Let’s Shake Things Up Around the World on Wednesday

Let’s Shake Things Up Around the World on Wednesday


Hippo and Friends … I am really shaking it up for the Around the World on Wednesday blog hop this month.

Welcome once again to Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop, travelling around the world through every time zone. You may be starting here or you may have come from the fabulous Rochelle Laird-Smith’s blog.
This month, our Blog Hop host has challenged us to “Shake Things Up!” … just quietly, behind the scenes Angie has been challenging us to set weekly goals to do tasks that we keep putting off. I have failed abysmally at that, I am sad to say …. and I am not sure I have done much better with my Shaken Up project for the hop today. I certainly stepped way out of my comfort zone with my project.

Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop is the brainchild of Angie McKenzie, a wonderful friend and amazing paper artist. My name is Cheryll Miller, and I am so delighted to be a part of this varied and talented group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.

Hippo and Friends is an amazing die set …

The Hippo Happiness stamp set however, is really not my style of stamp set. I will honestly say, I only have this stamp set because it came bundled with the amazing Hippo and Friends dies. Until this week, the stamp set has not seen a drop of ink!!

I also very rarely create a construction type card … if you skim through my blog you will see that I like traditional cards, and love techniques with inks and other colouring tools. LOTS of flowers.

So today, I have totally shaken things up by creating with this “not my style” stamp set and also created a waterfall card (I have created one of these in the very distant past, but I did have to google how to put it together). Split Coast Stampers was very helpful, however I did have to convert to metric sizing.

Now as you can see, it didn’t quite workout as well as I had hoped. The problem is that I used too many layers on my little square waterfall elements. An now they don’t sit flat ….Waaaah!!

But, the concept is pretty cute! I selectively stamped parts of the sentiments to get those made up animal names. And die cut the teeny weeny unicorn horn die from Rainbow Glimmer Paper … If you are going to have a unicorn horn, you may as well have a sparkly one! 😉

Here is a quick video showing how the waterfall works.

Hippo Happiness Photopolymer Stamp Set …

Now I will say, the images in this set are very tiny! So this style of card is perfect for the small and very cute animals. It is basically a three step stamping technique. You stamp the first solid layer with a lighter ink colour, and then stamp the detail stamp over the top with a darker shade (or you can do it in reverse order if it works better for you). Then the facial details are stamped over the top with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

I am so excited to see how my fellow AWOW Team Members choose to Shake Things Up this month.

Next Blog

Around the World on Wednesday Next Blog

Next up, you are heading across the ocean to Danielle Kassing’s blog in the Nederlands in Western Australia, a long way in distance, but just a click away in our AWOW hop.

The full blog hop list is below.

Around the World on Wednesday Designers
The AWOW Design Team

Jan Clothier – NZ
Leonie Stuart – AU
Rochelle Laird-Smith – AU
Cheryll Miller – 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
Brenda Nelson – CA
Tricia Butts – US
Elaine de Montmorency – CA
Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – US
Teri West – US
Cheryl Hamilton – US



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