Social Stamping | war & peace

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Hello!  Can you believe we’re up to week 5 of Social Stamping.  I’m so lucky to be a part of this network of wonderful crafters.  You can see the full list for today’s blog hop by clicking here.

The theme for today is “war & peace” because it really feels like the global pandemic is on par with the turmoil, injury & economic fallout of a world war.

I’ve taken inspiration for this card from the PacMan video game where the little yellow character eats up all the dots.  Now, in the traditional game, he needs to avoid the ‘ghosts’ – or in this case the coronavirus – but the COVID-19 version of the game, victory will come from taking back power from the virus, so it’s chomping them all up.  If only the war against the virus was this easy!

Pacman COVID-19 | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card comes from the Love You To Pieces stamp set – available until 2nd June 2020 (or sold out). The fight against the virus really does feel like we just have to keep going at this thing one piece at a time until it’s under control.

The coronavirus is made using the flower centre pieces from the Poppy Moments Dies.  These are carrying over and will be in the next catalogue – yay!  I wish I knew who was the first clever person to see these as a virus so I can give them credit, but I’ve seen it so many times now, I’m not sure where it started.

Pacman COVID-19 | kelly kent

This card will be on its way to the US to send some love around the world.  I stamped this very apt sentiment from the Positive Thoughts stamp set into the middle.

Pacman COVID-19 | kelly kent

Since this theme covers both war and peace, I’m sharing a second card.

Grateful Seahorse | kelly kent

I mentioned in a previous blog host how wonderful it is to see the world heal a little as we stay home a little more and slow down.  Turtles are laying record numbers of eggs, the air is cleaner and environment noise is down.

The idea for this card came from the thought that the animals of the world are saying thank you for this amazing side effect of the virus.

The seahorse and sentiment are from the Seaside Notions stamp set (another set you’ll see return in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue!).

Grateful Seahorse | kelly kent

If you’ve seen the Last Chance Retirement List you may have been a little concerned that Stampin’ Blends appear on there.  Thankfully they are not retiring but being reconfigured.  But, they will no longer be available in singles, so if there’s any one colour you use more than others, now is the time to add a spare to your collection.

Grateful Seahorse | kelly kent

This card uses the same layout I used for two of the cards in my Social Stamping April 2020 Kit.  I love being able to use a layout for different themes!

If you need some isolation kits (and live in Australia), I have some ready to post next week.

Social Stamping Kit – April 2020

All materials* to create 5 cards. Includes post or delivery Australia wide. * does not include adhesive, stamps, ink or stamped images.


Grateful Seahorse | kelly kent

All the DSP in each catalogue retires, but don’t fear, we have some gorgeous new patterns on the way.  If there’s any DSP you’re going to miss from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue or 2020 Jan-June Mini Catalogue (especially the ones that match the dies or stamp sets that aren’t retiring), make sure to stock up before it sells out or retires.  I’ve used the reverse sides of Follow Your Art (discounted to $8 from $20) and See a Silhouette.

Thank you to all my Stampin’ friends who joined me for this hop. You can see the full list of participants on the main blog host post – click here to visit.

Next up is Narelle Simm, a friend of mine in my every day world as well as the crafting one.  Narelle was actually the one who introduced me to Stampin’ Up!  I think I owe her a drink 🙂

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Hope, love & prayers for more peace & less war,

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