Saturday, 16 May 2020

Social Stamping - Sunshine!

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It's time for another hop over at Social Stamping, a fabulous idea of the lovely Kelly Kent to enable us to be able to create together whilst we still have to stamp alone. 

This week the theme is "Sunshine." Sunshine is something that seems to make everything better  doesn't it! Whether it be the heat of Summer or, as it is here in Australia at the moment, a comfortable warmth in late Autumn. With everyone staying at home we have more time to appreciate the sunshine and all that goes with a beautiful day outside.  I have a dog - sometimes two to walk -  and we are seeing so many more people at our local park that has a great walking track. It's great to see people out and about whilst distancing and enjoying the current slower pace of life.

You may have arrived here from my lovely friend Chantell Randall's blog and her fabulous projects or you can start the blog hop here by clicking on the Next button on the bottom of each post.

So I decided to create a fun "Sun" for the Sunshine theme and create a male 50th birthday card. Recently, I saw these fabulous Retro inspired cards by Laura Bassen and several Cases of this over facebook and blogland and decided it was time I had a go myself! I am a fan of a rainbows and sunshine-y  bright colours but it took a bit of fiddling to to get a balance even I was happy with here.

The swirl design is a lot easier to create than you might think. It is simply a matter of layering the different circles on top of each other, cutting them in half and then swapping out the colours from another circle created the same way. Below are the left over circles from this card ready to be used for the next one. A little space between the circles does allow the best match up of the swirls.

Seeing as this gives a real Retro vibe, I thought it would work well for a 50th - someone old enough to know about Austin Powers, yeah baby!πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚The sentiment comes from the latest generations' texting abbreviations... so a few years covered this week! Each letter and number has at least 3 layers to give them height impact and strength.

Next you're off to see the gorgeous projects that Shannon Kissane has made to inspire you. Enjoy your hopping around the different blogs this week and I hope that you are able to take some time out to enjoy the Sunshine this week. If you get lost along the way, just click the Banner at the top of the page to go to the full list of participants.

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Card Stock: Whisper White, Blueberry Bushel, Balmy Blue, Real Red, Poppy Parade, So Safron, Pretty Peacock, Coastal Cabana, Cajun Craze, Terracotta Tile, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Gold Foil, Black Glimmer
Inks: Versamark
Stamps: Lined Alphabet (retiring)
Accessories: Die Cutting machine - Layering Alphabet Dies, Large Number Dies.
Non SU: SSS Stitched Circles Dies.

Til next time,


  1. I love the bright colours. It looks great how it looks like swirls.

  2. Your card is so fun Jan! Very creative :)

  3. What a great idea-love this design and look forward to trying it out, bright and retro-perfect!

  4. Oh WOW. Thankyou so much for showing how this is put together - what an absolutely brilliant idea!1 And so much fun for a sunshine theme! Awesome.

  5. Very creative card Jan, I love the swirls and thank you for sharing on how to create them.

  6. Wow! That is awesome! And yes, I think you have captured the Retro look! Good colours for a masculine card.

  7. This is just fabulous Jan. I love how your card turned out. I really must try this technique. x

  8. This is AMAZING!!! WHat a cool idea, I just love this!

  9. Fabulous card!!! So fun, thanks for sharing the how! Like so many things, it's easy when you can see the behind the scenes (banner!). Kelly x

  10. This technique is SO effective! I need to try it!