Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop – All Things Crafty

Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop – All Things Crafty


Very Versailles for the inaugural Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop.

Around the World on Wednesday

Well lookie here … a brand new blog hop, travelling around the world through every time zone. You may be starting here or you may have come from Rochelle Laird-Smith’s blog.

Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop is the brainchild of Angie McKenzie, who has put an incredible amount of work into making this happen. My name is Cheryll Miller, and I am so delighted to be a part of this varied and talented group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. For this, our very first hop, we are exploring All Things Crafty … giving a little insight into what craft product/s we just couldn’t do without.

The AWOW line-up

Around the World on Wednesday Designers

What a cute graphic showing all the designers and where they are located “Around the World”. To check out all the AWOW Designers projects and get to know a little bit more about them, check out the blog line up at the end of this post.

Inks and Colour

Very Versailles for AWOW

From the very first time I picked up a stamp about 20 years ago, I was more intrigued about the application of colour to card. Early in the piece, my style was definitely “grungy”, with everything getting a good distressing. I loved how just a light sponging of colour around the edge of a layer totally changed up the look.

Over the years, I have loved exploring the many ways of applying colour to a project … however “sponging” has remained a firm favourite. I love taking a piece of blank white card and applying colour, blending colours together to create my own custom coloured backgrounds.

I have also come to appreciate use of white space over time, and so my project today reflects blending of colour along with a good dollop of clean white space.

Emboss Resist Technique

Very Versailles AWOW

There are so many techniques which involve sponging, one of which is Emboss Resist. My project is an example of that, combined with masking off an area to “contain” the application of colour and images.

I masked off parts of my card and clear embossed the lovely leafy image from Very Versailles Stamp Set. You have to remove the masks to apply powder and emboss, then replace the masks to apply colour with sponges. Sponging is definitely something that takes a little bit of practice. Starting off with a very light application of colour and then building it up gradually is the trick. Also the cardstock you use makes a real difference. Whisper White (the regular Whisper White) cardstock is great for sponging because it is such a smooth silky finish. The sponge glides smoothly over the card, reducing and “grab” which might leave you with a blobby bit.

Very Versailles

Very Versailles AWOW

Very Versailles is also a great example of the style of stamp set that really appeals to me. Leafy, with a slightly ethereal feel, versatile, delicate images that can be used in many projects … that scripty background stamp … swoon!!

Next Blog

Around the World on Wednesday Next Blog

Next up is Satomi Wellard in Japan! The full blog hop list is below. So take a little trip around the world and check out all the designers favourite crafting inspiration.

Angela Meiritz-Reid  – NZ
Tatiana Tobin – AU
Rochelle Laird-Smith – AU
Cheryll Miller – AU <<<<< You are here
Satomi Wellard – JA
Melissa Gifford – AU
Danielle Kassing – NL
Manuela Geiswinkler – AT
Ximena Morales – DE
Aurélie Fabre – FR
Mikaela Titheridge – UK
Tina Zinck – CA
Annette Ball – CA
Angie McKenzie – US
Mary Deatherage – US
Shel Anderson – CA
Chris Smith – US
Anne Marie Hile – US
Brenda Nelson – CA
Tricia Butts – US
Elaine de Montmorency – CA
Sharon Burkert – US
Teri West – US
Cheryl Hamilton – US

More examples of sponged colour …

Here are a few more examples of my love of sponged colour.


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