Social Stamping Blog Host | change

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.

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
Week 11: New (Normal)
Week 12: Travel
Week 13: Thinking of You
Week 14: Out of the Box

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.

Participant List | “change”

14. Chantell Randall

Social Stamping | change

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.

Moving Along | kelly kent

When you pull the tab on the right, the panel moves and reveals more images and the helicopter magically changes colour!

Moving Along | kelly kent

This style of card is great for kids cards and this stamp set is perfect for little engine lovers!

Moving Along | kelly kent

A Stamparatus is a must to be able to make this card.  You’ll also need Window Sheets and StazOn ink.  I found this video super helpful to breakdown the instructions.  I’ve made this type of card before, but there’s a few steps, so it helps to have a refresher on the technique.

Moving Along | kelly kent

Here’s a video showing the card in action…

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!

Social Stamping Blog Host | out of the box

Hello & welcome to week 14 of Social Stamping.  I can’t believe it’s the end of June and we’re 14 weeks down the track from where this all started.

You can see the previous weeks of Social Stamping by clicking on the themes below.  The week 1 post has the info on the Social Stamping evolution.

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
Week 11: New (Normal)
Week 12: Travel
Week 13: Thinking of You

The theme for this week is ‘out of the box’.  There’s nothing like a challenge (or pandemic) where everything it turned on its head on a rather quick time scale, to force us all into a period of rapid change.  With that change, comes the need to be flexible, creative and resourceful in our thinking & behaviour.  We find ourselves looking for alternative ways to achieve our goals – we come up with ways to think “out of the box”.

Urban dictionary gives several definitions of ‘out of the box’ including creative thinking, or something that is created using ready made pieces from the box, or something unusual or exceptional.  Humans aren’t so good at change, but when forced, we often come together as a marvellous unit and make the magic happen.

I know we’re going to see examples of all of these on today’s hop with my stamping friends – they are a group of immensely creative designers who create amazing things using products from their Big Brown Box (BBB as we affectionately call the Stampin’ Up! packing boxes).  There’s a full list of participants at the end and the blogs will link to each other to form a blog hop.

Thanks for joining us!

Participant List | “out of the box”

Social Stamping | out of the box

Hello!  Thank you for joining me & my stamping friends as we hop on week 14 of Social Stamping.  Each week has a theme that somehow applies to the COVID-19 situation and this week it’s about the ‘out of the box’ thinking brought about by the pandemic.

I know I’ve had to be flexible in how I’ve dealt with home, work and stamping since the pandemic hit in March.  There’s been a great deal of ‘out of the box’ thinking that has resulted in trying new things and making new connections.  As we ease back into our new normal (either post COVID or between COVID depending on how things go), some of the out of the box thinking will carry on with us – making their mark on how we do things forever more!

My project for today was very literally inspired by the term ‘out of the box’.  I’ve made a floating frame card where all the fun happens on the outside of the box.

Nailed It Floating Frame Card | kelly kentYou’ll note the appearance of a long retired but in no way forgotten bundle called Nailed It.  Who still owns this?  I love those tools and this seemed like the perfect time to release them from the tool-BOX (pun intended!).

Nailed It Floating Frame Card | kelly kent

This technique has been around for a while, possibly originally shared by Jennifer McGuire.  See her post here with a video tutorial on how to use Press & Seal to achieve this look.

Nailed It Floating Frame Card | kelly kent

Although the tools are retired, the rest of the card features current products available in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue.  I’ve coloured the tools using Stampin’ Blends – Dark Real Red, Light Cherry Cobbler and Light Smoky Slate.

The frames have been cut using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  The DSP is In Good Taste, the embossing folder for the Gray Granite card base is Subtle 3D and the Happy B-Day sentiment is from Happiest of Birthdays stamp set.


Thanks for coming along with us today to share in the ‘out of the box’ theme.  Next up is the wonderful Michelle Strazds who has made a fabulous project for her daughter’s birthday.

To see a full list of participants in today’s hop, click here to visit the main blog host participant list.  Thank you to all my stamping friends who joined!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Social Stamping Blog Host | thinking of you

Hello & welcome to week 13 of Social Stamping.  We are a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators bring you a host of projects all created with the same theme in mind.  You can see the previous weeks of Social Stamping by clicking on the themes below.  Make sure to visit week 1 if you want to read about how this all started.

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
Week 11: New (Normal)
Week 12: Travel

The theme today is “thinking of you”.  Like with many acute incidents, we start off with good intentions to stay in touch, check in on friends and be connected. But, as time goes by and the panic dissipates, we return to “normal life” – or the new normal – with more busy and more distractions.  Perhaps there’s someone you know who is still in isolation, someone who has less visitors than usual or someone who could do with some happy mail.

I know you’ll find lots of great inspiration on this hop.   There’s a full list of participants below.

Thinking of you cards are a lovely way to touch base and brighten someone’s day.  But don’t forget to send or deliver it!  The best kind of card is one that makes its way to someone else!

Participant List | “thinking of you”

 

Social Stamping Blog Host | animals

Hey there!  Welcome to Social Stamping #9!

See the other weeks of Social Stamping Blog Host by click 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
Week 7: Family
Week 8: Sunshine

The theme for today is animals.  Animals are so much a part of our lives, and I know during all changes of COVID-19, there are a few dogs who have enjoyed the extra company of having us home and a few cats who are wondering why we are invading their space!

I know you’re going to love the designs created by my talented friends on this hop.  We hope we can inspire some creativity in your craft room this weekend!

Participant List – animals

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Nicole Wilson
  3. Chantell Randall
  4. Narelle Simm
  5. Nikki Spencer
  6. Angela Meiritz-Reid
  7. Lisa Whitehead
  8. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  9. Peta Stephen
  10. Jan McQueen
  11. Julia Quinn
  12. Sharni Haines
  13. Lou Kitzelman
  14. Shannon Kissane
  15. Michelle Strazds
  16. Andrea Sargent
  17. Sandra Collett
  18. Vicki Boucher

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 | Family

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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.

Pop Up Note Card Set | kelly kent

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.

Pop Up Note Card Set | kelly kent

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.

Pop Up Note Card Set | kelly kent

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.

Pop Up Note Card Set | kelly kent

With the pop out centre panel, I was able to attach a pen to complete the set.

Pop Up Note Card Set | kelly kent

And then it all folds in and ties with a Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon for easy storage until needed.

Pop Up Note Card Set | kelly kent

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!

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 | birthdays in isolation

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I like birthdays – a lot!  I love celebrating other people, and I love celebrating mine.  Each new year is a gift – making it to the point where you can watch another number tick over the calendar is an achievement.  It’s my birthday month – who knew it would be celebrated in the midst of social distancing!!!

For the past 3 years, I’ve had a birthday blog hop with my stamping friends.  This year, thanks to the pandemic, I’ve been blessed with their creativity for over a month now.  What a wonderful present!!!  We’re all hopping again today for a combined birthday & Social Stamping hop.

The theme is “Birthdays in Isolation”.  With 1.5m of social distancing this May in Western Australia, paper hugs are going to be the best form of birthday celebrations!  There’ll also be Quaratini’s and a digital PAR-TAY!!!

In perfect timing for this hop, Stampin’ Up! released a Share Sunshine PDF to raise funds for charities supporting COVID-19 efforts.  It’s a 15 page digital stamp set (no hard copy, you print the pages yourself at home).  Click here to see more info and purchase the download.  I’m sure you’ll see lots of the digi stamps used in this hop – they are just perfect for what we’re going through right now!!!

I’m sharing two cards with you today…

Share Sunshine | kelly kent

Let’s start with the card on the left.  This pandemic will largely be remembered as the time when panic buying set in and of all things, toilet paper became rare!  I don’t think generations to come are going to believe the intensity of the toilet paper crisis!

Share Sunshine | kelly kentFor this card, I’ve printed the toilet paper roll from the Share Sunshine digital stamp set and fussy cut it out.  I’ve then added in the candle die from the Doily Wishes Dies (on the retirement list).  This seems like the perfect birthday in isolation birthday cake!

Share Sunshine | kelly kent

I’m not sure what this style of card is called, but I love it for something different.  I used this layout in my April card kits.  It looks fancy, but it’s so simple to make.

Share Sunshine | kelly kent

Cut your card base as normal (long ways, with a top fold), score at half way and then cut 4-1/8″ from the card front.  Cut this again at 1-3/4″ and keep this piece.  You can use the middle piece (rotated at 90 degrees) to hold the front of the card together, but I’ve cut another piece here in Pool Party to create a contrast.

The sentiment for this card is “quarantine” printed from the Share Sunshine PDF and ‘happy birthday’ from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set stamped in Versamark and white embossed. The patterned paper on the top and bottom panels is from the Woven Threads DSP (on the retirement list).


The second card I’m sharing looks all very plain on the front, with a couple of banners from the Bonanza Dies (very, very sadly on the retirement list),  the ‘let’s (digitally) party’ stamp from the Share Sunshine PDF and some retiring Blueberry Bushel ribbon.

Share Sunshine | kelly kent

But, when you take a peak inside…

Share Sunshine | kelly kent

And then open it up…

Share Sunshine | kelly kent

It’s a party!!!

I’ve made the inside of the card look like a laptop and created a virtual party.  Online interaction has become the lifeline of many during social distancing.  To be able to stay in touch, many people around the world have found themselves learning the ropes of virtual meeting platforms such as Zoom, Houseparty, Google Hangouts, Skype, Facetime, Messenger Video Chat  – there’s so many ways to connect!  I’ve been using Zoom at work for the past month, which has been lots of fun!  We’ve used it at home to see family and the Little Miss Papercraft have had virtual play dates to stay in touch with friends.  So glad to have technology on our side during social distancing!

Share Sunshine | kelly kent

The fun little creatures joining the party are from the Birthday Bonanza DSP  (on the retirement list).  They are all partial images from the side of the DSP sheets, that would have otherwise gotten thrown away.  They were perfect for my little screens, because you can rarely see a whole person on the screen (and when kids are involved, it’s generally an eyeball up close, a head on the side or a blank screen while they go find something “amazing” to show you).

Share Sunshine | kelly kent

I downloaded and printed the keyboard (click here for the image) and added a ‘happy birthday’ sentiment from the Here’s a Card stamp setwhich I cut out using the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  Both of those products will be available again in the new catalogue.


Thank you for joining me for Social Stamping.  To see a full list of my stamping friends that joined in today’s hop, click here for the main blog host post.

To keep moving through the hop, click next to visit my gorgeous team mate, Lisa Whitehead.

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If you have a birthday coming up, be sure to make plans and celebrate that day (or week, or month!) for all it’s worth!  Isolation or not, birthdays are meant to be fun!