Thursday, 18 July 2019

Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team - July - Perennial Essence

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Welcome to the 2019 Artisan Design Team Blog Hop for July. Can you believe this crew of talented artists have been creating wonderful projects together for over six months. We have officially pass the half way mark of our amazing journey, and wowsers, what a journey its been so far! We had a challenging start with a few cancelled projects but this amazing group of talent stood up to the challenge and we nailed the new assignments every single time. I am so proud to be part of the 2019 ADT, I love these ladies and cherish the bond we have created. I will be sad when this amazing experience is over, but forever grateful for the friendships this opportunity has given me.

Enough chit chat about that before my eyes start leaking lol. Lets get onto this spectacular Blog Hop. This month the Artisan Design Team are showcasing the gorgeous Perennial Essence Suite. You can find all the stunning elements in this floral packed suite on Page 107 in the 2019 Annual Catalogue. So many pretty components in this product suite and omg the Perennial Essence DSP Pack is just amazing.  For those who want it all, you can now order all the items in a product suite with one code, the Perennial Essence Product Suite code is #152166 and includes all the items featured on Page 107.

I have to admit I was a little intimidated by this gorgeous Monet inspired Designer Series Paper (DSP). Each sheet makes for a stunning framed art decor item (which I have done in my crafty space by adding left over pieces of the DSP to plain white frames). Also, I had never seen coloured vellum so this really freaked me out lol Everything is so pretty and delicate I seriously struggled with those first cuts. But cut I did and what do you know? After a little play, I was away and managed to create a whole heap of projects.

The first card I have to share with you today has an embossed gold Foil border, framing the piece of DSP like it were a picture hung on a wall. The Whisper White Background has been embossed with the Lace 3D Embossing Folder to match the embossing on the Gold Foil Frame.  The Gold Foil and Whisper White frames were created using the Stitched Rectangle Dies. The stamped images were inked with Rococo Rose and fussy cut, with the leaves gold heat embossed on Vellum Cardstock.

The sentiment was also white heat embossed onto Vellum and die cut using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.

The second card is where I went a little cray cray with the sewing machine. I am not a sewer and only own the machine for card making purposes lol. I admire those who can sew in perfectly straight lines. 

To achieve straight lines when sewing on cards, use a ruled pencil line as your guide - thanks to Melody Hyde (Stampin' Up! Concept Artist) for this awesome tip.

Again, using the framed art concept. This frame was kept white as I found it helped the white heat embossed sentiment stand out a little more prominently. The Stitched Nested Labels Dies were used to die cut the vellum sentiment, which was added to the backside of the frame before adhering to the DSP card front. The floral images were inked with Blushing Bride and then sponged in the middle with Melon Mambo. Granny Apple Green ink was used for the leaves. The detailed white foliage pieces you can see behind the floral images in both this and the first card I shared, are actually a Memories & More Card from the Come Sail Away Memories & More Card Pack. The laser cut seaweed inspired M&M card was ideal for these images as the die cuts are so delicate and complimented the stamped image perfectly.

The last card in this trio is mainly created with Vellum Cardstock. Yep that base is Vellum!! The quality and thickness enables it to stand and therefore perform like a standard piece of card stock. A panel of DSP has been covered with plain vellum and then this was sewn directly onto a panel of Petal Pink Vellum from the Perennial Essence Vellum Cardstock Pack. The floral images were white heat embossed onto the same Pink Vellum and then fussy cut. Mint Macaron stamped leaves were tucked under the flowers and a white heat embossed sentiment was added to the top panel of Vellum just to the right of where the flowers are placed.

When I went back through my photographs of creations using elements from the Perennial Essence Suite, I realised I sure did make a few cards with these amazing products. I really love the floral images in this stamp set and it also turns out I used the DSP quite heavily too. Yay!! Here are a few projects for further inspiration.

This next creation I have to share is a pocket card and combines a few other products outside the suite. I wanted to show you that the Perennial Flower Punch, which is part of the Perennial Essence Suite, can be used to create these stunning 3D flowers simply by punching plain white tissue paper. 

Once you have all the layers glued together - I used small dots of Multi Purpose Glue, I popped one of the fluffy Perennial Essence Floral Centers in the middle and voila - such a pretty, delicate and realistic looking paper flower. 

The Belly Band for this Pocket Card was decorated using the  Detailed Bands Die cut from Whisper White card. The fern image from the Daisy Lane Stamp Set has been stamped in Granny Apple Green and fussy cut. The floral images on the Pocket Card insert has been inked in Daffodil Delight with Grapefruit Grove ink sponged in the centre. A Stitched Circle die cut from Granny Apple Green cardstock was adhered to the top of the card insert, then a hole punched in the centre so that some Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon could be added for the pulling mechanism.

Just in case you were still sitting on the fence with this fabulous Suite of Products, I have a few more projects to share with you (insert smiley face here) 

Okay, seriously, I hope you are still with me and I've not put you to sleep yet. Rest assured, that is all from me today. Thanks so much for stopping by and hopping with us. The Artisan Design Team appreciate the time you have invested to visit our blogs. 

Up next in this months Artisan Design Team Blog Hop is super fabulous and amazingly talented Jennifer Picard with her gorgeous creations - enjoy xx

2019 Artisan Design Team Blog Roll

Jackie Aitken < that's me >

You can find the products used to create the trio of cards and Pocket Card in today's Blog Post in the supply list below. If you live in Australia, you can shop for any of these items by clicking on the images below. Happy Shopping xx

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Until next time, stay awesome and stay crafty

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Just Add Ink #465 - Add Season

Good Day Crafty Friends

Welcome to this week's Just Add Ink Challenge - Just Add The Season. 

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I was so totally stumped when thinking what to create for this challenge. Its winter here in Perth, and I am so not a winter person so thought I would create a card for my favourite season - Spring. Spring in Perth is the best time of year as it not too hot or cold to do outdoor activities plus all the wild flowers that bloom up north are truly inspirational.

My card uses one of the panels of Laser Cut Specialty DSP as a border and the image from Inspiring Iris. My Oma had a whole bed of Irises growing at the front of her retirement cottage and I remember the smell that filled my nostrils every time you left the cottage via the front door. 

The images were stamped and masked, then coloured using Stampin' Blends. Once the flowers were completely dry I took an old Pool Party Blend and coloured the white space.

A panel of vellum has been white heat embossed with the sentiment and then tucked into the oval border. To finish the card I added one of the cute little mini binder clips.

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 Season Challenge.

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 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.

One Stamp At A Time - Down At The Farm

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Welcome to the One Stamp At A Time Blog Hop for July. This month the Design Team are creating projects with a fun theme - Down At The Farm. You are currently visiting Jackie Aitken in Western Australia. 

Can you believe I do not have any current stamp sets that remotely fitted the brief, so what I did when visiting a demonstrator friend a few weeks ago was to stamp a few images from the Over the Moon & Fable Friends stamp sets. 

I decided to use the Bunny from Fable Friends because to be perfectly honest, I was not overly pleased with my colouring attempts of the cows lol, plus the Bunny is super duper cute!

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My card uses the die from Lovely Flowers to create the grass, which was cut from Shimmery White card and sponged with Granny Apply Green ink. Next up is the fence, which was made using loads of the rope die from Smooth Sailing.

The Birch Background stamp was perfect for the Barn exterior which was die cut using the Stitched Nested Label dies. A few flowers from the Free As A Bird stamp set were scattered around the die cut grass using a combination of Tombow and Mini Dimensionals.

To coordinate with the card I decorated one of the Kraft Pillow Boxes using the same Bunny & Floral Images. I love these boxes, they are perfect for little trinkety gifts or just filling with your favourite sweets.

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Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon has been used to wrapped the Pillow Box. The bow has had a heat gun applied after the bow was created to give the ribbon a wrinkly look.

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That is all from me today. Thanks so much for stopping by and hopping with us. The One Stamp At A Time Design Team appreciate the time you have invested to visit our blogs and see the creations we have to share with you. Be sure to follow the hop all the way through for loads of inspiration using products from the new 2019 Annual Catalogue that can be used to create cards with a Down At The Farm Theme.

Up next in the OSAT Blog Hop is super talented, Ashley Fifer and her amazingly creative projects - enjoy. A full participant list has been provided below.

Blog Hop Participant List

Monday, 1 July 2019

Stamp Review Crew - Free As A Bird

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop. You are currently visiting Jackie Aitken in Western Australia. You may have arrived here having just visited Kelly Kent who also resides in W.A. If you have just joined us, grab a beverage and comfy seat and enjoy all the wonderful projects the team have to share with you today.

I was beyond excited when asked to join this talented team of Designers. I have admired this creative group and the awesome concept behind SRC for a few years now and cannot express how stoked I am to be part of this super amazingly talented team.

What is the Stamp Review Crew? We are an international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that get together to blog hop the first and third Monday of each month. Each hop showcases a current Stampin' Up! Stamp Set. All of the hops are archived, enabling you to look back over previous featured Stamp Sets. You can find them here.

For this Hop we are focusing on the ever so sweet - FREE AS A BIRD stamp set.

Having seen so many stunning creations with this stamp set I was so happy when my BBB arrived last week and this was in it. I have been dying to get my hands on it and the only disappointment I have is that I did't get it sooner!!!!!! 

I love the birds on the branch image and I also love it in plain ole Black n White so decided for this card I would add just a hint of Daffodil Delight to the birds and flowers. The new Scripty embossing folder has been used on the card front with the sentiment white heat embossed onto a vellum die cut circle. Angled layers behind the card front can be distracting so thought this worked well with the slightly coloured stamped images.

The card front for this next creation was stamped using the floral image from the Fanciful Fragrance Stamp Set, as was the written text on the die cut banner. Again, minimal colour has been applied to the card front images  - with hints of blushing bride and sahara sand inks to coordinate with the cardstock used.

The final card I have to share with you today uses the fabulous flower image from the Free As A Bird Stamp Set. Coloured with blends and fussy cut, I applied them to a Gold Foil Frame with a combination of mini dimensionals and Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive. The Gold Foil bespoke frame has been created with layering dies and then adhered over a Shimmery White Card front that was sponged with Daffodil Delight ink.

That is all from me today crafty friends. Be sure to follow the Hop all the way through for loads of inspiring creations using the gorgeous Free As A Bird Stamp Set. Up next in the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop is super duper talented Jay Soriano over at Mitosu Crafts. Enjoy xx

Stamp Review Crew Hoppers List

Jackie Aitken - That's Me

Thanks so much for stopping by today. The SRC appreciate the time you have invested to visit our blogs and hop with us. Until next time, stay awesome and stay crafty.