This is such an exciting challenge this month at our Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop. We are CASEing a team member. This is always such a fun theme. This time however, there was the ‘twist’ thrown in by our awesome leader Angie Mackenzie. We weren’t just to CASE (Copy and Selectively Edit, Copy and Share Everything – whatever your take is) but we were asked to get to know our fellow team member.

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The Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop team hop on the 2nd Wednesday of each month with time spanning around 24 hours from one end of the world to the other.

I had the honour of CASEing the super talented, Stampin’ Up! royalty (as I like to call her) Mikaela Titheridge from The Crafty Oink Pen in the UK. Mikaela’s work is beautiful and I have always admired the way she sets out her projects and all the detail she puts into her work. The opportunity to chat to her was so great and I had butterflies in my tummy (excited/nervous) prior to our Zoom call. After setting up a time (dodging time differences and busy schedules) we got together on Zoom for one hour of chatting about crafting, Stampin’ Up!, favourite colours, family, travel and more.

I requested Mikaela to show me some of her favourite creations. She chose a few – for varying reasons. This particular design she said she really enjoyed making and would have made it in other colours too.

As Pool Party and Granny Apple Green are two of her favourite colours I incorporated them into this card. I started by blending Pool Party ink around the Pool Party matte layer. Then I die cut the background using the Blossoming Happiness Dies from the centre of this piece.

Some additional leaves from the Lovely You stamp were stamped in Craft ink and heat embossed in White. Using a Water Painter, some splatter of Craft Ink were added.

With July being World Watercolouring month i watercoloured these flowers and leaves from the Hues of Happiness stamp set.

I insterspersed this with flowers from the Summer Shadows dies and Vellum leaves to resemble the background in Mikaela’s card. I used the scripty Vellum sheet which added a sweet detail. The larger leaves were die cut from White Cardstock and blended with Gray Granite ink. I sometimes prefer this to adding coloured Cardstock as it gives a softer look.


For an additional twist, I chose to CASE Cheryl Hamilton from Create with Cheryl. Cheryl is CASEing me today and I can’t wait to see what she has to share. So, off we went on Zoom again. I had such a wonderful time getting to know beautiful Cheryl in Hawaii – a whole day behind us in Melbourne. So when this hop goes Lives she is just welcoming in Wednesday. Cheryl even said the traditionnal Aloha goodbye to me! Such a warm feeling on a cold winter’s day.

I CASEd a layout of a beautiful card that Cheryl created as I’m always up for a good sketch and I set out to create something that reminded me of Cheryl – something Hawaiian – beachy and sunny.

I liked the border on Cheryl’s card and for my card I created a similar effect by using the Seasonal Labels Dies. By just running one side through the die cutting machine you can get a pretty edge without cutting the whole label. This piece was blended with So Saffron, Calypso Coral and Sweet Sorbet ink.

The shells were die cut, embossed and watercoloured with Sweet Sorbet and Calypso Coral.

Of course there had to be waves and palm trees which I die cut in black to add contrast. White embossed card layered on a White card base brings out the pretty colours of this sunny card.

I have had such a fun time CASEing these amazing ladies and even more, getting to know them better. This is what Stampin’ Up! is all about – making friends with those I wouldn’t have even known if not for stamps, ink and paper. Thank you Angie Mackenzie for facilitating this group and making this possible.

Next up is the fabulous Cazz Boylan and you will want to check out her amazing project and be inspired by the CASEing of all the ladies in our team.

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This is us

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Jan Clothier – NZ

Tatiana Tobin – AU

Leonie Stuart – AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith – AU (you are here)

Cazz Boylan – AU

Cheryll Miller – AU

Melissa Gifford – AU

Danielle Kassing – NL

Aurélie Fabre – FR

Mikaela Titheridge – UK

Annette Ball – CA

Angie McKenzie – US

Wendy Lee – US

Chris Smith – US

Teri West – US

Cheryl Hamilton – US

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