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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  1. WoW, WooW, WoW!
    What a wonderful collection of projects! I am totally in love!
    You are sooo awesome!

  2. These cards are stunning! Thank you for sharing them.

  3. So many beautiful projects, and so much inspiration. I love the colour combo in your first set of cards though. That polished stone effect looks amazing

  4. Wow! The polished stone background is so neat and all those beautiful swaps! LOVE!

  5. OMG such an amazing collection of fabulous projects - love them all x

  6. Awesome projects!!! I especially love how you use the stitched bouquet embossing die on all of the projects--such a simple but impactful detail!

  7. Oh wow!!! Love your wonderful cards! Each one is amazing!


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