Happy Little Things – Around the World on Wednesday Sketch Challenge

Happy Little Things – Around the World on Wednesday Sketch Challenge


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Welcome once again to Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop, travelling around the world through every time zone. You may be starting your trip Around the World here or you may have come from the blog of amazing artist Rochelle Laird-Smith. Always excited to see what Rochelle has created.

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.

Sketch Challenge …

This month, the AWOW team are working to a “Sketch Challenge” … always a favourite. This is the sketch we are all using to create our projects this month.

2024-2026 In Colors …

2024-2026 In Colors

The new 2024-2026 In Colors are now available and I have used them to create a series of cards using the sketch challenge as my inspiration, featuring the Happy Little Things Stamp Set and Die bundle (Online Exclusive products … go to the Online store to check out Online Exclusives).
Not only did I use the ink colours and the cardstock, I used the 2024-2026 In Colour Designer Series Paper Pack, the Bordered Ribbon in all the colours and the 2024-2026 In Color Shimmer Gems. The patterns in the Designer Series Paper Packs in this new catalogue are the best designs ever, in my opinion.

I took the sketch very literally for all five cards, and used one colour only in each card creating monochromatic designs.

Happy Little Things

Pretty in Pink simple version …

The first version I created is for those crafters who may be just starting out and have limited supplies. I have just used punches and minimal stamping.

Happy Little Things Pretty in Pink
  • The three strips on the left hand side are created with one of the designs from the Pretty in Pink Designer Series Paper. They have been layered over a Pretty in Pink cardstock layer, with a basic white panel to the right. These layers are all adhered to a Basic White Thick folded card base.
  • The circular element has been punched from Pretty in Pink cardstock with the 2 3/8″ Circle Punch (Online Exclusive product), and adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • “You are Incredible” is an image from the Happy Little Things Stamp Set, stamped with Pretty in Pink ink on white card and fussy cut, then layered onto a strip of the Designer Series paper, cut with decorative ends using the Happy Labels Pick A Punch.
  • I tied a double loop box with the Pretty in Pink Bordered Ribbon, and added some of the Shimmer Gems to finish off.

Peach Pie stepped up version …

The addition of a die cut machine to your crafting supplies happens pretty quickly for anyone who takes a liking to this cardmaking lark, so this card sparks things up with a little die cutting and embossing.

Happy Little Things Peach Pie
  • The same as the first card, the Designer Series paper is used for the strips on the Peach Pie layer, but to spice up that Basic White panel, I have used one of the Fun Patterns embossing folders to add some texture. This set of two embossing folders are another Online Exclusive product, and the fine detail in this floral pattern is absolutely stunning. Again, I have used a Basic White Thick card base.
  • This time I die cut the circular element from the Stylish Shapes Dies, using one of the stitched circles and Peach Pie cardstock. It’s a little smaller, so this time my double looped bow in the Peach Pie Bordered Ribbon is a little smaller too.
  • The sentiment is created in the same way as the first card, however this time I diecut a panel from Designer Series Paper using the Happy Little Things Dies for the base layer. I cut the same die again from Peach Pie cardstock and adhered them together to give the strip some strength.
  • Shimmer Gems added to the centre of each of the embossed flowers completes the card.

Summer Splash avid version …

I would call this one a more typical Cheryll card … quite a few steps, and adding in heat embossing.

Happy Little Things Summer Splash
  • For this card, I have flipped things about, starting with a Summer Splash folded card base … LOVE this colour. Then I added a Basic White Layer, and the strips are created with Summer Splash cardstock, cut and then run through the more geometric design of the Fun Patterns Embossing Folders set. The layer on the right is using my favourite design from the Designer Series Paper … the floral pattern (in Summer Splash).
  • For the sentiment on this one, I die cut a larger stitched circle shape from the Stylish Shapes Dies. Then I stamped the two step block letter “YOU” image from Happy Little Things onto the circle, with the outline in full strength Summer Splash ink and the fill in image in same ink stamped off to create a lighter shade. I added Wink of Stella to the letters for shimmer. I also added some of the little Diamond images to the die cut circle, again in Summer Splash ink.
  • To complete the sentiment, I white heat embossed “You Are Incredible” onto Summer Splash Card and fussy cut just the two words “are incredible”, which was adhered to the die cut circle.
  • The circular element is adhered to card front with double height dimensionals, to suit the height of the Double Looped bow tied with Summer Splash Bordered Ribbon. It’s a much larger bow this time.
  • A sprinkling of Shimmer Gems completes the card.

Petunia Pop! “a little bit more” …

Similar to the previous card, but I have added a few more steps to the process … I just feel that whenever I say Petunia Pop, it needs an exclamation mark at the end!

Happy Little Things Petunia Pop
  • I added some depth to the embossed strips this time, adding Petunia Pop! ink with a Blending Brush to accentuate the floral embossed pattern. The smaller layer on the right uses the striped pattern in the Petunia Pop! Designer Series Paper, a nice contrast to the floral texture.
  • For the sentiment on this one, I again stamped the two step block letter “YOU” image from Happy Little Things, this time onto a scrap of Basic White card. I then die cut the word with the largest of the flagged banner shapes from the Stylish Shapes Dies. I did have to make the banner shorter to suit the word by partial cutting, and then moving the die and cutting the other end to the desired length. The rest of the sentiment is heat embossed as before, onto Petunia Pop! card.
  • The circular element this time is using one of the patterns in the Designer Series Paper Stack (in Petunia Pop!), adhered to the card front with dimensionals. I adhered the banner shaped “YOU” to the circular element and then adhere the heat embossed “are incredible” below that.
  • I neglected to add Petunia Pop! Bordered Ribbon to my order, so I had to be creative for the bow element. I dyed some white Baker’s Twine with Petunia Pop ink, made liquid with a spritz of water on an acrylic block. Once the twine is dry, I combined with some un-dyed White Baker’s Twine, tied in a loopy bow and added to the card with Mini Glue Dots.
  • A sprinkling of Shimmer Gems completes the card.

Shy Shamrock WOW Fun Fold …

This is my favourite and I had so much fun creating this one …. I don’t even know what this fold is called. A double front flap card?? I did go a little wild here.

Happy Little Things Shy Shamrock
  • The sketch lends itself to this fold, two front flaps folding over to look like the sketch once closed.
  • On the left hand panel, I adhered a Basic White layer and then added the three strips, cut from the floral pattern in the Designer Series Paper (Shy Shamrock).
  • On the right hand panel, I adhered a Basic White Layer to match the other side. To create the smaller panel on the right flap, I embossed a piece with the geometric pattern from the Fun Patterns Embossing Folders. then I added some ink to the piece with a blending brush and Shy Shamrock ink. This really accentuates the raised edges of the embossed pattern.
  • For the sentiment on this one, I repeated the process from the Petunia Pop! card, but I added in a little Striped DSP banner die cut with the smaller die from the Happy Little Things Dies.
  • The circular element this time is a plain Shy Shamrock cardstock stitched circle, adhered flat to the left front glap so it hangs off the edge. To keep it neat and hide any glue that may escape, I backed it with another die cut circle of cardstock. Then I went to town with some fussy cutting of the leaves and flowers from the Shy Shamrock Designer Series Paper and adhered them with some folded pieces of Shy Shamrock ribbon before I adhered the sentiment pieces over the top with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • I did add a loopy bow of White Baker’s Twine tucked in behind the sentiment piece.
  • And again, a sprinkling of Shimmer Gems completes the card.
Happy Little Things Shy Shamrock
  • Inside the card has been decorated with the Designer Series Paper. And I cut a circular notch from that right hand inside layer to indicate it should be opened and to match the circle on the front.
Happy Little Things Shy Shamrock

So what do you think? You know that any of these cards, from the simple to the avid, could be made in the fun fold version. It would be fun to create these in all the colours too. “So many creative ideas, so many great products, so many relaxing hours spent in the craft room”.

Happy Little things

xxx Cheryll

This is the Around the World on Wednesday design team! I am very excited to see everyone’s projects this month.

Click through each team member’s blog for loads of inspiration ….

Next up we are are going to take a trip all the way across the ocean to Aurélie Fabre’s blog in France … that’s quite a hop … Aurélie always creates something amazing. I am going to grab a cuppa and check out all the projects … always so fun to see who everyone has interpreted the challenge.

Jan Clothier – NZ
Leonie Stuart – AU
Rochelle Laird-Smith – AU
Cheryll Miller – AU << You are here
Aurélie Fabre – FR
Mikaela Titheridge – US
Angie McKenzie – US
Kelly Taranto – US
Shel Anderson – CA
Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – US
Chris Smith – US
Theresa McEntee – US
Bree Renwick – US
Lori Willcox – CA
Teri West – US
Cheryl Hamilton – US

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  • I do love a good set of monchromatic cards but this one is extra-brilliant with the variations and step-ups going on as well. As always, a wonderful idea done so well!

  • What a bright and beautiful collection, Cheryll! I always fall in love with the color family prints and am sad when they retire but agree that this year’s patterns are really fun to work with.

    • Hey Chris … yes, I am always so surprised when the two years we get to play with an In Color family comes to an end. I berate myself for not using the retiring colours enough, and then I fall in love with the new colours! 🙂 Thanks so much. xxx

  • Absolutely LOVE your In Color cards! Stepping up each card while staying true to the colors and the sketch is delightful. The fun-fold interpretation that you did – so glad I wasn’t the only one to catch those lines – is my fav!!! As always thanks for the inspiration, my friend. xxxx