Socially distant greetings, social stampers! This is our last weekly Social Stamping blogging get together – never fear, though. The fabulous Kelly Kent, who initiated this fun, is keeping it going with monthly posts instead. It’s been so awesome to join in these weekly blog hops with such a talented group of crafters. Every week is a parade of inspirational creativity and I love seeing how the themes are interpreted differently. This week’s theme is “change” – you can read about the theme and see a list of everyone participating this week in Kelly’s post here.
I can’t really think of a more appropriate theme than change right now. There has been so much change – to our lives, to the world – this year, and in the last three months in particular. Can you believe we are only HALFWAY through 2020?? Usually, we all express surprise about how quickly the year has flashed by at this point, but I think it’s safe to say that everyone’s overwhelming sense this year is that the last 6 months have felt more like 6 years. It. It. Wild.
One big change we had to make this year was cancelling our family vacation to Hawaii. I should be on a beach right now, sipping a cocktail, and watching the kids bury themselves in the sand, while someone else cooks dinner. Sigh. Of course, it has been soaking wet and freezing cold here all week, just to rub it in.
This is how the theme of change brought me to my card this week.
Since I can’t have a real tropical beach sunset right now, I made my own!
For the sunset background, I inked a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock with Mango Melody, Crushed Curry, and Daffodil Delight. I cut this with a Stitched Rectangle Die and mounted it to a slightly larger mat of Cinnamon Cider and a base card of Basic Black. I also inked a piece of Cinnamon Cider card with some Soft Suede ink so that I could splatter some water on it to give it more texture and colour variation. I cut this with a Stitched Circle so that it looks a bit like a tropical island sticking out of the waves.
For the palms I stamped the trees from Timeless Tropical and clear heat embossed them on Basic Black card, then cut them out using the coordinating die from In The Tropics. I just love clear embossing on dark card like this. Just look at that sparkle when the embossed image catches the light.
The “waves” are cut from Misty Moonlight cardstock. It’s hard to get a good sea blue colour but I think MM can work well. I loved the way the colour worked with the oranges and browns on this card. Misty Moonlight and Just Jade are vying hard to be my favourite new colour.
For the inside of the card, I added a couple more of the palm trees from Timeless Tropical. I love this set so much and am very glad it carried over. Especially since I still plan on using it for lots of projects to do with my Hawaii trip – which is absolutely going to happen, as soon as we can travel again, whenever that may be.
In the meantime, I’m going to pop this on my desk for the next few weeks to have a little tropical sunset scene in front of me at all times. I’m going to be taking this month to rest & relax at home with the family, which means I’ll also be taking a break from blogging for most of the month. Hopefully, this change will be as good as a holiday and I can spring back into it with my mojo recharged and fully flowing.
Next up is the lovely Sharni, hop on over with me to check out her change themed project.
Thanks for stopping by,
take care of yourselves, and each other.