Welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop where we kick off the new year with a sketch challenge.

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We are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators that have been gathered together by Angie McKenzie who was inspired to start up this blog hop. On the 2nd Wednesday of each month we share projects to inspire you with different themes. Our team comprises of talented crafters with different styles so there is something to pique everyone’s interest.

I would like to congratulate those members of our team who have been selected to serve on the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team this year – Bree Renwick, Mikaela Titheridge, Teri West and Alanna Wharf. I’m so thrilled for them and can’t wait to see what they will be sharing.

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Onto our sketch – I pretty much followed the design as is and featured the beautiful Perennial Lavender suite on my card.

I went with a square card and how did I determine the size of the card? Simply by the size of the envelope I had! So the finished card size is 5 1/2″ square. It’s a nice large card with plenty of space inside which would make it ideal for a group signing as well.

What I wanted to create was a vase of lavender and the vase from the Earthen Textures bundle provided that mediterranean feel I was going for. I stamped the vase in Pebbled Path ink on Fluid 100 Cardstock and added some extra shading with Smoky Slate using a Water Painter.

The flowers and the postage stamp image were also stamped on Fluid 100 Cardstock. When the image is stamped it looks quite dull but once you add water to it, the image brightens up. I really loved how the double colours of the flowers just filled out when blended with the Water Painter.

Die cut leaves were coloured individiually with Lost Lagoon, Shaded Spruce and a little Old Olive. Similarly, the leaves on the postage stamp were stamped and then I highlighted each one with additional colour using a Water Painter.

The White panel in front has been embossed with the Softy Sofisticated Embossing Folder. This stamp and embossing folder bundle is a Sale-A-Bration offering and you can get this free with an order of $180 during Sale-A-Bration.

Thank you for taking the time to visit me in Melbourne and take a look at what I’ve created. I hope you have been inspired by some aspect of it to create something.

If you love this suite, you may like to take a look at my Summer Craft Retreat in a Box which features this suite and provides you with lots of crafty ideas.

Next on our hop is my friend Cheryll Miller who is sure to have something beautiful to inspire you. Make sure you check it out. Before you go through, please leave me a comment and enjoy all the creative ideas our team has to share with you as you hop through.

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Jan Clothier – NZ

Leonie Stuart – AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith – AU (you are here)

Cheryll Miller – AU

Danielle Kassing – NL

Ximena Morales – DE

Aurélie Fabre – FR

Mikaela Titheridge – UK

Tina Zinck-MacDonald – CA

Annette Ball – CA

Angie McKenzie – US

Kelly Taranto – US

Shel Anderson – CA

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – US

Chris Smith – US

Tricia Butts – US

Theresa McEntee – US

Bree Renwick – US

Cheryl Hamilton – US

If you live in Australia and currently don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would value the opportunity to help you with your crafting needs. I can be contacted on Ph: 0404 255 001 or email rochelle@stampingflair.com

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