to visit is by Julia Quinn – who makes gorgeous projects in sunny Queensland.

Enjoy your weekend.  I hope you don’t have a need for many sympathy cards, but if you do, I hope this hop has provided some helpful inspiration!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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!

 

Stamp Review Crew | Beautiful Bouquet

Happy Monday!

I’m delighted to be hopping with the Stamp Review Crew today.  It’s the first SRC hop of the new catalogue cycle and to give ourselves a little breathing room with our new catalogue orders arriving, we are sharing projects today with a gorgeous stamp set that’s carrying over from the 2017-18 catalogue – Beautiful Bouquet.

There are coordinating thinlits for this set which increases the wonderful creative options for everything floral you could ever want to make!!!

I’m sharing two projects today.  This z-fold card is the first….

Beautiful Bouquet | kelly kent

I’ve been wanting to try this layout since it arrived in my mailbox as a birthday card from one of my wonderful Paper Adventures teamies – Siobhan Fitzsimmons.  See her card here.  The full card front z-fold is so luxurious – especailly when layered with gorgeous DSP!

Beautiful Bouquet | kelly kent

There’s so many floral bouquet options you can make with this stamp set – my favourites are tulips.  Mr Papercraft scored lots of brownie points for my tulip birthday delivery!

My tulips are Lovely Lipstick, Crushed Curry & Pineapple Punch.

Beautiful Bouquet | kelly kent

The tulip colours were a wonderful match to the the bright & fun Garden Impressions DSP.  The reverse patterns in this series are lovely for adding a pop of colour to your project.

Beautiful Bouquet | kelly kent

While I had the Garden Impressions DSP on my table, I was reminded of my other favourite floral – blue flowers!  The Farmer’s Market near us does the most amazing flowers and they often have blue flowers in their posies – always so stunning!

So, this simple, no-sentiment card is an ode to the power of a pretty blue flower!

Beautiful Bouquet | kelly kent

The blue for this card is the new 2018-2020 In Color – Blueberry Bushel.  Doesn’t that colour just pop – especially when paired with white!

Beautiful Bouquet | kelly kent

I can’t wait for you to see what the rest of the crew have shared today using all those pretty flowers!

Next to visit is Jay Soriano from Mitosu Crafts in the UK.

You can find a list of all the Stamp Review Crew participants for this hop on the main SRC blog.  Click here to visit.

Thanks for joining us!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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