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Thursday, 21 March 2019

Just Add Ink #449 - Add Colour

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Welcome to this week's Just Add Ink challenge. Jo has chosen a stunning colour combination for this week's theme - Lovely Lipstick, Gorgeous Grape and Bermuda Bay. 

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I am a fan of all three colours individually but when it came to combining them I really struggled. My Lovely Lipstick ink pad was way too juicy for the stamps I originally chose to use for this challenge. After many binned attempts I decided to go with something completely different - lots of white space with dabs of colour.

I had some embossing paste left over from my recent Technique's workshop, and before it dried up on me like my last lot, I decided to emboss a heap of Whisper White card fronts. 

I have used the large Doily die cut from the Dear Doily Bundle to create a stencil for this card, spreading plain white embossing paste over the inner portion of the die cut. Once dry, I chopped the card front down and slipped in some striped Bermuda Bay DSP - lined with a strip of Gorgeous Grape before adhering to the card base.

A stitched die cut circle has been attached with foam strips over the embossing paste and then the floral cluster image from Climbing Roses and heat embossed sentiment added to the raised circle die cut with Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive.


While I had things out on my desk, I grabbed another embossed card front and added the pieces that didn't make it onto the first card. The brick wall stencil was used to create this card front, to which, strips of Bermuda Bay and Gorgeous Grape DSP have been added. I just adore these paper packs and really need to get more in case they don't make the next Annual Catalogue.


A few Gorgeous Grape Glitter Enamel Dots have been added to finish off the card. I am on a Birthday Card making mission this year, so have stamped the inside with a Birthday sentiment making this card 88/200. I am close to my target of 100 before June. I just need to be sure to send some before I donate them all lol.

That's all for today, crafty friends. Be sure to stop by all the Just Add Ink Design Team members blogs for more inspiration using this weeks Just Add Ink embossing challenge theme.

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.



Stampin' Up! Corporate Blog Post March - Needlepoint Nook

Good Day Crafty Friends,

I am super excited to share my first ever blog post for Stampin' Up!. As Artisan, one of the assignments the Design Team members are asked to complete is a corporate blog post which Stampin' Up! publish on their Facebook Page. You can find these inspirational posts from the Artisan Design Team in the notes section.

Here is my post that went live on the 15th of April ........

Needlepoint Spool Cards 

I was super excited when I saw all the elements in the Needlepoint Nook Suiteit instantly reminded me of my Oma and her love for crafts created with thread and wool. It conjured memories of my childhood, sitting in her “loom room” chatting while she spun wool or listening to the pedal shifts on the loom while I tried my hand at cross stitch or knitting.  I specifically remember the many drawers filled with old fashioned wooden spools wrapped tightly with embroidery thread. My Oma would have loved these spool shaped card projects I hope to inspire you with today. 




The Needle & Thread Stamp Set (item 148724) has such realistic embroidery stitched images, one could be fooled into thinking you have stitched some intricate patterns and floral arrangements right onto the card front.  Even more marvelous are the coordinating Needlepoint Elements Framelit Dies (item 148541), no fussy cutting required and four of the twelve framelits are embossing dies - how fabulous is that!

All four cards have the same card base design and showcase the fun patterns and colour combinations in the Needlepoint Nook Design Series Paper (item 148807).  The spool shape has been created using the Envelope Punch Board (item 133774) and a regular sized tent fold card that has been punched at 1 3/8" from the top and bottom on all sides, then using a Stampin' Trimmer (item 129722) to cut away the remaining section in between the two notches.


After creating the spool card bases, each of the four cards have been lined with a wood theme designer series paper either from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper  (#144177) or  Floral Romance Specialty DSP (item 148632) . Over the top of the wood, a panel of the Needlepoint Nook DSP has been added before decorating with various ribbons and twines.  

The first card has a faux embroidery hoop created using the Layering Circles Framelits (item 141705) with the outer edge or hoop rim made from the Wood Textures DSP. Fussy cut images from the Needlepoint Nook DSP have been added to the inside of the hoop with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals (item 144108). Old Olive Linen Thread (item 148811) has been wrapped around the wooden peg image from the Crafting Forever Stamp Set (item 143958) The scissors are also from this stamp set, with both images coloured using Stampin' Blends and fussy cut. To finish the card a couple of wooden embellishments and a white bakers twine bow have been added. 


For the next card, the little cross stitch stamp from the Needle & Thread stamp set has been white heat embossed directly onto the Wood Textures DSP before adding the panel of Highland Heather Needlepoint Nook DSP. The pretty detail behind the DSP panel has been created from Sparkle Glimmer Paper (item 146957) with the border thinlit die from the Doily Builder Thinlit Dies (item 148553).  Old Olive Linen Thread has been wrapped around the centre of the card base to coordinate with the bow. The Needlepoint Nook Mini Buttons (item 148810) are soooo cute, I had to add one to the top of the bow.  I have added a few Glitter Enamel Dots (item 146934) to the centre of the stamped floral images.


The third card front has been embossed with the Needlepoint Elements Framelit Dies before the panel of Night of Navy Needlepoint Nook DSP has been adhered. Pineapple Punch 1/8” Grosgrain Ribbon (item 146953) has been used to decorate this card with simple knot ties exposed on the front. The sentiment has been heat embossed with White Stampin' Emboss Powder (item 109132) using a Heat Tool (item 129056)


The final card has been stacked with the stamped embroidery images and finished with a Happy Mothers Day sentiment from the Tea Together Stamp Set (item 148779) which has been die cut using the Stitched Labels Framelits (item 146828).  


Have fun and experiment with different types of ribbons and twines, varied widths, colours and textures. Or replace the ribbon/thread with paper trims. And try changing up how you wrap them – ombre colours, knots or bows, straight or angled etc. 

Thanks so much for letting me share my creations with you today. I hope I have inspired you to have a go at creating these Spool Cards. Thanks for stopping by today, until next time, stay crafty x 


Thursday, 14 March 2019

Stampin'Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop - March - Geared Up Garage

Good Day Crafty Friends,

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Welcome to the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team March Blog Hop. This month the talented Design Team are showcasing the CLASSIC GARAGE SUITE. This amazing suite of products can be found on pages 42 & 43 of the Occasions Catalogue.

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As soon as I saw the Geared Up Garage Suite I knew many of the components would make a great fancy fold card. The DSP Pack is just totally awesome, especially if you have a mechanic or car enthusiast in the family. There are steering wheels, keys,  road signs, classic cars and motorbikes. Among the 48 sheets there is also a selection of brightly coloured papers in Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Real Red which makes for some bright, fun masculine themed creations.

There are 10 cling stamps in the Geared Up Garage Stamp Set, one of which is a really cool oil stain that looks fabulous as a "background splash" element when stamped in light pastel colours with die cuts placed over the top.


The first project I have to share with you today is a bridge fold card. My hubby has quite an extensive collection of tools that he inherited from his father. They are stored in a stacking tool chest which I tried to recreate in the centre of this card. A stamped tool box and fussy cut steering wheel have been added to the "top of the tool chest" with a few of the Classic Garage Metal Elements hanging on the "back wall" behind.

Both sentiments have been Silver Heat Embossed and die cut using the Garage Gear Thinlits. A few more die cuts and fussy cut DSP images were added to the "floor" of the Fancy Fold, ensuring there is enough room to fit an envelope before adhering permanently with mini dimensionals.


The Garage Gears Thinlits Dies are such a versatile addition to this suite, the cogs/gears thinlit is simply stunning, especially when cut from Foil Sheets, PLUS it also die cuts the gears image in the DSP! I hear cheering from the crafter's who are not fans of fussy cutting.

The next card I have to share was inspired by a few versions of this type of card I have seen floating about on the internet - so this is not my original idea but such a cool one I had to case it.

A piece of DSP has been embossed with the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and then slits made with a craft knife. I applied black ink to the pieces that are curled so that it tied in with the layer of black card stock exposed in the gap. I quickly coloured the stamped Car image with Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends and tucked it into the gap using mini dimensionals. 


The DSP Pack has some fun, car themed papers with a couple being solely images of classic cars and motorbikes. I love these images and have fussy cut a few as the focal point for the remainder of the cards I have to share today.


You guessed it. Car loving Hubby, got a Geared Up Garage card for Valentine's Day and He absolutely loved it. Simply done with two panels of DSP then the gears die cut laid over the top before adhering a die cut circle and then the other layered elements.

I loved the colour combination of the Tranquil Tide and Basic Grey DSP and was totally smitten with the nuts and bolts pattern in the next card. A silver heat embossed sentiment tied in perfectly with the gear thinlit tucked behind the fussy cut classic car image.


For the final card I wanted to feature another piece of the DSP, this time with a little POW with some brights colours, so chose Crushed Curry which is one of three colours that are offered in the coordinating card stock pack along with Tranquil Tide and Basic Grey. 

That is all for me today folks. Thanks so much for stopping by today. We appreciate the time you have invested to visit our blogs. Want more Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team inspiration? Did you know that Stampin' Up! features a corporate blog post every Thursday where we Artisans showcase products, share tips, tricks and creative strategies. You can find these posts in the "notes" section of the Stampin' Up! Facebook Page.

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




2019 Artisan Design Team Blog Roll


Jackie Aitken - That's Me


Until next time, stay awesome and stay crafty.
You can find all the items I used to create the card's in today blog post in the product list below. 

Product List
Big Shot
[143263]
$159.00
Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
[138288]
$15.00
Heat Tool
[129056]
$50.00













One Stamp At A Time - Bring On The Birthdays

Good Day Crafty Friends

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Welcome to the One Stamp At A Time Blog Hop for March - BRING ON THE BIRTHDAYS. You are currently visiting Jackie Aitken in Perth, Western Australia.  This month the Design Team are sharing inspirational and creative projects with a Birthday Theme. Be sure to follow the hop all the way through as 22 amazingly talented Demonstrators from all over the world share inspiring idea's and birthday themed creations.

I have a few projects to share with you today, all created using the Sweetest Thing Bundle (item 150568) which can be found in the Occasions Catalogue on Pages 14 & 15. I have taken my inspiration from The How Sweet It Is DSP (item 148568) for this collection of cards.  I totally love the bright, bold colour palette and the fun patterns....those gummy bears and gumball machines are seriously too dang cute!


The first card features fussy cut DSP cupcakes with the greeting "treats" stamped in Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green and Grapefruit Grove inks. The coordinating framelits were used to die cut the greetings, which were then adhered to the card front with dimensionals.


For the next card, I've used more DSP images, this time replacing the cupcakes with Candy Jars. AND no fussy cutting required!!! The Jar of Sweets Framelits not only die cut the stamped images but also images on some sheets of the DSP.


The third card also features those super cute Candy Jar images, they are just too cute not to use and hey, someone has done all the work for me, all I had to do was put my arm to work on the Big Shot lol.  I have omitted the Heat Embossed sentiment for this card, opting to stamp the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Amazing Life Stamp Set (item 148750) onto a panel of whisper white card stock in Smoky Slate ink.


To create the two little Jar shaped cards I have taken a small note card and used one of the Jar of Sweets Framelits to partial die cut on the fold. Then, a fussy cut image from the DSP has been added to the front of the shaped card base then finished off with a heat embossed sentiment.


Two little note cards with sewn banners are the final two projects I have to share today. I totally love these sized note cards, which were inspired by fellow Artisan Design Team member, Lauren Alarid. Lauren frequently makes the most adorable note cards, which are little miniature works of art and places them in her daughters lunchbox. They are also the perfect size to attach to a bouquet of flowers, box of chocolates or bottle of wine. You can find Lauren's creations on her blog - Crafty Little Peach.



That is all from me today crafty friends. Thanks so much for stopping by and blog hopping with the One Stamp At A Time Team.  Up next in the Hop is Pam Staples with her gorgeous creations - Enjoy!

Until next time, stay awesome & stay crafty xx
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