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…

 
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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.

 
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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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First birthday partying pandas

A sweet girl that I know turned one on Boxing Day last year, and more recently, she celebrated with a party. I went along with my family, and these dapper guys came along too!

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I wanted to try out one of the stamping techniques that seems to be everywhere I look at the moment. It's called the Eclipse Technique, and it involves using the Large Letter Framelits to cut your word of choice out of a stamped background, then re-inserting the cut out letters, but mounted up on Stampin' Dimensionals, so that they pop out of the background.

Honestly, I'm not sure that the angle of the photo above really illustrates the technique very well, but hopefully the combination of the photo and my description helps you understand the technique if you're not already familiar with it!

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