Fun with Family & Friends

Here’s a fun card featuring a whole crowd of family & friends! I loved this stamp set on sight and had heaps of fun playing around with it when it first appeared in the Occasions Catalogue back in January.

I wanted to test out a few different characters and also thought it would be fun to stamp them tone-one-tone onto Crumb Cake, so that’s where I started, and here’s where I finished up… | Family & Friends stamp set

A tip for stamping a background like this one…

Don’t start in the top corner!

I started my line up of characters in the middle of the first row, as I wanted to make sure I didn’t cut off any heads at the top, but I also didn’t want the first character on the left to be whole and perfect and the rest of them lopped off. The finished background looks as though it was a larger piece of patterned paper chopped up into a card size, which is exactly what I’m going for whenever I stamp a background | Family & Friends stamp set

I wanted to keep the focal point fairly simple, so as not to overshadow the people-y background of the card. I thought the ‘thanks from all of us’ greeting worked perfectly with the crowd and the small pops of colour were all that were needed.

I LOVE this stamp set, but since it’s not carrying over into the new Annual Catalogue, if you also love it and don’t already own it, you’ll need to do something about that before the 3rd of June…

Thanks for coming to hang out with me and all my friends and family today!

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So sweet! Family & Friends stamp set

The Family & Friends stamp set was on my must have list as soon as I saw it in the 2019 Occasions Catalogue. It reminds me of a similar set that was available over ten years ago when I first started as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

Does anybody else remember All in the Family?

I’ve just been revisiting blog posts from 11 years ago (11 years!) where I used that set a LOT and it’s safe to say that my stamping (and my photography and my own little family!) has come a long way… What a nice way to reminisce and chart progress :-)

As for Family & Friends, it’s a whole lot of cute people parts that allows you to create characters from the assortment of hairstyles and body shapes. Think Bitmoji for stamps, but with mildly fewer personalisation options… | Family & Friends

I made this card for my handsome man, not for Valentine’s Day (I mentioned recently that Valentine’s Day is not really my thing…) but just because I wanted him to know how much I appreciate him.

He’s been the chief cook and bottle washer (and driver and general everything) around here for the past several weeks since I had shoulder surgery. It’s been a tough few weeks for me being stuck in a sling and only having the option of one arm, but it’s been almost as hard for those around me who’ve had to take on all the things that I am physically unable to. He’s pretty great at the best of times, but these past weeks have been next level and I couldn’t be more appreciative. | Family & Friends

The background is simply sponged with Daffodil Delight Ink and a Sponge Dauber, while the little Tim and Sarah people are coloured with Stampin’ Blends and fussy cut with Paper Snips.

I am super thankful that it’s not my stamping arm in a sling, or I would be even more stir-crazy than I am currently, and that colouring and fussy cutting (or card making at all!) would not be an option. It’s slow going with lots of breaks, but at least I can stamp!

Who are you currently most grateful for? I’d love it if you sent them a card to let them know, then let me know that you did.

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