Sunday, 21 July 2019

To A Wild Rose with Layered Leaves

I'm sure I can't be the only crafter with an assortment of backgrounds, half-finished thoughts, leftovers and discarded bits floating around the craft space! Really?  Am not am I?

Time and energy are in short supply at the moment, so I hunted through those bits and pieces looking for things that I could assemble together.  Not bad eh?
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To A Wild Rose - all purpose hand made card
The background was one of several I did a while ago with an embossing folder and Brusho Crystal Colour that is now retired.  (However, for anyone wanting to have a go at this, the new Pigment Sprinkles are very similar but even nicer colours!).

The flowers are from when I was experimenting with the To A Wild Rose stamp set.  I only used two of the three stamped layers so that the card colour became the lightest shade.

All I had to do was layer it all up with some ribbon and a little bit of bling in the form of Noble Peacock Rhinestones.

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'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Thursday, 18 July 2019

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - Favourite Designer Series Paper

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Welcome to the monthly Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop.  You are currently visiting Stephanie Fischer (The Crafty Thinker) from Australia.

Our theme this month is our favourite Designer Series Paper (DSP) and I had a really hard time choosing!  

I love the Perennial Essence papers but also the Noble Peacock.  So I sort of combined the two by using the Perennial Essence and the Noble Peacock Foil Sheets!
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The perennial Essence papers are so beautiful, very little else is required to create a gorgeous card!

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Stephanie

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Wednesday, 17 July 2019

A change in schedule

Well - I'm sorry to say that I don't have a fresh card to share with you today.  I'm just stopping in to let you know that, for the remainder of my cancer treatments, I'm going to post twice a week (hopefully!).   It's my intention to post fresh projects on Sundays and Fridays.

..... with the exception of this week as I don't want to miss out on the Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop on Thursday!
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Sneak peek of my next post
Here's a sneak peek of the card I'll be sharing in the blog hop tomorrow!  

See you then!
Stephanie!


Sunday, 14 July 2019

Magnolia Blooms All Purpose Card

This is such a quick and easy card but I think it's quite effective.  It's also suitable for just about any occasion.
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Versamark used in two different ways to create an elegant, all-purpose card with the Magnolia Blooms stamp set
I stamped randomly with Versamark all over a piece of Gray Granite card stock and then attached it to the Basic Black card front.

The larger magnolia is also stamped with versamark but this time onto a piece of black cardstock and I then heat embossed it using the new Shimmer White embossing powder before cutting the top and bottom with one of the dies in the coordinating Magnolia Memory set.

To add a little more decoration to the card, I used the flower centre dies from the same die set to cut some Gray Granite card and added some white sequins and Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

To finish the card I added some more sequins. 
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The Shimmer White embossing powder imparts a glittery finish which is very difficult to photograph!
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'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Friday, 12 July 2019

Masculine 60th birthday card - Hand Lettered Prose

Can you guess who this card is for?
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Masculine birthday card made with the Come Sail Away paper,
Hand Lettered Prose and Well Written dies
With just a little bit of planning, this is a very simple card to make.
I started out with the Sahara Sand base card and layer of Early Espresso.  Then I cut the piece of Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper to size, positioned the letter dies (see tips below) and ran it through my Big Shot.

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The letters are layered and sponged 
I used some old, retired cardstock to cut the letters three more times and adhered these behind the letters cut from the patterned paper to provide depth.  I wasn't concerned about the colour I used for these layers because I knew I would be colouring the edges (the only bit that shows) with Early Espresso ink.

Having sponged the edges of the letters, I stuck them into position on the card and then added the final elements.  I'm afraid the numbers are from a long-retired set which I keep to hand because they're the perfect size for most of my age cards.

The scatter of Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins finished the card.

TIPS:
Cutting the letters: To ensure that I positioned the letters exactly as I wanted them before cutting, I created a little template for myself.
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Creating a stencil to ensure accurate placement of the letter dies

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Using the stencil to accurately position the dies for cutting

Colouring the edges: To get into all the nooks and crannies around the edges of the letters, I used a Stampin' Write Marker.  I chose to do this before I added the final, decorative layer so that I didn't have to be careful.
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Using a Stampin' Write Marker to colour the edges of the triple layer letters, before adding the top decorative layer

To delicately sponge the edges of the letters, I used a tiny little make-up sponge.
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I used a tiny make-up sponge to apply a little ink to the finished letters.

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'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Birch and leaves - A masculine card

My brief for myself today was to use the Birch stamp and to make a quick, easy and masculine card.  Here's the result.
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A masculine card - suitable for most occasions.
It features the Birch stamp and foliage cut with Seasonal Layers and Nature's Roots dies
The base card is Sahara Sand with a layer of Early Espresso.  The card front is Soft Suede, stamped with the Birch image using White Craft ink which I softened a little by applying more white ink with a sponge brayer.

The greeting is from the Colourful Seasons stamp set, stamped with Early Espresso ink onto Old Olive cardstock.  I used the Layering Ovals dies to cut out both the sentiment and the Mossy Meadow layer beneath it.

The foliage is cut from scraps of Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Early Espresso cardstock using dies from the Seasonal Layers and Nature's Roots sets.

I only coloured the smallest leaf.  It's cut from Crushed Curry cardstock and sponged with Cajun Craze.  I drew on the veins with a Cajun Craze Stampin' Write Marker.

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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