Wednesday 9 June 2021

Quiet Meadow for AWOW June


Welcome to this month's Inspiration Hop from the Around the World Team. We're a group put together by Angie McKenzie representing every Stampin' Up! time zone around the world. I'm coming to you from New Zealand.

On the second Wednesday of each month, the team hops on a theme. This month's theme is to 'Step it Up.'

Here's an overview of my beginner, casual and avid crafter projects.

I was excited by this challenge as I've always meant to plan a project for a Beginner, Casual and Avid crafter - but somehow, I just never have!  It was harder than I thought because I kept wanting to add just a little more to the beginner and casual projects until they were ... well,  avid projects. 

So what I did was to start roleplaying. I started by imagining that I was new to stamping and had a few basics such as a cutting board, adhesives, Basic White card and rhinestones. In my imaginary world, I've treated myself to a mixed pack of 2021-23 In Color A4 card and a set of the matching inks plus the stamp set Quiet Meadow. This limits me to pretty much stamps, inks and paper which is true of most stampers in the beginning. Here's a close up of the beginner's project.

For the Casual Crafter's project, my imaginary stamper has added in a 2021-2023 In Color DSP stack and a set of Stampin' Write markers. They've used the markers to directly colour the stamp, so there's a bit more technique involved too. Here's a close-up of the Casual Stamper's project. 

For the Avid Crafter's project, my imaginary stamper has gone for gold. Now they've got themselves a Stampin' Cut and Emboss machine so they've added in the Meadow dies. They've got some blending brushes  and subtly coloured some white die cuts to layer on. They've replaced the basic rhinestones with the 2021-2023 In Color Jewels. The Meadow dies also include a lovely label for the larger sentiments.

Like most of us, my imaginary stamper has learned the joys of 'having it all!'

Carry on around the hop for more Step It Up inspiration. Next up is the wonderful Leonie Stuart in Australia. 

Should you get lost on the hop, or encounter a broken link, here's a list of all participants.

Jan Clothier - NZ --- You are here

Leonie Stuart - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cazz Boylan - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Danielle Kassing - NL

Satomi Wellard

Pia Gephardt - DE

Ximena Morales - DE

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Emma Goddard - UK

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

Annette Ball - CA

Angie McKenzie - US

Wendy Lee - US

Shel Anderson - CA

Chris Smith - US

Anne Marie Hile - US

Brenda Nelson - CA

Tricia Butts - US

Elaine de Montmorency - CA

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert - US

Teri West - US

Cheryl Hamilton - US

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  1. Very nice evolution of your projects Jan. The touch of technique brought between the first and the second, then the touch of finger-sponges then. It is very simple and easy to do at home. Well done !

  2. You've made the perfect cards for "Step it Up!". I really love the beginner one- and find those a challenge. Great job!

  3. I love all three of these cards Jan - and you will be pleased to know I totally caved and my Quiet Meadow set arrived today!! So I might have to CASE these to get my creative juices going!

  4. Love all your cards Jan but the beginner is especially pretty because it has so much detail yet perfect for the beginner. Beautiful x

  5. Wow Jan ... all of these cards are amazing. Going to show that simple can be just as perfect as stepped up!!! xx

  6. Your cards are beautiful and inspiring for so many stampers! I absolutely loved your imaginary stamper, Jan, and it was like you were talking to me 14 years ago all the way up until now. Thanks for being such an important part of our hop! xx