Wednesday 8 September 2021

Around the World on Wednesday September 2021

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 through Australia, Europe and North America to Hawaii. 

This month's theme is 'Changing Seasons' which I think is a great theme since it's open to so many interpretations. It it literally changing from winter to spring for me and for others around the world, summer to autumn. But it's the seasons of life that interest me most at the moment. Partly, it's because of the recent sudden death of a beloved brother. But mostly, it's the prospect of becoming a grandmother for the first time soon. Both those things both remind me that maybe summer's revels now are ending but that a new season is beginning.

So that's what's lead me to this trio of baby cards. A new beginning, a new season as my girl becomes a mother and I become a grandmother - fittingly, in the New Year.

I've used the lovely All for Baby bundle from the 2021 Annual Catalogue for these cards, all with the same layout but with variations.

The baby girl card uses Blushing Bride, the heart die cuts for accents and Tasteful Textile 3-D as the background embossing folder. The embellishments are Elegant Faceted Gems.

The baby boy card is done in Balmy Blue, uses the star die cuts as accents and the Macrame 3-D embossing folder in the background. I like the Macrame 3-D folder for this as it looks to me like a lovely warm baby blanket. 

The gender-neutral one uses So Saffron as the main colour. All three use Sahara Sand as an accent colour.

All three cards use the Tailor Made Tags dies and the Subtles DSP stack.

For more inspiration on the Changing Seasons, keep hopping. Next up is the wonderful Leonie Stuart in Australia. 

Should you get lost around the hop or encounter a broken link, here's a list with links for you.

Jan Clothier - NZ  - You are here

Leonie Stuart - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

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

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. So sorry for your loss. The loss of a sibling is never easy. I pray the joy of a new life fills the emptiness of your loss. Love your blog and the meaning behind this post.

  2. Live is strange. My deepest sympathy for loosing your beloved brother and congratulations on becoming a grandmother. Two opposites..... So special.

  3. Oh, these are adorable Jan! A very big congratulations on becoming a grandmother in the new year. How very exciting! And condolences on the loss of your brother, such a sad time. A loss such as this does make you appreciate the preciousness of life. Wonderful post!! xxx

  4. Congratulations! Wish you all a healthy little one. While this does not replace your loss, hopefully it will help you work though the grief. Lovely cards.

  5. Life throws us such curve balls doesnt it? Congratulations to you and your daughter, babies are so special. And your cards are just darling x

  6. These are adorable, Jan, I love the idea of using the macrame style EF with this set. So precious!

  7. Love these cute little cards! Great way to use the DSP that is just sitting on my shelves.