Social Stamping | sunshine

Hey there!  Thanks for joining me for Social Stamping Blog Host #8!!!  What a cool ride this has been.  You can see the full list of my stamping friends who are joining me for today’s hop by clicking here and visiting the main post.

The theme for today is sunshine.   Summer is my favourite season.  I love hot weather and I love the warmth and light that the sun brings to a day.  The sun for me is a symbol of hope and positivity.  I initially chose this theme to coordinate with the Share Sunshine digital stamp set brought out by Stampin’ Up as a special release to raise funds for COVID-19 relief.  Many of the sentiments in the download are uplifting and quirky and make for great rays of sunshine to brighten someone’s day (hence the title of the set!!).

This is my card using the Share Sunshine PDF images with a blended rainbow on Shimmery White cardstock.

Love & Paper Hugs | kelly kent
Front of the card

The colours are all from the Brights family – Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana and Gorgeous Grape, blended with a makeup brush.

The ‘sending love & paper hugs’ is one of my favourites from the digital stamp set – and just perfect to let someone know you are thinking about them.  Since the set is being sold as a download to my computer, I’ll have this set forever, without needing any physical storage and I can just print the pages I need, as I need them.

I’ve added another sentiment from the download to the middle of the card with more of the rainbow card I made.

Love & Paper Hugs | kelly kent
Middle of the card

If you’d like to own the Share Sunshine digital stamp set too, click here to visit the purchase page.  All funds raised from this project will go towards COVID relief.

This theme inspired me to create another card, using the bright yellow of the sun as the main feature – with some white clouds and a ‘hello sunshine’ sentiment.

Hello Sunshine | kelly kent

The stamp set is a retired favourite (I can bear to part with that hello) called Hello.  It was a Sale-A-Bration stamp set many years ago, but I often pull it out because of the awesome fonts and cool sentiments.

Hello Sunshine | kelly kent

Since I’ve decided I do like gingham after all (slow but steady seems to be the craft style here!), I’ve used Pineapple Punch DSP in the gingham pattern from the 2018-2020 In Color DSP.  The cloud die is another retired favourite – Rainbow Builder Dies.

Speaking of rainbows, do you remember my rainbow window from week three?  I updated it again yesterday with balloons for my birthday.  I was convinced it was going to fall down as soon as I put it up, but over a month later, it has survived everything including the most intense storm I’ve seen recently.

Rainbow Window | kelly kent

I most often craft in the afternoons while Little Master Papercraft has his afternoon nap, and then again at night when all the Little Papercrafts are in bed.  So I didn’t realise, but when the sunshine is coming through the window in the morning, it projects a silhouette of the rainbow wall onto the wall behind my computer.   What a beautiful sight!

Rainbow Window | kelly kent

I hope the reflections you see this weekend are beautiful and you take the time to stop and notice.  If there’s one thing that this pandemic has allowed me to enjoy, it’s a a slower pace and enjoying the little details!

Next hop to visit for more sunny inspiration is Nicole Wilson.  Nicole is one of the brightest and joy spreading humans I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet.  She’s vibrant and generous and radiates positivity.  Everyone is better for spending time with Nicole!

If you’d like to see the full list of participants for today’s hope, click here.  See you next week for another Social Stamping Blog Host!

Social Stamping Blog Host | sunshine

Hello!  Thank you for joining us for Social Stamping week #8.  At the start of social distancing, lockdown and isolation, the Social Stamping blog hosts were a way of keep us connecting, giving us a creative outlet and providing a platform to share our ideas.  Over the weeks, it’s become a wonderful journey through this time of uncertainty, watching our communities – both local and global – stand together and fight against this virus that has completely changed life as we know it.

You can see the other blog hops by clicking on the links below.  Each week has a different theme, telling a different part of the COVID story.

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

Today’s theme is ‘sunshine’.  For some parts of the world, the metaphorical rain is clearing, the clouds are lifting and the sun is shining again.  Parts of Australia are completed COVID free.  Other parts have seen a dramatic decrease in numbers and as a country, we are hopefully entering a period where we can hold strong against the spread throughout winter.  I get the sense from the scientists that we are likely to see further waves of the virus as we progress through the return to “normal life” – but what that looks like, no one can be certain.

Until then, we’ll enjoy some socially distanced sunshine and reflect on the parts of “normal” that we missed, hopefully leaving behind the parts of “normal” that we didn’t.

My stamping friends on today’s hop are sharing a range of sunshine inspired projects from the happiness of sunflowers to the uplifting sentiments of the Share Sunshine COVID relief PDF (click here to purchase this limited edition digital stamp set).  Please be inspired by the projects that are shared, but if you make something that is a copy or heavily inspired by one of the projects on the hop, let others know the fabulous designer that inspired you.

Wishing everyone some rays of sunshine this weekend – if not by weather, then by craft!

Participant list | “sunshine”