I’m back joining in on another instalment of Kelly Kent’s fabulous Social Stamping initiative (you can read her post explaining her idea here). She’s bringing together a bunch of talented crafters every week to share projects with the same theme – this week that theme is “thank you”.
I’ve been trying to focus on the things I am thankful for these last few weeks – and if you look for it, there is so much to be thankful for. There are also lots of amazing people who deserve a special thank you right now. My favourite cards and presents are thank-yous because they are often unexpected and really appreciated. It’s so nice to surprise someone that way.
My kids go to a fabulous little swim school run by a lovely teacher at her own home. She’s the most patient and kind teacher, who also keeps the kids firmly in line, and they learn so much from her. I really do marvel at how she manages the classes with my son’s age in particular, as they are in the pool without parents for the first time but can’t actually swim by themselves yet. I get nervous having one that age to supervise, but Cathy manages four or five of them with aplomb. I love watching them motor up and down the pool together with their noodles.
Like so many small businesses, this has been a hard time for the swim school. There was so much uncertainty for weeks about whether they would have to close or could remain open, and the situation seemed to change every day. It was very stressful for the teacher. Eventually, it became clear it was time to stop lessons, which we were all pretty sad about. My kids are missing their lessons and I’m missing that weekly dunking in chlorine which felt so cleansing at the moment, lol. This also meant handing over Cathy’s end of term thank you present a little early.
Because the swim school is called Sea Turtles, I really wanted to use this turtle stamp from Back On Your Feet. I thought he looked like a little swimmer trying to stay afloat.
I love this style of card where a window is die-cut out of the front flap (and the front DSP layer on this card as well – the DSP is this fun water pattern from my stash which is not Stampin’ UP! but was too perfect not to use) and the feature image is stamped on the inside of the card. I’ve made this style quite a few times before, it’s a great way of showing off a large stamped image.
For the window I put some embossing powder and a few sequins into a laminating pouch and laminated it. You end up with a plastic sheet that’s about the same weight as an acetate sheet, and you use it the same way, but it has a little more interest to it with the sparkles in there.
The card matches the drink bottle I customised for Cathy with this sea turtle I cut from vinyl on my Cameo machine. I just love being able to make custom gifts for people and even better when you can team it with a matching card!
If you’d like to keep hopping along to see what everyone else is sharing this week for the “thank you” theme (and I strongly encourage you to do so!) then click on over to the gorgeous Sheila to see what she has been making this week.
For a full list of all the participants or to start at the beginning with Kelly, click here.
Thanks for stopping by,
Keep calm, craft on, and wash your hands.