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.
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.
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.
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.
With the pop out centre panel, I was able to attach a pen to complete the set.
And then it all folds in and ties with a Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon for easy storage until needed.
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!