Hello! Thanks for joining us for another Social Stamping Blog Host. These hops started almost exactly one year ago – tomorrow is the one year anniversary of Social Stamping Blog Hosts! That means it’s now over a year since our vocabulary changed and we started using phrases like social distancing, our shopping habits changed and toilet paper became the hottest commodity (I’m still none the wiser why people are stocking up on TP for a respiratory disease!) and lockdown became the new way to stay in.
Through a combination of factors including geographical isolation, border controls, and reasonable compliance with government issued instructions, Australia continues to be in an incredibly fortunate position amongst the ongoing chaos of COVID-19. Particularly here on the west coast where we are able to work, play and go about our day-to-day business with very few limitations. I am acutely aware that the rest of the world is not experiencing the same level of freedom and avoidance of all things virus. My thoughts are with you and I hope we start to see some control over the global spread.
The themes for the first part of 2021 are all about colour and I am joined by my wonderful stamping friends to share projects with you featuring the In Colors. There’s always two sets of In Colors in the Annual Catalogue, each staying with us for 2 years before making their exit. We are just about to say goodbye (in early May) to the 2019-2021 In Colors –
The 2020-2022 In Colors will stay for another full catalogue cycle –
I can’t wait for you to see all the fabulous creations from the stampers who are joining in today. The full list is at the end of this post, or you can click the next button on each post to take you around. Thanks to my friends for once again sharing their talents with us – keeping us all connected, no matter the distance or circumstances.
And no matter where you are reading this from in the world, I hope you’re doing ok!
It’s the last Saturday of the month which means I have the pleasure of hopping with my demonstrator friends for Social Stamping. The theme this week is “In Colors”. If you’re a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, you were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the new In Color range that will be released in early May. Let me share that they are absolutely gorgeous. If you can’t wait until May for all the new catalogue spoilers, it might be time for you to join Stampin’ Up!
To make room for the new In Colors, it means its time to say goodbye to the 2019-2021 In Colors.
These are some of my all-time favourite colours. I’d been asking for a pretty dusky pink for forever! It’s been a pleasure to craft with these colours for the past 2 years. I am going to miss them!!!
The cards for this blog post were so much fun to make. Rococo Rose, Pretty Peacock and Seaside Spray make a beautiful combination together.
The stamp set is another victim of the retirement list – Monogram Messages. All items on the Last Chance Retirement List are available until they sell out or 3rd May 2021 – whichever comes first!
The first card in this duo features all the large letter stamps available in this set in the retiring In Colors – Pretty Peacock, Rococo Rose and Seaside Spray.
I’ve stamped the matching words (there’s several options for each letter – I’ve gone for the birthday themed ones) in the same In Colors and matched them with flowers stamped in the other range of current In Colors – Just Jade, Magenta Madness and Misty Moonlight.
The butterflies in the set coordinate with the Butterfly Duet punch – also retiring! They are stamped in pretty colours from the Subtles range – Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride. Did you know that for the most part, the In Colors alternate between Brights and Subtles in overall tone. The outgoing In Colors are more subtle, so expect them to be replaced in the upcoming catalogue with more pastel tones.
The Pretty Peacock mat layer on this card has been embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder. This is possibly the saddest retirement list item for me. I just love this EF and use it all the time. I still will! You just won’t be able to buy it if you don’t get it now. And as a bonus, it’s also on special until supplies sell out.
The second card is my favourite – I just love the layout and the way all the elements come together.
The top mat of this card is Watercolour Paper so that I could get a pretty watercolour wash in Seaside Spray behind the cluster of stamps.
This stamp set doesn’t have coordinating dies, so there’s a little patience required to fussy cut the letters and accessory stamps, though you can punch out the butterflies.
There’s two other colours in the retiring In Colors that I haven’t featured – Terracotta Tile and Purple Posy. :Leave me a comment if they are your favourites and you’re going to miss them. I can’t say they’ve been regulars on my craft table!!!
Hello! Welcome to the first Social Stamping Blog Host of 2021. I started these blog hops in 2020 when COVID was first starting to impact our lives. In Australia, we all went into lockdown of some form and have had varying experiences with the impact of the virus since then. I’m very aware that compared to some our international friends, our freedoms and lifestyle have been very protected.
Anyone who thought 2021 would be like the usual new year transition – the turning of the page to a new fresh year – may be somewhat disappointed. We continue to experience the effects of the virus in almost everything we do. Though the vaccines have started to roll out here, I feel there will be quite some time until we see freedom of travel (especially international) and the ability to make plans again without wondering if they’ll be affected by a change in rules or snap lockdown. My heart goes out to those who are missing loved ones, have caught this awful virus or had to rearrange plans for special days such as weddings.
This year for the Social Stamping Blog Hosts we’re sharing projects made with the collection collections – starting with the happiest colours in the Stampin’ Up! range – Brights! I’m joining, as always, by my gorgeous Stampin’ Up! friends and I know you’ll love what they make. There’s a full list below in case of any broken links, but the next button on each blog should take you around.
Thanks for hopping with us. I hope you have a wonderful weekend x
Happy New Year’s Eve! It’s my final post of 2020 and I’m so pleased to be joined by some amazing friends for the last Social Stamping Blog Host post of 2020.
I started these posts in March 2020 as the pandemic was starting to take hold and the world was taking a turn into unchartered territory for many of our generation. A pandemic in the 2000s with frequent travel and instant information certainly made for an interesting speed – both in terms of spread and news. Social Stamping in the blogging sphere was a great way for us to stay connected and purposeful while everything else seemed to be unpredictable and a bit gloomy.
The theme for today’s hop is “Oh 2020!”. It was open to my stamping friends who were joining in to interpret that as it fit for their recollection of 2020. My recollection is not of doom & gloom. Whilst there were moments of despair (Mr Papercraft being told not to return to work for an indefinite period of time was definitely one of those!), my memories of 2020 are largely positive. I enjoyed time at home with my kids (our daily walk was a highlight), a chance to reflect on what was important and the opportunity to slow down for a while.
We have been incredibly sheltered from the harsh reality here in Western Australia (though I do recognise that this depends on circumstances and those in the arts and hospitality and people separated from loved ones may have a very different view). Very strict border closures have meant very little spread of the virus and although we had a brief lockdown and home schooling experience, it has been mostly life as (new) normal for us. Social distancing is a loosely followed concept and we have returned to hugging, shaking hands and barely keeping our distance. This was a post from my personal Facebook on Christmas Eve reflecting on how blessed we are. How magical is that beach sunset?
So, with that as my experience, my card to reflect today’s theme – Oh 2020! – is one of thanks. I am thankful to live in WA, thankful to have kept relative normality to our lives (for now), to have been able to see loved ones, to spend special occasions with family & friends and to have continued to work within a safe and low risk environment.
My card is a mix of old favourites and new products which we get to know and love in 2021. While it’s good to reflect on the past, I’m looking forward to the future and optimistic about what it could bring!
The new products are from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration Catalogue. “Thanks” stamp is from the You Are Amazing stamp set and the Flower & Field DSP is a free choice from the SAB catalogue with a $90 order from 5th Jan 2021.
Familiar favourites are the Triple Banner Punch and flowers from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set (2020-2021 Annual Catalogue).
While I am spreading out the thanks, thank you to everyone who visited my blog in 2020. To everyone who left a comment, tried a project I shared or followed me here on one of my socials (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest). It’s always fun to reflect on the year, so here’s my 2020 in review…
It’s been a good year! But without an audience to blog to, blogging is not nearly as fun, so thank you so sharing this with me!
One last thank you for 2020 goes to my family – my family at Papercraft HQ (Mr Papercraft, the mini Papercrafts and Nanna & Grandad Papercraft). Your patience with 5 more “stamping minutes”, tolerance of dinners on the table later than I had in mind after I got waylaid with something stamping, allowance of sleep ins after night owl bedtimes and compliance with the sanctity of my craft room gives me the room to be happy and creative. The other half of this thank you is to my Paper Adventures team – my stamping family. Your friendship and sense of belonging to the stamping community kept it in my priorities for another year!
Hello! Thank you for joining me and my stamping friends for another Social Stamping Blog Host. We’ve been hopping on the last Saturday of each month to a shared theme. Today’s theme is “Get Better Soon”.
The Social Stamping Blog Host started when COVID was first making its impact on life in Australia. Very unbelievably, it is still having a significant impact on life on the east coast of Australia – particularly our friends in Melbourne & Victoria. They have only just had restrictions eased after a second wave of the virus. We are in a bubble here on the west coast with restrictions in place that make travel into and out of the state almost impossible. Only time will tell what we can expect here in WA as the COVID journey continues.
This theme could take on so many meanings – from the literal of hoping someone feels better soon from an illness to supporting someone in a hard time where you hope their situation will get better. There’s also this meme that pops up on social media every now and again that always makes me smile at the clever use of language (it must be the Speech Pathologist humour in me!).
Whatever the sentiment behind the get better wishes, I always love seeing what my creative friends share during these hops. There’s a full participant list below – in case of any broken links. Please enjoy the creativity shared and we hope to inspired you to make something crafty this weekend.
I love stamp sets with a cute baby theme. There’s a large portion of my retired stash that are baby sets I can’t part with. For today’s card I wanted to use a set that doesn’t jump out as a “baby set” but has included the pieces needed to create a cute ‘just hatched’ card.
This fold uses a normal card base with the top corner cut off and the front folded back on itself. When closed it looks like this…
The baby is from the Monogram Messages stamp set. I am in love with those scripted letters!
The dinosaur, egg and sentiment are from the Dino Days stamp set and Dino Dies. So cute!
I added some embossing with the Woodlands Embossing Folder on the background panel and the Hammered Metal on the egg.
The DSP for the card is from two different packs. The yellow is from the Whale of a Time DSP and the jade is from the Flowers for Every Season DSP. My go-to colours for a neutral baby card are yellow and green, so these colours and patterns worked well. When I look at the yellow pattern, I see dinosaur scales!
Thanks for joining us today. Next up on the hop is Andrea Sargent – you’re going to love what she’s sharing! Keep hopping until you get back to where you started. There’s lots of great projects to see!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. School holidays have just started here and we’re enjoying some family time!
Hello! Thank you for joining us for another Social Stamping Blog Host – the monthly blog hop where my friends join me to share projects made with a specific theme. Today’s theme is “celebrate”. You can see the main blog host post by clicking here and a full list of participants. The hop aims to link by next button but if there’s any broken links or pages not going where they should, the main post is where you’ll find all the info.
I love celebrating birthdays. Giving gifts – cards and presents – is definitely one of my love languages. So being able to make personalised cards (and presents) is my favourite way to spend my crafting time.
I made this birthday card for my sister-in-law. It uses the From All of Us stamp set – which I really love for so many reasons but the main one is that there’s 5 animals and 5 of us at Papercraft HQ – so it turns into a bit of a family portrait!
We’re still debating who the monkey of the family is 😛 but I decided to colour the ostrich pink and make her into a flamingo! Perhaps a bit of a stretch, but poetic license is the beauty of making cards! I’m definitely not a master of colouring but Stampin’ Blends make it fun to have a go!
The font in the From All of Us stamp set is awesome and it has a happy birthday stamp, so I’m happy!!!
The DSP for this card is from the World of Good Speciality for the circle and Forever Greenery for the strip. It might seem strange to mix DSP themes but I love the contrast!!! You’ll find in most packs that the reverse side is more subtle than the main themed side.
To continue the hop and see the way Shannon Kissane is celebrating this theme, click on the next button below.
Hi there! Thank you for joining us for monthly Social Stamping Blog Host. The theme for today is celebrate. I love this theme and the variety of ways to express it. In a current world where chaos seems to be the order of 2020, it can be helpful to focus on the constants and the things we can control.
Celebrating the good in the world is a task worth doing – whether it’s the celebration of life (birth or birthdays), the celebration of achievements (things that are happening or things that have been completed) or simply celebrating how wonderful someone is.
Thank you to all my stamping friends who are joining in today’s hop. You can see a full list of participants below. We’d love for you to be inspired by the projects on the hop, but please give credit if you share your design online.
What ways can you celebrate this weekend? Can you share in someone else’s celebrations and spread joy far & wide? Lets flood the world with as much positivity as possible!!!
Hello! This is the last of our Social Stamping Blog Hosts where the theme references COVID-19 and the global pandemic. I started these blog hops in March 2020 as a way to stay connected as the world around us changed. It seems fitting that the final theme of this series is ‘change’.
You can see the previous themes & projects by clicking on any of the links below.
I want to express the biggest thanks to my amazing stamping friends who joined in across the weeks and shared their talents with us. These hops have a wealth of different techniques, folds, products and styles that we can refer back to for inspiration in the times ahead.
We couldn’t say goodbye completely to Social Stamping Blog Hosts, so we are changing direction and continuing to hop on the last Saturday of each month. The new themes for our monthly hop will be linked to socially used greetings & sentiments.
None of us can know what the future holds. Take the time to do things that make you happy (like crafting), show gratitude to the people who matter and seek out the positive whenever possible.
As I write this, we embark on the beginning of school holidays here in Western Australia. It’s been a rollercoaster of a term – moving through the phases of social distancing, adapting to a new way of interacting everywhere we go and becoming comfortable within a transitioning world where COVID is both a threat and no threat at all. There has been a lot of change over the past 15 weeks – which is how long we’ve been participating in these Social Stamping Blog Hosts, and seemed like a good theme to finish the COVID series of Social Stamping Blog Hosts. You can see all the themes, the full participant list and the final goodbye to the COVID series by clicking here.
Like all humans, I like a little certainty in life, but I am actually not adverse to change. In many areas of my life I like and welcome change that serves a purpose. Change can be a really positive thing. Without change, we cannot move forward, we cannot progress.
Change brings us new catalogues and new products – which we all find exciting! Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators got access this week to the upcoming August-December 2020 Mini Catalogue. That’s the kind of change we can get on board with! I’ve placed a sneaky order and will share some of my new catalogue favourites soon. Until then, I’m having fun sharing some Annual Catalogue newbies, like the Moving Along stamp set.
When thinking about a project that highlighted change, I couldn’t go past a Magic Slider card.
When you pull the tab on the right, the panel moves and reveals more images and the helicopter magically changes colour!
This style of card is great for kids cards and this stamp set is perfect for little engine lovers!
Thank you for hopping with us today. Click on the next button to keep ‘moving along’ and enjoy the change of scenery at Nicole Wilson’s blog!
Although this is the last in the COVID series for Social Stamping, we’ll be continuing on the last Saturday of each month with more Social Stamping blog hops, each featuring a popular sentiment or greeting theme.
Have a great weekend, and if you have small people at home – a wonderful school holidays!