Thursday, 18 April 2019

Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team - April - Needlepoint Nook

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Welcome to the Artisan Design Team Blog Hop for April. You are currently visiting Jackie Aitken in Western Australia. Thanks for Hopping with us as we share inspirational idea's and projects using the Needlepoint Nook Suite.

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I have thoroughly enjoyed getting creative with this amazing suite. The Designer Series Paper has the most gorgeous colour combination with realistic cross stitch images that make for fun card backgrounds or amazing fussy cut clusters. 

I have a few creations to share with you today, the first three have been designed around the Polished Stone technique backgrounds created with Glossy card stock and Isopropyl Alcohol. I absolutely adore this technique, its so much fun to watch the magic happen right before your very eyes and the outcome is different and so unique.

All three cards have been created with a Berry Burst, Blushing Bride and Fresh Fig colour combination. Two of the card fronts have been cut in a variety of ways to show how easy it is to create eye catching backgrounds with a paper trimmer.

The first card has been cut into six panels, two thick and four thinner strips. These have been mounted onto Whisper White card which has then been cut and adhered to the Fresh Fig card base with an opening between the two. Before adhering the stamped images, the card front has been embossed using the detailed embossing die.

The Needlepoint Nook images have been stamped in Fresh Fig, Berry Burst and Memento Tuxedo Black inks. A white heat embossed sentiment has been added along with a few Share What You Love Artisan Pearl Embellishments.

The Polished Stone card front on the next card has been cut into three equal sized panels using the Rectangle Stitched Framelits. These panels were then adhered to a layer of Whisper White card stock before running them through the Big Shot with the embossing die from the Needlepoint Elements Framelits. The images have been stamped in Fresh Fig, Blushing Bride and Smoky Slate. A few die cut elements in White White and Silver Foil have also been added to the cluster with a mixture of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive and Mini Dimensionals.

The third card I have to show uses a more intensely coloured background with a smaller panel of the lighter colours used in the previous two cards. I have applied a lot more Berry Burst reinker to the cotton wool ball with less alcohol to achieve the rich colour. 

I decided to not cut the Polished Stone background rather opting to cut the Whisper White die cut created with the Rose Trellis Thinlits Dies,  using 3/4 under the floral cluster with the remaining 1/4 at the top of card for something a little different.

For some additional inspiration, I have included photo's of other projects I have created using elements from the Needlepoint Nook Suite.

Spool Cards created for Stampin Up! corporate blog post which can be found on Stampin' Up! Facebook Page in the "notes" section.

I love cards that have an unusual shaped card base like the Spool cards above and the Chalk Board card below.

This little easel card has been embossed with the embossing die and then gold metallic thread has been hand stitched into the embossed holes. The Needlepoint Nook Mini Button embellishments are perfect for holding the easel card up and not too thick when mailing, plus they are so darn cute!

My swaps for Onstage in Auckland last week were also created with this amazing bundle. I had found 120 mini chalkboards on ebay for a Demo Retreat Day I held recently. I only needed 50 for the Retreat Day so decided to use the remaining 70 for my gifts at Onstage - I didn't swap as such as I did not really have the room in my suitcases. The sentiment on the front has been White Heat Embossed with my personalised Artisan Design Team stamp on the back. The die cut stamped images were attached with Multi Purpose Liquid Adhesive and mini Dimensionals.

How creative are my fellow Artisan Design Team members!! Check out the awesome line up of stunning projects we have created to share with you on this Blog Hop. Be sure to follow the Hop all the way through for amazing idea's and inspiration using elements from the Needlepoint Nook Suite.

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Up next in the Blog Hop is super talented Jennifer Picard with her fabulously stunning creations. Enjoy x

2019 Artisan Design Team Blog Roll

Jackie Aitken  - That's Me

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I appreciate the time you have taken to visit my blog. If you live in Australia, you can purchase any of the items I have used to create today's projects in the product list below. Just click on the image and you will be taken directly to my Online Store. Happy Shopping.

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Sunday, 14 April 2019

Stamping Sunday Blog Hop - Flowering Desert

Hello Crafty Friends,

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Welcome to the Stamping Sunday Blog Hop for April. This month we are showcasing the Flowering Desert Stamp Set which can be found on Page 29 of the Occasions Catalogue. When I first laid eyes on this set I was in love, however, I have only recently take possession of it. After a quick play I was extremely impressed.

This stamp set is sooooo much fun! I loved making my cacti in different colours for really cute fun creations try some bright vivid colours.

I have a few cards to share with you today, designed for a variety of crafting levels - beginner, casual and avid. The first card I have to share is perfect for the beginner crafter - it has a fun colour combination, with the images stamped in Melon Mambo and Coastal Cabana.  The stamped images have been die cut with the Rectangular Stitched Shapes Framelits and adhered to the Coastal Cabana card base over a panel of Melon Mambo Brights DSP.

BEGINNER crafting level

The following two projects would make perfect cards for the casual crafter. Lemon Lime Twist Gingham Gala DSP was the inspiration for the next card. The images have been stamped in Lemon Lime Twist and Melon Mambo with a white heat embossed sentiment on Melon Mambo card stock to tie in with the layer behind the embossed card front.

For the CASUAL Crafter

The second card for the Casual Crafter, again features embossing, DSP, die cuts and heat embossed sentiments.

AVID Crafting Level

The Avid level creation that I have to share  features the large Cactus image surrounded by one of the sentiments from the stamp set.  The Flowering Desert has 16 photopolymer stamps, meaning the sentiments can be shaped to stamp however you wish them to appear. Using my stamparatus and circle die cut, I bent the stamp in a circular shape using the die cut as a guideline.

As simple as this card looks it has many elements that would appeal to the avid crafter - colour blocked die cut sun, circular sentiment, fussy cutting and the "inked" or drawn outline. Yes, I have hand drawn the black detail around the cactus and shrub. Just use a fine tipped ink marker and use the stamped image as your guide.

Casual - Avid

I have one more project to share that possibly fits perfectly between the casual to avid crafting level. It has a few stepped up techniques but not as many as in the Avid crafter card. Again, stamping that awesome sentiment "be your own kind of beautiful" in a circular shape with the images stamped in Flirty Flamingo and Berry Burst. My final card is a great in between for the casual and avid crafting levels. It has a few stepped up techniques but not as many as the first card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope I have inspired you to create some fun, bright cards with the awesome Flowering Desert Stamp Set. Be sure to follow the Blog Hop all the way through for even more inspiring ideas and creativity.

A participant list has been provided below. Up next in the Hop is the super talented Tami Hewlett with her stunning creations - Enjoy x

Until next time, stay awesome and stay crafty

Thursday, 11 April 2019

One Stamp At A Time Blog Hop - Spring Fling

Hello Crafty Friends,

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Welcome to this months One Stamp At A Time Blog Hop. You are currently visiting Jackie Aitken in Perth, Western Australia. This month the talented Design Team memeber will be sharing inspirational creations with a SPRING FLING Theme.

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I have three cards to share with you today, all with floral stamped images created with the Incredible Like You Stamp Set (item #148708) which can be found in the Occasions Catalogue, Page 21. I love Spring, the weather is perfect for Wild Flower Blooms, which are jaw dropping sights here in Western Australia. To me nothing says spring more than Flowers.

All three cards have the same colour combination - Coastal Cabana, Highland Heather, Blushing Bride and Granny Apple Green.

The first card has been stamped in a circular pattern and then a Coastal Cabana doily applied before adding the stitched circle sentiment.

The second card has been stamped onto a piece of whisper white card stock that has been die cut with one of the large Rectangle Stitched Framelits. A panel of DSP from the How Sweet It Is DSP Pack has been added to the card base before attaching the card front.

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The final card has a piece of Highland Heather card stock tilted on an angle and adhered to the card base with Tombow. Again, the images were stamped onto a die cut rectangle, with a Coastal Cabana Doily tucked in behind the stitched square and fussy cut sentiment.

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That is all from me today crafty friends. Apologies for the short post. As this post goes live I will be holidaying in New Zealand with my family having just attended Onstage Live!! I've been busy packing and sorting all the things you sort when you are away for a few weeks. I am going to miss my fur babies and crafty space so very much!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and blog hopping with the One Stamp At A Time Team.  We appreciate the time you have invested to visit our blogs. Enjoy the rest of the hop by clicking on the list below all participants blog posts. Enjoy xx

One Stamp At A Time Blog Hop Participant List

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Colour INKspiration #53

Good Day Crafty Friends,

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Welcome to Colour INKspiration Challenge #53 Blog Hop. We have the most delightful colour combination for you to play along with this fortnight - Petal Pink, Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay and Night of Navy. You can also add in some metallic s in the form of gold or silver. 

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I have used four of the five challenge colours for my card - omitting Bermuda Bay.

Starting with some of the Petal Pink DSP from the Floral Romance Specialty DSP Pack. The lace detail in this DSP is so awesome, photo's really do it no justice whatsoever.

My card uses a combination of First Floral and Petal Palette stamp sets, along with the large die cut made with the Stitched labels Framelits.

To finish the card I added a few Artisan Pearls in Mint Macaron to tie in with the heat embossed sentiment on the Mint Macron card stock.

Sorry to keep this post so short and sweet, but as we go live with this Hop I am probably eating dinner with a few of the Colour Inkspiration Design Team in a restaurant in Auckland, New Zealand!!! How exciting is that!!! We are heading to the biannual Stampin' Up! event - Onstage Live. Keep an eye on the Design Team members social media accounts for up to date sharing from our three day event. We get to see and play with all the new goodies that are due to arrive with the release of the new Annual Catalogue. And, fingers crossed, I get to meet the founder and CEO of Stampin' Up!, Shelley and her daughter Sara and maybe get a sneaky selfie!!

 INKspired to join the challenge? It's so easy. Firstly, get some INKspiration by hopping around to see what all of the Colour INKspiration Crew have to show you. Then you have 12 days from today to make and upload your creation to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group. You don't have to have a blog to participate but if you do you can link back to your post. Make sure you use all of the challenge colours. You can also use Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Basic Black as well as Metallic s. Not a member of the Facebook group yet? Just click here and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in the fun too. We can't wait to see what you create with these gorgeous colours.

Up next in the Blog Hop is the super talented Tanya Bell. 

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Until next time, stay awesome and stay crafty