Social Stamping - Sympathy - Prized Peony

Welcome back to another Social Stamping blog hop, hosted by my fab friend Kelly Kent. Kelly started these hops when Australia was all in isolation to keep us all connected and crafting. Several months on and some states are moving to being freer while others have gone back into lock down. I live in Queensland where we are desperately hoping that people do the right thing so that we don't see COVID Community Contact cases here. Hmmm .... we'll see what this next week brings.

Anyway the theme for this hop is Sympathy. If you get lost at any time you can head to Kelly's post here where you will see the full list of participants. 

I do make a lot of cards for myself to use and to sell and cards to send sympathy are in high demand. I think for me it is always easier to write words of condolence rather than to say them. Also with a card, the recipient can look at it whenever suits them. You don't always want to face or talk to people when going through something tough. A card can be the perfect way to lend your support!

In my next Zoom class on Monday with my regular class ladies (yep I am still having to stay home!) we will be making 2 fabulous Z-fold cards designed by my lovely and talented friend Bronwyn Eastley. You will find details at the end of this post on how to get this tutorial for FREE. For this card I used the Peony Garden Suite of products. It is a nifty card fold that makes your card just a little bit more special. It still folds flat to fit into a standard C6 envelope.

When you open up the card it can stand up for display. The Peony Garden Designer Series Paper is perfect to hand colour. I have used in Rococo Rose and Old Olive ink and a water painter to colour both the paper and the peony pieces. 

The peony was die cut using the Peony Dies from Shimmery White cardstock and then coloured before putting together. It is rainy here today on the Sunshine(less) Coast so my hands were a bit stiff and sore so my bloom is a touch patchy. I was going for the arty look - well that's my story and I am sticking to it!

So a simple card that actually could be used for many different occasion. I have left it without a sentiment - just wasn't feeling it today - of course you could easily add one in. 

Make sure  you hop around to each blog post for more inspiration. Next up is my friend Chantell Randall. I can't wait to see what lovely creation she has to show us.


To purchase the products I've used today you can click any of the direct links in the text above or click the 'Shop Online' tab at the top of this page. Both ways will get you directly to my online store, where you are only minutes away from getting products delivered straight to you door.

Now how can you get the tutorial for this card fold for free?
If you are a regular follower, you will know that I am a member of The Dimensionals Tutorial Team. We release a bundle of 4 tutorials each month (see this month's bundle below). We have a Facebook page where you can see all of our monthly tutorials. While you are there look for the post about our Paper Craft Community. You'll find the link and password you will need to join. In that private group the Team and fellow members share cards they have made using our tutorials. It's a great way to get ideas and 'mingle' with fellow 3D paper craft enthusiasts! And I better not forget to tell you about the FREE tutorials! Each month we upload a free PDF of a fun card fold for you to download. You can even share pics of the cards you've made using that fold to go into our monthly competition where the prize is the next month's bundle. So what are you waiting for ..... go over to the Facebook group, find the password and join!

Looking for some fun 3D card folds? The Dimensional July Tutorial Bundle is out now. 
Our theme is Peony Garden Suite - One Suite four ways. You will find all of the information about the bundle here. And if you order over $50 worth of products through my online Stampin' Up! store you will get the bundle for free! 

Here is the Peony Garden Acetate Box Card that I featured in my tutorial!


  1. A gorgeous card Lou. I love your water-coloured peonies, both die cut and DSP flowers. Your transparent label underneath the Whisper White label looks great. xxx

  2. The peony is absolutely stunning and I love how you have only coloured a couple of the images in the DSP.

  3. These are stunning cards Lou, every time I look at them I see different elements. Gorgeous DSP and a design that allows the Peony to shine. x x

  4. Beautiful card Lou! The peony suite is such a winner.
    Love how you've used an arty approach with shimmery white and think I'll have to give it a try.

  5. Great ideas for designs here and especially like the first fancy fold-a classy card that can be used for multiple occasions.


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