Friday, 23 June 2017

Ink It! Stamp It! Blog Hop #2: New 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue

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Welcome to the Ink It! Stamp It! Design Team Blog Hop.  We hop every month so be sure to pop back and visit us again!  Today our theme is the new 2017-2018 Catalogue.

You are currently at my page - Stephanie Fischer, The Crafty Thinker.  At the end of my post there is a full line of team members, please click on the name after mine in the list to continue the hop.

Painting with Bleach, Feathery Friends, Bleaching, Heat Embossing, #thecraftythinker, Stampin Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW, #inkitstampit
Heat Embossing and bleaching

I've chosen to feature one of the gorgeous Hostess stamps called Feathery Friends which I really love.  Hostess stamp sets are exclusively available by redeeming Stampin' Rewards from qualifying party sales.

To make this card, I stamped with Versamark onto Fresh Fig cardstock and heat embossed with Copper.  I then painted inside the heat embossing with household bleach.  I achieved various shades by applying more or less bleach.

The greeting is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set on a label made with the Rose Wonder stamp set and Rose Garden thinlits.  I adhered my decorative piece onto a base card of Sweet Sugarplum.

My lovely friend and team mate, Satomi Wellard, was crafting with me as I finished this card and thanks to her very welcome input I added the pearls and the "nest" of Copper Thread.

I hope you've enjoyed this card and I welcome your comments. 

Thank you so much for joining us today. We hope you'll join us again next month to see our Technique related projects. I'm Stephanie Fischer and to keep hopping around, see the list below to see who is up next.

Thanks for visiting
'Til next time
Stephanie



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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Hello Background Bits

Glossy paper and dye ink are a marriage made in crafters' heaven!  So many techniques are possible and the ink just glows!

Having said that, the colours on this particular card look a little muted and that's because this is what I call a third generation card.  It probably has a technical name but that works for me!  When I get messy with anything (inks, embossing paste, glitter etc) I tend to make the most of the mess and create several pieces.  This was one of the last pieces for the day and the colours had become muted and greyed through mixing.... but I still liked it.  In days to come I'll show you the other pieces I made that afternoon.
Hello Friend, Inky backgrounds, Background Bits, Glossy White Cardstock, #thecraftythinker, Stampin Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
Inky background on Glossy White Cardstock stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink
Again, I'm sure the technique for the background has a technical name but, since I don't know it, I'll simply describe the process I used.


  • Using three different ink pads (in this case Elegant Eggplant, Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry) I patted ink onto a waterproof craft mat.  
  • I then spritzed the ink with water until it had formed quite large beads.  
  • I pre-cut my Glossy White Cardstock to size and then pressed it into the ink on the mat.  
  • I then lifted it up, let it run a little and used a tissue (a clean one of course!) to soak up any excess ink at the edge of the cardstock.  
  • Since I'm somewhat impatient, I used my heat tool to dry the piece.
Tip:
Don't worry if the cardstock curls a bit.  Application of some heat to the back of the piece may help or simply put it under heavy book for a short while.  If a little bit of curl remains, it will sit flat once it has been adhered to another piece of card.

I used Basic Black Archival ink to stamp elements from the Background Bits stamp set and the greeting from the Hello Friend stamp set.  

Having used my heat tool again to ensure that the black ink was dry, I sponged a line of Bermuda Bay ink across the pattern at the bottom of the card to provide a little bit of a ribbon effect.

Having added my Crushed Curry and Elegant Eggplant layers I added the piece to the front of the Bermuda Bay card and added some Enamel Shapes to the centres of the pattern.  They are in fact Pear Pizzazz but they look more yellow in the photo.

For the "thinking of you" panel, I lightly sponged a small strip of Glossy White Cardstock with Bermuda Bay before stamping the greeting (from the Colorful Seasons stamp set) using Basic Black Archival ink and adding some Elegant Eggplant Enamel Shapes.
Hello Friend, Inky backgrounds, Background Bits, Glossy White Cardstock, #thecraftythinker, Stampin Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW 

I used Bermuda Bay ink to repeat the pattern inside the card
Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie 

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Monday, 19 June 2017

Beautiful Bouquet

This card started with a test piece using the Pattern Party masks and Embossing Paste, to which I had added a drop of Fresh Fig ink and lots of Dazzling Diamonds glitter. 
Beautiful Bouquet, Embossing Paste, Pattern Party masks, #thecraftythinker, Stampin Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
The Embossing Paste is so versatile - add colour and/or glitter for a variety of finishes

Having sat on my table for quite some time while I remained perplexed what to do with this shimmery pink wall pattern, I added some flowers, foliage and ribbon.

The flowers, from Beautiful Bouquet, are patted into a lighter ink and then sponged lightly with a darker ink before stamping.  They are cut with the matching dies in the Bouquet Bunch framelit set.  For the foliage, I cut several of the bunches in Tranquil Tide and Emerald Envy cardstock and cut some of them into smaller pieces as I arranged them because I wanted it to look more like a garden than a bouquet.  I saved 10% by purchasing the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and Bouquet Bunch framelits as a bundle.

The greeting, stamped with Tranquil Tide ink, is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set.  I cut it out with the label from the Rose Garden stamp set and edged it with Sweet Sugarplum ink.

The finishing touches were the Glitter Enamel Dots.
Beautiful Bouquet, Embossing Paste, Pattern Party masks, #thecraftythinker, Stampin Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
A matching Beautiful Bouquet flower appears inside the card along with another greeting from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Sunday, 18 June 2017

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with Special Guest: Jeanette Egemann

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Durch die Blume Stampin UpWelcome to the Crazy Crafters' Blog Hop with our Special Guest stamper, Jeanette Egemann - we are thrilled to have Jeanette join us this month and so excited to CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) any project that has been created by her . 
 
Whether you are starting the blog hop here at my blog, Stephanie Fischer - The Crafty Thinker, or have come from the person before me, be sure to click on the person listed under me further down the page to continue your journey on this blog hop.

To the left you'll see Jeanette's card that I have chosen to CASE.  I was attracted to the design (the strip of pattern with the circular greeting) and the two-tone effect of the stamped pink flowers on the lighter pink cardstock.

#crazycraftersbloghop, Floral Phrases, Lovely Words, Masking & Sponging, #thecraftythinker, Stampin Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
The coloured decoration is all one layer with the circular greeting adhered on top.
Apart from the colour, I changed things up a bit by stamping the decorative strip as just one layer and adding a die-cut greeting.

I masked off a portion of card and sponged it with Soft Sky ink.  Then I stamped the floral image (I think they look like gum nuts?) with Pacific Point ink.

Having removed the masks, I stamped the decorative strip from Floral Phrases along one side in Pacific Point ink.  Then, using masks to protect the white and blue areas, I sponged on some Sahara Sand ink.  I used a ruler and Sahara Sand Stampin' Write Marker to add the line on the left side of the blue strip.
#crazycraftersbloghop, Floral Phrases, Lovely Words, Masking & Sponging, #thecraftythinker, Stampin Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
A little bit of bling can never be a bad thing!

I cut some Sahara Sand cardstock with a circular Stitched Shapes framelit and layered a circle of Whisper White cardstock on top of it.  I cut some Pacific Point cardstock with one of the Lovely Words thinlits and then trimmed the word to fit on top of the circle and glued it in place.  The last step was to add some Rhinestones.

The base card is Pacific Point with a layer of Sahara Sand and then the decorative layer on the top.
#crazycraftersbloghop, Floral Phrases, Lovely Words, Masking & Sponging, #thecraftythinker, Stampin Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
More Pacific Point stamping inside the card



I hope you've enjoyed this card and I welcome your comments. 

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Thanks for visiting
'Til next time
Stephanie



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