Monday, 22 May 2017

Daisy Delight in Cherry - Sneak Peek

The other day I sat down with my new Daisy Delight Bundle, watercolour paper and Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Cherry Cobbler inks  and made a coup of cards.  (You can see the other one here).
Sneak Peek Daisy Delight Bundle, Watercolour Wash, Stampin Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
The Daisy Delight Bundle will be available in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue

The entire surface of the watercolour paper had a light wash of Pool Party ink followed by Bermuda Bay, concentrating more colour in the lower left corner and blending out.

I stamped foliage with Pool Party ink and little daisies with Cherry Cobbler while the wash was still damp - although they didn't blend very much.

The double layered daisy is stamped with Basic Black ink onto Whisper White card and watercoloured with Cherry Cobbler ink.  The centre is one of the gorgeous new Faceted Gems.

When the panel was dry, I added the Cherry Cobbler ribbon (I'm sorry to say that it's retired but it was just what I needed!) and adhered it to the Cherry Cobbler base card.  As a last minute thing, I added some little Rhinestone Basic Jewels at random on the card.

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'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with Special Guest Nadine Koller - Lovely Words Watercolour Wash

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Welcome to the Crazy Crafters' Blog Hop with our Special Guest stamper, Nadine Koller - we are thrilled to have Nadine join us this month and I'm so excited to CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) a project that has been created by her . 

Stampin Up Geburtstagskarte Stempelmami Karte Card Birthday Card Thinlits Gruesse voller Sonnenschein
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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. 

Nadine has a beautifully delicate touch and a great eye for design and colour, so it was difficult to choose from all her gorgeous projects! 

I really enjoyed browsing through her blog in her original German - just using a translator for critical bits!  What a great way that would be to learn a new language - as long as you don't rely on Google Translate, which would have us believe that the lovely Nadine might eat her children! "My dear ones, I am swinging into our kitchen now, because our kids are all coming from the school and wanting to be eaten."  Haha!  Shame on you, Google!

I love the look of watercolour wash backgrounds (and Nadine is an expert!).  I've never been good at them but I love this card of Nadine's so I've been practising!  You'll very quickly see that my touch with colour is far less delicate and I need a lot more practice!
Watercolour Wash, Lovely Words Sneak Peek, Swirly Scribbles, #thecraftythinker, Stampin Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
The watercolour wash background uses Daffodil Delight, Berry Burst and Pear Pizzazz inks

I'm hoping the colours look right on your monitor - I found I had to make some adjustments because the beautiful Berry Burst colour was looking much too blue on my screen.

To the watercolour background I added a Swirly Scribble cut in Whisper White, paper-pieced with Daffodil Delight card.

The word "Friend" is cut with one of the new Lovely Words dies - I simply snipped it out of it's little frame and glued it to a Whisper White oval cut with one of the Stitched Shapes dies.  I adhered the panel to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I've added some twirls of Gold Metallic thread above the oval shape for a little more interest.

The decorative panel is layered onto a piece of Whisper White card and then adhered to the front of the Berry Burst card.
Watercolour Wash, Lovely Words Sneak Peek, Swirly Scribbles, #thecraftythinker, Stampin Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
I used an offcut from the front panel to decorate the inside of the card
I hope you've enjoyed this card and I welcome your comments. 

Thanks for following our blog hop. Remember that currently you are at my blog - Stephanie Fischer - so click on the next name in the list to ensure that you don't miss out of seeing any of the blogs and the amazing inspiration they contain.

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Friday, 19 May 2017

Ink it! Stamp it! Design Team Blog Hop May 2017: Celebrate

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Welcome to the inaugural Ink It! Stamp It! Design Team Blog Hop - the brainchild of the amazing Carolina Evans.  I'm so thrilled to have been invited to join this team of talented crafters and excited about the journey on which we are just embarking together.

We'll be hopping every month so be sure to pop back and visit us again!  Today our theme is Celebration.

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.

This card celebrates the 40th birthday of a friend's daughter who is a keen surfer and will be spending her special day in Bali.
#inkitstampit, Layering Seasons, Double Slider,Sunset sponging, #thecraftythinker, Stampin up Australia Demonstrator, Sneak Peek, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
The lovely outdoor seat is from the new Seasonal Layers die set - available from 1st June

At first glance the card is a simple tropical sunset scene - but wait, there's a surprise!  Pull on the tag ...
#inkitstampit, Layering Seasons, Double Slider,Sunset sponging, #thecraftythinker, Stampin up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
I took this photo before I added the ribbon to the card - oops!  But I think you'll see it needed it.

... and ...
#inkitstampit, Layering Seasons, Double Slider,Sunset sponging, #thecraftythinker, Stampin up Australia Demonstrator, Sneak Peek, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
I don't like using non-current Stampin' Up! products - but when needs must ... these were the only number dies that fit!

... birthday wishes are revealed!  If you're wondering how I made the paper on the extensions: a while ago, I made a stamp with the Swirly Scribbles thinlet.
#inkitstampit, Layering Seasons, Double Slider,Sunset sponging, #thecraftythinker, Stampin up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
The Swirly Scribbles on the inside of the card continue the wave theme
 
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 NEW 2017-2018 Catalogue projects. I'm Stephanie Fischer and to keep hopping around see the list below to see who is up next.

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Kylie Bertucci's International Blog Highlight: Masculine Card - Eastern Beauty Bundle

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This card is included in Kylie Bertucci's International Highlights.  The top ten winners will be part of an international blog hop - so we're all keen to do well!  Please visit to see all the amazing cards and vote for your favourites.  
Our theme for this highlight is Masculine.  

One of our friends is celebrating his 70th birthday this week and this will be his card.  I think the colour combination saves this card from femininity.  I was concerned about adding the medallion and tassel but then I came to the conclusion that there's no reason why a man shouldn't have the pleasure of receiving a beautifully appointed card!
sneak peek, Eastern Beauty bundle, Eastern Medallions, Masculine, #thecraftythinker, Stampin Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
Opulent but masculine with the Eastern Beauty bundle!


The card base is in the new In-Colour, Lemon Lime Twist (the one I thought I wouldn't like!) and the paper is from the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper pack. 

The horizontal band is made with more Lemon Line Twist cardstock and some Dapper Denim decorated with gold stickers from the matching Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers.  The Dapper Denim, Gold Foil and Lemon Lime Twist medallion is created with the Eastern Medallions thinlits, Layering Circles framelits and a circle punch.  At the centre is one of the gorgeous new Glitter Enamel Dots  and of course there's a beautiful gold tassel from the new Mini Tassels Assortment.
sneak peek, Eastern Beauty bundle, Eastern Medallions, Masculine, #thecraftythinker, Stampin Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
The new In-Colours combine very well with Dapper Denim


Inside the card can be found a greeting and age stamped in Lemon Lime Twist and Dapper Denim with the Number of Years stamp set.  The corners are decorated with one of the stamps from the new Eastern Beauty stamp set and Tranquil Tide ink (one of the new In-Colours).

Sneak Peeks

Eastern Beauty Bundle:  Eastern Beauty stamp set, Eastern Medallions thinlits
Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
Mini Tassels Assortment
Glitter Enamel Dots
Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and ink
Tranquil Tide ink

Do click on the link to see all the wonderful cards and vote for your favourites.

Your comments will be very welcome.

Thank you for your visit.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Monday, 15 May 2017

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - Theme: Retiring Products

I have entered this project into the Crazy Crafters Project HighlightsPop over to see all the other great cards in the highlights and vote for your favourites.

Welcome to the inaugural Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop. You are currently visiting Stephanie Fischer from Australia.  I hope you enjoy my project showcasing Retiring Products.  Please remember to click on the next person in the line up at the end of my post to continue enjoying all the wonderful projects in the hop.
#stampindreamsbloghop, Botanical Builder, Curvy Keepsake Box, #thecraftythinker, Stampin' Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
There's an old-fashioned feel to this finished project: chintz sofas or Royal Albert china


Deciding which retiring products to showcase required no thought for me - I so love the Botanical Builder dies.  I will really miss those and the Curvy Keepsake die.  So I combined them to create a matching set of gift box and card.  I really went overboard with the flowers - but why not ... it's a last hurrah!
#stampindreamsbloghop, Botanical Builder, Curvy Keepsake Box, #thecraftythinker, Stampin' Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
The Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper has also been one of my favourites

To create the Sahara Sand base for the flowers, I drew around the inside of the die and cut it out with my snips. 
#stampindreamsbloghop, Botanical Builder, Curvy Keepsake Box, #thecraftythinker, Stampin' Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW

I then partially cut with the small strip die from the Retired Balloon Pop-Up thinlits to create a matching slit to fit over the box handle.  This could be done with a pair of snips though.
#stampindreamsbloghop, Botanical Builder, Curvy Keepsake Box, #thecraftythinker, Stampin' Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
Partially cutting
#stampindreamsbloghop, Botanical Builder, Curvy Keepsake Box, #thecraftythinker, Stampin' Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
Fitted to the box
#stampindreamsbloghop, Botanical Builder, Curvy Keepsake Box, #thecraftythinker, Stampin' Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
The finished slot

The only reason for adding in this step was to give the pink flowers a plain foil so that they would show up to their best advantage against the floral paper of the box.
#stampindreamsbloghop, Botanical Builder, Curvy Keepsake Box, #thecraftythinker, Stampin' Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
The back of the box with extra flap

I used the retiring In-Colour Mint Macaron for the card base and a layer of Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper followed by a piece of Sahara Sand to show the pink flowers to best advantage.
#stampindreamsbloghop, Botanical Builder, Curvy Keepsake Box, #thecraftythinker, Stampin' Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
Some of the flowers are attached with Stampin' Dimensionals

The greeting banner (from Basket For You) is also retiring and has been a real go-to greeting for me for the past year!  I stamped it in Basic Black ink onto Island Indigo card and cut it out with the matching die from the Bunch of Banners framelits.  I then added some highlights to the banner with the retiring Stampin' Chalk Marker.

The flowers are all cut with the Botanical Builder dies from a mix of Blooms & Bliss paper, Sahara Sand, Sweet Sugarplum and Rich Razzleberry cardstock and sponged with Rich Razzleberry ink.  The centres are Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum Enamel Shapes.  The leaves are cut from Mint Macaron and Tranquil Tide (new In-Colour) cardstock and sponged with Tranquil Tide ink.
#stampindreamsbloghop, Botanical Builder, Curvy Keepsake Box, #thecraftythinker, Stampin' Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
The matching flower inside the card uses the Botanical Blooms stamp set,
Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry and Basic Black inks

The birthday greeting inside the card is from the retiring Cottage Greetings stamp set.
#stampindreamsbloghop, Botanical Builder, Curvy Keepsake Box, #thecraftythinker, Stampin' Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
A heart-shaped Enamel Shape in Sweet Sugarplum forms the centre of the flower

Then, of course, I had to make a deep envelope to accommodate all the flowers on the front of the card!

I hope the projects you've seen here on my blog today have inspired you & brightened your day. You are currently visiting Stephanie Fischer. Please hop through all of the people on the list below to see all of our projects. You don't want to miss any!

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Stephanie



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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Daisy Delight Watercolour Wash - Sneak Peek


This is the first watercolour wash background I've done that I've been prepared to share - oh happy day - I'm making progress!
Daisy Delight Bundle sneak peek, Watercolour Wash, #thecraftythinker, Stampin Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
The new Daisy Delight Bundle makes for a quick and gorgeous card

I cut the watercolour paper to size and gave it an all over light wash with very watery Pool Party.  After drying that layer I added a couple of layers of smaller areas of Bermuda Bay (drying between each layer) and finished with a couple of small light touches of Cherry Cobbler to balance the flower.

Once my last layer was dry, I stamped the greeting and background foliage with Basic Black ink.  Lacking Cherry Cobbler ribbon, I repeat stamped the little daisies in Cherry Cobbler ink.

I stamped the daisy image twice with Basic Black onto Whisper White card and watercoloured them with Cherry Cobbler ink before quickly cutting them out with the matching Daisy punch (save 10% by buying the stamp/punch bundle).

The centre of the daisy is one of the gorgeous new Faceted Gems.

The decorated panel is adhered to a basic card of Cherry Cobbler.

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie









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