Wednesday 10 January 2024

Around the World on Wednesday January 2024


Welcome to a new hop with the crew at Around the World on Wednesday. On the second Wednesday of each month, the team put together a thematic hop to give you some inspiration for your own crafting. We love it when you try out something new or CAS(E) one of our projects. The team is truly international, with members from each time zone of the world that Stampin' Up! operates. You're with me, in New Zealand - the first place in the Stampin' Up! world to change the date. 😀

This month, we have a Sketch Challenge for you. I love a sketch challenge - they're my favourite kind. 

The sketch was a great way to try out one of my new pre-order purchases from the January-April 2024 Mini Catalogue. This gorgeous Perennial Lavender suite has it all: two stamp bundles, DSP and fabulous embellishments. I didn't mean to buy it all - it just sort of ended up in my cart bit by bit. 😀

Of course, you don't HAVE to have it all. You can choose select items.
Anyway, here's my first play around with it, in response to the challenge sketch.

The embossing folder that I used was the Exposed Brick 3D Folder, one of my favourites.

To create the flowers, I die cut the stems from Basic White card then coloured them with Stampin' Blends, in a mix of Fresh Freesia, Highland Heather and the tiniest touches of Blackberry Bliss (light).

Aren't the embellishments wonderful? They're the Purple Fine Shimmer Gems from the suite.

You can see how it all came together in this tutorial.

I think this is a suite you'll be seeing a lot of in the coming months! It's a delight. 

Next up on the hop is the wonderful Leonie Stuart from Australia who will show you another way to use the sketch.

If you live in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, I'd love to be yours. I can help you with ideas, get you catalogues and provide you with Stampin' Up products. You can leave a message in the comments or contact me using any of the methods listed in the Contact Me tab at the top of the page. 

You can shop with me from anywhere in New Zealand by clicking here

Orders over $90 will receive, as a free gift, the latest Creativity Abounds Tutorial Bundle. This bundle of 13 PDF tutorials is on the theme of Birthdays.

Here's a peek at the whole tutorial package.


  1. Gorgeous card Jan. Love how you have used the Perennial Postage dies for the banner! Genius. xx

  2. Nice card! I like how you used the postage stamp border for the tag.

  3. Your beautiful card was a perfect way to follow that sketch! And you're correct... that lavender suite is going to be so popular!!

  4. Beautiful card! Love the way you colored the flowers! So very pretty.

  5. Great idea to add texture to the central panel and DSP for the split diagonal frame (I am going to make a note of this!!) I love this bundle too!

  6. Oh I just love that double postage stamp banner - such a great idea. The colouring of your lavender is gorgeous. Lovely card Jan x

  7. Love, love, love this, Jan! Can't wait to get my hands on this bundle when it's back in stock here in the US! Thanks for the inspiration as always. xx