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Sunday, 10 February 2019

Stamping Sunday Blog Hop - Amazing Life


Good Day Crafty Friends,

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Welcome to February's Stamping Sunday Blog Hop. You are currently visiting Jackie Aitken in Western Australia. If you are following the Hop, you will have arrived here having just visited super talented Tami Hewlett, and prior to that, Cheryll Miller and Sara Levin.  

This month the talented Design Team are showcasing the "Amazing Life" Stamp Set. Such a versatile set with both large and small sentiments plus a few super cute images that tie in perfectly with the greetings. And in case you weren't aware, this is the Stamp Set that coordinates with the adorable Stitched Rectangle Framelit Dies.

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This year the Stamping Sunday Design Team will be doing things a little different. Some of us will still continue with the usual format of card and 3D project, others will take on the new challenge theme of creating projects for the Beginner, Casual and Avid crafters.


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I absolutely adore anything with stitching and when I saw the Amazing Life Stamp Set it was instant love.  The stitched detailing on the flower and clover are ever so sweet and look right at home when using any form of stitched framelits.

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I have chosen to use the fun birthday cake image for all three cards, with the beginners version featuring just this and the fun greeting "Life's too short to say no to cake".
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Supplies: Whisper White Card Base, Tuxedo Memento Black Ink, Daffodil Delight and Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blends.
Nothing can be simpler and yet more effective than an image repetitively stamped to create a basic background for a card. The birthday cake from Amazing Life stamp set has been stamped multiple times onto a Whisper White Card Base in Black Ink.  The teeniest bit of colour has been added with a few Stampin' Blends to the word "cake" and on the candles. Nothing a beginner could not handle. 

Please don't assume all beginner stampers cannot do a particular technique, they possibly just need to be reminded they have the skill or may have learnt something similar in a different craft and are just being shown a different version/way which they are not familiar with. 


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Supplies: Whisper White Card Base, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White and Black Card Stock, Tuxedo Memento Black Ink, White Heat Emboss Powder, Mini Dimensionals, Smoky Slate & Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blends.

Adding an embossed card front is a great way to provide texture and interest without being too time consuming. DSP is another great way to "step it up" by adding layers and coordinating patterns/designs. I decided to take it right back to basics and design a card that is quick to replicate, and even enabled some of the colouring and construction to be done outside the craft room.

I stamped a whole heap of the birthday cake images onto panels of whisper white card stock and was able to colour them with two Stampin' Blends while waiting in between appointments, at the hairdressers etc.  This panel has been cut down and then layered with a panel of Blushing Bride and then Black Card Stock.To finish the card a simple White Heat Embossed sentiment has been die cut with the coordinating Stitched Rectangle framelits and added with mini dimensionals.

Next up is a creation for the Avid Level card maker.

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Supplies: Whisper White Card Base, Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Black Card Stock, White Heat Emboss Powder, Tropical Chic DSP Pack, Smoky Slate & Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blends.
The card I have created for the Avid Crafter definitely is a case of having time not necessarily that any components of the card are difficult to create. The Pocket Card requires an Envelope Punch Board, DSP, Colouring and Fussy Cutting. Again, the fussy cutting I was able to complete while "on the go" - not necessarily something you have to be confined to a craft room table to complete.

I love Pocket Cards, they are such a fun way to give the recipient a keepsake while giving a gift card that gets thrown away after its all used. 

Supplies: Whisper White Card Base, Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Black Card Stock, White Heat Emboss Powder, Tropical Chic DSP Pack, Smoky Slate & Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blends.

I made an extra card for the Avid Crafting Level - A sponged shaker card. Again, nothing difficult or any amazing new techniques, just some time and possibly spreading it over a couple of crafting sessions, as I like to let my sponging completely dry overnight before I touch it and leave fingerprints on the sponged area or all over what was once nice clean whisper white card stock.

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Supplies: Whisper White, Shimmer White Card Stock, Metallic Sequins, White Embossing Powder, Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo Ink, sponges. 


Thanks so much for stopping by today. Up next in the Blog Hop is Ashley Fifer with her stunning and creative projects. Be sure to follow the Hop all the way through for loads of wonderful inspiration using the Amazing Life Stamp Set. The Stamping Sunday Design Team are so amazingly diverse with their creations so there is sure to be something that tickles everyone's fancy - we may even convince you to purchase the Amazing Life Stamp Set if you haven't already.



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Thanks so much for stopping by today, we appreciate the time you have taken to visit our blogs. Until next time stay awesome and stay crafty


Thursday, 7 February 2019

Just Add Ink #443 - Just Choose Two

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Welcome to this weeks Just Add Ink Challenge #443 - Just Choose Two. Jan has provided this weeks choice of Embossing Paste, Colouring and Sequins. When I first saw this challenge pop up I thought ohhhh yes, I haven't pulled out the embossing paste for a long time - a little too long it appears lol perhaps I hadn't sealed it properly, but the contents were dry and I couldn't be bothered rescuing what little remained. So, like I normally do when things are not co operating with me in the crafty space, I packed a huff and took the dogs for a walk down the beach - completely forgetting about the challenge until Tuesday this week.

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So Tuesday rocks around, I go into panic mode as I realised I didn't actually create anything during the crafty session I had planned to create a few Design Team projects, I quickly glance at the challenge theme and off I go. When I go to upload the photo of my card to the Just Add Ink Design Team Album I realise I have looked at the wrong weeks challenge - duh!!!

A quick return to the craft room to whip up the heat embossed and water coloured flowers saw me able to make this weeks deadline. And here is my 'omg don't leave it until the last minute card"

Supplies: Whisper White Card, Silver Foil Card, Floral Romance DSP,  Well Written Framelits, Be Mine Stitched Framelit Dies, Tea Together Stamp Set, Metallic Sequins
My hairdresser recently married her main squeeze in what I imagined was a tranquil setting on a stunning summer day. I created a card to take with me to my appointment to celebrate their union and because she is just a lovely lady whose job it is to make everyone that walks out of her home salon feels and look amazing. I cant make her look amazing but hopefully a card can generate some warm fuzzies.


I totally adore the vellum sheets that come in the Floral Romance DSP Pack. They are both stunning designs with soft delicate hues, one has a lace pattern the other a botanical theme. Today's card uses the pretty pink lace pattern DSP.

The Lace Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder provides the perfect base for this card, it is so detailed with texture I think it maybe going to be one of those that I never tire of. The many die cut hearts have been made using the Be Mine Stitched Framelit Dies, with the detailed framelit being cut from Silver Foil Card.

Supplies: Whisper White Card, Silver Foil Card, Floral Romance DSP,  Well Written Framelits, Be Mine Stitched Framelit Dies, Tea Together Stamp Set, Metallic Sequins

As mentioned above, the late additions to the card were the silver heat embossed floral images from the Tea Together Stamp Set. I added some water colouring with Powder Pink, Blushing Bride and Soft Sea Foam inks.

To finish the card, I die cut the word "love" from Silver Foil card and then stacked it on top of three whisper white die cuts for dimension and so that it did not have that cheap sticker look to it lol. A few Silver Sequins were added to coordinate with the crop-a-dile eyelets punched into the hearts.

Be sure to stop by all the Just Add Ink Design Team members blogs for more inspiration using this weeks Just Add Ink Inspiration photo.

We would love for you and your crafty friends to play along, if you have a blog you can add your creation to the Just Add Ink gallery here. Don't have your own blog? No problem! Just send us an email  to  just-add-ink@hotmail.com with a photo attachment. We will upload it to our challenge entry blog for you.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Until next time stay awesome and stay crafty.





You can find all the products used to create today's love/wedding card in the list below

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Big Shot
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Heat Tool
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Friday, 1 February 2019

Stampin'UP! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop - Sale-a-bration - Painted Seasons

Good Day Crafty Friends


Welcome to the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop. You are currently visiting Jackie Aitken in Western Australia.  Today, the Artisan Design Team are showcasing items from the Sale-A-Bration Coordination Promotion. The Sale-A-Bration Coordination promotion features brand new products that coordinate perfectly with select Sale-A-Bration items. These products are available for a limited time only.


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What is Sale-A-Bration? Only the best crafty sale ever!!! During Sale-A-Bration, get FREE products when you Shop, Host or Join.

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Starting 3 January, hosts with qualifying orders can receive additional Stampin’ Rewards. Below are the markets, qualifying amounts and additional Stampin’ Rewards.


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Starting 3 January, recruits who join Stampin’ Up! as an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration can choose from two offers. These offers are IN ADDITION to the regular Starter Kit offering.
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Stampin' Up! are the connoisseurs of coordination and this years Sale-A-Bration (SAB) promotions does not disappoint. The Coordination promotion has so many fantastic new items that you are going to want to get your hands on. For those that are not fans of fussy cutting, this promotion offers matching dies for the SAB first release stamps sets - Hello Cupcake, So Hoppy Together and Lasting Lily. These are available to purchase until 31 March.

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Hop Around Framelit Dies (150073)
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Lily Framelit Dies (150071)
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Plus there is also the More Than Words Stamp Set (150069) and coordinating Story Label Punch (150076) These items coordinate perfectly with images from the SAB catalogue items.

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But wait there's more!!! Some gorgeous new released items that can be earned for FREE with a qualifying purchase such as the All Adorned Stamp Set (149728), Country Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (149698) and Painted Seasons Bundle (150349), which I will be showcasing with you today.

The Painted Seasons Bundle includes the Stamp Set (149722) and 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper Pack (149574). These can be earned for FREE with a qualifying purchase - Level 2. In addition, you can purchase the coordinating Four Seasons Framelits Dies (150074). I have three cards to share with you today. All use the stunning Floral DSP sheet from the Painted Seasons Bundle.

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The Painted Season Stamp Set has 7 Disinktive Cling stamps which produce the most lovely and realistic images. I have used the large floral stamped image on all three cards, stamping the flowers in Calypso Coral and Powder Pink inks with the foliage stamped in Call Me Clover and Early Espresso (stamped off).

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To provide some contrast to the busy DSP I have added panels of Whisper White card stock. The white space enables the eye to locate the clustered layers in the centre of all three cards. All the Whisper White panels were created with the border thinlit die from Be Mine Stitched Framelit Dies.

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I just adore the wooden Butterfly Elements and have included them on two of the three cards shown today. All three cards also have hints of Gold Glimmer Paper and/or Gold Mini Sequin Trim/Gold Metallic Thread.

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The sentiments for all three cards have been created using the Amazing Life Stamp Set. Two of three greetings have been white heat embossed onto Black card stock.

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I have set myself a goal this year to create 200 Birthday cards!! Say What?!? Its proving to be easier than I thought, as I currently like to make a sets of cards in every crafty session. Sometimes, I simply take a card design and repeat it in different colours, finishing with a birthday sentiment. Or I create a series of cards with matching DSP or the same bundle.  This is helping to build up that stash of cards rather quickly, with these three making the current total stand at 23/200.

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Are you loving the Painted Seasons bundle as much as I do? Fellow demonstrators can preorder these stunning products in the Sale-A-Bration promotion from 1 February. If you are a customer, mark your calendars for March 1st.

Check out all the incredible creations the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design team have created with the wonderful assortment of products from the Sale-A-Bration Coordination promotion.

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Be sure to follow the Blog Hop all the way through for creative inspiration using the exciting new products. Next up in the hop is Jennifer Picard with her stunning creations - enjoy!





2019 Artisan Design Team Blog Roll

Jackie Aitken 
Sylwia Schreck 

Thanks for stopping by today, we appreciate the time you have invested to visit our blogs. Be sure to check back here again soon, I have many more creations made using the Painted Seasons Bundle to share with you.

Until next time, stay awesome and stay crafty