Welcome to this month's Around the World on Wednesday blog hop. If you've not visited us before, we hop on the second Wednesday of every month with a theme to inspire you. It's 'around the world' because we represent each time zone that Stampin' Up! operates in: from New Zealand (me) all the way around to Hawaii. Here we all are.
This month's theme is to CAS(E) another designer on the team - the person following us on the hop. I was delighted to discover that after me comes Leonie Stuart. I had the pleasure of meeting Leonie at On Stage in Auckland a couple of years ago and we're both on the Crew at Colour INKspiration. Most of all, I was delighted because I love her work. You can see more of Leonie on her blog Stamping Inspiration by Leonie.
I spent some time looking through the blog but the card I loved the most was the one Leonie sent me for my birthday recently. It was this one that she did for Colour INKspiration 95.
It turns out that CAS(E)ing someone whose work you love can be quite stressful! It took me three goes to come up with something I was happy with... and here it is.
As you can see, I kept many of the elements of Leonie's design. The layout is the same but I replaced the strongly coloured flowers with some more subtly sponged butterflies. I've used some Soft Sea Foam die cuts from the Meadow dies to replace the white and blue flowers and foliage of her card. I've also kept the twists of gold cord. I've also kept the white card base, although I'm much more likely to use a coloured card base in my own designs.
I replaced the very pretty lacy die cut on the other diagonal with the die cut holes from the Brilliant Wings dies. Leonie's sentiment was half stamped, half embossed but I've gone for a fully gold embossed sentiment instead.
I'm pleased with how this turned out. I can still see Leonie's design clearly but have made it my own as well.
And now, you can continue the CAS(E) hop by visiting Leonie, who will have cased the person following her.
In case you get lost on the hop, or encounter a broken link, here's a list of participants with links.
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