Hello, and welcome to my little crafty blog. Tuesday 12th May is celebrated worldwide as International Nurses Day, as it was Florence Nightingale’s birthday, and this year is the 200th anniversary of her birth. Our celebrations will be rather more muted this year – there’s no service in Westminster Abbey, or any of the other major gatherings that usually take place to mark the event. The Chief Nursing Officer for England has asked the public to shine a light in their window at 8:30pm to mark the day and show appreciation for nurses. I do think that the importance of what nurses do will resonate with so many people this year especially, at a time when thousands have needed expert nursing care.
I am incredibly proud to be a nurse – this is my 40th year in the profession. I wanted to share with you the cards I made for my colleagues to celebrate the amazing work they do, 365 days a year, every year.
I used the lovely ‘Tina’s Wild Flowers Spray’ from Claritystamp as the basis for the card, and stamped it in Archival Fern Green
The stamp set comes with smaller ones to fill in the flower heads. I find it easiest to use a stamping platform for these, as I can make sure the stamp is properly lined up before inking it
I stamped the flowers in Distress Ink (Wild Honey and Broken China) – I really like the mottled effect you get with them. I chose these colours because they’re the ones used in the hospital’s branding, so will resonate with colleagues
I then used the Claritystamp ‘Letterbox’ alphabet stamps across the top for IND 2020 (again, the stamping platform really helps with this), and die cut the ‘celebrate’ using the ‘celebrating you’ die set from Stampin Up.
I’m hoping that despite all the restrictions, I’ll still get chance to celebrate IND 2020 with my colleagues. I’m hoping you’ll join us with a light in your window at 8:30pm