Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Forever blossoms COVID-19 lockdown happy mail!


Have you heard of happy mail? Quite simply, it's sending something lovely in the mail to bring happiness to the recipient! It's even better when it's a total surprise. 

So that's what I did, I sent out some handmade cards to my fellow crafty friends to say hello and that I am looking forward to seeing them again when it's safe to do so! 

I am planning on sending out some more happy mail next month to friends I haven't seen in a while. I'd love to send some out to a few of my blog readers. To enter, leave a comment below and I will randomly pick a few people to send a card to next month! 


Each happy mail card I created was unique! They all followed the same template with varying colours and backgrounds. These are just a few examples.

I embossed the patterned paper with my fave embossing folder. It's called the Subtles embossing folder and it just gives the paper a linen paper look. I can't seem to stop using it, I love it that much! 

I then stamped the flower from the Forever Blossoms stamp set in memento ink and lightly coloured it in using my palest Stampin' Blends alcohol markers, I left random bits of white on the petals and the leaves to achieve the look I wanted before cutting them out with the coordinating Cherry Blossom die. 

I die cut a rectangle using the Rectangle Stitched Dies. The stitched effect around the edge is fab, you don't even have to get out the sewing machine! 

I used my stamping placement tool - called the Stampin' Up! Stamapartus! - to stamp the sentiment onto the bottom right corner of the rectangle.


I find that when you stamp certain images or thick wording like the 'hello friend' in my card, the stamped image is not crisp and needs further stamping or stamping again. This can be nearly impossible to do freehand as you may not line it up exactly and if you have to stamp it again, you end up wasting lots of precious cardstock, which is totally not cool! Using the Stamapartus tool completely resolves this as you can stamp the image again and again to make sure the outcome is perfect! Helps people like me who have OCD tendencies!  It took 3 stamps to get the sentiment to look this bold and I love it!  If you want to know more about the Stamparatus, watch this video!




Which of these cards is your favourite? The blue card using the colour Seaside Spray is my personal favourite!

Forever Blossom Bundle

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Seriously the Best Stamp Set
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Stamparatus 

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4 comments:

  1. So glad you are back, bought from you before and very happy. Keep smiling as this will all be over soon. Sending a distance hugs, lol!

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    1. Hi Jackie! THANK YOU so much for your lovely comments. I am so glad to be back!!! Please send me an email with your address so I can send you some happy mail later next month! xx

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  2. These are so pretty. I like your color combinations. It is a great idea to send "happy mail". TFS

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    1. Hi Joann! Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your lovely comments! Please send me an email to info@handmadebykim.co.uk with your address and I'll send you some happy mail!!!

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