Monday, 15 May 2017

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - Theme: Retiring Products

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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.
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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!
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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. 
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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.
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Partially cutting
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Fitted to the box
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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.
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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.
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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!

'Til next time!
Stephanie



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32 comments:

  1. Very pretty, Stephanie. I like your detailed instructions as well :-)

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  2. Wow what beautiful creations you came up with! Absolutely stunning!! Love the curvy gift box too, well done :)

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  3. Wow Wow Wow!!!! Love this card, the colors, the diecuts!!

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    1. Thank you! I so appreciate your comment!

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  4. Beautiful card and box! And a clever idea to make opening your box easier once it's been decorated!

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    1. Thank you so much! I have long admired your work, so your comment has given me quite a buzz!

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  5. These are gorgeous Steph....I think I might have to go and have one more play before they go.....the colours are beautiful.

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    1. Thanks, Vicki! I'm really going to miss them!

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  6. WOW!!! I love all the dimension in the flowers. Stunning projects

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    1. Thank you, Ellen, for your lovely comment!

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  7. Im not a big fan of flower, but I love this card :)

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    1. Thank you - that's quite a compliment considering how many flowers I used!

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  8. I'm channelling my inner 19th century gentile lady and she and I reckon your projects are FABULOUS! :)

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    1. I'm saying "thank you" to you over the top of my fan!

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  9. The sofa reference works so well with this colourr and design Stephanie. Love the neutral backing for your flowers, really made them pop! My Nanna had this style of lougne hehehe. I love it as it made me think of my nanna thank you xx

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    1. Glad you like it, Kim and really pleased that it brought back happy memories for you!

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  10. Beautiful projects Stephanie. Love how you coloured the flowers. Jay

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  11. Love your tutorial & your little flowers are devine! Thank you for playing along with the first Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop! xx

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    1. Thank you, Jessie! Thank you also for this wonderful opportunity - it was really enjoyable! xx

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  12. Gorgeous and such a labour of love xx

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  13. WOW! Simply stunning Stephanie. I really want to hold the card myself. I want to feel those flowers....they are so real! Well done.

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    1. Thank you, Vanessa - yes it's a bit of a tactile card!

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    1. Thank you for that lovely comment, Sarah!

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  15. WOWWWWWWWWWWW Stephanie this is stunning, a sure winner I'm sure. Angexx

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    1. Thank you, Angela! I really appreciate that lovely comment!

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