Saturday, 2 May 2020

Social Stamping - #6 Birthdays in Isolation

Birthdays in Isolation featuring the Parisian Blossoms Suite



Hello. Welcome to Valley Inspirations with Andrea and the 6th Social Stamping Blog Hop. Our theme this week is "Birthdays in Isolation".

I hope you are all coping in these strange times of COVID-19 and living in self isolation. While in Australia, we have been not only flattening the curve but have significantly reduced the spread of the virus as we live in isolation or with our immediate family. This can be difficult and especially as we celebrate special events such as birthdays. Kelly Kent, the instigator and Host of the Social Stamping Blog is having a birthday this week. Kelly, I hope you have a lovely birthday with many special moments.

In designing my card for this Blog Hop, I thought of a special friend whose birthday is coming up. She is a lovely caring lady and I wanted to create something special for her. Three things came to mind - the very pretty and luscious Parisian Blossoms Suite; a fancy fold card design I had recently seen; and the fact that my friend loves jigsaws and has been working on a particularly challenging jigsaw to help her stay sane while in self isolation with her husband. Here is the card I created:


Andrea Sargent, Social Stamping, 3 Layer Spanner card, Parisian Blossoms, Modern Heart, Puzzle Pieces, Stampin Blends, Mini Catalogue, Stampin Up, Strong & Beautiful

This beautiful spray of blossoms comes from the Stampin' Up! Forever Blossoms stamp set and was coloured with Stampin' Blends. Here is a close up of the blossoms. You will notice that after photographing the card I decided to add some Blend coloured Basic Rhinestones to the centre of the flowers to give the blossoms some extra zing. This close-up and the final photograph include the rhinestones. As the outside light had changed it wasn't worth re-photographing every aspect.


Andrea Sargent, Social Stamping, 3 Layer Spanner card, Parisian Blossoms, Modern Heart, Puzzle Pieces, Stampin Blends, Mini Catalogue, Stampin Up, Strong & Beautiful

The fancy fold is called Triple Layer Spanner Card, although technically, I have created 4 layers. The first layer includes the two side panels with the centre design element. To hold this layer in firmly place I have added a strip of Acetate that spans across between the two side panels and gives a transparent base to hold the spray of blossoms and sentiment in place.

Andrea Sargent, Social Stamping, 3 Layer Spanner card, Parisian Blossoms, Modern Heart, Puzzle Pieces, Stampin Blends, Mini Catalogue, Stampin Up, Strong & Beautiful

The second layer is the centre panel that has been decorated with embossed Champagne Foil. The Parisian Flourish 3D Embossing Folder is soooo gorgeous - I am so glad it is continuing into the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue for 2020-2021. This catalogue has so many wonderful products and will be available during May. 

Andrea Sargent, Social Stamping, 3 Layer Spanner card, Parisian Blossoms, Modern Heart, Puzzle Pieces, Stampin Blends, Mini Catalogue, Stampin Up, Strong & Beautiful

The card's third layer is the full width of the card base and has side panels created with Designer Series Paper mounted on Foil and I used this space for a jigsaw that holds a special message. 


Andrea Sargent, Social Stamping, 3 Layer Spanner card, Parisian Blossoms, Modern Heart, Puzzle Pieces, Stampin Blends, Mini Catalogue, Stampin Up, Strong & Beautiful

You get to see the jigsaw panel in its "put together" state first, but my friend will first see this layer of the card with only one piece of the jigsaw in place and a little cellophane bag holding all the other pieces. She will need to put the jigsaw together to find the special message. She loves a challenge and her current jigsaw has well over 1,000 pieces and only has a clue as to what the jigsaw picture will be but does not have a graphic of the finished picture, as such I have no qualms about not providing a picture for her.

Andrea Sargent, Social Stamping, 3 Layer Spanner card, Parisian Blossoms, Modern Heart, Puzzle Pieces, Stampin Blends, Mini Catalogue, Stampin Up, Strong & Beautiful

The final panel is on the back of the card. This is where my personal greeting will be written.

Andrea Sargent, Social Stamping, 3 Layer Spanner card, Parisian Blossoms, Modern Heart, Puzzle Pieces, Stampin Blends, Mini Catalogue, Stampin Up, Strong & Beautiful

I wasn't sure how the jigsaw panel would turn out. I had my doubts as I was working on it. The sentiment and little hearts were heat embossed with Copper Emboss Powder, the large heart stamped in Grey Granite ink and the background was sponged with a mix of Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and some Grey Granite inks.

As the Champagne Foil frame was larger at the top and the bottom it didn't look "quite right" so I added a few die cut leaves in the same foil. They also can help hold the corner jigsaw pieces in place.

Andrea Sargent, Social Stamping, 3 Layer Spanner card, Parisian Blossoms, Modern Heart, Puzzle Pieces, Stampin Blends, Mini Catalogue, Stampin Up, Strong & Beautiful

To ensure the Jigsaw pieces would be hardy enough to cope with being handled I used Thick Whisper White cardstock and backed it with the same DSP that was used to mark the place that the jigsaw would go.


Andrea Sargent, Social Stamping, 3 Layer Spanner card, Parisian Blossoms, Modern Heart, Puzzle Pieces, Stampin Blends, Mini Catalogue, Stampin Up, Strong & Beautiful

I had fun creating this card, not only as I was thinking of my special friend, but also because of the challenge of working out how to create a differently sized fancy fold that I hadn't made previously. The Parisian Blossoms Suite is so gorgeous so I loved creating with it and I also enjoy colouring and trying to ensure the whole card co-ordinates with the theme, colours and is right for the recipient.

Andrea Sargent, Social Stamping, 3 Layer Spanner card, Parisian Blossoms, Modern Heart, Puzzle Pieces, Stampin Blends, Mini Catalogue, Stampin Up, Strong & Beautiful

That's it for me in this week's "Birthdays in Isolation" Social Stamping Blog Hop. Thank you for calling by - I do appreciate you spending time with me. I'm looking forward to seeing all the wonderful "Birthdays in Isolation" projects created by so many talented people in the Blog Hop. The next paper crafter is the lovely Catherine Creer at Creative Cat.  To go to her blog you can either click on her name or the "Next" graphic.


Or you can go to the full list of participants click here and you will find links that will take you to everyones' blogs.

We still need to stay home to ensure we and others stay safe and stay healthy. I do hope you are staying sane. If you are struggling please reach out to someone you can trust. You are important and its important you look after all of you.


I look forward to blog hopping with you again next week.


List of Products used to create this card:
Stamps & Dies
  • Parisian Blossoms stamp set
  • Cherry Blossom dies
  • Modern heart stamp set
  • Strong & Beautiful stamp set
  • Puzzle Pieces dies
Inks
  • Petal Pink ink pad
  • Grey Granite ink pad
  • Pool Party ink pad
  • Bermuda Bay ink pad
  • Petal Pink Light & Dark Stampin Blends
  • Grey Granite Light Stampin Blends
  • Pool Party Light & Dark Stampin Blends
  • Versamark ink pad
  • Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint
Paper
  • Petal Pink card-stock
  • Whisper White card-stock
  • Parisian Blossoms Speciality Designer Series Paper
  • Champagne Foil
Embellishments
  • Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • Copper Stampin Emboss powder
Tools
  • Parisian Flourish 3D Embossing Folder
  • Take Your Pick Tool
  • Bone Folder
  • Paper Snips
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Cut & Emboss Machine
Adhesives
  • Multipurpose Liquid Glue
  • Mini Glue Dots

9 comments:

  1. What an awesome, fun card! My favourite thing to do is emboss the foils...so beautiful!

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  2. Wow wow wow!! This is amazing! I love the embossed foil, and the puzzle is just awesome. What a very beautiful gift for a special friends. So much to love!

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  3. Wow! A lot of work but an amazing card. I love all the different layers and I’m sure your friend will love putting the jigsaw together. Great job.

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  4. Stunning card, Andrea! Love everything about it - and a fantastic fold which I have never seen before. Very creative - thanks so much for sharing x

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  5. What a fabulous gift for your friend!! It's beautiful!

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  6. Well I loved the first photo but each step of your card reveal led me to being more and more amazed. Your friend will love this, it's so very creative and so beautifully put together. Thankyou for sharing it with us.

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  7. Wow this is such a labour of love Andrea! From the embossed foil, the pretty flowers and the amazing jigsaw this will be a card your friend is going to treasure! x

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  8. Jigsaws are so popular right now, what a great card and your other card with the embossed foil is just stunning!

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  9. Wow - what a cute surprise on the inside. Your card is deluxe plus and so special for your friend. Kelly x

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